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The Month of May

May has long been a month for Our Lady. In our diocese we have our own Marian Shrine at Our Lady of Consolation at West Grinstead. This is also one of the places where you can find a ‘Holy Door’ through which many people have passed to obtain graces from God, including a Plenary Indulgence. At the Shrine there is a beautiful Icon of Our Lady of Consolation which many people have stopped to venerate and ask for Our Lady’s intercession. Our Bishop, knowing that not everyone will be able to travel to West Grinstead, has commissioned a replica of the icon and this has been travelling the diocese over the past few months. If you turn to page 9 of the A&B news you can have a preview of what it looks like.

The Icon arrives in our Parish over the Pentecost Weekend (13th-15th May) and will be available for veneration:

Friday 13th May:

9:00 Holy Mass at St Wilfrid’s School

12.15 Holy Mass at the Friary (O.L. Fatima)

13:15-14:30 Yr 5 & 6 Primary Schools Pilgrimage to the Friary

14:30-19:00 Icon available for veneration

19:30 Holy Mass & Procession (O.L. Fatima) Saturday

14th May:

08:00 to 20:00 “12 Hours with Our Lady” in the Friary Church The communities that comprise our parish gather throughout the day to offer prayer, music and other Marian devotions

11:00 Confessions & Holy Hour

12:15 Holy Mass (St Matthias)

15:00 Holy Hour

16:00 Benediction

17:00 Confessions

18:00 Holy Mass (Vigil of Pentecost)

19:00 Veneration of Icon until Compline at 19:45

Sunday 15th May:

Usual Mass times Holy Masses for Pentecost 08:00 to 19:00 Icon available for veneration in the Friary Church (except at Mass & Baptism times)



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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 1st May 2016

Sixth Sunday of Easter

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First Acts 15:1-2, 22-29

Psalm 66

Second Apocalypse 21:10-14, 22-23

Gospel John 14:23-29

Psalm Response

Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you.


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 2nd May

St Athanasius, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Bank

Holiday Mass Friary 10am

Tuesday 3rd May

SS Philip and James, Apostles

Wednesday 4th May

The English Martyrs

Journey into Faith

7.30pm St Bernadette’s

Thursday 5th May

Requiem Mass

12 noon St Edward’s followed by interment 1.30pm Snell Hatch Elizabeth Campbell R.I.P.


General Notices

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 meets on Wednesday evenings at St Bernadette’s, Tilgate at 7.30pm. Please see Fr Chris for further information.

Altar Servers for Confirmation Mass at Worth Abbey

This is a call for Altar Servers wishing to serve at the Confirmation Mass at Worth Abbey on Sunday 22nd May at 3pm, where the Confirmation candidates from our parish will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you are a relative or friend perhaps you would like to participate in the celebration this way. You will need to arrive at Worth Abbey at 2pm on the day. Please call the parish office to let us know so we can add you to the list.

Note to Gift Aiders

On 6th April 2016 some changes to tax allowances became effective. Please remember that you must have paid sufficient Income/Capital gains tax that is at least equal to the amount reclaimed on all your Gift Aid donations to charities. If you have paid insufficient tax you will have to repay the shortfall. If you need tax advice please contact either your tax office or professional tax adviser. Thank you again to everyone who Gift Aids – your support of the parish in this way is invaluable and greatly appreciated.


Vacancy: Full time manager for our Community Shop in Broadfield. Details on our page on the Crawley Parish website or call 07500 484058.

Car Park Barrier

Proposed donation this year is £40 plus £10 for the entrance card. Technical use has to be programmed. Please read the Newsletter and listen to notices for all follow-up information rather than ringing the office or the Priests’ House. Very many thanks for your patience and co-operation while the engineers work. To prevent congestion at the gate on Saturdays and Sundays could we please start getting used to leaving the car park through the rear car park. Many thanks to those who do this already; our one-way system works very well.

Marriage Banns

Please note that the following people give notice of their forthcoming marriages abroad in 2016:

Wojciech Marcinkiewicz & Anna Pikos (2nd July);

Gediminas Stazys & Evelina Pigagaite (16th July);

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).

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.

Teams of Our Lady in Crawley

It is just a year since a presentation was given in Crawley on Teams of Our Lady. Following a series of “piloting” meetings since then, the first Team to be set up in Crawley has now been formed. The object of Teams is very simply to provide fellowship and mutual support to help couples grow in their faith, and in their love for one another and those around them. Meeting once a month in one another’s homes the Teams’ format can lead to very good friendships. If you would like to learn more about Teams then please contact Fr. Chris Dobson (who is himself a Team chaplain).

Crawley Street Pastors

Have you ever thought of joining this amazing group which patrols and tries to keep safe the party-goers and homeless people on the streets of Crawley on Friday and Saturday nights? If you’d like further information, please speak to Fr. Chris.

School Governance

The success of our two Catholic primary schools, Our Lady Queen of Heaven and St Francis of Assisi together with our Catholic secondary school, St Wilfrid’s, depends on good governance. School governors are volunteers who are prepared to work with our school teachers to ensure our children get the best education they can. If you are a practising Catholic and feel you have the skills necessary to help in the governance of our catholic schools please speak to a parish priest who will give you more information.


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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Sunday 8th May 2016

The Ascension of the Lord

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First Acts 1:1-11

Psalm 46

Second Ephesians 1:17-23

Gospel Luke 24:46-53

Retiring Collection:

The Catholic Communications Network (eligible for Gift Aid when using the envelope provided by the charity concerned)

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:

Saturday 25th June

Traditional Jazz and light supper, with Doctor Jazz, our very popular Jazz friends.


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Thursday 5th May

(Club in use as Polling Station)

Friday 6th May
(Tickets £10.00 to include Fish & Chip Supper)

Saturday 7th May
(8.00 pm – £2.00 per person)

Friday 13th May
(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)

Saturday 14th May
with “KAS – The New Forces Sweetheart”
(8.00 pm – Tickets £5.00, available from club bar – FANCY DRESS ENCOURAGED – Male & Female Prizes for Best Fancy Dress)

Saturday 4th June
(8.00 pm – Tickets £5.00)

Friday 10th June
(9.00 pm – FREE EVENT)

Saturday 11th June
in aid of Macmillans Nurses
(Tickets £5.00)

Saturday 18th June
(8.00 pm – £2.00 per person)

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Please pray for

Sophia Angelina, Aoife, Cecilia Bertoni, Lillian Biggane, Suzie Boyjoo, Seby Braganza, Christopher Broady, Carl Cooper, Charlie Dargan, Christine Diamond, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Iris Draude, Ann Edridge, Bert Edridge, Pat Eldridge, Charley Gaskin, Orlando Harrison, Len Heaven, Helena Leahy, John Lydon, Andrée Marshall, Trevor Martin, John Mascarenhas, Chris McLaren, Warren Millington, Rose Osborne, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank Rouson, Pam Simpson, Alex Smith, Dougie Smith, Richard Smith, Bernadette Soares, Mary Wallace, Sharon White, Frances & Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Elizabeth Campbell R.I.P. (Delia) Bridget Mary Henriksen 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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