The Parish of
Cnr Albert & Vale Streets, Sebastopol
PO Box 13
Sebastopol VIC 3356
Tuesdays 9.15am – 3.00pm
Fridays 9.15am – 3.00pm
Weekdays Friday 9:30 am usually (refer to current notice sheet for weekday mass times)
|During Daylight Savings Time, October-April, Vigil Mass time at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat is 6.30p.m. and at St. Aloysius’, Redan 6.00p.m.
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Fr Eugene McKinnon
(Resident in Redan)
(Fr Eugene is also Parish Priest of Redan and Linton)
|Parish Coordinator and Child Safety Officer
|Catholic Primary School
|St James’ Primary School, Sebastopol
260 Albert Street, Sebastopol, 3356
Phone (03) 5335 8750
Fax (03) 5335 6292
Click here for website
Peter Fahey & Garth Kydd
Ballarat (Cathderal, Sebastopol, Redan, Beaufort)
The Parish of St James’ Sebastopol was established in 1963. Prior to this, Catholics in the area were ministered to by priests from St Patrick’s Cathedral who celebrated Mass and the Sacraments in the Chapel at St Joseph’s Home (Nazareth House). With much generosity and hard work, the presbytery was furnished, land bought and the Church finally completed, blessed and opened in 1968.
Rev John Smith was the first Parish Priest; John Bylsma & Sons were the builders and Mr Tony Rieter, the designer – two of the many new Catholic arrivals from other countries who made their homes in Sebastopol in that period. In response to the growing number of newly arrived families mainly of Dutch and Polish origin, St James’ School had already been built, blessed and opened in 1956, staffed by Sisters of Mercy, Ballarat East.
The Parish and school communities have continued to grow and the buildings have seen a number of changes and refurbishment over the years. In 1996 the Catholic community of St Patrick’s Rokewood formally became part of the St James’ Parish, Sebastopol, when Cressy Parish closed. We give thanks to God for the faith, foresight, generosity and hard work of all those who have contributed to the physical and spiritual growth of our Parish Community.
The community of St Patrick’s, Rokewood celebrated their final Mass in November 2020.
Please click here for Confirmation Program & Registration 2023
Please click here for Commitment Statement to Child Safety
Please click here for Child Safety Code of Conduct
Please click here for Child, Young People & Vulnerable Adults Safety Policy
Please click here for “Rights and Responsibilities” Poster
Please click here for “Feel Safe and Be Safe in our Church” Poster
Please click here for “If you see something that concerns you, say something” Poster
Please click here for Diocesan Children, Young People and Adults at Risk Safety Policy
Standard 1 of the Victorian Childsafe Standards
Aboriginal cultural safety—a conversation with Sherry Balcombe and Michael Chisholm I July 2022