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.


This weekend we will be farewelling Fr Anselam at the 6pm Vigil Mass at St Gerard’s Carlingford. At the conclusion of Mass, we will adjourn to the parish meeting room where we will enjoy fellowship and a light supper.

Fr Anselam will take up his new appointment at Holy Name Parish Wahroonga on Monday 17th September. We wish him every blessing for the future and our sincere gratitude for his ministry and presence among us!

Martino our seminarian, currently studying for the priesthood at the Seminary of the Good Shepherd, Homebush will be inducted into the ministry of Lector as part of his formation to the priesthood. The induction will take place at the 10:15am Mass on Sunday 30th September by Fr David Ranson, Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Broken Bay.

The Seminarian at the end of the second year petitions for and if accepted receives the Ministry of Lector. This calls them to be servants of the Living Word of God.

Prayer for those Affected by Drought

God of all creation hear our prayer;
bring us rain to renew the ground,
to replenish our dams, to activate seeds,
to bring the possibility of some reward
to those who have worked so hard.
We turn to you in faith and hope.
We pray for families, rural communities and
all affected by drought in our Great South Land.
We pray for all those who live under the shadow of
We pray for those who work with the land,
for farmers and their families,
for those who rely upon the land for their life
and relationships.
We pray for contractors, merchants and truck drivers, for rural counsellors and support workers, for all in our rural communities.
May the revitalising power of your Spirit be present in miraculous and truly human ways and be with all of us as we move forward in the days ahead.
We pray too, for justice; for fair prices for our stock, our wool and our grain.
We pray for governments, banks and corporations.
May they be driven by wisdom, generosity, justice and compassion.
We pray for each other, keep us aware of the needs
of those around us; for those who are struggling,
and those carrying heavy burdens.
Restore those who are far from you
with the knowledge that they are loved and valued.
Give them not just a sense of renewal,
but a sense of hope and purpose for lives
that are finding the journey hard.
Bring us rain to renew us, Lord.
We make this prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen
Our Lady of the Southern Cross. Pray for us.
This week's parish bulletin
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