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Weekly Bulletin


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

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord                                  Year A 

5 April 2020                                                                                #19.20



 Being a Contemplative in a Manic World

In the journey of faith we should always be on our guard against being part of a manipulated crowd. The unchecked enthusiasms of a crowd can carry us away to places, people or things we would not ordinarily choose and should not embrace. If we are vulnerable, a gifted guru through his or her version of eternal life can whip us up into a frenzy. We only have to look at the power of the media and advertising to see how susceptible we are to becoming a slave to fashionable ideologies, dress codes and what and who is in or out. Every time we buy something because someone else has it or because we convince ourselves that our wants are really our needs, the crowd has won. The story of Passion Sunday is that manipulation of a crowd, even by legitimate authorities, can be the beginning of spiritual death. Hype often distorts priorities, blurs good judgment and can choose expediency over integrity.

So what’s the remedy to being manipulated, to regaining a sense of what really matters, to standing up against the crowd for the values we know are right? Jesus shows us in Matthew’s Gospel. It starts with silence. It’s being a contemplative in a manic world and praying for the courage to dissent from the crowd’s hyped-up madness.

As we process into Holy Week, this annual rite of passage for our faith, may we model our lives on Jesus in every way by creating the silence. We need in our lives to sort out our priorities, by using silence powerfully in a world that loves words but has very little to say about our meaning and destiny and allowing our sacrificial love, even to the point of death, to do all the talking.

Resources used: Homily, by Richard LeonardSJ at LiturgyHelp


Heart Spirituality


God says to me, I have loved you with an everlasting Love! Me! 
It is specifically me whom God has so loved, ungrateful me, sinful me.
God of surpassing majesty.
God of supreme beauty and limitless perfection, God has loved me.

O God of love, make me understand this word: Loved! He who has always existed has always loved me, and it is through love that he decreed my creation from all eternity.

Jules Chevalier msc  (Retraite de Saint Ignace  p.17ƒ, Issoudun 1904)

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



Spend some time this week pondering what Jesus
has done for each one of us personally:
“Jesus took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and… said,
“Take and eat; this is my body” — for you!
“Then he took a cup, gave thanks…saying
‘Drink from it… for this is my blood of the covenant
which will be shed on behalf of many’” — and for you!
He agonized in the garden over the sins of all humankind,
taking them on Himself — for you.
“They spat in His face and struck Him, while some slapped Him” —
He allowed it for you.
His dear friend Peter, denied, Him:
 “I do not know the man” —
and Jesus endured this for you.
They bound Him, led Him away
for you.
He stood before the crowd, His own people, as they shouted,
“Crucify Him!” — for you.
They mocked Him, stripped Him, whipped Him,
nailed His hands and feet to the Cross — for you.
Finally, when there was literally nothing left to give,
“He gave up His spirit” — for you.

We are compelled, as Christian stewards, to live now for Him, to give ourselves generously, in big ways and small — to Him who has given us all that we have and are.

Stewardship Reflections from 



Holy Week liturgies for us at home will be emailed out this week.

Holy Thursday:  9 April 2020 - Mass of the Last Supper 

Good Friday:  10 April 2020 -   The Lord’s Passion 

Easter Sunday:  12 April 2020 - Mass of the Resurrection


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if you need help with anything please contact us.

6254 3236

Monday – Friday 
9:00am – 3:00pm


Following directives from the Government
and the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn
our Church is closed.

Mass Intentions

Although there are no public celebrations of Mass,
Fr’s Kimi and Michael continue to celebrate mass privately. 
They can offer Mass for your intention.
If you have a mass intention,
please send your request in via email or phone call.


The only way our parish survives financially is through the sacrificial giving of our parishioners.

This is our only income.

For our parish to thrive we need the support of all parishioners.

If we truly believe that God gives us all that we have, gratitude is one response. Trust is another. When we realize that God has provided for us and will continue to do so, we recognize that our real security lies in God. Our God, who has given us all, will take care of our future. This also holds true for our parish. Please prayerfully discern your sacrificial giving.


Through our baptism we are all called to participate in Christ’s Mission.
You are invited to participate in the mission and ministry life of our parish
with your time, talent and treasure.
Please give your prayerful consideration to how your gifts
may be used to best serve God.
Forms for ministry rosters are on the table in the church foyer.
The ministry commitment period is
1st June 2020 to 31st May 2021.

Please return by 6 April 2020


 Changing Mass Time 

End of Daylight Savings time

 The Vigil mass time will move forward to 5:00pm
 18 April 2020 to 3 October 2020.
Confessions will also move forward
one hour 4:00pm – 4:30pm

Links to the Wider Church

Sacred Space – Daily Prayer online with the Pope

Vatican News                                                

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Australia        

Archdiocese Canberra and Goulburn News       


Supporting parishioners in our community 
If you, or if you know of anyone who is housebound and would 

like to receive Holy Communion or a pastoral visit please contact the parish office. 

St John’s has joined the 21st Century and has Tap & Go EFTPOS facilities. 
The donation amount is set at $10.
If you want to donate more than $10 you just tap the number of times it takes to reach the amount you want to donate. 
As Tap & Go is anonymous we have no way of identifying who has made the donation 
so we are unable to provide a tax receipt if one is required. 

 Let us pray for those who are sick. 

We remember them in our Masses.

Recently Deceased: 
Craig Forge [Son in Law of Fay Stephenson] 

Katherine Jones, John Henshaw, Helen McGee, Harold Allester,
Vivienne Montgomery, Jordan Matthews, John Napier, Caitlin Brice, Alyssa Brice,
Betty Kerekes, Janelle Brice, Leonard Smith, Trevor Agnew, Elena Guindas,
Kenneth Marlor, Jim Curran, Noel Smith, Leon Fernando, Kees Van Rooy, Daniel Cassar,
Leslie Thomson, Edward Yewdall, Ian Stephenson, Paul Rogers, Wanda Parkitny,
John Margetts, Adrian Krook, Keith Aikins, Sharron Diamond, Jim Fallon msc, Alan Hodge, Leslie Savage, Joan Sculthorpe, Julio Vinoles, Otto Trenka, Leonard Franks.

Becoming Catholic 

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




1st & 3rd Sun during 10:00am Mass


Sat 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Sacramental Program

Contact Parish Office

School of Religion 
(Parish Centre)

Sunday 9.15am 
during school term


Charismatic Prayer:

Maida: 0423 658 326

Thursday 7:30pm

Rosary 7:00pm


Friday 6.15-7.15 pm


Monday – Friday 9:05am

Eucharistic Adoration

1st Friday of the Month 8:00pm – 9:00pm

Adult Choir

Wednesday 7:30pm


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