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.





With the extension of the lockdown, our churches remain closed and public Masses cancelled, however several parishes will livestream Mass.



Mass will be livestreamed from the Cathedral, with the Bishop presiding, on Sunday at 10.00am
via Facebook and YouTube

The Orange Parish will livestream Mass daily at 7pm and also the Syro-Malabar Mass on Sunday at 10.00am via Facebook 
The Dubbo Parish will livestream Mass on Thursday at 5.45pm and Sunday at 9.00am via Facebook

The Mudgee Parish will livestream Mass on Sunday at 10.00am via Facebook


  • 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


SEPTEMBER 12, 2021

www.catholicreligious.org.au/resources | www.catholic.org.au/safeguardingsunday 

This weekend, the Catholic Church in Australia  marks Safeguarding Sunday, on which we pray  for those who have been abused, their families and supporters.

We recognise and apologise  for the harm done by priests, religious and lay  people in Church settings. We recommit to  practices that support survivors and make the  Catholic Church and its ministries the safest  possible place for children and people at risk.  

You can find out more about the Church’s  work in this area at: www.catholic.org.au/ safeguardingsunday


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...