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Faith Formation

Ongoing Faith Formation for
Adults and Young Adults 

  Faith Enrichment for groups and individuals

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Parishes are encouraged to initiate
Faith Formation opportunities and events in their parish
or with other parishes in their ministry area


It was daybreak and Jesus was standing on the shore John 21:4   

Resources and information posted on this page will be updated regularly.

Many of the resources are free and would suit small groups,
with multiple or single sessions.

St Mark's Gospel
In the Year of Mark, Click here to see and hear all of St Mark's Gospel read by David Suchet.

Reflecting on Art

The Columbans have produced another beautiful and in-depth Art Guide which gives an insightful explanation of each painting featured in the 2018 Columban Art Calendar. Get more info here


Evangelisation Brisbane has great free resources for download:
     * Living Lent 2018
     * Towards the Light

Diocese of Sandhurst free resources available to download:

   * Lent Week 1      * Lent Week 2      * Lent Week 3      * Lent Week 4
   * Lent Week 5      * Palm Sunday     * Easter

Archdiocese of Melbourne (link)  
The Archbishop's Office for Evangelisation has a range of free resources to download including:

   * Day-by-day Reflections through Lent (40-day calendar)
   * Weekly Reflections on the Psalms by Sr Mary Reaburn nds (ideal for                         personal prayer)
   * Weekly Reflections on the Gospels by Cathy Jenkins (ideal for group                         discussion
   * Stations of the Cross (based on the Gospel of Mark)
   * Prayers for the 24-hours-for-the-Lord Initiative (9 March)
   * Penitential Rite Outline
   * Liturgical Planning Materials (including a ‘Triduum checklist’)
   * Weekly Podcasts exploring the Sunday Readings of Lent (featuring scripture           scholars, writers and musicians). 



Liturgy Formation Sessions 2018
The Diocesan Liturgical Commission will be presenting Liturgy Formation Sessions in 2018.
 Click here for more information.

Proclaim Conference 2018
The Brisbane Archdiocese will host the national Proclaim Conference from 12-14 July. PROCLAIM 2018 will focus on inspiring, equipping and encouraging parishes and Catholic communities to engage in Evangelisation and Renewal. The theme of this year’s Conference is “Make your home in me” (Jn 15:4). More info is available here.

Eary bird registrations are now open. Click here to register



Diocesan Religious Education Resource Centre - borrow for free

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DVDs of previous eConferences
The Ballarat Diocese Resource Centre has DVDs of previous eConferences. Parishes and parishioners can borrow free from the centre or they can be sent out to you. The following titles (with Catalogue Reference Number) are available:

  • Gospel of St John: The Love of God made Visible  226.5 GOS
  • Gospel of St Mark: a Crucified and Risen Messiah  226.3 GOS
  • Vatican II: An Event of Grace  262.52 VAT
  • Following Jesus – Matthew  226.2 FOL
  • The Holy Spirit: Giver of Life  231.3 HOL
  • Jesus – The Christ  232 JES
  • Mary: First Disciple  232.91 MAR
  • The Man and His Mission – the Year of St Paul  225.92 YEA
  • Learn about your faith, challenge your knowledge, nourish your soul : national eConference : Complete Series 1 – 7  282 LEA

ALPHA Film Series • new production:
Several parishes in Ballarat Diocese have presented the Alpha series and it has been very well received. See it




Assoc Prof Mary Coloe PBVM
Mary Coloe PBVM is a Presentation Sister and a Scripture scholar and teacher of international repute. In the interests of adult education in Scripture Mary has developed a one page website that gives details on her books and articles. Click here for more info. 

At Home with God’s People - new edition
Last year a new version of the book At Home with God’s People – our Catholic Faith was published. It is a wonderful resource for new and refreshing Catholics and RCIA.  Has information, prayers, and discussion questions on all the key topics.
 Click here to order or go to:

Journey Catholic Radio 94.1FM
The Journey is a weekly program developed by the Catholic Diocese of Wollongong aired on a growing number of Christian Radio Stations around Australia. The Journey includes a variety of weekly inputs including Wisdom from the Abbey with Sr Hilda Scott & Bruce Downes the Catholic Guy inspires you to Dream. There are great tips for vibrant marriages, a section on Healthy Christian Living, and a segment on parenting. Each week, there is a reflection on the Sunday Gospel reading. JCRadioAdd to that some great music and interviews with people doing amazing things right around the globe and you’ve got a show that is all about faith, hope, love and life.

     Click the image above to listen

Online Scripture Resources

Fr. John McKinnon, Hamilton
Scripture website with commentary on:

     *Year of Mark
     *Year of Luke
     *Year of Matthew

Faith Circles
A new free resource from the Diocese of Wollongong for Parish Prayer & Discussions groups. Click here to download resources and sign up for more details.






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