Fr James Grant will be celebrating Mass this Sunday with Fr Barry Tobin concelebrating.

Due to Stage three (3) restrictions in our area, all Masses at Stella Maris Church and St Joseph's Church are temporarily suspended for 5 weeks or until further notice.

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

If anyone would like to contact Fr Barry Tobin, his phone number is 9555 0460.

God Bless,
Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

Mass livestream

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

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Pastoral Corner

The love of Jesus of Nazareth is at the heart of Catholicism. Without nurturing in people this relationship with Jesus the full message of His Church will never be respected let alone accepted!

The great Paul of Tarsus recognized this so clearly when he wrote to the Church in Corinth, 1 Cor. 1:18, 22:25.

The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God's power to save.... And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God's foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God's weakness is stronger than human strength."

Further on in 1 Cor. 2:2 he humbly acknowledges that when he came to Corinth it was not with any show of oratory or philosophy.

"During my stay with you, the only knowledge I claimed to have was about Jesus, and only about Him as the crucified Christ."

For Christ read Messiah or Saviour. The early church hailed Jesus as the long awaited Jewish Messiah. And we still do, shouting from the rooftop He is the saviour of the world. "Listen, anyone who has ears!" (Math 13:9)

The easiest and simplest way to grow in the knowledge and love of Jesus is to see His portrait through the eyes of the evangelists Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. Making the gospels our personal prayer book should be a must for all baptised Christians. An old maxim says "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." May I add another? "A gospel paragraph a day keeps faith doubts away."

When people take on the mind and heart of Jesus portrayed in the gospels, it is an easy decision to love the church He founded. And while it is not always easy to live by its moral teaching if we try Jesus will be at our side.

"And He will raise you up on eagle's wings, bear you on the breath of dawn, make you to shine like the sun, and hold you in the palm of His hand." (Psalm 91)

Fr Barry Tobin PE

Readings for The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Wisdom 12:13.16-19

Responsorial Psalm

Lord, you are good and forgiving.

Second Reading

Romans 8:26-27

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.

Matthew 13:24-43

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.

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

A Vocation View

There are many weeds growing with the wheat in our lives. Sometimes the weeds strangle our growth, or prevent us from hearing clearly God's voice. We need time to reflect on the garden of life.

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

Recently Deceased: Sean Moran

Anniversaries: Colin Beswick, Denise Catherine, Anne Docker

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

20 July - St Apolinaris of Ravenna
21 July - St Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor
22 July - St Mary Magdalene
23 July - St Bridget of Sweden
24 July - St Charbel Makhlouf (Maronite), St Christina of Bolsena, Martyr
25 July - St Christopher, St James, Apostle

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 five (5) 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 Ricketts Point via the Parish Office on 9589 2271 or Lisa Brick on 0402 480 224.

Follow the link below to apply or check your WWCC.

Divine Mercy, the second greatest story ever told.

Have you heard of the message of Divine Mercy? Do you know the story of St Faustina and the message she received about the love and mercy of God? Fr Michael Gaitley in the series, 'Divine Mercy- the second greatest story ever told', takes you on a journey through the history of Divine Mercy and St Faustina, St John Paul II and the work of our Lady through Fatima.

Fr Gaitley's series brings a message for our time of hope through the work of God's mercy in people of faith, especially Pope John Paul II and other great saints of our time.

If you are looking for some inspiration at this time and to understand the power of prayer this series is available on

Lisa Brick

Winter Appeal July 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 totally on the generosity of our donors.

100% of your donations to our Conference goes straight to those in need by way of food vouchers, Christmas hampers and funding household goods through our Vinnies Op Shops etc. There are no deductions for expenses or admin fees.

As we move into winter and spring, many people are struggling to meet household costs especially groceries, utility bills and warm clothing. We note with concern the impact of anticipated withdrawal of Jobkeeper and Jobseeker payments will have on those already struggling. Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way in which we need to meet this shortfall, make visits and deliver services.

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 also have been called to assist nearby Conferences.

Due to the restrictions imposed, this year we are seeking your generous donations online. Please call Vinnies on 13 18 12 and mention our Conference Number 283 or visit (and note Conference Number 283 - in the “comments” field.). Donations can be made at anytime and receipts acknowledging donations are available. The Poor Box option at church entrance is also available should you wish. Thank you.

For more information and to donate please visit:

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal 2020

CP Singh

Authentic Mission - Transforming Society Through a Revitalized Church by Fr James Grant

Authentic Mission is a unique expression of Mission in the Australian context. It seeks a new direction and focuses on mission work, new thinking new undertakings and a new expression of the church towards Australian society.

Authentic Mission clearly pursues the transformation of Australian society concurrent with a transformation of the Church.

Authentic Mission recognises an intelligent confrontation with its host secular society is necessary. Authentic Mission speaks the truth without fear, guards Catholic rights and is prepared to face the consequences of such actions. The outcome of Authentic Mission is the transformation of Australian society leading to the salvation of the individual.

Cost: $20.00

If you would like to pre-order the book, "Authentic Mission", please email the Parish Office at [email protected] or phone on 9589 2271.

Of Wheat and Weeds: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

God is always teaching His people, we hear in today’s First Reading.

And what does He want us to know? That He has care for all of us, that though He is a God of justice, even those who defy and disbelieve Him may hope for His mercy if they turn to Him in repentance.

This divine teaching continues in the three parables that Jesus tells in the Gospel today. Each describes the emergence of the kingdom of God from the seeds sown by His works and preaching. The kingdom’s growth is hidden - like the working of yeast in bread; it’s improbable, unexpected—as in the way the tall mustard tree grows from the smallest of seeds.

Again, this week’s readings sound a note of questioning: Why does God permit the evil to grow alongside the good? Why does He permit some to reject the Word of His kingdom?

Because, as we sing in today’s Psalm, God is slow to anger and abounding in kindness. He is just, Jesus assures us - evildoers and those who cause others to sin will be thrown into the fiery furnace at the end of the age. But by His patience, God is teaching us—that above all He desires repentance, and the gathering of all nations to worship Him and to glorify His name.

Even though we don’t know how to pray as we ought, the Spirit will intercede for us, Paul promises in today’s Epistle. But first we must turn and call upon Him, we must commit ourselves to letting the good seed of His Word bear fruit in our lives.

So we should not be deceived or lose heart when we see weeds among the wheat, truth and holiness mixed with error, injustice and sin.

For now, He makes His sun rise on the good and the bad (see Matthew 5:45). But the harvest draws near. Let’s work that we might be numbered among the righteous children—who will shine like the sun in the kingdom of the Father.

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 Catholic Parish premises. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.