Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

Reflection

CHILD PROTECTION SUNDAY

Sunday September 13, 2020 is set aside

so that the Catholic church can acknowledge the immense damage caused by the sexual abuse of children, including by priests, religious and lay people within Catholic contexts. It makes a commitment to practices and protocols that create and maintain safe environments for all people, especially children and other people who are at risk. It invites people to pray for those harmed by abuse directly and indirectly.


SEASON OF CREATION

A special time to pray for the protection of our common home.

The changes from Autumn to Spring signals the arrival of the Season of Creation.  What's that, you may be asking?

The Season of Creation is a monthlong prayerful observance that calls the planet's 2.2 billion Christians to pray and care for God's creation. It's a time to reflect on our relationship with the environment — not just "distant" nature, but, crucially, the place where we live — and the ways in which our lifestyles and decisions as a society can endanger both the natural world and those inhabiting it, both humans and other creatures.

The Vatican suggests that participation in this annual initiative will help “the faithful understand and integrate care of creation as an essential part of our Christian vocation.”

The ecumenical steering committee that plans and promotes the season each year put it this way:

The Season of Creation is a time to renew our relationship with our Creator and all creation through celebration, conversion, and commitment together. During the Season of Creation, we join our sisters and brothers in the ecumenical family in prayer and action for our common home.

It's a time of prayer, contemplation and, increasingly, calls to action.  The values of Season of Creation go back to...


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Weekday Masses on hold again

Due to the second round of lockdown restrictions in regional Victoria all Masses have been suspended once again. When we do resume celebrating Eucharist again it will no doubtedly be under some restrictions again and thereofre a booking process will be re-implemented. Thank you to all of you who were able to attend in the few weeks we were able to.

Melb Archdiocese updates

The best place to get Archdiocesan updates on COVID-19 is the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

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 

Your contributions are received with gratitude

 

CDF Pay for parishes has been established by the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) and the Archdiocese of Melbourne to provide a convenient way to support your parish.

This site enables you to make quick, easy, and secure online contributions for a number of purposes including thanksgiving and presbytery contributions, donations and specific appeals – you can even set-up a recurring payment if you wish.

To use CDFpay click here CDFpay

Please note that the reference that appears on your financial statement will be “Nazareth Catholic Parish – Grovedale”.  If you have any questions about this please call Rodney Dearing in the parish office, on 9412 8445.

Thank you for your continued support of our parish community.

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Plenary Council assemblies set for 2021 and 2022

“Mindful of the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, it was felt that delaying the first assembly by a full year would provide some certainty that travel and social distancing guidelines will have been lifted for the assembly,” said Plenary Council President Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB.

“Just as importantly, we believe that period of time will allow for an adequate period of preparation for the delegates and the Catholic community.

“The postponement was an unfortunate speed bump on the Church’s path to the Plenary Council assemblies, but we are committed to using this extra time wisely.”

Plenary Council facilitator Lana Turvey-Collins said the continuing preparation for the Council will take on some new characteristics, shaped by the experience of the pandemic.

“A program of webinars, podcasts and other multimedia projects will be rolled out in the latter half of 2020 to help the People of God explore and share about how they respond to the Spirit and live out their own call to mission – as individuals and collectively,” she said.

“The material will be both formative and dialogical to help parishes, families, workplaces and other Catholic communities and organisations consider the unique contribution they make to the life and mission of the Church.”

The next step on that journey will come next week at Pentecost, when the papers prepared by the Discernment and Writing Groups will be released.

Each group was tasked with writing a document on one of the six national themes for discernment, which emerged from the voices of more than 220,000 people who participated in the Council’s Listening and Dialogue phase.

The papers draw upon Scripture, magisterial and papal teaching, Catholic tradition and relevant practices from beyond the Church, as well as responses received during the Listening and Discernment phase.

“These papers are the fruits of communal discernment and provide a major focus for our continued prayer and reflection. They represent another significant step in our national discernment process as we move towards the working document, or Instrumentum Laboris, for the Council assemblies and the Council agenda,” Archbishop Costelloe said.

“We sincerely thank the chairs and members of the Discernment and Writing Groups for their contribution and we ask all the faithful to continue to pray for the Church in Australia as we travel through the pandemic and towards October 2021.”

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