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Copthorne Convent – Thanksgiving Mass – 12.15pm 4th October

The Copthorne house opened in 1942 as a refuge from the bombs for children from St Joseph’s, Littlehampton.

It became known as Bethlehem because most of these children were babies. A school was started to educate these children. Gradually the Catholic children of the area came to join the school along with the boarders.

In 1961 a school hall was built and, in time, more classrooms were added, more children came and the school grew.

The chapel became a Mass Centre for our parish and Sisters were involved in parish activities.

Times and needs brought changes and in 1993 it was decided to close the school.

Instead the sisters developed a Retreat Centre where people came from near and far for a break and to recharge their batteries. Some people used the accommodation en route from Gatwick to the Shrines abroad.

This house closed in 2005 and the Sisters moved into the Lodge at the bottom of the drive and continued to serve the parish and people in the area.

After much reflection and prayer the order has decided to close the Lodge with the Sisters moving to other community houses.

The whole parish has great reason to be grateful to the Sisters for their 72 years of ministry.

There will be a Mass of thanksgiving to which we are all invited.

Bishop Kieran is unable to join us but Cardinal Cormac will preside on October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis, at 12.15pm in the Friary Church with a reception in the Friary Hall afterwards.

There will be a retiring collection next Sunday for those who would like to be associated with a presentation to the Sisters.




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This Week and General Notices

Sunday 14th September

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Year A


First Numbers 21:4-9

Psalm 77

Second Philippians 2:6-11

Gospel John: 13-17

Psalm Response

Never forget the deeds of the Lord

Retiring Collection:

Racial Justice (Gift Aid if using envelopes supplied by the charity)

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 15th September

Our Lady of Sorrows

Tuesday 16th September

St Cornelius and Cyprian

Wednesday 17th September

United in Christ

St Edward’s 8pm

Thursday 18th September

Requiem Mass

St Bernadette’s 2pm

Hugh McAloon R.I.P followed by internment at Snell Hatch Cemetery

Friday 19th September

St Theodore of Canterbury

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Christ the Lord 9. 05 am – 10.00am

Saturday 20th September

St Andrew Kim Tae-gon and St Paul Chong Ha-sang Martyrs


General Notices


Winners of the Final 100+Club draw 2014

The winners of the final draw 2014 are: No 75 – Kate McSharry (£25), No 35 – Sue Petritz (£20), No 36 – Stephen Innes (£15) and No 69 – Goldwyn Fernandes (£10). Congratulations!

Fr Chris says ‘Thank You’!

Fr Chris is so grateful for all the support he and his family received for the Three Peaks. Parishioners have been amazingly generous and you have given over £1000 plus gift aid for MIND. Thank you so much!

Friary Car Park

Advance warning – the car park, front and back, will be completely closed on Saturday 4th October. Access for 12.15pm Mass only.

-Priority is for 12.15pm Mass goers from 12 noon Monday to Friday. (Please revisit your regulations).

-Permits for 12.15pm Mass goers (who do not have full permits) are for this Mass only; they do NOT include shopping time.

- Permits are essential for use of the Car Park.

We appreciate your understanding and co-operation.

First Holy Communion 2015

Forms for registering your child are available in all churches. Children should be in Year 3 or above. Closing date Monday 6th October.

Adoration Wednesdays at the Friary

A meeting will be held on Wednesday, 10th September at 7.30pm in the Hall for all those interested in allowing weekly Adoration to continue. If you cannot attend but would like to contribute something in writing, please send a note to the office. From the response of those wishing to commit to Adoration, we will be able to draw up a new plan for the coming year.

Confirmation 2015

Young people interested in receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2015 are invited to register by e-mailing crawley confirmations@hotmail.co.uk with their full name, date of birth, contact phone number and e-mail address. (You will receive an acknowledgement e-mail). We would prefer to hear from potential candidates themselves rather than from parents or other relatives. To be confirmed in 2015 you must be in school year 10 or above (or equivalent age, but no older than 18 by the end of August 2015).

Please note: strict registration deadline of September 30th.

New term starts for Adult Formation Group

Our monthly group for parishioners wishing to update their knowledge of our Catholic faith, recommences on Wednesday, 17th September at 7.30pm at St Bernadette’s Presbytery, Tilgate. The Journey into Faith group joins us for these sessions. Our topic for September is ‘Love, from ahava, through agape to caritas (Hebrew and Greek words for love)’. The October topic is ‘Sacraments: Sign and Symbol’. For further information, please contact Fr. Chris.

Do you know of someone who might be interested in becoming a Catholic?

The Journey into Faith Team are hosting an informal information evening on Wednesday, 1st October in St Clare’s chapel at the Friary at 7.30pm. Please come with your family member or friend. For further information please contact Fr. Chris.

Day Pilgrimage to Walsingham

Inspired by Fr. Gerard’s Pilgrimage this last week, the Journey into Faith Group is hosting a day trip to Walsingham on Saturday 25th October. If you are interested in joining the Pilgrimage, please let Fr. Chris know.

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.

Call us 07500 484058

Groceries for those in need

Your continuing donations have supported 63 families with 1,515 parcels since February 2013. Thank you

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

Youth Talent Show

St. Edward’s Hall/Social Club on Saturday 18th October. Flyers at back of all Churches. Make sure if you have the talent then let everyone enjoy it at this show. Contact Bernie after his holiday after 17th August

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 Facebook.com/CrawleyCatholicYouth for more details.

Groceries for those in need

SVP thank you for your continued generosity.

From February 2013 to August 2014 we have supported 63 families with over 1,500 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 21st September

Twenty-Fifth Sunday

Home Mission Sunday

Year A


First Isaiah 55:6-9

Psalm 144

Second Philippians 1:20-24.27

Gospel Matthew 20:1-16

Retiring Collection:

Copthorne Sisters

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:


October 25th – Dinner Dance

November 14th – Christmas Fayre

Please keep these dates free and let’s aim at maximum support and attendance.

November 29th – SVP Dance


St. Edward’s Social Club



Every Thursday Evening (8.15pm)

Every Sunday Lunchtime (1.15pm)



Friday 12th September

(9.00 pm)

Friday 19th September

for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research
(7.00 pm, £10.00 per player, Teams of up to six, Fish & Chip supper, Raffle)

Saturday 20th September

(Charity Event)

Saturday 4th October

by Shelagh & Brian
(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Friday 10th October

(9.00 pm)

Saturday 18th October


Calling all 8 to 18 years old to showcase their talents (singing, dancing, instrumental, comedy, juggling, etc). Choirs and dance groups are also welcome but not too large please as space is restricted. Once we have some idea of numbers a “Show rehearsal” will be arranged, probably a week ahead of the show. All young children to be accompanied by an adult.
(Please contact Bernie or Sophie Weller before 1st October. Tel: 01293 418024, Text: 07748881016 or
Email: maybegold@tiscali.co.uk)

Saturday 1st November

(8.00 pm)

Saturday 8th November

(8.00 pm – £2.00 pp)

Saturday 22nd November

(8.00 pm – Tickets £7.00)

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Please pray for

Please pray for the sick:

Baby Aoife, Cecilia Bertoni, Michael Biggane, José Manuel de Gouveia, Ron Durant, Michael Doherty, Louie Dorey, Phil Fleming, Shirley Garcia, Charley Gaskin, Paddy Joe Goonan, John Lydon, Teresa Mackey, Trevor Martin, Peter Molloy, Peggy Pickett, Annette Popiel, Angelina Portanier, Neil Putland, Frank & Josie Rouson, Pam Simpson, Dougie Smith, Edward & Nora Spencer, Bernard Winter

Those who have died:

Hugh McAloon

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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