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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

Enrol now for a Parents and Carers Session on the First Eucharist programme for 2021

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.

One parent information session is planned for each of the sacraments – Confirmation, First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation.

The first of the sacraments to be celebrated this year will be First Holy Communion. Parent sessions will take place on Tuesday 20th April, 2021 at 1.30 -2.30pm or an evening session 7.00pm – 8.00pm. The sessions are for parents/carers only, candidates do not attend.

Families of students in Year 3 are invited to register their intention to have their child receive the sacrament via an online form provided by the parish staff and available on the parish website.
Register your intention and attendance to either session here.

The enrolment form will follow at a later date, once the information session has taken place.

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.


Bulletin Diocese News Parish News

Social Justice Sunday

30th August, 2020

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Social Justice Sunday Prayer