The Parish of

Ballarat East


  • St Alipius

    82 Victoria Street, Ballarat East

  • Ss Peter & Paul's

    701 Fisken Street, Buninyong


Street Address
84 Victoria Street
Ballarat East  VIC  3350
(03) 5332 6611

Parish Office

Call the Parish office during office hours for weekday Mass times

5332 6611

Mass Times


St Alipius’ Church, Ballarat East

Weekday Masses
Monday – Saturday at 9.30am

Weekend Masses
Vigil Mass Saturday at 6.00pm

Sunday morning Mass
Odd weeks at 9.00am
Even weeks at 10.30am

Ss Peter & Paul’s Church, Buninyong


Weekend Masses
Sunday morning Mass
Odd weeks at 10.30am
Even weeks at 9.00am

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By appointment

Latest Parish Bulletin - 18 Dec 2020

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Our Parish

St Alipius – A History

Our story is a story of people, rather than buildings and dates, although it is important that we acknowledge these. It is the story of a people who have been brought together in faith and love.

St Alipius Parish has its beginnings in the Ballarat “Gold Rush” that started in August 1851. As thousands of people made their way to the diggings and a town quickly took shape, Father Patrick Dunne celebrated the first Mass for the Catholic miners in October 1851.

In late 1852 a second priest Father Matthew Downing arrived and named his Parish after St. Alipius and the Bishop of the time, James Alipius Goold.

In February 1853 Father Downing moved to the present St. Alipius site and erected a church made of slabs with a canvas roof. A school was also built and classes began on April 1st.

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St Alipius Parish Child Safety 

St Alipius parish is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and vulnerable adults.

St Alipius Parish Child Safety Policy – click here

St Alipius Parish Commitment to Child Safety – click here

St Alipius Code of Conduct – click here

Catholic Schools

St. Alipius’ Parish School
St. Francis Xavier Primary School
Emmaus Catholic Primary School
Damascus College


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all Baptisms and Sacraments of Initiation are currently  suspended until further notice.

Baptism and Sacramental Information – read here

2020 Sacramental Program Dates

St Alipius Parish Booklet 

This booklet celebrates who we are and what we do as a St Alipius Parish community. We are a diverse people sustained by the faith, religious and school communities which make up our parish. It contains information on parish groups, on the faith communities of Ballarat East and Buninyong, the community of the Sisters of Mercy and it looks at Catholic Education in the parish. It focusses on liturgical ministries, the sacramental programs and the stewardship program.  It is a snapshot of the many parts of the parish.


Parish Priest
Fr Jorge De Chavez OSJ

Parish Coordinator



Child Safeguarding Officer
Roxanne Leed


Parish News

September 22, 2020
Damascus Day
In 2020 as a consequence of COVID restrictions Damascus College Ballarat celebrated Damascus Day differently.
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July 10, 2020
Welcome Back
Damascus College Ballarat community welcomed back students with a guard of honour.
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September 6, 2020
Have you heard the Good News? CDF has developed an online thanksgiving portal, CDFpay for Parishes.
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