Weekly Bulletin


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

“To be on earth the Heart of God”

30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME                  Year B
28 October 2018                                               #48.18

From the Pastors desk…  

The Age of Enlightenment flourished during the Eighteenth Century. The Age of Enlightenment was not understood in a spiritual sense but rather it represented and championed the light of reason and scientific discovery which were meant to illumine civilization and pave the way to a more bright and optimistic future. In its more radical form the Age of Enlightenment represented the triumph of reason over faith and philosophy over religion. The influence of this movement continues to dominate much of Western thought and values.

However, in today’s gospel the opposite is at work: “enlightenment” is understood primarily as a spiritual disposition. In the gospel passage Jesus gives sight to Bartimaeus – a name which means “son of Timaeus”. This name is significant as it is an allusion to the book Timaeus written by the philosopher Plato.  In this book the leading character, Timaeus, claims that philosophy gives us true insight into the nature of the universe and the human person, but this knowledge is restricted to an elite, the ‘ordinary man’ is metaphorically blind to this ‘higher’ philosophical knowledge. But in Mark’s gospel, it is Timaeus’ son who is blind. The message in clear: it is faith in Jesus that provides true insight.

Philosophy and science are, of course, essential for human progress. But without the underlying spiritual illumination humankind is wont to lose its way. In the baptism of children the priest addresses the parents and godparents: “This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ.” At each Easter we are reminded that Christ has dispelled the darkness. It is faith that illumines our lives and enables us to use the gift of reason for God’s purpose

Peace & Blessings



The Blind can See

Bartimaeus is a man who has almost nothing in life. His blindness has made him an outcast. When Jesus encounters Bartimaeus he is sitting by the side of the road – a reject of society sitting off to the side as the world passes him by. There are times in all of our lives when we feel like this: hurt; ashamed; unloved; rejected; cast aside. It is at these moments in our lives that Jesus really wants to ‘break through’ into our experience.

‘What do you want me to do for you?’, is the pivotal question in this parable. As Bartimaeus considers his options, he hears the voices of those he might have to look at if he regains his sight. The poor remind him that, ‘once before you could see and what you saw disgusted you’. The hungry ask, ‘do you have the courage to experience and share my hunger?’ The elderly enquire whether he wants to see them be ‘put away because they remind him of the frailty of life’. The captives challenge him to see those ‘unjustly bound and oppressed’. And finally the Self wants to know, ‘Are you willing to look inside yourself to see your beauty and ugliness, darkness and light?’

We are reminded that sight, and the insight that can come from what we see, bestows on us the dignity of having options and the responsibility to do something about what we behold. We are in the position of making choices about what we look at. Not everything in the world needs to be seen. There is enough violence and abuse of human dignity in real life to discourage us from seeking out most fictionalised portrayals of it. We cannot, however, let ourselves off the hook in regard to seeing the world as it is and doing something about creating a better vision of humanity for everyone, everywhere.

If we allow ourselves to hear Jesus’ voice calling us to him, then we too can ‘throw off our cloak’ – our old life – and join him on the road.

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


Heart Spirituality

The act of creation takes place within us

God does not create from a distance, sending existence to us like the sun its rays. He is in us, in our most intimate depths more present to us than we are to ourselves. Our God is everywhere; equally everywhere; fully present in an angel and a grain of sand. He could not be more present in one than the other. But god is not active in all beings equally. His intimate, creative action gives existence with a variety of characteristics. 

To the plant, it gives life; to the animal, a more perfect life; to a human being and to an angel, intelligence in various degrees. How great and beautiful is the world when seen in this light! It is a divine discourse expressing in space all the perfections of God.
Blessed are those who listen to this discourse and understand something of it.
That, in fact, is our natural end. To attain it, we need two things: an intellect and a heart.

Jules Chevalier
Le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus
Quatrième ed. Paris 1900

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



Over 45’s will meet on Wednesday 31 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. Guest Speaker from Sneddon Hall and Gallop talking about Wills and Estates.

Enquiries phone Margaret 6254 404

Sacrament of Penance

Preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament of Penance in Lent 2019 is commencing now.

If you have a child in year 2 or above and they have not made this sacrament please contact the parish office.

The preparation commences with a formation evening for Parents.

Date:        Monday 12 November 
Time:        7:00pm – 8:30pm


Parish Bookstore

Items for sale 

2019 Columban Calendars     $ 9.00
Majellan Christmas Cards      $ 7.00 Pkt of 10
GOD’S WORD 2019              $20.00
Daily Reflections - Incorporates the reading and a reflection for each day of the year.

Relax, Review, Reflect

Faith and Film

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.  

The first viewing will be held on Thursday 13th December at 7:30pm in the parish library.  

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


Pins & Needles Craft Group

Third Thursday Monthly
Next Meeting: 15 November 
7:15pm Parish Library 


Incorporates the daily scripture readings and a reflection for each day of the year. Available in the bookstore....... $20.00. 


Agape - Youth Group

High school students in years 7 to 12

First and Third Sundays after the 6:00pm Mass
Next gathering  4 November 

This group is a way for young people to learn about the church and deepen their faith together. Contact Jake 0431797644 or 


With the NBN rollout, you may have changed your contact details (email, phone, mobile phone). If you have updated or changed your contact details, or are not receiving any emailed information from the parish, please contact the parish office.  Thank you.


Sunday Scripture Readings

The Sunday readings for mass with a commentary will be available for parishioners who are interested in praying with the Scriptures for the upcoming weekend.

We will commence this on Sunday 16 September the readings will be for 23 September.


We are reading 

“Little Failure: A memoir”
by  Gary Shteyngart

 Sunday 18 November - 3:00pm Parish Library.
Anyone who has an interest in discussing novels is most welcome



The next breakfast is:

Tuesday 27 November  7:30am

Little Chef Café
Nettlefold Street Belconnen

  Children’s Choir

Rehearsals Thursdays 4:30pm – 5:15pm

Next singing at 10:00am Mass on
Sunday 11 November.


Farewell Mr. Angus Tulley

All staff, students, parents and alumni of St Francis Xavier College, Florey are invited to farewell Angus on Thurs 1 Nov at the College 5pm – 7pm t a cocktail reception.

To assist with catering purposes please rsvp to If you wish to send Angus your best wishes, please contact the College office.


St Thomas More Forum

‘The Catholic Church in Australia – where to from here?’

Date:           30 October
Venue:        Holy Faith Hall, Campbell
Time:          7.30pm to 9.00pm
Presenter:   Professor Greg Craven AO, GCSG, Vice Chancellor. 

Cost:           at the door - $14 / $6 Student/Concession; before the night - $12 or $5
Online ( )
RSVP:           Noon Friday 26 October
Enquiries:    Parish Office on 0416 823 447 or 



Two wonderful DVD presentations will be of great interest not only to practitioners of Christian Meditation and Centring Prayer, but to all those who want to deepen their spiritual journeys: 

Where: Marian Hall, St. Matthew’s Church, Page
When:   Saturday, 17 November 10.30 am – 2 pm
Facilitator:  Sr. Lorraine Cupitt rsm
Registration:   phone: 6288 6074
Bring a personal lunch


Women’s Prayer Weekend

St Mary’s Towers Douglas Park

Praying with Julian of Norwich

Presenters: Pauline Compton fdnsc, Michelle Vass
Date: 23 – 25 November 2018



 Women’s Cursillo

Date:       15-18 November - 6:00pm

Venue:     Greenhills Conference Centre
               Transport can be arranged in needed.
Cost:       $280 includes accommodation, meals 

If cost is difficult or if you require further information about the Cursillo, please contact the Lay Director, Lorraine Barker 0437329 371 or

Youth Ministry in Belconnen

Agape Youth Group, for young people at school in years 7-12 meet after the 6pm Mass at St John’s Kippax on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. This group is a way for young people to learn about the church and deepen their faith together.

Contact   or 0431797644

Journey in Faith is a young adults’ group for 18-30 year old’s who are interested in growing their faith and forming friendships with other like-minded people.
We meet after 6pm Mass at St Monica’s, Evatt on the 1st Saturday of the month.

Contact Katie at  

We are looking to start up a Junior Youth Group at St Vincent's and St Matthew's parish for primary school aged students. If you think your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews might be interested in participating please send an email to


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

Recently Deceased:  Br. Ray Mulvague fms

Anniversaries:  Patricia Harman, Dorothy Sutton, William Lilley, Patrick Menzies,
Anne Jones, Helen Gorrell, Martin Moloney, Malcolm Lovelock, Francis Fulton,
Peter Geraghty, Alejandra Bai, Jack McMahon, Kerry Hogden, Elsie Screen, Silva Santos, Gregory Robinson, Ann Raadts, Paul Newton, Peter Fox, May Skelly, Gavin Smith, 
Patrick Healey, Maurice Scheerlinck, Emily Flynn, John Joyce, Narim Dawalibi,
Rex Kelley, Edward Dwyer, Ursula Bell, Grace Carmichael, Patricia Smith, John Roots



4 Nov                    Reading Roster


Michael Horan, Lesley Givens


John O’Heir, Violet Duve


Robin Williams, Frank Colley


Matthew Garton, Dennis Puniard


4 Nov                    Ministers of Communion 


Joe & Maria Catanzariti, Helen Kennedy, Janet Almond,
Judy Netting


Carmel Screen, Sigrid Kropp, Maria Scarr, Victoria Scarano, VACANT


Pat Sheppard, Jenny Howarth, Nunga Umaru,
Bonnie & Rose Benedictos




4 Nov                    Hospitality Roster 


Joe & Maria Catanzariti


Carmel Screen, Mercia Needham


Libby Kain, Margarete Gill


Agnes Pham


Weekly Rosters 

Altar Society:        

29 Oct

Mary Cruickshank


3 Nov



4 Nov

Group 1


Church Cleaning:

29 Oct

Joseph Lé Văn Hăi, 
Sam Van Nguyen


Becoming Catholic 

St John the Apostle Parish runs a RCIA program
[Rite of Christian Initiation of an Adult].

Please telephone the parish office for information.



Charismatic Prayer:

Maida: 0423 658 326

Thursday 7:30pm

Rosary 7:00pm

Meditation  [Library]

Friday 7.30-8.15 pm

Morning Prayer:

Mon, Tues, Fri 9:10am

Stations of the Cross

First Friday Monthly

After 9:30am Mass

Children’s Mass

Second Sunday monthly10:00am

Adult Choir

Wednesday 7:30pm

Children’s Choir

Thursday 4:30 – 5:15pm



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 Thursday 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 Little Chef Café Belconnen

Youth Group

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

School of Religion (Parish Centre)

Sunday 9.15am during school term


LIBRARY NEWS:  One of the books on display this week is Pope Francis’’ “Amoris laetitia – on love in the family”.


 On a Lighter note


My mum bought me a really cheap dictionary for my birthday. 

I couldn't find the words to thank her.



Dogs can't operate MRI machines... 

But catscan. 

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