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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
Phone (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, Thursdays and Fridays.

Phone (03) 5562 5033.

Mass Times

Wednesday 10.00am

West Warrnambool
Saturday 6.00pm

West Warrnambool
Sunday 10.00am



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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 established in the 1920s adjacent to 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
Tylden Street

Kathy Dalton

Phone:  (03) 5562 5362



St Pius X Primary School
32-34 Hoddle Street, WARRNAMBOOL VIC 328

Principal Joseph Ewing

Phone (03) 5562 2506



3 Advent C  2018

I’m sure that many of you remember that about two and a half years ago a local surgeon provided me with an artificial knee; and you might also remember that after the operation things didn’t progress altogether according to plan, as a result of which I was still in the hospital some three weeks later and beginning to go, if you’ll excuse the expression, a little bit stir crazy. But my abiding memory of that time has to do, not only with my stay in hospital, but with my return home and the way I was so well looked after by so many local people. I hope I never forget how good people were to me then; they looked after the house, turned on the heater every morning, brought me meals every day for weeks and weeks, visited me, kept me up-to-date with all that was going on in the district, provided essential supplies such as boxes of chocolates, collected the morning papers, brought books for me to read and generally treated me as their own nearest and dearest. Honestly, I couldn’t have been better cared for if I had sons and daughters all up and down Morriss Road!


In addition to the decent people of West Warrnambool and Dennington, a team of professional people also provided some rehabilitation therapy, part of which involved some group work led by a psychologist. In the course of that experience, I admitted to the group that while I was in hospital I felt unable to look after some of my own needs as well as I should.


As a qualified social worker, I should have known what would happen next! The psychologist immediately jumped on my use of the word “should”. “There’s no such thing as ‘should’ ” she said. And although I don’t think she said “It is what it is”, she gave me to understand that it is necessary to accept the way things actually are without ascribing moral imperatives to them, or imagining that there’s some other way that things “ought” to be.


Certainly there’s a measure of truth in that, which is not to say that there is no such thing as “should”.  There are some things we should do. We should do good and avoid evil. We should love God and our neighbour. We should treat others as we would wish others to treat us. And indeed, if we are Christians, we should prepare during Advent for a happy and holy Christmas.


Which brings us, I think, to today’s Gospel, where people are seeking guidance from John the Baptist. They want to know what they should do.  There’s no suggestion that the whole answer to the question might have been “Do what you like.” In the first example, John reminds people that those who are better off – even marginally better off, to the extent of having a spare shirt – should share what they have with those who don’t even have that much. John also has specific answers for people in particular occupations, in our example tax collectors and soldiers. In every case, John tells his listeners what they should do.  There were things that those groups should have been doing, and there are certain things that we should do too.


As we come to the end of another year (and for some of us, such as the people saying goodbye to primary school, it’s the end of an important stage in life’s journey) the liturgy invites us to face the reality that human beings such as ourselves are correct to be aware that as human beings we have certain rights.  It invites us to consider, and to remember, that we also have certain responsibilities.  We have responsibilities to ourselves, to our neighbour and to God.


Part of the Advent Season involves paying attention to those rights and responsibilities, and in that way to prepare as we should for the celebration of a happy and holy Christmas.

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 the Parish Commitment Statement to Child Safety Policy.

Click here for the Parish Child Safety Policy.

Click here for the Parish Child Safety Code of Conduct.

Plenary Council 2020

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Parish Map

St Pius X

80 Morriss Road, 80 Morriss Road

St John the Baptist

263 Russell Street, 263 Russell 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