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

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time              Year A 
9 August 2020                                                   #37.20 



Some days we walk on water –  some days we sink like a stone

Faith has its ups and downs: We see this, almost pictorially illustrated, in the incident of Peter walking on the water. Initially his faith feels strong and he confidently steps onto the sea and begins to walk. But, almost immediately upon realizing what he was doing, he starts to sink. Our own faith works exactly like that, at times it lets us walk on water and at other times we sink like a stone.

Faith works best when we don’t confuse it with our own efforts. For example, Donald Nichol, in his book, Holiness, shares a story of a British missionary working in Africa. At one point, early on in his stay there, the missionary was called upon to mediate a dispute between two tribes. He had no preparation for this, was naïve, and totally out of his depth. But he gave himself over to the task in faith and, surprisingly, reconciled the two tribes. Afterwards, buoyed by this success, he began to fancy himself as mediator and began to present himself as an arbiter of disputes. But now, however, his efforts were invariably unhelpful. Here’s the irony: when he didn’t know what he was doing, but trusted solely in God, he was able to walk on water; as soon as he began to wrap himself in the process, he sank like a stone. Faith works like that: We can walk on water only as long as we don’t think that we are doing it with our own strength.

When Peter starts to sink he cries out to Jesus for help. The cry of Peter is one that each of us feels the need to cry out at some stage in our life. Jesus trusted Peter’s ability to walk to him on the water; otherwise he would not have called Peter to do so. It is Peter who doubts himself. In this moment of realising that he can’t do it alone, he calls out to Jesus. One of the enduring images of Jesus is as the one who saves – the Saviour. When the realisation eventually comes to each of us that we can’t do it all alone, we need only call on the one who saves.

Resources used: Walking on Water and Sinking Like a Stone, by Ronald Rolheiser OMI & Reflection, by Greg Sunter.


Heart Spirituality

The depths of the Heart of Jesus

O Jesus, I believe you when you show your adorable Heart and say:
Behold this heart that has so loved you all! Yes, I believe you, when you affirm with the Church and the saints that what you feel comes from your Heart, the centre of your love, the inspirer of your self-giving, the throne of your mercy, the treasure of heaven and of earth, the abyss of all virtues, an ocean of goodness, a fountain of life, the source of all graces, the refuge of sinners, the strength of the weak, the perseverance of the just, the hope of the dying, the terror of demons, the sanctification of hearts, the house of God and the gate of heaven and a furnace of love.

Jules Chevalier msc (Le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus, p. 194 Paris 1900)

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



Stewardship spirituality invites us to surrender control of our lives to God in grateful recognition of the simple fact that all we have is a gift from God. 

We must always remember that our wonderfully-mysterious God sometimes comes into our lives in the most unexpected ways. Do we stay alert and sensitive to God’s presence to receive the instruction and the countless gifts God is always sending us?

It is all too easy to fail to recognize His presence and gifts in our lives. Taking things for granted — friends, family, material gifts, even God Himself — seems to be part of our human condition.

Our family, our friends, our work, our parish — all these things are gifts from God. When we take our eyes off God, we fail to see that all is a gift from Him, we lose trust in Him, and we do not live out our lives as a grateful response to Him. 

When we embrace the stewardship way of life and let go of the tight hold over our money, time and talents, our lives become a grand adventure, rooted firmly and gratefully in the God Who always cares for us.

Stewardship Reflections from



Vinnies Winter Appeal 
is being replaced by the COVID-19 Crisis Appeal 
LEAVING COLLECTION 22 / 23 August 2020

Donations can be made online at

by calling 13 18 12. Donations may be made at the Parish Office as well. 



Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will not have presentation masses for the children preparing for the Sacraments. 
However, this year the children’s prayer cards are on a table in the foyer.
If you would like to pray for a child, please take a prayer card and record your name against the child’s name on the list.
Above the table is a display of the candidate’s photos so you will know who you are praying for.
We, in turn, will let the candidates know who is praying for them.


RCIA will re-commence on Tuesday 11 August.

 Please continue to keep our RCIA candidates; 

Louise Bulfin, Iain Forsyth, Rebecca Neiberding & Jennifer Wheatley,
in your prayers.


 Feast Day of St Mary of the Cross [Mary Mackillop] 8th August

Our parish will celebrate this feast with mass on Saturday 8th August 10:00am.

Mary and her sisters shared the life of the poor, offering special care to destitute women and children.

"Pray to be ever ready for God’s will, even when it takes you by surprise"


 KIT Monthly

We are looking for parishioner contributions to our monthly production of KIT. 
If you have a reflection or something that you would like to share of your experiences 
during these changing times please send them in to the parish office
– KIT monthly for July has been sent out. Next issue - 31 August


We are still looking for new readers for some of our Sunday Masses.
If you feel called to serve in this ministry please let us know.
You will be well supported with training and ongoing contact.
If you are interested please contact the Parish Office or Mary French on 0414 175 960
or via her email 
Thank you.

Weekend Mass Attendance

The number of parishioners returning to weekend Masses is increasing. 
If you have booked to attend and are not in attendance at the commencement of mass, your place may be allocated to someone who is waiting.




 Feast of The Assumption of Mary 
Saturday 15 August

Masses will be celebrated at 10:00am.

Along with Christmas Day, the Feast of the Assumption is the only day of obligation in the liturgical calendar (apart from Sundays).

The TryBooking Link is : 



If you have not been receiving Emails from the parish office, check your junk and spam folders. 

We have been advised that some ISP's [internet service provider] have issues with their delivery of bulk emails.


The SJABookClub is returning! Please bring along for discussion, for favourite read.

All Welcome

St Johns Library – 16 August 3:00pm

National Men’s Gathering 15 August 2020

The ACBC National Catholic Men’s Gathering for 2020 is now an online event for registered participants. The program will be delivered in four pre-recorded sessions of approximately 1 hour in length. Each session will offer input from a variety of speakers and musicians, along with a response and questions for group discussion or individual reflection. The program offers flexibility so that you may participate individually or gather with others from your parish/diocese or men’s ministry group.

Registration: Available from Monday 29th June  Go to:

Protocols for entering Church

8:30am 5:00pm for private prayer. 
Please practice physical distancing at all times.

We are required to keep a record of every person who enters the church building. 
Please enter your name on the attendance sheet in the foyer.


COVID-19 Protocols

Seating in the Church - Physical Distancing of 2 meters square, only sit where the seats are marked.

You must record your name and contact details when attending Mass. The     attendance sheet is on the table in the foyer.


We ask that you disinfect and wipe down your own seat, this will assist with the     necessary cleaning of the Church (thank you).

Would you please take your wipes with you to dispose of at home (thank you).

At the sign of peace, acknowledge but refrain from touching.

The faithful should only receive Holy Communion in the hand, not on the tongue.

Distribute the Sacred Host only and not the Precious Blood.

Collection plates will not be passed around during Mass. There are baskets in the foyer for you to place your sacrificial giving. Alternatively, you may like to use one of the electronic methods listed below as your method of giving.

  • Tap & Go, in the foyer
  • Qkr, download the App
  • Direct Debit – contact the parish office 
  • Credit Card - contact the parish office 
  • EFT that you set up from your bank.


COVID-19 Restrictions - Singing

There is to be no singing at Mass until further notice. This includes singing the Gospel Acclamation.


The Refugee Advice and Casework Service  will present a special film screening of the Australian documentary, Rosemary’s Way, with all ticket sales supporting RACS’ Women at Risk program.

The documentary follows Rosemary Kariuki, a Multicultural Community Liason officer in Western Sydney, who reaches out to isolated migrant and refugee women over the course of a year. We hear their stories, witness their courage, and see them find their voices and confidence in this country - their new home.

Rosemary’s Way film screening  -

View anytime at home between Monday -  Thursday, 10 August - 13 August 2020. Then join a Virtual Q&A and Live Panel Discussion  Thursday 13 August at 7.30 - 8.30pm.

When purchasing your ticket, you will receive a private link to watch the documentary anytime between 10-13 August, plus the link to join the live Q&A on 13 August.  Tickets can be obtained at



Agape - Youth Group
High school students in Years 7 to 12

First and Third Sundays 

after the 6:00pm Mass

Returning - 16 August

This group is a way for young people to learn about the church and deepen their faith together. Contact;

  Taizé with Eucharistic Adoration

First Friday Monthly

7:30pm – 8:30pm – 7 August.

Everybody is welcome and encouraged to come along to spend time with our Lord in prayer and thanksgiving to refresh our souls.

There will be periods of reflective music (Taizé) and silent adoration.


SJA Men’s Group

 Meeting Monthly 6:00pm – 8:00pm

For more informatin contact the parish office.

  Next gathering: Friday 21 August

  St John the Apostle Parish Centre



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. 

Pins & Needles Craft Group
Monday 17 August
7:15pm Parish Library


My Voice

My Voice seeks to realise the Archdiocesan three year vision for youth: belong, believe and become. It involves children in articulating their rights and responsibilities within the Church. The project is designed for students in Years 4 to 7. If you would like to participate in the survey, go to:  or email for more information.

 Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ letter “On Care for Our Common Home”

Commencing August/September an ecumenical group of participants will look together each fortnight at Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ letter “On Care for Our Common Home”. You can register interest in obtaining further information in taking part at or 0428-625-110.

Donations to the 1st & 2nd Collections at
St John the Apostle Parish
can now be made using Qkr.
Download the app through the app store on your mobile phone. 

Contact the parish office for more information.

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:  


Leonard Hill, Keith Jobling, Joyce Olive, Donald Telford, Bona Duffy, 
Lindsay Guest, Adam Markham, Wesley Perceval, Arthur O’Callaghan,
Margaret Cole, Alfred Clynch, Manning Hoy, Dominic Pham, Maria Van Rooy, 
Indianna Forth, Norman Pentland, Phillip Doran, Denise Smith, 
Lesley Ferry, Ray Allen, Geroge Brettell, Horst Lawatsch, James Marlor,
Iris Schofield, Zenona Skiba, Emily Jacob, William Smith, John Ray.

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


16 August      Reading Roster


Bob Raadts, Judy Netting


Darren Maharaj


Ivo Astolfi, Libby Kain


Terry Fewtrell, Matthew Garton


16 August     Ministers of Communion


Maresa Laird, Joy McInerney, Elaine Laycock


Clyde Sloan, Peter Polkinghorne


Sugi Mohanadas, Ann Reynolods, Judy Lane


Brian Mahony, Eoin Garton,
Anthony & Chitra Jayawardena

16 August              Hospitality Roster




Clyde and Norma Sloan




Brian Mahony

Weekly Rosters

Altar Society:        

10 Aug

Pat Gilchrist


15 Aug



Church Cleaning:

10 Aug


LIBRARY NEWS: Wonderful to have the library open again! On display this week is a collection of titles about people whose lives are of interest to others because of their relationship with God and their neighbours.

I came across a broken escalator the other day
All I could do was stair. 




                             A Blessing for Leaders

May you have the grace and wisdom to act kindly, learning to distinguish between what is personal and what is not.

 May you be hospitable to criticism.
May you never put yourself 
at the centre of things.

May you act not from arrogance
but out of service.

May you work on yourself, building up and refining the ways of your mind.

May those who work for you know
you see and respect them.

May you learn to cultivate the art of presence in order to engage with those who meet you.

 When someone fails or disappoints you, may the graciousness with which you engage be their stairway to renewal and refinement.

 May you treasure the gifts of the mind through reading and creative thinking so that you continue as a servant of the frontier where the new will draw its enrichment from the old,
and you never become functionary.

 May you know the wisdom of deep listening, the healing of wholesome words, the encouragement of the appreciative gaze, the decorum of held dignity, the springtime edge of the bleak question.

 May you have a mind that loves frontiers so that you can evoke the bright fields that lie
beyond the view of the regular eye.

 May you have good friends 
to mirror your blind spots.

May leadership be for you a
true adventure of growth.


John O’Donohue