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Last Sunday, appropriately Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis issued his ‘Bill’ Misericordiae Vultus promulgating the forthcoming Year of Mercy to start on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, 8 December 2015. Pope Francis wished all people who are able to read the 25 paragraphs of the Bull ‘Grace, Mercy and Peace’. It’s all about God’s incredible love for us and it concludes:

I present, therefore, this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us. In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of throwing open the doors of his heart and repeats that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. The Church feels the urgent need to proclaim God’s mercy. Her life is authentic and credible only when she becomes a convincing herald of mercy. She knows that her primary task, especially at a moment full of great hopes and signs of contradiction, is to introduce everyone to the great mystery of God’s mercy by contemplating the face of Christ. The Church is called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. From the heart of the Trinity, from the depths of the mystery of God, the great river of mercy wells up and overflows unceasingly. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people approach it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends. The profundity of the mystery surrounding it is as inexhaustible as the richness which springs up from it. In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid and love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort. May the Church become the voice of every man and woman, and repeat confidently without end: “Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old” (Ps 25:6).

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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 19th April

Third Sunday of Easter

Year B


First Acts 3; 13-15.17-19

Psalm 4

Second 1 John 2:1-5

Gospel Luke 24:35-48

Psalm Response:

Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord

Retiring Collection:


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


Thursday, 23rd April

St George, Martyr, Patron of England

Friday, 24th April

Requiem Mass

Friary 12.15pm Bridget Logan R.I.P. followed by interment at Snell Hatch

Saturday 25th April

St Mark, Evangelist



SVP Dance – 9th May

Dance along to popular TRAPPER, 60′s covers – 19:30 -23:00 Bring your own drink and nibbles.

Tickets £5 on door or call 07500 484058 in advance to reserve a table.

Journey Into Faith

The Journey Into Faith group meets fortnightly on Wednesday evenings at St Bernadette’s presbytery at 7.30 and is open to all who wish to learn more about our Catholic Faith as well as for those adults preparing for sacraments. Dates of future meetings are: 29 April (Teaching), 6 May, 20 May (Teaching), 3 June (Teaching), 17 June, 1 July (Teaching) and 15 July (last before Summer break).

Car Park

Friary Car park will be closed on Friday 24th until 1.45pm. Admission for funeral and 12.15pm Mass goers only.

Bereavement Support

The next Drop In will be on Tuesday 28th April 1.30pm to 3.30pm at the Friary Hall. Everyone welcome.

Developing our prayer life

Following the successful programmes run within the parish, we are now reflecting on Pope Francis’ call to develop our prayer life. An 8 week DVD based course begins on Thursday 7th May in the Friary Hall (8pm – 9.30pm) to guide us towards an effective and fruitful prayer life. Following the traditions of the Church and the wisdom of the Saints, we will learn how to express ourselves to God in prayer and how to hear his voice. The Oremus programme will support us through guided readings and discussions to become aware of God’s presence in our lives. The course fee of £10 covers all session costs including individual workbooks. For further information or to register for the programme contact Maja – majajasco@blueyonder.co.uk Tel. 414953) or Peter (jope.20@blueyonder.co.uk 421964).

HCPT Group 117

Thank you to everyone who supported HCPT Group 117 make their 10th Pilgrimage to Lourdes over Easter. Supporters and the Parish were remembered during a special Mass, said by Fr Paul Turner, close to the Grotto. Encounter Evening (for 15-30s) This Friday (April 24th) there will be an ENCOUNTER evening in Crawley. These are evenings of Live Music, Adoration, and inspiring talks, which usually happen on the last Friday of the month. This month, the guest speaker will be Jo Gilbert from the Wellspring Community. The evenings will be at St. Wilfrid’s School (RH11 8PG) and will run from 7-9pm. Feel free to join us in the pub afterwards. It’s totally free, and there’s no need to register. New people are always very welcome. For more info search ‘Two:42 Young Adults’ on Facebook.

CAFOD Soup Lunch

Two raffle prizes outstanding: No 90 George M, No 88 Linda (white tickets with yellow border). Contact Min 884934.

Ministers’ Day Retreat

A note for diaries for Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, etc. Canterbury, Saturday 19th September.

Fatima Pilgrimage 5th-7th October 2015

Please contact Fr. Chris or Marie-Lourdes Jean for a booking form.


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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Next Sunday 26th April

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Year B


First Acts 4:8-12

Psalm 117

Second 1 John 3:1-2

Gospel John 10:11-18

Retiring Collection:

Education of Future Priests (Gift Aid using Parish envelopes)

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:

SVP Dance – 9th May

Dance along to popular TRAPPER, 60′s covers – 19:30 -23:00 Bring your own drink and nibbles.

Tickets £5 on door or call 07500 484058 in advance to reserve a table.

St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Friday 17th April

Hall booked for
(Fish & Chip Supper – Tickets £10.00 -
regular members welcome at the bar)

Saturday 18th April

(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Friday 24th April

(8.00 pm)

Saturday 25th April

Hall booked for
in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice
(music by Bernie – Tickets £10.00 -
regular members welcome at the bar)


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Please pray for

Please pray for the sick

Baby Aoife, Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, Seby Braganza, Baby Clodagh, Carl Cooper, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Bert Edridge, Pat Eldridge, Charley Gaskin, John Lydon, Teresa Mackey, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Peter Molloy, Teresa O’Brien, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Mary Wallace, Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Bridget Logan

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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