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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.

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



29 C  2019

When I was a boy, before my schooldays were over, I attended four different schools: a State Primary School and a Catholic Primary School and then a State Secondary School and a Catholic Secondary School. A couple of those places had school badges which incorporated Latin mottos. Many organisations do that, or they did: the Carlton Football Club’s motto is Mens sana in Corpore Sano – A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body and the City of Melbourne says, Vires Acquirit Eundo, It gathers strength as it goes. The motto of the Catholic secondary school that I attended was Fortes in Fide, Strong in Faith, but because the adjective Fortes, the word for Strong appeared in its plural form, the suggestion was that we were all meant to be strong in faith.


Of course, my school was no different from any other school in that regard, but it was, I think I can say, of its time, and the boys who went there – and we were all boys, as our teachers were all men – the boys who went there took it pretty much for granted that we went to Mass several times a week and did our best to put into practice the lessons and the graces that we received there. So in the years since, it has been a pleasure for me when any of my old school mates are passing through Warrnambool on a weekend and make themselves known when they come here to St Pius X for Mass.  It may be different now, but in my schooldays there was nothing ironic about the motto, Strong in Faith.


Our contemporary world, of course, is a different place. I mentioned here last week that of those who answered the recent ABC “Australia Talks” questionnaire, 50 per cent said that religion doesn’t matter to them. Most of us have lived at a time when that statistic would have been unbelievable, but there’s no doubt that it’s all too believable now. So it raises the question, I think, how do we answer when Jesus asks, at the end of today’s Gospel, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find any faith on earth?”


I don’t know – is that a rhetorical question? As a matter of fact, like most contemporary Christians (if I’m not mistaken) I don’t expect that the Second Coming of Christ will take place in my lifetime, and I certainly don’t think that I can turn the world to Christ. I don’t think I can turn Australia to Christ and I don’t even think I can turn West Warrnambool to Christ, or even Morriss Road. The best I can hope for, I think, is to cultivate the faith I have been given and to recognise two things: when my parents had me baptised I was called and enabled to be strong in faith; and in the Church I am offered the means to respond to that invitation.


I don’t know whether there will still be faith on earth when the earth stops turning and Christ returns – I only know that I am called to be strong in faith myself, and however weak or feeble I may be in myself, in this matter I am not left to my own devices.


The fact of the matter is that all of us baptised Christians are called to be strong in faith and in baptism and the other sacraments we are given the capacity to be so.  But they’re not magic: we have to cooperate with the graces that are offered us, and whether or not there will still be faith on earth when the Son of Man comes, we each have an invitation and a responsibility to be strong in faith ourselves.

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