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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 

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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

Please remember the sick in your prayers:

Parishioners and Friends: Josephine Taikato, Wilson Quiblado, Helena McKenna, Lynne Stone, Robyn Luciani, Terrence Hennessy, Gerda Moeller, Peter Murray, Michelle Plunkett, Bernard Cochran, Michael Fox, Monica Love, Peter Dillon, James Brandon, Tony Smith, Sharon McCourt, Joshua Erickson, Daniel Chang, Gillian McNamee, Lesley Robins, Margaret Dean, Peter Murray, Maureen Cameron, Sophie Hastie, Grant Coulthart, Wesley Eliseo Benedet, Harry Hunter, Betty Sutherland, Andrew Pearcy

Please pray for eternal rest to be given to:

Recently deceased: Charlie Chee, Chona Prado Gabato, Irwin Ortega, Stephanie Kitchen, Carmen Macmillian, Kathryn Tuxworth, Helen McDonald, Gwendelina (Gwen) Melesete Finlay, Mary Davett, Jacky Paltoo, Adds Olsen, Emma McMillan, Dawn O’Donnell, Veronica Pattison, Brian Emery

Anniversaries and Remembrances: Agapito Bautista, Fr Michael McKeaten, Fr Ray Kearney, Rebbeca Herft, Jennifer Fernandopulle, Luke & Mary Farrell, John & Eileen Norris, Beverley Mary Baird, Patrick Brennan, Jeffrey Valenton, Kiwi Saunders, Stephen Doolan, Patricia Wehmeier, Patrick McCormick, Lutgarda Raval, Noel Aloysius Rodrigues, Derya Yilmaz, Bernardino Asdillo, Joseph Kenny, Gina Torres, Claudine Valerie Penero, Kevin McCourt, Martha Manickum, Beryl Robertson, Ella, Daniel & Mario Bouchereau, Lutgarda Raval, Paz Lopez Balanlay, Brian McConville, Beutel family, Underwood family

If you wish to have a loved ones name mentioned in the Parish bulletin for Anniversary, Remembrance or prayers for the sick, please contact the Parish office.

Note: All prayers for the sick, anniversary & death notices will remain in the bulletin for one month. Envelopes to request Masses to be offered for the sick, dying, deceased or special intentions are available in the foyer. Mass cards are available from the Piety Stall.

Concrete in some parts of the Church surroundings

We are in the middle of getting quotes to see if we will be able to replace the tiles in front of the Chapel with concrete and also extend the concrete area in between the Worship Centre and the Chapel. The tiles in front of the Chapel are peeling off and after meeting with the finance council, it was recommended that putting concrete would be a more durable option. The final cost for this project will be made known to us as soon as we get it. Please stay tuned.

Awnings

In an effort to extend our morning tea area and worship area, we are also in the middle of getting quotes to put awnings to cover the space in between the Par-ish office and the Kitchen side of Worship Centre as well as the court yard in between the Worship Centre and the Chapel. Again, we will be notified of the final quote as soon as it is received. We have a parishioner who has already of-fered to contribute to this project, God bless this Parishioner. We pray for more supports like we have done in the past. May God continue to bless our Parish community and our homes.

National Prayer Campaign for Drought– November

The Catholic Bishops of Australia have announced a National Prayer Campaign for Drought to take place during November. People across the country are encour-aged to pray for the gift of rain, for people affected by the drought and to provide practical support, where possible.

The Bishops note that large parts of the country are directly affected by the drought, but the impact is national and so should the response be national. Access resources and find out more at: www.catholic.org.au/drought

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.

Please Remember the Parish in your Will 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 Phone No. (07) 5529 9144 email: coomera@bne.catholic.net.au for further information. 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.

 

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Weekly Reflection

Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,

The book of Ecclesiasticus confronts us today with the message, “If you wish, you can keep the commandments, to behave faithfully is within your power.” How does this message speak to us? Do we really have the power to behave faithfully to the commandments of the Lord? The question seems quite simple yet is very difficult at the same time. Each and every one of us have our own burdens to bear and very often we seem to perceive, in the midst of these burdens, that “behaving faithfully” to the commandments of the Lord is way beyond our reach. Sometimes it is just too hard to follow the Lord and sometimes it is just too hard to let go of certain habits that we have fallen into. Some habits may give us a lot of happiness and fulfilment but sometimes we can really wonder whether or not these habits, that have become second nature, are really good for us? This becomes a moral dilemma for us all as we find ourselves divided between what God wants and what we want. Sin in a broad sense is the very action that we commit against God’s Word and then we cannot reflect holiness. God never permitted anyone to sin since creation. “He never commanded anyone to be godless; he has given no one permission to sin” (Eccl. 15: 15-20). But if God never permitted anyone to sin, why do we constantly commit such sins anyway? Psalm 118 gives an entire account of what it means to be a human person who wants to live accordingly to the Word of God. It states that any one of us who chooses to live away from God is not capable of living a life without sin. If we live away from God then we become vulnerable to the various evils that can influence us in our everyday lives. Perhaps, not necessarily to the extent that we commit sins such as murder, but sins which degrade our human dignity in the moral sense. Our human dignity is often challenged and quite often we lack the moral understanding to defend what is good for us. We can easily abuse ourselves by doing things that don’t really reflect the dignity of the person that God has designed us to be. We can be so angry that we hate another person. We can be lustfully aroused and thus become unfaithful. Jesus has preached in the Gospel of Matthew that “if your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:17-37). Jesus was very direct and straight to the point when He gave His teaching about the observances of God’s laws. It is never enough to keep His law for the sake of discipline. Also, it is not good for us to ignore His laws. But above all, it will always be difficult for us to know what is right and wrong if we don’t have a proper understanding of our human dignity and if we don’t strengthen our moral understanding by becoming familiar with the Word of God. The Word of God gives us wisdom. It also invites the Spirit of God to dwell in us so that we may receive understanding and grace for ourselves. By this we learn about our human dignity before God and His teachings for our moral goodness. God bless you all. Fr. Jeremy Santoso, OSPPE Associate Pastor

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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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Christmas Message from Archbishop Mark Coleridge

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