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St John the Apostle Catholic Community
A Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish
“To be on earth the Heart of God”


12th Sunday in Ordinary Time                          Year A
25 June 2017                                                     #31.17

Weekly Reflection  


 Do Not be Afraid 

When I was a boy I was often told that ‘What's said and done in the home, stays in the home.’ And to a degree, this is a good and loyal principle. There are, however, family secrets and lies that cause untold damage for generations because no one is allowed to speak about them. Sexual abuse, domestic violence, suicide, incest, drug-taking, alcoholism, theft, adoption and abortion are only some of the secrets and lies that many families sit on. 

Jesus, however, tells us in today's Gospel that what you ‘say in the dark, tell in the light. What you whisper in darkness, shout from the housetops.’ This doesn't mean that Christians tell everyone their personal business, but it does cut to the heart of what stunts spiritual and personal growth.

To the degree that something shameful remains buried, hidden and unhealed, then its power over us is increased. It remains the thing about which we can never speak. The bad spirit has a field day with this sort of stuff, feeding our fears and lowering our self-esteem. 

In this regard some Christians make a false distinction between their spiritual and psychological lives. They hold that the exploration of one's personal history or emotional problems is self-indulgent or unimportant to how we live.  

We all know people who, in the pursuit of emotional health, become obsessed by their own story, feelings, reactions and psychology. Today's Gospel reminds us that there is a middle road between denying what should be acknowledged and dealt with, and being absorbed by it.  

Long before the therapist's office Christ enabled the Church to develop the Sacrament of Penance where we admit our most destructive behaviour and hear that we are forgiven and healed.  

Christ wants the things that we are afraid of to be drawn out into the light, spoken of and healed.  

Resources used: HOMILY, by Richard Leonard SJ 



We welcome Fr. John Bosman msc who is visiting the parish this weekend. We trust that his stay is a peaceful and enjoyable one.


The St Joseph the Workercrew have been busy in the parish grounds removing the half brick wall on the Chave Street side of the Church. We thank them for their tireless work in keeping the parish buildings spruced up and in good condition.



Envelopes for the 2017-2018 planned giving year are available on the table in the church foyer. Planned Giving tax receipts for the 2016-2017 financial year will be emailed to givers the week commencing 3 July 2017


Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Formation Evening for Parents
Monday 26 June 2017
7:00pm – 8:30pm
St John the Apostle Parish Centre


The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick:

Friday 30 June after 9:30am Mass.

 The sacrament reminds us that God wants to give comfort to the suffering 
and wants us to relieve suffering where we can. 


Ministers of God’s Word  & Ministers of Communion
Sunday   26th  June 11:30am

Thank you to all who attended the recent training sessions for these ministries and to those who raised some issues which will be discussed at the next Liturgy Group Meeting. 

It is a requirement that members of these ministries attend the training sessions when they are offered. To that end, another two dates are being offered so that those who were not free then, may attend these next sessions. There will be a joint education session and then groups will divide for specific information pertaining to their ministry. 

Mary French & Judy Netting for the Liturgy Committee. [Reading & Communion Ministries]


Parish Centre Facilities 

Currently the parish centre does not have a cleaning roster and is cleaned on an ad hoc basis. It would help if the centre had a good clean once a month. An idea has been put forward that perhaps some of the different groups in the parish might volunteer to clean the centre. Please contact the parish office. 


National Church Life Survey

In November 2016 our parish participated in the NCLS. We have now received the summary profile of our parish and over the next few weeks we will bring you some of the results.

Church life Profile
The people of this church - Demographic Profile


Of all people are female & 38% male


Of all people have a university degree


Have a trade certificate, diploma or associate diploma


Have primary or secondary school education


Over 45’s will meet on Wednesday 28 June 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 


Apostleship of the Sea

Supporting Seafarers
Sea Sunday Appeal 9 July 2017 

This year’s theme is ‘In the midst of the storm’,
highlighting the mental vulnerabilities of seafarers on the oceans.

There will be a leaving collection the weekend of 8/9 July for this appeal


WANTEDRoom to rent

A young female parishioner is looking for a room to rent.
Contact Petrolina 0470 186 840



Donations can be made until the end of July


Support Ted Kell  

To donate go to  
and donate with the reference Ted Kell.


 Position Vacant 

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference is seeking to employ a dynamic,
self-motivated and dedicated person for the role of: 

Director - Office for the Participation of Women

A position description is available from To be considered for this role applications should address the knowledge, skills and experience listed in the position description.  

Enquiries Ms Jane Bashiruddin 0447 238 432

 Closing date 30 June 2017, 4.00pm.


 Pins & Needles Craft Group

Third Thursday Monthly 

Next Meeting: 20 July 2017
7:15pm Parish Library

 All Welcome.  
If craft is not your thing, maybe conversation is! 


 Calling young Australians to be part of an international conversation


Pope Francis has called young people to join this inclusive journey saying that the Church 'wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard, let it resonate in communities'.

 Closing date: Sun, 2nd July


Sound of Wood God is Good

Nine Indonesian female champions of Kolintang, a traditional Indonesian xylophone - are touring Australia and will perform in Canberra - classical, Christian, Australian, and modern songs.

When:           Fri, 30 June (7pm - 9pm)
Where:         St Edmund's College Br. Wallace Hall
Contact:       Fr David 0435 484 608
Cost:                $20 or $30

All proceeds will go towards building a church in Flores Indonesia.





29 June 2017
Thursdays Weekly

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Parish Church

The Childrens Choir sings at the 10:00am Mass on the second Sunday of the month. Contact the Parish Office on 6254 3236 or for more information




“The Children Act”
By Ian McEwan

Sunday 16 July 2017 - 3:00 pm 
Parish Library.



The next breakfast is: 
 Tuesday 27 June  -  7:30am

Little Chef Café 
Nettlefold Street Belconnen 

Every 4th Tuesday of the month 



‘Do not be afraid’ is one of the most commonly repeated sentences in the Bible. In one form or another, the command to ‘be not afraid’ or ‘fear not’ appears several hundred times throughout the Old and New Testaments. Today’s gospel passage is part of the sending out of the Twelve that occupies all of Chapter 10 in the gospel. It follows a little later in the chapter from last week’s reading in which Jesus called the Twelve and sent them out as Apostles. The remainder of the chapter provides an extended teaching on what it means and what it costs to take the message of Jesus out into the world.

Jesus teaches the Twelve that the message they bear will not always be well received and there will be those who will seek to silence the Apostles through violent means.

Resources used: Greg Sunter at LiturgyHelp 



 2 July          Ministers of Communion


 Joe Catanzariti, Maria Catanzariti, Helen Kennedy,
 Debbie Milne, Judy Netting


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


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


 James Cox, Toni Cox, Margaret Curry, 
 Maria Devine, Anthony Dunnicliff-Hagan

 2 July        Reading Roster


 Michael Horan, Lesley Givens


 John O’Heir, Violet Duve


 Robin Williams, Frank Colley


 Nicole Mikkonen, Judith Deklin

 2 July            Hospitality Roster


Joe Catanzariti, Jenny Maher


Carmel Screen, Rob Breen


 Libby Kain, Bryan Cowman


Agnes Pham

Weekly Rosters

     Altar Society:  26 June       Gabrielle Culhane
     Grounds:                        1 July           Group 1                 
     Collections:  2 July   Group 1

      Church Cleaning:                Agnes Le & family     




Weekend Funnies

What Am I? 

I can be cut but I’m not a vegetable 

I’m found on a baseball field but I’m not grass 

I’m found on a ring but I’m not a boxer 

I’m in a deck of cards but I’m not a joker




A. Diamond



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

Recently Deceased:  

Anniversary:  Jason Murray, Arthur Yea, Kevin Maloney, Suzie Katavic, Nathan Jones, Daniel O’Connor, Eileen Schmich, John Lazaro, Mildred Holland, William Edmunds, 
Rohan Murphy, Norah Keneally, Rebecca Malone, Jan McDonough, Stanley Howell, Narelle Karling, Lynne Williman, Philip Connolly, Daniel Worner, Catherine Farrugia, Gilbert Hall, Patrick Salmon, Jean Irvine, Jack Synnott, Elizabeth Dennison, John O’Brien, Steven Argy, Rosalie Callaghan, Constance Crowe, Gertrude Czarnik, Conner Cooke, Anne Patterson.



LIBRARY NEWS: Some of the books on display this week are “Through the eyes of faith”, “Field of compassion: how the new cosmology is transforming the spiritual life”, Sanctuary: creating a space for grace in your life” and “Christian discovery: the road to justice.


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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