Due to Stage Four (4) restrictions in the Bayside area, all Masses are temporarily suspended until further notice.

Mass this Sunday will be celebrated at 11.00am at St Joseph's Church, Black Rock.

You can attend Sunday Mass being streamed on the website: www.baysidecatholicmission.org

The Parish Office is not being attended during the Stage Four (4) restrictions, however, the office can be contacted during office hours on phone 9589 2271 or email at [email protected]

God Bless,
Bayside Catholic Mission
Nazareth Parish, Ricketts Point

Mass livestream

Every Sunday the Mass will be livestreamed on Sunday at 11.00am. Please go to: www.baysidecatholicmission.org

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Nazareth Catholic Parish Presbytery (Presbytery Account)
Account Number:
083 347 68695 9792

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From the Pastors 28 August 2020

From the Pastors 28 August 2020

Thanks to those who joined us last Tuesday night for another of our ‘meet and greet’ sessions. There will be more opportunities for us to do this in the future, until we can ‘really’ meet each other (and enjoy a ‘real’ morning tea and supper together!).

We are becoming used to participating in streamed Mass (each Sunday at 11am at www.baysidecatholicmission.org) and praying in our own time and way at home. This Sunday Mass (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time) will be streamed from St Joseph’s, Black Rock. The liturgy guide is attached. Twenty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Prayer Resources

The liturgy guide and prayers and a good range of prayer suggestions and can be accessed at:



Readings for The Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Jeremiah 20:7-9

Responsorial Psalm

My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God

Second Reading

Romans 12:1-2

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
that we might see how great is the hope to which we are called.

Matthew 16:21-27

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

Don't run away from what you are called to be. Christians take the less travelled road. "What does it profit us if we gain the whole world but ruin ourselves in the process?"

Sick: Allison Leicester, Liz Docker, Peter Plumridge, Lucy Menezes, Aliai Coyle-Madut, Lucy Bueno, Kaye McNicol, Phil Warnock, Faye Fong, Kosta Mihos, Bob Hughes

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

31 August - St Aidan of Lindisfarne
1 September - St Anna the Prophetess
2 September - St Ingrid of Sweden
3 September - St Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor
4 September - St Boniface I, Pope, St Rosalia
5 September - St Teresa of Calcutta

Child/Vulnerable Persons Safety and Working With Children Check

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 few 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.


All this time in isolation and lockdown our participation in the sacraments is becoming but a memory of times past.

It certainly has created that feeling that we, as Catholics, are missing out on something vital to our life in Jesus' Church. It makes you think about how special are the sacraments and for me, why is the Eucharist so special? What creates that longing to receive it? This led me to a program on Formed.org called 'Presence - the mystery of the Eucharist'.

What an amazing gift is the Eucharist! If ever you wanted to be inspired about the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist this series is beautiful. It takes you on a journey of God's unending love starting at the Garden of Eden, through our salvation on the Cross to our participation in the Mass.

Not only does this series inspire, it is perfect for explaining the presence of Jesus to children or adults preparing for the Sacrament of Communion. So at this time when most education is now online why not watch it with your children or grandchildren or to just remind yourself of what and who the Eucharist truly is.

Now when I finally return to the Mass, going to communion to receive Jesus in the gift of the Eucharist will be truly something special.


Lisa Brick

For Your Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today’s First Reading catches the prophet Jeremiah in a moment of weakness. His intimate lamentation contains some of the strongest language of doubt found in the Bible. Following God’s call, he feels abandoned. Preaching His Word has brought him only derision and reproach.

But God does not deceive—and Jeremiah knows this. He tests the just (see Jeremiah 20:11–12), and disciplines His children through their sufferings and trials (see Hebrews 12:5–7).

What Jeremiah learns Jesus states explicitly in today’s Gospel. To follow Him is to take up a cross, to deny yourself— your priorities, preferences, and comforts. It is to be willing to give it all up, even life itself, for the sake of His gospel. As Paul says in today’s Epistle, we have to join ourselves to the Passion of Christ, to offer our bodies—our whole beings—as living sacrifices to God.

By His Cross, Jesus has shown us what Israel’s sacrifices of animals were meant to teach—that we owe to God all that we have.

God’s kindness is a greater good than life itself, as we sing in today’s Psalm. The only thanks we can offer is our spiritual worship—to give our lives to the service of His will (see Hebrews 10:3–11; Psalm 50:14, 23).

Peter doesn’t yet get this in today’s Gospel. As it was for Jeremiah, the cross is a stumbling block for Peter (see 1 Corinthians 1:23). This too is our natural temptation—to refuse to believe that our sufferings play a necessary part in God’s plan.

That’s how people think, Jesus tells us today. But we are called to the renewal of our minds—to think as God thinks, to will what He wills.

In the Mass, we once again offer ourselves as perfect and pleasing sacrifices of praise (see Hebrews 13:15). We bless Him as we live, confident that we will find our lives in losing them, that with the riches of His banquet, our souls will be satisfied.


Our Parish Priests

Fr David Cartwright

Parish Priest:
Fr Dean Mathieson

Bayside Catholic Mission
Email: [email protected]

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 Parish premises. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.