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.

HOLY WEEK TIMETABLE

On Tuesday of Holy Week the Mass of the Chrism will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, 23 Yardley Ave, Waitara at 7:30pm. At this Mass the oils for baptism, confirmation, ordination, & anointing of the sick are blessed by the bishop. Please try to come - it is the time in Holy Week when the whole diocese is asked to come together with Bishop Peter Comensoli.

THE EASTER TRIDUUM

From Holy Thursday evening to Holy Saturday Morning Prayer inclusive we will, as usual, have a celebration of each of the liturgies below in BOTH our churches at the same time as set out below:
HOLY THURSDAY - No morning Mass.
EVENING MASS OF THE LORD'S SUPPER: 7:30PM
After Mass, if you would like to remain or return later in the evening, there will be prayer before the Eucharist in the chapel of repose. This will conclude with Night Prayer, at 10:30pm (at the Altar of Repose – in the Meeting Room under the Church at Epping and in the Parish Hall at Carlingford). Please try to come for some of this vigil of prayer - to spend some time with the Lord ‘in the garden of Gethsemane.'

GOOD FRIDAY – No morning Mass.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS : 10AM
SOLEMN LITURGY OF THE LORD'S PASSION: 3:00PM

HOLY SATURDAY – No morning Mass or Reconciliation
HOLY SATURDAY MORNING PRAYER: 10:00AM
Holy Saturday is traditionally a day of solemn vigil [and fast], of waiting for the resurrection. Mass & the sacraments are not celebrated on this day. However, to spend some of this vigil of prayer together, there will be:
MORNING PRAYER at 10:00am.
HOLY SATURDAY VIGIL MASS – 7:00pm at St Gerard’s
There is NO Holy Saturday Vigil Mass at Our Lady Help of Christians on Holy Saturday.

If you are coming along to the Easter Vigil, would you mind bringing a plate to share at the Easter supper. It would be most appreciated.
This week's parish bulletin
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