PARISH SUNDAY LUNCH The last of our Sunday lunches for this year will be at Holy Family on Sunday 9th December at 1pm. Everyone welcome
CAROLS IN THE BELFRY Please join us for traditional carols in the Belfry on Sun 9th Dec at 6.30pm. All parking in the Belfry is free from 5.30pm. All welcome.
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: THE BEST BITS!
Did you attend World Meeting of Families in Dublin? Do you wish you had been able to attend? Would you like to learn more about sharing your faith as a family? If so – we have the event for you! Open to all families - this is a chance to revisit some of what we learnt at The World Meeting of Families 2018 and explore some practical ways to gently experience what it means to be the ‘Domestic Church’. There will also be mince pies and mulled wine! So pop it in your diary – 15th Dec in the St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley
. For more info please email Lizzie Wakeling [email protected]
and please let us know by tomorrow10th Dec.
DIOCESAN PASTORAL PLAN Bishop Richard is coming to Redhill Deanery on Monday 10th December at 7.30pm to The Sacred Heart church, Caterham, to present the plan at an open meeting - everyone is welcome.
FAMILY PEACE PRAYER GROUP On Wed 12th Dec at 8pm in St Joseph’s Day Chapel. All are welcome for an hour of quiet music, peace & prayer.
THE NATIVITY AT WINTERSHALL From the 12th to 16th of Dec. A timeless, memorable experience for young and old as we bring the story of Christmas to life for you. Book tickets on our website: www.wintershall-estate.com or by calling 01793 41829.www.dabnet.org/courses
APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA
A Christmas Carols Service at the Church of our Lady of the Assumption, 10 Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ on Thur 13th Dec at 7pm. Please contact Roland [email protected]
for further information.
ADVENT TEA The SVP are holding their Advent Tea for the house-bound and sick/disabled in the parish on Friday 14th Dec in the PNL Centre at St Joseph's from 2pm to 4pm. Everyone warmly welcomed. Please phone the presbytery on 01737761017 if you would like to come.
ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE A number of visiting priests will be available to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday 14th December at St Joseph’s Church 6.30-8pm
ENCOUNTER Evening for 16-35s - Friday in Crawley The next ENCOUNTER evening will be Friday 14th Dec at 7.30pm in St Wilfrid’s School in Crawley, RH11 8PG. Entrance is free, and there’s no need to book. If you haven’t been to an ENCOUNTER evening before, they’re a great way for Catholic teens and young adults to make friends and explore their faith in a relaxed, welcoming environment. There is music, food, social time, inspiring talks, and prayer. New people are especially welcome. For more information, search ‘ENCOUNTER Crawley’ on Facebook.
SATURDAY GROUP CHRISTMAS GET TOGETHER The Saturday get together group would like to extend a warm welcome to all parishioners to join them on Sat 15th Dec between 3-5pm to play games, sing carols, chat over a cuppa or just relax and soak in the festive atmosphere. We are looking forward to seeing you all.
PARISH CAROL SERVICE All are welcome at this year's parish Carol Service on Tue 18th Dec at 7.30pm in the Holy Family church. The service of readings and carols will be followed by refreshments in the hall.
SIMBANG GABI ON SAT 22nd DEC AT 7AM Everyone is invited to the Simbang Gabi (‘Night Mass’) at 7o’clock in the morning in St Joseph’s Church, followed by Filipino breakfast in the Café. All welcome
POINSETTIAS AT CHRISTMAS Please bring poinsettia plants to St Teresa's Church on Sunday 23rd December to be placed on the sanctuary in memory of loved ones.
SCHOOL ADMISSIONS - ST JOSEPH’S PRIMARY If you are applying for your child to attend St Joseph’s School in September 2019, Fr Tony will sign the Supplementary Information Forms (SIFs) on Mon 7th Jan 3.00pm - 5.00pm and Wed 9th Jan 5.00pm - 7.00pm in the PNL Centre at St Joseph’s before you submit them to St Joseph’s school.
PNL BOOK + CIRCLE Our next book choice is ‘To Light A Fire On The Earth’ by Robert Barron. Please note the changed date for discussing the book: Fri 25th Jan 2019 at10.30am at the Retreat Café at St Joseph's.
17th REIGATE SCOUTS Sat 26th Jan
– Burns Night, tickets £12. For further details of both these events or for tickets email [email protected]
12 DAY PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
with Fr Stephen Hardaker KHS and Fr Terry Martin, 31st March 2019, visiting all the holy sites and with daily Mass. Some moderate walking involved. To request a brochure with full details, please contact Fr Stephen on: 01883 713776 or [email protected]
RELIGIOUS ITEMS If you have any spare religious items, e.g. statues, crucifixes, etc., please bring them to the parish office.
WINTER NIGHT SHELTER - VOLUNTEERS For a number of years, our parish has been one of the local hosts of the Winter Night Shelter coordinated by the Redhill charity ‘the Renewed Hope Trust’. The shelter runs from December to March in a number of churches in East Surrey where homeless people are welcomed in for an evening cooked meal, a roof over their heads for the night and breakfast in a safe and welcoming environment. There are many ways to help, including driving, befriending, cooking, serving dinner and there are also opportunities to donate food, clothing and toiletries. Have a look at their website: https://rhtes.org If you would like to know more or like to help in some way please contact the parish office.
CHARITY BIKE RIDE Nigel Green - many of you may know him as one of the music leaders at the 11am Mass - is, this week, embarking on a trip to Nepal to cycle 350km in six days while there, aimed at raising £3000 for EMMS International (an organisation that provides essential palliative and general health care in Nepal). To sponsor him, please search ‘Nigel's bike ride in Nepal’, and go direct to the BT Donate page or to his Facebook page.
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
Come and join us in the Café in the PNL Centre at St Joseph’s on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and have a FREE tea or filter coffee when you purchase any hot food.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDThe Retreat Café is run entirely by volunteers from Monday to Friday 10.30am - 1pm during school term only. We need more volunteers to join this friendly group. No experience necessary, we all support each other. If you can spare a couple of hours please speak to one of the volunteers during Café opening hours or the parish office 01737 761017.
SATURDAY AFTERNOON GET TOGETHERS We are a friendly group of adults that meet every Saturday in the PNL Café area between 3-5 pm. We play games, chat and enjoy company over a complimentary hot drink. Parishioners, people from our local community and visitors are always welcome to come along anytime during the session. Please don't hesitate to contact the parish office if you would like to meet with me prior to coming along.
SURREY’S FIRST COMMUNITY CAFE
A not-for-profit community cafe has just opened in the new Merstham Hub called the Merstham Mix. The objectives are to strengthen the local community bonds, promote healthy eating, provide affordable food to all and free hot meals to all our local food-bank users. We will also be reducing food waste by supplementing our kitchen with food surpluses from supermarkets and farms. Merstham Facilities Community Trust and Loveworks are on the organising end and although we have a wonderful chef, we need volunteers for the kitchen and FOH to keep our costs low. If you would like the opportunity (training given!) please contact Anna on 07929498430 or [email protected]
gmail.com for more information. Our website is www.mersthamcc.org.uk to read all about it!
THINKING OF GETTING MARRIED? Wonderful! Bishop Richard has asked that you give the parish at least 12 months notice so that we can help care for your Sacramental preparation, and paperwork can be completed in good time, even if you are intending to get married elsewhere - Contact the office for more details.