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Catholic Observer

Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Bathurst

Established as The Record in 1877


Christian Unity

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 29 May to 5 June 2022.
“We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship” (cf Matthew 2:2)


Laudato Si' Week 2022

Laudato Si’ Week 16 to 24 May 2022
Listening and Journeying Together.


The Carcoar Camino

Book now to reserve your place.


St Johns opens new doors

St Johns opens new doors. St Johns College Dubbo, New School Multi-Purpose Hall Officially Opens.


The Catholic Observer magazine - April 2022

The Catholic Observer – April 2022 Issue. Out now!


Students lead the way

James Sheahan Catholic High School School (JSCHS) Captains Sophia Bayada and Hugh Thornhill came up with the initiative to hold an Inaugural Young Leaders of Orange Summit to bring together local student leaders to discuss issues of common concern.


SRE Teacher recognition

During Mass at St Columbanus’ Church Cudal on Saturday 26 March 26, Lyn Frecklington was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for having taught SRE for more than forty years at Cudal Public School.


Walk for Water Day at St John's Primary School, Dubbo

What an activity! The aim of our most recent Project Compassion activity was to raise awareness of the hardships of others who have to walk to collect water each day.


International Women's Day 2022

International Womens’ Day Dinner 2022. Celebrating Women in the Catholic Diocese of Bathurst and beyond #BreakTheBias


Summer Contemplations

As spring is a time of renewal and growth, we hope that this summer’s anticipated sunshine will shed light and focus on the season of Advent and Christmas in a way that is energising and inspiring for all of us.



The Spelling Bee Celebrates 10 Years!

Last week students, families and teachers from across the diocese came together for the annual Spelling Bee Championships, hosted again with great thanks by St Mary’s Catholic School Wellington. This year was particularly special, marking the 10th anniversary of the Spelling Bee, which continues to be a thrilling event for all and a challenging opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge of letter/sound representations, word origins, memory and much more through the rigour of spelling. The two days had audience members on the edge of their seats as the best spellers from across the diocese proudly displayed their talents.
We commend all our students’ support for one another as they acted as wonderful ambassadors for their schools. Congratulations to the stage winners, we are already looking forward to next year!


Be Confirmed with the Holy Spirit

On Saturday Ethan and Cody received the sacrament of Confirmation. The boys were confirmed by Bishop Michael. Thank you to those who joined us for mass and cake; Bishop Michael, Fr Greg, their sponsors, families and community members.
Jacky Parmeter || Principal

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Manildra

Our Friend Jackson

Did you know that we have a student at our school who has had a book written about him? That’s pretty special, right? At St Joseph’s CPS, we think so……

St Joseph’s CPS is grateful to Jackson Randell and his family for presenting to the school a published book about how every person is special and unique. The book is titled “My Friend Jackson” and was written by Melinda and Sharon Wasson. Sharon is Jackson’s grandmother who has worked in early childhood education for over thirty years and is now a kindergarten teacher. Together with her daughter Melinda, this Grandmother and Aunty team combined their talents of writing and illustrating to create this extraordinary book about their beloved Jackson. It highlights the fact that we are all physically different, but in our uniqueness, we are still capable in so many ways. The inside cover invites us to read the book, stating:  “My friend Jackson was born super special!!!”

It is a wonderful resource demonstrating tolerance, acceptance and respect. It reinforces what we believe at St Joseph’s CPS, we are all respected, valued and quite simply… SUPER SPECIAL !!!

“My Friend Jackson” will be available to borrow from the St Joseph’s CPS Library. Details to purchase Jackson’s book will be available soon.

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