In the year 2000 the two parishes of Epping and Carlingford entered a common relationship through the sharing of a single Parish Priest. Over the next six or seven years the parishes entered a process of increasing collaboration and sharing of resources and pastoral programmes, including the sharing of a common parish staff. In July 2007 the two parishes formally became one parish with the name of The Catholic Parish of Epping and Carlingford. In the model we are following however we still retain two distinct (though of course collaborating and cooperating) communities within our single parish structure the communities gathered around our two parish churches of St Gerard's at Carlingford and Our Lady Help of Christians' at Epping.

For more information about our way of working as two communities within one parish please click here.


Dear Parishioners,

This weekend concludes our parish celebration of First Holy Communion for 2017. Once again we congratulate the children and their families and welcome any visitors joining us at Epping this weekend. In particular, I thank the facilitators, parish staff, our two Principals and staff from our Parish Catholic schools, the catechists in our State schools and all who have assisted in the preparation of the children. Most importantly I thank, once again, Natasha Boswell (who is stepping down from the position of Sacramental Coordinator) and Lynn Siau for the wonderful work they have both done in leading and coordinating the First Eucharist programme this year. I have had much positive feedback from families and much of the credit goes to Natasha and Lynn...Thank you!!

Once again, I am pleased as part of a serious desire to seek to reinvigorate our parish, to announce that the Parish Pastoral Council has agreed to support the Alpha programme here at Epping and Carlingford, which will run from September to October. Alpha is a tool that introduces (or reintroduces) people to Jesus and the Christian faith, it allows people to have the chance to explore faith, ask questions about faith and life and share their point of view in a welcoming and friendly environment.

In our parish, it will be run over eight weeks. Alpha components consist of food, a video of about 30 minutes to start to unpack a particular question such as “Is there more to life than this? Why did Jesus die? etc., and finally, people gather in small groups to share thoughts and ideas about the topic. Ultimately Alpha is about bringing people to Jesus and to friendship with him, which is the heart of any genuine parish renewal, but does it in a way which builds community, is engaging and fun.

Finally, Fr Anselam and I will be joining Bishop Peter and the other clergy of the Diocese at St Joseph’s Baulkham Hills this week from Monday evening to Friday morning for our annual Clergy Conference. This is a live-in conference giving us time to reflect and pray together on issues facing our Diocese, to renew friendships, relax and support our brother priests and deacons. Please keep us and the fruits of this coming week for the life of our Diocese in your prayers.

Fr Peter

This week's parish bulletin
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