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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
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


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


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.


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 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.


Please consider joining us by filling out the form

Altar Server Registration Form.


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Weekly Readings


Weekly Reflection

Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,

It is indisputably true that the human nature has never been the same since the sin of our first parents- Adam and Eve. The first chapter of the Book of Genesis (1:26-31) describes the creation of our world as it relates to God’s purpose for the human person. We were created sinless and with perfect nature, when God said: “let Us make the man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them…. And God saw all that God had made, and behold, it was very good….” The beauty and goodness, which were inherent in creation and in the human beings God created, were lost due to sin. ‘Through Adam and Eve sin entered into the world and death through sin; in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— Romans 5:12. The transmissible nature of sin underpins the Catholic doctrine of original sin and our practice of infant baptism. In our Church, we baptise infants to welcome them into the Christian faith and to free them from the original sin they were born with. In the gospel of this weekend, as Jesus called the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs, He asked them to preach the message of repentance. Christ was not presumptuous when He asked the Apostles to preach the message of repentance. Jesus knew how human nature has been flawed by sin following on from the sin of Adam and Eve. The message of repentance seems just appropriate and ad rem. Christ began His own public proclamation with the call to “repentance”, (Matthew 4:17, Luke 5:32). The call for repentance is a clarion call. It is one we all need. We are born broken and we live everyday trying to mend what is broken in us. To pretend to live without sin is to mask one’s life and to assume a false identity. “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us,’ (1 John 1:8). While we may not always be guilty of any of the seven deadly sins like: “pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, and sloth, we can, however, be guilty of venial sins. Sin is simply an integral part of human life. It is not out of place that we begin our celebration of the Mass, which is always a celebration of the feast of heaven on earth, with acknowledgement of our sins. The penitential rite is not intended to make us wallow in guilt but rather to bring us home to ourselves and to usher us into the enduring and inexhaustible mercy and love of God. As Catholics, we are blessed with the sacrament of reconciliation, which gives graces so that we able to grow in virtue and avoid occasions for sins, if we cooperate with these graces. Without getting into any form of scrupulosity, it is spiritually healthy to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation regularly. There is nothing, which can give us more certain security of eternal salvation than a regular cleansing of the soul of any form of sin even venial sins. The late Spanish Archbishop, missionary, and founder of the Claretians, Saint Anthony Claret (1807 – 1870), gave, not an exhaustive list of sins, but a general approach to the examination of conscience. They include: “the sin of giving entrance into one’s heart to any unreasonable suspicion or unfair judgment against a fellow human person. The sin of introducing talk about another’s defects, or offending charity in any other way, even lightly. The sin of omitting, out of laziness, our spiritual practices or of performing them with voluntary neglect. The sin of having a disordered affection for somebody. The sin of having a vain esteem for oneself, or of taking vain satisfaction in things pertaining to us. The sin of receiving the holy sacraments in a careless way, with distractions and other irreverences, and without a serious preparation.

Impatience, resentment, any failure to accept disappointments as coming from God’s Hand all put obstacles in the way of the decrees and dispositions of Divine Providence concerning us. The sin of giving ourselves an occasion that can even remotely blemish a spotless condition of holy purity. The sin of seeking to pursue the road of virtue, not under the direction of obedience, but under the guidance of one’s own whims.’ As 21st century disciples of Christ, if we must be faithful to the propagation of Christ’s message of repentance, we will need to first and foremost realise our own need of mercy, healing and forgiveness. God bless you all. Fr. John Ikechukwu Echewodo Parish Priest



Christmas 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 


Lenten Progam





Ash Wednesday – Mass at 7pm

Stations of the Cross – Every Friday at 7pm

Mass Times :


Christmas Message from Archbishop Mark Coleridge