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Bacchus Marsh VIC - St Bernard’s Catholic

20170

State: Victoria
Denomination: Catholic
Address:

61 Lerderderg Street Bacchus Marsh

GPS: -37.67324,144.443325 

 

History and Architecture:

The 1841 Census for this area recorded that there were only 14 Catholics out of a population of 112, an area that extended from the Upper Werribee to Melton.

By 1851 a register entry listed the names of five infants who, were baptised:- James, the son of James and Fanny Toomey; Patrick, son of John and Margaret Leahy; Elizabeth, daughter of Michael and Catherine Callanan; Ann, daughter of Denis and Bzidget Stack, and John, son of John and Mary McPherson.

Bishop Goold visited Bacchus Marsh in July, 1853 and his diary gives a lengthy description of his stay from Wednesday, 20 July to Monday July 25. After this visit Fr. Moore was transferred to Bacchus Marsh but he stayed only a few months. The statistical book for 1863 shows him in charge of Bacchus Marsh, with a chapel which could hold 200 but the average attendance was listed as 100.

Fr O’Connell who resided in Gisborne was given the task of erecting a new, church in Bacchus Marsh - the same church that still serves the Catholic community today. Tenders were called on August 24th, 1871 and the Foundation Stone was laid by Bishop Goold on January 14, 1872. This stone was laid at the south-west corner of the building but it is not known exactly where it is today.

The land that the church was being built on had been sold by James E'. Crook to Bishop Goold and others on January 17th, 1866 for £40.

The building was to be of brick and measurement’s were to be 100' of which 26' form the sanctuary which is 20' wide while the body of the church Is 30' wide. There are two sacristies 14' 6" by 12' 8'' and 20's 12'.

The builders were Messrs. Hianz and Rose of Ballarat. The final cost of the Church was £3,600.00. It was built of brick with cement, facings and had a tower and the style of architecture Is Gothic, although not pure Gothic.  A Mr. H. R. Caselli was the architect.

The opening of the church took place on Sunday, 28 June and was performed by the Very Reverend Dr. Fitzpatrick, V.G. Mozart's No. 12 Mass was sung by the St. Bridget's Choir, Gisborne under the leadership of Mr. P. Hart. The Rev. W. Kelly, S.J., was the preacher on the occasion.

Organ:

No information currently available.

Clergy*:

Explanations

1886 - 1890 Fr. D. Horan
1890 - 1895 Fr. P. O'Reilly 
1895 Fr. S. McDonald
1896 Fr. W. Harnott
1897 Fr. I. McArthur
1897 - 1899 Fr. M. Heagney
1899 - 1902 Fr. J. King
1902 Fr. A. Hennessy
1902 - 1907 Fr. T. O'Sullivan
1907 Fr. T. Bride
1911 - 1912 Fr. M Haves
1912 - 1914 Fr M. Flannery
1914 - 1915 Fr. J. Gibbons
1915 - 1917 Fr. W. Galdsptnk
1917 Fr. C. Egan
1917 - 1919 Fr. A. Martin
1919 - 1924 Fr. C. McKenna
1924 - 1925 Fr. A. Hughes
1925 - 1926 Fr. M. Finan
1926 - 1929 Fr. J. Bailey
1920 - 1930 Fr J O'Carroll
1930 - 1931 Fr. J. Duggan
1931 - 1935 Fr. L. Curran
1935 - 1936 Fr. J. Perkins
1936 - 1939 Fr. W. Rovira
1939 Fr. T. Flynn
1939 - 1942 Fr. T. Keogh
1941 - 1942 Fr. W. Ryan
1942 - 1946 Fr. J. Murphy
1946 - 1947 Fr. G. Hefty
1947 - 1949 Fr. G. Dunlop
1949 - 1952 Fr. J. O'Neil
1952 - 1966 Fr. J. McCarthy
1966 Fr. H. Gilman
1956 - 1957 Fr. G. Loughnan
1957 - 1958 Fr. A. McDonnell
1958 - 1960 Fr. F. Richards
1960 - 1962 Fr. D. Jenkins
1962 Fr. Neyens
1962 Fr. V. Crennan
1962 Fr. W. Durkin
1966 Fr. P. Rankin
1966 Fr. M. Nolan
1966 - 1968 Fr, J. Turner
1968 - 1969 Fr. W. Donegan
1969 - 1971 Fr. F. McLaughlin
1971 Fr. F. Milburn
1971 - 1972 Fr. C. Groot
1972 - 1973 Fr. K. Bray
1973 Fr, N. McKie
1973 Fr. J. Scarlett
   

* The list may not contain all serving Clergy.

Contributions: Information courtesy of St Bernard’s Catholic Church Bacchus Marsh



Bacchus Marsh VIC - St Bernard’s Catholic
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