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,
 
In 1996, at the funeral of seven Trappist Monks who were brutally murdered in Algeria by some Islamic fanatics, the local Bishop Pierre Claverie of Oran, who was also murdered by the same people a few months later, said in his homily amongst other things, ‘if Christianity distances itself from the cross of Jesus Christ, its content and strength are lost to a certain extent. The vitality of the Church, her fruitfulness and hope, have their matrix and their roots in the cross of Christ. Nowhere else. All the rest is secondary, leads to illusions and pulls the wool over the eyes. The Church cheats herself and others if she acts like a worldly power, like a humanitarian organisation among other humanitarian organisations or like an enterprise of evangelisation with spectacular effects.’ The harsh reality of the crucifixion can often appear to impede on the deep mystery of the cross and even make the cross almost irreconcilable with everything Christianity stands for. But the truth of the matter is that Christianity rises or falls depending on how Christianity makes sense of the mystery of the cross. ‘If Christ, (who died on the cross), had not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and our faith is in vain,’ (1 Corinthians 15:14). The cross is not an emergency measure adopted by God when everything else had failed. The cross was part of God’s eternal plan for the salvation of sinful humanity. Jesus Christ embraced His death on the cross freely and with a generous spirit. “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends, Christ says” (John 15:13). What was obvious as Jesus Christ took Peter, James and John with him to the Mount of Transfiguration, was that Jesus wanted to seek the approval of God before taking the decisive step to die on cross of Calvary. In the Nicene Creed we profess that Jesus is truly divine, begotten of the Father, consubstantial with the Father, “God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God.” “The Father and I are one, Jesus says” (John 10:30). They might be one but Christ never did anything without the approval of the God, Christ called ‘Abba, Father. “Obedience is an act of faith; disobedience is the result of unbelief,” Edwin Louis Cole once said. In the first reading, we heard of Abram. He was 72 years when God asked him to leave his present place and settle in a new country. Abram obeyed God, and God credited it to him as righteousness, (Genesis 15:6). Today, there are Catholics who are involved in anti-Catholic teachings. They want to be part of the Church but they hate the moral principles of the Church. Christ showed an utter obedience to God. The presence of Elijah and Moses clarified things for Christ. Moses received the Law from God on Mount Sinai and Elijah could be regarded as the greatest of the prophets. They were on the Mountain to give Christ the Ok. As Christians, an authentic and genuine life of freedom and liberation requires of us a profound transformation, and total metanoia. Christ constantly sought the face of God in prayer. Christ was in prayer, in union with the Father, and as He prayed, ‘the aspect of His face was changed and His clothing became brilliant as lightning.’ It is good that we have started the season of Lent. But we need to ensure that this year’s season of lent is special to us individually and communally. We need to be deliberate and intentional in our Lenten observances. Our prayers, fasting and alms-giving need to draw us into the mystery of our being, and into the depth of where we are physically and spiritually united with our God. Just as Peter, James and John descended from the mountain to resume normal living, I hope and pray that our Lenten journey may not leave us isolated but enable us to engage and make a difference in the life of people we meet beyond the walls of our Parish Chapel or the Worship Centre.
 
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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