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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



14 A  2020

Those who have received the revelation communicated by Jesus, if we are to take today’s Gospel at face value, are not the learned and the clever, but people Jesus describes as “mere children”.

Now, one of my eccentric habits is to save occasional articles I see in the newspaper and one that I kept a dozen years ago was the obituary of a former Prisoner of War I never knew and never heard of; but as he was dying, according to the paper, he spoke of his funeral. He said “No eulogies at my funeral. Just say the poor old [fellow] did his best with the limited abilities he had.”

Wouldn’t it be marvellous if that could be said of you or me? The poor old [fellow] did his best with the limited abilities he had!  At the same time, in the course of a life, most of us could name people we’ve met, or heard about, who have had much more than limited abilities. We’ve met clever people, men and women who have won prizes and deserved them, people whose work has made a difference to others’ lives – and some of those people, by no means “mere children”, are people who cherish the revelation communicated by Jesus Christ.

If we are to take to heart the extract from the Gospel that is listed for today’s Mass, we will recognise that it includes an invitation from that same Jesus Christ, an invitation directed equally to the learned and the clever and to all of us with those limited abilities. And the invitation is, Come to me! Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.

Jesus is comparing his yoke to the yoke of the law which bound those who were esteemed as learned and clever in his time – those who believed that nothing was worth studying except the Hebrew Scriptures, and particularly the Law of Moses. But the suggestion is that in the person of Jesus there is something new and those who pay attention to his word are invited to align themselves with him – to take on a new yoke which binds them (binds us) to him.

And Jesus’ invitation, which is intended, no doubt, for everyone, is specifically addressed to all who labour and are overburdened. Not everybody, I think, labours and is overburdened all the time, day in, day out.  But I think that most of us could recognise that the description applies to all of us sometimes.  Maybe many of us feel overburdened at the present time when we have to deal sensibly and responsibly with the limitations demanded by the pandemic. Maybe there are other events that have nothing to do with the pandemic, but are simply part of living and need to be attended to even while we’re trying to deal with the pandemic as well; as if one set of problems wasn’t enough – like deaths, they always come in threes!

Well, if they do, don’t let us forget the Gospel word:  Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light. The words are perfectly familiar to us; we’ve heard them over and over. But like so many of the words in the Gospel they’re words of challenge; and the challenge is – are we, am I, prepared to take them seriously?  How seriously do I take any of the words of the Gospel? I’m pretty sure that this extraordinary pandemic time is a time when many of us labour and are overburdened. It’s a good time, the right time, to take seriously the invitation of Jesus Christ.


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 Our Code of Conduct for Safeguarding the Vulnerable

Click Here for Our Commitment Statement

Click Here for Our Safety Policy for Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults







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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

Where to find us

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