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General News
Word of Thanks

Bishop Everard de Jong, Auxiliary bishop of Roermond in the Netherlands writes following the Days in the Diocese.

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Faith in Life
Sunday's Gospel


Set aside a few moments to reflect on the gospel for the coming Sunday.

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In the Parishes
Can You Help?


St. Mary's Parish, Ararat seeks to draw attention to the 120th anniversary of the arrival of Brigidine Sisters in Ararat. 

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Coming Events
Ordination as Deacon


On Friday, October 24.in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat, Bishop Connors will ordain Jim Mackay as a Deacon. Jim is presently studying for priesthood as a priest of the Diocese. All invited to join the celebration.

Prayer and Scripture Workshops

The parishes of St. Patrick’s, Ballarat & St. James’, Sebastopol are offering “Formation For the Word” - an Afternoon of Prayer & Scripture Workshops. Open to all, valuable to everyone, specific to Ministers of the Word (Readers).

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At Your Service
For Families


Centacare is offering a series of programs in Family Relationships.

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Advance Notice


Julie Kelly from Pauline Books and Media will once again be in the Diocesan Resource Centre on Friday, November the 14th with a large range of books, CDs and DVDs for sale.  Any queries or requests please ring Jenny Kingston on 53377149.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

General News
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CATHOLIC MISSIONS MONTH

October is World Mission Month - a time when Catholic parishes, communities and schools globally unite in prayer, mutual friendship, mutual concern with those in need and look for ways to provide moral and financial support for them.

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SUPPORT IN PRAYER

Join in prayer with many around Australia as the debate on the Abortion Law Reform Bill in the Victorian Parliament takes place in the Upper House. The Bill will soon be introduced into the Legislative Council and if passed, could become law as early as 15 October 2008.

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In the Parishes
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BALLARAT DIALOGUE

For three weeks during August and September the six parish communities located in the City of Ballarat were invited to participate in The Ballarat Dialogue. Over 320 parishioners attended one of the ten sessions that were offered in various locations and at a range of times.  

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Diocesan News
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AFTER WORLD YOUTH DAY

Things are starting to happen following World Youth Day.

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FAREWELL TO RELIGIOUS

The Sisters of Mercy, Ballarat East and the Good Samaritan Sisters recently farewelled much loved members of their communities with the deaths of Sr. Sheila Fiscalini RSM, Sr. Valda Ward RSM, and Sr. Kathleen Finnigan SGS.

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SOCIAL JUSTICE FORUM

Michael Gourlay, the Policy Officer for Jesuit Social Services, was the guest speaker at the Second Annual Bishop’s Forum on Social Justice on September 19.

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DIOCESAN PASTORAL COUNCIL MEET

The Diocesan Pastoral Council met in Maryborough on the weekend of September 13/14.

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