Sacramental Program 2016-2017

Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2016 

St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Coomera invites Parents of Children baptised in the Catholic Faith who are currently in YEAR 3 or above to Register for 2016 – 2017 Sacramental Program

The Registration Nights are on Thursday 6th October 2016 at 6pm and on Saturday 8th October 2016 at 7pm

Fr. John Echewodo

Parish Priest


The Timetable (2016 – 2017)

3 November 2016 – Parent’s Night (6-9 PM)

This is the first session which is dedicated to Parents of the children where we will explain the program and how you can assist your children in understanding their faith.

Guidelines and information for the Children Sessions:

When the children’s training begins there will be a general discussion and then we break up into our groups to answer individual questions and go through the workbooks.

It is essential that at least one parent sits with the child during this time so that they are aware of what is being taught.

Some children will not ask questions in a group but will ask a parent when they return home.

Children’s understanding is essential to the success of the program and their continuing in their faith

All Children’s sessions are from 6.00pm. to 7.30 pm, please below a summary of the topics and the dates.

Foundation 

  • 10 November 2016 – Creed – God the Father
  • 17 November 2016 – Creed – God the Son
  • 24 November 2016- Creed -God the Holy Spirit and the Church
  • 19 and 20 November 2016 (Weekend Masses) Presentation of Our Father

Sacrament of Confirmation

  • 2 March 2017- Introduction to the Sacraments
  • 9 March 2017- The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism and Introduction to Confirmation)
  • 16 March 2017- Confirmation (Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit)
  • 18 and 19 March 2017 (Weekend Masses) – Presentation of the Creed

(Break)

May 11 2017- Confirmation Revision and Practice

[Confirmation date will be in May 2017- Exact date to be confirmed by the Archbishop]

Sacrament of Reconciliation 

  • 17 August 2017- The Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • 24 August 2017- the Concept of Sin and Examination of Conscience
  • Week of 26 September 2017 – Reconciliation Night (To be confirmed)

Note: This will be a short training in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

A more in depth training about Reconciliation will be scheduled 0n 2018 when these children will be older and better able to understand.

Sacrament of Communion (Eucharist)

  • 6 October 2017- Eucharist Part 1
  • 13 October 2017- Eucharist Part 2
  • 22 October 2017 – First Communion

This should only be regarded as their first Communion. It is God’s wish that there are many more to follow

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Weekly Readings

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From Father John

April 22-23, 2017

Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,

I invite us to share Tan Le’s journey to the Catho-lic Faith. Read with the delight.
Fr. John
My name is Tan Le. I was recently baptized, confirmed and received my First Holy Communion with Raina, Rakai and Nicholas at the Easter Vigil celebrated here in this wonderful Parish of St Mary’s.
I am 42yrs old and the story of my journey in becoming a Catholic began when I was a young boy. By way of background, my family made an escape by boat from the turmoil of post-war Vietnam when I was 4yrs old. I am one of five children; the youngest of my siblings at the time was a newborn in the arms of our courageous mother when we made our exodus alongside many others.
After many days on the South China Sea and the inevitable spate of pirate boardings and robberies, our boat made it to Thai shores in the darkness of night with rough seas tipping our rickety fishing vessel violently onto the beach. Miraculously all my siblings survived. However, other families that we journeyed alongside were not so lucky losing loved ones, including young children in such a tragic landing.
On those same shores, many families became refugees camping along the beach but, for-tunately, our plea for help was heard by many communities around the world including the Sancta Maria Catholic Parish of Christchurch, NZ. This parish sponsored our family’s resettlement to New Zealand and after spending months going through the usual detention processes, we were finally introduced to our sponsors who provided our family with all that we needed to commence rebuilding our family life together.
This was my first experience of the extraordinary compassion, generosity and warmth of the Catholic community. I recall that throughout all of my primary schooling years, although we were a family that belonged to the Buddhist faith, we would attend Mass every Sunday and we spent much time with a number of families of that parish.
In 1989, we emigrated to Australia to be closer to family and friends from whom we had separated during our journey. At this time, we stopped attending church. However, in accordance with God’s plan, as a young adult my career in Law led me to Mel-bourne, Victoria, where I eventually married my wife, Tam, who comes from a Roman Catholic family and serendipitously I found myself regularly attending church again – still as a Buddhist! We have 2 children now, the youngest of whom at 5 months old, was also baptized alongside myself at the recent Easter Vigil.
that I am excited about in beginning the next chapter of living a life to honour Christ and the sacrifices that he made for us on the cross.

I have nothing but praise for Anne, the RCIA team, and all those who contributed to and
are responsible for the RCIA program. My journey of faith in Our Lord is one that I am
still learning much about and developing. I am grateful that I can lean on the faith of such
fine examples of Christian families and individuals that I see in this amazing Parish as I
continue to learn more and develop my own unwavering faith. I feel blessed to have found
such fine role models at St Mary’s especially Father John for his commitment to God and
the community that he continues to serve. There is so much that I am excited about in beginning
the next chapter of living a life to honour Christ and the sacrifices that Christ has
made for us on the cross.
God bless you all

Tan Le

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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