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.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Dear Parishioners

My sincere thanks to all of you who joined in our Eucharistic celebration at St Gerard’s last Saturday evening! Bishop Peter asked me to convey his sincere thanks to all of you for the warm welcome you gave him and the wonderful “spirit” he felt both in the Church and at the Supper afterwards in the Parish Meeting Room. A special word of thanks to all those who assisted in the preparation and leading of the Mass as well as those who provided the wonderful supper and assisted in the setting up and cleaning of the meeting room!

Please read the summary of the last PPC meeting which appears in today’s bulletin. Just a couple of comments. Firstly, I want to assure everyone that currently I am trying to get the best advice on how to proceed with possible ways of responding to the Epping Urban Development and that no decisions will be made until a thorough consultation process with the Parish has been undertaken. Secondly, you will notice reference is made to the upcoming Parish Immersion Experience to Broome. The purpose, which will be explored more deeply over the weeks ahead, is not only to experience ‘firsthand’ the great work which the Church is doing in this part of God’s Vineyard but also to understand and appreciate more deeply the tremendous gift of indigenous spirituality and culture. The dates for the trip will be from the 22 August to the 1 September 2015. More details can be found in the notice in the bulletin.

Finally I am sure we all have been saddened by the news of the executions of people including Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran this past week. Our Church takes a strong stand against the use of Capital Punishment and supports the sanctity of all human life from the moment of conception. We commend these men and all those who have been killed in this way to God and pray for their families in their loss and sorrow. We also remember those who have lost their lives in Nepal and the relief efforts currently under way. Envelopes are available in both Churches if you wish to make a donation to Caritas Australia or you can visit their website as indicated in the notice in this week’s bulletin. As always thank you for your generosity!

Fr Peter
This week's parish bulletin
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