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.


    Bishop Michael McKenna invites you to an evening with Graham Lupp where he will present on Edward
    Gell and the fascinating journey that led to the beginnings of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst and many historically significant buildings within the Bathurst region.

    The ticket price is $40 and includes light refreshments, with all proceeds going to the Cathedral Restoration Appeal.

    Date: Thursday 17th June 2021
    Venue: Keystone 1889 – 99 Keppel Street, Bathurst
    Time: 5.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.
    Cost: $40.00 per person which includes light refreshments

    Tickets are available online at: www.trybooking.com/BRUCG or contact the Cathedral Parish Office via
    email: office.cathedral@cdob.org.au or phone 6331 3066. Please purchase your tickets by 9 June.


  • Bishop Michael McKenna has announced he will ordain to the Diaconate, Diep Quang Nguyen and Thao Van Nguyen, during 6.00pm Mass in the Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst on Friday 9th July 2021.
    Diep is currently in pastoral placement in Bathurst and Thao in Lithgow, having completed their studies at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Homebush.
    We thank God for this blessing on our local church and ask God’s richest blessings on Diep and Thao.

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  • RISE is back in full swing with (at this stage) live music and lots of in person fun! Don’t miss out!  

    Register for RISE 2021 here: https://forms.gle/imcDzACTjNGmrLuR7

    RISE Youth Festival is for young people in Years 6 to 9 (youth in Years 10, 11 and 12 can be involved as team members. To do so, contact Deacon Josh).

    The Diocesan Youth Ministers will facilitate a festival full of fun, friendship, small group challenges, workshops, games, music and opportunities to encounter Jesus.  

    This year we are excited to have Genevieve Bryant lead the music. 

    RISE will run over two days – Thursday 1 July and Friday 2 July. The location will be confirmed shortly.

    Cost for the two days is $110 if registered before the early bird offer expires. $120 if paid after that date. Check with your local parish for any subsidies.

    Registrations close on 25 June 2021.

    If you have any questions please contact Deacon Josh at mrd@bathurst.catholic.org.au or Jacinta Thatcher mrprojects@bathurst.catholic.org.au



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

  • 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


Diep Quang Nguyen and Thao Van Nguyen to be ordained to Diaconate

Bishop Michael McKenna has announced he will ordain to the Diaconate, Diep Quang Nguyen and Thao Van Nguyen, during 6.00pm Mass in the Cathedral of St Michael and St John, Bathurst on Friday 9th July 2021.Diep is currently in pastoral placement in Bathurst and Thao in...

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...


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...


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...


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....


 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...