The 9.00am Mass at St Joseph's Church and 10.30am Mass at Stella Maris Church on Sunday are now fully booked.

If you would like to attend the Saturday Vigil Mass at 6.00pm at Stella Maris Church, please email the parish office at [email protected] or telephone on 9589 2271.

If you would also like to book for next weekend's Masses (4th and 5th July 2020) at St Joseph's or Stella Maris churches, please email the parish office at [email protected] or telephone on 9589 2271.

Thank you and 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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Pastoral Corner

Victor Hugo, in his great novel "Les Miserables", tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who spent twenty years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving family.

He wanders the streets a broken man. No one extends shelter or employment to him till he knocks on the door of the local bishop. This saintly man welcomes him with generous grace, a hearty meal and human warmth. Valjean is stunned by the kindness of the bishop who even gives him a room and a bed for the night.

But Valjean, hardened and bitter because of his suffering, repays the bishop's hospitality, by stealing a silver candlestick. He runs away while the bishop is asleep. Caught by the police and brought to the bishop's house to face his crime, he receives an even bigger surprise.

The bishop refuses to lay charges and tells the police to release Valjean. The candlestick was his gift to a guest. When the police depart, Valjean asks the bishop "Why did you do that?" The bishop answers, "Because you are my brother."

Hospitality is indeed a wonderful virtue. St Paul, in his epistle to the Romans, urges the Christians to "make hospitality your special care". Yet, with good reason, people are wary about extending hospitality to strangers. The stranger at the door might be a robber. Indeed he might, and the thoughtful person can only evaluate the risk. The bible challenges us not to eliminate hospitality from our repertoire of virtues.

The 1st reading of our Mass today tells of the generous gentile woman who extends hospitality to the prophet Elisha. Jesus even praises someone who gives a simple cup of water to a brother in need. (Matt. 10:37)

Fr Barry Tobin PE

Readings for The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Kings 4:8-11, 14-16

Responsorial Psalm

For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Second Reading

Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
You are the chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy people.
Praise God who called you out of darkness and into his marvelous light.

Matthew 10:37-42

A Vocation View

Jesus knew that when we are committed to whatever we are doing no obstacle can prevent us from reaching our goal. So Jesus could say: "if you will not take up your cross and come after me you are not worthy of me."

Sick: Allison Leicester, Liz Docker, Peter Plumridge, Lucy Bueno, Lucy Menezes, Aliai Coyle-Madut, Barry Martin, Sister Selina Teresa Momoyalewa, Allison Beswick

Anniversary: Zora Vucic

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.

Feast Days this Week

29 June - Ss. Peter & Paul, Apostles
30 June - The First Martyrs of the Church of Rome
1 July - St Junipero Serra
2 July - Our Lady of Light
3 July St Thomas, Apostle
4 July Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati, St Elizabeth of Portual

Mass Times

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

A maximum of twenty (20) 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

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

The Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is celebrated on June 27.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Nostra Mater de Perpetuo Succursu in Latin) (Succour) or Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary, associated with the Byzantine icon of the same name, said to be from the 13th or 14th century, but perhaps 15th century, which has been in Rome since at least the late 15th century. The image is very popular among Catholics throughout the world, and has been much copied and reproduced. In the Byzantine Church this iconography is known as the Theotokos of the Passion.

The icon depicts the Blessed Virgin Mary wearing a dress of dark red with...

Parousia Podcast - Australian online resource

Have you ever checked out the Australian online resource Parousia Media. We were fortunate to have a Parousia office in our Parish until recently where we could get books and CDs, but have you ever listened to their online materials, particularly their podcasts? I have come to really enjoy listening to podcasts while driving or working around the house or instead of reading a book or watching TV. It is a great way to stay in touch with current events, be informed and educated at the same time.

Each week Parousia's online podcast features different guests and topics. You can listen to the current and all the previous podcast episodes. You can discover episode 17 where you can hear Scott Hahn talk about Death, Hope and Fear, Your questions Answered. Or try out episode 18 with Dr Edward Sri, Faithfulness and Evangelisation, Q & A. Episode 15 features Dr Andrew Mullins on Parenting for Character. So why not add a weekly podcast to your online events. It is free to listen to and you can sign up to receive these in your email each week.

Parousia Media are also partner's with, our other wonderful resource, so log onto Parousia Media and support our Australian catholic media as well.

Lisa Brick

To Find Our Lives: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

The Liturgy this week continues to instruct us in the elements of discipleship. We’re told that even the most humble among us have a share in the mission Christ gives to His Church.

We’re not all called to the ministry of the Apostles, or to be prophets like Elisha in today’s First Reading. But each of us is called to a holy life (see 2 Timothy 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:3).

At Baptism, our lives were joined forever to the cross of Christ, as Paul tells us in today’s Epistle. Baptized into His death, we’re to renounce sin and live for God in Christ Jesus.

We are to follow Him, each of us taking up our personal cross, as Jesus says in today’s Gospel. That doesn’t mean we will all be asked to suffer a martyr’s death. But each of us is called to self-denial, to the offering of our lives in service of God’s plan.

Jesus must be elevated to first place in our lives—above even our closest bonds of kinship and love. By Baptism, we’ve been made part of a new family—the kingdom of God, the Church. We are to proclaim that kingdom with our lives, bringing our fathers and mothers, and all men and women to live as “little ones” under the fatherhood of God and the kingship of the Holy One.

We do this by opening our hearts and homes to the service of the Lord, following the Shunnamite woman’s example in today’s First Reading. As Jesus tells us, we’re to receive others—not only prophets, but also little children, the poor and the imprisoned—as we receive Christ himself (see Matthew 18:5; 25:31–46).

As we sing in today’s Psalm, we are to testify to His favors and kindness in our lives.

We’re to hold fast to the promise—that if we have died with Christ, we shall also live, that if we lose our lives for His sake, we shall find our reward, and walk forever in His countenance.

Online Resources

  • Prayers during Coronavirus
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  • Universalis
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  • Parousia Media
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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.

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