Weekly Bulletin

St John the Apostle Parish
         A Missionary of the Sacred Heart Parish  
Celebrating 50 Years    
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time                         Year C  
26 June2022                                                      #31.22 
Following Jesus

The following of Jesus is not a "salvation scheme" or a means of creating social order (which appears to be what most folks want religion for), as much as it is a vocation to share the fate of God for the life of the world. Some people are overly invested in religious ceremonies, rituals, and rules that are all about who's in and who's out. Jesus did not come to create a spiritual elite or an exclusionary system. He invited people to "follow" him by personally bearing the mystery of human death and resurrection.

No matter how much we try to ignore it, or play it down, the call to simplicity of lifestyle and detachment are important elements in the teaching of Jesus and the way he lived his own life.

Some Christians are given the gift of living very simply and to the degree that this gift brings life to them, and those around them, it is a wonderful sign of God's kingdom. All the rest of us, who struggle to embrace this gift, or a desire to ever want it, must face up to the challenge of Jesus' teaching here. But it's not just about money. We are also called to detach ourselves from memories, which can be cluttered with anger and revenge; from the demands of work which keep us from being with those we love; and to be generous with our time, talent, hospitality and compassion.

Those who agree to carry and love what God loves, both the good and the bad of human history, and to pay the price for its reconciliation within themselves--these are the followers of Jesus. They are the leaven, the salt, the remnant, the mustard seed that God can use to transform the world. The cross is the dramatic image of what it takes to be such a usable one for God.

Taken from: Following Jesus, by Richard Rohr OFM, & Homily, by Richard Leonard SJ



Heart Spirituality

The Sacred Heart, God's gift of himself

The Word proceeds from the unfathomable depths of the Heart of God who generates him equal to himself. God is love itself. This infinite love that constitutes the very depths of God, and forms his nature, has enclosed itself in a human heart, the Heart of Jesus. That is why God takes delight in this divine Heart, the Heart with which he loves us, his living sacrament. It is through the Heart of Christ, the love of God, that God’s self is poured out on the world and on the human race. How? God communicates and gives himself by grace. This communication, this gift, is not just a figure of speech; it is a fact. We really share in his nature; we possess him personally and really.

 Jules Chevalier msc -
Le Sacré-Coeur de Jésus p.277, Paris, 1900 

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




Putting God First

Jesus encounters two “would be” disciples on His way to Jerusalem. “‘Follow me,’” Jesus says to the first man. “But he replied, ‘Lord let me go first and bury my father.’ The other said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” These two want to follow Christ but only on their own terms, only after taking care of some other, more pressing matters (at least in their own minds). We are called to put Christ and His kingdom ahead of our own plans if we truly wish to be his disciples and to find victory in the battle of selfishness.

Living stewardship as a way of life can go a long way in arming us for victory. Stewardship living provides us with a custom-made “training plan” — the commitment to a specific offering of our time, talent, and treasure to the Kingdom of God. It is a plan discerned through prayer and by looking at the realities of our unique circumstances, strengths, and limitations. The daily discipline of committing to the plan strengthens us and helps us gradually move away from the “yes, but” attitude and towards an unqualified “yes!” to Christ and His will.









Australia Post has approved and issued a special postmark depicting the Eagle of Saint John to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of St John the Apostle Parish. The postmark, available at the Post Office at the Kippax Fair Shopping Centre, will be in use from 13th June until the end of the year. The special postmark is available on request. Take your mail into the Kippax Post Office, buy a stamp/s, and ask a postal worker to press the postmark onto your letter or parcel.



Archdiocesan – Child Protection
Code of Conduct Acknowledgement

Thank you to those ministers who have completed this form. This form is to completed by any parishioner who is any ministry in the Parish. Copies are available to sign in the sacristy and the parish office.

 June Celebrations - World Meeting of Families Pope Francis is inviting families around the world to gather locally over June to celebrate & explore the theme of this year’s World Meeting of Families: “Family love: A vocation and a path to holiness.” Plug into events and resources: Locally at http://www.marriagefamily.org.au  Nationally at http://www.family.catholic.org.au Internationally at www.romefamily2022.com/ 


St Johns Meditation Group 

Retreat at Douglas Park 29 – 31 July

You are most welcome to join us. For further information, please contact Jenny Maher 0402 112 973 by 30 June.


Thursday 21st July 2022 , 6.30 for 7 pm start, at the Canberra Labor Club Belconnen.

Tickets are $20 per head, payable at the door, cash or EFTPOS; to pre-book a table of 10 contact Daphne on 0407835846.


Theme for dress/ costume is any cartoon character/ Disney/Frozen etc.  There will be a front door raffle, best costume prize, best dressed table prize, lucky door prizes and more. All proceeds go towards the purchase of equipment for the care and comfort of Calvary Public Hospital patients and staff. So bring your friends for a night of friendship, fun and a good laugh!



Contemplative Prayer with the Blessed Sacrament

Thursday Fortnightly – 7 July 2022 7:30pm – 8:30pm  

Come for 15 or 30 minutes – whatever time you can spare – there is no requirement to stay for the whole hour.

 The lord invites ….. “can you not stay awake with me for one hour?” Mt. 26:40

 And promises to refresh our soul …. “From His Heart shall flow streams of Living Water” Jn. 7:38


We encourage anyone interested in joining us to come along for a meeting.

We are reading:  

St Johns Library –   - 3:00pm

St John the Apostle Women’s Breakfast 
Tuesday - 28 June – 7:30am 


 Bean Origin 
5/32 Nettlefold St, Belconnen

St Johns Friendship Group
next meeting on 
Wednesday 29 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.



Relax, Review, Reflect  

We will be watching .....
The Lives of Others
Friday  1 July at 7:00pm in the parish library.


Come and relax, (re)view a contemporary film and reflect and share how you would approach issues raised in the film in light of your own life’s experience

Pins and Needles Craft Group
18 July 2022
7:15pm Parish Library

St John the Apostle Parish - 
Celebrating 50 years commemorative magazine

is available for purchase at a cost of $10.

The magazine is available for purchase from the parish office


This ensures a comfortable transition from the cold outside to the church. To maintain the heat in the foyer and to conserve energy would you please close the door when entering the church.
Thank you.

 Ministry of Home Visitation & Communion to the Sick
Are you discerning your ministry and how you can serve God in our community? 
The housebound and those who cannot attend weekend mass are parishioners and members of our community. As a parish community we are called to walk with them through love and care of their spiritual needs.Please give your prayerful consideration to this ministry and if it is how God is calling you to serve in our community. Please contact the parish office if you would like to participate or know more about the ministry. 

The SJACare team.  



3 July          Lector Roster



Fay Padarin, Paul McGrath


Elizabeth McDonald, John O’Heir


Robin Williams, Frank Colley


Joe Ots, Erin Trevaskis




3 July           Ministers of Communion



Joy McInerney, Judy Netting


Carmel Screen, Pat Cowubrn


Anthony Noakes, Shovin Weerawaunkula


Marian Crowley, Andrew Luck


3 July           Hospitality Roster



Kay Dwyer, Chitra Jayawardena


Rob Breen, Carmel Screen


Libby Kain, Margarete Gill


Christine Lancaster




Weekly Rosters


Altar Society:        

26 June

Margaret Stanford


2 July





Church Cleaning:

26 June

Joseph Le Van Hai, 
Sam Van Nguyen



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

Recently Deceased:   Helen Bourke, Br Michael Hill fms

Anniversary:  Adrian Uhr, Giovanni Scalora, Jason Murray, Arthur Yee, Kevin Maloney, Nathan Jones, Daniel O’Connor, Eileen Schmich, John Lazaro, Mildred Holland, William Edmunds, Rohan Murphy, Norah Keneally, Garrick Kelly, Rebecca Malone, Jan McDonough, Stanley Howell, Narelle Karling, Lynne Williman, Philip Connolly, Daniel Worner, Catherine Farrugia, Nigel Smith, Gilbert Hall, Patrick Salmon, Jean Irvine, Hortencia Cid, John Bell, Jack Synnott, Elizabeth Dennison, John O’Brien, Steven Argy, Rosalie Callaghan, Constance Crowe, Gertrude Czarnik, Conner Cook 


Mass Intentions the week of 27 June - 3 July

Mon 27/06

Available [contact the office]

Wed 29/06

Available [contact the office]

Thur 30/06

Available [contact the office]

Fri 01/06

Available [contact the office]


Sat 02/07



Available [contact the office]



Sun 03/07



Available [contact the office]


Kevin Mewburn


Available [contact the office]

   To ensure that a mass time is available please telephone the parish office to make a booking.  





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