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:


st-ignatius.jpgToday (31 July) is the feast of St Ignatius of Loyola who founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). The following is a reflection 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.

The story of St Ignatius takes us back to stories of the hippie 1960s. He was brought up in a proud family who had great expectations for him and for his brilliant career. He was educated in court, given experience in military leadership, and dreamed of romance and glory.

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But then his world changed. He cracked up. Wounded in battle, a convalescent with nothing to do, he found Jesus, slipped off to live in a cave, grew his hair long, dressed in rags and became a guru for poor women, always moved on by the authorities.

At a time of foment in universities, he went back to study as a mature student. He fell under immediate suspicion as a religious agitator for his influence on younger students, gathered the more impressionable together and fed them a utopian plan of going to the volatile Holy Land (which needed bright sparks like petrol needs fire). When that failed he offered his band to the Pope for missions that no one else would take on.

It is a familiar story, one that usually ends in tears when the leader is discredited and the small group breaks up. But Ignatius' story was different. He had learned to focus on what matters and found ways of setting the compass of the heart so that it constantly returned to what mattered most.

His journey and that of those whom he influenced took them away from conventional dreams of wealth and status to be at ease with poverty and with being unnoticed. It was a journey into freedom, but the freedom was not shown in an escape from commitments but in the ability to focus on what mattered. They were ready to go wherever their call led them, whether that was to suit and tie and professional life, to a pilgrim's staff, or to preaching in a city church.

Jesuit Social Services inherits from Ignatius the focus on what matters. For us that is the life and flourishing of the vulnerable people with whom we work, the people whom Ignatius saw as brothers and sisters of Christ. That weighs more than the security of funding and the stability of the institution.

The key to Ignatius' story was that he found Jesus - as companion and as Lord, present in all the events and relationships of daily life, and in his prayer. That opened him to the depth of Christ. The challenge was to follow Jesus where he led, and so reading his own heart and the world and its situations in which he lived.

© Andrew Hamilton SJ.


Friday 7 August - No Mass due to secondary being off-site for Fr Kevin King Cup Athletics Carnival.
Friday 14 August - John XXIII Day. No Community Mass; the whole College will celebrate Mass in the Saint Louis Sports Centre at 9:00 am.
Friday 21st August - Loreto students will help to prepare the celebration of the Mass and families are particularly welcome.
Our College community celebrates the Eucharist each Friday morning in term time. Don't wait to be invited to Friday Mass - everyone is always welcome to this joyous, 'user-friendly' celebration.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Where: Chapel
Time: 8:000am - 8:30am
When: Fridays in term time.