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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
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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