Parish Announcements

Message of Appreciation

On behalf of St. Mary’s Parish I would like to thank my friend John Wheeler for paying for the cost of landscaping the site of our new administration building. John is a parishioner from Surfers Paradise Parish but he has been very generous to our parish. We are grateful for his extreme generosity. May God continue to bless him and his family.

Message of Appreciation

A big thank you to Jules Byrnes who has once again made another generous donation to the parish. Jules donated $8,500 for the installation of air conditioning in the Worship Centre. We pray that the good Lord will continue to bless Jules with life, health of mind and body.

Piety Stall

We have some beautiful Nativity Scenes, Nativity ornaments, Christmas candles and cards for sale. A perfect gift! God’s Word 2019 is now available for sale. This beautiful illustration would make a wonderful Christmas gift for friends & family. Price: $17 Columban Calendars 2019 are still available. Price: $10 Beautiful hand made gifts are available for sale & would make a great Christmas gift. Nothing over $10. Come take a look!

Parish Financial Reports

(Last weekend’s collections) 1st Collection: $971.62   2nd Collection: $1,736.23

Parish Debt: $501,000.00

Financial Report : New Administration Building

Funds Required: $200,000.00 (Base Building)

Fixtures & Fittings: $20,000.00

Total: $220,000.00

Current Sum: Buy a Brick Campaign: $46,490.00


Raffle tickets for our Christmas Raffle are available for sale in the foyer of the Worship Centre. There are lots of fantastic prizes to be won (see posters for more details).

Tickets: $2 each or 3 for $5  Ticket: 1 = $2 or 3 = $5

Special thanks to the Parishioners of St. Mary’s, our local Coles, Woolworths and Kmart stores for their support and generosity.

New or Returning Readers & Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion

The current Reader & Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Roster finishes at the end of December. We will continue with the current roster as is until the end of June 2019. However, should you wish to take your name off the roster, or if you would like to be included as a Reader or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, please call the parish office and advise us of your availability. The last day for inclusions or changes is 17th December 2018 to enable the roster to be put together and printed for collection before the end of December. There will be forms at the back of the church for any changes to the current roster. Thank you.




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Weekly Readings


From Father John
Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord to wrap up the Christmas season. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ‘baptism is a founda- tional sacrament. It is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. It is also through baptism that we are freed from original sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God and also become members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church’ (1213). Saint Luke’s account of Jesus’ baptism is almost the same as that of Matthew and Mark, but Luke does differ from the others on a few things. Saint Luke is the only evangelist who added that Jesus was baptised ‘when all the people had been baptised.’ Perhaps, it might be worth asking why Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. The baptism that John the Baptist administered to the people was a baptism of repentance of sins (Lk 3:3). All who came to John the Baptist had one thing in mind – to repent of their sins. If this was the case, why then would Jesus Christ who knew no sin (Hebrew 4:15) accept to undertake a baptism which amongst other things is for the forgiveness of sins? In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism, John objected to giving Jesus baptism, “It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me.” (Matt 3:14). Jesus Christ was baptised to fulfil all righteousness. “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteous- ness.” (Matt 3:15). The sinless Christ had no personal sin to take into the River Jordan but He had the sins of the world. In other words, as Christ stepped into the water of baptism, Christ carried with Him, the sins of the world. This prefigures Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross for the redemption and salva- tion of the world. The cross did not come to Christ unawares. Right from the beginning, everything in the life of Christ pointed to Christ’s salvific mission on the cross. No wonder, Jesus Christ remains the only one in history, who was born not only to live but also die. This weekend, as we celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ, each of us has a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our own individual baptism and what it means to us. If we were baptised as little children, our baptism would make no sense if we do not make it a point of duty to renew and live out our baptismal vocation daily. Baptism is not a magic formula recited over us by the priest or deacon to wash off original sin and give us a chance of getting to heaven. Like the other sacraments, baptism has a lasting effect. The grace of baptism has to be lived out every day of our life. The grace of baptism marks us with a seal and makes us adopted sons and daughters of our loving God. We are special and highly privileged through the grace of baptism. “This is my beloved son, this is my beloved daughter,” was the silent voice of God which echoed when each of us was baptised. I hope and pray that just as the baptism of Jesus Christ marked the beginning of Christ’s public ministry, so too will our own baptism help us daily to realise our God-given place in the Church and in the world.
God bless you all.
Fr. John Ikechukwu Echewodo
Parish Priest
Christmas 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 


Lenten Progam





Ash Wednesday – Mass at 7pm

Stations of the Cross – Every Friday at 7pm

Mass Times :


Christmas Message from Archbishop Mark Coleridge