Newsletter 11/12th August


Masses this week

Sat 6.15pm Richard Mahoney RIP (7th anniv)
Sun 10.30am John Turner RIP
Mon 9.30am May Cullen RIP
Tues 8.00pm Mass: Michael O’Keefe RIP (anniv)
Wed 9.30am Peter Cheesman RIP (anniv). Frank Davies RIP (fm)
Thur 9.30am Our Dead
Fri 9.00am Adoration
Sat 9.30am Our Catechists

Masses next weekend

Sat 6.15pm Louisa Makolski RIP (anniv). Michael & Jean Townsend RIP
Sun 10.30am Peter Cheesman RIP

Lingfield Mass Centre – St. Bernard’s

Sun 9.00am

Reconciliation (Confession)

East Grinstead: Saturday 10am – 10.30am,
5:30pm – 6pm
Lingfield: Sunday 8.15am – 8.45am

SICK/HOUSEBOUND VISITS –  requests for visits and for Holy Communion in the Lingfield area – contact Deacon Ted.

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT –  “Exposition takes place every Friday morning at Our Lady & St Peter’s between 09:00-12:00pm.  Come let us adore Him.”

REFRESHMENTS –  Everybody is cordially invited for refreshments after Sunday Mass at both St. Bernard’s and Our Lady & St Peter’s churches.

WILLS & BEQUESTS –  The Parish has benefited greatly in the past from the thoughtfulness of parishioners who have nominated the parish to receive funds from their estate.  Please consider it.

GIFT AID OFFERINGS/DONATIONS –  can be taken out at anytime throughout the year.  It is a valuable source of additional income or the parish with no extra cost to the parishioner

SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE B.V. MARY  –  Wednesday.  Mass:  Vigil  Tuesday  8pm OLSP, Wednesday 9.30am OLSP.

Rosary Bike Ride – I am pleased to say I completed the ride to Walsingham and back, arriving home late on 21st July. There will be a display on the ride at OLSP next weekend, and at St Bernard’s the following Sunday (19th).  My ride coincided with the 70th anniversary of the cross carrying pilgrimage to Walsingham – 1 of the 14 crosses, which today form the stations of the cross at the shrine, was carried from OLSP –  the display will include information on that event, which is well remembered at the shrine.  I will be happy to pick up sponsorship money at the displays – thanks again for your support of the pro-life cause. Les Whittaker.

EAST GRINSTEAD CATENIANS  –  Members and their families are reminded of the cocktails evening on 10th August.  The Catenian Association is a Catholic faith-based friendship group for men who meet socially and support each other through fellowship, faith, family, fun and fundraising.  To find out more on the Catenian Association please call Paul Barrett on 01342 870058 or  visit

MINISTRIES  – If you will be enjoying a summer holiday away during the next month or so but have any Ministry commitments meanwhile, PLEASE will you liaise with fellow parishioners for continuity during your  absence.

FRIDAY ADORATION AT OL&StP  – Adoration will continue as normal through the summer, 09:00 to 12:00 midday.  Why not pop in just as suits you or come for the Holy Rosary which follows at midday.

PARISH 100 CLUB   –  Congratulations to winners in the July draw: 1st, £50, no 80, Mrs Siwicka; 2nd, £25, no 60, Mr Manghan; 3rd, £15, no 93, Mrs Spencer.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUPS – Taking a break for the Summer.

PARISH MAGAZINE – be sure to pick up your copy.

SLEEP OUT  –  Never too late to sponsor  the Justice and Peace Group so if you haven’t  please do! Thanks to all those who have.  We will be collecting the money from next week.  If you wish you may put your contribution in an envelope with your name and amount and give it to Father Steven – do not leave it at the back of either church.

Traidcraft  Exchange  Hidden Entrepreneurs Appeal
Earlier in the year, the charity arm of Traidcraft asked its supporters around the UK to help people in the developing world to be able to set up small businesses to support their families.  There were many events in communities and schools, including Lingfield & East Grinstead.  £548,530 was raised and this was doubled by the UK Government to a grand total of £1,097,060 (which does not include gift aid).  The funds will support Traidcraft’s work in helping more hidden entrepreneurs all around the world, and particularly a new project in Meru county, Kenya.  Please support Traidcraft.

SVP – Please charge and this is note that at long last a collection service is being arranged for light furniture and other household goods, by a driver with a van from mid – August 2018, two days a week (days and time to be decided). There may be a small collection for an initial two months trial period. Please contact the SVP Broadfield, Crawley, Shop Manager – Maurizio, on 01293 517135 to confirm suitability of items to be collected and date/time of collection.”

LINGFIELD SVP GREAT FAMILY RACE NIGHT  –  Saturday, 8th September, 7.30pm at Jubilee Community Centre, Charlwood Road, East Grinstead.  Two course meal included, live racing with children riding the hobby horses, licenced bar.  Every penny will go to the SVP South Sudan Baby Feeding Programme.  Tickets available from SVP members and by ordering on 01342 327222 or 07889 323431.  £5 per adult, £10 per family of four.

CHILDREN IN THE PARISH  –  It is great to have these children in the Parish.  After discussion with the Core Group of the Parish the decision has been made –

  1. Replace in both churches the 1st Sunday no children’s liturgy and children’s mass with the 2nd Sunday instead.  This is because so many 1st Sundays fall when children are away on holiday throughout the year.
  2. In OLSP to start again Liturgy of the Word for children on the 1st Sunday of the month only due to shortage of children’s liturgy folk.  Children’s Liturgy will be for children between 4-8 years. These changes will come in for the new school year.

worth abbey:  the open cloister   Coming up in September

7 – 9 September  –  To Heaven with Dante:  an illustrated journey.  £196.  A retreat offering the opportunity to reflect on our own spiritual journey in the light of Dante’s Great journey to God, as set out in the Divine Comedy – as illustrated by Botticelli, Blake, Dove and Dali.

25 – 27 September  –  Individual Retreats at St. Brunos, Worth Abbey.

14th September  –  Day Retreat:  Quiet Friday. Time of Stillness and Solitude.

CRAWLEY AND REDHILL DEANERIES INITIAL SAFEGUARDING AWARENESS TRAINING   –  A Refresher Training Programme is being rolled out from September 2018 starting with those who did their training in 2015.  Anyone who wishes to attend, please contact either me on or 01342 327109 or e-mail the Safeguarding Office direct on safeguarding@dabnet.Janette Pentney (Safeguarding Rep)

MS SOCIETY  –  Charity Fundraising Dinner.  Monday 7pm 24th September at The Gurhka, The Woodcock Inn. Tickets £20 (£10 goes to the E.G. branch of the Charity).  To both phone 01342 325325/459672 now.

theASCENT – Discipleship Process for Young People   – This October, theASCENT will be launching at Worth Abbey with the support of the diocese.  It’s a three-year discipleship process involving three weekend residentials a year and weekly online group sessions.  It’s open to anyone about to go into year 10, 11, or 12 and it’s designed to take people with a real interest in their faith and to help them to make a deeper commitment and to explore who God created them to be, while making a few friends and hopefully having some fun in the process.  For more details, or to apply, visit or contact

EG Foodbank – require the following items which can be brought to church or left at the Jubilee Centre in Charlwoods Road: Tinned peas, tinned carrots, tinned tomatoes, tinned fruit, small jars of coffee, shampoo, toothbrushes – adult and childs – disposable razors and shaving foam – male and female, and good, strong, clean plastic bags.

CRAWLEY OPEN HOUSE – welcomes sleeping bags, blankets, and flasks to give to homeless people who turn up at the door when the Centre is full.  In addition tinned and packet food is welcome as well as coffee, tea and sugar.  Please leave donated items at the back of church at OLSP and St. Bernard’s.  Larger items, including duvets and clothes also be donated at both churches, or taken directly to COH at Three Bridges.  Tel: 01293 447702. Alternatively, if you prefer, please leave a cash donation in the basket and the SVP will purchase items on your behalf.

GATWICK DETAINEES WELFARE GROUP – desperately needs medium sized trousers and trainers size 9 & 10.


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