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

We are excited to be able to celebrate mass with more members of the Parish community this weekend. We ask all to pre book through for weekend mass, but happy to accept people at the door during the week. All mass times except Saturday morning and Sunday evening will require proof of vaccination. We thank you for your cooperation with this.

Call the Parish office during office hours for weekday Mass times

Office Hours 

The Parish Office will be closed from Dec 24, 2021 until January 10th.

The Office will run on reduced hours throughout January.

All emails will be checked on a regular basis.

Phone 5332 6611

Mass Times


St Alipius’ Church, Ballarat East


Weekday Masses
To be Advised

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

By appointmentMarriages
By appointment

Latest Parish Bulletin - 13 Jan 2022

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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 Children Young People and Vulnerable Adults Safety Policy

St Alipius Parish Commitment to Child Safety – click Children Young People and Vulnerable Adults Commitment Statement

St Alipius Code of Conduct – click Children Young People and Vulnerable Adults Code of Conduct

Catholic Schools

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


All sacraments are available through the St Alipius Parish.

Baptism Information can be obtained through contacting the Parish Office.

The parish will be releasing its 2022 Sacramental Plan late January.

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 Jr De Chavez OSJ

Parish Coordinator

Bronwyn Ballesty


Child Safeguarding Officer
Bronwyn Ballesty


Parish News

December 7, 2021
A message of hope and truth
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November 4, 2021
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September 17, 2021
Social Services Sunday
September 19 marks Social Services Sunday
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September 10, 2021
Safeguarding Sunday 2021
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