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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.

(During the Covid-19 emergency, Louise is most likely to be in the parish office on Fridays.)

Phone (03) 5562 5033.

Mass Times





This means that there will be no Mass at West Warrnambool or Dennington on Sunday or any other day for the foreseeable future.

Father Michael asks the prayers of all parishioners and visitors to this site that together and by God's grace we may deal wisely and well with the unaccustomed emergency.

For the bishops' letter about this matter, please click here.


Mass from St Joseph’s Warrnambool

Mass from St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne can be seen every day at


Mass for You at Home is telecast on channel 8 at 6 a.m. on Sundays and on Foxtel 173 at various times every day.



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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 opened in 1920 in 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



5 Lent A  2020

We live at a time of the Australian story when the number of people who are familiar with religious ideas and religious language seems to be decreasing rather rapidly. Otherwise, why would it be common for newspapers to refer to a priest or a minister as “a reverend” (which is just like referring to Sir Peter Cosgrove as “a sir”) or mentioning that on Sunday morning (before Covid-19) a priest “delivered” Mass – and mass, very likely, with a small “m”?

At least in 1989 John Howard, who had just been defeated for leadership of the Liberal Party, demonstrated some familiarity with the Gospel when he reflected that his chance of becoming leader again was like Lazarus with a triple bypass. I suppose in those days, just 30 years ago, most Australians understood the reference, whereas nowadays, perhaps, the question may be, “Lazarus Who?”

For people of faith, though, the story of Lazarus in today’s Gospel deserves consideration. At Mass last year we heard about the visit of Jesus and the disciples to the house of Martha and Mary when Mary was said to have chosen the better part because instead of rushing around like her sister, getting things ready for the unexpected visitors, she sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to him.

Today, it is Mary who invites Jesus to come to Lazarus’s tomb where, as we know (because we have heard the story many and many a time) Jesus calls to the dead man, “Lazarus, here! Come out!”

It is in the next line of the Gospel that we can see how the author has already prepared the way he will tell the Easter story when he wants us to be clear that the raising of Lazarus and the resurrection of Jesus are events of a different kind. Certainly, Jesus is God amongst us and as such he is the source of life even for those who have died. But anyway, the Gospel’s next line is: “The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bands of stuff and a cloth round his face.”

Now, consider the difference between that and what we know about the resurrection story: there, the garments of death are no longer being worn by the risen Christ; we are told that when Peter entered Jesus’ tomb he saw the grave clothes on the ground and the cloth that had covered Jesus’ face rolled up in a place by itself. But Lazarus came out of the tomb wearing his grave clothes and a cloth still round his face. He still needs those garments because he will die and be buried again, but Jesus who, in his resurrection, has conquered death, has left the garments of death behind.

And did it really happen like that? Who knows! What happened is that the author of the Gospel had a point to make about his faith and his community’s faith in the significance of Jesus’ resurrection, so already, when telling the story about Lazarus, he mentions grave clothes which he will also mention in his resurrection story.

It’s a constant wonder that the faith presented in the Gospels as a reflection of the faith that was cherished in the primitive Church is a measure of the faith of contemporary Christians like you and me. As you and I prepare for an Easter like none we have ever experienced before we still have the opportunity to reflect on the central article of our faith, the resurrection of Christ.

As St Paul tells the Corinthians (1 Cor. 15,14) “if Christ has not been raised then our preaching is useless and your believing is useless.” Thanks be to God, even without the Easter ceremonies this year – this year we still have faith.



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

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