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Bridgeside Bulletin

The weekly Bulletin of the


Catholic Parish of Forster Tuncurry
Holy Name of Jesus Parish Church
33 Lake Street, Forster

St Mary, Star of the Sea Church


Cnr Kent & Peel Streets, Tuncurry

Proclaiming Christ to the communities of Forster, Tuncurry and the surrounding districts

Sunday 19th April, 2015


Third Sunday of Easter, Year B
Parish
Fr Greg Barker (Parish Priest)
Mr Greg Byrne (Pastoral Associate)
Mrs Sharon Fowle (Administration Associate/Bulletin)
Sr Kathryn McCabe (Aboriginal Catholic Ministry)

The Parish Office is at the rear of the Parish Hall and is


normally staffed on Monday, Thursday and Friday
from 10am to 4pm.
Items for inclusion in Bridgeside Bulletin should be
received by midday on Thursday.
33 Lake Street, Forster NSW 2428
PO Box 67, Forster NSW 2428
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(02) 6554 6304


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Celebrating the Sacraments


Reconciliation is available on Saturday mornings at
Tuncurry from 8:30am until the beginning of the 9am
Mass, on Saturday afternoons at Forster from 4:45pm
until 5:15pm.
Baptisms are celebrated on Sundays, either during any
of our Sunday Masses or after the 9am Mass. The next
Baptismal Preparation meeting will take place in the
Parish Halls meeting rooms on Monday 11th May
commencing at 7pm. Please contact the Parish Office
for more details, or visit the Parish website.
Weddings are celebrated by arrangement and with at
least three (and preferably more) months notice.
Please contact Fr Greg for more details, or visit the
Parish website.
A Sacramental Preparation process runs each year in
the Parish for children wishing to complete the
celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation as part of
the Parish community. Please contact the Parish Office
for more details, or visit the Parish website.
The Parish hosts the Rite of Christian Initiation of
Adults process for those adults wishing to be baptised
or be received into the communion of the Catholic
Church. Please contact the Parish Office for more
details, or visit the Parish website.

Holy Name Parish School (K-6)

St Clares High School, Taree (7-12)

Mr Chris Waters (Principal)

Mr Peter Nicholls (Principal)

41 Lake Street, Forster NSW 2428


PO Box 243, Forster NSW 2428

Davis Street, Taree NSW 2430

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P: (02) 6552 3300


F: (02) 6552 3656
E: admin@tareesc.catholic.edu.au
W: www.tareesc.catholic.edu.au

(02) 6554 6504


(02) 6554 8895
admin@forster.catholic.edu.au
www.forster.catholic.edu.au

The Parish Diary(for the week ahead)

Regular Activities in the Parish

Monday20th April

Christian Meditation
Our Parish hosts opportunities for the practice of
Christian meditation on Tuesdays at two distinct
times, 9am and 5:30pm. Phone Bob on 6555 5914 for
further information.

Tuesday21st April
9am
Christian Meditation (Bob 6555 5914)
3:30pm Holy Hour @ Tuncurry
4:30pm Afternoon Prayer @ Tuncurry
5:30pm Christian Meditation (Bob 6555 5914)

Womens Bible Study Group


Our Parish hosts a Womens Bible Study Group that
meets every Thursday evening from 7pm to 8pm. For
more information contact Natasha on 0407 589 935.

Wednesday22nd April
9am
Mass @ Forster
9:30am MenAlive @ Forster
11:15am Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help @
Forster
7pm
1st Preparation Evening for Sacrament of
Confirmation

Holy Hour
The Parish community observes a Holy Hour each
Tuesday afternoon in the Tuncurry Church from
3:30pm until the beginning of Mass at 4:30pm.

Thursday23rd April
9am
Mass @ Forster
7pm
Womens Prayer Group (Natasha 0407 589 935)

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help


The Novena is prayed every Wednesday in the Forster
church commencing at 11:15am and is followed by a
cuppa in the Parish Hall. For more information contact
Shioney on 6554 9468.

Friday24th April
9:30am Mass @ Forster

Singing Practice
Singing group will take a break over the Easter
holidays and will resume at Forster on Tuesday 28th
April at 5:30pm.

Saturday25th April
Anzac Day
8.30am Reconciliation @ Tuncurry
9am
Mass at Tuncurry
4.45pm Reconciliation @ Forster (until 5:15pm)
6pm
Vigil @ Tuncurry

The menALIVE Groups


Our Parish currently hosts two menALIVE groups. The
daytime group will next meet on Wednesday 22nd
April after the 9am Mass and the evening group
meets on the last Thursday of each month at 7.30pm.

Sunday26th April
7am
Mass @ Tuncurry
9am
Mass @ Forster

Secular Franciscan Fraternity


The Secular Franciscans Fraternity will next meet on
Wednesday 6th May 2015, coming together for Mass
at 9am, followed by a cuppa at 9:30am and then the
meeting 10am to 12pm.

Please Pray for the Children participating


in the Sacrament of Confirmation in May
Mark Allan
Zoe Allen
Leteesha Amato
Izaac Boag
Georgia Daley
Ruby Daley
Madison Darcy
Rhyan Dodds
Rory Falk
Alice Fowle
Ashleigh Harris
Keegan Herb
Kade Hickson
Lily Hodges
Bayley Joughin
Amelia Joughin

Olivia Keen
Harrison Le Rougetel
Bridan McNamara
Savannah Murray
Cooper Payne
Mitchell Provost
Mauro Ragno
Joseph Reardon
Amelia Robertson
Amy Rowell
Clare Rozario
Clary Russell
Rory Russell
Olivia Van Haren
Genevieve Wayte
Grace Wicks

Maintenance & Gardening Group


The gardening team will have their next reunion wil
on Thursday 21st May. Contact Howard 6557 6826 for
more information.
Evening Prayer & Benediction
The Parish community celebrates on the first Sunday
of each month at 5:30pm in the Tuncurry church. It
will celebrated on Sunday 3rd May 2015. All welcome.
(Not celebrated in AprilEaster Sunday)
Childrens Liturgy of the Word
The next Liturgy of the Word for children aged 4-12
will be on Sunday 3rd May 2015 at the 9am Mass. A
morning tea will follow Mass.
Collection of Foodstuffs for Homebase
The next collection of foodstuffs in support of
Homebase is today Sunday 3rd May 2015.
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From the Pastors Desk

Often we notice in the events of Jesus life that he


never seems to get around to asking what people
have done before he heals them, welcomes them,
accepts them. When he separates sheep from goats
its those who didnt visit, feed or clothe that are
condemned not by God but by their actions. Maybe
they were the ones who couldnt give because they
might waste, or visit because the crime was too great,
or clothe because they might have drunk their pay? I
dont know but I do know this, it doesnt seem to
matter to Jesus.

Dear Parish Family,


Someone said to me recently you know Father, you
cant save everyone! Its not a very accurate
statement: it was a well-intentioned reflection mind
you, designed, I am sure, to take some of the pressure
off and in particular some anxiety over a soul to be
saved. The reality of course as we all know is that I
cant save anyone. At most and best, I am a wellintentioned vessel of some bigger, broader and all
powerful being. So are you. Whilst we dont save
anyone we work for the one who does.

Regards,

Greg

I often say to people, that I think we too often ask the


wrong question of ourselves and our God. Its not
what would Jesus do but more to the point what
would Jesus have me do? I know in this weekends
Gospel we find the heart of what Jesus would have me
do;

(Father)

So you see how it is written that the Christ


would suffer and on the third day rise from the
dead, and that, in his name, repentance for the
forgiveness of sins would be preached to all the
nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are
witnesses to this. Luke 24:48 (the bold is my
addition.)
So whilst I can save no one I have to share with others
the reality of the saving power of Christ that is in my
own life. We cant give that lip service as a powerful
tool for inviting others to experience what we have
experienced and continue to experience. There is
nothing more attractive than a person enthused about
their own vocation, nothing more credible than the
one who puts it courageously into practice. Its not
bible bashing but living the life we have been given
with all its tremors and traumas. It can be difficult to
suffer and to make sense of it in faith, but we do and
that is powerful witness.

From Horseback to Hatchback


Living an Authentic Pastoral Ministry Today
Join with clergy, pastoral associates, parish pastoral
council members, other parish ministers and workers
at 9am on Tuesday 5th May to 3pm and Wednesday
6th May at Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club, Sydney.
Explore our Catholic missionary origins in Australia,
and apply our discoveries to our new missionary fields
today. What mode of transport do we need for today
and tomorrow? Where are the new fields and
paddocks and laneways where we are called to serve?
The ongoing challenge of Pope Francis, is to smell like
the sheep. Who are the sheep? Where are sheep
these days? And what about the shepherds? Keynote
speakers include: Bishop Eugene Hurley, Fr Ed
Campion, Sr Kari Hatherell OSU and Mr Richard
McMahon.

The challenge often enough is making our faith as


normal as buying milk. A normal part of our daily
conversation as talking about the movie we saw or the
dinner we had, and in the same normal way. At
church on Sunday I saw I was struggling with X
and the prayers of the faithful reminded me to
After Mass we went to for coffee and . I got a real
thrill from being an extraordinary minister of
communion this week because . Normal stuff really.
We can be sure that we know God only by
keeping his commandments. 1 Jn 2: 3

Early bird $150 until April 24. Full fee $175 until May
4.
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General
enquiries to Christine 0450 371 983. Conference
organised by NSW Association of Pastors, Pastoral
Associates and Parish Workers.

What are his commandments? to love God, love your


neighbour and love yourself! And not just the ones we
find acceptable.
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Email Addresses

Thanks for your generosity

Further to Fr. Gregs request at Mass last week, we


have placed a form at the rear of the church to enable
you to include your email details. There is also a box
to place a business card as an alternative.

Once more parishioners have shown their generosity


by donating $2,142.10 to Project Compassion.

Please also note the new Parish email address is now


Forster-Tuncurry.Parish@mn.catholic.org.au

1st Preparation Evening for the Sacrament of


Confirmation will take place this Wednesday 22nd
April at 7pm in the Church Hall .

Sacramental ProgramConfirmation

Baptised with Water and the Spirit

Vocation View

This weekend we witness the baptism of Kylah


Joughin, daughter of Christine and Jason.

What could convince someone to turn to God? That


God became man and is the sacrifice that takes our
sins away. Let us pray - Lord Jesus, make Your work
plain to us and set our hearts no fire with love when
You speak. Enable us to respond to the call to be
witnesses of Your love. For more information
regarding Vocations contact Fr Brian Mascord on 02
4979 1112 or vocations@mn.catholic.org.au

May the gift of baptism received strengthen Kylah in


her journey of life and faith she will share with us.
Please remember Kylah and her family in your
prayers.

Pacific Emergency Appeal


By now you are well aware of the devastating cyclone
to hit Vanuatu. Caritas has opened a Pacific
Emergency Appeal to respond to the urgent and
immediate needs such as food, shelter and clean
water to support the devastation.
The Appeal has raised $564.60 to date. A final
collection will take place after Masses again this
weekend.

Guiding Childrens Faith Journey


Are you interested in guiding children on part of their
faith journey? Catholic Special Religious Education
(SRE) / Scripture classes continue in this Parish
community
at
Forster
9.30

11.00am,
Tuncurry 11.20am 12.30pm and Pacific Palms PS.
Currently, because of family, health and work the
current SRE teachers require enthusiastic, caring,
supportive volunteers to help with classes on Fridays
of the school Term. All support will be offered to assist
the volunteer. Mentoring is offered to new recruits
also.
For
more
information
contact
loretta.heffernan@mn.catholic.org.au / 0408 895 951
or parish office 6554 6304.

Please give generously.


Alternatively, donations can be made directly at the
Caritas website www.caritas.org.au

Under One Sky


The African Childrens Choir Australian Tour 2015
includes a performance at the Manning Entertainment
Centre on Monday 1st June, at 7.30pm. The St.
Josephs Primary and St. Clares High Schools
Combined Choir will also be performing. Adults $25,
Children/Concession $15. Tickets available from the
Manning Entertainment Centre on 6592 5466.
There will also be a public workshop on Tuesday 2nd
June at 7pm. Adult $15, Child/Concession $10. Tickets
available from St. Josephs in Taree on 6557 7031.
Further information is available at the rear of the
church.
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Homily by Richard Leonard SJ

thing. The kids were elated and continued to do a


bang-up job on the rubbish bins. A few days later, the
retiree approached them again, Look he said. I
haven't received my pension cheque this month, so
I'm not going to be able to give you more than 25
cents. Will that be okay? 25 cents? the drum leader
exclaimed. If you think we're going to waste our time
beating these bins for 25 cents, you're nuts! No way,
mister. We quit! And the old man enjoyed peace and
quiet for the rest of his days.

Sometimes the lectionary cuts a gospel story off too


soon. Today we hear from the last chapter of Lukes
Gospel where there are four accounts of how the
disciples came to believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
In the first two stories Mary Magdalene and then
Peter come to see that Jesus has been raised from the
dead because they found his tomb empty. The third
story is set on the Road to Emmaus. Todays gospel is
where Jesus appears to the apostles and disciples en
masse, but it finishes at verse 48. In the next few
verses Jesus tells the disciples that he is sending them
out to be his witnesses in the world, and then he
ascends to the Father.

So as Christ sends us forth today, may we be wise


about how we can create some happiness and peace
around us as well.
Richard Leonard SJ.

The Church finishes the passage early because it does


not want to pre-empt the feast of the Ascension, but
by doing so it does the story an injustice. We are used
to hearing how the Road to Emmaus mirrors what we
do here at Mass each Sunday. But if we include Luke
chapter 24, verses 49 to 50, then we can see that
todays Gospel does the same thing. The verbs tell the
story. In todays Gospel Jesus is present to the
disciples; he gives himself to them to be seen and
held; he eats with them; teaches them about the
scriptures; and he commissions them to go out.

Communion from the Chalice when Sick


The occurrences of colds and flu are currently
increasing, a reminder to everyone to consider the
wellbeing of your fellow parishioners.
If you are not feeling well, we would respectfully ask
you to please refrain from receiving Communion from
the Chalice during Mass.
So you see how it
is written that the
Christ would suffer
and on the third
day rise from the
dead, and that, in
h i s
n a m e ,
repentance for the
forgiveness of sins
would be preached
to all the nations,
b e g i n n i n g
from
Jerusalem.
You are witnesses
to this.

As a result of that first Easter we gather here each


Sunday to remember and make Easter present again.
This is the reason, for example, we talk about the 40
days of Lent when in fact there are 45 days from Ash
Wednesday to the Easter Vigil. In or outside the Easter
season Sundays are always days of the Resurrection.
And just like the first Easter Sunday we believe that
Christ continues to invite us here; to teach us about
how to understand the scriptures and live them out in
our daily lives; is present to us, to have and to hold, in
his Word, this community, the presider and in a
special way in the Eucharistic meal; and that he sends
us out to proclaim his saving love with heroic joy.
To enable us to do all this we receive the same gift
Jesus gave the first disciples as well, the gift of peace.
But sometimes we have to get creative about how we
achieve it, like the old man who purchased a
retirement home near a high school. He spent the first
few weeks in peace and contentment. Then a new
school year began. The very next afternoon three
young men came down his street beating merrily on
every rubbish bin they encountered. The crashing
percussion continued day after day, until finally the
old man decided to take some action. The next
afternoon, he walked out to meet the young
percussionists. He called out, You kids are a lot of fun.
Will you do me a favour? I'll give you each a dollar if
you'll promise to come around every day and do your

Little White Books


Enjoy six minutes of daily reflections for the Easter
season with a little white book. Available from the
rear of the church for $5.

Parishioners in Hospital/Aged Care


Due to Privacy Legislation the parish can no longer
ascertain names of people in hospitals or aged care
facilities. It is essential that family and friends inform
the Church office if one of their loved ones is admitted
to such a facility.
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You will be forgiven

Kids Corner
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the man who ordered that Jesus be crucified


God _ _ _ _ _ _ Jesus from death
the disciples saw Jesus on the road leading to this place
when Jesus appeared the disciples thought they were seeing
a _____
Jesus appeared to the disciples on the _ _ _ _ to Emmaus

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Acts 3:13-15. 17-19


Ps 4:1ab & 1ef. 3. 6cd-7a. R. v.7b
Lk 24:35-48

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you do this when you are hungry


the people you care about and like to spend time with are
your _ _ _ _ _ _ _
someone who leads
Jesus explained the Scriptures, which said he would rise
from death after this many days
Peter said to the people, Give up your _ _ _ _, and you will
be forgiven
Jesus told the disciples that all people of every _ _ _ _ _ _
should be told what had happened
the opposite of bad

Opportunities Outside The Parish

reconciliation and the Reign of God. Visit


www.mohmv.com.au for more information or P
Catholic Mission 9919 7800.

RCIA Mass
RCIA Mass of Celebration with Neophytes will be held
on Sunday 19th April at 9:30am at Sacred Heart
Cathedral. Diocesan Mass of Celebration with
Neophytes 9.30am at the Cathedral Hamilton.
Morning tea will be served after Mass.

Annual Lord Mayors Prayer


A breakfast will be held on Friday 19th June at 6:45am
at Wests New Lambton, Starlight Room. The purpose
of the Lord Mayor's Breakfast is to acknowledge God,
the power of prayer and to invite the blessing of God
over the City of Newcastle and her people.
Visit www.lmpb.org.au for more information.

Assembly of Catholic Professionals LuncheonKevin


Bailey
Lunch will be held on Thursday 30th April at 12pm at
Fort Scratchley Function Centre, Newcastle East.
Assembly of Catholic Professionals Members - Free,
$110 guest. To book phone 4979 1261 or email
acp@mn.catholic.org.au

Family Faith Forum


Faith Forum 2015 will be held on Friday 22nd May at
Toohey Room, Diocesan Offices, 841 Hunter Street,
Newcastle West. Sacramental teams, catechists,
teachers and priests are invited to explore how
parishes might journey with families for the
Sacraments of Initiation. Bishop Bill will launch the
new policy, Becoming Disciples.

SafeTALK Suicide Prevention Awareness Program


This program will be held on Friday 24th April at 9am
at Woodberry Family Centre, 11-13 Lawson Ave,
Woodberry. No cost. Companions must register
at www.goodgrief.org.au. All other participants
please
P
4979
1355
or
E
jenny.harris@mn.catholic.org.au

The Human Search


A Buddhist-Christian Conversation will be held
on Tuesday 9th June at 10am at Level 5, 141
Harrington Street, The Rocks. Aquinas Academy
course allows participants to take part in a
conversation that explores some fundamental
questions
relating
to
our
being
human
together. When: 4 Tuesday mornings, 10am - 12pm,
9th-30th June. Where: Level 5, 141 Harrington Street,
The Rocks Cost: $132/person (including notes).

Diocesan Formation
Remaining Faithful will be held on Saturday 2nd May
at 9am at Holy Spirit Catholic Infants School Hall,
Abermain. Part I of the diocesan formation for 'Sunday
Celebrations in Anticipation of Eucharist' is being
hosted by the Cessnock and Kurri Parishes on
Saturdays in May. This is a community formation
process and invites the participation of all members of
the parish community.

Gardening Group Needs Your Help


Consider joining the Gardening Group. They are fun to
be around and always have the most delicious cake
available to share at morning tea, following their
endeavours. Please consider getting involved. Their
next reunion will be on Thursday 21st May. Call
Howard 6557 6826 for more information.

Mums Night Out


TWECs Mums Night Out will be held on Wednesday
6th May at 5:30pm at West Wallsend Workers Club,
Carrington St, West Wallsend. RSVP 30th April on
4939 9601 or twec@ssjl.org.au.
TWEC Dinner
Annual TWEC Dinner with Phil Glendenning will be
held on Friday 8th May at 6:30pm at the Therry
Centre, New England Highway, East Maitland. Phil
Glendenning is the Director of the Edmund Rice
Centre and is currently President of the Refugee
Council of Australia. RSVP by 30 April to
Secretary P 4930 9601 E twec@ssjl.org.au. Cost for
hors d'oeuvres, drinks, main meal and dessert is $60
per person. Tables of 10 & individual bookings are
available.
Mission: One Heart, Many Voices Conference
Conference will be held on Monday 18th May at SMC
Conference Centre, 66 Goulburn St, Sydney. Mission:
One Heart, Many Voices is for those inspired to strive
creatively for justice, truth, peace, freedom,

Direct Debit Planned Giving


We now have direct debit facilities available at the
office. We would like to encourage you to use this
option for your weekly planned giving, particularly if
you think you will be spending time away during the
year. Application forms can be found at the rear of the
church. If you have any questions please contact the
Parish office.

Catholic Newspapers Available


Both The Catholic Leader (Brisbane) and The Catholic
Weekly (Sydney) newspapers are available at a cost of
$2 each from our churches.
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Ministers this Weekend...

...of the Word

...of Communion

6pm Tuncurry

A: Frank Hayman
B: Kylie Hall

Margaret Smith, Maureen Pye, Neil Pye, Owen Carroll,


Pat Hooker.

7am Tuncurry

A: Genevieve Williamson Alex Matuszny, Fred Liackman, Genevieve Williamson,


B: Chris Matuszny
Lorraine Clark, Norm Chapman.

9am Forster

A: Kyla Loring
B: Kris Koch

Alan McCarthy, Anne Hartman, Coral McCarthy, Josie


Beech, Shioney Neal.

Ministers next Weekend...

...of the Word

...of Communion

6pm Tuncurry

A: Valarie Ross
B: Geraldine Mullin

Kathryn McCabe, Michael Amato, Valarie Ross,


additional volunteers required.

7am Tuncurry

A: Kay Griffiths
B: Fred Liackman

Alex Matuszny, Cecile Malone, Cushla Drake, Edna


Tucker, Kay Griffiths.

9am Forster

A: Trevor Turner
B: Barbara Dolahenty

Anne Moloney, Barbara Kermode,


Rhiannon Temesvary, Rob Temesvary.

Greg

Byrne,

Please note: The above information reflects the rosters as originally published,
and doesnt take account of any swaps that may have been organised between individuals.

Text: Excerpts from the English Translation of the Roman Missal 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL); Music: From the Mass of St Francis
2010, Paul Taylor. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Australian AgentLicenSing Online Lic No. 624844.

Scripture Readings This Week


Today

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Todays Liturgy of the Word

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19


1 John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-48
Acts 6:8-15
John 6:22-29
Acts 7:518:1
John 6:30:35
Acts 8:1-8
John 6:35-40
Acts 8:26-40
John 6:44-51
Acts 9:1-20
John 6:52-59
Acts 6:1-7
John 6:16-21
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
1 John 2:1-5
Luke 24:35-48

Responsorial Psalm
Response: Lord, let your face shine on us.
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Lord Jesus, make your word plain to us:
make our hearts burn with love when you speak.
Alleluia!

In your charity, please pray for:


Those recently deceased.
Shirley Doody.
Those whose anniversaries occur about now.
Thelma Nelson, Bonnie Favero, Martin Dunn, John
Joseph Hope.
All those in our community who are sick.
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