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Volume 52, No 2 JUNE 2017 $2.00

From Bishop McKenna


ear Friends in Christ,

In my Lenten Message this year, I asked for our local church to become a community ready to listen to, accompany and assist those among us who suffered childhood sexual abuse in our schools, orphanages and parishes. We cannot undo the past: we can only do our best in the present, for a better future. May I invite anyone who has been living with these painful memories and now feels ready to talk about them to begin by contacting our Professional Standards Office on 02 9287 1542. There is also a complaints line on 1300 369 977. They will respect your

privacy and the pace at which you wish to proceed. This invitation is also for those who have engaged with this process in the past, but would like to reconnect, as healing can be a life-long journey. I understand that some survivors feel so betrayed by church people and institutions that it would be difficult, even impossible, for them to trust us again. I do understand, and can only offer a humble prayer that they would find another way that leads to healing and hope.

+Michael McKenna Bishop of Bathurst

Front page: ‘Be a Light to the World’


n 25th May, Bishop Michael McKenna celebrated Mass in the Cathedral with students and teachers from MacKillop College. This was a celebration of the previous day’s Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. This was a very fitting occasion to feature the new artwork by artist and former College Principal, Mr Steve Todd, entitled ‘Be a Light to the World’, which graces the front cover of this edition of the Catholic Observer. The contemporary portrait of Our Lady Help of Christians was commissioned by MacKillop College to commemorate the College’s 50th Anniversary. Our Lady Help of Christians has been the College’s patron since its establishment in 1967, as a joint venture by the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St Joseph. ‘Be a Light to the World’ is the College motto. The portrait offers a nurturing image of Mary with the child Jesus connecting directly to the viewer. The Australian night sky offers a connection to this land, as do the images of Our Lady and the child Jesus as Australian-like figures. The

Artist and past Principal of MacKillop College, Mr Steve Todd ultramarine blue veil connects this image to the original Renaissance artists’ way of honouring Mary with such a precious and perfect blue. The child Jesus offers his hand reaching out into the world,

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with the rays of light offering encouragement to all to ‘be a light to the word’. Anita Fry MacKillop College

Time to hear from our youth


oung people across Australia are being called to share their views about life, faith and their experience of church through an online survey recently published by the Australian Bishops. The survey seeks to capture the opinions and perspectives of young people as part of a national consultation process that will inform an international conversation in Rome next year. Pope Francis will lead the international conversation at the Vatican. Representatives from all over the world will be invited to Rome to share their experiences and views at a meeting in October 2018. Australians aged between 16 and 29 years are encouraged to complete the survey. The questions cover a range of topics including: the experience of being listened to, using social media and technology, friendships and influences in today’s world, opportunities for engagement with Church activities such as outreach programs, youth Masses, community leadership or parish events. At a recent gathering of young people in Rome, which has informed and helped to prepare this process, Ashleigh Green, a young social

worker from Sydney, said one of her hopes for the church in Australia is that “we can better engage our most disadvantaged and marginalised young Australians”. “I hope that we can use the common yearning for social justice as an avenue to engage youth and I hope that we can create new spaces for community within the Church”, Ms Green added. This is a unique opportunity for young people to have their voice heard on a range of topics. The Australian Bishops see the potential of young people; they seek to listen to young people and they recognise that sometimes young people struggle to find their sense of place and purpose. Young people are encouraged to tell their friends about the survey or share the link with their networks. Pope Francis has called young people to join this inclusive

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Sisters of Mercy jubilee celebrations


n 27th May 2017, the Sisters of Mercy joined together in Bathurst to celebrate the Jubilees of five of the Sisters. Sr Dympna Callaghan celebrated 70 years since becoming a Sister of Mercy, Sisters Joan McNamara and Elaine McTiernan celebrated 60 years, with Sisters Marie Therese Slavin and Mary Lynch reaching the milestone of 50 years since joining the Order. The Jubilarians were joined my many of the Sisters of Mercy from across the Diocese at the Bathurst Community Club for a lovely lunch, the cutting of the several anniversary cakes and sharing time together. Sr Josepha Fish rsm

Sisters Dympna Callaghan, Joan McNamara, Elaine McTiernan, Marie-Therese Slavin and Mary Lynch

Pilgrimage to Vietnam - Calling for expressions of interest


he Catholic Diocese of Bathurst is calling for expressions of interest from members of the community to participate in a pilgrimage to Vietnam in January 2018. This pilgrimage is an opportunity to experience the culture and spirituality of Vietnam and its people. The proposed pilgrimage will be for 11 days and will be escorted by two of our Seminarians, Dong Nguyen and Nam Le. Highlights will include Saigon, Daklak, Hoi An, Hue, Vinh via La Vang Shrine, Vinh Diocese, Ninh Binh and Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. The cost of the pilgrimage is estimated to be approximately $3,000 per person and will include most meals and all travel. If you are interested in more information about this proposed pilgrimage, please contact me via email: ministries@bathurst.catholic. org.au or phone 6334 6400 by 17th July 2017. Please note, numbers are limited to 25 pilgrims. Deacon Josh Clayton Page 4 • June 2017 • C a t h o l i c O B S E RV E R , T h e D i o c e s e o f B a t h u r s t

Priestly milestones


his year sees a number of our priests in the Diocese mark important milestones, both personally and in their vocations. Fr Martin O’Mahony, Parish Priest of Gilgandra will celebrate his 80th birthday in October this year, as well as his 55th anniversary of ordination. Fr Joseph Dooley celebrated his 80th birthday in April. Fr Garry McKeown, Parish Priest of Lithgow, celebrated his 70th birthday on 1st May, and his Jubilee of 45 years of priesthood. Our Vicar General, Fr Paul Devitt, celebrated his 60th birthday in April and Fr Mark McGuigan will celebrate his 65th in September. Fr Carl Mackander, Parish Priest of Wellington, celebrates his 40th anniversary this year, with Fr Tony Hennessy, Parish Priest of Mudgee, reaching his 30th Jubilee. The clergy of the Diocese will come together to celebrate the Jubilees with Bishop Michael McKenna celebrating Mass in the Cathedral on Monday 26th June, with dinner afterwards at the Cathedral Presbytery Kimbalee Clews

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No Interest Loans - making a difference


ucy, a single mother on Centrelink payments, sighs in desperation, realising that her refrigerator has ‘packed it in’. She cannot afford to buy a new fridge, let alone the cost of replacing all the food currently in her fridge and freezer if it spoils. Lucy was desperate and asked the neighbour if she could borrow an esky in an attempt to save the food. It was Lucy’s neighbour who told her that she may be able to obtain finance from the Josephite Foundation (JF) through its No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS). Lucy rang the Bathurst NILS and was relieved to find that she was eligible to apply for a No Interest Loan, and as the name suggests, there wasn’t any interest charged on the loan. Lucy completed an application the same day and her application was assessed and approved. Lucy couldn’t believe that she was able to purchase a new fridge immediately and then pay off the loan at an affordable amount of $25 per fortnight. For 18 years the JF NILS, operated by the Sisters of St Joseph, has helped 4,050 people like Lucy. People who required white goods and other household necessities or medical aids and who, because they receive welfare benefits or are on a low income, are not eligible for bank loans. These people take pride in paying back their loan and the loan money is then recycled to help another person in need. Some of the feedback received from clients includes: • “Until someone told me about NILS I was, for over twelve months, doing my family’s washing for two adults

The board of the Josephite Foundation celebrating lending $3 million over the past 18 years and five children by hand. Getting a NILS loan made a huge impact on our lives”. • “I’ve had 12 NILS loans now and you wouldn’t recognise my home. I’m so proud that I’ve repaid them all on my own”. • “I used to have to go through Consumer Lease companies before I found out about NILS. It’s so great knowing I only have to pay back the amount I borrow!” Over the past 18 years, $3 million has been loaned to people in need, enabling them to help themselves and preserve their dignity and self-respect. This is in keeping with the mission of the Josephite Foundation which, guided by the spirit and values of St Mary MacKillop and Fr Julian Tenison Woods, seeks to promote the dignity of people by enhancing selfdetermination, personal growth and justice for those who are marginalised

in our community. The key values that drive the JF are inclusion, integrity and respect. Currently the JF NILS scheme operates from Bathurst, Lithgow, Cowra and Young, NSW. Under new arrangements currently being negotiated, it is hoped that the JF NILS will be able to be offered throughout NSW, and perhaps Australia. Lucy is relieved and excited to have her new refrigerator. In the past, she has had to settle for second hand goods. When her loan is repaid, Lucy is informed that she is eligible to apply for a second loan whenever she wishes. As the logo for JF indicates, NILS provide opportunities for growth, life and new potential for people who are poor or marginalised, enabling them to journey on in life with dignity. Sr Therese McGarry rsj

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Let’s take the next steps - National Reconciliation Week


ational Reconciliation week was held from 27th May-3rd June this year and the theme was “Let’s take the next steps”.

We acknowledge the unique place of Aboriginal culture from a world perspective and within the diverse community that calls Australia ‘home’. We also recognise the conflict and injustices that marked first contact and continue to affect relationships today. In 1986, St John Paul II urged Catholics to “joyfully receive” the contribution of Aboriginal people to the life of the Church. Our Bishop encourages us to build bridges of friendship and reconciliation too. One way is to celebrate important events in Australian Aboriginal history and parishes in our Diocese were invited to take the opportunities offered during National Reconciliation Week and to continue to pray for Aboriginal people and connect where possible. Friday 26th May was Sorry Day, a tradition which started in 1998 following the publication in the previous year of the Bring Them Home report on the Stolen Generations - Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities.

Saturday 27th May marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum recognising Aboriginal people as Australian citizens. It was also the beginning of Reconciliation Week. Saturday 3rd  June commemorated Mabo and the High Court decision that recognised Australia was not “terra nullius” - nobody’s land - but was occupied by Aboriginal people for millennia before white settlement.

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New appointments in the Diocese


n May, Bishop McKenna announced several new appointments in the Diocese, following the retirement of Fr Mark McGuigan as Chancellor. Fr Mark has also retired as a member of the College of Consultors and the Diocesan Finance Council. For the time being, he will remain as a member of the Council of Priests, the Centacare Advisory Board, the Clergy Life and Ministry team and the Clergy Remuneration and Retirement Plan Board. Bishop Michael said “I know that you will join me in thanking Mark for the great contribution he has made to the work of these bodies”.

The new appointees are: Chancellor: Mr Tony Eviston Episcopal Vicar for Clergy:  Rev Greg Kennedy PP  Member of the Diocesan Finance Council: Rev Greg Kennedy EV PP Member of the College of Consultors and Diocesan Trustees: Rev Greg Bellamy PP  Member of the Council of Priests: Rev Greg Bellamy PP With regard to the appointment of the Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Bishop Michael said “The duties of this office include all that Fr Greg has been doing as Director of Clergy Life and Ministry, as well as giving him more

general responsibilities in working with me in the care and ongoing formation of priests and deacons”. As an episcopal vicar, Fr Greg will have ordinary authority, within Diocesan policy, in matters affecting clergy; and will have exofficio membership of the Clergy Appointments Board, the Diocesan Pastoral Council and the College of Consultors. “Once again, I thank all who have agreed to take on these responsibilities and ask that you give them your support and accompany them in your prayers”, said Bishop Michael. Kimbalee Clews

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Papal blessing bestowed on Tess


ecently, the Parish of St Lawrence’s, Coonabarabran celebrated Senior Citizen’s Week. As part of the celebrations, the congregation at Sunday Mass was honoured to hear from Mrs Tess McWilliam, who shared her life story and the story of her faith. Tess spoke about her life as a child living on the farm with her family, her early schooling and how she boarded with the Sisters of St Joseph in Coonabarabran for her secondary schooling. At the same time, the parish took great joy in celebrating Mrs McWilliam’s 87th birthday. This was extra special for her, as she received an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis on the occasion of her birthday. Fr Reynold Jaboneta, Parish Priest of St Lawrence’s, presented Mrs McWilliam with the parchment scroll containing the papal blessing. She was both

Mrs McWilliam with Fr Reynold humbled and proud to receive such a blessing. Mrs McWilliams has always been a tireless worker for the school and the church, along with raising her family

of nine children with her husband. Fr Reynold said, “Tess is a wonderful person, a true Christian with deep faith in God”. Mrs Judy Over

Ceremony to dedicate religious stained glass window at CSU


n 26th May, Bishop Michael McKenna officiated at a special dedication ceremony at Charles Sturt University (CSU), Bathurst when a newly installed religious stained glass window was unveiled at the CSU Religious Centre. The window is a gift donated to the University by Ms Olive Lawson, an alumna of the CSU predecessor institution, Bathurst Teachers’ College. Head of Campus at CSU Bathurst, Associate Professor Chika Anyanwu, said, “It is important that we dedicate a safe space with spiritual and contemplative signs and symbols to enable our staff and students to engage in quiet reflection, alone and in groups. “At a time when global peace and security are threatened, when financial crises have led many students to sacrifice essentials and juggle more than three jobs and studies, when the future looks environmentally bleak, and when future employment is full of uncertainty and anxiety, it is time we stepped back to reflect and meditate on how to make the world a better place. “Ms Lawson’s creation and donation to the University of her replica Cistercian Order stained glass window has added to the spiritual journey of students and staff at our Bathurst campus”. Professor Anyanwu said that through this donation, Ms Lawson has linked two important contemplative histories: the history of her journey as an alumna of Bathurst Teachers’ College (1952-53), and that of the stained glass window from the Cistercian Order in 1240. “It is great that these two important histories have come together at Charles Sturt University”, he said. “It is befitting that this piece of historical reflection is installed in the oldest building on our campus, the Old Cowshed, which

Ass. Prof Chika Anyanwu, Ms Lawson and Bishop McKenna was part of the Bathurst Experiment Farm, as a meditative space of our history, a reflection of our present, and our hope for our future. I hope that the space will give us the serenity of mind, purity of heart and empathy of spirit to build a future of hope and peace”.

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Bishop biking for a benefit


s if leading one of the most far-flung Catholic dioceses in Australia wasn’t tough enough, one Australian bishop has signed up for a very different kind of challenge. Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes Columba Macbeth-Green has joined Catholic Mission’s ‘Ride to Reach Out’, a 250km cycle through the heart of Cambodia, to raise funds and awareness for the work of the mission organisation. The 12-day experience, from 15th-26th November this year, will immerse the Bishop and up to 19 other participants in the beauty and culture of one of Southeast Asia’s most stunning regions, while also allowing them to make a practical difference to the lives of people in need. But is one of Australia’s youngest bishops ready for the challenge? “Prayer is going to have to help me through it”, he says with a laugh. “I don’t know how I’ll handle the humidity, but I’m fairly confident because it’s not a sprint. I’m just looking forward to it. With God, you can do anything”. The journey will take participants from the breathtaking temples of Angkor Wat and Siem Reap, to the calm splendour of Tonle Sap Lake and eventually into the bustling heart of the capital Phnom Penh. Bishop Columba is a keen cyclist, and while he hasn’t taken to two wheels for a while, five months out from the adventure he says his training is unlikely to involve traversing his 414,398-square-kilometre diocese. “It’s too flaming big! Combined with the heat, and the magpies, I think I’ll stick to night riding”, he says. “I haven’t ridden in a while, but this gives me a reason to get back into it. I’ve got a goal now”. Besides the obvious physical benefits of cycling 250 kilometres in a tropical climate, Bishop Columba will have a first-hand opportunity to meet and work with some of the beneficiaries of programs supported by Catholic Mission, of which he is liaison bishop.

“To actually go to the communities supported by Catholic Mission I think is really important”, says Bishop Columba. “To put faces, names to people at the other end of giving… makes it real, and the important thing for me is to be able to connect with the people”. Bishop Columba has already planned a suite of fundraising activities to meet his individual targets. “In my own diocese, we have a trivia night scheduled and we’ll try to get the schools involved”, says Bishop Columba, who says his specialty is geography. You can sponsor the Bishop at his fundraising page: https://www.mycause.com.au/ page/149571/bishop-columba-macbethgreen-osppe. There are still limited spaces available to join Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green in this rare opportunity. For more information on how you can join or support the Bishop and others on the ‘Ride to Reach Out’, visit catholicmission.org. au/inspiredadventures. Matthew Poynting Catholic Mission

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Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time -


arlier this year, Pope Francis published a message for World Communications Day, which was celebrated on the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, 28th May 2017. This year’s theme is: “Fear not, for I am with you (Is 3.5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time”. World Communications Day is the only day explicitly mentioned by Vatican II. Pope Francis reminds us that, as Christians in the field of communications, we are summoned to ask ourselves how we can contribute to the understanding of the world and human life. This field has great potentials and offers new learning opportunities. Information exchange and participation go along with technological progress. The Holy Father calls our attention to generate “a constructive communication that, by rejecting prejudices against others, fosters a culture of encounter, which allows us to learn to look at reality with a conscious trust”.

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day 2017 “Fear not, for I am with you” (Is 43:5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time Access to the media - thanks to technological progress - makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That news may be good or bad, true or false. The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone; it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind: good wheat or worthless weeds. Our minds are always “grinding”, but it is up to us to choose what to feed them (cf. Saint John Cassian, Epistle to Leontius). I wish to address this message to all those who, whether in their professional work or personal relationships, are like that mill, daily “grinding out” information with the aim of providing rich fare for those with whom they communicate. I would like to encourage everyone to engage in constructive forms of communication that reject prejudice towards others and foster a culture of encounter, helping all of us to view the world around us with realism and trust. I am convinced that we have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on “bad news” (wars, terrorism, scandals

and all sorts of human failure). This has nothing to do with spreading misinformation that would ignore the tragedy of human suffering, nor is it about a naive optimism blind to the scandal of evil. Rather, I propose that all of us work at overcoming that feeling of growing discontent and resignation that can at times generate apathy, fear or the idea that evil has no limits. Moreover, in a communications industry which thinks that good news does not sell, and where the tragedy of human suffering and the mystery of evil easily turn into entertainment, there is always the temptation that our consciences can be dulled or slip into pessimism. I would like, then, to contribute to the search for an open and creative style of communication that never seeks to glamourize evil but instead to concentrate on solutions and to inspire a positive and responsible approach on the part of its recipients. I ask everyone to offer the people of our time storylines that are at heart “good news”.

Good news Life is not simply a bare succession of events, but a history, a story waiting to be told through the choice of an interpretative lens that can select and gather the most relevant data. In and of itself, reality has no one clear meaning. Everything depends on the way we look at things, on the lens we use to view them. If we change that lens, reality itself appears different. So how can we begin to “read” reality through the right lens? For us Christians, that lens can only be the good news, beginning with the Good News par excellence: “the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Son of God” (Mk 1:1). With these words, Saint Mark opens his Gospel not by relating “good news” about Jesus, but rather the good news that is Jesus himself. Indeed, reading the pages of his Gospel, we learn that its title corresponds to its content and, above all else, this content is the very person of Jesus. This good news – Jesus himself – is not good because it has nothing to do with suffering, but rather because suffering itself becomes part of a bigger picture. It is seen as an integral part of Jesus’ love for the Father and for all mankind. In Christ, God has shown his solidarity with every human situation. He has told us that we are not alone, for we have a Father who is constantly mindful of his children. “Fear not, for I am with you” (Is 43:5): these are the comforting words of a God who is immersed in the history of his people. In his beloved Son, this divine promise – “I am with you” – embraces all our weakness, even to dying our death. In Christ, even darkness and death become a point of encounter with Light and Life. Hope is born, a hope accessible to everyone, at the very crossroads where life meets the bitterness of failure. That hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has

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World Communications Day 2017 been poured into our hearts (cf. Rom 5:5) and makes new life blossom, like a shoot that springs up from the fallen seed. Seen in this light, every new tragedy that occurs in the world’s history can also become a setting for good news, inasmuch as love can find a way to draw near and to raise up sympathetic hearts, resolute faces and hands ready to build anew.

Confidence in the seed of the Kingdom To introduce his disciples and the crowds to this Gospel mindset and to give them the right “lens” needed to see and embrace the love that dies and rises, Jesus uses parables. He frequently compares the Kingdom of God to a seed that releases its potential for life precisely when it falls to the earth and dies (cf. Mk 4:1-34). This use of images and metaphors to convey the quiet power of the Kingdom does not detract from its importance and urgency; rather, it is a merciful way of making space for the listener to freely accept and appropriate that power. It is also a most effective way to express the immense dignity of the Paschal mystery, leaving it to 3 images, rather than concepts, to communicate the paradoxical beauty of new life in Christ. In that life, hardship and the cross do not obstruct, but bring about God’s salvation; weakness proves stronger than any human power; and failure can be the prelude to the fulfilment of all things in love. This is how hope in the Kingdom of God matures and deepens: it is “as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow” (Mk 4:26-27). The Kingdom of God is already present in our midst, like a seed that is easily overlooked, yet silently takes root. Those to whom the Holy Spirit grants keen vision can see it blossoming. They do not let themselves be robbed of the joy of the Kingdom by the weeds that spring up all about.

The horizons of the Spirit Our hope based on the good news which is Jesus himself makes us lift up our eyes to contemplate the Lord in the liturgical celebration of the Ascension. Even though the Lord may now appear more distant, the horizons of hope expand all the more. In Christ, who brings our human nature to heaven, every man and woman can now freely “enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh” (Heb 10:19-20). By “the power of the Holy Spirit” we can be witnesses and “communicators” of a new and redeemed humanity “even to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:7-8).

Confidence in the seed of God’s Kingdom and in the mystery of Easter should also shape the way we communicate. This confidence enables us to carry out our work – in all the different ways that communication takes place nowadays – with the conviction that it is possible to recognize and highlight the good news present in every story and in the face of each person. Those who, in faith, entrust themselves to the guidance of the Holy Spirit come to realize how God is present and at work in every moment of our lives and history, patiently bringing to pass a history of salvation. Hope is the thread with which this sacred history is woven, and its weaver is none other than the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. Hope is the humblest of virtues, for it remains hidden in the recesses of life; yet it is like the yeast that leavens all the dough. We nurture it by reading ever anew the Gospel, “reprinted” in so many editions in the lives of the saints who became icons of God’s love in this world. Today too, the Spirit continues to sow in us a desire for the Kingdom, thanks to all those who, drawing inspiration from the Good News amid the dramatic events of our time, shine like beacons in four the darkness of this world, shedding light along the way and opening ever new paths of confidence and hope. From the Vatican, 24 January 2017

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The gift that keeps on giving


his year marks Fr Tony Hennessy’s 30th Anniversary as a Catholic priest. Recently, he received gifts from two grooms, at whose weddings he had officiated, as tokens of thanks and acknowledgement of his milestone. Mitch Inman, Centre for the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby, donated one of his playing jerseys to Fr Tony. Mitch formerly played for the Western Force and is an Australian Sevens Representative player. Originally hailing from Yeoval, fast bowler Chris Tremain, who recently played One Day International cricket for Australia, gifted Fr Tony with one of his Australian cricket shirts. Tremain was a member of the successful Sheffield Shield winning Victorian side last season and also plays for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League.

School Captains, Liam Mulligan and Emma McCarthy-North with Fr Tony

Fr Tony has donated the cricket shirt to St Matthews Catholic School where it will be used in a fundraising raffle. He donated the Rebels’ jersey to local Rugby club, the Mudgee Wombats, who plan to raffle it to raise funds for the U15 team tour to New Zealand next year. Fr Tony’s 30th  Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday 26th November at 9.00am at St Mary of the Presentation Church, Mudgee. There will be a morning tea afterwards and all are welcome. Please RSVP to the Mudgee Parish Office on 6372 2122 or office.mudgee@cdob.org.au Source: Mudgee Guardian

Fr Tony with Mudgee Wombats’ players Jim Newman and Paddy Morse and Club President, Greg Bartrim

St Patrick’s Church, Wellington to celebrate 100 years


ave the date! August marks the centenary of the opening and blessing of St Patrick’s Church, Wellington, NSW. The 100th Anniversary will be celebrated on Sunday 20th August at 10.00am Mass followed by lunch. This is also the bi-centenary weekend of celebrations for European settlement at Wellington. Fr Carl Mackander and the Parish of St Patrick’s wishes to invite everyone to join them in commemorating this special day in the history of the Parish. Please RSVP to the parish office on 6845 2061 or email: office. wellington@cdob.org.au Enid Traynor Page 12 • June 2017 • C a t h o l i c O B S E RV E R , T h e D i o c e s e o f B a t h u r s t

Calling ALL Young People!


he Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering of Catholic young people established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC). It exists to provide young people with opportunities to deepen their relationship with Jesus, be empowered to be disciples in the world today and encounter and celebrate the vitality of the church in Australia. ACYF will be held from 7th-9th December at Homebush, Sydney and will provide young people with local examples and connections of vocations, social action, liturgy and prayer, Catholic music and catechesis. The Festival will showcase

international artists and presenters who will entertain, inform and nurture your faith and what it means to be a young Catholic in Australia. More than 300 young people from our Diocese have registered and will accompany Bishop Michael, priests and teachers of the Diocese to the Festival. Bishop Michael said, “I am looking forward to joining young people from our local church and the new friends they will make from around the country. It will be a great opportunity for all of us to experience how big and varied is our Church. This Festival will also give us new ideas to take to the Synod that Pope

Francis is calling together next year, with the mission of youth as its focus”. If you are interested in attending the ACYF, please contact either your school or visit https://goo.gl/wTqHOI For more information or to register as part of the Diocesan group, please contact either your Religious Education Coordinator or Deacon Josh Clayton via email ministries@ bathurst.catholic.org.au or by calling 6334 6400.

Kimbalee Clews Source: ACBC Office for Youth

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Severe food crisis in East Africa


rolonged drought is causing widespread hunger across East African countries. Somalia, South Sudan and parts of Ethiopia and Kenya are the worst affected with millions of people suffering from the food shortage. Archbishop Denis Hart, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said, “I am shocked to learn of the harrowing plight facing millions of people in a number of countries in East Africa. Sadly, there has been little coverage in Australia of this emerging tragedy. Today, I am lending my voice

and that of the Catholic Church in Australia to urge you to help if possible”. Caritas Australia, the Catholic Church’s international aid and development agency, through its international network, is working to support over 250,000 in the affected region. Through its partner agencies in these African countries and its global network, Caritas Australia is on the ground providing water and food items such as beans, sugar, salt, oil and maize flour.  “The United Nations estimates that 23 million people are now on the brink of famine in South Sudan and other

areas of East Africa and Yemen where 1.4 million children could die, in what could be the worst famine in decades”, Archbishop Hart said. In South Sudan alone, 40 per cent of the population is in urgent need of food, with more than 270,000 children now severely malnourished and 100,000 people facing starvation. Archbishop Hart said “I urge you to put your faith into action to assist those in need. To make a donation or find out more information visit www.caritas.org.au/ africa or call 1800 024 413”. Source: ACBC Media

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Diocesan Pastoral Council Parish Survey


ecently, parishes of the Diocese participated in a survey aimed at finding out what’s happening in our communities. Some very interesting observations were made about the many wonderful aspects of our parishes. Here’s a snapshot of some of the findings. Watch out for more information to follow in the coming months in your parish bulletins.

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Ministry with survivors

r Margaret Ng presented at the Australian Catholic Press Association conference and shared something of her work with survivors of human trafficking. This article was originally published in Aurora, Diocese of MaitlandNewcastle http://mnnews.today/aurora-magazine. We are grateful to Ms Tracey Edstein, Editor of Aurora, who allowed us to reprint it.

a Witness Protection Visa. It was also during my visit to Villawood that I discovered women who were victims of domestic servitude. Domestic servitude also occurs in embassies in Canberra.

It was at a Josephite gathering in 2004 that I first heard about the plight of young women and children who had been tricked into coming to work in Australia and had ended up being sold into sexual debt bondage. I felt a strong call then to look at the issue of human trafficking. In 2005, I came to Sydney from Perth to see what could be done to address the needs of trafficked people. This resulted in the establishment of the Josephite Counter Trafficking Project which offers culturally sensitive support to survivors of human trafficking. Arriving in Sydney, I found myself floundering as I had more questions than answers. I attended training courses run by Project Respect in Melbourne, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Union of International Superior Generals (UISG) in Thailand courses for religious working at grass roots. To familiarise myself with what was happening in Sydney, I also attended court cases. I started to develop networks locally, nationally and internationally, with others working on the issue of human trafficking to learn about the needs of those who had been trafficked (mainly from the Asia Pacific Region) while they were waiting for a witness protection visa. It was important for government, non-government agencies and individuals to work collaboratively to protect those who had been trafficked to Australia. This occurred with the establishment of the first National Round Table meeting as part of the Government’s consultation process with stakeholders regarding human trafficking. This included issues such as a more humanitarian visa framework, better training for prosecutors, safe, suitable and sustainable housing. Over the years, I have made submissions to the Government requesting the renaming of the Criminal Justice Stay Visa for trafficked people - the same visa given to criminals awaiting deportation.

Instances of human trafficking One Easter, a penniless mother and child were placed in a motel with no cooking facilities. I cooked for them over the long weekend. This was an issue raised at the annual advocacy visit to Canberra to address parliamentarians and government agencies. Since then the contract for support of victims of human trafficking has been given to the Red Cross. Weekly visits have been made to Villawood Detention Centre where I met women who had been trafficked into brothels. I also met men and women who had been trafficked into the labour force. They had been arrested and detained for working illegally in a vineyard. However, most people wanted to return home quickly, to start working. One of the ladies from Villawood Detention Centre was referred to the Federal Police and she has been granted

One weekend I received a phone call from a cook who had come on a 457 Skills Visa. He worked long hours, was underpaid and had not received wages for three months. He had burnt his hand but his employer refused to let him go to the doctor. He was referred to me by a friend who had been in Villawood and knew about my ministry. I referred him the very next day to the Immigration Department and to the Fairwork Ombudsman in Brisbane. He and his wife returned home and have received their back pay. Many survivors of human trafficking are traumatised and depressed, often suffering a loss of self-worth as they try to make sense of what has happened to them. Their passports are taken away, ostensibly for safe-keeping. Guilt and shame prevent them from speaking of their experience to their families. I am often asked, “Why has this happened to me?” Some resort to self-harm, alcohol or drug addiction. One lady showed me a scar on her wrist telling me that she had cut herself to take the other pain away. Endorphins alleviate the other pain. Vulnerable women and mothers are targeted by traffickers who visit market places or villages to entice them with offers of a good education and a better life for their daughters, money to feed the family and good jobs. Why don’t they leave? They are in a foreign land, unaware of their rights and often don’t speak English. They are not free to leave because of fear of threat or harm to them and/or their families. A student thought that she could soon buy a car for university. She was sold into a brothel for $15,000 and was told that she had to work to repay a debt of $45,000. Her passport was taken away and she could not leave because of her fear for her father’s safety. He had signed the contract and the traffickers knew where he lived. Another lady was lured with the promise of a good education and $100 a week to help pay bank debts. Her father died when she was 12 and she left school and worked to provide for her siblings and her blind grandfather. As Co-ordinator of the Josephite Counter-Trafficking Project (JCTP), it has been a privilege to journey with

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of human trafficking men, women and children who are survivors of human trafficking, accompanying and providing services such as informal English classes and enculturation programs. I enjoy working in partnership with the Salvation Army which provides safe accommodation for trafficked women. I visit weekly, providing culturally sensitive support. Mentoring occurs incidentally as we share stories of how things are done in each one’s country of origin. My ability to speak Chinese, Indonesian and Bahasa Malaysia, albeit at an elementary level, is helpful. During my visits to the Safe House, we celebrate our diversity through food and sharing of cultural expectations. When trust is established the women feel free to express their frustrations and needs, knowing full well this is held in confidence. Their experience is validated and they are encouraged to speak to their case managers, should the need arise. Most people will not believe that slavery exists today, or could exist in Australia. Lately in the media, you may have been watching more exposé stories of modern day slavery, taking

place all over the world and even here in Australia. It is real and in recent years there is growing awareness of the serious issue of forced marriage for young girls or boys and women in Australia. They have to obey their parents and some are in danger of physical harm. The biggest loss for the individual is that of being disowned and estranged from family. I have travelled across Australia giving talks to schools, parishes and in the community to raise awareness of human trafficking in Australia and the impact of our demands for goods and services on the lives of children who are sold into slavery, eg in the cocoa, textile and seafood industries. Parish Against Trafficking of Humans (PATH) in Enfield was established by a dedicated group of parishioners in 2015 to try to eradicate human trafficking through prayer, advocacy, awareness-raising activities and support for trafficked people through fundraising. Today, as members of the global village, we are challenged to look at what we can do to ensure that men, women and children are ‘slaves no more but brothers and sisters in Christ’ (Pope Francis).

The plight of children who have been exploited and abused is poignantly encapsulated in the following poem by Professor Eddie Mhlanga. I cried when Mama died There was silence I cried when we were thrown out There was silence When will you be silent? Till I be silent?  Do you love me?  You told God you care about me! How can we be silent and not act? Together we can make a difference.

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hey smile, they heal, they teach, they comfort. Around the globe Catholic religious sisters quietly perform their dedicated and heroic service without remuneration and barely even noticed by the wider world. But in order to assist others, they themselves also need to be helped, for although they minister to so many, they themselves still need their daily bread and a roof over their heads. Each year the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) supports over 9,000 religious sisters wherever the Church is poor or persecuted. It is vital that the indispensable work of religious sisters in Christ’s Holy Catholic Church continues. Religious sisters are the unsung heroines in the Church. ACN is proud to assist the inspirational work carried out by religious sisters in some of the poorest, most dangerous places in the world.


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The Bathurst RCIA journey of Joseph, Bridget and Clare


any adults who wish to join the Catholic Church, follow the RCIA  model, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. The RCIA process is offered throughout the Diocese of Bathurst and guides individuals in a process of discernment, faith formation and development. The following article is an account of one of the three candidates who recently completed RCIA, becoming a Catholic at the Easter Vigil in Bathurst. A journey is defined as the act of travelling from one place to another. The spiritual journey of Bridget, Joseph and Clare (Baptism names) into the Catholic faith, throughout 2016-17, has been one of realisation, faith, understanding and enjoyment. Our journey has been, for varied reasons, one that we have all wanted to take for some time, but for one reason or another, never allowed ourselves to, because there were always others to take care of or work that had to take precedence. All three of us undertook the same RCIA journey that encompassed: Baptism, for the beginning of a new life; Confirmation, which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist, which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s body and blood for his/her transformation in Christ. We were well supported on our journey by Christine Eviston, Sr Alice Sullivan rsj, Fr Paul Devitt, Bishop Michael McKenna and our loving mentors, Christine Nelson, Monica O’Connor and Dorothea Lenehan. The many speakers who visited were wonderful, as were the ever faithful group of supporters: Denise, Margaret and Margaret G, who were present each week and on our special Saturdays and Sundays throughout our journey. We will be forever grateful to all

of these people. My journey started in my early 20s when I accepted a promotion and found myself in Townsville, Queensland, boarding with a lovely family who included me in all manner of family outings, including taking me to church on Sundays. This was my first experience of how a close knit, large, Catholic family looked after each other and interacted with mutual respect. The father had passed away early in life and, while there were many chores to do, they always had time to implement their faith on an everyday basis. I loved being part of this family of six, as I had grown up in a small city-based, coastal family where religious faith was divided between attending the local Church of England with my father, attending junior peer group meetings as an adolescent, and attending Sunday church with my mother at the Christian Science Church in Dee Why. This was sometimes followed by a picnic on the beach or at other members’ homes for lunch. As a child and adolescent, mine was a journey of never quite knowing

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Diocesan Catholic Education Council Meeting - Term Two 2017


embers of the Diocesan Catholic Education Council (DCEC) gathered for their term two meeting at The Assumption School, Bathurst on 2nd May 2017. Each year, two of the Council’s four meetings are hosted by one of our diocesan schools. It was a pleasure to enjoy the warm welcome and hospitality extended to us by The Assumption School community. The meeting provided the opportunity for Mrs Sue Guilfoyle, Principal, to showcase and discuss with the members of the Council the positive impact that the enhancements to the kindergarten classrooms are having on staff collaboration and student learning. This presentation was very well received by the Council and, following their visit to St John’s Primary School, Dubbo in term one, deepened their understanding of the implementation of the Professional Learning Communities model across the Diocese. As the key advisory body to Bishop Michael McKenna, the DCEC discusses a range of items each meeting, with the meeting summary being published on the Diocesan website goo.gl/QFuA6s. Among some key items discussed during this meeting were the terms of reference for the Parent and Community Reference Group being established to support these partnerships across our schools; activity in regard to two key areas within the Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst Annual Plan and ongoing activity connected with the Diocesan Assembly themes.

Brother Kelvin Canavan fms visiting the Kindy classroom at the Assumption School

It was reported to the Council that the transition to a single school fee has been smooth and positively received. Alignment of the distribution of funding to Catholic schools in this Diocese on the basis of need was a major topic discussed at the Priests and Principals meeting in June 2016 and has our schools well placed.

Co-incidentally, the Federal Government made its schools funding announcement (labelled as Gonski 2.0) later, on 2nd May, and this will be a subject for ongoing discussion.

As a Catholic education system, Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst is committed to a needs-based funding system that incorporates a high standard of stewardship of both public and private funds.

Mr Paul Crennan Chair, DCEC Mrs Jenny Allen, Executive Director of Schools

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From the Acting Executive Director of Education


nce again, a key event for term two this year was the gathering of the Religious Education Co-ordinators for their conference. Following on from last year’s successes, the RECs were joined by teachers involved in music education and were led in a focus on contemporary music by Fr Rob Galea and his band. There is no doubt of the beauty, power and potential of the music to help our young people to understand and participate in their faith and worship. A survey conducted in 2016 indicated that having music in the liturgy resonates with youth and opens the opportunities for an encounter with Christ. Young people want to be enlivened in their worship and music can be a wonderful catalyst for this. In a further focus on providing support for engaging young Catholics, throughout this year all secondary Catholic schools are involved in Catholic School Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA). Developed by Peter Woods at St Edmund’s College, Canberra, CSYMA aims to develop school based faith formation for teachers and students. The four phase program

and Engaging Adaptive Environments. Work on these dimensions from within schools will be showcased on Tuesday 18th July at the Infant de Prague Hall, Wellington, in an across the Diocese conference.The theme of the day is “Our Journey of Transformation” and noted educationalists Stephen Dinham and Julia Atkin will provide the key note addresses.

equips students to develop in their faith. Students and teachers from James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange and St Johns College, Dubbo piloted the program with great success in 2016 with all high schools taking part in 2017. As you know, the contemporary world our young people encounter is different from that of their parents and grandparents. Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst has, for a number of years, been supporting and emphasising five dimensions of learning: A Rich Catholic Curriculum, Personalised Learning, Insight and Meaning, Expertise and Collaboration

Congratulations to the students who have been nominated for 2017 Western NSW Training Awards: School Based Trainee/Apprentice of the Year - Sarah Ashley (St Johns College, Dubbo). VET in Schools Student of the Year: Axton Farrell-Gray, St Raphael’s Catholic School, Cowra; Peter Evans, St Johns College, Dubbo; Meg Miller, MacKillop College, Bathurst and Brooke Haynes, MacKillop College, Bathurst. This is a great accolade for the students and their teachers as they continue to make school learning relevant and valuable to all students. Vince Connor Acting Executive Director

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Fr Rob Galea visits St Joseph’s Day the EMMY Way… E arly in May, students and parishioners from Dubbo, Orange and surrounding areas, came together for a day of praise and worship with Fr Rob Galea. The day provided time for participants to step aside from the everyday rush and connect with God through prayer and music.


he Josephite schools in Eugowra, Molong, Manildra and Yeoval (EMMY) always manage to find a special way to join together to celebrate St Joseph’s Day and this year was no exception! St Joseph’s, Molong hosted the day, which began with a wonderful Eucharistic celebration led by Fr Greg Bellamy, followed by eats, treats and physical and mental feats. The day included a special tribute to the Josephite Sisters who continue their strong connection to education and these school communities through their parish and community work. Janine Kearney

Fr Rob with Benn Snare from Orange During his week-long stay, Fr Rob also facilitated workshops with Religious Education Coordinators of the Diocese along with teachers and parishioners who are involved in music ministry.

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Fr Rob with Matthew Gibson and Robyn Petty Throughout these events, Fr Rob’s message was clear - we need to develop our own personal relationship with Jesus. This relationship is a life-long commitment and we develop this through prayer, understand him through his Word and are nourished by the Eucharist and the sacraments in community. Fr Rob also suggested our ‘mess’ in daily life can turn into a ‘message’ as we find hope in Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Fr Rob is an ordained Catholic priest and is currently serving in the Diocese of Sandhurst, Victoria after moving to Australia from Malta, his home country. He is a singer and songwriter with international experience. Apart from a series of recordings and CD releases, Fr Rob has also written a number of songs for various campaigns and international conferences.   Dr Angelo Belmonte

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Youth ministry up and running


ollowing a successful trial of the Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA) program at James Sheahan Catholic High School, (JSCHS) Orange and St John’s College, Dubbo throughout 2016, Bishop Michael has approved the expansion of CSYMA to the other secondary schools in the Diocese. CSYMA is a network of Catholic schools in a number of Australian dioceses that seeks to bring youth ministry and the new evangelisation into our school communities. Three youth ministers have been employed in the Diocese to minister to youth in a peer to peer way: Mitchell Winslade, JSCHS, Orange; Daniel Salomoni, St Matthews Catholic School, Mudgee and Dearne Geddes, Mackillop College, Bathurst. To date, the program has achieved a number of milestones including greater involvement and participation in leadership roles at major youth events such as the Diocesan Youth Festival and Shine and involvement in the preparation of school retreats and school liturgies. But perhaps none more beneficial than the facilitating of spirituality/reflection days for primary school children. Two programs have been developed for CSYMA students to lead and

Jarryd Atkinson, CSYMA with youth ministers Daniel, Dearne and Mitch facilitate. The first in 2016, where 60 Y10 JSCHS students facilitated ‘Leading like Jesus did’. This program was aimed at Y5 students who were preparing for leadership roles in Y6 in 2017. In 2017, the ‘Pentecost People’ program has been developed and approved for use within the Diocese. This two-part program (pre-Confirmation and postConfirmation) has been developed for reflection days facilitated by  Y10 CSYMA students for those who are preparing for Confirmation and then continuing formation in the period after. In 2017, Y10-11 CSYMA students from JSCHS have delivered

the pre-Confirmation program to a Christian Living Camp at Ridgecrest. To date, a number of primary schools across Bathurst, Orange, Blayney, Molong, Yeoval, Eugowra, Canowindra and Manildra have benefitted from the experience of peer ministry and the delivery of these two programs by secondary students involved in CSYMA. We look forward to the continued engagement of CSYMA students in the life of our parishes and schools. Dr Angelo Belmonte

Colourful Coonamble Classrooms!

‘There’s been movement across our system as the word has got around That the old traditional classrooms have had their day’ (with thanks to Banjo for the meter)


t would be very difficult to find a school that hasn’t been involved in some form of renovation and/or upgrade to meet the needs of our 21st Century learners.

St Brigid’s, Coonamble recently redesigned its classroom environments to create more flexible learning spaces. The furniture was chosen in response to the needs of students at different stages on their learning journeys. Stage One students are just a little bit over the moon with their colourful work stations, which make for very ‘classy classrooms’. Well done St Brigid’s staff! St Brigid’s Stage One: No sign of drought here! Page 22 • June 2017 • C a t h o l i c O B S E RV E R , T h e D i o c e s e o f B a t h u r s t

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All Hallows’ Haloes


t’s always exciting to get positive feedback about learning from our students. This was the case at All Hallows Catholic Primary School, Gulgong recently, where a selection of students from K-6 were interviewed ‘off the cuff’. The students were enthusiastic, articulate and full of praise for their teachers and peers. It was exciting to note that Maths, Science and Technology featured highly on the ‘favourite subject’ list, which seems to be against the reported national trend. Well done students, teachers and parents of these wonderful young future scientists and mathematicians. Their smiles say it all

Janine Kearney

Christ-Centred Learning on the Mount

We live in a knowledge-based society… Catholic schools are encouraged to promote a wisdom-based society, to go beyond knowledge and educate people to think, evaluating facts in the light of values”. (Pope Francis, 2013). Our response to Pope Francis, as a system of schools, has been the development of a Model of Christ-Centred Learning, with supporting professional development for teachers to ensure theory translates into quality practice. One of the focus areas is engaging adaptive environments that energise and empower the learner. This was certainly the case for teachers from across the Diocese last term, as they enthusiastically engaged in the Christ-Centred Learning from the seventh floor of Rydges, with the magnificent view of Mt Panorama. Janine Kearney

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Archibull has arrived at St Raphael’s


OWRA: The beast, or rather the bull, has finally arrived and projects for our entry in the Archibull Prize are well underway. What is the Archibull Prize? The Archibull Prize is a world renowned program with curriculum-linked teaching resources which explore the role agriculture plays in the health, wealth and happiness of Australians and many other people around the world. Only 30 schools in Eastern Australia have qualified for this year’s Archibull and St Raphael’s Catholic School has the honour of representing our area in the competition. The theme for 2017 is ‘Feeding, Clothing and Powering a Hungry Nation’ and encourages students and teachers to address some of the greatest challenges to Australian agriculture - climate change, food and fashion waste, declining natural resources and biosecurity. The program design invites the students to be part of the solution

Welcome Archie! Matilda Proctor, Kate Price, Josephine Gundersen and Jaidyn Miller with St Raphael’s bull by sharing their ideas on how to tackle these challenges as individuals, as a community and as the mums and dads of the next generation. Put simply, the Archibull Prize brings the farm into the classroom. Special

thanks to Mrs Date for her energy, enthusiasm and passion for this project - she has the whole school excited about Archie. Susan Whitely

Secondary students showing their skills


ur secondary school students have be demonstrating their skills in public speaking and spelling in fine style over recent weeks, at St Raphael’s.

The public speaking team of Jaida Smith, Kyle O’Brien, Kate Price, Olivia McLennan, Lucy Proctor and Annaleise Prescott travelled to compete in the annual CWA Competition in Orange. The students spoke with confidence and aplomb with entertaining and thoughtful presentations. In a very large section of more than 45 competitors, our team represented the School with pride. We look forward to next year to build on this year’s success. Secondary students also participated in the House Spelling Competition with the finalists for the Diocesan Spelling Bee being decided.

Congratulations to the finalists:

St Raphael’s public speaking team: Olivia McLennan, Kate Price, Jaida Smith, Annaleise Prescott, Lucy Proctor, (abs Kyle O’Brien) Stage 4: Raziq Shaji, Laura Casey, Ruby Frazer, Matilda Proctor, Cameron Melton, Matthew Mallon, Grace Richmond, Cameron Forsyth, Depp Ryan-Lukasiak, Mollie Pozza and Jessica Trengove

Stage 5: Owen Munro, Ellie Garlick, Samuel Frazer, Ky Thompson, Parneet Kaur, Benjamin Myers, Benjamin Azzopardi, Thomas Treasure, Emma Chalker, Logan Leatherland and Jordan Triming.

Our spelling team of Owen, Jordan, Raziq and Laura competed impressively in Wellington and represented their school with pride - St Raphael’s Super Spellers! Susan Whiteley

In a very exciting, nail-biting final, the 2017 winning house was Kilbreda. Each house fielded four representatives in the Stage 4 and 5 finals with the first two competitors qualifying to represent St Raphael’s at the Diocesan Spelling Bee in Wellington

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Preparing for Confirmation


ATHURST: Throughout the year, hundreds of children from across the Diocese receive the sacrament of Confirmation.

Bishop Michael with Y6 students from The Assumption School, Bathurst

Although the Bishop cannot get to every school each year, he manages to visit many, especially as Y6 students are preparing for Confirmation. Bishop Michael recently spent time with the children from all four Catholic primary schools in Bathurst and talked about the sacrament, their preparation and answered any questions the students had. Bishop Michael was impressed with the many questions the students asked regarding their preparation for Confirmation, and Bishop Michael’s own faith journey, as well their own. Kimbalee Clews

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Diocesan schools achieve success in international STEM event


RANGE: Several high schools from across the Diocese were the first Australian schools to participate in an International STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) competition earlier in February. The competition, known as TEAMS, is organised by the Technology Student Association in the USA. Students from St Raphael’s, Cowra; St Matthews, Mudgee; St John’s College, Dubbo; James Sheahan Catholic High School (JCSHS), Orange and MacKillop College, Bathurst represented the Diocese in the event, entering teams in the Y9-10 and Y11-12 divisions. Kilty Mason, TEAMS Coach, said “Students participated as a team of eight. They had to work collaboratively for all sections of the competition, as communication and teamwork are essential skills for future STEM careers. The teams worked on solving real-world engineering challenges, applying their maths and science skills in practical and creative ways”.

Students from MacKillop College solving problems

This year’s theme for the competition was ‘Engineering the Environment’. The first section of the competition began prior to the event, with the teams preparing an essay on renewable energy. The teams needed to research a form of renewable energy for NSW, recognising the technical issues and economic considerations. The team essay was completed and fully referenced by mid-February. The second and third sections of the competition were held at JSCHS on 15th February. In the second section, students were presented information from eight scenarios, including: Water treatment, smart cars, self-contained ecosystems and biomimetic fluid dynamics. The third section was a design and build component. Students were provided materials to complete the hands-on design challenge related to the competition theme. Representatives from the Engineering School at CSU Bathurst were involved with the day, giving information and additional activities to the students.

James Sheahan students demonstrating their creations

Mr Michael Tilston, Curriculum Co-ordinator at JSCHS said, “All the teams represented their schools admirably, achieving some fantastic results. Both JSCHS teams received the top score (80/80) for the essay section, which placed them at the top for the International Division in this section and beat most other American States. St John’s College was the highest ranked Australian school in the Y11-12 International Division, placing second overall and has been invited to the finals in Orlando, Florida. Mackillop College was the highest ranked Australian school in the Y9-10 International Division and ranked second overall as well. This team has also been invited to the finals in Orlando”. Kimbalee Clews

Students from St Matthews working together to find the answers

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Stannies’ St Vincent de Paul news


ATHURST: The St Vincent de Paul Boarders’ Conference organised Project Compassion this year. $3,570.05 was raised and sent to Caritas Australia. Members of both the Day and Boarders’ Conferences have commenced the Stannies Winter Appeal. Their aim is to collect enough funds to purchase at least 70 blankets to donate to this Appeal. Additional funds will also be collected to be donated to assist the Society in helping those in need of support with food, electricity and gas bills. Bo Abra and Tom Hooper counting Project Compassion collection

Student Lyceum


n the early days of the College, the Lyceum met on Sunday evenings to engage in philosophical discussion and debate. Minutes of these gatherings record discussions around such topics as “Should women be given the vote?” and “Boarding schools are superior to day schools”. The Lyceum was brought to life again in 2016 and student numbers attending weekly gatherings have increased. Recent discussions have included “What is a gentleman?”, “The meaning of life” and “What is a Vincentian Education?”. Dr Anne Wenham Members of the student Lyceum

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or years, the schools across the Diocese of Bathurst have taken great pride in showing respect and gratitude to our armed forces by being part of ANZAC Day commemorations in their own communities. 2017 proved no different, with students across the Diocese participating in ANZAC Day marches and ceremonies.

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La Salle Founders’ Day celebrations


ITHGOW: Despite the rain and gloom, nothing deterred the local community from attending Founders’ Day celebrations at La Salle Academy, Lithgow on 17th March, 2017. “Today is really an opportunity for us to establish our Lasallian links as a school community and acknowledge that rich Lasallian culture of history and tradition. We hope to continue those connections and build upon these foundations”, said Principal, Joyce Smith. Fr Garry McKeown led the Liturgy and offered the gathering a takehome message. “I want today to serve as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to make a difference in this world, and to do good by others as did St John Baptist de La Salle”, said Fr Garry. Lasallian values teach students not only to contribute to society but to help transform society through programs of community service, advocacy, social justice and education. “Today is another opportunity to provide students with the awareness and understanding that they’re all a part of something bigger than themselves”, said Mrs Smith. An insightful presentation from the CEO of the Lasallian Foundation, Miranda Chow, also served as a reminder in helping those less fortunate and working together to create opportunities for education and vocation.

Fr Garry with students from La Salle Executive Director of Schools for the Diocese of Bathurst, Jenny Allen, said, “It really is a privilege to work in education. I am grateful to be here and as a member of the wider local community”. To mark the celebrations, all students enjoyed a day of fun activities which were organised by each house group. Some of these included musical chairs, egg and spoon races, stacker cups race and a basketball tournament between staff and students. A great day was had by all and we thank all the staff and students for their input. A special thanks goes to Mrs Joanne Brown for her fabulous organisation and dedication in putting together such a successful day. Margaret Doohan

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MacKillop College students working for justice


ATHURST: During Term One, MacKillop College undertook awareness raising activities to highlight the plight of refugees and asylum seekers, particularly those who have made their way to Australia, in seeking sanctuary and a peaceful way of life. In solidarity with the Sisters of St Joseph and other colleges which share their charism, the Feast of St Joseph marked the beginning of MacKillop College’s focus. Recognising that the Holy Family themselves were refugees in a foreign land, the College prayerfully, liturgically and practically utilised some simple strategies to draw attention to the injustice and inhumane treatment of these most vulnerable members of the global community. Visually using posters and statistics, students and staff had the refugee ‘myths’ challenged. Students wore black ribbons to symbolically connect the College community with those imprisoned on Manus and Nauru Islands and encourage solidarity. Participating in a simulation activity to demonstrate the struggle of boat people journeying to Australia,

heightened students’ empathy. Two key events on the annual calendar for Term One, Harmony Day and the National Day against Bullying, were also utilised to strengthen our message. Creating a mural on butcher paper, using a ‘chalking’ activity, MacKillop College reaffirmed its commitment to working for justice in our world. As a faith community, whose patrons are Mary Help of Christians, St Mary of

the Cross MacKillop and Venerable Catherine McAuley, we believe in promoting harmony through the recognition of the dignity and selfworth of each person. Valuing the gifts different cultures and religions offer, while standing up against bullying, emphasises the practice of restorative justice as a means of building healthy relationships. Casey Mutton Y12 Student, MacKillop College

Holy Family reaches State finals


ELSO: Holy Family School’s Y5-6 girls’ AFL side will test itself against the best in the State in August, after qualifying for the finals of the annual Paul Kelly Cup. It was a very wet and cold day at Blacktown International Park on 7th June, when the Holy Family School boys’ and girls’ teams represented their school and the Diocese, at the Paul Kelly Cup. The girls’ team progressed to the grand final, defeating Kellyville Public School 12-0 after a 0-0 half time score, qualifying for the State finals at the SCG on 17th August. Holy Family School has enjoyed a successful 2017 campaign thus far, sweeping all teams before them at the Western Region level and then the Sydney West Region tournament. “Our AFL girls have an excellent skills set and their kick-pass ability is

Holy Family’s Paul Kelly Cup finalists with Mr Arrow of a very high standard. The girls will represent Holy Family with pride”, said Kevin Arrow, Principal of Holy Family School. “Training at lunch times has been regular and the girls are keen to do well as many of them were in the 2014 runner-up team”.

Holy Family will be one of eight teams in action at the August finals. The side will play pool games against Radford College, a South Coast school team and Hay Public School. Source: Western Advocate

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Encore for James Sheahan Catholic High School


RANGE: It was a beautiful autumn on 17th May, when the opening of the new ‘James Sheahan Performing Arts Centre’ was celebrated. We had many distinguished guests accept our invitation and attend the ceremony, including Bishop Michael McKenna and The Hon. Richard Colless MLC. The incredible talent of the collective student body was evident in the way they performed musical pieces, sang, catered, led prayer and chaired the entire event. Their confidence, poise and understanding of the sense of the occasion, brought all the elements of the ceremony together. It was indeed, a magnificent occasion. James Sheahan Catholic High School (JSCHS) is excited about moving to the next phase of exploring the potential of the new facility and how it will extend and benefit the School and Orange community. Mark Pauschmann, Principal of JSCHS said, “Our new building will provide a stimulating, flexible environment to reinforce the view that our students

JSCHS Leaders with The Hon. Richard Colless MLC and Bishop McKenna are entitled to have access to industrystandard facilities in learning and in the performing arts, so as to continue to develop their skills and talents. This sort of interactive approach to education complements the work being achieved in all our other learning areas within the school and has set a benchmark for future developments”.

for funding assistance provided by the NSW Government, the James Sheahan Catholic High School community and the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst through its Catholic Development Fund. We look forward to many wonderful celebrations, performances and exhibitions in our new Performing Arts Centre.

As a school community, we are thankful

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Madeleine Moylan Photos by Brenton Cox

Information for clergy and religious visiting the Diocese of Bathurst


here are various procedures for obtaining permission to minister in another diocese, depending on what documentation is required. The requirements for visiting and conducting ministry in the Diocese of Bathurst are now readily available on the diocesan website www.bathurst. catholic.org.au.

All visiting clergy and religious including bishops, priests, deacons, religious sisters, nuns, monks, brothers and friars, must refer to the requirements outlined and provide the necessary documentation to the Bishop’s office prior to visiting the Diocese.

testified to the individual’s good standing and their Working With Children Check (WWCC) has been verified by the Diocese.

Such permission can only be granted when their church authority has

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For more information, please contact the Chancery Office on 6334 6400

Rise Youth Festival 27th - 28th September A weekend gathering for the youth of the Diocese of Bathurst, for youth in Years 6-9 Ridgecrest Christian Education and Convention Centre, Lake Burrendong For information contact Deacon Josh via email ministries@bathurst.catholic.org.au or register now at www.bathurst.catholic.org.au

Opening Hours The Catholic Development Fund office is open for counter service from 10.00am to 4.30pm – Monday to Friday. On-Line Access You can also access the CDF On-Line via the Diocesan website bathurst.catholic.org.au or phone Freecall 1800 451 760 - for information Disclosure: The Catholic Development Fund Diocese of Bathurst (CDF) is not subject to the provisions of the Corporations Act 2001 nor has it been examined or approved by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Deposits with CDF are guaranteed by CDPF Limited, a company established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference for this purpose. We welcome your investment with the CDF rather than with a profit oriented commercial organisation as a conscious commitment by you to support the Charitable, Religious and Educational works of the Catholic Church. CDF, nor the Trustees of the Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Bathurst are prudentially supervised by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority; contributions to CDF do not obtain the benefit of the depositor protection provisions of the Banking Act 1959; CDF is designed for investors who wish to promote the charitable purposes of CDF.

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Centacare Sunday


entacare Sunday was observed by most parishes in our Diocese on 21st May, to acknowledge this important mission of the Church and support it through prayer and financial contribution. The Parish of St Joseph and St Mary, Orange observed Centacare Sunday on 11th June and Cathedral Parish, Bathurst, will celebrate it on 10th September. Centacare is the expression of the social mission of the Church in our Diocese. Centacare has been providing vital services to the families and communities in our Diocese since it was established in 1988 as a not for profit charitable institution. With Jesus Christ as inspiration and guide, Centacare Bathurst provides professional social services to empower communities, families, children, and individual adults to thrive. The Gospel “I have come in order that you might have life - life in all its fullness” (John 10:10) is foundational to Centacare’s work. Centacare’s services include: individual counselling, relationship and marriage

counselling, family mediation, school counselling, marriage and relationship education and enrichment programs, services to Aboriginal families and communities, works with families with young children to promote healthy parenting and education, and out of school hours care. In 2016 alone, Centacare assisted almost 3,000 people through the counselling services across the Diocese. Centacare also runs marriage preparation and marriage enrichment programs. In partnership with Catholic Education Diocese of Bathurst, Centacare provides counselling and a myriad of services to the primary schools in the Diocese. It is important to note that nearly 75 per cent of Centacare’s income comes from Federal and State Governments. Any donation that you can make to Centacare will be greatly appreciated. Donations over $2 are tax deductible. Please support the work of Centacare through your prayers and donations. Robert George

South Bathurst Homework Club


entacare runs a homework club for the Aboriginal students in the South Bathurst School using volunteers and paid staff. This program has created a positive impact on children’s engagement with school and learning.

One of our Homework Club champions with one of the Program’s helpers

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Safe Families Everyone Thrives


entacare’s new Safe Families, Everyone Thrives project for Indigenous families in Coonabarabran, Gilgandra, Dunedoo, Baradine, Orange and Lithgow started earlier this year. The Indigenous families in the program will be assisted and guided in pursuing their own goals for their families so that everyone, particularly children, can thrive in a safe and supportive environment. The program employs Indigenous staff members to guide families and help them navigate their way through social services, health, education and employment systems. The program emphasises self-determination of Indigenous families acknowledging and respecting the fact that each family is unique in their strengths, challenges, and their goals. The program is funded by the Australian Government.

Centacare’s Indigenous Programs Team

Wahlan Warriors Vacation Program in Cowra


n the April school holidays, Centacare, in collaboration with Wahlan Warriors, offered a three day program for children in Cowra. Wahlan Warriors is a group of young Aboriginal men who promotes healthy lifestyle and engage the community in activities that promote wellbeing. Over 40 children participated in the program.

The Wahlan Warriors and their helpers

Yindyamarra Cup


he Yindyamarra Football Cup showcases the sporting prowess of Indigenous youth in the Central West-Cabonne region. Centacare played a significant role in the participation of Indigenous youth at the event.

Centacare Prayer Blessed are you, Lord of mercy and love, who through your Son gave us a marvellous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send your blessings upon us so that when we are called on in times of need, we will faithfully show your light and love to our neighbour. May we go forward confident in the intercession of our mother Mary, and in the name of our creating, liberating and ever loving God. Amen C a t h o l i c O B S E RV E R , T h e D i o c e s e o f B a t h u r s t • June 2017 • Page 35

Helen Ryan retires


n 2nd June, more than 90 people, from around the Diocese and beyond, gathered to farewell and to thank Helen Ryan who retires at the end of this term from her role as Director, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD or Special Religious Education) in the Diocese of Bathurst. Bishop Michael McKenna concelebrated Mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St John with some of the priests who have worked with Helen in her time as Director, including Fathers Paul Devitt, Owen Gibbons, Garry McKeown, Carl Mackander and Tim Cahill. Bishop Michael was assisted by Helen’s younger brother, Deacon Vince Ryan from the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and Deacon Terry Mahony. Many of Helen’s family were in attendance from Orange, Dubbo, Newcastle and Queensland. There was also representation from other Dioceses, with the Directors of CCD, Diocese of Broken Bay and Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes present. Lunch followed at the Piper Function Room in the Oxford Hotel, where Bishop Michael presented Helen with the gift of an icon painted by Mrs Mary Clancy. Helen was thanked by the Bishop for the work she has done with the catechists over many years and he also extended his gratitude to each of the catechists for their dedicated work. After retiring from full time teaching at the end of 2005, Helen was appointed assistant to the Director of CCD and then in 2007, graciously accepted the position of Director In this role, Helen travelled great distances throughout our Diocese visiting, supporting and training the 90 odd catechists and SRE teachers in her care. Helen knows each of these wonderful people personally due to her many visits to the schools in which they teach. She will often include SRE teachers from other denominations in her visits if they need a helping hand. Helen has been the country representative on the Inter Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (ICCOREIS), the peak body representing the churches to the government for SRE. She has been the Catholic representative on the Western Inter-Church Commission (WICC) and has been its Chair for the past six and a half years. The WICC is the country branch of ICCOREIS, which focuses on the training of SRE teachers and assistants of all denominations.

Helen (bottom row, second from the left) with her family Up until recently, Helen has been on she has travelled to carry out her role as the board for Christian Education Director of CCD and for initiating the in Secondary Schools in Dubbo and Student Catechist Helper Programme in has often assisted in fund raising for the Diocese of Bathurst. In this programme, secondary SRE there. Y9 students from La Salle Academy, In her role as Director, Helen liaised Lithgow; St Raphael’s Catholic School, with SRE teachers, school principals, Cowra and James Sheahan Catholic High teachers and clergy of all denominations; School, Orange have been trained to assist our catechists in the public schools. all with a friendly ease and confidence. th On 16 November 2016, at the SRE Helen has been an inspiring Director celebration at Parliament House, Helen’s with her passion, positive approach to all achievements were recognised with an situations, her determination, energy and award presented to her by the Minister of enthusiasm for this wonderful ministry. Education at the time, The Hon. Adrian Thank you Helen, for a job very well done! Piccoli MP. The award was presented to Vicki Mair Helen in recognition of the great distances

Helen with Fathers Carl Mackander, Tim Cahill, Garry McKeown, Paul Devitt and Bishop Michael

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Fr Antony appointed as Priest in Residence, Coonamble


ishop Michael McKenna recently announced some changes affecting the Parishes of Gulgong and Coonamble. From September, Father Antony Vattakkunnel cmi, currently serving in the Parishes of Gulgong, Mudgee and Kandos, will take up residence in Coonamble to care for the people there.

“In the care of the people of our Diocese, I need to keep in constant review where our small number of active priests are most needed”, said Bishop Michael. “For many years, the people of Coonamble have not had a resident priest. I pay tribute to the generous service of Fathers Greg Kennedy and Reynold Jaboneta who have looked after Coonamble in addition to their responsibilities in Coonabarabran”. “With the agreement of Father Jaboneta, Coonamble’s administrative needs will continue to be supplied by Coonabarabran. I am also grateful to Father Tony Hennessy for his willingness to shoulder the responsibility for Mudgee, Gulgong

Fr Antony Vattakkunnel cmi will take up residence in Coonamble and Kandos on his own”. Bishop Michael said “I know the people of Gulgong will miss Fr Antony and ask that the people of Coonamble give him a great welcome and every cooperation. I also ask you to continue

your prayers that God may raise up more priests from our Diocese and that the priests we have may be fully supported”. Kimbalee Clews

Could God be calling you to be a priest for the Diocese of Bathurst? You’ll never know unless you begin to open your heart in prayer to the possibilities; and then to speak to someone whose faith and judgment you trust. God does not usually reveal his will in a sudden dramatic way, but in the quiet steps of prayer, sacrament, service, reflection and sharing with other Catholics. Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.” (Mk 10:28-30)

For further information contact Fr Carl Mackander: pp.wellington@cdob.org.au or Fr Reynold Jaboneta: pp.coonabarabran@cdob.org.au C a t h o l i c O B S E RV E R , T h e D i o c e s e o f B a t h u r s t • June 2017 • Page 37



Be a part of the Cathedral’s history


he Cathedral of St Michael and St John is a major part of the foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst. It is a building which represents the Catholic church community of our Diocese and its development over the last 150 plus years. As part of the current program of “Restore Rebuild and Renew”, many people have provided generous support to the restoration of the Cathedral through donations, corporate partnership and various fundraising activities. Another way to support this important work is by making a bequest. This is a gift from your estate, made in your Will. Your estate is the total of all your assets and possessions when you die. By making a bequest, you will provide support for this historical project and ensure that your history becomes an integral part of the story of the Cathedral and the Diocese. There are several ways to make a bequest. You can gift a specific amount of your choice; property that you own; your whole estate or a percentage of it after you have provided for your loved ones. We ask that you consider a bequest to support the restoration of our Cathedral - an opportunity to be a tangible part of the history of our Diocesan church. CKM Law is a corporate sponsor of the Cathedral Restoration and can provide advice on Wills, Powers of Attorney, appointment of Enduring Guardians and all aspects of estate planning, including bequests for the Cathedral Restoration Appeal. Making a Will and planning what happens to your property after you have died is one of the most important legal decisions that you will make in your lifetime. Without careful planning, your Estate will be distributed according to NSW legislation and you will have no say in how it is distributed. Estate planning is not simply a matter of you

Timothy Cain and Jane Kensit of CKM Law making a Will. There are many matters to be considered, including taxation implications, possible claims upon your estate and family conflict. Timothy Cain and Jane Kensit of CKM Law can provide you with detailed and practical advice on the preparation of your Will, to ensure that the gifts and bequests you make are properly transmitted, without creating unforeseen issues. There is no point in making a bequest that cannot be fulfilled, or a gift which results in unforeseen taxation consequences or litigation. Making your own Will without careful consideration and proper advice may cause it to be invalid because legal

requirements have not been met. An invalid Will could result in your property being controlled by persons you did not intend and assets being distributed in a way you did not envisage or would not have approved of. The only way to be sure that your wishes are carried out is to ensure your Will is prepared properly. The qualified and experienced team at CKM can ensure that your Will instructions are carried out in the most appropriate, efficient and cost effective way. You can telephone CKM Law on 6332 4711 to arrange an initial meeting to discuss your requirements and guarantee your own peace of mind.

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History of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John…


he Cathedral of St Michael and St John is significant in the heritage of Bathurst. As the restoration project continues, we share some interesting snippets of the Cathedral’s history. What’s in a Name? The Cathedral is named for two saints, Michael the Archangel and John the Baptist. In the early days of the Catholic church in Australia, a church’s name could be chosen by its priest creator. Often they chose the Saint they were named after. Michael the Archangel was for Father Michael O’Reilly, who built the Cathedral’s precursor on the corner of Keppel and George Streets in 1841. Father John Grant oversaw the building of the church that became the Cathedral. The Ben Hall Connection Ben Hall was married at St Michael’s Catholic Church in 1856, the building that preceded the Cathedral. He married Bridget Walsh and both bride and groom signed their name with an X. Ben Hall was an active bushranger in the Bathurst district at the time of the building of the new church, to later become the Cathedral. He died in 1865, four years after the Cathedral building was finished and in the year it was Dedicated. Edward Gell Connection To prevent the subsidence problems

that foundry, where the headstock and ringing mechanisms were reconstructed and cracks repaired. The bells are inscribed in Latin, with one translating to: I praise God, I call the people, I mourn the dead, I chase away demons and I adorn a feast. The second bell has the Latin inscription: Let my tongue speak the Lord’s praise. Donated by Maria Blanchfield Jones of Long Swamp, folklore has it that the first consignment was lost in the Dunbar shipwreck off Sydney in 1857. Ben Chifley’s funeral

The funeral of Ben Chifley that had beset Bathurst’s first Catholic church, the building that is now the Cathedral had foundations of solid concrete to a depth of 1.5 metres. Its original dimensions were 45 metres x 24 metres. Referred to as ‘The Pride of the West’ as it was being constructed between 1857 and 1860, it was supervised by Edward Gell, who went on to design many prominent buildings in the Bathurst district. The Bells The two Cathedral bells were originally produced at the Whitechapel Foundry in London more than 150 years ago. In 2013, the bells were sent back to

Ben Chifley, the 16th Prime Minister of Australia, from 1945-1949, was born and raised in Bathurst. Following his unexpected death on 13th June 1951, a State funeral honouring Chifley’s life was held in the Cathedral. After the simple funeral service, conducted without eulogies, the large funeral cortege passed through the people lined streets of Bathurst to the cemetery on Memorial Drive. Your tax deductible donation to the Cathedral of St Michael & St John Restoration Appeal can be made online at cathedralappealbathurst. org.au, in person at the Chancery Office in Keppel Street or visit the restoration interpretation centre in the Cathedral.

Please give generously to the Cathedral Restoration Appeal. Donations can be made:

In Person ~ Catholic Chancery Office Bathurst, or your local Parish Office By Phone ~ 1800 451 760 By email ~

cathedralrestoration@bathurst.catholic.org.au Online ~ cathedralappealbathurst.org.au where you will find more information. Or via the app ~ Cathedral Restoration Appeal Donations over $2 are tax deductible C a t h o l i c O B S E RV E R , T h e D i o c e s e o f B a t h u r s t • June 2017 • Page 39

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