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General News
WATAC Conference

On the weekend of 21st and 22nd of July, a group of Ballarat women attended the Women and the Australian Church (WATAC) Conference in Sydney.

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Faith in Life
Sunday Gospel Reflection

Take time to reflect on the words of the Gospel for this Sunday.

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Coming Events
Aquinas Annual Lecture

You are invited to attend a Free Public Lecture at Australian Catholic University's Ballarat Campus,on Friday, 14 September 2007 at 7.30pm.   Mr Jeff McMullen AM  will deliver the Aquinas Annual Lecture titled "Closing the space between us" (Easing the crisis in Aboriginal health and education).  For further information phone 5336 5300.

WYD Update

Here is the latest Diocesan update on the Journey of the Cross and Icon and World Youth Day.

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Diocesan News
Regional Gatherings 2007

The Diocesan Pastoral Council hosted Regional Gatherings for 2007 in Colac, Ballarat and Horsham during July. Representatives from parishes in each of the Regions gathered to hear updates on Diocesan matters and to share issues and developments in parish life.

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Changes in Ministry

Bishop Connors has announced changes in ministry in two of the parishes of the Diocese – Timboon and Ouyen.

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August 2007

General News
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NEW DIOCESAN WEBSITE

Bishop Peter Connors formally announced the establishment of the new website for the Diocese of Ballarat on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, who was the founder of the Redemptorist Fathers.

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BOOK LAUNCH

We congratulate Dr. Elizabeth Dowling, Australian Catholic University lecturer on the publication of her book “Taking Away the Pound: Women, Theology and the Parable of the Pounds in the gospel of Luke” which was launched at ACU Ballarat campus last week.

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CONTINUED SUCCESS FOR THE CDF

The successful operation of the Catholic Development Fund continues to provide a reliable source of income for the pastoral initiatives and services offered by the Diocese of Ballarat.  The Fund maintains solid financial growth with another record surplus and distributes half its annual operating surplus to the Diocese for pastoral and other works.

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Focus On
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CELEBRATION OF 40 YEARS

Warracknabeal/Hopetoun Catholic Parish Priest Fr. Peter Claridge recently celebrated a special milestone, 40 years in the priesthood. At this time he reflected on his time as a priest of the Diocese.

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In the Parishes
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WIDENING HORIZONS

Horizons are broadening in Sebastopol because for the past 18 months, the St. Vincent de Paul Society St. James (Sebastopol) Conference has run the ‘Widening Horizons’ program in the area.

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Diocesan Fact File
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BCSF APPEAL

The Ballarat Clergy Support Fund provides for retired priests who have spent a lifetime selflessly caring for others, and who deserve a happy and peaceful retirement.  The Fund is currently supporting and caring for fourteen retired priests, at a cost of over $150,000 per year.        

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