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  • St Patrick's Cathedral

    3 Lyons Street South, Ballarat Central

Presbytery

Postal & Street Address
3 Lyons Street South, Ballarat.
Phone
53 312 933


Email
ballarat@ballarat.catholic.org.au

Current Parish News
Parish News 18-10-2020 in online format available for viewing – please visit stpatscathedral.weebly.com
Website
stpatscathedral.weebly.com


Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/patricks.cathedral.9

 

Parish Office

Office Hours
Tuesday to Friday
10.00am to 5.00pm

Mass Times

St Patrick’s Cathedral is closed to the public.

We are able to open to offer Mass as follows:
 (Subject to Government directives)

To attend daily Mass, you must register with the Parish Office for:
* 10.00am Mass from Monday to Saturday

To attend Weekend Masses you must register with the Parish Office for:
* Saturday Vigil at 5.30pm
* Sunday 8.00am and 10.00am or 5.00pm

(Please arrive early as we are required to lock the Church doors promptly before Mass begins)

At all other times the Cathedral will remain locked.

Watching Mass at Home:

Mass will be live streamed daily via the following link:
Patrick’s Cathedral on Facebook. 

Or may be viewed on the Parish website: stpatscathedral.weebly.com


Reconciliation
(Sacrament of Penance, First Rite)
Please phone the Parish Office.


The Parish Office remains open.
If you would like to receive our Parish newsletter each week, please call or email the Parish office with your details and you will be included in weekly communication.


Our Parish website will also have more information, resources and updates.

Latest Parish Bulletin - 22 Oct 2020

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Our Parish

About

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 the 1st in the 13th Century.


History

Although Catholic Services were conducted in Ballarat from 1851onwards, the parish of Ballarat was instituted in 1852. The first Parish Priest here was Father Matthew Downing who selected in 1853 the 2 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 the 1st in the 13th Century. The dimensions are basically 150ft by l00ft. 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.

When St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat was finally consecrated in 1891 by Cardinal Moran of Sydney it was the first Catholic Cathedral consecrated in the Australian Colonies, making it today Australia’s oldest.

1887 Present High Altar & Stations of the Cross purchased in Rome. The altar is of Carrara marble inlaid with precious stones including Antico Rossi, Lapis Lazuli and antique marbles.

When St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat was finally consecrated in 1891 by Cardinal Moran of Sydney it was the first Catholic Cathedral consecrated in the Australian Colonies, making it today Australia’s oldest.

Present High Altar & Stations of the Cross 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

Personnel

Cathedral Clergy 
Bishop Paul Bird  CSsR
Fr Justin Driscoll (Administrator)
Fr Shaiju Mathew


Visiting Priests
Fr Dan Arundell
Fr Barry Ryan

Parish Co-ordinator
Anita Houlihan
(Tues – Fri)


Finance Officer
Kerrie McTigue
(Mon – Fri)

Cathedral Parish Pastoral Associate for Base Hospital
TBA


Parish Safeguarding Officer
Anita Houlihan

Ministries
Baptisms
Please telephone the Parish Office for information and to make a booking for Baptism.


Funeral Ministry Team
Mrs Helen Lee

 

Weddings
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.
Godstart Program
Sarah Kuek


Catholic Women’s League
Gertie Mangan


Youth Ministry

Friends in Faith Youth Group
Altar Servers Refugee Support Group
Charismatic Prayer Group Communion to the Sick and housebound
Parish Office
Sacramental Program
Please click here for ‘The Sacramental journey explained…’Please click here for Sacramental Program Registration leafletFor preparation dates, please call the Parish Office.
RCIA
Susan Crowe
RCIC
Anita Houlihan
Parish Primary Schools
St Patrick’s Primary School, Ballarat St Thomas More Primary School, Alfredton Siena Catholic Primary School, Lucas
Secondary Schools
Loreto College, Ballarat St Patrick’s College, Ballarat

Resources

Policies:

Click here for Position Description Safeguarding Officer

Click here for Commitment Statement to the Safety of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Click here for Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Code of Conduct

Click here for Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Safety Policy

Click here for  Reporting Obligations Flowchart

Click here for Grievance Policy

Parish News

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