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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

PeriodClergyComment
* The list may not contain all serving Clergy.
1886 - 1890 Fr D. HORAN  
1890 - 1895 Fr P. O'REILLY  
1895 - Fr S. MCDONALD  
1896 - Fr W. HARNOTT  
1897 - 1899 Fr M. HEAGNEY  
1897 - Fr I. MCARTHUR  
1899 - 1902 Fr J. KING  
1902 - 1907 Fr T. O'SULLIVAN  
1902 - Fr A. HENNESSY  
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 - 1919 Fr A. MARTIN  
1917 - Fr C. EGAN  
1919 - 1924 Fr C. MCKENNA  
1920 - 1930 Fr J. O'CARROLL  
1924 - 1925 Fr A. HUGHES  
1925 - 1926 Fr M. FINAN  
1926 - 1929 Fr J. BAILEY  
1930 - 1931 Fr J. DUGGAN  
1931 - 1935 Fr L. CURRAN  
1935 - 1936 Fr J. PERKINS  
1936 - 1939 Fr W. ROVIRA  
1939 - 1942 Fr T. KEOGH  
1939 - Fr T. FLYNN  
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  
1956 - 1957 Fr G. LOUGHNAN  
1957 - 1958 Fr A. MCDONNELL  
1958 - 1960 Fr F. RICHARDS  
1960 - 1962 Fr D. JENKINS  
1962 - Fr V. CRENNAN  
1962 - Fr W. DURKIN  
1962 - Fr NEYENS  
1966 - 1968 Fr J. TURNER  
1966 - Fr H. GILMAN  
1966 - Fr M. NOLAN  
1966 - Fr P. RANKIN  
1968 - 1969 Fr W. DONEGAN  
1969 - 1971 Fr F. MCLAUGHLIN  
1971 - 1972 Fr C. GROOT  
1971 - Fr F. MILBURN  
1972 - 1973 Fr K. BRAY  
1973 - Fr N. MCKIE  
1973 - Fr J. SCARLETT  
Contributions: Information courtesy of St Bernard's Catholic Church Bacchus Marsh
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Bacchus Marsh, VIC - St Bernard's Catholic
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