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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

Saturday 6.00pm

Sunday 10.00am



For weekday Mass times please see the Weekly Bulletin

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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.



Catholic Schools

St Pius X Primary School
32-34 Hoddle Street, WARRNAMBOOL VIC 328


Peter McElgunn (on leave).
Joseph Ewing

Phone (03) 5562 2506


5 Easter A  2017
Today’s Gospel may be divided into sections, I think, with each section marked by a familiar quotation.  The first section may be called “There are many rooms in my Father’s house.” It is familiar, no doubt, to anyone who has been to a funeral, because it is read so often on such occasions.

The next section could be called “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.”  That would be followed by a section called “To have seen me is to have seen the Father” and the final section would be “Whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself.”

I think you often hear at funerals the reading that says “There are many rooms in my Father’s house” because bereaved people, when they are asked to choose a reading for the funeral of someone close to them, find comfort in the suggestion that heaven is not just for people of outstanding sanctity, but that there is room there for all manner of people, even, no doubt, for the beloved deceased.  And if the beloved deceased had very little to do with matters of religion or of faith, the reading seems to suggest that in the great scheme of things that doesn’t matter too much because God is the God of all people, which is why, in the Gospel, Jesus says “Trust in God still, and trust in me.”  I’m not sure that that’s exactly what the Scripture intends, but I’m sure, in the power of the Holy Spirit, that it’s always right to trust God the Father and Jesus Christ whom he has sent.

I suggested that the next section of today’s Gospel may be called “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” The “I am” statements in the Gospel are usually pretty significant, because they are a reminder of the story of Moses at the burning bush, where he learnt that God is called “I am”. When Jesus says “I am” in the Gospel he is usually claiming divinity. In this case, though, he is also claiming identity with Way and Truth and Life. He is effectively telling us, without him we’re not going anywhere. Without him we don’t know anything. Without him we might as well be dead.  Big statements. But suitable statements, I’d suggest, for us in the community of faith.

Jesus also tells us, “To have seen me is to have seen the Father.” People are sometimes asked how they imagine God to be.  I don’t suppose anyone nowadays imagines an elderly bearded gentleman sitting on a golden throne up in the sky, but I’m inclined to think that there are people who say they don’t believe in God who mean that they don’t believe in something not much more sophisticated than the bearded gentlemen on the throne in the sky. Personally, though I certainly have ideas about God, I don’t know that I have any other image of God than the image of Jesus Christ, the Man Jesus. And as he said to Philip, and says to us, “To have seen me is to have seen the Father.” That’s about enough for me; I have a bit of an idea as well as an image of what a man is, but to imagine God, I think, is a bit beyond me. I’m happy to affirm my relationship with the God and Father of Jesus Christ, who himself is God in the flesh.

In what I’ve called the last section of today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself” and he adds, “He will perform even greater works, because I am going to the Father.”  If Jesus were still living in the Middle East, he would no doubt be more important to us than the Queen or the Pope…certainly more important than Donald Trump, but he would be no more familiar to us than any of them. We know about the Queen and the Pope and Donald Trump, but here in Warrnambool we have no chance of having an intimate connection with any of them. We don’t really know them, and they don’t know us. But because Jesus has ascended to the Father and sent the Holy Spirit amongst us, we do know Jesus in a way we cannot know those others – a sacramental way – and his grace and his real presence amongst us enable us to do his work in Warrnambool and wherever we are.

And that, as they say, is the Gospel of the Lord.



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