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Weekly Readings

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From Father John
Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,
 
The image of a vineyard runs through the readings of this weekend, especially the first reading and the gospel. In the Old Testament, the image of the vineyard was constantly used to designate the people of Israel and the relationship God shared with them. Isaiah 5:7 says: ‘the vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the nation of Israel, and the people of Judah are the vines God delighted in.” The chosen people of Isaiah’s day were all aware of how much God loved and cared for them. As a winegrower, God resettled them into the Promised Land after they were delivered from slavery in Egypt. God planted them on the fertile soil, where they were supposed to be productive and fruitful. The Israelites were supposed to produce fruits of mercy, fidelity to the covenant, love for the poor and the vulnerable and social justice. But instead of bearing good fruits, the Israelites produced wild grapes, which were reflected in the high level of moral decadence in the land, infidelity, hatred, bloodshed and worship of other gods. In the first reading, the Prophet Isaiah demonstrated God’s painstaking commitment to the vineyard he had planted. God carefully planted and cared for the vineyard and yet it did not produce good fruits but rather wild grapes. This metaphor of the vineyard, which runs through the first reading, also continued in the gospel. Jesus uses the image of the vineyard as he continues to speak to the ‘chief priests and the elders of the people’. The vineyard is the nation of Israel, and God is the owner of the vineyard. Those who cultivated the vineyard are the religious leaders of Israel. The messengers were the prophets, who were successively sent, but who were rejected and occasionally killed. The son who came last is Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Through baptism, we Christians are ‘a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and a people who have been set apart like the Israelites of old.’ The world in which we live is God’s vineyard. God has given us this vineyard to cultivate and live in. Like the owner of the vineyard, God our Father entrusted the earth to us. God does not stand over us or exercise any form of supervision over us as we live and cultivate this vineyard. We are living in freedom and without restrictions. However, the day of reckoning will come when we will give an account of what we have done with the life God has given us. We will be answerable to God for the ways we have undertaken the tasks God has given us. I hope and pray that we never take for granted the many gifts and blessings God has given and still gives us in this life. May we live this transitory life in such a way that at the end we may hear these words of praise: ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’
 
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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