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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Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear parishioners Last week I announced the launch of a special appeal to raise additional funds for improvements to St Gerard’s Church including the repairs to the Church roof which have already been completed, the provision of carpet on the concrete areas and removal of the kneelers in the side sections of seating while retaining kneelers in the centre blocks, and finally the provision of a second projector and screen. The target for the Appeal is $55,000. Envelopes will be available at the ends of the seats should you wish to make a contribution. Copies of my letter from last week’s bulletin are also available at the back of each of the Churches in case you missed out on my rationale and explanation last weekend. I realise there are many calls on your finances and you do already contribute generously to the regular upkeep of the Parish. For this I am deeply grateful! A special appeal as we have had previously at Our Lady help of Christians is not something I take on likely but I am also aware of other major maintenance work which will need to be done soon on the roof of the Parish meeting room at Carlingford and some other work which will need to be paid directly from Parish funds. Since the weekend I have only had positive feedback on this proposal so if anyone has any further comments or questions regarding this Appeal or the work which is associated with it, could you please contact me as soon as possible. Secondly, in recent months the PPC and I have been discussing the matter of possible changes to the current schedule of Sunday Masses (including the Vigil on Saturday evenings). As you know currently all Mass times, with the exception of the Sunday night Mass at Epping, are on at exactly the same time at both Churches. On a small number of occasions we have almost been faced with having no priest available unexpectedly and due to the current schedule of Mass times there is no way one priest can possibly cover all Parish Masses in such an emergency. A slight realignment of times would also allow more options for Mass in the Parish. What follows is a PROPOSED schedule of possible Mass times to which the PPC and I would appreciate your feedback. I assure you no final decision has yet been made on the proposal and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and reflections. A decision will be made at the next PPC meeting in October. Our Lady Help of Christians: Vigil Mass (Saturday) 5pm or 6pm Sunday: 8:30, 10:15, 6:00pm St Gerard Majella: Vigil Mass (Saturday) 5:00pm or 6:00pm Sunday: 7:45, 9:30 Fr Peter
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