St Mary's Parish is  committed to the  introduction of the  Alpha programme.


Alpha at St. Mary's 

Our first Alpha programme was run early in 2017 with 26 Parishioners joining 10 team members to deepen their faith and experience the Holy Spirit at work. Whilst Alpha is an evangelisation tool used primarily to "introduce people to Jesus", it is also applicable to all those who wish to deepen their faith. St Mary's hopes that all Parishioners, especially those who assist as Extra-ordinary Ministers, will undertake an Alpha programme.

What is Alpha?

  • Alpha is a series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run once a week for 11 weeks.
  • Alpha was commenced in England over 30 years ago and now over 30 million people worldwide have experienced Alpha.
  • This number continues to grow dramatically each year.
  • Each session of Alpha looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation.
  • Alpha is seen all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.
  • Alpha runs in cafes, churches, universities, homes – you name it.
  • No two Alpha’s look the same, but generally they have 3 things in common:  food, a talk, and fellowship.

Next Alpha at St. Mary's

St. Mary’s next Alpha will be run at St. Mary’s Worship Centre , the Parish Bulletin will advise those, wishing to come along, the dates and times.

All Parishioners are encouraged to "come along" and "bring a friend".

If you are interested in the Alpha Program, please email: alpha@stmaryscoomera.net.au

 

Below are few of the Testimonials from  the last session that ended in  April 2018 

https://stmaryscoomera.net.au/contact-us/

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Weekly Readings

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Weekly Reflection

Dear Parishioners, friends & visitors,
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Santo Nino – The Holy Child.
This celebration began on Saturday with the blessing and procession of images
of the Santo Nino. From the Assisi gym, we processed to the church and
celebrated the Mass of the Feast with the gathered Filipino community.
If there are, other feast and celebrations please let me know so that we
can celebrate them as a parish.
Origin of the Feast
A dominantly Catholic country, The Philippines has at least 76 million baptized
Catholics. With over 500 years of presence, the Catholic Church in the
Philippines directly links to the country’s history. Will it come as a surprise
that the stronghold of Catholicism in the country was brought about by an
adorable curly-haired statue of the child Jesus?
The Santo Niño
It all began when an image of the Holy Child, called the Santo Niño, was given
as a baptismal gift to the local chief’s wife by Spanish explorers led by
Portuguese-born Ferdinand Magellan. When Magellan arrived in Cebu, the
local chief, Rajah Humabon, received him positively.
They were baptized to Catholicism together with his 800 subjects.
Rajah Humabon was baptized, Carlos, after the grandfather of the reigning
monarch, King Philip II (from where the name Philippines comes), and his wife
was baptized as Juana, after King Philip’s grandmother,
Queen Juana of Castille.
When Magellan died and the remaining crew returned to Spain, the natives
returned to their old beliefs and made the image into a pagan idol.
Under Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, the Spaniards successfully colonised
the Philippines in 1565. While raiding the villages, they saw the image again
underneath the fires. Legazpi ordered that a shrine be built for the Santo Niño.
The oldest religious icon in the Philippines
The Santo Niño is as old as the Catholic faith in the country.
Made by Flemish artisans, the statue, now known as the Santo Niño de Cebu, is
enshrined in a chapel within Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu, or simply
Santo Niño Basilica. The statue may be a diminutive figure, but it stands regal
with its left hand holding a cross-bearing orb (a symbol of Christian authority),
while it’s other hand is in a priestly blessing gesture. It has a red cape
with intricate embroidery and on top of its head is a crown.
Venerating the child Jesus was widespread in Spain during Magellan’s time
with European wood sculptors having the child as their subject in the 1300s.
Thus, it is not surprising that they gave it as a gift during the baptism rites of
Rajah Humabon. (A similar Infant Jesus icon is the Holy Child of Prague.)

The original statue brought by Magellan is still found in Cebu. Devotees can see
it encased in bulletproof glass. Santo Niño is highly revered in Cebu and in other
places in the country and its popularity resulted in other versions of a Holy
Child dressed in ways people can relate to, from a policeman to a wandering
child.
From Cebu, Santo Niño is venerated all over the country with festivals
celebrated every third Sunday of January. Cebu holds the annual Sinulog festival,
the Philippines’ main religious festival in the child god’s honour, attracting
millions of devotees and tourists annually for decades. Other festivals celebrated
during the feast of the Holy Child are Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan and
Iloilo’s Dinagyang.

Rev. Michael Scherschel

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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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