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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 gospel of this weekend follows from the gospel of last weekend. The Twelve Apostles, who were sent by Jesus Christ to preach the message of repentance, heal the sick, and drive out demons have returned back to Christ after what seemed like a successful mission. The mission wasn’t about anyone of them, but about Jesus Christ. This is why the Twelve returned to Christ who sent them on mission. But, either there is no rest for the wicked or the work of God is never done. No sooner had the Apostles rejoined Christ than the crowd flocked around them. The crowds were so insistent that the Apostles had no time even to eat. Christ would have been blown away by the demands of the crowds on the Apostles. Hence, Christ’s offer for the Apostles to come with Him to a lonely place on the other side of the lake where they could have some peace and rest. By asking the Apostles to come with Him to a lonely place where they could be alone and rest, Christ sets the rhythm not just of the Christian life but also of life in general. Life is about striking a balance between work and rest, between going from the presence of God to the presence of people and going from the presence of people to the presence of God. Jesus first summoned the Apostles to Himself before He sent them out in pairs (Mark 6:7). The Apostles went from the presence of Christ to the presence of the people. After what seemed like an accomplished mission, the Apostles returned back to Christ, before the crowd started flocking around them. As Christians, when we don’t set the pattern or rhythm of life, we fall victims to two potential dangers – the danger of constant activity or the danger of too much withdrawal. Those who are victims of constant activity go from morning to dusk without any time in between to stop and reflect and give thanks. Part of the reason people sometimes suffer burn out in work or vocation could be attributed to the inability to give God some time to recharge us and refill the human body, soul and spirit like we recharge our mobile phones and refill our cars at the service stations. I often just wonder how anyone can carry life’s daily burdens without daily contact with the God of life? The other danger we can suffer is the danger of too much withdrawal. As your pastor and priest, I will support and encourage devotions in our Parish. We grow in grace and holiness when we engage sincerely in devotions. However, I will not support or encourage any devotion that does not complement productive work and meaningful engagement with life. No one should seek the fellowship of God because he or she wants to avoid contact with human beings. While many people in Africa and other developing nations with entrenched poverty fall victims to ‘too much withdrawal,’ the developed nations fall into the danger of constant activity. As a people, how and when are we able to find the right balance in life? The late Catalan Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton once said that: “happiness is not a matter of intensity, but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” As we engage in our daily tasks, I hope and pray that we can always find a balance between our work and rest with the God before whom we shall all one day give account of how we used and managed the ‘Time, Talents and Treasure’ given to us by God in this passing life.  
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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