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This weekend we celebrate World Mission Sunday.

This special day is an opportunity for Catholics worldwide to join together to pray for the missionary work of our Church and to give what we can to missionaries and churches overseas that need our help.

The World Mission Sunday Collection – one of just three personally requested by our Holy Father each year – supports young and poor churches overseas.

This year World Mission Sunday focuses on the Church in Rwanda and healing the broken-hearted. Over twenty years ago the horrors of the Rwandan genocide shocked the world; one million people slaughtered in just 100 days. Although physical wounds slowly heal, emotional scars remain.

Some wounds only God’s love heals.

This is what makes the work of priests and sisters so vitally important. They help survivors find the strength to forgive. Sadly, the past cannot be changed. Yet the spiritual support that comes from experiencing God’s love and mercy is helping those whose lives were shattered look to the future with hope.

Through our prayers and generosity on World Mission Sunday we will be helping the Church Heal the Broken-Hearted in Rwanda and elsewhere. We will be able to this today in Crawley through our prayers and the second collection.




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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 23rd October 2016

Thirtieth Sunday

Year C


First Ecclesiastes 35:12-14,16-19

Psalm 33

Second 2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18

Gospel Luke 18:9-14


Psalm Response

This poor man called; the Lord heard him.

Special Collection:

World Mission Sunday MISSIO

(eligible for Gift Aid only when using the envelope provided by the charity concerned)


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer: Dominican Convent, Gossops Green, 5:30pm

Sunday Evening Prayer: 7pm St Clare’s Chapel

Alpha Session: 6.40pm Friary Hall


The Coming Week

Tuesday 25th October


St Bernadette’s 8pm

Wednesday 26th October

Requiem Mass

12.15pm at The Friary followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium for Philip Doggett R.I.P.

Journey In Faith:

St Bernadette’s 7:30pm

Praise & Prayer:

Christ the Lord 7.30pm

Thursday 27th October

Requiem Mass

12.15pm at The Friary followed by interment at Snell Hatch for Alison Kelly R.I.P.

Friday 28th October

SS Simon and Jude, Apostles

Requiem Mass

12.15pm The Friary followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium for Espe Hart R.I.P.



General Notices

Journey in Faith

This group is for adults discerning whether to become Catholic, either by baptism or by being received from another Christian background. It is also suitable for Catholic adults who wish to be Confirmed or simply wish to refresh their knowledge of the faith. This week’s theme is Lectio / Reflection. The group meets at St Bernadette’s each Wednesday at 7:30pm. Please contact Fr Chris for more information.

Confirmation 2016/17

Applications are now invited from those in Year 10 or 11 who would like to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2017. Please apply online at Survey Monkey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CrawleyConf2017

Bereavement Support Group

Please note, there will be no Bereavement Support Group meeting in October.

Following Jesus

Our Crawley Parish group continues to celebrate our children’s First Holy Communions and provides a monthly opportunity to meet together with activities, prayer and some teaching as they look forward to their Confirmations. The next session – Angels and Saints – will be on Saturday 29th October 10am – 11am in the Friary Hall, led by Fr Chris and assisted by Catechists and volunteers.

Eucharistic Ministers

Following the various retreats Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will be re-commissioned at Masses 29th/30th October.

Eucharistic Ministers of the Sick

There will be a meeting for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who visit the sick on Wednesday 2nd November 3pm at St Bernadette’s House. Fr Simon and Sr Hannah look forward to meeting you all.

Taize Prayer Evening

Taize Prayer Evening: All Souls Day, Wednesday 2nd November, 7pm in St Clare’s Chapel (Friary Church), with the opportunity to go on to Mass for All Souls afterwards in the main Church at 8pm.

Blessing of Graves – Snell Hatch

The annual blessing of graves at Snell Hatch will take place 3pm Sunday 6th November.

Annual Memorial Service

The Memorial Service and blessing of our cemetery takes place at The Friary at 3pm on Sunday 13th 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.

“His mercy is without end”

10am on Saturday 19th November 2016, Friary Hall. A Morning of Recollection & Prayer for Readers of the Word and other parishioners to end the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Gather in the hall, with Fr Simon, for Morning Prayer, followed by a talk before moving to the Friary Church for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Mass at 12.15.

Groceries for those in need

SVP thank you for your continued generosity.

At the end of September we had delivered over 4,200 food parcels – the need continues to increase. We now support 40 families, weekly, all appreciate the help you give.

Help us to Help the Homeless!

We would like to provide flasks for those who are sleeping rough, so they can have hot food/drinks in the winter. Please donate to Alison (01293 409041). Thank you.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

The next meeting will be on Tuesday 25th October at 7:30pm in St. Clare’s.

Possible Parish Pilgrimage to Velankanni in 2017

Proposed pilgrimage to the pilgrimage site of Our Lady of Velankanni in India. Information meeting in St Clare’s, The Friary on Wednesday 26th October at 7pm.

Friary Car Park

The car park will be closed until 1.30pm Wednesday 26th and Friday 28th October and until 3pm Thursday 27th October.

Fr Chris on the Camino!

Donations are invited to the St Bernadette’s Accessible Toilet fund; our target is £20,000.

SVP Shop

– Volunteers needed Volunteers are needed for our SVP shop in Broadfield, 1 – 3 hours a week on any day, Monday to Saturday? Please contact Corrine Mills on 01293 517135.

Medals Galore!

Many congratulations to Katie George Dunlevy on her magnificent achievement in winning a Gold and Silver medal for Ireland. We are immensely proud of our Paralympian from Crawley.

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.

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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Sunday 30th October 2016

Thirty-first Sunday

Year C


First Wisdom 11:22-12:2

Psalm 144

Second 2 Thess. 1:11-2:2

Gospel Luke 19:1-10


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:

Christmas Fayre:

Saturday 26th November.

Raffle tickets aplenty in Friary porch and at St Bernadette’s. Counterfoils in a.s.a.p. and by 25th November. Please put these in an envelope with cash into the Friary House. (Smarties tubes also).

St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)




Saturday 5th November


Friday 11th November
(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)

Saturday 12th November
(8.00 pm – £2.00 per person)

Saturday 26th November
(8.00 pm – Tickets £5.00)

Friday 2nd December
for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
(7.30 pm – Tickets £10.00 to include Fish & Chip Supper)
Saturday 3rd December
(8.00 pm – £2.00 per person)

Friday 9th December
(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)

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Please pray for


Please pray for those who are sick:

Michael Bold

Those who have died:

Philip Doggett R.I.P., Espe Hart R.I.P., Alison Patricia Kelly R.I.P., Eileen Saar R.I.P.,

Jean Tullett R.I.P., Maria Warner R.I.P.

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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