Parish Announcements

Christmas Raffle : There are lots of fabulous prizes to bwon in our Christmas Raffle. Tickets are for sale from this weekend after each Mass. 

Date Claimer :  Saturday, 14th October 201Working Bee

There will be a “Working Bee” next week Saturday, 14th October starting at 8am. The idea behind this working bee is to clean up the Parish grounds and surroundings in preparation for Christmas. We would like to encour- ag as many people  as possible  to com along  and  make  our  Parish beautiful.    Further    details    will  be available    as   the  day    approachesThank you.

Changes to Children’s Liturgy

We have decided to make some changes to the structure of the Children’s Liturgy. From now on, Children’s Liturgy will take place on the 1st Sunday of each month at the 9am Mass. On all other Sundays of the month, Fr. John will call the children up at the end of the Mass and hand out children's bulletins which can be taken home.

We are appealing for more volunteers for our Children's Liturgy ministry. This is an essential ministry that brings the word of God to the young children of our parish.Volunteers must have a current blue card. Blue card forms are available on the table in the foyer of the Worship Centre. For more information, please contact Rhiannon 

Catholic Leader

Copies of this weeks Catholic Leader aravailable for sale on the table in the foyer of the Worship Centre. Price: $2 each

Sacramental Program 2017/2018 Sessions

Dates                       Session

12th October 2017    Eucharist 2nd Session

16th October 2017    Confessions prior to First Holy Communion

22nd October 2017 First Holy Communion

Pilgrimage to the Marian Valley - Friday 13th October 2017

In commemoration  of the 100th anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, Saint Marys Parish is organising a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima at Marian Valley. For those interested in participating, kindly contact Lydia Eng at 0476 237 604. For those needing transport, please contact either Lydia Eng, or Michelle Santos at 0430 056 717. Transport from Saint Marys Parish will depart at 9.00am. Please note that there will be no 9.30am Mass on 13th October. All are welcome.

St. Vincent de Paul Plea.....

St. Vincent de Paul are at present helping a needy family in the Parish  who require school uniforms for Helensvales Primary School. The girls are in years 4 & 5 and the boy is in year 2.

Sizes required: Girls size 10 & size 8 (dress/skirts/blouses/sports uniforms) Boy size 6 (shorts/shirts/sport uniforms). If you have any second-hand uniforms you no longer need please donate them to this needy family. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please contact: Heather Murray. Thank you

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/


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.

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Weekly Readings

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From Father John
Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,
 
The spirituality of Jesus Christ had its foundation and inspiration from the Jewish Scriptures. Jesus was a Son of the soil. As a Son of the soil, Jesus was no foreigner to the Jewish laws, though Jesus’ knowledge of the law was frequently tested. Jesus was frequently involved in confrontational situations with some of the religious groups of His time, who were always out to show Jesus’ lack of professional knowledge of the law. In the gospel of last weekend, the Pharisees and the Herodians asked Jesus a tricky and embarrassing question in order to trap Him: “is it permissive to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” It was obvious that the question had little or nothing to do with paying taxes, but sheer hypocrisy. Jesus outwitted them with the answer: “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” In the gospel of this weekend, when the Pharisee heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they got together to draw Jesus into their own interminable and sterile dispute. A lawyer, an expert in the interpretation of the law, confronted Jesus with another question, ‘Which is the greatest of the commandments?’ In the religious culture of the time of Jesus, the law was not only the Ten Commandments but also the comprehensive system of ritual purity, and these were 613 prescriptions. Everything, including time, space, people, food and all things were ordered and arranged according to their degree of importance. In other words, of the 613 big and small prescriptions of the Jewish law, the lawyer wanted to find which was the most essential? In theory, all prescriptions in the Jewish Scriptures were supposed to be observed with equal seriousness. But it appeared that within the 613 commandments of the Law, the people had developed and divided them into heavy and lighter categories. There were degrees of applications. While some were regarded and treated as heavy prescriptions, some were seen as lighter in nature and in application. Hence, what the lawyer who came to Jesus wanted to achieve was to trap Jesus into making a damaging statement that would implicate Him and make Him unpopular. But Jesus cut the ground from under his feet when He drew from His vast knowledge of Jewish tradition and quoted two passages: “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Deuteronomy 6: 5), and “you shall love your neighbour as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). What is remarkable in Jesus’ reply is not just His vast knowledge of the law but the fact that Jesus placed ‘love of God and love of human beings’ side by side. It is astonishing that Jesus linked the two prescriptions. In fact, Jesus insists that the whole law and the prophets depend on these commandments. As Christians, Jesus’ answer opens up for us a new lifestyle, a way of living that draws us so close to God that we become God’s living and active presence to our fellow human beings. It may have been that the lawyer came to Jesus with a malicious intent; however, we are indebted to him for the crystal clear answer which Jesus gave. The basis of human love is firmly grounded in the love of God. Humans are incapable of loving, unless we have known and experienced love from God, who is the source of love. On the other hand, we have no valid claim to any genuine love for God unless we have love for our human beings who are made in God’s image and likeness.  
 
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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