185 Billinghurst Crescent, Upper Coomera | 07 5529 9144

Departs April 29, 2019

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"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”  Luke 6:38 

Information & Reminders

Parish Information

Location: 185 Billinghurst Crescent, Upper Coomera Qld 4209 Postal Address: PO Box 219 Upper Coomera QLD 4209 Office Hours: Mon – Fri from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm Contact Numbers: Telephone: (07) 5529 9144 | Fax: (07) 5529 9644

Mass / Service Times

Monday: Holy Mass at 10:00 am at Arcare (Helensvale Road) Tuesday: Rosary at 6 pm – SMC (St. Mary’s Chapel) Wednesday: 5pm – Adoration followed by Holy Mass at 6pm Thursday: Holy Mass at 9:30 am Friday: Holy Mass at 9:30 am Reconciliation : Every Saturday 5pm or by  appointment

Your prayers are requested for

Recently Deceased: Patrick McCormick, Colin Muir, Barbara Raymont, Anthony Turner, Joanne Maindonald, Noel Aloysius Rodrigues, Cos Rodriguez The Sick: Parishioners and Friends: Gillian McNamee, Monica Love, Lesley Robins, Charlotte Wilson-Edwards, Margaret Dean, Patrick Doolan, Rosemary Doolan, Robert (from UK), Peter Murray, Maureen Cameron, Sophie Hastie, Paul Milgate, Alain Vitry, Grant Coulthart, Wesley Eliseo Benedet, Harry Hunter, Frances Barry, Betty Sutherland, Andrew Pearcy, Denham De Silva, Joseph, Carolyn Bland, Victor Manickum. Anniversaries & Rememberances:  Paul Andrew, Betty Fox, Derya Yilmaz, Ralph Norman Underwood, Ken Hogan, Kevin McCourt, Beutel family, Underwood family

Reminders

1st Friday of the Month: 10am Anointing Mass – SMC (followed by morning tea)

7pm – 9pm Silent Adoration – SMC (all are welcome)

1st Sunday of the Month: 9am Mass – Baptism Welcoming Mass – SMC (followed by morning tea)

4th Sunday of the Month: 9am Mass – Youth led Mass (followed by light refreshments)

Choir Practice

There is choir practice every Saturday at 4.30pm – 5.30pm in the Worship Centre. This practice involves all members of the choir, both those who sing at the 6pm Mass on Saturday and those who sing at 9am Mass on Sunday. New members are welcome.

Venire’s Mission

To shine the light of Christ into the hearts and minds of young Christians in an uplifting, supportive, and fun environment For more information or to RSVP for Venire contact : Cassandra Balinas on 0416 145 472 or Steph Santos on 0411 669 876 www.venireyouth.com or https://www.facebook.com/groups/1124405870955696/

Bequeathing

Would you like to remember the parish in your will? Property, money, shares….there are many ways you can be remembered. Please contact the parish office for further info. All bequests can be made to St. Mary’s Parish, Upper Coomera.Thank you.

Parish Mobile App.

The “SMC Coomera” mobile application is now available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Click HERE for more info.

St Mary’s Holy Lands Pilgrimage May 2019

It is time to Register. Anyone wishing to come along on this Pilgrimage with Fr John needs to register soon.The Pilgrimage will visit Jordan, Israel, Italy & the Vatican. We leave Brisbane on 29th April and return on 19th May.If you are considering coming along or want more information, please contact

Colin: 0429 620 3012

 

Saint of the Day

RSS Saints of the Day

  • Bl Mary of the Angels (1661-1717)
    Celebrated: 16 DecBorn in Turin, Italy, in 1661, she died, after spending her whole life there, in 1717. In 1675 she entered the Discalced Carmelite Convent of St. Christina, and several times filled the offices of Prioress and Novice Mistress. She underwent continual spiritual trials, but was constant in her ardent love of God. She […]

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Weekly Readings

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From Father John
Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,
The Penitential Rite which forms part of the introductory part of the Mass appears like an awkward way to begin a celebration of the feast of heaven on earth which the Mass offers us. It seems as if everyone has come to the banquet unprepared. We come to the Eucharist just as we are, with our gratitude, thanksgiving and praise, but also with our sins and brokenness. Our real self appears before us and we challenge ourselves to be better than we are. The irony and the beautiful thing about the Penitential Rite is that no one accuses us. We stand and accuse ourselves. And it is not as if God changes His mind about us when He forgives us. The mind of God is all mercy and forgiveness. However, when we confess our sins and plead for mercy, we are actually thanking God for having already forgiven us. It takes faith and courage for us to do this. It is important to note that, many people who don’t come to church have nothing against God as such, they just don’t want to challenge themselves. The preaching of John the Baptist, which we hear on this third weekend of advent, is not only pertinent to those who first heard it but also for us today. John’s preaching caused a stir all over the place. People felt challenged by the preaching and took it quite seriously. In other words, those who heard John when he preached did not walk away untouched – they responded to the things John said. They were willing to change their hearts and way of life. ‘What shall we do?” was the question and reaction from the people. Interestingly, John did not make a radical demand on the people, insisting they leave everything and join him in his ascetic life in the desert. What John rather did was to call the people to a life of fidelity in the very circumstance of their everyday life. Those who are fortunate in life are challenged to share with those less fortunate. The tax collectors must be honest in their dealings with people, and the soldiers must desist from taking undue advantage of ordinary and vulnerable citizens. John the Baptist appeared to have picked out some of the most despised classes of people in his time, but we can expand on the list. The list can include us in our different circumstances. All who in the midst of the uncertainties and confusions of our world, struggle to see the active and living presence of God in their lives, are being challenged to see the hand of God actively involved in the daily affairs of human life. The third weekend of advent is traditionally called ‘Gaudete Sunday, which literally means ‘rejoice.’ We are being called to ‘shout for joy, …sing joyfully …be glad and exult.’ For all to be happy, scepticism which shrouds and distorts the beauty that is inherent in human life must have no place in our lives. We may not be tax collectors, or be classified amongst the wealthy class, whatever that means, but we can respond to the demands of the good news in every aspect of our everyday life. Regardless of the commercialization, which appears to be characteristic of this time of the year, advent remains a season for penitential preparation of the birth of Jesus Christ in our hearts. I hope and pray that we can include ourselves into the lists of those John the Baptist challenged and called to an interior conversion of heart as we prepare to celebrate Christmas
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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