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, visitors & friends,
 
In the last two Sundays, we have read, pondered and reflected on Saint John’s accounts of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This weekend, we are reflecting on the story of the resurrection of Christ from the perspective of Saint Luke. There are differences in the accounts of the various gospel writers; but, their differences are not in the essential contents of the message but in the perspectives employed by the evangelists. All the gospel writers made sense of the Good News of Jesus from different dimensions. In the gospel of last weekend, the refusal of Thomas, one of the twelve, resulted in the risen Lord making a further appearance in the room where the disciples were hiding in fear of the Jews. In the gospel of this weekend, what we have is a continuation of the appearance of the risen Lord to the two disciples who were on their way to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). When we read back into this gospel passage, we will find out that these two disciples were leaving Jerusalem because they were disappointed with how the life of Jesus Christ had ended. ‘They had heard the witness of the women, but they were not convinced. Some of them had gone to the tomb, and found things as the women had reported, but they did not see Jesus Christ.’ Therefore the journey out of Jerusalem was a sign of despair. Like these two disciples, there are times in our journey of faith or even in our life, when for one reason or another, we feel terribly disappointed, disgusted and disillusioned. In these moments, Jesus Christ comes and walks with us. He journeys with us. Jesus accepts our hospitality and the invitation into our hearts if only we invite Him. The journey away from the faith ended for the two disciples as they invited Jesus into their home and recognised Jesus at the breaking of the bread. This might appear like the Eucharist, but it doesn’t look like the Eucharist. This would have been like our BBQ and the dinner we have with family and friends. The risen Lord shared an ordinary meal with two ordinary people who opened their hearts and their home to Him, and invited Him in. As Christians, it is not only in the Church or at the Eucharistic table that we can see and recognise Jesus Christ. The church building is not the only place we can be with Jesus Christ and recognise Him. We can be with Christ and recognise Him in our homes, work, and wherever we are all through the days of the week. Mother Teresa of Calcutta said she cared for the poor and less fortunate because in them she saw Jesus Christ.’ May the mystery of the resurrection of Jesus Christ open the eyes of our minds so that we can always see and recognise not only the risen Lord but also each other as companions on the journey of faith. The Lord has risen from the dead. May our faith in the resurrection of Christ Jesus always find concrete expressions in the way we see and recognise our fellow human beings as ‘imago Dei.’ 
 
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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