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.

SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

AUSTRALIA DAY
falls on Saturday 26th January

Mass will be at 9:15am

at Our Lady Help of

Christians Church, Epping

Please come along and celebrate our national day with the Eucharist, praying that we may grow as a nation of peace and justice.

Our Parish Antioch Community
ANTIOCH WEEKEND
8th-10th February 2019 Antioch is once again calling on you generous parishioners from Epping and Carlingford to offer your homes for sleep groups for our upcoming weekend. On the nights of Friday 8th and Saturday 9th, we would only require you to provide transport to pick us up from the Carlingford meeting room, a space on your floor for us to sleep, and a return trip to the school the next morning.

We are also asking for donations of food items to help feed us over the weekend. If you can spare an hour or so, we would also appreciate your help in the kitchen. There are sheets at the back of each church for you to fill in for sleep groups, food donations, and kitchen helpers.
As always, we need your help to make our weekend a success.
Joanne 0416 030 927
FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD
(Candlemas) : SATURDAY 2nd FEBRUARY: we invite everyone to bring along a candle to be blessed (please note that no candles will be provided – please bring along your own candle to be part of your home prayer space).
Candlemas, coming 40 days after Christmas, celebrates the child Jesus being presented in the Temple and being recognised by Simeon as ‘the light of all peoples’. The blessing of candles before Mass begins and the procession into the church has been part of this feast since medieval times.

Mass (and the blessing of candles) will be celebrated at Epping at the 9:15am Mass.
This week's parish bulletin
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