200x221-liturgy.jpg 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.

Image © Tony Kiely, Emmaus Productions

Some of our local parishes have supplied the following information. Further details on the College website.

Nedlands Parish (Holy Rosary)

Celebration of Sacrament: Saturday 17 October - 10:000am
Parents' Adult Education Evening: Wednesday 29 July - 7:30-8:30pm (Parish Centre)

Celebration of Sacrament: Saturday 19 September - 6:00pm & Sunday 20 September - 8:45am
Parents' Adult Education Evening: Wednesday 2 September - 7:30-8:30pm (Parish Centre)

Claremont Parish (St Thomas Apostle)

Celebration of Sacrament: Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 October - 3.30-4.30pm

Celebration of Sacrament: Friday 4 September - 6.00pm

Don't see your parish here?
Like further information? Contact: Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison
Alternatively go to the archdiocesan website:

'GOOD NEWS' for 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

"He distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted." (John 6:1-15)

This Sunday's Gospel describes the miraculous feeding, after Jesus' challenge to the disciples: "Where can we buy some bread for these people to eat?"

It is appropriate, in this context, to consider Pope Francis' Encyclical letter, subtitled: On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si'). The following is a reflection on the Encyclical by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, and is reprinted here with his kind permission. Father Andrew is a Jesuit, a theologian and, among other things, is the Media Officer for Jesuit Social service. It has kindly agreed to the reprint of this article.

Pope Francis' Encyclical on the environment has won many hearts, not least because it combines concern for the environment and for social justice. The Pope writes with authority because of his experience with the poor in large Argentinian cities. There the poor, caught in a society marked by great extremes of wealth and poverty are forced to live in polluted and unhealthy conditions. He has also visited poor villages whose people are vulnerable to the extreme weather events resulting from global warming.

In the Encyclical he argues that social injustice and the trashing of the environment have the same cause. This is an attitude that looks to short term gain at whatever cost. It ignores both the bonds that connect us to the most vulnerable people in our society and our relationships to the world around us. It trusts that unregulated markets, always driven in part by greed, will benefit the poor as well as the wealthy. It is also confident we can make use of technology as we wish both to exploit the world and to mend any harmful consequences. The Pope claims that this attitude has a bad track record.

The Pope offers another vision of a world in which all beings are interdependent, so that when we pursue our personal and our national interests we must take into account the impact on other people and on the world of which we are part. The test of our faithfulness in doing this is to the extent to which we attend to the flourishing of poor and to the flourishing of our environment.

For Pope Francis this is not simply a matter of making vision statements, establishing processes and adopting practices. It involves something more difficult: the changing of hearts and minds so that we see our world and other people as a gift and live with gratitude and respect.

For us at Jesuit Social Services the Encyclical reminds us that the vulnerable people whom we serve are not our clients but our brothers and sisters. It also reminds us that our own growth and that of the vulnerable young people who we accompany comes through using the good things of our world attentively, whether they be food and drink, technology, exercise and the beauty of nature. We do not have an environment, we are the environment.

Pope Francis reminds us of the constant danger of looking at our lives from the inside without relating them to the world outside us. When we look out we are naturally drawn in compassion to the people who are vulnerable to exploitation by other human beings, and to our natural environment, frail and vulnerable to exploitation.

© Andrew Hamilton SJ.


Today, we were lucky to have visiting New York Jesuit, Fr Thomas Scirghi SJ, to preside at our celebration of the Eucharist. Thank you Fr Thomas!
Next Friday 31 July, is the Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola. Students from Loyola House will help to prepare the celebration of the Mass and families are particularly welcome.
Our College community celebrates the Eucharist each Friday morning in term time. Don't wait to be invited to Friday Mass - everyone is always welcome to this joyous, 'user-friendly' celebration.

If you have any questions, please contact:

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