Parish Groups

Finance Committee

Assist the Parish Priest with all financial matters and produces an annual financial statement

Pastoral Council

Reviews the parish as a whole and makes recommendations, decisions concerning further developments. The council meets every month.

Safeguarding Committee

The Nazareth Parish Safeguarding Committee is an advisory group created to assist the parish leadership to embed The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (CAM) Safeguarding policies and practice, following the Victorian Child Safe Standards and recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse reflected in the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. Nazareth Parish Ricketts Point Clergy Employee and Volunteer Compliance Safeguarding and WWCC

Faith Education

Children's Sacramental Program - Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation

Children attending state or private schools are welcome to enrol into our catechetics programs for the sacraments of Reconciliation, Communion and Confirmation. The Parish acknowledges that parents are the first and foremost educators of their children, particularly in the faith, and plans its programs to assist parents in their role.

Each program is tailored to suit the needs of the children attending and provide them with information and experiences to develop their faith and knowledge of Jesus and His Church.

Each program requires weekly attendance at classes and some homework.

It is greatly encouraged that children are very familiar with the Mass. Attending weekly Mass as a family is one of the most important ways you can help your children understand the sacraments and follow what Jesus taught us to gather as a community and remember Him.

Choir

Led by our Musical Director and Organist, Jeffrey Heath, we have parishioners participating in the music ministry in a variety of ways - as vocal soloists, instrumentalists and choir members at both the Saturday/Sunday Masses and School Masses, as well as Sacramental Celebrations. Regular Choir Practices are held on Thursdays, 7:30pm, at Stella Maris Church. New members are always welcome, and can contact Jeffrey for more information at [email protected]

Church Readers

A rostered list of parishioners who proclaim the word at Mass or announce the Prayers of the Faithful.

Counters Roster

A rostered list of parishioners who have responsibility to count the proceeds of Thanksgiving and Presbytery offerings from the weekend masses.

Communion to the Sick

A group of specially trained parishioners who visit and take Holy Communion regularly to those parishioners who are unable to attend Mass.

Godstart

A parish based post baptism program designed to help parents and families develop the faith of their pre-school children.

Altar Society of Nazareth Parish

Takes responsibility for the decor and beautification of the altar and the church for the weekend masses, weddings and other celebrations. Members are rostered two at a time.

Special Ministers

Parishioners on a rostered basis who distribute communion during Mass.

Piety Stall

This service was established in 2018 and is set up in the foyer of both churches. There are many religious items for sale ....... books, cards, Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation gifts. The stall is open monthly. Items can be purchased or ordered at other times. Please contact the parish office with any enquiries.

Meditation

Every Monday evening between 7.3pm - 8.00pm at Stella Maris. There is Lectio Divina followed by meditation.

Catenians

The local branch of an international brotherhood of practising Catholic layman who meet socially at least once a month in local branches known as Circles. The aim is to provide strength and mutual support to each other and their families through shared values of their Catholic belief and practice.

St Vincent de Paul

A local branch of the world wide St Vincent de Paul. It helps those in need on a person to person basis. The group meets on a monthly basis.

Tennis Club

A social club set up and run to promote social life among the parishioners through the game of tennis. It caters for family, membership as well as junior and senior members. There are membership fees to cover operating costs.

School Board of Nazareth Parish

Involved with all aspects of St Joseph's and Stella Maris schools. The Board meets regularly in the school.