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.

Pentecost Sunday

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Birthday!! Today’s Feast of Pentecost celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit as the abiding presence of God with the Church for all time. In so doing it is also referred to as the ‘birthday’ of the Church as it is sent forth to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all creation. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and inspire us as a community of Gods people that in all we do and say we may faithfully work to remove all barriers to the unity prayed for by the Risen Lord!

May 24th also marks the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. In 1844 at the First Provincial Synod of Sydney, Our Lady Help of Christians was chosen as the Patroness of Australia. Our Church at Epping also bears Mary’s title and in a special way this weekend we entrust ourselves to her intercession giving thanks for the many blessings that have been bestowed not only within the community at Epping but throughout the entire parish. Please note that due to this Sunday being the Feast of Pentecost we will have an additional Mass on Monday at Epping at 12.15pm in honour of Our Lady Help of Christians. It also has been brought to my attention that next year marks the centenary of the establishment of the Parish of Epping. More information will be given after our next Parish Pastoral Council meeting on a proposed way forward to begin preparing for this celebration.

Finally if anyone who put forward an expression of interest for our parish immersion experience at Beagle Bay has not received information about our Information Evening this week, could you please contact Maree at the Parish Office ASAP.

Fr Peter
This week's parish bulletin
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