smc-logo-and-name-1Parish Council ( 2017 - 2020 )


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 on :Phone: 075529 9144 or Email: coomera@bne.catholic.net.au

Carmel Naidoo
Parish Council Chairperson

As the chairperson of the Parish Council and as a representative of the whole parish, I oversee with Fr John, the successful operation of the various ministries of our parish. I will endeavour to lead the ongoing growth and harmony of these ministries and our faith community through an approach that is collaborative and supportive.

Email: pcouncil@stmaryscoomera.net.au 

Anand Pinto
Parish Council Vice- Chairperson

As the vice- chairperson of the Parish Council , I work collaboratively with Father John, the chairperson and the parish council to support the various Parish Ministries and do  my best to achieve the Promotion and ICT goals identified  by the Council.

 

Michael Pearcy
Social Activities Co-ordinator

Coordinating social activities, welcoming new parishioners, and social justice programs such as Cherish Life and St Vincent de Paul

 Email: socialjustice@stmaryscoomera.net.au 

Cassandra Balinas
Youth Ministry Coordinator, Coomera Venire Youth Leader

Head of Coomera Venire Youth group; organises monthly Youth masses; leads Youth Band/Choir and organises Youth-led Liturgical events.

 

Email: venire@stmaryscoomera.net.au  

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Kaska Cygan
Parish Council Secretary 

 

 

Colin O'connor
Faith Formation , Alpha Program Leader

 

Email: alpha@stmaryscoomera.net.au 

Heru Santos
Cultural  

Email: cultural@stmaryscoomera.net.au

 

Lydia Rodrigues
Liturgy Ministry

Email: liturgy@stmaryscoomera.net.au

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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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