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A Blessed & Peaceful Christmas 2014

Volume 49, No 4 DECEMBER 2014 $2.00

A Child from Timor-Leste full of hope for the future

Catholic OBSERVER, The Diocese of Bathurst

Bishops Christmas Message 2014 COME LET US ADORE HIM


or the past few years, the young people in our Catholic primary schools of the Diocese of Bathurst have taken part in a Christmas art competition. The results have been outstanding. Many students have shown the beginnings of great artistic skills. More than that, the commentaries they have written to explain their pictures have revealed keen insights into the Christmas story and our Christian faith.

devotion. The troubles of the human heart come from directing our worship to the wrong things, the wrong persons. To find the true path to the only One who deserves worship is to find the peace and joy this season celebrates.

“Come let us adore him.” He can be found in the community, the Word and the sacraments of the Church. He can be found in the poor and those who suffer when we move out of our selfishness to visit, help and touch Depicting the visit of the Three Wise them. He can be found in our own Men has been a popular choice for poverty and helplessness, when we many of these young painters, as it has accept his mercy. been for artists through the centuries. The search for truth and the joy of “Come let us adore him: Christ the worship that we see in the story of Lord.” the Adoration of the Magi captures everyone’s imagination. “Come let us adore him”, is an excellent way to focus our Christmas

+Michael McKenna Bishop of Bathurst

“The Long Road to Egypt” - winner of the Bishop’s Award in the Diocese of Bathurst’s School Christmas Art Competition 2014. The Artist is Pheobe Varela from St. Raphael’s Catholic School in Cowra.

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Catholic OBSERVER, The Diocese of Bathurst

Bishop’s Christmas Missionary Appeal


he proceeds of the 2014 Bishop’s Special Missionary Appeal at Christmas will once again be directed towards the construction of a new church in Cairui, in Timor Leste. This neighbouring country of ours is one of the poorest in Asia, but its people retain hope for a brighter future; and their Catholic faith is a very important part of this hope. While the commitment of the Diocese of Bathurst was initially for two years, Bishop McKenna, on the advice of the Council of Priests, has agreed that this year’s collection should also be directed to the project, to ensure its completion. It is hoped that the St. John de Brito Chapel will be completed next year and be blessed on 8th December 2015, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We are fortunate to have many beautiful churches in our Diocese where we can worship. It would be a great blessing for the 4,000 parishioners of Cairui if they could celebrate Christmas in their new church next year.

There will be an opportunity to share can also send your donation direct the spirit of Christmas, and help bring to Bishop McKenna at PO Box 246, this project to fruition, at all Christmas Bathurst, NSW, 2795. Masses across the Diocese. You Fiona Lewis


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Art Union No.2 launched by Minister


inister for Local Government and State Member for Bathurst, Mr Paul Toole, launched the Cathedral Restoration Appeal’s second Art Union on Friday 24th October 2014 with the online purchase of his own tickets. Mr Toole is Co-Patron of the Cathedral Restoration Appeal, along with Mrs Maureen Pike. This year’s Art Union total prize value is $35,607. In a twist from last year, as well as being able to buy tickets in person at the Chancery/CDF, e-tickets are also available, which will provide ease of access to many people.

You’ll be in the running for some great prizes. First Prize is a 2014 Mazda 3 Maxx Sedan or Hatch, 2.0L EFi, automatic transmission, includes GST, NSW Stamp Duty, Green Slip CTP & private registration. (Prize Value $28,673) sponsored by Rosconi Mazda Bathurst. Second Prize is Home-Maker Package (Prize Value $5,934), sponsored by The Good Guys Bathurst. Third Prize is a Gift Voucher which can be used at any Coles Outlet (Prize Value $1,000) and is sponsored by Coles Bathurst. 

E-tickets are available on-line at Only 4,000 tickets are being sold, so or you can what a great way to contribute to the contact the Chancery/CDF on 6334 restoration of the historic, heritage 6400 to purchase tickets. They’d make listed Cathedral of St. Michael and St. a great last minute Christmas present! Fiona Lewis John in Bathurst.

Welcome Father Antony


ather Antony Vattakkunnel CMI has recently joined the Clergy in the Diocese. Father is from Kerala in India and is a Carmelite of Mary Immaculate (SyroMalabar), the same order as Fathers Joshy Kaithakulangara, Ephrem Thadathil and Augustine Mathew, who have been working in the Diocese for a many years now. Father Antony spent some time in Bathurst on his arrival and is currently in Dubbo. Welcome to the Diocese of Bathurst Father Antony.

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TJHC Session in Bathurst


t the invitation of Bishop Michael McKenna, Mr Francis Sullivan and Mr Michael Salmon from the Truth Justice and Healing Council visited Bathurst on Friday 7th November 2014. The session, held in the Cathedral Parish Centre, was attended by about 45 priests, religious and laity from across the Diocese. Mr Sullivan gave an explanation of the work and processes of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and that of the Truth Justice and Healing Council. The Council was set up by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia following the announcement of the Royal Commission in 2011, to oversee the Church’s engagement with the Commission. Mr Sullivan described the operations of the Commission, which holds private and public sessions in its search for answers to the many questions around responses to institutional abuse. He praised the sincerity of the Australian Catholic Bishops, quoting their Commitment Statement - which includes an acknowledgement that in some cases, the actions of those in positions of authority were indefensible - as proof of their desire for transparency. Mr Sullivan spoke of the work the Church has done since 1992 to ensure better processes, eventually leading to “Towards Healing” - the Church’s pastoral response. Its intent is to meet victims and survivors primarily in a pastoral relationship as opposed to an adversarial, legal approach, focussing on the needs of the people involved. Fiona Lewis

Mr Sullivan with Bishop McKenna

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Good News of the Synod


n mid-October, the Extraordinary Synod on the Pastoral Care of the Family in Context of Evangelisation was held at the Vatican. At the opening Mass, Pope Francis told the bishops that they were called to work for the Lord’s vineyard. He reminded them that Synod assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas or to see who is more intelligent. They are meant to better nurture and tend to the Lord’s vineyard, to help realise his dream, his loving plan for his people. Pope Francis said “In this case, the Lord is asking us to care for the family, which has been from the beginning an integral part of his loving plan for humanity”. The title of the Synod tells you what the focus was: pastoral challenges that the Church faces in the context of Evangelisation. There were two key issues: The first was the Good News the Church has from our Lord Jesus about families and for families “Christ wanted his Church to be a house with doors always open to welcome everyone” (Message of the Synod). The second was the way in which we proclaim that Good News. As a Church, we need to learn how to communicate the beauty of the Church’s teaching on marriage and family life, precisely so that it is received by families as news which is good. When the Synod Fathers discussed the contemporary reality of the human family, they kept in mind every step of the way that they are disciples and apostles of Jesus, who entered their reality and walked the way of the cross. In the Synod’s final message, the bishops have asked us, the faithful of the Church, to join in prayer as the Church discerns the path God sets before us as we journey towards the General Synod in 2015. Source: Kairos Catholic Journal

Sydney’s ninth Archbishop installed


he Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Sydney during a solemn Mass of Installation at St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney on 12th November 2014. Bishop Michael McKenna concelebrated with archbishops and bishops from across the country and overseas, priests of the Archdiocese of Sydney and of other dioceses and religious congregations. The Apostolic Nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher DD, read out in Latin the Papal Bull appointing the Archbishop Anthony Fisher as Metropolitan Archbishop of Sydney. Chancellor of the Archdiocese, Monsignor John Usher, read an English translation of the Bull. Arriving at Cathedral Square, the new Archbishop was welcomed by the Dean of the Cathedral, the Very Reverend Paul Hilder, Auxiliary Bishops of Sydney Terry Brady and Peter Comensoli, Indigenous Elder Aunty Elsie Heiss and an honour guard of Papal and Equestrian-Hospitaller Knights, as children of the Catholic Schools’ Performing Arts choir sang a song of welcome. 

After Communion, the Archbishop moved through the aisles of the Cathedral and crypt blessing those in attendance. Returning to the altar, he thanked Archbishop Hart for concelebrating the Mass and Bishop Comensoli for his work as Archdiocesan Administrator in recent months. The new Archbishop thanked all his family, friends, and diocesan clergy and said that he Amongst the full Cathedral congregation gathered for the “missed the people of Parramatta already”. Mass, were a number of Federal and State politicians and The Archbishop’s Coat of Arms and motto records Archbishop Anthony’s personal motto: ‘Veritatem facientas in caritate’ from representatives of other churches and major faiths.  Archbishop Fisher’s parents, Colin and Gloria, and his siblings St Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, which translates as ‘Speaking Christopher, Angela, Louise and Gregory brought the Eucharistic the truth in love’. Source and Pic courtesy ACBC Communications

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Catholic OBSERVER, The Diocese of Bathurst

New Acolytes and Lector for Diocese


ishop Michael McKenna instituted seven men to the transitory, he must have received the ministries of lector and ministries of Acolyte and Lector at the Cathedral of St. acolyte, and have exercised them for the appropriate time”. Michael and St. John, on 21st September 2014. A lector is someone who, in the particular liturgy of the Church, Josh Clayton, Paul Windsor, Charles Applin and Chris is assigned to read a biblical text other than the Gospel.   Milroy were admitted to the ministry of Acolyte. These men The word acolyte is derived from the Greek are currently among those undertaking formation and word akolouthos, meaning an attendant. An acolyte serves discernment for the permanent diaconate. Eddie Gibbons at the altar, assists the priest and deacon and prepares the and seminarian Karl Sinclair were also instituted as Acolytes at altar and the sacred vessels.  the same time and seminarian Dong Nguyen to the Ministry Please keep all these men in your prayers. of Lector.   Father Reynold Jaboneta Canon 1035 of the Code of Canon Law states “Before anyone Assistant Vocations Director may be promoted to the diaconate, whether permanent or

Newly instituted Acolytes and Lectors with Bishop McKenna

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Parish Boundary Meetings



ishop McKenna, as promised in his last Pastoral Letter - The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness -  has begun consultation with Parishes and Eucharistic Communities on possible reconfiguration of parish boundaries and responsibilities. In the meetings held at Canowindra, Cudal and Eugowra early in October, the Bishop outlined the current situation; presented his own ideas for practical action; and invited discussion to hear any other ideas that the communities had. The Bishop and priests continue to study the practical implications of any changes and there will be further consultation with the communities involved, including Cowra and Orange. Fiona Lewis

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Perthville Jubilee Celebrations


riday 26th September 2014 was a day for Perthville Sisters to gather to celebrate the Diamond Jubilees of Sisters Joan Farrell and Elizabeth (Betty) Carroll and the Ruby Jubilee of Sister Ann Morrison. Bishop Michael McKenna celebrated the Jubilee Mass in the Perthville Chapel and joined the Sisters for the celebration dinner at the Bathurst RSL afterwards. The Sisters were delighted that Sister Mary Ellen O’Donoghue (NSW Regional Leader) and members of the NSW Regional Leadership Team, along with several Sisters from the Josephite Sisters’ Western Slopes Community, were able to join in this celebration - the first Perthville Jubilees since fusion with the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Srs Betty, Anne and Joan cutting the celebratory cake

Sisters Helen Sullivan, Maria Sullivan and Janine Keatinge paid tribute to the Jubilarians. These tributes reminded the guests of the contribution that each of these Sisters has made to the life of the Perthville Congregation and to the church in the Diocese of Bathurst and beyond. At the conclusion of the speeches, the three Jubilarians cut their cake amid singing and applause and were toasted by those present, acknowledging how blessed they have been by the fidelity and generosity of these three Sisters. Congratulations Sisters Joan, Betty and Ann and may the years ahead continue to be filled with God’s blessings upon each of you! Sisters of St. Joseph, Perthville

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Fathers’ Day Appeal thank you


n the last edition of the Catholic Observer, we featured the inaugural Fathers’ Day Appeal, which was launched in September. We are very pleased to report that the response to assist with the ongoing support and care of our retired priests was very generous and raised over $23,000. The money raised assists in covering living and medical expenses and provides ongoing care to these men who have devoted their lives to the Church.

It is the responsibility of the Bishop to provide long term care and a comfortable retirement for these men who have borne the heat of the day in pastoral service, providing for their modest needs with dignity and respect. The response to the Appeal has come from wide and far and is greatly appreciated.

If you wish to donate to the Fathers’ Day Appeal, you can still do so by sending your donation to: The Clergy Retirement Retired priests do not have the benefit Foundation, PO Box 246, Bathurst of a superannuation fund to rely on, with NSW 2795 or email your enquiry to: many having little or no family to assist in providing support in the later years of their lives. Kimbalee Clews

Retired Priest, Father Joe Dooley

First Bathurst Mass remembered


ishop McKenna this year continued his tradition of celebrating Mass on All Saints’ Day, at Holy Family Church in Kelso. The Bishop does this to commemorate the first Mass celebrated in Bathurst by Father John Joseph Therry on 1st November 1830, 15 years after settlement in Bathurst. This year, the Young Adults Group of the Cathedral Parish joined the congregation for Mass during a weekend retreat. More information about Father Therry and the first Mass can be found on the History section of our Diocesan website

Bishop McKenna with some of the congregation after Mass

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Papal Honour awarded to Dubbo parishioner, Patrick Donoghue


ishop Michael McKenna recently presented Patrick Donoghue with the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice  at a lovely service at St. Lawrence’s, Dubbo. Pat received the award in recognition of his generosity and service to the Catholic faith, family and community in the Dioceses of Wagga and Bathurst.  The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For Church and Pope) medal is an award of the Roman Catholic Church. Also known as the “Cross of Honour”, the award is given for distinguished service to the Church. It is the highest medal that can be awarded to the laity by the Pope.  Pat has dedicated over 50 years of service to the Church and less fortunate through work with the St. Vincent De Paul Society, The Covenant Implementation Group, Cursillo, Antioch, Marriage Encounter, Men Alive and School and Parish Councils. Pat has been supported in all his work by his wife Bernadette. They live their faith daily in a no fuss manner that provides a strong example of service and community to their six children, 17 grandchildren and countless family and friends.  In June of this year, Pat suffered a severe stroke and is at present in rehabilitation at Holy Spirit in Dubbo. Jacinta Whelan (Pat’s Daughter)

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CCRESS members meet in Perthville


he Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools (CCRESS) met for their annual conference early in November, at The Vale Lodge, Perthville.

Of the 11 Catholic Dioceses in NSW, nine were represented at the conference. The gathering started with a reflection day facilitated by Sister Maureen Schiemer, who used the theme “Responding to the Holy Spirit”. She choose Gospel readings relating to the Holy Spirit and clips from Father Denis Edwards and Sister Janette Gray’s DVD, which were very effective. The next day was devoted to the business meeting of CCRESS. It was a reflective and productive session and it was fantastic to see so many dioceses represented. The next CCRESS Conference will be held at the Diocese of Wollongong in May 2015. Helen Ryan

Helen Ryan & Vicki Mair pass the CCRESS Candle to Jude Hennessy.

Lochinvar Jubilee Celebrations


n Saturday 20th September 2014, Sister Catherine Grant and Sister Mary Stafford celebrated their 60th Diamond Jubilees of Religious Profession at the Sisters of St. Joseph Congregational Chapel, Lochinvar. It was a beautiful spring day and some 250 guests were warmly welcome by the Lochinvar Sisters in honour of the service given by nine of their sisters celebrating jubilees. The jubilee Mass was held in the Chapel on the grounds of Penola House, Lochinvar and guests were invited to join the Jubilarians for a luncheon at the Therry Centre, East Maitland. Sister Catherine Grant Catherine was born in Canowindra and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Perthville, on 11th Oct, 1951 taking the name of Sister Maria Goretti. She was professed on 30th March, 1954. Catherine served in the parishes of Gilgandra, Portland, Gulargambone,

Blayney, Woodstock, Manildra, Perthville, Canowindra, Oberon, and West Bathurst. After undertaking general and community nursing training, Catherine worked at Mt. Druitt for a few years and then worked as a community nurse in the Gilgandra Shire for 14 years. Sister Mary Stafford Mary was born in Molong and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph, Perthville, on 2nd Feb 1952, taking the name of Sister Dominic. She was professed on 19th Oct 1954. Mary taught at Perthville, West Bathurst, Dunedoo, Coolah, Gilgandra and Canowindra. She completed her prison chaplaincy studies and worked at the Bathurst gaol for eight years and Lithgow gaol for nine years. Mary also provided pastoral care for two years at St. Anne’s Home, Perthville, five years at the Assumption Parish, West Bathurst and two years in the Cathedral Parish stations of Rockley and Burraga. Sisters of St. Joseph - Lochinvar

Sisters Catherine and Mary

For a century and a half, the Catholic community has gathered in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John to worship God. Into this sacred space, all have been welcomed for baptisms, marriages, funerals and other significant moments in the lives of families, Parish and the Diocese. The generations before us have built and cared for this place. Now it is our turn. Please give generously to the Cathedral Restoration Appeal. Donations can be made: In Person ~ Catholic Chancery Office Bathurst, or your local Parish Office By Phone ~ 1800 451 760 By email ~ Online ~ where you will find more information. Donations over $2 are tax deductible December 2014 - Page 11

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All Hallows ~ Gulgong All Saints’ Day


ll Saints’ Day was celebrated a day early at All Hallows Gulgong and was a remarkable day as we celebrated our School’s feast day.

The day began with a beautiful Mass with Father Garry. It was such a special occasion and the children, as usual, rose to the occasion. Their manners, behaviour, reverence and presence in the church were of the highest standard. Morning tea was shared on the lawn as the children played Students from Kindergarten washing the Volunteer Rescue and had fun. Those who visited wandered the classrooms and Squad Truck were impressed with the variety and quality of work. The highlights of the day were our community service acts. In celebration of All Saints’ Day, Kindergarten children gave their services to the local Volunteer Rescue Squad of Gulgong. We felt they were worthy recipients of our community service because they are always there to lend a helping hand to those who need it. It was a great pleasure to assist them by cleaning their vehicles in an effort to ‘give a little back’. Thank you to the Volunteer Rescue Squad of Gulgong for all they do, as well as all volunteers within our community. We value you! Y1 and Y 2 visited Gulgong Pre School and Happy Days Childcare Centre. They chose their favourite picture books and read them to the children. In this way, they were able to thank their pre-school carers for all the efforts they make to assist us each to become our best. The class of Y3/4 divided and conquered as part of our community service for All Saints’ Day. The boys went to the local skate park and oval where they cleaned and swept the area including the grandstand at Billy Dunn Oval. While the girls visited St. Vincent de Paul in Gulgong. They had a very rewarding time helping out the volunteers. Here they cleaned windows, vacuumed floors, sorted donations and tidied shelves. They all enjoyed being able to give back to others.

Year 6 Students serving morning tea to celebrate All Saints Day wiped the benches. Y5 were extremely enthusiastic about helping out in the community despite the 35oC weather. It was a great way to spend our feast day.

Y6 students hosted volunteers from the Gulgong community at Saints’ Café. A steady flow of customers joined us for a cuppa and cake - all provided and served by the smiling waiters from Y6. It was a great opportunity to serve others on Y5 served the wider Gulgong community by lending a hand at our special feast day and thank the volunteers for all they do the local tennis club. The students raked, swept and weeded in our community. Catherine Gaudry the courts, swept the clubhouse, washed the windows and



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Homelessness in our Community


he Lithgow-Portland-Wallerawang Catholic Social Justice Group held a social evening at the Mary O’Leary Centre in Portland recently, looking at issues around homelessness in our community. The evening was attended by approximately 40 people who enjoyed a lovely meal before listening to, and asking questions of, our two very interesting guest speakers - Father Steve Sinn SJ and Sergeant Darryl Goodwin. The evening was chaired by Charlie O’Mahony. Father Sinn has only recently moved to Bathurst. He spoke about his long term work with those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage and what his ministry in Bathurst involves. Father Steve said in working with homeless people, he saw himself as building the type of community where all members help to build it up and support each other, and he has had considerable success in helping to build communities of this kind. Sargeant Darryl Goodwin, Father Steve Sinn SJ Sergeant Goodwin is currently based at Lithgow Police and Charlie O’Mahoney Station and spoke about the homelessness issues that he experiences in his Police work. He described how the Police in the morning during winter and there are fewer emergency assist homeless people and identified the problems involved in accommodation options available for men than women. assisting the homeless after hours. This is especially difficult early Denis Kelly

Bishop meets with Vincentians


ishop McKenna met with Father Matthew Kallammakal CM, Assistant General of the Congregation of the MIssion during his recent visit to the Vincentian’s Oceania Province. He is pictured here with Father Matthew and Father Doug Akehurst CM, President of St. Stanislaus’ College.

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Vale Reverend Aeneas Francis Delaney 7th March 1926 ~ 2nd September 2014 The Diocese was saddened in September at the loss of one of its great characters and contributors – former Vicar General, Father Aeneas (Hugh) Francis Delaney at the age of 88 years, after a short illness. The following is an extract from the Words of Remembrance by Monsignor Patrick O’Regan, Dean of the Cathedral and Vicar General, at the Mass of Christian Burial for Father Hugh Delaney on 5th September 2014 in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John, Bathurst. It is fitting that we are gathered as God’s holy people today in this place, a place that has been the venue for two of the defining moments in Hugh Delaney’s life: his baptism and ordination. Hugh was born on Sunday 7th March1926. He would often speak of his birth, and the circumstances which surrounded it. He was the 10th child of Michael Delaney and Catherine Hennessy. He described himself as the ‘runt of the litter’ and was so small at birth that he could fit into a shoe box. He had health difficulties as a new-born and was not expected to live. Well he did, and already at the time of his birth we see foreshadowed a streak of determination that would stay with him right to the very end. Just seven days later, Hugh was bought to this place and was baptised on Laetare Sunday, by Father Patrick James Devlin BA. A day where violet mixes with white to yield rose. Again a fundamental orientation in Hugh’s life was this ability to mix the white with the violet. Resurrection and hope were ever to be found at work in his life. The Gospel that morning of his baptism, if the one-week old infant Hugh could have understood it, was John’s account of the feeding of the 5,000 - John 6:1-15. The life and ministry to which he would be called is foreshadowed here, a call to which he would respond faithfully and generously as a continual living out of that Gospel passage. It is fitting that we today, in this requiem Mass, hear a later passage from that same section of John’s Gospel. The small family home in Lambert Street in which the large Delaney family lived was, by all accounts, a place of grace and life. It knew its sadnesses with the death of two of its children, it knew its joys because each person was thus treasured ever the more. It was here that he learned the importance of faith and family. It was here too, that he learned how harsh life could be. When he was three years of age, the great stock market crash of 1929 happened, plunging the world into the great depression. It was here that he learned frugality and trust in providence. “I don’t know how our parents did it”, he would say, “but we were always fed and had a bed, and we remained hopeful”. Again an illustration of the white mixing with the violet. Our “Father D’ has gone under differing names over the years. He was named after his maternal uncle Father Aeneas Francis Hennessy, of the Wagga Wagga Diocese - his mother’s brother. In the Baptism register, it is entered as “Enius” Francis, subsequently changed to Aeneas Francis. This made by a careful hand that would be familiar to some. To his family he was “Neicy”, to the nuns “Sneezy” and to his brother priests “Hugh” or “Hughie” and other affectionate names, that I shan’t mention. One of Hugh’s school mates, my uncle Norman Dulhunty, spoke often of ‘Hugh’ Delaney, “as he now calls himself”. He recalled fondly of how once you were a friend of Aeneas you were a friend forever. Loyalty and service were forged early on in his life. Hugh attended St. Mary’s School, then St. Patrick’s School (one day to return to work in the same building, now the Chancery) and completed his secondary schooling at St. Stanislaus’ College. It was here that he developed a life-long affection for the Vincentian priests. Hugh shared with me not

so long ago that it was one of the hardest decisions of his life as to whether he ought become a ‘Vincentian’ or ‘Diocesan’ priest. He never really said what swayed his decision. Despite choosing the Diocesan priesthood, throughout his life, he was certainly drawn to the example and life of teaching. So all these early streams of influence ultimately led Hugh to the seminary, St. Columba’s Springwood. where he would meet up with two fellow students who would become lifelong friends and colleagues: John Grannall from Canowindra and a certain Patrick Dougherty from Kensington, Sydney. Upon completing his studies at St. Patrick’s College Manly and suffering the loss of his parents during this time, he was ordained here in this place on 30th July, 1955 by Bishop Norton, at the age of 29 years and four months. At Easter 1963, at the age of 37, he was asked to become Inspector of Schools. This was a role in which he flourished. It was a demanding time for any educator and for the next seven years he put his heart and soul into it. His many visits to the Schools around the diocese were always appreciated. Some of the nuns have humorous stories about getting in touch with each other about what ‘theme’ he was on about that year. “It’s Reading this year”, or “It’s Maths this year” would be telegraphed around the Diocese in preparation of the visit of the Inspector of Schools. Pity help the first School in the chain. So the Sisters were then well prepared for the ‘Theme’ that year. His wise counsel, not always appreciated at the time, has, I know, sown hidden benefits in the lives of many of our children throughout the Diocese, whose education benefited from his incisive decisiveness. Among the many aspects of his education work, was dealing with the demands of the Wyndham Scheme. This had many implications for the Diocese and led to him being part of a group of fine educators, who at Bishop Thomas’ request, bought into being The Diocesan Catholic Girls’ High School, now MacKillop College. Together with Mother Basil Griffin RSM, Sr Margaret Press RSJ and Father Joseph Keady CM, Father Hugh Delaney bought into existence the ‘Dio’ and laid the strong foundations upon which we continue to build. His photo hangs proudly in the hall of fame at MacKillop. I began Kindergarten in that same year, 1963, and have memories of seeing a tall upright priest wandering around the convent at Perthville. Hugh was living here for several years at this time. It was here that, down in the old music rooms at the Perthville School, I saw all this woodworking equipment. We were told in the most hushed and serious tones not to touch it as it was “Fr Delaney’s”. I do not know when he started this hobby, but I do know how much he loved it and how much life it gave him and how good he was at it. Everywhere around the Diocese you run into pieces of wood that he had fashioned into something of beauty or something of practical use or of something of both. Many altars, tabernacles stands, ambos, tables still are in service to this day that he had crafted. It’s an art and one that he mastered especially the delicate inlay work. It is appropriate that a fine example stands with us today in the form of a table. In these years he worked collaboratively with all involved in education and developed a very close association with the Religious working in the Schools. Upon reading 47 years of age, Hugh was given a chance to do something different away from the Diocese from 1973-1980, when he worked with the Movement for a Better World. MBW was established in Rome in response to the appeal for renewal launched by Pius XII in 1952, to the Church in his radio message, known as the “Proclamation for a Better World”. The preaching

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of Fr Riccardo Lombardi SJ, known as ‘God’s Microphone’, led to the dissemination of the “Exercises for a Better World” from 1943 to 1956 and it was this to which Hugh was drawn and became a space in which he found a natural home. Together with the insights of the recent foment of the Second Vatican Council, the MBW gave him a language and a platform to enter into the life of the Church more deeply and be at its service. At this time, he had time to hone his skills of presenting and teaching, something which was never far from his heart. In this work people recalled that he offered hope to many and was he revelled in the opportunity to work with teams from all around the world. I’m sure Father Devlin would have approved. Hugh was a pastor of several parishes of the Diocese, mainly Mudgee, Orange and West Bathurst. He is remembered in Orange for establishing the Contact Programme which sought to keep in contact with all people in the Parish as well as taking on the huge task of renovating St Joseph’s Church. He is remembered also for renovating the Assumption Church here in Bathurst; both renovations seeking to apply the best liturgical, theological and pastoral principles. Father Hugh was instrumental in leading the work in upgrading the local St. Vincent’s Hospital; he was a faithful and active Vicar General, seemingly relishing the many meetings and intimacies of the Diocese, working closely with Bishops Dougherty and McKenna. Hugh loved going on holidays, especially to Cairns and loved almost even more the great countdown to the holidays, usually taken in September each year as I recall; he had a passion for pastoral planning and for working with the local St. Vincent de Paul Society, forming them spiritually and being part of their work. He had a passion for Christian Mediation and carefully superintended the local group and sought to foster it in our Schools. He was involved with the Ministry for Priests team, being actively solicitous for others in ways that many were not aware; sometimes it was ‘his way or the highway’ but if Hughie was on the case, then something would always happen. He was an active member of our priests support group and always delighted in telling us that he was free and that, “you chaps ought to loosen up a bit”. He was a member and chair of the CDF Board; involved with the work of Centacare; part of his role of Vicar General meant working with the all staff at the Chancery and CDF, all of whom seemed happy enough to accommodate his frequent requests for the most interesting of things; he actively stayed with touch with his family, the list goes on. In all of this vast array of portfolios, Hughie saw that ‘someone’

had to be ‘driving the bus’ on projects if anything was to happen. The phrase so often said of meetings, “That when all is said and done, more is said than done”, didn’t quite apply to Hughie. Hugh enjoyed the fact that he had the time to be full-time Vicar General, in that it gave him the chance to focus singularly on what was at hand. It is easy enough to list all of Father Hugh’s many achievements and passions, but that is to take him too cheaply. All of these exploits and achievements are of great interest to us and today we gratefully and generously acknowledge all that he has done, but to me, of greater interest is to know why Hugh Delaney did what he did, and that is not hard to find. Hughie did the things he did because he was a person of prayer. While it might be hard to imagine some people at prayer, it was not hard to imagine Hugh as a person of prayer. It seemed immediately to fit the person you met. Hugh was also a person attuned to the Spirit. If he believed in anything, it was because he had a deep relationship with God and the Lord Jesus and was deeply in touch with how God’s Holy Spirit touched his Spirit, and he wanted others to share in it. This nourished him, drove him, and sustained him. Stories abound of his enthusiasm for projects that caught his eye or captured his heart. If Hughie had a nose for something, then everyone knew it, for it was simply “the best”, “the greatest”, and “everyone ought be in on it”. His enthusiasms however were not like that of the Toad of Toad Hall kind, who would become obsessed with current fads such as boating or horsedrawn caravans, or cars only to abandon them as quickly as he took them up. Hughie’s tended to last much longer and be more substantial and sustaining, even extending to sport. While never despondent, sometimes he could just not understand why others might not share the same level of enthusiasm as he did for a certain project. Sometimes his outer-directedness could be taken the wrong way, and his almost obsessive like behaviour at times, could surprise even those who thought they’d seen it all. I always admired the fact that he continued to read theology and spiritual books, listening to tapes and then CDs. The flame of learning was never quenched in him, the white won out over the violet there too. I wondered sometimes, if he had his druthers, if the more settled life of an aesthetic monk might have better suited him. With its wonderful regularity and predictable routines, right to the very minute, this life may have suited his temperament a little more than the life of a Diocesan priest where each day can be a tale of the unexpected. But that was what he chose and with all of its twists and turns he responded to each of them with characteristic trust and most times able to mix the white with the violet. At meetings he would always come up with a suggestion or a solution; not always the best one mind you, and sometimes ones that went bad, but often as not they provided a way forward, when otherwise an impasse might have delayed things even further. I have rambled on today, but I wanted to do a little justice to a person who has been key to the life of the Bathurst Diocese for so many years. Something a little shorter today may not have been able to do justice to him, and reveal to us something of the face of our gracious God, in whose grace we live and move and have our being. The Gradual of that day of Hugh’s baptism was, “I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go into the house of the Lord…”. Hughie, may that promise given in baptism now be fulfilled. Thanks for teaching us to mix the white with the violet, the violet with the white and living in hope of the Resurrection. We thank you for your 59 years and one month service to God and the holy people of God, of both the Bathurst Diocese and the wider Church. Rest in peace.

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Celebration Mass to give thanks for 125 years of Vincentian Presence


ecently the Stannies’ community welcomed current and past families, students, staff and many special guests for a Mass of Thanksgiving for 125 years of Vincentian presence. Nine Vincentian priests as well as Brother Brendan Tanner were present at the Mass. Principal Celebrant was Father Matthew Kallammakal cm, Assistant General of the Congregation of the Mission, who is currently on visitation in Australia. Of the 10 Vincentians, eight were either Stannies’ Old Boys, staff members or both. Present also were 10 priests from the Diocese of Bathurst, three of whom are College Old Boys. This Mass was a joyous celebration of the Vincentian charism that has impacted the education and the lives of Stannies’ students over 125 years. It was also a time of thanksgiving for the lives of selfless service of Vincentian priests and brothers since their early beginnings at the College in 1889. Dr Anne Wenham

Year 11 Mass and Commissioning of Ministers of Holy Communion


ecently the College welcomed Bishop Michael McKenna who was Principal Celebrant at the Year 11 Mass. Bishop Michael commissioned 15 Year 11 students and Counsellor, Mrs Rosemary Clifton as Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. We are grateful for their commitment and generosity of time and spirit in responding to this invitation for Ministry. At a later Mass, three more Year 11 students were commissioned. Dr Anne Wenham

New Year 11 Student Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion with Bishop Michael and Mrs Rosemary Clifton


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Message from the Executive Director... Dedication to Catholic Education honoured


n three locations across the Diocese in November, the following staff, who have devoted 25 years or more of service to Catholic education, were acknowledged in our biennial Years of Service ceremony:

Andrew Lindsay

Denise Gough

Kerry Morris

Patrick Allen

Andy Haycock

Elizabeth George

Lorraine Riley

Pauline Walkom

Anita Fry

Fran Charge

Lorraine Short

Peter Nugent

Anna Brien

Gemma Belmonte

Lorraine Spear

Robert Forbes

Anne Humphries

Gregory Hill

Louise Clulow

Rosemary Townsend

Anne Jones

Helen Finlay

Maree Smith

Roslyn Dunhill

Anne Spencer

Jennifer Bray

Margaret Flood

Shane Hanley

Barbara Hart

Jennifer Emms

Margaret Gosper

Simon Price

Bernadette Hicks

Jennifer Quirk

Margo Dickson

Sue Kearns

Brad Selmes

Jim Wootten

Maria Brice

Sue Nuttall

Carmel Reidy

Jo-Anne Hornby

Mariette Gibson

Sue Powell

Carolyn Wood

John Clarke

Mark Barnes

Susie Bennett

Catherine Gaudry

John Mealings

Mark Picman

Suzanne Weekes

Catherine O’Neill

John Taylor

Mary Liesch

Tania McRobert

Catherine Sullivan

Joy Roberts

Mary Russell

Terry Dyball

Catherine Wheeler

Kathryn Ashley

Michael Gallagher

Therese Welsh

Chris Stevens

Kay Thomas

Pamela Dellow

Vicki Evans

Danielle Dann

Kerry Fitzsimmons

Patricia Crawley

Deborah Prestwidge

Kerry Maher

Patricia Harvey

The ceremony not only honoured their devoted years of service to the mission of Catholic education but more significantly, it honoured the transformative impact of that service on the lives of the students and families whom they have served over the years. The occasion enabled us to also reflect on the fact that our work builds on the extraordinary legacy left to us by the various religious orders who have walked, and indeed laid down, the path before us. The following words of Catherine McAuley were recalled: “We are called not only to imagine what can be done, but with prayer, discipline and perseverance, to do it”. Mary MacKillop’s connection with people in their common humanity, her qualities of great reverence, compassion and forgiveness of every person were also reflected upon along with her words: “So great is the strength we possess in our unity”. The blessing that that Catherine McAuley was known to have conveyed often to her sisters was extended to staff: “May God continue to bless and animate you with his own divine spirit”. And to that, we say, Amen. Jenny Allen Executive Director of Schools

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Creative Kids with Crates… Canowindra-style!


hat an exciting place the playground is at St. Eddie’s these days (as it always has been, but with a new twist). The playground is spacious and has the usual equipment that can be seen in most of our well-resourced school communities. However, the creative staff at St. Eddie’s have come up with an innovative concept to develop creative and imaginative play and improve their students’ social interactions. With the addition of 40 noodles, numerous milk crates, PVC piping, bread crates, buckets and other loose materials the students are encouraged and free to ‘create! And the outcome? FUN! Janine Kearney

Portland Pride…


hen does a small school enjoy BIG numbers? When they have students who are great at maths. This was the case recently at St. Joseph’s, Portland. With a new syllabus and a renewed focus on engaging students in maths and science, it’s pleasing to see that Sue and her team are, as usual, doing their bit with style and flair. Janine Kearney The boys began at recess and made improvements to their construction work at lunchtime

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Student Leadership and Spirituality Day After Jesus had washed their feet, he put his outer garment back on and returned to his place at the table. “Do you understand what I have just done to you?” he asked. “You call me Teacher and Lord, and it is right that you do so, because that is what I am. I, your Lord and Teacher, have just washed your feet. You, then, should go and do the same.” John 13:12-14 ‘To lead as Jesus did’ - this was the theme for more than 120 students who gathered together in Orange on 24th October for a leadership and spirituality day. With students from the nine secondary schools in the Diocese participating, the day provided a unique opportunity for student leaders from our secondary schools to come together to share experiences, pray and prepare for the year ahead. Following a stirring Welcome to Country by Wiradjuri man, Duncan Smith and his Wiradjuri Echoes group, Bishop McKenna welcomed students and teachers with a hope that the day would “release new energy and hope as we realise that we share a common mission and enjoy one another’s gifts, where we meet Christ in the people here gathered in his name; in the scriptures through which he speaks to us; in opening our prayer to the Holy Spirit so that we really pray in union with Christ; and in the sublime and mysterious gift he makes of himself in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood”.

Bishop Michael with Student Leaders building activities, reflections, prayer, and a number of other practical ways so as to enhance their leadership at school.

The re-enactment of washing of feet by Sheahan students, Luke Kilkeary and Zac Rosser, provided a powerful metaphor of In his keynote address that followed, the embodiment of servant leadership. Brother Paul Skippen OSA emphasised to In addition to the keynote address, students the students that leadership is essentially were able to select two workshops that about relationships and that the servant- were of particular interest to their mission style leadership of Jesus found in the as leaders. The four workshops on offer Gospels, also espoused by Pope Francis, were - Make a Joyful Noise (Genevieve provided them with the essence of Bryant), Leadership, Scripture & the leadership they should attempt to Jesus Mix (Paul Skippen), Faith in Action model. Paul offered a wealth of ideas (Social Justice Groups, including James and hands-on experience with team Sheahan Sri Lanka Group) and Indigenous

Spirituality (Wiradjuri Echoes). The highpoint of the day was the joyous celebration of Mass with Bishop McKenna, where students not only met Christ in the Eucharist, but were also commissioned to carry out their mission on behalf of the Church. The organising committee worked tirelessly and is to be acknowledged and congratulated. The team includes Peta Bischof, Jenny Bray, Kristy Isbester, Jacinta Thatcher, Carolyn Wait, Nicole TwohillScott, Lorna Nicholson, Jenny Allen, Jane Donaldson, Anita Fry, Robert Exner, Vince Connor, Lorraine Short, and Amber Calleja. Dr Angelo Belmonte

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New initiative to support students


n June 2014, a specialised education centre began operating in the old Assumption Convent building in Mitre Street, Bathurst. The Diagnostic, Assessment and Intervention Centre (DAIC) Bathurst will enable students with complex learning needs to access specialist support from a variety of experts. The Centre offers support to schools in the Diocese of Bathurst, bringing together staff from many disciplines. The team is chaired by Dr Michael Flood and is made up of a psychologist, a speech pathologist and an occupational therapist, along with literacy and numeracy experts, an Indigenous education officer and visiting teacher (autism). Executive Director of Schools, Mrs Jenny Allen, said the Centre has an extraordinary ability to impact on student learning and well-being. She is confident it can become a model for other dioceses and education systems in the future. “We will definitely be monitoring the success of this and hopefully can share it with the wider educational community”. The idea for the Centre came from discussions between retiring Assumption School Principal, Mr Peter Nugent and Dr Michael Flood from the Catholic Education Office (Team Leader Learning and Teaching). These discussions led to an acknowledgement that expertise from Charles Sturt University (CSU) would enhance support to schools. Consequently, a Memorandum of Understanding between the University and the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Bathurst has been signed. The Memorandum will see CSU undergraduates undertaking internships through the Centre and support offered to students in the Diocese by specialist staff. While still early days, Mr Nugent said the response to the Centre has been outstanding. “The University is so encouraged by what we are doing, they see it as a potential model to be used across other areas of NSW and possibly Australia”. Pic Courtesy Phill Murray - Western Advocate

Peter Nugent outside the Centre

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Indigenous Education in Action!


he five year National Indigenous Education Action Plan finishes at the end of 2014. Our Diocese is meeting the targets in that plan, thanks largely to the work of Darlene Murdoch, our Indigenous Education Officer. Margaret Pearce, one of our hard-working Aboriginal Education Workers (AEW) from St. Joseph’s, Gilgandra, has certainly done her bit to realise these targets. Marg works in classrooms and provides one to one literacy support for student. They certainly develop great readers at St Joseph’s. Janine Kearney

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The Art and Science of Teaching


ourteen teachers and leaders from schools and the Catholic Education Office travelled to Melbourne recently to attend a two-day interactive and engaging workshop introducing and explaining a comprehensive instructional framework for effective teaching. The presenters, Dr Tammy Heflebower (a consultant with experience in urban, rural and suburban districts throughout North America, Canada and Australia), and Dr Janelle Wills (a specialist in long-term school improvement efforts) provided modelling, dialogue and activities to show how and when to use the different strategies in the framework. We all came away with our minds overflowing with ways to apply these valuable strategies to our particular contexts, with the understanding that great teachers are made, not born, and a reaffirmed commitment to our diocesan focus on building teacher capacity to improve student achievement. Janine Kearney Some of the Art and Science crew enjoying the Melbourne view

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Lithgow Catholic Education moves forward

John Emms (Principal La Salle Academy), Robert Keady (Principal St Patrick’s Lithgow), Jenny Allen (Executive Director of Schools), Jane Mitchell (Lecturer Charles Sturt University), Sue Kearns (Principal St Joseph’s Portland), Sara Murray (Lecturer Charles Sturt University) and Vince Connor (Schools Consultant)


n October, staff members of St. Patrick’s and La Salle Academy, Lithgow and St. Joseph’s, Portland came together as a YK-12 Professional Learning Community. As at previous staff development days, we committed to gathering as a team of teaching professionals, with the aim of improving the quality of teaching and learning in our three schools.

striving to improve - we have chosen the latter.

The aims of the day included strategies for improving student learning outcomes, enhancing collaborative professional learning between the three schools, increased teacher selfefficacy, development of a process where the three schools will further improve the students NAPLAN results from Y5-9, as Staff in our schools are committed to continually striving to well as presentations of the Motivated Minds Project. improve our results collectively, rather than as separate entities. To enhance these aims, La Salle, in partnership with the Catholic We have a choice of either resting on our laurels or continually Education Office and Charles Sturt University, embarked upon a project entitled Motivated Minds. The La Salle staff based their research on improving feedback options to students as a means of further engaging students in the learning process and acted as a lighthouse site for the project. This research and professional development project is based on psychological theories of motivation. It focused, in particular, on students’ implicit theories about intelligence, their ‘mindset’ and attitudes and behaviours related to effort and ability.

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The outcomes of the project include a set of faculty-based teaching and learning strategies that develop student motivation, confidence and effort; the development of a package of teaching and learning materials which can be used for teacher professional development across the Diocese of Bathurst. These products will be evidence-based, fully evaluated and provide sustainable models of teacher professional learning for the Diocese. The success of the project has been quite astounding and the feedback received was very affirming. The three principals look forward to working more closely together to explore further ways of improving student learning in the Greater Lithgow community.

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All Souls’ Day at Yeoval

A number of parishioners gathered at the Yeoval Cemetery for All Souls’ Day last month. Our primary class and Mrs Brown are to be congratulated on a fantastic job leading the music. The Holy Spirit was certainly present. Julia Englart

St. Columbas’ Confirmation


he Yeoval community welcomed Bishop McKenna in October, when he came to confer the sacrament of Confirmation. Congratulations to Phoebe Englert and Teji Pastor who were sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit. Julia Englert Phoebe Englert, Teji Pastor, Altar Servers Annabelle Englert, Milo Hunter and Althea Pastor with Bishop Michael McKenna and Father Tony Hennessy.

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St. Brigid’s ~ Coonamble


he St. Brigid’s School community is looking to “sock it to poverty” with a focus on Jamaica this year.

Catholic Mission’s World Mission Appeal this year is for support of the crucial work of the Jamaican Catholic Church in helping people turn away from violence and crime to seek a new future, through the power of education and the spirit of Jesus Christ. Each class at St. Brigid’s has learned about Jamaica and Y1 prepared a prayer for the whole school assembly, specifically to pray for the Jamaican people. Trish Crawley

Bishop Puther visits the Diocese


ast month saw Bishop Bosco Puthur, SyroMalabar Eparch, visit the Diocese of Bathurst as the guest of Bishop Michael McKenna.

Bishop McKenna was the principal celebrant at Mass in the Cathedral on 29th November and the following day he attended Mass in Orange, celebrated by Bishop Puthur according to the SyroMalabar rite. The Syro-Malabar Church is an Eastern Rite with a rich history, founded in Kerala, India by the Apostle, St. Thomas, in 52 AD. We currently have four priests of the Carmelite of Mary Immaculate order (Syro-Malabar) working in our Bishop Michael with Bishop Bosco Puthur who concelebrated mass with Fathers Antony, Diocese. Paul, Thuc, Ephrem, Joshy and Augustine

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Young artists shine in annual art competition


fter many months of preparation and effort, the official opening of the 2014 Diocesan Christmas Art Exhibition was held at the Girra Girra Hall, St. Philomena’s School in Bathurst, in early September. Schools across the Diocese of Bathurst took part in this event. The annual competition began in 2006, and is a way to encourage Catholic youngsters to celebrate Christmas and their faith using visual skills. In total, 141 pieces of art were submitted as Bathurst Diocesan finalists, and after much discernment by our judges, Jim and Racquel Redmond from Chrome Online in Sydney as well as Les Quick from James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange. The major winners for each section selected were: Bishop’s Award: Phoebe Varela - St. Raphael’s Catholic School, Cowra. (See picture featured on page 2). Executive Director of Schools Award: Isabel Joseph – Catherine McAuley, Orange Catholic Development Fund Award: Ethan Cusick - Assumption School, Bathurst Art Basics Award: Max Martinez Assumption School Bathurst Bishop’s Honourable Mention: Jed Gibson St Joseph’s Primary School, Manildra. Other winners were:Year 6 1st:- Cara Seale – Catherine McAuley Primary School, Orange; 2nd:- Olivia Willcocks – St. Mary’s Primary School, Dubbo; 3rd:- Max Woods – All Hallows School Primary School, Gulgong; HC:- Bella Myers – Cathedral Primary School, Bathurst Year 5 1st:- Mary Johnson – St Joseph’s Primary School, Molong; 2nd:- Bella Dent – St. Michael’s Primary School, Dunedoo; 3rd:Chloe Perry – All Hallows Primary School, Gulgong; HC:- Max Gates – St Joseph’s Primary School, Eugowra Six art works created by students from our Diocese were chosen to be part of the Christmas Story Art Competition at St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney. Isabel Joseph’s artwork, “An Escape” was awarded the Catholic Weekly Prize in the Y6 category. Well done Isabel! Congratulations to all students and teachers for what was an overwhelming response, and a level of work that can only be described as outstanding. Given the standard of our winning entries, it seemed only fitting that Phoebe Varela’s artwork “The Long Road To Egypt” is featured as the artwork on the Bishop’s Christmas card, while Isabel Joseph’s creation “An Escape”, is featured as the artwork for the Catholic Education Office’s Christmas card. Acknowledgement is made of all the students who entered the competition and their teachers for facilitating this most worthwhile activity.   Dr Angelo Belmonte

“The Asylum Seekers” by Ethan Cusick, Assumption School Bathurst

“The Birth of Jesus and the Visit of the Magi” by Max Martinez, Assumption School, Bathurst

“An Escape” by Isabel Joseph, Catherine McAuley, Orange

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Cowra’s Anniversary Celebrations


014 has been a milestone year for St. Raphael’s Parish in Cowra. Many celebrations and events have been held throughout the year, to mark the 125th anniversary of the Parish and the 75th anniversary of the present church in Cowra. Celebrations began in February with a ‘Dinner Under the Stars’. Guests were treated to a surprise performance by ‘The Seekers’, otherwise known as Ray Harris, Jenny Waters, Peter Heilman and Father Laurie Beath. Talented artists from across the region shared their fine art at the Anniversary Art Show which was held in April. Many prizes The memorial dedication to the work of the Josephite and Brigidine Sisters which is were awarded for artworks reflecting the located in the old convent courtyard at St. Raphael’s School, Cowra history and other aspects of our church The family bush dance held in May at the the Josephite and Brigidine Sisters at the and parish. Guest speakers were a feature this year, Gooloogong Log Cabin was a chance for celebration. with engaging and informative talks by friends and family to dust off their cowboy Following the Mass, a memorial former Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of boots and enjoy a night of fun, with dedication acknowledging the work of Canberra-Goulburn, Bishop Pat Power; entertainment provided by ‘November both the Josephine and Brigidine Sisters former Premier of NSW, Mr Barry Unsworth Shorn’. The dancing continued in August was blessed by the Bishop and unveiled and finally, Father Richard Leonard spoke with one of the standout events of the by representatives of both Congregations. year - ‘The Heritage Ball’. Guests enjoyed The St. Raphael’s choir sang moving on the topic of “Where the Hell is God?”. dancing the Gypsy Tap, Pride of Erin and tributes to the Sisters. Once the formalities Liturgical events formed an important many other old time favourites. It was a were complete, a parish picnic dinner was part of the celebrations, with an inspiring night of old fashioned fun and a highlight held in the School grounds, complete with Liturgical Conference held in May, with for many parishioners. jumping castle, fairy floss and a slideshow special guest Monica Brown performing a sacred concert in St. Raphael’s Church. The closing Mass in October was of the many events held across the year. Parishioners from across the Diocese of celebrated by Bishop Michael McKenna Many thanks to everyone who contributed Bathurst came to take part in this weekend with Fathers Laurie Beath, Pat Ruane, Owen in some way to our celebrations. It has of faith and learning. Parishioners also Gibbons, Pat O’Regan, Tony Hennessy, been a very special and most memorable participated in several retreats, including Joshy Kaithakulangara, Tim Cahill and year. the Retreat in Everyday Life and a Steve Sinn concelebrating. We were also honoured to have representatives from Therese Johnston Weekend Retreat.

2015 plans underway


he Diocesan Assembly Council (DAC) met at Shalom House of Prayer, Carcoar in September, and via teleconference in November, to discuss and progress planning for our next Diocesan gathering - following on from the 2013 Diocesan Assembly. Initially, planning will take place for events across the Diocese next year, focussing on the six themes of the Assembly identified as pastoral priorities for our Diocese: Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of God; Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament; Building a Community of Love and Service; Participation of Indigenous Catholics; Participation of Young Catholics and The Domestic Church: Marriage and Families. Bishop McKenna has appointed to six ‘work groups’ the Regional Representatives on the DAC, one of the Ex-Officio members of the Council and one of the men currently undertaking discernment and formation for the diaconate. These ‘core’ groups will co-opt others who have expertise, experience and interest in the particular topic they are looking at. The aim of the

groups is to create an event, or events, to be held in 2015 - the sesquicentenary of the Diocese - which will explore the particular theme, review progress and activities since Pentecost 2013, develop actionable initiatives for our Diocese and link in with the other themes. From these events next year will come leaders to take part in a larger Diocesan gathering to be held early in 2016. Work is underway to create a series of logos which will identify and connect the six themes. The issue of communication across the

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Diocese is also high on the DAC’s agenda and a Diocesan communications plan is currently being explored. Bishop McKenna has asked that each parish have a DAC contact person, who will further assist in communicating with the Council. Information about the Council and your Regional Representative is available on our Diocesan website - or from the Executive Secretary, Sr Alice Sullivan Fiona Lewis

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Representatives of both Congregations were at the dedication

Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Michael McKenna and priests of the Diocese

St. Raphael’s choir singing a tribute to the Sisters at the memorial dedication

Bishop Michael McKenna blessing the Josephite and Brigidine memorial, assisted by Father Laurie Beath

Josephite and Brigidine sisters at the closing Mass

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End of an era


he close of this school year will see the end of an era at The Assumption School in Bathurst, when the current executive team retires. Principal, Peter Nugent; Assistant Principal, Di Walkowiak and Religious Education Coordinator (REC), Therese Hooper will close the chapter on their careers as teachers on 17th December and will leave behind some very big shoes to fill. Peter, Di and Therese are passionate and experienced educators. Working together, each has displayed complementary strengths: Peter in his ability to identify and develop opportunities and manage large projects; Di with her enthusiasm and experience in curriculum; Therese in her commitment and devotion to the religious aspects of education and love of sports. All three always having the children of the School as their number one priority. This combination of passion and experience has resulted in the The Assumption School community benefitting and continually improving. Peter has been a principal for over 30 years, beginning at St. Joseph’s, Gilgandra. He was appointed Principal of The Assumption School in 2001. Peter’s enduring thought as an educator and executive member has always been that “This school is chid centred. The focus must always be on the children”. This philosophy has been the basis of creating a unique and very special school community, known for its caring, nurturing environment. Peter’s love of Rugby Union is well known. His commitment and dedication to this and many other sports state wide, is to be commended. It was recognised when he was the first Catholic school teacher to be selected for the PSSA Honour Roll for Rugby Union. Last year, Australian Rugby Union named “The Peter Nugent Regional 7s Tournament” in his honour. When looking over Peter’s career achievements, one thing stands out; the focus on constant improvement and development of educational resources - planning, building and upgrading all aspects of the School including new classrooms, library, multipurpose facility (school hall), sporting ovals, beautiful gardens and playgrounds. As part of the executive team, he has been focused on providing first class resources at the school, Di’s teaching career began in 1977. She speaks of her love of teaching as the motivation that has inspired her many years of dedication. In 2001, she was awarded a National Excellence in Teaching Award for Information and Communication Technology

Education initiatives supporting teaching and learning in Literacy. Although this was a wonderful highlight of her career, Di insists that her greatest joy is seeing the enthusiasm of her students; that magic “light bulb moment” when they grasped a concept and their personal growth flourished. Di was appointed assistant principal is 2007 and explained that the executive leadership group has worked extremely well as a team, giving students the opportunity to succeed across a broad curriculum; offering so many exciting opportunities to enrich their lives. Di described the privilege of her time as a teacher, “We have a very honoured position as leaders in a very honourable profession. The influence on the children we have met and had the privilege to teach over the year has been profound.” Therese began her career at The Assumption School in 1975 with her treasured kindergarten class, teaching there her entire career, apart from one year where she was seconded to St. Philomena’s School as acting Assistant Principal/REC. For the past eight years, Therese has been a member of the Executive team as REC. Her contribution and commitment to the Cathedral parish and The Assumption School have been enormous and her knowledge of the School’s history is immense. Therese said she feels privileged to have taught many fine young people over the years and has even taught a second generation of pupils over this time. She has organised and assisted at numerous school, regional, diocesan, Polding and PSSA carnivals. She has been a dedicated manager and convenor of many Diocesan sporting teams and carnivals. Di, Therese and Peter talked about how they will miss the wonderful team at Assumption, a collaborative group of more than 40 staff that create a professional, cohesive and fun environment. Therese said “The school spirit and culture is unique, based on the Josephite tradition. We celebrate our past. Understanding your past means you can appreciate where you are going. The children and staff have a great sense of belonging and ownership, being very proud of their school” The next challenge for the trio is to embrace retirement with vigour! All three are looking forward to spending time with ever growing families and grandchildren as well as travelling, while Peter will continue to chase the dream of breeding that ever elusive champion trotter. Kimbalee Clews

Therese, Peter and Di - passionate educators looking forward to retirement

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Sacred Heart Primary ~ Coolah PSSA State Relay Team

On Thursday 16th October, four students from Sacred Heart Primary School represented Polding at the State PSSA Athletics Carnival, running in the 4 x 100m mixed State relay at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush.

Polding is the representative zone for northern half of the state and draws students from the Dioceses of Armidale, Bathurst, Broken Bay, Lismore, Maitland-Newcastle and Wilcannia-Forbes. The relay team consisted of Grace Brown, Otto Kuhn, Miles Ghiggioli, and Tyler Lennox. Since their win at the Bathurst Diocesan Athletics Carnival, the team have been training with Mr and Mrs Manning every day at school. They dominated the Polding Carnival at Glendale in September and have had a great preparation for PSSA. The team qualified for heats in the PSSA 4 x 100m mixed relay for the Norm Bagley Trophy (schools with a population of up to 56 students). They ran a solid heat and qualified for the semi-finals. In the semi-finals Otto Kuhn ran an impressive first leg, passing the baton to Miles Ghiggioli. Miles ran exceptionally well in the second 100m and passed the baton to Tyler Lennox. Tyler, has been consistent in his performance and did a great job, passing to Grace Brown who anchored the team and ran an outstanding final leg to finish fourth in the semis.

Grace Brown in full flight

Although they didn’t make it to the finals, the team ran an amazing time and, overall, finished 14th in the State. Otto Kuhn told Sacred Heart, “It was a great day and my favourite parts were running at the Olympic Stadium, seeing an Olympic hurdler and driving around the Olympic stadium. It was amazing. I hope I can go back”. Grace Brown recounts that, “at the start of the day I was extremely nervous. I have never been to Homebush, unlike my brother and sister. My Dad helped us warm up. We ran fourth in the semi-final and missed out on the final by 1.01 seconds so it was extremely close. The team and I had an awesome time in Sydney. I hope Sacred Heart will make it to the Olympic Stadium again next year”. Sacred Heart staff and students are very proud of Otto, Miles, Tyler and Grace and would also like to thank Mr and Mrs Manning for their coaching and their parents for their support. Amy Maslen

The 4 x100 relay team from Sacred Heart School, Coolah


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National athletics selection for Assumption School student


t is with great excitement that we announce that Jacinta Windsor has qualified for the School Sport Australia National Athletics Carnival in Tasmania from 27th November to 1st December. She will compete at Penguin, on the north coast of Tasmania, where she will meet with representatives from all States and Territories in the 12 years 100m. Jacinta will also be a member of the NSW Relay Team and this will be an amazing experience for her. Jacinta’s goal in 2014 was to make an individual event at PSSA. She has gone to a higher, more elite level and she simply wishes to do her best there. Jacinta joins some Assumption students who have already made State Teams: Haylee Lepaio, Sam Robertson and Jesse Stevens.   

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Jacinta Windsor to compete at National Athletics Carnival

SRE Leaders


icki Mair and I recently worked with ten Y9 students to complete the Student Catechist Helper Program at St. Raphael’s Central School at Cowra.

The students are assisting at Mulyan and Holmwood Public Schools in the Special Religious Education (SRE) classes. The program completed by the students included an introduction to the Ministry of SRE, Child Protection and Safety, a look at the curriculum used by the Catechists, classroom behaviour and management and nurturing their own faith. Thank you to Peta Bischof, the Religious Education Coordinator of St. Raphael’s, for her dedicated assistance to bring this program to fruition. Also, thank you to the Catechists who pick up and return the students to the school, another part of the ministry. Helen Ryan

Year 9 students of St. Raphael’s Cowra with Helen and Vicki

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St. John’s Primary ~ Dubbo St. Joseph’s ~ Eugowra Crazy Socks Day Welcome back Mr Farr


s part of Socktober! Catholic Mission Month, the students of St. John’s Primary School held a Crazy Socks Day fundraiser, where children wore bright and/or mismatched socks for a gold coin donation. The students looked great on the day and over $440 was raised for this important charity.


he Eugowra and St. Joseph’s communities were happy to welcome back their ‘old’ Principal, James Farr, at the annual Eugowra Show in September. James, who is now Principal at St. Philomena’s Bathurst, came back to his favourite town with his family to judge the Miss Showgirl competition. Whilst at the Show, James caught up with some of his 2004 Kindergarten class who have grown somewhat in the last 10 years!

James Farr with Cameron Harvey, Bill Whalan and Jacob Townsend

Information Technology Day

S Celebrating Grandparents


o celebrate Grandparents’ Day, St. John’s held a whole of school liturgy followed by a morning tea to celebrate the important role that grandparents play in our lives and thank them. Grandparents travelled from far and wide to join with the school community on this special day. David Schwager

t. Joseph’s students and staff had a rewarding day with CEO IT Consultant, Vicki Vance recently. As we head towards more use of the Share Cloud and ever changing technology, the children participated in a collaborative presentation, with the older students being introduced to their school email addresses. The students were given the opportunity to ‘dip their toes into the chrome book experience’ with a set borrowed from the Catholic Education Office. Vicki has been promoting the use of these innovative, accessible and easy to manage tools across our Diocese to personalise learning for students (and teachers) and bring the power of the web more fully to our classrooms. As always, the children picked up the terms and technology very quickly and enjoyed the interactive class time. Sarah de Lange

St. Joseph’s students with Vicki Vance from the CEO

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St. Patrick’s Church, Wellington celebrates 100 years


n Sunday 28th September, Bishop Michael McKenna concelebrated Mass with Father Tony Hennessy, commemorating 100 years since the laying of the foundation stone of St. Patrick’s Church, Wellington in 1914. More than 250 people were at the Mass, marking this important occasion. As part of the celebrations, an indigenous painting, by Aboriginal Education Worker Denise Kelly, was given to the Parish by St. Mary’s Catholic School. The painting represents the story of the Wellington Parish. Festivities then continued with a tour of the Convent and a luncheon, where long-time parishioner Lorna Sheridan told the crowd of more than 200 people that this was a special day for her family and the community; her family’s involvement going back more than 140 years.  “In 1857, Bishop Polding visited Wellington and celebrated Mass at the home of my great, great grandfather, Thomas Sullivan, in Montefiores”, she said.  This house would later be the home of the first resident Priest of Wellington, Father Patrick White, and was his presbytery for four and a half years. Guests learnt about the interesting history of St. Patrick’s and the generosity and support of this strong Parish.

Sister Majorie Fitzgerald, Father Tony Hennessey with Bishop McKenna

St. Patrick’s Church was classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW) on 28th September 1983. The church is listed on Wellington Council State Heritage Index and the Interim List of the National Estate. The marble sanctuary and surrounds, the stained glass windows and other memorial church furniture are listed by the Royal Australian Historical Society Register of “Monuments and Memorials” 1988. Kimbalee Clews Photos courtesy of the Wellington Times

Mrs Lorna Sheridan

Father Martin O’Mahony with Jo and Joy Gough

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Artist Denise Kelly with Bishop Michael as he accepts the artwork on behalf of the Wellington Parish from St. Mary’s Catholic School

Aboriginal Education Worker Denise Kelly with students from St. Mary’s

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Sinclair, one of our seminarians, unpacked the Scriptures around the theme of Social Justice; Garry Anderson, who worked with the students documenting the weekend in photos and videos; and Rebecca Devitt, who worked with parish and school leaders on how we live out our faith in our everyday life. We were also very grateful to have BLAST is a weekend retreat for people from Y6 to Y9, Father Reynold as our Chaplin for the weekend. conducted for the Diocese of Bathurst, with the assistance Games and entertainment, coupled with praise and reflection, have a powerful effect on many young people, of youth leaders from Y10 to young adults. This year, BLAST was an emotional and spiritual journey helping to develop their faith. Through participating from the soaring peaks of the gatherings, to the reverent in the faith development of those present, the leaders silence of adoration. The weekend was an inspirational experienced their own journey. Through events such as experience for youth, leaders and adults from all over the this, it becomes clear that the Church is alive and well in Diocese who gathered together to celebrate their faith the hearts of young people across our Diocese. ver the weekend of 22nd and 23 rd November, more than 80 young people from across the Diocese gathered at Ridgecrest Christian Education & Convention Centre, to celebrate God’s love, to discover their own faith, learn about the wonders of the Lord and have a BLAST!

and let it grow into something more. All participants were able to learn more about themselves and their own personal faiths, through fun filled activities including thought provoking workshops, song and epic dancing, experiencing Mass with Bishop Michael, water slides and discovering what it means to be a young Catholic in today’s world.

BLAST was a weekend full of fun, friendships and laughter, making memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks and acknowledgement must be given to Bishop Michael, all of the organisers, presenters, the leadership team, the Ridgecrest staff, and especially Nicole Twohill-Scott who co-ordinated BLAST this year and made this important event in the life of the Diocese possible.

Every year, we are blessed with PPK (Priest Prophet King), A big congratulations to the Red Team who won the overall a group of musicians who lift the mood and engage the Small Groups competition for the weekend. young people at gatherings and Mass. The participants Brooke Gillard and Baden Sinclair had lots of fun, getting into the actions and singing the many songs that are a defining feature of BLAST. PPK was joined this year by Genevieve Bryant, a young, full-time musician based in Melbourne who has a lot of experience in praise and worship through music. Genevieve also ran workshops and performed her own reflective and engaging music. Adoration was a new addition to BLAST this year. This was a profoundly emotional event, as Father Reynold Jaboneta conducted the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The youth leaders added to the experience of BLAST by giving testimonies, running small group activities and being peers, mentors and supporters in the participants’ growing faith. It helped the participants learn more about what we can do as young individuals to make the world a better place, both locally and on an international scale. With the theme for this year being Social Justice, BLAST allowed participants to talk with people their own age, in a modern world, about their experiences and where they are right now in their lives. Skye Veech, a member of the Youth Team, presented a workshop on Social Justice around Fair Trading of chocolate. Other presenters included Roza from Catholic Mission, who facilitated a workshop on Refugees; Karl

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A Big Thumbs up for BLAST – feedback from participants


LAST was an amazing experience, Having the chance to meet different people from other schools and towns was absolutely fantastic. It was great to be myself around these people that I had never met before. Each workshop was exciting and different. Having stage fright myself, after I got up and started singing in front of my workshop group, it gave me a lot more courage and confidence, not only in myself, but in others too. It also made me encourage others to do their best. Every single leader, organiser or participant at BLAST did an amazing job. They always got everyone to join in and we all just had a lot of fun. Attending Mass and Adoration was something different. Mass is something I have done before, but Adoration was an experience I will never forget. Seeing how much fun the leaders had made me think that it would be an amazing opportunity to be one of them, not only at BLAST but in school, sport outside of school, anywhere really. Breanna Burton


LAST was an explosion of possibilities. Not only did we get the chance to meet new people, we were also able to extend our relationship with God. Throughout the weekend, we dug deep to get a better understanding of ourselves and our talents. We learnt that God is always with us, even in our troubled times, through inspirational testimonies that were shared. The weekend was definitely worth it. I’m looking forward to next year. The food was amazing! Katie Brown


LAST was an opportunity to unleash our creative side through interaction with our fellow team mates. It helped me to develop closer relationships with old friends, new friends, teammates and JC. Anna


LAST was a weekend to remember. Playing games that somehow brought you closer to God, while making new friends, made it worthwhile.

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Marist Missionary visits from Jamaica


ustralian Marist Missionary, Sister Anne Quinn, visited the Diocese of Bathurst in September.

Since 2012, Sister Anne has been working at a primary school in Jamaica. Her goal in educating very young Jamaican children is to provide them with the means to create a brighter future for themselves, away from the violence and crime that is ever-present in current day Jamaica. During her brief time here, Sister Anne visited MacKillop College and Cathedral Primary School in Bathurst as well as St. John’s College and St. John’s Primary School, Dubbo. She also made an appeal for World Mission Sunday at all Sunday Masses at St. Brigid’s Parish, Dubbo. The purpose of the visits was to raise awareness of the Missionary Church in Jamaica and the violence in the urban ghettos that limit the opportunities for children and adolescents. Sister Anne spoke about the challenge to overcome the cycles of disadvantage and poverty. The appeal for the World Mission Month of October had as its challenging theme “When I grow up I want to be….. Alive!” The focus was for all affected by the violence to be provided with an education and skill sets to achieve their true potential in an otherwise difficult and limiting environment. It is this hope of a better future for all in her care that sustains Sister Anne as a Marist Missionary Sister working in Jamaica. Mike Deasy

Sister Anne Quinn picture with Tony Eviston, Vice Chancellor and Mike Deasy, Diocesan Director, Catholic Mission

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acKillop College recently celebrated a wonderful evening acknowledging the achievements of the HSC Class of 2013. The top ATAR HSC student, Harriet Crowley was awarded the MCE Smith Medal and awards were presented to the Top Ten ATAR students for 2013. Mr Noel Williams, previous Principal from 1986 to 1992 was presented with the MacKillop Award for Distinguished Contribution. Our special guest was Susan O’Reilly who attended the College from 1995 to 2000 and is currently the Assistant Director – Afghanistan at International Policy Division in the Australian Department of Defence. Susan attended MacKillop College from 1995 to 2000 and can best be described as an enthusiastic all rounder. From debating and social justice, to netball and academic pursuits, Susan exemplified many of the outstanding qualities that continue to characterise students of MacKillop College.

Students from MacKillop’s Year of 2013 with special guest and past student, Susan O’Reilly and has worked in a range of policy stan at the International Policy Divipositions involved with developing sion of the Australian Department of and implementing Australia’s strategic Defence, Susan maintains her love of and defence policy. Susan has worked dramatic arts and is an enthusiastic at the Australian High Commission in contributor to Canberra’s improvisaFollowing her graduation from Islamabad, Pakistan and completed tion and theatre scene. MacKillop, Susan gained an Alumni a secondment to the Australian All parents and friends who attended Scholarship to attend the University Department of Foreign Affairs and enjoyed the dinner and entertainment. of NSW, studying history, politics and Trade (Pakistan Section). international relations. Susan joined Kathy Keech the Department of Defence in 2007 Currently, Assistant Director - Afghani-

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"Who are you?" the people asked Jesus. John's disciples also came to ask Jesus, "Are you the

We just returned from a week long retreat at Nazareth House of Prayer and so I have not been checking my email. I read with great joy that our two water projects were approved. The Parish community and St. Mary Goretti Primary School, staff and students are delighted with the gift of a water-tank. Imagine their joy and relief when they heard the good news. Thanks for your wonderful support! Wishing you God's manifold blessings for the generosity of reaching out to those in dire need of safe drinking water. Fr. Gerard Savian, MSC

Messiah or shall we wait for someone else?" And Jesus answered them saying: Go and tell John, “that the blind see, the lame walk, the dumb speak, the lepers are cleansed, the dead rise and the Gospel is preached to the poor.” (Lk 7v22). Do we practice a Christianity of Joy where water is offered to the thirsty, healing to HIV/aids and malaria or leprosy patients and children are freed from the blindness of ignorance. Most of us can in our own limited way, say we are trying to be agents of joy by our generous giving and support for others in need. It would be helpful if we tried to imagine the joy we give to others when we support various projects. And we can be assured that the Lord in return will give us eyes of faith, strengthen our failing limbs, cleanse us of sin and ultimately raise us from death to eternal life. Don’t be too frightened to have a go at trying to be humorous. Remember what Pope Francis said "An example I often use to illustrate the reality of vanity, is this: ‘Look at the peacock; it's beautiful if you look at it from the front. But if you look at it from behind, you discover the truth’ … Whoever gives in to such self-absorbed vanity has huge misery hiding inside them." We can sometimes be supersensitive to the criticism of others and even overcome by our failures or those of the Church. But let our trust be in the God of Joy who assures us that all shall be well. Fear not! Christ has conquered even death. God bless Adrian F. Meaney MSC

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Thank you very much for your donation, with this money I am helping many poor people. We have been able to give food for the children. Also we have provided several water hand-pumps for poor families and given one for use in our hostel. There were two ladies who needed an operation and we paid the expense of the hospital. So you can be sure that the money that you sent to us has been spent in a good way for the benefit of the poor and for educating the children, most of them are orphans. Once again thank you all for doing this noble work and you are always in our prayers. Sr. Rachele OP

TIMOR Children’s Books Hello! I am Carlos. I am the Coordinator of ATPE. ATPE is the organisation that Barbara and Sr Aurora set up to train kindergarten teachers.Thank you for your sponsorship of our book Koellu Ki’ik-Oan (Little Rabbit) written in Tetum. We have printed 3,000 copies of the Picture Story Book and they have been distributed all over Timor. Our children need to learn and know new things for their human development. Timor-Leste has some story books for reading but we do not have picture story books. The children enjoy the colours, the pictures, the characters and the fun. We hope that we can build the love of story telling so that our children want more books and want to learn to read. Thank you once again for supporting ATPE and the children of Timor. Carlos Piedade da Cruz

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Vale Beloved Sisters of St. Joseph Sister Helena Grant rsj 25th September 1918 - 19th September 2014


ister Helena Grant died just one faith. She had a generosity of spirit which week short of her 96th birthday, in the impelled her to reach out to others, 75th year of Religious profession. offering assistance to her own sisters Aged 16, Helena entered the Sisters of and to people in need, especially the St. Joseph at Perthville in 1936, where she disabled, under-achievers and those did her novitiate and was professed as who were materially poor. She was Sister Annunciata of the Most Holy Rosary selfless, hard-working and self-effacing. and went on to complete her teacher Helena loved nature and enjoyed training. Helena’s ministry and community tending her flower pots. She was experiences extended to many places in interested in people and always enjoyed the Bathurst Diocese including Coolah, a good chat. Helena was mindful of, and Molong, Baradine, Dunedoo, Yeoval, grateful for, God’s gracious gifts in her Manildra, Canowindra, West Bathurst, life, often stating that she was only able Perthville and Wattle Flat, and beyond to to accomplish what she did through Papua New Guinea and then to Sydney. God’s grace. Helena was a woman of deep, earthy In 2006, Helena moved to St. Anne’s

Home at Perthville. She was transferred to St. Catherine’s Nursing Home in February last year. For some time, she had been longing to meet God face to face and join her siblings and profession companions in heaven. May she rest in peace.

Sister Marie Celine Gallagher rsj 17th September, 1917 - 24th July, 2014

she defied all odds and despite ongoing health issues, God blessed Sister Marie Celine with a rich 96 years of life. Patricia entered religious life at Perthville in March 1934 and was professed in 1936 as Sister Marie Celine. Having completed her teacher training at Perthville, Sister Marie Celine’s teaching ministry was served between 1939 and 1991 in various schools in the Bathurst Diocese, such as Gilgandra, Perthville, Millthorpe, Yeoval, Coolah, atricia Gallagher was born on 17th Portland, Moorbel, Stuart Town, Manildra, September, 1917. Weighing just Eugowra, Coonabarabran, Baradine, two-and-a-half pounds at birth, the Blayney, Oberon, Gulgong and West doctor said she would not live. However, Bathurst.


Union with God was the core of Marie Celine’s religious life. Prayer, Mass, spiritual reading and retreats were all important in Marie Celine’s life. She was an enthusiastic supporter of fusion and expressed her joy at having lived to see the day of “the Josephite sisters coming together as one family of Mary and Julian”. Marie Celine spent her final years at Macquarie Care in Bathurst where she died on 23rd July, 2014. We thank God for the gift of Marie Celine’s life and pray that she may now enjoy the eternal embrace of her loving God. May she rest in peace.

Sister Margaret Baker rsj 8th May, 1929 - 4th September, 2014


profession on 12th October 1950, she began teaching music both including preparing school concerts. She was also involved with music in the Liturgy in the parishes where she ministered within the Bathurst Diocese - places such as Margaret’s completed her secondary Cargo, Canowindra, Coonabarabran, schooling at St. Joseph’s College at Perthville, Gilgandra, Molong, Oberon Perthville, where her talent for music and many more. was nurtured to the fullest. She entered the Novitiate at Perthville on 19th March Margaret always remained vitally interested in the Sisters and in 1948. Congregational affairs. She expressed Margaret continued to study piano, her desire for the fusion of the Perthville violin, singing, musical perception, Sisters with the Sisters of St. Joseph of the theory and harmony gaining the Sacred Heart, prayed earnestly for this Associate of Music Australia (A Mus during the Sisters’ discernment process A) in piano in 1949. After her first and rejoiced at the Chapter decision.

ister Margaret Baker (formally Sister Philomena) died peacefully at St. Catherine’s Aged Care, Bathurst on 4th September, 2014 in her 64th year of Religious profession.

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Margaret was, for the last four years, a resident at St. Catherine’s Aged Care in Bathurst. A deeply spiritual woman, she bore her frailty, illness and incapacity with patience and perseverance. Throughout her life Margaret lived the Josephite charism with simplicity and gentleness. May she rest in peace.

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Kandos Celebrates


ver the long weekend in October, Kandos celebrated its centenary with a full program of events. Many former residents returned to Kandos, joined wiith the locals and enjoyed the various events, including a street parade, displays, tours, a ball and a climb up Rocky Mountain, overlooking the town. Special guests were the newly installed Governor of NSW, General Michael Hurley and Mrs Hurley. Among other events, Governor Hurlery and his wife attended the ecumenical service held on the Sunday morning where he read the Gospel, which was that of the city built on rock, appropriate because of the use of Kandos cement in many significant buildings including the Sydney Harbour Bridge. St. Dominic’s Parish coordinated an extensive exhibition of photos and memorabilia that evoked much interest and stories of earlier days. The Good Samaritan Sisters who conducted the parish school for 50 years were well remembered. Their former Convent, now a private home, was open for inspection over the weekend. Sister Monica Sparks SGS, originally from Kandos, attended the celebrations and brought with her the good wishes of Sisters Janet SGS and Catherine SGS who were the last Good Samaritan Sisters to minister in Kandos.

Original Good Samaritan convent which later served as the Kandos Presbytery

Bishop Michael McKenna concelebrateed the parish Mass on the Sunday evening in the newly refurbished St. Dominic’s Church with Father Joe Dooley and Father Reynold Jaboneta from Dubbo. The Mass was followed by a parish dinner at Henbury Golf Club. A gathering of more than 100 people enjoyed a relaxed and friendly evening. Sister Michelle Farrugia RSM and Sister Patricia Powell RSM Despite the fact that the cement works closed three years represented the Sisters of Mercy and, in particular, Sister ago, everyone, it seems, had it in mind to put into practice Lucia Carroll, who served the parish from 1988 to 2011. the Kandos slogan - cementing friendships. Messages were received from former Pastors, Fathers Paul Dyrden CM, John Frawley and Harry Quigley who were unable to attend. Sr Kath Luchetti rsj

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