As we begin Holy Week, we are grateful that we are able to celebrate our Easter ceremonies in our churches, unlike last year. Whilst there will be some slight variations, it is important for us to be able to gather for the most important feast of the year.

Please remember that you will need to book online for the ceremonies to make sure we are compliant with numbers and tracing requirements. The details are on the website and on the back page with the full Holy Week timetable.

There are several opportunities for Reconciliation before Easter (Monday – Wednesday evenings, and before usual Saturday vigil Masses) in our churches, along with some time for Eucharistic Adoration. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to spiritually prepare for Easter.

A reminder that there will be no morning Masses on Thursday, Friday or Saturday during Holy Week and no usual Saturday vigil Masses (Easter Vigil). Also, daylight savings ends at 3.00am on Easter Sunday, so don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.

Last Tuesday evening we presented the plans approved by the Archbishop for the interior of St James. Thank you to those who came along to the presentation. Once the final touches are done, these plans will be available to the public.

The reading of the Passion at Mass this weekend helps us to begin to reflect upon the events of Holy Week. The palms that we carry and take home remind us that we acclaim Christ as our Lord. There is a nice tradition that blessed palms are taken home and placed on the front door of the home as a sign that we welcome Jesus. There is also a tradition that blessed palms are exchanged to signify the making of peace in relationships.

This coming week we will be advertising for two new positions in the Mission: A pastoral worker and a Volunteer coordinator. Details of these positions will be available on the Archdiocesan website.

We look forward to seeing you all this coming week at our Easter ceremonies.

Fr David Cartwright

Sacrament of Reconciliation Times

Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc Church

Saturdays 9.45am - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation and Adoration
Monday - 7.00pm - 8.00pm - Sacred Heart, Sandringham
Tuesday - 6.30pm - 7.00pm and 7.30pm - 8.00pm - St Joan of Arc, Brighton
Wednesday - 7.00pm - 8.00pm - Stella Maris, Beaumaris


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)

Divine Mercy Sunday

11 April 2021 - Adoration at 2.00pm followed by Mass at 3.00pm at Stella Maris Church

For Divine Mercy Sunday, 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."


Journeying through Holy Week

Holy Week is upon us and our Lenten practice is coming to an end. It has been a very different journey from last year and hopefully one where you have been able to find the time and space to prepare for Easter. In Holy Week we continue to try and learn and draw closer to Jesus and as a selection of great resources to help us.

Listen: Holy Week by Dr Brant Pitre sometime this week. Dr Pitre offers insights and a deeper appreication for the most important events of Jesus' earthly ministry.

Watch: Triduum: a Spiritual Journey - This beautiful video takes you to the holy lands, to the places where Jesus lived, walked and suffered. A wonderful mediation for Holy Week.

Learn: Holy Saturday-Jesus' descent into hell with Drs Tim Gray and Michael Barber as they discuss the mysterious events of Holy Saturday

Remember to setup your free account visit and select our parish, Nazareth CatholicParish Ricketts Point.

Lisa Brick

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.

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Ticket sales close Friday 7th May 2021

Feast Days

29th March - Monday of Holy Week
30th March - Tuesday of Holy Week
31st March - Wednesday of Holy Week
1st April - Holy Thursday - Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper
2nd April - Good Friday - Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
3rd April - Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil
4th April - Easter Sunday

Readings for Passion Sunday (Palm Sunday)
Year B

First Reading
Isaiah 50:4-7

Responsorial Psalm
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Second Reading
Philippians 2:6-11

Gospel Acclamation
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Christ became obedient fur us even to death, dying on the cross.
Therefore God raised him on high
and gave him a name above all other names.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Mark 14:1-15:47

A Vocation View

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is she who gives her life in the name of the Lord. Blessed are they who live their united life in the name of the Lord.

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

Recently Deceased: Bryan Dowd

Anniversaries: Matt Walsh, Laurie Fitzgerald, Peter Richardson

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.

Project Compassion 2021

For over half a century, generations of Australians have participated in Project Compassion, supporting vulnerable communities before, during and after natural disasters, conflicts and crises – making it one of the nation’s longest running charity campaigns.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 to help continue empowering vulnerable communities around the world lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.

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

Catholic Theological College

Newman and the Nineteenth Century Church

Online unit via zoom on 12 Saturday mornings

Lecturer: Rev. Prof. Austin Cooper OMI AM

Audit, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Options available

Enquiries: Dr Rosemary Canavan, Academic Dean

T: 9412 3333 E: [email protected]

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

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