Bishop McKenna's Advent Message 2015

The month before Christmas is a special time for Catholic Christians. It is the first month of the Church’s year. We call it the Season of Advent, meaning “the coming”. Christ comes among us born of Mary. He will come again in glory at the end of time to bring the fullness of God’s Kingdom. He comes among us every day, if only we will see.

This Advent, we begin the Jubilee of Mercy. On the third Sunday of Advent, called “Gaudete” or “Rejoice”, every bishop in the world will open a Door of Mercy in his cathedral and other shrines to begin this Holy Year. 

I will open the Door in our Bathurst Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John at 10am on Sunday 13th December at the beginning of Mass. The bells in the newly restored tower will ring out again for the first time in many years. That evening, at the 6pm Mass, I will open another Door at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Carcoar, home of our Shalom Community and Diocesan House of Prayer.

I invite you to join in these ceremonies and, more importantly, in accepting the graces offered in this coming Year of Mercy, which you can read about more in the Pastoral Letter I will publish on 8th December, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when Pope Francis opens the Holy Door in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Our Lady of Mercy, Mother of our Saviour, Mary of the Central West, pray for us.


+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst