The month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Family. Last Tuesday was the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord- when Mary and Joseph presented the child Jesus in the Temple. On this day, candles are often blessed for use in the church and the home as a reminder of Christ as the light of the world.

During February we also celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Sick, which falls on February 11, the Commemoration of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year, we pray particularly for those affected by the coronavirus, their families and nations.

The Holy Father’s Intention for the month of February is for Violence Against Women. The Pope prays, ‘We pray for women who are victims of violence, that they may be protected by society and have their sufferings considered and heeded.

In the bulletin this week you will see the fruits of our discussions last Saturday with our parish leaders, and the structure we have decided upon. In the coming weeks, the parish groups will meet to carry this forward. This coming Wednesday night the Interim Mission and Stewardship Teams will meet.

There are also some details about the Masses for Ash Wednesday and the Lenten activities in the Mission in the bulletin.

This week we had a good meeting with our school Principals and Religious Education Leaders. We are well into planning the liturgies for the opening of the school year, Ash Wednesday and the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion to catch up for last year. Limits on numbers will mean that some things will need to take place in the school setting for the moment.

The reintroduction of some Covid restrictions means that face masks must be worn inside the churches at this time, as well as the sanitising and keeping of records. With regard to the Sign of Peace at Mass, it is suggested that either a time of silent prayer or a small nod or bow to our neighbour is the best observance. Physical con-tact should still be avoided.

The restrictions also mean that collection baskets cannot be handed around. Baskets are available at the doors of the church for your contributions. Please contact the office for direct debit or credit card options.

Thank you for your continued generosity.

May the Lord continue to bless you and your loved ones.

Father David Cartwright
Moderator, Bayside Mission

Bayside Catholic Mission Leadership Structure

Last Saturday we gathered with about forty parishioners who have been involved in Pastoral Councils and Finance Committees across our communities. With the new Bayside Catholic Mission being in place for about six months now it is important to put in place leadership structures that will allow for clearer communication, facilitate and give clarity about increased activity across our communities and enable as many people to participate as possible. At our gathering on Saturday we, after having listened to a wonderful presentation about Mission from Anna Krohn, presented a new leadership structure as we move forward.

As you can see from the plan above, we will seek to have a small advisory group that will help our Priests with planning as required. We will also have a Bayside Catholic Mission Pastoral Team that will consist of representatives from each community. Then at each community we will have local teams that will have specific responsibilities (social activities, building maintenance, outreach, formation etc). As well as the leadership plan above, we will form a Finance Committee that will involve members from all communities. It would be envisioned that some new faces may be part of the different group going forward. In the coming weeks we hope to share details about parishioners who will fill the various roles.

Sacrament of Reconciliation Times (Starting in Lent)

Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc Church

Saturdays 9.45am - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church

Saturdays 4.30pm - 5.00pm - Sacred Heart Church

Saturdays 5.30pm - 6.00pm - St Mary's Church

Stations of the Cross

Fridays in Lent, 10.00am - St Joan of Arc Church

Stations of the Cross plus Fish Supper

Fridays in Lent, 7.30pm - Stella Maris Church

Stations of the Cross in the Church followed by fish supper

Eucharistic Adoration - Starting in Lent

Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc Church

Saturdays 9.45am - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church

Lent 2021

109. The Lenten season has a twofold character:
1) it recalls baptism or prepares for it;
2) it stresses a penitential spirit.

By these means especially, Lent readies the faithful for celebrating the paschal mystery after a period of closer attention to the Word of God, and more ardent prayer. In the liturgy itself and in the liturgy-centred instructions, these baptismal and penitential themes should be more pronounced. Hence:
a) Wider use is to be made of baptismal features proper to the Lenten liturgy....
b) The same approach holds for the penitential elements....

110. During Lent, penance should not be only internal and individual but also external and social....
In any event, let the paschal fast be kept sacred. It should be observed everywhere on Good Friday and, where possible prolonged throughout Holy Saturday, so that the joys of the Sunday of the resurrection may be visited on uplifted and responsive spirits.

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican II

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fasting and Abstinence from meat.

On all other Fridays, except solemnities, the law of the common practice of penance is fulfilled by performing any one of the following:

(a) Prayer - for example, Mass attendance; family prayer; a visit to a church or chapel; reading the Bible; making the Stations of the Cross; praying the Rosary; or in other ways.

(b) Self-Denial - for example, not eating meat, not eating sweets or dessert; giving up entertainment to spend time with the family; limiting food and drink so as to give to the poor of one's own country or elsewhere; or in other ways. Project Compassion is a major means of expressing our self-denial in Australia.

(c) Helping Others - for example, special attention to someone who is poor, sick, elderly, lonely or overburdened; or in other ways.

- All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not yet begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast. All who have completed their fourteenth year are bound to abstain (Canon 1252).

- The Season of Lent is a time of penance. During this season the faithful are exhorted to devote themselves in a special manner to prayer, to engage in works of piety and charity, and to deny themselves.

- Each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept must be fulfilled between Ash Wednesday, 17 February 2021 and Trinity Sunday, 30 May 2021 unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.

- The wonderful gift of the Lord's merciful love is offered in a special way in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Lent is a most appropriate time to receive this Sacrament.
All the faithful who have reached the age of discretion are bound faithfully to confess their grave sins at least once a year.

HOLY WEEK - The 2021 Ordo contains instructions for the Rites of Holy Week.

FUNERALS - On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday all Masses for the Dead, including Funeral Masses, are forbidden. Funerals on these days are celebrated with the Liturgy of the Word and without the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

WEDDINGS - Weddings should be discouraged during the Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday. Should a couple be particularly insistent on a wedding for one of these days, then please indicate that no decorations (including flowers), no music nor Nuptial Mass will be permitted.

Father Joe Caddy AM

2021 Lenten Regulations

Parish Contributions

We thank you for the generous contributions made over the past few months by you to support Fr. David Cartwright, Fr. Dean Mathieson and Fr James Baptist.

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

A Vocation View

The afflicted Job in the Old Testament thinks that his life is like dust in the wind; his restlessness depicting the sorrow and sadness afflicting society today. Are we prepared for the task ahead? To heal the broken-hearted, to bind up all their wounds? How do you choose to respond?

Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Year B

First Reading
Job 7:1-4, 6-7

Responsorial Psalm

Praise the Lord who heals the broken-hearted.

Second Reading

1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
He bore our sickness,
and endured our suffering.

Mark 1:29-39

Feast Days

8 February - St Josephine Bakhita, St Jerome Emiliani
9 February - Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, St Maron (Maronite)
10 February - St Scholastica, St Jose Sanchez del Rio
11 February - Our Lady of Lourdes
12 February - St Damian
13 February - St Julian of Lyons

Prayers Please

Sick: Michael Slattery, 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, Anne Jenkins. Tony Waller, Edwinda Fitsimon

Recently Deceased: Claudia Tucci

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.

Our Lady of Lourdes

On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 125, the lady identified herself with the words: "I am the Immaculate Conception."

Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. Their practice of the Catholic faith was scarcely more than lukewarm. Bernadette could pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. She also knew the prayer of the Miraculous Medal: "O Mary conceived without sin." Through that humble girl, Mary revitalized and continues to revitalize the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions and authorized the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes for the diocese. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907.


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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 or Lisa Brick on (03) 9589 2271 or alternatively email the Parish Office

Working with Children Check

A message from Aid to the Church in Need Australia: Job Vacancies

Are you looking for flexible ongoing part time work? Will you share the stories of suffering Christians? Aid to the Church in Need is recruiting for a number of Diocesan Outreach Assistants who will deliver monthly presentations in parishes across Australia. For more details visit

COVID-19 Update

Please find attached the latest COVID Guidelines for your information.


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Our Parish Priests

Moderator and Parish Priest:
Fr David Cartwright

Parish Priest:
Fr Dean Mathieson

Assistant Parish Priest:
Fr James Baptist

Website: Bayside Catholic Mission
Email: [email protected]

To speak with the parish priest, please contact St Joan of Arc Brighton on 9593 1703

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.