This Sunday's Gospel (Luke 20:27-38)

The following homily is from Father Michael Tate. We are grateful for his kind permission to reprint it here.

Billy Elliott and the Resurrection

Billy Elliott was a boy brought up in a grimy, decaying, strife-torn mining town in the north of England. He discovered a passion for dancing and would tap-dance through the alleyways surrounding the decrepit housing in which the families of miners lived. Eventually, (I can't give you the whole wonderful film), he ended up at an interview at the Royal Ballet School in London. It went badly: he was unpolished and nervous. As he was leaving the room, one of the panellists asked: 'What do you feel when you are dancing?'

'I've got fire in my body! I've got fire in my body!'

And he got the scholarship. Why? I think because the panel realised that when he danced he became 'fully alive'. His bodysoul life force was totally as one, utterly integrated, completely ocused bodymindspirit. When Billy danced, everything that Billy was, was dancing. Really, that is what the Resurrection is all about. Our whole human personality will be dancing with Divine Fire coursing through our bodysoul. We have to break with the Greek idea that we are souls who are unfortunately encased in a body for a time. Thomas Aquinas taught: 'I am not my soul.' I am an embodiedsoul or ensouledbody. In fact, bodymindspirit should be written like an email address: all one word, no conjunctions, no hyphens, no back slashes. When we are feeling well we nstinctively know this. It is when we are ill, or carrying a painful injury, that a gap seems to open up between body and soul. We even change our language from 'I am my body' to 'I have a body'.

In today's Gospel, which is hard to follow, a group of Jews called the Sadducees ridiculed the idea of life after death, let alone resurrection. They painted a ridiculous scenario about a woman with seven husbands (in succession). Jesus takes the opportunity to affirm that God knows and loves human beings beyond their apparent death. They will 'rise again' as human beings. We cannot imagine the how. We cannot imagine the whatness, as James Joyce would say. But, we do know that our resurrection will fulfil the promise heard at our baptism.

At our baptism we experienced in the depths of our hearts the same words which Jesus heard in the depths of His heart at His baptism: 'You are my beloved child, my favour rests on you.' At Baptism our bodysouls are adopted and adapted to receive the promise that we can share in the resurrection life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We can share in Christ's victory over death. You and I will have bodies transfigured, translucent to divine light and energy. You and I will have bodies which, like Billy Elliott's,

will dance with fire

will dance with Divine fire

will dance, enflamed with Divine Love.

© Fr Michael Tate

Remembrance Day

The College Remembrance Day ceremony will be held on Monday on the Chapel Lawn at 8:50. It will be a short ceremony and parents are welcome to attend. Our new Year 11 Head Boy and Head Girl, as well as the Faith and Justice Captains, are demonstrating great commitment by coming to lead the assembly even though they are officially not on campus due to exams! We are also honoured that 2012 Head Boy, James Mazza, is returning to play the Last Post and Rouse - while en route to a later Remembrance service. James has played the trumpet calls for a number of years and we thank him for joining us on Monday.

Date: Monday 11th November
Time: 8:50
Venue: Chapel Lawn

Community Mass

Longer, brighter mornings are an opportunity to get to school half an hour earlier for our Friday morning Community Mass. Today, a number of Year 11s and their families celebrated as the senior group of students in the College. But don't wait to be personally invited - all parents and friends as well as students and staff are welcome on any Friday.

What if I am not a Catholic? It does not matter - many regulars are not.

What if I don't know the responses? They are all on a powerpoint.
When: Fridays in term time
Time: 8:00-8:30
Venue: College Chapel

© Dorothy Woodward
Emmaus Productions

Parish Life


… to Rory Betts who made his first Reconciliation at St Joseph's, Subiaco, and to Emma Winch who made her first Reconciliation in St Thomas, Claremont - both at the end of last term. Some Year 3s are preparing for their First Reconciliation at Holy Rosary, Nedlands. More next week.

2014 family-focused, parish-based, school-supported sacramental program, for children in Years 3, 4 & 6.


Children complete the classroom component of the sacramental programs for Reconciliation (Year3), Communion (Year 4) or Confirmation (Year 6) at the College.


Children celebrate their First Reconciliation, First Communion or Confirmation within their parish community.


Parents, as first educators in the Faith, enrol their children in the sacramental program in their home parish sacramental program.

What should I do?

- Some parishes have begun publishing their sacramental programs for 2014, and have set a date for enrolment.

- Alternatively, go to your parish webpage via the PerthCatholic website:


- Details of sacramental program from parishes close to John XXIII College will be on the College as information becomes available:

Any further queries please contact Mary-Anne Lumley: