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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,
 
Generosity is not determined by the amount of wealth someone has, but by the attitude of someone’s heart. People with a generous heart never see anyone in need without doing something to help whereas people bereft of a generous heart are hardly ever generous even when they are wealthy. The woman from the Sidonian town of Zarephath, and the woman in the gospel showed acts of extraordinary generosity not because they had plenty of wealth but because of their generous hearts. They were both widows. As widows, they lived in a patriarchal society which left them destitute and poor. With the death of their respective husbands, they lived in a precarious situation. When Elijah first approached the Sidonian widow and begged her for some food, she was very polite to point out the extremity of the situation in which she and her son had found themselves with the impeding famine. However, she didn’t need much persuasion, before she shared the little food she had with Elijah. Elijah had assured her that “the jar of meal and jug of oil will not fail until the famine is over”. She showed faith and trust in the promise made to her by Elijah. Faith is the channel through which the generosity and power of God flow into our hearts. According to an old saying, “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” When the poor widow shared the little food they had with Elijah, God greatly rewarded her and her son. In this life, there is nothing we do for God that will ever go unrewarded (1 Cor 15:58). The woman in the gospel also acted with generosity. While the rich were giving out of their surpluses, the poor widow gave all she had to live on. The contrast between her and the rich was obvious. The rich gave out of their abundance but she gave all she had to live on. Her faith and trust in the God of providence spurred and motivated her. It takes faith for us to realise that everything we have is nothing but pure gifts. “What do you have that you did not receive, “Saint Paul writes (1 Cor 4:7). While this might sound like a rhetorical question, Saint Paul stirs up in us a sense of stewardship and right attitude towards everything about our life. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father (James 1:17). Therefore, when we put money into the collection baskets or use our gifts for the good of the Parish, we are simply giving back to the God from whom we have received the gifts we have. And when we give until it hurts, we have not only shown an act of great generosity, but also an act of trust and gratitude to God. We only give from our need if we trust that God will provide for us. The Missionaries of Charity, the Religious Order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta depend on the goodwill and generosity of many good men and women to survive. I am not suggesting that married couples with kids live like the Missionaries of Charity, but we can all live a life that is underpinned by deep trust in God. It takes great faith and trust for anyone to be so generous to a point were it hurts. Meanwhile it is not the size of the gift that matters but the cost and the sacrifice involved. As a parish, the day we realise that “givers never lack” or that our wealth and everything we own are nothing but pure gifts from God, we will not only begin to have a more “Silent Collection” with more notes and less coins, but almost everyone will be happy to get involved in the affairs of the parish.
 
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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