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Volume 50, No 1 EASTER 2015 $2.00

Easter 2015

Bishop’s Easter Message ~ 2015


o one knows who wrote the ancient homily that the Church reads in the Liturgy of the Hours every Holy Saturday. It is about Christ’s descent among the dead, calling them to the new life he has won in his death and resurrection. Its imagery is very striking and speaks to the heart of our deepest fears and hopes. The homily begins this way: “Something strange is happening - there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and the underworld trembles with fear”. It is part of being human to be conscious of our mortality. We do not think about it all the time, of course: but when someone close to us is dying, or dies; when we are

in danger ourselves: then we certainly do. Only in our most serious moments is the mystery of death at the front of our minds, but it is always there at the back of them. The fear of death casts a shadow on our lives and shapes our worst choices. The question “what happens when we die?” is underneath all human questions.

you the tree that was only houses of all good things a symbol of life, but see, I lie open. The kingdom of who am life itself am now heaven has been prepared one with you. I appointed for you from all eternity”. angels to guard you as I wish you the new life of faith slaves are guarded, but now this Easter and confidence I make them worship you in the victory won for us by as God. The throne formed Christ. by angels awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The + Michael McKenna bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the Bishop of Bathurst eternal dwelling places At Easter, we remember that are prepared, the treasure Easter 2015 the Gospel is all about life and death; and that our Christian faith seeks to understand this mystery and asks God for he Passion Play  is an Easter pageant  depicting answers to live by. When we the  Passion  of  Jesus Christ: his trial, suffering, death and renew our promise of Baptism resurrection. It is a traditional part of Lent. Most well-known we say that we believe in is the celebrated Passion Play presented by the citizens of “the forgiveness of sins, the Oberammergau in Bavaria every ten years. resurrection of the body, Our front cover photo is from the Passion Play, presented by and life everlasting”. May the St. Raphael’s parish in Cowra. those words be formed in our Directed by Mrs Dawn Smith, members of the Cowra parish hearts. have recreated the Passion Play eight times since 1976, with The ancient homily concludes the last being performed in 2009. with the words of Christ to It comprises both sung and spoken dramatic text interspersed Adam and all who sleep in with spiritually moving choral works. All parishioners are death: “Rise, let us leave this encouraged to participate as the play demands a huge cast place. The enemy led you and crew with more the 100 people involved. out of the earthly paradise. This year’s Passion Play will be held at St. Raphael’s Church on I will not restore you to that Sunday 29th March at 7pm. This once only performance will be paradise, but I will enthrone Director Dawn Smith’s swan song. you in heaven. I forbade

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Plans to celebrate 150 years as a Diocese 1865 - 2015


lans are well and truly underway to mark the significant historical milestone of 150 years since the erection of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst.

Important upcoming dates • 23rd March Chrism Mass - Cathedral - 5.45pm • 26th April - World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Celebrations will commence on the weekend of 19th – 21st June, 2015. A number of events will be scheduled over this weekend, with an ecumenical service scheduled for Friday evening and tours of the Cathedral planned for Saturday. A family bush dance will take place on Saturday evening and the Bishop will celebrate Mass in the Cathedral on Sunday morning, with celebrations to follow.

• 17th May - World Communications Day • 17th - 24th May Week of Prayer for Christian Unity • 24th May Pentecost Sunday • 19th - 21st June Commencement of 150 years celebrations

As events are confirmed, details will be included in parish bulletins and featured on the Diocesan website: the following 18 months until bathurst.catholic.org.au November 2016. Given the fact that the first Bishop of Bathurst, Mat- Plans are being made for thew Quinn, didn’t arrive a pilgrimage through the in Bathurst until November Diocese, led by the Bishop, 1866, events to mark the 150 visiting all 19 parishes. A years will be ongoing over Mass will also be celebrated

• 26th June - Episcopal anniversary of Bishop McKenna at the historic homestead “Macquarie” at O’Connell, with other activities on the drawing board. Watch out for updates as they come to hand.

• 29th June - Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral • 5th July National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sunday

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PROJECT COMPASSION 2015 Growing Food for Life


roject Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual fundraising and awareness-raising appeal, brings thousands of Australians together in solidarity with the world’s poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.

years ago, they couldn’t anticipate how it would change the direction of their lives and set them on a path of growth for life.

Comprised of more than 300 islands, Fiji has many isolated rural communities, and throughout the counCaritas Australia’s Head of try youth unemployment is Community Engagement, high, nutritious foods are in Helen Forde said Project short supply and life expecCompassion, which runs tancy is much lower than in through the six weeks of Lent, Australia. Yet Eric, 53 and is an extraordinary, ongoing Ma, 51 are thriving. demonstration of the faith, Eric and Ma agree that the love and generosity of Married Couples Course caring supporters, all in the they took at the Tutu Rural name of justice and peace. Training Centre (Tutu) the direction “Without our supporters changed during Project Compassion of their lives. The centre, we couldn’t do the vital which runs courses for work we do”, Ms Forde said. people living on the remote northern islands of Fiji, The theme for Project empowered the couple to Compassion 2015 is “Food participate fully in making for Life”. decisions about their future, Project Compassion 2015 so they could find personal explores how Caritas Aus- fulfilment and grow a tralia is helping the world’s sustainable source of food poorest people establish for life. sustainable food, working program at Tutu with them as they estab- “The lish sustainable food sourc- has truly enriched us and es and develop income opened a new pathway for us where we have been streams for life. able to prosper safely in As Pope Francis says; “It is a life”, says Eric. well-known fact that current levels of food production Supported by Caritas Ausare sufficient, yet millions of tralia, Tutu has given Eric people are still suffering and and Ma agricultural and dying of starvation. This is personal training that has enabled them to achieve truly scandalous”. things they could only have Caritas Australia, the dreamt about. Together, Catholic agency for over 25 years, they’ve international aid and built a house, established development, works in a sustainable, producpartnership with local tive farm and proudly communities in more than raised and tertiary-edu30 countries across Africa, cated six healthy children. Asia, Latin America, the At Tutu, Eric and Ma learned Pacific, the Middle East and about planting, soil care, with Australia’s First Peoples. selling their produce and ways to crop sustainably in Every dollar raised and every order to grow and maintain person who participates an on-going, diverse food in Project Compassion and income source. helps make a difference in the most vulnerable communities like the Tutu Today, the couple grow and sell a wide range of Rural Training Centre in Fiji. foods including cabbage, When Eric and Margaret lettuce, okra, tomatoes and (Ma) enrolled in a Married cucumbers. Their farm’s Couples Course at the Tutu produce helps the family to Rural Training Centre 25 maintain a healthy diet.

Eric and Ma from Fiji Today, they are regular visitors to Tutu, where they teach other couples the valuable lessons they learnt. So far over thousands of people have received training at Tutu. “I think we were blessed to be part of the program in Tutu. Tutu opened a new door for us. Without Tutu we wouldn’t be where we are now”, says Eric. “And it’s only possible thanks to you wonderful people of Australia, your love, your care, your concern for us

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Fijian people”. Project Compassion 2015 focuses on Food for Life and throws a spotlight on global food issues through stories from six Caritas Australia programs. Please donate to Project Compassion to help empower the world’s poorest people to establish sustainable food sources for life. You can donate online at www.caritas.org. au/projectcompassion or phone 1800 024 413. Nicole Clements Caritas Australia

Celebration of Special Religious Education


n 23rd October 2014, Special Religious Education (SRE) teachers from all denominations were invited to a celebration afternoon tea at NSW Parliament House. The celebration was hosted by the Inter Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (ICCOREIS). The multi faith celebration of SRE was an opportunity to recognise the contribution made by SRE teachers and providers to public education, with awards for creativity and innovation presented. Special guest speakers included the Hon. Adrian Piccoli, MP, Minister of Education, The Hon. Ryan Park, MP, Shadow Minister for Education and Bishop Peter Comensoli who was the Apostolic Administrator Mrs Denise Basha, SRE teacher with Father of the Archdiocese of public schools for over 20 Denise uses creativity and Sydney at the time. years. innovation to make the religious messages come Local SRE teacher, Mrs In 2014, Denise taught alive. Denise Basha received an scripture to a Y1 class of award for creativity and more than 70 children Denise was unable to innovation in SRE. Denise at Kelso Public School attend the celebration in has taught scripture in each Thursday afternoon. Sydney so her award was

Eric and Ma, Fiji

Mariama, Niger

Karen, Australia

Paul Devitt presented to her by Father Paul Devitt and I, on behalf of the Minister of Education at Mass in the Cathedral recently. Vicki Mair

Help to empower the world’s poorest people. Your donation will support programs around the world that provide vulnerable people with the skills and opportunities they need to establish sustainable food sources for life. www.caritas.org.au 1800 024 413

Sarita, Nepal

Cristian, Peru

Vinsen, Indonesia

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Generous response to the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal


ishop Michael McKenna’s annual Christmas missionary appeal raised $46,845 in December last year, an extraordinary and generous response. The money raised will assist the completion of the St. John de Brito chapel at Cairui, Parish of Laleia, Diocese of Baucau, Timor-Leste. The last three Bishop’s Christmas Appeals, (2012 – 2014) has resulted in the Diocese of Bathurst raising more than $130,000 for this project. Bishop Michael acknowledged the wonderful support that he receives from the Presbyterium and the Council of Priests with regard to the annual Christmas appeal, in creating awareness in parishes of the needs of the Church in its mission territories. The Bishop said, “The missionary church in Timor-Leste is recognised as the least resourced of all the churches in the Federation of the Asian Catholic Bishops’ Conference and is particularly deserving of the support received from the Diocese of Bathurst”.

Construction on the chapel continues with support from the Diocese of Bathurst Bishop McKenna confirmed that he was looking forward to taking a group of parishioners, including clergy and Catholic educators, to Timor-Leste for the opening and blessing of the chapel at Cairui, in December this year. The trip will be for

approximately 10 days, with the itinerary including visits to an orphanage and the major Diocesan seminary in Dili. The estimated cost per participant is $3,500.

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Mission Month to be launched at Stannies’


he national launch of Catholic Mission’s World Mission Month (WMM) will this year take place at St. Stanislaus’ College on Tuesday 1st September, 2015. Bishop Michael McKenna expressed his gratitude to Dr Anne Wenham and Father Doug Akehurst CM, in their respective roles, Head and President of St. Stanislaus’ College, for their generosity in providing a most suitable venue for Catholic Mission’s national launch. An open invitation will be extended lic Mission’s diocesan-wide to all in the Diocese to campaign for World Mission Month (WMM) last October attend this historic event. raised more than $53,500 Mr Mike Deasy Diocesan with $33,500 being raised Director for Catholic Mis- in parishes and $20,000 in sion, reported that Catho- Catholic schools. “This was

an outstanding result”, said tinued generosity of our Bishop McKenna, “and ex- parishes and Catholic comceeded the amounts raised munities.” in earlier years. We look forward to hosting the naMike Deasy tional launch of this year’s Catholic Mission WMM and pray for the con-

Tony’s loyal service recognised


hen someone in the Diocese wants to know something, it’s not unusual to hear “ask Tony”, referring of course to ViceChancellor Tony Eviston, who has been intrinsically involved in our local church over many decades, in numerous ways. He was recently presented with a momento by Bishop Michael McKenna, recognising his 25 years at the Chancery. Tony began as Marketing Manager of the Catholic Development Fund in 1989, became Manager in 1994 and in 2011, Bishop McKenna appointed him as Vice-Chancellor. Fiona Lewis

Tony Eviston with Patrick Cooper and Bishop Michael McKenna

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Bathurst Diocese farewells beloved Bishop Pat


arishioners, friends and family from across the Diocese gathered in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John on Saturday 14th February to give thanks for Bishop Pat O’Regan’s 32 years of generous and compassionate pastoral work in the Diocese of Bathurst. Parishioners from Lithgow, Cowra, Orange, Wellington, Blayney and Bathurst came with their special memories of Bishop Pat to say goodbye and wish him well before he commenced his new role as the ninth Bishop of Sale, Victoria. The highlight of the evening was the celebration of Mass in the Cathedral with Bishop Pat concelebrating with Bishop Michael McKenna and priests of the Diocese. The Cathedral was filled and the rousing singing was led by a combined choir of singers and musicians from across

the Diocese. Three of Bishop Pat’s former parish secretaries, Pauline Pollard (Bathurst), Heddy Viney (Blayney) and Liz Jessett (Cowra) brought the gifts to the altar during the offertory procession. At the conclusion of Mass, Bishop Michael spoke eloquently of the great contribution Bishop Pat had made to our Diocese and how we will continue to grow and thrive following the example that Bishop Pat has given us.

Sue Dickson with Bishop Pat and Pauline Pollard

After Mass, everyone gathered in the Cathedral School hall for telling of memories from each parish. Charles Applin represented the parish of St. Patrick’s Lithgow, Dawn Smith, St. Raphael’s Cowra; Michael Croke, St. Mary and St. Joseph Orange; Michael McMahon, St. Patrick’s Wellington; Jill May, St. Joseph’s Blayney; Josh and Anna Clayton, Cathedral Parish, Bathurst; Sister Patricia

Powell for the Sisters of Mercy joined Father Pat for supper, and Sister Mary Comer for the which was provided by those Sisters of St. Joseph (Perthville). who came along and the kitchens of MacKillop College There was much laughter and and St. Stanislaus’ College. even a few tears during the Bishop Pat was the last to leave telling of these familiar stories. the celebration as he spent the Bishop Pat was presented with evening taking the opportunity a gift of a beautiful painting of to chat with the many who had Amiens Cathedral in France, come along to say farewell. painted by local artist Graham Sue Dickson Lupp. Following the cutting Cathedral Parish Council of the celebratory cake, we

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Bishop Patrick O’Regan ordained as the ninth Bishop of Sale


large group of people from the Diocese of Bathurst were part of the 1600 strong congregation gathered for the Ordination and Installation of Bishop Patrick O’Regan as ninth Bishop of Sale on Thursday 26th February 2015.

The Bishop Phelan Stadium at Catholic College Sale was transformed over three days to create a suitable venue for the ceremony. Nearby St. Mary’s Cathedral seats only 280 comfortably in the main body of the church and so it was decided to relocate the ceremony. Principal celebrant was Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne and co-consecrators were the Archbishop Christopher Prowse of Canberra and Goulburn, who is the previous Bishop of Sale and Bathurst’s Bishop Michael McKenna, formerly a priest of the Diocese of Sale. 30 archbishops and bishops and more than 100 priests from around Australia gathered for the Mass. A 160 voice choir, drawn from colleges and parishes around the Diocese, led the worship under Shane Reid - Director of Music from Lavalla College in Traralgon. Organists were Anthony Halliday, principal organist from St. Francis Church, Melbourne and Father Alois Balint from Offenburg, Germany.  Bishop O’Regan was assisted by Father Terrence Fournier who is the director of the National Liturgical Office for the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Father Garry McKeown, Parish Priest of Orange. Monsignor John John Kallarackal from the Apostolic Nunciature in Canberra read the English translation of the Papal Bull appointing Bishop O’Regan and the Bull was then formally presented to the College of Consultors by Sale›s

Bishop Michael McKenna lays hands on Bishop Pat O’Regan Chancellor, Father Brian from Rita Elswyk, Diocesan O’Connor. There was loud Coordinator of the Rite of applause when he raised Christian Initiation of Adults. it to the congregation.  Bishop O’Regan was then After the formal questioning led to the cathedra, or Bishby Archbishop Hart, Bishop op’s chair, which had been O’Regan lay prostrate on brought from St. Mary’s Cathe red carpet before the thedral for the ceremony. altar during the singing of The newly ordained bishop the Litany of the Saints led then received a fraternal by cantors Lynda George kiss from each of the archand Donrita Reefman. bishops and bishops, as well Then followed the consecra- as the College of Consultors.  tion of the bishop with layThe Bishop’s siblings, Steing of hands by all gathered phen O’Regan, Laurie bishops and archbishops. O’Regan and Louise Clyne, The open Book of Gosaccompanied by his godpels was held over Bishop parents, Jill Clark and Peter O’Regan’s head by deaHerbert, brought the gifts to cons Mark Kelly and Tony the altar for the Offertory. Aspinall while Archbishop Hart read the prayer of or- In the concluding rites after dination. the Mass, Bishop O’Regan walked around the stadium Following the anointing of blessing the crowd and reBishop O’Regan’s head ceived a formal welcome with the Oil of Chrism and from the clergy, religious, presentation of the Book of representatives of Diocesan Gospels, the Bishop then reministries, Catholic schools ceived his ring of office from and ecumenical and civic the Vechoorettu family from representatives. Cranbourne, his zucchetto and mitre from Sister Patricia More than 1,000 people Hickey sgs, and his crozier joined together at Sale’s Me-

morial Hall for lunch and light refreshments. When Bishop O’Regan arrived he spent more than an hour chatting with people and happily posed for photographs.

The Motto chosen by the Bishop is a direct quote from St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians 15:28, ‘So that God may be all in all’; in Latin ‘Ut Sit Deus Omnia in Omnibus’. Information and photos courtesy of Colin Coomber Catholic Media Gippsland

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Inaugural Liturgy Awards presented

Bishop Michael with award recipient Mrs Anne Patterson and her family


he Liturgy Commission of the Diocese of Bathurst recently announced the recipients of its two inaugural awards.

This award was presented to members of our Diocesan family who, through involvement in the liturgical life of the Diocese, have contributed to Mrs Dawn Smith of St. Ra- the promotion of the liturgy phael’s Parish Cowra, Fa- and its understanding by the ther John Beaven, Sister faithful, throughout the DioMary Trainor rsm, Bishop Pat cese and the wider Church. O’Regan and Sister Christina The Bishop’s Award for LitMorrissey rsj were awarded urgy was presented for the the  Margaret Press rsj Liturgy same contribution to the litAward. urgy, at a parish level.



The inaugural recipients of that award were Mrs Moria Hannelly (St. Patrick’s Parish, Wellington), Mrs Anne Patteson and Mrs Marie Burrell (St. Mary and St. Joseph’s Parish, Orange) and Mrs Marie McGrath and Mr Paul Prendergast (Cathedral Parish, Bathurst). Bishop McKenna celebrated Mass in the Cathedral on 6th December 2014 and gave

a blessing to the honourees. After Mass, the Bishop hosted a reception for the award recipients and their guests at Matthew Quinn House where he presented the awards. More information can be found on the award recipients at http://goo.gl/SKFSBs David Nelson Liturgy Commission Chairman





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Farewell Mrs Kanarakis


he final day of Term 4, 2014 marked a point of great significance for the staff and students of MacKillop College with the retirement of one of the longest serving staff members, Mrs Marcia Kanarakis. Marcia began teaching at the school during 1980 when the Diocesan Catholic Girls’ High School was being led by John Bowie. In her 35 years on staff, Marcia made a great contribution to one of the core tasks of any school, to raise the academic standards. A detailed analysis of the results in the HSIE Department that she led, and in Ancient History in particular, reveals the massive improvement in HSC results that helped open a vast array of career opportunities for the girls she taught.

Mrs Kanarakis is farewelled by MacKillop College students her academic role. She was a major influence in the introduction and development of the MacKillop Dinner. Her dynamic input into many Ancient and Medieval days, especially with her sessions on “Lotions and Potions”, will live long in the girls’ memory. Her love of French enriched language teaching and her involvement with tours of Noumea and France helped the great success of those expeditions.

Marcia’s contribution to the life of the School was founded on her role as the HSIE Coordinator, a position she held from 1981 to 2004. Her sharp intelligence, extraordinary breadth of knowledge and engaging teaching style have all contributed to making her one of the Col- Behind the scenes of many lege’s most loved teachers. Presentation Days lay Marcia’s quiet and efficient As a teacher of Ancient organisation. She worked History, Geography and closely with six principals French, Marcia inspired gen- helping to initiate and deerations of students to aspire velop progressive and intuito achieve great things in tive school policies. their lives. In stepping down from her Marcia’s contribution to coordinator role in 2004, MacKillop went far beyond Marcia spent the last 10

years of her career focused on what she loved most; classroom teaching. A decision for which hundreds of parents and students are immensely grateful. The college held a retirement dinner for Marcia at Carrington House on Friday 5 th December, which was attended by many past and present friends and staff of MacKillop. Here Marcia was able to share her wisdom, great sense of humour and wonderful memories of 35 years of service. The audience also heard from guest speakers Paul McPhillamy, Carmel Freeman and Danielle Hart, who each paid great tribute to Marcia’s incredible role in the history of MacKillop College. Marcia was officially farewelled at a school assembly

in the final week of term, receiving a standing ovation form the student body and a traditional “cheers” sung at full volume in her honour. As any student who has passed through the halls of Dio or MacKillop since 1980 would know, there have been many good teachers, even those we would consider great teachers who have inspired and changed us; and then in a class of her own, there was Mrs ‘K’! The 2014 Yearbook tribute to Marcia states, “With the departure of Marcia Kanarakis, MacKillop College loses one of its living treasures”, a most accurate statement indeed. Katie Bennett and Robert Newton

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Priest remembered for his community work


uch loved priest of the Bathurst Diocese, Monsignor Leo Grant, who died in 2012, was remembered for his dedication to community service, when a presentation was made to the Chancery archives by Cheryl and Bob Buckley and Pat Burke recently.

Membership of Lions International being presented to him in 1993, as well as several other awards. When his family found the awards, Pat, Bob and Cheryl arranged to have them framed.

They made the presentation to the Chancery to ensure they will be kept safely in Monsignor Grant’s comthe Diocese of Bathurst. munity work resulted in the Kimbalee Clews prestigious award of Life

Pat Burke with Cheryl and Bob Buckley

Diocesan Assembly Council events – Save the date!


he Diocesan Assembly Council was formed after a Diocesan Assembly was held in 2013, a consultative process with representatives from across the Diocese coming together with the common goal: to plan a sustain-

able future for the Diocese. 

throughout the Diocese.

Under the Bishop’s direction, groups have been formed from the Diocesan Assembly Council, all tasked with bringing focus to their specific topics by holding events

Some of what is planned is detailed below. Look out for more information in your local parish bulletin and on the website: bathurst.catholic. org.au




Diocesan Youth Summit

28th March


Family Fun Day


Mudgee, Orange, Dubbo

Aboriginal Spirituality

11th July


Proclaiming the Word of God effectively

25th July 26th July

Baradine Lithgow

Training for Leaders of SWAP


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Helping Maria Joseph


ister Helen Sullivan tells the story of Maria Joseph, a brave four year old girl from Vanimo, Papua New Guinea who is suffering from Rickets and is in need of your support. It is now over 18 months since I received a begging letter from the Sisters in Vanimo, which had been my home for six years previous. The Sisters were asking if I could help a two year old orphan child, Maria Joseph, who was suffering from Rickets.

ROMAC. We were back to square one. Over these months, a wonderful team of supporters came together who have shown great concern for our little girl, especially the Eugowra Country Women, The Social Justice Group in Portland/Lithgow, Catholic Mission, Coonabarabran Catholic Women and a very great friend, Marg Vella, who spends her life working for the Missions.

On 15th January 2015 Marg The Sisters had taken Maria phoned and said, “Helen, I Joseph to the doctors in am going to Vanimo on the Vanimo where they were told 17th to see what we can do for that she would be immobile Maria Joseph”. I was shocked for the rest of her life, as it was and very afraid. Here was my impossible to treat her. great friend stepping into a developing country without I approached Rotary, who any knowledge of the culture, I knew provided wonderful climate and sicknesses of the programs for disadvantage tropics. But it was too late to children affected by disease, be negative! and from there was directed to ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Marg had done her Medical Aid for Children). homework and knew about a priest/surgeon, Father John, ROMAC assessed the in Mt. Hagen and was off ‘on situation, but because there a mission’. were doctors in PNG who could do the operation On 26th January, Marg locally, they were unable to returned to Australia, help. although very sick from her travels. The heat and the I next approached a Sydney conditions under which based organisation called the Sisters live are beyond the Catenians - conferences description and yet the of Catholic laity drawn from commitment to protect the a variety of professions and girls from forced marriages supportive of the apostolic outweighs the discomforts in works of the Catholic Church, which they live. as well as paediatricians in different children’s hospitals, Marg arranged a trip to the to raise awareness of Maria Vanimo Hospital. Grateful Joseph’s predicament. All that the x-ray machine was expressed genuine concern working that day, new reports and wanted to help. were done and money was However, ultimately, all were left for the flight to Mt. Hagen. advised that the correct protocol was to work through Dr John is going to see if

Maria Joseph (middle) is being cared for by Sisters from Argentina in Vanimo the operation can be done there, but if that isn’t possible, he will determine how best they can help Maria Joseph.

care and support is always a concern.

Thank you for your interest and support in helping Maria Currently, she is four years Joseph. Please contact me old, filled with life, joy and at helen.sullivan@sosj.org.au, loves dancing. The Sisters if you would like more inforand the girls are able to mation. carry her, but soon she will be Sister Helen Sullivan too heavy to lift. Her ongoing

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Centacare - Caring for you


entacare Bathurst was established by the Bishop and Trustees of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst in June 1988, to provide a range of social welfare services to children and families across the region, which extends from Lithgow in the south to Coonamble in the north, Cowra in the west and Rylstone in the east - this is an area of some 100,000 square kilometres. Centacare is an expression of the Church’s commitment to the wellbeing of families and communities within in the Diocese of Bathurst. It provides a range of professional social services to empower families and communities to thrive. Centacare works for a society in which there is full recognition of the rights and responsibilities of all, a community that values families and relationships Centacare Bathurst has a wide range of services and promotes dignity, equality, respect and Centacare Advisory Board: Patrick Cooper, Kath participation of all, especially the vulnerable and Skinner, Linda Densmore, Father Joe Dooley, disadvantaged. Mary McCarthy (previous member), Father Mark McGuigan, Alan Paul, Anthony Tonna Centacare has offices in Bathurst, Lithgow, Orange, and Paul Favero Wellington, Dubbo, Gilgandra, and Coonabarabran. A number of outreach services are provided to the within the Community Programs area with the aim outlying communities from these offices.

Programs provided by Centacare include: 1. Counselling

2. Mediation

Marriage/relationship counselling

Child focussed family dispute resolution

Child and adolescent counselling

Community mediation

Family counselling

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Family dispute resolution

Individual counselling

Solicitor assisted mediation

Employee assistance program counselling

Intergenerational mediation

Medicare funded counselling

Property settlement mediation

Community Programs of offering services and support in response to the • Did Ya Know Project needs of vulnerable families and individuals living • Community education programs within communities experiencing social isolation and disadvantage. • Drought Support Assistance • Bathurst Early Learning Support

• Central West Family Law Pathways Network

• Radio Waves

• Relationship Enrichment Program

• Indigenous Community Links

• Home Interaction Program for parents and youngster (HIPPY) • Orange Cowra Aboriginal Family Strengthening Project • Work and development orders • Indigenous Programs

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Schools Programs Centacare offers a range of services to the Catholic Schools in the Diocese. Centacare counsellors visit all the primary schools on a regular basis to provide support to the school community. These include counselling, group programs to enhance children’s psychosocial health and wellbeing and information and referral services. The counsellors work closely with the teachers, families, and Catholic Education Office to ensure the best possible pastoral care for the children.

Community Program Profile: Indigenous Community Links Indigenous Community Links (ICL) is an Aboriginal program designed to help close the gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and nonIndigenous Australians. The project is funded by the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. The main objective of this project is to providing information and referral to the community to help improve social, health and financial wellbeing. This project covers a large geographical area with offices are located in Bathurst, Orange, Wellington, Gilgandra and Coonabarabran. Centacare has nine workers covering the sites and communities in each town.

Centacare’s School Programs team

Centacare Team Member profile: Louise Hennessy Louise Hennessy joined Centacare in 2011 as Community Programs and Drought Assistance Coordinator. In her capacity as Drought Assistance Coordinator, Louise is responsible for facilitating family and relationship support to people experiencing the effects of drought in the Gilgandra and Warrumbungle areas. Louise has travelled thousands of kilometres since June last year, visiting every little town in the region, providing support to families affected by the drought.

ICL offers free phone, internet, a place to have a yarn and ‘cuppa’. This service has been warmly received by all the communities, which is indicative of the large number of people attending the service each day. Some of our offices can see between 30-40 people per day. These clients need assistance with referrals and information about all different types of services within their local area. Alongside their referral work the ICL team also run programs in the community and schools. Over the past 12 months, these programs have included Sista Speak, Anger Management, Harnessing Wisdom, Strong Women, Fun Day Fridays, Women’s Business, Rethink, Tree of Hope and 123 Magic. ICL workers are also actively involved with the setup of and participation in NAIDOC, Fun days and Sorry Day events in each community.

Louise Hennessy Working closely with other organisations, Centacare hosted numerous events to address the mental health and relationships of families suffering from the effects of drought. For example, Centacare recently held free health checks at the Baradine, Binaway and Tuena local agricultural shows. Lousie said “This is a great way to provide access to free health checks for anyone who needs them, with the drought having a major effect across the whole community. Some families have had zero farming income for more than three years, so the long term effects are worsening.” People who attended the health checks in Binaway said “It was very helpful to sit down with someone you don’t know, be asked if you are OK and be able to talk openly about what we are facing every day.”

Artwork by Centacare Indigenous staff member

Another community program Louise coordinates is the Pre Marriage program across the Dubbo, Mudgee and Bathurst areas. This program has a fantastic success rate with 98 per cent of participants stating that they would recommend the program to others. Louise attributes the success of the program to the fantastic facilitators that run the sessions.

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Sporting prowess at MacKillop


ongratulations to MacKillop College Captain Kylie Lynch, on her recent award of Oberon Young Sportsperson of The Year 2015. Kylie received this award for her success in a variety of sports, but particularly for her many equestrian achievements in polocrosse. Georgia and Morgan Shiels recently represented MacKillop College in a first-time collaboration with Central Tablelands Rowing Club, to participate in the Pymble Ladies College Regatta at Iron Cove. The girls raced in the single sculls categories where the conditions were spectacular with flat water and a slight breeze. Morgan rowed strongly to finish in fourth place in the Y8 Single Sculls, whilst Georgia gained first place in the Y9 Single Skulls and received her first ever medal. At the presentation special mention was made that it was the first time MacKillop College had been represented in rowing and to achieve this win was fantastic. Coach Joe Martin, was MacKillop College Captain Kylie Lynch, Oberon Young Sportsperson of the Year 2015 very pleased with their efforts and hopes the school may have other girls inter- U15s Track Sprint and for her NSW Country Basketball Victoria in April. Such a big Bronze Medal in the Stand- Team. Emily will travel to a achievement. We wish Emily ested in the sport. ing 250. tournament in Dandenong, the best of luck in the upEliza Bennett from Y7 is to Victoria, for game play coming months. be congratulated on win- Congratulations also goes ning the gold medal at the to Emily Matthews for her practice before competAlysha Booth State Cycling Titles in the recent selection in the U/18s ing at Nationals in Ballarat,

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St. Matthew’s K-12, a first for the Diocese


new era began at St. Matthew’s Catholic School on 29th January when its first ever Y11 students started school for 2015.

The first ever Y11 students at St. Matthews Catholic School ready to take on new challenges

The move means St. Matthew’s has become the first Catholic kindergarten to Y12 school in the Diocese of Bathurst. Where before the school would farewell their pupils after they completed Y10, this group will become St. Matthew’s inaugural Higher School Certificate (HSC) students. The Y11 cohort comprises 33 students. St. Matthew’s is excited to commence Stage 6 schooling, which is one of the biggest changes in the School’s 100 year history.

Much of last year was spent preparing for 2015 with the School bolstering its secondary school ranks with the addition of several new The announcement the School positions specifically to cater would expand into Y11 and 12 for Stage 6. was made at the end of year They also held a series of speech night back in 2013.

information nights to discuss and prepare parents for the School’s expansion into Y11 and subsequently Y12 in 2016.

Catholic education for Y11 and 12 in the Mudgee region and increasing enrolments across all year groups.

The decision to expand into the HSC years at St. Matthew’s was made because of an increasing demand for a

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SRE – Perthville Public School Christmas assembly


erthville Public School held its Christmas assembly in early December. It was well attended by family and friends with each class performing an item. The guest speaker was Mr Jon Blencowe, Christian Educator from Kelso and Bathurst High Schools. Y1 sang and performed “Tell me the story of Christmas”. Ms Zawadski’s closs sang “O Come Holy Ye Faithful” in German. It was a wonderful, reflective way to mark the end of the school year and celebrate Christmas. Vicki Mair Y1 performing “Tell me the story of Christmas”

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CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK 2015 Showcasing Quality Catholic Education


ur schools in the Diocese of Bathurst joined with more than 615 schools across NSW and the ACT to celebrate Catholic Schools Week during 8th - 14th March. The theme for 2015 is ‘Educating for Today and Tomorrow’ and our schools offered a variety of activities and educational initiatives to showcase this theme to members of the community.

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The kids from the bush were back in town!


chool concerts and prize-giving were the order of the day (or evening) across the Diocese as the school year drew to a close last year.

talent, skills, effort and pizazz of students and teachers.

The hard work in preparation and happiness in presentation were evident throughout the St. Brigid’s in Coonamble evening and are features borrowed the high school of this wonderful school hall, packed it to the rafters community at any time of with parents and community the year. friends and wove dance, Janine Kearney reflections and accolades together to celebrate the

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A‘Rouse’-ing End to the All Hallows Year


t was smiles all round as the staff of All Hallows in Gulgong celebrated the end of another brilliantly busy school year.

This was tinged with sadness as they also farewelled Kate Rouse (in leprechaun green) as she relocates to Sydney and a new school for herself and her children. Kate has been an integral member of the All Hallows staff as a committed and connected class teacher and a hard-working, professional support teacher for more years than anyone can believe. She will be greatly missed by the staff and students at All Hallows and as an active member of our Diocesan team. Kings in Sydney can certainly spot ‘a good one’. Janine Kearney Kate Rouse and the All Hallows Team

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Diocese of Bathurst

Higher School Certificate 2014: A Great Success


014 was a great year for the 499 students who sat for the HSC at the five Catholic high schools in the Diocese. The schools, James Sheahan Catholic High School Orange, La Salle Academy Lithgow, Mackillop College Bathurst, St. Johns College Dubbo and St. Stanislaus’ College Bathurst, gave great praise to their graduates. Special commendation goes to Isabella Barrett (MacKillop College) who achieved Band 6 in seven subjects, Bella Gooch (St. Johns) and Edwina Keen (St. Johns) who were all listed on the HSC All-Round Achievers List from BOSTES (NSW Board of Studies and Teaching and Educational Standards). Altogether there were 207 Band 6 results gained by students from across the five high

schools with 34 gaining the top band in Studies of Religion. St. Johns College students gained an impressive 92 Band 6 results across 42 different subjects. There was also an increase of students scoring marks in the top two bands across the Diocese from previous years. Four students were placed in the NSW top ranking student lists. Courtney Mace (St. Johns) Design and Technology was placed 3rd in NSW, Yashodha Ediriweera (St. Johns) was 11th Standard English, Edwina Keen (St. Johns) was 12th in Standard English, with Nikita Jones placing 5th in Entertainment. In addition, Courtney Mace has been nominated for Design Tech, Emilee Spargo (St. Johns) has been nominated for ArtExpress and Nikita Jones nominated for Onstage.

Caitlin Lawler, Isabella Barrett, Eilish Heffernan, Elizabeth Enright and Chelsea Sergeant from MacKillop College at the Diocesan Awards Night. Three students from St. Stan- ceived a Band 6 in Studies of islaus’ College, Darcy Chris- Religion after being accelertie-Johnson, Nicholas Forbutt ated in Y11. Vince Connor and Rueben George re-

Diocesan Sporting Success


iocesan sport had a fantastic start to 2015 beginning with the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges (NSWCCC) Blue Awards night. Andrea Gillard from MacKillop College Bathurst received a Bar for hockey.

On 6th February, 33 students from the Diocese participated in the Polding summer trials held in Lismore.

The sports included cricket, basketball and tennis. The following students were selected in Polding teams for the various PSSA The Vince Villa award was state carnivals to be held announced at the conclusion throughout 2015. Cricket: of the night for the most Harriet Graham (St. Mary’s, outstanding sportsperson of Dubbo), Amy Kreuzberger the year. (Assumption, Bathurst) and Willow Smith (St. Mary’s, This year, the award went to Orange). Cooper Brien Kurt Lovett from Red Bend, (Cathedral, Bathurst) and Forbes. This is the first time that Thomas Coady (St. Pius X, this coveted award has gone Dubbo). Basketball: Lilly to a representative from the Cubby (St. Mary’s Dubbo), Bathurst/Wilcannia-Forbes Meleke Jenkins (St. Patrick’s, Diocesan team. Lithgow) and Izzy Attwater The NSWCCC awards are (Parkes). Zeke Evans and Hutchinson (St. the most prestigious sporting William Lithgow), Beau awards a student attending Patrick’s, a secondary Catholic school McIntosh (St. Laurence’s, can receive. Congratulations Dubbo) and Nicholas Parnell (Cathedral, Bathurst). Tennis: Andrea and Kurt.

Lilly Cubby, Meleke Jenkins and Izzy Attwater Tayla Brasier (Holy Family Kelso) - seeded third in the Polding team. A great achievement.

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Linda Densmore Diocesan Sport Co-ordinator

Diocesan Awards Evening


n Wednesday 4th February, the Catholic Education Office hosted the Awards Ceremony for Academic Excellence. The ceremony was led by Father Paul Devitt, Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Education and Mrs Jenny Allen, Executive Director of Schools. The ceremony celebrated the outstanding results across the Diocese and, for the first time, included students from St. Stanislaus’ College.

In her address, Jenny Allen acknowledged the work of teachers in assisting students to achieve such outstanding results, “The daily work of your teachers has been set within the overarching vision of our schools to provide a holistic education, in response to students’ academic, social, emotional and spiritual needs. They have been conscious in their striving towards the realisation of our graduate student outcomes to not only pursue excellence in their educative skills, they have

also been aiming to be personally and religiously influential in the lives of you, their students”, Jenny said.

“They have aimed to equip you with a clear vision of faith to set you on the path towards living a Christian spirituality. If they have done their job well, they will have assisted you in developing a personal relationship with Christ, so that the whole of your lives will become your response to the revelation you have received”, concluded Jenny. Luke Millstead (St. Johns College) received the highest ATAR with 99.75 and was awarded the Catholic Development Fund scholarship of $1500 towards further educational expenses. The scholarship was presented by Mr Tony Eviston, Manger CDF and Vice-Chancellor of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst. The awards for the top results in Studies of Religion went to Luke Millstead (SOR I), Isabella Barrett (MacKillop College),

Top Atar student Luke Millstead with CEO Director of Schools, Jenny Allen, Father Paul Devitt Emma Harvey (St. Johns College) and Natasha Hewitt (James Sheahan Catholic High School) for SOR II. Hamish Pennington (St. Stanislaus’ College) received the VET Student of the Year award with Sophie Lousick (St. Johns College) and Dylan Wright (James Sheahan Catholic High School) tying for the Indigenous VET Student of the Year award.

Guest speaker was Ruth Towney, a former student from MacKillop College, graduating in 1997. Ruth spoke of her life working for a number of aid agencies both within Australia and overseas. She emphasised that life is more than gaining a great ATAR. It is what you do with the great talents you have that really counts. Vince Connor

Jenny Allen, Luke Millstead, Emma Harvey, Natasha Hewitt, Isabella Barrett and Father Paul Devitt

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Our very own TRIAD of talent!


learning. Three teamsters who work together, and as part of other PLTs, are Darlene Murdoch, who provides an Indigenous perspective to policy and planning; Vickie Vance, who is our skilled ICT/ One of the big ideas of PLCs is to Curriculum ‘connector’ and work together in collaborative Diana Scullard who provides Professional Learning Teams support for additional needs as families journey to, through (PLTs). and beyond school. Three The CEO is developing and persons. One team. modelling many teams Janine Kearney focussed on improving he Catholic Education Office and Diocesan schools are embarking on an exciting journey together, to grow and develop as Professional Learning Communities.

Our Talented Triad - Darlene, Vickie and Diana

Ash Wednesday at St. Pius X in Dubbo


ather Greg Kennedy celebrated Ash Wednesday Eucharist with the St. Pius X community in Dubbo on Ash Wednesday morning. The key message, reinforced clearly by the Kindergarten children (with a little prompting from Father Greg) was that “Jesus Loves Us”. The celebration was beautifully prepared by Mrs Therese Jones (REC) and her team, with uplifting music, angelic voices, including solos by two very gifted Y3 students, skilled reading and some reflective time for everyone to thank God for the love of family and teachers. The students were encouraged to think of and share the many good and kind things they are going to do for others during this Lenten season. They certainly have very ‘angelic’ ambitions. Janine Kearney Father Greg joining in singing ‘This heart…My God’

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St. Joseph’s Eugowra Kindergarten 2015 t. Joseph’s Eugowra has five new Kindergarten children who are very relaxed and settled into their school routine. This year we welcomed Philo Habashi, Isla Newell, Noah Colvin and (Front row) Sol Hunt and Cooper Gates who are enjoying learning their ABCs!


St. Raphael’s to begin Y11 and 12 in 2016


t. Raphael’s Catholic School students and staff are elated with the news that the funding proposal for its highly anticipated extension to Y11 and 12 has just now been officially approved. “It has been a rigorous year of preparing documents and refining plans”, said St. Raphael’s principal Michael Gallagher. It’s almost two years now since the hope of extending the school to Y11 and 12 was first publicly mooted. Now it’s an absolute reality. “The School has been notified that the Commonwealth Block Grant Authority approved the full amount for which we applied”, Mr Gallagher said. “The existing plans will now be detailed and put out to tender in the opening months of 2015. It is anticipated that the building of Stage 6 facilities will begin in mid 2015. The first Y11 group is eagerly anticipated for 2016”, explained Mr Gallagher.

Opening School Mass n Sunday 8th February, St. Joseph’s held its opening School Mass with School Captains, Sports Captains and the Student Representative Council and Kindergarten children proudly receiving their school badges. Students and staff made their commitments for the school year.


Additionally, the School has received welcome news that it has been certified with Board of Studies Teaching and Education Standards (BOSTES) registration and accreditation. “Although no visible progress is yet evident, thorough foundational work determines the success of the whole project. It’s an exciting stream of events for the School and Cowra community”, Mr Gallagher said. Vince Connor

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Sheahan student selected for School of Excellence


livia Cargill from James Sheahan High School in Orange was selected as one of 28 students to attend the 2014 Aboriginal Summer School for Excellence in Technology and Science (ASSETS) program in Adelaide last December. The ASSETS program provides the opportunity for high achieving Y10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, with an interest in science, to explore and study the career options available to them in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Students have the opportunity to participate in activities designed to challenge and excite them academically, culturally and personally. Scientists from industry and academia engaged participants in cutting edge experiences to open their eyes to the possibilities that exist for the future. An integrated cultural and personal leadership program strengthened their connections with and, understanding of, their own culture and heritage and encouraged them to become role models in their schools and communities.

Olivia Cargill with another ASSETS participant

taste some traditional foods such as kangaroo tail. The students particularly enjoyed a talk by Prof Irabinna-Rigney, The University of Adelaide’s Dean of Indigenous Education, who encouraged them to ‘be the change’ they want for their communities. For the academic component, the Olivia and the other par- University took the students ticipants visited the ‘Living on a botanical tour of the Kaurna Cultural Centre’ and Coorong Lakes area to disthe ‘Camp Coorong’ mu- cover traditional uses of naseum, spoke with Aboriginal tive plants and explored the elders, took part in a basket principles of passive energy weaving class and got to design. Throughout the pro-

gram, participants worked in teams on an open inquiry topic inspired by the academic activities. During their investigations the students had a visit from the Governor of South Australia who spoke to the groups about their projects. Olivia’s group investigated the use of native plants as insect repellents and presented its findings at the closing ceremony attended by the Honourable Tung Ngo MLC, Khatija Thomas - the Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, respected

Aboriginal elders and family and friends of the participants. In 2015, the program will include an ongoing leadership and support program that will support participants through their senior secondary schooling and into tertiary study. It will also be broadened to run three residential camps, allowing 100 students the opportunity to attend. For more information or to register your interest visit www.csiro.au/indigenouseducation

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New faces at Assumption School


he opening School Mass at Assumption Catholic School was held on Tuesday 10th February. Students and staff were introduced to Father Paul Devitt, Assumption’s new School Chaplin, who celebrated a beautiful Mass. Father Paul welcomed everyone, especially the 41 kindergarten students and new families who have joined the Assumption School community. This was also the first school Mass for myself as new Principal and Assistant Principal, Mr David Maher as we joined the Assumption School leadership team this year along with Mrs Catherine Connor as Religious Education Coordinator. New school captains; Angus Peck and Keely Toole, vice captains; Harrison Noonan and Maddy Coombes, as well as all the Y6 leaders, received a blessing from Father Paul to help guide them through the year ahead and do their very best at leading the School. Sue Guilfoyle

New principal Mrs Sue Guilfoyle with Fr Paul pictured with Assumption School Captains: Maddy Coombes, Keely Toole, Angus Peck and Harrison Noonan

St. Joseph’s, Blayney - Anti-Bullying Posters


tudents of St. Joseph’s Blayney recently completed posters as part of an antibullying art competition and awareness initiative. The poster supports the National Day against Bullying and Violence which is celebrated on 20th March.

In designing their posters, students were asked to draw a picture showing how they would help a friend if they were being bullied. St. Joseph’s anti-bullying programs assist children to raise awareness of bullying behaviours, promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, develop age appropriate strategies for bullying situations and focus on ways that can contribute to a bully free environment. The anti-bullying art competition was an ideal classroom activity for encouraging open discussion on this important issue. Gerard Davies

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St. Stanislaus’ College


he beginning of the school year at Stannies began with a number of community celebrations. These included the annual welcome of new boarding families, the P&F Welcome BBQ for Y7 families, the welcome ‘get together’ for Stannies and MacKillop 7 students and two community Masses – Opening Mass and Ash Wednesday.

Welcome to new Y10 boarder, Samuel Gallagher and his family

Opening Mass

Y7 students Brendan Spasic and Lachlan Mannell enjoying their ‘Welcome get-together’ with a Y7 visitor for MacKillop College


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St. Pius X Dubbo


t. Pius X Dubbo was very lucky to host Bruce and Denise Morcombe, parents of Daniel Morcombe and members of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, as they travel around schools spreading their message of child safety and awareness. Their aim is to raise awareness throughout Australia of the dangers of criminals who prey on children and to educate children about personal safety.

At our opening Mass, our school leaders were inducted into their leadership positions for 2015. We are very proud of the way they have begun their duties and the wonderful welcome they have given to the new students and parents.

The role of Y6 students also includes the Kindergarten “buddy system”. Each new Kinder is partnered up with someone in Y6 and many lasting friendships The Morcombes left the are formed as a result. The children with three key kinder teacher says the messages: how to recognise, benefits of this program are react and report potential felt throughout the entire dangers and threats. It was school. a very inspiring talk and the children were engrossed Therese Jones with their story. St. Pius X students wearing red in honour of Daniel Morcombe

St. Joseph’s Manildra


e welcome our three new Kinder children, Lincoln Eagleston, Mollie Farr and Mitchell Parish, as they take the next step of their education and begin the journey that is ‘big school’. St. Joseph’s also welcomes three new staff members to our clan. We feel extremely privileged to have Mrs Tina Hough, Miss Megan Thorpe and Mr Adam Freeman with us as they each bring a wonderful repertoire of experience, talents and interests to our School. To celebrate the beginning of the new school year our students, parents, staff and friends gathered at Mass. During Mass our Y6 students; Emilee-Rose Press, Holly Klein, Kaitlyn Parish and Toby Jeffress were inducted as school leaders, whilst Hannah Hoolahan and Jed Gibson were inducted as School Captains for 2015.

New Kinders: Mollie Farr, Lincoln Eggleston and Mitchell Parish

Therese Press

New Y6 leaders with Father Garry McKeown

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All Hallows Gulgong elect School Captains for 2015


ll Hallows students elected their School and House Captains for 2015. The new School Captains are Logan Hackney and Chloe Perry. The House Captains are Jessy Wildman, Georgia McWhirter, Nixon Dang Ly, Tiarnah Moroney, Amelia Drew and Anna Cottam. And our leaders are Katrina Hupp, Bethany Gauci, Kayla Wicks, Ayden Seis.

Swimming Carnival


ll Hallows has a tradition of highly successful swimming carnivals and this year’s was much the same. Filled with laughter, enthusiasm and effort, students and families enjoyed picnicing on the lawn and cheering each other on. Catherine Gaudry New School Captains Logan Hackney and Chloe Perry

St. Joseph’s School Gilgandra Investiture Mass


t was a wonderful celebration at Mass on Tuesday 3rd February 2015 when the students and staff, family, friends and parishioners joined with St. Joey’s Y6 leaders as they received their leaders’ badges. Mr Stephen Horan gave a wonderful address regarding what’s needed to be a successful leader. Congratulations to the St. Joseph’s Y6 class as they lead the school through 2015. School Captains: Martin Fryers & Olivia Newstead Vice Captains: James Kildey & Alexandra Beveridge Minister for the Environment: Harry Spora Minister for Communications: Grace Alchin Minister for Health: Lachlan Fairey Minister for Catering: Zoe Welsh Student Leaders: Milla Banks, Lauchlan Bash, Ryan Carter, Lucy Davis, Jye Day, Darren Doherty, Tarah Foran, Rebecca Gaff, Kate Gilmour, Chloe Godber, Emilie Hassall, Sebastian Jackson, Stuart Larsen, Nash Marchant, Lily Naden, Aiden Ryan, Marshall Ryan, William Sandford and Sinead Sutton. Heather Hodge

St. Joseph’s School Y6 leaders with Mrs Nikkola Thomas, Mr Stephen Horan, Father Martin and Mrs Dominica Banks

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An update on the Restoration of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John Scope of Works


n the past 12 months, a detailed review of the original scope of works was completed by the Cathedral Restoration Management Committee. As part of that review, the option to reorientate the inside of the Cathedral was assessed and found to be unaffordable.

●● construction of the originally planned spire

A revised scope was prepared and a business case developed to evaluate the level of affordability.

●● installation of a state of-the-art audio visual system giving full sight and sound of the altar to all areas within the Cathedral.

The approved revised and affordable scope of works includes:

●● landscaping of the Cathedral grounds which will improve access and the aesthetics of the building, as well as ensuring improved ventilation to the foundations, preventing further damage

●● restoration of the fabric of the building, extending its life by Based on the quantity surveyor’s estimate, the revised scope of work is expected to cost $6.5million and will take five years another 100 years to complete. The next stage of the process is to go to tender ●● remediation of earlier works that has contributed to and obtain competitive pricing on all elements of the scope the damaged foundations of the building by causing of works. ventilation and drainage problems

Funding the Restoration


he funding to the Restoration Project will come from a number of sources including grants from Local, State and Federal Government.

Extensive consultation and reviews have been conducted and the funding of the $6.5 million is to be met from 3 sources. The first is fundraising targeted at $1.8 million, of which over $370,000 has been generated in the last 12 months, from an art union, government grants, and donations from businesses and individuals from all across the Diocese of Bathurst. The remaining costs of $4.7 million will be shared equally between the Cathedral Parish and the remainder of the Diocese. This will be funded by each party obtaining a loan from the Catholic Development Fund over a 30 year term and will require repayment of $164,500 per annum.

fundraising, the less that will be required to be financed.

Having determined the work required to maintain this building to extend its life for generations to come and the level of affordability that can be borne by the Parish and In terms of affordability, for Cathedral parishioners, this the remainder of the Diocese, we will now begin the task of will represent an average weekly increase in their current contracting the work. planned giving commitment of $5.75. At the same time, we will continue to seek your support as Of course, the more money that can be obtained through we raise funds for this important legacy.

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Hellos and goodbyes


he appointment of Bishop Pat O’Regan as the Bishop of Sale has resulted in moves for some of our parish priests within the Diocese. Over December and January, communities in the Diocese held farewells for their departing priests and welcomed new priests to their parishes.

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Farewell Father Tony


t. Mary’s School, Wellington said goodbye to Father Tony Hennessy with a special parting gift. Aboriginal Education Worker, Denise Kelly, created a painting for Father Tony, presented by the students and staff.

The background is Father Tony’s platform and the many places he has been and will travel in the future.

“As a keen Bulldogs fan, this is bulldog country. The goannas represent the totem of Wellington and my totem as the artist.

“The bulldog is not the centre of the painting just as Father Tony prefers not to be the centre either”.

The colours are the Aboriginal Nations travelled and the white lines are the boundaries of the lands of the AbDenise said the painting rep- original people that he has resented Father Tony’s time crossed and will cross”, Denise explained. at Wellington. Father Reynold is welcomed to the Coonabarabran parish


he well maintained presbytery garden provided an ideal surrounding for the farewell of our well-loved Father Greg Kennedy, as well as a place of welcome to celebrate the arrival of Father Reynold Jaboneta.

Simon Price

The Coonabarabran community is deeply grateful for the four years in which Father Greg exercised great leadership and sharing of his spirituality within the parish and the community. We wish him many blessings in his new appointment as parish priest at Dubbo. We now welcome Father Reynold, who brings with him the richness of his Philippine culture and having previously worked in Dubbo and Mudgee, we look forward to working with him in our region. Sister Madeline Breen RSJ

Father Greg Kennedy

Principal Simon Price with Father Tony and St. Mary’s School Captain

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Orange farewells Father Paul


ver 250 people from the parish of St. Joseph and St. Mary gathered in Kenna Hall, Orange to farewell Father Paul Devitt on Sunday 11th January, 2015.

Even though the weather was cool and a little rainy, the mood inside the hall was a mixture of warmth tinged with sadness at the loss of a priest who really was one with his people. Father Paul always went out of his way to help anyone he met. Nothing was too much trouble for this generous priest. We wish him all the best for his next appointment as Dean of the Cathedral in Bathurst and hope that one day he will return to Orange (for the 5th time!) Sister Helen Saunders, rsj

Father Paul with the beloved Nick is farewelled by the Orange Parish

Father Carl’s Josephite Order returns to Gilgandra Swan Song!


ilgandra parishioners looked forward to the return of a Josephite presence in their Convent once again with news that Sister Robyn McNamara would be taking up residence in Gilgandra. The Convent had been vacant for the past 12 months. Local parishioners held a working bee to tidy up the Convent building and the gardens in preparation for the arrival of Sister Robyn at the end of January. 15 parishioners rallied to freshen up the Convent building and surrounds. The parishioners are excited about Sister Robyn rejoining the community, having previously served in the parish in the 1970s. Leonie Mann


ather Carl MacKander celebrated his last School Mass with St. Michael’s, Dunedoo school in style.

Father Carl has been the Parish Priest in Dunedoo and Coolah for the past few years and will be sorely missed by these communities as he relocates to Wellington. This special Eucharist was filled with a beautiful noise and full student participation. The infants’ students reverently miming the Gospel as Father Carl read it, was a highlight in a wonderfully prayerful Thanksgiving celebration. Janine Kearney

Reece Gilmour, Michael Newstead and Paul Mann cleaning up the gardens at the Gilgandra Convent

Elaine Gilmour, Michael Hodge and Myra Campbell cleaning the convent

Proclaiming the Gospel at St. Michael’s in Dunedoo

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Bishop McKenna visits Vietnam with Seminarians


n January 2015, Bishop Michael McKenna returned to Vietnam to visit with the families of the seminarians from Vietnam - Thao, Diep, Nam and myself, who are studying for the priesthood for the Diocese of Bathurst. The first stop was Saigon, where the Bishop visited with the convent of the Sisters of the Lovers of the Holy Cross, Thu Duc Province, Saigon. While staying with the Sisters, the Bishop celebrated two masses. My hometown, Buon Me Thuot Diocese, Daklak was the next destination. It was the second time the Bishop has visited Daklak. I was very humbled when the Bishop celebrated Mass in the local parish church to pray for my late father on his first anniverBishop McKenna with Father Thuc Le and his family sary. It was a very special event for my family and time the Bishop had vis- first connection between to the whole community for the parish. ited Nha Trang, a coastal Bishop Michael and Viet- and parish. His friendly city on the south central nam. Vinh is well-known and humble manner Bishop Michael also found coast of Vietnam, which is as a seedbed of voca- reminds many people, some time to relax by well-known for its beautiful tions. Many students from young and old, of the watching a soccer game beaches and bays. While this area have attended gentle Jesus who cares between Sydney and there, Bishop Michael vis- Corpus Christi College in for everyone. In return, Bathurst seminarians and ited Bishop Joseph Minh Melbourne to study while the Bishop said, “The faith the local farmers in my Vo’s home, the Maris Stel- Bishop Michael was Rec- of people in Vietnam home parish. Bishop Mi- lar Major Seminary and tor there. Many of these strengthens my faith”. His chael said, “Although Aus- celebrated Father Thuc’s students later became favourite time in Vietnam tralians and Vietnamese Thanksgiving Mass. priests, working both in was when he celebrated have many cultural differAustralia and in Vietnam. Mass in Vietnamese. His ences, we find no barrier Always on the itinerary excuse for not being fluent when the Bishop visits The Vietnam trip has in Vietnamese is that “one in music and sport”. Vietnam is Vinh Diocese. been a mutual uplift. The day in heaven we all will Bishop McKenna then This is not only because Bishop’s presence in the speak the same language moved on to to Nha Trang, Vinh is the home diocese home of his seminarians - the language of love”. the home city of Father of Diep, Thao and Nam, not only gives personal joy Dong Nguyen Thuc Le. This was the first but also because it is the to our families, but also joy

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Parish of St. Mary and St. Joseph Orange celebrates 150 years


n 2014 the Orange Parish reached the milestone of 150 years since the formation of the Parish. During the year, various events were held with the culmination of the year taking place over the weekend of 21st - 23rd November.  A team of committed and talented parishioners worked very hard in the lead up to make this year one to remember for a long time to come. Parish Priest at the time, Father Paul Devitt, said in thanking the committee, “they all worked to their strengths”. Some spent their time researching the history of the parish while others planned dinners, authored a book, led people through the historic St. Joseph’s Church with its beautiful stained glass windows. One member of the team researched some of the past benefactors of the parish and we remembered and prayed for them on the cemetery tour.  The launch of the historic exhibition was held on the Friday evening where those in attendance viewed an informative display on the history of the Parish. Parishioners were also able to see the winning art works of the students from Catherine McAuley and St. Mary’s Schools. During the evening, a book on the history of the parish was launched and here we had the past, present and future before our eyes. 

Sisters Helen Saunders and Jeanette Foxe with Norah Hewitt, Maureen Aylmer, Marie Kelliher, Del Thorne, Anne Downey and Sister Merilyn Browne in front.

Ministers of other faith traditions joined us for an ecumenical prayer service on the Saturday. The Vigil Mass was full to overflowing  with many parishioners participating, and the sausage sizzle after Mass was very well received. On Sunday afternoon, we were treated to a musical event showcasing local talent, which brought joy to everyone’s heart and closed a very successful weekend. The various celebrations resulted in a wonderful weekend, marking a signifcant milestone is our parish history. There was a real sense of pride among the parishioners as they looked back, paused in the present reality and prayed for a fruitful future. Sisters Merylin Browne and Helen Saunders, rsj

Father Paul Devitt with the author of “The Catholic Parish of Orange 1864 - 2014”, Margaret Bastick

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Adieu Father Harry Quigley 1932 - 2015


for the bereaved, a healer for the sick, the housebound, the hospitalised and the dying. Harry’s first and greatest love was people. It was an inclusive love, colour or creed made no exception. He was a pastor 24/7. Harry could have prayed as the psalmist: “Lofty thoughts have never filled my mind, far above my sight all ambitious deeds”.

n 1958, Father Harry Quigley, a young Irish Priest, arrived in Bathurst where he was welcomed by strangers. On Monday 12th January 2015, friends filled the Cathedral of St. Michael & St. John, Bathurst for his Requiem Mass. This quiet and gentle priest had inched his way into the hearts of the Bathurst people. That his love was reciprocated was evident by the atmosphere in the crowded Cathedral. Father Harry was simultaneously farewelled in Ireland by the Quigley family and the local community. The Requiem Mass was at Abbey Shrule, County Loughford, in the Church where Harry said his first Mass and celebrated his Silver and Golden Jubilee. We can be sure that Harry’s spirit also pervaded the assembled congregation in that ancient Cistercian site: Harry had always a dogged filial loyalty for family and local community.

to disclose his opinions. Nobody was sure of his political persuasion, nor which side he took in the controversy. He was too intelligent not to have opinions, but he couldn’t be bothered expressing them.

star in Aidan O’Brien’s or Gai Waterhouse’s stables. He knew it all.

Harry was smitten by a debilitating illness 12 years ago. An illness which stripped him of his independence. In his incapacitated state, he embraced social life and pastoral duties. Anybody looking for profiles in courage for embracing life need not go Caring for people was sufficient any further than Harry. for him. Harry’s prayer room In the Gospel, we read of Jesus gave ample evidence that his that “everyone is searching for pastoral style was nourished you”. Many were searching by prayer. Harry listened for Harry. to a distant drum and the beating of his heart echoed We can only assume that gentle man, who the beating of the drum. He this walked to the beat of the drum shunned power, possessions in humility. “He didn’t thread and prestige, was indeed on the broken reed, or quench sacrament and made visible the smouldering flame.” His the transcendental God. humility and gentleness did not Harry rehearsed his death a reflect weakness. Harry was no few times before finally going shrinking violet when principle home. Now every tear has and justice were concerned. been wiped away and in his You could have safely gone to transformed and blissful state, the barricades with Harry. he imparts to all of you whom

Harry was indeed a mystery. Then God is mystery and He has fashioned us in His likeness. There is mystery in everybody. Even individuals fall in love with the mystery in the other. So we loved Harry, mystery He had a human face. He The people of the Diocese and all. enjoyed his weekly game of of Bathurst offer their We can glean a more golf. He was never a threat condolences and gratitude accurate picture of Harry to Rory McAlroy, nevertheless to Bernadette McMahon and by what he did rather that he played a sweet game. He Brendan Quigley, siblings of what he said. We know that enjoyed a party, not that he Father Harry. he was quintessentially, an was ever the life of the party, Adjacent to the Abbey rests accomplished and successful but a little whisky helped. He Father Harry’s parents, Peter pastor. Harry didn’t leave us loved a sing-a-long and his and Katie McGoey and Kevin, physical monuments, but he mouth organ recitals were a sibling. Ruth Charles, niece was a monument in the school strictly for the inner circle. of Father Harry, and her son and Parish, a loving presence, He had incredible eclectic knowledge. Jonathan, attended the with no gimmicks. funeral in Bathurst. He was a day star for people He could fill you in on the Only a stones throw from in their darkness, a comforter bloodlines of the most recent Abbey Shrule, the poet Oliver Goldsmith wrote The Deserted Village. It is extraordinary irony that Goldsmith in the 18th century used words to describe the village pastor, which accurately describe Harry:

he loves and waits for, this blessing prayer. “May the road rise to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the sun shine warmly on your face, May the rain fall softly on your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of his hand”.

Father Pat Ruane.

“Unpractised he to fawn, or seek for power by doctrines fashioned by the varying hour; for other aims his heart had learned to prize, more skilled to raise the wretched than to rise!” I assumed Goldsmith knew the village pastor. I hasten to add that I don’t really know Harry even after he being my friend of more than 50 years. It was not that Harry was secretive, it was just that he was reluctant Photo courtesy of Chris Seabrook, Western Advocate

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Vale Monsignor John Frawley 1925 - 2014


ur oldest priest in the Diocese, Mons John Frawley passed away peacefully at St. Catherine’s Nursing Home on Christmas Day. Bishop Michael McKenna delivered the following homily at Mons Frawley’s funeral, remembering him as a preacher who communicated the truth of God’s love and ways to his hearers:

to an elegant and assured display of batting. I don’t recall him running between the wickets at all. He would simply wait for the right delivery; and then, with a minimum of movement, deftly dispatch it to the boundary.

In these words from today’s gospel, Jesus points John the Baptist to the signs that accompany the coming of the Kingdom of God. These signs in the ministry of Jesus, who brings the Kingdom, are signs that he is present in his Church. John Frawley served the Kingdom through the Church all his long adult life, first as a Christian Brother, then as a priest of the Diocese of Bathurst.

John was a conscientious and effective preacher of God’s Word. His first vocation as a teacher shaped his approach. He prepared thoroughly, not to show off his erudition, which was substantial, but to communicate the truth of God’s love and ways to his hearers.

That was John Frawley. With a minimum of showmanship and display, he did whatever task he had to do with all his heart and all his skill. “Send Wisdom from your holy “Tell John what you have heavens, to help me and toil seen and heard: the blind with me…” (Ws. 9:10). The see again, the lame walk, Hebrew concept of wisdom, the lepers are cleansed, and “hokmah”, embraces not the deaf hear, the dead are only thought, but all the huraised to life, the good news man skills and arts God gives is proclaimed to the poor”. us to be co-fashioners of his Kingdom. (Lk.7:22)

Jesus was not what John the Baptist had expected. If he really was the Messiah, why was John still in prison? Why did he seem so welcoming to the sinners that the Baptist had told to run away? The way the Kingdom comes is not always as swift or obvious as many expect. John Frawley’s own ministry may not have been marked by spectacular signs, as the world would see them, but when the Kingdom is revealed, so will all the good he has done.

perfectionist, bothered by pointments forever, will see his own imperfections and his good works shine brightthose of the people and cir- ly. And may we hear most cumstances he lived with. deeply in this moment the As Christ now welcomes words of St Paul: “The glory of our brother with mercy, and the mystery is Christ among I recently read, in a biogra- carries him to the Resurrec- you, your hope of glory”. phy of Pope Francis, how the tion where all will be made + Michael McKenna young Father Bergoglio dealt new and perfect, we rejoice   Bishop of Bathurst that John, free from disapwith a brilliant but undisciplined student in his care. The fellow’s work deserved a 10, but Bergoglio gave him a 9. “Not to reprimand him, but so that he remembers always that what matters is the duty carried out day by day, the work that is done systematically yet which should he annual Good Friday Collection supports the Chrisnever become routine, the tian people of the Holy Land and is used primarily for patient building, brick by pastoral ministry an also for the preservation of sabrick …” cred places.

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We priests can sometimes be disheartened by the lack of swift and obvious results for our labours. We can forget that the Lord alone measures and guarantees success according to the standards of the Kingdom. In that Kingdom, the patient and devoted attention to our daily tasks is our contribution to something greater than any of us as individuals may achieve. At his best, John Frawley showed us that path.

My first memory of John is on a cricket pitch in Kensington 35 years ago. St Paul’s National Seminary had reassembled for the year and we were playing the traditional match between the Rector’s XI and the Bursar’s XI. As John came to the crease, I remember wondering how this quiet old bloke would manage. Well, he treated us John was something of a

The political and economic crisis of this area shows evidence each day of unspeakable suffering. The Christian community who make up two per cent of the population, need the support of their fellow Christians in other parts of the world. As the annual Good Friday collection is taken up in churches around the world, please give generously to this year’s efforts to support those in dire need.

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Bathurst ladies receive Gold DOVE Awards


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Christmas gifts in shoe boxes


or the past 15 years, Carmel Clancy, a member of St. Therese Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Bathurst has done a tremendous job co-ordinating the arrangements for Christmas gifts in shoe boxes. These gifts are then distributed by the St. Vincent de Paul Conferences of the Evans Region.

hampers and gifts to families in their area. Carmel is assisted by her class of Year 1 students at Holy Family School with grouping presents into ages. They love to help and do a great job.

Carmel also co-ordinates the arrangements for the annual “Adopt a Family” Christmas Hampers in the During the year, Western Cathedral parish, Bathurst. Sydney Disability Services Preparations for organispurchase 100 special gifts ing the 100 hampers begin for all ages. The gifts are for Carmel in November individually wrapped and and during the first week beautifully presented in 100 of Advent, parishioners seshoe boxes. In November, a lect a tag from the gift tree. bus load of 15 of the group They then buy food items travel up from Sydney to visit and prepare a hamper for the members of St. Therese one family. The hampers Conference at the St. Vinare returned to the Church cent de Paul Cottage in a week before Christmas Keppel St, Bathurst. ready for distribution. Afternoon tea is provided Mary MacKillop students are and the gifts are left with also involved and pack at the members for distribuleast 12 of the 100 hampers. tion throughout the Evans The students also make a Region. generous donation of monCarmel contacts the seven ey they have raised to assist conferences and arranges families in need at Christfor the gifts they require to mas. be delivered in time for the distribution of Christmas The 100 hampers are distrib-

Carmel Clancy preparing Christmas hampers uted across Bathurst and St. Vincent de Paul memKelso by many willing help- bers and volunteers and the ers. parishioners of Bathurst. The good work that Carmel has co-ordinated so willing and efficiently for the past 15 years is very much appreciated by the Evans Region

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100 Years of ANZAC


etween 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary, marking 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War. The ANZAC Centenary is a milestone of special significance for all Australians. The First World War helped define us as a people and as a nation.

The program aims to give all Australians the opportunity to honour the service and sacrifice of all those who have worn our nation’s uniform, including the more than 102,000 who have made the supreme sacrifice.

Otherwise known as the Military parish, the Military Ordinariate is charged with the pastoral care of the uniformed members of Australia’s navy, army and During the ANZAC air force, their families and Centenary we will remember the civilians employed by not only the original ANZACs the Department of Defence. who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but A collection will be taken up commemorate more than at Masses on the weekend a centenary of service by all of the 18th – 19th April across Australian serviceman and the Diocese and you are asked to give generously women. to support this important The ANZAC Centenary ministry. Program encompasses all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations Kimbalee Clews in which Australians have been involved.


Hannah with her award winning poster

t the end of 2014, three La Salle Academy, Lithgow students became finalists for the ANZAC Art Awards: Angela Blofield, Gabrielle Flynn & Hannah Felton.

Hannah Felton won the President’s Poster Award and was presented with a cheque and medal by the Governor of NSW. Hannah’s artwork will become the face of the ANZAC Art Awards for 2015 and is featured on the back page of this edition of the Catholic Observer.

Hannah and her family were invited for a morning tea at Government House on Wednesday 11th February for the awards ceremony. Congratulations to Hannah, Mr Brendan O’Keeffe Visual Arts Coordinator and all staff in the Art Department at La Salle Academy.

Journey to Sale


any of the 1,600 strong congregation at Ordination and Installation of the new Bishop of Sale Pat O’Regan, were from the Diocese of Bathurst. The Chancery Office organised a coach and a plane with more than 90 parishioners travelling together, whilst many others travelled to Sale privately. Bishop Pat was most appreciative to all of those who made the journey and attended his ordination.

Parishioners from the Diocese of Bathurst who travelled to Sale

C a t h o l i c O B S E R V E R , T h e D i o c e s e o f B a t h u r s t • Easter 2015 • Page 39

‘Rising Sun’ by Hannah Felton Year 12 - La Salle Academy, Lithgow Finalist - RSL ANZAC Art AWards 2014

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Catholic Observer Easter 2015  

Quarterly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst - Easter 2015 Issue

Catholic Observer Easter 2015  

Quarterly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst - Easter 2015 Issue

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