Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

Historic Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) is now before the Victorian Parliament

and is expected to be debated and voted upon before the end of the year.  The title "Voluntary Assisted Dying" is deliberately chosen to sound a positive note. However to really understand just what that title implies, we need to look behind the language and ask some very searching questions of ourselves and our politicians.
But first we do need to have some understanding of just what the VAD Bill is actually putting before Parliament. Below are several documents that might be of help.
The Victorian Bishops are sufficiently concerned to have published a Combined Pastoral Letter, whilst the Archdiocese of Mellbourne has some excellent resources available here, including several very informative videos, and a clear statement of what euthenasia is and what it is not.
According to the  Premier of Victoria's webpage, on Septmber 20th, 2017 
"The Bill sets out a rigorous request and assessment process for access to voluntary assisted dying, and includes the establishment of a dedicated oversight body and protections. The safeguards protect the vulnerable from exploitation and coercion – and new criminal offences will be created to protect people from abuse.

The safeguards include:
  • Only adults with decision making capacity, who are suffering and are in the final weeks and months of life, with an outer limit of 12 months, can access the scheme
  • A person may only access voluntary assisted dying if they meet strict eligibility criteria, make three clear requests and have two independent medical assessments that determine they are eligible.
  • The request must always be initiated by the person themselves, with doctors who raise the issue subject to professional misconduct investigations.
  • The scheme will be self-administered, with doctor administration only available to those who cannot physically administer or digest the medication themselves.
Should the Bill pass Parliament, there will be an 18-month implementation period before access to voluntary assisted dying will start to allow for training and set up to take place."
In spite of the stipulated safeguards noted above, there are failures in the proposed legislation.  Read about the failures here.


As the Same Sex Marriage survey continues, it brings to mind just what we believe is 'marriage'. The importance of our public discussion for both marriage and religious freedom has been the impetus for a single issue newsletter to highlight the meaning of marriage.


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!


Being  a parish of three distinct communities we enjoy the patronage of the Holy Family of Nazareth, of St Christopher, and that of St Therese of Lisieux. As October begins it is her feast day that we joyfuly celebrate together on Oct 1.  In her honour we offer various articles to help us better understand her influence on us and to give insight as to how we might emulate her 'little way' of life. Take your pick and enjoy!
On Wednesday 18th October, St Therese School is celebrating the feast of St Therese of Lisieux along with Mission Day. Mass will take place in the School Hall at 9.30am followed by a cuppa. We are inviting you to come along and join in the celebration of the Patron Saint of our School.

What is meant by her 'little way'?

Therese saw herself as a child of God. She liked to keep things simple and focused as a child does. Trust, especially trust in God, is a childlike virtue. Some spiritualities have stressed complicated practices and extraordinary journeys of the soul as it responds to God's grace and love. Therese's spirituality is simple and she calls it her "little way." She believed and taught us that life presents enough challenges and opportunities for grace. She teaches us that God is everywhere - in every situation and person - and in the ordinary, simple details of life.

"Everything is grace" is probably the theme song of her spirituality. Her "little way" teaches us to do the ordinary things of life with extraordinary love. A smile, a note of encouragement, a phone call, suffering in silence, always having a positive word, a simple unnoticed task to brighten the life of another, and so many other simple deeds, done with love - these are the examples of her spirituality. The smallest action, done with love, is more important than great deeds done for personal glory, gratification or simply out of obedience. Therese teaches us that Jesus is everywhere and is the power for love and goodness operating within us. Such is the power and presence of grace. Therese's life was hidden. To many even in the convent, she seemed like such an average, ordinary person. Her greatness showed in the constancy of her love for others in the most simple ways.

Even in prayer, Therese teaches simplicity - talking to God and Jesus in direct, personal and heartfelt ways. She did not like long prayers. She fell asleep during community prayer. She disliked the rosary. She prayed from her heart as a child speaks honestly and trustingly to a parent they love. God calls us to respond to Divine Love in a childlike relationship of love, trust and bold confidence to "Abba" (which literally means 'Dad'), and by doing the simple things for others, well and with love.

Therese was faithful to the Gospel of Jesus and the core of his message. She invites us to join in her "spiritual childhood" or "little way." The power, appeal and simplicity of her message is why our Church declared her a Doctor of the Church in 1997.

St Therese's Wisdom


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.

Daily Readings


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.