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Information & Reminders

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

  • Saint John Eudes (1601 - 1680)
    Celebrated: 19 Aug (worldwide)He was born and died in Normandy. He was ordained priest and spent many years preaching parish missions. He organized a congregation of nuns that grew into the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, dedicated to the care of women rescued from a disorderly life, and a congregation of priests dedicated to […]


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Weekly Readings

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From Father John

 

Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,

 
It is incredible how much a mother can do for love of her sick daughter. Mothers can do anything to demonstrate their love for their family. The love of our mothers is always a reflection of God’s love for all His children. The woman in the gospel of this weekend might have been a Canaanite, a Gentile, and a pagan but in her heart, there was unconditional love for her sick daughter. Out of love, she took the sickness and pain of her daughter upon herself, and was happy to accept the put-down of the man she called ‘Son of David.’ As a Canaanite, she probably had no love for Jesus, but she believed Jesus could deliver. She had a sick daughter who was tormented by a devil. She just wanted her to be healed and set free and this was all that mattered to her. She had an indomitable persistency, and proved to be one of the most remarkable people in the entire Gospels. She wasn’t going to be frightened by the insults of Jesus. She took Jesus on, and proved herself to be a fighter.
 
On record, she was the first Gentile whom Jesus had dealt with so aggressively. Whenshe first met Jesus, it appeared Jesus was trying to ignore her. This was quite unlike the compassionate and loving Christ. In the face of human misery, Jesus was always moved by compassion. This would probably be the only place in the entire gospels where Jesus appeared to have ignored someone who was in desperate need. Meanwhile, the journey that took Jesus out of the Gennesaret in Israel into the region of Tyre and Sidon appeared to have been deliberate. Jesus was moving away from a people who were totally absorbed in themselves and who believed that holiness depended entirely upon their own laws and religious observances. In a sense, Jesus was forced to move out of what might be called ‘Jewish bias’ into Gentile land, into the land of the pagans. However, Jesus’ comment that He had been sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel, implying that His miracles and healing are only for the Jews alone, rather contradicted the purpose of His journey into the pagan territories.
 
This was somewhat a different understanding of Jesus’ character and mission that we have seen until now. Jesus couldn’t have been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel alone, when there are many examples where Jesus worked miracles in the case of non-Jews. The healing of the Centurion’s servant (Luke 1:7:1-7) is one example among lots of others. Jesus was sent to save and redeem the world, and the encounter with the Canaanite woman, only widened Jesus’ mission to include the Gentiles after the Jews rejected Him.
 
In Matthew’s Gospel, this woman was the only person whose faith Jesus called great. When she first met Jesus and Jesus appeared reluctant to listen to her, Jesus wasn’t actually ignoring her, but rather Jesus wanted her to demonstrate the depth of her faith. Jesus tested her faith when He said that it is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs, dogs being the Jewish way of referring to the Gentiles. The woman’s response that dogs patiently wait and eat the food that falls from their master’s table, showed that her faith in Jesus was simply unwavering. Jesus was not just a possible helper, but her ONLY HOPE AND HELPER. This woman might have been a heathen but it looked like she knew the song: “My hope only is You, Jesus, my only hope is You. From early in the morning till late at night. My only hope is You.” In the face of the vicissitudes of life, I hope and pray that we too can always come to Jesus with claimant sense of need, passionate hope, and indomitable persistency like the Canaanite woman.

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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