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 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

Please remember the sick in your prayers:

Parishioners and Friends: Derek Parkinson, Sarafina Zubovic, Monica Smith, Rebecca Emery, Claire Fletcher, Josephine Taikato, Wilson Quiblado, Lynne Stone, Robyn Luciani, Terrence Hennessy, Gerda Moeller, Peter Murray, Bernard Cochran, Michael Fox, Monica Love, James Brandon, Tony Smith, Sharon McCourt, Gillian McNamee.

Parish Mobile App for Iphones/Ipad's and Google Android phones and tablets is now Available

The "SMC Coomera" mobile application is now available for download in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. It can be installed on any Apple iPhone/iPad or Google Android based phones or tablets. Some of the benefits include: Access the latest Parish Bulletin: Daily Bible Readings: Send an enquiry to the Parish Office: Check the Parish Calendar for updated mass times and other special events: Quick links to useful parish & diocese information & Receive notifications from the Parish.

To install the app:

On your phone or tablet, search for " SMC Coomera " in the Apple Appstore or Google Play store and install the App just like you would install any other app onto your phone or tablet.

Note: When installing the app please ensure you answer "OK" to allow notifications, if you want to receive notifications from the Parish that will be sent through the app

Please pray for eternal rest to be given to:

Recently deceased: John Hepi, Michelle Plunkett, Anastasia Nwilo

Anniversaries and Remembrances: Stephanie James, Rosita Serioza Stavropoulos, Ginter Poczwa, Zygmund Poczwa, Hayden Poczwa, Ted & Kay Millman, Agapito Bautista, Fr Michael McKeaten, Fr Ray Kearney, Rebbeca Herft, Jennifer Fernandopulle, Luke & Mary Farrell, Beverley Mary Baird, Patrick Brennan, Jeffrey Valenton

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.

 

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Weekly Readings

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From Father John

Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,

The Gospel is from St. John 1:29-34. The pages of the Gospel present John the Baptist as a symbolic example of a ‘bridegroom’s friend’, as Christ’s excellent and exemplary witness. The Baptist’s pre-eminent witness was affirmed in two ways: firstly with regard to the content of his testimony and secondly with respect to its style. With regard to the content of his testimony, the Baptist identified Jesus as ‘the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’ (Jn 1:29). Anticipating Jesus’ messianic and salvific role, each of the four evangelists start their Gospels with the Baptist’s words. The Lamb refers to the idea of salvation. The Lamb is the gift of liberation that, following the flight from Egypt, the Israelites sacrificed to the Lord. The Lamb recalls the servant of the Lord, the messianic image described by the Prophet Isaiah, ‘like a lamb led to the slaughter-house, like a sheep dumb before its shearers’ (Is 53:7). The Lamb recalls the image of the Victorious Lamb in the Book of the Apocalypse who at the end of time will definitively destroy evil and sin. John the Baptist is therefore, an authoritative witness who knew Jesus’ exact identity and why He came amongst men. With regard to John the Baptist’s style, St John’s Gospel (cfr Jn 3:28-29) presents St. John the Baptist through the image of the ‘bridegroom’s friend’. He gives witness, yet is not positioned central to the events that are unfolding. His testimony is totally centralised on Christ. John indicates the presence of the Lord and then steps into the margins. ‘I am not the Christ’ and he goes on to affirm ‘I am the one who has been sent to go in front of him. ‘It is the bridegroom who has the bride; and yet the bridegroom’s friend, who stands there and listens to him, is filled with joy at the bridegroom’s voice. This is the joy I feel, and it is complete. He must grow greater, I must grow less.’(Jn 3:28-30) Today’s Gospel offers us an eloquent example to imitate, so that we can also become Christ’s authoritative witnesses. A believer can only give an authoritative witness if it coexists in perfect harmony with two of the Baptist’s evangelical qualities. Firstly, knowledge of Christ that is cultivated through prayer, the sacramental and ecclesial life, reading good books and edifying friendships. Secondly, the constant attributes of a ‘bridegroom’s friend’ who goes in search of the Groom through the virtue of humility because always, in everyone’s life, Christ must increase and we must decrease! 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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