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."

John XXIII College prepares children for the various sacraments during the course of this year's religious education programs: Year 3 - Reconciliation, Year 4 - Eucharist, Year 6 - Confirmation. Your family celebrates that sacrament in your home parish, the parish community in which you regularly participate.

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Emmaus Productions

CONFIRMATION

Our thoughts and prayer are with the Year 6 students who will be confirmed this weekend, in the Cottesloe and Floreat / Wembley parishes. Congratulations also to their parents and teachers for preparing them. Students' names will be in next week's newsletter.

Forthcoming dates in other local parishes:

Confirmation
Claremont Friday 4 Sept - 6:00pm
Mosman Park Saturday 20 June - 5:30pm
Nedlands Saturday 13 June - 6:00pm or Sunday 14 June - 8:45am
Subiaco Sunday 21 June - 11:30am

First Holy Communion
Cottesloe Sunday 28 June - 10:00am
Floreat 27 June - 6:00pm or 28 June, 9:30am
Nedlands Saturday 21 or 28 June - 6:00pm or Sunday 22 or 29 June - 8:45am
Subiaco Sunday 22 November - 11:30am

Don't see your parish here? If you would like further information on the Sacrament program, please contact:
Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au

Alternatively go to the archdiocesan website:
http://www.perthcatholic.org.au/parishes-priests/index.cfm?loadref=16

CONGRATULATIONS

To the following students who made their First Holy Communion last weekend:

City Beach - Holy Spirit Parish

Joel Margaria
Jasmine Slatter

Claremont - St Thomas Apostle Parish

Sophie Arundell
James Brierley
Bryn Chapman
Sophia Defrancesco
Elizabeth Edwards
John Edwards
Amelia Gellard
Sarah Hackett
Charlie Hodge
Gus Kenny
Thomas King
Kate Scalise
Sophie Standen
May Verleg

'GOOD NEWS' for 11th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

"…smallest of all the seeds, grows into the biggest shrub of all" (Mark 4:26-34)
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The following is part of Fr Michael Tate's homily on this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with his kind permission.

In Australia, so far as I know, a farmer ploughs the land and then plants the seed. In Galilee, the farmer scattered the seed on the old field and therefore on tracks which people made walking across it after cropping, on thorny areas, and also on what he hoped was good soil. He then ploughed in the seed.
It is a wonder that anything grew, and generally the return was about 7:1. In a previous parable Jesus had spoken of the Kingdom he was inaugurating as if it would turn out to be like a bumper harvest of up to a hundredfold.
What would such a harvest mean for a peasant tilling the rocky soil of Galilee? It would mean release from the endless servitude to a landlord, generation after generation. It would mean liberation, not only from hunger, but from the power structure which was quite content with a permanent underclass of subsistence farmers.
In other words, Jesus was telling his listeners that God's Kingdom would turn the world as they knew it 'upside down'. As Mary sang in the Magnificat: 'The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.' Power structures would be shattered by the impulses of the Gospel to create a society where there was a just distribution of the world's resources.
Naturally, the peasant farmers of Galilee wanted to know 'when' and 'how'. We want to know the 'when' and the 'how' of the fulfilment of the Kingdom of God.
Jesus' answer to them, and to us, is basically: 'It is not for you to know. Just get on with the sowing of the Gospel seed. Something will happen with the seed you sow, something out of all proportion to your part in the process.'
Our Lord pictured this by contrasting the tiny mustard seed and the mustard bush which he even exaggerates into a tree in which birds could find shelter!
In this parable Jesus says: 'Be patient, allow the creative power of God to work in the earth and the small seed will be 'raised up'.'

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When did God's creative power work in the depths of the stony ground so that the Gospel Seed was raised up? The answer is, of course, in the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
And what effect did this have? We read in the Acts of the Apostles concerning the early Christian community that 'The faithful all lived together and owned everything in common; they sold their goods and possessions and shared out the proceeds among themselves according to what each one needed.' (Acts 2:44)
… A more just distribution of resources was taking place in the immediate aftermath of the proclamation of the Resurrection by Peter on the Feast of Pentecost…
There is a correlation between the commitment of Christians to a just distribution of the world's resources and the proclamation of the Lord's resurrection. Only if the commitment is authentic and real will the proclamation be powerful and effective.
So,
let us lead lives with an authentic dimension of social justice,
let us get on with sowing the seed of the Gospel whenever we get the opportunity,
let God get on with germinating that seed with the power of the Resurrection so that
the Tree of Life may grow to such a height that all peoples 'can shelter in its shade.'
© Michael Tate

COMMUNITY MASS

Today our celebration of the Eucharist was prepared by students from Year 9. Thank you to all students involved.
Next week Community Mass will be prepared by Year 11 students. Families are particularly welcome!

Our College community celebrates the Eucharist each Friday morning in term time, and everyone is always welcome.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au

Where: Chapel
Time: 8:000am - 8:30am
When: Fridays in term time.