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THE PARISH OF Ballarat East


  • St Alipius
    84 Victoria Street, Ballarat East
  • Ss Peter & Paul's
    701 Fisken Street, Buninyong


Street Address
84 Victoria Street
Ballarat East  VIC  3350

Phone:  (03) 5332 6611  




Mass Times

St. Alipius’ Church --  Ballarat East


Currently closed

Ss. Peter & Paul’s Church --  Buninyong


Currently closed

Other Times


Currently unavailable


By appointment

Latest Parish Bulletin - 5 Apr 2020 Read More View Archives

Our Parish

St Alipius - A History

Our story is a story of people, rather than buildings and dates, although it is important that we acknowledge these. It is the story of a people who have been brought together in faith and love.

St Alipius Parish has its beginnings in the Ballarat “Gold Rush” that started in August 1851. As thousands of people made their way to the diggings and a town quickly took shape, Father Patrick Dunne celebrated the first Mass for the Catholic miners in October 1851.

In late 1852 a second priest Father Matthew Downing arrived and named his Parish after St. Alipius and the Bishop of the time, James Alipius Goold.

In February 1853 Father Downing moved to the present St. Alipius site and erected a church made of slabs with a canvas roof. A school was also built and classes began on April 1st.

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St Alipius Parish Child Safety 

St Alipius parish is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and vulnerable adults.

St Alipius Parish Child Safety Policy - click here

St Alipius Parish Commitment to Child Safety - click here

St Alipius Code of Conduct - click here


Catholic Schools

St. Alipius’ Parish School
St. Francis Xavier Primary School
Emmaus Catholic Primary School
Damascus College


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all Baptisms and Sacraments of Initiation are currently  suspended until further notice.

Baptism and Sacramental Information - read here

2020 Sacramental Program Dates

St Alipius Parish Booklet 

This booklet celebrates who we are and what we do as a St Alipius Parish community.  We are a diverse people sustained by the faith, religious and school communities which make up our parish. It contains information on parish groups, on the faith communuties of Ballarat East and Buninyong, the community of the Sisters of Mercy and it looks at Catholic Education in the parish.  It focusses on liturgical ministries, the sacramental programs and the stewardship program.  It is a snapshot of the many parts of the parish.  




Parish Priest: 

Fr Jorge De Chavez OSJ 

Assistant Priest:

Fr Eladio Lizada OSJ
(Fr Eladio will be assisting with Masses in the Ballarat region) 

Parish Coordinator:

Lucy O'Beirne

Child Safeguarding Officer:

Roxanne Leed

Parish News

Ballarat East Stewardship Program 2019

13 March 2019

Ballarat East Stewardship Program Future Weekend

St Alipius Parish Booklet

31 October 2016

This booklet celebrates who we are and what we do as the St Alipius Parish Community.

SAP News

6 August 2015

SAP News is back!

Parish Map

St Alipius

84 Victoria Street, 84 Victoria Street

Ss Peter & Paul's

701 Fisken Street, 701 Fisken 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