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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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


The Week of Prayer finishes this weekend and in the parish we will have celebrated at least three times with our Christian brothers and sisters.

The first occasion was at our shared church in Broadfield last Sunday when the Blue Sash Choir (our well rehearsed youngsters ably led by Alana Dunlevy) sang to our mixed congregation of Catholics, Anglicans and the Broadfield Christian Fellowship. The service was led by Rev Howard Schnaar. Our shared church is a flagship of ecumenism and working together as fellow Christians!

The second occasion was a planning lunch with our ecumenical partners in Pound Hill/Worth – we hope to again hold an ecumenical lent group.

The third occasion is this weekend when we meet with Christians from all over Crawley at 3.00pm for our joint service at St John’s Anglican Church opposite the Friary. It will be led by the Rev Sue Murray from St John’s with Fr Chris preaching and the Rev Bill Morris, our Baptist friend, assisting with the Intercessions.

The theme is Living Water based on the story in the gospels of Jesus meeting the woman at the well. We will be praying that we may all be refreshed by such living water both physically and spiritually!






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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 25th January 2015

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B


First Jonah 3:1-5.10

Psalm 24

Second 1 Corinthians 7:29-31

Gospel Mark 1:14-20


Psalm Response:

Lord, make me know your ways.

Retiring Collection:


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

The Coming Week

Monday 26th January

SS Timothy and Titus, Bishops

Requiem Mass

Friary 12.15pm Herbert Hewlett R.I.P. followed by cremation at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium

Wednesday 28th January

St Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Friday 30th January

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Christ the Lord 9.05 am – 10.00am

Saturday 31st January

St John Bosco, Priest

General Notices


Memorial Mass for Sr Bonaventure R.I.P

Thursday 29th January 7.30pm St Edward’s. All welcome.


Thank you for your continued support of our Wednesday Adoration. This lay movement is a great way of spending time with the Lord and praying for Vocations. Please remember your times and if not let the Co-ordinator know. It is very important that the Lord is not left on his own. During the winter months we will have Adoration until 8pm and finish with Benediction.

Car Park

New permit applications must be into the Friary House by 31st January at the latest.

Remember to date & sign cheques, and to complete forms clearly.

Almost 400 have been sent out already so do not delay.

Forms are in all churches and at the Friary from Saturday 12.15pm Mass till end of 5.30pm Sunday Mass.

Reminder – if you use a form for 12.15pm Mass this does not include shopping outside of this time.

NO ENQUIRIES to the Friary House or to the office.

Phone 884934. Please note new double yellow lines at car park entrance.

Bereavement Support Drop-In

Every fourth Tuesday – an opportunity to meet others who’ve suffered bereavement in an friendly, listening environment. 1.30pm – 3.30pm Tuesday 27th January in the Friary Hall. A warm welcome to everyone.

Journey Into Faith

Our fortnightly sessions for adults exploring and deepening their faith and preparing for sacraments of baptism, confirmation and/or reception into the Catholic Church take place at 7.30pm at St Bernadette’s Presbytery on the following dates: 28th January (Teaching), 11th February, 25th February (Teaching), 11th March, 25th March (Teaching) followed by a break for Easter. For further information, please contact Fr Chris.

Bad Weather Procedures

For details on our procedures please refer to the Parish website or ring 01293 524176 for up-to-date information.

Mini Lourdes Pilgrimage

10th -13th February to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes still has some places available. Please contact Fr Chris urgently if you would like to come.

Mass for Married Couples – 12.15pm St Valentine’s Day

Saturday, 14th February 2015 at The Friary There will be a special Mass for married couples at 12.15 on St. Valentine’s Day. Do come along if you can, and join us afterwards for a glass of something sparkling in the Friary Hall. All are welcome. The Mass will be preceded by a presentation of Teams of Our Lady at 11.30am in the Hall. Teams of Our Lady is an international Catholic movement that is specifically for married couples, and which welcomes non-Catholic Christian spouses. Members of local teams will talk about the movement and what it has to offer. Teams provide the opportunity for friendship and fellowship through a monthly meeting in one another’s homes. A typical team would consist of three to five couples with a chaplain. They seek to encourage one another through a shared commitment to try to grow in faith. We hope to set up one or more teams in Crawley, so if you are married and Christian come and learn about a movement that exists for people like you!

Festival 50: A&B Diocesan Golden Jubilee

Everyone is invited to the Jubilee Festival in Brighton on 5th July. SVP is assisting our parish to make this event as inclusive as possible.

Some parishioners may have special needs to be taken into account to allow them to be part of the celebrations. We must be aware of what these needs are.

Some transport will be provided and the ‘Lourdes Medical Team’ along with the ‘Red Shirts’ will be present to help in Brighton. More details can be found on the parish website.

Alternatively, either call SVP on 07500 484058 or email:


Thank You Over the last few years the Parish Team have organised a thank you party for all those who generously minister in the parish in one way or another.

Last year the Hall was crowded and this year’s invite list is even longer. We would therefore like to invite all those who support the parish with their time and talents to gather in the warmer weather when we can open the doors and spread outside. Please watch this space for further details. Thank you.

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 December 2014 you have supported 66 families with over 1,835 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 1st February 2015

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Year B


First Deuteronomy 18:15-20

Psalm 94

Second 1 Corinthians 7:32-35

Gospel Mark 1:21-28

Retiring Collection:

Catholic Education Service

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 31st January

in aid of St. Catherine’s Hospice
(8.00 pm – Tickets £10.00 available from club bar)

Friday 13th February

(9.00 pm)

Saturday 14th February

(Details TBA)

Friday 27th February

(Details TBA)


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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, Pat Eldridge, Phil Fleming, Charley Gaskin, John Lydon, Teresa Mackey, Trevor Martin, Warren Millington, Peter Molloy, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank & Josie Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Bernard Winter.

Those who have died:

Eleanor Cooper & Herbert John Hewlett

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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