Parish Outreach

At Home … There are many ways in which the Parish can and does support people in the community, from the excellent ongoing work of the SVP to the Friary Sunday Lunches provided by teams from different churches and communities. This January there will be a new form of outreach through the provision of a severe weather shelter for the homeless. This project is being run in partnership with Open House together with other Christian communities from the town. The shelter will provide accommodation in the event of very poor weather and when Open House is unable to meet the demand. So, it will only open when these two conditions are met. Of course, we do not know in advance when this will happen so we need to plan for cover if required. Open House will oversee the project and we are simply asked to provide a couple of volunteers per night to look after guests using the shelter. The project will run between the beginning of January and the end of March. Volunteers simply indicate the nights they would be willing to be called if required. All volunteers register with Open House and will require a DBS (criminal record) check, which the parish can arrange at no cost to the volunteer. There has been a very good response to the previous appeal, both within the Catholic community and beyond. However, there are still some gaps in the rota. If you feel that this is something you would be willing to offer please contact Deacon Andrew on 07712 191078 or via email at This will be an important service to those in great difficulty and a great witness to our faith in Jesus Christ who new firsthand the experience of homelessness.

Abroad … Throughout this year we have again been made acutely aware of the perilous situation in which many in the Holy Land are forced to live. While these problems seem intractable and desperate, there are many working in the midst of these difficulties to provide immediate and long-term support to the communities affected. Among such groups are the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, an ancient order which exists to ‘provide a regular support of prayer and works in for Christian communities in the Holy Land’. Each year, monies are donated at the Christmas cribs in our parish churches. As in recent years, this money will be donated to the Knights in support of their current project operating in schools and churches in the Holy Land. The recipients are profoundly grateful for the practical support and also for the reminder that they are not alone and have not been forgotten by their brothers and sisters in faith. Whether home or abroad, there is always a need for support in the form of prayer. Please add this to any practical assistance you may be able to offer in relation to either of the above.

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Catholic Bishops issue letter in advance of General Election

Our Catholic bishops in England and Wales have issued a letter to give us some background and the sort of issues we might be considering in choosing a candidate to vote for as the General Election draws near.

They write: ‘Pope Francis tells us that we are ‘missionary disciples’ who witness to the mercy of Christ through the faithfulness of our lives and the world we wish to build. In the light of the Gospel we can be messengers of hope as we challenge the political candidates about the policies they wish to implement and the reasons why.

‘At this General Election we are asked to think about the kind of society we want here at home and abroad. Whom you vote for is a matter for you alone. Our aim is to suggest how you might approach this important question in May 2015 and to suggest some key issues for your reflection as you make your own decision.

‘Voting in a general election should seldom, if ever, be based on a single issue. Elections involve a whole range of issues, some without doubt more central than others, particularly those concerned with the dignity and value of human life and human flourishing.

In this letter, we highlight some important issues – but not the only ones. In each case we suggest a question which you may wish to bear in mind.

‘ The letter includes sections on respecting human life, Marriage and family life, alleviating poverty, education, building communities (at home and abroad), and caring form our world.

They conclude with a quote from St Paul: “ … Remembering the mercies of God… let the renewing of your minds transform you, so that you may discern for yourselves what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and mature.” cf Romans 12:1-2.

God bless you as you start the difficult discernment process!






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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 1st March 2015

Second Sunday in Lent

Year B


First Genesis 22:1-2.9-13.15-18

Psalm 115

Second Romans8:31-34

Gospel Mark 9:2-10


Psalm Response:

I will walk in the presence of the Lord in the land of the living.

Retiring Collection:

CAFOD Lent Fast

(Gift Aid using envelopes provided by the Charity)


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 3rd March


St Bernadette’s 8pm

Wednesday 4th March

Requiem Mass

Friary 12.15pm Margaret Beirne R.I.P. followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium

Friday 6th March

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Friary: after the 12.15pm Mass followed by Benediction at 4pm

Stations of the Cross

Friary 7.30pm

Christ the Lord 9.20am


General Notices



This weekend we have the chance to give generously in the retiring collection for CAFOD to support people like 58 year old Kyim Nu who lives in a small jungle village in Myanmar, devastated by a huge storm a few years ago. Within 12 hours Kyim had lost two of her children, photographs of her family and her small bamboo house she slept in and used for her business.

CAFOD supplied her with shelter and some chickens and helped her and her neighbours plant trees that would grow and form a storm wall to protect them from future cyclones. Remember every £1 that you give in the retiring collection will be matched by the UK Government.

Car Park

Car park will be closed until 1.30pm on Wednesday 4th March till 1.30pm.

Access for Mass and funeral goers only.

Calling all Musicians

and people interested in learning the new Inwood Mass Setting:

Written for the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese, we have invited Catherine Christmas on 11th March for a music workshop.

Starting at 6.30pm in the Friary with soup and rolls and finishing with Compline.

Following on from the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

we are offering a chance to get to know and understand the devotion to the Divine Mercy. This will be held in St Clare’s and then we will pray the chaplet of Divine Mercy in front of the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday 5th March at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

New Crawley Cemetery

Crawley Borough Council is planning a new cemetery at Pease Pottage in preparation for the time Snell Hatch is full. There is an online consultation questionnaire which can be accessed at: – then go to the Cemetery page. The ParishTeam have already offered comments: a key question relates as to whether the parish would like to see a ‘Catholic Section’ as in Snell Hatch – there is none currently planned but the Council are open to the proposal and would welcome comments / feedback by March 8th.

Parish Vacancy

Details as last week or 01293 524176.

Stations of the Cross

Monday – St Edward’s after 10am Mass

Tuesday – St Bernadette’s 6pm

Lent Devotions at the Friary

Early morning Mass at 6.30am on Wednesdays,

Stations of the Cross on Fridays at 7.30

and Rosary and Benediction on Sundays. An evening of Lenten recollection on 12th March at 7.30.

Prayer and Reflection Programme during Lent

at the Dominican Convent in Gossops Green Thursdays at 14:30. All are very welcome.

Lenten Groups

Please try to join us even if you cannot attend all six Thursdays 2.00 to 3.00pm from 19th February to 26th March at Sisters of Notre Dame, 107 Gales Drive, Three Bridges, RH10 1QD. 100 Bus – Bus Stop Gales Drive/North Road. Please let Sisters Joan or Patricia know if you intend to or tel. 527393. All welcome.

Journey Into Faith

Our fortnightly sessions continue at 7.30pm at St Bernadette’s Presbytery on the following dates: 11th March, 25th March (Teaching) followed by a break for Easter. For further information, please contact Fr Chris. Please pray for the following adults (and children) to be baptised at Eastertide and who have begun their final preparation this Lent for new life they are to receive in the cleansing and life giving waters and Spirit into which they are to be immersed: Tanya Tran, Jason Kearney, Charlotte Bovill, Tomy and Kyla Zinga. The Catechumens, as they were known, became members of the Elect last Sunday when they attended the ceremony at Arundel Cathedral. The Elect will receive successive ‘Scrutinies’ at the Sunday Masses they attend on 8th, 15th and 22nd March and will attend and have final Presentations at Morning Prayer on Holy Saturday, 4th April. Please also pray for Gabriela Martinez-Portilla, Ryan Yems, Ana Zinga, Michael Jones, Lucy and Gina Wamulo and Victoria Eacott all to be confirmed at Eastertide as well. For further information, please contact Fr Chris

Women’s World Day of Prayer – 6th March

There will be two services: 10.00am at St John’s Church next to The Friary and 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church in Northgate.

Jesus said to them: Do you know what I have done to you? So, if you can spare an hour come along and pray with us. Everyone very welcome.

The St John’s Church service will be followed by the annual Mother Teresa Hospice Charity Lunch in aid of sick, dying, beggars and lepers lifted off the streets of Calcutta and cared for by the Sisters.

Any help re raffle, food, washing-up etc is welcome. Please contact Queenie 01293 542968.


Bad Weather Procedures

For details on our procedures please refer to the Parish website or ring 01293 524176 for up-to-date information.

Festival 50: A&B Diocesan Golden Jubilee

Everyone is invited to the Jubilee Festival in Brighton on 5th July. SVP is assisting our parish to make this event as inclusive as possible.

Some parishioners may have special needs to be taken into account to allow them to be part of the celebrations. We must be aware of what these needs are.

Some transport will be provided and the ‘Lourdes Medical Team’ along with the ‘Red Shirts’ will be present to help in Brighton. More details can be found on the parish website.

Alternatively, either call SVP on 07500 484058 or email:


Thank You Over the last few years the Parish Team have organised a thank you party for all those who generously minister in the parish in one way or another.

Last year the Hall was crowded and this year’s invite list is even longer. We would therefore like to invite all those who support the parish with their time and talents to gather in the warmer weather when we can open the doors and spread outside. Please watch this space for further details. Thank you.


Gift Aid

All enquiries please contact Merlin Sabaratnam 07976 707424 or email

Merlin has taken over from Peter Charman and she is usually at the 11.30am Mass at The Friary.

SVP Furniture

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 for more details.

Groceries for those in need

SVP thank you for your continued generosity.

From February 2013 to January 2015 – 2 Years you have supported 66 families with over 1,910 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


Si vous ne pouvez pas nourrir vous et votre famille nous pouvons vous aider appel SVP sur 07500 48 40 58 tous les appels absolument confidentiel


Jeśli nie jesteś w stanie wyżywić siebie i twojej rodziny możemy ci pomóc tel kontaktowy 07500 484058. Gwarantujemy całkowitą anonimowości.



We welcome new members. If you are interested or want to know more of the work we do please call 07500 484058.

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.

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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Next Sunday 8th March 2015

Third Sunday in Lent

Year B


First Exodus 20:1-17

Psalm 18

Second 1 Corinthians 1:22-25

Gospel John 2:13-25

Retiring Collection:


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


Dates for your Diary:



St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Friday 27th February

(regular members welcome at the bar)

Saturday 28th February

Hall booked for
(regular members welcome at the bar)

Saturday 7th March

by Shelagh & Brian
(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Friday 13th March

(9.00 pm)

Friday 20th March

Hall booked for
(7.00 pm – Fish & Chip Supper – Tickets £10.00 -
regular members welcome at the bar)

Saturday 21st March

with “BROGUE”
(8.00 pm – Tickets only £5.00)

Monday 30th March to Saturday 4th April inclusive



Sunday 5th April

(12.00 – 4.00 pm)

Monday 6th April


Friday 10th April

(9.00 pm)

Friday 17th April

Hall booked for
(Fish & Chip Supper – Tickets £10.00 -
regular members welcome at the bar)

Saturday 18th April

(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Friday 24th April

(8.00 pm)

Saturday 25th April

Hall booked for
in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice
(music by Bernie – Tickets £10.00 -
regular members welcome at the bar)


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Please pray for

Please pray for the sick:

Baby Aoife, Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, Seby Braganza, Baby Clodagh, Carl Cooper, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Bert Edridge, Pat Eldridge, Charley Gaskin, John Lydon, Teresa Mackey, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Peter Molloy, Teresa O’Brien, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Margaret Beirne, Josie Rouson & Antoinetta Winchester

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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