Due to the re-introduction of COVID Stage 4 Lockdown restrictions, all public liturgy will be suspended until Thursday 18 February.

Depending on the announcement of the government, Mass will commence from Thursday 18 February.

Any changes will be posted on the Bayside Catholic Mission website and on Facebook.

Mass will be livestreamed on Sunday 14 February at 10.30am from Stella Maris Church.

Please click on the link: https://youtu.be/451FComadk8 or go to www.baysidecatholicmission.org to join the livestream.

Please CLICK HERE for the news bulletin from Bayside Catholic Mission.

God Bless.
Fr David Cartwright

Message from Parish Priest

This Wednesday we begin the season of Lent. This penitential season encourages us to purify our minds and hearts for the Lord. A reminder that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast and Abstinence from meat. The Fridays of Lent are also days of prayer and are observed by either abstinence from meat, extra prayer, service or charity or devotional practices like the Stations of the Cross or the Rosary or personal prayer.

The Lenten timetable for the Bayside communities is in this bulletin. One of the important ways that we observe Lent is by our generosity to others in service and charity. The Project Compassion boxes and envelopes are available in the churches for you to take home this weekend.

This past week we have celebrated liturgies for the beginning of the school year for our six schools. We are planning times for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion before Easter to catch up on the sacraments for last year. Our school staff are doing a great job in facilitating all of this for us.

On Wednesday evening we met with the Interim Mission and Stewardship Teams and we are now in the process of forming our new Bayside Pastoral Council and Finance Committee. Each community will discern the members of the new groups to represent them in our new structures (more details in the bulletin), which were announced last week.

As Bayside Catholics, let’s do our best to make this Lent really count, so that we may celebrate Easter well.

Fr David Cartwright

Sacrament of Reconciliation Times (Starting in Lent)

Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc Church

Saturdays 9.45am - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church

Saturdays 4.30pm - 5.00pm - Sacred Heart Church

Saturdays 5.30pm - 6.00pm - St Mary's Church

Lenten Stations of the Cross

Each Friday in Lent you are invited to make the Stations of the Cross at:

10.00am - St Joan of Arc Church

7.30pm - Stella Maris Church
followed by Fish Supper

This tradition follows Our Lord’s way along the streets of Jerusalem from his Condemnation to his being laid in the tomb.

Eucharistic Adoration - Starting in Lent

Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc Church (Confessions available)

Saturdays 9.45am - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church (Confessions available)

Lent 2021

109. The Lenten season has a twofold character:
1) it recalls baptism or prepares for it;
2) it stresses a penitential spirit.

By these means especially, Lent readies the faithful for celebrating the paschal mystery after a period of closer attention to the Word of God, and more ardent prayer. In the liturgy itself and in the liturgy-centred instructions, these baptismal and penitential themes should be more pronounced. Hence:
a) Wider use is to be made of baptismal features proper to the Lenten liturgy....
b) The same approach holds for the penitential elements....

110. During Lent, penance should not be only internal and individual but also external and social....
In any event, let the paschal fast be kept sacred. It should be observed everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the resurrection may be visited on uplifted and responsive spirits.

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican II

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat.

On all other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following:

(a) Prayer - for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary; or in other ways.

(b) Self-Denial - for example, not eating meat, not eating sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor of one's own country or elsewhere; or in other ways. Project Compassion is a major means of expressing our self-denial in Australia.

(c) Helping Others - for example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened; or in other ways.

- All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not yet begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast. All who have completed their fourteenth year are bound to abstain (Canon 1252).

- The Season of Lent is a time of penance. During this season the faithful are exhorted to devote themselves in a special manner to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity, and to deny themselves.

- Each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled between Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021 and Trinity Sunday, 30 May 2021 unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.

- The wonderful gift of the Lord's merciful love is offered in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lent is a most appropriate time to receive this Sacrament.
All the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.

HOLY WEEK - The 2021 Ordo contains instructions for the Rites of Holy Week.

FUNERALS - On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday all Masses for the Dead, including Funeral Masses, are forbidden. Funerals on these days are celebrated with the Liturgy of the Word and without the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

WEDDINGS - Weddings should be discouraged during the Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday. Should a couple be particularly insistent on a wedding for one of these days, then please indicate that no decorations (including flowers), no music nor Nuptial Mass will be permitted.

Father Joe Caddy AM

2021 Lenten Regulations

COVID-19 Update

Please find attached the latest COVID Guidelines for your information.


For more information please click here: https://melbournecatholic.org/...

A Vocation View

Today's Gospel says that: "Jesus was moved with pity, when He saw a leper." Are you moved with love or pity when you see the outcastof today's society? Who will come forward to minister Christ today?

Readings for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year B

First Reading
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46

Responsorial Psalm

I turn to you, Lord, in time of trouble,
and you fill me with the joy of salvation.

Second Reading

Corinthians 10:31-11:1

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
A great prophet has appeared among us;
God has visited his people.

Mark 1:40-45

Feast Days

15 February - Bl. Michael Sopocko, St Claudia de la Colombiere
16 February - St Jeremy
17 February - (Beginning of Lent) ASH WEDNESDAY, FAST and ABSTINENCE
18 February - Bl. Fra Angelico
19 February - St Belina
20 February - Ss. Jacina & Francisco Marto

Prayers Please

Sick: Michael Slattery, Allison Leicester, Liz Docker, Peter Plumridge, Lucy Menezes, Aliai Coyle-Madut, Lucy Bueno, Faye Fong, Kosta Mihos, Megan Jenkins, Bob Hughes, Edna Campbell, Paul Dear, Anne Jenkins. Tony Waller, Edwinda Fitsimon

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.

Invitation to join the Catenians in a Friends of the Holy Land Lenten program.

You are invited to join Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land, a unique spiritual prayer resource. This program includes a series of poems and reflections written by Fr Richard Nesbitt during Holy Week in the first lockdown in 2020 as well as the voices of 15 contributors from the Holy Land drawn from across the main Christian denominations. An study e-book is available with proceeds to assist christians in the Holy Land.

Starting 23th February, Join in each Tuesday of Lent, 7.30pm via Zoom

To register please contact [email protected]/phone Joe on 0455 330 406 or phone the parish office on (03) 95892271 or email [email protected]


One of the most surprising things about Formed.org is the amount of new material it puts up every week.

Revive - a program of evangelisation for Parishes to help spread the Gospel and inviting others to a relationship with Christ. This new resource is available for free on the Formed.org platform. Designed for parishes and small groups to help us become missionary in our Parishes. Features Chris Stefanick, Julianne Stanz and Fr Mark Mary Ames.

Bernadette - As we have celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes explore the origins of this miraculous place of encounter with the Lord in this movie.

Evangelising Millennials - a 4 part program that looks at the Millennial generation and how they see religion and spirituality and how we might reach them with the Gospel message.

Remember signup is currently available for free, for a limited time, through Nazareth Parish. All BCM parishes are welcome to trial it or just sign up and check it out.

To sign up go to http://signup.formed.org/ Enter the name: Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point, then enter your name and email. It is that simple.

Any questions please contact Nazareth Parish office 9589 2271

Lisa Brick

Nazareth Parish Safeguarding

Nazareth Parish Safeguarding, along with Sacred Heart, St Mary’s, St James’s and St Joan of Arc Parishes are all now working together to streamline embedding a culture of safety throughout the Bayside Catholic Mission. Initially you’ll start to notice posters etc, relating to different aspects of safeguarding, around each of our churches and associated parish buildings.

Later, you’ll personally receive more detailed information.

Working with Children Checks

Thank you to all our many volunteers who have already applied for and linked their current WWCC to Nazareth Parish. Here’s the link if you haven’t yet applied for, renewed, updated or linked your WWCC.


As volunteers in Nazareth Parish we are all responding to God’s call to serve Him in our own unique ways.

Volunteers, being any person undertaking any activity within the Nazareth Parish in addition to or asides from attendance at mass, are required to hold a current WWCC linked to Nazareth Parish. There are no exceptions to this since children are part of our parish and we have a moral and legal duty to protect them.

“Let the little children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of Heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14.

Lenten Appeal 2021 - Project Compassion

The theme for Project Compassion for 2021 is “Be More and transform lives”.

Boxes and envelopes can be collected from the rear of the Church. If required, a receipt can be issued for contributions over $2.00. These are also tax deductible.

Contact Peter Boyle on 9589 6878.

Please give generously and support Project Compassion 2021.

For more information go to: https://lent.caritas.org.au/


Our Parish Priests

Moderator and Parish Priest:
Fr David Cartwright

Parish Priest:
Fr Dean Mathieson

Assistant Parish Priest:
Fr James Baptist

Website: Bayside Catholic Mission
Email: [email protected]

To speak with the parish priest, please contact St Joan of Arc Brighton on 9593 1703

Please feel free to contact the parish office at [email protected]. If you have any urgent enquiries, ring on the parish number on (03) 9589 2271.

Office Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm

Bayside Catholic Mission is committed to safety, well-being and dignity of all children, young people and adults. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.