Liturgy

SACRAMENT PROGRAMsacrament.jpg

Do you have a child in Year 2, 3 or 5?

Now is the time begin the conversation about Sacrament preparation.

Children in Years 3, 4 and 6 prepare to celebrate, respectively, the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation in their own 'home' parish. As the College Sacrament Program, is 'Family-focused, Parish-based and Catholic School supported' (aligned with the Archdiocese), parents enrol their children in parish Sacrament programs. The school Religious Education program in those classes covers the required content.

THIS WEEK

Holy Spirit, City Beach

Sacrament enrolment day: Thursday 24 November, 4:00-5:00pm.

UPDATES FROM OTHER LOCAL PARISHES

Our Lady of Grace, North Beach

Sacrament enrolment day: Monday 6 February, 4:00pm.

More detailed information is available on the College website here.

Further Information?

ADVENT IN PARISHESroad-to-bethlehem.jpg

During the season of Advent and the Season of Christmas, parishes will celebrate liturgies of the season and have other special events.

Events and times of liturgies from some of our local parishes will be published in the newsletter.

Additional information can be accessed from the archdiocesan website.

St Thomas Apostle parish in Claremont will hold their annual Road to Bethlehem service of carols and readings on Thursday 8 December at 7:00pm.

The service includes community carols and all are welcome!

GOOD NEWS for the First Sunday in Advent

"Stay awake, you must be ready."(Matthew 24:37-44)

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 many other roles, the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.liturgy-251116.jpg

In the Church's seasons Advent prepares for Christmas. The word Advent and the purple colours used in vestments and decorations in this season are associated with the Roman Emperor. In today's Gospel Jesus describes the coming of the Son of Man at the end of time in terms reminiscent of the arrival of the Roman Empire into one of the major cities of the Empire.

The Emperor's advent was designed to impress and intimidate. He was preceded by his troops and to the beating of drums would appear in his chariot, standing straight, looking neither to the right or the left and showing no emotion as he received the greetings of the crowd along the way. His visit was a time for settling accounts, passing judgments, rewarding the diligent and punishing the corrupt. Rewards and punishments would be exemplary. So awaiting the Advent of the Emperor was an anxious time, one when people feared exposure and hoped for favour.

As did other Jews, Jesus believed that God's representative would come to rule in Israel at the end of time. He compares his coming to the fearsome entry of the Emperor in order to urge people to be ready for it. They should live faithfully, waiting for God's coming. For the early Christians that meant they should follow Jesus, grateful for the love God had shown them by joining them and dying for them, and trusting that they would rise with Jesus.

The coming of Jesus, however, would be different from the Emperor's advent. Although it would also be awe-inspiring and unexpected, Jesus' relationship to his followers was totally different from that of the Emperor to his subjects. Jesus loved them enough to join them as an anonymous commoner, to share their ordinary joys and hardships, to speak of God's love and compassion for them, and finally to be faithful to them to the extent of enduring torture and execution. He would come with the same love and compassion.

So waiting for Jesus' coming is to keep an open heart, remembering God's love and compassion and living with open heart. We need to be open-hearted and receptive if we are to recognise the deeper meaning of Christmas: the coming of God into our world in the birth of a baby in the simplest and meanest of surroundings.

We also need to be open hearted and perceptive to recognise God coming to us in the simple things and events of our lives: in friendships, the dramas and the comedies of family life, the grief of loss and the joy of discovery. These give us confidence as we await Jesus' coming at the end of time.

Many of the young people with whom we work at Jesuit Social Services have learned from childhood trauma to fear God, the police, other people and governments as people once feared the Roman Emperor coming to judge the city. We hope to help them find meaning and connection in all the events of their lives.

©Andrew Hamilton sj

COMMUNITY LITURGY

Next Friday, our last Community for this year will be prepared by Year 10s. Family and friends of Year 10, and all members of our extended College community, are particularly welcome.

Afterwards, continue the celebration with coffee in the Café.

On the last day of term, Friday 9 December there will be a whole College Mass at 9:15am, so there will NOT be a Community Mass that day.

If you have any queries about Community Mass please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: Lumley.mary-anne@johnxxiii.edu.au or 9383 0513.

When: Fridays in Term Time

Time: 8:00-8:30am

Where: College Chapel