Mass this Sunday at 11.00am will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church, Sandringham.

You can attend Sunday Mass being streamed on the website:

Please find attached Updated Letter from the Pastors - 4 September 2020 CLICK HERE and Prayer Resources for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time.

God Bless.
Nazareth Catholic Parish Ricketts Point

Mass livestream

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

Melbourne Prays:

Melbourne Prays

Support Nazareth Parish by donating via:

direct debit at:

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

Nazareth Catholic Parish Church (Church Account)
Account Number
: 083 347 68647 8067

or donating online

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

First Reading
Ezekiel 33:7-9

Responsorial Psalm

O that today you would listen to his voice!
Harden not your hearts.

Second Reading

Romans 13:8-10

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
God was in Christ, to reconcile the world to himself; and the Good New of reconciliation he has entrusted to us.

Matthew 18:15-20

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

How much would the world be changed if everyone were completely forgiving? Probably totally! Jesus’ stories of forgiveness are so loved because they are so needed. Re-tell them! Re-live them!

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

Recently Deceased: Denis Edwards

Anniversaries: Mary Jo Pirola, Fr Tom White, Jacqueline O'Toole, James Mitchell Snr, Henry Styzinski, Eve-Anne Worlock

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.

7 September - St Regina
8 September - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9 September - St Peter Claver
10 September - St Finian
11 September - St Daniel
12 September - Most Holy Name of Mary

Last week, Fr David and Fr Dean met with representatives from each of the Bayside Parishes to form an Interim Mission Team. Nazareth Catholic Parish Ricketts Point was represented by Michael Staunton and Kevin D'Souza.

Summary notes are attached. Mission address 25 Aug 2020

Fr David and Fr Dean also met with representatives of the Interim Stewardship Team from each of the Bayside Parishes including Tony Warnock and Frank Chen who represented Nazareth Catholic Parish Ricketts Point.

A common theme across both meetings was that we all have many questions about how the Bayside Catholic Mission is to operate in the future. The message was clear from Fr David and Fr Dean that nothing has been written in stone from the Archdiocese and that we have the opportunity to input and help shape and form the new Bayside Catholic Mission. The homework that Kevin, Tony, Frank and myself have is to understand what questions our parishioners have and what do we want for our parish community. Initial questions and answers are:

  • Q: Will Stella Maris or St Joseph's churches "close"?
    : No, the churches will remain as places of worship.
  • Q: Will there be mass every week at Stella Maris and St Joseph's churches?
    Not sure yet. This has to be worked out.
  • Q: Where do our Thanksgiving contributions go?
    Thanksgiving contributions will continue to go to the Nazareth Parish Catholic Church Account (Stella Maris and St Joseph's Churches).
  • Q: I am a lector at St Joseph's, can I also be a reader at one of the other parishes?
    Yes, that would be great if you could continue offering your time and talent across the Bayside Catholic Mission.
  • Q: I usually walk to Mass, I don't have transport if it isn't at Stella Maris Church.
    We can look at (COVID-safe) transport arrangements with other parishioners.

We ask for your questions, input, feedback and guidance. We also ask for your patience and support to help form the new Bayside Mission.

It is anticipated that this phase of forming will continue through to the end of the year and as we emerge from COVID restrictions, then we will have firmer answers to the questions and of the Bayside Mission structure.

In the meantime, please discuss and pray together for this new formation and provide any questions to myself, Kevin, Tony, Frank or Lynn in the Parish Office.

Michael Staunton
Tel: 0423 971 774 - [email protected]
Kevin D'Souza
Tel: 0425 757 534 - [email protected]
Tony Warnock
Tel: 0418 129 675 - [email protected]
Frank Chen

Tel: 0408 526 828 - [email protected]

God Bless.
Michael Staunton

SafeGuarding Children and Vulnerable People

A reminder to please ensure that if you are a volunteer in the Parish, you hold a current Working with Children Check that is linked to Nazareth Parish. 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

"Putting Children First" -Child Protection Week (6 September to 12 September 2020)

There is information about Child Protection Week published in MC News with a link to a range of resources put together by the PSU to support children and young people’s right to be safe, feel safe and be empowered and liturgical resources prepared by the Australia Catholic Bishops Conference for Child Protection Sunday (13 September 2020).

It can be found on: Child Protection Week

Social Justice

Attached is the latest news from the Office of Social Justice.

The Spiritual Rosary Pilgrimage 8th Sept - 7th Oct - Parousia Media

Padre Pio:

In times of darkness, holding the Rosary
is like holding your Blessed Mother's
hand. Pray the Rosary every day.
Abandon yourself in the hands of Mary.
She will take care of you.

Looking to feel more connected and inspired? Ever wanted to learn more about Our Lady and the Rosary? Here is your chance and registration is free! For this first time ever an online Rosary event is being held involving 90 countries around the world. Starting on our Lady's birthday and going until the Feast of the Rosary, it has something for everyone, from the novice to the rosary, who would like to understand what the rosary is to the dedicated prayers of the rosary wishing to enliven their prayer.

With many great speakers like Scott Hahn, Edward Sri, it will inspire and enrich your faith and prayer life. Registration is open now and free.

For more details and to register follow the links below.

Lisa Brick

Catholic Theological College lecturers are offering short online presentations on a range of topics in theology, scripture, pastoral studies and spirituality. Our goal is to provide faith enrichment resources for people in your parishes who are involved in a range of ministries with children and adults, and for those seeking some adult faith development in these areas.

Please find attached a series of Online Explorations and Sessions on Engaging Your Catholic Faith

The sessions will be held via Zoom, and runs for about 90 minutes. Further information and Enrolment Form is at

Wishing all Fathers, a Father’s Day filled with all the things that give a warm and happy feeling and leave all fathers with bright memories to look back through the year. Happy Father’s Day!!

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The present Feast forms a link between the New and the Old Testament. It shows that Truth succeeds symbols and figures and that the New Covenant replaces the Old. Hence, all creation sings with joy, exults, and participates in the joy of this day.... This is, in fact, the day on which the Creator of the world constructed His temple; today is the day on which by a stupendous project a creature becomes the preferred dwelling of the Creator" (Saint Andrew of Crete).

"Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Virgin Mary, of whom was born the Sun of Justice.... Her birth constitutes the hope and the light of salvation for the whole world.... Her image is light...


Our Parish Priests

Fr David Cartwright

Parish Priest:
Fr Dean Mathieson

Website: 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.