200x221-liturgy.jpg 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."

John XXIII College prepares children for the various sacraments during the course of this year's religious education programs: Year 3 - Reconciliation, Year 4 - Eucharist, Year 6 - Confirmation.

Your family celebrates that sacrament in your home parish, the parish community in which you regularly participate.

Image © Tony Kiely, Emmaus Productions

For further information about Sacrament Programs in your parish, go to - Archdiocesan website:

Or contact: Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison


"This poor widow has put more in than all who contributed…" (Mark 12:38-44)

The reflection is taken from Fr Richard Leonard's homily on this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

In today's Gospel Jesus lines up the religious leaders of his day and lets them have it with both barrels. It may come a surprise to learn that hypocrisy is the sin Jesus condemns most frequently in the Gospels. He could not bear it. And nor should we.

Being powerful and rich is not a problem in itself. As with all gifts, it is what we do with them that show us up for who we are. The problem with religious, political, social or even family power, and the wealth that can come from it, is that it is so seductive. The more powerful and rich we become, the more we can think everything is our due. We can take our eye off the Giver of all gifts and avoid our responsibility to share with those who are left with nothing.

In the second part of today's Gospel, Jesus does not praise the widow because she is poor. There is no nobility in poverty. Jesus praises her for being generous and he indicates how the poor teach the rich about what really matters in life. ©

And during November…

"The believer's pilgrimage of faith is lived out with the mutual support of all the people of God. In Christ all the faithful, both living and departed, are bound together in a communion of prayer." (Source: PRAY AS YOU GO)

During the month of November, Catholics especially remember those who have gone before us in faith. Our loved ones are always present with us in our hearts and in our memories. In our Catholic tradition, we call them the Communion of Saints and believe that they are gathered before the face of God in love and in peace, and that they pray for us and for the concerns of our world. Our faith assures us that they are present with us as we gather to celebrate the Eucharist. (Adapted from EMMAUS PRODUCTIONS)

At Community Mass each Friday during November we will particularly remember our beloved dead. People are invited to write the names of their deceased loved ones in the 'Book of the Dead', which will be placed under the altar during Mass. All are welcome to write in the book set up in the chapel, which is open from at least 7:30am to 5:00pm each day. Please feel free to come into the Chapel at any time, either to write the name of a loved one in our book - or to just enjoy the quiet space at 'the heart of the College'.


Next week's Community Mass will be prepared by Year 8 students. Year 8 friends and family are also very welcome - join us for a cuppa in the café afterwards if you are able.

Everyone is always welcome at Community Mass!

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