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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,
 
Generosity is not determined by the amount of wealth someone has, but by the attitude of someone’s heart. People with a generous heart never see anyone in need without doing something to help whereas people bereft of a generous heart are hardly ever generous even when they are wealthy. The woman from the Sidonian town of Zarephath, and the woman in the gospel showed acts of extraordinary generosity not because they had plenty of wealth but because of their generous hearts. They were both widows. As widows, they lived in a patriarchal society which left them destitute and poor. With the death of their respective husbands, they lived in a precarious situation. When Elijah first approached the Sidonian widow and begged her for some food, she was very polite to point out the extremity of the situation in which she and her son had found themselves with the impeding famine. However, she didn’t need much persuasion, before she shared the little food she had with Elijah. Elijah had assured her that “the jar of meal and jug of oil will not fail until the famine is over”. She showed faith and trust in the promise made to her by Elijah. Faith is the channel through which the generosity and power of God flow into our hearts. According to an old saying, “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” When the poor widow shared the little food they had with Elijah, God greatly rewarded her and her son. In this life, there is nothing we do for God that will ever go unrewarded (1 Cor 15:58). The woman in the gospel also acted with generosity. While the rich were giving out of their surpluses, the poor widow gave all she had to live on. The contrast between her and the rich was obvious. The rich gave out of their abundance but she gave all she had to live on. Her faith and trust in the God of providence spurred and motivated her. It takes faith for us to realise that everything we have is nothing but pure gifts. “What do you have that you did not receive, “Saint Paul writes (1 Cor 4:7). While this might sound like a rhetorical question, Saint Paul stirs up in us a sense of stewardship and right attitude towards everything about our life. Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father (James 1:17). Therefore, when we put money into the collection baskets or use our gifts for the good of the Parish, we are simply giving back to the God from whom we have received the gifts we have. And when we give until it hurts, we have not only shown an act of great generosity, but also an act of trust and gratitude to God. We only give from our need if we trust that God will provide for us. The Missionaries of Charity, the Religious Order founded by Mother Teresa of Calcutta depend on the goodwill and generosity of many good men and women to survive. I am not suggesting that married couples with kids live like the Missionaries of Charity, but we can all live a life that is underpinned by deep trust in God. It takes great faith and trust for anyone to be so generous to a point were it hurts. Meanwhile it is not the size of the gift that matters but the cost and the sacrifice involved. As a parish, the day we realise that “givers never lack” or that our wealth and everything we own are nothing but pure gifts from God, we will not only begin to have a more “Silent Collection” with more notes and less coins, but almost everyone will be happy to get involved in the affairs of the parish.
 
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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