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The Sacraments of Initiation

Holy Baptism made us Temples of the Holy Spirit and marked our entry into God’s family of the Church. Our baptism is sealed and made stronger in the Sacrament of Confirmation and our union with Jesus Christ is made more perfect when we receive him, body, blood, soul and divinity in Holy Communion. These three sacraments complete our initiation into the Holy Church of God.

This Sunday at 3pm in Worth Abbey, forty of our Young People will receive Confirmation from Bishop Richard. In baptism the Holy Spirit was given for our sanctification, but in Confirmation the Holy Spirit is given to us for mission. It is a sign of our readiness to go out and proclaim the Gospel of the Lord. Beginning this Sunday and continuing over the next few weeks 120 children will receive Our Lord for the first time in Holy Communion. Pray for them as they continue their journey with the Jesus Christ, so that they may come to ‘know him more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly, day by day’.

Looking ahead to 2017; applications to register your child on the Sacramental Preparation for Holy Communion will open online at the beginning of the summer; please keep an eye on the newsletter nearer the time for more details. Those currently in Year 9 will be invited to apply for Confirmation once they have ascended to Year 10. Registration for the Sacramental Programme will be in October.



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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 22nd May 2016

The Most Holy Trinity

Year C


First Proverbs 8:22-31

Psalm 8

Second Romans 5:1-5

Gospel John 16:12-15

Psalm Response

How great is your name, O Lord our God, through all the earth!

First Communion Masses

9.30am The Friary

11am St Edward’s

Confirmation Mass

3pm Worth Abbey

Sunday Evening Prayer: 7pm in St. Clare’s Chapel

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer: Dominican Convent, Gossops Green, 5.30pm



The Coming Week

Tuesday 24th May


St. Bernadette’s 8:00pm

Wednesday 25th May

St Bede the Venerable, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Journey into Faith

7.30pm St Bernadette’s

Thursday 26th May

St Philip Neri, Priest

Requiem Mass

12.15pm The Friary followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium – Peggy Pickett R.I.P.

Friday 27th May

St Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop


General Notices

Visit of the ICON

Thank you to all the Core Groups for the planning and prayerful celebration of the various hours of prayer in the Friary Church last weekend. The visit of the Icon of Our Lady of Consolation has been commented on by a large number of people and was a great expression of the faith of the parish in this Year of Mercy. Thank you also to St. Francis and Our Lady’s Primary School – the time of prayer with the children in Church was a great celebration. (There are still some Icon Prayer Cards available in the porches.)

Parish Pre-School

Further to last week’s information about the New Pre-School Buildings– the Temporary Classrooms have now arrived and the move out of the old buildings can begin. When completed the new facilities will greatly enhance the experience for children and staff. It will also allow us to increase the number of places available for children to meet the growing demand. If you are interested in a place please ring the Manager, Wendy Sykes on 01293 403873.

Pastoral Letter

The Bishop has sent a Pastoral Letter this weekend in which he commends the practice of Lectio Divina. The Bishop will invite everyone to take a leaflet on Lectio Divina and these are available and in the Church Porches.

Volunteers Needed

SVP is opening a large new community shop in Broadfield. Volunteers will be required to help with various duties. This is an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community. Hours are available to suit everyone. Please come to a volunteers open day, Friday 3rd June, Friary Hall, 1-3pm or call 07500 484058 for an application form.

Journey into Faith

The Journey Into Faith group is for all adults seeking to explore and mature their faith and to look into the possibility of being baptised, confirmed and join the Catholic Church. The group meets on Wednesday evenings at St Bernadette’s, Tilgate at 7.30pm. Please see Fr Chris for further information.

Bereavement Support Group

The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday, 24th May from 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the Friary Hall. All are welcome.

Friary Car Park

Please note, the car park will be closed until 1.30pm on Thursday 26th May.

Car Park Barrier

Although the barrier is now installed and almost finished we are still waiting for Frontier Pitts to complete – they are experiencing a challenge making the connection to the Parish System. This week they began working with a second firm for technical support. Please note that the proposed donation this year is £40 plus a £10 deposit for the entrance card. To prevent congestion at the gate on Saturdays and Sundays, we ask that you leave the car park through the rear exit. Thank you to all those who do this already and many thanks for your ongoing patience.

Liturgy Planning Groups

Please note that the latest edition of the Liturgical Planner is now available from the sacristy for those all who have requested a copy.

Friary Hall Hire

For all your special occasions, meetings and other social/leisure activities, the Hall is available for hire and has good facilities. For enquiries on the availability and prices of the Hall, please contact the Parish Office on 01293 524176.

Altar Servers for Confirmation Mass at Worth Abbey

This is a call for Altar Servers wishing to serve at the Confirmation Mass at Worth Abbey on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm, where the Confirmation candidates from our parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are a relative or friend perhaps you would like to participate in the celebration this way. You will need to arrive at Worth Abbey at 2pm on the day. Please call the parish office to let us know so we can add you to the list.Marriage Banns

Please note that the following people give notice of their forthcoming marriages abroad in 2016:

Wojciech Marcinkiewicz & Anna Pikos (2nd July);

Gediminas Stazys & Evelina Pigagaite (16th July);

Marc Pearce & Dina Susana Santos-Sousa (29th July);

Dean Martin & Anna Cytroswska (6th August);

Stewart Davis & Hayley Varlow (12th August);

Dean Griffin & Kimberley Warburton (12th August);

Mark Hutton & Paulina Szczepanska (26th August);

Michael Jones & Katarzyna Sucharska (27th August);

Dipen Satdev & Esther Burke (10th September);

Louis Anselme & Marie Josée Jean-Jacques (13th December).


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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Sunday 22nd May 2016

The Most Holy Trinity

Year C


First Proverbs 8:22-31

Psalm 8

Second Romans 5:1-5

Gospel John 16:12-15

First Communion Masses

9.30am The Friary

11am St Edward’s

Confirmation Mass

3pm Worth Abbey

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer:

Dominican Convent, Gossops Green, 5.30pm

Sunday Evening Prayer: 7pm in St Clare’s Chapel





Dates for your Diary:

Saturday 25th June

Tickets are £6. Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles and any food you need. We would appreciate some super raffle prizes please. Dancing and listening to ‘Doctor Jazz’.


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Friday 13th May

(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)

Saturday 14th May
with “KAS – The New Forces Sweetheart”
(8.00 pm – Tickets £5.00, available from club bar – FANCY DRESS ENCOURAGED – Male & Female Prizes for Best Fancy Dress)

Saturday 4th June
(8.00 pm – Tickets £5.00)

Friday 10th June
(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)

Saturday 11th June
in aid of Macmillans Nurses
(Tickets £5.00)

Saturday 18th June
(8.00 pm – £2.00 per person)

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Please pray for

Beryl Ellery, Helena Leahy, John Mascarenhas, Bernadette Soares

Those who have died:

Alex Sawyer R.I.P.

Are you aware Hospitals do not contact us now if you are a Catholic in Hospital.

If you know of anyone who has gone to hospital, please advise the Friary (01293 524176) as soon as possible and let us know whether you would like us to visit.

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