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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



20 C  2019

As you know, in recent years I have spoken at Mass mainly about the Sunday Gospel, even though we also have a reading from the Old Testament and another which usually comes from one of the New Testament epistles. (We old people assume that everyone knows that an epistle is a letter!)

The first reading at Mass – we assume you know this too – is meant to mirror a theme of the Gospel, while the second reading is usually unconnected with the other readings of the day, but rather a sort of continuation from the second reading of the week before.

If I’ve got it right, the first reading and the Gospel today have something to do with the tension that you sometimes get in faith communities, and one of the things that I find interesting about the first reading, the extract from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah, is the cast of characters in it. We hear about the king’s leading men (rather like the chorus in an opera or a play); the king, Zedekiah; Jeremiah the prophet; Prince Melchiah and Ebed-melech the Cushite.

The story takes place while Jerusalem is under siege by the Babylonians. Jeremiah has advised the king to surrender, but the army officers see this as disloyal advice and want Jeremiah killed. To avoid bloodshed, he is put down a well named for the king’s son, Melchiah, and it’s only when Ebed-melech, the king’s Ethiopian eunuch, urges his release that Jeremiah is freed from the well.

That’s where today’s reading ends; things don’t get any better later on. Zedekiah was too ashamed to surrender to the Babylonians, as Jeremiah recommended, and in the end the city was captured, Zedekiah’s sons were executed, and the king himself was tortured and taken in exile to Babylon, where he presumably died.

And with all that in mind, we turn to the Gospel. Already in the Gospel according to Luke we have heard the angelic hymn, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those who enjoy God’s favour.” It’s well known to all of us because we hear it every year at Christmas, yet today Jesus asks, “Do you think I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.”  And he goes on to describe tension and division on his account even in families – three against two and two against three as he puts it.

And I think there is no family of ours where that scenario is unknown.  There is no parish of ours where that sort of division is unheard of. What counts, perhaps, is where we stand ourselves – where you and I stand.  I am reminded, you know, of the extract from the Book of the Apocalypse that we heard at Mass on the Feast of the Assumption, where the author, in extremely colourful language, describes the tension, indeed the warfare, between the Church and the Roman Empire. And as I said at Mass that day, the author presents that warfare as a conflict between God and the devil, so that there’s never any doubt in the author’s mind about who will emerge victorious.  God will!

But look: God is the divine healer. The tension in families, in parishes; the tension between believers and non-believers, is not warfare and the Church is not at war with the rest of society. There may well be tension, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing: tension can be creative. But we might well make our own the attitude of the author of the Apocalypse, and rely on it. Where there is tension between God and others, God will prevail.  And if we stand with him, we too shall prevail with him, however long it may take and however hard the road.





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