On the day of Pentecost, Jesus fulfilled his promise to send the Advocate or Paraclete. The gift of the Spirit would enable them to fulfill Jesus’ commission to preach the Gospel to all nations.

With great courage and zeal they went out and preached the Gospel as Jesus had commanded.

There will be NO Mass at Stella Maris Church on Tuesday 2 June 2020 at 9.15am as there will be a Funeral Mass at 11.00am.

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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Readings for Pentecost Sunday - Year A

First Reading
Acts: 2:1-11

Responsorial Psalm

Lord, send out your Spirit
and renew the face of the earth

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 12:3-7.12-13

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.

John: 20:19-23

Pastoral Corner

Young people in their late teens and early twenties have rightly a reputation for being brave and adventurous. For example visitors to Anzac Cove at Gallipoli in Turkey, are astounded when they view the graves of the fallen, and read how young they were. Eight thousand Australians were killed at Gallipoli, and most of them were under the age of twenty-four.

Youth can also be incredibly generous. It would be a mistake, to presume the apostles on Pentecost Sunday, were serious faced middle aged men, similar to a synod of Bishops meeting in Rome!

On the contrary I'm guessing they were very young indeed. Jesus was thought to be about thirty-three when He was crucified. The apostles I'm speculating were a similar age or much younger. The sons of Zebedee, James and John and others of the Twelve may well have been teenagers.

After Pentecost they preached the message of Christ with zeal and enthusiasm. They had a cause. They had a vision. Going out to spread the teaching of their master Jesus was a great adventure.

G.K. Chesterton the distinguished English writer and convert to Catholicism commenting on the life of St Francis of Assisi wrote: "Francis of Assisi ran away to serve God as other young men have run away to sea." If this was the case Francis was following the example of those first wonderful apostles.

But sadly not all young baptised Christians feel the same love for Jesus and His message as did those first young men. For many Catholics, as Frank Sheed the late Catholic apologist would say, have "pagan minds with Catholic patches."

If this is the case it should not surprise us or discourage us. The church that Jesus founded is not a church of the elite but a church for poor sinners. A church, thanks be to God, in which there is a place even for you and me.

God Bless,

Fr Barry Tobin PE

A Vocation View

"There are different gifts, but the same Spirit." Each of us has been graced with certain gifts of the Spirit. And they are active, if we utilise them for the building up of the Church. Name the way in Lord has gifted you.

Feast Days this Week

1 June - Mary, Mother of the Church
2 June - Ss. Marcellinus & Peter, Martyrs
3 June - St Charles Lwanga
4 June - St Filippo Smaldone
5 June - St Boniface of Mainz, Bishop and Martyr
6 June - St Marcellin Champagnat, St Norbert

Mass Times are as follows:

Weekend Masses:

Saturday Vigil - 6pm - 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 ten (10) 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 (T: 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 (T: 9589-2271) with the following details:

  • Name
  • Telephone Number
  • Role(s), day(s) and time(s) for which you are willing to volunteer.

Message from Carmel Stuttered

Dear Parishioners,

This is not an easy message to write to you.

I have been appointed principal of St Louis De Montfort in Aspendale and will take up my new position at the start of term 4.

I have loved my time at St Joseph's and will be ever grateful for all the students, families and parishioners I have had the privilege to work with and hopefully make a difference.

Hopefully I get the chance to see you all face to face over the coming weeks to say good bye.

Kindest Regards,

Carmel Stutterd
Principal of St Joseph's, Black Rock

Formed Live! Gospel study at home!

Have you ever read or heard the gospel and wondered 'Why did they write it that way?'

Well-Formed.org is now running a weekly Bible Study for 30mins on the Gospel of Matthew to help explain that. It will look into who Matthew was and unwrap why he wrote his gospel as he did. This is a wonderful look at the gospel in a way that is easy to connect with and understand. It will be available every Thursday for the next couple of months.

For those who are night owls it is live from about 3.30am. To watch it at any time just sign into Formed.org and go to Formed Live.

Reminder that all parishioners can eligible to join Formed.org for free, Just follow the link below.


Lisa Brick

Fr John Joseph Therry

Fr John Joseph Therry

Founder of the Australian Catholic Church

In his riveting biography of Fr. John Joseph Therry published in 1922, the late Bishop Eris O'Brien described him as the founder of the Catholic Church in Australia.

The young Irish priest arrived in Sydney in 1820. He was thirty years of age. He was accompanied by another Irish priest, Fr. Phillip Conolly. The two priests were the first approved chaplains to the New South Wales Catholic community, which then numbered about 10,000 people, a third of the total population.

At that time, the majority of Catholics had been transported as convicts after the Irish rebellion of 1798. Some were certainly criminals, but the vast majority were political offenders who had taken up arms...

Continue reading:
Fr John Joseph Therry

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!
  • Laudate
    Laudate combines a large number of Catholic religious resources into a single app, giving you instant access to everything you could need, from a copy of multiple versions of the Bible, to prayers, confession prompts, and more.

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.