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Altar Servers

 


The Altar Server Ministry is very active in St Maryaltar servers icon‘s. There are nearly always Altar Servers at every Weekend Mass. We aim for three Altar Servers at each Mass but this can vary. During school holidays when many are away we might have only one but there is always someone. On special occasions such as Easter we may have up to six. This Ministry is open to boys and girls who have received their Sacraments on Initiation. ie Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.

At the end of the Sacramental Program each year all children are invited to be part of this Ministry.

It is an excellent starting point for becoming part of Catholic Community Activities.

Any child who has been part of the Sacramental Program from another parish is also invited to apply.

Watch the Parish Bulletin for details of training

Training will involve an hour and a half session with two of our Acolytes to teach the tasks that are part of this Ministry. It is usually held within a month of our Sacramental Program finishing

Then it is simply a matter of doing. Children will serve with an experienced Altar Server and an Acolyte who will guide them through.

Proud parents report their children are both excited and nervous when they first start.

After a few weeks this nervousness goes and is replaced by a quiet confidence.

The Parish supplies the gown (called an Alb) and a sash (called a Cincture). The Alb is worn over their normal clothing.

The colour of the Cincture varies with the season and the easiest way to know what colour is to note what colour vestments that Father is wearing. The Cincture colour matches that colour.
The cincture is tied on the left.

At first we ask parents to help their children with the Alb and Cincture until such times as they are able to do it for themselves.

New Altar Servers are usually rostered a few weeks in quick succession so that they will learn faster.

You tell us which Mass you usually attend and we will roster you for that Mass.

The Ministry is voluntary and very family friendly. No-one is asked to do anything they do not want to do.

Ministry co-ordinator : Tom McGuire

Please contact the parish office to register your interest in this Ministry.

Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur, Friday – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Email: coomera@bne.catholic.net.aumail-icon-128
Phone: 07 55299144 call icon

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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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