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.

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners What a wonderful day we had at St Gerardís last Sunday as we celebrated the 50th Anniversary of St Gerardís Primary School!! Not only was the weather fantastic, but the huge numbers of families, past and present students, the excellent preparation and celebration of our Mass as well as the special exhibitions in classrooms, the band, food, the cake, etc. all combined to make the day a wonderful example of what community and church is meant to be. My sincere thanks to all those who assisted and gave so generously of their time and talent. A special word of thanks and congratulations must go to our wonderful St Gerardís School community especially our fantastic Principal Ann Milling, our teachers especially our RECóErin Martin, the P & F in particular Michael Sharp and the children who prepared so many of the displays and took a prominent role in leading our Mass. A special word of thanks also to Fr Vince Casey, our Diocesan Administrator and past Assistant Priest of St Gerardís for being with us and sharing some of his memories of his time in the parish. Secondly, you will notice that at St Gerardís Church the new projection equipment has been installed and the carpet has been laid around the seating areas. My particular thanks to Pat McArdle for his generous time in organising and being present when the carpet was being laid and organising the slight adjustment of Our Ladyís shrine. Currently we are looking at a combination of the current tiles and new carpet for the Sanctuary area so that the entire space will blend together. We will now have to seriously look at replacing the roof of the Carlingford parish meeting room and offices. Thanks to all who have contributed to the St Gerardís Roof and Renovation Appeal!! This week at the 10am Mass at Epping we celebrate the great work of our Catechists in our Parish State Schools and welcome our students and families. We are greatly blessed in the way the Good News of Jesus is shared and nurtured through the generosity of our Catechists! Finally we also welcome our guest speakers who join us as we have our annual Mission Appeal this weekend at all Masses. Please be generous as we support the work of missionaries in Australia and abroad. Fr Peter
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