We began our time of Lent this year, as we did with many other things, very differently! With another lockdown last week we were unable to gather for the traditional ritual of the Imposition of Ashes last Wednesday. There is something inherently Catholic in this ritual which externally signifies our repentance and witness to Christ by the Sign of the Cross on our forehead (in usual times!).

Like many things, we are learning to adapt our way of life in Covid times. Lent is also a time for us to adapt our way of life – the Church calls us to the traditional means of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as the Gospel of Ash Wednesday reminds us. Lent is our annual reminder to spring clean our lives and our souls.

To help us, there are some added times of prayer in the Mission. Way of the Cross of Fridays of Lent St Joan of Arc, after 9.15am Mass and Stella Maris at 7.30pm, followed by a fish supper.

Eucharistic Adoration
St Joan of Arc, Tuesdays 6.30pm -7.00pm (before 7.00pm Mass) and Stella Maris, Saturday 9.45am-10.30am, after 9.15am Mass. Times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at each church are on the front page.

There are also several options for Lenten groups (either in person or on line) and details of these are in the bulletin.

Formation of our Mission Structures
As was announced in last week’s bulletin, we are in the process of forming a new Parish Council and Finance Committee for the Bayside Mission. We are also forming local teams of a small
group (5) of people to represent each community. From these local teams, two will represent the community on the Bayside Pastoral Council. The same procedure will apply to the formation of the Bayside Finance Committee.

Nominations are invited from your communities for membership of the local teams. Please send your nomination by email to [email protected], indicating your name, the name of the person nominated (and their contact details) and the community that you belong to. Nominations can also be placed in the boxes at the churches.

Parish Offices
We are in the process of transitioning our parish offices to St Joan of Arc, where Maria and Elaine will work. The office will be staffed each day from 9.30am – 3.30pm. The office can be contacted by email at [email protected] or 9593 1703. The other parish emails and telephone numbers are still operational as well.

Fr David Cartwright

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Sacrament of Reconciliation Times (During Lent)

Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc Church

Saturdays 9.45am - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church

Saturdays 4.30pm - 5.00pm - Sacred Heart Church

Saturdays 5.30pm - 6.00pm - St Mary's Church

Lenten Stations of the Cross

Each Friday in Lent you are invited to make the Stations of the Cross at:

9.45am - St Joan of Arc Church

7.30pm - Stella Maris Church
followed by Fish Supper

This tradition follows Our Lord’s way along the streets of Jerusalem from his Condemnation to his being laid in the tomb.

Eucharistic Adoration - Starting in Lent

Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc Church (Confessions available)

Saturdays 9.45am - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church (Confessions available)

Lent 2021

109. The Lenten season has a twofold character:
1) it recalls baptism or prepares for it;
2) it stresses a penitential spirit.

By these means especially, Lent readies the faithful for celebrating the paschal mystery after a period of closer attention to the Word of God, and more ardent prayer. In the liturgy itself and in the liturgy-centred instructions, these baptismal and penitential themes should be more pronounced. Hence:
a) Wider use is to be made of baptismal features proper to the Lenten liturgy....
b) The same approach holds for the penitential elements....

110. During Lent, penance should not be only internal and individual but also external and social....
In any event, let the paschal fast be kept sacred. It should be observed everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the resurrection may be visited on uplifted and responsive spirits.

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican II

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat.

On all other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following:

(a) Prayer - for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary; or in other ways.

(b) Self-Denial - for example, not eating meat, not eating sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor of one's own country or elsewhere; or in other ways. Project Compassion is a major means of expressing our self-denial in Australia.

(c) Helping Others - for example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened; or in other ways.

- All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not yet begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast. All who have completed their fourteenth year are bound to abstain (Canon 1252).

- The Season of Lent is a time of penance. During this season the faithful are exhorted to devote themselves in a special manner to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity, and to deny themselves.

- Each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled between Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021 and Trinity Sunday, 30 May 2021 unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.

- The wonderful gift of the Lord's merciful love is offered in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lent is a most appropriate time to receive this Sacrament.
All the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.

HOLY WEEK - The 2021 Ordo contains instructions for the Rites of Holy Week.

FUNERALS - On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday all Masses for the Dead, including Funeral Masses, are forbidden. Funerals on these days are celebrated with the Liturgy of the Word and without the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

WEDDINGS - Weddings should be discouraged during the Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday. Should a couple be particularly insistent on a wedding for one of these days, then please indicate that no decorations (including flowers), no music nor Nuptial Mass will be permitted.

Father Joe Caddy AM

2021 Lenten Regulations


Making a good Lent

Lent is upon us and it seems to have come around very quickly this year. If the distractions of the lockdown or maybe the Australian Open have meant you haven't thought about Lent yet it is not too late and here are some suggestions for you to consider.

Whole 40: Making a spiritual plan for Lent

Get some help with this short talk on planning for Lent. Available at Formed.org at https://watch.formed.org/carousel/videos/whole-40-making-a-spiritual-plan-for-lent

Lent - 40 days to Grace and Glory

Sign up for Lenten daily reflections with Dr Tim Gray. These very short reflections are very easy to fit into your day. https://watch.formed.org/formed-daily-reflections/season:16

Hallowed #Pray40 Lent Challenge: St Joseph

You can join a daily pray challenge focusing on following the example of St Joseph on the Hallowed App or at https://hallow.com/challenges/18. You will be joining with over 46,000 other people praying this for Lent.

There are so many more great resources available to help make us make a Lent a time for growing in our spiritual preparation for the celebration of Easter.

Lisa Brick

Bayside Catholic Mission Leadership Structure

On Wednesday 10th February, the Interim Mission and team met to review and begin implementation of the new Bayside leadership structures which were announced in last week’s bulletin.

In order to form the local parish teams we are inviting nominations from each community. You are invited and encouraged to nominate a member of your community to be a part of your local parish team.

We are seeking five members of each community to become part of this team. These new local teams will take the place of existing parish councils and leadership teams. From this local team we will select two people to become members of the Bayside Catholic Mission Pastoral Council.

To nominate a member of your local community, please send and email to [email protected] with the following details:

- Name of nominee
- Contact details of nominee
- Community they belong to
- Your name

There will also be an opportunity to fill out nomination forms when you are next at church. The same procedure will apply to nominate people to the Bayside Mission Finance Committee, which take the place of existing individual finance committees.

Nominations will close by midday 28th February and appointments will be announced soon after. These appointments will be for a term of two years.

Readings for the First Sunday of Lent
Year B

First Reading
Genesis: 9:8-15

Responsorial Psalm

Your ways, O Lord, are love and truth
to those who keep your covenant

Second Reading

St Peter: 3:18-22

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!
No one lives on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Mark: 1:12-15

A Vocation View

Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert. Where is the Spirit leading you?

Prayers Please

Sick: Michael Slattery, Allison Leicester, Liz Docker, Peter Plumridge, Lucy Menezes, Aliai Coyle-Madut, Lucy Bueno, Faye Fong, Kosta Mihos, Megan Jenkins, Bob Hughes, Edna Campbell, Paul Dear, Anne Jenkins, Tony Waller, Edwinda Fitsimon

Anniversary: Terry Walsh

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

22 February - The Chair of St Peter, Apostle
23 February - St Polycarp of Smyrna, Bishop and Martyr
24 February - St Montanus
25 February - St Tarasius
26 February - St Victor
27 February - St Baldomerus (Galmier)

Invitation to join the Catenians in a Friends of the Holy Land Lenten program

You are invited to join Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land, a unique spiritual prayer resource. This program includes a series of poems and reflections written by Fr Richard Nesbitt during Holy Week in the first lockdown in 2020 as well as the voices of 15 contributors from the Holy Land drawn from across the main Christian denominations. An study e-book is available with proceeds to assist christians in the Holy Land.

Starting 23th February, Join in each Tuesday of Lent, 7.30pm via Zoom

COVID-19 Update

Please find attached the latest COVID Guidelines for your information.


For more information please click here: https://melbournecatholic.org/...

Letter from Archbishop Peter Comensoli regarding the Vaccine program and rollout

16 Feb21 Letter from Most Rev Peter A Comensoli Vaccine Program

Bayside Mission Safeguarding

All communities of the Bayside Catholic Mission are now working together to streamline embedding a culture of safety throughout the Bayside Catholic Mission. Initially you’ll start to notice posters etc, relating to different aspects of safeguarding, around each of our churches and associated parish buildings.

Later, you’ll personally receive more detailed information.

Working with Children Checks

Thank you to all our many volunteers who have already applied for and linked their current WWCC to their local community.

Here’s the link if you haven’t yet applied for, renewed, updated or linked your WWCC.


As volunteers in the Bayside Catholic Mission we are all responding to God’s call to serve Him in our own unique ways.

Volunteers, being any person undertaking any activity within the Bayside Catholic Mission in addition to or asides from attendance at Mass, are required to hold a current WWCC linked to their local parish. There are no exceptions to this since children are part of our parish and we have a moral and legal duty to protect them.

“Let the little children come to me and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of Heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14.

Lenten Appeal 2021 - Project Compassion

Jamila is a Rohingya refugee living in a camp in Bangladesh with her elderly mother and baby daughter. With the support of Caritas Australia, and through Caritas Bangladesh, Jamila has been able to access to emergency food, shelter, counselling, and vocational training that will help to support her family.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 to help mothers like Jamila be more for her family and her community.

You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes which are at the rear of the church or by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413.

St Bede's College, Mentone Campus Open Day
Wednesday 3 March 2021

Enrolments open to all Year 5 students who will be entering Year 7 in 2023.

Everyone welcome to view the College.

Bookings: https://www.stbedes.catholic.e...

Tour bookings are essential.

Mentone Campus: 2 Mentone Parade, Mentone VIC 3194
Bentleigh East Campus
: 156 Bignell Road, Bentleight East VIC 3165

Phone: (03) 9582 5999
Email: [email protected]


Our Parish Priests

Moderator and Parish Priest:
Fr David Cartwright

Parish Priest:
Fr Dean Mathieson

Assistant Parish Priest:
Fr James Baptist

Website: Bayside Catholic Mission
Email: [email protected]

To speak with the priest, please contact St Joan of Arc Brighton on 9593 1703.

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

Office Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 9.00am to 1.00pm

Bayside Catholic Mission is committed to safety, well-being and dignity of all children, young people and adults. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.