'Family focused, parish-based, catholic school-supported'
Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6?
"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. These sacraments are then received in your home parish, the parish community in which you regularly participate.

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I have a daughter/son in Secondary who has not been confirmed. Who should I contact?
This frequently occurs when students transfer from overseas or from state schools. In the first instance, contact your parish priest or parish administrator. However if in doubt, email Mary-Anne Lumley (see below).

I know the dates in my parish - shall we just turn up on the day?
No, every parish has an enrolment process that needs to be completed in advance. Contact your parish priest or administrator to enrol.

Where can I get an enrolment form?
Enrolment forms are available from your parish, and in some cases from the website of your parish. Use the drop down box at: forms from some parishes may also be found on the College website at this link:

What do I need to take to enrolment?
Relevant earlier certificates - eg Baptism, Reconciliation etc.

I have heard that in my parish all students have to attend classes, even if they go to a Catholic school.
Yes, each parish is a special and unique community. Some parishes MAY request that students preparing for Sacraments (including students from Catholic schools) attend parish classes or retreats. Check with your own parish for further details.

I would like some further information; who can I ask?
Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison -

Is your parish one of the following?
The following information may assist you.

For enrolment forms please download from this link:
Further information please contact Michelle Rapkoch at: or 0405 556 026.

First Communion - Sunday 7 June, 9:30am
Confirmation - Friday 4 September, 6:00pm (TBC)
First Reconciliation - Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 October, 3:30-4:30pm.
Contact - Silvia Kinder -

First Communion -
Mosman Park: Saturday 6 June - 5 :30pm
Cottesloe : Sunday 28 June - 10:00am
First Communion -
Cottesloe : Sunday 14 June - 10:00am
Mosman Park: Saturday 20 June - 5 :30pm
To enrol your child please access the enrolment form from College website or Contact:

First Communion - 27 & 28 June, 9:30am
Confirmation - 13 & 14 June, 6:00pm (TBC)
First Reconciliation - Wednesday 17 June, 4:00-5:00pm.
Contact - Prue Pupazzoni - or 9387 1158

To enrol your child, please see information on Parish noticeboards or Parish website: Contact: or 9386 1870

Contact - Bart Welten - or 9381 0400


(John 20:1-9)

The following is part of Fr Richard Leonard's homily on this Sunday's gospel and is printed here, with kind permission. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006.

For many of our children the bunny and its eggs are the most important thing about Easter. Over the millennia, Christianity has had a gift for domesticating local traditions and festivals, bringing them on board and making them our own. The name Easter comes from the Anglo Saxon spring festival in honour of the goddess Eostre. Her symbol was the rabbit and the giving of eggs were signs of new life bursting forth as winter withdrew. These associations only make sense in the northern hemisphere, but we can see why the early Christians could be so adaptable and inculturated with this local festival.

In both hemispheres Christians today celebrate Jesus being raised from the dead. In the New Testament there are two traditions about how the disciples come to know about Jesus' resurrection: the empty tomb and the apparitions of Christ.

Today's Gospel belongs to the empty tomb tradition. On Magdalene's urging, Peter and John run to the tomb, find it empty and come to at least an initial belief about the resurrection of Jesus.

We do not believe that God simply revived Jesus' corpse in the tomb. Easter Sunday does not celebrate the resuscitation of Jesus, but his Resurrection. We know his 'glorified body' was not the same as his human body because Jesus' presence could be encountered in several places simultaneously and he is reported to walk through walls and to vanish. The link between both resurrection traditions is the importance of Jesus' death. In the empty tomb accounts, as in today's gospel, the writers give us extraordinary details about the grave clothes. In the apparition narratives there are usually references to Jesus' wounds.

Whatever way they came to experience the Resurrection of Christ, the disciples knew that this was Jesus who actually died and was buried and that their personal encounter was with the one who was crucified.

What God did through the death and resurrection of Jesus is what Christians have done with local customs and festivals ever since: he entered into it, understood it, took it on board, domesticated it and vanquished its power. As a result we believe that God empathises with the full limitations of our human mortality and promises to remain faithful to us in death as he remained utterly faithful to Jesus. ©


Our first Community Mass of Term 2, on Friday 24 April, will be prepared by students in Year 8. Family and friends are especially welcome. There is an open invitation to join our College community every Friday morning for this joyous, 'user-friendly' celebration of the Eucharist.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Where: Chapel
Time: 8:00am - 8:30am
When: Fridays in term time



Many families incorporate the beautiful parish celebrations into their own family Easter festivities. Easter celebrations take place over 3 days, known as the Easter Triduum, which extends from Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper to the evening of Easter Sunday. Just as Lent is a season of several weeks, so also the season of Easter continues for 50 days, until mid-May.
- Holy Thursday - Mass of the Lord's Supper and washing of feet.
- Good Friday - Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
- Holy Saturday - Easter Vigil (the high point of our church's year)
- Easter Sunday

"From the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday, we celebrate the three-day feast that is really one day and one feast, but it is so awe-inspiring that chronologically we need three days to enter into its mystery: the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The celebration of the paschal mystery is like a precious jewel that crowns the church year, catching different lights and colours of its facets as we turn it through these days. On Holy Thursday we celebrate the paschal mystery from the perspective of floor, table, and the garden of the Mount of Olives; on Good Friday from Golgotha and cross; and at the Easter Vigil and on Easter Sunday, in another garden transformed by dawn and an empty tomb. These are the days of euphoria and treachery; days of the smell of oils and our own humanity; days of taking another's feet in our hands and of tasting bread and wine… days when we kiss wood and splash water; days when we gather around the newly lit fire … days when we become a community able to make "Alleluia!" our song in praise of the Easter Light of the world." Verna A. Holyhead, Welcoming the Word.
Sr Verna Holyhead, SGS (d. 2011), was an Australian Sister of the Good Samaritan.

Further information for other parishes may be found here (use the dropdown box for Parishes and Clergy).

Easter Liturgies