Roster – Thank you to all of our volunteers this week. Please remember that all readers & Prayer of Faithful volunteers are to present to the Mass coordinator approx 10-15 minutes prior to the start of Mass. Thank you.

8:30am and 7:30pm Mass Thursday 15th August

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


CLEANERS John Paltoo





Special Ministers


Prayer of Faithful

Childrens Liturgy

Saturday 17th Aug 6pm

S Perera

MA Sultana

J Padernia


P Sultana

MA Sultana

S Cremona

Sunday 18th Aug 7am

A Lomano


R Bigeni

E Sultana

A Ausage


Sunday 18th Aug 9am


R Brown

J Asimus

C Downey

M Reed

M Holmes

H Greedy

St John’s Parish Sacramental Program

The Sacrament of Holy Communion sessions:

Session 2 Mon 12 Aug 4pm or Wed 14 Aug 7pm

Any enquiries please call the parish office Ph 9627 1176.

We would also appreciate for some extra help to run a few of the classes later in the year when our parish prepares the children for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This program will run late October and November. If you are able to help or would like more information please speak to Cathy Downey or phone the Parish Office.

Catholic Mission Appeal

Thank you for supporting this year’s Catholic Mission Church Appeal through your kind gifts and prayers, and for reaching out to children and communities in need in Ghana and throughout the world. Your generosity makes it possible for programs such as the Nazareth Home for God’s Children to provide love and support for children rescued from life-threatening situations. Thank you also to so many parishioners who have become monthly giving partners through our Ghana Mission Partners Program. For more information : or Freecall: 1800 257 296

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 11 August 2019 Year C

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First reading: (Wisdom 18:6-9)

Just as you struck our enemies, you made us glorious by calling us to you.

Responsorial Psalm:

Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Second Reading (Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19)

We will look for the city designed and built by God.

Gospel Acclamation:

Alleluia, alleluia!

Be watchful and ready:

you know not when the Son of Man is coming. Alleluia!

Gospel: (Luke 12:32-48) See that you are prepared.

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,

Frank Stacy, Louis Attard, Louis, Carmen & Michael Sultana, Fr Victor Bonello, Fr Michael Xerri, Frank & Grace Xerri, Emmanuel, Carmen, Guzeppa & Paul Azzapardi, Joseph Sammut, Dorothy Hart, Lena Teuma, Carmelo & Carmen Vella and Joseph Magro.

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, Cathy Harris and Doug Bayley.

Save the date -Youth Group

Friday 23rd August at 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. Youth Group is held in our church hall. We also have some exciting news – we are planning to run a Youth Group Camp later in the year. This would include activities Friday Night till late, and most of the day on both Saturday and Sunday. More details to come…….

Parishioner Request – A volunteer to pick up and drop off a parishioner in Schofields each week for 9am Sunday Mass. Please phone the parish office 9627 1176 if you can help.

If you would like to volunteer for one of the many positions in our parish, please phone or call into the office to discuss. Our Parish always welcomes new volunteers.

Available for Hire - 2 separate rooms in a building situated on our church grounds. The rooms are available separately or could be hired together. This would suite a small business such as tutoring or language classes, music school, book keeping. The rooms are the size of a school classroom. There are toilets nearby and this would also include the use of the car park. This could be a permanent booking for 6 or 12 months at a time, 5 or 6 days a week. Please call the Parish Office for more information Ph 9627 1176 or if you would like a tour of the building.

PARISH WORKS Thank you for your support during construction of our toilets. 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, thank you for your support during this time.

Xaghra Association of NSW Inc

Annual Tal-Vitorja Dinner Dance - Saturday, 21 September 2019

Balmoral Function Centre, BLACKTOWN from 6:30pm onwards.

Meals, beer, wine & soft drinks, tea/coffee & entertainment

Contact: Josephine/Ray: 9627 4182, 0439 974 182 or 0448 100 034

M'AnnTeuma: 4579 6771 or Vicki Micallef: 0425 210 436

PLENARY COUNCIL 2020: National Themes for Discernment Update on Plenary 2020 – After nine months of listening and dialogue and three months of rich analysis of all the submissions, six National Themes for Discernment were released on Pentecost Sunday.

More information on their website:

3rd Collections at St John’s Parish, Riverstone– Parishioners, please understand that our Parish is required to run Appeals each year. These Appeals are selected and the dates chosen by the Diocese of Parramatta. The Appeals include: Holy Land Appeal, Caritas, Peters Pence, Catholic Mission, Bishop’s Fathers Day and three for the Catholic Foundation. Each Catholic Foundation Appeal requires our parish to reach a quota of donation money set by the Diocese of Parramatta.

We understand that sometimes our Parishioners may feel that have too many appeals appearing close together, but we need to fit all of these into one year. We are hoping for your understanding in regards to the reason for our many appeals.

God Bless all of you for your contributions towards our Appeals so far this year.

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Our Saints of the week……