Coomera Youth Ministry

            Coomera Venire’


Coomera Venire’ Leaders:  Cassandra & Anthony

Venirẽ is a Christ-centred relational team ministry that aims to build and foster a community of missionary disciples. Venirẽ delivers a holistic approach in teaching the Catholic faith and practises by empowering teens to know, love and serve Christ through interactive activities and games, spiritual talks and reflection, praise and worship, and complementary dinners. Coomera Venirẽ is one of the five new additions, accompanied by sibling Venirẽ groups in Surfers Paradise, Southport, Burleigh Heads and Tugan.

Important information:

  • When: Every 4th Friday
  • Venue: St Mary’s Worship Centre
  • Time: 6.00-8.30pm

SMC Youth-led Mass

Once a month, the Coomera Youth Band leads the congregation in an uplifting night of praise and worship, in addition to fellowship opportunities over supper and drinks.

Important information:

  • When: Every 3rd Sunday
  • Venue: St Mary’s Worship Centre
  • Time: 5.00-7.00pm

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Weekly Readings

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From Father John
Dear parishioners, visitors & friends,
 
In the last two weeks, we have known unprecedented horrors and heart-breaking news in Africa and in Christchurch, New Zealand. Across the world, human hearts were shattered and souls were wounded and devastated. On March 10th, 2019, an Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia going to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya crashed six minutes after take-off, killing all 157 people aboard. Less than a week later, on 15th March 2019, the world also witnessed another tragedy- the terrorist mass shootings at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and leaving 50 other people badly injured. Those who died in the plane crash and those who were gruesomely murdered in New Zealand, were just like us, ordinary members of God’s great family – humanity. Their deaths were unfortunate and regrettably sad. However, this is often the tremendous disproportion between what we want and what can sometimes be the existential reality of human life. Death is an indispensable part of human life. We are destined to die once and after that to be judged (Hebrew 9:27). However, the unpredictability of death is beyond us as humans. In the gospel of this weekend, Jesus challenges the belief that every tragedy or disaster that happens is often a form of punishment from God. Christ rejects this idea and instead tells all those listening to Him that when people die either through plane crash, or through terrorist attacks, or when people are swept away by cyclone, or overcome by bush fire or when people experience any form of hardship, these should be opportunities for the living to reflect on the infinite mercy of God and repent. In this life, there are so many things we take for granted. However, we will live in utter gratitude when we realise that everything is nothing but gifts from God. Many of us are frequent flyers. But how often have we used each successful trip as an opportunity to thank God for God’s saving grace? In our weekly or daily gathering for Mass, what stops us from being attacked, like our Muslim brothers and sisters were attacked on 15th March? There is practically nothing, except God’s saving grace. The victims of the plane or those who were killed or wounded in Christchurch never deserved to die or be wounded. As the gospel continues, Jesus goes ahead to demonstrate how the image of God can be likened as the gardener who wants to give plants in the garden all the necessary help they need to mature and bear good fruit. This gospel also gets to the heart of what Lent is all about. True repentance is not about being obsessed with sin – it is about recognising where God is at work in our lives and responding to God. There is a constant temptation amongst some Christians, who claim to be orthodox, to misrepresent the message of the gospel. For one thing, Jesus Christ was never afraid of speaking out. If Christ dismisses any link between sin and bad luck or misfortune, then we cannot claim that massive cyclone, or bush fire have anything to do with secularism or paganism. There is nothing in life, good or bad, casual or planned, which escapes God’s love. God is all-powerful and God has the power to do or stop things from happening. However, God has also given us humans the free will to make choices. Our choices are governed by our free will The late French Jesuit palaeontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955), spent an incredible amount of time trying to understand the correlation between evolution and faith. As a scientist cum mystic, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was a thinker and a man who found great delight in contemplation. He was known to have wondered why so many sincere, good hearted and gracious people did not believe in God. His observation and conclusion was: ‘they have not heard about God in the correct way.’ As Christians, we need to get our narrative about God right. In Lent, more than any other time of the year, we have ample opportunities to come back to God so that we can have a deeper and renewed understanding of who God is, so that we can represent God and His saving love in our nation where many are in desperate need of God’s saving love
 
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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