FAQ

How do I join one of the ministries within the Parish?

If you have a special talent or area of interest where you think you could offer something to help build our parish, please feel free to call the parish office. We welcome anyone wanting to help improve our parish and will happily put you in touch with the coordinator of the most relevant ministry to your talent.

Are there any children's groups in this Parish?

At Saint John XXIII we are fortunate to have many children in our parish community. The Priest after communion at every mass welcomes all children to receive a special blessing, which we invite your child to take part in.

If your child is a bit older (Year 4 – Year 9), they can also get involved in the youth group, GTK (Getting To Know God and Yourself) every 2nd and 4th Sunday.

What Youth groups are there within Saint John XXIII?

There are currently three youth groups in the parish:

  • GTK (Year 4-9)
  • CFC Youth for Christ (age 12-21)
  • Community of the Risen Lord (CRL)

I would like to learn about scripture, how do I go about doing this?

Scripture is one of the key building blocks of our parish and we have some great programs to deepen your understanding of your faith. The first one is with our annual Lenten program where small groups meet during the lead up to Easter to share the Lord’s word together.

I wish to become a Catholic, and have heard about RCIA. What does it involve?

RCIA (the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is the journey taken by adults who wish to become a Catholic. It involves weekly meetings from August until the Easter Saturday Vigil mass where either baptism or reception into the church occurs. The meeting has facilitators from the parish to encourage conversation and touches on all the major topics about our faith that are necessary and interesting to explore. RCIA is a supportive environment where people ‘come as they are’ and are formed gently in the Catholic tradition.

I would like to have my child baptised, how to go about it?

Simply make a phone call to the parish office and then we can arrange a date for your child’s baptism. Once a date has been allocated you will attend a Baptism Preparation meeting where a team of people work with parents and sometimes godparents to explore the meaning and depth inherent in the important decision you are making for your child.

When do children receive the sacraments of Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Eucharist?

Parents with children in Year 2 onwards may present their child for the sacraments. Our program begins with Reconciliation at the end of the year, and then continues with Confirmation in the following May-June, then first Eucharist (Communion) after that.

What do I do if I know someone who can't get to church or is housebound?

We are more than happy to offer them a visit from a Priest or the opportunity to receive Holy Communion at home. To find out more, please contact our Parish Secretary Tanya on (02) 9852 0580.

Who do I contact if I wish to be married here?

If you wish to get married, we would be delighted to have you share your special day with us. Please contact the parish office on (02) 9852 0580.