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,
 
As children, we are all grateful to our parents for the rare and irreplaceable gifts and treasures they are to us. I am forever indebted to my late parents especially mum Felicia. Due to poverty, mum was unable to obtain a formal education but she was incredibly wise and full of wisdom. Like every good woman, she was a hard worker and was never idle. Mum taught me that ‘every achievement in this life starts with a conscious decision to try and have a go’. She always maintained that since all human fingers are not equal, life is not about competition but rather consists in one’s ability to have a go and not being afraid of failure.
 
In the gospel of this weekend, Jesus told the parable of a master, who, before going abroad, summoned his servants and gave each of them talents according to their individual abilities. In this parable, the word ‘talent’ means money and not skills. When the master called his three servants and gave each of them talents, the first two servants took their talents and invested them, and the value was doubled when the master returned. The third buried his talent and did nothing with it. The value or worth of human life is not measured by the amount of money or wealth someone has but by what someone does with one’s given talents and wealth. God never demands from us things we are incapable of doing but only things we can do. The three servants were given differing gifts. One was given five talents, another two and another one. They were given gifts according to their abilities. While the servants who received five and two talents respectively used their talents diligently and doubled them, the third servant left his talent unused. He just buried it in the ground. Perhaps he would have at least made an attempt if only he knew ‘that every achievement in this life starts with a conscious decision to try and have a go.’
 
The Christian faith flourishes and diminishes on the truth of this parable. When we were baptised, we were all given a priceless gift of faith – a gift we ought to put into daily use and not put away in a hidden cupboard. Faith is not only a foundational gift, but also a gift that opens the door to other gifts such as: Wisdom, Understanding, Knowledge, Counsel, Fortitude, Piety and Awe of the Lord. These are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. We received these gifts when we were confirmed. But how much of these gifts do we see evident and working in us daily? How often do we use these gifts for the good of others and for the greater glory of God? There is a correlation between the first reading and the gospel. The worthy or perfect wife in the first reading is someone who received many talents and put all of them to good use.
 
In appreciation of these readings, I hope we can take stock of the many gifts God has given us, and still gives us in this life. When we use our God-given gifts, we are not only making ourselves good and faithful servants, but also missionaries in our world. People who benefit from our God-given gifts can see Jesus Christ in and through us. There are many wonderful people whose gifts have brought significant blessings to our Parish. As your priest and pastor, I am very grateful to God for the seeds of service, which have been sown in the lives of many in our Parish. It is my hope and prayer that these seeds will continue to develop and flourish in deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ, who blesses us daily with the ultimate gift of life and many other wonderful gifts and talents. 
 
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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