Parish News

I Am Always With You


I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence, You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth! 

I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life. 

I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me.  

I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me. Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace, teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me, to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations. 

Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church, that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth. Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world, that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed, the poor consoled and wars ended.  

Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age.


  • The first World Day for Grandparents  and the Elderly will be celebrated in circumstances in which it will still not be possible in many countries for the elderly to physically attend Mass. 
  • In order for the message of closeness and consolation to reach everyone on this World Day − even those who are most isolated − we ask people to visit their grandparents and the elderly living alone in their community and to give them the Holy Father’s message.
  • A visit is a tangible sign of a Church of outreach. At a time of social distancing because of the pandemic, a visit shows that there is a way of being close to older people while still  observing safety measures. 
  • A visit is a personal choice to arise and go in haste to others (cf. Lk 1:39), just as Mary did when she visited her elderly cousin Elizabeth. 
  • A visit is an opportunity for a grandchild to say to his or her grandparent and for a young person to say to an elderly person they are  visiting, “I am with you always”. 
  • A visit can be an opportunity to bring a gis, such as a flower, and to read  the World Day prayer together. 
  • A visit can also be an occasion to offer the elderly, especially those who have not les their homes for a  long  time, an opportunity to receive the sacraments of reconciliation and the Eucharist. 
  • A visit to an older person living alone is one of the ways of obtaining a Plenary Indulgence granted on the occasion of this World Day.  
  • In places where health emergency  measures still make it impossible to visit in person, love can use imagination to find ways of reaching lonely elderly people by phone or social media. 
  • The World Day message can be shared by posting pictures of visits on social media with the hashtag #IamWithYouAlways
Diocese News Parish News RISE Bathurst Diocese Youth

RISE 2021

RISE 2021 commences Thursday 1 July from 10am and concludes at 3pm, Friday 2 July at a location to be advised shortly.

RISE is for youth in Years 6 to 9 (youth in Years 10 and 11 can be involved as team members. To do so, contact Deacon Josh).

Cost for the two days is $110 if registered and paid before 30 April. $120 if paid after that date.
Check with your local parish for any subsidies.

Payment preferred through the link available when this form is submitted.

Registrations close on 25 June 2021.
Register and pay before the end of March to go into the draw for RISE merch.

If you have any questions please contact Deacon Josh at or Jacinta Thatcher

Bulletin Parish News

Sacramental Programme 2021

Parish Based, Family Centred, School Supported

We will again be offering our parish families the opportunity to celebrate the sacraments of First Holy Communion, Confirmation and First Reconciliation.

It is the wish of Bishop Michael that parishes celebrate the Sacraments of First Holy Communion and Confirmation within the weekend Parish Masses.

St Matthews students will be prepared by their teachers during RE lessons and supported by the Parish Sacramental Team. Children in the State schools will attend after school lessons in the Parish Centre – dates to be confirmed.

Christian Initiation
The sacraments of Christian Initiation comprise Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. These three sacraments bring a person to full stature in Christ and membership of the Church community, enabling them to carry out their mission in the world.

First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion (Eucharist) is unique among the sacraments as it is at the heart of our faith. For Catholics, the Eucharist, or Mass, is the most powerful way we encounter the real presence of Jesus Christ.

Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.


Bulletin Parish News Parish Priest

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:


Bulletin Parish News

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.