Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

WELCOME!

In the words of an Irish song:
'if you're Irish, come into the parlour - there's a welcome there for you.'
In our parlour though, you may well be Irish but you might also be
Indian, Chilean, Polish, Iranian, Canadian
and every nationality is welcome!
We have a WELCOME for everyone!

Not one but TWO!

 

REMEMBRANCE PRAYER SERVICE

You may have experienced the death of a loved one this year, or in years past – so, as we are approaching a busy time of year, we are offering an opportunity to be still and remember them, in a peaceful prayerful atmosphere. You are most welcome to come along on Thursday November 16 at 7.30pm in St Therese Church, Torquay, and you are encouraged to invite others, who might benefit from this quiet time, to come with you.  
 
PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS & CHILD SAFETY - please mark your calendars
Every person who undertakes a ministry  within our parish, and whose role it is to directly minister to the children of our parish will need to be trained in the professional standards now required by our church to ensure the safety of all our children.  In order to do this, personal invitations will be sent out this week for a training session to be be held on Wednesday 15th Nov, 2017, at 7pm in Lisieux Place, St Therese Church, Torquay. This will particularly affect those involved in Children's Liturgy and those working with children being prepared for sacraments, but other interested people are also most welcome.
 

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has now passed the lower house of the Victorian Parliament

Last week, Victoria's controversial voluntary euthanasia legislation was passed in the Lower House of Parliament after a marathon debate that lasted more than 24 hours. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill passed 47 votes to 37, after a conscience vote.

It will now go to the 40-member Upper House, where the numbers are also tight, for debate in a fortnight.

In a report on SBS News it was stated that " Shadow Treasurer Michael O'Brien says he was disappointed none of the amendments were adopted. 
"I didn't support the bill because the safeguards aren't safe enough. If the upper house can't improve it, then it should knock it back," he told reporters.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says he has "reservations" about the model, but the federal government has no power to block Victoria's decision on the issue. "If I was sitting there in the Victorian parliament I wouldn't be voting for it," he told 3AW before the crucial count.

Former Labor prime minister Paul Keating says the Victorian bill is "unacceptable". 
"Under Victorian law there will be people whose lives we honour and those we believe are better off dead," Mr Keating wrote in an opinion piece in Fairfax Media.
 
The opposition to the introduction to this bill has created a great moment of religious co-operation as representatives of six religions presented a Multifaith Statement to the Deputy Premier, Mr James Merlino, just prior ot the first debates. This statement was representative of the following faiths: Muslim and  Thai Buddist, Hindu and Judaism, Sikh and the Victorian Council of Churches. 
 
Read the VAD Bill here and visit some of the links provided to be better informed about this issue.  

All Saints Day - Nov 1

November 1 is a special feast for a reason. On this day we don’t just remember the canonized saints. All Saints Day honours all saints known, and unknown. It is a feast for remembering all the holy men and women who have attained the reward of Heaven. While the Catholic Church recognizes thousands of saints officially, (eg our patronal Saints -  St Therese of Lisieux, St Christopher and St Joseph of Nazareth)   there are undoubtedly many more saints who are in Heaven, (the saints we have lived with - a mum or a dad, a child or perhaps a friend) whose names are known only to God. While many saints have their own feast days, the feast of All Saints gives the due honour to all the saints who have done so much good in their lives for Christ and His Church.

 
It a feast that also reminds us that we too are saints in the making even if we’re never canonized.

All Souls Day - Nov 2

The Communion of Saints

In the Apostles Creed we affirm:
I believe in the Holy Spirit,  the Holy Catholic Church,  the communion of Saints,  the forgiveness of sins,  the resurrection of the body,  and the life everlasting.
 
But what does this 'communion of the saints' really mean? 

The communion of saints is a “communion,” a union, a common bond, a profound connection, a great fellowship — shared among the “saints,” the holy ones, the Christian faithful, those who are filled with grace, members of the one body with Christ as the head.

"The communion of saints is the Church” (CatechismCC #946). It has three states or divisions, the communion of saints of the living, those who are still on their pilgrim journey on earth; and the co
mmunion of saints of the dead or the faithful departed, some of whom are being purified, those in purgatory, and the communion of saints enjoying eternal glory in the presence of God, those in heaven (CatechismCC #954).

 

After we have been reminded of our goal to seek holiness and become saints, it is important to remember those who went before us aiming for that same goal. While we certainly do not know who is in Purgatory, it is important enough to pray for these souls that the Church dedicates a whole month to them.
 
Celebrating All Souls Day  in 2014, Pope Francis said "Today we are called to remember everyone, to remember everyone, including those whom no one remembers," Pope Francis said. "We remember the victims of wars and violence; many of the "little ones" of the world, crushed by hunger and poverty. We remember the anonymous ones who rest in the common ossuaries. We remember our brothers and sisters killed because they are Christians and those who sacrificed their lives to serve others. We, especially, entrust to the Lord those who have left us over the last year".  

Daily Readings

Universalis
 

Click on the box above to see today's readings.

If you are looking for the readings of the coming weekend mass, click on the box above.  When the Universalis page opens, look to the right and click on the correct date.

Something Interesting!

Not only is there much happening in our parish, but there is also a great deal happening in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Each week, the Media and Communications Office of the Archdiocese sends out the Parish Update and it  is filled with all sorts of activites and events that you might find interesting.
Even if you can't make any of the events, it is still worth a look as it reminds us that we belong to a wider church than simply our own parish community.