CLEANERS: John & Jade Oniana





Special Ministers


Prayer of Faithful

Childrens Liturgy

Saturday 8th December 6pm


MA Sultana

E Perara

S Cremona


MA Sultana

V Azzopardi

Sunday 9th December 7am



R Bigeni

C Wickman

E Sultana


Sunday 9th December 9am


C Downey

J Padernia

R Brown

A Dubuisson


J Sullivan

The Christmas Mass Roster is in the porch – please add your name to the list if you would like to volunteer at one of our Christmas Masses. Thank you.

BAPTISM: We welcome Zachariah Sammut into our community and congratulate his family and

friends on this special day.

Thank you to those who have already donated. This weekend, 1st and 2nd December, we will continue to run this appeal for those who were unable to contribute last weekend. We ask our parish to generously donate to the Parramatta Catholic Foundation Christmas Appeal. Our quota is over $4000. Each donation will help Catholic Care’s Houses to Homes service care for vulnerable women who are pregnant and young mothers fleeing domestic violence, and dealing with homelessness and poverty. Envelopes are available and you may place them on the collection plate. Alternatively, you may like to visit to donate online. Thank you and God bless.

Welcome to St John the Evangelist Parish

164 Garfield Road East, Riverstone, NSW 2765

Phone: 9627-1176 Fax: 9627 5363



St John’s School - Phone: 9854 3200

Parish Priest: Fr Zakaria Gayed

Parish Secretary: Melissa Spence

St John’s Parish Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am – 2:00pm

Mass Times

Saturday Evening 6.00pm

Sunday Morning 7.00am & 9.00am

Tuesday - Saturday 8.30am

First Friday 8:30am & 7.30pm

ANOINTING MASS: First Saturday of each month 8.30am

Adoration to the Blessed Sacrament for Vocations: Tues after 8.30am Mass


Mass, Benediction & Rosary Friday 8:30am

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession: Saturday 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Prayer Group (Come and learn what God has to say) Friday 10am

Beloved Disciple Charismatic Prayer Group: Friday 7.30pm

Marriage: Please give 6 months notice.

Baptism: 2nd & 4th Sunday of the month 11.00am

Marriage and Baptism by arrangement during office hours **********************************************************************************

Sunday 2 December 2018 Year C

First Sunday of Advent

First reading: (Jeremiah 33:14-16)

I will cause a good seed to spring forth from David.

Responsorial Psalm:

To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.

Second Reading (Thessalonians 3:12-4:2)

When Christ comes may he strengthen your hearts in holiness.

Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia!

Lord, show us your mercy and love,

and grant us your salvation. Alleluia!

Gospel: (Luke 21:25-28, 34-36) Your redemption is near at hand.

WE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED: All Souls in Purgatory,

Chris, John & Maryann Sultana, John & Rosy Attard, John Grima, Peter Shipley, Anthony Buttigieg, Antonio and Mattioli family, Gnagnarella family, Flor Henning, Wilhelm & Maria Henning, Frank & Fortunata Baiada, Philip Azzopardi, Michael Dezso, Mary Colombo, Charlie & Katie Sultana, John & Michael Sultana, Sultana family, Father John Bosco, Sr Mary Francis, Joe Vella, John & Margaret Muscat, Felix & Mary Sammut, Phil Mandile, Antonio Mattioli, Frances Miles,

Sam Bugeja and Palma Maggio.

WE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Dot Sheridan, Philip Downey, Kristian & Lucas Cajic, Diane Gauci, Jamie Borg, Maureen Muccillo, Bro Joe Byrne, Pauline Azzopardi, Phillip James, Harry Penfold, Serena Dezso, Rena Pulido, Tom Vukovic , Rebecca Dean, Amelia Marosevic, Jonathan Baiada, Steve Magazo, William Cutajar, Margaret Saliba, Mary Craddock, Kristena & Frank Stacy, Ona & Cliff Hobbs, Deborah Clifton, Gerry & Bill Whalan, Kathy Treveno, Vittoria Teuma, Tina Allen, Kayden Stonestreet, Angela & Domink, Mario Falcone, Cody Bailey, Janice Padernia, Alice Moore, Josephine Sultana and Aileen Sebastian.

St John’s Parish Christmas Party 6:30pm

Wednesday 5th December 2018

All Parishioners, Parish Workers and Volunteers are invited to our Christmas Party Dinner. Father Zakaria will supply the ham. Please bring a plate of food to share on the night. To assist with catering, please ring Melissa in the Parish Office if you are able to attend. Please save this date on your calendar and join us for this festive celebration.

HELP NEEDED – for a person to attach the Christmas lights to the Church building and pergola areas. Please ring the Parish Office if you can assist.

Please be advised that a Mass Attendance Count will take place during Mass for the next few weeks.

- To all parishioners who give their time to help with our special celebrations throughout the year. Your help is much appreciated.

Xaghra Association of NSW Inc

Hunter Valley Christmas Lights Spectacular Sunday 9 December 2018

Plenary 2020

Share the Plenary with parish, friends and family, please collect a prayer card from the porch. For more information please phone the parish office.

For purchase - Piety Store or Parish Office – God’s Word 2019 $15 each Christmas Cards Pkt 8 $4 per Pkt & Columban Art Calendars $10 each

St John’s Christmas Mass Times

Christmas Eve

Monday 24th Dec Children’s Mass 6pm and Mass 9pm

Christmas Day

Tuesday 25th Dec Mass 7am and Mass 9am

Reconciliation Times at St Johns

First Rite (Individual confession)


21st December

10am – 11am


22nd December

10am – 11am

4pm – 5:30pm