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Sacramental Program 2018 Registration Night

Registrations for the Sacramental Program will be open on the following nights.

Children must be in year 3 NOW going into year 4 in 2018 to be eligible to register.

  • Thursday 7th September at 6pm
  • Saturday 9th September at 7pm (after the 6pm Mass)

Click Here to download the Registration Form.

 

Sacramental Program 2016-2017

 

 

Welcome to the Sacramental Program 2016 

St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, Coomera invites Parents of Children baptised in the Catholic Faith who are currently in YEAR 3 or above to Register for 2016 – 2017 Sacramental Program

The Registration Nights are on Thursday 6th October 2016 at 6pm and on Saturday 8th October 2016 at 7pm

Fr. John Echewodo

Parish Priest


The Timetable (2016 - 2017)

3 November 2016 – Parent’s Night (6-9 PM)

This is the first session which is dedicated to Parents of the children where we will explain the program and how you can assist your children in understanding their faith.

Guidelines and information for the Children Sessions:

When the children’s training begins there will be a general discussion and then we break up into our groups to answer individual questions and go through the workbooks.

It is essential that at least one parent sits with the child during this time so that they are aware of what is being taught.

Some children will not ask questions in a group but will ask a parent when they return home.

Children’s understanding is essential to the success of the program and their continuing in their faith

All Children’s sessions are from 6.00pm. to 7.30 pm, please below a summary of the topics and the dates.

Foundation 

  • 10 November 2016 – Creed – God the Father
  • 17 November 2016 – Creed – God the Son
  • 24 November 2016- Creed -God the Holy Spirit and the Church
  • 19 and 20 November 2016 (Weekend Masses) Presentation of Our Father

Sacrament of Confirmation

  • 2 March 2017- Introduction to the Sacraments
  • 9 March 2017- The Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism and Introduction to Confirmation)
  • 16 March 2017- Confirmation (Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit)
  • 18 and 19 March 2017 (Weekend Masses) – Presentation of the Creed

(Break)

May 11 2017- Confirmation Revision and Practice

[Confirmation date will be in May 2017- Exact date to be confirmed by the Archbishop]

Sacrament of Reconciliation 

  • 17 August 2017- The Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • 24 August 2017- the Concept of Sin and Examination of Conscience
  • Week of 26 September 2017 – Reconciliation Night (To be confirmed)

Note: This will be a short training in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

A more in depth training about Reconciliation will be scheduled 0n 2018 when these children will be older and better able to understand.

Sacrament of Communion (Eucharist)

  • 5 October 2017- Eucharist Part 1
  • 12 October 2017- Eucharist Part 2
  • 22 October 2017 – First Communion

This should only be regarded as their first Communion. It is God’s wish that there are many more to follow

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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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