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.

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

On the 4th Sunday of Easter (22nd April), the Church throughout the world prays in a particular way, for those God is calling to embrace a vocation to priesthood and religious life.
• Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead. • Keep the priests of our parish in your prayers throughout the week.
• Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or Religious brother or sister.
• Pray a rosary (or some special prayer) for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.

2018 Synod on Youth & Vocations

In October 2018, hundreds of bishops will gather in Rome for a special synod on “Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” Their purpose is to discuss the ways that young people encounter Jesus in today’s world and to ensure the Church is helping them to discover their vocations.

Our First Reading—Acts 4:8-12

Summary: Peter heals a crippled man, is jailed, and then addresses the people, assuring them that these miraculous works are one through the power of Jesus.

A vocation message: In this passage three people are shown to be transformed: the crippled man, Peter and Jesus. The crippled man is a lowly person, miraculously healed. Peter is (in one sense) an ordinary man, emboldened to preach the Gospel. These two men are transformed through Jesus, crucified as a common criminal, but now raised from the dead. The vocation message? God transforms whomever He chooses. You don’t have to be perfect or sinless to be a priest, brother, or sister. If God calls, His grace is sufficient. In this year’s vocations message, Pope Francis reminds us “we should not wait to be perfect to respond without generous yes to God, nor the fearful of our limitations and sins, but instead open our hearts to the voice of the Lord.”

Prayer for Vocations
Gracious God, you call us, your disciples in Broken Bay to be the face of Jesus to the world, to care and evangelise in his name.

Through your Spirit, you call us all, to serve you in many forms of Christian discipleship.

We ask you particularly at this time to call forth individual believers to serve your disciples in Broken Bay in our lay ecclesial ministries, in religious life, in diaconate and in priesthood.

May we be a Church where generosity, dedication and passion are called forth and nurtured.

May we be a Church where we can listen for your voice in a noisy world, and respond with faith and hope. We ask you this through the Good Shepherd who laid down his life for his sheep, Christ, our Lord. Amen

This week's parish bulletin
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