Liturgy

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SACRAMENT PROGRAM

'Family focused, parish-based, Catholic school-supported'

"Your unique and indispensable role in your child's Catholic Christian formation is one that both school and parish endorse and support. It is your privilege and responsibility, which follows from your commitment when your child was baptised, to present your child for the sacraments." Your family celebrates the sacrament in your home parish, the parish community in which you regularly participate.

Is your child in Year 2, 3, or 5?

John XXIII College prepares children for the various sacraments during the course of the year's religious education programs: Year 3 - Reconciliation, Year 4 - Eucharist, Year 6 - Confirmation.

Enrol in your Parish for 2016

Many parishes are now setting dates and offering enrolment opportunities for the 2016 program.

Parents are encouraged to begin that conversation with their child and to contact their parish priest or parish sacrament coordinator to enrol their child in the 2016 program. The John XXIII College primary curriculum includes the relevant sacrament unit content. our College is enriched by families from many Parishes, not all of them close by. Parents are encouraged to enrol in their home parish. Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website: http://www.perthcatholic.org.au/Parishes_and_Mass_Times.htm?cms%2Erm=List.

As parish information becomes available, it will be included here - as well as on the College website.

PARISH OF ST CECILIA'S, FLOREAT

Sacraments enrolling now

Closing Date: Wednesday, 19 February 20156
Venue: Cnr Grantham Street / Kenmore Crescent, Floreat

Enrolment forms and information available: http://www.floreatwembleyparish.org.au/faith/religious-education/

For further information contact: Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au

ADVENT & CHRISTMAS

In this season of joy and promise, many families look for ways to celebrate Advent and Christmas in a way that has meaning and hope for themselves and for the world. Most parishes will be holding special events, some particularly oriented towards children and young people.

Some of the liturgies and events from our local parishes will be included here over the coming weeks.

PARISH OF ST THOMAS THE APOSTLE, CLAREMONT

Road to Bethlehem - Readings & Carols for Advent
Please refer to the attached flyer for further information.
Date: Monday 7 December, 2015
Time: 7pm

PARISH OF HOLY ROSARY, NEDLANDS

Christmas Eve:
6.30pm Family Mass - Loreto School Nedlands Oval
7.00pm Vigil Mass - Carmel Monastery
12.00 Midnight Mass - Holy Rosary Church

Christmas Day:
9.00am Mass - Holy Rosary Church
10.00am Mass - Carmel Monastery

PARISH OF SAINT CECILIA, FLOREAT

Christmas Eve:
6.00pm Family Mass - St Cecilia's
8.00pm Mass - Our Lady of Victories

Christmas Day:
7.30am Mass - Our Lady of Victories
9.30am Mass - St Cecilia's

PARISH OF OUR LADY OF GRACE, NORTH BEACH

Christmas Eve:
5.00pm Family Mass (Children invited to wear their favourite Nativity costume)
7.00pm Family Mass (Children invited to wear their favourite Nativity costume)
9.00pm Mass
11.00pm Mass

Christmas Day:
7.30am Mass
9.30am Mass

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'GOOD NEWS' for Second Sunday in Advent

"All people shall see the salvation of God." (Luke 3: 1-6)

The reflection is from Fr Richard Leonard's homily on this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

In Sunday's Gospel, John the Baptist encourages his followers to be patient, as the wait for salvation will soon be over. The Israelites longed to see the day when the Messiah would come. Each generation hoped and prayed that they would be the one to witness the appearance of God's anointed. The Jewish people still hope and pray for this event in every generation.

But Jesus did not come as many expected. Some thought he would arrive in a dramatic event and the end of the world would occur. Others expected a regal entrance or a political overthrow of the Romans. Luke's Gospel repeatedly points out that the very people who longed for the day to see the Messiah missed out because they were looking for the wrong signs.

John the Baptist is the first to see Jesus for who he really is for the world. He recognises that Jesus' sacrificial love can fill our valleys, lay mountains low, make crooked paths straight and rough ways smooth.

Advent is not a season where we have to pretend that we do not know Jesus is coming and then put on mock surprise at Christmas. Advent is the season which celebrates a 'patient yes'. Every year all of us in the Church stand in a queue and remind ourselves of how blessed we are to have seen our salvation in Jesus. We remember the faith of those who longed to see what we see and to know what we know. And we cultivate our patience for life's valleys, mountains and crooked paths where sometimes we can feel Jesus' absence more than his presence, where only when we look back we can see he was with us all the way.

So, as we all wait together in line this Advent let's say yes to all that salvation holds for us: yes to God's personal love; yes to Jesus' kingdom of justice and peace; yes to every opportunity to serve the Gospel and yes to knowing that our God is a companion to us at every step of our journey, even in the most unexpected ways.

Scottish poet John Bell expresses it this way:

'Light looked down and saw the darkness.
"I will go there", said light.
Peace looked down and saw war.
"I will go there", said peace.
Love looked down and saw hatred.
"I will go there", said love.
So he,
the Lord of Light,
the Prince of Peace,
the King of Love,
came down and crept in beside us.' ©

COMMUNITY MASS

The first Community Mass for 2016 will be Friday 12 February.
Everyone is welcome to be part of this community celebration which begins in the Chapel and continues in the café afterwards for those able to stay.

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