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The Advent Wreath

On Friday afternoon our young people met in the Friary Hall to begin preparing for Advent by making Advent wreaths which of course will incorporate the five candles, three purple, one rose and, in the centre, one white.

The keeping of an Advent wreath is a common practice in homes and churches and helps us prepare for Christmas.

The first reading for this first Sunday of Advent relates to the old testament prophet Jeremiah talking of the fulfilment of the promise that a ‘virtuous branch (will) grow for David’, to be realised, of course, in the birth of Christ, when the first (purple) Advent candle is lit.

The readings for the second Sunday concern John the Baptist ‘preparing a way for the Lord,’ encouraging us to do the same. The second purple candle is lit.

The third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday after the first word of the opening prayer which translates from the Latin ‘Gaudete’ as ‘Rejoice’, is celebrated with joyful rose-coloured vestments, and the rose candle is lit.

The gospel for the fourth Sunday relates to the visitation of Mary to Elizabeth and the imminence of Christ’s birth, the third purple candle is lit with great expectation!

Finally the moment arrives and the fifth (white) candle, known as the Christ candle, is lit during the beginning of the first Mass of Christmas announcing that the Christ-child is born! Thank you, children, for helping us all prepare for Christmas!


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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 29th November

First Sunday of Advent

Year C


First Jeremiah 33:14-16

Psalm 24

Second 1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2

Gospel Luke 21:25-28;34-36

Psalm Response

To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Retiring Collection:

Arundel Cathedral Maintenance Fund (eligible for 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




The Coming Week

Monday 30th November

St Andrew – Apostle

Wednesday 2nd December

Requiem Mass

12.15pm The Friary for Gladys Winifred Williams R.I.P followed by interment at Snell Hatch Cemetery

Journey into Faith – 7.30pm St Bernadette’s (Teaching Group)

Thursday 3rd December

St Francis Xavier – Priest



The Alpha Course

This runs each Thursday at Our Lady Queen of Heaven School at 7.30pm. Join us for prayer, praise, food, and a presentation on the key aspects of the Christian faith.

Co-workers of Mother Teresa Appeal

The Co-workers of Mother Teresa appeal for wearable clothes, caps, scarves, gloves, socks, soap etc. for the London homeless. We would also be grateful for bedding of all kinds. Contact Queenie Tel. 542968. Thank you.

APF Collection

“The APF collection for the second half of this year raised £851.35 bringing the year’s total to £1,573.77. Very many thanks to all APF members and promoters for your continuing support and help. The APF-Mill Hill Appeal in September resulted in 39 new members. This means we desperately need some new promoters (who visit members to empty the red boxes). Collections are made twice yearly (March/ April and September/October). Any volunteers would be greatly appreciated. Please call me on Crawley 270937 for this and any other queries – Eric Smith.

Advent Preparation for Families

Children and Parents/carers are invited to attend an Advent Preparation Session on Saturday 28th November 4:00-5:15pm in the Friary Hall. At this session families will learn together about Advent and how to celebrate this season within the home. Families will have the chance to create their own Advent wreath and learn how to use it for a special time of prayer for the family each Sunday of Advent. Please book your place (by Wednesday 25th November) by e-mailing crawleyfirstcommunion@outlook.com or calling the parish office 01293 524176.

Eucharistic Ministers and Readers

Recommissioning of Eucharistic Ministers will take place at Sunday Masses this weekend. (1st Advent Sunday).If you miss this please present yourself to a priest on a subsequent Sunday for recommissioning.

Laudato Si

Following our ‘sign-up’ for CAFOD’s petition to David Cameron. News from CAFOD tells that they have received 27000 signatures by 12 November and on 19th November the Pope’s encyclical was debated in the House of Commons. The motion was ‘This House takes note of the Pope’s encyclical Laudato Si on our Common House, encouraging climate change and international justice and calls on the government to recognise significant support for a successful outcome to the Pan Conference in November/ December which should commit to tackle climate change effectively’. Our 241 signatures did count. Thank you.

Advent Flowers

There will be no flowers in any of our churches during advent which starts this weekend.

Advent Devotions

Dominican Convent (Gossops Green) 2pm every Thursday during advent. All welcome.

Join us in our Advent Reconciliation and study day

Saturday 5 December 2015 – 10.30am-4pm ‘Our Lady Seat of Wisdom’ Speaker: Sr Valery Walker OP – Stone, Staffordshire A day hosted by the Crawley Fraternal Lay Dominican Group, including talks, Q&A, Adoration and Rosary. At The Dominican Missionary Sisters’ Convent 4 Gossops Green Lane, Gossops Green, Crawley RH11 8BJ. Please bring food for a shared lunch £5.00 towards the cost of the day. Disabled parking available at the convent. All visitors please use the car park at St Theodore’s Catholic Church Car Park . All are welcome.

Friary Car Park

We have been granted planning permission and are now in the process of organising the installation of the barrier. Please continue to use your current permits and watch for further information in the Newsletter. A big “Thank You” to Jim Warren for preparing excellent drawings and plans to enable the barrier permission. Parking outside Mass times is for permit holders only. No shopping on Sundays until after 1.30pm please.

Cycling the Camino

Fr Chris wonders if there are any parishioners who might be interested in a week’s cycling the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in spring or autumn 2016?

Holy Land Pilgrimage

We have now filled all our places on the 2016 pilgrimage to the Holy Land and pilgrims have been notified. There will be a series of pre-pilgrimage meetings during the next year, to correspond with the liturgical seasons and to relate them to the places we will visit. Meetings will be in St Clare’s chapel at the Friary at 7pm on 11th January followed by a 10am meeting on 14th May.

Crawley Parish Office Vacancy

The Crawley Parish Office is looking for an additional experienced secretary with a warm personality. The role includes helping callers at the door and on the phone and managing office tasks (e.g. database, diary and duplicating) in an efficient manner. Working up to 20 hours a week, mainly afternoons, you would be part of a great and friendly team. For further details and / or an application form please contact tony.barry@dabnet.org

Friary Hall Caretaker and Cleaner Vacancies

Steve Yeomans, our Friary Hall caretaker and (more recently) cleaner, retires in February 2016 after many years of faithful service. The two roles of caretaker and cleaner do not necessarily need to be fulfilled by the same person. Currently, the caretaker is contracted for (on average) 15 hours per week for opening and closing the Hall, setting up tables etc for bookings, meeting and greeting and closing the Hall at the end of functions. The cleaner’s hours are 6 per week on average. If you are interested in the vacancy/ies, please contact Fr Chris on: chris.dobson@RCDAB.onmicrosoft.com for further details and an application form.

CAFOD Campaign Update

Remember the Global March for Action on Saturday 29th November. Contact Min (Tel. 884934) if you would like to join the March. Information on cafod.org.uk/climate

March. 100+ Club – Forms 2015/16

Please send in forms with your £10. Each year is a new application. Thank you.

CAFOD Campaign Update

Many thanks for signing up to influence David Cameron at the Poverty & Climate Summit in December (241 signatures have been posted). Remember the Global March for Action on Saturday 29th November. Please see Min (Tel. 884934) if you would like to join the March. Information on cafod.org.uk/climate March.

Friary Repository Assistance:

Following Josie Kennedy’s departure for Scotland (for which we wish her well), we are in need of a team of volunteers to manage and assist in the Friary Repository shop. Please contact Fr Simon or Fr Chris if you are interested in finding out more about this important service to the parish. Christmas Stock: now available – cards, nativity sets, stables etc. Opening times: Tuesday and Saturday after 12.15pm Mass, Sunday after 9.30am and 11.30am Masses.


Applications for Confirmation

Applications are now invited from those currently in Year 10 who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2016. Applications are also welcomed from those in Years 11 & 12 who have not yet received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please apply on line using the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CrawleyConfirmation16 Applications should be received no later than Monday 16th November. You and one parent / guardian need to be available for an introductory session on Sunday 22nd November at 4pm in the Friary Hall. The rest of the sessions for the Candidates are 4pm in the Friary Hall on: 13th December, 17th January, 7th February and 13th March. The Celebration of Confirmation is at Worth Abbey on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm.

Volunteers Needed – Confirmation 2016

We urgently need volunteers to lead Small Group Discussions at the Confirmation Sessions in the Friary Hall at 4pm on 22nd November, 13th December, 17th January, 7th February and 13th March and conclude with the celebration of Holy Mass at 5.30pm. Please contact Fr Simon or another member of the Parish Team if you can help. Ideally you need to be able to come to all the sessions to maintain continuity.

Friary Hall

1. All parishioners should be aware that the Friary Hall is available for private as well as church bookings at very reasonable rates. Please call the office if you would like to make a booking.

2. Calling for volunteers to serve on our Friary Hall management committee. We meet six-weekly to review hall bookings, consider marketing issues, manage the property etc. If you are interested in finding out more, please call Fr Chris.


Groceries for those in need

In 32 months to the end of September we have distributed over 2,500 food parcels, helping 78 families.

Thank you for your continued donations.They do make a difference.


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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Next Sunday 6th December

Second Sunday of Advent

Year C


First Baruch 5: 1-9

Psalm 125

Second Philippians 1: 3-6; 8-11

Gospel Luke 3: 1-6

Retiring Collection:

St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)


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:



Thursday 10th December

Christmas Lunch 12.00-1.30pm. St. Bernadette’s

Roast with trimmings, sweet, mince pie and glass of wine.

Free raffle, school choir and Fr Christmas.

Booking essential by 4th December latest. Numbers limited. Cost £12. Ring Elsie on 513436 to confirm your celebratory dinner.


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)




Friday 4th Dec.

7pm: Charity Quiz in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. £10 includes fish and chip supper. Contact Jackie Bower 01293 883062 for tickets. To find out what is on at the Club each month go to st.eds.sc@gmail.com

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

Sophia Angelina, Baby Aoife, Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, Suzie Boyjoo, Carl Cooper, Doreen de Souza, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Ann Edridge, Bert Edridge, Pat Eldridge, Charley Gaskin, Orlando Harrison, John Lydon, Andrée Marshall, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Pat Quinsee, Frank Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Mary Wallace, Sharon White, Frances & Bernard Winter, Louis Paya, Charlie Dargan, Tina Wheelhouse, Rose Osborne.

Those who have died:

Edmund Quigley, Gladys Williams, Peggy Jenkins, Kathleen Rafferty, Kathleen Rafferty, John Wisely

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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