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  • St Patrick's Cathedral
    3 Lyons Street South, Ballarat

Presbytery

Postal & Street Address
3 Lyons Street South, Ballarat.
Phone   53 312 933 Email
ballarat@ballarat.catholic.org.au

 

Website
stpatscathedral.weebly.com

 

 

   

Current Parish News

Parish News 12-07-2020 in online format available for viewing here

 

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/patricks.cathedral.9

 

   

Parish Office

Office hours:

Monday to Friday

10.00am to 5.00pm

 

 

Mass Times

 

St Patrick's Cathedral is closed to the public.


Mass continues to be celebrated at 10.00am in the Cathedral each morning.


Registration for the 10am weekday Masses is not required, but you are asked to sign in upon arrival and it is the first 20 who get to attend. 

Weekend Masses are held at 5.00pm (Vigil) Saturday, 8.30am and 10.00am Sundays.
Registration is essential for these Masses.

In summary: 
 
* 10.00am weekday Mass (for 20 people only)
* 5.00pm Evening Prayer (for 20 people only)

  
Registering via the Parish Office via email or by phone the Parish Office on 53 312 933 will be necessary for all other Masses 
Saturday 5.00pm Vigil and Sunday 8.30am and 10.00am; where your name and contact details will be required.

A reminder the current government regulations allow 20 people to attend, provided they keep the appropriate physical distancing and that the Parish keep a record of those in attendance together with their contact details.

Cleaning is more important than ever and those who attend these Masses are invited to assist with the cleaning of the plastic chairs that are being used. Thank you to our Cathedral cleaning teams who have resumed their cleaning of the Cathedral. Some of these teams are depleted in numbers, so if you could help by joining a cleaning team you'd be very welcome! Contact the Parish Office to see how you go about this.
 
We ask that you remain in the designated area only of the Cathedral for Mass and Evening Prayer.
 
For the moment these are the only occasions that the Cathedral will be open.  The Cathedral will remain locked at all other times.

 

Watching Mass at Home:
Mass will be live streamed daily at 11.30am from 

St John of God Hospital Chapel Ballarat via the following link:  Patrick’s Cathedral on Facebook 

or may be watched via the website: stpatscathedral.weebly.com

(For the foreseeable future, Fr Justin will continue to celebrate 11.30am Mass each day, live streamed from the Chapel at St John of God Hospital.?)

 

The Parish Office remains open.

If you would like to receive our Parish newsletter each week, please call or email the Parish office with your details and you will be included in weekly communication.

 

Our Parish website will also have more information, resources and updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation

(Sacrament of Penance, First Rite)

Please phone the Parish Office. 

Latest Parish Bulletin - 3 May 2020 Read More View Archives

Our Parish

About

St Patrick's Cathedral first conducted services from 1851 onwards, the parish of Ballarat was instituted in 1852. The first Parish Priest was Father Matthew Downing,who selected in 1853 the two acres site for this church which was granted under a crown Grant in 1855.

The style of the church is early Gothic from the era of Edward the 1st in the 13th Century.

 

History

Although Catholic Services were conducted in Ballarat from 1851onwards, the parish of Ballarat was instituted in 1852. The first Parish Priest here was Father Matthew Downing who selected in 1853 the 2 acre site for this church which was granted under a Crown Grant in 1855.

The style of the church is early Gothic from the era of Edward the 1st in the 13th Century. The dimensions are basically 150ft by l00ft. February 7th 1858 Bishop James Alipius Goold laid the foundation stone for the church which commenced being used on a regular basis for Mass in 1863. The miners presented the Bishop with gold nuggets which were formed into a Chalice and Patten which are today in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. With this exception all the presentation plate is still held by the Diocese.

This was Ballarat’s only parish church from 1863 to 1963.The official opening of the church was in 1871 and when the diocese of Ballarat was formed in 1874 the first Bishop Dr Michael O’Connor chose it for his Cathedral.

When St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat was finally consecrated in 1891 by Cardinal Moran of Sydney it was the first Catholic Cathedral consecrated in the Australian Colonies, making it today Australia’s oldest.

1887 Present High Altar & Stations of the Cross purchased in Rome. The altar is of Carrara marble inlaid with precious stones including Antico Rossi, Lapis Lazuli and antique marbles.

When St Patrick’s Cathedral Ballarat was finally consecrated in 1891 by Cardinal Moran of Sydney it was the first Catholic Cathedral consecrated in the Australian Colonies, making it today Australia’s oldest.

Present High Altar & Stations of the Cross purchased in Rome. The altar is of Carrara marble inlaid with precious stones including Antico Rossi, Lapis Lazuli and antique marbles.The stained glass windows were introduced in from 1883 the first being that over the chancel. Following this were the Lady Chapel window and Blessed Sacrament Chapel window. These three windows were made in Germany: note their slight variation in colour to the other windows.

The remainder were gradually added to, until complete in 1910. Of these, the first was presented by the Loreto Sisters representing St Brigid -note her Crozier- traditional mark of a Bishop. On the opposite side of the narthex is St Patrick’s window donated by the third Bishop, Bishop Higgins.---note the crozier piercing Aengus through the foot. Both these windows have the Holy Spirit uppermost. The side windows depict the parables.The tiles of the Sanctuary and side chapels are from Austria and those in the nave from Minton’s England. The first organ installed in 1867, was replaced with the Fincham in 1930.

Five of Ballarat’s eight Bishop’s are buried in the crypt.

 

Virtual Tour of St Patrick's Cathedral

Personnel

Cathedral Clergy 
Bishop Paul Bird  CSsR

 
Fr Justin Driscoll
(Administrator)


Fr Shaiju Mathew

Visiting Priests

Fr Dan Arundell

Fr Barry Ryan

 

Parish Co-ordinator

Anita Houlihan (Mon - Thurs)

 

 

Finance Officer

Kerrie McTigue (Mon - Fri)

Cathedral Parish Pastoral Associate for Base Hospital
TBA

Parish Safeguarding Officer
Anita Houlihan
 
 

Ministries

Baptisms

Please telephone the Parish Office for information and to make a booking for Baptism.

 

Funeral Ministry Team
Mrs Helen Lee

Weddings

To book St Patrick's Cathedral for a wedding, please telephone the Parish Office.

Please click here to read the "Getting Married at St Patrick's Cathedral" booklet.

 

Please click here to obtain a Wedding Booking form.

Godstart Program
Sarah Kuek
Catholic Women’s League
Gertie Mangan

Youth Ministry

 

Friends in Faith Youth Group

Altar Servers
 
Refugee Support Group
 

 
Charismatic Prayer Group
 
Communion to the Sick and housebound
Parish Office

Sacramental Program

Please click here for 'The Sacramental journey explained...'

 

Please click here for Sacramental Program Registration leaflet

 

For preparation dates, please call the Parish Office.

RCIA
Susan Crowe
RCIC
Anita Houlihan

 

Parish Primary Schools
St Patrick's Primary School, Ballarat St Thomas More Primary School, Alfredton Siena Catholic Primary School, Lucas
Secondary Schools
Loreto College, Ballarat St Patrick's College, Ballarat  

Resources

Policies:

Click here for Position Description Safeguarding Officer

Click here for Commitment Statement to the Safety of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Click here for Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Code of Conduct

Click here for Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults Safety Policy

Please click here for  Reporting Obligations Flowchart

Please click here for Grievance Policy

Parish News

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Church

St Patrick's Cathedral

3 Lyons Street South, 3 Lyons Street South

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