2nd collection for Pax Christi – Peace Sunday
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
You can’t have failed to have noticed that this week’s newsletter is back to the “big one” i.e. A3 as a mini-booklet. Many people told me they really missed the readings being printed out for them, and to be honest, there was a paucity of room for news and notices in just two ides of A4. I was also assured that funds would be forthcoming to pay for the extra paper used…!
During the coming week we are beginning the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins on Thursday through to the following Thursday. At one time Ecumenism was big news – now not so. What happened? Well, a great deal of enthusiasm was injected in the early years and great hopes raised that, somehow, all the churches would become “one” once again and begin to sing from the same hymn sheet. A huge amount of work was done to counter the centuries of division that had accumulated and the suspicions, hatreds, and jealousies of olden times. Between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church dialogue began and continues to this day through what is known as ARCIC which discussed such things as the nature of authority, Eucharist and holy orders (bishops, priests and deacons to most people!) and progress has been made. But although things haven’t “cooled” exactly a certain momentum has been lost of late which is a shame as Jesus did ask the Father that we “all be one” and we should be. As Catholics who believe that Christ’s Church is in its essence only one we should be in the forefront of efforts and initiatives aimed at reuniting Christ’s body here on earth, as any disunity is a serious fracture in the Body of Christ. Please therefore, make attending some or all of the ecumenical opportunities this coming week or so a priority in some way – even if it is “only” to attend the United Service which we are hosting [this year] next Sunday.
Thank you to the many people who took the time and energy to complete the parish questionnaire on Mission and Ministry. The papers received (over 50 of them) have provided a large amount of information which is being collated right at this moment and which will be presented at some form of open meeting in due course. (Watch this space…) I have been very impressed by the work put in and hope that we can use this to build on for an outward looking, mission orientated, gospel greedy parish. With my love and prayers. Fr D
This week the 2nd collection will be for Pax Christi Peace Sunday, the work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith. Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms. Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice.
The Liturgy Group will meet in the church rooms at St Thomas More on Tuesday 16th January at 8pm.
Bramley Lunch – the first Bramley Lunch of 2018 will be held in Bramley Parish Room on Tuesday 30th January after the 11.30 a.m. Mass. If you would like to come and enjoy a home-cooked 2 course lunch with wine please ring Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083 or sign the list in the porch of both churches. We look forward to seeing you there.
Baptism Course – The next course dates are 7th and 21st February and sign up form is available on the Parish Website Events Page.
Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February. There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.
Womens Word Day of Prayer will be hosted by our Parish in Cranleigh on Friday 2nd March with coffee from 10am, a service at 10.30am followed by coffee.
Mens Curry and Movie Night – Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm. Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering. All are welcome.
Sunday Prayers of the Faithful
We currently have a small team of people who compose the Bidding Prayers, or Intercessions, for Sunday Mass. This means that they are not just left to the clergy to compose but reflect what the people wish to pray for at various times. If you would like to join the team, (it amounts to composing them every seven weeks or so and guidance will be given) do please let Tracy know in the Parish Office soon.
2018 Social Calender –Your Parish of Cranleigh & Bramley invites you to a meeting on Wednesday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room to discuss opportunities and plans for the Parish in 2018. We value and need your contribution. Activities include a Quiz Night, CAMEO events, Summer Picnic, Summer Camping, kids events, Easter Card making, Shrove Pancake Day, Bingo Night etc. Organising teams are needed and if you would like to get involved this is a wonderful way in which to do it. Please let Tracy in the Parish Office know that you will be attending the Social Team Meeting.
On Sunday 14th January Father David will join the celebrations inducting Reverend Graham Hoslett to the Wonersh United Reformed Church.
WORLD DAY OF PEACE – 14 JANUARY
This Sunday, the Church in England & Wales celebrates the World Day of Peace. Each year, the Pope issues a special message for the Day. This year, Pope Francis has taken the theme Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace He says: in a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those forced to leave their homelands. This required four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.
Welcoming involves expanding legal pathways for entry and balancing our concerns about national security with concern for fundamental human rights.
Protecting has to do with our duty to recognize and defend the inviolable dignity of those who flee real dangers.
Promoting entails supporting the integral human development of migrants and refugees.
Integrating means allowing refugees and migrants to participate fully in the life of the society that welcomes them.
CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, would like to invite you to the CAFOD Breakfast in The Friary, Crawley on Saturday the 3rd of February 10 for 10:30-midday. Their Head of International Development, Maria Gonzalez, and their Head of Humanitarian Work, Giovanna Reda, will be sharing and update on CAFOD’s work such as in Emergencies in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and their work in Zimbabwe which is the focus of the upcoming Family Fast Day. Croissants and hot drinks will be served. More information from the local CAFOD office 01483 898 866. All are welcome to this free event.
Jars for marmalade:
I see that marmalade oranges are already in the market. If anyone has spare jam jars, could they please let me have them so that I can fill them with marmalade to sell in aid of the Cranleigh Parish Room. Put them in the porches, preferably in Bramley, or let me know and I will pick them up from you. Many thanks, Bridget Eacott (Tel: 892406 or email: email@example.com)
Can you spare 2 hours a week to help a local family? Home-Start in Waverley is looking for volunteers with parenting experience to help vulnerable families in Cranleigh and the surrounding areas. Home-Start works with young families who are experiencing difficulties. Our trained volunteers offer practical and emotional support to parents through weekly home-visits and organised events.
Our next Volunteer Preparation Course starts in March 2018 and provides all the knowledge you’ll need to support a local family with young children.
If you have a couple of hours spare each week and would like to find out more, please call 01252 737453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org