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Catholic Observer

Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Bathurst

Established as The Record in 1877


Date announced for ARISE 2023

ARISE (pronounced uh-rize) Beach Retreat is happening for everyone ages 18-25 years from Monday 9 to Friday 13 January.

The venue is once again at Tahlee, a special place of natural beauty on Port Stephens near Karuah. The earliest inhabitants of this area were the Worimi tribe. Tahlee comes from the local Aboriginal word, Tarlee, meaning “sheltered from the wind and above water”.

Register your expression of interest to attend, here.

Applications invited for women’s Study and Mentoring Program

The Sisters of the Good Samaritan have been committed to the flourishing of women.


Apostolic Letter "Desiderio Desideravi"

Read the letter in full, here.


Position Vacant: Magazine Designer

The Catholic Observer is looking for a make-over


Applications invited for women’s Study and Mentoring Program

Looking for support for your study plans?


Science in the House

Science celebrated and showcased!


Have you done a SCAW yet?

Have you done a SCAW yet?


Legion of Mary

The Legion of Mary – Worshipping God in Prayer and Sacrament


Teachers and Students Gather in Faith & Friendship 

Teachers and Students Gather in Faith and Friendship 


Vocations Awareness Week 2022

“All of us need to have a sense of what God wants us to do with our talents, in our lives”
Invitation to join our Vocations Awareness Week regional get-togethers


Sisters of St Joseph celebrate

Sisters of St Joseph celebrate



Mackillop's got talent raises funds for St Vincent de Paul

Mackillop’s got talent raises funds for St Vincent de Paul

A dancing robot, singing teachers, cow jokes and a Beatles medley were just some of the talents that Mackillop showcased on Friday, August 26.

Members of the Year 11 leadership committee at Mackillop College organised and hosted their first major event; Mackillop’s got talent, in order to raise money for St Vincent de Paul.

The fundraiser included a bake sale, a mufti day, and the Mackillop’s got talent event, which encouraged students to step out of their comfort zones and perform various acts in front of the school.

It was the first time this event was able to take place since 2019, before the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mackillop College’s assistant principal Mrs Whelan was extremely proud of her students, their talents and their capacity to organise such a successful event, and was very happy with the results on the day.

“Our year 11 council has done a great job,” Mrs Whelan said.

“I think it went great. It’s wonderful for the girls to be able to stand on the stage and perform in front of their peers and the support they receive is always wonderful at Mackillop.”

article courtesy of the Western Advocate

Baradine news

Congratulations to all students at St John’s Catholic Primary School, Baradine who recently received the sacrament of confirmation. 6pm Saturday night Mass was celebrated by Bishop Michael McKenna. Fr Francis Muhenda con-celebrated Mass with the Bishop. Mass was followed by a parish party to acknowledge and celebrate the students involved.

The Solemnity of the Assumption

On Monday we came together as a faith community to celebrate this very special day of obligation as Catholics. In Mary we see an ordinary woman who becomes extraordinary by virtue of her faith in what God makes possible in her life. This Feast is an opportunity to celebrate the heavenly rewards of a loving discipleship.
Thank you to everyone that was part of the Mass, including those involved in a special ministry.
It was wonderful to be in the Cathedral as a whole school, joined by members of our parish!
Ashley Boylan | REC