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.

FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Parishioners,

When you read this, the Broken Bay Year of Youth Cross will be with us as we commence hosting the Cross for the two-week period from today 14th July until 27th July.

More detail on each of the events are set out in the brochures which are available at the back of each of the Churches. We invite you, whether you are young or not so young, to come along to as many of the events as you are able to make, as we celebrate the Year of Youth.

Our celebrations commence with the Reception Mass this weekend at the 6:00pm Vigil Mass at St Gerard’s Church, followed by a Reception Dinner in the St Gerard’s Parish Hall.

During the two-week period, we will be holding 12 events to celebrate the Year of Youth, and details on each of the events are set out in the Brochures which are still available at the back of each of the Churches. We invite you, whether you are young or not so young, to come along to as many of the events as you are able to make, as we celebrate the Year of Youth.

If you are able to join us and support the success of the events over the two-week period, please do so. If you are coming to events that include supper or refreshments, we ask that you please bring along a plate of food to share. If you would like to assist at any of the events please contact the Parish Office on 9868 2853, or Kevin Macdonald on 0427 906 960.

One of our central celebrations is the Procession of the Year of Youth Cross event where we are processing the Year of Youth Cross from St Gerard’s Church to Our Lady Help of Christians’ Church on the afternoon of Saturday 21st July. The celebration commences with afternoon tea at St Gerard’s Church from 1:30pm, with the opening prayer and procession starting at 2:00pm. The Procession is being undertaken in 5 stages, stopping for prayer and reflection at 4 stops (Parishioner’s front yards and Boronia Park) along the way, with the Procession arriving at Our Lady Help of Christians’ Church by 4:30pm for final prayers and refreshments (in time for the Cross to be received during the 5:00pm Vigil Mass).

Whilst we welcome everyone to join us on the entire 4.8km pilgrimage, you are welcome to walk one or more stages if the whole walk sounds a bit daunting.

Maps of the final Cross Procession route are at the back of each of the Churches, as well as a planned running sheet for the Procession itself. If you plan to come to this event, please have a look at the Map and Running Sheet to familiarise yourself for next weekend.

For those coming along, please remember to bring along a hat, sunscreen (since it won’t be raining!) and water to drink along the way (water will be available when we stop at Boronia Park). We plan to recite the rosary as we process, so please bring along rosary beads if you have them.

One last suggestion for those attending is that we suggest that you consider car-pooling with at least one other person to get to the event. We suggest this noting that you will need to be able to leave and collect your vehicles at/from various locations as you walk the Procession route. For example, if you are walking from St Gerard’s Church to Our Lady Help of Christians’ Church, we suggest you car-pool with at least one other person coming on the Procession, and that one vehicle is left at Our Lady Help of Christians’ Church and the car pool group then drive to St Gerard’s Church to commence the Procession. This will enable you to then drive from Our Lady Help of Christians’ Church to St Gerard’s Church at the end of the Procession to collect the second vehicle.

Please join us in the celebrations of the Year of Youth Cross. If you would like further information, please contact the Parish Office (9868 2853), Fr Joey (by email or through the Parish Office), or Kevin Macdonald on 0427 906 960.
On behalf of the entire parish I would like to thank all those who have so generously given their time and talent to assist in these preparations. May the presence of this Cross be a sign of unity, hope and transformation for all of us especially our young people.

Fr Peter

Parish Youth Forum
As mentioned in last week’s Bulletin, we will be holding a Parish Youth Forum as part of the Year of Youth celebrations. The Forum, in which the Australian Catholic Bishops are inviting us to enter into a prayerful discernment about the important and life-giving presence of young people in the local Church and society, will be held on Sunday 9th September, after the 10:15am Mass at Epping in the Our Lady Help of Christians’ Parish Hall. More details will be available of the coming weeks.

This week's parish bulletin
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