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Is your child in Years 3, 4, or 6?
"Parents - it is your privilege and responsibility, which follows from your commitment when your child was baptised, to present your child for the sacraments."

Enrol in your Parish
The latest information from some of our local parishes is provided below. Further information is on the College website which is updated regularly.

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.

If you want your child to celebrate the sacrament, but have not yet enrolled, please contact one of the following people immediately.
Fr Emmanuel-tv Dimobi at or 9341 3131
Cathy Gawen, Catechist Coordinator at or 0451 951043
Benna Masbate, Sacrament Coordinator at or 0488 998651.

Sacrament of Confirmation enrolling now
CONTACT: Phone 9381 0400 to arrange a brief interview


I have missed the enrolment date in my parish? What should I do?
Make contact with your Parish Priest or Sacrament co-ordinator. In some cases, it may still be possible to accommodate late applicants. Parishes may need to order materials or specific items - so you need to let them know as soon as possible.

I am not sure to which parish we belong. How can I find out?
The new website for the Archdiocese of Perth is very user friendly. Go to the drop down for Parishes and Masses, then find your parish by suburb, arranged alphabetically.

The parish sacrament programs are not identical. Does that matter?
Not at all. Under the guidance of the Parish Priest, each parish is unique and offers the Sacrament Program within the context of their parish community.

My parish insists on children attending classes. Isn't the content covered in the Religion curriculum at John XXIII College?
The Primary Curriculum at John XXIII College includes, for each year level, the relevant sacrament unit content, viz: Year 3 - Reconciliation; Year 4 - Eucharist; Year 6 - Confirmation. Because each parish is unique, they will prepare for and celebrate the sacraments uniquely.

I don't see my parish listed above.
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 4th Sunday in Lent

"Your brother here was dead and has come to life." (Luke 15:1-3; 11-32)

The reflection is an extract 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.

…Often our history colours everything about us, even those toward whom we can give the benefit of the doubt, be compassionate and forgive.

Image: Dorothy Woodward rsj ©Emmaus Productions

What is so shocking about Jesus' parable of the prodigal son is, that as the story goes, everything about the Jewish culture of first century Palestine set the boy up for a fall: he was greedy for his father's inheritance; we can assume he left the chosen land for the far country where he squandered his inheritance recklessly; he ended up eating with the unclean pigs; and then he had the temerity to return and ask for forgiveness.

This was the least likeable kid in town. He did not deserve to be treated better than a slave. That's what makes the boy's father so magnificent in love. He was derided by his faithful older son for this folly of the heart and he would have been considered a fool by his neighbours. And this is the model of compassion Jesus gives us to emulate.

The context for this story, however, matters. The author of Luke 15 has Jesus responding to charges about the company he was keeping and especially those with whom he dined. In Jesus' day, one only ate with intimates and Jesus shared his table with losers. Three parables are given as an explanation for this practice: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. In each case the shepherd, the woman and the father go to ridiculous lengths to save that which is lost.

Who was admitted to the table of Luke's community was a huge issue. It seems some things never change. The action and words of Jesus, however, lead us to conclude the table is here for those of us who know the frailty of our lives enough to recognise our hunger and thirst for the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Today's Gospel is not just about each of us being welcomed into the arms of our compassionate God, it is also a challenge for us to defend the right of the outcasts, the public sinners and the losers who seek to turn their life around to be welcomed here as well.

This is not just about the table of the Eucharist, either. To the degree that we help our country be more hospitable to the most defenceless, the poor and the displaced then we live out the power of this parable. ©


Easter is the highpoint of the Christian calendar. During the Triduum (3 days from Holy Thursday evening to Easter Sunday evening) the Church celebrates some of the most beautiful liturgies.

Many families, mindful of the origin of the Easter holiday weekend, incorporate some or all of the parish celebrations into their family gatherings and activities.

Local parish times will be published here and on the College Website.


Holy Thursday - 24 March
7:30pm: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday - 25 March
10:00am: Stations of the Cross
10:30-11:00am: Reconciliation
3:00pm: Celebration of the Lord's Passion

Holy Saturday - 26 March
"Day of Quiet at the Tomb of Jesus"
6:00pm: Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday - 27 March
8:45am: Easter Morning Mass

For further information refer to the Parish of Holy Rosary website.


Next Friday, 11 March, Koolyangarra House will prepare the Community Mass, following the celebration of their house day on Thursday. Family members associated with Kooly are particularly welcome. As always, our Friday Mass is open to all members of our College community.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.

In this preparation time 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