Diocesan Financial Administration

A message from our Bishop….

All religions understand the idea of giving back to God a portion of what we have received. It is an expression of our thanks as well as an expression of trust that God will continue to provide for our needs. It reinforces our understanding that God is the ultimate source of our wealth. It helps us battle the constant temptation to fall in love with money, to worship it instead of God.

When we give to the poor, we are giving back to God. The people of the Diocese of Bathurst have a strong record of responding to the cry of the poor. In recent years they have given generously in the Christmas appeal for the Diocese of Wau, Sudan, as well as in regular collections like Project Compassion, Mission Sunday, St Vincent de Paul and in many other quiet ways.

The most vital work of the Church has no monetary value or limits. In simple daily acts of love and proclamation of the Gospel, we “receive without charge and give without charge.” But, in this world, buildings need to be constructed and maintained, workers need to be employed, communications and travel costs must be met and priests and religious, whether in health, sickness or old age, need to be cared for. To contribute to the financial needs of the Church is not giving something extra to another worthy cause: it is shouldering our responsibilities as members of that Church.

The works of the Church in the Central West have been made possible by the generosity of the generations that have gone before us: in regular contributions through the local parish; in investing with the Catholic Development Fund; and in legacies and wills. I pray that this generation of Catholics will respond again to the needs of today and of tomorrow.

+Michael McKenna
  Bishop of Bathurst


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