The Parish of
Corner of Lydiard & Gregory Street, Ballarat North
Postal & Street Address:
306 Gregory Street
Ballarat North VIC 3350
Due to Covid-19 restrictions for Victoria, we are currently unable to gather for Mass or any Sacraments. Please contact the office if you require more information. The Victorian Bishops have announced that all the faithful are dispensed from their Sunday obligation.
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.
Sacraments for 2020 have been suspended due to the limit to the number of people being able to gather at one time and the restrictions of social distancing etc. If you have any queries please contact the office.
Latest Parish Bulletin - 18 Sep 2020Read More View Archives
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.
Fr Marcello Colasante
(Fr Marcello is also Parish Priest of Wendouree Parish and Administrator of Beaufort Parish)
Mr Peter Marquand
If 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
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)