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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 27th April, 2014 Second Sunday of Easter, Year A

Fr Andrew Doohan (Parish Priest) Mr Greg Byrne (Pastoral Associate) Mrs Sharon Fowle (Administration Associate) Sr Kathryn McCabe (Aboriginal Catholic Ministry)

Celebrating the Sacraments

Reconciliation is available on Saturday mornings at Tuncurry from 8am until the beginning of the 9am Mass, on Saturday afternoons at Forster from 4:15pm until 5:15pm, or other times by contacting Fr Andrew. 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 12th 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 Andrew 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. The Parish can also be found online: Search for us on Facebook as Catholic Parish of Forster Tuncurry

The Parish Office is at the rear of the Parish Hall and is staffed on Wednesday 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 P: F: E: W: (02) 6554 6304 (02) 6554 6425

Fr Andrew can be emailed directly using the address: (NB this has changed)

Holy Name Parish School (K-6)

Ms Brooke Schumann (Acting Principal) 41 Lake Street, Forster NSW 2428 PO Box 243, Forster NSW 2428 P: F: E: W: (02) 6554 6504 (02) 6554 8895

The Parish is also served by

St Clares High School, Taree (7-12)

Mr Peter Nicholls (Principal) Davis Street, Taree NSW 2430 P: F: E: W: (02) 6552 3300 (02) 6552 3656

Follow us on Twitter: @ftcatholic

The Parish Diary(for the week ahead)

Second Week of Easter Monday28th April Memorial of St Peter Chanel Tuesday29th April Memorial of St Catherine of Siena 9am Christian Meditation (Bob 6555 5914) 3:30pm Holy Hour @ Tuncurry 4:30pm Mass @ Tuncurry 5:30pm Christian Meditation (Bob 6555 5914) Wednesday30th April 9am Mass @ Forster 11:15am Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help @ Forster 5:30pm Parish Social Justice Group meeting @ Forster Thursday1st May 9am Mass @ Forster Friday2nd May Memorial of St Athanasius 9:30am Mass @ Forster Saturday3rd May Feast of Sts Philip and James 8:30am Reconciliation @ Tuncurry 9am Mass @ Tuncurry 4:45pm Reconciliation @ Forster (until 5:15pm) 6pm Mass @ Tuncurry Sunday4th May 7am Mass @ Tuncurry 9am Mass @ Forster 5:30pm Evening Prayer & Benediction @ Tuncurry

Regular Activities in the Parish

Secular Franciscan Fraternity The Secular Franciscans Fraternity will next meet on Wednesday 7th May, coming together for Mass at 9am, followed by a cuppa at 9:30am and then the meeting 10am to 12pm. The menALIVE Groups Our Parish currently hosts two menALIVE groups. The morning group will next meet on Wednesday 14th May after the 9am Mass, while the evening group will next meet on Thursday 29th May at 7:30pm. Maintenance & Gardening Group The Parish is lucky to be served by a very dedicated band of volunteers who tend to the upkeep of the grounds and gardens of our two church sites. They do a fabulous job, and are always ready to welcome new members to the group. The next date is Thursday 15th May starting at Tuncurry at 8am and then on to Forster. Contact Howard 6557 6826 for more information. Singing Practice The Singing Group will be having a well deserved break over the next few weeks and will resume on a date to be advised. Collection of Foodstuffs for Homebase On the first Sunday of each month we undertake a collection in order to support Homebase. The next collection will next take place on Sunday 4th May. 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. 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. Contact Shioney (6554 9468) 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 next be celebrated on Sunday 4th May. All welcome.

Fr Andrew to Clergy Conference

Fr Andrew will be away from the Parish this week in order to attend the Diocesan Clergy Conference in Kincumber. Your prayers for the clergy during the week would be very much appreciated. Fr Dennis will preside at Masses on weekdays, and you are asked to contact Greg Byrne in the first instance for any other pastoral need.

Divine Mercy Devotion

Devotions to the Divine Mercy, including the praying of the Chaplet, Adoration, etc will be held today Sunday 27th April commencing at 11am in the Tuncurry church. The praying of the devotion on this day carries a Plenary Indulgence when associated with the usual conditions.

From The Pastors Desk...

With the arrival of the Second Sunday of Easter (or Low Sunday as it used to be called in the old calendar) our celebration of Easter Day has come to end, yet the Easter Season will continue until the great Solemnity of Pentecost, which in 2014 falls on Sunday 8th June. Easter, despite secular belief to the contrary, isnt overand there is much more celebration to be had in connection with this central Feast of the Christian life. The question we need to ask ourselves today, and indeed everyday, is how are we going to continue to celebrate Easterthe Passion and Resurrection of Jesusin our lives this minute, this hour, this day. And more importantly than celebrating Easter, how are we going to live in the light of Easter, the light of Jesus, not just during the Easter Season that stretches before us, but also across the rest of our lives that stretches out before us from what we celebrated last Sunday, and every time the Church gathers to celebrate, well, anything. The place of Easter in each of our lives will ultimately dependent upon who we are and where we are in our lifes journey, but Easter willor shouldhave a place in our lives. We are, after all, an Easter People, and it behoves us to live as an Easter People. Over the coming Easter Season, I would encourage you to spend some time reflecting and praying on how you might give evidence to the world of your identity as a member of the Easter People, and how we might together witness to that reality here in the Great Lakes area. I would like to again thank those who were associated with the celebrations of the Easter Triduum: the sacristans, readers, ministers of communion, and musicians; those who prepared our liturgical spaces, and the Gardening group who made sure our physical environs were tidy and welcoming; those who welcomed our visitors; and, most importantly, you, the worshipping community of the Parish, without whom there could be no celebrations. As mentioned elsewhere in Bridgeside Bulletin I will be away from Monday to Friday this week in order to take part in the annual Clergy Conference & Gathering at Kincumber. This is an important opportunity for the clergy of the Diocese to get together and receive some input on a range of topics, and spend some time sharing each others company. Your prayers would be appreciated. Until next week Fr Andrew

Change of Email for Fr Andrew

Please note that Fr Andrew has changed his email address at which he can be contacted directly. The new address is and is effective immediately. The older address will redirect emails for the next few months before being cancelled.

Parish Hall Kitchen

The Kitchen in the Parish Hall is currently being renovated (with some new stainless steel benches) and will not be accessible until this is completed. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Parish Dinner
This years event will be held at the Reef Bar & Grill on Wharf Street, Forster at 6pm on Friday 16th May. Our guest speaker is Brendan Guiney from Mid Coast Water who will talk about Twinning and Water Aid in Samoa. Tickets are $30 and include a 2 course meal. They are available for purchase today and over the next few weeks outside the churches after Mass, or, alternatively, you can contact the Parish Office.

Secondary School Enrolments

St Clares High School, Taree is now accepting enrolments for Year 7, 2015. Forms for enrolment may be collected from the School Office, or an information pack can be posted to you by contacting the School on 6552 3300. Families with students enrolled in a Catholic primary school will receive an enrolment form via their school.

Tri-Diocesan Covenant Service

The Tri-Diocesan Covenant Ecumenical Service will be held on Thursday 29th May beginning at 7:45pm at St Peter's Anglican Church, East Maitland. All are very welcome to attend this joyful and popular service.

Vocation View
As the Father has sent me, so I send you. As Jesus commissioned his disciples so he commissions us to be his witnesses to the end of the world, do not be afraid to proclaim him in thought, word and deed (John 20:21). For more information regarding Vocations contact Fr Brian Mascord on 4979 1112 or by email to

Parish Social Functions for 2014

The Parish Pastoral Team organizes four social functions for the Parish each year. The dates for the remaining for 2014 are:

Kids Corner

INTERNATIONAL LUNCH to be held on Saturday 2nd August. BLESSING OF THE FLEET/PARISH BBQ will be held this year on Sunday 5th October.

Please note these dates in your calendars now. Further details will be published closer to each event.

Parish Social Justice Group

The next meeting of the Parish Social Justice Group will be held on Wednesday 30th April at 5:30pm in the Parish Hall Meeting Room. Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in exploring this aspect of the Churchs teaching and life.

Little White Books

Six minute daily reflections for the Easter Season, beginning on 21st April and continuing through to Pentecost on 8th June. Get yours before they are sold out $5 each.

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.

We welcome to our community of faith Aiva Bolt, the daughter of Jake and Hannah who will be baptised with water and the Holy Spirit next weekend.

Silence in the Liturgy

We observe silence during our liturgy (on Sundays and weekdays) at the following times: 1. During the Penitential Act, after the Presider invites us to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries in order to recollect ourselves; 2. During the Collect, after the invitation of the Presider to Let us pray again in order to recollect ourselves; 3. During the Liturgy of the Word, at the conclusion of the first reading in order that we might meditate on what we have heard; 4. During the Liturgy of the Word, at the conclusion of the second reading in order that we might meditate on what we have heard; and 5. During the Liturgy of the Word, at the conclusion of the homily in order that we might meditate on what we have heard.

Social Justice and Human Rights

You are invited to a free public talk by Mark Isaacs about the Nauru Detention Centre to be held on Sunday 4th May 2014 at at 2pm in the Holy Name School Hall, Lake Street, Forster. "How long will we be here?" one man asked. Nobody could answer him. Nobody knew. The intention was clear: this was the No Advantage policy. Take them to a distant island, lock them away, punish them, forget about them. Criminals were given a sentence to serve, these men were not even given that. Lost hope ebbed out of the men in uncontrollable sobs and tears. Queue jumpers, boat people, illegals........... Asylum seekers are contentious front page news, but obtaining information about Australia's regional processing centres is increasingly difficult. We only learn what the government wants us to know. Mark Isaacs worked for the Salvation Army inside Nauru Detention Centre soon after it re-opened in 2012. He provided humanitarian aid to the men interned in the camp. What he saw there moved him to speak out. Mark's confronting book, entitled The Undesirables, chronicles his time in Nauru, detailing daily life and the stories of the men held there; the self-harm, suicide attempts and riots; the rare moments of joy; the moments of despair. Mark's eyewitness account humanises a political debate usually ruled by misleading rhetoric. "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" - Matthew 25:35. Now more than ever, it is vitally important for faith communities to foster a culture of hospitality, encounter and acceptance. How do we nurture the spirit of justice within us? How are we moved to act for peace and justice? Learn more about the social justice teachings of Christ and follow the commandment to welcome the stranger. The Great Lakes Rural Australians for Refugees invites local communities to Forster on Sunday 4 May to hear a compelling account of the human reality of Australia's Pacific Solution.

We also evangelize when we attempt to confront the various challenges which can arise. On occasion these may take the form of veritable attacks on religious freedom or new persecutions directed against Christians; in some countries these have reached alarming levels of hatred and violence. In many places, the problem is more that of widespread indifference and relativism, linked to disillusionment and the crisis of ideologies which has come about as a reaction to anything which might appear totalitarian. This not only harms the Church but the fabric of society as a whole. We should recognize how in a culture where each person wants to be bearer of his or her own subjective truth, it becomes difficult for citizens to devise a common plan which transcends individual gain and personal ambitions. In the prevailing culture, priority is given to the outward, the immediate, the visible, the quick, the superficial and the provisional. What is real gives way to appearances. In may countries globalization has meant a hastened deterioration of their own cultural roots and the invasion of ways of thinking and acting proper to other cultures which are economically advanced but ethically debilitated. This fact has been brought up by bishops from various continents in different Synods. The African bishops, for example, taking up the Encyclical Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, pointed out years ago that there have been frequent attempts to make the African countries parts of a machine, cogs on a gigantic wheel. This is often true also in the field of social communications which, being run by centres mostly in the northern hemisphere, do not always give due consideration to the priorities and problems of such countries or respect their cultural make-up. By the same token, the bishops of Asia underlined the external influences being brought to bear on Asian cultures. New patterns of behaviour are emerging as a result of over-exposure to the mass media As a result, the negative aspects of the media and entertainment industries are threatening traditional values, and in particular the sacredness of marriage and the stability of the family. Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 61-62. If you would like to read more of Evangelii Gaudium, copies are available for purchase ($10) or borrowing from the Parish Office. The Exhortation is also available for downloading from the Vatican website by visiting apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_ esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html.

Association of Catholic Professionals

The next Assembly of Catholic Professionals Luncheon with guest speaker Phil Glendenning will be held on Thursday 29th May beginning at 12pm at The Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen St, Newcastle. There is no cost for ACP members; guests (plus GST). For bookings please contact the Fundraising Office by phone (4979 1124), (, or by visiting webpage ( cost $99 Diocesan by email the ACP

Opportunities Outside The Parish

SRE Encouragement Day A SRE Encouragement Day will be held on Monday 28th April beginning at 10am at Cessnock. The theme for the day is Making the Most of SRE. To RSVP phone 4979 1328 or email manysuessmeier@mn. Taste and See Scripture Course Taste and See is a systematic scripture course which has been found to be wonderfully useful for those in any kind of teaching or catechesis, for being nourished by the Liturgy of the Word and for preparing reflections for liturgies. The course will be held on Wednesday 30th April beginning at 4:30pm at St Laurence OToole Centre, Broadmeadow. For more information contact Patricia Boland on patricia.boland or by phone to 4960 8831. You can also contact Margaret Smith at the TWEC Office on 4930 9601 (Tuesdays and Thursdays). Easter Journeys Half-Day Retreat Living Waters "Easter Journeys" Half-Day Retreat will be held on Monday 5th May beginning at 9:30am at 34 Kenrick Street, The Junction. Enjoy some silence, reflection and prayer. For more information contact Carmel Moore by email ( or by phone (0412 122 297). SRE Encouragement Day A SRE Encouragement Day will be held on Friday 9th May beginning at 10am at Newcastle City. The theme is "Positive Correction". Please RSVP by phone (4979 1328) or email au. TWEC Mums Night Out TWEC "Mum's Night Out" will be held on Wednesday 14th May beginning at 5:30pm at Holmesville Hotel, 21 George St, Holmesville, and will be hosted by Sally Lavis & Benita Tait (Mums and Seasons for Growth facilitators). Please RSVP by 9th May to the TWEC Secretary by phone (4930 9601) or by email ( A donation is appreciated. An Evening with Dr John Irvine Dr John Irvine is one of Australias most prominent child psychologists, and will be presenting a public lecture entitled Anxiety K-12: Red flags & what parents can do to support their children on Wednesday 14th May from 6:30pm at The Factory, St Pius X High School, Park Avenue, Adamstown. Please RSVP to Cath Garrett-Jones, Parent Liaison and Resource Office by phone to 4979 1303 or by email to

CatholicCare Masquerade Ball The 2014 CatholicCare Masquerade Ball will be hold on Saturday 17th May beginning at 7pm at Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton. The event is a fundraiser for CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Mannings Child & Family Services, and coincides with National Families Week (15th-21st May). The Ball is a great way to celebrate the vital role families play in our community. Tickets are $140ea (plus booking fee) and are available from www.stickytickets. or by phoning 4979 1120. 2014 TWEC Dinner The 2014 TWEC Dinner will be held on Friday 13th June 2014 at The Therry Centre, East Maitland, 6:30pm for 7pm. The special guest speaker will be Mr Tim Fischer, former Deputy Prime Minister and more recently the first resident Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, well known train enthusiast, writer and much more! The cost for hors doeuvres, drinks, main meal and dessert is $60 per person For more information call 4930 9601 or email 2014 Diocesan Youth Retreat Be, Grow, Show is the title of the 2014 Diocesan Youth Retreat which will be held from Friday 27th June to Sunday 29th June at Camp Elim, The Lakes Way, Forster. Save the date! For more information email Chisholm Region RCIA Anniversary On Pentecost Sunday 2014 the Chisholm Region will celebrate 21 years of RCIA ministry. If you have had any experience of RCIA in the parishes of the Chisholm Region, especially in the parishes of East Maitland, Morpeth, Maitland, Rutherford or Lochinvar, we hope you will bring a picnic lunch on Sunday 8th June 2014 to the Corcoran Centre, George St, Morpeth and celebrate with us. For more information please contact Loretto Lynch on 4933 7425 or loretto.lynch@ Marriage Encounter Weekend A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will be held beginning Friday 13th June at Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville. The weekend offers married couples a special kind of time out, a different kind of weekend getaway. Contact Ardell or Bill Sharpe on 4283 3435 or for more information.

Just as the Father sent me, I am sending you.

Ministers this Weekend... 6pm Tuncurry 7am Tuncurry 9am Forster Ministers next Weekend... 6pm Tuncurry 7am Tuncurry 9am Forster

...of the Word A: Neil Pye B: Lou Hope A: Tony Knight B: Edna Tucker A: Barbara Dolahenty B: Kyla Loring ...of the Word A: Monica Hunt B: Neil Pye A: Maree Gapps B: Bronwyn Morse A: Greg Byrne B: Sharon Fowle

...of Communion Michael Amato, Maureen Pye, Neil Pye, Maureen Stevens, Owen Carroll. Lorraine Clark, Patricia Cornish, Cushla Drake, Cecile Malone, Alex Matuszny. Alan McCarthy, Coral McCarthy, Sharon Fowle, Barbara Kermode, Genevieve Williamson. ...of Communion Jeanette Goodacre, Pat Hooker, Kathryn McCabe, Carolyn Olliffe, Margaret Smith. Lorraine Clark, Patricia Cornish, Cushla Drake, Graham Griffiths, Mark Mowbray. Greg Byrne, Lauranne Byrne, Alan McCarthy, Coral McCarthy, Trevor Turner.

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 AgentWord of Life International Licence no 195E.

Scripture Readings This Week

Today Acts 2:42-47 1 Peter 1:3-9 John 20:19-31 Acts 4:23-31 John 3:1-8 Acts 4:32-37 John 3:7-15 Acts 5:17-26 John 3:16-21 Acts 5:27-33 John 3:31-36 Acts 5:34-42 John 6:1-15 1 Corinthians 15:1-8 John 14:6-14 Acts 2:14, 22-33 1 Peter 1:17-21 Luke 24:13-35

Todays Liturgy of the Word

Responsorial Psalm Response: Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting. Gospel Acclamation Alleluia, alleluia! You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me; happy those who have not seen me, but still believe! Alleluia!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

In your charity, please pray for:

Those recently deceased Those whose anniversaries occur about now: Frank OSullivan, Ross Presgrave, Raymund Lyndon. All those in our community who are sick.