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: Sunday 19 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 Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Love your enemies"(Matthew 5:38-48)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, and is reprinted here with his kind permission. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.

One of the most striking features of the dangerous world that we now see being born is the moat it digs between friends and strangers. Friends are us. Strangers and enemies are others. They are potentially dangerous, are warned against and shut out. We might forgive friends their faults, but we abuse and punish enemies. We can see these attitudes expressed by many political leaders and by politicians in Australia and elsewhere, and that shows they have popular support.

That should give us concern for our society. If we are fearful and divide people into friends and enemies, we know that we quickly become narrow and punitive. We become suspicious of our friends and cut them off, and so the number of our enemies grows enormously. We are then isolated and bitter. The same is true of societies. When fear dominates, it leads to self-interest and suspicion. Discrimination against minority groups grows, people see themselves as competitors and those who are disadvantaged or different are harshly punished.

In Jesuit Social Services we see this reflected in the way that vulnerable young people are treated. In fearful times they are abused for being unemployed, their benefits are cut, they are liable to long sentences in prison, and the programs that can help them connect with society are cut. They are seen as 'them' and not as 'us'. People think they cost us an arm and a leg, and so they should have arm and leg cut off.

This is the world to which Jesus speaks in today's Gospel – the world in which people are ruthless in pursuing their own interests and getting their own back on their enemies. He reminds us of the deeper reality of the world in which we live: in which God loves all human beings and wants us all to flourish. In God's world there are no friends and enemies, no reason to fear. If we are held securely in God's hand why should we be obsessed with our own security? The sun rises and the rain falls on each of us without our having to surround them with a Border Force.

Jesus then spells out challengingly what that means for us. If all that we have and are is God's gift, then there is no reason why we should not pass on the gift to people who ask. No harm is done if we walk the extra mile, give to people who want to borrow, and allow someone who wants to hit us once to do so twice. These striking images are meant to shock us: they are over the top. But beneath them is a deep question about how we live. If we divide the world into friends and enemies and care only for our friends, what kind of a world and God do we have? It is hardly a world in which God cares for everybody and wishes everyone to be free and to flourish.

When the world closes in on itself, it is the time for Jesus' followers to leave our security and to go out to others. That is the path to happiness.

©Andrew Hamilton SJ

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Thank you to Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Chaplain at the Universities of UWA and Murdoch, who presided at our Community Mass this morning. Special thanks to our Year 11 students who took on preparing the Liturgy so early in the school year. Next Friday, Fr Cyprian will preside again and Mass will be prepared by Year 12 students. Everyone is always welcome to the Mass and, afterwards, to continue the celebration in the café. New parents – even if you have not previously been to a Catholic Mass – are especially welcome! It is user friendly (all responses are on Powerpoint) and joyous – our enthusiastic Chapel Choir and Primary Singers lead the music.

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

If you are unsure about anything at all concerning the Community Mass, please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: Lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au or 9383 0513.