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 HOLY SPIRIT, CITY BEACH

Sacrament Enrolment Day
Enrolments closed 26 November.
Further information available: www.holyspiritcitybeach.com or from Parish Office

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

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'GOOD NEWS' for First Sunday in Advent

"Your redemption is near at hand. …"
(Luke 21: 25-28, 34-36)

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 other roles, is the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.

As we come towards the end of the year, the Scripture readings for Advent invite us to look squarely at the terrifying events in our world and at how we respond to them.

Jesus describes nations trembling. The readers of the Gospels were vulnerable to war and to natural disasters that threatened their lives and their ability to feed themselves. They would have felt themselves close to the Middle Eastern Christians of our own day who are threatened by local forces and by the activities of outside powers.

In our world, too, the media are dominated by images of war in Syria and Afghanistan, and by tidal movements of people fleeing from war to seek shelter and life in Europe. The early bushfires also remind us of the monster of climate change that threatens to escape from the cupboard of our minds in which we try to lock it away.

The early Christians for whom the Gospels were written had to confront this threatening reality. They felt themselves powerless before it. They asked how to respond to it. Jesus advised them to look it in the eye and not to be crushed by their fears. They were to hold their heads high, knowing that he would come again at the ending of the world. God was close to them and they had nothing to fear. In the meantime they were to pay attention both to the state of their world and to the promise of God's coming. Their business was to pray.

Today we do not expect the world to end soon. But we can still be overwhelmed by the ills of the world and try to forget about them. So Jesus' words speak to us, too. God is close to us and to all those affected by the wars and dislocation in our world. So we should not shut these hard realities out, but allow them a place in our minds and hearts.

To watch and pray is to focus on what matters: the people whom God loves. We should not be distracted by military strategies and technology, nor be seduced by the hope of a victory that will come out of destruction. We should attend to the faces of those who are killed, wounded and forced from their homes, and ask how we can welcome them into our lives and lands.

Attending to faces is the everyday business for people working with vulnerable young people, as does Jesuit Social Services. Their faces are often defeated or wary. It is easy to look past them and to see them as problems. But God loves each of them and invites us to do the same.

To keep our heads held high means avoiding saying that the situations are all too hard, that they have nothing to do with us, and that we should leave them to someone else. It means asking how we can be responsible to our brothers and sisters who are suffering and how we can persuade our government to take responsibility. ©

COMMUNITY MASS

Our last Community Mass for 2015 will be next Friday. It will be the Mass of the second week of Advent and is being prepared by the newly elected leaders in Year 7. Year 7 families and friends are especially welcome. Everyone is always 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