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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, Wednesdays and Fridays. At the moment, she is on holidays until Tuesday 14 January.

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

Joseph Ewing

Phone (03) 5562 2506



2 A  2020

On Friday I started to write a homily for today, and the further I went, the more complicated it looked till in the end I decided that all I could do was either sook or sulk.  In the end I did neither. Another matter came up and I put the homily aside till Saturday afternoon, still not very confident that I would do much good.

So today I just want to think out loud for a bit about some issues raised for me by the Gospel according to John, from which today’s Gospel reading is taken, and the Gospel according to Matthew, from which we shall be hearing on most Sundays of the present year, which, in the liturgical books, is called Year A.

To begin with Matthew: A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany which is concerned with the revelation of the Gospel to the nations, represented by the wise men who visited the Infant Jesus and his Mother.  They had seen a new star in the East, and set out on a journey to Jerusalem in search of the new-born king of the Jews.

Now, the expression “king of the Jews” doesn’t appear again in the Gospel according to Matthew until the author gets round to telling the story of Jesus’ suffering and death, in Chapter 27 of the 28-chapter Gospel. It appears there two or three times, but in particular on the sign that is attached to the Cross, the one that says, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews”.

And what I wonder is, can we properly say that this expression, “king of the Jews” is like a pair of bookends surrounding Matthew’s Gospel narrative? When extracts from Matthew’s version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ are read to us at Sunday Mass this year, will it help us to appreciate and understand those Gospel readings if we remember that Matthew’s Jesus is King of the Jews? King of our Hearts? Christ the King? And will remembering that help us (if I may appropriate the prayer of St Richard of Chichester) to know him more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly, day by day.

But, in addition, I wonder if there’s a similar thing going on in the Gospel according to John from which today’s Gospel reading is taken.  A week ago, we commemorated the Baptism of the Lord and because it’s Year A we heard a reading from the Gospel according to Matthew. But all four Gospels tell of Jesus’ Baptism and all four mention the descent of the Holy Spirit on Jesus as part of the story.

Now, when the author of the fourth Gospel writes about the death of Jesus he uses an expression that, in the translation found in some of the old English-language Bibles has come to mean, “he died.”  What it says is, “He gave up the ghost.” But when we hear that part of the Gospel on Good Friday, it says “he gave up his spirit.”  He gave up that same Holy Spirit that descended on him at his Baptism. For the fourth Gospel the death of Jesus marks the beginning of a community of faith inspired by the Spirit of God.

So just as I think we might keep in the back of our minds this year that the Gospel according to Matthew takes very seriously the idea that Jesus is King and that the wise men who sought the new-born king were right on the money, so we might consider the importance of the Church at its best as a Spirit-filled community, enlivened still by the death of Jesus who, as he died, gave over the Spirit to the community of his disciples.


Professional Standards.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer, overseeng 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.



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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

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PO Box 576
Ballarat, Victoria 3353

Phone +61 3 5337 7111

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