SACRAMENT PROGRAM

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Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6?

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own 'home' parish. Parents are reminded to enrol their children in parish Sacrament programs as soon as possible.

FAQs

When will the sacraments be celebrated?

Each parish is different; refer to your local parish for dates and times.

How are the children prepared?

The curriculum in Catholic schools includes the required content. Some parishes will also request that students attend some or all of the sessions they provide for students not attending Catholic schools. Last, but not least, parents are the children's first teachers in Faith. The program in our archdiocese is 'family-focused, parish-based and catholic school supported.'

Why are their differences from parish to parish?

Each parish is a unique Faith community and the parish priest responds to the needs of the parish, within the context of our wider Church.

I have not already enrolled my child and need help with this.

  • Contact your Parish Priest or Sacrament Coordinator.
  • Contact Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au or 9383 0513.
  • Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website.
  • Information from parishes will be on the College website as it becomes available.

How soon do I need to decide?

The sooner the better! Some parishes have already closed their enrolments. Some parishes need to know numbers well in advance in order to provide resources/other materials.

UPDATES FROM LOCAL PARISHES

Our Lady of Grace, North Beach

Sacrament enrolment day: Monday 6 February, 4:00pm.

Holy Rosary, Nedlands

Sacrament enrolments close: Friday 17 February.

Registration forms and dates and full details are now available on the parish website http://www.holyrosarynedlands.org.au/ in the church porch, or from the parish office.

Saint Thomas Apostle, Claremont

Sacrament enrolments close: Friday 17 March.

Registration forms are available from the Parish Office or kinder.silvia@cathednet.wa.edu.au.

More detailed information is available on the College website here.

GOOD NEWS for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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The reflection is part of Fr Michael Tate's homily for this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Michael Tate is currently a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.  

Salty and Radiant

Here are two extraordinary descriptions of you as a community: 'You' is in the plural. 'You are the salt of the earth.' 'You are the light of the cosmos.'

'Salt of the Earth'

Salt in the ancient world was used not just for flavouring but, most importantly, as a preservative for food, preventing deterioration or decay, keeping it life-giving.

So, when Jesus says: 'You are the salt of the earth', he is saying: 'You are the ones who are to preserve the earth, to prevent its deterioration or decay, to keep it life-giving, to ensure it provides a place of habitation, hospitable to billions of living beings, including human beings.'

This is the basis for a Christian charter for ecological sensitivity of the highest order. Gross pollution in a crime against the earth and a sin against the Creator of the earth.

That is fairly obvious. But we can reflect a little more. In a hundred different ways, not just ecological, every time we do something which makes the earth more habitable, more life-giving, we retain our tang – we are the salt of the earth.

But Our Lord warns us that we can lose our saltiness, we can lose our tang, we can become useless. How do we do what salt should do?

Salt has to penetrate food to have an effect. We have to penetrate the world. Staying self-contained as a perfect little band of Christians is about as useful as salt remaining in the saltshaker. In Our Lord's scary opinion we would quite rightly be trampled underfoot.

'Light of the Cosmos'

The cosmos is the whole of the created reality ranging from the smallest fraction of your body to the swirling gases of the farthest constellation of stars.

You, we, as a Christian community trying to live according to the Gospel are 'the light' of this cosmos. The only question is the degree of the brilliance of our light. What radiance do we bring to the cosmos?

How do we do this?

Our Lord says, 'Your light must shine in the sight of human beings so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your father in Heaven.'

'Good works.' That sounds narrowly moralistic. Isn't there a slightly pejorative tone to the expression 'he is a do gooder'? You won't be surprised to learn it is not what Our Lord meant.

The words Jesus uses for good words are 'kala erga'. In Greek, the language of the Gospels, these words mean 'beautiful works'. These are those things we do which have grace, elegance and proportion and are therefore pleasing to observe: beautifully-good-works.

Acting in a grotesque, ugly way dims our light, darkens our humanity. When we act in a truly light-hearted way, we are more fully human and our humanity has a radiant effect on others.

Of course, the real cause of the transformation of the cosmos into divine glory is the rising of the Son on the third day. But, we can refract some of that resurrection light through the prism of our own personalities.

So, stay salty and tangy. Do good beautifully and elegantly. The earth will become more habitable. The cosmos will become more translucent with Divine Glory.

©Michael Tate

COMMUNITY LITURGY

NB - No Community Mass next Friday 10 February. There will be a whole College Mass in the St Louis Sports Centre to mark the beginning of the new school year. Mass commences at 9:15am. All welcome!

This morning we celebrated our first Community Mass for 2017 with Fr Rodrigo, who will preside for us each Friday. Thank you Fr Rodrigo! The next Community Mass is on Friday 17 February. Everyone is always welcome to the Mass and, afterwards, to continue the celebration in the café.

When: Fridays in Term Time
Time: 8:00-8:30am
Where: College Chapel

If you have any queries about Community Liturgy, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: Lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au or 9383 0513.

Exception: Friday 10 February – Mass for the whole College at 9:15am in SLSC.