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History of St. Mary’s Church , Coomera


The first recorded coming together of Catholics in the Coomera River District was in April 1866. The church building was erected in 1890 at Upper Coomera. It was then extended and transferred to Oxenford in 1935, and Church1890moved to the present site at Upper Coomera in 2005.

 

St Mary’s became a separate parish in late 1997. St Mary’s Catholic Community is a growing vibrant parish catering for a diversity of age groups and ethnic backgrounds. Our two Mass centres are welcoming and community based..

Significant dates for the Catholic Church in the region

1860’s to early 1870’s —-Occasional pastoral Visits By Fr.Denis Fouhy.

 

1865 First Catholic Church in Logan Reserve district(near Woodridge)
1870’s Mass at Binstead Homestead Coomera

1875 to 1884 Part of Logan Mission

Logan Mission covers from Stradbroke Island ,St Helena Island and Cleveland to NSW border , Beaudesert and to Boonah

 

1875 Fr.Benedict Scortechni,a botanist, buys Masonic Hall in Yatala and converts it to the first Catholic Church in the Beenleigh District, It was opened by Bishop Quinn. Churches >opened in Tallebudgera 1878,Southport 1882,and Nerang 1882. Visit the Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria for a detailed biography of Fr.Scortechni
1875-1884 Fr.Scortechni visits the Coomera River on a 3 monthly circuit. Masses,baptisms funerals and weddings held at Siganto Home,Upper Coomera
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Fr.Scortechni
Pastor of Logan Parish
1875-1884

John & Elizabeth Siganto Collection:Local Studies Library,Gold Coast Council

John & Elizabeth Siganto
Collection:Local Studies Library,Gold Coast Council

1884-1891

Pastoral Care with Fr.Enright and Fr.O’Reilly

1884-1887 Fr.James Enright baptises in Coomera on his Circuit (he resides in Beaudesert)
1887-1891 Fr.Enright and his new assistant priest Fr.James O’Reilly baptise in Coomera on their circuits
1888 Fundraising for new Church on the Coomera well underway (25/2/88 The Southern Queensland Bulletin)
1890 New Church at Upper Coomera

1892-1980

Part Of New Southport Parish

1892 Logan Mission divided- Southport,a new parish including Upper Coomera Church and Beenleigh; Waterford part of Beaudesert Parish; Cleveland and Dunwich were attached to Brisbane
1935 Transfer of Upper Coomera Church to Oxenford

St. Mary’s Church being transported across Coomera Weir on the way from Upper Coomera to Oxenford , c1935
Collection: Local Studies Library, Gold Coast City Council

Saint Mary’s Church, Oxenford, circa 1935
Collection: Local Studies Library, Gold Coast City Council

1980-1993

Part of new Runaway Bay Parish

1980 St Mary’s Church reopened after local working bees (after having been closed for nine years)
1993 Bishop Cuskelly (November 10th) invites Vincential Priests to establish Oxenford Pastoral area. Vincentians agree on November 15th

RCIA begun locally
Church ramp constructed
Priest residence/office/meeting space rented in Helensvale (and later changed to rental at Oxenford until end of 1997)

1994-1997

Oxenford Pastoral Mission

1994 Fr Brian Spillane, Fr Bill Irwin, Sr Marie, Sr Fran
Weekend masses increased from one to three
Formation of mission leadership team ‘Vision’ Team
Ministers Circle formed. Ecumenical Pastoral Group formed
Care and Concern Group and Finance Group formed
1997

1997 to present

Oxenford becomes a separate parish (December 1997)

1997 Gerry Hefferan is appointed Parish Priest November
1998 Parish office/residence moves to Xanadu, Upper Coomera in January
1998 Parish twins with Soibada parish in East Timor
1999 Establishment of St Mary’s St Vincent de Paul conference
2000 Sr Moira begins as Pastoral Associate
2001 Local Covenant signed May 20th with St Mary’s Catholic Community Oxenford, Gold Coast North Anglican Church, Apostolic Church Australia, Uniting Church Coomera – Helensvale Linked Congregations
Opening of Jubilee Primary School
2005 Church building moved to the present Upper Coomera site
Opening of Assisi Catholic College
2006 Opening of St Mary’s Child Care Centre (run by Centacare)
2007 Fr Patrick Lim appointed administrator in November 2007
2008 Fr Adrian Sharp appointed Parish Priest
2010 Fr Antony Vadakara appointed Parish Priest (August

 

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Weekly Readings

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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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