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Claim the Date
The Vietnamese Community in Sydney is generously planning a fund-raiser for our Cathedral Restoration Appeal in 11th December.  MORE> 

Invitation to Francis Effect Colloquium
In an attempt to respond to Pope Francis’ call to enter into dialogue and engage with the vision of Laudato Si, the Catholic Education Office is holding a colloquium. Principals, Parish Priests, Religious Education Coordinators and Parishioners are all invited, to the Francis Effect Colloquium on 29th October at Rydges Mount Panorama Bathurst. MORE>

Parish and School Music Workshops
and Concert
The Catholic Education Office and the Diocesan Liturgy Commission invite you to a music liturgy workshop and a concert by Fr Liam Lawton in November. MORE>

The Sacrament of Penance and Abortions
Read a message from Bishop Michael McKenna about the Sacrament of Penance and abortion HERE

Bishop McKenna's pastoral message on Christian Marriage

Attention Collectors!
A small number of sesquicentenary envelopes with first day issue sesqui postmark are available for purchase. MORE

Position Vacant - Manager Kalumburu Mission

The Catholic Diocese of Broome is urgently seeking a Manager for Kalumburu Mission in the far north of the Diocese.
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The Catholic Diocese of Bathurst
Celebrating 150 years


Information about updates and events
organised by the Diocesan Assembly Council
can be viewed HERE> 

Truth, Justice and Healing Council
Regular updates can be viewed  HERE>



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Catholic Observer

Synod on the Family
4th - 25th October 2015 
The 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place on 4th - 25th October, 2015, and will have the theme of "the vocation  and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world".  MORE>

World Mental Health Day - Saturday 10th October 2015 
World Mental Health Day is an annual program held on 10th October to raise public awareness of mental health issues worldwide. Mental Health Week in Australia is held from Sunday 4 to Saturday 10 October 2015. MORE>

Social Justice Sunday 2015
SJS was celebrated across Australia on Sunday, 27th September 2015. In his message for this important day, Bishop McKenna challenges us to heed the advice of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop to “Never see a need without doing something about it”. MORE>


Diocesan Pilgrimage Begins
Bishop McKenna's Sesquicentenary Diocesan PIlgrimage around the Diocese is underway. Read the Bishop's Message for the Pilgrimage and how you can join the Pilgrims in prayer. MORE>

Mass at Historic 'Macquarie' Postponed
Regretably, the Mass planned to be celebrated at 'Macquarie' Homestead next month has had to be postponed. MORE>

Renewal of Marriage Promises
Sunday 4th October 
You are invited to take part in this year’s renewal of Marriage promises during the 10.00am Mass in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St.John on Sunday 4th October 2015. MORE>

Youth of the Diocese - Save the date for BLAST 
21st - 22nd November 2015 


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