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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

The parish office is located within the presbytery at 84 Victoria St.

Office Hours 

Tuesday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Wednesday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Thursday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Friday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon

Phone: 5332 6611

Mass Times

St Alipius’ Church, Ballarat East


Weekday Masses
Please refer to the Parish Bulletin for Week day Mass times

Weekend Masses
Vigil Mass Saturday at 6.00 pm

Sunday morning Mass
1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays at 9.00 am
2nd & 4th Sundays at 10.30 am

Ss Peter & Paul’s Church, Buninyong


Weekend Masses
Sunday morning Mass
1st, 3rd & 5th Sundays at 10.30 am
2nd & 4th Sundays at 9.00 am


By appointment


By appointment

Latest Parish Bulletin - 12 Apr 2024

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Ministry District:  Ballarat East, Bungaree and Gordon Parishes

Parish Priest

Fr Justin Driscoll PP

Assistant Priest

Fr Matthew Restall

Parish Coordinator

Cathy Prunty

Administrative Assistant

Natalie Shannon

Child Safeguarding Officer
Emily Clarke

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


We welcome inquiries for all sacraments in St. Alipius Parish.



Baptism is the first of the three sacraments of initiation, the journey to full membership of the Catholic faith.  The first step in the process to having your child baptised to is attend a preparation session at the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Hall.  These sessions are held on the first Thursday of each month and you can choose between 10am or 5.30 pm.  At this session you will be given an enrolment form which you are invited to submit at our parish office.  When submitting the form, you can book a date for baptism.  Baptisms are held at 10.30 am masses at St. Alipius and Ss. Peter and Paul in Buninyong.



Dates for the preparation and celebration of Sacraments for 2024 are now available.  Please click on the following for detail information.  Don’t hesitate to contact the parish office for further details or clarification.



Preparation for First Eucharist begins on April 18th with Parent Information Sessions at 10.30 am and 6pm in St. Alipius Church.  If you know of anyone who would like to be part of this program, please refer them to the parish office for more information.  Children who wish to receive the sacrament of Eucharist for the first time should be in Year 4 or older and have been confirmed.  Preparation for this sacrament is family based and parents will receive relevant material at the information session.  The program is supported by the catholic schools in our parish.  Students from government schools will be required to meet with Cathy for their preparation on Thursdays during this time.  Parents can enrol their child and indicate which information session they will attending by following this link.




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