Parish News & Events

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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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 -...

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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...

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