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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



Holy Thursday  2019

I’ve always thought that today was called “Holy Thursday” but you can’t help noticing that the newspapers and the internet and various other churches tend to call it “Maundy Thursday”; and while I was familiar with the terminology, I really had no idea what it meant until I decided to look it up, and I discovered – some of you have probably known this forever – but I discovered that the word is connected with the word “mandate”, a commission or a task, where the task or the commission under consideration is expressed by Jesus after he has washed the apostles’ feet, and says to them, says to us: “I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you”…in other words, that you may be the servants of one another, servants of your neighbour.

Obviously, that’s a commission of considerable moment. Don’t let’s kid ourselves that it’s only secondary, because it’s not. Put it another way, unless we develop an attitude of service, our understanding and our practice of Eucharist is defective in an important respect. But for us Catholics, Holy Thursday, Maundy Thursday if you will, has another mandate, another commission, and it is quoted by St Paul in tonight’s second reading, the extract from the first letter to the Corinthians, where he says, “…on the same night that he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread, and thanked God for it and broke it, and he said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this as a memorial of me.’”

So we do it; it has been the Church’s boast, and there could be some truth in it, that Mass is being offered somewhere in the world at every moment of every day. But whether that’s literally true or not, it is true that we do it; we do celebrate Mass as great communities or small; we can think tonight of the splendid Masses that were celebrated in Paris’s Notre Dame for the coronation of the kings of France and we can think of the times we have offered Mass in this church on a weekday in winter with half a dozen people or even fewer.

But whatever the circumstances, whatever the reasons, whether to pray for the peaceful death of a well-loved relation, or for a schoolboy’s success in his VCE, or just because Mass is being offered at a convenient time, we Do This because there is nothing better that we can do – nothing better than to Do This as a memorial of him, and then to let the grace of that sacred moment guide our paid and voluntary work, our rest and recreation to the benefit of our families, our community, our nation and the world.

So whether it’s Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, it commemorates the institution of the Eucharist and the attitude of service which cannot be separated from it.

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Good Friday  2019

Ten years ago, in 2009, I shared the Easter celebrations here at St Pius X with my mother and my late brother’s wife, Bernadette, who were guests at the presbytery for the Easter celebrations. I had no idea at the time that before the end of that year I would be offering Requiem Masses for both of them.

Today, on Good Friday, when Christians throughout the world consider the death of Christ and ponder its relevance to our own death, I personally have little trouble in making that connection precisely because of the anniversaries I remember this year.

But when it comes to death – and many of you are aware of it – faith makes all the difference. In our family it has become the custom to acknowledge that our family members died “in hope of the resurrection” and we who still call the day on which Jesus died, Good Friday see it as good because it was the death that overcame all death. It reassured us that death doesn’t have the last word, and as we say at Mass, in death life is changed, not ended.

Commentators in the media have been telling us today that this is the main celebration of the Christian year, and so it is if the celebrations of the Easter Triduum, the three great days of Easter, are merged, are seen as one great festival. But to cut it up, dissect it, as the media gurus tend to do, misses the point, for there is no Good Friday without Easter Sunday and the whole event becomes a present celebration because of Holy Thursday.

So, while there is no Mass today, we do have Holy Communion, perhaps to encourage us, in the midst of our meditation on Jesus’ death and our own, to recognise that we do have something to celebrate, that Good Friday does give way to Easter Sunday, Crucifixion to Resurrection. It’s a good time to remember that the life and death and resurrection of Jesus really is the central event of all history, that the devout commentators who have told us that really did know what they were talking about; for people of faith like us we can perfectly properly go on calling this day Good, for the death of Jesus sees the end of the power of death and the conviction that death has no power over any of us.

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Easter 2019

Those of us who take an active part in the Easter liturgies each year are very well aware that on Palm Sunday and on Good Friday, it usually happens that the Gospel about the suffering and death of Jesus is proclaimed by a team of readers with the help of the whole congregation. And a lot of people realise that on Good Friday the reading is always taken from the Gospel according to John, whereas on Palm Sunday it is taken from Matthew or Mark or Luke, depending on which of those the ordinary Sunday Gospel comes from in that year.

This year, for example, on the Ordinary Sundays of the Year, our Gospel readings come from the Gospel according to Luke and on Palm Sunday it was Luke’s Passion narrative that we heard. 

One thing that is peculiar to Luke’s telling of the story is that it is in his narrative that we meet the so-called “Good Thief”, the one crucified with Jesus who says to him, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”  I am sure we all remember the response that man received: “I promise you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

For the Good Thief, Jesus’ death conquered death. Jesus’ death conquers death for you and me as well. So we who celebrate a Christian Easter cannot be satisfied simply to see it as the commemoration of the coming back to life of the crucified Christ – the resuscitation of a corpse – but we shall recognise that it affirms the powerlessness of death in the light of the Easter mystery.  So it is perfectly right for us to pray, “Jesus, remember me in your kingdom,” confident of the answer we shall receive, “I promise you, you will be with me in paradise.”

The women who took spices to Jesus’ tomb on that first Easter morning received a message: “Remember what he told you.”  And the author of the Gospel comments, They remembered his words.

Well, so must we.  Remember the promise made to the Good Thief, and pray it may be made just the same to us. And in remembering, let’s be confident that we shall enjoy A Happy Easter.



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.



Parish Map

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