Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

An new initiative for our Parish.

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As our parish expands and the number of our schools grow, we have discerned the need for  someone to work with Fr Linh in the area of faith formation and the mission of the Church. Hence we have established a new position and are currently advertising for a:
 
Director of Parish Faith and Mission
 
To begin Term 1, 2019 
 
Nazareth Parish Grovedale currently has responsibility for three Catholic primary schools in the Parish - Nazareth at Grovedale, St Therese at Torquay, Lisieux at Torquay North, with St Catherine of Siena to open in 2020 at Armstrong Creek.
 
The position of Director of Parish Faith and Mission is an exciting new position for the Parish. 
 
The purpose of the position is to support the development of faith and mission in the schools and to build stronger relationships between Parish and schools. It is a senior position within Nazareth Parish Education. This person will work closely with the principals who are the primary faith leaders in their schools and with their Religious Education Leaders to support them in their roles.
 
The Director of Parish Faith and Mission will have responsibility in these key areas: faith formation, learning and teaching in Religious Education, liturgy, sacramental program, and management.
 
Position is fixed term part-time (FTE 0.8)
 
Closing date: Monday 19 November 2018
 
Please contact Nazareth Parish Office on 9412 8444 or email  for position details.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 No matter who you are or what you are,
you are WELCOME among us.
 
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Light a Virtual Candle

 
 
 
The Jesuits in Britain invite everyone light a virtual candle for those we have known and loved into death, in their online prayer community.
All names will be added to the book of remembrance at Farm Street Jesuit Church in London, which will be displayed before the altar throughout November.
 

Synod Fathers write to our Youth

November is the month of the Holy Souls

At this time each year, we focus on the great communion of saints –
 
On All Saints Day, the wonderful company of saints we know as part of the reality of our Catholic tradition;
 
On All Souls Day – those who have died – Friends, colleagues, relatives ……
 
Others whom we have known …worked with …laughed with …wept with …walked with …
 
Many of them are not famous. Their statues are not in churches but their pictures are in our homes and their stories alive in our community, and in us. We know of their goodness and their struggles.
 
We now pray for them, and remember them with love, celebrating in faith their journey to God, now within the great communion of saints.
 
As we sit in silent contemplation, let us reflect on the great communion of saints - those already in the light of God’s presence and those still to reach that state – as we listen to a new hymn by Dan Schutte.  
 

Bishop Mark has taken the news by storm!

Synod on the Youth has concluded, but will continue at the local level.

The Synod assembly on young people concluded at the Vatican on Sunday Oct. 28 with a letter addressed to the young people of the world appealing to them to get involved in both the Church and society that “urgently needs your enthusiasm. [Watch the video above]

 
”It is a brief exhortation drawing on the final highly consensual document adopted the evening before by the bishops at the end of three and a half weeks discussion.
 
However, as Pope Francis noted in an improvised speech after the vote, it was not primarily directed to “people outside.” 
“We are the people to whom the document is addressed,” he insisted.
 
In this sense, Pope Francis sought to remind the Synod Fathers of their responsibilities and their key roles in transmitting the Synodal experience to their local churches.
 
He also sought to shift the focus from a document that some will regard as disappointing and that only weakly reflects the fierceness of some points of debate.
 
While all 167 paragraphs of the 55-page document were approved by a two-thirds majority, several articles nevertheless raised objections of a significant number of bishops.
 
Several articles were subject to greater resistance. 
 
This was the case, for example, with a sentence stating that “sexual morality is frequently the cause of incomprehension and distancing from the Church, which is often perceived as a space of judgment and condemnation,” even though this was pointed out by young people themselves.
 
Similarly, with respect to women’s participation in the Church, which the document says is a “matter of justice” and where the Synod recommends creating “spaces in the decision-making process, particularly when they do not specifically involve ministerial responsibilities.
 
”However, it was the issue of welcoming homosexuals in the Church that aroused most resistance with 65 votes against. This was so despite the fact that the text did no more than reject “all discrimination or violence on a sexual basis” and recommended the promotion and development of “paths for the accompaniment in the faith of homosexual persons."
 
Up to the local Churches to bring the Synod alive. 
 
Looking beyond these contentious issues, the final document adopts many insights expressed during the Synod assembly.
 
It points to the need for a presence in the digital world and for involving young people more broadly in the decision-making processes of the Church, including at the Vatican, as well as encouraging their involvement in politics, the economy and for justice.
 
As the document emphasizes, it is now up to bishops’ conferences and dioceses to bring the Synod process alive.
 
Following the “preparatory phase” and the “celebratory phase” of the last three weeks, it will now enter its “implementation phase,” which will also need to be “synodal.”
 
Difficult to implement a "Synodal Church" 
 
”However, even this new form of living the Church was not welcomed unanimously. Although no global institution other than the Catholic Church has ever offered more than three weeks to listening to young people, the exercise was not achieved without some difficulty.
 
The very method of the Synod was criticized. The working document was presented, one bishop lamented, as an “almost sacred document,” with participants needing time to develop their own process of reflection.
 
The aim of the Synod organizers was clearly to encourage the bishops not to exclude the preparatory phase, particularly the responses of young people.
 
But it also illustrated a broader difficulty on the part of the bishops to live out the “Synodal Church” that Pope Francis has called for and to enter into a logic closer to that of the chapter meetings of religious congregations.
 
In addition to this problem, there was also the great diversity of situations among young people around the world, although this was sometimes overplayed by some bishops to avoid directly tackling certain issues.
 
The sexual abuse issue also overshadowed the whole discussion with a significant number of bishops, particularly from Africa, believing that it had been given an exaggerated place at this Synod assembly whereas it was not a major issue facing them.
 
To avoid such blockages, several bishops are now pleading for continental synods and for debate closer to the grassroots.That is precisely what will occur next year at the Vatican with the special Synod assembly on Amazonia.