Easter Sunday was last weekend, and the 50-day season of Easter continues until the feast of Pentecost, in mid-May.

'GOOD NEWS' for 2nd Sunday of Easter

After eight days Jesus came in and stood among them. (John 20:19-31)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is from 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.

Image: Dorothy Woodward rsj ©Emmaus Productions


The disciples did not purge their group of 'doubting Thomas'. They remained his companions, waiting for something or 'Someone' to be revealed to him with them.

Doubt and questioning are a normal and proper part of being human. We should allow for this within the community of the Church. Of course, there may come a point where a person may no longer remain in the Church with any integrity. But a dismissive, excluding Church is not the Church of this gospel story.

Within the companionship of the Church a doubter may hear the words: "Peace be with you." What sort of peace? It is that inner assurance that, in the midst of all the tribulations and the turmoil and the myriad precursor deaths which we suffer on all sorts of levels, the Conqueror of Death wants to be with us.

How can the Risen Lord be with us? In the Eucharist and in those counted as least in the world. According to Matthew 25, he is those without the necessities of life: food, shelter, medical care, comfort in distress.

We could pause for a moment to savour that Peace which comes from faith in the Conqueror of Death and in his Real Presence among those who gather in his name.

© Michael Tate


Our next joyous Community Liturgy, in the season of Easter, is Friday 29 April. Everyone, as always, is welcome - especially families new to the College. Our celebration continues with coffee in the Café, for those able to stay.

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

Image © Tony Kiely, Emmaus Productions



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
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.