Pope Francis is reminding the faithful during the pandemic of a powerful spiritual weapon: the Rosary.

In a letter sent to the faithful of the world, the Holy Father urges the praying of the Rosary during May, a month where families traditionally turn to the prayer and offer particular devotion to the Mother of God.

“I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May,” Pope Francis wrote in his letter, which includes two prayers. “This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity, and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayers to follow.”

Fr Barry Tobin will be celebrating the Saturday Vigil Mass at Stella Maris Church at 6pm and Sunday Mass at St Joseph's Church at 9.00am and Fr James Grant will be celebrating the Sunday Mass at Stella Maris Church at 10.30am. The Sunday Mass at 10.30am will be livestreamed.

God Bless,
Fr Barry Tobin PE

Mass livestream

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

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Pastoral Corner

Australia's greatest horse race, the Melbourne Cup, was first run in 1861. Since then there have been one hundred and fifty eight winners of the Cup. But only a handful have won it twice. Those that come to mind include Archer, Peter Pan, Rainlover, Think Big. And one must not forget the mighty mare Makybe Diva who won three times!

What is it that makes some horses and not others winning thoroughbreds? Why is it that some horses have more speed, strength and stamina than other horses? Essentially it's the result of inherited genes often simply called their blood lines.

However, they still need help from outside to become champions of the turf. They need expert trainers and skillful jockeys to develop their inner powers.

It's not very different in the case of human beings. All of us are born with a capacity to love, learn, choose and work etc. But no man is an island. We need our parents, families, teachers and friends to help develop our capacities to reach our full human potential. And above all we need the grace of almighty God.

Our Blessed Lord knew this and He promised the apostles He would send them a helper, an advocate who would always be there to guide and support them. This advocate was of course the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit of God gives us courage, wisdom and fortitude to live our lives in the service of God. Because of the Holy Spirit men and women throughout history have lived heroic lives in the service of God and their fellow man.

Just recently on ANZAC day, I was reading about a remarkable Australian war hero who graduated with honours in Law at Melbourne University in 1950. He could have been anything in civilian life. But he left it all behind. He joined the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor and was ordained a priest in 1957. He spent the rest of his life in Papua New Guinea till his death on ANZAC day in 1993.

Born in Melbourne his name was Daniel Reid, but to his family and friends he was always called Danny. He was one of seven children born to Thomas and Margaret Reid.

When World War II broke out Danny joined the RAAF and, after training, was posted to England where he flew Spitfires for five and a half years. In England he was a member of 453 RAAF Squadron. Later he fought in North West Africa with 152 RAF Squadron and after the invasion of Normandy with 41 RAF Squadron.

At this time he became the only Allied pilot to shoot down a German jet propelled Adrado 234 fighter. He brought it down with machine gun and cannon fire over the Netherlands on March 2nd 1945. The enemy pilot bailed out.

Flight Lieutenant Danny Reid was awarded the DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross) but not long afterwards he was seriously wounded and finally discharged in August 1946.

The ways of God are certainly strange. How and why this brave young man became a Franciscan Friar only he would know. War can often destroy what faith people might have in God, but such was not the case with Danny Reid. It only made him determined to try and make this world a better place. Such is the power of God's Holy Spirit still working in the minds and hearts of people of good will.

God Bless,
Fr Barry Tobin PE

Readings for Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year A

First Reading
Acts: 8:5-8, 14-17

Responsorial Psalm

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Second Reading

1 Peter 3:15-18

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
All who love me will keep my words,
and my Father will love them and we will come to them.

John 14:1-12

Mass Times will return to normal from this weekend.

Weekend Masses:

Saturday Vigil - 6pm - 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

At the present, no more than ten (10) people may attend any single celebration of Mass at Church.

This restriction does not apply to clergy, an altar server, no more than two (2) readers, a musical director, a singer in the choir, a videographer/technician and no more than two (2) door attendants.

If you wish to attend and celebrate Mass at Church then please contact Fr Barry Tobin on 9555 0460 or email the Parish Office.

A Mass Attendance Roster will be drawn up.

A Vocation View

That Jesus rose from the dead is our Faith. That we can be reborn in the Spirit is our Hope. That we can do God's work is our Love. Follow God's call.

Easter Reflection (Sixth Sunday of Easter)

‘God is a “family” of three Persons who love each other so much as to form a single whole ... The trinitarian horizon of communion surrounds all of us and stimulates us to live in love and fraternal sharing, certain that where there is love, there is God.’ — Pope Francis, Angelus address, 22 May 2016

Feast Days this Week

18 May - St Stansisiaus Papczynski, St Felix of Cantalice, St John I, Pope and Martyr
19 May - St Celestine
20 May - St Bernadino of Siena
21 May - St Eugene de Mazenod, St Christopher Magalianes & Companions, Martyrs
22 May - St Rita of Cascia
23 May - St Julia

Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Victoria

Letter from the Catholic Bishops of Victoria

Update: General Guidelines - COVID-19

Update: General Guidelines - COVID-19

Please find the link to the Update General Guidelines for the
Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne as of Tuesday 12 May 11.59pm.

Update General Guidelines COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne as of Tuesday 12 May 11.59pm

Month of Mary

Month of Mary

The month of May is dedicated to Our Blessed Mother, Mary

Traditionally, May, has been celebrated as the month of “new life.” This has been true even for the ancient Greeks and Romans who each had goddesses that represented the blooming of new life. It is easy to see this because the earth seems to be coming back to life when winter is over and the flowers and trees begin to sprout their beautiful, lively colours again. Mary is also a bearer of new life. She literally brought the Life to the world in bearing her Son, Jesus, whom destroyed our death or “winter” of sin. God, working through Mary, gave us new life.

Similar to the earth bringing forth...

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Month of Mary

Online Resources

  • Prayers during Coronavirus
    Spiritual Communion Prayer, Prayer cards and Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Universalis
    This site does all the calendar calculations for you, and presents you with the Psalms and readings for each hour of today, every day. As well as the Web, Universalis content is also available on smart devices.
  • Vatican News
    Visit Vatican News for all the latest updates on Pope Francis, the Holy See and the Church in the World.
  • Formed.org
    Formed.org is "Catholic Faith On Demand". Formed.org gives you access to Catholic movies, entertainment, children's programs, audiobooks, radio talks, podcasts, studies and much more! It's all at your fingertips!
  • Laudate
    Laudate combines a large number of Catholic religious resources into a single app, giving you instant access to everything you could need, from a copy of multiple versions of the Bible, to prayers, confession prompts, and more.

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.

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