Our Diocesan Pilgrimage

As part of the Diocese's Sesquicentenary celebrations, Bishop Michael McKenna will be undertaking a Diocesan Pilgrimage from 28th September to 2nd October 2015.

The Bishop will be accompanied by Parish Priest of Blayney, Father Tim Cahill, who is well versed in the rich history of our Diocese, and around 20 parishioners from across the Diocese. The pilgrims will visit each of our 17 parishes, as well as a few of our smaller Mass centres. In each place, they will pray with the community there and in some, there will be time for a cuppa or a meal with the parishioners.

On the four nights away, the Parish Communities of Mudgee, Coonabarabran, Dubbo and Cowra are generously billeting and taking care of the pilgrims. IN these towns, the pilgrims will celebrate Mass with parishioners and share an evening meal.

Symbolically, the Pilgrimage will begin and end at the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. John: with prayer at 8.30am on Monday 28th October and with Mass at 5.45pm on Friday 2nd October. For those in Bathurst, these are easy ways to join in at least part of the Pilgrimage. Another is to 'virtually' join the pilgrims in prayer each day -  You can access these by clicking on the links on the timetable below.

Bishop's Message for Pilgrimage

In June this year, our Diocese turned 150 years old. In October next year, we will mark a century and a half since the arrival of our first Bishop and the Sisters of Mercy. It is a time of thanking God for his blessings, of acknowledging our failures to fully respond, of renewing our resolve to walk together to our only future, the Kingdom of God.

One of the key events in our celebration is the Pilgrimage to every parish. I will lead a small group that will stop at every parish church, as well as many churches that are home to smaller Eucharistic communities. We will join in prayer with the locals; enjoy their hospitality and fellowship; and present each parish with a stone from the Cathedral, inscribed with a commemoration of this visit.

I hope that this Pilgrimage will build the bonds of unity we share, not as a mere confederation of parishes, but as a local church with a common mission. I hope that it will reawaken our willingness to become the living Gospel for everyone to share.

Our Lady of the Central West, St Patrick and St Mary of the Cross, pray for us!

+ Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst

Pilgrimage Timetable

Monday 28th September - PRAYERS for today available here

8.30am - Cathedral - Prayer
10.30-11.30am - Oberon - Prayer and Morning Tea
1.00pm-2.00pm - Lithgow - Prayer and Lunch
2.30pm-3.30pm - Portland - Prayer and Afternoon Tea
4.45pm-5.30pm - Kandos - Prayer
6.30pm - Mudgee - Mass/Dinner/Overnight billeting 

Tuesday 29th September - PRAYERS for today available here
10.30am-11.30am - Gulgong - Prayer and Morning Tea
12.30pm-1.30pm - Dunedoo - Prayer and Lunch
2.30pm-3.30pm - Coolah – Prayer and Afternoon Tea
5.30pm - Coonabarabran - Mass/Dinner/Overnight billeting 

Wednesday 30th September - PRAYERS for today available here
10.00am-11.00am - Baradine - Prayer and Morning Tea
12.00pm-1.30pm - Coonamble - Prayer and Lunch
3.00pm-4.00pm - Gilgandra - Prayer and Afternoon Tea
5.30pm - Dubbo - Mass/Dinner/Overnight billeting

Thursday 1st October - PRAYERS for today available here

9.30am-11.00am - Wellington - Prayer and Morning Tea
12.00pm-1.00pm - Molong - Prayer and Lunch
2.30pm-3.30pm - Eugowra - Prayer and Afternoon Tea
4.00pm-5.00pm - Canowindra - Prayer
5.30pm - Cowra - Prayer/Dinner/Overnight billeting

Friday 2nd October - PRAYERS for today available here

9.00am-9.15am - Mandurama - Prayer
9.30am-10.30am - Carcoar (Shalom) - Prayer and Morning Tea
10.45am-11am - Blayney - Prayer
11.30am-12.00pm - Millthorpe - Prayer
1.00pm-2.00pm - Orange - Prayer and Lunch
3.30pm-4.30pm - Perthville - Prayers and Afternoon Tea
5.45pm - Cathedral - Mass


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