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Bridgeside Bulletin

The weekly bullen of the Catholic community of


Forster and Tuncurry
OurMission:To be an aeconate, caring, loving, faithlled Chrisan community, growing as
one through small groups.
Parish Contacts
FrAndrewDoohan(Parish Priest)
MrGregByrne(Pastoral Associate)
SrKathrynMcCabe(Aboriginal Catholic Ministry)

33LakeStreet,ForsterNSW2428
POBox67,ForsterNSW2428
Phone: (02)65546304
Fax: (02)65546425
Email: forstertuncurryparish@gmail.com
Website: www.forstertuncurryparish.catholicau.com

TheParishOceisattherearoftheParishHallandis
openonTuesdaysandThursdaysfrom9amto4pm.
Parish School
HolyNameParishSchool(K6)
41LakeStreet,ForsterNSW2428
POBox243,ForsterNSW2428

MrMarkMowbray(Principal)
Phone: (02)65546504
Fax: (02)65548895
Email: admin@forster.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.forster.catholic.edu.au
Pnnisu Li1uncicnt Crtrnnn1ioNs

SundayTheDayoftheLord
Saturdayevening 6pm Tuncurry
Sundaymorning 7am Tuncurry
9am Forster

Weekdays(forthecomingweek)
Tuesday 4:30pm Tuncurry
Wednesday 9am Forster
Thursday 9am Forster
Friday 9:30am Forster
Saturday 9am Tuncurry

Reconciliaon
Saturday 8:309am Tuncurry
4:455:15pm Forster

Bapnsmsarecelebratedaerthe9amMassatForster
by arrangementplease contact the Parish Oce or
Presbytery in the rst instance. Weddings are
celebrated by arrangement and with at least three
months noceplease contact Fr Andrew in the rst
instance.
Sunday 4th March, 2012
Second Sunday of Lent, Year B
HolyNameofJesusParishChurch
33LakeStreet,Forster
StMary,StaroftheSeaChurch
CnrKent&PeelStreets,Tuncurry
From the Pastors Desk
Another busy week has come and gone, and I would
thankparishionersfortheirunderstandingintermsof
the changes to the weekday Mass schedule. While I
recognisetheimportanceandsignicanceofthedaily
celebraon of Eucharist, the opportunity to engage
with the students of our Catholic Schools (both Holy
Name and St Clares) was not something to be
ignored.Again,mythanksforyourunderstanding.

AsweenteroursecondweekofLent,Ihopeandpray
that your me of preparaon and puricaon is by
nowwellunderway.Thereareamultudeofopons
available to us in order to use the me of Lent
worthily and well depending on our own history,
experience and outlook on our spiritual life. In other
words, I hope that we all are able to nd something
thatallowseachofustoenterintothespiritofLentin
anappropriatemanner.

Themetableforthecelebraonsandliturgiesduring
(Connued on page 2)
Pnojrc1 CoMrnssioN
The Season of Lent marks the annual Project
Compassion appeal under the auspices of Caritas, the
Churchsinternaonalaidanddevelopmentagency.

Givingboxesandenvelopestoenableyoutotakepart
inthisannualappealaspartoftheLentencalltoself
denial and charityare available at the rear of the
churchthisweekend.
LrN1rN Pnrrnnn1ioN Rrsouncrs
For those parishioners who are unable to parcipate
inaLentenGroup butwouldsllliketomakeuseofa
program as part of their personal journey through
Lent, a limited number of booklets from both the
Archdiocese of Brisbane (entled Towards the Light)
and the Archdiocese of CanberraGoulburn (entled
Living a Life in Grace) are available at the rear of the
churchtodayatacostof$8each.

Please consider this resource as part of your Lenten


meofpreparaon.
MiNis1rns or CoMMuNioN Mrr1iNc
It would appear that the original mes selected for
these meengs were unsuitable for a variety of
reasons. They have now been rescheduledplease
note the new dates and mes.

All current Ministers of Communion are invited to


aend a meeng on Saturday 10th March or
Saturday 17th March (you are only asked to aend
oneortheother)at11am attheForsterChurch.
Pnnisu MusicinNs Nr1wonk
ThenextmeengoftheParishMusiciansNetworkwill
beheldonSunday 4th MarchattheParishCentre,25
FarquharStreet,TheJuncon,from1pmto4pm.

Themeengwilldiscussmusiclicensingandcopyright
issues.

To register or for further informaon, please email


thecoordinatoronnetwork@evensounds.com.au.
Tnizr Srnvicr
Thenextecumenicalserviceofprayerandmeditaon
inthestyleoftheTaizeCommunitywillbeheldatthe
Tuncurry Uning Church (corner of South and Bent
Streets)onSunday 11th Marchat6pm.

Thismonthsservicewillfocusonthesevenlastwords
ofChristfromtheCross.

All are welcome to join our fellow Chrisans in this


meofprayerandmeditaon.
TPD(fortheweekahead)
Tuesday 9am ChrisanMeditaon
(Bob 6555 5914)
3:30pm HolyHour@Tuncurry
7pm ChrisanMeditaon
(Bob 6555 5914)

Wednesday 11:15am NovenatoOurLadyof


PerpetualHelp@Forster
4pm ParishTeamMeeng@
Forster

Thursday PM Fr Andrew to Newcastle


for Liturgy Council.

Saturday 11am CommunionMinisters


Meeng@Forster
3:30pm WeddingLiturgy@
Bungwahl
HolyWeekandtheSacredTriduumisallbutnalised,
and will be published in the bullen from next week.
Theonlyitemthatremainsuncertainistheavailability
of another priest to assist me on Easter SundayI
hope to have that nalised in me for next Sundays
bullen.

The upcoming meeng of our Communion Ministers


willbeashortmeengtolookatsomeofthecurrent
pracces during our liturgies. While I recognise that
not everyone may be able to aend the actual
meeng, I would encourage as many as possible to
come together for this me of connuing formaon
for this very signicant liturgical ministry. If you are
unable to aend the meengs, I would ask you to
make contact with me aer they are completed so
thatanyinformaonthatmaybenecessaryforyouto
beawareofcanbepassedontoyou.

Unlnextweek Fr Andrew
FnirNosuir Gnour (SrNions)
Our next oung is for lunch on Tues. 13th March at
Frothy Coee Smiths Lake. Please meet at Forster
Church at 11.30am to car pool. New members &
friendsmostwelcome.ContactLorraine65547056or
Ley65549670.
TunNk You
Sr Kathryn thanks the many generous people who
haverespondedtoherrequestandapologisesfornot
nofyingyouearlier.
TunNk You
Thankyoutoourvolunteergardenersfortheireorts
inmaintainingthegroundsofourChurches.
Cn1uotic Lrnorn & Wrrktv
Copies of the Catholic Leader and Catholic Weekly
newspaperscanbefoundattherearofthechurchat
acostof$2.
Wun1 is nNvwnv? (continued)
Following on from last weeks bullen:

Aecve prayer has a dierent intent. Though it has


many forms, meditaon, centring prayer, praying the
rosary, devoonal prayers of all kinds, it has a single
aim, to draw us and our loved ones into deeper
inmacy with Christ. In the end, no maer its
parcular form, all nonliturgical prayer ulmately
aims at personal inmacy with God and is, ulmately
too,private,evenwhenitisdonepubliclyorinalarge
group. All private and devoonal prayer can be
dened in this way: It is prayer that tries, in myriad
ways, to open us or our loved ones up in such a way
thatwecanhearGodsaytous:"Iloveyou!"

Itisimportanttoknowthisdisnconwhenwegoto
pray: Which kind of prayer are we entering? To
confuse the two is to risk doing both badly. For
example,thepersonwhofeelsfrustratedbecausethe
liturgical ritual and interacon of a congregaon
inside a church service are felt as a hindrance and
distracon to the private devoonal prayers she
would like to saying is confusing the two forms of
prayer and is consequently doing both badly. The
funcon of liturgical prayer is not rst of all
devoonal.

Or somemes the confusion leads someone to


abandon one form of liturgical prayer altogether. I
know a man who aer years of praying the Oce of
theChurchissubstunghisownprivateprayerinits
place because he doesn't nd the ritual prayers
personally meaningful. His private meditaons now
mightwellbewonderfulaecveprayer,butheisno
longerprayingthepriestlyprayerofChristwhenheis
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Ens1rn MonNiNc Srnvicr
The Combined Chrisan Churches of ForsterTuncurry
willagainbehosngaDawnServiceonEasterSunday
(8th April) at The Tanks, Head Street, Forster starng
at6am.

This is an opportunity for all Chrisans to gather


togetherandprovideawitnesstotheResurreconto
ourlocalcommunity.

Please consider joining our Chrisan brothers and


sistersonthisholiestdayoftheChrisanyear.
Tur Ac1 or CoMMuNioN
In a recent communique Bishop Bill asked that
aenon be drawn to what we do during the act of
receivingcommunion,andwhywedowhatwedo.

The act of receiving communion is the greatest act of


faith that we as Chrisans ever undertake. When we
say Amen in response to the statement The Body
of Christ or The Blood of Christ we are professing
our faith in the presence of Christ not only in the
sacredspeciesbutintheotherwaysinwhichChristis
presentduringthecelebraonofliturgy.

It is important therefore to do two things: rstly to


waitunltheMinisterofCommunionsaysTheBody
ofChristorTheBloodofChristbeforewerespond,
and secondly to audibly respond with the word
Amen which comes from the Hebrew and has the
meaning of verily or so be it. The use of the word
Amen is therefore a very profound proclamaon of
faith,andnottousedlightly.

Similarly,asweapproachthereceivingofcommunion
in procession, the Australian bishops have asked that
we all make a profound bow in reverence of the
Sacrament they are to receive (GIRM, 160). The use
of a common bodily gesture further unites the
community in what they are doing, and so other
gesturesshouldbeavoidedwherepossible.

As always, if youd like further claricaon about this


pleasedonothesitatetocontactFrAndrew.
Bnr1isMs
This weekend, we welcome in to our Parish
Community:
Lydia Anne Ridgeway, Daughter of Anthony & Abbey
Ridgeway
Srcutnn FnnNciscnNs
The Secular Franciscans will be gathering together on
Wed7thMarchintheChurchhall,starngwithacup
paat10am.Youareoeredawarmwelcome.Phone
Sue65559446
INronM Fni1u & Lirr Mn11rns
Pentecost 2012 will mark the Year of Grace in the
church in Australia. Please collect a copy of Inform
fromthebackofthechurchforfurtherinformaon.
LuNcu
Our next Parish lunch in the hall will be on Monday
12thMarchat12pm.Lasagne,chicken,vegies&salad
onthemenu.Pleaseaddyournametothelistatthe
rearoftheChurch.
Rostrns

Readers(fornextweekend)
Tuncurry6pm Maureen Stevens, Tony Stevens,
FrankHayman
Tuncurry7am Marie Gapps, Les Gapps, Cushla
Drake
Forster9am Barbara Kermode, Kris Koch,
MaureenVisser

MinistersofCommunion(forthisweekend)
Tuncurry6pm Monica Hunt, Lou & Angela Hope,
Tony & Maureen Stevens, Jeanete
Goodacre, Monica Piscopo, Glen
Strong.
Tuncurry7am Kay & Graham Griths, Cecile
Malone,CushlaDrake,LeyBartle,
MaryGreig.
Forster9am Michael Power, Shioney Neal, Anne
Moloney.Robert Moran, Afra van
Boxtel, Barbara Kermode, John
Duy,Carol&AllanMcCarthy.
ChurchCleaners(forthecomingweek)
Tuncurry Group4
Forster Group2
ColleconCount
ThisSunday Team3
NextSunday Team4
Oun Ltuncv Tobnv

SeasonalResponsorialPsalm
Response: WiththeLordthereismercyandfullness
ofredempon.

OutofthedepthsIcrytoyou,OLord,
Lord,hearmyvoice!
Oletyourearsbeaenve
tothevoiceofmypleading.

Ifyou,OLord,shouldmarkourguilt,
Lord,whowouldsurvive?
Butwithyouisfoundforgiveness:
forthiswerevereyou.

MysouliswaingfortheLord,
Icountonhisword.
MysoulislongingfortheLord
morethanwatchmanfordaybreak.

BecausewiththeLordthereismercy
andfullnessofredempon,
Israelindeedhewillredeem
fromallitsiniquity.

GospelAcclamaon
Gloryandpraisetoyou,LordJesusChrist!
Fromtheshiningcloud,theFathersvoiceisheard:
thisismybelovedSon,hearhim.
Gloryandpraisetoyou,LordJesusChrist!
Scnrtunr RrnbNcs

ThisWeek Genesis22:12,913,1518
Psalm115:10,1519
Romans8:3134
Mark9:210

NextWeek Exodus20:117
Psalm18:811
1Corinthians1:2225
John2:1325
Ofyourcharity,pleaseprayfor:

Anniversaries
Albert Frost, Douglas Holden, Laurence Warrington,
DaleMcCarthy,LiseGoetz,HenryGoetz

And for those who are sick in the Parish


prayinginthisway.Weseethissomemestooinwell
intenoned, but badly planned, church services
where what is intended to be a liturgical service ends
up being a guided private meditaon, however well
done and powerful, which neither uses scripture nor
praysfortheworld.

Churches themselves struggle with this. Roman


Catholics, Anglicans, Episcopalians, and mainline
Protestant churches have a strong liturgical tradion,
somemes to the detriment of aecve prayer.
Evangelical and Pentecostal churches, on the other
hand, have a strong focus on aecve prayer,
somemes to the point of neglecng almost enrely
liturgicalprayer.

In a few weeks we will begin to explore some of the
praccal aspects of all of this for the way we celebrate
our liturgy.