We have a wonderful series of Feasts this week. Starting this Sunday with the Feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi).

The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Sacratissimum Cor Iesu in Latin) falls on 19 June (19 days after Pentecost, on a Friday) and the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary follows the next day on 20 June.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary use the heart as a symbol of love.

In the case of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the emphasis is on God’s love and mercy. In fact, that love and mercy is so intense that the symbol of the sacred heart is a human heart encircled with a crown of thorns, crowned with a cross, and radiating flames: this is how much Christ loves us.

Marian devotions flow from Mary’s privileged status not only as the Mother of God but also as the first fruit of the grace poured out by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. She is the model Christian; devotion to her Immaculate Heart not only calls upon her help, but provides a model for what our own hearts should look like.

Let us celebrate the wonderful Feast Days of this week.

God Bless,
Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

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Readings - The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)- Year A

First Reading
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16

Responsorial Psalm

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem

Second Reading

St Paul 10:16-17

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the living bread from heaven, says the Lord;
whoever eats this bread will live for ever.

John 6:51-58

A Vocation View

That we can collaborate with God is a humbling truth. That God lives among us is startling. That we are the Body of Christ is our vocation.

Pastoral Corner

The ancient Greeks loved the theatre. Throughout Greece & Turkey today, and other countries of the Middle East, one can see the ruins of huge outdoor stadiums, where great dramas were once performed.

The theatre at Epidaurus in Greece is a classic example. It is in an excellent state of preservation, with its tiered stone seating surrounding the stage rising hundreds of feet into the air. Built in the 4th century B.C. it could seat fourteen thousand people and was famous for its superb acoustics.

The philosopher Aristotle used to say that every good drama should purge the soul as the onlookers at least for a time can forget all their troubles.

As Greek theatre developed, popular plays would be performed time and time again at many different venues by a variety of actors. And it seems the great dramas no matter how often they were performed, moved the hearts of people just as much as they did, at their first premiere.

The drama of the mass or the Eucharist is something like that. Jesus was crucified dead on a cross. It was the day we Catholics call Good Friday. The drama was played out on the hill of Calvary only once. But we re-enact the event every time we celebrate Mass. None of us were present on Calvary. But through the memorial of the Mass we are there in spirit. The bride and bridegroom are only married once on their wedding day, but thanks to the invention of the video camera they can film their wedding and then they can watch their wedding over and over again. They are able to relive the joy of their wedding day, and why not?

The drama of what happened on Calvary is so important that our Church is obliged to remember it forever. It began on the Thursday night during the meal we now call the Last Supper. It was here that

  • "Jesus took some bread, and when He had Given thanks, broke it and gave it to them Saying, "This is my body which will be given for you; do this as a memorial of me." He did the same with the cup after supper, and said, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood which will be poured out for you." (Luke 22:19)

By these words Jesus prophesied His death and His preparedness to offer His life as a ransom for us all. The priest every time he offers Mass imitates the gestures of Jesus and repeats the words He uttered at the Last Supper. It is Act One of the drama of Calvary as Jesus offers Himself as a victim in expiation of the sins of the human race.

Act Two is His crucifixion and death on the Cross when Christ's love for His heavenly Father is consummated. And Act Three is His Resurrection from the dead in triumph.

This is The Mass, the drama of all dramas that truly purges the soul. As we celebrate the Mass for a few wonderful minutes we are drawn into the very life and death of Christ Himself. If only we could see with our naked eyes the glory of God bathing us in light as we re-enact the sacrifice of His son. For when the Sacred Host and the Cup of Precious Blood is raised even the angels are kneeling in adoration.

Fr Barry Tobin PE

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Mass Times are as follows:

Weekend Masses:

Saturday Vigil - 6.00pm - Stella Maris Church
Sunday - 9.00am - St Joseph's Church
Sunday - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church (livestreamed)

Weekday Masses:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - 9.15am - Stella Maris Church
Wednesday and Friday - 9.15am - St Joseph's Church

Attendance and Celebration of Mass

A maximum of twenty (20) parishioners can attend and celebrate Mass at Church plus the priest, one (1) altar server, up to two (2) lectors, one (1) choir member, up to two (2) door attendants, one (1) videographer and Jeffrey Heath.

Before celebrating Mass, safety requires that a door attendant records the name and telephone number of each attendee.

Attendees are encouraged to practise good hygiene and to sanitise their hands before entering and leaving the Church. Social distancing must be observed at all times.

A Mass Attendance Roster will be drawn up.

In the meantime, parishioners should email the parish office at [email protected] or contact the Parish Office on 9589-2271 to book a place for Mass.

Need for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to take on the role of:

  • One (1) Altar server
  • Two (2) Lectors/Readers
  • One (1) Choir member
  • Two (2) Door attendants
  • Videographer

All volunteers are required to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC). Please provide a copy of your WWCC to the Parish Office.

If you would like to volunteer then please email the parish office at [email protected] or phone the Parish Office on 9589-2271 with the following details:

  • Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Role(s), day(s) and time(s) for which you are willing to volunteer.
Feasts of The Most SACRED HEART of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Feasts of The Most SACRED HEART of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

19 June 2020

The heart has always been seen as the "center" or essence a person ("the heart of the matter," "you are my heart," "take it to heart," etc.) and the wellspring of our emotional lives and love ("you break my heart," "my heart sings," etc.) Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is devotion to Jesus Christ Himself, but in the particular ways of meditating on his interior life and on His threefold love -- His divine love, His burning love that fed His human will, and His sensible love that affects His interior life.

Pope Pius XII of blessed memory writes on this topic in his 1956 encyclical, Haurietis Aquas (On Devotion To The...

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