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Message from Bishop Michael McKenna Catholic Diocese of Bathurst


Message from
Bishop Michael McKenna

Dear Friends in Christ,

Between now and Advent, I plan to visit every parish in the Diocese to share our stories on the that has been and our hopes for next year and the years to come.

This will be a simple visitation: I will say Mass in each parish and hope to pray with as many people as current restrictions allow. It will not be possible to meet with everyone, but I have asked the parish priests to arrange a gathering of the school principal(s), pastoral council and finance committee. In addition I will spend some time with leaders and members of Word and Faith groups.

My hope is that, during this difficult year, we have learnt some things about our faith and how we live and share it. There may be lessons for how we plan for the future.

Please be united in prayer with me that God would bless this initiative and stir up joyful hope in all the faithful of our local church.

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

Yours in Christ,
+Michael McKenna
Bishop of Bathurst


MUDGEE: Friday 6th November Mass at 5:00pm celebrated by Bishop Michael.
(Please note Friday 12:30pm Mass will be as normal).
Bishop Michael to meet with Word and Faith Group, Finance and Pastoral Council members.

GULGONG: Saturday 7th November Mass at 6:00pm
(Please note this will replace the normal Sunday Mass).
Bishop Michael will meet with parish representatives prior to Mass.

KANDOS: Sunday Mass Rylestone at 11:00am
Bishop to meet with parish representatives.

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Position Vacant

Assistant Parish Secretary
(Parishes of Mudgee, Gulgong and Kandos)
28 hours per fortnight

Mrs Patti Kiddle will be retiring as Parish Secretary in the coming weeks. The current Assistant Secretary, Mrs Kristie Newman will take on the position of Parish Secretary.

We are currently seeking to fill the Assistant Parish Secretary position. The successful applicant must have a sound background in Office Administration and be willing to work in a team environment.

For enquiries and a Position Description, please contact the Parish Office at (Please note this alternate phone number Ph 63000101)

To apply, please send your application including your resume with three references, via email to the Parish Priest, Fr Owen Gibbons:


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Child Protection Sunday Prayer

Gracious God, you love and care for all of your children, especially the smallest and most vulnerable.

We entrust to you the lives of children and adults at risk who have been sexually abused, and whose trust and innocence have been destroyed.

Help us to hear their cries of pain and to take
responsibility for those whose lives have been

Help us to recognise the hurt felt by those
wounded by abuse, and the failure to be heard.

We pray that with the help of your grace
communites and families will find understanding and support, so that now and in the future their wounds may be healed and they may find lastng peace.

Let your grace and love fall gently now upon our children, giving them the inner strength, peace and resilience to seek out assistance when required.

We ask this prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever.


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Social Justice Sunday

30th August, 2020

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Social Justice Sunday Prayer

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The NSW State Government has announced that the number of people allowed to attend a place of worship, including a funeral, from Friday 24 July is determined by the 1 person per 4 square meter rule, however is capped at 100 people.

The number of people permitted in the church to attend Mass or for private prayer in –
St Mary’s, Mudgee 80 people
St John the Baptist, Gulgong 47 people
St Malachy’s, Rylstone 40 people
St Dominic’s, Kandos 50 people
with social distancing of 1 person per four square meters in all churches.

St Mary’s church in Mudgee is open for Mass and visitation –
Tuesday – Thursday 9.15 -10.30am
Friday 11.30am – 1.00pm.
We apologise we cannot leave the church open at all times as we don’t have the man power to have someone be there at all times for cleaning.

It is no longer necessary to book to attend Mass either during the week or for weekends.

You will be required to continue to sanitise your hands on entering and leaving the church and to supply your contact details on the sign in sheet provided on entry to the church as has been the practice in recent times.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND if you have any flu like symptoms or if you are deemed in the vulnerable category