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Newsletter 20/21 April 2019


Masses for week commencing 20/21 April. 2019 Easter EAST GRINSTEAD   –     Our Lady & St. Peter
Sat      8:00pm     Easter Vigil: Parish & People
Sun   10:30am     Peter McKay RIP (anniv)                             Carmel Warren RIP (1st anniv)      
Mon.   9:30am     Catherine Dawes RIP (fm)
Tues.  9:30am     Ralph Etheridge RIP (anniv)
Wed.   9:30am     Joan Hughes RIP (anniv)
Thurs  9:30am     Andrew Wood – good estate
Fri.      9:00am     Adoration.   12. Holy Rosary
Sat.     6:15pm     (Vigil)  Jo Parkinson RIP                                     
Sun.  10:30am     Gerald Edwards RIP (anniv)                             Gill Carpenter RIP (4th anniv)
  LINGFIELD    –   St. Bernard’s
Sun.    9:00am                    
                               Reconciliation (Confession) East Grinstead: Saturday 10:00 – 10:30 am and 5:30 – 6:00 pm Lingfield:  Sunday 8:15 – 8:45 am                                                                                           

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 at 09:00am and the Holy Rosary follows at 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 – 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 for the parish with no extra cost to the parishioners.

THANK YOU  –  all who have decorated the church and provided flowers, led the music etc for our Easter celebrations.

OFFERTORY  –  as traditional at Easter, for the Parish Clergy.  Thank you.

MORNING PRAYER  –  as Lent is over, weekday masses are headed by 9am Adoration, 9.15 Morning Prayer for those who wish to attend.

BAPTISM  –  next Sunday 12.30 OLSP Liliana Blackledge.

This year’s Sleep Out will be overnight on  Saturday 29 June.  Money raised will go Crawley Open House, Turning Tides (Worthing Churches Homeless Project) and The Easter Team.

PARISH 100 CLUB  –  Congratulations to winners in the March draw of the 100 Club: 1st, £50, no 40, Mrs Perris; 2nd, £25, no 111, O’Neill Family; 3rd, £15, no 97, Miss Herring.

Helping young people help others  –  Are you (or do you know) a young Catholic (aged 16-24) who would like to volunteer to help others? Every year the Catenian Bursary Fund supports young Catholics from all over the world who volunteer to do something wonderful and help those less fortunate than themselves…across the globe. Whether this is on an individual project, or with others – or even if you are planning to travel to Lourdes or on the Jumbulance to help an assisted pilgrim – the Bursary Fund may be able to help you to achieve your aims. Further details, including ‘success stories’, eligibility criteria and an online application, can be found at   Or to find out more on the Catenian Association. please call Paul Barrett on 01342 870058 or visit

LONDON MARATHON 28TH APRIL 2019  –  Aidan Cantwell is attempting to raise over £2,000 for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) UK.  JRS is an international Catholic organisation; in the UK it works tirelessly for refugees despite the increasingly hostile and isolating world we live in.  Its centre in London provides a sanctuary where destitute asylum seekers are made to feel welcome, cared for and valued.  To sponsor Aidan please go to  Thank you.

SUNDAY 28TH APRIL  –  PARISH SPRING LUNCH  –  at St. Bernard’s Church Hall, gathering from 12.30pm for lunch at 1.00 pm.  All arrangements will be as for the previous lunches: soft drinks will be provided but please bring your own alcoholic drinks; pre-booking is not required – just come along if you wish; there is no charge but there will be a voluntary donations basket.  Everyone is welcome – from all corners of the parish.

20p feeds a baby for a day!  Lingfield SVP are running a Family Race night on Saturday 11th May from 6.30 -10.00ish. Venue Jubilee Community Centre East Grinstead. Tickets cost £10 for a family of 4 or £5 per adult. It includes a Ploughman’s Platter and Ice Cream.  It will be an evening of fun and laughter with Children (of any age) riding the hobby horses and a licensed bar for the adults (soft drinks for the children).  By making this fun night a success we all reach out directly to the children in Sudan.  We need to know numbers a.s.a.p. and tickets are available from Lala (01342 327222) Angeline (01342 832665) or Enrique (07824 098276). Many thanks for your support, as always.

INSPIRE 2019 – DAY FOR YOUTH LEADERS  –  ‘INSPIRE’ is the annual day for anyone who works with young people and young adults in a Catholic context, and anyone who is interested. It’s happening on Saturday May 11th at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill, 10am to 2.30pm. Tickets are £10. The day will include some time with the Bishop, as well as a series of presentations on important questions in youth and young adult ministry. To book head to or Email

YOU ARE INVITED TO A CHARITY FUNDRAISING DINNER  –  in aid of THE HOSPICES OF HOPE –  on Monday 20th May at 7pm at The Woodcock Inn, Woodcock Hill, Felbridge, East Grinstead, West Sussex, RH19 2RE.  Tickets cost £20 and include appetiser, starter & main course with a donation of £10 to the Hospices of Hope.  To book your table please call the restaurant on Woodcock Hill (01342) 325325/459672 NOW.


Christian Aid Quiz  – 6pm on Saturday 25 May at Moat Church. Teams of 6.  £10 including fish and chip supper. Bookings to Mike West. Tel: 07981 281953 or

FAMILY QUIZ FOR THE CHURCH REFURBISHMENT PROJECT– To raise money to help towards the refurbishment of Our Lady & St Peter – details of which were given by the architect at last weekend’s masses – the East Grinstead Catenians are organising a Family Quiz on Saturday 8th June at St. Peter’s School,Crossways Avenue, at 7 for 7.30. Further details will follow shortly but please note the date in your diaries so that we can have great support for this project that will benefit us all.

Cake & Plant Sale at OLSP – 8/9 June (Pentecost)   Advance notice of sale organized by the Gospel of Life Group – with all proceeds going to Cavendish House, supported accommodation – Lingfield.  As ever, we are most grateful for donations of cakes and plants for sale from parishioners. More details nearer the date but if you have any queries or suggestions please call or text Les Whittaker on 315484 or 07502 274450. 

A DATE FOR OUR DIARIES, LOOKING AHEAD  A lunchtime Parish Social is planned for Sunday, 16th June, in the Meridian Hall at East Court, East Grinstead,  and more details will follow nearer the date.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE  –  applications for this year’s pilgrimage from 25th July to 2 August are now open for helpers, assisted pilgrims and pilgrims, doctors and nurses.  Please go to  For paper application forms and further enquiries please ring 01403 740110 or E-Mail

EG Foodbank – items required are biscuits, shampoo, cereal (small packets 500g), hand soap, rice 500g, razors (small packets), shaving foam, jam, tinned fruit, rice pudding, pasta sauce (jars) tinned peas and carrots.

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.  Thank you for all your generous donations throughout the year.

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

Arundel and Brighton Diocese is a Registered Charity No.25287 and Fairtrade Diocese