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The Catholic Parish of
Parish Office:
A/H Emergenc y:
Parish Priest:
St John 23rd
9852 0580
0403 766 468
Fr John M cSween ey
Assistant Priest:
Fr Robert William
O f f i c e H o u r s:
8. 3 0 am - 4 . 00 pm
( M o n d ay t o T h ur s d ay )
8. 3 0 am – 3. 0 0 pm ( F r i d ay )
Email: [email protected]
Office: 9852 0581
P ar i s h C o u n c il P r e si d en t : B ar t
S ar l a b u s:
[email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Office: 9852 0525
Office: 9852 0580
Saturda y Vigil:
Sunda y Masses: 7.30am, 9.00am,10.30am and 6.00pm.
By appointment on Sunday at 12.00pm
First Rite: Saturday 5.00pm - 5.45pm & After any W eekday Mass.
Weekda y Masses: Mon, Tue, W ed, Thurs, Fri and Sat at 9.00am
Ever y Tuesda y
(2/4 Tuesda y)
Expo sition at 6.30pm . Evening Prayer of the Church at 7.00pm
Rosary 7.15pm Novena Mass to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at 7.30pm .
Hol y Hour: 7.30pm –8.30pm Novena Mass to the Sacred Heart
Of Jesus And Exposition And Benediction.
Sacrament of the Sick:
First Saturday during 9.00am Mass:
Holy Cross, Glenwood.
John XXIII, Stanhope Gardens
A c t i n g P ri n c i p a l :
S t M a rk ’ s C o l l e g e , S t a n h o p e G a r d e n s
Marina Hardy
Jayne Campbell
02 9629 874 2
02 9852 0500
Parish Mission Statement
“The Parish of Saint John XXIII is a faith community with the Eucharist as its heart.
We are inspired by John XXIII’s prophetic opening of the windows of the Church.
We welcome the fresh air of the Holy Spirit, inviting every person to share in the responsibility of enriching
the life and faith of our community by sharing their gifts and talents.”
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: 25/26 October 2014
Dear Friends in Christ Jesus,
We witness in the recent years that people kill other people in the name of religion
and terrorism in the name of religion. They are so conscious about the love of God
and indifferent when it comes to the love of neighbour.
In today’s Gospel Jesus says, “"You shall love the Lord your God with all your
heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind." This is the greatest and first
commandment. And a second is like it: "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"
It is three dimensional: Love of God, Love of neighbour and Love of oneself. Jesus invites us to love others as we love ourselves. All are created in the image and
likeness of God if so we need to treat others with dignity and respect.
We read in the first letter of John “Those who say, 'I love God,' and hate their
brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom
they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen" (4:20). True love of
God and neighbour are the two sides of the same coin.
It is said, “God of the oppressed and the God of the oppressor cannot be the
same”. Let us love and respect all as they carry the image of God. We also pray
for the peace in the world.
This week end two couples, Neil DONNELLY - Emma HARVEY and Francisco
CABALLERO – Danielle SANTOS are getting married. We pray that love be the
basis of their marital life. May God Bless them with His choicest blessings.
God Bless you all.
Kind Regards,
Fr. Robert
P ar i s h S e cr et ar y:
T a ny a G a tt 98 5 2 05 8 0
( M o n d ay - F r i d ay )
[email protected]
P a st o r a l A s so c i at e/S a cr am e n t al
Co o r d in at o r :
S u e A n dr us k i n J .P . 9 8 52 0 58 3
( M o n , T u es , W e d & T h ur s )
S ac r am e n tal @j o h n2 3r d . or g. a u
F i n a n c e:
M i l a Ll am as 9 8 5 2 0 5 80
( T hu r s da y & F r i d ay )
ac c o u nt s @j o h n 23 r d . or g. a u
RCIA Co-ordinator:
Sue Andruskin 98 5 2 05 8 3
S ac r am e n tal @j o h n2 3r d . or g. a u
Youth Leaders
Krizzia Tiga: [email protected]:
C.J. Sarlabus [email protected]
House Keepers
Theresa Cassar and Brenda Recchia
To separate the two great
commandments is a
tragedy and goes clean
contrary to the Gospel.
Yet unfortunately this
often happens.
Those who have faith often
have no love, and those
who love often have no
Thus the Gospel has been
torn in two.
Jesus spoke of two great
The first– that we should
love God.
The second– that we
should love our neighbour.
He didn't say that they
were the same thing, but
that they are like two sides
of the one coin.
If we want the total Gospel
we must have both.
He himself showed us how
to do this.
From the Parish Council
Bart Sarlabus Chair
From the first Weekend of October,
Saturday Reconciliation will be from
5.00 - 5.45pm.
“Charity, desiring to do God’s will, is able to do everything: it hopes in all things, it bears all things.” –St. John
XXIII, 11 May 1963
Volunteers are needed!
Please consider offering yourselves to
minister in one of the parish groups
including the RCIA, the Baptism
Preparation programme, the Children’s
Sacramental Programme, or Community
The 2015 Columban Art Calendar is now
available at the Piety Stall for $7.00. When
you purchase the
calendar, you are participating in God’s
Mission and assisting
Columbans in meeting the needs
of the poor.
We are reviewing four options for the SJ23 Wall of Remembrance, namely a 3D bas relief cast bronze plaque, an integrated bronze image plaque, a stainless steel baked enamel
plaque and an aluminum reverse lettered plaque. Samples of
these options will be posted at the church foyer and at the
Parish Office for feedback and comments. However, we are
unable to procure this plaque in time to have the wall dedicated by Sunday, 2 Nov 2014. Instead, I am recommending to
Fr. John that we postpone the date of the wall dedication to
Sunday, 30 November.
As far as funding is concerned, we have received $2k in
pledges and close to $1k in cash donations so far. We are
continuing to raise funds for these, so please see me regarding monetary pledges and/or services like rendering of the
wall or landscaping of the wall area. We will also be holding
leaving collections at weekend Masses for this.
We reiterate our invitation for volunteers for the new Parish
Hospitality team who will be the “face” of the community at
masses, sacramental programs and other pastoral 2015, so interested parishioners may sign up at the
Parish Office or email me. The core unit of the team, however, will be formed as soon as Fr. John comes back from his
holiday, so please register soon.
The Oct. 28 rotation of the SJ23 weekly rosary devotion will
be hosted by the Manoj family at 31 Meurants Lane, Glenwood. Host families for Nov. 25 and Dec. 9 onwards are
Have a great week! Bart
We are still in need of facilitators to lead the
children and parents in the sessions in preparation for First Reconciliation. The sessions are to
be held on the first two Saturday afternoons or
Sunday mornings in November. If you think
that you could help please contact Sue at the
parish office as soon as possible.
GTK (Getting to Know God,
Others and Yourself) YOUTH
GROUP every 2nd and 4th
If you require the services of a Justice of the
School Years 4-9:
Peace to sign a document for you, please note
Meet St Mark’s Staff Room.
that this service will no longer be available at
the parish office after the end of November. When? at 4.30pm for afternoon tea.
Call Sue to make an appointment before then.
The Sacramental calendar for 2015 can now be 5.00pm Break open the word.5.30pm
seen on the Sacramental notice board in the Welcome others to mass. 6.00pm is
church foyer and also on the parish website
the Youth Mass and after mass veg . If you know of families
wanting to know the dates for the sacraments out and something to eat till7.30pm.
next year, could you please advise them.
Leave from Church.
If you know of anyone who needs help from our /
Community Outreach group please contact
Sue, [email protected] or phone
Krizzia Tiga: [email protected]:
9852 0583.
C.J. Sarlabus [email protected]
Peace and blessings, Sue Andruskin J.P.
1st Collection: $2,315.65
Funds go to Diocese and helps support
2nd Collection: (Pays Parish Debt and on
going running costs. If you can, please put
a little extra on the Second Collection.)
PG Envelopes:
PG by EFT:
Total Collections :
Monday 17th November
Seven Hills RSL
12noon or GGC 11.30am
For further details please call Merrilyn
9629 4552/
0413 424 552
Saturday 6th December
We pray and remember…...
Born to Eternal Life:
Anunciacion Marquez, James, John,
Joshua, Arturro O Cobarrubias, Vicente
Yunon, Rafaela Yunon.
Anthony Peterson, Varkey, Tresia,
Sebastian, Jose, Sammy Formosa,
Sheila Houghton, Patrick Vezasie,
Peter Fernandes, Roland Fernades,
Nicanor Reynolds, Aubrey Athayde.
Jude Vittorio Faelnar, Rosalina Linsao,
Belen Ortiz, Lisa Echevarria, Cristina
Maguddayao, Paul Aquilina, Noella
Tsang, Nikhil & Ahhil, Cynthia Ferrer,
Jun Arizala, Ron Barzaga, Gerry
Galam, David Whitelaw, Nikhil
Parvathaneni, Jerzy Kuziak, Gay Z
Coco, Oscar Nieves, Edwardo Ho,
Nonita Zamora, Josie Zidar, Pumida
Alexander, Erlinda Zamora, Pixs
Damayanthi Perera, Vicky Medaglia,
Elmer Samaniego, Cynthia V Cano,
Luci Jabson, Nora Medina, Baby
Edward Taylor, Liza Sehob, Celine van
de Bosch, Aida Lustre, Felomina
Docena, Cynthia Villafuerte Cano,
John & Rhronda Devereaux, Andreas
Bengough, Felomina Decena, Ronaldo
Zamora, Dwayne Xavier Erasmo,
Felomina Docena, Shona Modrich,
Lourdes Subijano, Anthony Joseph,
Marlon Marcelo.
Nadine, Ronaldo, Kristine, Maria,
Ramon and Vincenzo Zamora.
We welcome into our church
Noah Adam Coleman
Hayley Michelle Weatherby
Riley James Seipolt
Max Nathaniel Seipolt
Alannah Kate Stevenson
Nolan Josol Braganza
Please pray for these children.
Riverstone Memorial Park
12 noon
23 Market Street, Riverstone
$15 per head
(Bring along $10 Kris Kindle gift)
For further details and to book
Fran 0458 460 968
Contact Parish Office for any
enquires/ Interviews will take
place during the Week of 3-7
November. Email Resume to
[email protected]
Couples invited to take
part in Stronger
Relationships Trial
The Australian Government
has introduced the Stronger
Relationships Trial to
strengthen couple relationships. Couples are able to
register if they are Australian
citizens, over 18 years of age
and in a committed relationship. The Stronger Relationship Trial provides couples
with a $200 subsidy to attend
couple counselling, couple
education such as premarriage courses or marriage
enrichment seminars, or
parenting courses. The
subsidised counselling or
education courses are available through approved organisations such as Catholic Care
Novena Mass to Our Lady of
Perpetual Help
Tuesday nights beginning with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 6.30pm,
Evening Prayer of the Church at 7.00pm,
Rosary at 7.15pm and Mass and Novena
prayers at 7.30pm.
Recollection and Prayer day
for Nurses, Doctors, Allied Health
Workers, Carers and all who have
a loving heart for the sick.
Where: Sacred Heart Parish
When: Saturday 22 November
Time: 10 am – 3 pm (if you
would like to attend Mass, there is
a 9 a.m. Parish Mass preceding
the prayer day)
Cost: Suggested donation
$10 BYO Lunch
Morning Tea, tea & coffee
Keynote address by Fr. Marcelo
(Bong) Pamintuan MI (Camillian
Priest and Chaplain at The
Children’s Hospital Westmead.)
The day will consist of a keynote
Address, discussions, prayer
times, Quiet time, group sharing
and a closing liturgy, reconciliation
will also be available.
The aim of the day is for those in
the caring professions to have a
time of prayer and recollection and
be renewed in their professional
calling. It is hoped that by coming
together with others your first love
of your profession will be
rekindled and the fire reignited.
For enquiries please call Michelle
47343150 b/h
On Wednesday 5 November at
7pm, a farewell mass for
Archbishop-elect Anthony
will be held at
St Patrick’s Cathedral.
Envelopes for November Mass
Intentions are placed at back of
Church please fill out and return
so they can be placed in book.
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time - YEAR A
© Labora Liturgy 2014 printed with permission
Jesus said, 'You must love the Lord
your God with all your heart, with all
Glory to God in the highest, and on
your soul, and with all your mind.
Long life to the Lord, my rock!
earth peace to people of good will.
This is the greatest and the first
We praise you, we bless you, we adore Praised be the God who saves
me. He has given great victories to commandment. The second resemyou, we glorify you, we give you
thanks for your great glory, Lord
his king and shown his love for his bles it: You must love your neighbour as yourself. On these two
God, heavenly King, O God, almighty anointed.
commandments hang the whole
Father. Lord Jesus Christ, Only BeLaw, and the Prophets also.'
gotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Second Reading: 1 Thessalonians 1:5-10
Son of the Father, you take away the
A reading from the first letter of St The Gospel of the Lord.
sins of the world, have mercy on us;
Paul to the Thessalonians
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer; you are seated at
the right hand of the Father, have
mercy on us. For you alone are the
Holy One, you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus
Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the
glory of God the Father. Amen
First Reading: Isaiah 5:1-7
A reading from the book of
The Lord said to Moses, 'Tell the
sons of Israel this, "You must not
molest the stranger or oppress
him, for you lived as strangers in
the land of Egypt. You must not
be harsh with the widow, or with
the orphan; if you are harsh with
them, they will surely cry out to
me, and be sure I shall hear their
cry; my anger will flare and I shall
kill you with the sword, your own
wives will be widows, your own
children orphans.
when I call I am saved from my
You observed the sort of life we
lived when we were with you,
which was for your instruction, and
you were led to become imitators
of us, and of the Lord; and it was
with the joy of the Holy Spirit that
you took to the gospel, in spite of
the great opposition all round you.
This has made you the great example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia since it was from
you that the word of the Lord started to spread - and not only
throughout Macedonia and
Achaia, for the news of your faith
in God has spread everywhere.
We do not need to tell other people about it: other people tell us
how we started the work among
you, how you broke with idolatry
when you were converted to God
and became servants of the real,
living God; and how you are now
waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom
he raised from the dead, to come
from heaven to save us from the
retribution which is coming.
"If you lend money to any of my
people, to any poor man among
you, you must not play the usurer
The word of the Lord.
with him: you must not demand
Thanks be to God.
interest from him.
Gospel Acclamation: John 14:23
"If you take another's cloak as a
pledge, you must give it back to
him before sunset. It is all the
covering he has; it is the cloak he
wraps his body in; what else
would he sleep in? If he cries to
me, I will listen, for I am full of
Gospel: Matthew 22:34-40
The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
A reading from the holy Gospel
according to Matthew
Psalm: Ps 17:2-4. 47. 51
Alleluia, alleluia!
All who love me will keep my
words, and my Father will love
them and we will come to them.
When the Pharisees heard that
Jesus had silenced the Sadducees they got together and, to
I love you. Lord, my strength,
my rock, my fortress, my saviour. disconcert him, one of them put a
My God is the rock where I take question, 'Master, which is the
greatest commandment of the
refuge; my shield, my mighty
help, my stronghold.
The Lord is worthy of all praise:
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father
almighty, maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible. I
believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the
Only Begotten Son of God, born of the
Father before all ages. God from God,
Light from Light, true God from true
God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him
all things were made. For us men and
for our salvation he came down from
heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was
incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered
death and was buried, and rose again
on the third day in accordance with
the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of
the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and
his kingdom will have no end. I believe
in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver
of life, who proceeds from the Father
and the Son, who with the Father and
the Son is adored and glorified, who
has spoken through the prophets. I
believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism
for the forgiveness of sins and I look
forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.
6:00 PM
Rudi Yap
Beth Jerusalem
Techie Sarlabus
Acolyte / Sr Server
Bart Sarlabus
Lino Matteazzi
7:30 AM
Michael Balangue
Bernadette D'Silva
Rowena Esmero
John Farrugia
Marc Camaligan
9:00 AM
Mary Phillips
Clare Thirimanne
Stephanie Thirimanne
Johannes Halim
Rita Mateazzi
Jude Salonga
Bing Catabas
Cher Sareno
Chris Drummond
Celestina Drummond
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Katrin Majella
Melva Paguinto
Joe Ramirez
William Kingsford
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Louise De Salis
Mary Joh Manalo
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Maries Camaligan
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