Sep 14, 2018

Saturday Vigil Mass Time will revert to 6:00pm on
Saturday 13 October 2018.

Aug 13, 2018


Weekly Bulletin


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

“To be on earth the Heart of God”

25th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME                  Year B
23 September 2018                                          #43.18

From the Pastor’s desk…  

The fruit of righteousness is peace! This phrase from today’s second reading is an appealing one, but it begs the question: what, in fact, does the biblical notion of righteousness really mean?

We have become all too accustomed to political and religious leaders taking the moral high ground in denouncing their enemies and claiming God on their side. But this is a shallow and counterfeit notion of righteousness and one that so often leads to more strife and misery.  There is another equally distorted image of righteousness, that of the smug religious person who looks down on sinners.

However, righteousness has nothing to do with taking the moral high ground or adopting a holier-than-thou attitude. Quite the opposite! It is humbly seeking the way of God. Humility, then, is the virtue that accompanies righteousness. In our society it is often the glamorous, the successful, and those who have made it to the top who are lauded and esteemed. But in today’s gospel Jesus turns this upside down: “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all”. To underline this, Jesus holds up the example of children as the ones who have found God’s favour. (Children and servants in Jesus’ time had no legal rights or social status.)

Righteousness, then, is a way of life steeped in humility and one that bears a harvest of peace and justice. The prophet Micah expresses this so well when he reminds us “to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with our God.”

Peace and blessings




Being of Service

Jesus tells his disciples that if anyone wants to be first, they must make themselves last of all and servant of all. This is as challenging to us today as it was to the disciples and early Christians. Our world seems to revolve around position, status and power – whoever has the most toys wins! But what Jesus advocated was a leadership based on being of service to others. Being powerful simply means you are in a position to help even more people.

Jesus takes the smallest and most vulnerable of people in their society and teaches the disciples that greatness comes through care of the least. This is a powerful lesson. Greatness in the world – power, connections, wealth, influence, reputation and learning – only counts for something in the Kingdom of God when put at the service of the most vulnerable of our society. Greed, riches and pride are so alluring, so seductive for us in the Church, as much as for those outside it, that we need to regularly examine our consciences to assess the motivations and results of what we are doing, and why we are doing it.  

Today, most of us try to find personal and individual freedom even as we remain inside of structural boxes and a system of consumption that we are then unable or unwilling to critique. Our mortgages, luxuries, and privileged lifestyles control our whole future. Whoever is paying our bills and giving us security and status determines what we can and cannot say or even think.

Self-serving institutions that give us our security, status, or identity are considered “too big to fail” and are invariably beyond judgement from the vast majority of people. Evil can hide in systems much more readily than in individuals.  

Putting yourself last, instead of first, gives respect, dignity and power to others rather than yourself. Mature religious people develop an actual inner life of prayer and an outer life of service. 

Resources used: Reflection, by Dianne Bergant CSS, Homily, by Richard Leonard SJ, & Structural and Personal Freedom, by Richard Rohr OFM


Heart Spirituality

Fraternal love

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart will have for one another much affection, regard, care, a very great charity and a deep respect. They will speak to one another with kindness, openness and cordiality, but without taking liberties. 

They will avoid all that savours of affectation and self-conceit, as also all heated and out-of-place arguments. 

In no way will they seek to dominate or to show off. They will flee all boasting and talkativeness. They will make every effort to practise the virtues of the Heart of Jesus, his gentleness, his humility.

Règles after1877
Jules Chevalier

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


Over 45’s will meet on Wednesday 26 September 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.

Enquiries phone Margaret 6254 4048

Social Justice Sunday 30 September 

This year’s Social Justice Statement is titled:

Place to Call Home:  Making a home for everyone in our land

The Statement confronts the growing challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity in Australia.

For further details about the Social Justice Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website (  or call (02) 8306 3499 

Ozanam Sunday
29/30 September
Gold Coin Appeal

Our St Vincent de Paul Conference supports twin conferences in Lembata in Eastern Indonesia and Tamil Nadu in Southern India. In memory of our founder Frederic Ozanam, this weekend we are seeking donations for our twin conferences. If you can help please place a donation in the Poor Box at the back of the church near the Sacristy. All money received this weekend will go to supporting our twin conferences. 

Thank you. For more information contact Mike on 0419 818 410.


Agape - Youth Group

High school students in years 7 to 12

First and Third Sundays after the 6:00pm Mass
Next gathering 16th September  

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.

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated on the last Friday of each month after the 9:30am mass.

Next anointing will be 28 September 

 Church Seating Arrangements 
for parishioners with mobility issues

Two spaces have been made available for disability seating, in the small section of blue chairs near the sliding doors.We have modelled this on the disability seating system used in movie theatres. It is not compulsory that people with wheelchairs sit in this space, it is provided with the intention of it being of beneficial help for those parishioners. We would appreciate your feedback on this initiative.


Listen to what the Spirit is saying while engaging in the question -

What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?

Our first plenary session will be held on

Thursday 8th November 7:00pm
and repeated on
Sunday 11th November 3:30pm

Sharing our Stories

Pope Francis calls for a listening church at all levels of church life.

Where everyone’s voice is heard!

Come and share your story.

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 

 Sunday 21 October - 3:00pm Parish Library.

Anyone who has an interest in discussing novels is most welcome



The next breakfast is:

Tuesday 25 September 7:30am

Little Chef Café
Nettlefold Street Belconnen

September Baptisms
We welcome into our community:

Samuel Graham, son of David and Joanne;

Dylan Scheerlinck, son of Rhiannon;
Cecilia Nield, daughter of James and Veronica;
Ivy Krizaic, daughter of Edmund and Kathryn;
Henry Pearce, son of James and Linda


Children’s Choir

Rehearsals Thursdays 4:30pm – 5:15pm
Next singing at 10:00am Mass on
Sunday 14 October.


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

The Sacred Heart prayer group at Kippax and 
Catholic Charismatic Renewal 

will be presenting a series of seminars on Thursdays. 

Date:          Starting 23rd Aug – 4th Oct
Time:         7pm to 9pm.
Venue:       SAJ - Parish Centre

Each evening includes praise & worship, a talk, prayer ministry and sharing groups

Further information contact, Maida 0423 658 326, Neda 0415 266 019 or 
Carl 0402 883 322

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


 Centring Prayer Meditation Nourishment Day

Facilitator:  Sr Lorraine Cupitt      Ph: 6288 6074
When:       Saturday 29 September
Time:        10:30am – 2:30pm
Where:      Marian Hall, Page
Donation: $10 Please bring a personal lunch 

The Journey of Compassion and Transformation, through the practice Centring Prayer Meditation. 

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

Recently Deceased:

Anniversaries:   Edmond Sarrah, Joseph Sciberras, Vic Puzas, Patricia Tyers,
Antonia Prieto, Antonella D’Ambrosio, Victor Bitterman, Robert Smith,
Martino Salvaneschi, Maxine Kennedy, Anne Bynum, Fred Aschenberger,
Patricia Richardson, Gaeto Vella, Renee Tozer, Wendy McCarthy, Frederick Jackson, Norma Hall, Anita Clobus, Charlie McLaren.



30 September                 Reading Roster


Dennis Puniard, Joe Catanzariti


Darren Maharaj, Elizabeth McDonald


Colleen Reed, Ann Reynolds


Brian Mahony, Andrew Luck

30 Sept                 Ministers of Communion 


Joy McInerney, Chitra Jayawardena, Janet Almond,
Marie McKie, Patrick Corr


Fay Stephenson, Carmel Screen, Jean Tierney, Clyde Sloan, VACANT


Anthony Noakes, Robin Williams, Bonnie & Rose Benedictos, VACANT


Margaret Curry, Margaret McMahon, VACANT, VACANT, VACANT

30 Sept                 Hospitality Roster


Chitra Jayawardena




Joe Pisciotta



Weekly Rosters

Altar Society:        

24 Sept

Margaret Stanford


29 Sept



30 Sept

Group 9


Church Cleaning:

24 Sept

Joseph Lé Văn Hăi, 
Sam Van Nguyen




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:   “From a Roman window – 5 decades – the world, the Church and the Catholic laity”, “Confronting power and sex in the Catholic Church”, “The Catholic Church at the end of an age” and “Sacred silence: denial and the crisis in the Church” are books currently on display.


 On a Lighter note

Can you think of a common word that contains double C, double S and double L?

Can you think of a second one?










A   1. successfully  2. unsuccessfully










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