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The Real Christmas Presence

Merry Christmas 2012

Four year old Cathedral Parishioner Lacey Booth enjoyed having her great-grandmother, Oberon Parishioner Pat Dwyer, explain the real story of Christmas to her

Bishop’s Christmas Message

An important Conversation

Christmas 2012


We are midway through the Year of Grace. Its effects will not be seen fully in this life, but there are signs that God has been at work among us. Each person can reflect on how it has been for him or her; and anticipate what the rest of the Year might bring. Divine grace always surprises us, even when it comes gently.

see that they are meant for us.

This year, many of our Catholic schools in the Diocese have rediscovered the Angelus. This simple prayer is just right for the Year of Grace. We pause in the middle of a busy day and take a minute to remember that we are in God’s presence. This is at the heart of what the Year of Grace is about.

This prayer is about Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father and the Son of Mary. As we pray, Mary accompanies us and we get to know her as the first disciple. Pope Benedict wrote that she is “the image of the Church in attentive hearing of the Word of God, which took flesh in her.”

The Angelus is a biblical prayer. To repeat the words of scripture day after day helps us wonder at their deep meaning, as we begin to treasure them in our hearts, and

Many centuries ago, St. Ambrose May God richly bless you this Christmas, taught that every Christian, in some and in the year to come. interior way, conceives and gives birth + M J McKenna to the Word of God. Although, in the Bishop of Bathurst

The content of this prayer repeats the basic Christian faith, on which all our doctrines and beliefs rest. God has entered our humanity, to redeem it from within. The Word was made flesh - and dwelt amongst us. The Angelus is the Christmas message proclaimed every day.

flesh, there is only one Mother of Christ; in the faith, Christ is the offspring of us all. In Advent, we began the foundation of prayer for our Diocesan Assembly in 2013. During Lent and Eastertide next year, everyone will be called to participate in preparing for the Assembly in his or her own way. Let’s not watch this opportunity for renewal slip away. Let Christ be born again in our local church, as we become a people who show the world that he is alive in the community that bears his name.

n 25th October 2012, Father Garry McKeown, Parish Priest of St. Mary of the Presentation in Mudgee, gathered with parishioners to launch a book written and published by three members of the Parish. “Conversations about Catholics - a leader’s guide” is a resource book written by Anne McLean and Sister Alice Sullivan rsj with artwork by Annie Flynn. The book was written under the auspices of the Trustees of the Sisters of St Joseph, Perthville and Congregational Leader, Sister Therese McGarry, along with a number of other Josephite Sisters, was present for the launch. The book has been given an imprimatur (which verifies it considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error) by Bishop Michael McKenna, Bishop of Bathurst. The publishing of the book occurred as a result of a need seen the Parish. Anne, as a parent in the school, was aware of how parents were interested in finding out about Church life and aspects of their children’s Catholic education. With Sister Alice, the Pastoral Associate who encountered some families seeking information about parish life, she conducted a four week programme each year to assist parents Father Garry, Anne McLean, Sr Alice and Anne Flynn to understand something of Church The book has been written as a leader’s Sydney recently, where they conducted language, practices and rituals. guide to assist in conducting such a an in-service day for Pastoral Associates In this way, parents saw too, the programme within schools and/or and Family Educators. importance of the connection between parishes. The resource book includes For further information or to purchase the Parish and School. Annie, being one of the first participants of the programme a CD with all the resource material the book, please email Sister Alice at or visit the and having become involved in Parish needed for each week. activities, has provided input and, importantly, the artwork.

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The Inspiration of Kath Evans

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n October, over 150 people from Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Oberon and Bathurst gathered at the St. Mary of the Cross Hall in Lithgow to hear Kathleen Evans share her story. Kath is the recipient of the second miracle of Mary MacKillop, which led to her canonisation. The visit was an initiative of the Portland, Wallerawang and Lithgow Social Justice Group, who would like to thank everyone for their support and contribution to the afternoon. Money raised on the day has been sent to Kath to support her charities. Kath was gracious with her time, allowing questions and many people had the pleasure of meeting her and husband Barry. The couple’s ministry keeps them extremely busy travelling to many parts of Australia, so we were delighted they could accept our

Barry and Kathleen Evans (left) with some of those who attended her talk invitation to visit us in Lithgow. Kath dates visit: www.kathleenevans.webs. has recently published her first book - com or canonisation. ‘Kath’s Story’. For more information and upcoming

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e-Conference revists Second Vatican Council


t was an informative group who gathered in Dubbo from Wellington, Mudgee, Elong Elong and Dubbo for the Broken Bay Institute’s e-Conference ‘Vatican II: An Event of Grace” recently. Bishop Michael Putney and Sr Maryanne Confoy rsc provided interesting insight into the 50 years since Vatican II. Dr Jill Gowdie and Paul Power shared their thoughts on what relevance Vatican II has for today and into the future.

Clergy After discussion with the College of Consultors, the Bishop appointed the Rev Dr Philip Filby as Parish Priest of Oberon. The Rev Augustine Mathew CMI was appointed to the Parish of Molong as Priest in Residence. The Rev Paul Devitt EV, Parish Priest of Orange, was appointed Administrator of Molong. These arrangements took effect from the first Sunday of Advent (2nd December). Bishop McKenna has asked everyone to pray for these priests and the faith communities they have been sent to serve.

Congregational Representatives • Rev Ephrem Thadathil CMI (elected by CMI Clergy) • Rev Doug Akehurst CM (elected by Vincentian Clergy)

New Diocesan Finance Council In order to be well advised and supported in his stewardship and administration of the temporal goods of the Diocese according to Catholic teaching, the provisions of the Code of Canon Law and sound principles of financial administration and compliance with secular law; and as a means of involving clergy and lay faithful in co-responsibility for the life and mission of the local New Council of Priests Church, Bishop Michael McKenna has Following recent elections, the Diocese established a new Finance Council of has a new Council of Priests, comprising: the Diocese of Bathurst. The new Council is also responsible for the Catholic Ex Officio Development Fund. • Rev Pat O’Regan VG, EV Appointed to the Council are: • Mr Barry Eves (Chair) Appointed by the Bishop • Mr Jim Couper (Deputy Chair) • Rev Brien Murphy • Mr Phil Burgett (Deputy Chair) • Rev Mark McGuigan Elected Members • Rev Laurie Beath • Mr Mathew Dickerson • Rev Greg Bellamy • Mr Ron Gillard • Rev Tim Cahill • Dr Kathy Bowman • Rev Paul Devitt • Mr Daryl Pike • Rev Tony Hennessy • Dr Anne Gilroy • Rev Greg Kennedy • Mr Chris Drayton • Rev Carl Mackander • Mr Chris Dwyer • Rev Mark McGuigan • Rev Patrick O’Regan VG EV • Rev Garry McKeown (Ex Officio)

Important Dates 24th and 25th December 2012 Missionary Collection for Cairui, East Timor 6th 13th January 2013 Evangelisation Summer School at Stannies 10th February 2013 Project Compassion starts 14th February 2013 Ash Wednesday

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Ecumenical Bodangora


t Paul’s Catholic Church, Bodangora is near Wellington, parishioners from the Catholic and Anglican communities of Wellington. The gathering was a part of the Covenant on the Mudgee/Wellington Road. Bodangora was a gold mining town in the early 1900s program - between the Catholic and Anglican Churches in and is now a small village. It is several years since services were Wellington - for 2012.  held in the church, which is now mainly used for weddings A light lunch was shared afterwards in the church grounds, as and baptisms. Recently however, 34 people gathered there well as discussion on the importance and beauty of our small local bush churches and their communities. for an ecumenical service. Father Tony Hennessy

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have heard from many people that the visit of the Relic in our Diocese was very useful and enriching, especially in this Year of Grace. The Relic was welcomed with great joy and enthusiasm into our Diocese at St. Patrick’s Church Lithgow on Thursday, 20th September. Fr Owen Gibbons celebrated a welcoming liturgy and Fr Richard Shorthall SJ gave a beautiful reflection on the Relic and the life of St. Francis Xavier. The veneration of the Relic at Lithgow parish concluded with a concelebrated Mass. The Relic then travelled to the Diocesan House of Prayer at Carcoar; St. James’ Church, Blayney; St. John’s College, Dubbo; St. Joseph’s Church, Gilgandra; St. Francis Xavier’s Church, Goolma; St. Mary’s Church, Mudgee and St. Malachy’s Church, Rylstone before reaching the Cathedral in Bathurst on Saturday 22nd September. The Relic was welcomed to our Cathedral Parish at the Assumption Church for an hour’s veneration. The congregation was of all ages, from young infants to the elderly and included several families. The veneration was led by Father Richard Shorthall SJ and his presentation of St. Francis’ life story was very interesting and enjoyable. Father

recounted not only the details, but divided the story into sections, each leading to a meditation point and a relevance to life in 2012, thereby linking the Saint to our times and this Year of Grace. Father also engaged the children and they had a special few moments to venerate the Relic and pray together a children’s prayer. Many people commented afterwards how special the evening was and how they experienced the grace and blessing of Almighty God through the life and ministry of St. Francis Xavier. On Sunday morning after the 8:00am Mass in the Assumption Church, the Relic was transferred to the Cathedral for the 10:00am Mass. Many people took the opportunity to venerate the Relic before and after Mass before it was farewelled to the Wollongong Diocese. Generally, the feeling was one of gratitude for the presence of the Relic and the work involved in bringing it to Australia, in particular the country areas. One of our parishioners said: “We were grateful to be able to spend time in the presence of the Relic of St. Francis Xavier. The experience enabled us to consider prayerfully the great sacrifice he made to spread the faith and prompted us to consider our role and

A Big Welcome!


very year, hundreds of people ask to join the Catholic Church. Often searching for a deeper connection in their lives, some perhaps may not even be sure what they desire, yet there is a distinguishable yearning for something beyond one’s self. The Church welcomes all who genuinely search for God and the ancient tradition of the Catechumenate is a process of Christian formation offered to those who seek to become members of the Church. There is never any pressure, only a respectful relationship that allows each person the freedom to experience their own spiritual journey.

responsibility in sharing this great gift of God. It was rather special to be able to view the relic closely in our own parish. We trust the effort involved in bringing it to visit all parts of the country will be spiritually uplifting for those who have the opportunity to hear Father Richard’s presentation of the life and remarkable work of St. Francis Xavier.” Another remarked: “To stand in front of the relic was somewhat overwhelming as it seemed St. Francis had come and found me. Very spiritual.” Thanks to the Parish Priests and all who were involved in the pilgrimage of the Relic. Special thanks to Father Greg Bellamy for drafting the welcoming liturgy and to Father Tim Cahill for singing and recording the hymn of St. Francis Xavier, made available to every parish in the Diocese. And a very special thanks to Michael Lyons and all the funeral directors who were involved in the transportation of the Relic all over the Diocese. Father Joshy Kaithakulangara cmi

Year of Grace

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The Catechumenate, also known simply as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults), is offered to those who have never been baptised, as well as to those who have been.

Members of the Mudgee RCIA team - (back) Marianne Matthews, Chelsey Burns, Sophie Maher, Sally Hawes and Gerry Hennessy; (front) Father Garry McKeown, Moira Hennessy and Sr Alice Sullivan rsj

The unbaptised who are suitably prepared and wanting to become full members of the Church are joyfully received by the reception of the three Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. Those who have been baptised are welcomed into full communion with the Church by the reception of the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. You can contact your Parish Office for more information about the RCIA in your parish.

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Bathurst’s hospitality remembered

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ecently, Bishop McKenna received correspondence from Mr Theo de Vries, an 87 year old Air Force veteran from the Netherlands. In 1945, whilst in Australia for training, Mr de Vries and a colleague spent their Christmas holiday in Bathurst. Here is his story, which he quotes from one of the many letters he wrote to his parents during his stay in Australia and  which he still has in his possession.....


he countdown is underway toward World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. Set down for 23rd to 28th July, next year’s World Youth Day is beginning to have a presence on the streets of Brazil, as well as the rest of the world. In Bathurst, we held the launch of our WYD Rio Pilgrimage last month, beginning with Mass in the Cathedral celebrated by Bishop Michael. The Diocese’s replica WYD Cross was present, serving as a reminder of the ties between our universal Church and our young people. Afterwards, everyone was invited to follow as the Cross was processed over to the Cathedral School Hall. A history of WYD in our Diocese was presented through photos and testimonies. Past pilgrims came to share their experiences and show their support. A free BBQ lunch was on offer, followed by a presentation of our pilgrimage.

I am a 87 years old war-veteran of The Netherlands and thanks to the Lord - and my genes - I am mentally and physically in a very good condition. After the liberation of our country from German occupation in September 1944 (by the English, American and Canadian Armies) I joined the Air Force. In March 1945,  I was sent to England and in May to Australia by an Australian boat, named “Rangitata “, to get my training there. Sydney was one of the cities I was stationed at during my stay in Australia. One day before Christmas, a collaegue and I decided to spend our Christmas days outside Sydney, so we went to the railway station and looked for a place to go. Standing in the hall, a young couple came up to us and asked whether they could help us. We told them that we did not have an explicit destination. They offered us to go with them by car to Bathurst and asked a part of the drive-costs. We agreed to the proposal and there we went in a small car, a Citroen Deux Chevaux, also named “ugly duck”.

Our Pilgrimage The Bathurst Diocese pilgrimage will start in Santiago, where we will be working with St. Columban’s Mission Society. Through Columban Mission, we will share a parish-based mission experience with Chilean youth and their families. As pilgrims, we will witness and participate with the Parish Mission Teams in the task of evangelisation, partake in pastoral action through visits to the sick and elderly, shantytowns, rehabilitation and homework centres, and ecology programmes. We will also work together with local youth groups in activities such as painting rundown youth centres, planting gardens and cleaning up areas. We will then proceed to Brazil and join the anticipated 3 million young people to participate in the activities leading up to the Vigil and final Mass in Rio de Janeiro. Before flying home, we will spend a few days on retreat, taking in all we have experienced, preparing ourselves for the journey home: ready to bring what we have learned, witnessed and been commissioned to do... “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).

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some time in the town. As we did not have much money left, we decided to travel without a train ticket and we arrived Sydney safely. So, we still are in the red at the Australian Railway Company! On Boxing Day we went to the Cathedral in Sydney to attend Mass. There we were chance witnesses of a marriage blessing by the Cardinal. This was a nice finish to our Christmas days.

During these days, we met many gentle people and therefore I ask you Bishop, as the honoured representative of the people Arriving in Bathurst we looked for a hotel to stay. The next day of Bathurst, to give my thanks for the hospitality and courtesy (Christmas Eve) we went into town and made acquaintance we met with 67 years ago. The best time of my youth  I spent in with the people, who were very interested in us as Dutch airmen Australia and still I tell others about my experiences there. who  had come from so far out of Europe. They made inquiries Herewith I close my story and wish you, your priests and the of our lives in our country during the years of war, our way of whole community of Bathurst the blessing of God, and send living and the reason for being in Australia. So we had much to you all my kindest regards. tell and with pleasure. With great respect  and  with very good wishes for the Catholic As it was Christmastime we, as usual for Catholics, went to the Church in Australia, I remain, church to confess. There we  made acquaintance with the Theo de Vries parish priest and had a very interesting conversation.

Invitation to WYD from our Bishop

After that, we went to the parish hall to listen to Christmas music and carols and met girls to chat with. At midnight, we went again to the church to attend the Holy Night Mass. At the front door, we met again the parish priest. He took us into the church, looked for two seats - as the church was already full of people and placed us in front, close to the altar. In his sermon, he paid attention to us. After the Mass, we gave much thanks to him and said farewell. We went to our hotel, for we needed a good night’s sleep, after having so many enormous impressions.


n 2011, a group of twenty five pilgrims from the Dioceses of Bathurst and Wilcannia-Forbes went to Madrid for World Youth Day. For each one of us, it was a journey of discovery, grace and faith. I invite you to join the Diocesan group in the 2013 Pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Rio de Janerio. It demands some effort and self-sacrifice, but the blessings God gives will be far greater. + Michael McKenna Bishop of Bathurst

On Christmas Day we went to the municipal park. On the way, an older man and his wife picked us up in a car and after inquiries they took us to their relatives outside Bathurst to spent Christmas Day with them. We came to a big country house with a long drive. After having made acquaintance with the family and having a drink and Christmas cake, we were taken by one of the sons through the house, which had wall paintings, sporting shotguns and several animal trophies on the walls. Between whiles, a nice drink was served by a daughter and we toasted to our health and good fortune. After this tour of the house, the gentleman of the house took us by car to his big cornfields and his stock of cattle. We gave him our well meant compliments.  Then it was time to return to the house. A marvellous Christmas dinner with delicious kangaroo meat and plum pudding, produced by the lady of the house,  was waiting for us. In the evening, we decided to go back to Sydney by train. With great respect, we said goodbye to the family, with a lot of thanks for this enormous fine Christmas Day. The gentleman took us to the railway station by his car. The train to Sydney should depart at midnight, so we spent



St Joseph’s ~ Blayney


algo Hills is a small Aboriginal community of about 500 people in Western Australia. It is located on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert and the Tanami Desert. It has a petrol station, supermarket, a Catholic School (K-10), a Catholic Church, Adult Education Centre, Clinic, Police Station and and Art Centre. Luurnpa Catholic School is part of the Wirrimanu Community located in Balgo Hills. All students are Indigenous and the majority speak Kukatja as their first language. The Kukatja language and culture is supported in the School alongside a mainstream program. Emphasis is placed on oral English, with Kukatja also being used as the language of communication and instruction when necessary. Established in 1984, the School is run by the Brothers of the De La Salle Order and Sisters of Mercy. Each class has a teacher and one or more Aboriginal Teacher Assistants. Every year, the School has assistantance from volunteers from “Share the Mission” (De La Salle Volunteers). One of these volunteers is Madeline Ewin, an ex-student of St. Joseph’s Blayney. She completed her primary education at St Joey’s and her secondary education at James Sheahan High School in Orange.

Ryan Huckel with Cathy Griffin and his mum Tracey

Declin Houlihan with Principal Matthew French

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s 2012 comes to a close, it is time to report on a weekend in Sydney with accommodation for his family the winners for the Koala Club School savers and tickets to Taronga Zoo and Sydney Wildlife World and Aquarium. competition.

The CDF staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who help out voluntarily each week in collating the School Savings Accounts for the children at their respective schools. Their support is so important to this service being available to the children.

Second prize of a portable DVD player was awarded to Declin Houlihan from St Joseph’s School, Manildra. Third prize went to Jessica Lawrence from St John’s Primary, Dubbo who received a camera.

Maddy chose to become a “Share the Mission” volunteer at the beginning of 2012 after completing her HSC in 2011. She and her family are well loved in the St. Joseph’s community and the Mini Vinnies group decided they wanted to do something for Luurnpa School. After talking with Maddy, it was decided that cameras would be of great value to the School and students. After many fund raising events, including a “skip-off”, the children raised enough money to purchase two sturdy cameras that would not be damaged by the very dusty conditions.

Maddy with some of the children

Maddy sent a very big thank you to all the students at St. Joseph’s School. “It’s hard to explain how much of an impact these cameras have had and will continue to have on the children and their futures. Thank you so much”. Gerard Davies

While travelling around the Diocese, CDF staff member First prize in our competition went to Ryan Huckel from St Cathy Griffin presented the Agents with a small gift in Joseph’s School, Eugowra. Ryan was lucky enough to win appreciation for their hard work.

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nevitably as each year comes to an end, many school communities often find themselves farewelling families and staff members who have contributed significantly to the life of that particular school community. As 2012 draws to a close, four school communities within our Diocese are experiencing this reality as they prepare to farewell their longstanding Principals/ Headmaster. It is my regret that I have only had the pleasure of knowing these four significant educators during the course of this year. Mrs Pam Haddin is being farewelled by the St Patrick’s Primary School community in Lithgow. Pam Haddin is synonymous with Lithgow. Not only has she led the School community, she was also educated at the school. Pam is a most highly respected educator and amongst the many aspects of her legacy is the love and dedication she has demonstrated to every student, their families and to her staff. In preparing for my move to Bathurst this year, many long standing books on my shelves were found wanting and therefore did not survive the culling exercise. Amongst those that did survive is a simple book entitled, Jesus the Teacher, by Brian Grenier. The book is a short reflection on this most common title attributed to Jesus. In thinking about these attributes in relation to Pam Haddin, it is evident that she mirrors the same attitudes that Jesus demonstrated to his followers. Just as he did, she has

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Jane Scahill the Principal of St Brigid’s Coonamble is also concluding her longstanding successful career in the Diocese at the end of this year. Grenier’s book refers to the following quote from Ruth 1:16 when discussing our relationship with God and each other: ‘Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God’. Amongst many other things, Jane’s leadership has certainly been marked by a deep understanding of the relational nature of leadership. respected their freedom, loved them and challenged them. The community of St Joseph’s Oberon is similarly farewelling, with much love and affection, their Principal, Narelle Cross, who has also given many outstanding years of service to the School and Parish community. If I refer again to Grenier’s book, it strikes me that the attributes Narelle displays which most closely align to Jesus’ approach are: teaching by example, and modelling service and compassion. It was a pleasure for me to be present at the St. Stanislaus’ Speech Night which also focused on acknowledging the outstanding leadership of John Edwards. It is apparent that John’s pedagogy obviously embraces Jesus’ fondness

For the first time this year, the Catholic Education Office has hosted ceremonies during this term which honour and acknowledge the service of those teachers and support staff who have worked within the ministry of Catholic education for 25 years or more. In a time when we are recognising that the working lives of our current generation of students may be characterised by several changes of careers, it is important that we acknowledge and give thanks to God for educators who have not only responded to the call to work in support of the mission and vision of our schools, but have done so striving like Pam, Narelle, John and Jane, to model themselves on Jesus, the teacher of a way of life, a way of transformation. We celebrate and give thanks! Jenny Allen


enny Duggan from MacKillop College Bathurst is to be congratulated for achieving a Silver Medal in the Worldskills Competition where she showcased her skills against students from all over Australia. Worldskills Australia showcases vocational education and training pathways and equips young Australians with the skills required to compete in the globalised economy of the future. Three days of intense competition saw participants complete a range of challenging tasks pertaining to their specific skill areas. Qualified experts from across the nation have judged and scored the competitors’ work against national training packages and employability competencies. Penny, the youngest competitor, began her long journey just over a year ago. She competed against eight other MacKillop Hospitality students for the opportunity to be sent to the Regional Finals in August 2011. She won and the next hurdle was the NSW State Competition. After months of preparation, and with the generous assistance of her Hospitality classmates and teacher and mentor Mrs Ximena McPhillamy, Penny performed brilliantly on the day and finished with Silver in this competition. Penny then faced the Worldskills National Competition in August. In preparation, Penny called upon friends and family, classmates and Hospitality staff to support her as she tried out and refined her recipes. This preparation culminated in catering for a function with 20 special guests where she was generously assisted by the Hospitality Extension girls. The first two days of challenges included preparing High Tea and Italian and Spanish cuisine. Day three allowed Penny the chance to wow the judges with her own recipe creations of a braised chicken dish and a baked dessert with a sauce. Penny had swapped the ingredients around, using fruits with the chicken and vegetables in the dessert - astonishingly consisting of cauliflower served with chocolate mousse!

included supplying valuable contacts, funding and practical The judges were suitably impressed because Penny was assistance. awarded the Silver Medal at the Capitol Theatre on Sunday 2nd September before a panel of dignitaries from World Skills According to a teacher from another participating school, “To achieve a Silver Medal in your first attempt was outstanding. Australia. Success can be partly attributed to the facilities in the Trade Grateful thanks to the many people who supported Penny Training Centre, the wonderful mentoring of her teacher and on her journey including Mrs McPhillamy, the Hospitality to the student herself”. staff and students at MacKillop and Mr Steve Mitchell Mrs Linda Aldwinckle Registered Training Organisation Manager - whose support



he staff of the Catholic Education Office spent a relaxing and reflective day at ‘Shalom’ in Carcoar during the recent school holiday break. The day was facilitated with great aplomb by Sister Trish Abbott (no relation to Tony) from South Australia. Time for each of us to enjoy the peacefulness of the magnificent countryside was ‘programmed’ into the day…and much appreciated by all in attendance. Janine Kearney



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Years of Service Recognised

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his year, the Catholic Education Office inaugurated a ‘Years of Service Award’ to acknowledge staff members who have given 20 years or more of service to Catholic education within the Diocese of Bathurst and in other dioceses throughout NSW, Australia and overseas. Award ceremonies were held in Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst with approximately 100 recipients in attendance, and in total, 260 employees working in Catholic schools were recognised.


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Mr Mann and Lochie Connelly were part of the St Pius X Dubbo’s Catering Corp providing morning tea and lunch for Darlene Murdoch and the Aboriginal Education Workers (AEWs) who recently took advantage of the school’s hospitality and hall for their meeting this term. The delicious scones were courtesy of the two resident Masters. Thanks gentlemen! Janine Kearney

All Hallows Haloes!

At each of the ceremonies Mrs Jenny Allen, Executive Director of Schools, spoke about service to Catholic education as a vocation and made reference to seminal Church documents on Catholic schooling, including, ‘The Catholic School’ (1977) which states, ‘The achievement of this specific aim (integration of faith and culture) of the Catholic school depends not so much on subject matter or methodology as on the people who work there. The extent to which the Christian message is transmitted through education depends to a very great extent on the teachers’. Mrs Allen focussed her address on the difference staff working in Catholic schools can make in the lives of young people.

Enthusiastic Student Leaders at All Hallows in Gulgong


ntroducing the amazingly thoughtful, intuitive and pastorally caring student leaders at All Hallows Primary School in Gulgong. These students provided us with valuable insights into their school community and suggestions on ways to improve this quality school environment at the recent (and very last ever) School Appraisal. Each and every one of these would be worthy recipients of an ‘All Hallows Halo’ for their positive contributions to their school community.

Bishop Michael McKenna attended the Bathurst ceremony and thanked staff for the important work they carry out in our schools. He talked of the critical role staff plays in the pastoral

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Stage Days – ‘One’ of a Kind!

‘Congratulations Mr French’!


he community of St Joseph’s Manildra was thrilled with the news that Matthew French, who has been Acting Principal since October 2011, has been appointed as their Principal “for real” from 2013.

Stage One teachers (that’s Y1 and Y2 in the old ‘measure’) across our Diocese came together in Dubbo and Bathurst with ‘the experts’ from the Board of Studies this term. The purpose was an introduction to the new English syllabus and tips on how to deliver it with the greatest effectiveness to our Stage One students, as it is rolled out in our schools over the next two years.

Matthew was a protégée of the muchloved Mrs Jocelyn Farr and is to be commended for his caring leadership of this community during this extremely difficult period. The influence of the Sisters of St Joseph is alive and well in this quality little Catholic community thanks to Mrs Farr.

Feedback from both groups was very positive, with teachers appreciating this rare opportunity to network informally as much as the formal professional development.

These rich traditions will continue to be intentionally preserved in her honour by Mr French and his wonderful staff, students and families. Congratulations Mr French!

We hope to offer similar days to Stages 2 and 3 teachers so that all of our Primary teachers have the best possible preparation for the implementation of the new syllabuses in the important key learning areas.

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Above: Stage 1 teachers at Rydges Bathurst Right: Alannah Miszuk (BoSLo) and Christine Taylor from the Board of Studies with staff

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rincipals from across our Diocese met at Rydges in Bathurst for two days at the beginning of November. The jam-packed agenda included the launching of the Diocesan Quality Education Framework (QCE), the delivery of the Leadership Framework and an introduction to the process that will be replacing the ‘School Appraisal’ which schools have undertaken every five years. The new Diocesan School Review (DSR) which will be introduced in 2013 is less of an “inspection” and more of a “school self-reflection” with supporting evidence. It was also an opportunity to formally farewell three Principals: Pam Haddin (St Pat’s Lithgow) who is retiring, and Narelle Cross (St Joseph’s Oberon) and Jane Scahill (St Brigid’s Coonamble) who are among a growing list of ‘ex-patriots’ who are joining Ray Collins’ team in the Newcastle, Maitland Diocese. We thank these ladies for their valuable and valued contributions to our Diocese and wish them ‘pages’ of happiness and adventure in this next chapter of their life stories.


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t the end of Term 3, the MacKillop College community gathered together in celebration with the Graduating class of 2012, at their Graduation Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Michael and John in Bathurst. This special occasion was celebrated with the students, their parents and the College community before the commencement of their Higher School Certificate Exams. We often talk about the MacKillop Community as a family and this is one of these times where the parallels are quite clear. The parents and teachers of our Y12 students have watched them grow and mature as they journeyed through their school years and we are sure that the lessons they have been taught, at home and at school, will stand them in good stead as they commence the next stage of their life’s journey. The graduating class of 2012 has left an outstanding legacy through their individual and collective contributions to the MacKillop College community. We hope that each student will continue to live her life by demonstrating the faith, courage and tolerance that has been developed throughout her time at MacKillop College. Mrs Gaye Withers


t Joseph’s Primary celebrated the naming of the Jocelyn Farr Library and Learning Centre on Monday 5th November 2012. We had a wonderful day, one Jocelyn would have just loved. The stories and memories of Jocelyn flowed. There was laughter and there were tears and everyone had a great time.

College Chaplain Fr Pat O’Regan and the Graduating Class of MacKillop College - 2012

Snakes in our ‘Gardens of Eden’!


he flip-side of the wonderfully spacious playgrounds that are a feature of many of our small schools is the attraction they have for that ‘slithering socialite’- the brown snake! Visit any small school and you will be regaled with ‘The Snake Tale’! Recently, we’ve had a big brown doing a ‘lap of the main’ in Coolah and, the latest, a saucy youth attempting to enrol at St Michael’s in Dunedoo. The staff and students will be eternally grateful to the resident Landcare ‘expert’ who captured and bagged the speedy specimen…and saved Recess! Janine Kearney

St. Joseph’s – Manildra Jocelyn Farr Library and Learning Centre

The looks on the children’s, families’ and our friends’ faces, when they saw the ‘Storyteller’s Chair’, was the highlight of the day. We were privileged to have some very special guests to help us celebrate. Our Director of Schools, Mrs Jenny Allen, had a lovely time mixing with people from our school community, the Farr family and the children. Jenny spoke so passionately about Jocelyn and her lifetime of work at St Joseph’s. Even though Jenny had only met Jocelyn once, she had heard of the wonderful things she did and the amazing person she was. It was nice to have Father James Kane join us for the celebrations, along with Father Paul Devitt, our new Parish Administrator. It was also lovely to have Sister Joan Farrell and Sister Kath English celebrate with us. It is always special when the Sisters of St Joseph visit our school.

Capturing the latest attempt to ‘skip the queue’ and enrol at St Michael’s Dunedoo

We thank the people who celebrated with us and to everyone who helped make this joyous day a reality. Matthew French

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Vale Sister Mary Farrell 1928 ~ 2012


ister Mary Farrell’s death on 27th October came just 12 days after the diamond jubilee of her profession as a Perthville Josephite.

principal. She studied Theology at Mater Dei Institute in Sydney and in 1979 had a renewal year in Melbourne at the Assumption Institute.

Mary, the only daughter of Michael and Philomena Farrell, was born in 1928 in Orange. She had five younger brothers - Pat, Terry, Peter, Frank and Brian; Peter and Brian predeceased her. Family was always important to Mary, her room had a display of family photos and she was always up to date with the family news and celebrations.

Her remaining active years were spent in pastoral involvement in a number of parishes. Some health issues arose; she took some time to recover from hepatitis early on and later there were the first. signs of mobility difficulties that were eventually recognised to be the result of a degenerative condition.

Mary came to St. Anne’s at Perthville from Coonabarabran in 1996; she was already using a motorised scooter and used that to great advantage at Perthville. Mary’s mind remained as sharp as ever; she was always interested and involved in the affairs of the Congregation. She learnt to use the computer and for the first three years of her time at St. Anne’s, travelled into the Assumption School as a part-time “friendly grandmother” for pupils who required some extra assistance. Mary’s interests remained wide; she watched the news, read the papers and sent Mary was a competent and kind off letters to politicians about current primary teacher and for over 25 years justice issues. taught in schools across the Diocese; in many places she was also the school In 2004, Mary’s needs resulted in a

The family grew up in Orange where Mary was educated by the Sisters of Mercy, completing the Intermediate Certificate in 1944, after which she worked as a receptionist and secretary. Mary had thoughts of becoming a missionary but on being told by Monsignor Sheehan that the Sisters of St. Joseph were as missionary any other group, she joined the Perthville Josephites on 19th March 1950. She was then known as Sister Gabriel and was professed on 15th October 1952.

transfer to St. Catherine’s Nursing Home and she had to face the continuing deterioration of her condition; she was eventually to lose all mobility. However, she remained vitally interested in all that the Congregation was doing and would come to Perthville in the wheel chair taxi for Congregational celebrations. Mary remained in contact with family and her Josephite sisters, never forgetting birthdays or special occasions. Having reached her Diamond Jubilee, Mary’s going 12 days later was quiet and peaceful. Bishop Michael McKenna was the principal celebrant for Mary’s funeral liturgy at Perthville on 2nd November. The entrance hymn for that Mass, Be Thou My Vision, gave voice to what had inspired a life of faithful service and faith-filled acceptance. Kath Luchetti rsj

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Book Review by Dr Marie Crowley Those familiar with the hymn, “Firmly I Believe and Truly”, might remember that the words were written by John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Some may also recall that Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Other facts may not come so easily to mind about this English Anglican priest, scholar, theologian, historian and writer, who converted to the Roman Catholic Church, was ordained a Catholic priest and later made a Cardinal. Austin Cooper, the author of this work, is an Oblate priest who lectures in Church History and Christian Spirituality at Catholic Theological College, Melbourne. A recipient of the Order of Australia in recognition for his services to theological education and widely published on the English tradition of Spirituality and the Oxford Movement, Cooper is well qualified to speak on Newman. However, this book is not for the reader seeking details of Newman’s life. Rather, as Cooper makes clear in his Introduction, while other recent publications provide this, he concentrates on the development of Newman’s spirituality. This is achieved in seven chapters which cover topics such as: family, friends and faith; the Church; learning from the Fathers; preaching the Word of God; Newman as pastor; obedience and prayer. With each chapter divided by appropriate subheadings, the writing is clear, concise and coherent. Indeed, one of the most pleasing aspects of this book is its easy accessibility. One does not need to have studied theology in order to read and understand Cooper’s presentation of Newman’s spiritual journey. Intertwined with each of the chapter themes is a background sketch of Newman’s life. Thus his family life, his involvement in the Tracts for the Times and the Oxford Movement, his interest in the early Fathers of the Church and his pastoral work are discussed. In this way Cooper enables the reader to appreciate how Newman’s spirituality gradually developed through the practical aspects of day to day living. The author does not exhaust any of these themes, but rather gives the reader a glimpse of Newman’s spiritual journey. While this is in one sense limiting, it enables those with little time for more extensive reading to gain an insight into the spirituality of a significant figure of the Church. At the same time, this approach may motivate others to seek

John Henry Newman: A Developing Spirituality, Austin Cooper OMI (Strathfield NSW: St Paul’s Publications, 2012), pp.192, $24.95.

out more about Newman’s life. A very pleasing aspect of this work is the use of numerous quotations from the writings of John Henry Newman. Indicative of Cooper’s masterful knowledge of his subject, these include extracts from letters, diaries, sermons, articles, prayers and from the many books written by Newman. By using this technique, the author steps aside allowing his subject to speak for himself. The reader is therefore able to gain first hand knowledge of a selection of Newman’s writings and, consequently, a unique insight into Newman the person and into his spiritual development. For the vast majority who do not have access to Newman’s written works, this book therefore provides a special as practical. It is not enough to know. One must also do. The final chapter of service. the book contains useful instruction on While the major thrust of Cooper’s prayer. work is to inform the reader about Newman’s spiritual journey, the book While all these are critical to the spiritual is also instructive. Quotations from life, it is in his teaching on conscience Newman’s writings together with the and his understanding of obedience author’s own reflective comments pay that Newman strikes a special chord attention to the unfolding nature of with those who face the challenges of living the Christian life today. Having grappled with his conscience as he faced the question of his conversion to the Roman Catholic Church, at very heavy personal cost, he eventually took that momentous step. When Newman writes of conscience, he speaks from profound experience. Also interesting for the Catholic lay person is Newman’s teaching on the position and responsibility of the laity in the Church. While not denying the special role of the teaching authority of the magisterium, Newman’s article “On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine” published in The Rambler (July 1859) is of continued interest in today’s Church.

spiritual development and the patience required to remain true to the task. Emphasis is also placed on the centrality of the Holy Spirit and the incarnational aspect of the spiritual life centred on Christ and engaged with the world and its people. This leads to another of the great themes of Newman’s writing - his understanding of the spiritual life

My only criticism of this book regards its presentation. The placement of references at the foot of each page is certainly convenient for the reader who wishes to check primary source material. However, it also gives the production the appearance of a text book. This can be off putting for many readers who immediately judge the work to be dry, even boring and certainly beyond their interest and capacity. But this is only a small note of disapproval for what is a fine, readable and userfriendly book. Those who read it will not only gain knowledge of Newman’s spirituality. They will be enriched and heartened as they walk their own spiritual journey.


Anglican Bishop lays down pastoral staff


2 years after the date of his election as the 9th Anglican Bishop of Bathurst, Richard Hurford formally laid down the pastoral staff of the Diocese in a packed All Saints Cathedral on 10th November 2012. At the beginning of the Liturgy of Thanksgiving, Bishop Richard and wife Christine’s eldest son Nicholas placed their large family Bible - one brought to Bathurst 152 years ago by the Bishop’s great-grandparents - on the altar. “It’s had much use by many people down through the generations, and as mentioned in the text in the Order of Service, it was the one chosen by me to swear my oaths on at my consecration as a bishop in St Andrew’s Cathedral. When I was installed as a bishop here, my eldest son carried it on that occasion,” Bishop Richard said.

An emotional moment as Diocesan Administrator, Archdeacon Frank Hetherington, presents Bishop Richard and Christine Hurford with a small altar for their new home on behalf of the Diocese. The altar, being unveiled by Cathedral Warden Sue West, was made by Kelso priest Roger Dyer and two inmates from Bathurst Gaol, working with Roger under the Community Partnerships Program.

Among the many things the Bishop found inserted in the Bible, was a brief story about the word ‘goodbye’, written by his great-grandmother, in blue crayon and beyond’ - and certainly to 2020”. on white paper. It told how an old Somerset road mender The service was followed by speeches in their village in England used to say to from various members of the community people as they walked by, ‘God be with including local and state politicians and you to the next milestone and beyond’. ministers of various denominations. “We’ve streamlined it to ‘Goodbye’, not Bishop Jonathan Merrick, Bishop of Lyn ‘God be with you’ - that’s its proper ex- and Bishop Richard’s Commissary in England, brought warm greetings from the pression,” he said. Archbishop of Canterbury, including a “So in this final address I say to you, on particular thanks to Bishop Richard for his behalf of both of us: To you, the people service in the Gospel, both in Australia of God, colleagues and wider commu- and also throughout the Anglican Comnity, in this 142nd year since the Diocese munion. was founded, and as we look forward now and as you continue the journey Our Bishop Michael McKenna addressed right through to the sesqui-centenary, the congregation, describing Bishop the 150th for this Diocese 8 years from Richard as “more than just a friend…..In now in 2020, I want to leave you with fact, he has been a co-worker in makwhat my great-grandmother recorded: ing Christ known; he has been a brother ‘God be with you to the next milestone pilgrim on the journey we share”. Bishop

Michael recalled the great event earlier this year when a Covenant was signed between the Catholic and Anglican Dioceses of Bathurst. Canon of All Saints’ Cathedral, Barbara Fallow, thanked Bishop Richard and Christine for the effort they had both made to connect personally with people in the towns, cities and country areas of the Diocese. “We’ve appreciated your readiness to join with people, wherever they are,” she said. “We’ve enjoyed your company, and we hope you’ve enjoyed ours. We appreciate your warmth, your commitment and dedication to the furthering of God’s love and his word amongst the people of this Diocese”. Courtesy of Lew Hitchick - Anglican News

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he National Confraternity of Christian Doctrine Conference (NCCD) was held in Brisbane from September 9th to 12th 2012. The Conference celebrated the contribution made to the mission of the Church by the Apostolate of CCD in individual Dioceses, and the vibrant witness to the Good News and teaching of the Church provided by the volunteers associated with the ministry. These volunteers are truly authentic witnesses to our faith and constitute the biggest organised evangelising arm of the Church in Australia. The Diocesan CCD Leaders who participated in the Conference collectively work with over 7,000 Catholic volunteers who provide faith formation for around 150,000 young people in Government schools, parish based catechesis and sacramental formation programs. Dioceses unable to be present at the Conference additionally see approximately 75,000 young people, through the efforts of around another 2,500 parish based volunteers. The Conference recognised that over 50% of Catholic young people do not attend Catholic schools and the formation provided by CCD was crucial to support Catholic families in nurturing their children in faith.

Vale Monsignor Harley McKillop 26th June 1922 ~ 24th October 2012 A Biographical Note


Harley attended the bush school at Tottenham. The big skies and the endless mystical plains of Tottenham played a part in his spiritual formation.

As a child, Harley enjoyed the security of a stable Christian home with parents, Molly (nee Morrison) and Duncan, siblings Kevin and Colin, Betty and Kathleen.

Harley’s vacation was authentic. He had choices - academic career, a livelihood on the land - but he chose priesthood and prestige never turned his head. He had he didn’t vacillate. Power, possessions or put his hand to the plough.

ather Harley McKillop was an alumnus of St. Stanislaus College in the 1930s.

Bathurst Director of CCD, Ms Helen Ryan (light blue top) was among the Conference Delegates participate effectively in the mission of the Church and the New Evangelisation. Father John passionately highlighted the call of the Church for laity to embrace co-responsibility for the mission for the Church and how CCD provides an established vehicle for training and resourcing of volunteers that enables them to participate in this mission effectively.

Harley was ordained a priest in 1947. He served the Bathurst Diocese until his Henry Lawson wrote that the bush ‘is death at St. Catherine’s Nursing Home in the nurse and the tutor of the eccentric mind’. The bush was a more benign October 2012. The Provenance of the Mc/MacKillops matrix for Harley and gave him the was the Scottish Highlands. They gave independence of mind we admired so Australia her first canonised saint. Harley much. Harley never succumbed to roles, was hewn from the same rock as St. Mary. clerical or otherwise.

Harley was always available to his parishioners. To every human situation he brought the warmth and tolerance of his own personality and the compassionate mercy of his God. He was day star for many.

A further highlight of the Conference was the sharing of ideas, resources and programs that will enhance the way CCD in different parts of the country equip volunteers to participate in the critical mission of making Jesus known and loved. Further to this, the Conference allowed for the development of clear plans to enable collaboration across States and Dioceses through effective communication and appropriate representation and communication with Father John Frauenfelder provided input that affirmed the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. the critical role that the Apostolate of CCD plays in Helen Ryan the Australian Church, enabling Catholic volunteers to Critical formation for Diocesan Leaders of CCD was provided via input sessions led by Sister Anne Surtees and Father John Frauenfelder. Sister Anne led participants in a process of ‘Listening to the Spirit’ as part of the Year of Grace to ensure that the efforts of both individual dioceses, and NCCD as a collegiate group, are anchored in Christ and thus bear good fruit.

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Purlewaugh is a small hamlet on the Quirindi road east of Coonabarabran.

Gwyn Webb, Will Ticehurst and Hughston Pettet from Sacred Heart School Coolah recently celebrated First Reconciliation.


Today, it is little more than a cluster of houses, but in the period before and immediately after the War, it was the service centre for an area of significant agricultural concerns - each staffed by a large number of farm workers.

With the advent to modern machinery, the traditionally labour intensive farms shed the majority of their workers

As we farewell Harley McKillop and his companions on the journey, Leo Grant and Jim McGuinn, we remember the lament for “Flodden”, ‘the flowers of the forest are a ‘wede away’’. But of course, our flowers are enjoying the Springtime of Resurrection.

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Because of the presence of these ready-made communities, Purlewaugh was also a religious centre for the workers and so, in 1937, an attractive wooden building in the classical style was constructed by the Parish of Coonabarabran as the new Purlewaugh Catholic church and dedicated to St. Michael.

Harley was a man of many qualities. Yet he had one unique virtue and it was his ability to be the same to all people regardless of colour, creed, social status. It was this spirit of egalitarianism which gave him his ascendency and edge beyond other mortals. It was also a great St. Mary MacKillop virtue.

The building still stands beside the road, having been put to several uses including an art gallery and remains a reminder of Purlewaugh’s more active past life. David Billington

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Catechist Pilot Program for Lithgow


hroughout Term 3 and 4, the CCD Team has been introducing students at La Salle Academy in Lithgow to the Catechesis program used in the Government schools at Lithgow.

Sister Clare’s Award


arlier this year, CCRESS (Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools) celebrated two important milestones: 25 years of CCRESS and 50 years of Accreditation and Training.

After communicating with Bishop Michael McKenna, Mrs Vicki Mair and I met with Executive Director of Schools, Mrs Jenny Allen; Dr Angelo Belmonte, CEO; each of the three Government School Principals; and from La Salle Academy Mr John Emms, Principal; Mrs Jenny Emms, REC and Mr Tony Taylor, Year Coordinator.

19 special people were recipients of awards during a special evening of celebration hosted by the Parramatta Diocese. Sister Maureen Schiemer rsj, Sister Therese Patterson rsj and Sister Clare Hopper rsj from the Bathurst Diocese, all received a plaque from CCRESS noting their involvement in our Accreditation and Training Courses, between period 19902000.

This is a pilot program for our Diocese and the support has been encouraging. An introductory PowerPoint presentation was made to the students, who will be Y10 and Y11 in 2013. Vicki and I began a training program recently and we hope the students will be ready to assist with the Scripture classes in 2013.

Sister Clare was unable to be present on that evening, however finally received her award during the vigil Mass at Perthville recently. Sister Clare was presented with her plaque and thanked for all she had contributed to the ministry of S.R.E. during this period. Many parishioners and Sisters of Saint Joseph, including Sister Maureen and Sister Therese, were present to see Sister Clare receive her award.

This is a great step forward for the Parish of Lithgow. These young people will enhance the work of the Catechists and the link with the Parish.

Sister graciously received her it on behalf of all the Catechists she had worked with during this time.

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A work from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart for helping families, young people, schools and religious formation. MSC development projects seek to improve the conditions of communities in a sustainable way. It is based on working with communities, rather than for or on behalf of communities. The MSC Mission Office relies on benefactors to support the Outreach activities for Water projects, Disadvantaged Youth, HIV/AIds, Relief & Formation.


2011 - TOTAL FINANCIAL AID FUNDING:  COUNTRIES (Aust $)  

AUSTRALIA $  49,600 BURKINA FASO $ 8,650  CAMEROON $ 62,500 D.R.CONGO $ 81,500  EL SALVADOR $ 7,500  FIJI $ 120,850  HAITI $ 10,000  INDIA $ 110,375 INDONESIA $ 56,550 KIRIBATI $ 18,500 MARSHALL ISLANDS $ 7,000 NAMIBIA $ 14,000 NEW ZEALAND $ 2,000 PHILIPPINES $ 61,000 PNG $ 200,290 SENEGAL $ 15,300 SOUTH AFRICA $ 42,000 SOUTH SUDAN $ 42,000 TIMOR LESTE $ 2,000 VANUATU $ 14,600 VIETNAM $ 96,400 TOTAL FUNDING ALL PROJECT CATEGORIES 2011 $ 1,022,615

The MSC Mission Office is a work of the Australian Province of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and while we try to love the world, the work of the MSC Mission Office has concentrated its energies. We have restricted ourselves to three main areas for financial assistance.




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Happy Anniversary Father Garry


ather Garry Bernard McKeown, ordained a Catholic Priest in Coonamble on 1st September 1972, celebrated 40 years of priesthood with a Mass in St. Mary of the Presentation Church in Mudgee recently. Many close friends and well-wishers attended, gathering later at the local Bowling Club for a celebratory dinner. Father Greg Bellamy, as Master of Ceremonies, presided over the evening’s procedures with efficient ease. Father Garry’s 90 year old mother Pat, his sister Merrilyn and brother Michael represented the family. Merrilyn spoke on behalf of the family and said she was not surprised that Garry chose the priesthood since, at age seven, he fashioned his own ‘altar’ at home, complete with certain rules for visitors. His evercaring concern is of great comfort and consolation to all his family and friends.

on the special occasion. For those who missed out on tickets for the dinner, a welcome ‘cuppa and goodies’ were provided after Mass the next morning. Many of those present for the celebration travelled from past parishes and beyond to show their appreciation and gratitude to Father Garry for sharing with them part of his 40 years of priestly life.

Father Garry began his priesthood as assistant priest in Bathurst, Orange and Mudgee. He was appointed Parish Priest in Gulgong, Wellington, Oberon, and Coonamble and returned to Mudgee in 2005. Fr Garry spoke of his life as being most “fortunate and rewarding” and said he sees his priestly ministry as “a life of joys and sorrows shared with others”. Guest speaker, Mr Robert Fitzgerald OAM, said the responsibility of the Church in the modern world is to be socially just and to show greater care for the community. A celebratory memento, signed by Father Garry, was given to everyone to express his “thanks for prayers and good wishes”

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Father Garry and his family

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Wednesday 2nd January 2013 resume Normal Hours Mon – Fri 10am-4.30pm


Please help build a church…. Last year’s Christmas Appeal in the Diocese of Bathurst raised $50,000 for the construction of a parish and community hall in Same in the Diocese of Dili. This act of charity and love so generously given by Catholics in all parishes, together with an unexpected capital grant as provided by the Timor-Leste government, ensured that the building was completed ahead of schedule. It is anticipated that the long awaited hall for religious and community purposes will be completed, blessed and in use in time for Christmas 2012. This year’s Appeal once again has as its focus, the needs of the struggling missionary Church of Timor-Leste. It will support the construction of a new church at Cairui in the Diocese of Bacau. The project has received the endorsement of Bishop Basilo do Nascimento of Bacau and will be managed by the Capuchin Friars who have a mission station in the Diocese.

The new Parish and Community Hall in Same

Timor-Leste remains amongst the poorest of countries. Predominantly Catholic, the people have suffered greatly for their faith. After much blood shed, loss of lives and destruction to private and Church property, long held aspirations for independence were finally achieved in 2002. The Catholic Church and its missionary congregations of priests and religious, including the Sisters of St Joseph, have been with the people in times of adversity and the postindependence construction period. Bishop McKenna and the Council of Priests commend the Diocesan Christmas Appeal to all in the Diocese of Bathurst and once again seek your customary generous response in support of this particularly worthy missionary endeavor. There will be an opportunity at every Christmas Mass across the Diocese to contribute to the appeal. Alternatively, you can send your donation to the Bishop’s Christmas Appeal: Timor-Leste Appeal, c/Diocesan Secretary, PO Box 246, Bathurst NSW 2795.

This temporary chapel is not sufficient for the needs of the 4,000 parishioners in Cairui

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