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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

Joseph Ewing

Phone (03) 5562 2506



Corpus Christi C  2019

A couple of years ago I had a phone call from a woman in an employment agency in Brisbane. She wanted to know if there was a Latin Mass celebrated on Sundays in Warrnambool. And after I gave her the obvious answer, I asked her why she wanted to know.  Well, she said, we have found a job in Warrnambool for a client of ours, but he won’t move from Brisbane unless he can attend a Latin Mass on Sundays…and, she said, I thought that if any Warrnambool church was likely to have a Latin Mass it would be St Pius X!

Her thinking, as some of you may have noticed, was influenced by her realisation that following the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s a French Archbishop, Marcel Lefebvre, had founded the Society of St Pius X, a group of priests and other people who believed that the Council had betrayed traditional Catholicism to such an extent that the post-Vatican II Church wasn’t really Catholic any more, and had therefore to be abandoned.

This organisation, which instead of maintaining the true faith had actually cut itself off from it, encouraged a certain devotion to St Pius X, of whom it’s fair to say that he was highly regarded to the extent of being loved by many of the ordinary battlers in the Church of his time, while at the same time being despised by some members of the intellectual classes in those days and maybe even now.

Nevertheless, there is one thing we can say about Pope St Pius X – and it’s appropriate to say it on the Feast of Corpus Christi – and that is that he was the Pope of the Eucharist. Not only did he encourage children to receive Holy Communion as soon as they could distinguish the Blessed Eucharist from hosts that had not been consecrated, but he described Holy Communion as the shortest and safest way to heaven.

On this feast day and in this Parish of St Pius X I think it’s worthwhile to consider what Pius X said about children’s readiness to receive Holy Communion. He said they were ready when they could appreciate the difference between consecrated and unconsecrated hosts. He was drawing attention to the significance of what we heard from St Paul in today’s extract from the First Letter to the Corinthians, namely that on the night he was betrayed Jesus took bread and said “This is my body”.

What we receive in Holy Communion is not bread, not even “holy bread”; what we receive in Holy Communion is the Body of Christ. It doesn’t look like Christ; if Jesus was 5 foot 10 or 180 cm, the host isn’t; if he weighed 10½ stone or 67kg, the host obviously doesn’t. But in the course of the Eucharistic Prayer at Mass the real bread becomes the real Body of Christ and we quite properly speak of the Real Presence; we quite properly genuflect when we pass the tabernacle, we quite properly adore the Blessed Eucharist in the Monstrance in the Mary MacKillop chapel.

The real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist reminds us, I would suggest, of the great importance of the Mass. There are good Christian people in other churches who don’t have priests and who don’t have the Mass. Many of them, perhaps, hold the Bible in greater respect than some of us do, and if so we ought to learn from them. But above all, we need to recognise the heart felt teaching of our parish patron, St Pius X, who was Pope just before the First World War and who saw the reception of Holy Communion as the shortest and safest way to heaven.

Not everyone, even in our diocese, is able to take part in the Mass every weekend. We can, and it is a privilege, especially in the Parish of St Pius X, that we all ought to cherish.


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.



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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