St. Mary's Catholic Church, Coomera

Location : 185 Billinghurst Crescent, Upper Coomera, QLD, 4209
Mailing Address: PO Box 219 Upper Coomera QLD 4209
Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur & Fri : 9am – 1pm;
Telephone: (07) 5529 9144
Fax: (07) 5529 9644

Parish Priest: Father John Ikechukwu Echewodo
Email: echewodoj@gmail.com

Administrative Assistants: Mrs Helena McKenna
Email: coomera@bne.catholic.net.au

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Weekly Readings

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From Father John
Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,
Traditionally, the fourth Sunday of Easter is called ‘Good Shepherd Sunday.’ Across the three years of the Church’s liturgical calendar, the gospel of this Sunday is often taken from chapter 10 of the fourth gospel- the gospel of Saint John. This chapter of the Johannine gospel forms part of the Easter readings because it underlines the depth of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross for the salvation of the world. Jesus is the ‘Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep’. The Old Testament, especially the Psalms and prophets are replete with many depictions of God as a ‘Shepherd, who leads and nurtures His children like a flock. ‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want’ (Psalm 23:1). ‘God leads His people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron’ (Psalm 77:20). ‘He is our God, and we are His people, the sheep of His pasture,’ (Psalm 100:3). The nurturing and caring nature of God as a Shepherd evident in the psalms is also proclaimed by the prophets. Isaiah the Prophet, prophesized how ‘God will feed His flock like a shepherd, gather the lambs with His arms, and carries them in His bosom,’ (Isaiah 40:11). In the history of the Israelites, the leaders of the people were described as the shepherds of God’s people. The Old Testament prophets like Jeremiah and Ezekiel had tremendous indictments of the false leaders who sought their own good rather than the good of the flock entrusted in their charge. ‘Cursed be the leaders that destroy and scatter the sheep of God’s pasture,’ (Jeremiah 23:1-4). ‘Cursed be to the shepherds of Israel that feed themselves, when they should be feeding the flock,’ (Ezekiel 34). Jesus Christ draws upon an Old Testament image as Jesus describes Himself as the ‘Good Shepherd par excellence.’ Christ does not make a false claim as He calls Himself the Good Shepherd. Christ is the dedicated and conscientious shepherd who leads His sheep. He is the ‘Good Shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. On the cross of Calvary, Christ showed in a concrete manner what it means to die for the sheep. Today, we live in an era when there are so many discordant voices that call for attention. As we contemplate Jesus the Good Shepherd we need to pray that we may always listen to His voice. As Christians, we should not be afraid to follow the voice of Christ, the Good Shepherd. In the midst of many confusing voices, let us remain attuned to the voice of Jesus Christ. In this age of smart phones and tablets, we need to download Jesus Christ into our life and homes like we download apps into our phones and tablets. Our world is witnessing what could be described as the enormously injurious consequences of living daily without Jesus Christ. Almost every day, we hear about war and devastating impacts of war. Evils seem to be triumphing over goodness. We are simply in desperate need of Christ, the Good Shepherd, in a world that is often characterized by leadership and vocation crisis. Your life and my life is a calling, a vocation. With renewed urgency, let us pray for any vocation God has called us or might be calling us whether as ordained, religious or just as laity. God bless you all.
 
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 :

  • Palm Sunday
    • Vigil Mass –  Saturday April 8, 6pm
    • Sunday April 9 – 7:30am, 9:30am, 5pm
  • 2nd Rite of Reconciliation – Monday April 10, 7pm
  • Holy Thursday – April 13, 7 pm 
  • Good Friday – April 14
    • 10am – Stations of the Cross
    •  3pm  – Passion of our Lord
  • Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil) – April 15, 7 pm 
  • Easter Sunday – April 16, 7:30am , 9:30am

                (NO 5 PM EVENING MASS ON EASTER SUDAY)

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