The Parish of

Warrnambool West & Dennington


  • St Pius X

    80 Morriss Road, Warrnambool West

  • St John the Baptist

    263 Russell Street, Dennington



Postal Address
C/- Post Office
Dennington  VIC  3280

76 Morriss Road
Warrnambool  VIC  3280

(03) 5562 5033


Parish Office

Mrs Louise Dryburgh is usually available in the parish office from
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Phone (03) 5562 5033.

Mass Times


This means that there will be no Mass at West Warrnambool or Dennington on Sunday or any other day for the foreseeable future.

Father Michael asks the prayers of all parishioners and visitors to this site that together and by God’s grace we may deal wisely and well with the unaccustomed emergency.

For the bishops’ letter about this matter, please click here.

Mass from St Joseph’s Warrnambool

Mass from St Patrick’s Cathedral Melbourne can be seen every day at

Mass for You at Home is telecast on channel 8 at 6 a.m. on Sundays and on Foxtel 173 at various times every day.


Latest Parish Bulletin - 13 Sep 2020

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Our Parish

St Pius X Parish was established in 1970. Its first Parish Priest was the late Father P.M. Bohan and it was then the only totally urban parish in the Diocese of Ballarat. Previously, the area was part of St Joseph’s Parish, Warrnambool, as was St Pius X School which had opened in 1962.

The neighbouring parish of St John the Baptist at Dennington was also part of the Warrnambool parish until 1965 when the late Father G.G. Payne became its first Parish Priest. (His name is commemorated at Dennington’s G.G. Payne Reserve.) The Dennington parish school, now at 263 Russell Street, was opened in 1920 in the former church in Tylden Street.

The two parishes currently share one priest, but the involvement of an active laity enables them to continue to fulfil the hopes and dreams of their earliest days, as they endeavour to respond creatively to the challenges and opportunities of contemporary society.


Parish Priest
Fr Michael Linehan
Catholic Schools
St John’s Primary School
263 Russell Street
Kathy Dalton
Phone (03) 5562 5362
St Pius X Primary School
32-34 Hoddle Street
Joseph Ewing
Phone (03) 5562 2506



24 A  2020

In the days when we used to gather each week for Mass, as well as selections from the Gospel, we used to hear a first reading, usually from the Hebrew Scriptures, the theme of which was similar to a theme of the Gospel of the day. There would also be a second reading, usually from one of the New Testament Epistles, but its theme, or its main idea, was usually unrelated to the main idea of the other two readings.  And so it is today.

In today’s second reading, if I am correct, St Paul tells the Romans that we are the People of God – or we are God’s people – whether in life or in death. But again – if I am correct – both the first reading and the Gospel deal with one principal theme, and the theme is to do with forgiveness. The author of the Book of Ecclesiasticus has the idea that if you can forgive a fellow citizen who harms you, your own sins will be forgiven, but if you are unforgiving of others you yourself can hardly expect forgiveness from God.

And then there is the Gospel. Peter is wrestling with the need to forgive someone else not just once but multiple times; and he asks Jesus how many times he has to do it – surely not seven times! But Jesus isn’t counting: “Not seven” he says. He says, “Seventy seven times” – or perhaps he means seventy times seven times. It’s not a matter of arithmetic. And he tells the story of the king who forgave a prodigious debt – billions of dollars, if you like, but anyway an outrageous amount – all for a debtor who humiliated a fellow servant and treated him shamefully for the sake of a quite trivial sum.

And in the end, the point: you’d better forgive your brother from your heart.

The thing is, we know that. I’m sure we are perfectly aware of Jesus’ standards. I’m aware of them every time I pray, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” I’m rather glad that I don’t have to pray “Forgive me my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me” because to be brutally honest I don’t think I could say that prayer with any sort of integrity.

I know that I’m one of the “us” who prays “forgive us as we forgive” but essentially I’m happier relying on the goodness of the faith community I belong to than I am relying on any virtue of my own. The forgiving “us”, made up as it is of “the ones who are good and the ones who are bad: as good and as bad as I”, is nevertheless the holy catholic Church and I find it easier to rely on the divine grace that stimulates – animates – the Church than to rely on my own miserable desire to make those who hurt me suffer.

And that’s one reason why I pray so often, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen”. I don’t need to be consistent; I don’t need to change the prayer to “pray for me, a sinner, now and at the hour of my death.”  It’s a prayer for the Church that I’m part of, the people who support me, and with whom I find grace. I still hope I’ll keep learning the importance of forgiveness. I hope I’ll be better than I think I am at putting it into practice. But if I do, it will certainly be because of the power of the grace from above…which is shorthand, I suppose, for the divine forgiveness that makes any forgiveness that I can achieve a real possibility.

Professional Standards.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer, overseeing and supporting our commitment to Child Safety, is Mrs Rachel Brown, telephone 0402 009 785.

Click Here for Our Code of Conduct for Safeguarding the Vulnerable

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