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 McKenna has announced he will ordain Deacon Diep Quang Nguyen and Deacon Thao Van Nguyen to the priesthood on 28th January 2022.

Please keep Deacon Diep and Deacon Thao in your prayers in this special time leading up to their ordination.

Inter Dominion Mass

The Inter Dominion is an iconic harness racing event held between the two great sovereignties, Australia and New Zealand. A significant event accompanying the Inter Dominion for the past forty-plus years has been an ecclesiastical service of thanksgiving for the harness racing industry and of remembrance for those participants who are no longer with us.
Throughout the process of the Cathedral’s restoration, The Bathurst Harness Racing Club has been a strong supporter of the Appeal. We wish them well for this special mass.
  • 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



Masses have  recommenced in St Michael and St John’s Cathedral and The Assumption Church.  See Mass Times for details.

The following regulations are in place for places of worship:

  • All people may attend a place of worship, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Masks must continue to be worn inside.
  • The 1 person per 2sqm density limit must continue to be observed.
  • QR code or manual register must continue to be used.
  • Congregational singing is still not permitted.
  • Choirs of up to 10 people are permitted to sing, however all must be fully vaccinated

The dispensation issued by Bishop Michael McKenna last year in relation to our Sunday obligations is still in effect.  

It is critical that everyone continues to practise COVID-safe behaviours, including social distancing, staying home if unwell and getting tested if suffering from the mildest of symptoms.  

More general information on the current Covid regulations can be found 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....