If you have made a booking to attend Mass this weekend then we look forward to seeing you.

If you have not yet made a booking to attend Mass this weekend but would like to attend Mass then please note the following:

  • The 9:00am Mass at St Joseph's Church this Sunday 5th July is now fully booked.
  • The 10:30am Mass at Stella Maris Church this Sunday 5th July is now fully booked. (livestreamed)
  • There are vacancies for the 6:00pm Vigil Mass at Stella Maris Church this Saturday 4th July.

If you would like to attend the 6:00pm Vigil Mass at Stella Maris Church this Saturday 4th July then please email the Parish Office at [email protected] or telephone on 9589 2271.

Also, if you would like to book for next weekend's Masses (11th and 12th July) then 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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Priests Appointments for Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

Priests Appointments for Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

Commencing on Wednesday 5th of August, Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point will be administered by Fr David Cartwright in association with Fr Dean Mathieson.

Although they will be living in the Brighton Presbytery, they will be looking after the parishes of Brighton, Gardenvale, Hampton, Sandringham, Beaumaris and Black Rock.

For further information, please click on the link:

Letter to Parishioners of Nazareth Parish - 3 July 2020

God Bless,
Fr Barry Tobin PE

Pastoral Corner

The Statute of Liberty, the world famous American landmark, stands on Bedloe's Island, in the middle of the Hudson river gateway to New York city. For generations, it has been a symbol of welcome and hope for millions of immigrants who see it on their arrival in a new land.

And on a large bronze plaque placed inside the pedestal of the statute, are inscribed the words of a beautiful sonnet. Fourteen wonderful lines composed in 1903 by a Jewish American poet Emma Lazarus. And the most famous five lines of the sonnet read as follows:

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door".

The poem is called "The New Colossus". They are certainly inspiring words and who can measure the impact they have made on generations of American new settlers.

In some ways they echo the words of Jesus in our gospel of today's Mass.

"Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I'm gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

They are among the most loved words coming from the lips of Jesus and were addressed to people reeling under terrible burdens of political oppression and personal ill-health. Life expectancy was closer to forty years than to the present seventy years or so years in present day Australia. People endured all kinds of pain and sickness that today can be cured by a prescription from the chemist. Life was grim indeed. Jesus saw all things. His compassion was real, reflected in His ministry of healing.

Fr Barry Tobin PE

Readings for The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Zechariah 9:9-10

Responsorial Psalm

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

Second Reading

Romans 8:9, 11-13

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 10:37-42

A Vocation View

Have you discovered yet that there is more to life than what only material things have to offer? We live in the Spirit. Only in the Lord can we find lasting peace. Speak the Good News.

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

Recently Deceased: Sister Selina Teresa Momoyalewa

Anniversary: Mary Evans

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

6 July - St Maria Goretti, Martyr
7 July - Bl Peter To Rot, Martyr
8 July - St Priscilla
9 July - St Augustine Zhao Rong & Companions, Martyrs, St Paulina, Bl Marija Petkovic
10 July - St Alexander
11 July - St Benedict

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


This week I would like to highlight some new things to watch on Formed.org.

'GIVEN' forum talks specifically for young adult catholic women.

'We inspire and equip the next generation of female leaders to “receive the gift that they are; realize the gifts they’ve been given; and respond with the gift that only they can give.” Through leadership training, faith formation, and dedicated mentoring, GIVEN forms women for mission and for life.' This week you can hear from Sr Miriam James, SOLT, discuss the Church's vision of female dignity, as well as many previous talks.

'Into the Breach' is a new program on Formed for the Catholic man in today's world.

'Into the Breach tells men they are made for greatness and challenges them to achieve it by founding their lives on God and pursuing heroic virtue. There are 12 episodes and each episode explores a different aspect of authentic Catholic masculinity and features well-known Catholic speakers, as well as the personal story of a man who has deeply experienced the episode’s topic in his own life. Speakers include Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Mike Schmitz, Jason Evert and many others.'

Lisa Brick

The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ

The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ

The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. The feast of the Precious Blood of our Lord was instituted in 1849 by Pius IX, but the devotion is as old as Christianity. The early Fathers say that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ, and that the sacraments were brought forth through His Blood.

The Old Fulfilled in the New Covenant

Sacrifice is the highest form of religious worship which man offers to God as an act of praise, thanksgiving, petition or atonement. The most singular and pre-eminent sacrifice of the Old Law was the immolation of the Paschal Lamb which celebrated the sparing of Israel's firstborn from the fatal sword of the Angel of...

A Yoke for the Childlike: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Year A

Jesus is portrayed in today’s Gospel as a new and greater Moses.

Moses, the meekest man on earth (see Numbers 12:3), was God’s friend (see Exodus 34:12,17). Only he knew God “face to face” (see Deuteronomy 34:10). And Moses gave Israel the yoke of the Law, through which God first revealed himself and how we are to live (see Jeremiah 2:20; 5:5).

Jesus too is meek and humble. But He is more than God’s friend. He is the Son who alone knows the Father. He is more also than a law-giver, presenting himself today as the yoke of a new Law, and as the revealed Wisdom of God.

As Wisdom, Jesus was present before creation as the firstborn of God, the Father and Lord of heaven and earth (see Proverbs 8:22; Wisdom 9:9). And He gives knowledge of the holy things of the kingdom of God (see Wisdom 10:10).

In the gracious will of the Father, Jesus reveals these things only to the “childlike”—those who humble themselves before Him as little children (see Sirach 2:17). These alone can recognize and receive Jesus as the just savior and meek king promised to daughter Zion, Israel, in today’s First Reading.

We too are called to childlike faith in the Father’s goodness, as sons and daughters of the new kingdom, the Church.

We are to live by the Spirit we received in baptism (see Galatians 5:16), putting to death our old ways of thinking and acting, as Paul exhorts in today’s Epistle. Our “yoke” is to be His new law of love (see John 13:34), by which we enter into the “rest” of His kingdom.

As we sing in today’s Psalm, we joyously await the day when we will praise His name forever in the kingdom that lasts for all ages. This is the sabbath rest promised by Jesus—first anticipated by Moses (see Exodus 20:8-11), but which still awaits the people of God (see Hebrews 4:9).

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.
  • Parousia Media
    Parousia Media is committed to providing Catholic families, parishes, schools, dioceses with resources they need for the new evangelisation. They do this through media, events and with the help of their partners. For more information on Parousia Media, please click on Parousia Media

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.