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Volume 48, No. 2 JUNE 2013 $2.00

Rebuild My Church

Inaugural Diocesan Assembly Pentecost Weekend 17th – 19th May 2013

The work of the Diocesan Assembly continues...


ur first Diocesan Assembly has been a great gift in the Year of Grace. Not only in the Bathurst gathering, but in the months of preparation and consultation that preceded it, we have learnt valuable lessons about where repairs and renovations are needed as we rebuild God’s house, his local Church. The work of the Assembly continues. We are right at the beginning of this work: and the plan to have another gathering in two or three years’ time will provide the framework for how we continue. Once the Assembly Council is operating, I will consult it and the Council of Priests about specific ideas that emerged over the Pentecost weekend. We also have to discuss the dreams that are still vague and the questions that so far have no practical answers. I plan to issue a Pastoral Letter then on August 8th, the Solemnity of St. Mary of the Cross MacKillop. I said on Pentecost Sunday that our work must always keep in mind why Christ founded his Church and called us into her life. It is that He might be known and loved by all people. That, in Him, God might be worshipped in

Bishop McKenna with our seminarians, Dong, Diep, Thao, Son, Van and Karl, during the Assembly – pic courtesy Kim Pham spirit and truth. That the fullness of life He offers might be received by us and communicated to the world. Our pastoral planning is only a means to this end. It will bear fruit only if it is at the service of our God-given mission.

following Christ is not a solitary journey, but one we must make together, or not at all. Like St. Francis of Assisi, who answered that call “rebuild my Church” eight centuries ago, our task begins in prayer. It is only through prayer that we learn what our task is. The Year of Grace has been about the awareness that we are in the presence of God, who looks at us in love, who speaks to our hearts, who waits for our Yes.

Twelve months ago, I had hoped that we would be further advanced on the road of renewal and rebuilding than we seem to be. Our work in planning the Assembly revealed that there is foundational work in the parishes that must be attended to before moving “One plants, another waters, but God ahead. gives the increase”. However, my hope that the Pentecost Our Lady of the Central West, St. Patrick weekend would be a real moment and St. Mary of the Cross, pray for us! of communion and joy in the Spirit, was answered. It is important for the Church to have these moments of + Michael McKenna gathering, where we discover that Bishop of Bathurst

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ur inaugural Diocesan Assembly Cathedral, Reverend Anne Wentzel. was held on Pentecost Weekend Six Workshops were run on the Saturday, - 17th to 19th May 2013. looking at the various matters that More than 240 people from across the Bishop McKenna had identified as being Diocese took part in the Assembly, pivotal to the future of our local Church: designed to inspire and educate more Hearing and Proclaiming the Word of of our people to take up their share God; Worshipping God in Prayer and of the Church’s mission; and to begin Sacraments; Building a Community building new structures of opportunity of Justice and Love; Participation of Indigenous Catholics; Participation of for service, worship and proclamation.

Bishop to work through the ideas from the Diocesan Assembly to see what it is possible to implement relatively simply, and what might require more work on our part to bring about. It will also be the responsibility of the Council to plan the next Assembly in two or three years.

Young Catholics and The Domestic Church: Marriages and Families.

A special thanks must go to the Youth Team and those who supported and trained them. Our young people did an outstanding job over the weekend and their participation in the Assembly was enlivening and inspiring.

The weekend got off to a great start with Registration on the Friday evening, with many people seizing the opportunity to renew old acquaintances. A lot of good feedback has been received about the Opening Liturgy which followed. It was a time to settle into the spirit of the weekend, and come together in the most important way we can, in worship and prayer. The Liturgy was a joyous and positive one, which set the tone for the rest of the weekend. At Bishop McKenna’s invitation, Anglican Bishop of Bathurst, The Right Reverend Ian Palmer, was the homilist and was assisted by the Dean of after All Saints’

They are indeed big topics and time was limited, however good, fruitful instruction and discussion took place throughout the day, across all the Workshops. There was an opportunity to hear from the various groups at the Plenary Session on Sunday and also a chance to ask some questions. The Plenary was also a chance for delegates to nominate three people they thought would be suitable for membership of the new Diocesan Assembly Council. The Council, along with the Council of Priests, will assist the

Bishop McKenna has thanked the many people who worked hard to make this first Diocesan Assembly so successful.

Work is underway collating all the feedback from the Workshops and the Assembly in general and this will be passed on to the Assembly Council when it is established. More information about the Bishop’s appointments to the Council and other matters emerging from the Assembly, will be available on our Diocesan website - www.bathurst. Fiona Lewis

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Faces of Christ in Lithgow and Portland


he Year of Grace came to a close on Pentecost Sunday 2013.

It was celebrated in various ways in parishes across the Diocese, and our Diocesan focus for the Year was our Assembly, held on Pentecost weekend. Lithgow and Portland parishes fully embraced the Year of Grace, with many initiatives taking place there, including creating a “Face of Christ” from small headshots of parishioners taken during the Year. The parishes’ final Year of Grace event was an art exhibition held on Friday 10th May at St. Patrick’s School’s Performing Arts Centre in Lithgow. Parishioners were invited to enter into the spirit of the Year by creating a piece of art, in any medium, reflecting their own interpretation of the words “contemplate the face of Jesus”. Nearly 200 entries were received in the Open, Primary and Secondary Sections from all across the Diocese, and beyond. The art ranged from traditional portraiture of the face of Jesus to sketch, photography, needlework, poetry, prose, ceramic, woodwork and original music score. It also included computer presentations and displays, iconography, newspaper cuttings, collage, glass and floral displays. Bishop Michael McKenna officially opened the Exhibition and also had the challenging task of choosing a winning entry from each category. The Catholic Women’s League generously donated their time and services to set up the Exhibition and also catered a lovely light supper, on what was a wonderful night, to help celebrate the Year of Grace. The exhibition displayed a variety of talent and wonderful creativity in the interpretation of the Year of Grace prayer. The Year has been an inspirational and prayerful sequence of reflections which the parishes hope will continue into the coming year.


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Something Different Sunday Something Different in Wellington


rinity Sunday 26th May 2013 was a beautiful sunny day, just perfect for the second “Something Different” Sunday held by the Wellington Parish.

The day began with Mass in St. Patrick’s Church at 10.00am and continued with lots of activities, fun and community building afterwards, with about 300 people taking part in total. Around 200 people attended the Mass, with parishioners from Dubbo and Orange also sharing this fun filled and faith sharing day. Tim Hall,  an apple orchardist from Nashdale (near Orange), spoke before Mass on the spiritual and social value of the Something Different Sunday for him, from his past experiences in Orange where it was once held. Tim has, over the years, quietly donated cases of apples for the day to share with people to help build community.  Parish Priest, Father Tony Hennessy, said the focus of Trinity Sunday was a reminder that our youth “are a very important part of our community and their talents are already there ready to be used”.  Some of these were displayed in the beautiful music and singing at Mass. Tamara Woldhuis, Wellington Show Girl 2013, opened the festivities after Mass. In her speech, Tamara stressed the value of young people, their abilities and how they express themselves in such things as singing. A number of people from the local Anglican Church joined in the celebrations, as well as people from the villages of Yeoval and Stuart Town that make up the Wellington Parish. Activities during the day included a free Parish  morning tea, cake stalls, jumping castle, face painting, second hand goods stalls, clowns, novelty stalls, train and music displays, an auction, free gifts and hot Asian food. As usual, a raffle was held, and all goods for this came from donations, showing the support of many people. Over $2,500 was raised and $500 of this will go to the Wellington PCYC for their work with youth and towards youth work in the Parish. 

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Something Different Sunday The Cupcake stall also raised a good sum for Legacy, with the sale of 200 dozen cupcakes. Kathryn Playford, who helps manage the PCYC in Wellington, brought along some of her young members to demonstrate the talents and gifts of young people and many were touched by their wonderful confidence and abilities. Something Different Sunday is also a time for the Parish to reach out to many different groups in the community and show that the local Catholic Parish is a supportive member of Wellington.  “It is a great demonstration of Pope Francis’ desire for the local  Church to reach out to the modern world with the Christian message - in a positive way that encourages hope and joy”, Father Tony said. “The event takes the efforts of many parishioners and many people in the local community. This is all done by volunteers who are motivated to see the Wellington Parish and Community grow stronger in faith and community life”.

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Vale Sister Clare Askew rsj 28th March 1922 ~ 22nd April 2013


he death of Sister Clare Askew on 22nd April 2013, marked the end of 64 years as a Sister of St. Joseph and the loss of a much loved and unique member of the Congregation. Clare was born in 1922 at Manildra. Her father was the Post Master, which explains the various moves of the family during her early years - to Cudal, Mendooran and Blayney. Clare finished the final years of her education at Perthville College. On leaving school, Clare worked in telephone exchanges in Camden, Wollongong and Canberra and it was from Canberra that Clare entered the Convent at Perthville in 1949. At reception, she took the name of Sister Loyola and always remained devoted to Ignatian Spirituality. For 20 years, Clare taught in secondary schools throughout the Diocese. During these years she completed a Course in

Accountancy and in 1976 this led to an appointment to the staff of the Catholic Education Office in Bathurst, as an assistant to the accountant, Mr. Stan Dwyer.

wonderful gift of hospitality was valued by all with whom she came in contact. For some years, Clare was on the Perthville College Staff. She worked with the boarders and was loved and respected. Clare’s genuineness and sincerity marked her as the unique and loving person that she was. She had no affectation but was open and matter of fact and had a keen sense of humour. In later years, Clare was a prisoner of her deafness, but until her deteriorating health took her energy, she remained interested in world affairs and maintained her deep love for her family and friends. She was a person of faith, commitment and hospitality, with much of her good work and influence quietly hidden. May she This posting was followed by five years now experience the reward of a life well at the House of Studies in Canberra and lived in faith, hope and love. then nine years at North Ryde, where her Sr Carmel Sheridan rsj

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Celebrating the Brigidines


30 years ago, Bishop Murray of Maitland told the nuns of Mountrath, Ireland about the desperate need for Catholic education in his Diocese. Eight Sisters responded by volunteering to go to Coonamble (then part of the Diocese of Maitland) and six were chosen.

What emerges from the pages are stories of struggles and successes, of loyal and generous lay people in all these places supporting the Sisters’ endeavours to bring the Gospel and the blessings of a good education to   their children - State aid was a long time in coming. Sister Clare Keady csb Editor’s note: The present St. Brigid’s School in Coonamble was renamed from St. Bernard’s on 1st February, 2003, to acknowledge the School’s heritage as the first Brigidine school in Australia.

In a short time, they had said goodbye to the green hills of Erin forever (not without a few tears) and set out on the great adventure - travelling  by ship, coastal steamer, coach, bullock dray and buggy - arriving to a great welcome in Coonamble. Ten days later, they opened a school, and the rest really is history! Dr Janice Garaty, a Sydney-based historian, has just published “Providence Provides” - a history of the Brigidine Sisters in the NSW Province 1883-2007, a well-researched, readable narrative. At the book’s launch at Randwick on 1st May NSW Governor Marie Bashir spoke movingly about the remarkable achievements of that little group of pioneers and those following them. These women  braved the challenges of poverty, a new and taxing climate, distance, sickness, droughts, fires and floods to set up schools and convents in Cooma, Cowra, Woodstock, Randwick and New Zealand, in just a few years, before going further afield.

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he renovated steeple of St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church in Mudgee was blessed by Parish Priest, Father Garry McKeown on 3rd April 2013. The shining new copper is now a standout in the town of Mudgee, 37 metres from ground level to top of the spire it is hard to miss! The renovation was required due to severe hail damage in 2005. Father Garry said, “Our beautiful spire was transformed, thanks to the wonderful craftsmanship and expertise of Ray and Ben Ashford, of Ashford Roofing. The work was completed on schedule and Ray and Ben were most hospitable in stopping work so the everyday ministry of the Church could continue. Thanks to their generosity, some extra work was also able to be completed guttering and downpipes and replacement of the flashing on the pitch of the Church. Martin Milton was the project manager and of great assistance to me. We would not have been able to do this work without the assistance of Catholic Church Insurance who were willing to re-inspect the damage from the hailstorm in 2005”. The irregularity of the original copper sheets meant that each section had to be created individually, especially the pattern pieces. The new pieces have now been braised together, not secured by nails as was previously the case.

Father Garry blessing the top of the steeple

Monsignor John O’Donovan, the second Parish Priest of Mudgee, was instrumental in the building of St. Mary’s, where worship began in 1876. It would take another 35 years before the octagonal copper sheathed spire was finally placed on the tall buttressed bell tower in 1911. This was the final piece of Architect Edward Gell’s plan for the Church and cost 600 pounds. It was a fitting tribute to Monsignor O’Donovan, who had worked tirelessly to raise money for the completion of the St. Mary’s, as it coincided with the celebration of his Golden Jubilee of Priesthood. The Monsignor died the following year and is buried in the vault of the Church he built.





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Restoration Art Union Launched

arly this month, Bishop Michael McKenna launched an Art Union, which will be a fundraiser for the Cathedral Restoration Appeal, at Rosconi Brothers in Bathurst. Rosconi Brothers are sponsoring the First prize of a Mazda 6 Sport automatic sedan worth $37,345. Second prize is a travel package valued at $8,000 sponsored by Travelscene Bathurst and Third prize an outdoor power machine package valued at $2,965, sponsored by Brabham’s Outdoor Power Centre in Bathurst. The scaffolding is up around the Cathedral’s bell tower and tenders from specialist stonemasons are currently being reviewed, with a decision expected shortly. “Our next step is to choose an architect to work on the interior of the Cathedral and the precinct. We have been in constant contact with Council about where it meets the wider community” Bishop McKenna said. “We are aiming to have most of the work completed in 2015 for the sesquicentenary of the Diocese, which is also Bathurst’s bicentenary”. Fundraising for the restoration has been under way for 12 months and the response so far has been extremely positive. Around $165,000 has been raised to date, from both the Catholic and the wider community. Commenting on this, Bishop McKenna noted that “The support from outside the Catholic community is because the Cathedral is an important part of the City’s history”. During the Diocesan Assembly held from 17th to 19th May 2013, the Bishop reiterated his previous words about the renewal of our local Church. “When we started the restoration I said it would not be enough to undertake renewal of the building, unless it was accompanied by a renewal of our faith” he said. “The Cathedral is a work in progress, the scaffolding can be seen all around town; a good symbol of our lives, which also require work”. Tickets for the Art Union are available from your local Parish Office or the Catholic Development Fund, 118 Keppel Street, Bathurst. If you would like a book/s to sell, contact Genevieve Inatey on 6334 6400 or email to Tickets cannot be sold to people under 18 years of age and the prizes will be drawn on 24th November 2013 at the Cathedral School Hall in Keppel Street, Bathurst at 12 noon.


Final Federation Gathering for Sisters

Josephite Federation Leaders and former Federation Leaders


by the gathering of many Sisters from the various groups, the renewal of friendships and the sharing of prayer and memories. The Sisters came together in a spirit of reunion and celebration. Sisters June Cleary, Val Burns, Paulinus and Francesca shared stories from the beginnings of Federation. Others highlighted significant events which had occurred over the 46 years. Carmel Moore spoke about the writing of the Constitutions, Maureen Salmon on the shared Novitiate, Yvonne Munro and others on the Papua/New Guinea mission. Christina Morrissey on the combined House of Studies at Lyneham, May O’Dea on the gatherings for the Beatification of Mary MacKillop and The two-day event was highlighted Jean Cain on her ministry as Executive

ver 80 Sisters of St Joseph gathered at Perthville in April, to celebrate 46 years of Josephite Federation. A group of leaders from the Josephite Foundations in Perthville, Whanganui, Goulburn, Lochinvar and Westbury (Tasmania) formed the Federation of the five Diocesan groups in 1967. All these groups had originated from the Perthville Foundation, which, in turn, had been founded by St Mary MacKillop and Father Julian Tenison Woods from Adelaide. As each Diocesan foundation was made, each group remained isolated from the other - until the formation of the Federation 46 years ago.

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Officer. Ruth Long talked about the significance of the commitment to Penola and the historians who did so much to record the heritage of the Sisters. There was also a ritual of farewell to the Sisters of Whanganui, Goulburn and Tasmania who have recently opted to fuse with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. Perthville and Lochinvar are the only two groups now remaining in the Federation. At the meeting of the leaders of these two groups, it was decided to continue in Federation for the immediate future. Despite the dispersal of the Federation, it is intended that close links will be maintained with members of the original five groups.



Supporting Educational Leadership Jessica with two of her students


midst all of the discussion at the moment in regard to the education funding debate, the critical issue of the educational reform agenda is often being overlooked. Within our system of schools, we are continuing to engage with the big ideas and the key directions of this reform agenda, to enable us to deliver on our vision to provide high quality Catholic education for all of our students, with Jesus Christ as our inspiration and guide. Geoff Masters from the Australian Council for Educational Research, reminds us that amongst the key strategies of effective education systems is the recruitment of highly able people into teaching and then focussing on building their capacity. In acknowledging the critical importance of seeking a variety of ways to support and encourage our teachers, this year the Catholic Education Office has instituted the inaugural Jocelyn Farr Leadership Scholarship. In her own leadership as a principal, Jocelyn well understood the importance of supporting, encouraging and mentoring teachers to develop their skills and expertise in the teaching profession, one which she loved and devoted her life to.

schools. St. Matthew’s is just one of several schools within our Diocese who are embedding this model, to enable them to more sharply focus on individual student growth and learning as the core work of schools. In a professional learning community, the focus is on these critical questions: •

What is it we expect students to learn?

How will we know when they have learned it?

How will we respond when they don’t learn it?

How will we respond when they already know it?

Jessica’s application also highlighted the leadership capabilities that are articulated in our new Leadership Framework. She hopes that her professional learning opportunity will enable her to further develop her skills in working with and through others to build a school culture which focusses on continuous improvement in learning and teaching.

‘The era of isolated teachers working alone to meet the myriad needs of all of their students, is neither educationally The recipient of this scholarship in 2013 is Jessica Unsworth, effective nor economically viable in the 21st century . . .When a teacher at St. Matthew’s School Mudgee. Several key teachers are given the time and tools to collaborate, they elements of Jessica’s application stood out in the final become life-long learners, their teaching practice improves, determination. Her application made it very clear that and they are ultimately able to increase achievement far she will use the scholarship to support professional learning beyond what any of them could accomplish alone”. (Carroll which is closely connected to a key aspect of St. Matthew’s et al, 2010) strategic plan, which is the development of the professional learning community model within the school. Educational In congratulating Jessica, we are reminded of the literature reminds us that teacher capacity is enhanced importance of all members of the Diocesan community when professional learning is closely aligned to school and seeking ways, as the research tells us, to encourage highly able and I would add, passionate people, to take up the system improvement plans. rewarding vocation of being a teacher in our Catholic Jessica will use the scholarship funds to support her schools. collaboration with schools in the ACT who have embedded Jenny Allen the Professional Learning Communities model within their



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hat wonderfully fun traditions we are growing in ‘small spaces’ and the annual BillyCart Day at St. Michael’s in Dunedoo has to be top of the list. The amazing billy-carts created by families working together, the precision driving down the hair-raising hill (with Council approval and hay bales acting as crash cushions) and the delicious BBQ luncheon feast to quieten grumbling tummies after the excitement, make this not only a day to remember, but a great fundraiser to support quality education in this amazing School community.

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First Diocesan School Review at St. Pius X, Dubbo


ur first ever Diocesan School Review was held at St. Pius X in Dubbo during the last week of Term One. The School Review, replacing the old School Appraisal system, focusses more on school quality and self-evaluation and less on school compliance and external inspection. The CEO team appreciated the warm welcome from this vibrant school community and the incredibly positive and articulate feedback from the amazing St. Pius students, who are very proud of their School and their wonderful teachers. Congratulations to all members of this quality Catholic professional learning community and thank you for sharing your precious time with us during this history-making occasion. Janine Kearney

Right: The tall and the short of St. Pius X Below: St. Pius X Student Leaders



Office Professionals’ Day

Flowers for Anne at the Dubbo CEO


ur thoughtful ‘powers that be’ alerted us to the fact that it was Office Professionals’ Day on Friday 3rd May this year, our first week back at school for a busy Term Two. All our schools and offices were encouraged to acknowledge and thank our School Secretaries and other Administration personnel for all the hard work they do to ensure our schools, and our two Catholic Education Offices, are warm and welcoming places that run smoothly

and efficiently. We hope that these important members of our workplaces always feel valued, but it is nice to have a focus day to make a special ‘fuss’. Anne Mann in our Dubbo office was suitably treated to flowers and cake followed by a rendition of ‘Happy OP Day to you…’ - slightly flat, but non-the-less appreciated.


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Josephite Charism alive and well


he small schools in our Diocese were mostly founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph and many bear the Josephite name.

This greatly valued heritage is still alive and thriving in these schools, thanks to their wonderful leaders who ensure that this spirit continues to live and breathe.

The EMMY cluster of schools (Eugowra, Molong, Manildra and Yeoval) celebrate St. Joseph’s Day (19th March) each year, by taking turns at hosting a day of celebration. This year, the venue was St. Joseph’s in Molong. The day began with a Mass celebrated by Father Augustine Mathew, followed by a day of fun and activities and opportunities for students, parents and staff to renew old acquaintances. ‘We must teach more by example than by word.’ (St. Mary MacKillop, 1897) Janine Kearney Mr Brown’s Boys and Girls!

Catching up at lunchtime

Dancing in the new ‘Star’ venue

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Education Council meets at MacKillop College

Mrs Jenny Allen (Executive Director of Schools), Mr Paul Crennan (DCEC Chair), Mrs Maureen Moore (Principal MacKillop College), Father Paul Devitt (President of the Council and Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Education) and Mrs Mary Graham (Council Member)


he Diocesan Catholic Education Council (DCEC) held its Term Two meeting at MacKillop College in Bathurst on Friday 24th May. The day was the feast of Mary Help of Christians, the feast day of the College. The Council is the chief advisory body to the Bishop for developing policies in the area of education for

the Diocese. This year, the Council is holding some of its meetings on-site in one of our schools in various parts of the Diocese, to enable members to interact with staff and to discuss directly with the Principals, various aspects of the Catholic Education Office’s strategic plan. Janine Kearney

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St. Mary’s Primary ~ Dubbo Class Masses


ll the children at St. Mary’s will attend class Masses throughout Term Two.

The foyer of our school hall is converted for the purposes of the celebration. Our Y6 students and their Kindergarten buddies were the first to experience the class Mass. The children were engaged and enthusiastic participants in the liturgy. We are very grateful to Parish Priest, Father Mark McGuigan, for giving so much of his valuable time to give our students a different experience of the Eucharist. Luke Wilson

Y6 students Matilda Chapman, Octavia Whale, Sophie Hinks and Hayley Andrews display some Irish dancing skills on St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Brigid’s School ~ Coonamble No Generation Gap in Coonamble

randparents/Older Friends Day held at Saint Brigid’s School, as part of Catholic Schools Week recently, was an absolute success. The crowd was bigger than previous years. Several grandparents had travelled for many hours to be with their grandchildren and there were even some from overseas.

was singing by the School Choir and the final tribute song by Y5 students was well received. Finally, all Y4 pupils gave flowers they had made to the visitors, along with a commemorative bookmark.

After Mass there was the opportunity to visit the students in their classes. The rooms were filled with interested adults who The church was packed for Mass. A highlight was the enjoyed the children’s activities. The plentiful and delicious Kindergarten students singing to their grandparents; Y3 morning tea, provided by the parents and carers, was politely presented their version of the Beatitudes specifically for their distributed by the Y6 students, while the parents serving the older friends; Y1 and Y2 combined for a litany of prayers, for tea and coffee were flat out keeping up with the orders. All in their needs and the needs of others and the Y6 PowerPoint all, it was a fabulous morning. contained many interesting photos of grandparents. There Trish Crawley Archie and his Scottish grandparents

Callum with his grandmother who travelled from New Zealand

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

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Holy Family School - Kelso Governor General Visits Bathurst


er Excellency, Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO, GovernorGeneral of the Commonwealth of Australia, visited Bathurst on May 14th to celebrate Families Week.

Bathurst Regional Council hosted a Civic Reception in honour of the Governor’s visit to the oldest inland settlement in Australia. Proceedings included the Governor General meeting local students and invited guests. Ms Bryce spent considerable time mingling and conversing with those in attendance.

Bishop Michael with Holy Family School Captains Ryan Cooke, Hayden Webb, Ebony Gunning and Isabella Mooney at the Civic Reception in Bathurst to welcome the Governor General A Welcome to Country was included in the program and Bathurst’s Mayor Monica Morse also welcomed Ms Bryce to Bathurst.

The Governor with Bishop McKenna and Mr Phil Burgett (Chair, Cathedral Restoration Committee)

Bishop Michael McKenna met with Her Excellency on the day, as did a number of students from the Catholic schools and Colleges in Bathurst. Kevin Arrow

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St. John’s Primary - Dubbo Reaching out - Dubbo to Mozambique!

ast term, Y4 classes at St. John’s Primary School in Dubbo learnt all about Lent and were introduced to the word ‘Almsgiving’. They talked about what they could do for others and decided to watch the Caritas stories about individuals who have been assisted in some way. The Project Compassion stories were very moving and the students were amazed but also saddened by some of the scenes and people in the stories. Further discussions went on in class, as they talked about what they were all going to do for Lent. Shortly after, one of the Sunday Newspapers was giving out free children’s story books. It was decided that they would collect the books and send them over to a school in Mozambique, as they had watched the story of Ditosa and her school in Matuba. The students enjoyed the task of collecting the books and over 50 were posted during the holidays. The students look forward to hearing back from the African school when they receive their exciting parcel from their St. John’s friends in Dubbo! Mrs Gain, Mrs Gibson and Ms Reidy Y4 Teachers

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St. Brigid’s School - Coonamble Diocesan Cross Country Last month, nine students participated in the well organised Diocesan Cross Country at Coolah. The students all did their best and ran extremely well, with very pleasing results. We had five students who were placed in the top eight: Fred Fletcher, 2nd, 11 years boys; Reece Heaney, 3rd, 12 years boys; Ned Hoath, 5th, 10 years boys; Emily Gallen,  4th and Lucy Heaney 6th, 9 years girls.   They all will now compete at the Catholic Primary School Cross Country event at Homebush on Friday 14th June. After each event, the top three scores of the competitors were calculated. As a result, our 9 years girls’ team of Emily Gallen, Lucy Heaney, Zara Hiscock and Holly Evans were placed 1st. The girls each received a ribbon and a great pennant that is touring their homes and will eventually be displayed in the School Office. Well done to all runners.   Mother’s Day Celebrations Many Mums, carers and community members participated in Mass on Friday 10th May. Y5 read the readings, prayers and dramatised the Gospel. Towards the end of the liturgy, Father Greg called all mothers and carers forward and blessed them. Later, the students sang a lovely song to honour their Mums and carers. Many people stayed for morning tea and all funds raised will go towards the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea fund.   Diocesan Spelling Bee Each school in the Bathurst Diocese has been invited to participate in a spelling bee. After a tense ‘spell off’, the four students who will be representing St. Brigid’s are: Y6 - Laura Williams and Shania Thomas and Y4 - Aiden Heagarty and Dominic Ryan. Trish Crawley

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St. Stanislaus College - Bathurst Mother’s Day Mass

ast month, over 350 mothers, grandmothers, women who play significant roles in the lives of the students and visiting Sisters of St. Joseph and Sisters of Mercy, were welcomed to the St. Stanislaus’ Mother’s Day Mass. Students met their visitors at the front gate with a carnation and escorted them to the Performing Arts Centre, filled to capacity with students, staff and special guests. College President, Father Doug Akehurst CM, shared his delight with the appropriateness of the message of the Gospel of the day: “When a women is in labour, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived, but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world”. (Jn. 16:21)

This annual Stannies Mass is a glorious celebration of the role of women and an important opportunity for the students to say ‘thank you’ for the love and selfless role of their mothers, and those who play a mother’s role, in their lives. Dr. Anne Wenham

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Governor visits Mudgee


n April 11th, St Matthew’s Catholic School in Mudgee welcomed Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO, Governor of New South Wales, as the honoured guest of our School and Parish community. A country girl at heart, Professor Bashir soon felt at home among our students of all ages - who were thrilled to attract her attention or approval. She noted it was a great pleasure to be in Mudgee and was most impressed with St Matthew’s School and the willing spirit of the teachers and the students. Accompanied by Parish Priest Father Garry McKeown, Her Excellency attended the Parish Youth Dinner, where she was welcomed by Mr Jason Hanrahan, Acting School Principal and MC for the night. In her address, the Governor stressed the importance and future of today’s youth - the need we have as guardians to care, sustain and cherish them, for “they belong to us all”. Her experience as Clinical Director of Mental Health Services for Central Sydney for some years, with particular emphasis on Psychiatry, qualified her pleas for our attention and support of our young people. Each and every person attending the dinner was touched in some way by Her Excellency’s sincere and professional manner. Our thanks to Mr Barry Rheinberger who was instrumental in arranging for the Governor to attend our Parish Dinner. Lon Schreck

Jacinta Thatcher, Kristy Isbester and Father Reynold (WYD pilgrims) with the Governor

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round 90 people from around The group sang three brackets of the Central West, the Central songs, alternating with Paul PrenderCoast and even Oregon USA gast who raised the roof and wowed were present in Carcoar on Sunday 21st the crowd - so much so, that he’s comApril 2013 for the debut of the Shalom ing back on 11th August! Singers. Monthly concerts are held at Carcoar The group comprises Father Tim Cahill, to raise money for the restoration of Kate Hansen, Fran Hansen and Carmel the Carcoar Kirkland Organ. More inHogan (who was absent that day due formation is available from Shalom to work commitments). 6367 3058 or Father Tim - 6368 2387.

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Ecumenical worship in Bathurst


here were several opportunities for ecumenical worship for the Anglican and Catholic Diocese of Bathurst during April and May.

Bishop Michael McKenna attended Vespers on 14th April at St. Joseph’s Mount, Bathurst, along with Anglican Bishop Emeritus Richard Hurford and the Dean of All Saints Cathedral, Reverend Anne Wenzel. Bishop Ian Palmer was unfortunately unable to attend as he had begun a ‘Pilgrimage of Prayer’ around his Diocese (a series of eight services offering people an opportunity to discuss challenges facing the Diocese). The general intention for the prayer at Vespers was peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Syria. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed fellowship and community with a sumptuous supper prepared by Palestine chef Radwan. Bishop Palmer was the homilist at the Opening Liturgy for our Diocesan Assembly which was also attended by Reverend Wentzel and Anglican observers of our Assembly.

Bishop McKenna attended a service in All Saints Cathedral. The event was the conclusion of Bishop Palmer’s ‘Pilgrimage of Prayer’. Bishop McKenna spoke to the congregation about Following the closing of our Assembly on Pentecost Sunday, our Diocesan Assembly, the Second Vatican Council and his Bishop Michael joined the Anglican community for Choral own personal faith journey. The service was on the eve of the Evensong, to close the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The Feast Day of the Ugandan Martyrs - a group of Anglicans and guest speaker was Associate Professor Michael Horsburgh. Catholics who were murdered for their faith between 1885 Then, on Sunday 2nd June, at the invitation of Bishop Palmer, and 1887.

On 16th May, an ecumenical Solemn Vespers was held in the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John.

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Bathurst Diocese Youth Ministry


013 is certainly a busy year for Youth Ministry in our Diocese. Preparation has been ongoing for the many events scheduled to take place this year on a local, national and international level. Events include; World Youth Day, BLAST, the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and the many Youth Group activities happening on the parish level. (Not to mention the Diocesan Assembly, where the Youth Team was responsible for workshop support, food service, setup/back up venues, First Aid and emergency procedures).

young people, as adults working with them, we too need to take time out to reflect on our own spiritual formation. ‘Recollect’ has begun as a quarterly gathering for young adults and youth ministers. It is held in a different parish each school term. In August and November, we are offering two weekends of formation and training on ‘Youth Ministry Essentials’ run by Michael Hart from the Archdiocese of Brisbane. You can find more information on both of these important opportunities for formation at: bathurstcatholicyouth. org or by contacting Lorna at: youth@ While all of these are important for our

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who in anyway contributes to Youth Ministry in our Diocese. There are many people working in different areas (much of the time behind the scenes) but all with the same purpose. We care about our young people and want them to have the best opportunities to be formed in their faith, to participate in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community and to empower them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in our world today. Lorna Nicholson

The Youth Team at the Diocesan Assembly

Australian Catholic Youth Festival


he Australian Catholic Youth Festival (ACYF) is a national gathering to be held in Melbourne from 5th-7th December 2013. Young Catholics from Y9 to the age of 25 are welcome to participate in this inaugural celebration, with 4,000 participants expected. The Festival invites young Catholics to discover and deepen their faith relationship, encountering the vivacity within the Catholic Church today. After experiencing the Festival, participants are encouraged to be witnesses to the Word of God, spreading their encounter with fellow young Catholics in their local communities. During the ACYF, there will be workshops on - listening (facilitated conversation about faith), formation (learning about your own faith journey) and discernment (what does my faith mean for me and my community?). Each will encompass a specific faith

focus, including prayer, leadership and social justice, with a complete list of workshops and their associated presenters to be released prior to the Festival.

attending from the Bathurst Diocese. The Australian Catholic University will be the predominant location of the Festival. Travel arrangements are still to be confirmed, with the option of group bus or air travel still being considered. At the Festival, participants can purchase a meal ticket for $75, which affords five meals. Decisions need to be made soon to ensure optimal organisation prior to the Festival. The earlier the numbers are confirmed, the more likely accurate costs can be determined.

If you think you would like to attend, explore the Festival’s website http:// au/. For further information, contact Registration is already open, with Early your local parish representative th Bird registration closing September 20 or the Bathurst Diocese’s Ministries and costing $170. Accommodation, Coordinator, Lorna Nicholson at meals, travel and personal expenses all need to be considered and will Emily Lowe depend greatly on the number


Diocesan Youth BLAST Diocesan Youth Festival for Years 6-9 October 19th-20th October


LAST is a fantastic opportunity to meet enthusiastic people from all over the Diocese. I have had the privilege of being at every BLAST so far, starting as a participant and becoming both a member of PPK (Priest Prophet King, the name of the ever-evolving band) and the Youth Leader team. As a participant, BLAST allowed me to begin making lifelong friends and having fun through exciting activities such as the challenging highlight of the weekend, So You Think You Can Liturgical Dance.

Bathurst WYD Pilgrims - Father Reynold, Jenny, Sarah, Amy, Maddy, Catherine Kristy, Jacinta and Carolyn with Father Chris. Missing from the pic - Karl, Jen and Lorna (Photographer)

World Youth Day

As a Leader, I have matured in my leadership skills and in the expression of my Catholic faith, while helping other young people to realise their potential and get involved.

“Go and make disciples of all nations” Mt 28:19


n 14th July 2013, the Bathurst Diocese Pilgrimage group leaves for Chile to join the Columban parish of St. Thomas the Apostle in La Pintana, Santiago, to participate in parish-based mission. We have been fortunate in our preparation to have Fr Dan Harding (St. Columbans Mission, Melbourne) and Fr Chris Saenz (Parish Priest of St. Thomas the Apostle) present at our retreat weekends to break open our mission experience in Chile. While there, we will be visiting the elderly, painting murals, participating in door to door mission and celebrating the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, patron Saint of Chile, with the locals.

generosity in helping pilgrims through fundraising, and helping fund the projects we will be undertaking in St. Thomas the Apostle parish. On 21st July we head to Rio de Janeiro for the World Youth Day week which takes place over six days, beginning with Opening Mass on 23rd July and concluding with an evening Vigil and Final Mass with Pope Francis at Guaratiba Rio on 27th and 28th July. During the week, pilgrims from all walks of life attend Catechesis sessions and unite in prayer and the Sacraments.

The Diocesan Group comprises; Lorna Nicholson (Co-ordinator Portland Parish), Fr Reynold Jaboneta (Chaplain/Mudgee Parish), Karl I would like to thank parishes for their Sinclair (Seminarian), Catherine Van Gelderen (Lithgow Parish/La Salle Academy), Jenny Bray (Portland Parish/Assumption School Bathurst), Madeline Beck (Cathedral Parish), Amy Sullivan (Orange Parish), Carolyn Wait (Orange Parish/ James Sheahan), Jennifer Raines (Dubbo Parish), Jacinta Thatcher (Gulgong Parish/All Hallows School), Kristy Isbester (Mudgee Parish/St Matthew’s School) and Sarah Verdon (Cathedral Parish). Lorna Nicholson

What I have gotten out of BLAST for many years is the sense of community, which is often lost within parishes, showing young people that they are not alone on their journey. BLAST is a springboard into bigger events such as World Youth Day, the Australian Catholic Youth Festival and, on a more local level, Manna Fest and the Diocesan Assembly, making it vital to the growth of the Catholic Church as it draws closer God’s people to love one another. The more you give to life, the more you get out of it and this is exactly what happens at BLAST. With enough enthusiasm, anything is possible, which is where BLAST becomes an explosion of possibilities. Nicola Jones If you would like to participate as a Youth Leader (Y10 to 25 years) or as a participant (Y6-9), registrations open soon. Adult parish leaders can also experience the possibilities in BLAST Radius. Contact youth@bathurst. for more information. Registration Forms will be available at:


MacKillop College ~ Bathurst Caterers to the Stars!


ecently, seven Y12 students studying Hospitality Extension 2 were involved in Work Placement at the Hilton Hotel and the Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. Three students were placed in the Glass Brasserie at the Sydney Hilton. While there, they were involved in preparing a luncheon for the Nine Network executives involved in the Academy Awards which were taking place at the time. The other students were placed in the Sheraton on the Park where they assisted in the preparation of a function for another channel. The staff was so impressed with the skill level demonstrated by the girls that the Human Resources Manager offered MacKillop the opportunity to take part in a pilot program called Starwood Goes Vocational. This program will offer a five-day placement to our students enabling them to work in a variety of areas including food and beverages, banqueting and housekeeping. They will also be given special mentoring in CV writing and interview skills. Principal, Mrs Maureen Moore, was delighted to approve this exciting opportunity for the girls. The Y11 Extension 1 students will be participating in Starwood Goes Vocational in September this year. The Y12 students who participated in this recent work placement are to be congratulated for their maturity, enthusiasm and the interest they expressed in all activities. They embraced every opportunity available to enrich their knowledge further. Their behaviour reflected the high standard expected of our students. Like previous Hospitality students, they have set an outstanding example for the girls following in their footsteps. Linda Aldwinckle

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t. Joseph’s Blayney recently received an Indigenous grant to facilitate the promotion and teaching of Aboriginal Culture and Education.

St. Joseph’s School ~ Blayney Blayney’s Minninbah Mural

The money is being used to purchase resources to carry out initiatives that will benefit the Indigenous Students in the school as well as Non Indigenous Students. St. Joseph’s is currently in the process of designing and painting a mural on the red brick wall outside one of the primary classrooms. Many of the students have left their mark on this artwork with strategically placed handprints, which help complement the Indigenous flavour of this work. The name of this work is ‘Minninbah’, Wiradjuri for ‘place of learning’ and well-known Aboriginal artist Patricia Freeman is facilitating the project and explained the significance of the symbolism and animal totems to the students. The artwork reflects aspects of the Wiradjuri culture, but also acknowledges the spiritual connection between Aboriginal and Christian stories. Father Tim Cahill blessed the Mural at the same time as the newly refurbished Shade Area. Gerard Davies

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t. Joseph’s School, Blayney recently carried out the official opening of their upgraded Shade Area.

The work involved the replacement of shade cloth and the painting of the existing shade structure. The cost of this capital works project was $10,000, which was fully sponsored by the local Nestle Purina Pet Food Company. The School is sincerely appreciative of the work of General Manager, Mr Joe Meintjes, for approving and facilitating this process. Mr Anthony Ward, Production Manager of Nestle, was on hand to assist with the Official Opening. In their address, School Captains, Mardy Townsend and Liam Henry, noted that the new shade area would provide a sun safe environment for the students of St. Joseph’s for many years to come. Gerard Davies


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

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

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




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Welcome to our new DFA


r Patrick Cooper has commenced in the role of Diocesan Financial Administrator, a position he assumes from Mr Hugh O’Reilly, who will retire at the end of July after nearly 25 years of dedicated service to the Diocese. Settling into his new position, Patrick commended Hugh for the outstanding job he had done over the years. He thanked Hugh for his great work and his willingness to assist him come to terms with the responsibilities of his new role in his first few weeks at Chancery. “There are exciting, major strategic challenges facing the Diocese in the next 5-10 years. I am looking forward to working with the Bishop, and the whole Diocesan community, in addressing these in my new role”.

Timor-Leste update


ur annual Christmas Missionary Appeal last year enabled Bishop McKenna to send $42,843.45 to the Diocese of Bacau in Timor-Leste, towards the construction of a new church in Cairui. Director of Catholic Mission, Mr Mike Deasy, reports that the old dilapidated church, which has not been able to be used for 30 years, will be demolished to make way for the new church. Plans have been drawn up ‘pro bono’ by an architect in Portugal who has visited the area. During the Diocesan Assembly, Mike presented Bishop McKenna with a traditional handmade shawl from the people of Cairui, as a token of their appreciation for the support of the Bathurst Diocese. The shawl is woven in the East Timorese ‘taise’ style, especially for the Bishop.

Patrick was able to participate in the Diocesan Assembly, which was held the weekend before he commenced work. “One of the key messages I heard at the Assembly was the need to communicate to everyone across this Diocesan community; and to involve them, and their great gifts, in helping us to grow and evolve the temporal side of the Diocese, to equip us for the challenges we face today, and into the future. This is one area that I intend to focus on immediately”. Patrick will be known to many people in the Diocese already. His parents live in Dubbo and Patrick, wife Suzanne and their four children, lived in Bathurst some years back. “It is great to be back in the Bathurst Parish and Diocese; I look forward to the future, knowing that we are building on a great foundation”. In thanking Hugh, Bishop McKenna said he had been a sound administrator of the temporal goods of the local Church, and a valued confidant to himself and many others over the years. Hugh will be farewelled officially at the end of July. Bishop McKenna received the shawl from Mike Deasy during the Diocesan Assembly

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6342 2322 Patrick with Professor Chika Anyanwu at pre-dinner drinks at Matthew Quinn House during the Assembly

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Diocesan Assembly Time for a break


Diocesan Assembly Plenary Session


Diocesan Assembly Some fun for the Young

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Diocesan Assembly And the Young at heart


Diocesan Assembly Pentecost Sunday

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Catholic Observer Magazine - June 2013  

Quarterly publication of the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst, Central Western NSW, Australia

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