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:



This Sunday, 27 September, is Social Justice Sunday. This year's Social Justice Statement is titled:

'For Those Who've Come Across the Seas: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers'.

The Statement addresses the divisive national debate over asylum seekers, especially those who arrive by boat. It reminds all Australians of the need to welcome and comfort those who have fled here from terror and danger, and to live out the example of Jesus, who never turned his back on those who were lost or suffering.

To download a copy of the statement, go to:

For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website ( or call (02) 8306 3499.

"Anyone who is not against us is for us. If your hand should cause you to sin, cut it off." (Mark 9:38-48)

In the 'Year of Conscience' Fr Richard Leonard's homily on this Sunday's gospel provides some food for reflection. Fr Richard Leonard SJ is the author of Preaching to the Converted, Paulist Press, New York, 2006. The homily is reprinted here with kind permission.

Today's gospel makes me very pleased I'm a Catholic, and that we don't take the bible literally. Our Christian brothers and sisters who insist on the literal truth of the scriptures must have a tough time trying to avoid cutting off their hands and feet, plucking out their eyes and worrying about how hot hell is! I'm not sure about them, but I know my feet have taken me to places I wish I'd not gone, and when I got there my eyes saw things I wish I'd not seen. Still, in spite of the times I've let myself down, I am glad I'm still in one piece, and not all that worried about the worms and weather in hell!

As Catholics we believe the Scriptures reveal the truth of our salvation - they are not books of fact. Jesus was a skilled and powerful communicator. And like all great teachers he used metaphor and exaggeration to make his point. In Mark's Gospel, Jesus takes evil very seriously. He is always conscious of it around him and is aware that it comes from within us, and without us. Jesus teaches us today to stop doing the destructive things that prevent us from loving God, each other and ourselves.

Sinful behaviour often falls into two categories of human activity: habitual and compulsive. Habits are unusual things. There are good habits, like saying 'please' and 'thank you'. There are habits that can start out well-intentioned enough, but end up being obsessions, like caring for one's physical fitness. And there are habits that bring moments of relief or let us off the hook - like lying, dishonesty and stealing - but always end up being destructive.

Compulsive behaviour, however, is of a very different order. Gambling, drinking, shopping, smoking, violence, work, sex, eating, drugs, pornography, money and the Internet are fairly common modern manifestations of compulsive behaviour. As heart-breaking as these addictions are, they are the presenting problems of deeper issues related to self-esteem, personal history and even genetic disposition.

One of the comments I've heard people make about their compulsive behaviour is, 'I found myself doing it again and I am not sure how or why'. No doubt there are some people who feel so lonely and get so depressed about their habitual or compulsive behaviour, they contemplate severing an arm, a leg or gouging an eye.

Jesus underlines that we have to stop our destructive behaviour and offers three pieces of practical advice so we can. Firstly, do whatever helps. For some people the most unusual solutions attend to the deeper issues and help us piece our lives back together. It doesn't matter whether others approve of it, or it's related to religious faith, for as long as it doesn't lead to other destructive behaviour then, 'whoever (or whatever) is not against us, is for us'.

Secondly, accept help. None of us can battle through life carrying all our burdens on our own. Steps four to six of Alcoholics Anonymous deal with sharing the exact nature of our burdens as a means to coming to terms with them. Our family and friends are not mind readers and we need to seek out wise counsel and follow it wisely. The help and support we receive could be like the cup of refreshing water Jesus tells us about today.

Finally, habitual and compulsive behaviour always has a pattern. St Ignatius Loyola taught in the sixteenth century that it was only when we regularly examined ourselves to see where, when, how and with whom we are most likely to walk away from God's love, that we can work out why we do it and change the pattern.

And when we really know ourselves as we are, and not as we would like to be, we have the chance to choose life over death more often than not.


Please join us on Friday 16 October, our first Eucharist for Term 4, for a special Community Mass to celebrate the feast of Pope St John XXIII. The actual feast day for John XXIII is during the holidays on Sunday 11 October. Mass will be prepared by Year 10 students and everyone is welcome for this special occasion, whether or not you are a 'regular'. After Mass, continue the celebration in the Circle of Friends Café, with an informal morning tea.

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