Fourth Sunday of Lent
Laetare ["Rejoice"] Sunday
Thank you for all your prayers during my two and a half weeks of annual leave. I enjoyed a wonderful break and can definitely recommend Halong Bay in Vietnam…even though it was misty throughout the entire time I was there! Special thanks also to Fr Anselam and the parish staff for looking after the parish so well during my absence.
There are a couple of matters I need to share with you:
This weekend we welcome various speakers from Caritas who will help to enlighten us further on how the money we contribute to Project Com-passion is used to assist in the building up of communities in the Asia Pacific area. A special thanks to you all for the generosity you show each year in supporting this important area of our Lenten observance!
A few weeks ago I mentioned that our current Parent Couple Sue and Mark were stepping down from their role in supporting our young people in Antioch. The departure of Mark and Sue means we urgently need to find parent couples who could assist on Sunday evenings as well as help coordinate and prepare our annual Antioch weekend. This responsibility to find parents who are willing to assist our young people is the responsibility of ALL parishioners. Otherwise if no one comes forward then the parishioners are saying that you are not able to provide for this Antioch youth ministry and despite the vibrant group of youth that we now have, especially after our last weekend, we would have to seriously consider whether we are able to continue with Antioch. So the choice is up to you! If you might be interested or know someone we might approach concerning this role please send the details to my email address or contact the parish office. Sue and Mark or myself can also give more information about the role and can be contacted via the parish office.
Most importantly I ask your prayers that we might find some suitable parents who can share this role and continue to support the youth of our parish!
Part of the feedback we have had consistently from Parish forums and written submissions concerns the provision of spiritual development and in particular Parish Retreats which are not too far from the Parish.
I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO CON-SIDER BEING PART OF OUR PARISH EASTER RETREAT ON SATURDAY 29TH APRIL AT ST BENEDICTS MONASTREY, ARCADIA COMMENCING AROUND 10.30 AND CONCLUDING AT 4PM.
We are very fortunate to have our previous Bishop, David Walker to guide us through this day which will offer time to listen, reflect and pray together. If you are attending could you please indicate this on the sheets of paper at the back of each of the churches. There is no set cost for the day and you are welcome to make a donation if you wish.
EPPING CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS:
The conclusion of our centenary celebrations for OLHC Epping will occur on the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, 24th May 2017. To mark this occasion we will be launching an updated history of the Epping Catholic community. Please see page 4 of the bulletin for more information. Please note this publication will take the place of our Bridge magazine which normally would be publishes around this time.
Welcome to the new Rector of the Epping Anglican Parish
We would like to take this opportunity to offer the Right Reverend Ross Nicholson, the new Rector of the Epping Anglican Parish the warmest of welcomes on the Commencement of his Ministry.
May the Lord richly bless him and make him a blessing among the people of his parish.
This week's parish bulletin
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