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The Parish of



  • St James

    Cnr Albert & Vale Streets, Sebastopol


Postal Address
PO Box 13
Sebastopol  VIC 3356
Open Hours
Tuesdays 9.15am – 3.00pm
Fridays 9.15am – 3.00pm
0428 699624


Mass Times


Sunday 10:30am
Weekdays Friday 9:30 am usually (refer to current notice sheet for weekday mass times)

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Ministry District:  Linton, Redan and Sebastopol Parishes

Parish Priest
Fr Concord Bagaoisan OSJ
Assistant Priest
Fr Eladio Lizada OSJ
Parish Coordinator and Child Safety Officer
Pauline O’Brien
Catholic Primary Schools
St James’ Primary School, Sebastopol
260 Albert Street,  Sebastopol, 3356
Phone (03) 5335 8750
Fax (03) 5335 6292
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Peter Fahey & Garth Kydd

Our Parish


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 Sacramental Program 2024

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








Parish News

October 11, 2023
Real-World Change Team Award 2023
St James’ Primary School Sebastopol staff were awarded the Centre's "Real Change Team Award" for Digital Play.
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July 14, 2020
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September 6, 2020
Have you heard the Good News? CDF has developed an online thanksgiving portal, CDFpay for Parishes.
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July 10, 2020
Sebastopol Stewardship Program 2019
Sebastopol Stewardship Program Future Weekend
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