“Come to me all you who are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11: 28-30)
The Ministry of Consolation in the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton provides personal contact, warmth, and support for people who are bereaved or dying. Whether sitting and listening, praying together, celebrating the life of a loved one or sharing a cup of tea and a moment of quiet, trained volunteers are available to extend the hand of Christ during a time of loss and need. If you are in need of bereavement support, please contact Margaret Corke at email@example.com
The Art of Dying Well offers a helping hand to those grappling with issues around death and dying. Based in the Catholic tradition but open to all, it features real-life stories about the highs and lows of dealing with the final journey. Professionals in palliative care, ethics, chaplaincy and history have informed the website content.
If you are concerned about your own or a relative’s funeral Mass or the choices of care towards the end of life an information leaflet on ‘Instructions for My Funeral Mass‘ may answer your needs.
Prayer Requests 2023
Please pray for Pamela Bagwell; for George Liew who has dementia – for his conversion and a happy death; for Helen Sweetman who is in a care home; for Marie Hesketh who died recently; for someone who is broken-hearted; for Ben and Mel who have marital problems; for a mother’s healing and a successful work trip; for someone who feels invisible in his workplace that he may find a new job and that he is able to care for his family and his parents; for Katie, James, Emma and James; for someone who wants to find another job that God will give them guidance, healing and protection; for a son’s healing and for peace and success at work for the family; for healing for Rosalind; for our parishioners Mary Baker, Jill Carter, Laura Rawlinson, Peter and Antee Greene, Fred Green, Hugh Hurdman, Severina and Norbert D’Souza; for Ann Shanahan who died recently, and for Patrick, her husband and for her family; for Cullen who hears demons in his head and feels that God has abandoned him; for a brighter future for a family who are having a difficult year; for David and his family that they may be blessed with good health, prosperity and protection; for George Liew who has dementia; for Linda for healing from depression and bipolar disorder.
Where do you go …: a parishioner shares her experience of mental illness and the events that drove her into this, hoping that this may be of help to others who may find themselves in the same place. Please call the Parish Office if you would like to get in touch with the author.
Eucharistic Ministers take Holy Communion to parishioners who are ill or otherwise unable to attend Mass. If you know of someone who would like a home visit please contact the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01342 710313
Catholic Singles is an organisation which helps single, widowed, separated and divorced Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further details contact email@example.com, phone 0161 9413498 or text 07895051103.
For people with intellectual disabilities going to church is both a spiritual and social space to share their lives and faith. SPACE (Sacred Place for Accessible Communication and Empathy) is a resource of the Kairos Forum providing online resources for and with individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. It encourages prayer, sharing stories and accompaniment across the world, and includes bible stories, small films with music, small prayer films, singing prayers, shared worship.
Youth: Action for Mental Health Support for children and young people living in and around Crawley. Supporting a child with mental ill health can be exhausting, demanding and frustrating. Often, it is difficult to find the help that they need and it is easy to end up feeling isolated. Our Parent Support group is for parents and carers of children and young people with mental ill health in the Crawley area and aims to provide a calm, relaxed and non-judgemental space to get away from it all for a short time and find support from people who ‘get it’. The group will run every Saturday morning from 9.30 – 11.30, in The Footlights Room at the Hawth in Crawley. You can come along anytime without the need to book. There is free parking and free refreshments will be provided.