This Sunday is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

At this time when we are communicating with people on line much of the time, it is an opportunity to enter into the world of young people, and engage with them in a new way. The Masses that are being streamed may be one of the few times that they may engage with the Church; the posts on social media; the new and innovate ways of pastoral ministry – these are all opportunities to spread the message of vocation in a new way.

Fr. James Grant will be celebrating Mass this Sunday with Fr. Barry Tobin concelebrating.

To watch, please go to our website www.nazarethparish.com or e-newsletter and click on "Watch On Youtube".

For those wishing to have a prayer of intention said for them by Fr Barry Tobin, please contact the Parish Office via email at [email protected] or phone on 9589 2271.

God Bless,
Fr Barry Tobin PE

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Pastoral Corner

Archbishop Roger Bede Vaughan succeeded Archbishop John Polding as the second Archbishop of Sydney in 1877. When the New South Wales colonial government withdrew state financial aid to non-government schools in 1880, he led and inspired the Australian bishops and Catholic people to establish our own system of Catholic education.

Years before as a young man studying to become a Benedictine monk at Downside in England, he had a strange dream. He saw himself being sent to Australia for some great work and to then disappear into a blue mist. The dream had a profound effect on him. It prompted him to study a map of Australia where he saw marked there, the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. It was a curious presentiment of things to come.

Archbishop Roger Vaughan was a remarkable man but he had an extraordinary mother. Louise Elizabeth (Rolls) Vaughan was a convert to Catholicism. She and her husband, Colonel John Vaughan had thirteen children. For Louise Vaughan, becoming a Catholic was the most wonderful thing that had ever happened to her. In gratitude to Almighty God for her conversion, she would spend one hour each day in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. She continued this devotion for more than twenty years. Not surprisingly the example she gave to her children bore fruit in abundance.

Six of her sons became priests and five daughters became nuns. Three of those sons were consecrated bishops. Her eldest son Herbert became Archbishop of Westminster in 1892 and Cardinal in 1893.

The word vocation means a call or an invitation. Young men and women who enter a seminary or a convent choose freely to do so. They are not conscripts but volunteers. If more Catholic parents and priests had even a smidgin of Louise Vaughan's faith, our present priestly and religious vocation shortfall, would be reversed in a generation.

God Bless.
Fr Barry Tobin PE

Feast Days this Week

4 May - St Peregrine
5 May - St Angelo of Jerusalem
6 May - Bl. Edward Jones, St Dominic Savio
7 May - St Augustine Roscelli
8 May - St Boniface IV, Pope
9 May - St George Preca

A Vocation View

Today is the World Day of Vocations.

The Church asks each of us to pray for, or to consider a vocation to the priesthood or consecrated life. Each person in the community has a role to play in encouraging vocations - whether by prayer, encouragement or personal suggestion.

"The harvest is great but the labourers are few. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more labourers into the Harvest."

Please pray for vocations to the priesthood. God does the work. We just need to ask.

Pope Francis tells us:

Every vocation is born of that gaze of love with which the Lord came to meet us, perhaps even at a time when our boat was being battered by the storm. We will succeed in discovering and embracing our vocation once we open our hearts in gratitude and perceive the passage of God in our lives.

Let us pray for the young people in our community, and in our families and circle of friends. May our prayers and presence reflect the gaze of love from the Lord to help them discover their vocation.

Pope Francis - Message for 2020 World Day of Vocations

Pope Francis - Message for 2020 World Day of Vocations

'Take heart, do not be afraid! Jesus is at our side, and if we acknowledge him as the one Lord of our lives, he will stretch out his hand, take hold of us, and save us.'

The Lord knows that a fundamental life choice - like marriage or special consecration to his service - calls for courage. He knows the questions, doubts and difficulties that toss the boat of our heart, and so he reassures us: "Take heart, it is I; have no fear".

'Dear friends, on this day in particular, but also in the ordinary pastoral life of our communities, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations.'

Prayer for Vocations

O God, who chose the Apostles to make disciples of all nations, and who by Baptism and Confirmation has called us to build up Your Holy Church, we implore You to choose from among us, your children, many priests and religious who will love You with their whole hearts and will gladly spend their lives to make You better known and loved by all. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The Angelus

The Angelus

The Angelus is a centuries old Catholic devotion that recalls the annunciation of Christ’s birth by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. Its name comes from the opening words in Latin “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae.”

Traditionally prayed at dawn, noon and twilight.

This wonderful prayer evolved from a recitation of three Hail Mary’s following an evening bell around the 12th century to its present form (with morning and midday recitations) in the 16th century.

When prayed in a group setting a leader recites the verses and everyone recites both the responses and the Hail Mary’s in between each verse, as shown above.

Although the Angelus has been traditionally said three times daily, at 6 am...

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The Angelus

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Online Resources

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