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History of St. Mary’s Church , Coomera


The first recorded coming together of Catholics in the Coomera River District was in April 1866. The church building was erected in 1890 at Upper Coomera. It was then extended and transferred to Oxenford in 1935, and Church1890moved to the present site at Upper Coomera in 2005.

 

St Mary’s became a separate parish in late 1997. St Mary’s Catholic Community is a growing vibrant parish catering for a diversity of age groups and ethnic backgrounds. Our two Mass centres are welcoming and community based..

Significant dates for the Catholic Church in the region

1860’s to early 1870’s —-Occasional pastoral Visits By Fr.Denis Fouhy.

 

1865 First Catholic Church in Logan Reserve district(near Woodridge)
1870’s Mass at Binstead Homestead Coomera

1875 to 1884 Part of Logan Mission

Logan Mission covers from Stradbroke Island ,St Helena Island and Cleveland to NSW border , Beaudesert and to Boonah

 

1875 Fr.Benedict Scortechni,a botanist, buys Masonic Hall in Yatala and converts it to the first Catholic Church in the Beenleigh District, It was opened by Bishop Quinn. Churches >opened in Tallebudgera 1878,Southport 1882,and Nerang 1882. Visit the Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria for a detailed biography of Fr.Scortechni
1875-1884 Fr.Scortechni visits the Coomera River on a 3 monthly circuit. Masses,baptisms funerals and weddings held at Siganto Home,Upper Coomera
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Fr.Scortechni
Pastor of Logan Parish
1875-1884

John & Elizabeth Siganto Collection:Local Studies Library,Gold Coast Council

John & Elizabeth Siganto
Collection:Local Studies Library,Gold Coast Council

1884-1891

Pastoral Care with Fr.Enright and Fr.O’Reilly

1884-1887 Fr.James Enright baptises in Coomera on his Circuit (he resides in Beaudesert)
1887-1891 Fr.Enright and his new assistant priest Fr.James O’Reilly baptise in Coomera on their circuits
1888 Fundraising for new Church on the Coomera well underway (25/2/88 The Southern Queensland Bulletin)
1890 New Church at Upper Coomera

1892-1980

Part Of New Southport Parish

1892 Logan Mission divided- Southport,a new parish including Upper Coomera Church and Beenleigh; Waterford part of Beaudesert Parish; Cleveland and Dunwich were attached to Brisbane
1935 Transfer of Upper Coomera Church to Oxenford

St. Mary’s Church being transported across Coomera Weir on the way from Upper Coomera to Oxenford , c1935
Collection: Local Studies Library, Gold Coast City Council

Saint Mary’s Church, Oxenford, circa 1935
Collection: Local Studies Library, Gold Coast City Council

1980-1993

Part of new Runaway Bay Parish

1980 St Mary’s Church reopened after local working bees (after having been closed for nine years)
1993 Bishop Cuskelly (November 10th) invites Vincential Priests to establish Oxenford Pastoral area. Vincentians agree on November 15th

RCIA begun locally
Church ramp constructed
Priest residence/office/meeting space rented in Helensvale (and later changed to rental at Oxenford until end of 1997)

1994-1997

Oxenford Pastoral Mission

1994 Fr Brian Spillane, Fr Bill Irwin, Sr Marie, Sr Fran
Weekend masses increased from one to three
Formation of mission leadership team ‘Vision’ Team
Ministers Circle formed. Ecumenical Pastoral Group formed
Care and Concern Group and Finance Group formed
1997

1997 to present

Oxenford becomes a separate parish (December 1997)

1997 Gerry Hefferan is appointed Parish Priest November
1998 Parish office/residence moves to Xanadu, Upper Coomera in January
1998 Parish twins with Soibada parish in East Timor
1999 Establishment of St Mary’s St Vincent de Paul conference
2000 Sr Moira begins as Pastoral Associate
2001 Local Covenant signed May 20th with St Mary’s Catholic Community Oxenford, Gold Coast North Anglican Church, Apostolic Church Australia, Uniting Church Coomera – Helensvale Linked Congregations
Opening of Jubilee Primary School
2005 Church building moved to the present Upper Coomera site
Opening of Assisi Catholic College
2006 Opening of St Mary’s Child Care Centre (run by Centacare)
2007 Fr Patrick Lim appointed administrator in November 2007
2008 Fr Adrian Sharp appointed Parish Priest
2010 Fr Antony Vadakara appointed Parish Priest in August 2010
2016 Fr John Echewodo appointed Parish Priest in June 2016

 

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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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