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  • Immaculate Conception
    304 Barkly Street, Ararat
  • St Bernard’s
    76 Montgomery Street, Lake Bolac


Postal Address
PO Box 92
Ararat  VIC  3377

Phone  (03) 5352 5460

Street Address
304 Barkly Street
Ararat  VIC  3377

Mass Times

Immaculate Conception, Ararat
Saturday - 6.00pm.
Sunday - 10.30am
St. Bernard's, Lake Bolac
1st, 3rd, 4th & 5th Sundays - Mass 8.30am


Latest Parish Bulletin - 20 Oct 2019 Read More View Archives

Our Parish

The Parish and its People

Ararat is a thriving town with a population of almost 8,000. It lies in the electoral district of Ripon and borders the Wimmera. The Grampians region is a short drive from Ararat and includes some of the State's best wineries. Other primary industries include wool and beef. Ararat is nestled between several mountain ranges -  including the Grampians National Park, Mount Langi Ghiran, Mount Cole, Mount Buangor, Ararat Hills Regional Park and the Pyrenees Ranges. Olympic cyclist (Silver & Bronze medal winner) Shane Kelly was born in Ararat in 1972.

Catholic Schools:

St. Mary’s Primary School
Marian College (Brigidine Sisters)

The Immaculate Conception Parish Ararat was established in 1858 by Bishop James Alipius Goold OSA of Melbourne.
The first Parish Priest was Father Thomas Barrett. 

The Church caught fire in 2007 but out of this came an idea for a Parish Centre. This was built right behind the main church. This centre can be hired for conferences, baptisms and other general meetings.


Parish Priest

Rev Andrew Hayes


Assistant Priest

Fr Son Nguyen CSsR

Parish Pastoral Council

Charlie Reid - Facilitator

Pat Lardner

Office Hours

10am – 3pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Office Phone
(03) 5352 5460
Parish Secretary
Joyce Clery


Click here for information regarding the provision of Safe Churches

Click here for the Parish Child Safety Policy

Parish News


15 June 2015

On Sunday March 22, Fr Andrew Hayes presented a concert in Ararat as a fundraiser for a proposed mosque.

Parish Map

Immaculate Conception

304 Barkly Street, 304 Barkly Street

St Bernard’s

76 Montgomery Street, 76 Montgomery Street

We are the Catholic Church in the Ballarat Diocese
we gather in the name of Jesus from the Murray to the sea
in interwoven faith communities. Spirit filled
we celebrate and share our journey
reaching out to nurture all God's people.

Diocesan Vision Statement 2005

All Enquiries

PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

Where to find us

Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353