WELCOME

The Cathedral Parish is a Catholic faith community centred on Bathurst NSW, Australia.  It embraces people in the city of Bathurst and surrounding countryside and the towns and villages from Sofala and Wattle Flat to the north to Rockley and Burraga to the south.

The members of the community provide, or are involved in, many different endeavours in striving to live out the Good News of the Reign of God’s Love within our local community.  The Word of God and our personal and communal prayer nurtures our spirituality that is then activated in our service of others in health and aged care, education, care of those in need and of the environment that sustains us, and the many diverse ways that ‘love of neighbour’ is lived out by members of the community.

 

  • Each year, between the Ascension of the Lord and Pentecost, Christians in Australia dedicate time to pray for unity among and within Churches. This year, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated from 16 May – 23 May.
    The theme of this year’s celebration comes from John 15:1-7 – Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit.
    In the Bathurst community, there will be many moments to gather and pray together:
    16th May – 11am: (Ascension Sunday): Shared time of fellowship in the grounds of the Catholic Cathedral of St Michael and St John; coffee and cake available (tour of recently renovated Cathedral offered).
    18th May – 11am: Time of Prayer in All Saints Anglican Cathedral.
    19th May – 9am-2pm: Free Safe Church Awareness Workshop offered to all leaders in Bathurst. Venue: Catholic Cathedral Parish Centre. Registrations via email to admin@bathurst.catholic.org.au
    20th May – 6pm: Time of Prayer in the Catholic Cathedral of St Michael and St John.
    23rd May – 11am: (Pentecost Sunday) SRE time of Prayer, Parish Centre of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John.
    You and members of your church are encouraged to gather for these times of prayer and fellowship. Please email – admin@bathurst.catholic.org.au – to RSVP (appreciated for catering purposes) or if you have any queries you can contact Deacon Josh Clayton – mrd@bathurst.catholic.org.au or 0458 261 513.

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Expression of Interest- Altar Servers

The Cathedral Parish is currently offering the opportunity for young volunteers to become altar servers at any church in our Parish especially the Cathedral (Cnr

William & Keppel Streets) and the Assumption Church (Mitre Street).

Altar Server Enquiry Form

Nam Dinh Le to be admitted as a Candidate for Ordination

Bishop Michael McKenna has announced that Seminarian, Nam Dinh Le will be admitted as a Candidate for Ordination during Mass of the Vigil of the Ascension, Saturday 15th May, at 5pm in the Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst.

“In this step, Nam will publicly declare himself ready to prepare for the call to Ordination and the Church will accept his declaration. This begins the final stage of discernment, on his part and ours, in the long journey of listening for the Lord’s will”, said Bishop McKenna.

Please pray for Nam, as well as our current candidates, Diep and Thao; and for all our seminarians: Cong, Duong, Ha, Kieu and Dai, who have offered themselves to serve Christ and his people in this part of the Vineyard.

  • SUPPORT YOUR PARISH BY GIVING ONLINE: Some of your fellow parishioners are experiencing economic hardship now, and cannot give as they usually would. So, for those who can still give, this is a time for solidarity and generosity. Find out more HERE

LITURGY INFORMATION

Nam Dinh Le to be admitted as a Candidate for Ordination

Bishop Michael McKenna has announced that Seminarian, Nam Dinh Le will be admitted as a Candidate for Ordination during Mass of the Vigil of the Ascension, Saturday 15th May, at 5pm in the Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst. “In this step, Nam will publicly...

SACRAMENTS OF RECONCILIATION & FIRST EUCHARIST 2021

This year we will prepare for and celebrate the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist as we did in 2020.The process will be: Completion of the Preparation Course for the SacramentCompletion of the 2021 Sacrament Request Forms (available from the Parish...

A message from Bishop McKenna about the death of Fr Tim Cahill

Father Tim Cahill died on 8th January after a long illness which he bore with the same Christian faith, hope and love that he brought to his ministry as a priest of Bathurst Diocese over the past 35 years. Tim served as an...

A message from Bishop McKenna about the death of Fr Joseph Dooley P.E.

Dear Friends in Christ,

With sadness, gratitude and hope, I bring the news that Father Joseph Dooley P.E. died at St Catherine’s Home, Bathurst on Christmas Day 2020. He is survived by his brother, Monsignor Maurice Dooley, and by his sister Mrs Catherine Loughran.

Father Joe served in many parishes of the Diocese as an Assistant Priest; for ten years as Chaplain in the Royal Australian Air Force; Administrator of the Cathedral; as Parish Priest of Gilgandra, Cowra, Mudgee and Canowindra; and as Vicar General.

We give thanks for Joe’s great friendship and devoted priestly ministry, as we prepare for his funeral in the new year. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst

A Requiem Mass for Fr Joe Dooely will be celebrated at the Assumption Church, Bathurst on Monday 4 January at 11:00am. The funeral will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Fr Pat McKenna Funeral Arrangements

The Requiem Mass of Fr Pat McKenna will be live-streamed on the Diocesan Facebook page and YouTube channel on Tuesday 15 December at 10.30am AEST Daylight savings time - 11 hours ahead of Northern Ireland time. The links are as...

CONFIRMATION 2020

Dear Parents, Bishop Michael has given all priests of the Diocese authority to confirm the children who request the Sacrament this year. This authority is valid till 24 December 2020. He has recommended that the Sacrament be celebrated in the same way that we have...

Season of Creation, September 1 – October 4

Pope John Paul II in 1990 named environmental care as integral to the Catholic faith and named St Francis of Assisi as the patron of ecological conversion. Pope Benedict XVI reinforced this Catholic vocation delivering homilies and speeches asking world leaders to...

EXTRA WEEKEND MASS – 9AM COMMENCING 5TH JULY

As more people are returning to regular worship we are finding that the maximum number of worshippers allowed under the 4 square metre rule is proving a problem. Under this rule, only 200 worshippers can be in the Assumption Church at any one time commencing 1st July....

MASS TIMES IN BATHURST RETURN TO THE REGULAR WEEKEND TIMETABLE

 Numbers in Churches are now guided by the 2 sq. metre rule. The Assumption Church opens for private prayer between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday each week, and 9.00am to 11.00am on Saturdays and Sundays. The church will be set up accordingly to meet the social...

REOPENING OF CHURCHES – STAGE THREE: FROM 1ST JULY 2020

Numbers in Churches are now guided by the 4 sq. metre rule. The Assumption Church opens for private prayer between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday each week, and 9.00am to 11.00am on Saturdays and Sundays. The church will be set up accordingly to meet the social...