Due to Stage three (3) restrictions in our area, all Masses at Stella Maris Church and St Joseph's Church are temporarily suspended for 6 weeks or until further notice.

The Mass will be livestreamed from Stella Maris Church every Sunday at 10.30am.

If you or anyone you know need assistance, please contact Lisa Brick on 0402 480 224 or email the Parish Office at [email protected] or phone 9589 2271.

God Bless,
Nazareth Parish, Ricketts Point

Mass livestream

Every Sunday the Mass will be livestreamed from Stella Maris Church at 10.30am.

Watch on YouTube

Melbourne Prays:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9-kUlnCRl30cEw3pbimLnA

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Pastoral Corner

The dramatic growth of violence in our community should not surprise any person who believes in God and the wisdom of the Ten Commandments. The love of God and the love of our fellow man ensure the kind of peaceful society most people dream about.

But the steady decline in Church attendance by all denominations, and the skimpy religious and moral formation given by many parents to their children and teachers to their students, especially in secondary schools, make it inevitable, that respect for God and our neighbour will be eroded.

In addition to this we have the breakdown of marriages and/or de facto relationships. When there are children involved their unstable upbringing far too often produces angry young adults ever ready to lash out at people either verbally or physically.

The widespread misuse of alcohol and drugs of various kinds is another factor in provoking anti-social behaviour.

Taking all these things into account, it should be clear, that a respect for law and order and a recognition of the rights of others, does not always happen by chance. It has to be nurtured in the heart of every individual.

It starts at our mother's knee when she helps us make our first faltering efforts to pray. It continues to grow as children observe how parents treat one another, and people around them. It is enforced by sound instruction in Christian doctrine at school and in Church. Finally, it is made easier by enlightened governments who ensure adequate housing, plentiful employment and widespread recreational facilities for all people.

There is probably no short term solution to the problem of violence on our streets. More police patrols may curtail the number of assaults, but they will do nothing to eradicate the cause of the problem.

The long term solution is for Christian parents and educators to have confidence int he wisdom of Christian moral values. They make sense and they should live this faith they profess with humble perseverance.

The clergy must continue to preach the gospel ".... in season and out of season.." as Paul reminded Timothy and they should not lose their nerve just because "people will be avid for the latest novelty and collect for themselves a whole series of teachers according to their own tastes."

Furthermore, those responsible for the mass media of television, films and computer games need to be called to account for the constant diet of foul violent language, murders, bashings and rapes that dulls people's sense of horror for such acts. Stricter self-censorship by the producers of such desensitising entertainment should surely be insisted upon by governments. As citizens too we should not hesitate to use the telephone or write letters to register our dissatisfaction. There is definite evidence to suggest that frequent exposure to the sordid side of human behaviour in many individuals does incite to imitation. Responsible leaders in the media need to be conscious of this and if needs be put their houses in order.

The present Victorian government and our police force face an enormous challenge in stamping out the brutual behaviour of undisciplined citizens. All citizens of goodwill should wish them well.

Fr Barry Tobin PE

Priests Appointments for Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

Priests Appointments for Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

Commencing on Wednesday 5th of August, Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point will be administered by Fr David Cartwright in association with Fr Dean Mathieson.

Although they will be living in the Brighton Presbytery, they will be looking after the parishes of Brighton, Gardenvale, Hampton, Sandringham, Beaumaris and Black Rock.

For further information, please click on the link:

Letter to Parishioners of Nazareth Parish - 3 July 2020

God Bless,
Fr Barry Tobin PE

Readings for The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Isaiah 55:10-11

Responsorial Psalm

The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

Second Reading

Romans 8:18-23

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower;
all who come to him will live for ever.
Alleluia!

Gospel
Matthew 13:1-23

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.

A Vocation View

The seed of a vocation seeks fertile surrounds. Sometimes it gets stepped on, sometimes it gets choked, sometimes it lacks depth. But other times it is nourished by loving and caring friends.

Sick: Allison Leicester, Liz Docker, Peter Plumridge, Lucy Menezes, Aliai Coyle-Madut, Lucy Bueno

Anniversaries: Val Beswick, Jack Mulquiney, Diane Hickman

Please notify the Parish Office with the names of the sick, recently deceased or anniversaries you wish to have included in the e-newsletter each week.

Feast Days this Week

13 July - St Henry
14 July - St Kateri Tekakwitha, St Camilus de Lellis
15 July - St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor
16 July - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
17 July - St Marcellina
18 July - St Simon of Lipnica

Please find below the link to the Updated COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Update: General Guidelines

Child/Vulnerable Persons Safety and Working With Children Check

As we move into another period of lockdown and prepare to welcome our new Parish Priests, Fr David Cartwright and Fr Dean Mathieson, we ask if you could please help us put into place the new Child/Vulnerable Persons Safety requirements. Most importantly, all volunteers in the Parish are now required to have a current WWCC. There is no cost involved to register for a volunteer WWCC and it is a simple process of completing a form online.

So please take some time over the next 6 weeks and check your Working With Children Check (WWCC) status and email the Parish Office at [email protected] or phone on 9589 2271 with your details.

We are very happy to help anyone who does not have access to a computer or has questions about the process. If you need assistance, please call Lisa Brick on 0402 480 224 or the Parish Office on 9589 2271.

Follow the link below to apply or check your WWCC.

https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

Spiritual Tools for Lockdown - Universalis

As we enter another period of extended time at home there are a number of ways we can continue to be engaged in the practice of our faith. There are many tools available to us now in our devices. One of my favourites is Universalis. This App brings you the daily mass with all the readings and prayers. It also offers a Lectio Divina and a number of the traditional daily prayers of the church. I find this App is great for following the Mass, particularly the live stream Mass. I usually rely on access to the overheads to help me. This is one of few apps I have paid money for and it is well worth the one time investment of about AUD20.00. I highly recommend adding it to your devices.

Don't forget that Formed.org is also available for free to all parishioners. Just sign up under Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point. It is full of spiritual gems for the long winter ahead. Take a look here.

https://formed.org/#how-it-works

Lisa Brick

Winter Appeal June 2020

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul desperately needs your help, so that we can help others in need. Only 1% of the Society’s budget comes from government funding so we rely heavily on the generosity of our donors.

We are a Catholic lay organisation, with 97% of our membership being unpaid volunteers. 100% of your donations to our Conference goes straight to those in need. There are no deductions for expenses or admin fees. In the past, the funds to provide these services, along with money to help struggling conferences in poor areas, have been garnered from the profits generated by our Vinnies Op Shops.

Covid-19 has changed all of that. For the last few months, most of our Op Shops have been closed, in a bid to stop the spread of the infection, while rent on the premises has still needed to be paid.

As we move into winter, many people are struggling to meet household costs especially groceries, utility bills and warm clothing. As we move through winter and into the coming spring, we worry about the effect that the anticipated withdrawal of Jobkeeper and Jobseeker payments will have on those already struggling.

Here in the Black Rock and Beaumaris Conference, we assist people in various ways who are doing it tough. Over the last few years we have extended our reach to assist the Mentone Conference, and during this crisis, we are helping the Cheltenham Conference, too.

Due to the restrictions imposed on us, this year we are seeking your assistance through donations online. To support our work, please visit vinnies.org.au (donors can direct their gift to our local conference by entering the conference name – Nazareth Parish, Beaumaris/Black Rock - in the “comments” field.) Or call 13 18 12

For more information and to donate please visit:

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal 2020

Vicki Curtain

The Word's Return: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s readings, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That question underlies today’s Gospel, especially.

Again we see, as we did last week, that the kingdom’s mysteries are unfolded to those who open their hearts, making of them a rich soil in which the Word can grow and bear fruit.

As we sing in today’s Psalm, in Jesus, God’s Word has visited our land, to water the stony earth of our hearts with the living waters of the Spirit (see John 7:38; Revelation 22:1).

The firstfruit of the Word is the Spirit of love and adoption poured into our hearts in Baptism, making us children of God, as Paul reminds us in today’s Epistle (see Romans 5:5; 8:15–16). In this, we are made a “new creation” (see 2 Corinthians 5:17), the firstfruits of a new heaven and a new earth (see 2 Peter 3:13).

Since the first humans rejected God’s Word, creation has been enslaved to futility (see Genesis 3:17–19; 5:29). But God’s Word does not go forth only to return to Him void, as we hear in today’s First Reading.

His Word awaits our response. We must show ourselves to be children of that Word. We must allow that Word to accomplish God’s will in our lives. As Jesus warns today, we must take care lest the devil steal it away or lest it be choked by worldly concerns.

In the Eucharist, the Word gives Himself to us as bread to eat. He does so that we might be made fertile, yielding fruits of holiness.

And we await the crowning of the year, the great harvest of the Lord’s Day (see Mark 4:29; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 1:10)—when His Word will have achieved the end for which it was sent.

Nazareth Catholic Parish Safeguarding Vulnerable People
Nazareth Catholic Parish is committed to keeping children safe. Parents are reminded that they are responsible for their children whilst on church premises. Please accompany your children at all times whilst on Nazareth Catholic Parish premises. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.