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Synod on the Family

Two comments from Pope Francis at the opening of the Synod on the Family are worth considering:

From the Mass: “I remember when Saint John Paul II said: “Error and evil must always be condemned and opposed; but the man who falls or who errs must be understood and loved… we must love our time and help the man of our time.” The Church must search out these persons, welcome and accompany them, for a Church with closed doors betrays herself and her mission, and, instead of being a bridge, becomes a roadblock: “For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brethren”. (Heb 2:11). In this spirit we ask the Lord to accompany us during the Synod and to guide his Church, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.”

From the address: The Synod will be a space for the action of the Holy Spirit only if we participants vest ourselves with apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting prayer: with that apostolic courage, which refuses to be intimidated in the face of the temptations of the world – temptations that tend to extinguish the light of truth in the hearts of men, replacing it with small and temporary lights; nor even before the petrification of some hearts, which, despite good intentions, drive people away from God; apostolic courage to bring life and not to make of our Christian life a museum of memories; evangelical humility that knows how to empty itself of conventions and prejudices in order to listen to brother bishops and be filled with God – humility that leads neither to finger-pointing nor to judging others, but to hands outstretched to help people up without ever feeling oneself superior to them. Confident prayer that trusts in God is the action of the heart when it opens to God, when our humours are silenced in order to listen to the gentle voice of God, which speaks in silence. Without listening to God, all our words are only words that meet no need and serve no end. Without letting ourselves be guided by the Spirit, all our decisions will be but decorations that, instead of exalting the Gospel, cover it and hide it.

A happy and holy feast of St Edward the Confessor & Bishop St Wilfrid.


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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 11th September

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B


First Wisdom 7:7-11

Psalm 89

Second Hebrews 4:12-13

Gospel Mark 10:17-30


Psalm Response:

Fill us with your love that we may rejoice

Retiring Collection:

Broadfield Roof (Broadfield only)

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


Monday 12th October

St Wilfrid Bishop and Secondary Patron of the Diocese

Tuesday 13th October

St Edward the Confessor

Change of Friary Mass time to 9am due to Deanery Meeting

Mass & Procession of Our Lady of Fatima Friary 7pm

St Bernadette’s Mass

No 7.15pm Mass


St Bernadette’s 8pm

Thursday 15th October

St Teresa of Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Requiem Mass

Friary 12.15pm Arthur David Knight-Dewell R.I.P followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium

Saturday 17th October

St Ignatius of Antioch Bishop and Martyr



Fr Chris’ Head Shave and Bob Martin’s Moustache Shave for Broadfield!

First of all a big thank you to all who have supported this major fundraising event for the Broadfield Roof Repair Fund – it looks as if we will have raised almost £3,000 – amazing! If any of you have pledged money but have not yet given it in, please hand it to your Mass Co-ordinator or to Alana (who’s done such a wonderful job organising this) or myself. Please make sure that you get your name ticked off the form as you give in your sponsorship money. Article and photos on the website. Many thanks – Fr Chris.

Friary Wednesday Adoration

In order for Adoration to resume, we need more parishioners to volunteer for the 5-6pm and 6-7pm slots. Please urgently contact Fr Chris.

Friary Car Park

The car park will be closed on Thursday 15th October until 1.30pm. Access for 12.15pm Mass and funeral only. The application for planning permission for the erection of the barrier is in process at the Town Hall. Current permits will be in use until further notice.

Journey into Faith

The group meets weekly at St Bernadette’s Presbytery on Wednesdays at 7.30pm. It has two aspects – on one week adult learning of Catholic Christian faith (open to all who are interested in learning more of our faith) and alternate weeks a nurturing group for those adults preparing for sacraments where we study scripture and discuss matters relating to faith and life. This coming week (Wednesday 14th October) is our Nurturing Group.

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers

1. Recommissioning of Eucharistic Ministers (who have or will complete their requirement to attend an annual retreat) Sunday Masses weekend of 28th/29th November (Advent Sunday).

2. A half-day retreat (to assist those Eucharistic Ministers who were unable to attend the Canterbury retreat) at St Bernadette’s, Tilgate Saturday 24th October 9-12noon.

3. A training evening for all Readers and Eucharistic Ministers led by Katherine Christmas, Diocesan Liturgy Co-ordinator, at St Edward’s Pound Hill, 7 for 7.30pm on Tuesday 3rd November.

Please contact the office to let us know whether or not you will be attending any of the above.


Christmas stock is now available. Shop early for card, calendars, nativity sets, stables etc. We look forward to seeing you. Opening times: Tuesday after 12.15pm Mass, Saturday after 12.15pm Mass, Sunday after 9.30am and 11.30am Masses.

Memorial Service

TFG Churches Together will celebrate the lighting of a candle in memory of a loved one who has passed away during the past year. The service will be held at 3.00pm on Sunday 25th October at St Andrew’s Church, Furnace Green. The person’s name will be read out and each candle brought to the altar and lit while prayers are offered. The candle will then be returned to you during the following week. Cards will be available from St Bernadette’s after Mass. See Graham Dell or contact him on 401080

Alpha Supper Evening

Our Lady’s School, Langley Green, Thursday 8th October 7.30pm There will be a meal followed by a talk on “Is there more to life than this?” The evening is to introduce the ‘Alpha Course’ – a popular course teaching people about the Christian faith, which has been used with almost 30 million people worldwide. The talk on Thursday 8th October will kick off an eleven week programme, but there is no obligation whatsoever. People are welcome to come along and see what they think, with no commitment and no chasing! Each evening involves a meal and then a talk or video on a key aspect of the Gospel message. It is aimed at those who don’t know much about the faith, and so we are encouraging people to invite their non-Catholic or lapsed Catholic friends. The Alpha programme has a long history of bringing people to faith, and we are hoping that it will do the same here in Crawley. For more details contact crawleyalpha@yahoo.com

100+ Club – The Fourth Draw

The winners of the final draw 2015 are as follows: No. 22 Teresa & Peter Guyver (£25), No. 37 John Murray (£20), No. 7 Mrs H M Leahy (£15) and No. 8 Brian Reynolds (£10). Congratulations!

Friary Hall

1. All parishioners should be aware that the Friary Hall is available for private as well as church bookings at very reasonable rates. Please call the office if you would like to make a booking.

2. Calling for volunteers to serve on our Friary Hall management committee. We meet six-weekly to review hall bookings, consider marketing issues, manage the property etc. If you are interested in finding out more, please call Fr Chris.

Sunday Lunches

We are looking for volunteers to help feed those in need from 11.30am-2.00pm every other month. (None during August or Christmas). After many years some of our current volunteers are looking to step down. Contact Alison on 409041 if interested.

Proposed Pilgrimage to Holy Land 2016

We are exploring with Della Shenton of 5th Gospel Retreats another pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 8th – 17th November 2016, towards the end of the Year of Mercy, during which Pope Francis is encouraging us to go on pilgrimage.

The outline of the pilgrimage: the proposal that we stay first in Bethlehem (and visit Jerusalem and Palestinian Christians) and then move to Nazareth (from where we will visit Galilee and the north). The costs are likely to be in the region of £1300-1400. This would be an excellent way to prepare for Advent and Christmas 2016 and to celebrate the end of the Holy Year!

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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Next Sunday 18th September

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B


First Isaiah 53:10-11

Psalm 32

Second Hebrews 4:14-16

Gospel Mark 10:35-45

Retiring Collection:

Missio (Gift Aid if using envelopes provided by the charity)

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:

Christmas Fayre and Grand Draw on Saturday 21st November

The last big push to complete St Bernadette’s roof repayment. Please start saving tombola prizes, jewellery, good toys, excellent condition books and CDs and look up your best cake recipe. Let’s make this event a “golden bricks” one. Grand draw tickets are £5 a book and every ticket sold could make £10,000. The remaining debt stands at £8,500. Please make every effort to reach the highest total we can. Please return counterfoils and cash in an envelope marked ‘Christmas Draw/Raffle’ to the Friary House. All cheques for St Bernadette’s Roof Fund and the Christmas Raffle are payable to ‘Crawley Parish Development Project’. There are plenty more tickets available to sell at work to your friends. Min 884934.


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)




Friday 23rd October

(7.00 pm – Tickets £10.00 to include a Fish & Chip Supper + Raffle – Please ring Paul Castle on 01293 883045 to reserve tickets – teams of up to six people)

Saturday 31st October

(Members welcome at the bar)

Saturday 7th November
(8.00 pm – £2.0 pp)

Friday 13th November
(9.00 pm)

Saturday 12th December
(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Thursday 24th December

Friday 25th December
(Club open 12.00 – 2.00 pm)

Thursday 31st December
(Details TBA)


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Please pray for

Please pray for the sick

Baby Aoife, Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, Baby Clodagh, Carl Cooper, Doreen de Souza, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Ann Edridge, Bert Edridge, Pat Eldridge, Charley Gaskin, Orlando Harrison, John Lydon, Andrée Marshall, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Pat Quinsee, Frank Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Mary Wallace, Sharon White, Frances & Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Arthur David Knight-Dewell

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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