Fathers David Cartwright and Dean Mathieson will be celebrating Mass this Sunday.

The Mass will be livestreamed from one of the Bayside Catholic Mission churches on Sunday at 11.00am.

You can attend Mass being livestreamed on the website: www.baysidecatholicmission.org or https://bit.ly/BaysideCatholicMission

The Parish Office is not being attended during the Stage Four (4) restrictions, however, the office can be contacted during office hours on phone 9589 2271 or email at [email protected]

God Bless.
Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point

Prayerful greetings to you in these challenging times.

Your Parish, and other parishes that surround you, have been well served over many decades by good pastors and lay leaders who have faithfully ministered in your communities. Many of these pastors have now reached retirement age, necessitating a new direction for our communities. This is a great opportunity to think about how we live the mission of the Gospel in our region.

What we are all working towards, together with you, is a new way of expressing the mission of the Church in these parishes of the Archdiocese. It is a new way of collaboration between faith communities and clergy working together to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Catholics of the area. We also want to reach out to all people in our areas. We acknowledge that it will be different for all of us, and perhaps a bit challenging for all of us also.

We have been asked to work together as Priests in solidum across the Parishes of St Joan of Arc Brighton, St James Gardenvale, St Mary’s Hampton, Sacred Heart Sandringham and Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point. Under the in solidum model, the pastoral care of a parish, or several parishes, is entrusted to several priests. A short introduction to the both of us:

Fr David Cartwright

I was ordained in the year 2000 and have served in the parishes of Glenroy, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St Francis, Mill Park and until 5 August was Parish Priest of St Fidelis, Moreland. I have also served as Youth Chaplain for the Archdiocese, Prefect of Ceremonies and am currently also Director of Vocations until 4 November this year. I also serve on the Archbishop’s Personnel Advisory Board and have held a number of other positions over the past twenty years. I was born in Melbourne, and am a proud North Melbourne supporter. Probably a rare breed in this part of Melbourne!

Fr Dean Mathieson

I grew up in Melbourne, around the bayside area. I was ordained in 2013. Until last year I was Priest in the Capuchin Franciscan Order. Since then I have been at St Gerard’s, Dandenong North. Prior to that I was Parish Priest at Sts Peter and Paul’s, South Melbourne. Over the years I have served in parishes in Sydney and Brisbane. I’m currently a member of the Council of Priests for the Archdiocese.

We are aware that each of the Parishes in this Bayside area has its own identity and history and we need to work with you to continue to form ongoing vibrant and viable faith communities that will build on those individual stories and be ready to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ to others. In these first few months of transition, we commit to listening to the voices of the people we will be ministering to. We need your help. These formal and informal opportunities will provide a space for sharing each of your Parish’s unique contributions to the Bayside community. We look forward to working with you to form ongoing vibrant and viable faith communities that will build on these individual stories, and invite others into our communities of faith.

We invite you to visit a newly created website that contains more information relating to this new way of expressing the mission of the Church in the Bayside area: www.baysidecatholicmission.org . This will be one of the main ways that we will continue to communicate with you over these coming months, as we are all limited in the ways that we can minister during these COVID times.

Please pray for us, as we will most certainly pray for all of you.

In Christ,
Fr David Cartwright & Fr Dean Mathieson

Mass livestream

This week the Mass will be livestreamed on Sunday at 11.00am Please go to: www.baysidecatholicmission.org or on: https://bit.ly/BaysideCatholicMission

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Readings for The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year A

First Reading
Kings 19:9.11-13

Responsorial Psalm

Lord, show us your mercy and love, and grant us your salvation.

Second Reading

Romans 9:1-5

Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia!
I hope in the Lord, I trust in his word.

Matthew 14:22-23

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

Why is it that we lack real trust when the Lord calls us? We think we may drown, or have to give up too much, or fear failure. These attitudes can help to strengthen our faith in the Lord.

National Vocations Awareness Week 2020

This week we celebrated the Feast of St Mary of the Cross McKillop, our first Australian born canonised saint. St Mary took bold new directions in education and care of children. We know her saying 'Never see a need without doing something about it'. We pray this week that many young people in our communities may embrace this spirit in response to the call of the Lord to serve as priests or consecrated religious.

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

Anniversaries: Ed Ratcliffe, George Rayner

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

10 August - St Lawrence, Martyr
11 August - St Clare, St Philomena, Martyr
12 August - Bl. Innocent XI, Pope, St Jane Frances de Chantal
13 August - Ss. Pontian, Pope & Hippolytus, Martyrs
14 August - St Maximilian Kolbe
15 August - (Holy Day of Obligation) The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Due to Stage Four (4) restrictions, this morning Friday 7 August, Fathers David Cartwright and Dean Mathieson met with the staff of all parishes in the Bayside area via Zoom for morning tea. They plan to meet with the Pastoral Council, Finance Committee and other leaders of the parish in the next week.

You are invited to "Like" the Facebook page facebook.com/baysidecatholicmission.

Saint Mary of the Cross

Saint Mary of the Cross

August 8 is the solemnity of St Mary of the Cross (Mary MacKillop). Mary MacKillop is Australia’s first saint. She led a remarkable life in service of others.

St. Mary MacKillop, in full Saint Mary Helen MacKillop, also called Saint Mary of the Cross, (born January 15, 1842, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia—died August 8, 1909, North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; canonized October 17, 2010; feast day August 8), religious figure, educator, and social reformer who was the first Australian beautified by the Roman Catholic Church and the first Australian to be recognized as one of its saints.

Early Life

Mary was the eldest of eight children. Mary’s parents were both well educated, so even though Mary and her...

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Saint Mary of the Cross


This week we commence our new beginning as a Parish and our new lockdown restrictions. We will need to be prepared to change and adapt to our new situation. This led me to look at how people in the church have dealt with change before and with over 2000 years of history the church has experienced a lot of change and reform.

'True Reformers' is a series looking at the lives of 6 saints during turbulent times of the Catholic reformation. This series looks at who helped rebuild the Church after the Protestant Reformation. Starting with St Thomas Moore and including St Ignatius and St Terese of Avila, it shows us just how much we can achieve by our heart's free response to God's generous grace. We can be inspired by the powerful and beautiful example of the lives of these saints and how their story speaks to us today.

Remember parishioners of the parish can sign up for free on the Formed.org platform under the parish's subscription. To watch True Reformers follow the link below.


Lisa Brick

Please find below the link to the Updated COVID-19 Implications for the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

Update: General Guidelines

Sinking Fear: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

How do we find God in the storms and struggles of our lives, in the trials we encounter in trying to do His will?

God commands Elijah in today's First Reading to stand on the mountain and await His passing by. And in the Gospel, Jesus makes the disciples set out across the waters to meet Him.

In each case, the Lord makes himself present amid frightening tumult - heavy winds and high waves, fire and earthquakes.

Elijah hides his face. Perhaps he remembers Moses, who met God on the same mountain, also amid fire, thunder, and smoke (see Deuteronomy 4:10-15; Exodus 19:17-19). God told Moses no one could see His face and live, and He sheltered Moses in the hollow of a rock, as He shelters Elijah in a cave (see Exodus 33:18-23).

The disciples, likewise, are too terrified to look on the face of God. Today's Gospel is a revelation of Jesus' divine identity. Only God treads across the crest of the sea (see Job 9:8) and rules the raging waters (see Psalm 89:9-10). And the words of assurance that Jesus speaks - "It is I" - are those God used to identify himself to Moses (see Exodus 3:14; Isaiah 43:10).

Even Peter is too overcome by fear to imitate his Lord. His fears, Jesus tells him, are a sign of his lack of faith. And so it often is with us. Our fears make us doubt, make it hard to see His glory dwelling in our midst.

Yet, we should know, as we sing in today's Psalm, that His salvation is near to those who hope in Him. By faith we should know, as Paul asserts in today's Epistle, that we are heirs to the promises made to His children, Israel.

We must trust that He whispers to us in the trials of our lives - that He who has called us to walk along the way of His steps, will save us whenever we begin to sink.


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.