Rites of Christian Initiation of Adults

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 The RCIA is the Liturgical and Catechetical process,designed for adults attracted by Christ and His teachings

It supports and asista them as they seek yo respond more deeply and to enter into the communion of the Catholic Church.

The journey of initiation into the Catholic Church is a gradual process and takes place within the community of the faithful.

Team members from the parish meet with the candidates,usually weekly and these sessions provide the framework which enables candidates to grow in understanding of the faith,and to gradually become part of the parish community of faith and its way of life.

A typical session would begin with exploring the Sunday Gospel, looks at its links to life and its connection to the Liturgical Celebration. Discussions then explore the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church.

The journey of faith has no definite time limit and often varies between six months and one year.

Throughout the Catholic Church however,the Baptism of Adults will usually take place during the celebration of the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night.

For further information please contact RCIA co-ordinator Anne Cheung   or the Parish Office

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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