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Diocesan E-News
Faith in Life
Reflections on the Sunday Scriptures

Take some time with the Scriptures for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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Helpful Website


The website of Irish Dominican Father Donagh O’Shea is a useful resource for Scripture reflection. It could prove a valuable reference for those preparing shared reflections for Sunday Assemblies of Word and Communion. There is a page which gives a brief commentary on the each day's gospel reading plus a wealth of other reflections. Go to: www.goodnews.ie

Contemplative Dialogue


Sr Veronica Quinn is presenting Contemplative Dialogue for Lent - a time of reflecting and deep listening to each other, to ourselves and to our God.

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Coming Events
Rite of Election


In a few weeks Lent will be upon us and that important event in the RCIA calendar, the Rite of Election, will be celebrated on Saturday, February 28, at 11am in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ballarat.

Farewell to old Hospital The St John of God Hospital, Ballarat will hold an Open House for the community to say farewell to the old hospital building on Sunday 8th February 2009 between 12 noon and 3 pm.  All welcome.

Diocesan News
Changes in Clergy

A number of clergy moves will take place around the Diocese on the weekend of February 14/15.

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At Your Service
Diocesan E-News


Parishes & schools are encouraged to contribute to the Diocesan E-News. Items of interest should be sent to enews@ballarat.catholic.org.au

Thursday, 29 January 2009

General News
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EXCELLENCE IN RESTORATION

Congratulations to the project team of Johns Lyng Group (Builders) and St Mary's Parish who were responsible for the rebuilding of The Church of Immaculate Conception in Ararat!  

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FROM SOUTHERN CROSS CARE

A Good News story of 2008 comes from Southern Cross Care - a highly respected provider of aged and community care services and housing and independent living options across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria.

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AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS

Among those honoured in the Australia Day Honours List were two former Ballarat women.  

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TEACHERS BEGIN SCHOOL YEAR

Staffs of the Primary and Secondary Catholic schools in the Ballarat and Warrnambool regions gathered to mark the commencement of the school year.

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SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS

School begins this week for the primary and secondary students across the Diocese of Ballarat.  Fifty three primary and eleven secondary schools opened their doors for the arrival of the 2009 students. 

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Diocesan News
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BLESSING THE FLEET

On Sunday, 4 January, 2009, the Blessing of the Fleet took place at the Port of Port Fairy.

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PROJECT COMPASSION 2009

Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s major annual fundraising and education campaign and is a traditional part of Lent in the Diocese of Ballarat.

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At Your Service
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CENTACARE PROGRAMS

Centacare (Catholic Diocese of Ballarat) are offering a number of relationship programs during February.

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