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John 13:34

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John 13:34

Wednesday, June 27, 2007


1ST SEPTEMBER, 1822 the First Mass was celebrated in Campbelltown. It was to have been held on “The Green” Mawson Park; but with rain coming on, it was held in the unfinished Anglican Church of St. Peter.
12th DECEMBER, 1824 The Foundation Stone of the Church of St. John the Evangelist was laid.
16th JUNE, 1825 in the Sydney Gazette Fr. J.J. Therry acknowledged James Bourke’s gift of 5 acres of land, as a site for a Chapel, Schoolhouse and a Burial Ground.
27th DECEMBER, 1826 St. John’s Cemetery was consecrated.
27th JULY, 1834 According to an entry in Fr. Therry’s Diary, Mass was offered for the first time in the new chapel.
19th JULY, 1835 From this date Mass was said on a regular basis, in the weatherproofed chapel.
20th SEPTEMBER, 1835 Sunday Fr. Therry commenced duty as Parish Priest of Campbelltown. (which included Illawarra & Argyle, an area which extended beyond Yass). There were 310 Catholics in Campbelltown.
5th SEPTEMBER, 1837 James Ruse died and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery, Campbelltown
31st AUGUST, 1841 The Church of St. John the Evangelist was opened by with a Solemn High Mass by Rev. Fr. Murphy, Vicar General; assisted by Deans Kenny & Grant. Frs. Goold, Sumner, Slattery, Moran, Fitzpatrick, Dunphy, Nagennis & Hogan. A eloquent sermon was delivered on the attributes of the Saint after whom the church has been name
21st JULY, 1856 Lots 2, 19 & 20 Crown lands (fronting Sturt Street) were granted to the Trustees of St. John’s Church, Campbelltown
12th OCTOBER, 1856 St. John’s Church, Campbelltown was desecrated. The “emblem of sacrifice” destroyed and thrown into the Reservoir.
14th JUNE, 1886 The Foundation stone of St. John’s Church, at the corner of Cordeaux & Lindesay Streets was laid by Cardinal Moran.
13th DECEMBER, 1886 The “new” Church of St. John’s was privately opened and blessed by Fr. J. Dunne.
22nd MAY, 1887 The new church at Campbelltown was officially opened by Cardinal Moran.
The Aehlar walls of “Old St. John’s” were rendered to make them weatherproof and the convent was blessed and opened by Cardinal Moran
1888 “Old St. John’s” became St. Patrick’s Convent.
22nd MAY, 1951 The Catholic Cemetery at Campbelltown was classified by the National Trust.
15th MARCH, 1964 new Porches, transcepts and stained glass added to St. John’s Church, were opened and blessed by Bishop Thomas McCabe
31st OCTOBER, 1982 The Rosary was recited at 12 noon, in St. John’s Cemetery, for all the Holy Souls
13th NOVEMBER, 1983 The Fellowship of the First Fleeters,unveiled a plaque on the tombstone of James Ruse, at 2pm.
27th JULY, 1984 The 150th Anniversary of the First Eucharist celebrated in "Old St. John’s" Archbishop Luigi Barboulo, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio, Principal Celebrant
29th JULY, 1984 Open-Air Mass Concelebrated at “Old St. John’s Church”, following a procession from St. John’s Church in Cordeaux Street. Bishop Murray, Archbishop Clancy, Frs. P. Ryan, P. Confeggi followed by a family Day in St. John’s Hall.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Friday, June 22, 2007

Parish Bulletin - 24 June 2007

FR. GEORGE will be on Annual leave until 13 July.
CUPPA – COMPANY – CONVERSATION THIS Sunday 24 June  after the 9am Mass

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: will be celebrated in our Parish on Saturday 4 August at 10am & 2pm. PARENTS of those to be Confirmed. A Parents' Night on THIS TUESDAY, 26 June at 7:30pm in the Church.  It will be ESSENTIAL that  at least one parent of each Candidate attend this meeting. ADULTS who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Fr. Michael during the week.

PLANNED GIVING ENVELOPES:  If you have not collected your packet of envelopes for the next year, please do so from side porch of Church.  If you are not in the planned giving system, you can join by putting your name and details on the sheets in the Main Church porch today.

WORLD YOUTH DAY 08:  To welcome the Cross & Icon to Australia a huge concert (including Guy Sebastian & Paulini) on Sunday, 1 July at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour at 1:30pm.  All young people encouraged to attend. More details
THE 2007 VEECH LECTURE will be delivered by Rev. Dr. Richard Lennan, Head of Systematic Theology at the Catholic Institute of Sydney, talking about "Looking into the sun': Faith, culture, and the task of theology in the contemporary Church", Tuesday 26 June at 99 Albert Road, Strathfield. Phone 9752 9500. 

WHAT'S A LIFE FOR?  A discernment weekend for Single Men, 19-40yrs, at St. Mary's Towers, Douglas Park, June 29 – July 1.  Ring Chris McPhee MSC 0419 149 793 or



The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Healing or Scrupulosity

You are invited to attend a discussion this Sunday on the topic

The Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Healing or Scrupulosity

Following our earlier discussions on Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, we continue our look at the Sacraments of the Church with a discussion on reconciliation or more correctly The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, formerly known to many of us as confession.

Has this sacrament now changed? And how is the concept of scruples now regarded in the modern Church.

Join us this Sunday at 6:30pm in St John's Hall meeting room for discussion and a cuppa.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Web Team Meeting - Friday 7:30pm - Presbytery Office

W e B TeA M

Brother John is holding a meeting of the Campbelltown Parish Web Team in the Presbytery Office this Friday at 7:30pm.

Please come along or phone Br John on 0409 450 239 for more information.

What:  Web Team Meeting
Date:   Friday 22nd June
Time:   7:30pm
Where: St John's Presbytery Office

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

FaithWorx Schedule for June-August

Check out the latest FaithWorx Schedule for June-August 2007 is on the St John's blog at

Especially note that the Theology of the Body DVD series starts on 15th July. This is the one everyone is talking about.

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Faith WorX Schedule June - August 2007


Bible Study:
Origins and Historical Context


The Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Healing or Scrupulosity


Bible Study: The Mission Journeys of Saint Paul


Movies worth talking about .


Theology of the Body 1


Theology of the Body 2


Theology of the Body 3


Theology of the Body 4

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bible Study - Origins and Historical Context

Why not join Br John this Sunday for

Bible Study
Origins and Historical Context

When: Sunday 6:30pm
Where: St Johns Parish Hall Meeting Room

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Parish Bulletin 10 June 2007

STEWARDSHIP: Our understanding of the World is limited by our human mind. To see the whole of reality we need more than logic; we need inspiration and faith. When we can see God active in our reality, His presence moves us to better stewards. Where do you see God active in your life? He is there!

OFFICE OF DISABLILITY: A meeting will be held for volunteers involved with Parish Disability Connections on Wednesday 13 June, 1pm-2:30pm at Centacare, 35A Cordeaux Street, Campbell town. Enquries Sr. Jeanie Heininger on 4654 8709.

FRENCH SPEAKING MASS at Mary, Mother of the Church, Macquarie Fields Sunday 17 June at 5:30pm. Fr. Jan Chrzczonowicz will celebrate the Mass.

MACARTHUR CATHOLIC SOCIAL JUSTICE NETWORK: Next  meeting Monday 18 June at 7:30pm at  24 Iolanthe St, Campbelltown. Parish representatives are urgently needed. Details  Marcia on 4626 1293

OFFICE OF DISABILITY You are invited to celebrate an AWARENESS MASS on Saturday 23 June at St. Paul's, Camden at 6pm Mass.  The Good News Community will celebrate their gifts & raise the awareness of parishioners about how we can bring the liturgy alive through our enthusiasm & love of Christ who gave us the Good News. Families in the Macarthur area with members who have special needs are especially invited to attend the Mass

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION: Parents of young people to be Confirmed (Year 6 and upwards at School) in our parish this year are invited to a PARENTS NIGHT on Tuesday 26 June at 7:30pm in the Church.  The Bishop will administer the Sacrament on Saturday 4 August at 10am & 2pm.

LOST PROPERTY has been building up in the Piety Stall.  If you have lost sunglasses, rosaries, umbrellas or missals in the last year, please check the Stall when you get your next Catholic Weekly.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

FaithWorx - Christian-Muslim Dialogue

You are invited to join us this Sunday to discuss


Waitangi was the site last week of the Third Asia-Pacific Interfaith Dialogue  where 115 leaders of different faiths from 15 countries spread between New Zealand and Myanmar met to discuss the general topic of "Building Bridges".

Come along this Sunday to discuss what may or may not be possible in building these bridges between faiths. Bring your own experiences and examples. Share your thoughts.

Where: St Johns Hall Meeting Room
When: Sunday 10th June at 6:30pm

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