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Sacramental Program 2018 Registration Night

Registrations for the Sacramental Program will be open on the following nights.

Children must be in year 3 NOW going into year 4 in 2018 to be eligible to register.

  • Thursday 7th September at 6pm
  • Saturday 9th September at 7pm (after the 6pm Mass)

Click Here to download the Registration Form.

 

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)

  • 5 October 2017- Eucharist Part 1
  • 12 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
Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,
 
Forgiveness is always a hard nut to crack. It is never easy to forgive and let go. Moreover, the bigger the hurt or the injury the more difficult it is to forgive. Until someone has something or some things to forgive, one might not really understand how hard it can be to forgive. In the gospel this weekend, it appears even Peter had some difficulty forgiving those who offended him. This seems obvious in Peter’s question to Jesus, “Lord, how often must I forgive my brother or sister if he or she wrongs me? As often as seven times?” Maybe Peter was getting sick of forgiving. He could no longer take it. He had had enough. He was probably getting ready to get even. The common teaching of the time required that one must forgive an offender at least three times. Peter thought that seven times, a number that implied perfection or completion, would be the limit. In other words, one simply reaches one’s limit after the seventh time. When Peter asked Jesus the question, Peter had perhaps expected to be warmly commended by Jesus, but Jesus startled Peter when Jesus replied: “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” In other words, there is no limit to the number of times that we must be prepared to forgive. It was as if Jesus said to Peter, ‘the number ‘seven’ might be the number of perfection and completion but it does not apply when it comes to forgiveness.’ We remember a few weekends ago in the gospel, when Jesus stepped into the districts of Caesarea Philippi and asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Given the miraculous deeds Jesus had performed, people likened Jesus to former prophets like Elijah, Jeremiah or John the Baptist. When Jesus felt that he had heard enough of the hearsays and popular opinions, he said to his disciples, ‘and who do you say I am? Peter answered: ‘You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 13:16)’. Peter ceased to be Peter after this response. He went from Peter and became the foundation stone and rock upon which our Church stands. Peter stands for us as a representative figure. His struggles are our struggles. And what Jesus told him, Jesus tells us in the here and now. Today, the appeal to forgive comes to us in the face of many injuries and hurts we probably carry in our hearts. These injuries and hurts might be because of resentment we have continued to carry from childhood toward our parents, friends or siblings. How does one forgive a paedophile whose manipulative behaviour denies children of their innocence and undermines their chances for healthy intimacy? What about a murderer who has killed the joy of a family when one of their loved ones was brutally murdered? In the week of the anniversary of 9/11, would the world ever forgive the terrorists who blew up innocent people in New York and left many families permanently shattered? As a people and as individuals, we have been offended and we probably nurse anger. We have treasured anger, maybe even to the extent of allowing it to become hatred. What the anger or hatred we have nursed for years has done to us is to hold us back from forgiving. Ironically we have been imprisoned and in bondage. However, we can set ourselves free if we choose to forgive and let go. Forgiveness follows out of a conscious decision to let go and move on. It liberates and sets us free. It is not what we do for the people who have offended us but what we do for ourselves so that we can be free to move on. People who have refused to forgive and move on, always remain in the power and control of whoever injured them. In making the choice to forgive, we are not expected to blot out painful memories, but to act on them in creative and life-giving ways. We simply need to let go of any hatred that has turned our lives into a prison, or any rope that has held us back for years. The choice is ours to make.
 
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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