The Parish of

Ballarat North


  • St Columba's

    Corner of Lydiard & Gregory Street, Ballarat North


Postal & Street Address:
306 Gregory Street
Ballarat North  VIC  3350



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Attending Masses in the Parish:

Please DO NOT attend if you are feeling unwell.

Church capacity: 125

Daily Mass:
10.00am Mass Wednesdays – you do not need to preregister for this Mass. Please check bulletin for any changes.

Please scan the QR Code on the door as you enter. It is helpful to also sign in so we can manage our numbers. Sign in sheets are in the foyer. 



Parish Office

Tuesday 9am -12 noon and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am – 1pm



For pastoral, Baptism and Sacramental inquiries please email or telephone Judith for updated information – see contact details above.

306 Gregory Street, Ballarat North
(behind the Church follow the yellow footprints)

New Baptism details and schedule are available from the office. The next Baptism Preparation session will be on April 8th at 10am and 5.30pm in the McGlowery/MacKillop room at St Patrick’s Cathedral precinct. Please ring the Parish for more info and to register.

Baptisms take place during the 5pm Saturday vigil.

Sacramental Program

Sacramental programs are family based, parish coordinated and school supported. Each year the sacraments of Confirmation, Eucharist and Reconciliation are celebrated in the Parish. The Parish and School are charged with assisting parents to bring up their child/ren in the faith of the Catholic Church.

The Parish and School share this responsibility with the parents and so, together in partnership, the spiritual development of the child can be nurtured and grown. Sacraments are supported, but not restricted, to the following Year levels.

Grade 3 – Confirmation

Grade 4 – Eucharist and Reconciliation part 1

Grade 6 – Reconciliation Part 2

In 2021 we are offering extra opportunities to allow children to catch up.

Proposed Dates for 2021

Sacrament of Confirmation Grade 4 – Term One

Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist Grade 5 – Term Two

Sacrament of Confirmation Grade 3 – Term Three

Sacraments of Reconciliation (parts 1 & 2) and Eucharist – possible catch up late term 3 and term 4 (to be confirmed)

To obtain a registration form and to enrol at our Information session please contact Judith:


Mass Times


Saturday evening Mass 5pm Wednesday Mass 10am 

Latest Parish Bulletin - 16 Apr 2021

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Our Parish

Welcome to St Columba’s Parish. Our church is located on the corner of Lydiard & Gregory Street, Ballarat North.

St Columba’s Primary School


  • On 31st January, 1911, St. Columba’s School was opened for students and was staffed by Sisters of Mercy who travelled each day from Ballarat East. Because the Bishop was away at the time, the official blessing and opening took place later that year.
  • Ballarat North community had its own church in 1919 when a wooden church, which had been built about 1892 as the original chapel of the Redemptorist Monastery in Wendouree, was moved to the site on Gregory Street, alongside the existing primary school.
  • The present church was built in its original form in 1940, and the former wooden church became part of the primary school, originally used as classrooms and later as an assembly hall. There it stayed until 2007 when the school’s needs demanded not only the space but a more up-to-date area for school assemblies and other functions.
  • The 1940 church underwent extensive refurbishment in the years after Vatican II, allowing a more open and simple arrangement while respecting the intrinsic beauty of the original building.
  • Later still, an entrance foyer was added, not only to serve as a gathering (and de-briefing!) space, but also to allow for the various parish meetings.
  • The stained glass windows in the church are neither spectacular nor lavish, but they are rich in symbols from both the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament.
  • Although the parish community had a distinct identity of its own from 1911, Ballarat North did not officially become a parish until 1971. The presbytery at the rear of the church was actually built before then (1958), and served as a residence for a number of priests who were engaged in various ministries in Ballarat and beyond.
  • Many of the parishioners who have lived in the area for many years have fond memories of the pastors who served as their parish priests: Fathers Boylan, Martin, van de Camp and Brophy. In 2002 when Fr. Brophy was moved to Mildura, the parish lost the ministry of a resident priest, was then administered from St. Patrick’s Cathedral until it came under the care of Father Gerard Prunty, Administrator of both OLHC Wendouree and St Columba’s. The community has retained a strong identity of its own.
  • Mass is celebrated at 6pm on Saturday evenings, and 10am on Sunday mornings.  A regular group of parishioners warmly welcomes you on Wednesday mornings at 9.30am for Mass in the Church foyer.


Parish Priest
Fr Marcello Colasante
(Fr Marcello is also Parish Priest of Wendouree Parish and Administrator of Beaufort Parish)                                             Email:
Pastoral Associate
Judith O’SullivanEmail:
Safeguarding Officer
Mr Peter MarquandIf you wish to contact Peter, please send any information via the Parish email or postal address marked for his attention and we will ensure he receives it.
Parish Pastoral Council
Judy Brown
Georgina Hinchey
Diane Cowie
Rudi van der Voort
Shaun Mohr (School Co Principal)
Bambi Afford (School Co Principal)
Judith O’Sullivan (Pastoral Associate)
Torie Waight (School RE co-ordinator)



Parish News

September 6, 2020
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July 10, 2020
Ballarat North Stewardship Program 2019
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