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 as we begin the Season of Lent

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Wednesday 1 March is Ash Wednesday, and the beginning of the six-week season of Lent leading to the great feast of Easter. In the reflection below, Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ suggests that Lent is both an outer and inner journey, but always focused on Jesus. Father Andy is a Jesuit, a theologian and, among his many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.

For most Catholics Lent is a private time. It is a time for us to think quietly about where our life is going, to decide what we are going to give up or take on for forty days, and maybe to give a bit more time to prayer and to go to Confession.

That is valuable. Any change for the better in the world begins in someone's heart. But Lent for long was something that people did together. Everybody fasted. You could tell those who had been to Mass on Ash Wednesday because of the dark mark on their foreheads. When Lent involved strict fasting, it affected what shops sold and cooks served at meals. When churches were stripped of flowers and statues were wrapped in purple cloth, the celebration of Mass during Lent had a serious feel to it.

It once was more like what Ramadan has continued to be in the life of Muslims. It changes their mealtimes, commits them to pray and fast during the day, to offer hospitality to neighbours and needy people each evening, and to look out for people who are in need. Ramadan is not in their head but in their bones; it is not private but an activity of the whole community.

Of course, in Lent some things are done in common. In many homes the Project Compassion Boxes allow everyone in the family to think about people in need and to give a little. Parish congregations also gather together at Reconciliation Services to reflect on their lives and to be assured of God's forgiveness. The Palm Sunday marches for refugees also bring together people to pray for national conversion and for compassion to people who need protection.

In today's world it is particularly important to allow Lent to draw us beyond our personal lives to the broader world. Our society privileges individuals who compete with one another and demand rights for themselves and their groups… (In such a society, people) have no responsibility to one another. People do not deserve our respect because they are human, but only if they earn it. This leaves no room for compassion for people who are vulnerable or for young people who have broken our laws. We become compassionate only when we know we belong to one another.

Lent is a time to look outwards at the world we live in. It opens our eyes to strangers, encourages us to look them in the eye as our brothers and sisters, not as problems or as things there for to be used. It is a time for looking at people who are vulnerable in the large challenges of our world. They include the movement of peoples, the needs of the environment, the effects of inequality and of changes in technology. This Lent young people caught in the justice system are in our minds and hearts at Jesuit Social Services. The response to the violent crimes of the few risk damaging the opportunities of the many to find a better life.

Lent invites us to keep our left eye on our heart and on the God who stirs within us, our right eye on the world around us and on all the people who make a claim on our compassion, and both eyes together on Jesus – on n the gift he is to us and on what he asks of us through his vulnerable brothers and sisters.

©Andrew Hamilton SJ

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Thank you to Fr Cyprian Shikokoti, Chaplain at the Universities of UWA and Murdoch, who presided at today's Community Mass, prepared by Year 12 students. At Mass on Friday 10 March we will have our annual blessing of the choir for the new year. We are blessed to have such talented and committed singers and musicians (students and teachers) to lead us in song each week and to bring to our liturgy such joy and sense of community.

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!

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.