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Parish Information

Location: 185 Billinghurst Crescent, Upper Coomera Qld 4209
Postal Address: PO Box 219 Upper Coomera QLD 4209
Office Hours: Mon – Fri from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Contact Numbers: Telephone: (07) 5529 9144 | Fax: (07) 5529 9644

Mass / Service Times

Monday: Holy Mass at 10:00 am at Arcare (Helensvale Road)
Tuesday: Rosary at 6 pm – SMC (St. Mary’s Chapel)
Wednesday: 5pm – Adoration followed by Holy Mass at 6pm
Thursday: Holy Mass at 9:30 am
Friday: Holy Mass at 9:30 am
Reconciliation : Every Saturday 5pm or by  appointment

Your prayers are requested for

Recently Deceased: Marjorie Beutel, Rodney Peart, Tricia Johnstone, Margaret Althaus, Elizabeth Visentin
The Sick: Frances Barry, Betty Sutherland, Andrew Pearcy, Shannon Watson
Anniversaries: Le Cordior, Ross Touchard, Lutgarda Raval, Kiwi Saunders, Beverley Mary Baird, Josephine Rai Hepi

Reminders

Choir Practice

 There is choir practice every Saturday at 4.30pm – 5.30pm in the Worship Centre. This practice involves all members of the choir, both those who sing at the 6pm Mass on Saturday and those who sing at 9am Mass on Sunday. New members are welcome.

Venire’s Mission

To shine the light of Christ into the hearts and minds of young Christians in an uplifting, supportive, and fun environment For more information or to RSVP for Venire contact : Cassandra Balinas on 0416 145 472 or Steph Santos on 0411 669 876 www.venireyouth.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1124405870955696/

God’s Word 2017

We have ordered some copies of God’s Word 2017. If you wish to purchase a copy please sign the sheet provided on the table in the foyer of the Worship Centre.

Bequeathing

Would you like to remember the parish in your will? Property, money, shares….there are many ways you can be remembered. Please contact the parish office for further info. All bequests can be made to St. Mary’s Parish, Upper Coomera.Thank you.

Parish Mobile App.

The “SMC Coomera” mobile application is now available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Click HERE for more info.

Musicians & Singers

It’s that time of the year again when we are looking for additional musicians and singers for our Christmas Celebrations. We especially need singers for our Christmas Carols! Please call the parish office (5529 9144) or call Linda McGrath (0416 078 458) if you would like to join the choir over the Christmas Period.

Saint of the Day

RSS Saints of the Day

  • St Peter Chanel (1803 - 1841)
    Celebrated: 28 Apr (worldwide)He was born in France, at Cuet (near Belley), in 1803. He had been a priest for three years when he was accepted by the Marists, a missionary order. He was sent out to evangelize the island of Futuna in the Pacific, where cannibalism had only recently been banned by the local […]


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From Father John

April 22-23, 2017

Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,

I invite us to share Tan Le’s journey to the Catho-lic Faith. Read with the delight.
Fr. John
My name is Tan Le. I was recently baptized, confirmed and received my First Holy Communion with Raina, Rakai and Nicholas at the Easter Vigil celebrated here in this wonderful Parish of St Mary’s.
I am 42yrs old and the story of my journey in becoming a Catholic began when I was a young boy. By way of background, my family made an escape by boat from the turmoil of post-war Vietnam when I was 4yrs old. I am one of five children; the youngest of my siblings at the time was a newborn in the arms of our courageous mother when we made our exodus alongside many others.
After many days on the South China Sea and the inevitable spate of pirate boardings and robberies, our boat made it to Thai shores in the darkness of night with rough seas tipping our rickety fishing vessel violently onto the beach. Miraculously all my siblings survived. However, other families that we journeyed alongside were not so lucky losing loved ones, including young children in such a tragic landing.
On those same shores, many families became refugees camping along the beach but, for-tunately, our plea for help was heard by many communities around the world including the Sancta Maria Catholic Parish of Christchurch, NZ. This parish sponsored our family’s resettlement to New Zealand and after spending months going through the usual detention processes, we were finally introduced to our sponsors who provided our family with all that we needed to commence rebuilding our family life together.
This was my first experience of the extraordinary compassion, generosity and warmth of the Catholic community. I recall that throughout all of my primary schooling years, although we were a family that belonged to the Buddhist faith, we would attend Mass every Sunday and we spent much time with a number of families of that parish.
In 1989, we emigrated to Australia to be closer to family and friends from whom we had separated during our journey. At this time, we stopped attending church. However, in accordance with God’s plan, as a young adult my career in Law led me to Mel-bourne, Victoria, where I eventually married my wife, Tam, who comes from a Roman Catholic family and serendipitously I found myself regularly attending church again – still as a Buddhist! We have 2 children now, the youngest of whom at 5 months old, was also baptized alongside myself at the recent Easter Vigil.
that I am excited about in beginning the next chapter of living a life to honour Christ and the sacrifices that he made for us on the cross.

I have nothing but praise for Anne, the RCIA team, and all those who contributed to and
are responsible for the RCIA program. My journey of faith in Our Lord is one that I am
still learning much about and developing. I am grateful that I can lean on the faith of such
fine examples of Christian families and individuals that I see in this amazing Parish as I
continue to learn more and develop my own unwavering faith. I feel blessed to have found
such fine role models at St Mary’s especially Father John for his commitment to God and
the community that he continues to serve. There is so much that I am excited about in beginning
the next chapter of living a life to honour Christ and the sacrifices that Christ has
made for us on the cross.
God bless you all

Tan Le

God bless you all.

Fr. John Ikechukwu Echewodo

Parish Priest

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Christmas 2016

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS 2016

All  events and holy mass  will be held at the St. Mary’s Worship Center, Upper Coomera

Saturday, 24th December (CHRISTMAS EVE)

4.30pm –  Carol Singing   | 5:00  – Holy Mass 

9.30pm –  Carol Singing  | 10:00 pm –  Holy Mass 

Sunday 25th December 2016 (CHRISTMAS DAY)

7.30am Holy Mass

9.30am Holy Mass

Saturday, 31st December (NEW YEAR’S EVE)

6pm – Holy Mass 

Sunday 1st January 2017 (NEW YEAR’S DAY)

7.30am Mass  |  9am Mass | 5pm Mass 

 

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Lenten Progam

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 

SAINT MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH

COOMERA

Ash Wednesday – Mass at 7pm

Stations of the Cross – Every Friday at 7pm

Mass Times :

                (NO 5 PM EVENING MASS ON EASTER SUDAY)

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