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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From Father John

Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,

The feast of the Most Blessed Trinity, which we celebrate this weekend, is one of the distinguishing characteristics of our Christian faith. Christianity is the only religion where God is a family and where God reveals Himself as communion of persons – as “Father, Son and Holy Spirit”. In attempts to explain the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, some theologians have in the past used some ingenious pedagogical symbols and concepts which were understandable but which did not justifiably explain the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. For example, the Trinity is depicted in a triangle by Saint Patrick, and by three musical notes making up one single chord or sound by Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Any attempt to make sense of the mystery of the Blessed Trinity must not only take into account the divine essence but also how the three persons in the Godhead interact with one another. There is an undivided unity which exists between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The three divine persons work together daily for the good of the human race. This is in contrast with some religions where people are taught to believe and profess their faith in a god who created the world, and just abandoned it. Thus, it is almost like god deserted the world and does not care about the plights or sufferings of His children. This is called “deus absconditus” in theological parlance -hidden god who in His remoteness seems to ignore human suffering. Certainly, this is not the Christian god nor Christian understanding of their God. In the first reading, we saw how the Wisdom of God expressed a wish to remain with ‘children of men and women.’ The Christian God did not create the world and abandon it. By giving human beings rights over nature, God gave us the responsibility to care for the earth in a way that is consistent with God’s will. When human beings who were asked to nurture the earth sinned and turned against God, God did not abandon us. In the fullness of time, God in Jesus Christ intervened. The God who created the world and everything in the world, is the same God who redeemed the world. This same God, still sanctifies creation through the power of the Holy Spirit. Today in our world, there are people who reject and resist the notion of the doctrine of the Blessed Trinity. In fact, sadly there are Christians who struggle with the concept of the three persons in the God-head. They struggle with the notion of God as Father. But the truth of the matter is that God’s fatherhood involves not simply God’s paternal relationship with us humans, but above all, and in the first place, with His Son, Jesus Christ. This is why, the notion of God’s fatherhood cannot be subject to human creation. Therefore, any attempt to neutralise the identity of God is not only an attempt to trivialise the mystery of God, but also an incredible devastation and destruction of the identity of the Christian faith. The doctrine of the Blessed Trinity is the identity card of the Christian. As Christians we must always ensure that we reflect the face of our God who is “Father, Son and Holy Spirit”. May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God our Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all (2 Corinthians 13:14).

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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