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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,
 
This weekend we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord to wrap up the Christmas season. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, ‘baptism is a founda- tional sacrament. It is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. It is also through baptism that we are freed from original sin and reborn as sons and daughters of God and also become members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church’ (1213). Saint Luke’s account of Jesus’ baptism is almost the same as that of Matthew and Mark, but Luke does differ from the others on a few things. Saint Luke is the only evangelist who added that Jesus was baptised ‘when all the people had been baptised.’ Perhaps, it might be worth asking why Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist. The baptism that John the Baptist administered to the people was a baptism of repentance of sins (Lk 3:3). All who came to John the Baptist had one thing in mind – to repent of their sins. If this was the case, why then would Jesus Christ who knew no sin (Hebrew 4:15) accept to undertake a baptism which amongst other things is for the forgiveness of sins? In Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism, John objected to giving Jesus baptism, “It is I who need baptism from you, and yet you come to me.” (Matt 3:14). Jesus Christ was baptised to fulfil all righteousness. “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfil all righteous- ness.” (Matt 3:15). The sinless Christ had no personal sin to take into the River Jordan but He had the sins of the world. In other words, as Christ stepped into the water of baptism, Christ carried with Him, the sins of the world. This prefigures Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross for the redemption and salva- tion of the world. The cross did not come to Christ unawares. Right from the beginning, everything in the life of Christ pointed to Christ’s salvific mission on the cross. No wonder, Jesus Christ remains the only one in history, who was born not only to live but also die. This weekend, as we celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ, each of us has a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our own individual baptism and what it means to us. If we were baptised as little children, our baptism would make no sense if we do not make it a point of duty to renew and live out our baptismal vocation daily. Baptism is not a magic formula recited over us by the priest or deacon to wash off original sin and give us a chance of getting to heaven. Like the other sacraments, baptism has a lasting effect. The grace of baptism has to be lived out every day of our life. The grace of baptism marks us with a seal and makes us adopted sons and daughters of our loving God. We are special and highly privileged through the grace of baptism. “This is my beloved son, this is my beloved daughter,” was the silent voice of God which echoed when each of us was baptised. I hope and pray that just as the baptism of Jesus Christ marked the beginning of Christ’s public ministry, so too will our own baptism help us daily to realise our God-given place in the Church and in the world.
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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