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'Family focused, parish-based, catholic school-supported'

Do you have a child in Year 3, 4 or 6?
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. "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."


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 0405556026.


Enrolments Close - Friday 27th March
First Communion - Sunday 7th June, 9:30am
Confirmation - Friday 4th September, 6:00pm (TBC)
First Reconciliation - Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st October, 3:30-4:30pm.
Contact - Silvia Kinder -


To enrol your child please access the enrolment form from College website or


Parent Information Night (Compulsory) - Wednesday 11th March, 7:00pm.
First Communion - 27th & 28th June, 9:30am
Confirmation - 13th & 14th June, 6:00pm (TBC)
First Reconciliation - Wednesday 17th June, 4:00-5:00pm.
Contact - Prue Pupazzoni - or 9387 1158


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


Confirmation Registration - Tuesday 10th March, 4:30pm, Upper Room.
Contact - Bart Welten - or 9381 0400

THIS SUNDAY'S GOSPEL: 2nd Sunday in Lent (Mark 9:2-10)

"This is my Son, the beloved; listen to him."

The following reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is from Greg Sunter, who is a member of the Evangelisation and Spiritual Formation team with Brisbane Catholic Education.

Like so many other important events in the Bible, the events of this week's gospel occur on a high mountaintop. Mountaintops were places of special and dramatic encounter with God and the disciples' experience of the transfiguration is clearly no exception! In this instance, the disciples suddenly see Jesus' power fully revealed but they fail to fully understand what is going on. One might think how much more obvious could God be about trying to reveal Jesus' identity to the disciples, but still they don't really catch on. Peter thinks he has caught on to the message. When the great prophets Elijah and Moses appear beside Jesus, Peter understands Jesus to be part of the line of prophets in the Hebrew tradition. He believes he has had a great insight and is so impressed that he wants to remain on the mountaintop - setting up tents in honour of Jesus, Elijah and Moses. In essence, Peter has still only partially understood who Jesus is. He thinks he is the Messiah, but a Messiah in the same mould as the prophets of old, a prophet of the old tradition. He has not understood that Jesus is breaking that mould and creating a new vision, a new tradition - one that is endorsed by the voice of God on the mountaintop.

Rather than allowing the disciples to set up tents and remain in the 'high' of this experience, Jesus immediately leads the boys back down the mountain. This is perhaps the greatest message of this passage: that life is not lived on the mountaintop but back down in the valley. Although the mountaintop experience may have provided some new insight and new energy, it is back down in the valley that the world waits; that the real work needs to be done; that the sick and the poor are crying out for God's love and mercy. © Greg Sunter


During Lent, some people attend the Friday Community Mass as part of their spiritual journey for this season. If you are new to the school, please consider yourself warmly invited to our 'user-friendly' joyous Mass. If you have any questions, please contact:

Where: Chapel
Time: 8:00am - 8:30am
When: Fridays in term time


caritas-1.jpgThe season of Lent is also the season of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion appeal. This year's Project Compassion stories focus on the ways in which Caritas Australia is working around the world to empower vulnerable people to establish sustainable food sources and develop income streams for life. Students are encouraged, in age-appropriate ways, to develop a greater awareness of the issues and to support those most vulnerable people through prayer and generous giving.
Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work towards a more just and fair world, where the basic human right for food is met and sustained.caritas-2.jpg
This week Project Compassion focuses on Niger, where life is very tough. Many live in extreme poverty, often unable to afford or access food and water.
This week we meet Mariama who is raising her daughter in Niger, a country that suffers widespread poverty. When her little girl became malnourished, she received life-saving food and care at a Nutrition Centre, supported by Caritas Australia.

Further information: 1800 024 413