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

Is your child in Year 2, 3, or 5?

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

Enrol in your Parish for 2016

Many parishes are now setting dates and offering enrolment opportunities for the 2016 program.

Parents are encouraged to begin that conversation with their child and to contact their parish priest or parish sacrament coordinator to enrol their child in the 2016 program. The John XXIII College primary curriculum includes the relevant sacrament unit content.

As parish information becomes available, it will be included here - as well as on the College website.


Sacrament Enrolment Day
Date: 26 November 2015
Time: 4pm to 5pm
Venue: Holy Spirit Parish Centre, 2 Keaney Place, City Beach.
Enrolment forms available: or from Parish Office

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

Or contact: Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison


In this season of joy and promise, many families look for ways to celebrate Advent and Christmas in a way that has meaning and hope for themselves and for the world. Most parishes will be holding special events, some particularly oriented towards children and young people.

Some of the liturgies and events from our local parishes will be included here over the coming weeks.


Road to Bethlehem - Readings & Carols for Advent
Please refer to the attached flyer for further information.

Date: Monday 7 December, 2015,

Time: 7pm

'GOOD NEWS' for the feast of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

"You say that I am a king. …" (John 18:33-37)

For the Feast of Christ the King, Greg Sunter explores, in the light of the Gospel, the kind of king that Jesus is. The following extract is from a longer reflection. Greg Sunter is a member of the Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation team with Brisbane Catholic Education and the author of books on adolescent faith.

This week marks the end of the liturgical year. Next week, with the first week of Advent, we begin the new liturgical cycle. It is fitting that the Church concludes the liturgical year with the celebration of Christ the King.

(In this Sunday's Gospel) the conversation between Jesus and Pilate displays a lot of word play on the part of Jesus and quite a lot of confusion on the part of Pilate. The confusion stems from different perceptions of what it means to be a king. For Pilate, part of the most powerful political and military rule in the ancient world, the idea of a king was a threat. Claiming kingship was claiming authority and power that would inevitably lead to challenging the authority and power of Rome and, more directly, its representative in Palestine - Pilate.

Jesus, of course, had a completely different idea about ushering in a kingdom. He does indeed declare that he is a king and that is what leads us to today's feast of Christ the King. However, his intention is not to claim a position of power and authority.

When Jesus speaks about the Kingdom of God he never gives a particularly clear picture of what he means. He usually refers to the kingdom with metaphoric language ('the kingdom of God is like …') and often the kingdom is defined by what it is not. The kingdom is also a real contradiction: it is here and now and yet it is still to come; it is almost impossible for some to enter the kingdom while others are assured a place; it is within us and in our hearts and yet is a great banquet to which all are invited.

When we think back to Jesus' teachings about the kingdom of God, we recall that he declares the people of highest status - the first - in the kingdom to be the lowliest of this world. It is the poor, the sick, the outcast, the children and the widows who will hold the highest places in the kingdom of God. In a kingdom like that, what does it mean to declare oneself king?

… Jesus says to Pilate that he came into the world 'to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to my voice.' The truth Jesus has borne witness to is the truth of his whole life - the revelation of God's love for humanity. It is for proclaiming this truth that Jesus is placed on trial and is brought before Pilate…©


During the month of November, Catholics especially remember those who have gone before us in faith.

"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)

The College community is invited to write the names of their deceased loved ones in the 'Book of the Dead', and we especially include those names during Mass. The book is in the Chapel, which is open from at least 7:30am to 5:00pm each day. Please feel welcome 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'.

Community Mass on Friday 27 November will be prepared by Year 9 students. It will be the Mass of the first week of Advent, in which we light the first candle in the Advent wreath. Year 9 families and friends are especially welcome. But don't wait to be asked - everyone is always welcome! There are only two remaining Community Masses for this year - so take up the opportunity to be part of this community celebration which begins in the Chapel and continues in the café afterwards for those able to stay.

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