Weekly Bulletin

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

“To be on earth the Heart of God”

Third Sunday of Advent                                   Year A
17 December 2017                                               #3.18

Weekly Reflection


Living in Joy – Transforming Pain

Paul urges the Thessalonians to be unceasing in rejoicing, prayer, and thanksgiving. He does not overlook the realities of suffering in life, nor does he advocate a false sense of happiness that simply refuses to let in anything that is painful. 

Spirituality is always eventually about what you do with your pain. It seems our culture has lost its own spiritual foundation and centre, and as a result we no longer know what to do with universal pain. If we do not transform our pain, we will always transmit it--to our partner, our spouse, our children, our friends, our co-workers, our "enemies." Usually we project it outward and blame someone else for causing our pain. Playing the victim is a way to deal with pain indirectly. You blame someone else, and your pain becomes your personal ticket to power because it gives you a false sense of moral superiority and having been offended.

The message of the crucified Jesus is a statement about what to do with your pain. It's primarily a message of transformation, and not a transaction to "open the gates of heaven". For some unfortunate reason Christians have usually "used" Jesus as a mere problem solver, one who would keep us personally from pain later. The crucified and resurrected Jesus shows us how to transform pain without denying, blaming, or projecting it elsewhere.  

The joy that St Paul urges is the joy that comes from knowing that in Christ's resurrection, even death itself has been overcome. He encourages the Thessalonians to give full rein to the gifts of the spirit, while discerning what is genuinely of God and what is not. He prays for their holiness and then assures them of God's faithfulness to the promises of salvation made to them.  

Resources used: Reflection, by Dianne Bergant CSS & Transforming Our Pain, by Richard Rohr OFM 


Heart Spirituality

 Jesus’ plan in coming among us

 What does our divine Saviour want
in coming among us?
To be born anew in our hearts!
In other words, 
He wanted to make us live with his life, 
To communicate his Spirit; 
He wanted to give us his Heart,
with all the treasures it contains,
and to transmit into us
all the sentiments that animate it.
Let us prepare ourselves therefore
to receive such great gifts.
Let us turn to our Saviour and say:
Come, Lord Jesus!
Come and be born in our souls:
establish there the kingdom of
your love.
We want only your Sacred Heart to
rule over us.
You will be our light, our strength,
our guide and our support.
We shall follow the law of your Heart,
and submit to your reign for ever. 


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





Tuesday 19 December 
3:00pm Parish Church

If your child would like to be involved in the nativity reflection, 
please come to this practice. 

The Parish Office will be closed from noon on Friday 22nd December
and will re-open on Tuesday 2nd January. 



 Mass will be celebrated as the Fourth Sunday of Advent:

 Saturday 23rd Dec    6:00pm 
Sunday 24th   Dec    8:30am




COMMUNION TO THE SICK AND HOUSEBOUND – Ministers who are taking Holy Communion to the sick or housebound, either within or outside the Parish, are requested to register their details with the Parish Office. Professional Standards compliance requires that we keep a record of visitations. Please telephone or email the parish office to register. 

 Prayer & Reflection in the Season of Advent

When:      3 Monday’s in December

               4 Dec 2017 -    Hope
             11 Dec 2017 -    Joy
             18 Dec 2017 -    Peace

Time:      7:00pm – 8:00pm

Where:     Parish Library

Come and rest awhile. Slow down during Advent  and spend some time in 
quiet contemplative prayer.

Parish Assembly 

The Assembly organising committee met for the first time on
Thursday 16 November. The Committee is Dennis Puniard, Di Bruce, Tim Gill, Anthony Ganley, Sabina Van Rooy, Marian England and Fr Gerard. 

         Sunday 18 February 2018

        Sunday 25 February 2018

11:00am – 1:00pm
concluding with a sausage sizzle




Thank you for the generous response to the Appeal and hamper donations to date.

 Reminder: please return unwrapped toys and food to the Parish office during the week or at mass services this weekend 17 December 2017.




Tuesday 19th Dec Charnwood



 “Dare to Dream”is a book written by parishioner Paul Maggs.

The price of the book is $15.00. The profits from the sale of this book will be donated to Monivae College, Hamilton for the education of indigenous students from the Northern Territory. The book is available in the parish bookstore.



invites you and your friends to


          Where:       St Michael’s Church
          Address:     2 Tyrrell Circuit, Kaleen  ACT
          Date:          Sunday 31st December 2017
          Time:         8.30pm

Exposition from 8.30pm until 11.45pm followed by Midnight Mass.

For further inquiries:- Phone Judy & Joe Mewburn  6254 6202


Parish Bookstore

 Columban Calendars $9.00

Majellan Christmas Cards $6.50 Pkt of 10 


  Stewardship of our Parish

 There are flyers regarding planned giving and stewardship on the table in the foyer. We ask you to take a flyer and give this your prayerful consideration. You may place the commitment pledge on the plate or return it to the parish office. Thank you.


CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn
There for any human

Life can throw various challenges your way and
sometimes it can be hard to know where to turn. 

CatholicCare is here to help.

Offering a wide range of services, no matter who you are,
where you’re from, what you wear, or with you share.

CatholicCare offers support in the following areas.

»    Disability Services & NIDS
»    Aged Care Services
»    Youth Services, Counselling & Therapy
»    Alcohol & other Drugs 
»    Family Support Services
»    Mental Health Services
»    Housing, Homelessness

      Phone. 02 6295 4300



Volunteering and Contact ACT

Provides information on
organisations that can provide

Free Meal, Laundry & Shower services

 For those who are homeless
or at risk of homelessness.

Canberra’s Community Info Hub, Griffin Centre, 20 Genge Street CANBERRA.





Agape Youth

First and Third Sundays after the
6:00pm mass.
Next gathering 17 December

Coffee Club

 Coffee Club

Fourth Sunday after 10:00am Mass

Over 45’s

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


Pins & Needles

Pins & Needles
3rd Thursday of the Month 7:15pm 
Parish Library
16 November 2017 - 7:15pm


Sunday Book Club

3rd Sunday of the Month Sunday
21 January 3:00pm

Parish Library 

“The Tea Gardens” By Fiona McIntosh


Women’s Breakfast

Women’s Breakfast
4th Tuesday of the Month 7:30am
Little Chef Café Belconnen
Next Breakfast -
Tuesday 19 December  2017


  Charismatic Prayer:           Thursday 7:30pm, Maida: 0423 658 326 
  Meditation  [Library]     Friday 7:30pm
  Morning Prayer:     Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9:10am
  Stations of the Cross:      Frist Friday Monthly after 9:30am
  Children's Mass:     Second Sunday monthly 10:00am
  Children's Choir:     Thursdays  weekly 4:00 - 5:00pm
  Adult Choir:     Wednesdays weekly 7:00pm - 8:00pm


Douglas Park NSW

The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart have issued a new schedule of fees for spending time at the Retreat Centre. For people who may not be able to do a weekend or 6 day retreat the centre is offering a varied amount of options for spending time at the Park. 

See options and schedule of fees below.  

The 2017/2018 program is available at: 

Option 1: $ 20    Use of facilities morning and afternoon tea
Option 2: $ 35    as above plus 2 course lunch
Option 3: $ 80    as above plus spiritual accompaniment
Option 4: $ 60    Spiritual accompaniment
Option 5: $102    overnight stay and spiritual accompaniment

Costs are negotiable with the Director.



 24 Dec       Reading Roster


 Rob Caskie, Elaine Laycock


 Carmel Screen, Shane Murtagh


 Louise Honan, Joe Ots


Christmas Eve Children's mass


 24 Dec          Ministers of Communion


 Marie McKie, John Drury, Barbara Witrzens,
 Terry O’Brien, Margaret McMahon


 Violet Duve, Janet Almond, Ted & Clare Kell, VACANT


 Robin Williams, Libby Costello, Rachel, Marissa & John Blackwell


Christmas Eve Children's mass 


 24 Dec            Hospitality Roster


 Barbara Witrzens, Marie McKie


 Margaret Ohlin


 John Blackwell, Louise Bulfin


Christmas Eve Children's mass

Weekly Rosters

      Altar Society:   18 Dec   Mary Cruickshank   
     Grounds:                     24 Dec              Group 4   
     Collections:   25 Dec   Group 9 

      Church Cleaning:          18 Dec       John & Jenny Maher                                  



On a Lighter note


What is the difference between a school boy studying and a farmer watching his cattle?


Answer: One is stocking his mind, while the other is minding his stock.


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

Recently Deceased:    John Dickinson

Anniversary:   Amy Carney, Edward Clifford, John MacKay, Marie Cody,
Robert Carew, William Roots, Christopher Fitzsimon, Kathleen Edmunds, Anne Hudson, Michael Devlin, Patrick Laverty, Paul MacKenzie, Louise Ball, Geoffrey Walsh,
Elana Powell, Jarrod Smith, Dora Roberts, Luis Soria, Cora Newman, Ellen Ottewill, Yvonne Williamson, Ted Murphy, Michael Costelloe, Walter Hawkins.


LIBRARY NEWS: “A way to the heart of Christmas”, “The First Christmas; what really happened?” and, “Biblical meditations for Advent and the Christmas season” are three of the books currently on display.


School of Religion: – 9.15am-10.00am

Sundays Parish Centre (School Term Only)

For children not attending a Catholic School


Hearing Loop: - We have a hearing loop in the body of the church. To access it turn your hearing aid to the T-Switch setting.


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