Parish Outreach

At Home … There are many ways in which the Parish can and does support people in the community, from the excellent ongoing work of the SVP to the Friary Sunday Lunches provided by teams from different churches and communities. This January there will be a new form of outreach through the provision of a severe weather shelter for the homeless. This project is being run in partnership with Open House together with other Christian communities from the town. The shelter will provide accommodation in the event of very poor weather and when Open House is unable to meet the demand. So, it will only open when these two conditions are met. Of course, we do not know in advance when this will happen so we need to plan for cover if required. Open House will oversee the project and we are simply asked to provide a couple of volunteers per night to look after guests using the shelter. The project will run between the beginning of January and the end of March. Volunteers simply indicate the nights they would be willing to be called if required. All volunteers register with Open House and will require a DBS (criminal record) check, which the parish can arrange at no cost to the volunteer. There has been a very good response to the previous appeal, both within the Catholic community and beyond. However, there are still some gaps in the rota. If you feel that this is something you would be willing to offer please contact Deacon Andrew on 07712 191078 or via email at This will be an important service to those in great difficulty and a great witness to our faith in Jesus Christ who new firsthand the experience of homelessness.

Abroad … Throughout this year we have again been made acutely aware of the perilous situation in which many in the Holy Land are forced to live. While these problems seem intractable and desperate, there are many working in the midst of these difficulties to provide immediate and long-term support to the communities affected. Among such groups are the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, an ancient order which exists to ‘provide a regular support of prayer and works in for Christian communities in the Holy Land’. Each year, monies are donated at the Christmas cribs in our parish churches. As in recent years, this money will be donated to the Knights in support of their current project operating in schools and churches in the Holy Land. The recipients are profoundly grateful for the practical support and also for the reminder that they are not alone and have not been forgotten by their brothers and sisters in faith. Whether home or abroad, there is always a need for support in the form of prayer. Please add this to any practical assistance you may be able to offer in relation to either of the above.

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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 21st December

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Year B


First 2 Samuel 7:1-5.8-11.16

Psalm 88

Second Romans 16:25-27

Gospel Luke 1:26-38

Psalm Response

I will sing forever of your love, O Lord

Retiring Collection:


Rosary & Benediction Friary 3pm

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

Tuesday 23rd December

Requiem Mass

St Bernadette’s 1.30pm Molly McAloon R.I.P followed by internment at Snell Hatch

Cremation Services

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium 1.45pm John Markham R.I.P

Surrey & Sussex Crematorium 3.15pm Roy Dimond R.I.P



Wednesday 24th December

Mass Friary 6.30am

There will be no other masses in the Parish this morning.

Christmas Mass Times

Vigil of Christmas

Please note that to allow for preparation of the Church and the Liturgy, the Friary Church will be closed on Wednesday 24th December after the Vigil Mass until 10.45pm.

Vigil Masses

6pm Our Lady’s

6pm Friary – church closes after Mass

6.30pm St Edward’s

6.30pm Christ the Lord

10pm St Edward’s

11.30pm Friary - Carols followed by Mass at Midnight (Church opens at 10.45pm)

Thursday 25th December

Solemnity: Christmas Day: The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

9am St Theodore’s

9am St Bernadette’s

9am Christ the Lord

9.30am Friary

11.15am Our Lady’s

11.30am Friary - Crib Collection: Children of the Holy Land



General Notices

Note from the Finance Committees

Thank you to those who support the Clergy through the Christmas collection – as they do not receive a salary this is a very important part of their income. The rules about Gift Aid are clear that, though the money collected is shared between the four priests, it can be Gift Aided and the tax rebate will come to the parish. Even if you don’t usually Gift Aid, PLEASE consider using a Gift Aid envelope for this collection and therefore help parish funds.

Altar Servers’ Mass

Calling all Altar Servers for the servers’ Mass on St Stephen’s Day at 10.00am at The Friary.

Carols by Candlelight

At St Edward’s Church, Sunday 28th December 5pm, in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice.

Refreshments served afterwards. Further details from Sue White 885568

Mass and Adoration

New Year’s Eves tarting at 11pm at the Friary

Wednesday Adoration

There will be no Wednesday Adoration on 24th and 31st December.

Parish Office

The Parish office will be closed from 24th December until 5th January.

Bad Weather Procedures

To ensure the safety of parishioners: In the event of snow and ice all the churches and halls will be shut and Masses / bookings cancelled until the pathways are cleared of snow and ice. The Friary Church which has people on site (the clergy!) is likely to be cleared first and will offer extra Masses if the other churches are closed. The website / answerphone will advise as, and when, other churches have been cleared and can be re-opened. If you would be willing to join a local snow clearing team please contact the parish office. Thank you

Diocesan Directory 2015

The Directory is an invaluable aid giving the calendar of saints and Liturgical Order for 2015, the time of Masses across the diocese and contact details for all the clergy, parishes, offices, groups etc. Available at £4.50 from the Friary Repository and the Church sacristies this weekend. An ideal stocking filler.

Winners of the 1st Draw – 100+Club

Congratulations to the winners of the First draw. They are as follows: No 19 Faith Shine (£25), No 23 – Skaria Ampipparampil (£20), No 71 – Norah Green (£15) and No 63 – Mr Michael Oddy (£10).

Mini Pilgrimage to celebrate Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

Fr Gerard and Fr Chris are proposing to lead a short pilgrimage to Lourdes 10-13 February 2015. We would take an overnight coach arriving for breakfast on 11th, with full board for one night, departing on the evening of 12th after dinner. We return via Paris and celebrate Mass in the Miraculous Medal chapel and have a panoramic tour of the city. Prices, based on sharing and 30 people travelling, are likely to be £235 but this could be reduced if more people come. Unfortunately, the Grotto (including baths) is closed for renovation but the Sanctuary/ Domain is open where we will celebrate Mass etc. Please let Fr Chris know immediately if you are interested in coming. Tangley will require £100 deposit before 19th December. You will also be required to have travel insurance.

Valentine’s Mass to Celebrate Married Life

The Saturday Mass at 12.15pm on 14th February, which is within Marriage Week, will include a special blessing for all married and engaged couples in the parish. There will also be a reception by Teams of Our Lady with the possibility of setting up Teams in Crawley to support family life. More information contact Fr Chris.


We are very grateful for your tremendous generosity for our 7th December collection.

The money will be used to help people in our parish

Car Park

We are currently waiting for a start date to erect the barrier. Please read the newsletter and listen to the notices. Parking currently is for green permit holders only.

Simbang Gabi (Night Mass)

This year our Filipino community invite us to share with them a very beautiful Advent tradition which is called Simbang Gabi (“Night Mass”), a novena of dawn Masses from 16th December to Christmas Eve at 6.30am in the Friary Church.

Festival of Reconciliation

This Advent we will again, like in Lent, have the Festival of Reconciliation starting on Friday 19th (4.00pm-11.00pm) and Saturday 20th December (7.00am-4.00pm) finishing with Vespers. There will be Adoration and Priests will be available for confessions during this time.

Groceries for those in need

In 22 months from February 2013 to November 2014, you have helped 65 families with 1,725 food parcels. Thank you for your continuing support and donations.

Car Park

We are currently waiting for a start date to erect the barrier.

Please read the newsletter and listen to the notices.

Parking currently is for green permit holders only.

100+Club First Draw 2014-2015

The first draw is scheduled to take place on Sunday 14th December, after the 9.30am service, in the Friary Hall.

Carols by Candlelight

At St Edward’s Church, Sunday 28th December 5pm, in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. Refreshments served afterwards. Further details from Sue White 885568

Gift Aid

All enquiries please contact Merlin Sabaratnam 07976 707424 or email

Merlin has taken over from Peter Charman and she is usually at the 11.30am Mass at The Friary.

SVP Furniture

If you are changing furniture or appliances soon, we will take what you are replacing, if in good condition. Many families are unable to obtain credit and cannot buy essentials.

Unwanted Christmas presents? We will take them from you to pass to those who didd not have any..

Call us 07500 484058

St. Edward’s Parish Hall / Social Club

Our recently re-decorated Club is available for hire to parishioners and friends for family parties and anniversary bookings. Prices are very fair and include use of bar, at Club prices. We are also available for gatherings after funerals and can arrange bar and catering. To hire the Hall, Contact Gerry Lydon Tel. 882300

Gift Aiders – Second Collection

When the Newsletter states that a particular second collection e.g. ‘Gift Aid if using envelopes provided by the charity’ or similar wording, please do NOT submit a purple second collection envelope nor white envelopes numbered 500 plus, as the Diocese cannot reclaim the tax. Thank you for your continued support.

Masses for Young Adults and Teenagers

The Sunday 5.30pm Mass at the Friary Church in Crawley has a special welcome and ministry towards younger Catholics (15-30, or thereabouts).

After Mass, we all go to a cafe together for some food and a chance to get to know each other. There is also a great music group every other Sunday which anyone is welcome to join. New people are always made very welcome. See for more details.

Groceries for those in need

SVP thank you for your continued generosity.

From February 2013 to November 2014 you have supported 65 families with over 1,725 food parcels.

We ask everyone to consider if they are able to give a little every week. All the food is distributed weekly as we find more families needing help. It is very much needed and appreciated.


If you are finding it difficult to feed yourself or your family, please call the Saint Vincent de Paul Society on : 07500 484058. All calls are completely confidential


Si vous ne pouvez pas nourrir vous et votre famille nous pouvons vous aider appel SVP sur 07500 48 40 58 tous les appels absolument confidentiel


Jeśli nie jesteś w stanie wyżywić siebie i twojej rodziny możemy ci pomóc tel kontaktowy 07500 484058. Gwarantujemy całkowitą anonimowości.



We welcome new members. If you are interested or want to know more of the work we do please call 07500 484058.

Are you aware Hospitals/Homes do not contact us now

If you are a Catholic admitted to them. If you know of anyone who has gone into hospital or a home, please advise the Friary (524176) as soon as possible and let us know whether you would like us to visit.

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Next Sunday and Dates for your Diary

Next Sunday 28th December

Year B



Retiring Collection:


Parish Carol Service

Friary 3pm

Sunday Evening Prayer:

7pm in St. Clare’s Chapel

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Evening Prayer:

Dominican Convent, Gossops Green, 5.30pm


Dates for your Diary:



St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Saturday 20th December

Christmas Bingo Quiz by Dave Clarke.

Fun for all the family and anybody can win due the format of the evening.

There will be four rounds each costing 50p. Come and enjoy!

Wednesday 31st December

our New Year’s Eve Dance. Music by the Drisscol Brothers making a welcome return to our

Club Admission by ticket only. Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased from the Bar.

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Please pray for

Please pray for the sick:

Baby Aoife, Kerry Aldrich (Topping), Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, Seby Braganza, Carl Cooper, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Pat Eldridge, Phil Fleming, Charley Gaskin, John Lydon, Teresa Mackey, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Peter Molloy, George Noronha, Peggy Pickett, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank & Josie Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Bernard Winter.

Those who have died:

Roy Dimond, John Markham, Molly McAloon & Mary Scudder

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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