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,

There is a confronting message in the Gospel of Luke, a warning from the Lord to be constantly on our guard. Let us be reminded that as long as we are followers of Jesus Christ, we cannot be oblivious to the reality of death. The Lord speaks boldly about how death can overcome us when we least expect it. He warns us specifically that if we are not alert during our time here on earth while still alive, it might be too late then to enter the kingdom of heaven if we haven’t been living faithfully in the Lord’s way. Perhaps we may look at it in a simpler way. A young man who has always wanted to become a professional soccer player trained really hard during his childhood and kept up his strict training program to become the very best in the league. Finally he made selection into the best club in the English Premier League. Thanks to his hard work he had finally fulfilled his dream because he was committed and on guard in every aspect of his life. With great dedication and determination to the sport that he loved, he truly had lived the life of a professional soccer player. But later on in life, he let down his guard. He gave into the wonders and glory of his fame and wealth and began to neglect his training and, hence, he lost the mind-set of a professional in the sport. The young man had given into a life of pleasure and fun which worsened his condition as a professional soccer player. Unfortunately, he lost his condition and didn’t make the selectors cut for the next competition. The analogy may be understood in similar regards to the Lord’s message about life and death. Each and every one of us has hopes and dreams about life. We can pursue and soar as high as the sky for those endless goals that we would love to achieve. But even though we may pursue those goals, how about our goal to live life with God? Am I really living according to the ways of the Lord that are not only filled with prayer but also with works of charity, mercy and love towards others? The Lord has said “Happy those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes.” It is difficult to enter the kingdom of heaven if we haven’t been living faithfully to the Lord’s ways. It is also difficult to pursue ambitious goals such as becoming a professional athlete, or a career in law or medicine if we don’t train, learn and study. The principle of dedication and determination is just the same as living with God. None of us is perfect and the road to God is very difficult when we are against sin every step of the way. But we can always try our best to be with God in each of those steps. Our commitment to live with God and to live his ways is more than enough to keep us alert and ready if death should take us. If our faith is truly alive and active, we can be hopeful that we are actually living with God and that death is not something we should fear, but opens up for us our new reality to finally live with God in the kingdom of heaven. 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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