Here is this weekend's Nazareth Parish e-newsletter for this Sunday 2 August 2020.

We have some great content for you to read over the weekend.

Father James Grant will be celebrating Mass with Father Barry Tobin concelebrating at Stella Maris Church at 10.30am this Sunday. The Mass will be livestreamed.

Fathers David Cartwright and Dean Mathieson will be joining us on 5 August 2020.

Please make them feel welcome.

God Bless.
Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

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Pastoral Corner

I've often seen one of my favourite paintings hanging in Catholic homes, presbyteries or convents.

It depicts a farmer and his wife standing in a field heads bowed and hands joined in prayer. In the distance one can see a Church.

The painting is simply called "The Angelus". It was painted by the 19th century French artist Jean Francois Millet.

At the time he was painting "The Angelus" Millet wrote: "We have only enough fuel for a few days. And then they won't give us any more unless we can scrape together the money."

Yet, from hands so cold that they could hardly hold the brush came one of the world's greatest paintings.

How right St Paul was when he wrote his famous words to the Romans:

".... nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried ... or lacking food or clothes."

Paul was writing from experience. He had suffered to such for the love of Christ. Flogging, ridicule, stoning, shipwreck. Yet despite all that, he could still write what he did.

Perhaps the French artist Millet was familiar with the words of Paul. If he was, no doubt they encouraged him to keep doing what he loved best which was expressing his love for God in his painting.

Fr Barry Tobin PE

Father Barry Tobin

Father Barry Tobin

The priest continues the work of redemption on earth. … If we really understood the priest on earth, we would die not of fright but of love. (St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests. (CCC 1589)

So it is with Father Barry Tobin, our good shepherd who has been the safeguard of priestly ministry at Nazareth Parish, Ricketts Point since January of this year.

The Lord has blessed us with a pastor after God’s heart. A pastor who knows his own – the faithful, whom he frequently calls “the salt of the earth”.

We too, have come to know Father Barry through the routine of daily mass, weekend mass and live streaming where his homilies and reflections have been...

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Father Barry Tobin

Readings for The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Isaiah 55:1-3

Responsorial Psalm

The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

Second Reading

Romans 8:35.37-39

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
No one lives on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Matthew 14:13-21

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

If some people did not hoard the riches of this world, all people would have enough to eat and drink. Too many people starve to death every day. Who will speak loudly of justice today?

National Vocations Awareness Week 2020

This is a week for the entire Church to consider, support and pray for those searching for their vocations in life. We might think about and pray for the young people in our community and in our families this week especially. In prayer, ask the Lord to enlighten them and give them the grace and courage to respond to His call. The Lord calls each of us to a particular vocation (marriage, consecrated life, priesthood or a single life of service).

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

Recently Deceased: Coralie Pirrie

Anniversary: Olive Stammers

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

3 August - St Dominic, St Lydia Purpuraria
4 August - St John Vianney
5 August - Our Lady of Sorrows, Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary Major
6 August - The Transfiguration of the Lord
7 August - St Sixtus II, Pope & Companions, Martyrs
8 August - St Mary of the Cross (Mary Mackillop)

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 three (3) 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.

I have come to realise that most for this year we will not be able to attend Mass. The coming together of our community, the sharing of worship and receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist are all memories at the moment. It is something I never thought I would experience and in many ways has shown me that I took the ability to go to Mass for granted.

I can no longer receive the Eucharist in the Mass, and that has created a desire and longing for it. I can attend the online Mass and join with the community in that way but sacramental communion is not possible and it definitely leaves a feeling of longing.

We can say the prayer of spiritual communion during Mass but what does that really mean?

Dr Tim Gray and Dr Ben Akers have given beautiful talk about spiritual communion and its importance and long tradition, going back to the writing of John. This 30 min talk brings into focus the beauty and depth of spiritual communion and how the saints through the centuries have practiced it as well. Watching it can help bring a deeper understanding to our spiritual communion and help us during this time of isolation.

It can be found on the platform and was presented through their Formed Now program, which 30 min presents live conversations about many different topics and added to nearly daily.

Remember you can sign up to for free via the parish website.

To watch the episode on spiritual communion follow the link below.

Lisa Brick

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Matthew says Jesus "was transfigured before them. His face shone as the sun: his garments became white as snow". (Mt 17:1-6)

Summary of The Feast of the Lord’s Transfiguration

This Feast Day – 6th August – seems to have been chosen in order to be exactly forty days before 14th September, (the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross), because of a tradition that it took place forty days before the crucifixion. This feast began to be celebrated in and around Jerusalem in the fourth and fifth centuries.

Patrick Duffy notes its history and significance.

A major Feast at Constantinople

There have been churches on Mt Thabor from as early as the fourth Century AD.The feast...

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Immaculate Heart of Mary

History of Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The month of August is given the special honor of being devoted to the devotion of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. While we have been unable to find a definitive statement explaining this, a couple of guesses can be made.

First, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary occurs on the 15th of August.

Second, the Feast of St. John Eudes, considered to be the father of the devotion of the Immaculate Heart by Pope Pius X, is celebrated on August 19th.

Third, before Vatican II the Feast of the Immaculate Heart used to be celebrated on August 22nd.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

Majesty Voice: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.

High on the holy mountain in today's Gospel, the true identity of Jesus is fully revealed in His transfiguration.

Standing between Moses and the prophet Elijah, Jesus is the bridge that joins the Law of Moses to the prophets and psalms (see Luke 24:24-27). As Moses did, Jesus climbs a mountain with three named friends and beholds God's glory in a cloud (see Exodus 24:1,9,15). As Elijah did, He hears God's voice on the mountain (see 1 Kings 19:8-19).

Elijah was prophesied to return as the herald of the messiah and the Lord's new covenant (see Malachi 3:1,23-24). Jesus is revealed today as that messiah. By His death and resurrection, which He intimates today to the apostles, He makes a new covenant with all creation.

The majestic voice declares Jesus to be God's own beloved Son, in whom the Father is well pleased (see Psalm 2:7). God here gives us a glimpse of His inner life. In the cloud of the Holy Spirit, the Father reveals His love for the Son, and invites us to share in that love, as His beloved sons and daughters.

Shadowed by the clouds of heaven, His clothes dazzling white, Jesus is the Son of Man whom Daniel foresees being enthroned in today's First Reading.

He is the king, the Lord of all the earth, as we sing in today's Psalm. But is He truly the Lord of our hearts and minds?

The last word God speaks from heaven today is a command -- "Listen to Him" (see Deuteronomy 18:15-19). The word of the Lord should be like a lamp shining in the darkness of our days, as Peter tells us in today's First Reading.

How well are we listening? Do we attend to His word each day?

Let us today rededicate ourselves to listening. Let us hear Him as the word of life, the bright morning star of divine life waiting to arise in our hearts (see Revelation 2:28; 22:16).

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.