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) 07 5639 6652 | 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: Rachel Deem, Anne Daly, Jules Byrnes, Yvonne Evarts, Barb & Ken Simmonds, Marg & Brian Rafferty, Colin Bear, Vicky Stinco, Charles Webber, Berlinda Chengo, , Maria (Hepi) Clake, Gerda Moeller, Derek Parkinson, Robyn Smith, Monica Smith, Josephine Taikato, Lynne Stone, Terrence Hennessy, Gerda Moeller, Michael Fox, Monica Love, James Brandon,Tony Smith, Sharon McCourt.

Please pray for eternal rest to be given to:

Recently deceased: Col. Clemente Brazil, Tom Lawlor, Margaret Kerr, Michael Ward, Alvaro Martinez, Karin Fisher, Louis Virassamy, Victor Heirwegh, Beryl Jacobsen, Gillian McNamee, Geoffrey Dean

Anniversaries and Remembrances: Rick Phillips, Mark Hender, Beverly Baird, Josephine Hepi, Arthur Vanderveen, Luke Farrell, Mollie O’Donnell, Armando Cruz, Felicidad Nufavle, Violet Hender, Patricia Wehmeier, 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 thesick, 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.

All Souls’ Day Mass - Monday, 2nd November 2020 at 7pm

For “All Souls’ Day Mass”, please could I ask families and friends to bring framed or unframed pictures of deceased family members and friends to the 7pm Monday Evening Mass on 2nd November. The pictures will be
displayed in the Worship Centre during Mass.

Registration is required if you wish to attend All Souls’ Day Mass. To register please call the parish office: 5539 6652 or email:coomera@bne.catholic.net.au giving names, addresses and contact details of all attendees.

Piety Stall
As Christmas draws near the Piety Stall will soon be stocking the Columban Calendar 2021 and God’s Word 2021. Both would make great Christmas gifts for family and friends! If you wish to purchase God’s Word 2021 and/or Columban Calendar 2021 please contact Lydia to place your order on 0476 237 604.
Price: God’s Word 2021 - $20
Columban Calendar 2021 - $12

November Mass Envelopes
The month of November is the month of the Holy Souls. It is a special Month when we pray for our loved ones who have died. November Mass offering envelopes are available for Mass bookings. Please print names on the envelope or write on a separate paper and put inside the envelope. Place the envelope in one of the collection boxes, or
bring it into the office or give it to Fr. John. There is no fee, only a donation.

Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Prevention and Protection Policy
...for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Mark 10:14
The Archdiocese of Brisbane holds that children, young people and vulnerable adults are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security from physical and emotional harm. They are to be treasured, nurtured and safeguarded by all.

FATIMA The Movie

Place: Event Cinemas, Robina Town Centre Date: Wednesday, 28th October at 7.00pm. Ticket Price: $11.50.

Purchase Tickets: www.stickytickets.com.au/J3POS

Note: If Event Cinemas don’t get enough tickets the movie will not be screened

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Weekly Readings

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Weekly Reflection

Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,

The drama between Christ and some of the Jewish leaders appears to be unending. They are quite determined to trap Jesus. The gospel of this weekend says that when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they got together and to disconcert Jesus, one of them put forward the question, ‘Master, which is the greatest commandant of the law?’ Their malicious intent is glaringly obvious. They want to trap Jesus into making a damaging statement against the law. Jesus cuts the ground from under their feet with His response. The verse Jesus quoted was part of the Shema, the basic and essential creed of Judaism, the sentence with which every Jewish child commits to memory. The Shema is like the Christian ‘Sign of Cross’, because every Jewish service opens with it. There are about 613 commandments, which, in theory, are supposed to be observed with the same seriousness. However, in reality there are distinctions among the laws. There are higher laws and lesser commandments. Almost all the Jewish orthodox group vary in their understanding of the laws and their degree of observances. Jesus surprised all the orthodox Jewish groups when He summarised the entire law into ‘love of God and love of neighbour’. The first part of Jesus’ response comes from the Book of Deuteronomy (6:5), which is central to Jewish faith: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.” Jesus puts our love for God as the first of all the commandments. This means that to love God, we must give a total and undivided loyalty to God. Our love of God should dominate our emotions, directs our thoughts and feelings and should be the driving force of all our actions. Love of God is simply living a life that shows itself in total commitment and devotion to God. Following from the love of God is our love for our fellow human beings. ‘You must love your neighbour as yourself,’ (Leviticus 19:18). Our love of God and the love of our fellow human beings are closely interwoven. The tangible proof of our love for God is in the love we show to our fellow human beings. The order of the commandments is our love for God first followed by our love for our fellow human beings. God is love, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God (1 John 4:7). It is only when we have first known God and love God, that we can love our fellow human beings. Human beings are not an amalgamation of chemical substances or mere objects. We are all sons and daughters of God and we are all created in God’s image and likeness. Jesus did something quite radical when He summed up the whole commandments into love of God and love of neighbour. These two commandments are not new to the Jewish laws. However, what was new was what Jesus did when He amalgamated what used to be two different and distinct laws. Jesus made them one. “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfil them,” (Matthew 5:17). Love of God and love of neighbour can no longer be observed as two separate laws. Jesus has made them one and the same. One cannot happen without the other. We cannot claim to love God when we struggle to love all human beings who are made in God’s image and likeness. In our journey of faith, may our need for love spring from our love for God and flow on into our love for our fellow human beings.

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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