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Laudato Si

Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si released on 19th June focuses on the environment and climate change. An encyclical is a letter circulated by the Pope to Catholic churches worldwide. Given the universal nature of our common home, Pope Francis makes it clear that the encyclical is addressed to not only members of the Church but is vehicle to “enter into dialogue” with all people who are “united by the same concern”. Encyclicals are part of Catholic social teaching, tradition and, as such, Laudato Si emphasises our responsibility as good stewards of creation to care for our world and not “steal” resources from future generations.

This encyclical highlights the greatest threats facing the human family today; climate change, growing global inequality and the destruction of nature. Pope Francis emphasises the connection between environmental degradation and poverty, between the love of creation and poverty reduction, and that environmental protection leads to human growth; they are inter-connected.

Laudato Si will help Catholics reflect and respond to the environmental challenges we face and to answer the difficult questions on how to share wealth with those in need, promoting sustainability and to promote economic growth and respect the common good.

We pray for the world we live in, that God may open our eyes to recognise the goodness of all creation and help us to do what we can to restore and care for the wonderful gift that we have been given.

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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 28th June

Saints Peter and Paul

Year B


First Acts 12:1-11

Psalm 33

Second 2 Timothy 4:6-8.17-18

Gospel Matthew 16:13-19


Psalm Response:

The angel of the Lord rescues those who revere him.

Retiring Collection:

Peter’s Pence

First Holy Communion Mass

Friary 11.30am

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

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



The Coming Week


Monday 29th June

No 10.00am Mass at St Edward’s

Wednesday 1st July

The Dedication of the Cathedral

Requiem Mass

Friary 12.15pm Abina Mary Cassidy R.I.P. followed by interment at Snell Hatch

Friday 3rd July

St Thomas, Apostle



Bishop Richard’s Deanery Visit

Bishop Richard is visiting the Crawley deanery on 29th June and the central part of the day is the 12.15pm Mass here at The Friary at which he will preside with the deanery clergy concelebrating. All are welcome.

Diocesan Jubilee – FESTIVAL50

It is great news that over 10,000 will gather with Bishop Richard for the Day and Mass on 5th July. Over 600 have signed up for the coaches from this parish – you should have heard confirming your church and time of departure – if not please ring the Parish Office. As so many of us will be at the AMEX there are reduced Masses next weekend: The Saturday evening Masses as usual – Gossops Green and The Friary – and on Sunday morning there will be ONE MASS at 8am in The Friary. None of the other Masses will be celebrated on Sunday 5th July.

CAFOD One Climate One World (cafod.org.uk)

The campaign promoting action on climate change on 17th June was a very successful day, attended by 10,000 people. It commenced with a moving Ecumenical service in two venues; St Margaret’s Church and The Emmanuel Centre, both at Westminster. Both were packed with supporters from CAFOD, Christian Aid, Scip, three members of the one hundred member organisation in the Climate Coalition. Our M.P, Henry Smith, has been contacted with requests that the UK Government makes sure that the new Sustainable Development Goals agreed in September 2015 respond to the threat of increasing climate change and deliver low-carbon development. We need clean, safe power and energy that does not harm the climate, which is affordable, safe and reliable for poor communities, as Pope Francis suggests, “protectors of our environment”. Min Merchant and Terry Molloy will tell you more.

Car Park

The car park will be closed on Monday 29th June and Wednesday 1st July until 1.30pm (open for Mass and funeral attendees only). Thank you for your co-operation.

Journey Into Faith

The Journey Into Faith group meets fortnightly on Wednesday evenings at St. Bernadette’s presbytery at 7.30 and is open to all who wish to learn more about our Catholic Faith as well as for those adults preparing for Sacraments. Dates for future meetings are: 1st July St Bernadette’s church for a ‘Teaching Mass’, with Fr. Chris celebrating and Deacon Andrew explaining the different actions of the Mass. The final meeting this term will be on 15th July – NOT at St Bernadette’s but at the Dominican Convent at Gossops Green – when we will pray evening prayer together and celebrate with “bring and share” refreshments. The Journey Into Faith programme will reconvene in September – keep an eye on the Newsletter for the dates. Please contact Fr. Chris if you would like to discuss being baptised, confirmed as an adult or becoming a Catholic.

Crawley Christian Aid Collection 2015

The Crawley Christian Aid collection, including house to house canvassing and other activities during the week 10th-16th May, amounted to £6,007.60. Many thanks to all who contributed and those who collected, counted and assisted in any way.


FR. CHRIS will be going BALD FOR BROADFIELD and BOB MARTIN will be BRAVING THE SHAVE this weekend. Lots of you lovely people have signed up and now is the time to pay your money and get your names ticked off on the sponsor sheets!

Ministers’ Day Retreat

A note for diaries for Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, etc. Canterbury, Saturday 19th September.


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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Next Sunday 5th July

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B


First Ezekiel 2:2-5

Psalm 122

Second 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Gospel Mark 6:1-6

Retiring Collection:

Roof Fund (Broadfield only)


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:

St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Saturday 4th July


with popular local group
(8.00 pm – Tickets only £4.00)

Can we please urge you to support this event. Anyone who attends ‘Open Mic Nights’ at the Club will be familiar with Ken and his fellow musicians – they are worth listening to! Without your continued support for such events, less of these occasions will take place at your Club. Ticket price has been kept low to encourage attendance. Tickets available, in advance behind the bar, or come along and pay on the door. See you on the 4th July!

Friday 10th July

(9.00 pm)

Friday 17th July

(8.00 pm)

Saturday 18th July

(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

regular members welcome at the bar)


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Please pray for

Please pray for the sick

Baby Aoife, Kerrie Aldrich, Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, Baby Clodagh, Carl Cooper, Ryan Corbett, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Bert Edridge, Pat Eldridge, Charley Gaskin, John Lydon, Andrée Marshall, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Peter Molloy, Teresa O’Brien, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Mary Wallace, Sharon White, Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Abina Mary Cassidy, Luisa Spada

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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