smc-logo-and-name-1Parish Council ( 2017 - 2020 )


Father John Echewodo
Parish Priest

Father John is Nigerian by birth and a Brisbane priest by virtue of priestly ordination. He is the 6th child of late Cletus Echewodo Ajah and late Felicia Uloji Ajah. He is one of eight children, with five brothers, an older sister and a twin sister.

Father John is one of the four Nigerian students, that came to the Archdiocese of Brisbane in 2007. At the completion of his studies and formation through Banyo Seminary, he was ordained to the presbyterate on the 8th December, 2010, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother.

Father John has a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Imo State Owerri, Nigeria and another degree also in Philosophy from Seat of Wisdom Major Seminary, Owerri, Imo State, which is an affiliate Institute of the Pontifical Urban University Rome. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Theology from the Brisbane College of Theology and a Masters of Art in Theology from the Australian Catholic University.

Father John can be contacted on :Phone: 075529 9144 or Email: coomera@bne.catholic.net.au

Carmel Naidoo
Parish Council Chairperson

As the chairperson of the Parish Council and as a representative of the whole parish, I oversee with Fr John, the successful operation of the various ministries of our parish. I will endeavour to lead the ongoing growth and harmony of these ministries and our faith community through an approach that is collaborative and supportive.

Email: pcouncil@stmaryscoomera.net.au 

Anand Pinto
Parish Council Vice- Chairperson

As the vice- chairperson of the Parish Council , I work collaboratively with Father John, the chairperson and the parish council to support the various Parish Ministries and do  my best to achieve the Promotion and ICT goals identified  by the Council.

 

Michael Pearcy
Social Activities Co-ordinator

Coordinating social activities, welcoming new parishioners, and social justice programs such as Cherish Life and St Vincent de Paul

 Email: socialjustice@stmaryscoomera.net.au 

Cassandra Balinas
Youth Ministry Coordinator, Coomera Venire Youth Leader

Head of Coomera Venire Youth group; organises monthly Youth masses; leads Youth Band/Choir and organises Youth-led Liturgical events.

Email: venire@stmaryscoomera.net.au  

 

Esther
Parish Council Secretary 

 

 

 

Luke Hennessey

Faith Formation ,

Alpha Program Leader

Email: alpha@stmaryscoomera.net.au 

Heru Santos
Cultural

Email: cultural@stmaryscoomera.net.au 

Lydia Rodrigues
Liturgy Ministry

Email: liturgy@stmaryscoomera.net.au

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Weekly Readings

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Weekly Reflection

Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,

The book of Ecclesiasticus confronts us today with the message, “If you wish, you can keep the commandments, to behave faithfully is within your power.” How does this message speak to us? Do we really have the power to behave faithfully to the commandments of the Lord? The question seems quite simple yet is very difficult at the same time. Each and every one of us have our own burdens to bear and very often we seem to perceive, in the midst of these burdens, that “behaving faithfully” to the commandments of the Lord is way beyond our reach. Sometimes it is just too hard to follow the Lord and sometimes it is just too hard to let go of certain habits that we have fallen into. Some habits may give us a lot of happiness and fulfilment but sometimes we can really wonder whether or not these habits, that have become second nature, are really good for us? This becomes a moral dilemma for us all as we find ourselves divided between what God wants and what we want. Sin in a broad sense is the very action that we commit against God’s Word and then we cannot reflect holiness. God never permitted anyone to sin since creation. “He never commanded anyone to be godless; he has given no one permission to sin” (Eccl. 15: 15-20). But if God never permitted anyone to sin, why do we constantly commit such sins anyway? Psalm 118 gives an entire account of what it means to be a human person who wants to live accordingly to the Word of God. It states that any one of us who chooses to live away from God is not capable of living a life without sin. If we live away from God then we become vulnerable to the various evils that can influence us in our everyday lives. Perhaps, not necessarily to the extent that we commit sins such as murder, but sins which degrade our human dignity in the moral sense. Our human dignity is often challenged and quite often we lack the moral understanding to defend what is good for us. We can easily abuse ourselves by doing things that don’t really reflect the dignity of the person that God has designed us to be. We can be so angry that we hate another person. We can be lustfully aroused and thus become unfaithful. Jesus has preached in the Gospel of Matthew that “if your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:17-37). Jesus was very direct and straight to the point when He gave His teaching about the observances of God’s laws. It is never enough to keep His law for the sake of discipline. Also, it is not good for us to ignore His laws. But above all, it will always be difficult for us to know what is right and wrong if we don’t have a proper understanding of our human dignity and if we don’t strengthen our moral understanding by becoming familiar with the Word of God. The Word of God gives us wisdom. It also invites the Spirit of God to dwell in us so that we may receive understanding and grace for ourselves. By this we learn about our human dignity before God and His teachings for our moral goodness. God bless you all. Fr. Jeremy Santoso, OSPPE Associate Pastor

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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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