Nazareth Catholic Parish

Grovedale, Torquay and Anglesea

A Tapestry from the Bose Monastery.

Surely you recognise the scriptue passage this tapestrery depicts? 

The story of the Last Supper on the night before Christ's crucifixion is reported in four books of the New Testament (Matthew 26:17–29; Mark 14:12–25; Luke 22:7–38; and I Corinthians 11:23–25). Here we see very clearly how the artists have imagined the reactions of the Apostles. The fellow (in green on the left) is thoughtfully watching from the outer edge and seems to be pondering what it is that he is seeing. Several have their hands raised in a "what the...?" type of reaction. Another (in red to the right) is biting his fingernails, something we see sometimes when a person is fearful. But the expression on the face of the the guy (in blue behind Jesus) is a beauty. Is he absolutely flaberhgasted that Jesus would stoop so low to wash someone else's feet?  Or, is he more aghast as he realises that he himself is being invited to 'do as I have done'? 

Which of these disciples of Jesus would you most identify with?

Faith Formation 2021

Sacramentality, Baptism/Confirmation, Catholic Identity and Eucharist.

Can we connect the dots?   Do we need to?    Why would we bother?    For what purpose?

This Series of four sessions throughout the year are designed to challenge the status quo - that is, if we only continue the way we have always believed, and acted, then we are only working in a maintenance mode. To accept the responsibility of being Catholic in this 21st century, is it possible that we need to re-think, re-learn and re-act, so that we might be deeply committed to becoming intentional and missionary disciples?


Not only welcome but we do actually desire your company!

During this coming year, we encourage everyone to attend these four midweek afternoon sessions,and we hope ‘everyone’ will include parishioners and our school communities - old and young, parents and singles, gays and straights, church-going and marginalised, poor or wealthy, locals and beyond.

In other words, EVERYONE is indeed welcome!

Every Session is FREE!

Every session will be held at

Community Centre

Star of the Sea Retirement Village

1 Headland Drive

North Torquay

(Limited parking inside. Please park in the surrounding streets, or at the Quay Oval near the ClubRoom)

Please adopt the relevant Covid behaviours mandated at the time.

Booking is required for each session (for contact tracing and for hospitality numbers)  through Trybooking:

Session 1 Wed 17 Feb, 2021 4pm-5.30pm


" Never loose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament" Ralph Waldo Emerson

This session will unpack this quote and explore the relationship between the 'wayside sacraments' of our daily lives and the seven sacraments, by making use of Scripture, art and the Encyclical 'Laudato Si'.

Session 2 Tues 11May, 2021 4pm-5.30pm


"A Sacrament does not tear human beings away from this world. It addresses an appeal to them, asking them to look more closely into the very heart of the world." (Leonardo Boff, Sacraments of Life, Life of the Sacraments, p32)

" A sacrament basically emerges as a meeting between God, who descends tothe human being, and the human being, who ascends to God. without that meeting, a sacrament remains an inmcomplete work." (Leonardo Boff, Sacraments of Life, Life of the Sacraments, p76)

This session will explore the centrality of baptism, especially in the documents of Vatican II; the relationship between Baptism and Confirmation; the historical changes over the last 200 years.

The focus will be the relationship between these two sacraments and life. They are not one-off events, but rather they initiate us into a life of commitment and co-responsibility within the parish, the school and society.

Mass Bookings

Victoria has moved into  'COVIDSafe Summer' phase, and the limitation on numbers able to attend Mass has been lifted.  We are now able to accomodate more people accordng to the 'one person per two square metre' rule.

As the numbers increase, there is the need to provide electronic records of attendance if required, so booking beforehand is essential to allow for an efficient entry into the church.  If however you are not able to use TryBooking, you may still attend the church of your choice, where you will be required to scan a QR Code using a smart phone, and register before entering the church.  You will also be asked to continue to wear your mask for the good of everyone.

Saturday Vigil 6pm @ St Christopher's Church, Anglesea

Sunday 8.45am @ St Therese Church, Torquay

Sunday 10.30am @ Nazareth Church, Grovedale

Bookings are preferred via

For the time being, all Catholics in Melbourne continue to be dispensed from the obligation to attend Sunday and Feastday Mass, untill further directed by the Archbishop. We all continue to carry the happy obligation to keep Sundayholy, by attending Mass if we can. Some will still feel the need to isolate themselves due to ill health, advanced age or even fear of the virus. Be assured that we will include all those unable to be present in our prayers and celebrations

Session 3 Wed 11 Aug, 2021 4pm-5.30pm


"The model for all catechesis is the baptismal catechumenate when by specific formation, an adult converted to belief is brought to explicit profession of baptismal faith during the Paschal Vigil". (Synod, MPD Message to the People of God, 8.)

This session will unpack the five elements of formation which have formed the 'identity card' of being a Christian over the last 2000 years - the ID Card being the mantle of becoming 'Missionary Disciples'. it will then explore how this concept of being missionary disciples is to be the model and pattern of all Christian life, in families, schools and parishes within the world.

Only a clear and shared vision will touch the heart of  every individual in the parish and in the schools, and mobilise them towards sharing in the mission of Christ and of the Church with one heart. 

Session 4 Wed 27 Oct, 2021 4pm-5.30pm


"...the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time, it is the source from which all her power flows."  (Sacrosanctum  Concilium, 10)

This session will explore how the four main elements of the Eucharist (The Gathering, The Liturgy of the Word, The Liturgy of the Eucharist, The Concluding Rite)  have the power to shape us and transform us, in turn empowering us and sending us out to re-shape and transform our society and our world into a more just, compassionate, forgiving and loving community.

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.

Covid updates

The Melbourne Archdiocese has just recently updated their website. For the latest updates on please see here Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne

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