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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.

 

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  • 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 assistant priest in Bathurst and Cowra; as University Chaplain; and as Parish Priest of Dunedoo, Wellington and Blayney.

He was a beloved member of the Shalom Community in Carcoar. His last appointment was as Rector of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The restored organ there in Carcoar is one tangible reminder of his talent; but it is in our memories and in the eyes of God that his gifts as a loving pastor and friend to young and old will remain.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst

A Requiem Mass for Fr Tim Cahill will be celebrated at 10am, Friday 22nd January 2021 at St Patrick’s Church, Wellington and followed by interment at Carcoar Cemetery commencing at 2.30 pm. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the numbers in the church are limited to 60, the Funeral Mass will be live-streamed to the adjacent school hall and outdoor space, to allow those other than family to attend at that location.

The funeral will also be live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

  • 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
  • SEASON OF CREATION, SEPTEMBER 1 – OCTOBER 4: The Season ofCreation starting on 1 September, the Day of Prayer for Creation and ending on 4 October, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Find out more HERE
  • RISE YOUTH FESTIVAL – RELOADED: RISE is back for 2020! This year it has been RELOADED to an online format! Find out more HERE
  • MASS TIMES IN BATHURST RETURN TO THE REGULAR WEEKEND TIMETABLE: Find out more HERE 
  • REOPENING OF CHURCHES – STAGE THREE, FROM 1ST JULY 2020: Find out Mass Schedule and Regulations HERE
  • BISHOPS CALL FOR A LIFT ON RESTRICTIONS: The NSW Government has announced a further easing of COVID-19 restrictions for hospitality venues and other businesses from 1st June. Regrettably, despite lobbying from the bishops of NSW and ACT for our churches to be treated similarly, to-date there is no indication that this will be the case. Sign the petition HERE
  • WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: 24 – 31 MAY: The 2020 theme, “They showed us unusual kindness” (Acts 28:2), remembers the historic shipwreck of Paul on the island of Malta and calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. Find out more HERE
  • ENTRUSTING AUSTRALIA TO MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS: the Australian Bishops entrust Australia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary under the title Our Lady Help of Christians, seeking her intercession for the safety of all our people especially in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more HERE
  • ARCHBISHOP PATRICK O’REGAN INSTALLED AS ARCHBISHOP OF ADELAIDE: Archbishop Patrick O’Regan was installed in a near empty St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Adelaide on 25 May 2020. Find out more HERE

LITURGY INFORMATION

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....

RISE Youth Festival – RELOADED

RISE is back for 2020! This year it has been RELOADED to an online format! RISE Youth Festival is for young people in Years 6 to 9 (youth in Years 10 and 11 can be involved as team members. To do so, contact Deacon Josh). RISE Reloaded will run over two days -...

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...