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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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

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


"Son of Man will be delivered into the hands of humanity … All who wish to be first must make themselves the servants of all." (Mark 9:30-37)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is by Jesuit theologian, Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, and is reprinted here with his kind permission. Father Andrew is the Media Officer for Jesuit Social Services.liturgy-180915.png

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In his Gospel Mark rarely spells things out. He simply places stories side by side and lets his readers draw their own conclusions. He does that in this Sunday's Gospel, first describing Jesus' warning to his disciples that he will be killed, and then moving to the disciples' quarrel about who will be greatest.

The first story is about matters of life and death; the other about superficial things. One is about accepting what will come; the other about grabbing what you can. One story is about serious conversation, the other about pub talk.

When his disciples compete with one another to be the Big Man, Jesus takes a child into his arms in order to explain to them what being greatest means. It is not about competing, winning, grabbing, being ambitious or an alpha male. It's hard to compete when you are nursing a little child who demands all your attention. In Jesus' view, to be great is to be receptive, to welcome people who are frail and vulnerable, to accept death, and to leave ourselves in God's hands hoping for resurrection. It is about letting go of our ego, and thinking first of others.

Those two stories are landmarks for churches and other organisations that live for the benefit of others. Leadership is a great gift, both in its large form of sharing wisdom and in its narrower form of getting things done. These Gospel stories tell us what Jesus means by leadership. It is about being receptive, waiting, accepting and being faithful.

Pope Francis has explained pungently many times what good leadership in the Catholic world looks like. It is to smell like the sheep; to be available to them when they want you, not to take elaborate care of your appearance, not to be domineering or judgmental, nor to put people in their place. It is to respect the dignity of others, particularly the smallest and the least powerful, not to stand on your own dignity. It is all summed up in the sweet image of Jesus nursing a child and in the bitter image of Jesus going to his death willingly.

These two little stories have much to say to such organisations as Jesuit Social Services, which reach out to vulnerable people. To put the reputation of the organisation before the good of the people whom we serve, to be ambitious for our career rather than their welfare, and to big note ourselves rather than being self-effacing, betray what we are about.

Jesus' way is a better way. It makes for better organisations, too.

© Andrew Hamilton
Jesuit Social Services website.


Our next Community Mass is on Friday 16 October and will be prepared by Year 10 students. Families and friends are especially welcome.

Our Friday Eucharist is joyous and user-friendly. Our own Chapel choir leads the community in singing and are teaching us a new sung setting of the Mass.

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