Fr David Cartwright and Fr Dean Mathieson will be celebrating Mass every Sunday.

This Saturday (15 August) is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a Holy Day of Obligation in Australia. Mass will be streamed at 12.00pm from St Mary's Church in Hampton. Please join us for Mass at or on the Facebook page: Bayside Catholic Mission.

This Sunday Mass will be livestreamed from Stella Maris Church, Beaumaris at 11.00am.

You can attend Sunday Mass being livestreamed on the website: or

The Parish Office is not being attended during the Stage Four (4) restrictions, however, the office can be contacted during office hours on phone 9589 2271 or email at [email protected]

God Bless,
Bayside Catholic Mission
Nazareth Parish, Ricketts Point

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Readings for The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Isaiah 56:6-7

Responsorial Psalm

O God, let all the nations praise you!

Second Reading

Romans 11:13-15.29-32

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus preached the Good News of the kingdom and healed all who were sick.

Matthew 15:21-28

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.

A Vocation View

It's easy to push people out of our lives. But the Lord knows no boundaries or races or colours. Spread the Good News that we are all God's people.

Sick: Allison Leicester, Liz Docker, Peter Plumridge, Lucy Menezes, Aliai Coyle-Madut, Lucy Bueno, Kaye McNicol, Phil Warnock, Faye Fong, Kosta Mihos

Recently Deceased: Fr Michael Wheeler PE

Anniversaries: Genevieve Rodrigues, Arvo Jutila

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

17 August - St Donatus
18 August - St Helen, St Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga
19 August - St John Eudes
20 August - St Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor
21 August - St Pius X, Pope
22 August - The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15 is the day that Catholics have long celebrated what is called the Dormition (falling asleep) or Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast of the Assumption celebrates both the happy departure of Mary from this life by her natural death, and her assumption bodily into heaven.

Along with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) the Assumption is a principal feast of the Blessed Virgin and a Holy Day of Obligation -- one of the most important feasts of the Church year.

The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don't know how it first came to be celebrated.

Its origin is lost in those days when Jerusalem was restored as...

Child/Vulnerable Persons Safety and Working With Children Check

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 few 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 contact Katherine Cooling, Safeguarding Officer of the Safeguarding Committee of Nazareth Parish via the Parish Office on 9589 2271 or Lisa Brick on 0402 480 224.

Follow the link below to apply or check your WWCC.

As we go into our 3rd week of stage 4 lockdown, life is starting to take on a familiar rhythm within our smaller circle of influence. Perhaps you are starting to tackle some of the jobs or projects you didn't previously have time for. Perhaps you are looking to expand your knowledge.

This week I want to highlight a part of our faith that traditionally Catholics are not generally known for, reading the Bible. If you have ever wondered about the Bible and the role it plays in our faith, the series "Our Story: A basic introduction to the Bible for Catholics" is a great place to start.

With 9 short 5mins videos opening up different books of the bible it is a great way to start to dip into the Bible and in the process understand more about God's Holy Word.

The series comes with accompanying scripture suggestions and study guide. Why not do it on your own or with the family or maybe even get a few friends together and have a virtual study group. Now we have an opportunity more than ever to expand and build our faith, don't miss this opportunity.

To view the series click on the link below and remember it is free to sign up for Parishioners.

Lisa Brick

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A Foreigner's Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s First Reading prophesies.

Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s covenant with Israel.

Jesus tests her faith three times. He refuses to answer her cry. Then, He tells her His mission is only to Israelites. Finally, he uses “dog,” an epithet used to disparage non-Israelites (see Matthew 7:6). Yet she persists, believing that He alone offers salvation.

In this family drama, we see fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy and the promise we sing of in today’s Psalm. In Jesus, God makes known among all the nations His way and His salvation (see John 14:6).

At the start of salvation history, God called Abraham (see Genesis 12:2). He chose his offspring, Israel, from all the nations on the face of the earth, to build His covenant kingdom (see Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Isaiah 41:8).

In God’s plan, Abraham was to be the father of many nations (see Romans 4:16-17). Israel was to be the firstborn of a worldwide family of God, made up of all who believe what the Canaanite professes—that Jesus is Lord (see Exodus 4:22-23; Romans 5:13-24).

Jesus came first to restore the kingdom to Israel (see Acts 1:6; 13:46). But His ultimate mission was the reconciliation of the world, as Paul declares in today’s Epistle.

In the Mass, we join all peoples in doing Him homage. As Isaiah foretold, we come to His holy mountain, the heavenly Jerusalem, to offer sacrifice at His altar (see Hebrews 12:22-24,28). With the Canaanite, we take our place at the Master’s table, to be fed as His children.


Our Parish Priests

Fr David Cartwright

Parish Priest:
Fr Dean Mathieson

Website: Bayside Catholic Mission
Email: [email protected]

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

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 Parish premises. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.