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Altar Server Ministry

About Us

The Altar Server Ministry is very active in St Mary’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.

Throughout the Archdiocese of Brisbane – which is huge – St Mary’s is well-regarded for the number of Altar Servers and that we are able to retain them with a freely given commitment.

Contact Information:

Mr. Tom McGuire Acolyte and Altar Server Co-ordinator
Email: admin@coomeradrivertraining.com.au
Phone: 0404063761

Church & Parish Office: 
Address: 185 Billinghurst Crescent, PO Box 219,Upper Coomera QLD 4209
Office Hours : Monday to Friday: 9am – 1pm;
Telephone: (07) 5529 9144
Fax: (07) 5529 9644

 

Here are some of the main reasons for our success

TRAINING

Our Altar Servers thoroughly enjoy serving Jesus at Mass by helping Father John and Father Jeremy.Our Altar Servers are trained mostly on the job – at Holy Mass – by more experienced Altar Servers, who themselves were trained under the same buddy system.Fathers John and Jeremy take an extreme interest in the training and welfare of our Altar Servers; this includes an explanation before Mass and then guided by the Altar Server Buddy.There is an archaic saying of throwing people in the deep end – exactly the opposite happens at St. Mary’s

FAMILY FRIENDLY ROSTER

We know that from time to time, kids get sick, just want to sleep, and then there are other members of the family to be considered both older and younger. So we have the Family Friendly Roster. A Draft Roster goes out on Tuesday evening and let us say your Altar Server is rostered for 9am Sunday Mass but you have Soccer training at that time; you email me back, and I will swap you around or put Mass duty on for another day that you suggest. On Thursday, I send out the same roster with all of the changes you and others have requested and this is the Confirmed Roster – one we actually go with.Then of course there are last minute hitches, accidents etc that can be expected from time to time. If you don’t get to Mass as rostered there is no drama.

RESPONSIBILITY

Our Altar Servers learn responsibility early with simple tasks such as robing themselves, ringing the bells at the correct time, and holding the book. Over a period of time, they become Leader at Mass which is an important part of the Mass and all of the Altar Servers work to get this recognition. Then next year, they teach the new Altar Servers.

INDUCTION AND TRAINING (2019-2020)

Induction this year will be on Saturday 30 November, 2019 at 1pm at the Worship Centre. It will take about 90 minutes. Parents and children will be shown how to dress and how they fit into the Mass. Parents will be spoken to at length in a group. Some of our new Altar Server will commence serving immediately that night at Vigil and then others the weekend.

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TODAY!

Please consider joining us by filling out the form

Altar Server Registration Form.

 

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Weekly Readings

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Weekly Reflection

Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,

The book of Ecclesiasticus confronts us today with the message, “If you wish, you can keep the commandments, to behave faithfully is within your power.” How does this message speak to us? Do we really have the power to behave faithfully to the commandments of the Lord? The question seems quite simple yet is very difficult at the same time. Each and every one of us have our own burdens to bear and very often we seem to perceive, in the midst of these burdens, that “behaving faithfully” to the commandments of the Lord is way beyond our reach. Sometimes it is just too hard to follow the Lord and sometimes it is just too hard to let go of certain habits that we have fallen into. Some habits may give us a lot of happiness and fulfilment but sometimes we can really wonder whether or not these habits, that have become second nature, are really good for us? This becomes a moral dilemma for us all as we find ourselves divided between what God wants and what we want. Sin in a broad sense is the very action that we commit against God’s Word and then we cannot reflect holiness. God never permitted anyone to sin since creation. “He never commanded anyone to be godless; he has given no one permission to sin” (Eccl. 15: 15-20). But if God never permitted anyone to sin, why do we constantly commit such sins anyway? Psalm 118 gives an entire account of what it means to be a human person who wants to live accordingly to the Word of God. It states that any one of us who chooses to live away from God is not capable of living a life without sin. If we live away from God then we become vulnerable to the various evils that can influence us in our everyday lives. Perhaps, not necessarily to the extent that we commit sins such as murder, but sins which degrade our human dignity in the moral sense. Our human dignity is often challenged and quite often we lack the moral understanding to defend what is good for us. We can easily abuse ourselves by doing things that don’t really reflect the dignity of the person that God has designed us to be. We can be so angry that we hate another person. We can be lustfully aroused and thus become unfaithful. Jesus has preached in the Gospel of Matthew that “if your virtue goes no deeper than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:17-37). Jesus was very direct and straight to the point when He gave His teaching about the observances of God’s laws. It is never enough to keep His law for the sake of discipline. Also, it is not good for us to ignore His laws. But above all, it will always be difficult for us to know what is right and wrong if we don’t have a proper understanding of our human dignity and if we don’t strengthen our moral understanding by becoming familiar with the Word of God. The Word of God gives us wisdom. It also invites the Spirit of God to dwell in us so that we may receive understanding and grace for ourselves. By this we learn about our human dignity before God and His teachings for our moral goodness. 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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