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Faith and Doubt

Doubt is the instrument to purify my faith. It is only when I begin to doubt that I really make an honest act of faith: Lord, I do believe, help thou my unbelief. Time and again it is against all the odds, against everything my brain is telling me. But faith must be purified time and again because it is the purification of faith that leads to growth in love. That perfect act of faith, which is always made in pain and sometimes in agony, leads in a most remarkable way to peace and serenity, because faith is a gift of God.

Who do men say that I am? – when Our Lord put this question to St Peter, he answered with the faith of the whole early church and every generation since: Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. Reflect on the place Jesus Christ has in your life and whether it affects your faith and helps you to believe and say, as did Thomas: My Lord and my God.

We need in our day to affirm our faith in Jesus Christ, true God and true man, and there is another faith which follows from that – our faith in the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament: Christ wholly present, body, soul and divinity. Sometimes we are uncertain, hesitant, when in a very Godless world we are tempted to doubt. Then we should remember the words: would you, too go away? There is a note of anxiety in His voice, just in case we might. Of course we do not Lord to whom should we go? Thy words are the words of eternal life; we have learned to believe and are assured that thou art the Christ, the Son of God.

“The mystery of Love” – Cardinal Basil Hume


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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 30th August

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B


First Deuteronomy 4:1-2.6-8

Psalm 14

Second James 1:17-18.21-22.27

Gospel Mark 7:1-8.14-15.21-23


Psalm Response:

Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent.

Retiring Collection:

Broadfield Roof (Broadfield only)

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




The Coming Week


Tuesday 1st September


St Bernadette’s 8pm

Wednesday 2nd September

Requiem Mass

Christ the Lord 11am Tony Watts R.I.P followed by private cremation

Reception of Body

Friary 4.30pm Peter Newell R.I.P

Journey into Faith

St Bernadette’s 7.30pm

Thursday 3rd September

St Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the Church

Requiem Mass

Friary 12.15pm. Peter Newell R.I.P followed by private cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium

Friday 4th September

First Friday Mass of the Most Sacred Heart

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Christ the Lord 9.05am – 10.00am

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



Fr Chris’ Head Shave and Bob Martin’s Moustache Shave for Broadfield!

First of all a big thank you to all who have supported this major fundraising event for the Broadfield Roof Repair Fund – it looks as if we will have raised almost £3,000 – amazing! If any of you have pledged money but have not yet given it in, please hand it to your Mass Co-ordinator or to Alana (who’s done such a wonderful job organising this) or myself. Please make sure that you get your name ticked off the form as you give in your sponsorship money. Article and photos on the website. Many thanks – Fr Chris.

Friary Car Park

The car park will be closed until 1.30pm on Thursday 3rd September. Access for funeral and 12.15pm Mass goers only. We ask for your co-operation during this busy time.

Association for the Propagation of the Faith (APF) and Mill Hill Missionaries (MHM)

On 5th and 6th September at Masses throughout the parish, there will be an appeal on behalf of the APF-MHM. A team of three appealers – Fr. Dermot Byrne MHM, Mrs Eileen Tompkins and Mrs Millie Fernandez – have been allocated to take this appeal.

Please help support our missionary Church.

Fr Gerard Hatton’s Farewell

Please note in your diary that on the evening of Tuesday 8th September there will be Rosary and Benediction in the Friary Church followed by a reception in the Friary Hall. It will be an opportunity for the communities to thank Fr Gerard for his great service.

Thank You

Sr Joanna and Sr Patricia wish to express their “sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to all who participated in the celebration of 15th August at the Friary, and to all those who contributed so generously to the buffet.

Thank You All. Crawley will always be in our hearts”.

Ministers’ Day Retreat

Calling all Eucharistic Ministers and Readers – If by now you have not received an invitation by email to the Pilgrimage to Canterbury on 19th September, please call the parish office 01293 524176 for the details and respond by Monday 14th September.

Please leave a clear message with your full name and contact details if there is no reply. Should you not be able to attend this retreat for whatever reason please also state an alternative retreat you will be attending.

Journey into Faith

The Journey into Faith group has two aspects:

1. It serves as a nurturing group for adults preparing for the sacraments of baptism and confirmation and for those baptised into another Christian tradition, for reception into the Catholic Church. All enquirers are welcome – it is a gentle group meeting fortnightly to study scripture and discuss and share matters of faith. In alternate weeks we join the Teaching evenings – see 2 below. The first session this autumn will be on Wednesday 2nd September.

2. The second aspect is as an adult learning programme – over the course of an academic year, in fortnightly evening sessions, we will cover all significant aspects of Catholic Christian faith and doctrine. The teacher is Nick Crocker RE teacher at St Wilfrid’s. We would envisage awarding a certificate to all those completing the one year course. The first teaching evening will be held on Wednesday 9th September. Both groups meet at 7.30pm at St Bernadette’s Presbytery (beside church) in Tilgate. Please let Fr Chris know if you are interested in attending.

Proposed Pilgrimage to Holy Land 2016

We are exploring with Della Shenton of 5th Gospel Retreats another pilgrimage to the Holy Land between 8-17 November 2016, towards the end of the Year of Mercy, during which Pope Francis is encouraging us to go on pilgrimage. To this end, there will be an information evening on Thursday 10th September 2015 at 7.30pm in St Clare’s chapel at the Friary. The outline of the pilgrimage will be explained with the proposal that we stay first in Bethlehem (and visit Jerusalem and Palestinian Christians) and then move to Nazareth (from where we will visit Galilee and the north). The costs are likely to be in the region of £1300-1400. This would be an excellent way to prepare for Advent and Christmas 2016 and to celebrate the end of the Holy Year!

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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Next Sunday 6th September

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B


First Isaiah 35:4-7

Psalm 145

Second James 2: 1-5

Gospel Mark 7:31-37

Retiring Collection:

Mill Hill APF Appeal (Gift Aid if using envelopes supplied by the charity)

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 and Grand Draw on Saturday 21st November

The last big push to complete St Bernadette’s roof repayment. Please start saving Tombola prizes & good toys.

Let’s make this event a ‘golden bricks’ one. Min 884934.


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)




Saturday 5th September

by Susan

Friday 11th September
(9.00 pm)

Friday 25th September
with Buffet
(Details TBA)

Saturday 3rd October
Monthly Quiz Night
(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Friday 9th October
(9.00 pm)

Saturday 31st October
(Members welcome at the bar)

Saturday 7th November
(8.00 pm – £2.0 pp)

Friday 13th November
(9.00 pm)

Saturday 12th December
(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Thursday 24th December

Friday 25th December
(Club open 12.00 – 2.00 pm)

Thursday 31st December
(Details TBA)


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Please pray for

Please pray for the sick

Baby Aoife, Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, Baby Clodagh, Carl Cooper, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Ann Edridge, Bert Edridge, Pat Eldridge, Charley Gaskin, Orlando Harrison, John Lydon, Andrée Marshall, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Peter Molloy, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Pat Quinsee, Frank Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Mary Wallace, Sharon White, Frances & Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Tony Watts & Peter Newell

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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