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.

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Parishioners,

During the week the final report of the 2016 National Church Life Survey for our parish arrived on my desk, while in many respects there was much that was positive in the feedback especially when compared with other parishes across the Diocese, the report also highlighted many of the challenges we face to grow as vibrant missionary disciples of Jesus Christ. Over coming weeks I will share with you much of the information contained in the report for your own personal reflection.

Also, as part of our reflection on the National Church Life Survey as well as preparing for the next eighteen months, myself, the parish staff, members of the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Committee will be meeting next Saturday for a half day prayer and planning session. We ask your prayers as we further reflect on your wishes for the parish expressed in the NCL Survey, information from previous parish forums and in the existing Parish Pastoral Plan. At all masses this weekend we will pray the following prayer for the success of this important gathering of contributors to the health and growth of our parish and I invite you to continue to pray this prayer privately throughout the coming week:

PRAYER


God our Father, we pray that on this Planning Day our Priests, Pastoral Council, Finance Committee and Parish staff may be guided by your wisdom, your love and the abiding presence of your Spirit.

For your wisdom teaches us about what is truly important and gives us the courage to do the right thing.

Your love reminds us of our compassion for all your children who are in need.

Your Spirit empowers us to build a community of faith that is characterised by joy, creativity and a spirit of service.

May this planning lay the foundations for the growth in faith of myself and every person in our community as a Missionary Disciple of Jesus.

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Fr Peter

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