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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

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Vision Statement

Mission Statement

ST. PAUL'S ANGLICAN CHURCH, BAKERY HILL

Prayer

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)


Service Times

Quote for the week

"No matter what metaphorical desert we may find ourselves in during the course of our lives, there is always a hidden wellspring that waters it and brings it to flower. To find it, we must learn to see beyond material things or our immediate situation, and directly into the heart of life..." ~The Little Prince




Happy New Month of September

Here’s my food for thought this month using the alphabets in SEPTEMBER:

S stands for surprises from God. Archbishop Mark Coleridge who ordained me to the priesthood used to say to us: “God often surprises but never disappoints.” This month let us deepen our intimate relationship with God and be surprised by his love and closeness.

E for embrace diversity. We live in an increasingly polarised and fragmented world where ethnic and religious divides are tearing us apart. We need men and women who embrace diversity as a gift because despite our differences we can always make a difference together.

P stands for possibility: Emily Dickinson’s quote captures it aptly: “I dwell in possibility”. Do you?

T is for Trust. I am reminded of the refrain of the hymnby John Sammis which we used to sing a lot in the seminary back home: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

E stands for this quote from Victor Frankl: “Everything can be taken from us but one thing: the last of the human freedoms –to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.” He was speaking of those in the concentration camps who spent their days encouraging others to keep their hopes alive. We too can do the same wherever we find ourselves: to inspire hope and confidence in others.

M in September stands for Mary. September has a special meaning for Marian devotion as it contains a few Marian feasts (Nativity of the Blessed Virgin on the 8th, Holy Name of Mary on the 12th& Our Lady of Sorrows on the 15th). When I came to Australia 13 years ago, alone and without any family member, I had recourse to Mary and she looked after me and became my mother in a special way. I was ordained both to the diaconate and priesthood on her feast days (8 September and 27 June respectively). This month let us have recourse to Mary -often and with confidence- that as a mother she will look after us, come what may.

B stands for blessings. Speak and pray blessings in every situation and on every person in your life. We are blessed so that we can bless. Everyone can bless too. Here’s one of my favourites from Hazrat Khan: “May the blessings of God rest upon you. May God’s peace abide with you. May God’s presence illuminate your hearts now and forever more.” Somebody say Amen to that!!

E is for empathy. Our world is suffering more from empathy deficitthan from budget deficit. From the plights of our indigenous people through the shocking treatment of refugees and asylum seekers and to the increasing marginalisation of the poor, the outcasts and the ‘least, lost and last’, we wonder what has happened to our collective empathy. Empathy calls us to experience the pain of the other in our hearts as well as to ‘imagine lives that are not our own’. In feeling their pain let us be outraged by their sufferings and do something about ending injustice, inequality, oppression and evil wherever we encounter it.

R stands for responsibility for your life. Most people shun responsibilities these days. We blame everybody and everything but ourselves. Perhaps we can become more responsible for our words, actions and attitudes this month. As Dag Hammarskjold puts it, “we are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is our own.”