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)

27 April 2017- Confirmation Revision and Practice

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation 

  • 16 September 2017- The Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • 23 September 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

Weekly Readings

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From Father John

April 22-23, 2017

Dear parishioners, friends & visitors,

What an amazing time it must have been for the disciples after the Resurrection. In fact it was an amazing time for all of Jesus’ followers. Our Lord’s death seemed so final in those first days and many thought that death had the last word. And yet reports were coming through that Jesus lived. Mary Magdalen and the other Mary had seen the empty tomb and been told by an angel that Jesus had risen and two of His followers had walked with Him on the road to Emmaus. And yet there were always going to be people who would say that the followers of Jesus who believed that He had risen were dreaming or living in hope. In our Gospel reading this week we are told that Thomas would have to carry out the ultimate test before he would believe and because he did it’s not possible that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was dreamed or imagined. We don’t know much about Thomas. He is hardly referred to in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, and there are only 3 other times in John’s Gospel [apart from this doubting episode] that he is mentioned. But from the little that is written we can still understand something of what this man was like. He was definitely not a coward. When Jesus said that he was to go into Judea after the Jews had threatened to stone Him to death, it was Thomas who spurred on the others saying: “Let us also go, that we may die with Him”. We also know that he was a practical thinker who had trouble understanding some of the deeper things that Jesus said. When Jesus knew that His earthly life would soon end, He told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them and that they knew the way to go there. Thomas was the one who asked, “Lord, we do not know where You are going; how can we know the way?” And Jesus gave the answer that pointed to who He was. It spoke of His divinity. He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” but this had a profoundness that Thomas would need time and explanation to grasp. So we know that he was fearless and prepared to speak his mind but also that he had difficulty in coming to terms with the deeper aspects of faith. The first time that Jesus appeared amongst His disciples Thomas wasn’t there but the disciples told him about it later. And even though he knew them well and would have trusted them, it was too much for him to accept that Jesus had defeated death. For this practical and courageous man to believe in the risen Christ he must first put his hands in the wounds. Was Jesus upset by this lack of faith? After all, He had taught Thomas for 3 years. Thomas had seen the miracles with his own eyes and there is a good case for saying that he should have known better than to say this. But Jesus wasn’t angry; instead He was patient! On the second occasion when Jesus appeared in the locked room among the disciplesThomas was there and our Lord’s first words were to him. If the onlyway that this man will be convinced is by such a terrible proof, then Jesus wasgoing to give it to him. Why would our Lord agree to this? The reason goes back to the parable of the Good Shepherd who looks for the sheep which is lost or falls behind. If Thomas is the disciple having the most difficulty in believing, then Thomas will be given more care and patience. He is one week behind everybody else and yet Jesus still looked for him and when Thomas finally realised the truth he was the first to proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord and God. At the end of this passage from John’s Gospel our Lord said something to encourage and inspire us all. He said: “You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me; happy those who have not seen, but still believe!” What a wonderful blessing there is in these words for us all who have not seen and yet still believe for they speak to us of the comfort and the strength and the joyfulness that comes from having true faith.

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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