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.

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Parishioners,

It is with great delight that I can announce the launch of the new parish website this week! One of the key priorities in the Parish Pastoral Plan for 2018-2019 was the modernisation and updating of the parish website. In order to access the new parish website please go to www.bbcatholic.org.au/eppingcarlingford. We have also redirected the previous URL to the new address.

The modernised website is simple and easy to use across various device forms with quick access to key information and latest news from the parish.

Thank you to all who volunteered your time and skills to revamp and modernise our parish website. I would like to offer a particular word of thanks to Mark Stanton and Siby Joseph who contributed their talents and many long hours of hard work in ensuring that we now have an important tool for spreading the “Good News” of Jesus Christ especially as it is lived within the Catholic parish of Epping and Carlingford. A special thanks must also go to Ezra Szandala, Digital Communications Officer in the Office of Communications – Diocese of Broken Bay as well as the wonderful cooperation of our parish secretaries, Maree and Dennis.

This is an exciting time for our parish and we hope you find this as a great communication tool enabling parishioners to access information about the life of the parish, its resources, programs and latest on the upcoming events.

Secondly, I would also like to thank those that gave personal testimonies last weekend about their experience of being part of the Lenten reflection programme. Once again I extend an invitation to ALL parishioners to consider being part of this experience of faith and parish community in 2019. One day a week for six weeks is the commitment being asked of you and we will do everything possible to find a time and venue which suits your schedule. Please find registration forms in the seats and return them to the boxes at the entrances to the church or the parish office.

Finally, Joanna Mak, our new youth minister will be speaking briefly at Carlingford this weekend and then Epping the following weekend. This is the first time in a number of years that we have had a Youth Minister here in the parish and her speaking over these weeks gives us all a wonderful opportunity to get to know her a bit more. As has been the tradition in the past you will have an opportunity to financially support her work by contributing via the envelopes in the seats and placing your contribution with any of the two collections over the next couple of weekends.

Fr Peter

This week's parish bulletin
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