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
304 Barkly Street
Ararat  VIC  3377

Parish Office

Office Hours
10am – 3pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

(03) 5352 5460


Mass Times

Schedule for Holy Week and Easter


Tues 30th 7pm Reconciliation (bring a plate)

Holy Thursday 7pm (Fr John)

Good Friday 3pm (Fr John)

Easter Sunday 8.30am (Fr John) & 10.30am


Tues 30th 5.30pm Reconciliation (bring a plate)

Holy Thursday 7pm

Good Friday 3pm

Easter Sunday 8.30am

Lake Bolac

Holy Saturday 6.30pm Easter Vigil


8.30am Sunday

10.30am Sunday

6pm Saturday Vigil of 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 - 01 Apr 2021

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Our Parish

The Parish and its People

Ararat is a thriving town with a population of almost 8,000. 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
Pat Lardner

Parish Secretary
Joyce Clery

Parish Safeguarding Officer
Emma Coburn



Click here for information regarding the provision of Safe Churches

Click here for the Parish Child Safety Policy

Click here for the Code of Conduct

Click here for Child Safety Statement of Commitment

Parish News

March 7, 2020
Prayers of the Faithful
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