Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

What will we do in these uncertain times??

We are all asking this question, and there are some obvious answers:
    • graciously accept that we are in this together
    • stay home as much as possible
    • practice social distancing in every situation
    • stay connected and in touch with family, friends, work colleagues and service people
    • obey ALL Government edicts
    • stay sane and don't panic
    • maintain a sense of humour
    • and pray.
The  Archdiocese is suggesting that people might like to use these cards to introduce themselves to neighbours, and people they are aware of who might be alone.
 
Click here to download and print the cards. Fill your own details in and then go for a walk and pop some in letter boxes. Who knows what joy they will bring to others! Who knows what help we will be able to give!
 
 And God alone will know the hearts of those offering to help and support his people. 

Government updates

The best place to get National updates on COVID-19 is the Australian Government Department of Health.
 
The best place to get Victorian updates on COVID-19 is the Department of Health and Human Services Victoria 

Quiet Before God

by Vinita Hampton Wright

A heart that is quiet before God focuses only on God and divine qualities such as love, mercy, and peace and we concentrate on ourselves being wrapped up in those aspects of God’s presence.
 

A glimpse of our life in this parish.

Our people are a friendly...
and fun loving community.
In our Outreach, we support a group of young girls in KonTum, Vietnam
to receive an education they might otherwise not be able to access.
The Easter Vigil is a very special time for us,
as we welcome adults into our faith community through the RCIA.
The Bishop kneels to pray with our confirmation candidates and their sponsors.
Young children are always welcome at our Masses,
and several times a year, families stay and share a meal.
Some come to pray and reflect together,
while others wait patiently for Fr Linh to visit the Aged Care Homes.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is readily available, via a simple phone call.
Our children and their education is the primary concern of our four primary schools.
St Vincent de Paul Society also has a strong presence in our parish.
  • Our people are a friendly...
  • and fun loving community.
  • In our Outreach, we support a group of young girls in KonTum, Vietnam
  • to receive an education they might otherwise not be able to access.
  • The Easter Vigil is a very special time for us,
  • as we welcome adults into our faith community through the RCIA.
  • The Bishop kneels to pray with our confirmation candidates and their sponsors.
  • Young children are always welcome at our Masses,
  • and several times a year, families stay and share a meal.
  • Some come to pray and reflect together,
  • while others wait patiently for Fr Linh to visit the Aged Care Homes.
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is readily available, via a simple phone call.
  • Our children and their education is the primary concern of our four primary schools.
  • St Vincent de Paul Society also has a strong presence in our parish.

 
O Jesus, your disciples often found you at prayer, and so they asked you to teach them how to do it. Help me to pray in confidence to the Father, just as you did.
When I am facing my own agony of doubt and fear, pray with me so that I find courage and hope. When my life leads me to the cross, take my hand so that my heart stays strong.
Most of all, strengthen my resolve to pray: Not my will, but
yours be done. Amen.

Pope Francis Blesses the World

   
On March 27, 2020 Pope Francis delivered an extraordinary Urbi et Orbi message and blessing for the coronavirus, and it was striking. He walked up the long stairs in St. Peter’s Square in the dark and rain by himself, limping and with no umbrella. Then, he delivered the message to an empty St. Peter’s Square.

Later, Pope Francis raised the Blessed Sacrament through the doors of St. Peter’s Basilica to overlook the dark, empty square where the rain poured, and blessed the world. It was stunning to see him embrace the spiritual and physical feelings of this current moment as he brought himself and the Blessed Sacrament into the storm.

Francis reflected on Mark 4:35-41, where Jesus calms the storm after being woken from sleeping in the boat. He reminds us that the Lord’s message to us is to keep faith, “which is not so much believing that [God] exists, but coming to [God] and trusting in [God],” he said.

But the Pope also reflected on our need to take stock of how we have been asleep in the boat.

Lord, in this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste… We were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: “Wake up, Lord!”