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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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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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