I will be celebrating the Saturday Vigil Mass at Stella Maris Church at 6pm and Sunday Mass at St Joseph's Church at 9.00am and Fr James Grant will be celebrating the Sunday Mass at Stella Maris Church at 10.30am. The Sunday Mass at 10.30am will be livestreamed.

For those wishing to have a prayer of intention said for them, please contact the Parish Office via email at [email protected] or phone on 9589 2271.

God Bless,
Fr Barry Tobin PE

Mass livestream

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

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Readings for The Ascension of the Lord - Year A

First Reading
Acts: 1:1-11

Responsorial Psalm

God mounts his throne to shouts of joy: a blare of trumpets for the Lord.

Second Reading

St Paul: 1:17-23

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Go and teach all people my gospel.
I am with you always, until the end of the world.

Matthew: 28:1-20

Pastoral Corner

A few years ago I attended a Police Graduation Parade at the Police Academy in Glen Waverley. A young friend of mine - a former Catholic school teacher - graduated 8th in a squad of forty cadets. It was an impressive ceremony and the esprit de corps of the forty young police officers was inspirational.

They had spent nineteen weeks of intensive training. I was told it was incredibly demanding physically and mentally. Having shared so much together no doubt many of them will be mates for life.

I am sure that a similar spirit united the eleven apostles after the Resurrection of the Lord. They had spent 2-3 years of companionship with each other and their Master Jesus Christ. They witnessed the things He did and heard the words that came from His lips. They were also witnesses to His suffering and death on the cross - at least from a distance. And they saw and ate with Him after His Resurrection. All of them indeed had forsaken their jobs and their families to follow the one they believed to be the Messiah.

One thing about these men is that they recognized the importance of not going it alone and they understood the value of prayer in their lives. In fact the acts of the Apostles 1:14 it's recorded in the upper room where the Last Supper was eaten "they joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers."

Policemen are trained to work together as a team. They seldom work alone and even when they do their back-up support is never far away.

We Catholics can learn a lot from that. None of us are going to serve God as He deserves to be served by relying totally on ourselves. It is unwise to separate oneself from other worshipping Catholics. We need a back-up team like a police officer.

That is why it is a commandment of the church that Catholics attend Mass every Sunday. The Church understands human nature so well. We need the example, the fellowship of other Catholics to support our endeavour to be faithful.

If people stop worshipping together they are more likely to cease personal prayer on a regular basis. They are also more prone to fall into serious sin and become confused and muddled in their beliefs. However, if they humbly acknowledge their human frailty and welcome the support of a back-up team of like minded disciples they will persevere to the end and be saved.

God Bless,
Fr Barry Tobin PE

A Vocation View

That Jesus rose from the dead is our Faith. That we can be reborn in the Spirit is our Hope. That we can do God's work is our Love. Follow God's call.

Feast Days this Week

25 May - Our Lady, Help of Christians
26 May - St Ursula Ledochowska, St Philip Neri
27 May - St Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop
28 May - St Mariana
29 May - St Paul VI, Pope
30 May - St Joan of Arc

Mass Times are as follows:

Weekend Masses:

Saturday Vigil - 6pm - 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

A maximum of only ten (10) parishioners can attend and celebrate Mass at Church plus the priest, one (1) altar server, up to two (2) lectors/readers, 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 (T: 9589-2271) to book a place for Mass.

Need for Volunteers

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

  • 1 Altar server
  • 2 Lectors/Readers
  • 1 Choir member
  • 2 Door attendants
  • Videographer

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

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

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

For those interested in volunteering, please email or phone the Parish Office.

Message from Carmel Stuttered

Dear Parishioners,

This is not an easy message to write to you.

I have been appointed principal of St Louis De Montfort in Aspendale and will take up my new position at the start of term 4.

I have loved my time at St Joseph's and will be ever grateful for all the students, families and parishioners I have had the privilege to work with and hopefully make a difference.

Hopefully I get the chance to see you all face to face over the coming weeks to say good bye.

Kindest Regards,

Carmel Stutterd
Principal of St Joseph's, Black Rock

Feast Day of Our Lady Help of Christians

The feast day of Mary Help of Christians has been celebrated in Australia since 1844 but the history to this day dates back to the start of the 1800s.

Napoleon Bonaparte had jailed Pius VI who died in jail. When Pope Pius VII was elected he too was jailed by Bonaparte, who kept him prisoner at Fontainbleau, France.

The Holy Father vowed to God that if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary.

The military eventually forced Bonaparte to release the Pope and on May 24, 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome.

Twelve months later the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians be kept on 24 May.

The infant Church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. In those early and mostly priestless days, it was largely the Rosary that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary, and was the first nation to choose her, under the title of Help of Christians, as Principal Patron.

Prayer To Our Lady, Help of Christians

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet
imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you,
your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians,
that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.

Prayer By St. John Bosco


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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.
  • Formed.org
    Formed.org is "Catholic Faith On Demand". Formed.org gives you access to Catholic movies, entertainment, children's programs, audiobooks, radio talks, podcasts, studies and much more! It's all at your fingertips!
  • Laudate
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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.