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Newsletter 9/10th December


Masses this week

Sat 6.15pm Josie Eamonn Tuke RIP
Sun 10.30am Denise Jordan RIP
Mon 9.30am Mary Hunt RIP (anniv)
Tues 9.30am Deceased friends & relatives of the Wade & Knecht families RIP
Wed 9.30am Deceased friends & relatives of the Smyth & McDonald families RIP
Thurs 9.30am Deceased friends & relatives of the Chaster, Hamerton & Cheux families RIP
Fri 9.00am Adoration
Sat 9.30am Deceased members of the DeCaestecker & Cheux families RIP

Masses next weekend

Sat 6.15pm Deceased friends & relatives of the Causton, Lovett, Heather & Hoare families RIP
Sun 10.30am Deceased friends & relatives of the Jenkins family 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 for the parish with no extra cost to the parishioners

baptism today  –  12.30 OLSP  Rowan David Swan.

CONFIRMATION  –  Thinking about it?  Interested to know more?  Fill in form at back of Church and hand in to Fr. Steven a.s.a.p.

PARISH CHRISTMAS LUNCH  –  Another great and thoroughly enjoyable parish social gathering.  Thanks to all who came and made it such a grand luncheon party – and special thanks to the members of the Lunches Team who fed us all so very well.

THE NEXT FAIRTRADE SALE  –  will be after both masses this weekend 9/10th December, the last chance to pick up some Christmas cards.  Any special orders please ring Mike and Tina on 311435 or email: or Chris and Margaret Vasey on 834436 or email

PARISH CHRISTMAS GREETINGS – LAST CALL  – Please call/text/email Les Whittaker (315484 / 07502 274450 / or Muriel Cheesman (327512) with your greetings by this Tuesday (12th) at the absolute latest.  Will be published next weekend.

Justice and Peace Group – meet next on Tuesday 12 December at Moat Church at 7.30pm.  All welcome.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS -Thank you for your generosity in recent special collections: CAFOD Harvest Fast Day £1,256; Prison Advice & Care Trust £423; MISSIO (APF) £729; Retired Priests Fund £935; Arundel Cathedral Maintenance Fund £645.

FUNERAL  –  12 noon, Thursday, St. Bernard’s.  William Towner RIP (not a Requiem Mass).

OUR LADY & ST. PETER’S LUNCH CLUB  –  will meet on Wednesday 13th December at 11.45 am for Christmas Lunch. Liam has kindly agreed to bring his music and we will sing Christmas Carols after Lunch.  Please ring Ivy (323240) Jean (311295) or your driver if you are unable to come.

REFRESHMENTS AFTER MASS  –  Next Sunday, 17th December, everybody is invited for hot sausage rolls and mince pies after 10:30 Mass at OL&StP. There will be a collection plate for charity and a double draw of the Parish 100 Club with £180 in prizes – you can join now, just call 327002.

MR JIM FITZPATRICK  – Jim’s Requiem Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Peter’s Church at 12:00 noon on Monday, 18th December. Following a service for family and close friends afterwards at Surrey & Sussex Crematorium, there will be a reception at Heathy Farm, Balcombe Road, Crawley, RH10 3NQ (opposite the crematorium) to which all are invited.


Advent Calendars – The Real Fairtrade Advent Calendar with booklet and the Fairtrade Divine Advent Calendar (both £4.00) are available to order from Mike & Tina Causton (Tel 01342 311435) or Chris & Margaret Vasey (Tel 01342 834436).

PARISH 100 CLUB  –  Congratulations to winners in the November draw: 1st, £50, no 4, Miss Payne; 2nd, £25, no 25, Mr & Mrs Harris; 3rd, £15, no 36, Mr & Mrs Springett.  Next month will be a double draw for Christmas with £180 in prizes. If you would like to join just contact Chris Pond (327002).

COUNTED MISSIO RED BOXES  –  Would OL&StP red box holders please collect their named red box from the windowsill close to the choir loft door.  Boxes for counting their contents will still be welcome, please bring them to the sacristy rather than leaving them elsewhere in the church.  Thank you.

EYFS NURSERY PRACTITIONER  –  (NVQ3) required – F/T. Laleham Lea School – Catholic, Independent Co-ed 3-11yrs. Purley. See noticeboard for details.

MEALS ON WHEELS  –  Are looking for volunteers for their Meals on Wheels Service in Lingfield, Dormansland, Felcourt and Crowhurst.  Can you help?  By delivering meals with a partner between 11.30 – 13.30, once a week or more.   If you prefer, training and induction given.  Mon, Tues, Wed or Thursdays OR  cooking in a friendly team of 3 or 4, once every 5 weeks or more if you prefer, food hygiene training given, approx  9-12, Mon, Tues, Wed or Thursdays. Call for a chat if you are interested –   Julie 01342 300024/0788793 or email

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS – YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!  –  Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them?  Then we need you to make your voice heard.  The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admission cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.  Visit or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH IN OUR AREA – The five questions on which Bishop Richard would like the views of the laity have now been distributed through both the recent Parish meeting and last week’s newsletter enclosure (and copies are also still available from the church table).  We hope you will take this opportunity to give your views on all (or some) of what he asks us and our responses will form a presentation to be made to the Bishop in the New Year. Collecting boxes will be in the churches for returns or by e-mail to (note: underscore between cjp and mrp).  This is a good opportunity to tell Bishop Richard how we believe the Diocese should develop and how we, the laity, can best be a part of that.  There is no request to identify your response which we will need to receive by 31st December certain.

CHARITY JAZZ EVENING  –  Featuring the Phillip Dodd Quartet – 13th January 2018 from 7.00 until 10.30 at The JCC, 19 Charlwoods Road, East Grinstead.  Evening is in support of the baby feeding programme in the Sudan. Tickets are £15 each including fish and chip supper with a raffle and licensed bar and are available from: Lala Micallef Tel: 01342 327222 or Angeline Rosner Tel: 01342 832665/07889 323431 or Email:

Date for the diary Charity meal and Quiz in aid of Fairtrade EG and EG Age UK at Tarana, Lingfield, on Monday 15 January.

EG Foodbank – a huge thank you to everyone who contributed Christmas goodies for the Christmas Foodbags being distributed this Thursday. The Warehouse is full to bursting!  However, what is needed now are Long Life (Green) Milk, Cuppa Soups and Cartons of Fruit juice.  Either drop to JCC in Charlwoods Road, in special boxes at Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, the library or in the box in the church entrance.  Thank you.

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.  Please take a lable from the Advent Tree at OLSP and bring the item along next week.  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 can 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.


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