Confessions will be available every Saturday mornings between 10.00am and 11.00am at Stella Maris Church, Beaumaris.

Booking for Mass this Sunday 6 December

For the time being we will still ask you to book online for weekend Masses

Click on the link to book: for this Sunday.

Bookings will now be available from Monday morning.

Although we ask that you to continue to book online, we will ensure there is enough space for those who cannot book online.

Please Note:
St Joseph's Church will open at 7.30am
Stella Maris Church will open at 10.00am
Please arrive no later than ten minutes before the scheduled Mass time.

Please click on Parish Bulletin for the Bayside Catholic Mission/Nazareth Parish News bulletin.

Thank you and God Bless
Nazareth Catholic Parish, Ricketts Point
A Community within the Bayside Catholic Mission

Message from Parish Priest

At this time we remember and pray for those being ordained deacons and priests. The ordinations have been delayed due to this unusual year, and are taking place in different places and in different ways.

The Church in Melbourne rejoices this weekend with the ordination to the priesthood of:
Fathers James Baptist, Simeon Anthony, Jude Johnson and Jude Ezeme.

Please keep them, the new deacons, and all our seminarians in your prayers.

Permanent Deacons (Friday 11th December):
Mario Pablo Chaez, Juma Emilio Tangum Lofirnk, William Malouk Majak Daw

Ordinations to the Diaconate:
Jaycee Tala Napoles (Sunday 29th November), Kyaw Lin (Joseph) Aung (Thurs 3rd December),
Samuel Charles Pearson (Fri 4th December), Joseph Jackson Nguyen, Hoang Tuan Dinh
(Saturday 19th December)

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr David Cartwright


Confessions will be available every Saturday mornings between 10.00am and 11.00am at Stella Maris Church, Beaumaris.

During the month of December:

St Joan of Arc
Tuesday 15th December
7.30pm - 8.30pm

St Mary's
Saturday 19th December
5.00pm - 5.50pm

Sacred Heart
Saturday 19th December
4.00pm - 4.50pm

Stella Maris
Friday 18th December
7.00pm - 8.00pm

Saturday 19th December
10.00am - 11.00am

Sunday 20th December
9.00am - 10.00am

St Joseph's
Sunday 20 December
7.30am - 7.50am

Sunday Masses

Click on the link to book:

Although we ask that you to continue to book online, we will ensure there is enough space for those who cannot book online.

Please Note:
St Joseph's Church will open at 7.30am.
Stella Maris Church will open at 10.00am,

Please arrive no later than ten minutes before the scheduled Mass time.

Weekday Mass Times:

Monday 9.15am - St Mary's Hampton

Tuesday 9.15am - Sacred Heart, Sandringham
Tuesday 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc, Brighton

Wednesday 9.15am - St Joseph's, Black Rock
Wednesday 9.15am - Sacred Heart, Sandringham

Thursday 9.15am - Stella Maris, Beaumaris
Thursday 9.15am - St Mary's, Hampton

Friday 9.15am - St Joseph's, Black Rock
Friday 9.15am - St Joan of Arc, Brighton

Saturday 9.15am - Stella Maris, Beaumaris (followed by reconciliation/confessions)

Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve
Sacred Heart - 5.00pm
Stella Maris - 6.00pm
St Joseph's - 6.00pm
St Joan of Arc - 8.00pm
Stella Maris - Midnight

Christmas Day

St Mary's - 8.00am
Sacred Heart - 9.00am
St Joan of Arc - 9.00am
Stella Maris - 10.30am
St Joan of Arc - 11.00am

Booking for Christmas Masses

At this stage it will be essential to book for Christmas Masses. The link to do so will be on the website in the coming weeks.

A Vocation View

The cry of the people: "Lord, let us see your kindness". Who will prepare the way of the Lord coming to us today?

Parish Contributions

We thank you for the generous contributions made during the difficult times we had over the past few months by you to support Fr. David Cartwright and Fr. Dean Mathieson.

Our pastors are ever grateful for your continued support.

Donations can be made through the Presbytery Account and the Church Account, as set out below:

Presbytery Account:

Name: Nazareth Catholic Parish Presbytery
BSB Number
: 083 347
Account Number
: 686959792

Church Account:

Name: Nazareth Catholic Parish Church
BSB Number: 083 347
Account Number: 686478067

If you would like to make regular contributions via credit card or direct debit then please contact the Parish Office to discuss this with Lynn Chen, Parish Secretary.

Your contributions go to support our way of life in Christ Jesus.

or donating online

Christmas Offerings

Christmas Offerings are a major source of financial support for all priests in the Archdiocese in Melbourne.

Envelopes are in the Set of Thanksgiving Envelopes and they are also available at the back of the Church.

Thank you for your generosity.

Prayers Please

Sick: 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, John Tyssen, Anne Jenkins. Tony Waller

Recently Deceased: Giuseppina De Corrado

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.

Preparing for Christmas

Advent Reflection Groups

Tuesdays - 10.00am at Sacred Heart, Sandringham

Thursdays - 7.00pm (on Zoom) (join through on Bayside Catholic Mission)

Advent Adoration

Advent Adoration will be held at Stella Maris Church, Beaumaris on:

Friday 18th December - 6.30pm - 10.30pm

Saturday 19th December - 10.30am - 10.30pm

Sunday 20th December - 8.30am - 10.30am

St Vincent de Paul Soup Van Christmas Hampers 2020

What a year it has been! At one stage we thought we might not be able to prepare Christmas hampers this year but as it turns out we can, and indeed the need is greater than ever. This is our 16th year and for the past 15 years we have prepared approx. 250 hampers each year. This year we have been asked to prepare 605 hampers for Boarding House residents visited by the St Vincent de Paul Soup Van in North Melbourne and Fitzroy along with a number of gift packs for rough sleepers and local families in need. Contents, shopping, packing and delivery will look quite a bit different due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Items we would like to include in the hampers are as follows:

- towel, hand towel, face washer, pillow case
- toiletries including toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap (packaged, not loose), deodorant
- food items: SVDP have confirmed we are able to include packaged food items that are Christmassy e.g. Christmas chocolates or Christmas shortbreads
- clothing: socks (particular in need for rough sleepers)
- nice Christmas gift e.g. notebook, pen, sudoku puzzle, crossword puzzle

A special collection was taken up last weekend, a huge thank you to everyone who contributed. A total of $752 was received.

Monetary donations can also be made directly to the Soup Van Christmas Hamper Bank Account

Name: Nazareth Catholic Parish Ricketts Point (Christmas Hamper Account)
BSB Number
: 083 347
Account Number
: 249672590

We will pack hampers this year on Saturday 12th December in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) at Stella Maris, Charlotte Rd Beaumaris, and St Vincent de Paul will pick them up Sunday 13 December for delivery with the food parcels that week.

Please note due to COVID restrictions there is a limit on how many people are allowed in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) at any one time so if you would like to help pack can you please register your name by calling or emailing Maree Clark by Friday 11th December. Maree’s contact details are: [email protected], mobile 0412-115-116. Helpers need to be 15 years old or above and anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent or carer. There will be three shifts: 11:00am - 1:00pm, 1:00pm - 3:00pm and 3:00pm - 5:00pm. Please note you can register for all three shifts if we have not reached the maximum number of people allowed for those time slots.

It has been a tough year but if you can support the hampers in any way it would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks.

Michele McNamara 0407-529-499

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable People

A reminder to please ensure that if you are a volunteer in the Parish that you hold a current Working with Children Check and link it to Nazareth Catholic Parish, Ricketts Point. They are easy to apply for and free of charge.

Before we resume our normal activities, please check your WWCC or if needed, apply for one.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Katherine Cooling, Safeguarding Officer via the Parish Office, Lisa Brick on 0402 480 224 or the Parish Office on (03) 9589 2271 or alternatively email the Parish Office

Working with Children Check

Children's Week Activity: "Just as I have loved you"

How to participate

To celebrate Children’s Week this year, we are inviting all children and young people (from the ages of 4 years to 17) to participate in an activity. We want you to share with us what the words “Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another” (Jn 13:34) mean to you through a drawing or artwork (mixed media).

Entries should include the completed submission form and can be sent to [email protected] before 5pm on 18 December 2020. (Parents are welcome to answer the question on behalf of their child/ren if they are too young to do so.) For more information please visit

It is important to note that this is not a competition, but a reflection and an opportunity for adults to hear the voice of our young ones. Those who participate will be invited to an online gathering with Archbishop Peter A Comensoli following the activity.

The Spirituality of Advent

After such a tumultuous year the coming of Advent and Christmas seems to me slightly out of step or time. Still Advent is the start of a new liturgical year and a chance to begin again. I am really going to appreciate a new start this year, gladly leaving the old year behind and refocusing on new.

Starting Advent when we are finally coming together in large numbers into the church offers a wonderful opportunity to really focus on preparing for Christmas. It is like after a long drought you can finally drink in the sweetness of being at Mass, receiving the sacraments and meeting friends. And to top it off we are preparing for one of our favourite seasons! The question is though, how do we do a good Advent and prepare well for christmas? - 'A Road to Bethlehem' daily reflections and enrichment program is one program that can help you prepare well. It has short daily reflections and as well as talks on advent and the scriptures for this season. Click on the link to see it. If you are not signed up to yet don't forget you can do so for free via our parish.

A Journey from Eden to Bethlehem - An Advent Pilgrimage

Would you like an inspiring 30min talk every day to help you through Advent? The Australian based Parousia media is providing us with just by hosting an online pilgrimage through Advent. It is a free event and each day a great local or international speaker will help you with talks from Creation through the story of salvation to the prophet St John the Baptist. It finishes with a Mexican tradition called the Posadas Novena, a nine day novena before christmas . You can watch the event anytime you like through any device.

Their previous pilgrimages have been attended by tens of thousands of people from around the world. It is a wonderful way to prepare for the coming of Jesus by increasing our knowledge and experience of our faith. You can register at any time, just follow the link below.

Melbourne Overseas Mission Annual Appeal - 12th and 13th December 2020

Thank you for your support which has, over the years, made it possible to fund many projects for disadvantaged people in Papua New Guinea, Peru, West Africa, Pakistan, Palestine and the many Islands in the Pacific.

Some $200,000 has been provided in clean water, health, education and improved living stands to people who would not otherwise have had this opportunity over the last year. This is especially in the areas of MOM activity, where the effect of the pandemic has been devastating.

Please visit for more information or to donate

Youth Ministry

During our recent Bayside Catholic Mission meeting it was decided to implement a youth ministry across all the bayside churches.

The youth ministry will aim to build courageous and resilient young people with the clear objective to be seen as service oriented youth driven by charity.

We are seeking committed parishioners to assist in further developing this concept with the view to bring our youth closer to Christ and to learn new skills in a post pandemic era that can be used in service to others. We will be issuing further information in the coming weeks and will be inviting expressions of interest for commitment of parishioners to support the program.

Youth activities include but not limited to developing a music ministry, cooking activities, social gatherings, small business projects, bible study with worship and outreach. Please consider whether this important project within the Bayside Catholic Mission is one that aligns with your passions and talents.

Further details and an Expression of Interest (EOI) will be issued in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in being part of this vision and would like more information please email Kevin Dsouza [email protected] or Michael Staunton [email protected]

Kevin de Souza
Bayside Catholic Mission

Annual Nazareth Parish Seniors' Christmas Luncheon


Join us at the annual Nazareth Parish Seniors’ Christmas Lunch

WHEN: Thursday 17th December

TIME: 12.00pm

WHERE: Tudor Inn Cheltenham (1281 Nepean Hwy, Cheltenham 3192)

COST: $12.00

To book your place

BRING your $12.00 IN AN ENVELOPE (with your name and telephone number) to the Nazareth Parish Office Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays or Friday 9.00 -100pm before .00pm on WEDNESDAY 16th DECEMBER and let Lynn know that you are booking for the Seniors Lunch.

All welcome.

Any questions? Need a lift?

Please call Katherine on 0417178759

Fake Scam Emails

All parishioners in the Bayside Catholic Mission please be on the alert for emails from a series of fake email addresses purporting to be from Fr David Cartwright. Fr David does not send parishioners emails from a gmail account. Do not respond to it or open any attachments. This matter has been reported to Victoria Police.

If you receive an email asking for money or gifts you may wish to reply with the following ....

This matter has been referred to the Victoria Police investigation unit and is under active consideration; any stealing of identity and purporting to solicit money under false pretences is a criminal offence and will be prosecuted fully.

Your email has been forwarded for investigation.

Or simply delete it!!!!

Readings for Second Sunday of Advent - Year B

First Reading
Isaiah 40:1-5.9-11

Responsorial Psalm

Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation

Second Reading

Peter 3:8-14

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths:
all people shall see the salvation of God

Mark 1:1-8

Feast Days

7th December - St Ambrose, Bishop and Doctor
8th December - The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9th December - St Juan Diego
10th December - St Gregory III, Pople
11th December - St Damasus I, Pope
12th December - Our Lady of Guadalupe


Our Parish Priests

Moderator and Parish Priest:
Fr David Cartwright

Parish Priest:
Fr Dean Mathieson

Website: Bayside Catholic Mission
Email: [email protected]

If you need a priest, please contact St Joan of Arc Brighton on 9593 1703 or St Mary's Hampton on 9521 0990.

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

Bayside Catholic Mission is committed to safety, well-being and dignity of all children, young people and adults. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility.