This Sunday our church and school in Langley Green will be celebrating their patronal feast day. As it is a solemnity in Langley Green, the feast is transferred from the Monday to the Sunday.
Queen of Heaven is a title given to the Virgin Mary and is a consequence of the First Council of Ephesus in the fifth century, in which the Virgin Mary was proclaimed “theotokos”, a title rendered in Latin as Mater Dei, in English “Mother of God”.
The papal encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam, issued by Pope Pius XII states that Mary is called Queen of Heaven because her son, Jesus Christ, is the king of Israel and heavenly king of the universe.
A brief history of the church and school of Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Langley Green Founded by Fr Gregory Williams the parish of Langley Green celebrated it’s first Mass on 19th June, 1955 in the Community Centre with a congregation of 50, the church being built in1956–1957 and the first Mass celebrated there was for Easter 1957. The parish comprised that part of Crawley west of the A23 from London Road to Pease Pottage. It also included Pound Hill and the villages west of Crawley.The school was built in Hare Lane, between 1958-1960. Staffed by two French Sisters of The Immaculate Conception, Ss Maria and Odile, the school opened with 36 children. The Sisters founded a Convent in Gossops Green, serving our community until 2006 when they returned to their mother house in Rennes, Brittany. Subsequently, churches were built in Gossops Green, Pound Hill and Broadfield (an ecumenical and shared church), the latter two subsequently becoming separate parishes.
Over the years the parish was served by Frs Williams, Winter, Reynell, Bell, McSheehy, McCarthy, Aust, Shelley, Benjamin, McMahon and Bridson. In 2005 Our Lady’s (together with Gossops Green) were assimilated into the Catholic Parish of Crawley, thereby reuniting Langley Green and Gossops Green with the foundations in Pound Hill and Broadfield, and joining the Friary and Tilgate.
Sunday 21st August 2016
First Isaiah 66:18-21
Second Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
Gospel Luke 13:22-30
Go out to the whole world; proclaim the Good News
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer: Dominican Convent, Gossops Green, 5.30pm
Sunday Evening Prayer: 7pm St Clare’s Chapel
The Coming Week
Monday 22nd August
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday 24th August
St Bartholomew, Apostle
Friday 26th August
Edward Singleton R.I.P. 12:15pm The Friary followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium
Saturday 27th August
Adoration will restart on 7th September.
Do You Know of Anyone who would like to become or find out more about being a Catholic?
We are holding an Open Evening on Wednesday, 7th September at 7:30pm at St Bernadette’s, Tilgate. It is hosted by the Journey Into Faith group which is a group for adults discerning whether to become Catholics, whether baptised in another church or not and for those baptised Catholics who wish to be confirmed or refresh their knowledge of the faith. Please contact Fr. Chris for more information.
Grandparents Reflection Day:
‘Toxic’ Childhood Author Sue Palmer will lead a day at DABCEC on Saturday, 10th September, from 10am-4pm. How can Grandparents support their grandchildren growing up in a techno-centric world?
Work is now well underway to fit-out the building. 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.
Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)
As in previous years, we will be having a special Mass for Married couples on the nearest Saturday to Valentine’s Day. In the weeks preceding this celebration, we will be studying the Pope’s inspiring recent Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) on love and the family. More details later.
• Non-permit holders: please do not use the car park outside of Mass and confession times.
• Please remember that parking on Sunday is for church use only until 1:30PM.
• Exit out of the rear car park on Sunday please. The front entrance is for incoming cars.
• The gateway on the church side is for use by pedestrians, cyclists and buggies but not for cars.
Friday 26th August: The car park will be closed until 1:30pm. Open for Mass and funeral goers only.
Crawley Christian Aid Collection 2016
The Crawley Christian Aid Committee is pleased to announce an increase in the amount collected during the 2016 campaign compared to last year. In this year’s overall collection, including house to house canvassing and many other activities around the town, during the week of 15th – 21st May donations amounted to £7,260.00. Many thanks to all who contributed, collected, counted and assisted in any way.
Possible Parish Pilgrimage to Velankanni in 2017
Our Lady of Good Health also known as Our Lady of Velankanni is believed to have appeared in India in 16th Century. We are exploring the possibility of a parish pilgrimage to India next year, to also take in Calcutta and Mother Teresa’s community and possibly the Grace and Compassion convent in Tamil Nadu. Come and share your ideas, expectations and experiences at a meeting in St Clare’s, at the Friary, on Wednesday 28th October at 7pm. Please contact Fr Chris for further information
Holy Land Pilgrimage
Just to remind pilgrims of forthcoming meetings:
Saturday 24th September 10am – 12 noon St. Clare’s pre-pilgrimage meeting
Tuesday 25th October 7.30pm St. Clare’s final pre-pilgrimage meeting.
Journey into Faith
The Journey into Faith group will be taking a summer break until Wednesday, 7th September. This group will meet each Wednesday thereafter. Please contact Fr. Chris who will be very happy to provide more information.
About six parishioners, including Fr. Chris, are gently cycling from Oporto in Portugal to the Shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Spain in October. If you are a cyclist, or know of someone who would be interested, please contact Fr Chris.
There are still a few places available for the October Day of Recollection with Bishop Richard. As places are limited, please urgently book now using the details sent or phone the office.
SVP – Volunteers Needed
We are looking for volunteers to help with various duties in our community shop in Broadfield. This is an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community. Hours are available to suit everyone. Please call into the shop or call: SVP 07500 484058 for further information.
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.
Sunday 28th August 2016
First Ecclesiastes 3:17-20, 28-29
Second Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24
Gospel Luke 14:1, 7-14
Leigh Carden and Sean Brown 2:30pm The Friary
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
REGULAR WEEKLY EVENTS
Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)
Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)
Friday 2nd September
for CANCER RESEARCH
Friday 9th September
OPEN MIC NIGHT
(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)
Friday 16th September
for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
(7.30 pm – Tickets £10.00 to include Fish & Chip Supper)
Please pray for those who are sick:
Those who have died:
Carolina Alba Mori-Mulet R.I.P., Edward Singleton R.I.P.