Parish Announcements

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)

Silent Adoration on 1st Friday of every month between 7 to 9pm. The next Adoration is on 3rd August.

Multicultural Celebration

On the weekend of the Multicultural Mass will be 6pmm Vigil Mass on Saturday, 28th July and the Multicultural Mass Sunday, 29th July at 9am. Please note that there will be no 7.30am or 5pm Mass. Food vouchers are available for sale after each weekend Mass. Any children that want to participate in the Flag Procession please meet Romina in the
foyer of the Worship Centre at 8.45am. Thank you.

Message of Appreciation

Thank you to all those parishioners who have already donated to our parish building project. The generosity of some of us has been incredible. While we thank those who have already made some generous contributions,
we also encourage those who haven’t done anything to please do something. We are still very far from reaching our target. Those who wish to donate with cash can please do so at the Piety Stall. The Piety Stall is open after every weekend Mass. Let us sow some seeds of faith. Thank you for your continued support & generosity to the parish

VOLUNTEER DATA FORMS

Volunteer forms are required for everyone working in any capacity within St. Mary’s Parish. Even those who do not need a Blue Card or Police Check. These forms are available at the back of the Worship Centre or at the Parish
Office. Thank you

BLUE CARD/POLICE CHECK DETAILS

To all volunteers who have received a Blue Card or Police Check recently, please inform the Parish Office of your new card number and expiry date.If your Blue Card is about to expire please collect a Blue Card form from the foyer of the Worship Centre as soon as possible. It is imperative that our records are up to date. Thank you.

Plenary Council 2020—
Listen to what the Spirit is saying.

Pope Francis has approved the Australian Bishops’ decision to hold a Plenary Council in Australia 2020 and 2021. It is a significant moment for the Church in Australia to make decisions about the future. To prepare the agenda for the Plenary Council, all of God’s people are invited to reflect on the question: “What do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?” Find out more about the Plenary Council 2020
at the new website now online: www.plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au

Changes to Children’s Liturgy

We have decided to make some changes to the structure of the Children’s Liturgy. From now on, Children’s Liturgy will take place on the 1st Sunday of each month at the 9am Mass. On all other Sundays of the month, Fr. John will call the children up at the end of the Mass and hand out children's bulletins which can be taken home.

We are appealing for more volunteers for our Children's Liturgy ministry. This is an essential ministry that brings the word of God to the young children of our parish.Volunteers must have a current blue card. Blue card forms are available on the table in the foyer of the Worship Centre. For more information, please contact Rhiannon 

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/


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.

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Weekly Readings

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From Father John
Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,
 
The gospel of this weekend follows from the gospel of last weekend. The Twelve Apostles, who were sent by Jesus Christ to preach the message of repentance, heal the sick, and drive out demons have returned back to Christ after what seemed like a successful mission. The mission wasn’t about anyone of them, but about Jesus Christ. This is why the Twelve returned to Christ who sent them on mission. But, either there is no rest for the wicked or the work of God is never done. No sooner had the Apostles rejoined Christ than the crowd flocked around them. The crowds were so insistent that the Apostles had no time even to eat. Christ would have been blown away by the demands of the crowds on the Apostles. Hence, Christ’s offer for the Apostles to come with Him to a lonely place on the other side of the lake where they could have some peace and rest. By asking the Apostles to come with Him to a lonely place where they could be alone and rest, Christ sets the rhythm not just of the Christian life but also of life in general. Life is about striking a balance between work and rest, between going from the presence of God to the presence of people and going from the presence of people to the presence of God. Jesus first summoned the Apostles to Himself before He sent them out in pairs (Mark 6:7). The Apostles went from the presence of Christ to the presence of the people. After what seemed like an accomplished mission, the Apostles returned back to Christ, before the crowd started flocking around them. As Christians, when we don’t set the pattern or rhythm of life, we fall victims to two potential dangers – the danger of constant activity or the danger of too much withdrawal. Those who are victims of constant activity go from morning to dusk without any time in between to stop and reflect and give thanks. Part of the reason people sometimes suffer burn out in work or vocation could be attributed to the inability to give God some time to recharge us and refill the human body, soul and spirit like we recharge our mobile phones and refill our cars at the service stations. I often just wonder how anyone can carry life’s daily burdens without daily contact with the God of life? The other danger we can suffer is the danger of too much withdrawal. As your pastor and priest, I will support and encourage devotions in our Parish. We grow in grace and holiness when we engage sincerely in devotions. However, I will not support or encourage any devotion that does not complement productive work and meaningful engagement with life. No one should seek the fellowship of God because he or she wants to avoid contact with human beings. While many people in Africa and other developing nations with entrenched poverty fall victims to ‘too much withdrawal,’ the developed nations fall into the danger of constant activity. As a people, how and when are we able to find the right balance in life? The late Catalan Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton once said that: “happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” As we engage in our daily tasks, I hope and pray that we can always find a balance between our work and rest with the God before whom we shall all one day give account of how we used and managed the ‘Time, Talents and Treasure’ given to us by God in this passing life.  
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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