Parish Announcements

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
Please remember the sick in your prayers
Parishioners and Friends: Eugene Mangion, Marthies Mangion, Michael Quinn, Josette Kishtoo, Dr.
James Reidy, Nat Bryett, Olivia Pratt, John Van Arken, Tom McGuire, Graeme Gould, Val Iacono, Rob
George, Hilary O’Leary, Gino Lemarie, Tony Smith, Robyn Smith, Monica Smith, Lolesio Ah Loe, Rob
George, Sarah Lyne, Rachel Deem, Anne Daly, Jules Byrnes, Yvonne Evarts, Brian Rafferty, Colin Bear,
Vicky Stinco, Charles Webber, Maria (Hepi) Clake, Josephine Taikato, Lynne Stone, Gerda Moeller, Monica
Love, James Brandon, Sharon McCourt.

Please pray for eternal rest to be given to:
Recently deceased: John Lynch, Derek Parkinson, Christine Tan, Rev. Fr. D’Crus , Colin Ward, David
Attard, Mary Coy, James Raymond Murray, Bryan Leo Barnes, Francis Griffin, Ken Simmonds, Angela
Melisa Anthony,
Anniversaries and Remembrances: Martha Manickum, Beryl Robertons, John Hepi, Jacques Philippe
Desbleds, Giovani Alinci, Olga Ferdinand, Teofilo Balanlay, Josephine Hepi, Joseph Hepi, Clara Joseph,
Claire Fletcher, Brian Emery, Vitaliana Bajamundi, Michele Potessu, Juliano Delon
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

Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist

The new roster is available for collection . Please pick up your copy from the table at the entrance of the Church if you have not done so already. Thank you.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear parishioners and visitors, what great news from the Queensland Premier. We can

gather as a community of faith and celebrate the faith we share in the Risen Lord. However,

as we gather please may we keep in mind that the outbreak is not over and we are expected

to adhere to these recommendations.

• Registering for Mass is required using the Check In QLD QR Code or Sign In

Sheets.

• Standing not allowed.

• When all the seats are occupied, seats will be placed at the undercover and the foyer.

• Parishioners are required to process to receive Holy Communion while social

distancing.

• Parishioners are encouraged to use the donation machines. No more procession to

the altar for offertory.

• Designated Parishioners wearing their mask will go round with the offertory

baskets.

• Masks will be mandatory in Church. Face masks must be worn at all times during

Mass and can only be removed while receiving Holy Communion.

• Clergy and readers who are socially distanced from others may remove their masks

while reading or speaking and then put it back on.

• Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist must wear a face mask while

administering Holy Communion.

• Indoor venues including places of worship will return 1 person per 4 square metres

inside and 1 person per 2 square metres outdoors.

• Funerals and Weddings held indoors: One person per 4 square metres up to the

limit allowed in the space or 100 people, whichever number is lower.

• It is still very important that marshals continue to record contact information so

that parishes can provided details if contract tracing is ever required

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Weekly Readings

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Weekly Reflection

Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,

This weekend precisely Sunday 8 August we celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary MacKillop. All over Australia and New Zealand, we will see a departure from the rest of the Church’s liturgical calendar. This is a great feast for the Church of Christ especially in Australia as Saint Mary Mackillop remains, at this stage, the only Australian canonised saint in the church’s liturgical calendar. Every Christian is called to be saint. In fact, it needs to be our ultimate desire and longing. We all long to see God face to face, when all is done and dusted with this life. And the one and only thing, which can guarantee us a place with God is holiness. “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord,” (Hebrews 12:14). Without holiness no one will see God. The holy God can only be seen by holy people. This might sound scary and it is scary. But it’s important for us to realise that no one is born a saint. Sinners become saints. Every saint is a redeemed sinner. Saints were ordinary people and typical human beings whose lives were characterised by utter obedience and trust in God. Saint Mary of the Cross was not born a saint. She became a saint. It was Saint Pope John Paul II who beatified Saint MacKillop in 1995, before canonizing her in October 2010, thereby making her the first Australian person to be raised to the order of sainthood. Saint Mary MacKillop is the patron saint of Australia and the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Brisbane as well as the patron saint of the Knights of the Southern Cross. In our ever-increasing secular world, the idea of becoming saints might sometimes sound strange and utopic. But this is the vocation of every human person. We are called to be saints and we can be saints if we trust God in everything about our lives. The path to sainthood involves not just doing what is good, but also in doing exactly the good things God chooses for us. This is the daily path of sanctity which we need to walk, step by step, day by day, choice by choice. During the prayers of the faithful at all our weekend Masses, we pray for vocations. When we pray for vocations, it is not only vocations to the priesthood and religious life. As Christians, the first call we have is not so much to do something, but to be something. Each one of us is called to be holy. And holiness is not only to be identified with any particular state in life. Either as a priest, a married couple or single, a student, an engineer, a truck driver, a gardener, business owner, a medical practitioner, a retiree or as someone still in active service, our daily activities furnish us with plenty of opportunities to be saints. As we live our life every day and do what we have to do, we grow in the perfection of the virtues of faith, hope and love, that make for true sanctity, when we surrender ourselves, our wills and our lives to God and allow God to use our daily activities to shape us. Pope Francis once said that: ‘holiness is letting God write the story of our lives.’ We put ourselves on the path to sainthood every day when we ‘accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.’ When we are baptized, we receive the call to holiness. From that moment, our lives are no longer our own. “It is no longer I who live,” says Saint Paul, “but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave his life for me (Gal 2:19-20).” Saint Mary of the Cross was a woman who had an incredible sense of trust in God’s providence. We can learn from her life how we can trust in God’s unfailing providence as we continue to go through these periods of lockdown. In our country where some people feel out of control, and panic whenever there is a lockdown, panic buying and stockpiling of non-essential goods like toilet paper have become the new normal. If stockpiling of toilet paper is all that we can worry about in the face of lockdown, then we have nothing to worry about. I am not here to provide an alternative to toilet paper but it’s not the first thing most people in Africa and some Asian countries would stock up in the face of a lockdown.

Saint Mary of the Cross’s stories are extraordinarily amazing and yet familiar enough to motivate and inspire us in our daily struggles with life. I claim these words of Jesus Christ as mine as I conclude this reflection: “therefore, I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his or her life span? “(Matthew 5:25-27). I don’t see why, in the next 100 years, there will not be more Australian canonised saints, if we live today and every day in utter trust and obedience to God, who may sometimes surprise us but who never abandons nor forsakes those who put their hope and trust in Him.

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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Christmas Message from Archbishop Mark Coleridge

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