The Parish of



  • Immaculate Conception

    304 Barkly Street, Ararat

  • St Bernard's

    76 Montgomery Street, Lake Bolac


Postal Address
PO Box 92
Ararat  VIC  3377
(03) 5352 5460
Street Address
304a Barkly Street
Ararat  VIC  3377

Parish Office

Office Hours
10am – 3pm
Thursday & Friday

(03) 5352 5460


Mass Times


8.30am Sunday

10.30am Sunday

12.30pm Mass on the 2nd & 4th Sundays

Lake Bolac
6.30pm Saturday Vigil of the 1st, 3rd, 5th Sundays

8.30am Mass on the 2nd & 4th Sundays


Latest Parish Bulletin - 27 Jan 2023

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Our Parish

The Parish and its People

Ararat is a thriving town with a population of almost 9,000. It lies in the electoral district of Ripon and borders the Wimmera. The Grampians region is a short drive from Ararat and includes some of the State’s best wineries. Other primary industries include wool and beef. Ararat is nestled between several mountain ranges –  including the Grampians National Park, Mount Langi Ghiran, Mount Cole, Mount Buangor, Ararat Hills Regional Park and the Pyrenees Ranges. Olympic cyclist (Silver & Bronze medal winner) Shane Kelly was born in Ararat in 1972.

Catholic Schools:

St. Mary’s Parish Primary School
Marian College (Brigidine Sisters)

The Immaculate Conception Parish Ararat was established in 1858 by Bishop James Alipius Goold OSA of Melbourne.
The first Parish Priest was Father Thomas Barrett.

The Church caught fire in 2007 but out of this came an idea for a Parish Centre. This was built right behind the main church. This centre can be hired for conferences, baptisms and other general meetings.


Parish Priest
Rev Andrew Hayes
(Fr Andrew is also Parish Priest of the Stawell Parish)


Parish Pastoral Council
Charlie Reid – Facilitator
Teresa Gemmola

Parish Secretary

Jill Croxford

Parish Safeguarding Officer

Emma Coburn



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