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, if your children are not enrolled.

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 Religious Education 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

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.

St Cecilia's, Floreat & Our Lady of Victories, Wembley

Sacrament enrolments close: Friday 17 February.
Contact: florcath@iinet.net.au
Download information or enrolment form: www.floreatwembleyparish.org.au

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.

Our Lady of Grace, North Beach

Confirmation Faith formation for parents: Tuesday 7 or Thursday 9 March, 7:00pm.
Eucharist Faith formation for parents: Tuesday 14 or Thursday 16 March, 7:00pm.
Reconciliation Faith formation for parents: Tuesday 21 or Thursday 23 March, 7:00pm.
More detailed information is available on the College website here.

GOOD NEWS for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Such was said to your ancestors; but I am speaking to you." (Matthew 5:17-37)

The reflection on this Sunday's Gospel is part of a longer one by Greg Sunter. Greg Sunter is a member of the Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation team with Brisbane Catholic Education. He has extensive experience of praying with young people and is the author of books on adolescent faith.

The Gospel concerns the way in which we are called to live in right relationship with God and with one another. What is referred to as the 'Law' is generally used as shorthand for the Torah – the first five books of the Bible – which first of all establishes the history of relationship between God and humanity through the books of Genesis and Exodus and then provides detailed instructions about how that relationship should be honoured and observed. When Jesus speaks about the Law and the Prophets, he is deliberately including the extensive collection of prophetic writings that interpret the Law in terms of justice and right relationships with others as being a reflection of the right relationship with God.

By declaring that he has come not to abolish the Law and the Prophets, but to complete – or fulfil – them, Jesus is making it perfectly clear that his ministry and teaching is in alignment with and in accordance with the historical tradition and he is not setting out to overthrow the Jewish tradition. Rather, throughout his ministry, Jesus repeatedly calls the people to be true to the teachings of old and to live them with integrity and dedication. His constant complaint is against those who live by the letter of the Law and ignore what we would call the spirit or intention of the Law. This is the root of his swipe at the shallow virtue of the scribes and Pharisees in today's gospel. The criticism that Jesus levelled at these two groups was that their adherence to the Law made no room for the compassionate heart that the writings of the Prophets demanded….

Jesus cites several examples of the Law to demonstrate the way in which he has come to fulfil those teachings, rather than to abolish them. He reinterprets the teachings on killing, adultery, divorce and oath-breaking. When there is an attitude of observing the very literal meaning of law, there is a tendency to look for loopholes wherever possible. This attitude had become the norm in Jesus' day. His reinterpretations are designed to challenge people to think about the law in a broader context and to take the law into their heart rather than looking for ways to get around it.

Jesus demonstrates the crucial nature of interpretation. It is easy for us today to look at something like the Ten Commandments or the Beatitudes and dismiss them as irrelevant … to our modern lives. However, interpreted in a broader context and within the context of our own lives, such ancient codes of behaviour can take on new significance. Jesus points us towards the importance of looking beyond the surface and searching out the truth of such statements. Interpretation of scripture for our modern lives and modern world is vital to living life to the fullest.

©Greg Sunter

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Community Mass resumes next Friday, 17 February. For the next two weeks we welcome Fr Cyprian, who is the Catholic Chaplain at UWA. Everyone 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.