Father Barry Tobin will be celebrating Mass this Sunday at 10.30am at Stella Maris Church with Father James Grant concelebrating.

The Mass will be livestreamed on Sunday at Stella Maris Church at 10.30am.

Our new Parish Priests, Fathers David Cartwright and Dean Mathieson will be joining us from 5 August 2020. Please make them feel welcome.

God Bless,
Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

Mass livestream

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

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Father Barry Tobin

Father Barry Tobin

The priest continues the work of redemption on earth. … If we really understood the priest on earth, we would die not of fright but of love. (St. John Vianney, Patron Saint of Parish Priests. (CCC 1589)

So it is with Father Barry Tobin, our good shepherd who has been the safeguard of priestly ministry at Nazareth Parish, Ricketts Point since January of this year.

The Lord has blessed us with a pastor after God’s heart. A pastor who knows his own – the faithful, whom he frequently calls “the salt of the earth”.

We too, have come to know Father Barry through the routine of daily mass, weekend mass and live streaming where his homilies and reflections have been...

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Father Barry Tobin

Pastoral Corner

A famous story from Greek mythology is the story of Narcissus, son of the river God Cephissus. Narcissus was absurdly vain of his undoubted good looks. The goddess Aphrodite decided to punish him in the following way.

While bending over a clear glassy pool in a section of the river Narcissus saw the reflection of his face. Enchanted with the beauty of his face he could not bear to leave the spot. So there he remained until he died, simply mooning away besotted with the appearance of his own face.

The story of this silly pagan-god has given rise to the term narcissism - the tendency to self-worship. A ME focussed person rather than an OTHERS focussed person. A ME focussed person rather than a God focussed person.

A few years ago I heard a visiting American priest/scholar comment in a talk that he thought Narcissism was rife in his country. Among other things he said that in the USA they had now the lowest marriage rate in their history. He blamed narcissism as a major cause of this phenomenon. People in growing numbers were so absorbed in themselves they were unable to commit themselves permanently to another person. Hence the popularity of what he called "serial terminal relationships." You live with a partner for a while and if they fail to satisfy, then just try your luck with someone else.

Narcissism is not unknown in our country either. I suspect it takes root in a human heart very young in life. Parents can sometimes over indulge their children. Grandparents can be just as bad. And before you know it a selfish spoilt child is soon on the way to becoming a latter day Narcissus.

Our master Jesus Christ and the pagan god Narcissus as role models are poles apart. Jesus taught very clearly that his disciples must care for themselves but also for others.

But the disciples of Narcissus being self-lovers care for only themselves. Not surprisingly they find it difficult to relate to others.

But caring for others in the spirit of Jesus brings joy to the heart.

Fr Barry Tobin PE

Readings for The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Kings 3:5.7-12

Responsorial Psalm

Lord, I love your commands.

Second Reading

Romans 8:28-30

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.

Matthew 13:44-52

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.

A Vocation View

Finding our vocation in life is like finding a buried treasure. We will do whatever we have to in order to be able to possess it. Finding the treasure is a gift, possessing it is our vocation.

Sick: Allison Leicester, Liz Docker, Peter Plumridge, Lucy Menezes, Aliai Coyle-Madut, Lucy Bueno, Kaye McNicol

Recently Deceased: Coralie Pirrie

Anniversaries: Kath Fitzpatrick, Andrew Mulquiney Snr, Ned Mulquiney

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.

27 July - Ss. Natalie & Aurelius
28 July - St Innocent I, Pope
29 July - St Martha
30 July - St Leopold Mandic, St Peter Chrysologus, Bishop & Doctor
31 July - St Ignatius of Loyota
1 August- St Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor

Child/Vulnerable Persons Safety and Working With Children Check

As we move into another period of lockdown and prepare to welcome our new Parish Priests, Father David Cartwright and Father Dean Mathieson, we ask if you could please help us put into place the new Child/Vulnerable Persons Safety requirements. Most importantly, all volunteers in the Parish are now required to have a current WWCC. There is no cost involved to register for a volunteer WWCC and it is a simple process of completing a form online.

So please take some time over the next four (4) weeks and check your Working With Children Check (WWCC) status and email the Parish Office at [email protected] or phone on 9589 2271 with your details.

We are very happy to help anyone who does not have access to a computer or has questions about the process. If you need assistance, please contact Katherine Cooling, Safeguarding Officer of the Safeguarding Committee of Nazareth Parish via the Parish Office on 9589 2271 or Lisa Brick on 0402 480 224.

Follow the link below to apply or check your WWCC.



The Story of Br Francis Radio Theatre at Formed.org

Have you noticed how audio is making a huge comeback into our lives especially during this time of isolation. And it is not just audio books!

I have had the pleasure of listening to the story of Francis of Assisi this week on Formed.org. This is definitely not an audio book or talk! It is 'radio theatre' with actors, music and sound effects. It is wonderful to listen to and so engaging it is hard to stop. Recorded with some well known actors in England The Story of Br Francis comes in 10 parts and runs for over 4hrs. It is great for the whole family.

As a tribute to the work of Formed.org in producing Brother Francis, it received the award for best audio from the Audie Awards in 2018, which is considered to be the Oscars of audio.

And once you have listened to that one they have others including the original story of Robin Hood.

To listen to Br Francis click in the link below and remember it is free for Parishioners to sign up for Formed.


Lisa Brick

Winter Appeal July 2020

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul desperately needs your help, so that we can help others in need. Only 1% of the Society’s budget comes from government funding so we rely totally on the generosity of our donors.

100% of your donations to our Conference goes straight to those in need by way of food vouchers, Christmas hampers and funding household goods through our Vinnies Op Shops etc. There are no deductions for expenses or admin fees.

As we move into winter and spring, many people are struggling to meet household costs especially groceries, utility bills and warm clothing. We note with concern the impact of anticipated withdrawal of Jobkeeper and Jobseeker payments will have on those already struggling. Covid-19 has dramatically changed the way in which we need to meet this shortfall, make visits and deliver services.

Here in the Black Rock and Beaumaris Conference, we assist people in various ways who are doing it tough. Over the last few years we have extended our reach to assist the Mentone Conference and during this crisis we also have been called to assist nearby Conferences.

Due to the restrictions imposed, this year we are seeking your generous donations online. Please call Vinnies on 13 18 12 and mention our Conference Number 283 or visit vinnies.org.au (and note Conference Number 283 - in the “comments” field.). Donations can be made at anytime and receipts acknowledging donations are available. The Poor Box option at church entrance is also available should you wish. Thank you.

For more information and to donate please visit:

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal 2020

CP Singh

Authentic Mission - Transforming Society Through a Revitalized Church by Fr James Grant

Authentic Mission is a unique expression of Mission in the Australian context. It seeks a new direction and focuses on mission work, new thinking new undertakings and a new expression of the church towards Australian society.

Authentic Mission clearly pursues the transformation of Australian society concurrent with a transformation of the Church.

Authentic Mission recognises an intelligent confrontation with its host secular society is necessary. Authentic Mission speaks the truth without fear, guards Catholic rights and is prepared to face the consequences of such actions. The outcome of Authentic Mission is the transformation of Australian society leading to the salvation of the individual.

Cost: $20.00

If you would like to pre-order the book, "Authentic Mission", please email the Parish Office at [email protected] or phone on 9589 2271.

Treasures of the Kingdom: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

What is your new life in Christ worth to you?

Do you love His words more than gold and silver, as we sing in today’s Psalm? Would you, like the characters in the Gospel today, sell all that you have in order to possess the kingdom He promises to us? If God were to grant any wish, would you follow Solomon’s example in today’s First Reading—asking not for a long life or riches, but for wisdom to know God’s ways and to desire His will?

The background for today’s Gospel, as it has been for the past several weeks, is the rejection of Jesus’ preaching by Israel. The kingdom of heaven has come into their midst, yet many cannot see that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s promises, a gift of divine compassion given that they—and we, too—might live.

We too must ever discover the kingdom anew, to find it as a treasure - a pearl of great price. By comparison with the kingdom, we must count all else as rubbish (see Philippians 3:8). And we must be willing to give up all that we have—all our priorities and plans—in order to gain it.

Jesus’ Gospel discloses what Paul, in today’s Epistle, calls the purpose of God’s plan (see Ephesians 1:4). That purpose is that Jesus be the firstborn of many brothers.

His words give understanding to the simple, the childlike. As Solomon does today, we must humble ourselves before God, giving ourselves to His service. Let our prayer be for an understanding heart, one that desires only to do His will.

We are called to love God, to delight in His law, and to forsake every false way. And we are to conform ourselves daily ever more closely to the image of His Son.

If we do this, we can approach His altar as a pleasing sacrifice, confident that all things work for the good—that we whom He has justified, will also one day be glorified.

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.