Sunday 21st December
Fourth Sunday of Advent
First 2 Samuel 7:1-5.8-11.16
Second Romans 16:25-27
Gospel Luke 1:26-38
I will sing forever of your love, O Lord
Rosary & Benediction Friary 3pm
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 23rd December
St Bernadette’s 1.30pm Molly McAloon R.I.P followed by internment at Snell Hatch
Surrey & Sussex Crematorium 1.45pm John Markham R.I.P
Surrey & Sussex Crematorium 3.15pm Roy Dimond R.I.P
Wednesday 24th December
Mass Friary 6.30am
There will be no other masses in the Parish this morning.
Christmas Mass Times
Vigil of Christmas
Please note that to allow for preparation of the Church and the Liturgy, the Friary Church will be closed on Wednesday 24th December after the Vigil Mass until 10.45pm.
6pm Our Lady’s
6pm Friary – church closes after Mass
6.30pm St Edward’s
6.30pm Christ the Lord
10pm St Edward’s
11.30pm Friary - Carols followed by Mass at Midnight (Church opens at 10.45pm)
Thursday 25th December
Solemnity: Christmas Day: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
9am St Theodore’s
9am St Bernadette’s
9am Christ the Lord
11.15am Our Lady’s
11.30am Friary - Crib Collection: Children of the Holy Land
Note from the Finance Committees
Thank you to those who support the Clergy through the Christmas collection – as they do not receive a salary this is a very important part of their income. The rules about Gift Aid are clear that, though the money collected is shared between the four priests, it can be Gift Aided and the tax rebate will come to the parish. Even if you don’t usually Gift Aid, PLEASE consider using a Gift Aid envelope for this collection and therefore help parish funds.
Altar Servers’ Mass
Calling all Altar Servers for the servers’ Mass on St Stephen’s Day at 10.00am at The Friary.
Carols by Candlelight
At St Edward’s Church, Sunday 28th December 5pm, in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.
Refreshments served afterwards. Further details from Sue White 885568
Mass and Adoration
New Year’s Eves tarting at 11pm at the Friary
There will be no Wednesday Adoration on 24th and 31st December.
The Parish office will be closed from 24th December until 5th January.
Bad Weather Procedures
To ensure the safety of parishioners: In the event of snow and ice all the churches and halls will be shut and Masses / bookings cancelled until the pathways are cleared of snow and ice. The Friary Church which has people on site (the clergy!) is likely to be cleared first and will offer extra Masses if the other churches are closed. The website / answerphone will advise as, and when, other churches have been cleared and can be re-opened. If you would be willing to join a local snow clearing team please contact the parish office. Thank you
Diocesan Directory 2015
The Directory is an invaluable aid giving the calendar of saints and Liturgical Order for 2015, the time of Masses across the diocese and contact details for all the clergy, parishes, offices, groups etc. Available at £4.50 from the Friary Repository and the Church sacristies this weekend. An ideal stocking filler.
Winners of the 1st Draw – 100+Club
Congratulations to the winners of the First draw. They are as follows: No 19 Faith Shine (£25), No 23 – Skaria Ampipparampil (£20), No 71 – Norah Green (£15) and No 63 – Mr Michael Oddy (£10).
Mini Pilgrimage to celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
Fr Gerard and Fr Chris are proposing to lead a short pilgrimage to Lourdes 10-13 February 2015. We would take an overnight coach arriving for breakfast on 11th, with full board for one night, departing on the evening of 12th after dinner. We return via Paris and celebrate Mass in the Miraculous Medal chapel and have a panoramic tour of the city. Prices, based on sharing and 30 people travelling, are likely to be £235 but this could be reduced if more people come. Unfortunately, the Grotto (including baths) is closed for renovation but the Sanctuary/ Domain is open where we will celebrate Mass etc. Please let Fr Chris know immediately if you are interested in coming. Tangley will require £100 deposit before 19th December. You will also be required to have travel insurance.
Valentine’s Mass to Celebrate Married Life
The Saturday Mass at 12.15pm on 14th February, which is within Marriage Week, will include a special blessing for all married and engaged couples in the parish. There will also be a reception by Teams of Our Lady with the possibility of setting up Teams in Crawley to support family life. More information contact Fr Chris.
We are very grateful for your tremendous generosity for our 7th December collection.
The money will be used to help people in our parish
We are currently waiting for a start date to erect the barrier. Please read the newsletter and listen to the notices. Parking currently is for green permit holders only.
Simbang Gabi (Night Mass)
This year our Filipino community invite us to share with them a very beautiful Advent tradition which is called Simbang Gabi (“Night Mass”), a novena of dawn Masses from 16th December to Christmas Eve at 6.30am in the Friary Church.
Festival of Reconciliation
This Advent we will again, like in Lent, have the Festival of Reconciliation starting on Friday 19th (4.00pm-11.00pm) and Saturday 20th December (7.00am-4.00pm) finishing with Vespers. There will be Adoration and Priests will be available for confessions during this time.
Groceries for those in need
In 22 months from February 2013 to November 2014, you have helped 65 families with 1,725 food parcels. Thank you for your continuing support and donations.
We are currently waiting for a start date to erect the barrier.
Please read the newsletter and listen to the notices.
Parking currently is for green permit holders only.
100+Club First Draw 2014-2015
The first draw is scheduled to take place on Sunday 14th December, after the 9.30am service, in the Friary Hall.
Carols by Candlelight
At St Edward’s Church, Sunday 28th December 5pm, in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Refreshments served afterwards. Further details from Sue White 885568
All enquiries please contact Merlin Sabaratnam 07976 707424 or email email@example.com.
Merlin has taken over from Peter Charman and she is usually at the 11.30am Mass at The Friary.
If you are changing furniture or appliances soon, we will take what you are replacing, if in good condition. Many families are unable to obtain credit and cannot buy essentials.
Unwanted Christmas presents? We will take them from you to pass to those who didd not have any..
Call us 07500 484058
St. Edward’s Parish Hall / Social Club
Our recently re-decorated Club is available for hire to parishioners and friends for family parties and anniversary bookings. Prices are very fair and include use of bar, at Club prices. We are also available for gatherings after funerals and can arrange bar and catering. To hire the Hall, Contact Gerry Lydon Tel. 882300
Gift Aiders – Second Collection
When the Newsletter states that a particular second collection e.g. ‘Gift Aid if using envelopes provided by the charity’ or similar wording, please do NOT submit a purple second collection envelope nor white envelopes numbered 500 plus, as the Diocese cannot reclaim the tax. Thank you for your continued support.
Masses for Young Adults and Teenagers
The Sunday 5.30pm Mass at the Friary Church in Crawley has a special welcome and ministry towards younger Catholics (15-30, or thereabouts).
After Mass, we all go to a cafe together for some food and a chance to get to know each other. There is also a great music group every other Sunday which anyone is welcome to join. New people are always made very welcome. See Facebook.com/CrawleyCatholicYouth for more details.
Groceries for those in need
SVP thank you for your continued generosity.
From February 2013 to November 2014 you have supported 65 families with over 1,725 food parcels.
We ask everyone to consider if they are able to give a little every week. All the food is distributed weekly as we find more families needing help. It is very much needed and appreciated.
If you are finding it difficult to feed yourself or your family, please call the Saint Vincent de Paul Society on : 07500 484058. All calls are completely confidential
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Are you aware Hospitals/Homes do not contact us now
If you are a Catholic admitted to them. If you know of anyone who has gone into hospital or a home, please advise the Friary (524176) as soon as possible and let us know whether you would like us to visit.