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St John the Apostle Parish
         A Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish  
Celebrating 50 Years    
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time                         Year C  
9 October 2022                                                 #46.22 

Salvation is available for all people

Today’s gospel is one of the stories unique to the gospel of Luke. At the same time, it is a commonly known story that is often cited to demonstrate the value of saying thank you. However, as usual, there’s more to this story than initially meets the eye. One of the recurrent themes of the gospel is at play here: the message of salvation that Jesus brings is available to all, not just the Jews.  

The story of the ten lepers is not just about asking for what we need and being grateful when we get it, as important as that is. In this rich and multi-layered story, Jesus does three things: he reaches out to the untouchables of his day; he heals them and enables them to be welcomed back into the community; he draws attention to the fact that the poorest of the lepers, a Samaritan, is the only one who can recognise the source of the healing and has the humility to return and praise God for it.  

As well as the virtue of gratitude, then, Jesus also announces that the Christian community is the place where there is no such thing as an unclean or untouchable person. Jesus touches the lepers and then goes about his business. In doing so he rejects centuries of ritual taboos. We are called to do the same today. We are challenged to get our hands dirty with the most unclean groups of our society, confront the assumptions that marginalise and oppress them, and defend their rights to dignity and participation. Not surprisingly Christians who do this often report the same experience as Jesus: they are staggered at the gratitude and faith of the people society has rejected.

Resources used: Homily, by Richard Leonard SJ, & Gospel Reflection by Greg Sunter  


Heart Spirituality



If knowledge of the Sacred Heart leads to adoration; it also produces love. So, we should love him, not only because all possible perfection is eminently his but also because if his warmth towards us that knows no bounds. We should love him because of the immense benefits he heaps onus; and all the favours he does not cease to lavish upon us every day despite our sins. Our love for him, therefore, should be generous, active and constant.  

Jules Chevalier msc.
Le Sacré-Coeur de Jesus, p. 223ƒ. Paris 1900 

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


Gratitude is the Key

Gratitude is the key to a stewardship way of life. Today’s readings demonstrate the power and vital importance of gratitude in the life of the Christian disciple, for gratitude leads us to worship God who offers us salvation.

The truth is that our very lives and every breath we take is God’s gift to us. But we can get so caught up in the stresses and distractions of daily life that we lose touch with this truth.

The Leper reacts to his gift of healing with the proper response to our loving God. Recognizing what he had just received from the Lord, he “returned, glorifying God in a loud voice; and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him.” He was grateful for what God had done for him and this gratitude led to worship. 

And because of this response, Jesus offered him a far more precious gift that physical healing; He offered him the gift of salvation. “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” 



Our Saturday Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 6:00pm starting 8 October 2022. 
Confession will move to 5:00pm – 5:30pm Saturdays. 

Daylight Savings will commence at 2:00am on Sunday 2 October 2022.

 SJAYouth - YCS
Young Christian Students
16 October 4:00pm – 6:00pm SJA Parish Centre 

Do you want to meet others and have fun? 
Do you believe in equality and justice? 
Do you care about the environment? 

Contact Parish Office – 6254 3236


St Johns Library –  16 October 2022 - 3:00pm

We encourage anyone interested in joining us to come along for a meeting.

We are reading:  The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

 Story is inspired by true events, in Depression-era Kentucky, Eleanor Roosevelt wanted to get literature to the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky.  Women volunteers on horse back ran a program from 1935-43 delivering books to more than a hundred thousand poor rural inhabitants.  

 Becoming Catholic  
If you or you know someone who would like to become Catholic, please contact the parish office for more information.
Chevalier Day Friday 21 October 2022 
Theme is everything French

double the celebrations

       Morning Mass 9:30am - followed by a French morning tea in the church foyer.

       Trivia Night 6:30pm - parish centre

          6:30pm Dinner

          7:30pm Trivia

Dinner and Wine provided, please bring a dessert

Brush up your MSC & French knowledge for the Trivia Night. These questions will be included in the trivia. Category MSC’s at Kippax


Chevalier Day Trivia Questions


Last week’s answers:



Women’s Taskforce Annual Dinner
The Archdiocese Catholic Women’s Taskforce annual fundraising dinner

Guest speaker is Dr Ursula Stephens, Former Senator and CEO Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited. Funds raised go to MacKillop House, a place of safetly for women and children in need

October 28th 6.30 pm, Woden Southern Cross Club.

Earlybird tickets $65.

Book via or call 0487388873.

CANBERRA – GOULBURN Men’s Cursillo Retreat Weekend 24-27 November

A Cursillo retreat weekend offers you the opportunity for formation through talks, meditations, discussion and prayer, led by an experienced local volunteer team.

Contact Alfred 0412 268 044 or email:


Contemplative Prayer with the Blessed Sacrament

First Thursday Monthly – 3 November 2022 7:30pm – 8:30pm  

Come for 15 or 30 minutes – whatever time you can spare – there is no requirement to stay for the whole hour.

 The lord invites ….. “can you not stay awake with me for one hour?” Mt. 26:40

 And promises to refresh our soul …. “From His Heart shall flow streams of Living Water” Jn. 7:38


St John the Apostle Women’s Breakfast 
Tuesday - 25 October – 7:30am 


 Bean Origin 
5/32 Nettlefold St, Belconnen

St Johns Friendship Group
next meeting on 
Wednesday 26 October for Mass at 9:30am,
followed by morning tea in the parish centre.

Please come and join us, you are all most welcome.
Please bring a plate to share.



Relax, Review, Reflect  

We will be watching .....
Friday  23 September at 7:00pm in the parish library.


Come and relax, (re)view a contemporary film and reflect and share how you would approach issues raised in the film in light of your own life’s experience

Pins and Needles Craft Group
19 September 2022
7:15pm Parish Library

SJA Men’s Group Meeting Monthly 
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Next gathering: Friday 16 September 

St John the Apostle Parish Centre

We provide a program of enjoyable activities in a warm and friendly setting in our Sunroom, where seniors can meet and get to know each other, supported by our qualified staff and volunteers.

When do we meet? Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

How to join You should contact us at the Sunroom for Seniors

Telephone    0481 185 205 or (02) 6258 5784

Address        30 Conley Drive MELBA ACT

(located within the North Belconnen Uniting Church building)




9 Oct           Lector Roster


Bob Raadts, Therese Kerchar


Mariana Rollgejser, Sigrid Kropp


Margaret Luck, Dennis Puniard


Meg Millband, Brian Mahony


9 Oct           Ministers of Communion


Maria Catanzariti, James Nield


Shane Murtagh


Frank Colley, Margtaete Gill


John McGee, Chitra Jayawardena

9 Oct           Hospitality Roster


Jenny Maher


Mandy Lalor


Judy Kenny


Chitra Jayawardena


Weekly Rosters

Altar Society:        

2 Oct

Margaret Ferguson


8 Oct

Rob Breen, Dennis Puniard, Mike Blyth, Sabina Van Rooy


Church Cleaning:

2 Oct

John O’Heir, Pat Keenan,
Debbie & Ted Milne



 Let us pray for those who are sick - we remember them in our Masses.

Recently Deceased:   Joyce Smith

Anniversary:  Vic Puzas, Patricia Tyers, Anotnia Prieto, Antonella D’Ambrosio, Victor Bitterman, Bernard Roberts, Robert Smith, Martino Salvaneschi, Maxine Kennedy, Anne Bynum, Fred Aschenbereger, Patricia Richardson, Gaeto Vella, Renee Tozer, Wendy McCarthy, Agustin Fernandez-Budiel, Frederick Jackson, Norma Hall, Lillian Templeton, Ania Clobus, Charlie McLaren, Norma Flood, Henryk Jalocha, Verdi Guy

Mass Intentions the week of 3 - 9 October



Mon 03/10

Agatha Koyibu

Wed 05/10

Doris Galea

Thur 06/10

Guy Motha

Fri 07/10

Verdi Guy




Sat 08/10



Frank & Caterina Catanzariti



Sun 09/10



Joseph, Peter, Francis, all souls






   To ensure that a mass time is available please telephone the parish office to make a booking.  






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