Parish Pastoral Council

Parish Pastoral Councils were formed after Vatican II.

I include this quote from Cardinal Roger Mahony

“The Parish is no longer a place where parishioners go to have their needs met (as consumers,passive recipients) but a place where one and all are challenged to exercise their baptismal calling.

The challenge to move beyond a consumer mentality to a mission mentality”

The role of the Parish Pastoral Council is

  • to have an overview of the Parish,
  • to develop the vision for the mission of the Church in the Parish,
  • to plan for the continuing growth of the Parish,
  • to advise on the arrangements that need to be in place so that the ministries can properly fulfil their roles

The Parish Pastoral Council is usually appointed for a period of two years

The following are members of the Parish Pastoral Council for 2012-2013


Father Antony Vadakara Father Antony Father Antony Vadakara .(Our Parish Priest)is of course on the Parish Pastoral Council.

Father Antony is a member of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate community.

It is our duty to advise and assist Father Antony on the needs of the Parish.

Tom McGuireTom McGuire Tom McGuire (Chairperson)
My Father’s ancestors were Siganto,Corcoran and Veivers families who are spread throughout the northern Gold Coast,Canungra and Beaudesert.

Our ancestral Homestead was on an 800 acre dairy farm nearwhat is now the Logan Tavern.I have a long history with the Surf Lifesaving movement

I am a retired Queensland Police Officer.

I live at Benowa and have always liked St.Mary’s parish and have been a parishioner for about 4 years.

I am serving as an Acolyte and am the co-ordinator of the Acolyte and Altar Servers roster.

I also help on various Liturgy committees such as Easter and Christmas

Jeff SommersJeff Sommers. Jeff Sommers (Vice Chairperson).I moved into the parish from the Newcastle area in Jan 2010.

I have been a Minister of the Word since the 1970s.

When I arrived in St Mary’s Parish I joined the roster for Ministers of The Word.

When Father Antony asked for people interested in becoming an acolyte  I transferred to that ministry.

On the Parish Pastoral Council I am helping with Faith Formation and upgrading the Parish website

Damian NelsonDamian Nelson The Nelson family first moved to Helensvale in 1986 becoming part of the Catholic community that celebrated mass once each Sunday in our little timber church in Oxenford.

Soon we were to become a mission and then a parish. Damian served on the first parish council.

In 2004 the Nelsons left to volunteer in East Timor. When we returned our little timber church had been moved to a site adjacent to a brand new worship centre in Coomera and our little community was not so little any more.

Damian is a Catholic secondary school teacher. He is presently teaching at Trinity College in Beenleigh, and for a period of five years Damian worked with Catholic Mission.

He is very grateful for the support he gets from his wife Carolyn and his two children Dominic and Caitin.

Marina Guillaume My name is Marina Guillaume and I originally come from India.

I moved to Australia in 1990.  My husband Henri serves as an Acolyte and our son Gabriel is an Altar Server and was Fr Adrian’s first Altar Server. My daughter Sarah and I are Lectors at Mass.

We moved to Upper Coomera in 2006 and have been part of this Parish since then.  After WYD 2008, Father Adrian approached us to start a Rosary Group in the Parish and it has been going on ever since.

We pray the Rosary in the Chapel every Tuesday at 6pm.  Apart from our Rosary Group, we help Fr Antony with the First Friday Benediction and Mass, which also begins at 6pm.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) This is the Gospel mandate which my family try to live by.  Jesus is the center of our lives and we strive each day to be more like Him.

Karen LambertonKaren Lamberton I am Karen Lamberton (nee Hickey) and I have been in St Mary’s Parish since I moved to the Gold Coast and got married, in 2001. I am originally from Brisbane, although I have also lived and worked in Armidale, Taree, Manilla and Stanthorpe.

I was first asked to help at a Car Boot Sale, way back in 2002! Since then my involvement has grown and grown.

I have been involved in many different ministries: Liturgy, Hospitality, Sacristan, relief Office Administration, Welcome, Children’s Liturgy, mass music chooser (back in the days of cassettes!), Care and Concern, Market & Car Boot Sale committee……

As well as my Pastoral Council Secretarial duties, I am currently an active AV operator, lector, extraordinary minister of Communion and Children’s Sacramental Team member.

These roles keep me quite busy and I couldn’t do this without the great support from my husband, Terry!


Robyn DortRobyn Dort. I have been a member of St Mary’s Parish since 2001 when my husband and I first moved to Ormeau. For a number of years I have been a member of the Sacramental Program and have in the past been a part of the Baptism Preparations and the RCIA teams. I am an Extraordinary Communion Minister and an assistant to Bill Cole Mass as co-ordinator at the 7:30 am Mass on Sunday mornings. My brief on the Parish Council is Welcoming and I will be looking soon to get a team of people together who have a special calling, time and ideas to make St Mary’s even a more welcoming Parish especially to new Parishoners and the familes of the newly Baptised and of the children who come for the Sacramental Program.
Graham HughesGraham Hughes. I have been a member of the Parish since early in the Vincentian Mission times of the 90s and was an active participant in the choir for many years.

I have been a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Conference for most of that time

Susan RyanSusan Ryan My name is Susan Ryan.

I am married to David and we have 4 children.

We have been part of the St.Mary’s Parish Community since 2008.

Apart from being on the Parish Pastoral Council I co-ordinate the preparation for Baptism of Infants program and I also run the Youth Group which is held at our home every second Friday

Frank OlsonFrank Olson. We have been in Upper Coomera Parish since 2009, after Karin & I moved up from our home at Rooty Hill, in the Parramatta Diocese.

Since arriving at the Parish I have become a reader, communion minister, Acolyte (instituted in 1982), a Parish Pastoral Council member and Parish Finance Council member.

I assist Karin with the Parish Sacramental program,and generally help out Fr Antony with the Parish Office administration.

My main interest is our St Marys Parish, but only in a supporting role to Fr Antony, and not in any way a “Chief” of anything.