NB: CRAWLEY MASS TIME REVIEW: Parish Newsletter 21st and 28th Janaury
Parish: New Year Mass Time Review
14th September 2017, Bishop Richard articulated the need to make
some immediate changes to our Mass times in Crawley to ensure the stability of
the Pastoral Provision for the parish. In brief these changes came about
because the pastoral provision of priests was reduced from 4 priests to 3 in
Feb 2016 so that other parishes could continue to be served.
the change, the Mass rota was sustained at the 4 priest level because the 4
priest rota could be provided by 3 priests but only by using extensive supply
and the other 2 priests taking on extra Masses when one was away. This was
sustained for 18 months until other changes in the deanery and diocese made it
no longer possible. With Worth being called upon to supply other Parishes (e.g. Rottingdean) in the diocese, the
Crawley Parish cannot guarantee the level of supply needed. With growing
pressure on the parish budgets we must also use supply sparingly.
is necessary to have, in the most part, a structure that can be sustained by 2
priests. For 21 weeks of the year it is evident that we will have 2 priests.
With Fr Tony Bridson, no longer in post as ‘Ministry
to Priests’, it falls to the Crawley Parish to be the emergency cover for
illness across the Crawley Deanery. And so with other parishes only provisioned
with 1 priest we must not monopolise any supply that does exist. Since October,
the 2 priest rota has allowed us to cover Horsham for two weekends, given us
capacity to cover the on-call rota for East Surrey Hospital throughout the
month of November and assist Redhill with their 1st Confessions,
none of these things would have been possible without change.
Masses also needed revision, as the numbers attending did not justify multiple
Masses on weekdays and the timetable needed to allow greater flexibility for
Funerals and School commitments. Changes were announced that would keep all six
communities open, but it was proposed that only the larger centres would retain
a Sunday Mass. After feedback the Bishop decided that the provision of a Sunday
Mass (even on a Saturday) was, for
the many, more desirable than a weekday Mass, although some evening provision
for workers was to remain. This prompted an amendment to the pattern which came
into effect on 1st October 2017.
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