Nazareth Catholic Parish
Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea
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Nazareth Parish Office
43A Surfcoast Highway
Torquay, Victoria 3228
Fr. Linh Tran
(03) 9412 8444
9.00am - 3.00pm Tuesday - Friday.
(Closed Monday)

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WELCOME from all of us!

We are so glad that you have found us, and we are looking forward to meeting you.

Whether you are a current or a past parishioner; whether you are visiting friends or family in the area or here for holidays; or whether you are simply passing through, you are most welcome among us.

Please take the time to explore our web presence (which will grow over the next few months) and hopefully you will easily find what you are looking for. If what you are looking for can't be found please contact us via email or give us a call on 9857 6395 and ask away.

And a warm welcome too from Fr Linh Tran, our Parish Priest.

Welcome to our parish website!

We are tremendously blessed to call this most beautiful end of the Archdiocese of Melbourne ‘our home’. 

Stretched just over 30km in length to embrace Grovedale, Torquay, Anglesea and the new area of Armstrong Creek, we are simultaneously a suburban and a coastal parish. Our parish is home to some of the most stunning beaches and surfing locations. We also have some amazing bushlands and beautiful walking tracks. God’s great gift of beauty in nature is almost at every turn. 

Being a Catholic community in such beautiful surroundings, we are blessed to have the presence of many visitors at different times throughout the year, and our parishioners are always ready to extend a warm welcome. This website is designed to further extend our parish news and information to visitors as well as parishioners, and I hope that all will find it useful. I look forward to having you join us in our celebration of the Eucharist and/or in other aspects of the parish life and ministry. 

With every blessing,
Fr. Linh

Honouring the Feast of Pentecost

There are several ways we can understand the feast of Pentecost – the outpouring of the Spirit; the great commission to the apostles; the birth of the church. Yet if we are to respect and honour this feast then we need to become more deeply aware of the two key elements of the Pentecost story.
 
The first is the extraordinary influence of God’s Spirit on the community of disciples gathered in the upper room. No doubt fearful and unsure, they were surprised and astonished at the sound of wind and the tongues of fire that were made evident. When the Spirit literally exploded into their presence, they found themselves suddenly capable of doing things they could not do before. They found that they themselves had become infused with the fire of the Spirit and now they were able to be in communication with people who literally did not speak their language. Amazingly they were now capable of sharing the Good News with people with whom they had not previously been able to communicate at all.

The second key element is understanding the breadth of the mission the community was being charged with. In the instance of the descent of the Spirit, suddenly they found themselves impelled to proclaim to others what it meant that Jesus was the Good News. No longer able to hold the mission to themselves, they were driven to carry the message of God’s relentless love to the world at large.

 
Having been baptised into the community of believers, and having been confirmed in the Spirit,
are we impelled and driven to make a difference in the world?
 
Are we generous enough to give ourselves to spreading the fire of God’s love
in a world as needy as it has ever been?
 
Are we really willing to carry the fire within us?
 
Adapted from "Celebration" May 2018 47.5 (CelebrationPublications.org) 

 

Ever Wondered...did St Joseph get a fair day's pay???

We have recently celebrated the feast of St Joseph the Worker on May 1, and in doing so we are reminded by Pope Leo XIII (in Rerum Novarum 1891) that our work makes us, in effect, co-creators of the world with God.  To commemorate the feast of St Joseph the Worker, Bishop Vincent Long (as the chairman of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council) sent out a Pastoral Letter " A Fair Day's Pay - for the dignity of workers and the good of all."  In it he challenges us as Church to consider what else can we do as a people and a nation to reawaken Australia's commitment to a just wage.

Upcoming Events

Pizza Night Think Tank - Young Adult Vinnies

Date: May 2 2018

Time:  7:30pm – 9:00pm
141 Fyans St, South Geelong

VINNIES YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE

The St Vincent De Paul Society is holding a Pizza Night Think Tank about building a Young Adult Conference in Geelong
Vinnies Conferences are a chance for young people aged 16-40 to come together for Social Events, Prayer and Reflection and Social Outreach.
If you have been wanting to meet likeminded young people and even make a difference in your community then you should come join this new amazing team!
As a part of the St Vincent de Paul Society, our gatherings are based on Catholic values. However, we encourage people to join us from all and no faith backgrounds.

Come and find out more at our pizza evening and info session!
For more details please contact Jacob on: 0488 048 659 or email youth@svdp-vic.org.au 

RSVP not necessary but appreciated, via email.
 
You can also follow us on Facebook

Come and see how we celebrated the Easter Triduum in photos

Oh what a night, what a night it truly was!

The Easter Vigil, as the culmination of the Triduum, was certainly a night to behold and to be lifted up within. But it cannot be separated from all that goes before it - Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
 
Our people, together with welcome visitors from all sorts of places, entered our sacred space on Thursday night to be once again initiated into the role of servant leadership and thankgiving, before spending time in prayer before the Altar of Repose.
 
Friday brought many more, and the church was filled - in total silence, they sat and waited, then stood to share the reading of the passion of Christ.  Then filing silently they came to venerate the wood of the cross and to be fed at the table of sacrifice.  In celebrating Good Friday we dwelt in the absence of the Presence.
 
Saturday was firstly a time of waiting, a time when the world stands still, till at last the Vigil burst forth in all its glory to rouse our hearts and souls as we joyfully came together to celebrate the Risen Lord.
 
Take time to follow the progress of the Triduum through our photos, and share with Iggy and Lloyd (who were baptised) and Jayne and Tullalah (who were confirmed) the wonderful experience of being fully initiated into our Catholic Faith. We welcome them all with love and delight and will keep them all in our prayers throughout the Easter season.
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