CHRIST IS RISEN ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA!
Exult, let them exult, the hosts of heaven, exult, let Angel ministers of God exult, let the trumpet of salvation sound aloud our mighty King’s triumph! Be glad, let earth be glad, as glory floods her, ablaze with light from her eternal King, let all corners of the earth be glad, knowing an end to gloom and darkness. Rejoice, let Mother Church also rejoice, arrayed with the lightning of his glory, let this holy building shake with joy, filled with the mighty voices of the peoples. (The Easter Proclamation – Exsultet)
Churches and Lockdown 3 – what we can do…
Now we are in our third Lockdown we can still attend communal worship (Mass) but we must only sit with our own household or support bubble and we cannot mingle with other households before, during, or after coming to Church. Face covering, social distancing, sanitizing etc required. It is good to be able to have the choice of coming to Mass but remember that the obligation to do so is still suspended and it is important not only to be safe but to feel safe
Church opening times this week
Wednesday – St Joseph’s 5.30pm – 6.30pm Private Prayer
Public Mass – No Booking Required
Friday – St Joseph’s Church 10.00am Mass
Saturday – St Joseph’s Church 5.30pm
Sunday – Holy Family Church 9.00am
St Joseph’s Church 11.00am
St Teresa’s Church 5.30pm
Please be mindful that the numbers are limited due to Government guidelines and that at both St Joseph’s and Holy Family we can overspill into the halls, so Mass at those Churches can accommodate more people.
Those entering are asked not to touch or physically venerate statues or other sacred objects.
Toilets and washing/baby changing facilities are to remain closed
Spiritual Communion to express our desire – My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacra-mentally, come spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen (St. Alphonsus Liguori, 18th Century).
Details of live-streamed Masses in the Diocese can be found here
Mass by phone, Sundays 11.30am from Middlesbrough Cathedral, dial 01642 130120 five minutes before the start.
With many thanks to all who helped us celebrate Easter this year: those who prepared the flowers and decorations, those who helped clean and sanitize the churches before and after each mass, the stewards who guided us safely, the co-ordinators who
organised the rotas, the readers and musicians who enriched the liturgy, and everyone who helped in any way…thank you! With thanks also, from Deacon Tim and Fr Tony for all your kind thoughts, prayers, cards, and gifts, and for your kind Easter collection.
Volunteer Stewards are still needed for our Masses and private prayer opportunities, you must not be from those instructed to shield themselves, nor from those under 18 or over 70 years old, or from groups considered more vulnerable to coronavirus. If you can help in please email the parish office with the subject line ‘Volunteer’ and encourage others to offer as well.
Track & Trace. In order to comply with Track & Trace, we have provided a QR Code in all churches, if you have a smart phone please scan the code, on entry, or please give your contact details to a Steward. Details will be kept for 21 days. Thank you for your co-operation.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF SOUL OF:
Bobette O’Connell RIP Her funeral is to be arranged
John Warren RIP His funeral is to be arranged.
Fr Brian Taylor RIP, retired priest of this Diocese, his funeral with take place at St Edward’s, Sutton Park on Monday 12 April.
HRH Prince Philip RIP, Duke of Edinburgh.
Please remember them and their families in your prayers.
Online Alpha (using Zoom) at PNL We are excited as a parish to invite as many people as possible to take part in our Alpha Online course after Easter, w/c 12 April 2020. Alpha is a chance to ask the big questions in life – What is my purpose? What happens when I die? Why is there suffering? -and explore the Christian faith in a fun, non-pressurised environment. Each session (over 11 weeks) is approximately 1 hr 30 mins long and includes a short film and a discussion where you can share what you think with a small group of people just like you. We are hoping to ensure there are enough different time slots during the week to suit individual circumstances. We would also love you to invite your friends and family too. And being online, you are not geographically limited! If at any point you decide that Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure and no charge. To sign up or for details email: email@example.com
Sacramental programmes – we still don’t know when we might be able to meet in person to prepare for our children and young people’s sacraments, but if you would like to register interest at this stage please email: First Reconciliation/ Holy Communion firstname.lastname@example.org and Confirmation email@example.com
PETITION: That the Government Does Not Reduce Over-seas Aid: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/561068 There are suggestions that the Government is planning to reduce its commitment to giving 0.7% of GDP as overseas aid. We want to keep this foreign aid and help the world’s poor.Please sign the petition. At 10,000 signatures the Government will respond to the petition. At 100,00 the petition will be considered for debate. Thank you
Friary Preschool (Crawley) are looking to recruit (i) one Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner on a full-time basis and (ii) one Level 3 qualified Early Years Practitioner, on a part-time, casual contract basis (flexible hours to be agreed monthly). Both positions are term time only. This is an excellent opportunity for the successful applicants to join a popular and long-established local Pre-school. Further details: https://www.friarypreschool.co.uk/ email: firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date for applications is 19 April 2021
Telephone support If you would like to have a chat with someone for whatever reason in the parish, or would like to offer a bit of support at this time, please contact the parish office to share your details
Telephone Support of the bereaved, members of our Deanery Bereavement Team are able to offer you the time and space to talk If you have been recently bereaved. In the current circumstances, face to face visiting may prove difficult, but a chat on the phone is simple to arrange. If you would like to talk to someone then please contact the Parish office and this can be arranged.
Parish Online Zoom group There is a small group of parishioners who meet via Zoom each week on a Sunday evening at 6pm for about 40mins to share the Gospel for that week, prayer requests and a song / hymn. We are keen to welcome anyone and if you are interested, please get in touch via the parish office.
Marriage Care write to say: Please encourage your parishioners to seek support if they are experiencing relationship distress. Our professional relationship counselling service is provided on a donation-only basis and seeking help at whatever stage can make a real difference. You can find out more and book counselling sessions at www.marriagecare.org.uk
The parish Justice & Peace group have a new newsletter on the parish website. Click here
Do read it for news of local homelessness, the Medaille Trust, Cafod, and the climate, as well as those detained at Gatwick. For further details of the J&P group which meets monthly online please contact the parish office.
Scouts and lockdown – our beavers, cubs, scouts and explorers are continuing in very imaginative ways at the moment. They celebrated Founders Day this week and said thanks to some of the leaders who have gone above and beyond to continue Scouting during lockdown. The Commissioner Commendation Award for good service has been awarded to Martin Beckett, Sarah Davis, Tors Brown, Nikki Hurst, Graham Mountain, Matt Brown and Paul Cove. Well done to them all for their commitment and enthusiasm. More volunteer helpers are always welcome – check the website: www.17threigate.org
Gatwick Detainees Welfare Group -The charity provides emotional and practical support to asylum seekers and other migrants held in immigration detention at Gatwick. In normal times we support about 1,000 people each year through our staff and volunteer visitors. We are looking for a new Treasurer, a qualified Accountant, to replace George Fitzsimons who is retiring from the post. We would be delighted to hear from anyone who is interested. For more information and without any obligation, please contact George Fitzsimons: email@example.com
The Catechism of the Catholic Church How can you deepen your Catholic faith without going on a course or sitting down and reading the whole book from cover to cover? The answer is that each week we are publishing short extract summaries from the Catechism of the Catholic Church which have been thematically arranged in bite-size chunks that take no more than 10 minutes to read. Teach yourself and deepen your faith: click here to take you to our feature page.
Invited 2021 – The Mission has concluded for this Season But you can catch up on each week’s pre-recorded episode on the Diocesan website, with a transcript and Thursday’s group questions listed underneath in the supporting resources. Season one is a series of programmes that help us to understand exactly how much we are loved by God, see: www.abdiocese.org.uk/invited
DO YOU SHOP ONLINE? AND WISH TO HELP PNL? If you shop online at no cost to you a small donation can be made to the parish for each purchase you make! All you need do is enter your details by going to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pnl and clicking ‘Support us for free’. Then, when shopping online, you will be asked if you want to claim a donation for PNL. Click ‘Claim Donation’ and a small percentage of what you spend will be sent to our Parish Development Fund. So, please get clicking. Thank you.
VINCENTIAN VOLUNTEER Aged 18-35 with a year to spare to live in a faith-filled community and make a difference serving the needy in our society? Then visit www.vincentianvolunteers.org.uk
ST JOHN VIANNEY GROUP “I have a vocation from God. If I already know what it is, I pray to be faithful. If I am still searching, I pray to hear God’s voice and to respond generously.” Is God calling you to the priesthood? The St John Vianney Group is a group for men, aged 18-45 who wish to explore whether they have a calling. For further details contact Fr Con Foley via email foleycon@gmail .com or call 01932 842 643.
SAFEGUARDING IN THE PARISH Some roles in the parish require volunteers to have a DBS check which are renewed every 3 years. Katie Jones, our Safeguarding Rep, will be contacting people if a re-check is needed. However if you are in a role in the parish and have not had a recheck or if you have any query on the DBS process please contact Katie on 01737 761017.
BEQUESTS THANK YOU We are very grateful that a number of parishioners from our three churches have assisted our parish by gifting a donation to the parish in their wills. A sheet has been prepared by the diocese outlining the wording that should be used for this. It also includes information on Foundation Masses and bequests to our diocese. If you would like more information please take one of the blue sheets at the backs of all our churches.
“It is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is through the mercy – the love – of God that we are called to be His people through baptism.”
Bishop Richard Moth