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St John the Apostle Parish
A Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish


The Epiphany of the Lord                                   Year A
5 January 2020                                                    #6.20


From the Pastor’s desk……..


Along with the rest of Canberra, I woke up on the first of January to be greeted by noxious smoke. Not a great start to the New Year. It signals the extent of the bush fires that have been raging across Australia. The tragic loss of life and property and the widespread devastation to fauna and flora is truly heartbreaking. 


It was therefore heartening to read Pope Francis’ message for World Day of Peace which falls on the 1st January. The title of this year’s message is ‘Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion’.


The metaphor of journey I found particularly helpful. We cannot predict the future but we can journey into the future with courage and hope. As Pope Francis puts it: “Hope is thus the virtue that inspires us and keeps us moving forward, even when obstacles seem insurmountable.”


Australia is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the ongoing drought and the severity of bushfires. Our prayers are needed more than ever. We also need to reflect deeply on the state of our world. Putting aside the important political, economic and scientific considerations, there is also a spiritual dimension that needs to be taken into account.


Spirituality is essentially about relationship. Relationship with God, one another and our relationship with creation. This spirituality of relationship calls us to ‘fraternal encounter that shatters the culture of conflict.’ Pope Francis spells out the importance of reconciliation.


This journey of reconciliation also calls for listening and contemplation of the world that God has given us as a gift to make our common home. Indeed, natural resources, the many forms of life and the earth itself have been entrusted to us “to till and keep” (Gen 1:15), also for future generations, through the responsible and active participation of everyone.

Peace & blessings,








The Incarnation Mystery is repeated and represented in the Eucharist. In it we have material reality, in the form of these universal foods of bread and wine, as the hiding place and the revelation place for God. We are reminded that God is always perfectly hidden and perfectly revealed in this very concrete and material world.


One great idea of the biblical revelation is that God is manifest in the ordinary, in the actual, in the daily, in the now, in the concrete incarnations of life. Our experiences of ordinary life will transform us if we are willing to experience them fully.


God’s revelations are through the concrete and specific. Spirituality is not a Platonic world of ideas and theories about which you can be right or wrong. Revelation is not something you measure, but something—or Someone—you meet! This pattern of incarnation reaches its fullness in one small place on the planet, in one short period of history, in one very ordinary man named Jesus.


The Incarnation proclaims that matter and spirit have never been separate. Jesus came to tell us that these two seemingly different worlds are—and always have been—one. We couldn’t even imagine it until God put all of this together in one body (see Ephesians 2:11-22), one life (1 John 1:1-2), and one shocking epiphany. 


The manifestation of God among us changes the ways in which we perceive each other. Christ's birth provides us with the light by which we see a new criterion for relating. The Magi represent the multi-ethnic and cultural diversity in civic and parish situations, as well as the many religions of the world. All people, regardless of race or ethnic origin, can be co-heirs with Christ.


Resources used: God is in the Ordinary, by Richard Rohr OFM & Reflection, by Dianne Bergant CSA


Heart Spirituality


The Heart of the Mystical Body


Though composed of different members, humanity forms one body and blood. The heart that gives life to all the members of this great body is the Heart of Jesus. He alone unites us together and he alone unites us also to God. As soon as we separate ourselves from him, we separate ourselves from one another and we lose the true feeling of human fraternity by losing the life of God, which is its source. 
This divine Heart is the centre around which all hearts gravitate.
It is the sacred bridge thrown across the bottomless chasm that separates divinity from humanity.


Jules Chevalier msc 
(Messager du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus p.529ƒ, 1865)

 May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved……….forever!





The Magi brought the Lord those famous gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh — but they brought something much greater than that, something which we as good stewards need to recognize and emulate. These were people of incredible faith. These were people who sought the truth. These were people who did not just seek the Messiah, but they recognized Him in Jesus. They knew He was their Saviour; they knew it when He was only a child.


Perhaps they were the first disciples. We know they were good stewards. However, what stewardship calls us to is discipleship. All we hear from Matthew is that rather than returning to Herod, “they departed for their country by another way.”


You may be aware that early Christians called themselves “the Way.” This is most likely the “way” that the Magi followed. It is quite probably the “way” to which we are called as good stewards. Why “the way?” Its goal, our goal, and the goal of the Magi is to be with God.


Stewardship Reflections from







January Baptisms 

We welcome into our community: 

Barnaby Stevens, Son of Adam and Amber;
 Chelsea Turnbull, Daughter of Ryan and Monique; 
Benjamin Cassar, Son of David and Shantara; 
Sesethu Ludidi, Daughter of Gloria Nkomo


We are reading

Dark Emu, by Bruce Pascoe

Sunday 19 January

3:00 pm Parish Library

Pins & Needles Craft Group

Monday 20 January 2020
 7:15pm Parish Library

Relax, Review, Reflect
Faith and film 

Friday 24th January at 7:30pm 

We are watching: “As Good As It Gets”

To register your interest or for more information, please contact the parish office on 6254 3236 or


 St John the Apostle Women’s Breakfast

The next breakfast is
7:30am Tuesday
28 January 2020
Lucky Shot Espresso Bar
Hardwick Crescent KIPPAX

 The Over 45’s  First meeting of the  year will be on 
Wednesday 29 January with Mass at 9:30am
followed by morning tea in the parish centre.



     Let us pray for those who are sick.

     We remember them in our Masses.

Recently Deceased: 






Charismatic Prayer:

Maida: 0423 658 326

Thursday 7:30pm

Rosary 7:00pm


Friday 7.30-8.15 pm


Monday – Friday 9:05am

Adult Choir

Wednesday 7:30pm

Becoming Catholic 

Rite of Christian Initiation of an Adult [RCIA]
please contact the parish office for more information.


School of Religion
(Parish Centre)

Sunday 9.15am during school term


Coffee Club

Fourth Sunday  after 10:00am Mass

Over 45’s

Last Wednesday of the Month
9:30am Mass and morning tea

Pins & Needles

3rd Monday of the Month
7:15pm Parish Library

Book club

3rd Sunday of the Month
3:00pm Parish Library

Women’s Breakfast

4th Tuesday of the Month 7:30am
Lucky Shot Espresso Bar Kippax

Youth Group

AGAPE - First & Third Sunday after 6:00pm Mass Parish Centre

Men’s Group

3rd Friday of the Month 6:00pm
Parish Centre


Whilst we are still in the Christmas Season we continue to display the meditation books relating to Christmas and the Advent season?


Pop into the library and take a look.




12 Jan                   Reading Roster


Mary French, Therese Kercher


Mariana Rollgejser, Sigrid Kropp


Ann Reynolds Libby Kain/Colleen Reed


Brian Mahony, Anna White

12 Jan                   Ministers of Communion  


Margaret Conlon, Robert Greig, Marian England,
Anthony & Chitra Jayawardena


Fay Stephenson,  Margaret Stanford, Brian Green,  
Shane Murtagh, Peter Polkinghorne


Anthony Noakes, Cathy Madsen, Frank Colley,
Francesca Deklin, Margarete Gill


Marian Crowley, Andrew Webster, Andrew Luck,
Margaret Curry, VACANT

12 Jan                   Hospitality Roster


Michael Horan, Jenny Maher


Mandy Lalor, Mercia Needham


Judy Kenny


Kay Dwyer, John McGee

Weekly Rosters

Altar Society:        

6 Jan

Margaret Ferguson


11 Jan

Allan Laycock, Rob Breen,
Mike Blyth, Dennis Puniard


12 Jan

Group 3


Church Cleaning:

6 Jan

Debbie Milne, John O’Heir,
Pat Keenan, Peter Hofman


On a Lighter note

A rule of thumb for preachers:

If after ten minutes you haven't struck oil, stop boring!



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