CLEANERS: John Paltoo





Special Ministers


Prayer of Faithful

Childrens Liturgy

Saturday 11th May 6pm

S Perera

MA Sultana

E Perera

S Cremona


MA Sultana

V Azzopardi

Sunday 12th May 7am



R Bigeni

C Wickman

E Sultana


Sunday 12th May 9am


C Downey

J Padernia

A Dubuisson

S Dubuisson

A Dubuisson

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

We are currently looking for a cleaner to join the cleaners on the roster for the first week of the month. We are also looking for cleaners for the fourth week of the month.

If you are able to help on the weeks mentioned, please call the parish office.

SRE Meeting – Tuesday 21st May 2019 at 9:30am in the Church Hall.

Could all SRE’S please attend this meeting. Thank you.

St John’s Parish Sacramental Program

First Reconciliation

Parent Information Meetings Mon 6 May 4pm OR Wed 8 May 7pm

Enrolment Mass Sat 11 May 6pm or Sun 12 May 9am

Session 1 Mon 13 May 4pm or Wed 15 May 7pm

Session 2 Mon 20 May 4pm or Wed 22 May 7pm

Session 3 Mon 27 May 4pm or Wed 29 May 7pm

First Reconciliation Saturday 1 June 11.00am

For more information, please call the Parish office Ph 9627 1176

We are asking for your generosity on the weekend of the

1st and 2nd June for The Catholic Foundation Appeal. Envelopes will be provided closer to the date.

Please remember that the Project Compassion boxes are now due for collection. Thank you for your support.

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 5 May 2019 Year C

Third Sunday of Easter

First reading: (Acts 5:27-32, 40-41)

We are witnesses of these words, and so is the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm:

I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me.

Second Reading (Apocalypse 5:11-14)

The Lamb that was sacrificed is worthy to be given

power, wealth, glory, and blessing.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia

Christ is risen; the Lord of all creation;

he has shown pity on all people. Alleluia!

Gospel: (John 21:1-19) Jesus stepped forward, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

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, Palma Maggio, Frank Stacy, John & Margaret Muscat, Frances Miles, Valerie Hayes and Felix and Mary Sammut.

WE PRAY FOR THE SICK: Dot Sheridan, Philip Downey, Kristian & Lucas Cajic, Diane Gauci, Jamie Borg, Maureen Muccillo, Pauline Azzopardi, Phillip James, 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, Christine & Jesse Mesa and Moala Langi.

The Next Youth Group is

Friday 24 May 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.

Our Parish has reached the final stages of organising the 2 toilets to be constructed for our Parish. We are hoping to start work soon. We are now asking for your generosity in helping to raise funds for the building of the toilets, as these works are expensive. If would like to donate towards the building of the toilets - our parish would be grateful. Please phone the parish office Ph 9627 1176 if you would like our bank details to make a donation. Thank you.

A Month’s Mind Requiem Mass to pray for all who were killed in Sri Lanka. A Month’s Mind Requiem Mass is typically celebrated one month after a person’s death and is held in memory of the deceased. At: St Nicholas of Myra Parish, Penrith Sunday 19 May at 10am.

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.


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?

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

Xaghra Assoc of NSW for Fatima Day at Penrose Park: Monday, 13 May 2019 –

Bus leaves: Riverstone:  7am from St John's Church McCulloch St Riverstone. Return Coach. Contact: Ray & Josephine Bigeni: 9627 4182, Mob: 0439 974 182

M'Anne Teuma: 45796771. Please see the notice board for more details.

Please join us at the Riverstone Festival to march behind the Combined Churches banner on Sat May 11th. Parade starts at 11am. Please meet at Mill St at 10:30am

St John’s Primary Riverstone are participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn Program running in May & June. Our school is hoping our parishioners can assist in collecting stickers from purchases made at any Wooloworths and place these in the box provided at the back of the

Church. The more stickers the children collect, the more school equipment they can earn.

Thank you from St John’s Primary School.

Bishop Vincent’s federal election pastoral statement Bishop Vincent

has released a pastoral statement on the 2019 Australian federal election

that will be held on Saturday 18 May. The pastoral statement can be found at

Raising Lazarus Retreat Day: 7 May The Marist Association of St Marcellin Champagnat and the IFM present with Dr Bonnie Thurston on Raising Lazarus: Contemplative Living & Our Inner Journey from Death to New Life. IFM Blacktown 10am to 2pm. BYO Lunch. To register, please contact