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.

TWENTY_FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Dear Parishioners,

At all Masses this weekend we will see a brief video clip featuring Archbishop Tim Costelloe explaining the upcoming 2020 Plenary Council and the process which will be used in the lead-up to the Council. As you may be aware The Plenary Council 2020 is a gathering of the Church in Australia to make decisions for the future. We are invited to gather together as local communities, with the Holy Spirit in our midst, and listen and speak about God’s dream for our Church.

Your voice is important! You are invited to contribute and share your story to the Plenary Council agenda in coming weeks. You will be encouraged to speak boldly and with passion about your unique experience of faith and of the Church and to listen to others with an open and humble heart. In the coming weeks there will be opportunities provided in the parish for you to gather with your friends, parish community, family etc. to pray, talk and listen to one another. Your responses will then be submitted online.

In particular, we would like parishioners to come together in groups where possible to listen and share their insights and experiences. However, where this is not possible especially for those who are housebound you are still encouraged to make a personal response to the question, “what do you think God is asking of us in Australia at this time?

More information on how this can be done will be given over the coming weeks. Finally as mentioned a couple of weeks ago Parramatta Council has placed our DA for the proposed development of our Epping site on public exhibition where neighbours are given the opportunity to comment on the application.

Any comments made are then considered against the relevant planning controls.
As you know, as a parish we have had six parish forums and have tried to involve as many people as possible in the process of imagining the future of our Epping site. My hope is that what we do here at OLHC Epping will not only benefit the parish but the wider community of Epping also given the amount of time and consultation we have undertaken in recent years it would be beneficial if Council received submissions in support of our application.

If you would like to make such a submission the DA reference is DA/586/2018 and all submissions need to be submitted by 25th September.

Also, there are available some reflection points which may assist you near the entrances to each of our Churches.

Please feel free to take one with you to assist in your response to Council.

As always we continue to keep all our parish initiatives in our prayers especially our new season of Alpha which begins on 26th September.

Fr Peter
This week's parish bulletin
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