Masses for weekend 17/18 October 2015

East Grinstead Mass Centre-Our Lady & St. Peter


BAPTISMS – These are usually celebrated on a Sunday during Mass or 12.15pm. Parents are asked to contact Fr. Steven.

MARRIAGE – Marriage arrangements should be made with Fr. Steven at least 6 months before the marriage date and prior to any social planning. To arrange for marriage preparation please contact Fr. Steven.

MASS INTENTIONS – Have a Mass said for a departed loved one, or someone who is sick, or to celebrate a family occasion. Use the brown envelopes at the back of the church. Please do it well in advance if you want a specific date.

R.C.I.A. RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS – Persons interested in learning of the Catholic faith, and any adult persons who wishes to receive Baptism, Eucharist or Confirmation. If you need information regarding this please contact Fr. Steven.


Please keep us informed so that we can be attentive to those who are ill at home or in the hospital.

NEW PARISHIONERS – Our Parish Family invites all its members to share fully in our spiritual and social life. If you change your address or telephone number please tell Fr. Steven.

PRAYING FOR THE SICK OF OUR PARISH FAMILY  Every week we will pray, by name, for our sick parishioners in the BiddinG Prayers. Please contact Father Steven/Sue Wade at East Grinstead or Deacon Ted Rider at Lingfield to arrange inclusion. Names will be included for two weeks and can be continued provided that you renew the request each fortnight. Time will always be included in the Prayers to remember long-term sick parishioners (and other loved ones) whose names are not included for reading and are not printed in the newsletter.


Sat.       6.15pm       Nora & Patrick Higgins RIP
Sun.   10:30am       Grace Ewing RIP
Mon.    9:30am       Our Sick
Tues.    9:30am       Thanksgiving & special intentions (A)
Wed.    9:30am        No Mass
Thurs.   9:30am       Mejorada Arguelles Family
Fri.       9:00am       Adoration
Sat.     9:30am         Elizabeth Bourke RIP
Masses next weekend 24/25 October 2015
Sat.      6:15pm       Our Parish
Sun.   10:30am   Vocations – E.G. Catenians
Lingfield Mass Centre – St. Bernard’s
Sun.     9:00am        

Reconciliation (Confession)


East Grinstead:

Saturdays       –       10:00am   – 10:30am

5:30pm   –     6:00pm


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 09:00-1:00pm. 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.

2ND COLLECTION TODAY – Missio (APF) – Thank you.

  1. PHILIP HOWARD – Patron Saint of the diocese. His Solemnity on Monday.

1ST HOLY COMMUNION PARENTS MEETING – Wednesday 7.30pm in the Hall at OLSP.

BAPTISMS –   Saturday 12.30 OLSP           Edward Joseph Elwell.

Next Sunday 12.30 OLSP     Isabella Jessica Dean.

 FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PROGRAMME APPLICATION FORMS – Our parish programme for First Forgiveness and First Holy Communion will be starting in early November. We invite all children in Year 4 primary school and older to apply. Forms will be available at the back of St. Bernard and Our Lady and St Peter churches. Please fill in and return to Fr Steven Purnell or Deacon Ted Rider.

Confirmation 2016Invitations for young people currently in Year 10 or above, to join the preparation programme for Confirmation in 2016, will shortly be available. The date for Confirmation next year is 22nd May 2016.

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUP   – We meet each Thursday in the Parish Centre from 4.30-5.30 pm term time. Visitors and new members are always welcome. If you would like more information, please contact Gabrielle Joyce on 326118.

“SVP – Thanks to you all, last year our “Cash4Coins” campaign raised £170, from 13 kilos of old money, foreign coins and old bank notes. We are now repeating this, and so far we have collected 4 kilos. Please leave any unwanted coins in the sacristy, (in a bag of course) or see me at the 6.15pm Mass on Saturdays. A huge thank you for the result of second collection for the SVP at OL&StP and Lingfield, and we equitably received over £300 for each conference. Peter Wells, President.

“St. Peter’s is a GOOD school where the behaviour of pupils is OUTSTANDING “

Ofsted, June 2015

If your child was born between

1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012

you are now in the process of making a big decision about their primary school.


The school shall be hosting information meetings for parents to hear about the school and to tour the site. You are warmly invited to attend a meeting on either:

Thursday 22nd October 2015, 9:30am – 10:30am
Friday 27th November 2015,   9:30am – 10:30am
Thursday 7th January 2016,   1:30pm – 2:30pm.

Please contact the school office to book a place. 01342 321985

Charity Feast Oct 2015 events  – supporting Crawley Open House, EG Street Pastors, Crawley Prison Fellowship and AGE UK East Grinstead, with thanks to support from Barclays Bank who will match first £1000 made.   On Tues 20th Oct EG Charcoal Grill 01342 410305 and Glanfield Food and Wine 01342 325666 will give donation of takings for day’. Mon 26th Oct Tarana Lingfield – Indian and Thai Food – 01342 832222 (175 places). Cost £16 per head with £8 going to the charities. PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR PLACES. Info from Nick Castiglione on 01342 410100.

OUR LADY & ST PETERS LUNCH CLUB   – will meet on Wednesday 21st October at 12.15pm.  Please ring Jean (311295) Ivy (323240) or your driver if you are unable to come.

EAST GRINSTEAD CATENIANS – The East Grinstead Circle of the Catenian Association will meet on Wednesday, 21st October at Rowfant House, Rowfant at 8.00 p.mAt their September meeting the 2014/15 President of the EG Catenian Circle, Phil Pentney, was delighted to present a cheque for £950 to Maxine Smeaton, Chief Executive of the Blond McIndoe Research Foundation based at Queen Victoria Hospital. The charity had been chosen by Phil as his ‘President’s Charity’ for his year in office and funds had been raised primarily by way of raffles at each monthly meeting and at other more formal functions. The Catenian Association is is an international brotherhood of practising Catholic laymen who meet socially, at least once a month.To find out more please call Bill Blackledge on 01342 317599  or visit

CAFOD Harvest Collection thanks   Thank you for your support and solidarity.  You have helped to ensure that more people across the world will be able to grow enough food to support themselves, even during the most extreme droughts.  Additionally, your donations this Fast Day are being used to fund our partners work in Europe and the Middle East to support those affected by the refugee crisis.

Parish Magazine –  this year, the aim is to have an issue of the Magazine before Christmas – ideally by the beginning of Advent – so we will need contributions by early November.  As the last issue was at Easter, it would be good to catch up with everything that has happened since then (First Holy Communion, Confirmation, the school, fetes, outings etc.), as well as plans for the winter and for Christmas, along with any other news from parish organizations, societies, clubs, etc. Other contributions, poems, etc. are all very welcome. Submissions should ideally be emailed to me at Alternatively, they can be left at the back of the church, addressed to Klara King.

Global Mid Sussex  – from 2pm-5pm on Saturday 24 October at the Jubilee Community Centre.  A free event to celebrate cultural diversity with foodtasting from around the world.

“The next Traidcraft sale – will be the weekend  24th/25th October after both masses. Any special orders to Mike and Tina Causton on 311435 or or Chris & Margaret Vasey on 834436 or ”

SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER 3.00 P.M. ST BERNARD’S, LINGFIELD Concert of Irish Music with musicians and singers. Musical Director – Liam Bauress including Traditional Cream Tea with finger sandwiches, cakes and scones etc. All proceeds to Friends of the Holy Land.

INTERNSHIP : dabcec – The Pastoral Team at DABCEC is now able to offer an internship for a maximum period of one year. This short-term post will involve working with the advisers on different initiatives and will include a range of duties and administrative work. This opportunity is appropriate to those with an interest in pastoral work within the Church or who wish to develop and evidence work-place skills, and, who may be waiting for places at university or longer-term work opportunities. This Internship scheme builds on two recent successful experiences and is designed both to assist the Pastoral Team in its work but also to ensure that participants receive a valuable and rewarding experience, with benefits for their personal and professional development. For further details of terms, conditions and remuneration, please contact Deacon Andrew Bayes, Pastoral Team Coordinator, at Dabcec, by telephone 01293 651150 or via email:

Love in a Box – leaflets are now available at both churches with regard to this annual scheme.  Please take one and read the instructions carefully.  Children at St Peter’s School will be notified separately. Boxes prepared by Parishioners must be returned to Church by Friday 6 November as they are being collected on Monday 9 Nov. – please try to meet this deadline. Enrique Valles is the contact for St Bernard’s EG 832568 and Sue Joy for OLSP EG 835190. Do not leave any boxes at 105 Halsford Park Road as the Joys no longer live there!  Thank you for your support.

EG Foodbank – Urgently requires Tinned Meat (but not corned beef), Sponge Puddings, Biscuits (medium sized packets most useful), Soap (bars or liquid), Fruit Juice (must be longlife), Tinned fruit, Cornflakes/Cheerios/Frosties/Rice Crispies, Tinned Tuna, Semi-skimmed milk (longlife), Pasta sauce and Shower Gel.  Also, the Foodbank is seeking more volunteers to meet clients/sort food in the warehouse on a rota basis and represent the foodbank at local events, training will be given. Contact Lucy Tribe or phone 07739 641869 (Tues, Weds, Fri 10.00 14.00). Thank you for your support.

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


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