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.

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Congratulations to the following students who were confirmed in the parish of St Thomas the Apostle last Friday:

Rosa Defrancesco
Abbey Fethers
Benjamin Fuller
Christo Fuller
Charlotte Gellard
Caitlin Green
James Hodge
Stella Kenny
Joshua King
Daniel Morgan
James Purdy
Thomas Rear
Emma Scalise
Thomas Standen
Ashleigh Tudori
William Vardanega
Georgia Wholley

Congratulations to Mia Serra who, last weekend, made her First Holy Communion in the parish of Our Lady of Grace, North Beach.

Some of our local parishes have supplied the following information. Further details on the College website.

Nedlands Parish (Holy Rosary)

Celebration of Sacrament: Saturday 17 October - 10:000am

Celebration of Sacrament: Saturday 19 September - 6:00pm & Sunday 20 September - 8:45am

Claremont Parish (St Thomas Apostle)

Celebration of Sacrament: Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 October - 3.30-4.30pm

Celebration of Sacrament: Friday 4 September - 6.00pm

Don't see your parish here?
Like further information? Contact: Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison
Alternatively go to the archdiocesan website:


"…makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak..." (Mark 8:27-35) liturgy-040915.jpg

The following is taken from a reflection on this Sunday's Gospel by Greg Sunter. Greg Sunter is a member of the Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation team with Brisbane Catholic Education, and is the author of books on adolescent faith.

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'But you, who do you say I am?' This would have to be one of the most powerful questions of the gospels. It echoes down the centuries and is just as relevant today as it ever was. 'Who do you say I am?' Our answer to that question is perhaps the most revealing statement of our faith. Our answer no doubt changes over time as we grow in understanding and as we experience the ups and downs of life, but nonetheless, just like Peter in the gospel passage, our answer remains a clear statement of our faith. 'Who do you say I am?' Just a good guy who lived 2,000 years ago? A role model? A friend? God made flesh? The Word come down from heaven? Nobody? Everybody? Our saviour? An inspired man of God? The Messiah?

When Peter answers Jesus' question he demonstrates the disciples' dawning awareness of Jesus' true identity. It is the first occasion that the disciples are called to own what they think about Jesus. However, when Jesus begins to spell out what being the Messiah reality means - persecution and death - Peter tries to convince Jesus that he doesn't need to go down that path. Jesus turns on Peter and snaps, 'Get behind me, Satan!' It is a reminder of the desert temptation Jesus had to face at the start of his ministry when he wrestled with what sort of messiah he was called to be.

Perhaps we've never tried to actually answer the question ourselves. It is a confronting question, 'Who do you say I am?' It's confronting because, as Christian people, we believe that our actions are a reflection of our beliefs and values. It's confronting because whatever we say in answer to that question has implications for the way we live. 'Who do you say I am?' You see, the question is in the present tense, not the past. It doesn't ask 'Who do you say I was?'; it asks, 'Who do you say I AM?' The very question asks us to recognise that Jesus was not just some guy who lived 2,000 years ago but rather someone who continues to be a presence in our lives today. And he stands before each and every one of us today and asks that same, demanding, confronting, purposeful question: 'Who do YOU say I am?'

© Greg Sunter


Next Friday, 18 September, the College community will celebrate the forthcoming College pilgrimages. This is the last Community Mass for this term, so please join us as we pray God's blessing on our pilgrims, before sending them out.

Everyone is always welcome to our community celebration of the Eucharist.

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