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Is your child in Years 3, 4 or 6?

"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.

Enrol in your Parish for 2016

Under the guidance of the Parish Priest, each parish is unique and offers the Sacrament Program within the context of the Parish community. Parents are encouraged to contact their parish priest or parish sacrament coordinator to enrol their child in the 2016 program. 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.

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

Classes have commenced
Silvia Kinder - 0429 065842
Rossana Terpolilli - 9384 0598 during office hours.

Classes have commenced
Fr Emmanuel-tv Dimobi at or 9341 3131
Cathy Gawen, Catechist Coordinator at or 0451 951043
Benna Masbate, Sacrament Coordinator at or 0488 998651.

Enrolment forms and information available at this link.

Sacrament of Confirmation enrolling now
CLOSING DATE: Wednesday, 26 February 2015
CONTACT: Phone 9381 0400 to arrange a brief interview

Don't see your parish?
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, Parish Liaison.

'GOOD NEWS' for 2nd Sunday in Lent

"As Jesus prayed, the aspect of his face was changed, and his clothing became brilliant as lightning." (Luke 9:28-36)

The reflection is from Fr Richard Leonard's homily on this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the Director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting, is a member of the Australian Catholic Media Council and is author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

An American Jesuit theologian, John Powell, tells the story of a young man named Tommy who was the resident atheist during one of his courses in the Philosophy of God at Loyola University in Chicago.

At the end of the course while he was turning in his final paper, Tommy said to Fr Powell, 'Do you think I will ever find God?' 'No', Powell replied bluntly, but as he walked away he continued, 'But I think God will find you'. Tommy kept walking.

Years later, Tommy returned to see John Powell to tell him that he had been diagnosed as having terminal cancer. More than ever, Tommy said, he wanted to find God or to be in the right place at the right time to be found by God. John Powell told Tommy to go and tell the people that he most loved in the world that he loved them.

Within a week Tommy reported to John Powell that in the midst of doing this he had a genuine and significant encounter with God. They had found each other. Tommy died three months later. John Powell reports that the only way to describe the final three months of Tommy's life was to say that, whatever happened to him in the process of telling others he loved them, he was transfigured by God.

The Transfiguration is no mountaintop light show. In borrowing heavily from similar stories in the Old Testament, it describes, in a dramatic way, how loved Jesus was by God and how this experience was seen and known by his disciples.

So often we hear people say they have not, or cannot, experience the presence of God, and therefore deny that God exists. These readings show us that if you want to encounter God then you have to experience love. This is not an optional extra for the Christian life. As St John says, 'The one who says they love God, yet they hate their brother or sister, is a liar.'

The Transfiguration is not a once off event for Jesus alone. It is a moveable feast for all of us who have become God's sons and daughters in Christ.

The problem with love is that we have devalued the currency. We say it too often about things we don't or can't love, like our car, a bottle of wine or our holiday. We say 'I love you' to people we don't love and because we have learnt that actions are more telling than words we don't easily believe others when they tell us they love us.

We can feel unlovable and cynical about the whole experience. But there are three things of which we can be sure: If we feel distant from God, we only have to guess who has moved away from whom. Nothing we do stops God from loving us.

God loves us as we are, not as we like to be. As the old saying goes, 'you don't have to get good to get God. You have to get God to get good.'

Finally, as the song runs, 'You ain't nobody until somebody loves you.'

And so for a Christian, being vulnerable enough to tell those we love that we love them is no sentimental exercise but a participation in the heart of God. By taking the risk of doing this, others may clearly hear the voice of God through us and we may discover ourselves transfigured by the personal love of God for us too.

In the process God may move from being an idea, an abstraction, even an object of curiosity to the focus of a loving experience that can give our lives meaning, purpose and hope.

This Sunday's Eucharist invites people to ascend the mountaintop and listen to Jesus say, 'You are my son. You are my daughter. And I love you.' ©


Next Friday, 26 February, Community Mass will be prepared by Year 7 students. Parents are especially welcome to join with these students as they begin their time in Secondary. New parents - you are especially welcome. There are no reserved seats - just sit where you feel comfortable. The readings will be those of the third Sunday of Lent and all responses are on a Powerpoint. Mass finishes at 8:30am and the celebration continues in the café afterwards for those able to stay.

Lent is traditionally a time of renewal and during these weeks of preparing for Easter the Church gives us rich Scripture texts which merit more than one reading. Many people find that celebrating Friday Community Mass helps them enter more deeply into their Parish Mass at the weekend.

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