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Sunday 14 December: Spiritual Direction: Canon Carla Archer is a retired Anglican priest of the Diocese of Bathurst and an Honorary Canon of All Saints’ Cathedral. She is currently undertaking the Residential Program in Spiritual Direction: Listen into Life. She is available to offer Spiritual Direction as a trainee Director under the supervision of the training program. An Information Session will be held in the All Saints’ Cathedral Abbott Room today at 11.30am. Please contact Carla on 0427 006 590 or

Friday 19 December: 10.00am. Cathedral Gift Shop morning tea to celebrate “One Year On” and give thanks to all the volunteers who have helped Tania.

Sunday 21 December: 7.30pm. Don’t forget our Nine Lessons and Carols with The Cathedral Choir and String Ensemble. Conductor: Michael Hissey. Organist: Fr Michael Deasey. 

From the Dean’s Desk

On this Third Sunday of the Advent season, the theme is traditionally one of joy. The first word of the entrance hymn today is “Rejoice!” This is a tradition coming down from the old pre-Vatican II Latin Mass when the first word of the Introit or entrance antiphon was “Gaudete” (rejoice, be glad). And so this Sunday has come to be known as “Gaudete Sunday”.

In the past, Advent was a penitential season - many of us can still remember when there were four fast days during this period - and the celebrant of the liturgy wears vestments with the penitential colour of purple or violet. The atmosphere was deliberately sombre and penitential.

So, in the middle of it all, people needed to be reminded of what they were preparing for - the very joyful occasion of the birth of Jesus. In the midst of all the penance and fasting, today was conceived as a window of joy and brightness in anticipation of what was to come. On this day, too, the violet vestments in many churches give way to a less penitential colour, a pinkish red, a toned-down violet usually described as “rose”. (There is a similar break, “Laetare Sunday”, during the Lenten season.)

Why rejoice?

And why should we be rejoicing? Because we are soon to remember that the Son of God, Jesus the Christ, came to live among us as a human being and be one of us. “And the Word [who has the nature of God] became a human being and lived [literally ‘pitched his tent’] among

us” (John 1:14). And further, we rejoice because he the Lord brings good news.

Apart from all the pre-Christmas gatherings across Bathurst and your family reunions, I pray that you will all take good care of yourselves especially physically and most of all spiritually. Those who managed to make one of the two Advent study groups are indeed well prepared as the sessions have been creative and thought-provoking.

Please pray for the Cathedral Office team and all the work that is done during this time while we continue to feed people daily, fix, repair and organise, and for the Dean whose diary is full with meetings and appointments up to Christmas. Already there are preparations well in place for most of 2015. 

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Welcome to All Saints' Cathedral, Bathurst. This is a special place in the life of the City of Bathurst and the wider Anglican Church of Western New South Wales. All Saints' Cathedral is located in the heart of Bathurst City. The Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Bathurst and the 'principal church' of the Diocese. The Bathurst Parish was formed in 1842, and the first church on the site was builit in 1848. This church became a cathedral in 1870 when the Diocese of Bathurst was formed.

The Cathedral Parish is an open and inclusive Christian community of faith that exists to live out and share the good news of Christ with the people of Bathurst. We have worship and activities for all age groups and people from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences. The Cathedral is open each day from 8 am. You are welcome to join us at any of our services,activities and events.

Vision: Our vision is to be an enthusiastic, generous and welcoming Christian community, growing together and serving others through the power of the Holy Spirit.


The Parish Office is located in the
Diocesan Registry Building,
Church Street, Bathurst,
and is open Monday to Friday from
9 am to 1 pm.

Mail:PO Box 258, Bathurst, NSW, 2795.

Telephone:   02 6331 4711

Fax:   02 6331 4347

In emergencies, the Bathurst on-call minister can be contacted on 0417 693 147.


Cathedral Bells of Bathurst:

The Society of Bathurst Bell Ringers. The Bathurst Bell tower is a race and special in many ways. It is predominantly glass and is one of the few bell towers positioned directly opposite a functional Carillion.  

All Saints' College:

Diocese of Bathurst:

Sunday 8am will be starting at 8.30
Sunday 10am: Family service with CK Sunday school



ABM Christmas Envelopes: These can be found in the Narthex. This year’s appeal gives you the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth, women in Zambia and young Christians in Kenya.

MU Christmas Cards: These cards are now available - still only $6.00 for ten cards. They are available at Sunday Services, the Parish Office or the Cathedral Shop. For further information please contact Lalage Gabb on 6331 3466 or Gillian Date on 6332 6080.

ABM Christmas Cards: These are available in two styles for $1.00 each, from Lorraine Clarkson for this Sunday ONLY.
Angel Tree: Our allocation of Christmas gifts is expected any day. Please see Cheryl Green for information.

Car Park Permits: At present, we have a number which will not be renewed by the current permit holders and are available for the next year. The cost is $978.14 per annum (incl. GST) or less than $20 per week. This is cheap parking. If you are interested, please contact Cheryl Gewin in the Parish Office on 6331 4711. 

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