Liturgy

EASTER CELEBRATIONS IN PARISHES

Easter is the highpoint of the Christian calendar. During the Triduum (3 days from Holy Thursday evening to Easter Sunday evening) the Church celebrates its most beautiful Liturgy. Many families, mindful of the origin of the Easter holiday weekend, incorporate some or all of the parish celebrations into their family gatherings and activities.

Some of our local parishes have supplied the following information, which is also on the College Website.

HOLY WEEK IN LOCAL PARISHES

HOLY ROSARY, NEDLANDS

Holy Thursday - 24 March
7:30pm: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday - 25 March
10:00am: Stations of the Cross
10:30-11:00am: Reconciliation
3:00pm: Celebration of the Lord's Passion

Holy Saturday - 26 March
"Day of Quiet at the Tomb of Jesus"
6:00pm: Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday - 27 March
8:45am: Easter Morning Mass

Looking for Liturgy times at Carmel Monastery? Please go to this link.

ST MARY STAR OF THE SEA, COTTESLOE

Holy Thursday - 24 March
6:30pm: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper

Good Friday - 25 March
9:00am: Stations of the Cross
3:00pm: Celebration of the Lord's Passion

Holy Saturday - 26 March
7:00pm: at Corpus Christi (Mosman Park) Easter Vigil Mass
11:30pm: (Cottesloe) Whole Night Vigil

Easter Sunday - 27 March
10:00am: Easter Mass
5:00pm: Easter Mass

Looking for Liturgy times at Corpus Christi, Mosman Park? Or for Liturgy in Spanish? Please go to this link.

'GOOD NEWS' for Palm Sunday

(Luke 22:14-23:56)

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 other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.

Image: Jenny Close ©Creative ministries

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Palm Sunday is a poignant day. It celebrates the exuberant and optimistic beginning to the final week in Jesus' life. Those who celebrate the feast know that Jesus' journey will lead to suffering and death. So we naturally associate it with all the journeys in our own life and in world events which have finished in grief. That is why Palm Sunday is edged with sadness.

Death always hung over Jesus' final journey to Jerusalem as it is described in the Gospels. He had met with increasing hostility, his enemies were plotting, and his followers were edgy about going into the city. But on this day an enthusiastic crowd gathered around him waving palms as he entered the city seated on an ass. It was a small, even absurd, event in the large scheme of things. But the support of people affirmed his mission.

By the end of the week Jesus' journey had taken him to harsh confrontation with people who mattered, to betrayal by a friend, to arrest, to isolation as friends deserted him, to beatings, to a rigged trial, and to a tortured death. The company and enthusiasm of Palm Sunday had been replaced by grim abandonment. A hopeful beginning had led to an ending with no space for hope.

Jesus' journey echoes so much of our own experience and fears. We have all known friends who looked forward to growing family and friendships, to plans for life's projects and to the promise of a successful and generous life - only to discover one day that they were terminally ill. Their life ended in pain, retrenchment and isolation, to grief and not to celebration.

Such has also been the journey of so many people around the world who fled violence and persecution in their own lands, arrived in other nations with high hopes for a compassionate welcome and found only rejection, discrimination, and brutally calibrated cruelty. The women and children who sought and were denied protection in Australia are in our hearts and minds this Easter as they are made to walk Jesus' way.

It is appropriate that on Palm Sunday across Australia many Christians walk in solidarity with people who seek protection. We let them know that they are not alone as they follow Jesus' journey to his Passion; we discover that we are not alone in caring for them. We make out of our scanty resources a shelter into which can enter the surprising hope of Easter.

The Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA), sponsored by Jesuit Social Services, carries on this work during the year. It brings together Catholic individuals and groups to effectively advocate for a just and compassionate welcome of people seeking asylum, pools ideas and encourages a decent Australian response. Like the kindness of Veronica, whom we remember as the woman who wiped Jesus' face as he went to his execution, it is a small service. But large in consequence.

© Andrew Hamilton SJ

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Campion House is preparing our next Community Liturgy, for Friday 1 April. Campion family members and supporters are especially welcome.
There is always an open invitation to all parents and friends, as well as students and staff, to celebrate our Liturgy in the Chapel before school on Fridays, then continue with coffee in the Café, for those able to stay.

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

Image © Tony Kiely, Emmaus Productions

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SACRAMENT PROGRAM

Is your child in Years 3, 4, or 6?
"Parents - it is your privilege and responsibility, which follows from your commitment when your child was baptised, to present your child for the sacraments."

Enrol in your Parish
The latest information from some of our local parishes is provided below. Further information is on the College website which is updated regularly.

Local Parishes
Some of the local parishes have supplied the following information regarding Sacrament Programs.

PARISH OF ST MARY STAR OF THE SEA, COTTESLOE
Sacraments enrolling now
Registration Forms are available here. Please complete a form to bring to the registration session.

PARISH OF HOLY SPIRIT, CITY BEACH
If you want your child to celebrate the sacrament, but have not yet enrolled, please contact one of the following people immediately.
CONTACTS:
Fr Emmanuel-tv Dimobi at fremmanueltv@hotmail.com or 9341 3131
Cathy Gawen, Catechist Coordinator at delattrecn@yahoo.fr or 0451 951043
Benna Masbate, Sacrament Coordinator at benelle1@yahoo.com or 0488 998651.

PARISH OF ST JOSEPH'S, SUBIACO
Sacrament of Confirmation enrolling now
CONTACT: Phone 9381 0400 to arrange a brief interview

FAQs

I have missed the enrolment date in my parish? What should I do?
Make contact with your Parish Priest or Sacrament co-ordinator. In some cases, it may still be possible to accommodate late applicants. Parishes may need to order materials or specific items - so you need to let them know as soon as possible.

I am not sure to which parish we belong. How can I find out?
The new website for the Archdiocese of Perth is very user friendly. Go to the drop down for Parishes and Masses, then find your parish by suburb, arranged alphabetically.

The parish sacrament programs are not identical. Does that matter?
Not at all. Under the guidance of the Parish Priest, each parish is unique and offers the Sacrament Program within the context of their parish community.

My parish insists on children attending classes. Isn't the content covered in the Religion curriculum at John XXIII College?
The Primary Curriculum at John XXIII College includes, for each year level, the relevant sacrament unit content, viz: Year 3 - Reconciliation; Year 4 - Eucharist; Year 6 - Confirmation. Because each parish is unique, they will prepare for and celebrate the sacraments uniquely.

I don't see my parish listed above.
As a regional school, our College is enriched by families from many parishes, not all of them close by. Information for all parishes may be found on the archdiocesan website.
Further information is on the College website which is updated regularly or email Mary-Anne Lumley or phone on 9383 0513, Parish Liaison.