International Preacher Visit

Aneel Aranha is the founder and director of Holy Spirit Interactive, a Catholic lay apostolate. A hard-core atheist for 25yr, a series of catastrophic events that took place in his life in 2002 led to a powerful encounter with Jesus, transforming him from a hedonistic unbeliever to a fiery proclaimer of the gospel across the globe. A renowned international preacher and retreat leader, Aneel has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people in parishes and prayer groups around the world, preached retreats to priests, politicians and prisoners, and addressed millions of viewers on international television.

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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/

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.

Saint of the Day

RSS Saints of the Day

  • St Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)
    Celebrated: 23 Sep (worldwide)He was born in the small village of Pietrelcina in southern Italy, and joined the Capuchin friars at the age of 16. He became a priest seven years later, and spent fifty years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo, where he was very much sought after as a spiritual advisor, confessor, […]


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Weekly Readings

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From Father John
Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,
 
Forgiveness is always a hard nut to crack. It is never easy to forgive and let go. Moreover, the bigger the hurt or the injury the more difficult it is to forgive. Until someone has something or some things to forgive, one might not really understand how hard it can be to forgive. In the gospel this weekend, it appears even Peter had some difficulty forgiving those who offended him. This seems obvious in Peter’s question to Jesus, “Lord, how often must I forgive my brother or sister if he or she wrongs me? As often as seven times?” Maybe Peter was getting sick of forgiving. He could no longer take it. He had had enough. He was probably getting ready to get even. The common teaching of the time required that one must forgive an offender at least three times. Peter thought that seven times, a number that implied perfection or completion, would be the limit. In other words, one simply reaches one’s limit after the seventh time. When Peter asked Jesus the question, Peter had perhaps expected to be warmly commended by Jesus, but Jesus startled Peter when Jesus replied: “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” In other words, there is no limit to the number of times that we must be prepared to forgive. It was as if Jesus said to Peter, ‘the number ‘seven’ might be the number of perfection and completion but it does not apply when it comes to forgiveness.’ We remember a few weekends ago in the gospel, when Jesus stepped into the districts of Caesarea Philippi and asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Given the miraculous deeds Jesus had performed, people likened Jesus to former prophets like Elijah, Jeremiah or John the Baptist. When Jesus felt that he had heard enough of the hearsays and popular opinions, he said to his disciples, ‘and who do you say I am? Peter answered: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 13:16)’. Peter ceased to be Peter after this response. He went from Peter and became the foundation stone and rock upon which our Church stands. Peter stands for us as a representative figure. His struggles are our struggles. And what Jesus told him, Jesus tells us in the here and now. Today, the appeal to forgive comes to us in the face of many injuries and hurts we probably carry in our hearts. These injuries and hurts might be because of resentment we have continued to carry from childhood toward our parents, friends or siblings. How does one forgive a paedophile whose manipulative behaviour denies children of their innocence and undermines their chances for healthy intimacy? What about a murderer who has killed the joy of a family when one of their loved ones was brutally murdered? In the week of the anniversary of 9/11, would the world ever forgive the terrorists who blew up innocent people in New York and left many families permanently shattered? As a people and as individuals, we have been offended and we probably nurse anger. We have treasured anger, maybe even to the extent of allowing it to become hatred. What the anger or hatred we have nursed for years has done to us is to hold us back from forgiving. Ironically we have been imprisoned and in bondage. However, we can set ourselves free if we choose to forgive and let go. Forgiveness follows out of a conscious decision to let go and move on. It liberates and sets us free. It is not what we do for the people who have offended us but what we do for ourselves so that we can be free to move on. People who have refused to forgive and move on, always remain in the power and control of whoever injured them. In making the choice to forgive, we are not expected to blot out painful memories, but to act on them in creative and life-giving ways. We simply need to let go of any hatred that has turned our lives into a prison, or any rope that has held us back for years. The choice is ours to make.
 
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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