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Diocesan E-News
General News
CENTACARE FAMILY RELATIONSHIP SERVICES

Information re upcoming Centacare workshops.

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Focus On
BCAF CLERGY APPEAL

Creating a secure retirement future for the priests of the diocese is a duty and care in which we can all participate.

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Faith in Life
SUNDAY SCRIPTURES

Take time to read and reflect on the Word of God for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time here

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lead me this day, Lord, to live fully in the present moment and enjoy all that is good around me. May all that is life-giving remind me of your life and love that surround me now.

Coming Events
LET THE SUN SHINE

The words "climate change" are on many people's lips.  What can the Church add?  An Australian Catholic Response to Climate Change by Columban Missionary Fr Charles Rue - book launch and presentation.

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AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OPEN DAY

Australian Catholic University is a public University open to all.  Ballarat Campus Open Day is on Sunday, August 30 from 10.00am till 3.00pm.

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DAMASCUS COLLEGE TOUR

A tour of the new and refurbished buildings is to be held for past students, families and friends of Damascus College.

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CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS AT ST PIUS X

On Sunday 23 August the St Pius X community at West Warrnambool will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of their parish church. There will be Mass at 10 a.m. on the Sunday morning and a BYO lunch afterwards in the Parish hall. All supporters of the West Warrnambool parish are welcome.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

General News
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THE CELEBRATION OF 40 YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD

As mentioned in a previous e-news, Fr Adrian McInerney celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.  Read here for more on the celebrations.

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ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD

In September, James McKay will be ordained a priest at Colac.  Parishioners of the Ballarat Diocese are invited to this momentus occasion.

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Focus On
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CELEBRATION OF THE BLESSED MARY MACKILLOP

Saturday the 8th August was a time of great celebrations in Portland as we remember Blessed Mary MacKillop on the anniversary of the 100th year since her death in 1909.

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PASSING ON A LIFE LOVE

Sr Luke has been passing on the skills of reading and writing for more than 50 years.

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Faith in Life
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BOOK TELLS OF CHANGES FOR PRIESTS

Bishop Julian Porteous, Episcopal Vicar for Renewal and Evangelisation within the Archdiocese of Sydney visited Ballarat on August 14 and launched his newly published book about what it means and what it takes to be a priest today.

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In the Parishes
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GRADUATES CELEBRATE

Pastoral Counselling Graduates students have just completed their Certificate IV in Pastoral Counselling Skills hosted at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Wendouree.

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Diocesan News
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DIOCESAN YOUTH COUNCIL MEETS

On August 15th and 16th the Diocesan Youth Council assembled at Halls Gap for a weekend of prayer and reflection on their role as a Council.

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CELEBRATION OF THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF WYD

On Sunday August 9th the Diocesan Youth Council hosted a first anniversary event to celebrate the momentous event that WYD08 was.

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