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Bishop Michael’s Letter

18 October, 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

Welcome to the October edition of the online diocesan newsletter.

I am very appreciative to Sr Kym who, month after month, assembles the information of the happenings from around the Diocese.

It has been a real joy to visit our parishes over these past two weeks. I have visited the parishes of the Valleys for Confirmation and last week the parishes of the Peak Downs. In each of the parishes it is good to meet the families, especially the young people who are completing their Sacraments of Initiation through Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

As I drive around the country it is looking dry again and we ask for God’s blessings on our land to sustain our people as they care for our earth and look after our food needs. This weekend I will be visiting the parishes of the Central West and celebrate Confirmations with our young people.

In between parish visits there are opportunities to spend a little time at awards nights to confirm the great work of Catholic Education in our Diocese. We thank the staff and all those who support the education of at least 17,000 of our young people in Catholic schools and colleges throughout our Diocese. May these last few weeks of the school year be gentle to you and we thank you for all your marvellous work looking after our young people in their education and giving them good direction in life, anchored in our Catholic faith.

As my office prepares my diary for next year it looks like another full year of appointments and engagements across the Diocese. Some of our churches will be celebrating 100 years next year. There was a lot of activity 100 years ago in the Diocese as it expanded to the outer reaches of the towns and country areas. We have a lot to celebrate here in our Diocese affirming our Catholic faith.

May God bless you all.