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“Does a piece of bread give you such strength? It is not really bread…It is the body of Jesus.” – Pope Francis, to First Communicants Dear friends the time has come to start preparing for next year’s First Holy Communions. What we have learned from last year’s preparation and Masses has been that this is a chance for a renewal of faith and chance to help our children in growing and deepening in their relationship with Christ and His Church. But that means a change as we the priests, elders of the community, catechists and parents cannot be bystanders in this process any more, but we also have to engage so we may be transformed in Christ as well.

The Applications forms for next year’s Frist Holy Communion programme are now available at the back of the churches. Your children need to be in year 3 or above. This year we hope to have a group for older children, and also children who need to be baptised as they will require a different course in order to help them in their life of faith. This will give them the tools necessary to receive the two sacraments. The closing date for the applications will be Monday the 6th of October. We will have a parents meeting in October dates to be confirmed.




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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 31st August

Twenty-Second Sunday of the Year

Year A


First Jeremiah 20:7-9

Psalm 62

Second Romans 12:1-2

Gospel Matthew 16:21-27

Psalm Response

For you my soul is thirsting, O Lord my God

Retiring Collection:

Caritas / CAFOD

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

The Coming Week

Monday 1st September

Requiem Mass

Friary 12.15pm Patrick (Paddy) Simson R.I.P followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium.

Tuesday 2nd September

Cremation Service

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium 4.30pm Carol Goding

Wednesday 3rd September

St. Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Requiem Mass

St. John’s Copthorne 12.30pm Elsena Marsden R.I.P followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium

Friday 5th September

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Christ the Lord 9.05am – 10.00am

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

Requiem Mass

Our Lady’s 10.30am Margaret Stuart R.I.P followed by burial at Snell Hatch. Saturday 6th September Wedding Our Lady’s 12noon Dorota Olszowy & Laszlo Sipos


General Notices


Fr. Chris and the Three Peaks Challenge

This weekend, Fr Chris will be joining his family in an attempt to climb the three highest national peaks (Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon) all in 24 hours.

The object (as well as the challenge) is to raise money for the mental health charity MIND. If you would like to sponsor Fr Chris and his family, you can either go to the link: https://www.justgiving.com/3peakschallenge2014forJo, or complete the sponsorship form at the back of the church, or put a donation through the letter box at the Friary marked for Fr Chris’ attention. Many thanks.

New term starts for RCIA/Journey Into Faith

The fortnightly group for adults wishing to know more about the Catholic Faith and including adults preparing for baptism, confirmation and reception into the Church, recommences on Wednesday 3rd September at 7.30pm at St Bernadette’s Presbytery, Tilgate. For further information, please contact Fr. Chris.

New term starts for Adult Formation Group

After the summer break, our monthly group for parishioners wishing to update their knowledge of our Catholic faith, recommences on Wednesday 17 September at 7.30pm at St Bernadette’s Presbytery, Tilgate. The Journey Into Faith group joins us for these sessions. Our topic for September is ‘Love, from ahava, through agape to caritas (Hebrew and Greek words for love)’. The October topic is ‘Sacraments: Sign and Symbol’. For further information, please contact Fr Chris.

Friary Car Park

- Car park closed until 1.30pm on Monday 1st September. Access for funeral and 12.15pm Mass goers only.

-Priority is for 12.15pm Mass goers from 12 noon Monday to Friday. (Please revisit your regulations).

-Permits for 12.15pm Mass goers (who do not have full permits) are for this Mass only; they do NOT include shopping time.

- Permits are essential for use of the Car Park.

We appreciate your understanding and co-operation.


call for support for the Holy Land Please help stop the violence in Gaza and get aid to families in great need. You can ask the Foreign Secretary to push for peace, or donate to CAFOD’s humanitarian aid on the ground.

Go to http://www.cafod.org.uk/ Gaza

Adoration Wednesdays at the Friary

Firstly to thank all those who have been able to take part in Wednesday Adoration at the Friary during the last year. Inevitably, some who were able to commit to specific times in the early days have had to drop out.

Occasionally there have been less than the three or so people required for each hour. Indeed, we found it necessary to finish Adoration at 3.00pm because there were not enough to allow it to continue into the evening.

We will therefore be holding a meeting on Wednesday 10th September at 7.30pm in the Hall for all those interested in allowing weekly Adoration to continue. If you are not able to attend but would like to contribute something in writing, please send a note to the office. From the response of those wishing to commit to Adoration in the future, we will be able to draw up a new plan for the coming year.

Confirmation 2015

Young people interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2015 are invited to register by e-mailing crawley confirmations@hotmail.co.uk with their full name, date of birth, contact phone number and e-mail address. (You will receive an acknowledgement e-mail, but not before the end of August).

We would prefer to hear from potential candidates themselves rather than from parents or other relatives. To be confirmed in 2015 you must be in school year 10 or above (or equivalent age, but no older than 18 by the end of August 2015). Please note that there is a strict registration deadline of September 30th. We invite all parishioners to pray for our young people as they discern receiving this important Sacrament.

Eucharistic Ministers’ Retreat

Advance notice of day retreat at Wonersh on 18th October – invitations to be sent out after summer break.

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. Contact Gerry Lydon Tel. 882300

Youth Talent Show

St. Edward’s Hall/Social Club on Saturday 18th October. Flyers at back of all Churches. Make sure if you have the talent then let everyone enjoy it at this show. Contact Bernie after his holiday after 17th August

SVP Furniture

We need more help to move furniture donated by parishioners. If you are a man with (or without) a van and would like to volunteer some time, please call us 07500 484058.

Groceries for those in need

You have helped 59 families with 1,439 food parcels for 18 months. Holidays have started. Please remember the families you help do not go on holiday and the need for support continues.

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 July 2014 we have supported 59 families with over 1,400 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 7th September

Twenty-Third Sunday of the Year

Year A


First Ezechiel 33:7-9

Psalm 94

Second Romans 13:8-10

Gospel Matthew 18:15-20

Retiring Collection:

Caritas / CAFOD

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:


October 25th – Dinner Dance

November 14th – Christmas Fayre

Please keep these dates free and let’s aim at maximum support and attendance.

November 29th – SVP Dance


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Saturday 6th September

QUIZ by Duncan
(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Friday 12th September

(9.00 pm)

Friday 19th September

for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
(7.00 pm, £10.00 per player, Teams of up to six, Fish & Chip supper, Raffle)

Saturday 20th September

(Charity Event)

Saturday 4th October

by Shelagh & Brian
(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Friday 10th October

(9.00 pm)

Saturday 18th October


Calling all 8 to 18 years old to showcase their talents (singing, dancing, instrumental, comedy, juggling, etc). Choirs and dance groups are also welcome but not too large please as space is restricted. Once we have some idea of numbers a “Show rehearsal” will be arranged, probably a week ahead of the show. All young children to be accompanied by an adult.
(Please contact Bernie or Sophie Weller before 1st October. Tel: 01293 418024, Text: 07748881016 or
Email: maybegold@tiscali.co.uk)

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, Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, José Manuel de Gouveia, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Phil Fleming, Shirley Garcia, Charley Gaskin, Paddy Joe Goonan, John Lydon, Teresa Mackey, Trevor Martin, Hugh McAloon, Peter Molloy, Peggy Pickett, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank & Josie Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Edward Spencer, Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Carol Goding, Elsena Marsden, Paddy Simpson & Margaret Stuart.

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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