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Bishop McKenna’s Easter Message “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”


n Luke’s Gospel, this is the question that God’s messengers put to Jesus’ followers who came to the tomb on the first Easter morning.

These women had not come to look for the living. Now that the Sabbath was over, they had come with spices and ointments to prepare a corpse for burial. They had

seen Jesus die, and with him the hopes they had in him. “Why are you looking for the living among the dead? He is not here: he is risen”. And then the news began to spread among the disciples. And before long they were meeting the risen Lord. This is the message of Easter, this is the heart of our faith. How deeply do we, who follow Christ today, accept it? That same question can be asked of you and me, when we are full of gloom at the darkness we see: in our world, in our church, in our own lives. “Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”

call to lift our eyes from dead things, which are real, to where life is, just as real and far more powerful.

In Matthew’s account, the angel tells the disciples that Jesus has gone ahead to Galilee and will meet them It is understandable that there. This Easter, in this Year the women at the tomb did of Mercy, where is Galilee for not think of looking for life. you and me? It is understandable that +Michael McKenna sometimes we lose heart, too. But the message of Easter is a Bishop of Bathurst

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Book launched about the Hardman Windows at St Joseph’s Church, Orange


arishioners and friends gathered at St Joseph’s Church, Orange on 12th February 2016, for the launch of “The Hardman Windows at St Joseph’s Church Orange 1874-1912”. After Father Garry McKeown welcomed everyone, Father Paul Devitt, the former Parish Priest of Orange, explained how the project came to fruition. Father Paul told of how photographer and Orange parishioner, Robert Bruce approached him in 2014 to discuss the possibility of documenting and recording the history of the 39 Hardman windows, which Father Paul was very supportive of. Robert told the audience how

he had a desire to show the unique design of these windows in all their detail. This could only be achieved by using a scissor lift and photographing the windows. Before any photography could start, Robert had to determine the best time of day to make the most of the light and get the desired result. Researching the history of the windows was completed by Robin Hedditch, who has written the articles within the book. “Robin has completed a PhD on Hardman, has studied Hardman windows all over the world and has been to Birmingham many times”, said Robert. Robin was at the launch and discussed the story of

Hardman, the workmanship, different styles and the iconography in the various windows. Robin told how the windows were sent out by ship from the Hardman factory in Birmingham in batches, from 1873 to 1912. Other Hardman windows can be found in the Cathedral of St Michael and St John in Bathurst, St Stanislaus College Chapel and churches at Rockley, Carcoar, Dubbo, Wellington, Forbes, Condobolin, Canowindra, Molong, Gulgong and Mudgee,

as well St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney and the Houses of Parliament in London. The book is now available from the parish office in Orange for $20 and, as Sister Helen Saunders puts it, “It’s a gem!” Kimbalee Clews The front cover of the Catholic Observer features three Hardman windows from St Joseph’s Church, Orange. The Resurrection, The Crucifixion and The Ascension were all photographed by Robert Bruce and feature in the book.

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Sisters of St Joseph - 150 years


o r l d - w i d e celebrations were held on Saturday 19th March to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Sisters of St Joseph in Penola, South Australia. On St Joseph’s Day 1866, Mary MacKillop, with the direction and encouragement of Father Julian Tenison Woods, began to live as a religious under the patronage of St Joseph. On that day, Mary wore a simple black dress and bonnet, attended Mass, taught the children and waited for God to show her the next step.

Many have followed in her footsteps since then - Sisters, Associates, co-workers and all with a Josephite heart. They currently live and minister in the Josephite spirit in many places throughout Australia, NZ, Ireland, Scotland, Peru, Brazil and East Timor, carrying on the Josephite legacy to the present day. Throughout NSW, Josephite sisters, associates, partners in ministry, students, ex-students, former sisters, family and friends, priests and religious, were invited to gather together in various centres to celebrate the founding of the Sisters of St

Joseph 150 years ago. To mark this occasion in the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, Mass was celebrated by Father Carl Mackander at St Patrick’s Church, Wellington, followed by a reception at

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A Celebration of Mercy


Sisters of Mercy: Sr Dr Paula Smith, Sr Mary Trainor and Sr Patricia Powell

hen asked to form a committee and consider how the former Bathurst Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy might celebrate this year - the sesquicentenary of the coming of the first seven sisters to Bathurst in 1866, we sat and pondered the task. We knew the story of these sisters from Charleville, Ireland, who responded to the request of Bishop Matthew Quinn, recently appointed Bishop of the new Diocese of Bathurst in NSW, to come to Australia and work in the Diocese. We knew how the Bishop and the Sisters, together with a number of Irish priests, had boarded the ship The Empress in July 1866 and spent three long months on the voyage, arriving in Sydney at dawn on Monday 22nd October 1866. We knew the history of the many Foundations of Mercy Convents in the towns of the Central West of NSW and the schools, orphanages

Bathurst Diocese had been Our reflections then led us to and hospitals that had been celebrated in 1966 – so this determine a way forward. As established. We acknowledged year’s celebration could members of the new Institute that we would like to “reenable a light to be thrown of the Sisters of Mercy of connect” with some of the on the last 50 years and Australia and Papua New people who had been part of (ISMAPNG) we the diversity of the Sisters’ Guinea this history. agreed with the Sisters that ministry in that time; We knew that in 1966 a reenactment had been held of • Since the changes initiated we will invite our friends, our by Vatican II in the 1960s Associates and our Partners in the entry to Bathurst of the (seen by the public mainly Ministry to join us for a garden Bishop and the Irish Sisters in the changes to the party at St Joseph’s Mount on after they had crossed the Sisters’ dress, greater use of Saturday 29th October 2016 Blue Mountains by Cobb and cars and movement out of - the weekend closest to the Co Coach and were welcomed big convents into smaller anniversary of the Sisters’ by the Catholic and civic housing) were the catalyst arrival in 1866 on 31st October. communities of Bathurst. A for the Sisters to move from On Sunday, we will join in the High Mass had been celebrated the schools, orphanages and Diocesan celebrations. on that occasion to honour the welfare institutions, it was Details of the Sisters’ gathering centenary. time to make visible some on the Saturday and the A different way of celebrating of the ministries of those 50 Diocesan celebration on the now, in 2016, seemed to be years since 1966; Sunday will be communicated indicated by a number of significant factors: • The wonder of a call to widely as the year progresses. • Triumphal celebrations of religious life, driven by the We will also publish some of any kind seemed entirely Spirit, belongs to every the ministry stories that will in bad taste in the context generation, so some of the make visible the ministry of of a suffering world, stories that explicate its individual Sisters and the where Sisters of Mercy are beauty in our time needed Bathurst Mercy Community’s currently working with to be told. A community activities of the last 50 years. suffering people; manifests its spirit through Patricia Powell rsm its individuals and its group • The first 100 years of the Paula Smith rsm presence. Sisters’ presence in the Mary Trainor rsm

Celebrating 70 years of marriage


n 15th February 1945, Mr and Mrs Kevin and Beryl Corse were married by Father James Sheahan, at Canice’s Catholic Church, Milthorpe. It was with great pleasure that Bishop Michael McKenna was able to visit Mr and Mrs Corse at their home in Bathurst in February, as they celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary.

With four children, eight grandchildren and ten greatgrandchildren, Mr and Mrs Corse are long time parishioners of the Cathedral Parish. Bishop McKenna blessed the couple and gave thanks to God for their commitment to each other and their family. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Corse. Kimbalee Clews

Mr and Mrs Corse with Bishop Michael

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First permanent deacons for the Diocese of Bathurst


ishop of Bathurst, the Most Reverend Michael McKenna, ordained Mr Charles Applin and Mr Terry Mahony to the permanent diaconate on Friday 5th February 2016, at the Cathedral of St Michael and St John.

said, “This has been a wonderful five years of learning, discernment and answering the call to this ministry. Through our period of discernment and Candidacy, we have been enriched by working with the sick, the aged, the dying and the bereaved. It is in Charles and Terry, married this work that the ministry men with many years as of the deacon is especially active members of the significant”. church, have completed five years of preparation for Bishop McKenna said, “The this Sacrament. Terry, from new deacons are pioneers of Bathurst, and Charles, from this ministry in the Diocese Lisdale, were ordained as the of Bathurst. They and all Catholic Diocese of Bathurst’s of us will learn through first permanent deacons in its trial and error what this 151-year history. call from God will mean in The evening saw more practice. However, we shall than 300 guests witness not be travelling without the ordination of Terry and a map. The renewal of this Charles. Bishop Pat O’Regan, ministry after the Second Bishop of Sale, returned to Vatican Council is based on Bathurst to be present at the a tradition that reaches back ordination and was warmly to the earliest days of the welcomed by Bishop Michael, Church”. who said it was most fitting for Bishop Pat to be part of the celebrations given that he was the driving force when both Terry and Charles began their journey five years ago.

Christine and Terry Mahony, Bishop McKenna, Charles and Joan Applin do sets a permanent example meeting parishioners, reaching for future deacons. We have to out to those at the margins and be aware we will be known as discerning their needs”. trailblazers”. Bishop McKenna said, “We Charles said “This is a very pray that God will bless them, exciting time for the Diocese of and those who have helped Bathurst as Terry and I make them on the journey, with “They will carry out their plans to travel the length generous abundance”. Kimbalee Clews ministry across the Diocese and breadth of the Diocese, in different places at different times, co-operating with the local priest, at my direction. Although sometimes their work may be liturgical (leading or assisting worship; baptising; celebrating weddings and funerals), this will grow out of their broader task of connecting with the disconnected”, explained Bishop McKenna.

Their ordination as deacons is for life and will put them in a new and permanent relationship of service to the Bishop and Christ’s faithful. Although this relationship is with the whole people of God, they now belong in a particular way to the local church of the Diocese of Deacons directly help the Bathurst. Bishop in reaching out Their wives, Joan and to people on the edges of Christine, have accompanied Church life. These distances them on this journey of may be geographical (e.g. the discernment and formation smaller and more remote and given their consent communities of our Diocese); for Charles and Terry to or social and economic; or make this life-changing distances of the heart in faith commitment, which they and practice. They assist with will carry out in concert with works of charity, catechesis their commitment to the and co-ordination. Sacrament of Matrimony. When asked about his new When speaking about the role, Terry explained, “It is a preparation leading up to great honour, but it also has the ordination. Charles enormous challenges. What we

Christine Mahony reading at the Ordination

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Seminarians admitted as Lectors and Acolyte


n Saturday 28th November, Bishop Michael McKenna admitted to the Ministry of Lector, Thao Van Nguyen and Diep Quang Nguyen. On Sunday 29th November, Dong Van Nguyen was admitted to the Ministry of Acolyte by the Bishop. Saturday Mass was concelebrated by Bishop McKenna and Father Danny Meagher, Rector from the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Father Edmond Travers MSC, also from the Seminary, Father Pius Khaoya from Kenya and Father Owen Gibbons. On Sunday, Bishop McKenna concelebrated with Fathers Danny and Edmond as well as Fathers Paul Devitt and Joseph Dooley. This marks a significant milestone in all three seminarians’ journey as they study for the priesthood. Thao and Diep have recently completed their second year of study while Dong has completed his third of the seven years of formation. Diep, Dong and Thao spent the summer holidays in parishes across the Diocese, assisting the parish priest and gaining valuable pastoral experience during this time. What is an instituted acolyte or lector? The ministries of lector and acolyte are mentioned even in ancient liturgical texts, but our present understanding of them as formal, instituted ministries dates from the 1972 motu proprio of Pope Paul VI entitled Ministeria quaedam (MQ). In this important document, Pope Paul VI instituted a new framework for the sequence of ministries leading to Holy Orders, a structure which is still in place today. The acolyte is instituted for service at the Altar and to assist the priest and deacon. It is his place principally to prepare the altar and the sacred vessels and, if necessary, to distribute the Eucharist to the faithful as an extraordinary minister. In the absence of a priest or deacon, he may also be delegated to expose the Blessed Sacrament for adoration and replace it in the tabernacle afterward, although he may neither bless the people nor the Eucharist. On a deeper level, through their attentiveness and constant study of the matters of divine worship, acolytes are called to foster “a sincere love for Christ’s Mystical Body, God’s holy people and especially for the weak and the sick” to whom they bring the Holy Eucharist when illness prevents the sick from coming to the church themselves. An instituted lector proclaims the readings from Sacred Scripture, with the exception of the Gospel. He may also announce the intentions for the Universal Prayer and, in the absence of a psalmist, recite the Psalm between the readings. Kimbalee Clews

Concelebrants with Bishop McKenna, seminarians and Altar servers

Seminarians Diep Quang Nguyen and Thao Van Nguyen with Bishop McKenna

Fr Paul Devitt, Fr Danny Meagher, Seminarian Dong Van Nguyen, Bishop McKenna and Fr Joe Dooley

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Ye ar o f Merc y A word about Indulgences


ope Francis has proclaimed a special Holy Year, a Jubilee of Mercy, which began last Advent and will continue to the Feast of Christ the King this year. For centuries, one feature of a Holy Year has been that a Door is opened in St Peter’s Basilica and pilgrims who pass through it can receive a Plenary Indulgence by celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation, receiving Holy Communion and praying for the Pope’s intentions. This year, we do not have to travel to Rome, because the Pope has asked that Holy Doors also be opened in the Cathedral of each Diocese and other shrines that the local Bishop approves. But what is a Plenary Indulgence? The doctrine and practice of indulgences has a long and complicated history in the Church. The doctrine has often been misunderstood and the practice has sometimes been malpractice. To understand it, we need to go back to the


being forgiven. And when we use our freedom to love, In the early churches, we outrun temptation. lengthy and severe penances, like fasting, were required Second, our pilgrimage of before penitents could be conversion is not a solitary given absolution. However, walk. Those early Christians you could visit Christians understood that well when imprisoned for the faith they sought the spiritual and have them sign a letter help of their stronger asking the bishop to apply brothers and sisters. We their suffering to reduce need one another when the the length of your penance. path of faith is steep and That’s how indulgences rough. The effects of our began. sins hurt us and others. We There’s no time here to can play our part in healing follow the twists and turns that. of the centuries between Today, when we seek a then and now, but we can Plenary Indulgence, we say a few things about seek the help of Christ and indulgences today. all the saints to boost us The doctrine brings us two in accepting the graces of important messages. true conversion and begin repairing the damage our First, our conversion from sins leave behind. We can sin to God is a lifelong also share our own faith and process. Even after we prayer with the rest of the have been forgiven, the Church - not only those on attachments of selfishness earth, but those who have remain and can draw us back. gone before us. That hope The small penances we do of final conversion after after Confession or during death that the Church calls Lent or on Fridays are not Purgatory is something we ways of earning forgiveness, may need ourselves. they are practical ways of using the freedom won by For those unable to travel,

through sickness, old age or imprisonment, the Jubilee Indulgence is still available when you consciously unite your suffering in prayer and sacraments with Christ and his Church. To everyone else, I invite you to travel to the Holy Doors in the Cathedral of St Michael and St John in Bathurst, or to the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Carcoar, or to the doors of any of our churches in the Diocese, to gain this help in your journey to God, the Father of Mercies. +Michael McKenna Bishop of Bathurst

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Days for girls


ecently at a Portland/ Lithgow Social Justice dinner, Libby Bleakley, an Australian Federal Police Officer who works in Dili, gave an inspirational presentation raising awareness about the girls in Timor who have little or no access to feminine hygiene items. Working under the umbrella of “Days for Girls”, an international organisation that makes feminine hygiene kits for third world Christine O’Mahony and Libby Bleakley countries, a dedicated group of ladies from Lithgow The generosity of par- hygiene kits from donations and lots of sewing saw the and Portland decided they ishioners and the community of cash, materials and venture come to fruition. enabled the group to make toiletries. Four working bees could help. While there were a few hurdles in getting the goods to Dili free of charge, this was uring January, St eventually organised through Lawrence’s Parish, a group from Springwood, Coonabarabran thanks to our State Member, was blessed with the the Hon. Paul Toole MP. company of Father Joe One pallet of goods has Dooley while Father been sent to Dili containing Reynold Jaboneta spent 165 hygiene kits, toiletries, time in the Philippines to baby clothes and blankets, attend the International knitted items, stationery Eucharistic Congress. supplies and 12 heavy duty crates to put everything Father Joe visited Baradine in. Two sewing machines, and Coonamble during this sewing supplies and time to celebrate Mass and material were also sent for everyone appreciated his the girls to learn to make presence. their own kits. On Australia Day, Father Thanks to everyone who Joe was treated to damper contributed to make this and “Cocky’s Joy” at venture such a success. We St Lawrence’s, which look forward to another he enjoyed as much as working bee 2016. everyone else did. Fr Joe at St Lawrence’s Church, Coonabarabran Joan Applin Judy Over on Australia Day

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Creating new connections to traditional culture


hen Evangeline left high school she had a limited vision for her future. But the training she’s received while working at the Djilpin Arts Ghunmarn Culture Centre, supported by Caritas Australia, has helped her develop new skills and ignited her passion for the maintenance and preservation of her Aboriginal culture. Evangeline is a proud young Ramingining woman living in the small community of Beswick (Wugularr) in the Northern Territory. Like many remote First Australian communities, Beswick faces a range of complex ongoing challenges and many people in the town feel disempowered by poorly conceived policies and decisions. When Evangeline left high school after Year 11 she tried a few career options without success and soon felt dispirited. “But by the time

I was 22, I really started to my life into something more think about doing something positive,” she says. positive with my life,” she Now a Senior Arts Worker, says. Evangeline is committed When she was offered a to helping her community position as an Artsworker at stay connected to its culture. the Djilpin Arts Ghunmarn “Culture is our identity Culture Centre in Beswick, and how we understand Evangeline recognised a path ourselves,” she explains. “It’s important for us young to a new future. people to be able to learn The community-owned these skills and then we can venture is supported by pass them on when we are Caritas Australia’s Develop- old”. ment of Cultural Enterprise program. It brings together Please donate to Project Elders and young people, Compassion 2016 and help like Evangeline, so new our Nation’s first peopl generations can learn create a life-long source of traditional skills and food and income to benefit understand cultural entire communities. To knowledge through sharing donate, support or fundraise art, storytelling, dance and for Project Compassion please visit the song – practices that are 2015 central to traditional culture. website au/projectcompassion or In the three years since phone 1800 024 413. joining the Centre, Evangeline has truly flourished. “This opporSource: Caritas Australia tunity has helped me turn Photo: Danielle Lyonne

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Marriages, Tribunals and Mercy…


o you have questions about marriages conducted outside of a Catholic ceremony? You may be Catholic and were married in another church or in a civil ceremony? Maybe you have experienced a marriage break up and want to know how the Church can help with healing?

all those who feel as though they are on the margins of our community for any reason. This may just require a chat to a priest, who will be able to advise you on the next step. For those who have had previous marriages, this next step may require a talk with the Marriage Tribunal. In December 2015, changes were made to the way in which annulment cases are

The Tribunal is a place of great healing within our Diocese, where people reflect on their life journey and, at times, some painful memories that need healing and the mercy of God. If you or someone you know and love might benefit from this, please let them know about this special aspect of the Year of Mercy and help others to feel truly welcome and at home in our community. Source: Mary Clancy and Joshua Clayton

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In March 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, announced an Extraordinary Jubilee year to focus on the Mercy of God. This year began on 8th December 2015 and will end on the Feast of Christ the King, 20th ceremony for their wedding, November 2016. but would like to have their marriage recognised and One of the areas on which blessed by the Church. You the Pope is focussing is may feel like you don’t welcome, especially to those quite belong or aren’t quite couples who, for whatever accepted because of events reason, were not married or decisions in the past; but in a Catholic ceremony; and the Church doesn’t want to provide as much help as you to feel this way. During possible for them to have this wonderful Jubilee Year their love and commitment when, right across the recognised by the Church. world, we are focussing on There are many reasons why the merciful love of God, people don’t have a Catholic we would like to welcome

handled in order to expedite the process and make it more accessible. However, for many people, matters may be very simple and not require a formal case at all. You can talk about this with any of the priests in the Diocese or you can ring Mrs Mary Clancy at the Marriage Tribunal on 63343 6409 from 9am-4.30pm Monday to Thursday, to discuss your individual circumstances in a private and confidential way.


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International Eucharistic Congress a powerful display of hope


ebu is considered the birthplace of Christianity in the Philippines and is steeped in rich history. In fact, in 2021 the country will celebrate 500 years of Christianity. So it was a fitting place for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress held in January. Its theme was “Christ in you, our hope of glory” and the focus was on the Eucharist as the source and goal of the Church’s mission. The theme derives from the Letter of Paul to the Colossians (1:24-29) and sets in full light the bond between the Eucharist, mission and Christian hope. The Diocese of Bathurst was represented at the Congress by Parish Priest of Coonabarabran, Father Reynold Jaboneta (originally from the Philippines); and two teachers sponsored by the Catholic Education Office Sandy Abbey from Dubbo and Jacinta Thatcher from Mudgee. There were a variety of speakers and topics provided during the catechesis sessions of the Congress. These included Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, who spoke about the Christian virtue of hope and Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manilla, who reminded delegates that Christ’s Church is a church for the poor. Bishop Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte OFM, Archbishop of Trujillo in Peru, told the delegates “when our people see Christ in us, the real presence of God becomes a reality, not an idea”. Bishop Thomas Menamparampil SDB, from India, discussed the idea of the Eucharist as a meal and communion of believers, while Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, talked about the relationship between the Eucharist and Our Lady. Father Reynold reflected on some of the powerful testimonies shared during the Congress. “In a nutshell, what they were testifying was that there is nothing in our life that cannot, should not, be related

to the Eucharist. The Eucharist gives us discomforts: When we are used to noise, we are invited to silence; When we are used to hatred, we are asked to love; When we are used to anger, we are invited to reconciliation; When we are not used to praying, it asks us to pray, deep prayer”. For Sandy and Jacinta, the sheer number of people attending the various celebrations was overwhelming. There were 5,000 children making their first communion; 15,000 delegates at the Congress; 300,000 people at the opening Mass; one million at the closing Mass; and a reported one and a half million, either participating in or watching, a Eucharistic procession through the centre of the city. “For decades now, the Australian church has benefited from the deep faith, smiles and energy of the Filipino people and it was wonderful being able to experience the church which fostered this immense faith” Sandy said. “Cebu is a place where statues or images of the infant Jesus can be found everywhere, from hotel lobbies to the side of Jeepneys (imagine a jeep-looking mini bus). It’s a place where Mass is celebrated publicly in shopping centres on a Sunday morning and on the front lawn of Government buildings”. Coming from a more secular country like ours, both Sandy and Jacinta found these public expressions of faith a joy to witness. In a tribute to his homeland, Fr Jaboneta quoted Cardinal Maung Bo SDB, the Papal Legate to the Congress. “….. no doubt due to the Filipinos’ ardent faith, a light that has spread throughout the world as a result of migration. In Hong Kong, in Cairo, in Dubai, the Filipino is in the land. The Filipino is in the wind. The Filipino is in the water. The blood of the Filipino is in every corner of the world. In some parts of the world, Catholicism means Filipino presence”.

Sandy, Fr Jaboneta and Jacinta as Cebu

The parade to the IEC closing Mass Mass during the Congress

Asked what he got from the experience, Sandy said “The three things I’ve taken most of all are: a deeper appreciation for the diversity of the Catholic Church throughout the world; the importance of the Eucharist as the source and summit of our Christian life (Lumen Gentium); and the smiles and

hospitality of the Filipino people”. Highlights of the Congress sessions are still available to view on the website With thanks to Fr Jaboneta, Jacinta Thatcher and Sandy Abbey

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Isabella opens her heart to the homeless


ouched by the plight of a homeless teenager in Sydney, eight-year-old Isabella Ringrose decided she could do something about it. This Y3 student at the Assumption School, Bathurst approached Principal, Sue Guilfoyle, and asked if she could hold a fundraiser to help kids living on the street. Isabella said she was in Sydney with her family earlier in the year when she saw a girl living in a makeshift shelter in the bushes. “We were walking across the road when I saw her. She had made a little shelter with sheets and a few sticks and she looked like she was sleeping”, she said. “I asked mum if we could raise some money for her so she didn’t have to live like that and mum told me about Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets, who help kids”. Isabella said she and her mum looked up fundraising ideas and settled on a ‘Milo and Cookie Day’, charging students $2 a

Libby, Isabella and Chris Ringrose

head to help raise funds for the charity. Isabella’s mum and dad cooked with her on Sunday night ready for Monday’s fundraiser. “Mum did the dough and dad and I did the rest”, she said. Isabella was happy with the way the fundraiser went, saying she thinks “it’s nice to help people”. Mrs Guilfoyle thinks Isabella is an example of how people can make a difference in other people’s lives. She

said students at the School are always encouraged to follow Mary MacKillop’s motto that if you see someone in need, you should do something about it. “That’s exactly what Isabella has done; she has shown how one person can make a difference”. Mrs Guilfoyle said the School teaches all students a strong sense of social justice. Courtesy of the Western Advocate Photo: Chris Seabrook

Bishop to bless Chapel in Timor-Leste


ishop Michael McKenna and five representatives from the Diocese of Bathurst will attend a ceremony at Cairui, Diocese of Baucau, in Timor-Leste’s central highlands for the dedication of the St John de Brito Chapel. Cairui is part of the Parish of Laleia, which has not had a permanent chapel for religious services and gatherings for over 30 years. The Chapel’s construction has been majority-funded by the Diocese of Bathurst through the generosity of all parishes giving to the Bishop of Bathurst’s Christmas appeals for the Missions. The annual appeals from 2012-2014 raised over $130,000. While the Chapel is small in comparison to many churches in the Diocese, it will seat 120-30 people. It has been constructed in a traditional Timor-Leste style using modern materials. The project has been 10 years in the planning and, until the Diocese of Bathurst became involved, it looked to be an impossible dream. The site preparation and

construction phases have taken four years. The project manager is Frei Hermano Filipe, a Portuguese Capuchin and Parish Priest of Laleia. Architectural design and engineering firms from Lisbon, Portugal have been engaged on a pro bono basis and visited the site during all critical phases of the Chapel’s construction. It is already recognised that the Chapel, upon completion, will be a unique house of worship and one destined to become a national pilgrimage site for this very Catholic country. The date chosen for the dedication of the Chapel is 14th May; the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia. It provides yet another important and tangible link between the Diocese of Bathurst and the struggling missionary Churches in the three Timor-Leste dioceses. Timor-Leste remains the least resourced church in the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences for Asia. Mike Deasy Catholic Mission

The Chapel in its construction stage

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Let the bells ring again


or the first time in decades, the bells of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John rang beautifully on Sunday 13th December 2015, as Bishop Michael McKenna blessed the newly restored Cathedral bell tower on the third Sunday of Advent. Bishop McKenna concelebrated Mass with Fathers Paul Devitt, Tony Mannix, Joseph Dooley and Pius Khaoya after blessing the bell tower, following a procession from the Cathedral Parish Centre.  

The bells of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John being returned after repair in Whitechapel, UK.

The bells were manually rung on this day, but recently an automated ringing system has been installed to allow the bell ringing to be scheduled. The bells will now ring at 9am, 12noon and 6pm for the Angelus on days when Mass is not scheduled, and at 5.40pm when Mass is scheduled at 5.45pm. The bells will also ring for three minutes before every Mass, will peal for weddings and toll for funerals. The bell tower restoration marks the completion of stage one of the Cathedral restoration project, with stage two now underway on the Keppel Street side of the Cathedral. Kimbalee Clews

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Working together in Mudgee


t the end of last year St Mary’s Parish and St Matthews Central School held an art contest with the theme being “St Mary’s Church”. Photographs were taken by the students of the interior and exterior of the Church.

Even though visitors take their own photos at times, it still seems to be very much appreciated to receive these cards.

St Mary’s is a popular historic building and with the Clock Tower in the picture as well, they have covered two icons of First, second and third prizes were Mudgee in one. This is another example awarded and the winning photographs of the School and Parish working were made into postcards and have been together. given out at weddings, baptisms and to visitors. Jennifer Maloney

Welcome aboard Tim and Josh!


n the the last four months, there have been two additions to the team at the Bathurst Chancery office. We welcome Timothy Booth and Joshua Clayton as they take on their new roles.

Management Accountant.

Over the last few years, working to complete a Masters Josh has been studying part- in Theological Studies. Joshua Clayton was recently time and recently graduated appointed to the role of with a Graduate Diploma in Ministries Co-ordinator for Theological Studies and is now Kimbalee Clews the Diocese. Over the next few months, Josh is working with all parishes discussing some of the new programs being initiated, as well as taking the time to visit and gain an understanding of the many aspects of ministry within our large Diocese.

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MSC Mission Office•PO Box 177•Kensington NSW 1465•(02) 9697-0983• Last year through our MSC Mission Office we were able to donate over 2 million dollars to various projects. We have established offices in eight countries where our confreres minister. They provide us with applications from the grass-roots. These applications are presented at our Board meetings which we hold six times a year. All our board members be they clergy, lay or religious are volunteers. We ask for and accept no monies from Federal or State Governments. We request what we jokingly call “clean money” which come from parishes, and through our Newsletter. This money is often given by rather poor people, such as pensioners. Generally we have restricted our activities to three main areas 1) CLEAN WATER PROJECTS 2) DISADVANTAGED YOUTH and 3) HIV/AIDS LEPROSY, etc. We also offer financial support for Priestly, Religious and Lay formation. While some of our Missionaries would like us to support the construction of Church buildings, and the purchase of vehicles, our preference is for monies to be used as Mother Therese would say, “To assist directly the poorest of the poor.” Through their activities, the proclamation becomes helping others, justice for the poorest, schools in remote villages, health centres in isolated places, emancipation from poverty, rehabilitation of those who are marginalized, support for the development of peoples, overcoming ethnic divisions and respect for life, in all its forms. LENT. The period before the great feast of Easter is offered to us by the Church as a time of changing our lives and living by the “good news” of Jesus. And the good news is to reject selfishness and to LOVE GOD AND OUR NEIGHBOUR. This love will lead us to a life of prayer and good works. My prayer is that the Holy Spirit which led Jesus while he was on planet earth will also inspire us to hear the cry of the poor. “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song” St. Pope John Paul II. Blessings for the Easter Season and the whole year. Fr. Adrian F. Meaney MSC TIMOR LESTE: Poor & Disadvantaged Children: “On behalf of the Mission taken care by the Sisters along with me here in Timor Leste, I write these few lines to express our gratitude for all the assistance that we have received for our poor Ashrama children in Lolotoe from your kind selves. Your support opened many new opportunities for our young children, besides keeping them well fed and healthy physically. We were able to care for 50 children per month (20 children in Manuaman and 30 children in Loloteo), the reports of which will be sent to you shortly. We have been able to provide good nutritious food, educate them in schools, and offer them proper sanitation and hygiene, etc. Also we have upgraded their cooking facilities, and added a water tank. And there are so many other things like transport, accommodation, and medical assistance. Your sponsorship means a lot to us. Can I humbly request for you to please continue to provide us with financial assistance for 2016? Thanking you in anticipation and awaiting your favorable reply. Yours sincerely, - Sr. Shalini Rosa Jose. Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… I would also like to receive information about: Enclosed is my gift:




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ur schools in the Diocese joined with more than 620 schools across NSW and the ACT to celebrate Catholic Schools Week during March. The theme for 2016 was I belong. We belong. You belong which aligns with the Church’s strong focus on supporting refugees and asylum seekers and the need for a compassionate global community. The theme also links to the celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, with its focus on forgiveness, strength and love. Each day our schools strive to be places of inclusion and compassion. This is increasingly challenging given the current trends in our society, as Hugh Mackay noted in his article on Australia Day this year in the Sydney Morning Herald: Moral blindness is, of course, a very contemporary problem as well. With the encouragement of leaders on both sides of politics, we risk becoming morally blind to our responsibilities towards those who have come here as refugees seeking asylum. We can tip-toe around this and speak of human rights abuses, or a failure to honour our international treaty obligations. But why mince words in the face of the intentional brutality – psychological and physical – being inflicted by Australia on asylum-seekers, including children, imprisoned in our offshore detention centres? Why not call our asylum-seeker detention policy what it is: immoral. This observation reminds us of the counter-cultural nature of the Gospel and the work being undertaken in our schools and parishes to educate young people to be more than just creatures of their culture but its creators and re-creators. Our young people have a desire to be educated for social transformation. In a recent survey of senior secondary students in our schools, they expressed their desire to be engaged with adult leaders in our parish and school communities in work towards justice and peace and expressed a hunger to be more informed about the

“Supporting YOU” logo by Tarah Arrow 2011, MacKillop College Bathurst. Supporting YOU is one of the community service groups operating at Mackillop College Church’s teachings on a range of contemporary issues which they find disturbing and challenging, such as the refugee issue. In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has challenged us to find ways to continually express the concreteness of the Gospel. May our school and parish communities, inspired particularly by the Diocesan Assembly theme building a community of love and service, continue to consolidate the various opportunities our young people can participate in so that they may proclaim through their lives, a school, a local and an Australian community which truly lives by the theme I belong. We belong. You belong. Jenny Allen Executive Director of Schools

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CSYMA to be trialled in our Diocese J

ames Sheahan Catholic High School (JSCHS), Orange and St John’s College, Dubbo have recently begun to trial an exciting new program. Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia (CSYMA) is designed to inspire and equip our Catholic schools to be centres of the new evangelisation. This program allows an integrated approach to the faith formation of students within a school environment. Recently, members of the faith formation team from both JSCHS and St John’s College attended a week long formation program based on youth ministry and the implementation of the CSYMA program at their schools. Amber Calleja, Lynelle Maguire and Nathan Short from JSCHS along with Sandy Abbey and Elissa Burden from St John’s College, were immersed into the program designed for young leaders and students to understand where youth ministry has come from and what are some of the best ways to reach out to students in a honest and faith filled way. The program reflects the tradition of the Church and the need to Religious Education Mission, St Johns and Dom Malley, JSCHS. engage with young people in new and exciting ways. Students from each school also joined the group and participated in a youth rally, Mass and the ‘Lead’ conference. This equipped the students to return to their schools and assist their fellow students to explore their faith and the place that it has in their life. One student from St Edmunds College, Canberra talked about his experience with the program, “At a time in my life when I was searching for answers to life changing questions, I can honestly say that CSYMA gave me back my faith and has shaped the person who I am today; one who strives to make a difference, leave a legacy and be the best me I can be”. The trial of the CSYMA program at JSCHS and St John’s College aims to allow the students in our Catholic schools to experience At the conclusion of the program, the attendees were joined by the important place that a vibrant faith can have in their lives. Father Garry McKeown, Parish Priest of Orange; Father Greg We look forward to providing further updates as the program Kennedy, Parish Priest of Dubbo; Mark Pauschmann, Principal continues to develop and roll out to other parts of the Diocese. Joshua Clayton at JSCHS; Kerry Morris, Principal at St John’s; Rob Exener,

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2015 HSC Diocesan Overview


n 2015, 415 students studied for the HSC at one of the four Catholic secondary schools in the Diocese. HSC courses were offered in 53 subjects and included vocational as well as academic courses providing students with a full range of options. The highest ATAR in the Diocese was 99.65. Students achieved a total of 128 band six results.

Two students, Dinuli Sahanya Kamaladasa and Meegodage Roshell Swindri Perera, both from St John’s College Dubbo, were named as All-round achievers for scoring 10 units of band six results. Four students were placed in the NSW top ranking student lists in the following subjects: Studies of Religion 2 Unit 2nd place in NSW, Standard English (9th and 15th places) and 2 Unit English (20th place).



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English (Advanced)

Portia Leigh Gooch


St John’s College, Dubbo

English (Standard)

Shannon Alice Bow


St John’s College, Dubbo

English (Standard)

Megan Anne Adler


St John’s College, Dubbo

Studies of Religion II

Brianna May Carlow


St John’s College, Dubbo

Twenty-one students achieved band six scores in Studies of Religion across the four schools. All students sitting for the HSC in Diocesan schools studied for either Studies of Religion 1 Unit or 2 Unit or a school developed Catholic Studies course. Congratulations to the students who achieved at least one band six result. These students and their families were invited to

attend the Diocesan HSC Awards Ceremony which provided recognition to these students for academic excellence in the Higher School Certificate in 2015. The ceremony was held on 3rd February 2016 at the Orange Civic Theatre. Special Awards were given to the following students:

The CDF Scholarship for Highest Diocesan ATAR: Dinuli Sahanya Kamaladasa 99.65, St Johns College, Dubbo

Studies of Religion II Highest Diocesan Mark 2015: Brianna Carlow 97/100, St Johns College, Dubbo

Studies of Religion I Highest Diocesan Mark 2015: Dinuli Sahanya Kamaladasa 47/50, St Johns College, Dubbo Katherine Lindsay 47/50, James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange Meegodage Avishka Perera 47/50, St Johns College, Dubbo

VET Student of the Year: Emma Gascoigne, MacKillop College, Bathurst Indigenous Student of the Year: Jordan Amos, St Johns College, Dubbo Brad Watson, St Johns College, Dubbo

Special guest for the evening was Sarah Coffee. An ex-student of St John’s College, Dubbo, she attained her HSC in 2003. Sarah is a professional theatre maker and an Academic in the School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle, where she completed her tertiary studies in Communication, majoring in journalism Guest speaker Sarah Coffee and media production. Sarah went on to complete Honours and a PhD in Media and Communication. Her research focuses on investigating creativity and cultural production through the practice of journalism and she also teaches in a range of related courses at the University. In her work as a theatre maker, She is a core member of contemporary performance collective Paper Cut and live art collective Big One Little One, creating and performing work across Australia. Peta Kingham

Emma Gascoigne accepting her award from Fr Paul Devitt

Fr Paul with Brianna Carlow

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Students who achieved at least one band six result include: James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange (Principal Mr Mark Pauschmann)

St Johns College, Dubbo (Principal Mrs Kerry Morris)

Alice Bowmer

Maggie Gorham

Renae Nash

Dominic Brown

Mikahlia Grant

Kaitlyn Phillips

Jack Carroll

Payton Gregor

Francis Pike

Tyler Carroll

Alicia Hargraves

Daniel Schuler

Megan Adler

Emma Duffy

Rory O’Donnell

Emily Colla

Thomas Higgins

Michael Shambira

Caitlyn Amor

Eugene Dunn

Zachary O’Leary

Kaitlyn Cowden

Emily Holmes

Troy Stuart

Jordan Amos

Thedini Ediriweera

Sarah Parker

Laura Cunial

Katherine Howarth

Paige Wallace

Roland Beatty

Mollie-Anne Gersbach

Brody Parkinson

Abbey Dean

Laura Jaques

Ainsley Watson

Shannon Bow

Alexandra Gilbert

Anna Maree Evans

Katherine Lindsay

Bailey WenbanMurphy

Meegodage Avishka Perera

Erinn Boyle

Portia Gooch

Emma Turner

Taine Fredericksen

Sarah Marriott

Alexandra Wratten

Seamus Cahill

Laura Hollingworth

Brad Watson

Andrew Giumelli

Jessica McLean

Brianna Carlow

Holly Jameson

Paige Windsor

Ellie Cusack

Cameron Kopp

Thomas Doyle

Elizabeth Mannix

MacKillop College, Bathurst (Principal Mrs Maureen Moore) Chloe Delfs

Esther Inwood

Leah Pentecost

Jayne Dwyer

Ember Liu

Georgia Sonter

Emma Gascoigne

Kylie Lynch

Chelsea Williams

Chayse Holland

Grace Nelson

Dinuli Sahanya Kamaladasa (Premier’s Award) Meegodage Roshell Perera (Premier’s Award)

La Salle Academy, Lithgow (Principal Mr John Emms) Hannah Felton

The fantastic future focus at St Pius X!


here is a fantastic contagious buzz evident from the moment you walk into the St Pius X school community in Dubbo. The teachers are on fire with enthusiasm. The students are engaged, focussed and eager for learning. The recently renovated, renewed and re-energised classrooms are being carefully adapted to meet the needs of 21st Century learners. These lucky students are being given every opportunity to develop the skills needed to be successful in a future beyond our wildest imaginings. Janine Kearney

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Mr French’s Molong Move


atthew French has made the big move from St Joseph’s, Manildra to Principal at St Joseph’s, Molong this year. The students and teachers seem to have had a great start to the new school year and the three new school leaders, Mr French as Principal, Katie Fulwood and Tom Middleton as School Captains, have everything under control with everyone happy and ready for some great learning in 2016. Janine Kearney

The new school leaders, Katie, Mr French and Tom

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Great goals for St Joey’s, Manildra


he students in Stage 2 (Y3-4) at St Joseph’s, Manildra are really reaching for the stars this year with the challenging goals they are setting for themselves. Mrs Hough is very proud of their efforts so far and has her fingers crossed that this enthusiasm will continue on through the year. Mr Dunn, the new Principal, is also full of enthusiasm and brimming with ideas to ensure those stars are well within the reach of the St Joey’s students. Janine Kearney

Reaching for the Stars in Manildra with Mr Dunn and Mrs Hough

The St Phil’s fabulous flying fish


ongratulations to the 40 members of the St Philomena’s Primary School swimming team who were proud competitors in the Bathurst regional swimming carnival and winners of the percentage trophy for 2016 (after 12 dry years). The O’Hara family certainly contributed to the success on the day with Paddy being awarded the 11 year boys champion and Jack runner-up junior boys champion. The hot pink fluoro swim caps emblazoned with the St Phil’s School emblem proved to be their ‘winged-keel’ and the many vocal supporters were justly rewarded on the day. A large number of the squad made it to the Diocesan carnival held in early March in Dubbo. Well done St Phil’s. Janine Kearney

The champion O’Hara boys - Jack and Paddy

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History in the making at St Matt’s, Mudgee


t was a historic moment on Friday 10th February, when St Matthews Catholic School, Mudgee celebrated the start of Lent as well as the beginning of the 2016 School year with Mass, celebrated by Father Tony Hennessy and attended by all students from Kindergarten to Y12! This is the first time St Matt’s can boast a Y12 class, with 2016 being the inaugural Y12, after the School extended to offer years 11 and 12 last year. It was a great start to the season of Lent together as we were reminded to pray, fast and give. Thanks to Father Tony and all the students who helped to make it a time to remember. Brigid Carrigan

Fr Tony on Ash Wednesday

Maddison Griffin and Bridie Newman

Assumption School, Bathurst


ur opening School Mass was held on Friday 19th February. The focus of our Mass was to ask for God’s blessings and grace upon our 2016 School year. One highlight of our Mass was welcoming our 55 beautiful new Kindergarten students, nine new students in Y1-6 and each of our new families. The Gospel reading of the day called us ‘to bring the good news to the poor… to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour’. In this year of Mercy we will take this as our guide, opening the door to others through action, words and deeds. At the conclusion of our Mass, our School Captains received their badges and a special blessing from our celebrant, Father Paul Devitt. We joined as one community in giving thanks for the leadership that will be shared by School Captains, Annie Tolliday and Tom Lynch and Vice Captains, Caitlin Lovett and Kodi Cuzner. All Y6 school leaders also took a leadership pledge to do their best and to encourage others.

Mrs Allen, Koki Cuzna, Mrs Guilfoyle, Tom Lynch, Caitlyn Lovett, Fr Paul and Annie Tolliday

Mass concluded with each class receiving a candle printed with our School crest, for their class prayer table. These candles were blessed by Fr Paul and lit by myself and Mr Maher from our School candle. We were thrilled to have Mrs Jenny Allen, Executive Director of Schools, share this special day with us. Together in 2016, all students of The Assumption School will follow the light of Christ, showing God’s mercy to all. Susan Guilfoyle Olivia Krahe and Nicholas Goddard

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New Year celebrations at St Raphael’s


016 has begun in a big way at St Raphael’s Catholic School, Cowra with new and exciting things happening in all parts of the School.

boundless. The possibilities the garden has created for interested students continue as another aspect of learning at St Raphael’s grows and grows.

School life started for a happy band of Kindergarten students who are already in the swing of “big school” with their teachers Mrs McNamara and Miss Blazley. Who knows where the education journey will take these little ones, but they have certainly made a great beginning.

The School joins in celebrating the achievements of ex-students who completed the HSC in 2015. Many successes have been reported and the challenge of post-school life awaits. Congratulations to ex-student Maddison Johnson on being chosen to attend the National Science and Youth Forum in Canberra. Maddison always exhibited the qualities of a serious student who had a clear understanding of her life goals. She was Dux of St Raphael’s in 2014.

Y11 students are extremely focused and enjoying the experience of trail blazing education in the School. New staff members have joined the community and bring a great deal of senior experience to the already high quality of The construction of the teaching at the St Raphael’s. new secondary building is progressing well and is almost Another cause for celebration at completion. The facilities is the sensational School include VET Hospitality garden which has just been and VET Construction, named a finalist in magazine Science Laboratories, Art Country Style’s Harvest room, five classrooms and Table Australia-wide school change rooms. The School competition. One of eight has been buzzing and is finalists (four from NSW), looking forward using these the prolific vegetable plot has facilities. given enormous scope for a band of gardeners from across 2016 is full of great the School. The prime mover possibilities in education at St for the garden is Mrs Alison Raphael’s. Rutledge whose energy and Andrew Casey passion for the project is

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St Joseph’s Primary School, Eugowra


n Sunday 14th February, St Joseph’s staff and students gathered for our opening School Mass, to induct leaders and welcome new students to our school. Father Laurie Beath celebrated a lovely Mass, asking the families to reflect on their reasons for choosing a Catholic education for their children. School Captains, Baylie Tulloch and Charlie Philipzen; Sports Captain, Ty Jones and the Student Representative Council were given their badges. The new Kindergarten students were given a School badge and a native tree to plant. This tree represents their growth and development during their school years. Students, staff, parents and friends pledged their dedication to the year. At the conclusion of Mass, the congregation formed a circle, holding hands and sang The Circle Song. A lovely way for people to connect and remember the reasons why we gather as a community to celebrate Mass. Sarah de Lange

Caden Wykamp and Isla Combe with their teacher, Mrs Heidi Holland

Stannies News


he new School year has started at Stannies with 603 students including 103 new Y7s. We also welcomed five new teachers and on 23rd February, we farewelled Mr Gordon Weber as he retired after 34 years of teaching at Stannies. The College’s Opening Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael McKenna and concelebrated by Fr Greg Walsh cm and Fr Anthony Mannix cm on Tuesday 9th February. There was standing room only in our packed PAC for our first community Mass for 2016.

St Vincent de Paul Conferences/Project Compassion Many students across Y9-12 have made a commitment to joining one of the two St Vincent de Paul Conferences (Day and Boarding) this year, including a number of students new to the College. They have already undertaken leadership of the CARITAS Project Compassion Appeal and planning is underway to re-introduce their outreach to those in the local community via the iPads for the Elderly Program, Green Team support for those who need practical assistance with

Welcome to our new Y7 students in 2016 gardening and social visits to We have been informed the elderly. They have also that a significant challenge organised immediate financial is sourcing tents that will support for the Vincentian be the alternate school community in Natovi, Fiji accommodation for the who have experienced foreseeable future. significant damage to their school, church and presbytery Dr Anne Wenham following the recent cyclone.


As a boys’ school we strive to enrich the learning experiences of our students whilst providing them with the broadest range of opportunities for life beyond the classroom. Enrolment applications for 2016 welcome. SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR YEAR 7 2017 ARE NOW OPEN. Enquiries are welcome. Contact the College Registrar on 6331 4177 or 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 • March 2016 • Page 25

Planting the seed of knowledge at St Joseph’s, Blayney


ontemporary learning allows opportunity for students to take ownership of their learning through a variety of learning experiences. With help from the creative Mrs Wills, the Y2 students have been closely looking at the growth and development of plants. The classroom activities have combined both theory and practical lessons that has made learning engaging and fun. The students were surprised to see the growth of our plants in such little time. Joel Hartmann

Budding young scientists from St Joseph’s Blayney

St Joseph’s, Manildra


n 5th February, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School and Manildra Public School placed school rivalries aside to come together for the ‘Combined Schools Swimming Carnival’. Students from both schools joined their team houses of Lawson, Blaxland and Wentworth for the day. The morning began with a march up the main street singing war-cries, much to the delight of local businesses and onlookers, before students, parents and teachers made their way to Manildra Swimming Pool for the

carnival. A wonderful day was enjoyed by all involved, with the overwhelming feature being the coming together of Manildra children from both schools for a day of sport and enjoyment. St Joseph Awards During our first assembly of the year on 8th March, we launched our inaugural ‘St Joseph Award’. Each assembly throughout the term, these awards will be given to those students who have epitomised our patron, St Joseph, through their ‘commitment to school, devotion to God and strong character’.

The very first recipients of the St Joseph Awards

Congratulations to our very first recipients: Stage 1 Class - Xavier Mostyn, George Gibson, Ethan Brouff, Jayda Cross and Ryan Gibson Stage 2 Class - Lucy Gibson,

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Collette wins gold at Pacific Schools Games


athedral School student, Collette Lyons, has announced herself as one of the nation’s most promising junior swimming talents by winning an incredible six gold medals at the recent Pacific School Games in October. Collette blitzed her rivals on her way to picking up nine medals in total at the Adelaide-based competition in November last year, where she swam against some of the best Oceania has to offer. Collette won gold medals in the 200 metres medley, 4x100m medley relay plus her pet 50m and 100m breaststroke events. She also picked up two Games’ records as part of the NSW 4x50m and 4x100m freestyle relay teams on her way to Collette’s record breaking 50m Butterfly at the Cathedral School swimming carnival more gold. Confident that she might be able to win one medal at least, Collette said to come away with nine blew her expectations out of the water. “My mum said on the plane it would be amazing to get one medal. To get nine medals was a bit of a shock”, she said.

training really hard and I’ve done a competition similar to this’, so I thought I might be able to do it”. “It was a great atmosphere and everyone was cheering when it was on finals. When they’d say your name on the loudspeaker, your State would cheer. That was very cool”.

following her progress through the different pathways, from school carnivals to Regional to Diocesan through to the State carnival and she did so well at the NSW PSSA carnival where she was selected to represent NSW at this School Sports Australia carnival”, Cathedral School Principal Patrick Allen said.

“I never knew what type of competition I would have had, “Everyone is immensely but I thought ‘Well, I’ve been proud of her. We’ve been Collette



sensational performance at the Cathedral School’s swimming carnival held in February, where she broke six records, was awarded 11 Years Girls Champion and made it through to the next stage, to represent Cathedral School at Regionals. Alexander Grant Courtesy of Western Advocate

Toy Tales at Sacred Heart Primary

To infinity and beyond” was the buzz word heard around Sacred Heart Primary School, recently when the School performed its biannual school musical, Toy Tales, an adaptation of Toy Story 1 and 2. From Buzz Lightyear to Woody, Barbie and an array of toys from Andy’s toy box, all students from K-6 (and some teachers) were involved in the play. The performance received wonderful reviews from the many parents, grandparents, family and friends who thoroughly enjoyed the amazing performances. Sarah Buckle

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James Sheahan Catholic High School


ifteen students and three teachers from James Sheahan are taking on a mission to help disadvantaged children in schools in Sri Lanka. The students will travel to war-affected Mannar in northern Sri Lanka to help in 10 schools run by the De La Salle Brothers Catholic teaching order. The De La Salle brothers have a strong association with James Sheahan, having founded the School alongside the Sisters of Mercy. This annual mission experience is selfY11 raising money for their Sponsor child funded and the students funbecome Red Cross Youth draise throughout the year to dren and their families from Blood Drive purchase educational resources poverty through access to food During 2015, James Sheahan Ambassadors and organising and clean water, education and students for the children. organised and groups of three students each medical care. participated in a local all- week to donate blood. This is Sponsor Child Fundraiser Christmas Gift Appeal 2015 schools Blood Drive. Over particularly important during During the first week back In the lead up to Christ- the course of two terms, 87 winter months when donations at school this year, the James mas 2015, James Sheah- students donated blood, saving from the public substantially decrease. The students are Sheahan students were in- an students organised a 247 lives. volved in a fundraiser to spon- Christmas Gift Appeal for This is a tradition the students aiming to save 400 lives during sor three children; Hellen from children of the Orange commu- would like to continue, with the 2016 Blood Drive. Guatemala, Jeremy from Indo- nity. These gifts made Christ- Y11 students training to Kieron Hogan nesia and Olivia from India. mas brighter for many local The fundraiser, organised by families and were delivered by our Mission Leaders, Hannah St Vincent de Paul. Students Khalil and Caleb Hewitt, in- coordinated this within roll volved students drawing a large call groups and each group was scale map of the countries these responsible for purchasing and children are from and each wrapping the gifts. The spirit year group covering the map in of giving demonstrated by the coins. students was overwhelming, $2,100 was raised through this with over $4,000 donated. initiative, which is enough The gifts ranged from bikes, to sponsor each child for 12 scooters, dolls and doll houses months. This money will go to- through to nappies, school bags wards helping remove the chil- and stationery supplies.  Sri Lankan Mission Team 2016

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St Mary’s, Out of the mouth Wellington respects of babes its heritage T


ecently, Ms Denise Kelly, Aboriginal Education Worker at St Mary’s Catholic School, Wellington completed a painting that was presented to the School at the opening School Leadership Mass, celebrated by Father Carl Mackander on Wednesday 10th February 2016.

During Mass, Father Carl blessed the painting,

which will be used as a Welcome to St Mary’s and Wiradjuri Country sign to be displayed at the School entrance.

St Mary’s is very proud of the inclusive manner in which our Aboriginal heritage is incorporated respectfully into the everyday life of the School. Jennifer Simpson

Jessie Mills, Charlie Broome, Fr Carl Mackander, Simon Price, Principal; Denise Kelly, AEW; Vince Connor, Education Consultant; Megan Connan and Hannah Pace

eaching scripture classes in public schools often provides me with some very amusing outcomes. It is always a challenge, considering children take everything literally. One Y3 boy was very excited regarding the “Kingdom of Heaven is like…” parables. I was quite pleased with his interest. I later ran into his mother and she asked me “what have you been teaching him?” I asked why and she replied, “He’s been digging up the backyard”. When she asked her son why was he digging holes everywhere he replied, “Mrs Smith told us the treasure of the kingdom of Heaven is buried in a field and I want to find that treasure!”. At least he was listening!

Overheard in Scripture class, one small child to another said, “God has a wife”. The other replied, “I don’t think so”, to which the first child triumphantly said, “Well he has a son!”. As you can see, there is never a dull moment in Scripture classes. Kindergarten children often respond with great joy when they hear about God for the first time. They spontaneously respond straight from their hearts. One Kindergarten child exclaimed, with great wonder in his eyes, “THANK GOD FOR BEING GOD”. We scripture teachers are greatly blessed in the growth of our own faith through the mouth of babes. Indeed, thank God for being God! Elizabeth Smith

SRE teachers sharing experiences Mrs Susan Cooper, Mrs Rhondda Crain and Mrs Carmel Carolan

St Phil’s visit Rahamim


t the end of last year, the Kindergarten and Y1 students from St Philomena’s, Bathurst paid a visit to Rahamim Ecology Centre. The children were learning all about plastic, what it is used for, how it impacts our environment and how we can reuse, recycle and avoid. The students were set a crafty challenge to create a masterpiece entitled “A Memorial to Oil”. The artwork encouraged the children to think about their use of oil each day in so many

products. Students discussed the fact that all plastic products are derived from oil. The future challenge from the session was to think of ways to avoid using plastic products, choosing alternative material or reusing something they already have. It was a great day which helped empower the students to use the planet’s resources differently in the future. Eve Capper 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 • March 2016 • Page 29

Mrs Couper says goodbye


rs Louise Couper, the teacher librarian at Cathedral School has retired after 30 years. Well know throughout the School and wider community, she will be missed, especially when celebrating Book Week other wonderful activities in the School calendar. Louise is well known for the extravagant and enjoyable Book Week fun that she has coordinated and run every year. Her creative and imaginative interpretation of the Children’s Book Council of Australia themes were a much anticipated and loved part of the Cathedral School year.  She has been instrumental in fostering many students’ love of reading since she first starting teaching in the library at Cathedral and St Philomena’s in the late 1980s.  So long has her tenure been, that she now teaches former student’s children.  The Cathedral School community held a special assembly for Mrs Couper at the end of last year to honour and thank this amazing teacher

Mrs Couper with Cathedral’s avid readers

and, as the current students expressed their gratitude and affection, there was not a dry eye in the house. As one student said “We are extremely lucky to have had such a giving and thoughtful teacher-librarian, her enthusiasm and energy is amazing”.  Mrs Couper’s dedication to her profession and her genuine enjoyment and love of reading

has inspired many a student our children well in their and she will be sadly missed. future schooling and can only repeat one of our library Louise said “I would like signs: ‘The more you read, to take this opportunity to the more you know. The express my gratitude to all more you know the smarter our Cathedral families for the you grow. The smarter you support and encouragement grow, the stronger your voice, during my years at when speaking your mind or Cathedral. I shall miss the making a choice.’ Thank you children and will probably be everyone, past and present”. found in the future standing in book shops reading in the children’s section! I wish all Eve Capper

St Mary’s, Orange triumph at Southern Region Swimming Carnival


espite the extremely hot weather conditions, the St Mary’s swim team achieved outstanding results at the Southern Region swimming carnival on 26th February in Orange. From first-time swimmers to the more experienced competitors, everyone gave their very best. A special mention must go to the following children for breaking records on the day: Lucy Menzies, 13yrs 50m Freestyle; Hugh Thornhill, Senior 50m Backstroke, Senior 50m Butterfly, Senior 50m Breaststroke, 11-13yrs Individual Medley; Thomas Pell, Junior 50m Backstroke, Junior 50m Breaststroke, Junior Individual Medley;

Thomas Pell, Johannes Logan, Harrison Ward and Rocco Mileto, Junior Boys Relay; Hugh Thornhll, Will Thornhill, Rayne Canham and Dylan Crisp, Senior Boys Relay. Due to the spectacular performances in the pool, these children earned age champions and runners up for Southern Region: Gracie Canham, Junior Girl Champion; Thomas Pell, Junior Boy Champion; Johannes Logan, Junior Boy Runner Up; Maddie Thorncraft and Cally Dawson, 11yr Girls Runners Up; Dylan Crisp, 11yr Boys Champion; Sophie Banks, Senior Girl Champion; Ellie Mooney, Senior Girl Runner Up; Hugh Thornhill, Senior

Boy Champion and Will Thornhill, Senior Boy Runner Up. We are incredibly proud of all our swimmers for their conduct in and out of the pool. Our strong school spirit was a highlight of the day!

Katie Frew for tremendous amount of work that is done behind the scenes. Also to the team of dedicated and supportive parents and friends who continue to happily volunteer their time for us.

A huge thank you must go to Mrs Janet Miller and Mrs

Cheree Pell Swim Team Manager

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Faith Alive: Attending the Australian Catholic Youth Festival 2015


n December last year I was given the amazing opportunity to go to Adelaide to take part in the Australia Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) with six other people from the Diocese of Bathurst. The Festival went for three days. Each day would kick off with a plenary, gathering all 3,000 participants to sing, dance and to discuss the theme: “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God”.  Over the next three days we got to choose from a large variety of workshops. I found the workshops great opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of my faith and to see that I don’t need to be perfect to be loved by God. As Father Rob Galea said, “Sometimes God just wants you to shut up about how imperfect you are and listen”. The workshops also challenged me learn to express my faith in things I enjoy doing, such as music.  There were a lot of bigname Catholic musicians at the Festival, such as Steve Angrisano who came all the way from America, Father Rob Galea who was on X-Factor 2015 and Gary Pinto who is the X-Factor vocal coach

and writes music with Guy Sebastian. Singer songwriter, Genevieve Bryant was also there and wrote the 2015 theme song for the Festival. She is a familiar face for the Bathurst Diocese Youth having visited our Diocese for BLAST and the Diocesan Assembly youth rally. As a result, the music was really good! The Festival was an amazing experience that I would love to share with more people from our Diocese when it’s held in December 2017 in Sydney. Luckily, we have a few smaller events around Bathurst that you can get involved in before

then. There is a Youth Group called Fully Alive that currently runs about once a month in the Cathedral Parish Centre for people aged 12-18, which everyone is welcome to join. BLAST is a bigger event held once a year at Lake Burrendong for people in Y6-9. This year it is scheduled for 20th-21st August. I really encourage you to take every opportunity you can to get involved. For me, going to ACYF was so inspiring because I was able to see the Catholic Church alive in my own generation.

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See. Listen. Understand. May 22nd to 29th 2016 Photography & recorded oral histories by Asher Milgate Shalom House of Prayer 7-11 Collins St, CARCOAR

18 Elders and elders-in-waiting reflect on their lives, growing up and living on Nanima Mission in Wellington, NSW – the oldest continually run mission in all of Australia

After the incredible success in Dubbo with over 18,000 people attending the SURVIVORS Exhibition - We are very proud to host this important project at SHALOM This is an extraordinary, important and powerful historical document – 18 personal stories are told and their oral histories recorded.  We can all learn from this compelling and committed project.  It is time to listen

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SURVIVORS – See Listen and Understand, comes to Shalom


fter the incredible success in Dubbo of SURVIVORS - See, Listen and Understand, with over 18,000 people attending, the exhibition will be held at Shalom House of Prayer, Carcoar in May 2016. The exhibition is a photographic and recorded oral history of 18 Elders and Elders-in-waiting as they reflect on their lives, growing up and living at Nanima Mission, Wellington. Nanima is the oldest continually run Mission in Australia.

This is an exhibition that the traditional owners, everyone should see. the Binjang people of the Wiradjuri nation and record The images have been their histories to share, described as haunting and before they were forever lost the recorded oral histories and left unheard. as extraordinary, important and a powerful historical Asher described his hopes document. As the Elders for the project: “Being a share their most intimate local non-Indigenous person memories of families, love, and being granted the permission and acceptance regret, hope and hardship. to work so closely with the The SURVIVORS project community to produce a was created by Asher work of this kind, I believe, Milgate, past student of St is the start of reconciliation Mary’s Catholic School, in our community. A grass Wellington, who wanted roots development that I to document the life of hope will bring together

our whole community by creating understanding, respect and acceptance”. Asher describes Shalom House of Prayer as the perfect place for this exhibition to be displayed. The Exhibition opens on Sunday 22nd May at 12:00pm and will run until 29th May from10am-4pm daily. School excursions are welcome. Please contact Shalom House of Prayer on 6367 3058 to pre book groups. Simon Price

Lovesgift - a weekend for couples


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our love and knowledge of each other and the romantic dinner was amazing”. Presenters, Simon and Majella Price lead the weekend not as ‘sages’ who have all the answers to a perfect relationship, but as fellow travellers on a journey who are willing to share some of the “gifts” that they found helpful to enrich their relationship. Both are life/wellness coaches and trained in Mindfulness, Loveworks and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The cost of the weekend is a suggested donation of $370 per couple which includes the course, all meals and accommodation. To register, please phone Shalom House of Prayer on 6367 3058 or email: Shalom is a not-for-profit organisation and the suggested donation enables us to cover costs. Anything above this recommended donation makes it possible for us to subsidise those who cannot afford a full donation. It has always been the policy of Shalom that nobody be excluded from a retreat or program due to cost. Shalom House of Prayer

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Vietnamese Dinner raises $50,000 for the Cathedral


ore than 700 people from the Vietnamese Catholic community in Sydney came together on Friday 11th December 2015 and raised a staggering $50,000 towards the restoration of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John. Guests included Bishop Michael McKenna; Bishop Peter Vien Nguyen, Auxiliary Bishop of Vinh Diocese, Vietnam; Father Danny Meagher, Rector of the Seminary of the Good Shepherd; Father. Liem Duong, Chaplain of Vietnamese Catholic Community in NSW; four priests from Melbourne including Fathers Vinh Nguyen, Anh Nguyen, Thanh Tran and Hien Vu, as well as other priests and religious from Sydney. Around 20 local parishioners from the Cathedral Parish also travelled to Sydney to enjoy the night.

Bishop Michael with the icon by Mary Clancy which was auctioned

The seven course dinner and concert was held at Canley Heights and was themed “The Bell is ringing at the Church”. There were a number of performers who entertained the guests with songs about the Christmas season and love stories that have a connection with the Church. Our seminarians Dong, Thao and Diep also sang at the concert, much to the audience’s delight. Seminarian Dong Nguyen organised the evening with the assistance of our other seminarians. Dong said, “For me, the night was not only an opportunity for fundraising, but also a night for culture exchange. It was also a chance for us (seminarians) to introduce to the Vietnamese community our new family; the Diocese of Bathurst”.

Fr Ho Tran svd, Bishop Peter Vien Nguyen, Bishop McKenna and Fr Danny Meagher

There were several auctions and other opportunities for guests to support the Cathedral Restoration Appeal throughout the evening. The night concluded with Dong giving a thanksgiving speech, followed by “Joy to the World”, performed by all the priests in attendance and the two bishops. Bishop Michael thanked those in attendance for their astounding generosity, acknowledging those who had travelled to attend and the excellent planning and co-ordination of the evening. Kimbalee Clews

Bishop Peter and Bishop Michael presenting a painting purchased by Vuong Tham Nguyen and his family

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Bishop Michael with guests from the Cathedral Parish

Seminarian, Dong Nguyen

Entertainers on the evening

Bishop Peter and Fr Phan Nguyen with guests

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Westfund becomes a Visionary Partner


he Cathedral Restoration Appeal M a n a g e m e n t Committee is delighted to announce Westfund Health Insurance as a visionary partner in supporting the restoration of the Cathedral of St Michael and St John. Westfund Health Insurance began in 1881 in Lithgow, NSW soon after the town was established by coal mining. As a closely linked community, to survive, locals supported each other in self-help groups like Westfund, which provided hospital, medical and ambulance services. That Chairman Cathedral Restoration Appeal, Phil Burgett (right) with Westfund’s Grahame tradition still continues today. Danaher, Chief Executive Officer; Howard Fisher, Chairman and Linda Tormay, National The organisation’s annual revenue of nearly $200 million is largely distributed back to local Regional hospitals, doctors, dentists, optometrists and allied health professionals, providing the necessary health and wellbeing services to our Regional communities. Many of Westfund’s members are serviced through a local Care Centre with a local manager. It’s about being treated like a real person. They have centres throughout the Central West and staff are always ready with a warm welcome and all the information you need.

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Local dental services is another focus area Westfund provide to members. Good oral care can help your overall health and Westfund Dental Practice takes a preventative approach to dental care with check-ups at low out-of-pocket costs for members with dental cover. Their modern practice, located in Lithgow, uses the latest equipment to provide you and your family with a professional and caring service. The Westfund Communities Foundation symbolises a growing dedication to preventative health and well-

being in their Regional areas. defibrillator units Along with being a Visionary Partner with the Cathedral ●●The Creativity Hub in Lithgow, which is a music Restoration Appeal, some therapy program to help other current initiatives young people and those in include: palliative care ●●Sponsorship of the volunteers in the local Chairman of the Cathedral Blayney to Bathurst cycling Restoration Appeal Comrace mittee, Phil Burgett, said ●●The Westfund Tooth Fairy “With the Cathedral program for school children Restoration project now in for dental screening and stage two, we very grateful prevention to Westfund for becoming a Visionary Partner and ●●Westfund’s “Here for assisting to restore the Hearts” community Cathedral, which is in urgent defibrillator program, need of repair”. subsidising life-saving

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Coonamble farwells Sister Finian Gaughan csb


n the early hours on St Brigid’s Day 2016, Sister Finian Gaughan died peacefully at Coonamble’s “Koonambil” Nursing Home. Sister Finian or ‘Fin’, as she was affectionately known by all her friends, had lived in Coonamble for 28 years. Sister Finian entered the Brigidines in 1948. She was educated at the Brigidine Convent Indooroopilly, QLD. She had her first connection with Coonamble in 1955 when she taught in the primary school. Fin was delighted to return to Coonamble in 1988 when, after completing a Spirituality Renewal course, she became an assistant parish worker at Coonamble and Galargambone. There she endeared herself to all those she called upon. Though she was innately shy, not a conversationalist, she had an ability to connect with people, especially those who were ill. She made no distinctions, no matter what the beliefs of those she visited. There will be many who will have varying memories of Fin, but we cannot go past her faith, simplicity, loyalty

farewell brought an end to the presence of Brigidines in Coonamble and in the Diocese of Bathurst, after 133 years of service. Many guests arrived who had great memories of the Brigidine Sisters. One elderly lady, Mrs Hickey, said her grandmother had been part of a group of ladies who welcomed the first Sisters on 22 nd June 1883. This was the first connection of Brigidines to Coonamble “the cradle of the Institute in Australia”. and love Brigidine.




On Tuesday 9 th February, Sr Finian’s memory and her dedication were honoured with a beautiful Liturgy, attended by Bishop of Bathurst, the Most Rev Michael McKenna. Father Martin O’Mahony concelebrated with Fathers Greg Kennedy, Pat Ruane, Garry McKeown and Ephrem Thadathil and Bishop McKenna incensed the coffin at the final Ritual of Farewell. The Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Coonamble was crowded with people who had known Finian for many years. Her final

Dougherty said, “While this is an honour for Sister Finian it is also a message of the Church’s gratitude to all the wonderful Brigidines who have lived their lives in this Diocese since the foundation of the Coonamble Community the first in Australia”.

As the funeral car slowly led the procession, Coonamble business people stood silently on the footpath as Finian’s coffin passed. She was a certainly a ‘celebrity’ who made a difference to Sister Finian continued the this place. work begun by the early There was a personal and Brigidines, and in doing Congregational history, so, was honoured to be sadness, inspiration and nominated for an Australia treasure for reflection Day Award for services gathered together in this to the Galargambone experience. Finian, a community. simple, humble, faithful She was named joint Brigidine Sister in our ‘looked Senior Citizen of the Year Congregation outwards’, until God called in Coonamble in 1999. her further. She gave what Her greatest pride was so many need today – a word, human in the distinguished friendly award received in 2007 interest and affection. And conferred by Pope Benedict many were grateful to be XVI - the Cross “Pro blessed by these gifts. Ecclesia Pontifex” for Rest now, in peace, dear her contribution to the Fin, with the God you fulfilment of the mission served so well. of “The Church and the Pontiff”. When presenting Sr Joan Sutherland csb the medal, Bishop

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PO Box 9, Blayney NSW 2795

Very Rev Paul Devitt

Vicar General, Dean of the Cathedral and Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Education

PO Box 9, Bathurst NSW 2795

Rev Dr Philip Filby

Parish Priest, Oberon

PO Box 264, Oberon NSW 2787

Rev Owen Gibbons

Assistant Priest Cathedral, Bathurst

PO Box 9, Bathurst NSW 2795

Rev Tony Hennessy

Parish Priest, Mudgee, Kandos and Gulgong

PO Box 14, Mudgee NSW 2850

Rev Reynold Jaboneta

Parish Priest, Coonabarabran and Coonamble

PO Box 38, Coonabarabran NSW 2357

Rev Dr Joshy Kaithakulangara, CMI

Assistant Priest, Dubbo

PO Box 579, Dubbo NSW 2830

Rev Greg Kennedy

Parish Priest, Dubbo; Administrator of Dunedoo

PO Box 579, Dubbo NSW 2830

Rev Thuc Van Le

Assistant Priest, Orange

PO Box 44, Orange NSW 2800

Rev Carl Mackander

Parish Priest, Wellington

PO Box 13, Wellington NSW 2820

Rev Mark McGuigan

Chancellor; Parish Priest, Lithgow and Portland

PO Box 229, Lithgow NSW 2790

Rev Garry McKeown

Parish Priest, Orange and Molong

PO Box 44, Orange NSW 2800

Rev Augustine Mathew, CMI

Priest in Residence, Dunedoo

PO Box 53, Dunedoo NSW 2844

Rev Martin O’Mahony

Parish Priest, Gilgandra

PO Box 31, Gilgandra NSW 2790

Rev Ephrem Thadathil, CMI

Priest in Residence, Molong

PO Box 44, Orange NSW 2800

Rev Antony Vattakkunnel CMI

Priest in Residence, Gulgong

PO Box 12, Gulgong NSW 2852

Rev Max Blumenthal


PO Box 775, Randwick NSW 2031

Rev Jaro Bucholz


17/28 John Oxley Drive, Port Macquarie NSW 2444

Rev Joe Dooley


C/- PO Box 246, Bathurst NSW 2795

Rev Peter Dresser


PO Box 5060, Orange NSW 2800

Rev James Kane


PO Box 44, Orange NSW 2800

Rev Patrick McKenna


St Catherine’s Hostel, Busby St, Bathurst NSW 2795

Rev Brien Murphy


438 Summer St, Orange NSW 2800

Rev Pat Ruane


PO Box 44, Orange NSW 2800

Rev Peter Shannon


St Catherine’s Hostel, Busby St, Bathurst NSW 2795

Rev George Wilkins


C/- PO Box 246, Bathurst NSW 2795

Retired Priests

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Will you be there? Pope Francis is calling the youth of the world to gather in Krakow in July 2016. Join our Diocesan pilgrimage to experience the Mercy Door in Rome, an international youth festival in Lodz and World Youth Day in Krakow.

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To join Bishop Michael and the Diocesan pilgrimage at WYD 2016 contact: or ph: 6334 6400 For information for schools contact Dr Angelo Belmonte: Further details are available at






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