As we approach the ‘Great Week’ of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, much preparation is being done in our communities by many dedicated and hard working people. We are very grateful for their support. It will be a blessing to be able to physically participate in the ceremonies this year.

A reminder that it is still necessary to book online for the Easter ceremonies at our various churches, as we are still limited by Covid restrictions on the numbers we can allow in our places of worship. The booking link is on the website https://www.baysidecatholicmis...

This weekend is a special one for St Joan of Arc as we celebrate the centenary of the establishment of the parish. At 11am Mass this Sunday we will welcome back some visitors to the parish. We particularly welcome Bishop Peter Elliott and Bishop Terry Curtin and the concelebrating priests and religious sisters. The centenary committee has worked very hard to make this day possible. These are always good occasions to give thanks to God for the many blessings we receive.

The transition of our administration continues to take shape, and we are blessed to be supported by great people. The office at St Joan of Arc is open each weekday from 9.30am-3.30pm. Maria will be in the office from Monday-Thursday and Elaine will be in the office on Fridays. We are working on our communications and publications with the help of Matthew, our new Evangelisation coordinator. In the coming weeks, we will see the linking of parish websites to the Bayside Catholic Mission website.

The times for Reconciliation at the different churches are in the bulletin this week. A reminder that there are regular times each Tuesday night and Saturday mornings. The extra times in Holy Week are in the Holy Week timetable.

May God bless you and your loved ones this week.

Fr David Cartwright

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Holy Week 2021

Palm Sunday
5.00pm (Saturday) – Sacred Heart
6.00pm (Saturday) – St Mary’s
8.00am Mass – St Joseph’s
9.00am Mass – Sacred Heart
10.30am Mass - Stella Maris
11.00am Mass – St Joan of Arc
5.30pm Mass – St Joan of Arc


Holy Thursday
7.00pm – Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Sacred Heart
7.30pm – Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper - St Joseph’s and St Joan of Arc

Good Friday: Way of the Cross:
10.00am - St James (outdoors near the school entrance)
11.00am – Stella Maris followed by confession
Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

3.00pm - Stella Maris, St Mary’s, Sacred Heart

Easter Vigil
7.00pm Vigil (Saturday) – Solemn Easter Vigil – Stella Maris
7.30pm – Solemn Easter Vigil - Sacred Heart
8.00pm – Solemn Easter Vigil - St Joan of Arc

Easter Sunday
8.00am – Holy Mass - St Joseph’s
9.00am – Holy Mass - Sacred Heart
10.30am- Holy Mass – Stella Maris
11.00am - Holy Mass – St Joan of Arc
(plus 10.00am - St Mary's)

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:

After 9.15am Mass - 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)

Bayside Catholic Mission Wednesday Lenten Group

Lenten Reflection Groups

Wednesdays 10.00am - Sacred Heart, Sandringham

Wednesdays 7.00pm

To join go to the Lenten Reflection Group Wednesday 7.00pm and click on the link below.

Divine Mercy Sunday - 11 April 2021 - Adoration and Benediction at 2.00pm followed by Mass at 3.00pm at Stella Maris Church

On Divine Mercy Sunday, 11 April, there will be Adoration and Confessions at 2.00pm followed by Mass at 3.00pm at Stella Maris Church.

In a series of revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in the 1930s, our Lord called for a special feast day to be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. Today, we know that feast as Divine Mercy Sunday, named by Pope St. John Paul II at the canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000.

The Lord expressed His will with regard to this feast in His very first revelation to St. Faustina. The most comprehensive revelation can be found in her Diary entry 699:

My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and a shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day are opened all the divine floodgates through which graces flow. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity. Everything that exists has come from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My mercy.

In all, St. Faustina recorded 14 revelations from Jesus concerning His desire for this feast.

Nevertheless, Divine Mercy Sunday is NOT a feast based solely on St. Faustina's revelations. Indeed, it is not primarily about St. Faustina — nor is it altogether a new feast. The Second Sunday of Easter was already a solemnity as the Octave Day of Easter[1]. The title "Divine Mercy Sunday" does, however, highlight the meaning of the day.

[1]Liturgically the Easter Octave has always been centered on the theme of Divine Mercy and forgiveness. Divine Mercy Sunday, therefore, point us to the merciful love of God that lies behind the whole Paschal Mystery — the whole mystery of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ — made present for us in the Eucharist. In this way, it also sums up the whole Easter Octave. As Pope John Paul II pointed out in his Regina Caeli address on Divine Mercy Sunday, 1995: "the whole octave of Easter is like a single day," and the Octave Sunday is meant to be the day of "thanksgiving for the goodness God has shown to man in the whole Easter mystery."

Given the liturgical appropriateness of the title "Divine Mercy Sunday" for the Octave Day of Easter, therefore, the Holy See did not give this title to the Second Sunday of Easter merely as an "option," for those dioceses who happen to like that sort of thing! Rather, the decree issued on May 5, 2000, by the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship and The Discipline of the Sacraments clearly states: "the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II has graciously determined that in the Roman Missal, after the title Second Sunday of Easter, there shall henceforth be added the appellation ‘or [that is] Divine Mercy Sunday'…".

Divine Mercy Sunday, therefore, is not an optional title for this solemnity; rather, Divine Mercy is the integral name for this Feast Day. In a similar way, the Octave Day of the Nativity of Our Lord was named by the Church "The Feast of the Mother of God."

Bayside Catholic Mission Pastoral Committee and Finance Committee

Last week we announced the local teams for each community. From those teams we will have two representatives that will be a part of the BaysideMission Pastoral Team. There are still a few names thathave not confirmed at this stage, but below is the current list.

The members are:

Michael Staunton, Miriam Link, Kristin Allen, Shaun Le Grand, Gabrielle McDermott, Anne Larkins, John McArdle, Ursula Betka, Alberto Sabato, TBA

We will also start to meet with a newly formed Bayside Finance Committee soon.

The members are:

Francis Chen, Joe Brick, Dominic Keary, Franklin Athaide, Bernard Negline.

New Sets of Thanksgiving Envelopes

Please collect your new sets of Thanksgiving envelopes at the rear of the Church.

If your envelopes are not there, or if you would like to be part of the Thanksgiving Program, please contact the Parish Office on 95892271.

The Combined Catholic Parishes Raffle 2021

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Buy your Tickets today!!! Credit card accepted.

Tickets are $20.00 per booklet and can be purchased after Sunday 8.00am Mass at St Joseph's or 10.30am Mass at Stella Maris Church or Tony Warnock on 0418129675

Raffle Drawn 5th June 2021
Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation Permit No - 10110/21

Ticket sales close Friday 7th May 2021

Feast Days

22 March - St Lea
23 March - St Turibius of Mogrovejo, Bishop, St Rafqa (Maronite)
24 March - St Oscar Romero, St Catherine of Sweden
25 March - The Annunciation of the Lord, St Marie-Alphonsine Danil Ghatta
26 March - St Margaret Clitherow
27 March - St Rupert

Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent
Year B

First Reading
Jeremiah 31:31-34

Responsorial Psalm

Create a clean heart in me, O God.

Second Reading

Hebrews 5:7-9

Gospel Acclamation
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!
If you serve me, follow me, says the Lord;
and where I am, my servant will also be.
Glory to you, Word of God, Lord Jesus Christ!

John 12:20-33

A Vocation View

Unless a seed first dries out and dies, it cannot be planted in the earth to grow. Unless we first dry out and die to our selfish ways, we can never expect to be people who will 'lay down their lives for their friends.'

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, Margaret Puli

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.

Survey for Parish Volunteers

Can all volunteers please fill in the form. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes of your time to complete.

Your feedback as a volunteer in ministry in the parish will be helpful in developing a framework that will better support the recruitment, engagement and support of volunteers within the parish.

Please click on the Survey for Parish Volunteers to complete the survey: SURVEY FOR PARISH VOLUNTEERS v 1

Volunteers are requested to complete the survey by the 16th of April 2021.

Project Compassion 2021

Halima is raising two children in a Bangladeshi refugee camp while caring for her mother, who has a disability. A Caritas Australia-supported program helped her with a shelter, cooking equipment and hygiene training. Halima now earns a small income as a trainer, helping to maintain the health and cleanliness of her community.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 to so this transformational program can continue to empower vulnerable women, men and children, and strengthen the communities around them.

You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting or phoning 1800 024 413.

Marriage Encounter Weekend

An opportunity to spend a weekend improving your communication.

Attend in the comfort of your own home or experience a residential weekend

Our on-line weekend gives couples the chance to sleep in their own beds and check-in on kids or animals during meal times.

Come and learn how to keep/rekindle the passion in your relationship and how to keep your love growing!

The weekend we offer is based around Catholic values but couples of all faiths are welcome.

Couples from regional areas may find the virtual Weekend option ideal.

Next On-line weekend is on 30 April – 2 May 2021.

Next Residential weekend is on 21 -23 May 2021.

Information/Bookings: Phone Mercy & James 0409 183 676 or

Email: [email protected] Website:


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.