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

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Postal & Street Address
3 Lyons Street, Ballarat.
Phone 5331 2933 Email
ballarat@ballarat.catholic.org.au
Website
stpatscathedral.weebly.com
   

Mass Times

Weekends

6.30 pm - (Vigil) Saturday 

8.00 am - Sunday
10.30 am - Sunday
5.00 pm - Sunday

 

 

Weekdays
12.05 pm - Monday - Friday
10.00 am - Saturday

Reconciliation (Sacrament of Penance, First Rite)
11.00 am - Friday
11.30 am - Saturday

Latest Parish Bulletin - 24 Sep 2017 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

Parish Administrator
Rev Justin Driscoll VG

Rev Justin Driscoll is also Administrator of Beaufort Parish and Linton Parish

Pastoral staff
Fr Anthony Balakishore Nagothu

Fr Sajan Mathew

 

Parish Secretary
Jacinta Westbrook

Finance Officer

Jess Salazar

Cathedral Parish Pastoral Associate for Base Hospital
Tracy Sillekins
Family Ministry Co-ordinator
Anita Houlihan

Ministries

Baptism Preparation
Please contact the Parish Office
Funeral Ministry Team
Mrs Helen Lee
 
Godstart Program
Sarah Kuek
Catholic Women’s League
Gertie Mangan
 

Friends in Faith Youth Group

Altar Servers
 
Refugee Support Group
Kath Morton
Children’s Liturgy
 
Charismatic Prayer Group
Marie Taffe
Communion to the Sick and housebound
Office
Sacramental Program
Anita Houlihan
RCIA
Kay Curran
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

Please click here for Sacramental Journey Information

Please click here for Sacramental Program Dates 2017

Please click here for Sacramental Program Enrolment Form

Please click here for Child Safety Code of Conduct

Please click here for Child Safety Policy

Parish News

St Patrick’s Cathedral Community Space

2 March 2016

In a spirit of healing and reconciliation, the St Patrick’ Cathedral parish invites neighbours, local community members, organisations and businesses to a community workshop for the Cathedral garden and surrounds.

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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