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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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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