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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

N.B. On Thursdays till further notice Mass will be in St  Pius X Church at 10 a.m.

West Warrnambool
Saturday 6.00pm

West Warrnambool
Sunday 10.00am



Latest Parish Bulletin - 17 Feb 2019 Read More View Archives

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



6 C  2019

I’ve frequently been told by people of quality (or I suppose they are people of quality) that I have low-brow tastes. And because I am sure they are right I never claim otherwise. Low-brow tastes, in my opinion, are something to be proud of – though I am a little concerned that the Phantom comics in The Standard are not what they used to be.

When it comes to TV I am a pretty big fan of Pie in the Sky. It was a series about a policeman who was unable to work full-time after he was shot in the course of duty. Because he was interested in food and its preparation he opened a restaurant, Pie in the Sky, but his superior officer wouldn’t allow him to retire completely and kept assigning him new cases. Anyway, the series came out in 1994 and ran till 1997, but it is being repeated nowadays, presumably for the delectation of low-brows like me. The leading man in the series is Richard Griffiths who plays Henry Crabbe, the policeman/restaurateur. (He also played Vernon Dursley in in the Harry Potter films, but he died in 2013.)

Anyway, I mention all this because the name of the TV series and of the restaurant it is named for is Pie in the Sky, and Pie in the Sky When You Die is an expression that was (and maybe is) used by some non-believers and opponents of Christianity to mock the Christian virtue of Hope and our expectation of a blessed future in the life of the world to come, beyond the grave.

Why would we, after all, believe in a life after death?  We would – I do – because I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ who not only rose from the dead after his crucifixion, but who destroyed death, destroyed the power of death, not only for himself but for all of us.

It follows that when Jesus says, “Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you…Rejoice…and dance for joy, for…your reward will be great in heaven” there’s a bit more going on than “Pie in the Sky when you Die.”  There’s a bit more going on than, “Don’t worry if your life on earth is miserable, laborious and short because you’ll be as happy as a Sunday in Paris when you go to heaven.” And at least part of the “more” is the following sentence: “This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.”

You see, in this Gospel extract there are not just beatitudes or blessings, but what are often called “Woes”: “Alas for you who are rich, alas for you who have your fill now, alas for you who laugh.” They are contrasted with Happy the poor, the hungry, those who weep, and both beatitudes and woes are directed to the disciples, for all the qualities that get a mention can be found in the Church – the Church that Luke knew and the one that you and I know. Our author is not contrasting members of the Church with those outside, but he’s pointing to the reality that suffering and even persecution are both part of the contemporary Christian experience and all at one with the experience of the olden day prophets. Indeed, there is a suggestion that the disciples – and I mean the members of the Church – are prophets themselves.

You might remember from the last time you attended a baptism that immediately after the child or adult was baptised he or she was anointed on the head with chrism while the priest said, “As Christ was anointed Priest, Prophet, and King, so may you live always as a member of his body, sharing everlasting life.” That is, may you share Christ’s life in the Church as well as his priestly, prophetic, kingly roles. We all share those roles; the priest offers sacrifice, the king, if he follows the Gospel, serves. But in considering our prophetic role, the prophet is the proclaimer; he speaks the truth, not just by the things he says but essentially by the way he lives.

The sermon on the plain is an invitation to be the Lord’s prophets: to proclaim Jesus Christ our Lord by what we say and by how we live. It’s by no means inviting us just to be content with pie in the sky when we die.


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.

Plenary Council 2020

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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