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

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

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 First Sunday in Lent

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The reflection comprises two sections from Fr Richard Leonard's homily on this Sunday's Gospel and First Reading. It is printed here with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

The Genesis story about the origins of sin in the world rewards very careful reading. The serpent promises Eve two things: that her eyes will be opened to know good from evil and that this will make her like God. Such a temptation was irresistible and nothing has changed.

Knowledge is a gift given us by God. I am always grateful for being a Catholic because, along with other long-standing Christian denominations, we highly value scholarship, rational thought and inquiry. As anxious as the Church has sometimes been about scientific investigations, our best traditions are to see God revealed in human thoughts and scientific achievements that ennoble our human family. It is the application of knowledge, or the way it is abused, that can be harmful…

(The) Gospel is about knowledge too. Satan knows who Jesus is. His temptations are an attempt to get Jesus to betray his humanity and not endure the limitations of his daily life. Jesus knows that the only way to be true to his divinity is allow us to see it shine in and through his human life. The rejection of the temptation to compromise his frail human frame gives us the hope that we, too, can glimpse the power of God's greatness in every moment we reject the desire to be directors of our own destiny and to see good triumph over evil in the choices we make. It's a relief to know we don't have to be God!

May this Lent see us do what we are created for: to use all our knowledge to praise, reverence and serve the Loving One who willed us into being.

©Richard Leonard SJ

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Thanks to Father Rodrigo who presided at our Mass this morning – and has made himself available for Community Mass this year. Fr Rodrigo, originally from Brazil, was ordained last year. He assists in the Parish of Cottesloe as well as at Aquinas College.

If you have never attended Community Mass before, you are very welcome. Some people commit to Community Mass as part of their Lenten practice. People are welcome to attend on a regular basis – or less frequently, depending on personal schedules.

Next Friday, 10 March, Community Mass will be prepared by Koolyangarra House. Kooly students and families are particularly welcome next Friday! Parents – you are welcome stay for coffee in the café afterwards.

Next Friday, also, 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 bring to our liturgy such joy and sense of community.

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.