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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.

Sacraments enrolling now
Enrolment Date: Wednesday 9 March 2016, 3:00-5:30pm
Venue: Parish Hall, 2 McNeil St, Peppermint Grove.
Registration Forms are available here. Please complete a form to bring to the registration session.

Classes have commenced
Silvia Kinder - 0429 065 842
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 or phone on 9383 0513, Parish Liaison.

'GOOD NEWS' for 3rd Sunday in Lent

"Unless you repent you will all perish as they did." (Luke 13:1-9)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is a homily by Rev. Prof. Michael Tate. Fr Michael Tate is currently a Parish Priest in the Archdiocese of Hobart and is Catholic Chaplain to the University of Tasmania where he is an Honorary Professor of Law, lecturing in International Humanitarian Law.

Politics, Economics, and the Gardener

There was a terrible disaster when a building fell down killing eighteen people. And some people said, 'Oh, those killed must have been sinners, they or their parents.' Jesus adamantly repudiates that notion: 'No, it wasn't for anything they did.' It was clear to Jesus that they were the victims of poor construction and conditions at Siloam. Look at the builder. That's where responsibility lay.

Pilate massacred some Galileans whilst they were offering sacrifices in the Temple. And some said 'Oh, those Galileans must have been sinners!' Jesus adamantly repudiated that notion: 'No, it wasn't for anything they did.' It was clear to Jesus that they were the victims of an imperial power moving its occupying army to deal with the activities of a religious system they didn't begin to understand. That's where responsibility lay.

We hardly realise the revolution that Jesus' teaching makes to the functioning of society. Responsibility needs to be brought home to those who would otherwise hide behind a religious ideology, or simply the sheer self-interest of evading blame for a situation.

To identify those really responsible may well require major changes to the way society is organised. And that may include us, especially given the fact that we live in a democracy.

We can try to influence international affairs where we know that the innocent are still massacred by the Pilates of this world. We can try to influence the workings of our financial system where people suffer whilst others take the profits, like the builders of the Tower of Siloam.

Does it all seem too difficult, and in any case not showing much evidence of any impact?

Image: © Jenny Close, Creative Ministries

Jesus then turns to us with a metaphor and he says to you and says to me:liturgy-260216.jpg

'You are like a fig tree.
You may not be bearing much fruit just now,
but, I am a terrific gardener:
I will water you,
and dig around you,
and make sure you are well nourished
and I am confident that
you will bear the fruits I desire.'

And, how does Our Lord do that?
He waters us with the waters of Baptism
He digs around us by disturbing our complacency
He prunes us, especially during Lent
He nourishes us with the bread of life in Holy Communion.
What a gardener!

The original Garden of Eden went wrong. The Book of Revelation pictures the New Jerusalem, through which flows the River of Life, on either side of which are the Trees of Life yielding twelve fruits, and the leaves of which are the healing of the nations.

Let us allow Our Lord to garden us so that he may create that heavenly botanical garden of the whole of humanity.©


Next Friday, 4 March, Community Mass will be prepared by Year 8 students. Parents are especially welcome. If you are new, just come along to the Chapel - there are no reserved seats 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