Frequently Asked Questions
What is Bayside Catholic Mission?
Bayside Catholic Mission is a working title for the area incorporating St Joan of Arc Brighton, St James Gardenvale, St Mary’s Hampton, Sacred Heart Sandringham and St Joseph's Black Rock, and Stella Maris Beaumaris. It is a new way of collaboration between faith communities and clergy working together to meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Catholics of the area.
What does 'in solidum' mean?
"In Solidum" is the term used for a team of priests who are resposible for looking after one or more parishes. Although the team all have the duties and functions of a Parish Priest, one of them (in this case Fr David Cartwright) is designated Moderator of the pastoral action of the parish. The Moderator is the juridical representative of the parish and is answerable to the diocesan bishop.
Why is this new model being introduced in the Bayside area?
and Fr Frank at Sandringham have retired after many generous years of service. Fr Tobin
at Ricketts Point, who retired several years ago, has generously looked after the parish for
eight months. Fr Michael at Hampton has moved to Pascoe Vale to look after the parish after another priest moved from there.
In addition, the demographics of the area have changed and the demands on priestly
ministry are not as they once were. These bayside parishes were all established when
Mass-going Catholics were more numerous and we had a good number of priests.
engage with all people in this area with a renewed sense of mission.
How will Mass times be affected?
Mass times can be viewed HERE
What affect will this new arrangement have on our schools?
When will this take effect?
Fr David and Fr Dean take up their new appointment on 5th August 2020. There will be a period of a few months listening and consultation before any new initiatives are put in place.