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World Youth Day – Poland

Please keep in your prayers Fr. Simon and the young people from our parish and Diocese who set out this Sunday for the World Youth Days with Pope Francis and an expected almost two million other young people. As they leave the Pope sends this message:

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The 31st World Youth Day is fast approaching. I look forward to meeting the young people from throughout the world gathered in Kraków and having the opportunity to meet the beloved Polish nation. My entire visit will be inspired by Mercy during this Jubilee Year, and by the grateful and blessed memory of Saint John Paul II, who instituted the World Youth Days and was the guide of the Polish people in its recent historic journey towards freedom.

Dear young people of Poland, I know that for some time now you have been preparing, especially with your prayers, for this great encounter in Kraków. I thank you heartily for everything that you have done, and for the love with which you have done it. Even now I embrace you and I bless you.

Dear young people from throughout Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Oceania! I also bless your countries, your hopes and your journey to Kraków, praying that it will be a pilgrimage of faith and fraternity. May the Lord Jesus grant you the grace to experience personally his words: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” (Mt 5:7).

I am very anxious to meet you and to offer the world a new sign of harmony, a mosaic of different faces, from many races, languages, peoples and cultures, but all united in the name of Jesus, who is the Face of Mercy.

I now turn to you, dear sons and daughters of the Polish nation! For me, it is a great gift of the Lord to visit you. You are a nation that throughout its history has experienced so many trials, some particularly difficult, and has persevered through the power of faith, upheld by the maternal hands of the Virgin Mary. I am certain that my pilgrimage to the shrine of Czestochowa will immerse me in this proven faith and do me so much good. I thank you for your prayers in preparation for my visit. I thank the bishops and priests, the men and women religious, and the lay faithful, especially families, to whom I will symbolically bring the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. The moral and spiritual “health” of a nation is seen in its families. That is why Saint John Paul II showed such great concern for engaged couples, young married couples and families. Continue along this road!

Dear brothers and sisters, I send you this message as a pledge of my affection. Let us keep close to one another in prayer. I look forward to seeing you in Poland!




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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 24th July 2016

Seventeenth Sunday

Year C


First Genesis 18:20-32

Psalm 137

Second Col. 2:12-24

Gospel Luke 11:1-13


Psalm Response

On the day I called, you answered me, O Lord.


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

Sunday Evening Prayer: 7pm in St. Clare’s Chapel

The Coming Week

Monday 25th July

St James, Apostle

Tuesday 26th July

SS Joachim and Anne, Parents of the BVM

Wednesday 27th July

Requiem Mass:

Sheila Bell R.I.P. 12.15pm The Friary

Thursday 28th July

Requiem Mass:

Marie Christina Sive Yin Chan Chi An R.I.P. 12.15pm The Friary followed by interment at Snell Hatch Cemetery

Friday 29th July

St Martha

Requiem Mass:

Mari Selmour Aristide R.I.P. 12.15pm The Friary followed by interment at Snell Hatch Cemetery


General Notices


The last Adoration was on Wednesday the 13th July. We will restart on 7th September.

Eucharistic Ministers

There are still a few places available for the October Day of Recollection with Bishop Richard. As places are limited, please urgently book now using the details sent or phone the office.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Just to remind pilgrims of forthcoming meetings: Saturday 23rd July 10am – 12 noon: Sarah Prime will lecture on the New Testament with special reference to our pilgrimage; Saturday 24th September 10am – 12 noon St. Clare’s pre-pilgrimage meeting; Tuesday 25th October 7.30pm St. Clare’s final pre-pilgrimage meeting.

Journey into Faith

The Journey into Faith group is for all adults seeking to explore and mature their faith and to look into the possibility of being baptised, confirmed and join the Catholic Church. The group will be taking a summer break till September, but Fr. Chris would be very happy to provide more information should you wish.

Lecture on New Testament

On Saturday, 23 July 10am-12 noon, Sarah Prime will lecture on the New Testament. The venue will be the Friary Hall. Sarah is a PhD candidate & visiting lecturer in New Testament at St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, London. All welcome.

Car Park

Please do not use hatch areas. Pedestrians and cyclists should use the gate in front of the church. Thank you.

Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th July:

The car park will be closed until 5pm. Open for Mass and funeral goers only.

Friday 29th July: The car park will be closed until 1.30pm. Open for Mass and funeral goers only.

Parish Pre-School

The developments are now harder to spot as they have started working inside the building! The new facilities will greatly enhance the experience for children and staff. It will also allow us to increase the number of places available for children to meet the growing demand. If you are interested in a place, please ring the Manager, Wendy Sykes on 01293 403873.

Bereavement Support Group

The next drop-in session will be on Tuesday, 26th July from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Friary Hall. All are welcome.

Cycle Camino

About six parishioners, including Fr. Chris, are gently cycling from Oporto in Portugal to the Shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Spain in October. If you are a cyclist, or know of someone who would be interested, please make contact with Fr Chris for more information.

SVP – Volunteers Needed

We are looking for volunteers to help with various duties in our community shop in Broadfield. This is an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the community. Hours are available to suit everyone. Please call into the shop or call: SVP 07500 484058 for further information.


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.

Marriage Banns

Marc Pearce & Dina Susana Santos-Sousa (29th July);

Dean Martin & Anna Cytroswska (6th August);

Stewart Davis & Hayley Varlow (12th August);

Dean Griffin & Kimberley Warburton (12th August);

Mark Hutton & Paulina Szczepanska (26th August);

Michael Jones & Katarzyna Sucharska (27th August);

Dipen Satdev & Esther Burke (10th September);

Louis Anselme & Marie Josée Jean-Jacques (13th December).

Please note that the following give notice of their forthcoming marriage abroad this year:

Prasath Samy Kannan and Falon Sandra Lilyen Paulraj.

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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Sunday 31st July 2016

Eighteenth Sunday

Year C


First Ecclesiastes 1:2;2:21-23

Psalm 94

Second Col. 3:1-5.9-11

Gospel Luke 12:13-21

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:


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Friday 12th August

(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:

Mari Selmour Aristide R.I.P., Sheila Bell R.I.P., Marie Christina Sive Yin Chan Chi An R.I.P., Ann Edridge R.I.P., Frances Tolan 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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