The Parish of
St Patrick's Cathedral
3 Lyons Street South, Ballarat Central
Parish Office Hours:
Tuesday to Friday
10.00am to 3.00pm
Week day Masses will be celebrated in the Cathedral.
Tuesday: 7.00am, 12.05pm
Wednesday: 7.00am, 12.05pm
Thursday: 7.00am, 12.05pm
Friday: 11.00am-Reconciliation, 12.05pm
Saturday: 10.00am, Reconciliation-10.30am
(Sacrament of Penance, First Rite)
This Sacrament is available before Mass on Fridays at 11.00am and after Mass on Saturdays at 10.30am.
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Our Parish website will also have more information, resources and updates.
Latest Parish Bulletin - 23 Feb 2024Read More View Archives
Bishop Paul Bird CSsR
Fr Ed Moloney (Administrator)
Fr Jim McKay
(Tues – Fri)
|Cathedral Parish Pastoral Associate for Base Hospital:
Parish Safeguarding Officer:
Please telephone the Parish Office for information and to make a booking for Baptism before attending preparation. Baptism preparation is required before Baptism takes place – make contact with the Parish Office.
Funeral Ministry Team
To book St Patrick’s Cathedral for a wedding, please telephone the Parish Office. Please click here to read the “Getting Married at St Patrick’s Cathedral” booklet. Please click here to obtain a Wedding Booking form.
Catholic Women’s League
|Friends in Faith Youth Group
|Refugee Support Group
|Charismatic Prayer Group
|Communion to the Sick and housebound
Please click here for ‘The Sacramental journey explained…’Please click here for Sacramental Program Registration leaflet. For preparation dates, please call the Parish Office.
|Parish Primary Schools
|St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballarat
|St Thomas More Primary School, Alfredton
|Siena Catholic Primary School, Lucas
|Loreto College, Ballarat
|St Patrick’s College, Ballarat
St Patrick’s Cathedral first conducted services from 1851 onwards, the parish of Ballarat was instituted in 1852. The first Parish Priest was Father Matthew Downing, who selected in 1853 the two acres site for this church which was granted under a crown Grant in 1855.
The style of the church is early Gothic from the era of Edward I in the 13th Century.
Although Catholic Services were conducted in Ballarat from 1851 onwards, the parish of Ballarat was instituted in 1852. The first Parish Priest here was Father Matthew Downing who selected in 1853 the two acre site for this church which was granted under a Crown Grant in 1855.
The style of the church is early Gothic from the era of Edward I in the 13th Century. The dimensions are basically 150ft by l00ft. On February 7th, 1858 Bishop James Alipius Goold laid the foundation stone for the church which commenced being used on a regular basis for Mass in 1863. The miners presented the Bishop with gold nuggets which were formed into a Chalice and Patten which are today in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. With this exception all the presentation plate is still held by the diocese.
This was Ballarat’s only parish church from 1863 to 1963. The official opening of the church was in 1871 and when the diocese of Ballarat was formed in 1874, the first Bishop Dr Michael O’Connor chose it for his Cathedral. St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat was finally consecrated in 1891 by Cardinal Moran of Sydney.
The present High Altar and Stations of the Cross were purchased in Rome. The altar is of Carrara marble inlaid with precious stones including Antico Rossi, Lapis Lazuli and antique marbles.
The stained glass windows were introduced in from 1883 the first being that over the chancel. Following this were the Lady Chapel window and Blessed Sacrament Chapel window. These three windows were made in Germany (note their slight variation in colour to the other windows).
The remainder were gradually added to, until complete in 1910. Of these, the first was presented by the Loreto Sisters representing St Brigid (note her Crozier – traditional mark of a Bishop). On the opposite side of the narthex is St Patrick’s window donated by the third Bishop, Bishop Higgins (note the crozier piercing Aengus through the foot). Both these windows have the Holy Spirit uppermost. The side windows depict the parables. The tiles of the Sanctuary and side chapels are from Austria and those in the nave from Minton’s England. The first organ installed in 1867, was replaced with the Fincham in 1930.
Five of Ballarat’s eight Bishop’s are buried in the crypt.
Virtual Tour of St Patrick’s Cathedral
Click here for Position Description Safeguarding Officer
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Click here for Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Code of Conduct
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Standard 1 of the Victorian Childsafe Standards
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