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The Parish Office is open weekdays
Monday - Friday 9am to 3pm
Phone: (08) 9721 2141
Fax: (08) 9791 3257
Physical Address: 11 Money Street, Bunbury, Western Australia, 6230
Postal Address: P.O. Box 2005, Bunbury, Western Australia, 6231
Mass Times at the Cathedral
Saturday: 8am and 6pm Vigil
Sunday: 8am, 10am and 6pm
Reconciliation: Saturday's 5:00pm to 5:40pm or book an appointment by ringing the parish office (97212141)
Mass at 6pm every Sunday evening at Dalyellup Community Centre
This Week's Parish News
Our Mission is to continue growing as a community where people can meet Jesus Christ and grow in his life and mission in the Catholic Faith.
The spirituality our parish mission is expressed best in the parish prayer of St Therese of Avila.
Christ has no body on earth but yours;
no hands but yours;
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which he is to look out-
Christ's compassion to the world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless others now.
To be a Parish that is open and transparent, nurturing, united and inclusive.
To be a community that is welcoming, embracing and caring for families, youth and valuing cultural diversity.
To be a Parish that brings those who do not know Christ into relationship with him.
Latest Pastoral Letters from Bishop Gerard
Exciting Upcoming Parish Events!
Feel free to talk to any of these officers about any queries/concerns that you may have about the safeguarding of children or the vulnerable in our parish.
Doreen Wijekoon firstname.lastname@example.org
Pauline Harling email@example.com
Ruth Dunne firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith Education Corner
In the Eucharist there are many ritual actions which we perform over and over. For the next few weeks we will “walk through” the ritual prayers and actions of the Eucharist to examine why we do what we do at Mass.
What is the Mass? The core of the Eucharist never changes. At every Eucharist, in a real yet mystical way, we become present to the central mysteries of our Faith: the Last Supper, the death of Jesus and the resurrection. The events of Holy Thursday, the Last Supper, help us understand the “shape” of our eucharistic ritual.
What do we do at a formal meal? We gather with family and friends, we talk and share our stories, and then we move to the table. The food is brought to the table, we say grace, and we pass the food and eat and drink. Finally, we take our leave and return to our homes.
The Mass has these same four movements: 1) Gathering, 2) Storytelling, 3) Meal sharing and 4) Commissioning. Read the Emmaus story in the gospel of Luke (24:13-35) and see this pattern.
Part One Gathering rites
Coming together, assembling, is at the heart of our Sunday worship. The purpose of these opening rites is to bring us together into one body—the Body of Christ—ready to listen to God’s word and to break bread together.
Greeters. Many churches have people at the door to greet you as you arrive for Sunday Mass: it is good to be greeted and welcomed when we gather for a celebration.
Holy water. As Catholics enter the church they dip their right hand in water and make the Sign of the Cross. This ritual is a reminder of our Baptism, when we were baptised with water and signed with the cross.
Genuflection. In medieval times, it was a custom to go down on one knee (to genuflect) before a king or person of rank. This secular mark of honour gradually entered the Church, and people began to genuflect to honour the altar and the presence of Christ in the tabernacle before entering the pew.
Today, many people express their reverence with an even older custom and bow to the altar before taking their place.
Posture, song. When the Mass begins, everyone stands. This is the traditional posture of the Christian at prayer: It expresses our attentiveness to the word of God and our readiness to carry it out. We begin by singing together; uniting our thoughts and our voices in common word, rhythm and melody.
Greeting. The priest invites us to begin with the sign of the cross, again reminding us of Baptism, and greets us, saying, “The Lord be with you.” It is both a wish (May the Lord be with you) and a profound statement of faith (As you assemble for worship, the Lord is with you). It is an ancient biblical greeting in the Book of Ruth (2:4) and the ritual response to this greeting is the formula, “And with your spirit,” by which we return the hello, the good wishes, the statement of faith.
Penitential Act, Gloria. All the other elements of this first part of the Mass are intended to gather us together into a worshiping assembly. We are asked to pause and recall our common need for salvation (the Penitential Act). The hymn “Glory to God in the highest” is sung or recited at this point. The “Gloria” has been a part of the Mass since about the sixth century.
Collect Prayer. At the close of this first part of the Mass the priest will ask us to join our minds in prayer, and after a few moments of silence he will collect our intentions into one prayer to which we all respond “Amen”, a Hebrew word for “So be it.”
Compiled by Sr Christine Clarke PBVM
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