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Our parish church of St. Paul's is situated on Bakery Hill (Ballarat East) with magnificent views of the city of Ballarat. It was founded in 1854 at the height of the gold rush in Ballarat and surrounding towns and since then it has served as an oasis of peace and tranquillity in Ballarat East for people of all nationalities and ages as they gather in its magnificent interior to celebrate God and what God has done for us in Jesus Christ. Read more

Parish History
Vision Statement

Mission Statement



Diocesan Year of ‘Salt and Light’ 2016

Faithful God,
you have appointed us your witnesses,
to shine in the world like light and to preserve what is good like salt:
let us not hide the bright hope you have given us,
but tell of your love, revealed in Jesus Christ the Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
( Adapted from the collect for Epiphany 5, Year A APBA p.536)

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Happy New Month of October

Here’s my reflection for the month. Hope you find some food for thought in it. Enjoy!

O=Overcome. Life presents us with challenges at each turn but it also gives us the inner resources, assets and strengths to overcome them. As the ancient philosopher Euripides observed, “There is in the worst of fortune the best chances for a happy change”. Instead of retreating from life’s challenges let us face them head on, using the words of this prayer: “Lord Jesus, help me to believe that there is no problem I face today that together with you I cannot overcome.”

C=Challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone. Confront your fears and change direction. Listen to Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

T=Take God at his Word. God’s Word became flesh in Jesus Christ and dwelt among us (cf John 1). He became one like us to show us how much he loves us: ‘to the end without end’ as St Augustine said. We find our true identity only in this relationship because it is only in the light of Christ do we fully understand what it truly means to be human. Take God at his Word and know that you are eternally and unconditionally loved. This belief alone will save you thousands of dollars of therapy 

O=Others. Our age is marked by excessive individualism and by what some writers have called the ‘me culture’ that leads to anincessant and rampant egoism and selfishness. True joy comes when we cease being too narcissistic and egotistical and instead become ofservice to others. As Jean Vanier aptly said: “when we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration.”

B=Beliefs. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) argues that the psychological process of thinking, emotion and behaviour are closely related. It also distinguishes between rational and irrational beliefs; rational beliefs (for e.g. ‘not everybody is going to like me no matter what I do or who I become), produce functional emotion and behaviour while irrational beliefs (for e.g. ‘everybody will approve of my actions 100% of the time), lead to dysfunctional emotional and behavioural consequence. This month learn to dispute these irrational beliefs by thinking not just positively but realistically. We save ourselves a lot of misery, heartache and suffering by doing so.

E=Embrace who you are and add value to your life, your work and our world. As Oscar Wilde said: “Be yourself,everyone else is already taken.”

R=Resilience.Wagnild and Young (1990) defined resilience as “the ability to restore balance following a difficult experience and integrate it into the backdrop of one’s total life experience.” We have all been through life’s difficult battles and survived and that gives us the confidence that we can, in the face of new adversities and setbacks, not only survive but also thrive and mature. As the saying goes, “whatever does not kill you makes you stronger.”

I wish you and yours peace, joy, life, health and happiness this month. Let us resolve to leave this world better than we saw it.