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“Lord, help me to make time today to serve you in those who are most in need of encouragement and assistance.” (St Vincent de Paul)

The SVP helps people in all kinds of hardship: sickness, addiction, food poverty, single parents, isolated older people, and those simply in need of a little extra support and friendship.

The opportunities to help are varied; spending an hour chatting to someone housebound or helping to complete forms and dealing with correspondence is much appreciated and makes a big difference to their lives.

The regular food parcels are gratefully received as is the companionship we offer. The more members we have the more we can do! Perhaps you would consider volunteering in our new community shop ‘St Vincent’s’ in Broadfield?

There are a variety of roles available.

However, being a member of SVP is also about our own spiritual development. We start and finish our fortnightly meetings with prayers and have a short spiritual reflection.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed spirit,” Psalm 34:18.

We could do nothing without the help and support we receive from our Parish and Community. Thank you for your continuing generosity.

“Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary use words.” St Francis of Assisi





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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 25th September 2016

Twenty-sixth Sunday

Year C


First Amos 6:1.4-7

Psalm 145

Second 1 Timothy 6:11-16

Gospel Luke 16:19-31


Psalm Response

My soul, give praise to the Lord.


Special Collection:

Walsingham (eligible for Gift Aid)


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

Sunday Evening Prayer: 7pm St Clare’s Chapel

The Coming Week

Tuesday 27th September

St Vincent de Paul, Priest

SVP: St Bernadette’s 8pm

Wednesday 28th September

Journey In Faith:

St Bernadette’s 7:30pm

Thursday 29th September

SS Michael, Gabriel and Raphael, Archangels

Friday 30th September

St Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saturday 1st October

St Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church



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. The group meets at St Bernadette’s each Wednesday at 7:30pm. Please contact Fr Chris for more information.

First Holy Communion

Registration for the First Holy Communion Programme for 2016/2017 is now open. Please complete all details as requested on the link below and in due course you will be notified by email of the parents meeting after which sessions will begin. Please call the parish office if you require assistance completing the survey. www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRAWLEYFHC2017

Bereavement Support Group

The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday 27th September from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the Friary Hall. All are welcome.

Coach: Day of Reflection – 1st October

Eucharistic Ministers please be at the Friary by 9.15am for a 9:30am departure. The bus will leave St Wilfrid’s church at 4:15pm.

Alpha Course – 2nd October

There will be a taster session on Sunday, 2nd October, 7-9pm at the Friary Hall. Alpha, which has been used by more than 27 million people, aims to reconnect people with the heart of the faith. The first evening starts with a meal and focuses on the question “Is there more to life than this?” For those who want to explore further, the course continues on Sunday evenings throughout the Autumn. For more details or to book a place– jope.20@blueyonder.co.uk “I had spent my student life in Catholic schools from 5 to 18 and had been brought up in an actively Catholic family so I assumed there wasn’t much more to learn. But I was wrong. Alpha took me right back to the basics but as a mature person these hit home so much harder than they had done as a child.” (Jane)

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day Friday 7th October

Envelopes will be in Newsletters at weekend Masses 1st / 2nd October and collected at the Retiring Collections on 8th / 9th October. We are encouraged to give something up on the 7th October to help think of those who have little. This Fast Day we are focusing on Bolivia and a two year food production programme from seed (see poster in porch).

Co-workers of Mother Teresa Clothes Appeal

The Co-workers of Mother Teresa of Calcutta are urgently appealing for clothes for refugees in the north. If possible, medium size men’s clothes, but any clothes will be gratefully accepted. Please contact Queenie 01293 542968.

SVP Shop

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

Sponsor Fr Chris on the Camino!

A number of parishioners have asked if the pilgrims, cycling 242kms from Oporto to Santiago, are being sponsored. We would like to invite donations to the St Bernadette’s Accessible Toilets fund – our target is £20,000. If you’d like to sponsor Fr Chris and companions, please make cheques payable to ‘Crawley Parish Development Project’. Thank you.

Parish Pre-School

The Pre-school is (almost) ready to re-open. The great new building means an improved experience for children and staff. It allows for an increase in available places. If you are interested in a place please ring the Manager, Wendy Sykes on 01293 403873.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Forthcoming meetings for all pilgrims: Just to remind pilgrims of forthcoming meetings:

Saturday 24th September 10am – 12 noon in St. Clare’s

and Tuesday 25th October at 7:30pm in St. Clare’s

Gift Aiders:

Friary, St Bernadette’s and Christ the Lord Gift Aid Donation Statement letters for the Tax Year 2015/2016 are available for collection at the entrance to the Church. Please retain the Statement for your Tax Return, if you receive one. Many thanks for your continued support through the Gift Aid Scheme.

Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love)

As in previous years, we will be having a special Mass for Married couples on the nearest Saturday to Valentine’s Day. In the weeks preceding this celebration, we will be studying the Pope’s inspiring recent Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) on love and the family. More details later.

Possible Parish Pilgrimage to Velankanni in 2017

Our Lady of Good Health also known as Our Lady of Velankanni is believed to have appeared in India in 16th Century. We are exploring the possibility of a parish pilgrimage to India next year, to also take in Calcutta and Mother Teresa’s community and possibly the Grace and Compassion convent in Tamil Nadu. Come and share your ideas, expectations and experiences at a meeting in St Clare’s, at the Friary, on Wednesday 28th October at 7pm. Please contact Fr Chris for further information

Eucharistic Ministers

Most Ministers will have attended one of Bishop Richard’s days for Eucharistic Ministers in spring and autumn but a few were not able to go and we will therefore be organising a day of Recollection for them at the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, West Grinstead on Saturday 22nd October. Eucharistic Ministers who have attended retreats (or equivalent) will then be recommissioned at Masses on the weekend of 29th/30th October.

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 2nd October 2016

Twenty-seventh Sunday

Year C


First Habakkuk 1:2-3;2:2-4

Psalm 94

Second 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14

Gospel Luke 17:5-10


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.


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)




Saturday 1st October

(8.00 pm – £2.00 per person)

Friday 14th October
(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)

Friday 21st October

Saturday 5th November

Friday 11th November
(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)

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

Saturday 26th November
(Details to follow)

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

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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