'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.

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.

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 -

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

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

Contact - Bart Welten - or 9381 0400

PALM SUNDAY(Mark 14:1-15:47) - The Passion of the Lord

The following is taken from 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

In the third verse of the rousing hymn, How Great Thou Art, we sing,
'And when I think that God his Son not sparing
sent him to die I scarce can take it in.
That on the cross my burden gladly bearing,
he bled and died to take away my sin.'

This verse enshrines a long-held tradition that Jesus died as a necessary atonement to God for our sins. From this perspective Jesus' suffering and death was the price of the ransom paid to evil so that we might share in God's life. Alternatively, the death of Jesus is seen as the only thing that satisfied God's anger at our sins, and caused God to love us again.

We should be very careful about what we sing! On the one hand this theology rightly shows us the extraordinary love Jesus has for us. On the other hand it says some very difficult things about God. What loving creator, for example, would say that the torture and death of his beloved son is the only way he can be happy about his creatures? What just judge, no matter how angry he or she might be at the crimes laid out in the courtroom, would allow an innocent man to die for the guilty? And how powerful is God over evil if the only way to keep it in check is through human sacrifice? These are serious questions and they have an impact on our everyday life of faith, and can sometimes alienate us from believing that God is our all-loving Father in heaven.

Today, we rightly hear a lot about victims - people, who through no choice or fault of their own, have been dealt with wrongly by others who are free to act otherwise and who know better. In some of the ways we think about the passion, Jesus becomes God's victim. Through no fault of his own, and seemingly powerless in the face of his Father's will, Jesus becomes a victim of God's need for a sacrifice, a ransom or atonement.

As a result, many of us can feel that sometimes we are God's victims too, because if God wanted Jesus to suffer and die, why should we be surprised or complain when we receive large crosses to carry as well?

Mark's account of the passion tends to reinforce Jesus as victim. Mark has Jesus eating with the outcasts, his friends betraying, denying or deserting him. He tells us that Jesus is terrified at the prospect of death and calls on his 'Abba' or 'daddy' to help him out. In the end he accepts 'the will of God' but even then feels abandoned by God on the Cross.

I often think we misread what Jesus is referring to when he accepts God's will in the Garden. Rather than refer to the particular will of the Father to see Jesus suffer and die on Good Friday, I think it's more helpful and consoling to understand it as referring to God's will that Jesus remains faithful to the way he lived. If by doing that Jesus threatened the religious and political authorities of his day so much that they have to murder him, then his death is the ultimate sacrifice which reveals how far God was prepared to go in love for us. This reveals to us that Jesus came 'to live', and that by faithfully living this life he was put to death by the powers of sin. Through the cross we see the price to be paid in confronting sin in our day and obediently living out the demands of God's kingdom of justice and peace.

This Holy Week let's celebrate that God spared nothing in showing us how to live. As we commemorate Jesus' life, death and resurrection may we move from being victims of a bloodthirsty God to choosing again to follow Jesus' example and live lives which are faithful, loving and obedient. May we also appreciate that this life continues to, literally, threaten 'the hell out of' those opposed to the reign of God in our world, but that as Jesus was faithful to God and God to Jesus, so they will remain faithful to us as well, no matter what. ©




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. Some information about the times of liturgies in our local parishes can be found below.

  • 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

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.

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

Easter Liturgies