CLEANERS: Beth & Randy Hitolito





Special Ministers


Prayer of Faithful

Childrens Liturgy

Saturday 23rd March 6pm

S. Perara

MA Sultana

C Catapang


MA Sultana


V Bonnici

Sunday 24th March 7am



R Bigeni

C Wickman


E Sultana

Sunday 24th March 9am


C Downey

J Teuma

S Samonte

R Brown

M Reed

L Samonte

ROSTER – Thank you to all of our volunteers this week.

Readers, could you please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to Mass.

We welcome all SRE’s, RCIA and the Sacrament Team to our Commissioning Mass on Sunday- 17 March during 9am Mass.

St John’s Parish upcoming Mass times:

St Patrick Day Monday 18 March 8:30am

St Joseph , Husband of Mary Tuesday 19 March 8:30am

The Annunciation of the Lord Monday 25 March 8:30am


will be held during Lent

* Wednesday after the 8.30am Mass and

* Friday evenings at 7pm before Mass at 7:30pm

Please be advised that the 7:30pm Mass will be held every Friday night during Lent. All parishioners are welcome to attend.

Project Compassion

Please take home a Project Compassion box or a set of envelopes and give generously to this appeal this Lent. Your donations will allow Caritas Australia to reduce poverty and hunger in more than 50 countries around the world.


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 17 March 2019 Year C


First reading: (Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18)

God made a covenant with Abraham, his faithful servant.

Responsorial Psalm:

The Lord is my light and my salvation.

Second Reading: (Philippians 3:17-4:1)

Christ will transfigure these bodies of ours into copies of his glorious body.

Gospel Acclamation:

Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ! From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard: this is my beloved Son, hear him.

Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

Gospel: (Luke 9:28-36) As Jesus prayed, the aspect of his face was changed, and his clothing became brilliant as lightning.

WE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED: All Souls in Purgatory, Chris, John & Maryann Sultana and Sultana family, John & Rosy Attard, John Grima, Peter Shipley, Frank & Fortunata Baiada, Michael Dezso, Anthony Buttigieg, Sam Bugeja, Sam Muscat, Philip Azzopardi,

Fr John Bosco, Sr Mary Francis, Br Joe Byrne, Danny Muscat, Joseph Bajada and Bajada family, Frank Stacy, John & Margaret Muscat, Ana Kolenko, Teresa Prsa, Anton Grgic, Carmelo & Carmen Vella, Lee Marshall, Vincenzo, Immacata, Salvatore Falcone, Domenic Mandile and Frank Sciberras, Vincent Mercieca, Milly, Peter Allen, Guzeppo Azzopardi and Sr Mary Julian.

WE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Dot Sheridan, Philip Downey, Kristian & Lucas Cajic, Diane Gauci, Jamie Borg, Maureen Muccillo, 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 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 Publius Tabone.

LENTEN GROUPS  - Participating in a Lenten Group is a great way to prepare for Easter. There will be two Lenten Groups in the parish this year. The meetings will involve listening to the Gospel for the forthcoming Sundays throughout lent, sharing and discussion.

You are invited to join a group on either Fridays at 9.30am or Wednesday nights at 7.30pm. Groups will meet in the Galilee Room.

If you plan to attend one of the Lenten Groups would you please write your name on the yellow sheet which is in the foyer of the church. This will help us plan and ensure there are enough books for everyone.

Craft Ladies A lovely group of ladies meet in the Church Hall on Mondays mornings from 9am. These ladies spend a few hours working on beautiful hand-crafted items to sell to our parishioners, families and friends through our parish. They also make special items for our church. Please come and join these ladies for morning tea whilst making these items. Any level of skill is accepted and skills include sewing, knitting, crocheting and embroidery. Please call the parish office for more information or simply turn up on Monday mornings in the Church Hall.

The Next Youth Group –

Friday 22 March 2019 - 6pm

All children and their parents are invited to attend. Activities for the children will be a highlight of the evening. There will also be activities for the parents. Please come along and you are most welcome to bring a friend.


Come and join us for a fun day in Riverstone Wednesday 17th April 2019

ST JOHN’S EAGLES Round Robin Indoor Soccer

Riverstone INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, Corner Hamilton St and Garfield Rd from 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 and a Sausage Sizzle Lunch included. Other food items can be purchased on the day. 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!


has now commenced - Do you have children under 5yrs old? You are invited to bring them along each Thursday during school terms to playgroup in the Church Hall. Mums, Dads, Grandparents and Carers are all welcome. All enquiries please phone the Parish Office Ph: 9627 1176.

Altar Servers- Do you have a child interested in becoming an Altar Server? Our Parish will be running a training session very soon. Please phone the parish office if interested.

SRE’s – Would you like to teach scripture in one of our local schools? If you are interested, please contact the parish office.