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Pope Francis, in his Message for Lent 2016, concludes:

For all of us, then, the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year is a favourable time to overcome our existential alienation by listening to God’s word and by practising the works of mercy. In the corporal works of mercy we touch the flesh of Christ in our brothers and sisters who need to be fed, clothed, sheltered, visited; in the spiritual works of mercy – counsel, instruction, forgiveness, admonishment and prayer – we touch more directly our own sinfulness. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy must never be separated. By touching the flesh of the crucified Jesus in the suffering, sinners can receive the gift of realizing that they too are poor and in need. By taking this path, the “proud”, the “powerful” and the “wealthy” spoken of in the Magnificat can also be embraced and undeservedly loved by the crucified Lord who died and rose for them. This love alone is the answer to that yearning for infinite happiness and love that we think we can satisfy with the idols of knowledge, power and riches. Yet the danger always remains that by a constant refusal to open the doors of their hearts to Christ who knocks on them in the poor, the proud, rich and powerful will end up condemning themselves and plunging into the eternal abyss of solitude which is Hell. The pointed words of Abraham apply to them and to all of us: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk 16:29). Such attentive listening will best prepare us to celebrate the final victory over sin and death of the Bridegroom, now risen, who desires to purify his Betrothed in expectation of his coming.

Let us not waste this season of Lent, so favourable a time for conversion! We ask this through the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary, who, encountering the greatness of God’s mercy freely bestowed upon her, was the first to acknowledge her lowliness (cf. Lk 1:48) and to call herself the Lord’s humble servant (cf. Lk 1:38).




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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 7th February

Fifth Sunday

Year C


First Isaiah 6:1-8

Psalm 137

Second 1 Corinthians 15:1-11

Gospel Luke 5:1-11


Psalm Response

Before the angels I will bless you, O Lord.

Retiring Collection:

Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund (eligible for Gift Aid when using envelope provided by the Charity)

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 1st February

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium 1.45pm

Christina Trewin R.I.P.

Tuesday 2nd February

The Presentation of the Lord


St. Bernadette’s 8:00 pm

Wednesday 3rd February

Journey into Faith 7.30pm St Bernadette’s

Friday 5th February

St Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

Requiem Mass Friary 12.15pm

Norman Morris R.I.P. followed by interment 1.45pm at Snell Hatch

Saturday 6th February

St Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

Tuesday 9th February

Change of Mass Times due to Deanery Meeting


Wednesday 10th February

Ash Wednesday (Fasting and Abstinence)


St Theodore’s 7.30am

Our Lady Queen of Heaven 10am

St Edward’s 10am

Christ the Lord 11am

Friary 12.15pm

Friary 8pm

Friday 12th February

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium 3.15pm

Colin Campbell R.I.P.


General Notices

Journey Into Faith and Rite of Election

The Journey Into Faith group meets each Wednesday evening at 7.30pm at St Bernadette’s Presbytery, Tilgate (but not this coming Wednesday due to Ash Wednesday Masses) and is for all those adults seeking to explore being baptised, confirmed and join the Catholic Church. This Easter 10 members of the group will be receiving sacraments. In preparation for this the group is attending the Rite of Election on the first Saturday of Lent as they begin their final Lenten journey towards the reception of the sacraments. Please keep them in your prayers. For more information about the Journey Into Faith group, please speak to Fr Chris. There is no JIF group on Wednesday 10th February due to Ash Wednesday ashes services. Memorial of St Blaise

Wednesday is the memorial of St Blaise and after both the 10am Mass at Our Lady Queen of Heaven and the 12:15 Friary Mass the blessing for the protection of throats will be available.

School Governance

The success of our two Catholic primary schools, Our Lady Queen of Heaven and St Francis of Assisi together with our Catholic secondary school, St Wilfrid’s, depends on good governance. School governors are volunteers who are prepared to work with our school teachers to ensure our children get the best education they can. If you are a practising Catholic and feel you have the skills necessary to help in the governance of our catholic schools please speak to a parish priest who will give you more information.

Lenten Reflection Group

There will be a Lenten Reflection Group at the Dominican Convent, Gossops Green on Thursdays 2.00pm – 3.00pm, starting Thursday 11th February. All are welcome.

Lenten Recollection / Study Day

Join us in our Lenten Recollection and Study Day ‘The Mercy of God’, hosted by the Crawley Fraternal Lay Dominican Group, including talks, Q&A, Mass, Adoration and Rosary, speaker Fr John Farrell OP, at The Dominican Convent, Gossops Green, Crawley, RH11 8BJ on Saturday 13th February 10.30am – 4.00pm. Cost £5 towards the day. Please bring food for a shared lunch. Disabled parking available at the Convent. Visitors please use the car park at St Theodore’s Catholic Church car park. All welcome.

Children’s Follow-on Group

After the successful after school sessions ‘Angels and Saints’, ‘Advent Wreath Making’ and ‘Three Kings Crown Making’, with the children who are currently preparing for or have already made their first communions, we are now preparing for our spring sessions. On Friday 12th February at 10am we will be preparing for Lent with a special Ashes for Children session and on Good Friday 25th March at 10am we will be thinking about Jesus’ suffering and death on a cross and plan to process with a cross from the Friary to Queen’s Square to join other groups from Crawley churches (Hot Cross buns also available!). Both sessions will start in the Friary Hall. The Follow-on Group aims to help children celebrate the different seasons of the year and to continue to learn about their faith, post First Communion. Fr Chris can give further information.

Valentine’s Day Wedding Blessings

At all Masses in the parish for 13th/14th February, we will be offering prayers and asking for God’s blessing on all married couples.

CAFOD – Lent Fast Day 19th February

Envelopes for your donations will be on the Newsletter weekend of 13th/14th February ready for the Retiring Collections 20th/21st February when a CAFOD appeal will be made at all the weekend Masses. Please Gift Aid if you can. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Cycle Pilgrimage from Porto to Santiago

11th to 18th October 2016. The cost will be approximately £600.

Please come to our information meeting on Sat 20th Feb at 9.30am at the Friary House to find out more.

Teams of Our Lady in Crawley

It is just a year since a presentation was given in Crawley on Teams of Our Lady. Following a series of “piloting” meetings since then, the first Team to be set up in Crawley has now been formed. The object of Teams is very simply to provide fellowship and mutual support to help couples grow in their faith, and in their love for one another and those around them. Meeting once a month in one another’s homes the Teams’ format can lead to very good friendships. If you would like to learn more about Teams then please contact Fr. Chris Dobson (who is himself a Team chaplain).

Friary Car Park Funerals:

The car park will be closed on Ash Wednesday 10th February until 1.30pm – for Mass goers only. Thank you.

Fairtrade Fortnight 29th Feb – 13th March

An opportunity to buy some Fairtrade goods; bananas and roses from the supermarkets, other goods from Min, who hopes for a sell-out!

Groceries for those in need

This month marks three years of providing food to those in need, 87 families with 3,079 parcels. Your support and continual donations have been outstanding. It is really making a difference. Thank you.

Flower Arranger – St Bernadette’s

Flower arranger required urgently for St Bernadette’s, to join monthly rota. Inexperienced very welcome as easy training will be provided. Tel: Kim Bliss Crawley 417356 to find out more.

SVP Dance Saturday, 2nd April,

Friary Hall, 19:30 to 23:00. Details to follow.

100+ Club

First draw for 2016. Congratulations to Winners … No. 95 £30 Sheila Bell, No. 108 £25 Krysia Hussey, No. 87 £20 Gerrard Wareing, No. 97 £12 Eddie Bowles and No. 79 £10 Pauline Hart. Number allocation lists are in all churches.

Vacancy for Live-in Carer/Housekeeper

Required for elderly Crawley couple. Please contact Roxanna Rauf on 07876 683283

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.


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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Next Sunday 14th February

First Sunday of Lent

Year C


First Deuteronomy 26:4-10

Psalm 90

Second Romans 10:8-13

Gospel Luke 4:1-13

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:

SVP Dance -Saturday 2nd April

In the Friary Hall 19:30 – 23:00 dancing with 6 Feet Deep

More details to follow


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Saturday 6th February

by Susan
(8.00 pm – £2.00 per person)

Friday 12th February
(9.00 pm)

Friday 26th February

Friday 11th March
(9.00 pm)

Monday 21st March to Saturday 26th March

Sunday 27th March
(12.00 – 4.00 pm)

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Please pray for

Sophia Angelina, Baby Aoife, Cecilia Bertoni, Lillian Biggane, Suzie Boyjoo, Seby Braganza, Carl Cooper, Charlie Dargan, 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, Rose Osborne, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Mary Wallace, Sharon White, Frances & Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Colin Campbell, Anna Schmitz, Tina Wheelhouse, Mary Woodward

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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