Faith & Education
Adult Faith Formation
A variety of opportunities for adult education in faith is provided each year. They include:
- Lenten Reflection Gatherings is a 21 day challenge starting Saturday 23 March. Have you ever read John's Gospel? Challenge yourself by reading a chapter a day. See the flyer here. Just try it. Commit to reading the first Chapter, which starts with ~
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God”. As we read, we watch and listen. We walk with Jesus. We go from the time John the Baptist called Jesus “The Lamb of God” to when doubting Thomas called him “My Lord and My God”. Some are already signed up to this challenge. You read then reflect. You can add a comment on WhatsApp. You can join a group conference call, where we pray together then listen to a few insights into that Chapter. You can then share your reflection and your questions with others. You will be a member of a group, a virtual group that is open to all! To do this, you will need a copy of John’s Gospel, so a copy is available in the sacristy at the Churches or at the parish office. This Good News version will fit into your pocket or purse. Give up some of your time by fasting from a few things you usually do and focus on reading 21 Chapters of John’s Gospel. You will discover so much! Please sign up by texting ‘21’ to 0435 031 848, so you receive more information and can join this conversation.
- Lenten Discussion Groups. A number of Discussion Groups are arranged in the Parish during Lent for parishioners to come together to discuss and reflect on the coming week’s Scriptures.
- Our Scripture Reflection Group meets each Friday after the 9:30am Mass at Carlingford to focus on the Scriptures for Mass the following weekend (see ‘Scripture Study’ below for more details).
- Occasional speakers. In addition to these regular programmes, each year we normally have at least one series of talks by a visiting speaker or a member of staff on a topic of faith formation.
- The Parish Library is a rich resource for reading material for on-going faith education (see ‘Parish Library’ below for more details).
Each year a programme of events is prepared as part of the on-going adult education focus in the parish. This programme is published on the parish website.
Parish Adult Education Programme
For information on any of these programmes, please contact the Parish Adult Education Group through the Parish Office.
The World Community for Christian Meditation is an International Community that practices and teaches meditation in the Christian tradition. A group meets fortnightly for an hour on Monday evenings in a Parish home. Newcomers welcome.
The Parish Library is located in both our parish Churches, in the crying room at the rear of Carlingford Church and in the Meeting Room underneath the Epping Church. Epping also has a small selection of books in the crying room at the back of the Church. Books may be interchanged between the two libraries. They have a wide range of contemporary books available for borrowing by parishioners.
Books include such topic areas as biographies/Saints, Social Justice, Church, Ecumenism, Family/Personal Issues, Christian Belief/theology, Sacramental Life, Prayer/Spirituality, Scripture and children’s books.
A listing of the holdings of both Libraries is available in each Library.
How to Borrow a Book
To borrow a book, please see the available borrowing information and proceed from there. A maximum of three books can be borrowed at any one time and may be borrowed for up to a month.
The Scripture Study Group meets each Friday at Carlingford (except December and January) and includes a short Scripture study and discussion to reflect on the Scripture passages for the coming Sunday. This takes place immediately after the morning 9:30am Mass and concludes by 10:40am.
For further information, please contact the Parish Office.
Special Religious Education Teachers [Catechists]
Better known as Catechists, our Special Religious Education Teachers are entrusted with the religious education of Catholic students in our local Government Primary and Secondary Schools in our two communities. Sharing our faith with our children and young people is a rewarding experience. Volunteers are always welcome.
If you are interested in becoming an SRE teacher (catechist) or helper, or if you would like some more information, please contact the Parish Office, who will put you in touch with one of the Catechist Co-Ordinators.