Here is this weekend's Nazareth Parish e-newsletter for this Sunday 21 June 2020.

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

If you would like to contact Fr Barry Tobin, his telephone number is 9555 0460.

God Bless,
Nazareth Parish, Ricketts Point

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Pastoral Corner

In the early 1970s the infamous political scandal known as "Watergate" rocked the United States and brought down the Presidency of the Republican Richard Nixon.

Watergate was the name of a Washington hotel and the Democrat Party had an office there. Some of Nixon's aides broke into the office one night and attempted to steal confidential party documents. By knowing the plans of their opponents, they hoped to sabotage the Democratic Party's coming presidential campaign. They were caught in the act and were subsequently sentenced to gaol. Among them was the ringleader, a weird character by the name of Gordon Liddy. A former FBI agent, as a young boy he was obsessed with fear. There was nothing unusual in that, as many children have fears of some kind or another, but they overcome them as they get older and mature.

However, in the case of the boy Liddy, he was unusual in the means he took to conquer these fears. For example, he was scared of rats. One day he found a dead one so he roasted it and then ate it! He was also terrified of thunder and lightning, but one night at the height of a severe storm, he climbed a huge tree and screamed and yelled abuse daring the lightning to strike him. A strange boy indeed and a stranger man as history was to show.

Fear is something we all experience and is normal. Indeed, it is good to have a healthy fear of many things, for it is nature's way of protecting us from danger that can truly harm us. But fear can sometimes be unhealthy and can cripple initiative and sour the joys of life. Poor people are frightened they will not have sufficient money to make ends meet. Comfortable people are frightened their wealth will diminish. The sick are frightened they will never recover. The healthy are terrified they will become sick. The old are frightened of dying. The young dread the thought of growing old. A couple with children fear another child. A childless couple fear they will never conceive. And, so it goes on and on.

But the love of God drives out fear as Jesus says in the gospel today, "why every hair on your head has been counted. So there is no need to be afraid; you are worth more than hundreds of sparrows."

Fr Barry Tobin PE

Readings for The 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Jeremiah 20:10-13

Responsorial Psalm

Lord, in your great love, answer me.

Second Reading

Romans 5:12-15

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
The Spirit of Truth will bear witness to me, says the Lord,
and you also will be my witnesses.

Matthew 10:26-33

A Vocation View

Have you discovered yet that there is more to life than what only material things have to offer? We live in the Spirit. Only in the Lord can we find lasting peace. Speak the Good News.

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

Anniversaries: Shirley Costa, Jack 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.

Mass Times are as follows:

Weekend Masses:

Saturday Vigil - 6.00pm - 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

Attendance and Celebration of Mass

From Monday 22 June 2020 a maximum of fifty (50) parishioners can attend and celebrate Mass at Church plus the priest, one (1) altar server, up to two (2) lectors, one (1) choir member, up to two (2) door attendants, one (1) videographer and Jeffrey Heath.

Before celebrating Mass, safety requires that a door attendant records the name and telephone number of each attendee.

Attendees are encouraged to practise good hygiene and to sanitise their hands before entering and leaving the Church. Social distancing must be observed at all times.

A Mass Attendance Roster will be drawn up.

In the meantime, parishioners should email the parish office at [email protected] or contact the Parish Office on 9589-2271 to book a place for Mass.

Need for Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to take on the role of:

  • One (1) Altar server
  • Two (2) Lectors/Readers
  • One (1) Choir member
  • Two (2) Door attendants
  • Videographer

All volunteers are required to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC). Please provide a copy of your WWCC to the Parish Office.

If you would like to volunteer then please email the parish office at [email protected] or phone the Parish Office on 9589-2271 with the following details:

  • Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Role(s), day(s) and time(s) for which you are willing to volunteer.

Please find below the link to the Updated COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Update: General Guidelines


Did you know that Formed also provides entertainment and education for children and young people?

With shows like Brother Francis, Lukas - story teller, Ryan Defrates - Secret Agent, the Jesus Stories, there is something for everyone. You can discover the Angel in the Waters, a story of a babies journey to birth or look up to find your faith hero in Saints and Heros.

So sign up to Formed for no cost via the parish website to access their great variety of videos, talks and movies.

Lisa Brick

Feast of the Navitity of St John the Baptist

Feast of the Navitity of St John the Baptist

On Wednesday 24 June is the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist. Only two other birthdays are celebrated in the Church Calendar: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Otherwise, saints and blessed are remembered on the dates of the deaths, for this date of their earthly death is seen as the beginning of their eternal life in Heaven. Could the reason for honouring St. John the Baptist on his birthday be because he was cleansed from Original Sin, baptised as it were, when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth and he leapt in his mother’s womb when the unborn Jesus in Mary’s womb approached? This apparently is the...

Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

Thursday 25 June 2020

On this date we celebrate the Feast of The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, which occurs on the Thursday within the traditional Octave of the Sacred Heart.

On 9 November 1921, Pope Benedict XV instituted the feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to be celebrated on the Thursday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart with a Proper Mass and Ofifce. The feast continues to be celebrated in some places and by some communities, notably by the Redemptorists who maintain it in their Proper Calendar. In instituting the feast, Pope Benedict XV wrote:

The chief reason for this feast is to commemorate the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the mystery of the Eucharist. By...

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.
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  • 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.

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.