Parish Contact’s

 

Father John Echewodo
 Parish Priest

Father John, is Nigerian by birth and a Brisbane priest by virtue of priestly ordination. He is the 6th child of late Cletus Echewodo Ajah and late Felicia Uloji Ajah. He is one of eight children, with five brothers, an older sister and a twin sister.

Father John is one of the four Nigerian students, that came to the Archdiocese of Brisbane in 2007. At the completion of his studies and formation through Banyo Seminary, he was ordained to the presbyterate on the 8th December, 2010, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother.

Father John has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Imo State Owerri, Nigeria and another degree also in Philosophy from Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri, Imo State, which is an affiliate Institute of the Pontifical Urban University Rome. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Brisbane College of Theology and a Masters of Art in Theology from the Australian Catholic University.

Father John can be contacted at the parish office  Phone: (07) 5529 9144 or Email: coomera@bne.catholic.net.au

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Parish Council

Father John Echewodo

Geraldine Lillingston

Danny McCormick

Kerry Dunn

Jeff Somers

Graham Hughes

Pastoral Council meetings are held on the third Sunday of every alternate month after the 9 am mass in the Parish Meeting Room.

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Finance Council

Fr. John Echewodo

Gerry Conway

Frank Olson
Loretta Taylor

Warren Smith

Finance Council meetings are held every third Wednesday of every alternate month at 7 pm in the Parish Meeting Room.

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Staff and Volunteers

Parish Secretary :  Mrs. Helena Mckenna
Children’s Ministry Coordinators: Justin Torres
Pastoral Care: Anne-Marie O’Connor  
RCIA : Anne Cheung
Venire Youth : Cassie Balinas

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Other Services

St Vincent de Paul help line :  5561 4702

Centacare Family Counselling Services : 5527 7211

Jubilee Primary School

 Principal: David Sewell 5502 8566

 Out of School Hours Care : Cassie Walkerden 5573 7726

Assisi Catholic College

Principal: Michael Laidler 5656 7100

Out of School Hours Care : Kerrie Mahoney 55805648

St Mary’s Play Group (Mon & Tues) : Tabitha: 0423503719

St Mary’s Childcare Centre :  5502 3014 or  Email : dir.uppercoomeraldc@bne.centacare.net.au


 

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

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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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