CLEANERS: John Paltoo





Special Ministers


Prayer of Faithful

Childrens Liturgy

Saturday 19th January 6pm


MA Sultana

J Padernia

MA Sultana



S Cremona

Sunday 20th January 7am

A Lomano


R Bigeni

E Sultana

A Ausage


Sunday 20th January 9am


R Brown

J Asimus

C Downey

M Reed

M Holmes

H Greedy

ROSTER - We may need volunteers throughout the month of January as

many people take their holidays during this time. Thank you.

BAPTISM: We welcome Carina Xuereb and Elora Azzopardi into our community and congratulate their family and friends on this special day.

NEW Baptism Font for St John’s Parish, Riverstone

St John’s Parish is pleased to announce that we have purchased a beautiful, silver decorative Baptism Font for families to use during our Baptism Ceremonies. There will now be two choices for the ceremony of Baptism – Immersion or pouring of water. Families will be able to choose which type of Baptism they would like.

Launch Time is running out for Plenary Council 2020 Submissions to Plenary Council 2020 close on Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019. YOUR voice matters! Make a personal submission now or join a small group. Our question is for everyone: “What you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” To make a submission or to find out more visit:

For purchase - Piety Store or Parish Office

Columban Art Calendars $10 each

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 13 January 2019 Year C


First reading: (Isaiah 40:1-5. 9-11)

The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it.

Responsorial Psalm: Oh, bless the Lord, my soul!

Second Reading: (Titus 2:11-14;3:4-7)

He saved us through the water of rebirth and renewal

in the Holy Spirit.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia!

John said: He who is to come is mightier than I;

he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Alleluia!

Gospel: (Luke 3:15-16, 21-22)

When Jesus had been baptised and had been praying,

the heavens were opened and the Holy Spirit came upon him.

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, Sam Bugeja, Father John Bosco, Sr Mary Francis, John & Margaret Muscat, Frances Miles, Anthony Xuereb, Margaret Muscat, Victor Muscat, Joe Galea, Paul, Maria and Laurie Bigeni.

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 and Josephine Sultana.

We w We would like to say very big thank you to the team of Craft Ladies

who have kindly donated $4,900 towards the building of our new

toilet block. The Craft ladies were busy all year hand crafting

their beautiful items, selling raffle tickets and attending various

shopping centres and markets to sell their goods The parish

community is grateful for all you do for our parish.

ST JOHN’S EAGLES Round Robin Indoor Soccer

Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Riverstone INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, Corner Hamilton St and Garfield Rd 9.30am – 2.30pm. Children under age of 8 must be accompanied by a parent/carer or responsible person over the age of 15. No child under the age of 8 can be left unattended at any time. $15 per player. Lucky door prizes, Sausage Sizzle Lunch. Once again we remind you to wear proper non marking shoes, long socks and shin pads. All enquiries Parish office Ph 9627 1176. Help on the day is appreciated!

Quotes for New Parish Toilets: If any parishioners have a business and would like to provide a quote for the building of our new toilets, please contact the Parish Office for details. We are looking to commence work early in 2019.

Xaghra Association of NSW Inc -AUSTRALIA DAY, 2019- Dinner Dance Date: Sat 19 Jan 2019 Time: 7:00pm Place: Mandavilla Function Centre,

1788 The Horsley Drive, Horsley Park Entertainer: Joe Apap

Dinner: 3 Course Meal, Beer, Wine, Soft Drinks, tea, coffee, pastizzi & fruit platters Contact: Ray & Josephine Bigeni: 9627 4182, Mob: 0439 974 182 M'Anne Teuma: 9627 4641 Vicki Micallef: 0425 210 436

15-17th FEBRUARY 2019

Come away for a few days of quiet to reflect upon the inspiring and uplifting vocations to the priesthood and religious life. This weekend retreat is for men aged 18-35. Begins 7:30pm Friday and concludes 4pm Sunday at the Marymount Mercy Centre, Castle Hill. There will be Mass on Saturday and Sunday, Adoration, quiet prayer, talks, confession available and quiet time. Come and reflect on God's will in your life, and these amazing ways of making a gift of self for the glory of God and in service of His Kingdom. The cost is only $50. Registrations required by 7th February: contact Father Thomas or 0432 362 052.

Follow our pilgrims attending World Youth Day Panama!

The Diocese’s World Youth Day 2019 will take place 15 January to 1 February 2019. The Diocese of Parramatta has 171 pilgrims attending. Please remember pray for the pilgrims Follow the pilgrim’s progress online at