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Catholic Observer

Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Bathurst

Established as The Record in 1877


World Youth Day RISE 2022

Each year across the world, dioceses and their local parishes celebrate World Youth Day on the Feast of Christ the King.

This year the Diocese of Bathurst is commencing a new initiative – a local celebration of World Youth Day in every parish across the Diocese. In these celebrations, young people from our schools and parishes will be invited to help animate and facilitate a parish celebration of prayer and Mass in their local parish.

This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the wonderful and great work that occurs across our Diocese in relation to youth ministry and also to remind us of the importance of youth in our church.

Our Priests and parishes, as well as all of our schools, are encouraged to make contact with each other to set aside time to plan for this important celebration.

Further reading HERE

Meeting of Minds

Vocations Awareness Week brings us together


RISE Youth Ministers PD Day

Youth Ministers Tahnaya from MacKillop College Bathurst and Dale from James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange

Professional Development for our RISE Youth Ministers took place at Mackillop College Bathurst recently. The topic focus was working with young people. Led by Fr Paul Devitt the day explored prayer, reflection on Youth Ministry experiences to date running a bible study and looking toward our upcoming events; RISE UO, Diocesan Christmas Art Exhibition and iRISE. Also in attendance were Deacon Josh Clayton Mission and Renewal Director, Jacinta Thatcher Mission and Renewal Project Officer and Dr Amber Calleja Education Officer Formation and Religious Education.

Professional development session

Walking Together

The recent pilgrimage of the Holy Father, Pope Francis to Canada by Rev Dr Philip Filby


A Song for Mary

You are invited to the CD launch, concert and Mass on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7 2022


Portland Parish hosts St Vincent de Paul Reflection Day

Portland Parish hosts St Vincent de Paul Reflection Day


Sisters Celebrate 50 Years and 60 Years of Religious Life

Over 30 Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart recently gathered at Mary MacKillop Place in North Sydney to celebrate their Golden and Diamond Jubilees


Annual Seminar a Success

A time of coming together: annual Diocesan Seminar for Priests and Secretaries


St Mary's looks to the future

Bishop Michael McKenna officiates the official opening and blessing of new classrooms at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Orange


National Centre for Evangelisation

Registrations open for Evangelise conference


Bringing God’s love to a captive audience

Becoming a prison chaplain offers unique opportunities for anyone who is passionate about taking Christ’s light into places that are often forgotten.





La Salle Winter Warmers Drive

St Vincent de Paul, Lithgow receives a helping hand

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State Library of NSW visits Cathedral School

Recently the Year 5 and 6 students at Cathedral school attended the Far Out! Treasures to the Bush presentation by the State Library of NSW. The students learnt about migration to Australia through the lives of four historical figures and the amazing artifacts linked to each person. History was brought to life by the talented presenters as we dressed up in costumes, pretended to be passengers in first class, second class and steerage, sent messages with flags, traveled to the goldfields and saw Ludwig Leichardt discover the Leichhardt grasshopper. It was incredible to view the real artifacts we had been learning about – ex convict Mary Reibey’s land grant from Governor Macquarie, Arthur Wilcox Manning’s Journal about his voyage on the Earl Grey from Plymouth to Sydney, explorer Ludwig Leichardt’s telescope and a miner’s right belonging to George Johnston. Many thanks to the State Library of NSW for bringing this fantastic experience to our region.

Merryn Sadler Teacher-Librarian

RU OK Day in Baradine

Students could wear yellow to school today along with grining a gold coin donation to support RU OK Day. “Asking if you are okay can make a big difference. We’re all in this together” is the message being taught in our classroom at St John’s Catholic Primary School.

St John's Primary School, Dubbo

SJP recently explored the very foundations of our school and the charisms left by the Mercy Sisters and the De La Salle Brothers through an immersive journey back in time. These orders were founded by Catherine McAuley and St John Baptist De La Salle, respectively, many years ago, so it was nice to revisit the very beginnings of how these orders were established and what the Catholic schools in Dubbo used to look like prior to 1969, the year St John’s Primary School began.

Through Liturgy, prayer, classroom craft, ‘old-school’ playground games and the kind support of former De La Salle and Mercy student alumni who spoke to each of our grades about their experiences and memories of their Catholic schooling in Dubbo, our staff and students learnt a lot! A huge thank you to John Taylor, Doug Butcherine, Pauline Walkom and Kerry Ryan for taking the time to teach our students about their experiences of school many years ago.

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