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Happy Feast Day Crawley parishioners! Yes – it’s our day – the day on which we celebrate the special person God has created us to be through our births and recreation in baptism!

It is St Paul who first refers to the early Christians as saints. In Romans 1, Paul addresses his new Christians in Rome as “God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints”.

Yes, although we do not feel worthy, our calling is indeed to be saints, as a new creation, washed clean in baptism, amazingly able to call God “Our Father” and Jesus “Our Brother”. Called to be in relationship with our creator, in relationship through prayer and following Jesus in his example of loving our neighbour.

But it’s true, we do not feel worthy to be called saints – we know despite our baptisms that we continue to be sinners … but our sanctity is not to be achieved through our worthiness or our efforts, but through God’s worthiness and his grace continuously poured out upon us. That is why Paul goes on to wish on his new Christian friends in Rome “grace … and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”.

The Holy Spirit also has an essential role to play and Paul continues “likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness … and intercedes for the saints according to the will of God”. Of course, as well as celebrating our own feast days, we also give thanks to God for the many who have gone before us who have lived saintly lives, many of them family members, who have quietly radiated God’s love to those around them but have not been canonised – today is their feast day too. Saints of God, come to our aid!




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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 2nd November

All Saints

Year A


First Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14

Psalm 23

Second 1 John 3:1-3

Gospel Matthew 5:1-12

Psalm Response

Such are the men who seek your face, O Lord

Retiring Collection:

Retired Priests’ Fund (Gift Aid if using envelopes provided by the charity)

Blessing of Graves

Snell Hatch 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

Monday 3rd November

The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

There are four Masses in the Parish – see Mass intention sheet for times.

Tuesday 4th November

St Charles Borromeo


St Bernadette’s 8pm

Wednesday 5th November

All day Adoration at Friary restarts (see poster on back of Mass Intention sheet)

Thursday 6th November

Requiem Mass

Friary 12.15pm Edward & Nora Spencer R.I.P followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium

Friday 7th November

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Christ the Lord 9. 05 am – 10.00am

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

Ukrainian Rosary

St Clare’s 7pm



General Notices

Commissioning of Eucharistic Minister

The recommissioning of existing (and commissioning of new) Eucharistic Ministers who have attended the retreat (or an alternative) will take place at all Sunday Masses on the weekend of 22/23 November.

Ministers will be sent an invitation to be handed in at the Mass they attend. If they are not available that weekend, an alternative date will be provided so that they can be commissioned/recommissioned to continue their ministry.

Journey into Faith

The next Journey into Faith meetings at St Bernadette’s are: 19th November (Teaching), 3rd December (Teaching) and 17th December. Please see Fr. Chris if you are interested in finding out more about our Catholic faith, being Baptised, Confirmed or Received into the Church.

Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary

Led by Fr. Gerard. Tuesday 4th November. 7.30pm Rosary & Adoration The Friary,

Wednesday, 5th November, start of 30 day preparation, in order to consecrate ourselves on 8th December.

Please contact the office or Fr. Gerard so the books may be ordered for you to participate.

Annual Memorial Service

The Memorial Service takes place at the Friary at 3pm on Sunday 16th November. Whilst invitations will be sent out to the families of those who have died during the year, all parishioners are very welcome. At the end of the service, candles will be placed in the cemetery.

Car Park

Please continue to read the newsletter and listen to notices for updated information

The 100+ Club

Show your support The Club raises funds for the Parish. Subscription to the club for one number is £10 per year (i.e. less than £1 a month). This gives members one number which is placed in 4 draws. Members are encouraged to have multiple subscriptions. I urge parishioners to join as new members, and request existing members to renew their membership whilst encouraging family/ friends to join. New members are required to keep these fund contributions meaningful. Contact Goldwyn 404332 for further information.

SVP Dance

Dance with 6 Feet Deep, Saturday 29th November, Friary Hall 7.30 – 11.30pm. Tickets £5. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.

Gift Aid

All enquiries please contact Merlin Sabaratnam 07976 707424 or email merlinsaba27@googlemail.com.

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.

Call us 07500 484058

Groceries for those in need

Your continuing donations have supported 63 families with 1,515 parcels since February 2013. Thank you

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 August 2014 we have supported 63 families with over 1,500 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 9th November

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Year A


First Ezekiel 47:1-2,8-9,12

Psalm 45:2-3,5-6,8-9

Second 1 Corinthians 3:9-11,16-17

Gospel John 2:13-22

Retiring Collection:

Cathedral Maintenance Fund (Gift Aid)

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:


November 1st- Great Gala Night Out

Parish Irish Folk & Country Music Night Saturday 7.30 -11.00pm Friary Hall. Dancing, Sing-Along, Raffle, Music by Reelstring.

Tickets from all churches after Mass. £3 single, £10 family of four. (All proceeds to the Broadfield Roof Appeal).

Christmas Fayre: 22nd November

Please can we make a superb effort for this involving everybody. We require cakes, gifts for tombola, bottles, jewellery, good books, CDs and DVDs (an addition this Fayre). Please sell more raffle tickets, buy one sell one. If every family did this we could make £4,000. – send counterfoils and cash to the house in an envelope marked ‘Raffle’. Thank you for your efforts.

SVP Dance, Saturday 29th November,

Friary Hall 19:30 – 23:30. 60′s music and more with 6 Feet Deep. Tickets £5. Bring your own drinks and nibbles.


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Saturday 1st November

(8.00 pm)

Saturday 8th November

(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Saturday 22nd November

(8.00 pm – Tickets £7.00)

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Please pray for

Please pray for the sick:

Baby Aoife, Kerry Aldrich (Topping), Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, Seby Braganza, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Pat Eldridge, Phil Fleming, Charley Gaskin, John Lydon, Teresa Mackey, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Peter Molloy, Peggy Pickett, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank & Josie Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Edward & Nora Spencer

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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