Roster – Thank you to all of our volunteers this week. Please remember that all readers are to present to the Mass Co-ordinator 10 mins prior to the start of Mass.


CLEANERS M Camilleri, MA Sultana





Special Ministers


Prayer of Faithful

Childrens Liturgy

Saturday 6th July 6pm

S Perera

MA Sultana

P Said

M Sultana

S Cremona


MA Sultana

M Galati

Sunday 7th July 7am

A Lomano


R Bigeni

V Bonnici

E Bonnici

E Sultana


A Ausage

Sunday 7th July 9am


R Brown

J Padernia

H Greedy

S McJennett

H Greedy

M Holmes

G Fernandez

P Mansweto

St John’s Parish Sacramental Program

The Sacrament of Holy Communion will commence with an information session on Mon 29 July 4pm or Wed 31 July 7pm.

FEAST DAY Saints Peter & Paul Apostles

Saturday 29th June Mass at 8.30am

Peter’s Pence Collection – this weekend

Sat 29 June & Sun 30 June

The Peter’s Pence Collection is traditionally taken up throughout Catholic parishes around the world either on 29 June, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, or on the Sunday closest to this Solemnity. This collection helps provide the Holy Father with funds for emergency assistance to those in need. The proceeds enable Pope Francis to assist the most disadvantaged in emergency situations including victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Please be generous.

PLENARY COUNCIL 2020: National Theme for Discernment #1

How is God calling us to be a Christ-centred Church that is Missionary and Evangelising?

This National Theme for Discernment is inspired by the voices of the People of God who shared a passion for participating in the missionary nature of the Church and desire stronger support, involvement and formation among all the baptised who make up the Church.

Find out more at

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 30 June 2019 Year C

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading: (King 19:16, 19-21)

Elisha rose and followed Elijah and became his servant.

Responsorial Psalm:

You are my inheritance, O Lord.

Second Reading (Galatians 5:1 13-18)

My brothers, you were called to freedom.

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia!

Speak, O Lord, you servant is listening;

you have the words of everlasting life. Alleluia!

Gospel: (Luke 9:51-62) Jesus resolutely set his face towards Jerusalem. I will follow you wherever you will go.

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, Antonio Mattioli & family, Guiseppe Gnagnarella & family, Helen Bonnici, Elena & Salvu Sultana, Teresa Stivala Angelica & Salvatore Mangion and David Padernia.

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, Moala Langi and Christine & Jesse Mesa.

Piety StoreThe Piety Store will be closed on 6 July -14 July.

Please visit the parish office Mon – Fri 9am – 2pm if you would like to make any purchases. Thank you.

For your safety - Please be aware that construction work

will take place on our church grounds over the next few weeks. We would appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. Please be careful as you move around our church grounds. If you are visiting the office or toilet, please follow the signs on the fence in the car park and use the path along the side of the presbytery. Thank you for your co-operation. .

PARISH WORKS – We are now over half way through the construction of the toilets. All work is going according to plan. We thank you for your continued support and patience. Thank you to those parishioners who have already kindly donated towards these works. If you would also like to make a donation, please see Fr Zak or contact the office for our bank details. Once again, we thank you for your support during this time.


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

Save the date for the The Next Youth Group Friday 26 July 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.

Looking for an activity for your children to do these school holidays?..

Wednesday 10 July 9:30am – 2:30pm

ST JOHN’S EAGLES Round Robin Indoor Soccer at Riverstone Indoor Sports Centre, cnr Hamilton Rd & Garfield Rd, Riverstone. $15 per player. Age 5-16 yrs. Sausage sizzle and lucky door prizes included. Please wear non-marking shoes, long socks and shin pads. Children under 8 yrs must be accompanied by parent/carer. Please see flyer for more information. Please bring your children and their friends to our parish fundraiser for a day of FUN and FITNESS.

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, authorized teaching materials and will start as a classroom helper. Please call the Parish Office or speak to Helena Greedy for more information.

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 Woolworths 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.

Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses - for those who are interested in being Readers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion or Bringing Communion to the Sick and Dying. NOTE: Introduction Session on 12 August is compulsory. Enrolments close on 5 August 2019. Please see your Parish Office for a form or for more information, contact 02 8838 3456 or