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.


Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday


Christmas Eve Evening, 24th December

Christmas Vigil Mass

5:00pm at St Gerard’s

6:00pm at Our Lady Help of Christians

These are both Children's Masses. If possible the children are invited to bring a small gift to place under the tree. We invite you to provide your child with a gift-wrapped card containing a small monetary donation towards the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal.
The children will be invited to place their gifts under the tree during the procession of gifts in the middle of the Mass.

St Gerard’s, Carlingford

Night Mass: 10:00pm Mass

Preceded by Carols at 9:30pm

Our Lady Help of Christians, Epping

Midnight Mass

Preceded by Carols at 11:30pm.

Christmas Day 25th December

St Gerard’s Carlingford

7:45am, 9:30am

Our Lady Help of Christians’ Epping

8:30am, 10:15am 6:00pm Mass
Advent -The Sacrament

of Reconciliation:

In preparation for Christmas, there will be a celebration of the Second Rite of Reconciliation for both our communities at Our Lady Help of Christians’ Church at Epping on Wednesday 19th December at 7:30pm.

Please make this a priority as a number of priests will be available.

Our December Healing & Anointing Mass and Christmas Luncheon:

the Mass will be celebrated in the Church this Wednesday, 19th December at 11am. To be followed by a light Christmas luncheon in the parish meeting room. Could both catering teams help out. Thank you!

All are welcome - and we especially invite all our senior parishioners to this end of year gathering.

To celebrate Ann Milling’s 11 years of leadership as
Principal at St Gerard’s Catholic School,
a Mass of Thanksgiving will be held on
Wednesday, 19th December at 9.30am
St Gerard’s Church, Carlingford
Morning tea will follow Mass.(/center>

This week's parish bulletin
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