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Altar Servers

 


The Altar Server Ministry is very active in St Maryaltar servers icon‘s. There are nearly always Altar Servers at every Weekend Mass. We aim for three Altar Servers at each Mass but this can vary. During school holidays when many are away we might have only one but there is always someone. On special occasions such as Easter we may have up to six. This Ministry is open to boys and girls who have received their Sacraments on Initiation. ie Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.

At the end of the Sacramental Program each year all children are invited to be part of this Ministry.

It is an excellent starting point for becoming part of Catholic Community Activities.

Any child who has been part of the Sacramental Program from another parish is also invited to apply.

Watch the Parish Bulletin for details of training

Training will involve an hour and a half session with two of our Acolytes to teach the tasks that are part of this Ministry. It is usually held within a month of our Sacramental Program finishing

Then it is simply a matter of doing. Children will serve with an experienced Altar Server and an Acolyte who will guide them through.

Proud parents report their children are both excited and nervous when they first start.

After a few weeks this nervousness goes and is replaced by a quiet confidence.

The Parish supplies the gown (called an Alb) and a sash (called a Cincture). The Alb is worn over their normal clothing.

The colour of the Cincture varies with the season and the easiest way to know what colour is to note what colour vestments that Father is wearing. The Cincture colour matches that colour.
The cincture is tied on the left.

At first we ask parents to help their children with the Alb and Cincture until such times as they are able to do it for themselves.

New Altar Servers are usually rostered a few weeks in quick succession so that they will learn faster.

You tell us which Mass you usually attend and we will roster you for that Mass.

The Ministry is voluntary and very family friendly. No-one is asked to do anything they do not want to do.

Ministry co-ordinator : Tom McGuire

Please contact the parish office to register your interest in this Ministry.

Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Friday – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Email: coomera@bne.catholic.net.aumail-icon-128
Phone: 07 55299144 call icon

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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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