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

This Sunday, Fr. James Grant will be celebrating Mass with Fr. Barry Tobin concelebrating.

To watch, please go to our website www.nazarethparish.com or e-newsletter and click on "Watch On Youtube".

For those wishing to have a prayer of intention said for them by Fr Barry Tobin, 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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Pastoral Corner

William Claude Dukenfield (1880-1946) was better known to the world as W.C. Fields the famous American comedian of stage and screen.

3AW, Ross Stevenson, Melbourne's premier breakfast radio presenter once said he thought W.C. Fields was the funniest man of all time. I'm sure that's debateable because humour like beauty is in the eye of the beholder or perhaps in the ear of the hearer! But be that as it may all would agree that Fields with that unforgettable unique whining, rasping and grumpy voice was a very funny man indeed.

Towards the end of his life it's claimed that Fields began to spend a lot of time reading the bible. And one day one of his friends questioned him about this.

"What's got into you Fields? Why are you spending so much time reading the bible? You weren't the least bit religious when you were young. Why are you reading it now? Fields in his usual crotchety voice replied: "I am looking for a loophole."

Fields in earlier years had been indifferent to God. Religion appeared to play no part in his life and Judeo/Christian values summarized in The Ten Commandments had little influence on his behaviour. But to his credit Fields did make an effort to come to grips with God before he died. I hope he did find God and the loophole he was looking for, which is surely the mercy of God!

That's the loophole that saved the apostles who deserted their master Jesus on Holy Thursday night, and were noticeable by their absence on Good Friday. If ever someone could have been excused for giving the apostles a blast after the Resurrection it was surely Jesus. But He refrained from doing so and at His first appearance to them on that dramatic Easter morn His opening words were: "Peace be with you." Words implying they were forgiven and still loved."

Fr Barry Tobin PE

A Vocation View

We can feel the Lord's call at the strangest places and times. The call can haunt us and pursue us until we say, "Lord, what will you have me to do?"

Feast Days this Week

27 April - St Zita, St Louis de Montfort
28 April - St Gianna Beretta Molla, St Peter Chanel, Martyr
29 April - St Catherine of Sienna, Doctor
30 April - St Pius V, Pope
1 May - St Joseph the Worker
2 May - St Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor


Nazareth Parish offer all our parishioners a free subscription to the excellent on-line resource of Formed.

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

If you would like to subscribe please go to: FORMED to sign up. After signing up, please enter Nazareth Parish and follow the instructions to register.

Formed.org Review

I have always had a wish list of things to do if I had time and now that time at home is mandatory I have managed to start to get through it.

One gem I have found and enjoyed is the Formed.org resources that I had signed up for sometime ago. As a parishioner of Nazareth we can sign up for free through the Parish and being always on the lookout for a good deal I had signed up but not really looked at it.

With lent being so different this year and no access to the sacraments I dipped into Formed.org to see what it offered. With not much on TV, I was looking for some spiritual nourishment as well as entertainment. What I found surprised me, a choice so big of great looking movies, programs, documentaries.

I embarked during Lent on the daily Lenten reflection, so encouraging as it is current and talked about our separation from the mass and the difficulty of isolation. Then we watched, during Holy Week, the daily scripture discussion which spoke about the history of what was happening during Holy Week in Jesus' time and gave us the references to the old testament in the gospels. It was half an hour where we learnt so much and appreciated the reading so much more. Even though Lent has ended I would likely recommend it.

So I am hooked now. I have enjoyed their documentaries on Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Padre Pio movie and now are watching and listening to their Divine Mercy reflections. It is great to have something to look forward to.

Formed.org has something for everyone so I highly recommend you sign up (for free) and enjoy the immense variety of high quality material they have. I hope you find something positive and uplifting during this time.

Lisa Brick

Project Compassion

The theme taken for Project Compassion 2020 is “Go Further Together”.

As members of the one human family we are called to think beyond our inner circle and extend our prayers, thoughts and goodwill to those in our global family who struggle daily in areas of conflict & war, those living in extreme poverty and those impacted by the effects of a changing climate.

We know that many of you may not be able to hand in your Project Compassion boxes, envelopes or cash to the parish at this time. Therefore, donations can be made on line at https://lent.caritas.org.au/#b...
or direct deposit:
BSB No: 062 207 Account No: 10072446
Account Name: Caritas Australia
Ref: DonorIDPC

Please include your Donor ID with "PC" in the reference. If you don't know your Donor ID, please use your last name.

For more information, please contact Peter Boyle on 9589 6878

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!

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.