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.

First Sunday of Advent

Dear Parishioners,

During this past week Pope Francis announced that Bishop Peter Comensoli would be installed the third Bishop of Broken Bay. We congratulate him and pray for him as he takes up his new appointment as Bishop of our Diocese. Bishop Peter was originally ordained a priest for the Diocese of Wollongong before being ordained as an auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Sydney. All parishioners are invited to the Instillation on Friday 12th December at 11am at the Cathedral at Waitara. RSVPs are essential by Thursday 4th December. Email or phone 98470516. Those who attend and are unable to find seating in the Cathedral will be provided seating in The Light of Christ Centre where the Instillation will be streamed live.

Due to the possible inconvenience of the time of the Instillation on a Friday morning, Bishop Peter has also asked parishioners be notified that he will celebrate a special Mass before Christmas in each of the deaneries of the Diocese as way of meeting as many people as possible. In our deanery, there will be two Masses available to which you are all invited, 5.30pm on Saturday 13th December at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Normanhurst, and on Sunday 14th at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara at 6pm.

Last Sunday I meant to make reference to the Parish Assembly which took place on the previous Sunday 16th November at Epping. Over eighty parishioners gathered after a successful sausage sizzle and morning tea to reflect and discuss the four major priority areas and the strategies identified by the PPC as well as contribute additional ways forward in our planning for the coming year. It was great to hear the animated voices and at times differing opinions on various aspects of our life together as Church. Such conversations can provide the seed ground from which the Holy Spirit guides us into God’s future for our parish. A report will be made available soon for the Parish on the Assembly as well as further opportunities for all parishioners to contribute to the implementation of the Parish Plan. My special thanks go to the PPC, the cooks, and in particular our facilitator Gail Gill for all the wise counsel and guidance she has given both in the lead up as well as on the day itself.

This Sunday marks the beginning of the new Church Year with the First Sunday of Advent. The bulletin sets out many ways we can enter into this season of anticipation as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ this Christmas. I encourage you during this busy season to make time to be still and ‘listen’ to the beauty which Advent waiting reveals!

Fr Peter
This week's parish bulletin
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