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.

Celebrating the Season of Creation

Christians around the world are marking the Season of Creation throughout the whole of September, ending on 4th October with the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. Pope Francis’s landmark encyclical Laudato Si’ and its teachings urge all of us to continue to proactively care for the earth and each other.

Fr Charles Rue has developed a 7 Day Retreat prayer resource based around the Season of Creation. The resource is founded in scripture with thought-provoking reflections and times for prayer.

As we progress to the end of the Season of Creation this prayer could be prayed as a group or by individual.

The Season of Creation can be accessed at

Fr Charles was raised in Canowindra. A farmer for four years he joined the Columbans and was ordained in 1968. Appointed to South Korea, he worked in parishes but from 1980 taught liturgy in Seoul and Jamaica. Granted a doctorate for his work on the history of the Columbans in Australia, he now writes to help connect faith and the insights of ecology.

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.

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


Dear Friends in Christ,

This year, Good Shepherd Sunday and Anzac Day fall on the same day. It would be wrong to stretch the comparisons too far, but it is true to say that the themes of service, sacrifice, commitment and gratitude are threaded through both.

Our priests, as the Gospel today reminds us, are not merely “hired hands.” They have generously offered their lives to be ordained for the unique and irreplaceable service that brings us the Eucharist and all that flows from it. Every Christian has his or her part to play in the mission entrusted to the Church; and the dignity of each vocation is enhanced in appreciating more deeply the specific service of each one. Today, we give thanks for the gift of the ordained priesthood, which does not exist for itself, but to serve the pilgrim Church. It is both an awesome call and, properly understood, a humble office.

For Catholics, this is a day not only to pray and give thanks for the priests who generously serve us, but to recommit ourselves to supporting them. This means a willingness to be generous in our own service, working with them. It also means playing our part in ensuring that their modest material needs are cared for.

Each year, we also make a collection on this day to help meet the expenses of training future priests. At the moment, our Diocese has six young men at various stages of formation and discernment, in addition to two candidates who will, please God, be ordained this year. You can contribute to their support either through your own parish, or directly on-line at

Please pray for the priests we have, for those who are preparing for ordination; and for those whom the Lord is calling to leave everything and follow him.

Yours in Christ,
+Michael McKenna
 Bishop of Bathurst


Diep Quang Nguyen (Candidate for Ordination) with Seminarians Kieu Van Le, Cong Van Hoang,
Ha Van Tran, Duong Van Ha, Nam Dinh Le and Thao Van Nguyen (Candidate for Ordination).
Absent: Dai Van Pham 


Cathedral Bookshop

Has a variety of gifts and cards available for purchase for all Sacraments including Baptism, First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation as well as other occasions.

The shop is currently located in the Chancery Office, 118 Keppel Street, Bathurst.

Opening hours are:
Wednesday Thursday Friday
11.00am – 3.00pm