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
Parents' Adult Education Evening: Wednesday 2 September - 7:30-8:30pm (Parish Centre)

Claremont Parish (St Thomas Apostle)

Celebration of Sacrament: Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 October - 3.30-4.30pm

Celebration of Sacrament: Friday 4 September - 6.00pm

Don't see your parish here?
Like further information? Contact: Mary-Anne Lumley, Parish Liaison
Alternatively go to the archdiocesan website:


"…it is from within, from people's hearts..." (Mark 7:1-17)

The reflection for this Sunday's Gospel is by Fr Andrew Hamilton SJ, and is reprinted here with his kind permission. Father Andrew is a Jesuit, a theologian and, among other things, is the Media Officer for Jesuit Social service.liturgy-280815.jpg

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If there is one line by which Pope Francis has become famous, it is 'I do not judge'.

It is not that he is not confident about the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. But he refuses to judge people as good or bad by the way in which they act. He always focuses on the person.

His way is well grounded in the Gospels. In today's Gospel Mark presents a typical debate between Jesus and the Pharisees. We think of Pharisees as hypocrites - people who put on a show of being devout people of integrity, but underneath are greedy, brutal and self-interested.

No doubt some of the real Pharisees were like that, just as some Christians are like that today. But the way of life of many Pharisees was very admirable. They wanted to love and serve God faithfully in all the details of their lives. So they obeyed Moses' law very exactly in the way they ate, drank, related to one another and prayed. Their concern for the details of the law came out of love. It was not a substitute for it.

For the Pharisees whom Jesus opposed concern for the law replaced love. They judged people by the outside and thought God did too. So people who were not faithful in all the details of the Law displeased God and would not be invited to the banquet of heaven.

Jesus argued that goodness did not reflect whether people were clean according to the Law or not, but came from the heart. Rage, hatred and fear also come from the heart and its desires, and we should attend to these things in ourselves. If we are aware of them we shall be slow to condemn others.

Today, of course, few people measure themselves by their obedience to all the minute regulations of governments and the church. But we do often judge people by whether they speak correctly and sensitively, whether they smoke, by their good taste. Jesus invites us to look deeper at what we value most deeply and at how rage, resentment and self-contempt move us.

We are aware of this at Jesuit Social Services. The vulnerable young people with whom we work are very fragile. They find it hard to connect with society, and sometimes break laws to do with drugs and property. But if we must look beyond what they do and focus on their hearts as Jesus did. Like ourselves they often have large and generous desires that need nurturing.


Note the earlier 7:30am start time!

Next Friday, 4 September, our celebration of the Eucharist will acknowledge the fathers in our community. This is a combined Primary and Community Mass (read: all are welcome!)

Following the Eucharist, our celebration will continue in the Thomas More Exhibition Centre, over coffee, hot chocolate and muffins.

If you have any questions, please contact: