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Year of Mercy Events in the Diocese

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Thanksgiving Mass 
for the Jubilee
Year of Mercy

The Mass of Thanksgiving for the blessings of the Holy Year of Mercy was celebrated at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat by Bishop Paul Bird CSsR on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 10.30am.  


Beyond the Year of Mercy Retreat

Sr Veronica Lawson, a Sister of Mercy from Ballarat, biblical scholar and author of “Blessings of Mercy” led a retreat afternoon on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Ballarat.  Click here for the report.



Year of Mercy eConference 2016Year of Mercy econference

Year of Mercy econference The Broken Bay Institute will host the 2016 eConference on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.  The theme was, "Mercy:  A way of Being in the World". Click here for the report.


Swan Hill Parish

As part of Catholic Education Week, all students and staff from St Mary’s Primary School and St Mary MacKillop College gathered together to celebrate the annual Catholic Education Mass in Swan Hill.   The theme for the Mass was ‘The Face of Mercy’ with all members of the school community being asked to consider the ways in which they embody the ideals of Mercy during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. 

The celebrations continued following the Mass with students and staff from both schools sharing a BBQ lunch together.   It was wonderful to see the rapport between junior and senior students working together to help present the Mass and also come together socially in the schoolyard.

Karen Hocking, Director of Mission


Redan & Sebastopol Parishes


Redan-Sebas Year of Mercy
A group of parishioners from the parishes of Redan and Sebastopol are taking part in the Mercy International Reflection Process.  Click here for link.



Stawell Altar Banner

Stawell Parish


An altar banner made by Stawell parishioner, Marlene Mornane.




Bungaree & Gordon Parishes

Bungaree and Gordon Retreat Veronica Lawson


Retreat on Mercy.   Click here for link.




Beaufort youth

Beaufort Parish

A parish and youth gatthering was held in Beaufort.  Click here for link.



Ararat Parish

Andrew Hayes

Fr Andrew Hayes has written a reflection on the Year of Mercy
for the parishioners of St Mary’s Parish, Ararat.  Click here for link.




Cathedral Grounds Community

Responding to the invitation from Pope Francis for Churches in this Year of Mercy
to be “an oasis of mercy”.  
Click here for link.



St Patrick's Cathedral Ballarat 

Door of Mercy



 Door of Mercy



Gate of Mercy



Gate of Mercy






Opening of the

Diocesan Holy Door of Mercy


St Patrick's Cathedral Ballarat

Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 10.30am

Click here for a report of the Mass





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

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Ballarat, Victoria 3353

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Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
5 Lyons Street South
Ballarat, Victoria 3353