Jan 12, 2018


Parish Assembly
Crossing the Threshold


[Moses views the Promised Land from the top of Mt Nebo]

The Church has a mission “Go, therefore, and make disciples.” Mt. 28:19. 
God has a unique vision for every parish; he has a  unique vision for our parish, to discover this vision we need to pray and discern.

                    Mission is why.
                Vision is what.
                Strategy is how.

Sunday 18 February 2018
Sunday 25 February 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm

concluding with a light lunch

If it is your intention to attend the Assembly please register on the forms available on the table in the foyer. This is needed for catering and organisational purposes 



Weekly Bulletin


 St John the Apostle Parish

 A Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish

SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT                              Year B
25 February 2018                                           #13.18

 “To be on earth the Heart of God” 

From the Pastor’s desk……..

I know many people struggle to make sense of the story of the ‘sacrifice of Isaac’ (or more correctly, ‘the testing of Abraham’). I have to admit I struggle with this story too. But I think that’s the whole point of the story, to engage us in a struggle to understand who God really is. Is God indifferent to our human suffering, or is God a God who truly cares?  

The story of Abraham dragging his only son along to be sacrificed is truly a dark and troubling tale.  As Abraham trudges up the mountain carrying a bundle of firewood for the sacrifice one cannot begin to imagine the terrible burden on his soul. In a sense, Abraham represents our common human story. We are all, at some point in our lives, forced to carry terrible burdens which sometimes can seem to threaten our very existence and test our faith to the core.  

To understand how crucial this story is to our understanding of God we have to put ourselves in the shoes of the ancient Hebrews. In the time of Abraham human sacrifice was common and this story clearly reveals that this practice is abhorrent to the God of the Israelites. This is shown by God sending his angel to stay the hand of Abraham. In contrast to the cruel and capricious gods of the surrounding cultures, the God of Israel is a God who is on mankind’s side. In spite of all the dark drama of this story, God is finally revealed as a God of blessing, not curse; a God of life, not death; a God of light, not darkness.  

Ultimately, this is a story of promise. Isaac is the child of promise, a gift  to Abraham and Sarah in their old age. Abraham’s faith is rewarded by an even greater promise, a promise of more children than he could ever count:

I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. (Genesis 22.17)

We too are children of the promise, and our destiny is bound up with more blessings than we could ever imagine.

If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8.31)

Peace & blessings, 



Transformation & Salvation

We all have dreams for the future, dreams about success and well-being. We all want a better world for our children and grandchildren. Our religious tradition sets before us aspirations that call for personal transformation. However, sometimes when we follow the inspiration of our most devout aspirations, obstacles are thrown in our path preventing us from following our dreams. Still, God does not call us out of our dreams into a vacuum. If we are asked to relinquish a possible future, it is only to be offered God’s future. Our aspirations may be noble, but the possibilities that God offers will outstrip them in excellence.  

At our low points, we are one step away from either enlightenment or despair. Without faith that there is a Bigger Pattern, and the grace to surrender to that Bigger Pattern, most people will move into despair, negativity, or cynicism. We need a promise, a hopeful direction, or it is very hard not to give up.  

Abraham was promised an heir; he relinquished his hold on his heir, and he was granted heirs beyond counting. Jesus came as a Rabbi; he allowed himself to be handed over to death, and he was revealed as the beloved Son of God.  

When you have not yet learned what transformation feels or looks like, someone—perhaps some loving human or simply God’s own embrace—needs to hold you now because you cannot hold yourself. When we experience this radical holding, and even deep loving, this is salvation!  

Do we have faith, or do we need a glimpse of Christ’s transfiguration in order to believe in his resurrection? Do we have to see and touch Jesus, or are we able to believe because we have heard his message? God’s future in Christ is open to us, but we must accept it in faith, even when we do not fully understand what it means.  

Resources used: Reflection, by Dianne Bergant CSS & The Pattern for Everything,by Richard Rohr  


Heart Spirituality

 Reasons for trust in Jesus Christ

Our trust in Jesus Christ is based on his goodness

Why did he become fully human?
For us and for our salvation.

What was his life?
he went about doing good (Acts 10:38).
His incomparable goodness gave us
his death, his Church, his sacraments,
his Heart, his divine Mother.
We shall esteem this infinite goodness better
if we realise that it’s object is not only human beings in general,
but each of us in particular.
He loved me and gave his life for me (Gal 2:20).
After so many signs of love,
could we hesitate in showing him boundless trust?
Moreover we shall obtain from his Father
everything that we ask for in his name.

Whatever our weakness, our temptations
and even our failures,
let us drive away all discouragement
and open our hearts to trust.
Why are you fearful?
Let us cast ourselves without hesitation
into his Heart.
He will not let us perish.

Meditations 1, p.218. 1891
Jules Chevalier 

May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be everywhere loved…forever



Parish Assembly

Sunday 25 February 2018

11:00am – 1:00pm

concluding with a light lunch

Sacrament of Penance - Presentation Masses:The children preparing for the Sacrament of Penance will be presented to the parish this weekend 24/25 February. They will give their prayer card to a parishioner who is asked to pray for them during this preparation time. Would you please hold all the children and their families in your prayers.  Thank you.  


Prayers to celebrate the life of
Michael Vella

Will be celebrated at 10:00am

Tuesday 27 February 2018

St John the Apostle Parish Kippax

 (There will be no 9:30am Liturgy of the Word with Communion on this day)


We are looking for readers, ministers of communion and hospitality ministers for the Easter celebrations. If you are available for any of the Easter Liturgies please contact your ministry co ordinator.

Readers - Mary French:         

Eucharist Ministers – Elaine Laycock

Hospitality – Judy Netting      

Lenten Presentation

 ‘A light in the Darkness: walking the spiritual journey in faith and hope’

Venue:       Library St Thomas Aquinas  Primary School Charnwood
Date:         Wednesday, 28 February
Time:        7.30pm
Presenter:  Shane Dwyer

World Day of Prayer

An Ecumenical Service written by the people of Suriname, South America. 

When:        Friday 2 March
Time:         11:00am
Where:      St Christopher’s Cathedral

Light lunch to follow in the Haydon Hall, St Christopher’s Pastoral Centre.

Second Rite of Reconiliation during Lent
St John the Apostle Parish
Thursday 8 March – 7:30pm

International Women’s Day - 8 March

A new initiative to support and encourage women of all ages will be launched at Merici College on International Women's Day, March 8. The national program was devised and is being developed by women, inspired by the words of St Catherine of Siena: "Be who God wants you to be and you will set the world on fire."

Find out more at:


The Parish Finance Council is please to present the 2017 Finance Report.
The report is available on the small table in the church foyer.


  Stations of the Cross

Every Friday during lent after the 9:30am Mass.



The poor and marginalised are our companions on a journey out of poverty.

Matilda (not her real name) is a mother of three school age children, one with special needs. Matilda’s Centrelink payment barely covers her living costs. As a result she is unable to save any money to cover those unexpected expenses that crop up from time to time. Matilda and her children aren’t living they are just surviving. 


By helping with the Doorknock you are providing vital resources which are used to assist people like Matilda.

If you can help please come and talk to us at the table in the foyer after Mass

The SVDP members would like to thank everyone for their prayers, donations and any assistance or support they have given to the doorknock.

 February Baptisms

We welcome into our community:

 Lucas Langhorn, son of Adam and Cyndi;

Vincent Ringshaug son of Shaun and Annaleise;

Vivienne Bond, daughter of Mitchell and Genevieve


Celebrate Lent with Shane Dwyer as he presents:

‘A light in the Darkness: walking the spiritual journey in faith and hope’

      Venue:       Library St Thomas Aquinas Primary School Charnwood

      Date:         Wednesday, 28 February
      Time:        7.30pm




12th Feb

Sacrament of Penance
Second Formation Evening for parents

24th/25th Feb

Sacrament of Penance Presentation Masses

15th Mar

Celebration of the
Sacrament of Penance for Children - 
2nd Rite 

19th Mar

Sacrament of Confirmation Formation Evening for parents

7th/8th April

Sacrament of Confirmation Presentation Masses

23rd May

Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation

18th June

First Holy Communion Formation Evening for parents –

23rd/24th June

First Holy Communion Presentation Masses

4th/5th Aug

First Holy Communion Masses
Vigil Sat & 10:00am Sun

11th/12th Aug

First Holy Communion Masses
Vigil Sat & 10:00am Sun

Contact the parish office on 6254 3236 or


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

Recently Deceased: Eamonn Murtagh, Lydia Climaco,  Michael Vella 

Anniversary:     Rudi Meyer, James Wiley, Johanna Garratt, Reg Lazaro,
John Marane, Ivan Mikulic, Angeles Arranz, Lillian Luke, Elena Zamora, Adrian Newton, Adrienne Stewart, Ashley Kent, Eun Cho Shin, Hayden Ricketts, James McKay,
Dorothy Jeffrey, Leo McDonald, Rachael Netting, Francisca Benedictos, Sharon Williams, Ian Coffill, Evelyn Swaris, Josephine Hawkins, Tony Lay


4 Mar            Reading Roster 


    Michael Horan, Lesley Givens


    John O’Heir, Violet Duve


    Robin Williams, Frank Colley


    Nicole Mikkonen, Judith Deklin

4 Mar            Ministers of Communion


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


   Carmel Screen, Sigrid Kropp, Maria Scarr,


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


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

4 Mar            Hospitality Roster  


    Joe Catanzariti, Jenny Maher


    Carmel Screen, Rob Breen


    Libby Kain, Bryan Cowman


    Agnes Pham


Weekly Rosters

Altar Society:        

26 Feb

 Gabrielle Culhane


3 Mar

Group 1


4 Mar 

Group 1


Church Cleaning:

26 Feb

  Agnes Le & family



Charismatic Prayer:

Maida: 0423 658 326




Meditation  [Library]



Morning Prayer:

Mon, Tues, Fri


Stations of the Cross

First Friday Monthly

After 9:30am mass

Children’s Mass

Second Sunday monthly


Adult Choir



Children’s Choir






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
We are reading
“Light and Shadow Memoirs of a Spy’s Son” By Mark Colvin
Sunday 18 February - 3:00 pm 

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


Sunday 9.15am  during school term 


LIBRARY NEWS: Among titles on prayer and meditation displayed this week are some directly concerned with the current season of the Church, namely Lent.



On a Lighter Note............

Q: What did mama cow say to baby cow?

A: It’s pasture bedtime.


Q: What do you call a cow that doesn’t give milk?

A: An udder failure.






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