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Bishop Michael has recently returned Nagaland, India and writes about his visit HERE>  

BLAST 2016
20 - 21 AUGUST 2016

Registrations for BLAST 2016 are now opened!
Find out more and register HERE>


Long Lunch
To launch the wonderful Survivors exhibition, the next long lunch at Shalom will be held on 
Sunday 22nd May. Find out more HERE>

Second Rite of Reconciliation in each Parish

  In this Year of Mercy, Bishop Michael McKenna will visit every parish to preside at a Second Rite of Reconciliation.

This is taking up the call of Pope Francis for allCatholics to rediscover the beauty of this Sacrament of Penance and the peace and strength that God offers us in the midst of his Church.

The dates so far are:   

Blayney -  April 26th at 7.00 pm;

Oberon – April 27th at 7.30pm;

 Orange – April 28th at 7.00pm;

 Lithgow – April 29th at 6.00pm;

 Bathust - May 13th at 7.00pm

Dubbo – June 3rd at 6.00pm; 

Wellington - August 26th at 8.00pm

Watch as more dates are added and join in celebrating God's mercy with your fellow parishioners.

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Jubilee of Mercy
Merciful like the Father

Information and resources
can be found HERE>

The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst
Celebrating 150 years



Follow the Diocesan pilgrimage at 

World Youth Day 2016 HERE>


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Catholic Observer

Bishop to Bless Chapel in Timor-Leste 
Today, Bishop Michael McKenna and representatives from the Diocese of Bathurst will attend a ceremony at Cairui, Diocese of Baucau, in Timor-Leste’s central highlands for the dedication and blessing of the St John de Brito Chapel. 

 A Vote for the Voiceless
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has released an Election Statement giving a voice to the voiceless, stating that "In hearing their voice, we can hear the voice of God".
Read the statement HERE>

App available to assist in raising money to rebuild our Cathedral
An innovative app is now available that allows people to donate to the project. MORE>

Fourth Bishop of Parramatta appointed
His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFMConv DD, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Parramatta.

Two New Candidates for Ordination
Bishop Michael McKenna has recently announced that he will admit Mr Joshua Clayton and Mr Mike Williams as Candidates for Ordination to the Diaconate. MORE>

2016 National Count of Attendance at Mass and Sunday Assemblies
The National Count of Attendance will again be conducted throughout Australia during 2016 and is being conducted in the Diocese of Bathurst throughout May. MORE> 

Fantastic result for the Fijian Cyclone Appeal.
The 17 parishes of the Diocese of Bathurst were able to raise $22,218.75 in just three weeks! The people of Ba, Fiji say thank you! MORE> 


Regular updates can be viewed  HERE>

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