As we come to the fourth Sunday of Lent, the prayers of the Mass call us to 'rejoice' a little this Sunday. This Sunday is also called Laetare Sunday, the Latin word for rejoicing. As we move towards the end of Lent and into Holy Week, it is a reminder to us that the penances of Lent are for a higher purpose.

In the bulletin this week are the times for the Easter Ceremonies across the Mission. A reminder that we are still subject to some Covid restrictions, so Easter will look a little bit different to usual, but thankfully a lot better than last year! For this reason, bookings will be essential for the Easter ceremonies via the TryBooking link in the bulletin. Please use this link, and encourage your friends and family to join us for Easter.

The Covid restrictions will also mean that we will not be able to have the Washing of the Feet on Holy Thursday (which is already optional ) or the physical Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday. The Masses for Palm Sunday and the Easter Vigil will commence inside the church also, not with external processions. The same restrictions on numbers and distancing and registrations that apply for Sunday Mass will apply for Easter.

You may have seen the reports in the media last week of the visit of Pope Francis to Iraq. This was an extraordinary pilgrimage by the Pope to this ancient biblical land to give a sign of hope and support to some of the oldest Christian communities. I commend some of the Holy Father's speeches and homilies to your reading. Let us pray that this visit not just brings hope to the Christian community, but a renewed peace to this land and respect and dialogue between faith communities.

Our sincere congratulations to the students from Stella Maris School who celebrated their First Holy Communion last Wednesday and Thursday evenings. It was a wonderful celebration and thanks to the teachers who prepared the children so well and the families who supported them. In two weeks time, the children from St James will also celebrate their First Holy Communion. Please keep them in your prayers.

Fr David Cartwright

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Sacrament of Reconciliation Times (During 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

Lenten Stations of the Cross

Each Friday in Lent you are invited to make the Stations of the Cross at:

After 9.15am Mass - St Joan of Arc Church

7.30pm - Stella Maris Church
followed by Fish Supper

This tradition follows Our Lord’s way along the streets of Jerusalem from his Condemnation to his being laid in the tomb.

Eucharistic Adoration - Starting in Lent

Tuesdays 6.30pm - 7.00pm - St Joan of Arc Church (Confessions available)

Saturdays 9.45am - 10.30am - Stella Maris Church (Confessions available)

Bayside Catholic Mission Wednesday Lenten Group

Lenten Reflection Groups

Wednesdays 10.00am - Sacred Heart, Sandringham

Wednesdays 7.00pm

To join go to the Lenten Reflection Group Wednesday 7.00pm and click on the link below.

Invitation to join the Catenians in a Friends of the Holy Land Lenten program

You are invited to join Holy Week Voices from the Holy Land, a unique spiritual prayer resource. This program includes a series of poems and reflections written by Fr Richard Nesbitt during Holy Week in the first lockdown in 2020 as well as the voices of 15 contributors from the Holy Land drawn from across the main Christian denominations. An study e-book is available for $15 with proceeds to assist christians in the Holy Land.

Join us each Tuesday of Lent, 7.30pm via Zoom

For a link to the zoom address please contact [email protected] or phone Joe on 0455 330 406

New Sets of Thanksgiving Envelopes

Please collect your new sets of Thanksgiving envelopes at the rear of the Church.

If your envelopes are not there, or if you would like to be part of the Thanksgiving Program, please contact the Parish Office on 95892271.

The Combined Catholic Parishes Raffle 2021

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2nd Prize - Gift Cards to the value of $5,000

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4th - 6th Prizes - Gift Cards to the value of $1,000

7th - 20th Prizes - Gift Cards to the value of @ $500.00

Buy your Tickets today!!! Credit card accepted.

Tickets are $20.00 per booklet and can be purchased after Sunday 8.00am Mass at St Joseph's or 10.30am Mass at Stella Maris Church or Tony Warnock on 0418129675 or the Parish Office on 9589 2271.

Raffle Drawn 5th June 2021
Victorian Commission for Gambling Regulation Permit No - 10110/21

Ticket sales close Friday 7th May 2021

Eucharistic Minister or Lector

Would you like to be a Special Minister of the Eucharist or a Lector?

We would welcome any new members to Stella Maris Church ministry, especially Lectors or Special Ministers of the Eucharist. You would only be required to assist once every 2 months as rostered and changes can be made quite easily if you are unable to attend at certain times.

All enquiries can be made to Carol Sherman on 0417363483.

Coming Soon - The Atrium, a sacred space for children 3 - 6yr olds

It is very exciting to announce that a new Atrium for 3 – 6 yr olds is opening in term 2 at Stella Maris Church.

The Atrium is a catechesis program where children can experience and form an authentic, faithful relationship with God. A sacred space where the children can be with and enjoy God, listen to the Word and pray. A place where they can experience the love of Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

More details to follow.

For more information or expressions of interest to enrol your child/children or to assist with the work of the Atrium please contact:

Lisa Brick 0402 480 224

Email: [email protected]

Feast Days

15 March - St Clement Hofbauer
16 March - St Julian of Antioch
17 March - St Patrick, Bishop
18 March - St Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor
19 March - St Joseph, Spouse of The Blessed Virgin Mary
20 March - St Cuthbert

Holy Week 2021

Palm Sunday
5.00pm (Saturday) – Sacred Heart
6.00pm (Saturday) – St Mary’s
8.00am Mass – St Joseph’s
9.00am Mass – Sacred Heart
10.30am Mass - Stella Maris
11.00am Mass – St Joan of Arc
5.30pm Mass – St Joan of Arc


Holy Thursday
7.00pm – Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – Sacred Heart
7.30pm – Solemn Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper - St Joseph’s and St Joan of Arc

Good Friday: Way of the Cross:
10.00am - St James (outdoors near the school entrance)
11.00am – Stella Maris followed by confession
Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion

3.00pm - Stella Maris, St Mary’s, Sacred Heart

Easter Vigil
7.00pm Vigil (Saturday) – Solemn Easter Vigil – Stella Maris
7.30pm – Solemn Easter Vigil - Sacred Heart
8.00pm – Solemn Easter Vigil - St Joan of Arc

Easter Sunday
8.00am – Holy Mass - St Joseph’s
9.00am – Holy Mass - Sacred Heart
10.30am- Holy Mass – Stella Maris
11.00am - Holy Mass – St Joan of Arc

Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Lent
Year B

First Reading
2 Chronicles 36:14-16

Responsorial Psalm

Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

Second Reading

Ephesians 2:4-10

Gospel Acclamation
Glory and Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!
God loved the world so much, he gave us his only Son,
that all who believe in him might have eternal life.
Glory and Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

John 3:14-21

A Vocation View

When we are 'born again' in baptism, we really become a new creation, fired with a new love, and aimed in a new direction - heaven. Let Jesus talk with you. Let Jesus challenge you.

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

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.

Reflection on the Year of Saint Joseph

Do you remember Pope Francis announced the Year of St Joseph in December, 2020? Pope Francis spoke of St Joseph as 'a beloved, tender, obedient father. Saint Joseph, in fact, “concretely expressed his fatherhood” by making an offering of himself in love “a love placed at the service of the Messiah who was growing to maturity in his home,” writes Pope Francis, quoting his predecessor St Paul VI... He is an 'accepting Father', who 'accepted Mary unconditionally.'

There is some much for us to discover about St Joseph.

To help us has a 4 part series reflecting on the earthly father chosen by the Heavenly Father for his Son, Jesus Christ. It looks at Joseph from the Old Testament and compares him with the St Joseph from the New Testament. Then it looks at three of St Joseph's titles; Guardian of the Redeemer, Patron of the Universal Church and Patron of the Domestic Church.

The first 2 episodes are available now for free on

Remember it is free to sign up for. Sign up under the Parish Name Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point.

Survey for Parish Volunteers

Can all volunteers please fill in the form. It takes approximately 5-10 minutes of your time to complete.

Your feedback as a volunteer in ministry in the parish will be helpful in developing a framework that will better support the recruitment, engagement and support of volunteers within the parish.

Please click on the Survey for Parish Volunteers to complete the survey: SURVEY FOR PARISH VOLUNTEERS v 1

Volunteers are requested to complete the survey by the 16th of April 2021.

Project Compassion 2021

Arsad, an Indonesian farmer, had no toilet at home and was often sick due to the practice of open defecation. Through Caritas Australia’s support, Arsad and his community improved hygiene and sanitation, and funded their own toilets.

Please donate to Project Compassion 2021 and help improve health and wellbeing of communities in Indonesia so they can work towards eradicating poverty, providing a better future for all.

You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting or phone 1800024413.


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 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.