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.

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

This week we celebrate the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Please note the times of Masses on this day.

If anyone has old palm braches, which could be burnt to make the ashes for Wednesday’s Masses could you deliver them to the Parish Office no later than 10am on Tuesday.

As mentioned in last week’s bulletin during the coming weeks, we will have the opportunity to reflect on the gift of God’s Mercy through our Lenten discussion groups, Ecumenical prayer gatherings on Tuesday nights, the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays at each of our Churches, as well as immediately prior to the great week of Easter. Also, in keeping with the penitential theme of Lent, many of our younger children and their families will be preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Add to that our Antioch youth weekend, Fr Geoff’s Silver Jubilee celebration, preparing for Epping’s centenary as a parish as well as the ongoing work surrounding the development of the Epping area and its impact on our site here at OLHC, the next two months promise to be if nothing else a time of much activity here in the Parish!

Finally my apologies for not mentioning another of our parishioners, Barry Wilde, who was listed in this year’s Australian Day awards. Congratulations to Barry and Moya Potts on the wonderful contribution they have made to our Church and local communities.

Fr Peter
This week's parish bulletin
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