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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



Latest Parish Bulletin - 8 Dec 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



2 Advent A  2019

Every year, during Advent, we encounter the figure of John the Baptist, and if we are to imagine what he was like from the description in the Gospel, he must have been a pretty formidable character – a cross between a Redemptorist preacher and a hairy biker. According to our Gospel reading, he lived out in the Judaean wilderness; he lived on locusts and wild honey, which we might nowadays describe as bush tucker; his fashion sense was borrowed from the prophet Elijah who, according to a description in the Old Testament (2 Kings 1,8) wore a hairy cloak over a leather loincloth, and if you are to judge from the Gospel’s description of his approach to the Pharisees and Sadducees, whom he called “a brood of vipers”, he didn’t care too much about diplomacy or tact.

We might remember, nevertheless, that a little further along in the Gospel according to Matthew, (11,11) Jesus tells us that among all the children born of women, a greater than John the Baptist has never been seen, and indeed he has traditionally been referred to as “the precursor”, the one who, above all, prepared the way for Jesus and his mission.

Now, Advent is a time for preparing the way: we prepare the way for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas (I don’t think that’s too hard) and we prepare the way for his second coming when God’s victory is acknowledged and all evil is overcome. (But because that’s in the realm of mystery, it may be harder to know where to start.)

I’d like to come at it by starting with a story. Most of us remember that in days gone by the sacrament of Confirmation was always administered by the bishop, but we also remember that in more recent times, Bishops of Ballarat have offered Parish Priests the faculty of officiating at the sacrament of Confirmation for their own parishioners. That’s been going on now for a good while and though we went through a stage when most confirmation candidates retained their baptismal names on Confirmation Day, we are now at a stage when a child usually chooses a saint’s name for Confirmation. So, when the child comes to be confirmed, I usually ask them to tell me something about the saint whose name they chose.

Many girls choose Mary as their Confirmation Name. They always used to tell me that they chose the name of the holy Mother of God, but I’ve noticed in more recent times that girls who choose Mary are usually named for the Australian Saint Mary MacKillop…which leads me, by a roundabout path, to St Mary MacKillop’s devotion to St John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the Lord. Mary MacKillop wanted all her Sisters to prepare the way for the Lord. She hoped that their way of life, their teaching, their connection with the people among whom they were living, would (as today’s Gospel puts it) make his paths straight…give him a straight path, you might say, to a home among the people of Australia.

Maybe that’s our role too. By our attitudes, our behaviour, our way of life, prepare the way of the Lord, as John the Baptist did, as Mary MacKillop hoped her Sisters would. Last week I suggested that we are invited in Advent to prepare for a happy and holy Christmas and if getting ready for Christmas includes a prayerful, sacramental, worshipping preparation in the midst of all the other things that are going on, we shall find ourselves on the right track.

But it is a challenge.  And the challenge is, let’s prepare for a happy and holy Christmas prayerfully, sacramentally and at worship, and in that way, prepare the way of the Lord this Advent.


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