57 Rue De Montbrillant 1202 Geneva, Switzerland   Parish Priest: Fr Paul C Friel

022 733 04 83    office@johnxxiii.ch


2019 World Day of Migrants and Refugees

Pope Francis releases his message for the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, which is commemorated on Sunday, September 29, 2019. The full text of the message is below: "It is not just about migrants" Dear Brothers and Sisters, Faith assures us that in a mysterious way the Kingdom of God is already present here on earth (cf. Gaudium et Spes, 39). Yet in our own time, we are saddened to see the obstacles and opposition it encounters. Violent conflicts and all-out wars continue to tear humanity apart; injustices and discrimination follow one upon the other; economic and social imbalances on a local or global scale prove difficult to overcome. And above all it is the poorest of the...

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Caring for Bees in our Parish

Honey bees around the world and in Switzerland are in rapid decline http://www.fao.org/news/story/en/item/1194910/icode/. In fact, the JPIC team was unable to purchase honey bees to start our beehive due to a bee shortage in Switzerland. So the team reached out to a local company, and the company donated about 30,000 bees to the parish. The JPIC team hopes to install another beehive in the spring of 2020. Bees are vital to our food security as one third of world food production depend on bees for pollination https://www.worldbeeday.org/en/about/the-importance-of-bees.html.  Future plans of the JPIC-LSC team include putting a little garden plot of lavander plants beside the bee hive as a source of food during spring, summer and autumn.  We are also looking at the...

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Stephen Ministry

The next round of Stephen Ministry training will take place at Crossroads Church in Ferney-Voltaire, France. Starting Thursday, 26th September 2019 and running until early March 2020. Training commences at 7.00pm sharp until 9.00pm. A contribution of CHF 150 is requested per person (which covers materials, freight, taxes, coffee, etc.). Class size is limited, so please book early.   See also stephenministry.ch for details and online enrolment.

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Choir Director

After many years of faithful service, Jill Dykes is stepping down at Christmas and retiring as director of the 11h30 Choir.  We are seeking a new music leader for the 11h30 Mass and key liturgies throughout the year.  A background in liturgical music is needed, although prior directing experience is not required.  To express interest or for more information, please contact Fr. Paul or Larry Grummer-Strawn at lgstrawn@gmail.com.

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Catechists Volunteers

Join the Religious Education Team this year! Every year over 300 children and teens attend religious education classes at St. John XXII. This is only possible because of the wonderful parishioners who give of their time and talents to share their faith with our young people. Thank you! For 2019/2020 we need new: Lead Catechists Assistant Catechists Parent assistants Student assistant Support, training and curriculum resources will be provided.We just need your willing heart, desire to share your faith with others and to join in the fun! Come talk to Anna Berkeley (Director of Religious Education) or one of our experienced catechists after Mass.  or email her at dre@johnxxiii.ch. Catechist training/orientation evening September 19th 7-8.30pm in G1. Come along to...

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