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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

 

Weekly Readings

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From Father John

April 22-23, 2017

Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,

What an amazing time it must have been for the disciples after the Resurrection. In fact it was an amazing time for all of Jesus’ followers. Our Lord’s death seemed so final in those first days and many thought that death had the last word. And yet reports were coming through that Jesus lived. Mary Magdalen and the other Mary had seen the empty tomb and been told by an angel that Jesus had risen and two of His followers had walked with Him on the road to Emmaus. And yet there were always going to be people who would say that the followers of Jesus who believed that He had risen were dreaming or living in hope. In our Gospel reading this week we are told that Thomas would have to carry out the ultimate test before he would believe and because he did it’s not possible that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was dreamed or imagined. We don’t know much about Thomas. He is hardly referred to in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and there are only 3 other times in John’s Gospel [apart from this doubting episode] that he is mentioned. But from the little that is written we can still understand something of what this man was like. He was definitely not a coward. When Jesus said that he was to go into Judea after the Jews had threatened to stone Him to death, it was Thomas who spurred on the others saying: “Let us also go, that we may die with Him”. We also know that he was a practical thinker who had trouble understanding some of the deeper things that Jesus said. When Jesus knew that His earthly life would soon end, He told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them and that they knew the way to go there. Thomas was the one who asked, “Lord, we do not know where You are going; how can we know the way?” And Jesus gave the answer that pointed to who He was. It spoke of His divinity. He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” but this had a profoundness that Thomas would need time and explanation to grasp. So we know that he was fearless and prepared to speak his mind but also that he had difficulty in coming to terms with the deeper aspects of faith. The first time that Jesus appeared amongst His disciples Thomas wasn’t there but the disciples told him about it later. And even though he knew them well and would have trusted them, it was too much for him to accept that Jesus had defeated death. For this practical and courageous man to believe in the risen Christ he must first put his hands in the wounds. Was Jesus upset by this lack of faith? After all, He had taught Thomas for 3 years. Thomas had seen the miracles with his own eyes and there is a good case for saying that he should have known better than to say this. But Jesus wasn’t angry; instead He was patient! On the second occasion when Jesus appeared in the locked room among the disciplesThomas was there and our Lord’s first words were to him. If the onlyway that this man will be convinced is by such a terrible proof, then Jesus wasgoing to give it to him. Why would our Lord agree to this? The reason goes back to the parable of the Good Shepherd who looks for the sheep which is lost or falls behind. If Thomas is the disciple having the most difficulty in believing, then Thomas will be given more care and patience. He is one week behind everybody else and yet Jesus still looked for him and when Thomas finally realised the truth he was the first to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and God. At the end of this passage from John’s Gospel our Lord said something to encourage and inspire us all. He said: “You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me; happy those who have not seen, but still believe!” What a wonderful blessing there is in these words for us all who have not seen and yet still believe for they speak to us of the comfort and the strength and the joyfulness that comes from having true faith.

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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