CHURCH ROSTER: COUNTERS: M Boyd , M Reed

CLEANERS: John & Jade Oniana

Welcomer

Mass

Co-ord

Acolyte

Special Ministers

Readers

Prayer of Faithful

Childrens Liturgy

Saturday 13th April 6pm

S Perara

MA Sultana

E Perara


S Cremona

Volunteer

MA Sultana

V Azzopardi

Sunday 14th April 7am

Volunteer

Volunteer

R Bigeni


C Wickman

E Sultana

Volunteer


Sunday 14th April 9am

Volunteer


C Downey

J Padernia


A Dubuisson

S Dubuisson

A Dubuisson

J Sullivan

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


STATIONS OF THE CROSS 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.


Please take home your new set of envelopes for the 2nd Collection Contribution. These are available in the porch. Would you like to join in planned giving to our parish? For more information please call the office on 9627 1176.


Sacraments- If you have a child who is eligible to make their First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation this year, please take a letter with all the dates and details from the porch. Please contact the office if you require any more information. There is also a copy of the information on the church notice board.


SRE’s – Would you like more joy and meaning in your life? Would you like to participate in Christ’s call to share the Good News? Then become an SRE or helper in local state primary schools during school hours. In this parish Special Religious Educators, SREs, ( Catechists) will be given support, training, authorised teaching materials and will start as a classroom helper. Please talk to our SRE Parish Co-ordinator – Helena Greedy or call the Parish Office for more information.


Altar Servers- Do you have a child interested in becoming an Altar Server?

Another training session will be held in May. Please phone the parish office for more information or to be placed on the list.


RCIA - WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A CATHOLIC?

If you know anyone who is interested in becoming a Catholic, or in reception of the Sacrament of Eucharist and Confirmation, please call the parish office or speak to Fr Zak or John Padernia


Welcome to St John the Evangelist Parish

164 Garfield Road East, Riverstone, NSW 2765

Phone: 9627-1176 Fax: 9627 5363

Email: stjohns10@bigpond.com

Website: www.stjohnsriverstone.org.au

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

NOVENA TO MOTHER OF PERPETUAL HELP Wed 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 7 April 2019 Year C

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

First reading: (Isaiah 43:16-21)

I am doing a new thing and I will give drink to my people.

Responsorial Psalm:

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Second Reading (Philippians 3:8-14)

Because of Christ I look upon everything else as useless

in order to gain him.

Gospel Acclamation:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

With all your heart turn to me,

For I am tender and compassionate.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, king of endless glory!

Gospel: (John 8:1-11) Let the person without sin be the first to throw a stone.



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, Curun (Charlie), Catherine, John & Michael Sultana, Fr John Bosco, Sr Mary Francis, Br Joe Byrne, Sr Mary Julian, Joseph Bajada and Bajada family, Frank Stacy, John & Margaret Muscat, Ana Kolenko, Teresa Prsa, Anton Grgic, Carmelo & Carmen Vella, Domenic Mandile, Frank Sciberras, Joseph Camilleri, Frances Miles and Palma Maggio.


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.


CHOCOLATE PASCHAL LAMBS $ 8.00 each

Available in Milk or White Chocolate. Each Lamb is beautifully packaged with a prayer card and explanation of the Lamb as the paschal symbol for Christianity. Lambs can be purchased from the Piety Store or the Parish Office.

Save the Date –The Next Youth Group

Friday 26 April 2019 - 6pm

Save the Date – Wednesday 17th April 2019: 9.30am – 2.30pm

INVITATION FOR ALL CHILDREN IN OUR PARISH AND THEIR FRIENDS:

ST JOHN’S EAGLES Round Robin Indoor Soccer at Riverstone Indoor Sports Centre. $15 per player.

Spread joy and love from the Good News. Join St John’s Parish at the Riverstone Festival on Saturday 11 May 11am and march with the Combined Churches group in the street parade. All parishioners are welcome to participate. Please call the office to add your name to the list.





Expressions of Interest: Riverstone Festival Sat May 11, 2019. We would like to hold a stall for our parish during the festival. We would need volunteers to transport, set up and pack up 3 trestle tables, 3 chairs, and a few other items for the stall, for the event to go ahead. We would also need person/s to run the stall. Please call the office by the 10th April, if you can help or would like more information.



Easter 2019 Schedule: Wednesday April 17
Mass of the Holy Chrism (St Patrick’s, Parramatta) 7:30pm

Holy Thursday April 18
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6:00pm

Good Friday April 19
The Stations of the Cross 10:00am
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3:00pm

Holy Saturday April 20
Celebration of the Paschal Vigil 6:00pm

Easter Sunday April 21
Easter Sunday Celebration 7:00am and 9:00am

St John’s Church First Rite

(Individual Confession)

Monday April 15

9:30am – 10:30am

Tuesday April 16

9:30am – 10:30am

and 5pm – 6pm

Wednesday April 17

9:30am – 10:30am

Thursday April 18

9:30am – 10:30am

THERE WILL BE NO MORNING MASS ON THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY DURING HOLY WEEK


Fifth Sunday of Lent

7th April 2019

Salma featured in Project Compassion 2013. At the time she was pregnant with her first child, sick and terribly frightened. In distress, she sought the help of a midwife trained by Caritas’ Safe Motherhood Program. Six years on, she’s now a healthy mother of two strong, happy children. Salma is committed to giving her children the education they need to provide them with the future she hoped for. Please donate to Project Compassion 2019 and help reduce infant mortality rates in countries like Bangladesh and proved hope to pregnant women in remote communities for happy and healthy families. Lives change when we all give 100%. You can donate through Parish boxes and envelopes, by visiting www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion or phoning 1800 024 413


Xaghra Assoc of NSW for Fatima Day at Penrose Park: Monday, 13 May 2019 -Bus leaves: Riverstone:  7:00am from St John's Church McCulloch St Riverstone. Return Coach. Contact: Ray & Josephine Bigeni: 9627 4182, Mob: 0439 974 182 M'Anne Teuma: 9627 4641. Please see the notice board for more details.