Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

3rd Sunday of Lent - The Burning Bush

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With the kind permission of the Wollongong Diocese, you can read a reflection on the Artwork above,
depicting this Sunday's First Reading from Exodus 3:1-8,13-15

How will we live our Lent?

For most of us, there is an acute awareness that so many have been abused within the Church, but we never have the opportunity to truly hear their stories. Neither did many of the Bishops at the Vatican Conference on the Abuse of Minors.. until they heard the cries of survivors in the prepared testimonies during that conference. Those testimonies are presented here. Please read them - hear the pain and the despair - and during Lent, pray especially that we , as church, can find the way forward to compassion and healing for all the victims of abuse.
First Testimony         Second Testimony          Third Testimony

 No matter who you are or what you are,
you are WELCOME among us.
If you would like us to stay in touch with you,

Ashes to Ashes

Nazareth Parish Combines with our Schools for a Fun Run!

Have you thought about joining in the fun?  A three kilometre walk/run/cycle is just the thing to get those legs working whilst having a great time with our parishioners and all our schools! Come along and support our 'Reach Vietnam' project offering sponsorship to young girls in the form of education. 
Date: Thursday 21st March, 2019
Venue: Armstrong District Park, Sovereign Drive, Armstrong Creek 
Time: 5.30 (for 6pm start) - 7.30pm
BYO Picnic chairs  rugs and of course, picnic tea
The caps are the fundraiser, so if you would like to help support our Vietnamese girls, please ring one of the schools (Numbers opposite) and order before Friday March 8th. Cost is $15 per cap.

Thankyou from the Plenary Council

And below is a look at how the Plenary Council process will unfold over the next two years.

Australian Catholics take stock

John Warhurst (Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University) in his article in La Croix "Australian Catholics take stock as Pell falls." identifies that the reactions of the ordinary church-going regulars of the Catholic faith are often not well represented in the public sphere.  he states that some of the reaction has had a public voice, like the two statements here:
From our Archbishop Peter Comensoli and from Archbishop Mark Coleridge (President ACBC)
However, he continues "The reaction of regular church-going Catholics and the broader Catholic community is harder to capture. Anger and outrage at betrayal, even grief and trauma, was frequent. What they seemed to have in common was devastation for the church and guilt by association by being branded a Catholic in a hurtful way."
There  have been some very valuable videos recently that could be helpful  if you are struggling to voice a cohesive response for yourself.
and there is the beautiful article  "Pietà offers meaning amid the betrayal of the abuse crisis" from National Catholic Reporter.