|Times of Mass and Devotions|
|Sat 11th||Cranleigh||10.00am||Mass – St Clare||Albert Morris (RIP)|
|19th Sunday of Ordinary Time|
|Sat 11th||Cranleigh||6.00pm||Vigil Mass||Helen Tyson [RIP}|
|People of the Parish
|Tues 14th||Bramley||10.00am||Mass – St Maximilian Kolbe||Prisoners of Conscience|
|Mass – The Assumption of the BVM||Pro Populo
|Thurs 16th||Bramley||10.00am||Mass – feria||Bp Richard’s Ints|
|Fri 17th||Cranleigh||10.00am||Mass – feria||Pope Francis’ Ints|
|20th Sunday of Ordinary Time|
|Sat 18th||Cranleigh||6.00pm||Vigil Mass||Fergal Hough (RIP)|
|People of the Parish
|The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses
Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time
Parish Prayer Group – 2nd & 4th Monday 9.15am and Thursday at 8pm – see website or notice board for details
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Marilyn Vincent has just returned from Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrims and so I asked her if she could write something for the newsletter of that experience. As you can see she speaks of a wonderful time which was uplifting for her (and many others) because of the vibrancy of the young people present not despite them. I am heartily encouraged by this news and ask you all to find every way possible to encourage our young people in their pilgrimages of faith to remain faithful, awake to the gospel of life, earnest in their search for truth and beauty, aware of the poor and marginalised and prepared to help us move into the future with hope. Here is what Marilyn had to say – written in her own words and completely unabridged or edited in any way.
Having just returned from my first visit to Lourdes, I am left with the most memorable and eye-opening impressions of today’s ‘young people’. To say I was amazed at this wonderful, caring and committed band of youngsters, ranging in ages from early to late teens, is truly an understatement. Their genuine, heartfelt consideration of the disabled, sick and elderly was beyond all my expectations.
Apropos Father David’s message in last week’s Newsletter, if the Catholic Church is in the hands of these wonderful young people, then we truly have no need to worry! They stood before us, hundreds of us, proclaiming their Faith, without hesitation or embarrassment, before going out on the town, to socialise, dance, rap, as all teenagers do. Nothing pious about this lot!
In his final message to the red shirts in particular, Bishop Richard, set them all a task……” Go back to your Parishes, be brave, stand up and tell them what you have told us today”.
It was enlightening!
Of course, Lourdes is a very special place, and the experience of a diocesan pilgrimage a privileged one, but what this shows us is that our young people love to be involved, valued, accepted in their own terms, and appreciated. We just have to find a way to help them practise their faith here at home and to bring that energy and enthusiasm which Marilyn found so enchanting and memorable into our parish setting.
This is undoubtedly one of the key questions that the new Mission Team will be looking at in the very near future but perhaps you have something to offer – an opinion backed up by a promise of action? Experience in youth music, dance, culture? An ability to communicate with the young in a non-patronising and life giving way? For us to become a truly great parish we need contributions from all the talents and no one should be left behind.
With my love and prayer, as always.
Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 17th September 2018. £649.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.
Would you like to be one of Cedar Courts Care Home Good Companions? TheCranleigh care home’s multi award winning activities team is looking for volunteers to help out on its Dementia Floor in the mornings from 9.30 till 12.30 on any day of the week. We are looking for kind, caring volunteers with a keen sense of fun to sit and chat with our first Floor Residents and help out with activities and be jolly good company. You will be given a free DBS check and some short training on line training at the home and free lunch in our bistro at 12.30 if you wanted it. Any hours you could give would be greatly appreciated so event if you couldn’t’ do all 9.30 – 12.30 don’t worry. Please contact Michael & Kaye on 01483 275191 or email email@example.com.
Inclusion Festival Arundel & Brighton
“To celebrate the value of each person and the diversity in our diocese”
Sunday 16thSeptember 2018 at St Wilfrid’s School, Crawley, RH11 8PG. Doors Open 11 am.
Opportunities for different forms of prayer
- Lectio Divina
- Learning Sign Language
- BYO Picnic Lunch – tea, coffee, soft drinks available
- Mass with Bishop Richard at 2.30 pm.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ifab2018 or use your phone
Parents/Carers are responsible for their Children/Vulnerable Adults at all times.Enquiries to Margaret Fraher, Diocesan Inclusion Adviser, at firstname.lastname@example.org 01293 651196
Pokot News from Eugene McGivern
Fr Conway is back in Barpello from his sabbatical and sent me the following message.
“The three cows sponsored by the funds your Group obtained from the Charitable Trust are doing well. Each has a calf, bringing our total Special Herd to six. We are yet to buy the bull. We delayed in buying the bull until the cows had calved so that genes don’t get mixed-up!!!! While the school was on holiday there was plenty of milk in the community and in the dispensary. The discretionary £2,015.00 (KShs 266,980) that you sent to me last month will be used to help some students get uniforms. Uniforms can be expensive especially for Form I. It is a huge burden on some families. The money will be used for the poor, that I can guarantee. Many thanks to the Pound a Week Group for your ongoing generosity & great support.”
Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission tells me that from his discretionary amount he set aside £1,000 for the children’s breakfasts; £500 he put into his Education Fund; and the balance of £515 will be used for the school health unit and general maintenance of the school and the Mission. He has asked me to convey his warmest thanks to all the Group for our support. Eugene McGivern at email@example.com or 01483-893379
Pope Francis said ‘It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.’ There are many ways to put our faith into action and offering your time to CAFOD is one of them. CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, and part of Caritas International. They are currently looking for people across the area who would help out with office tasks or media/social media related work in their local office in nearby Wonersh. Alternatively, they would also be interested in hearing from you if you are interested in raising awareness of their work and the needs of the world in the parish, in local schools or with our local MP.
If you can make a difference or if you know of anybody who might be interested, contact the local CAFOD office as soon as possible. Tel: 01483 898866
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 18th August 11.00-4.00
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Church exists to evangelise” – Fr Mark Hogan; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.
There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 22nd September – “New Sight for the Blind – Mission and healing” with Pauline Edwards and Fr Laurence Brassill
Ministers and Readers this weekend…
|Rota||Vigil Mass||9 – Bramley||11 – Cranleigh|
|Welcomers||R & O Bond||J Mayer
|S Allaway & family|
|1st Reading||D Meech||M Vincent||K Mantle|
|2nd Reading||C Houston||P Gloyens||C Greenwood|
P O Brien
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This lovely feast falls this week, on Wednesday. It is a “holyday of obligation” as Sundays are – in other words when Catholics are expected to attend a celebration of Holy Mass. We have two opportunities to attend Mass – 10am at Cranleigh and 8pm at Bramley. We are also lucky enough to have an organist for the 8pm service so this will be sung – and with some choir who aren’t away on holiday also present.
I wonder whether you know the background of this feast and why it is such an important one? Why should you attend a “holyday” – isn’t going to Church on a Sunday enough? Can’t we overdo the religiosity bit?
I have written on this before but it’s worth having another stab at it. The Church celebrates the sacraments in which Divine grace is imparted through sacramental signs such as water, wine, oil, and bread. In this way God’s grace is mediated to the faithful in order to sanctify them and build up their lives in holiness. The sacraments also help us through “everyday” life by strengthening us to face whatever life throws at us and to celebrate all the good things of life too.
Although the Church’s Year isn’t itself a sacrament it is intimately connected with the life of Jesus Christ as he lived it. Keeping the feasts of the Lord helps us to enter into the “mystery” of God by participating in Jesus incarnation, passion, death and resurrection. We do this by celebrating Christmas and Easter. Throughout the year there are other celebrations which focus on other aspects of the Lord’s life – his Transfiguration, Ascension, Baptism etc. These help us to enter into the wholeness of the Lord’s life and experience, even if remotely perhaps, the spiritual power of these events in our own lives.
The Church also celebrates the lives of the Saints – most often keeping the day they died in this life, and entered into new life, as a special feast. As they were men and women who faced exactly the same challenges that we do, and who came through strong in faith and charity, remembering them and learning about them and their part in history can help us to be strong in faith too – and to persevere when times are hard, or confusing, or our faith grows weak.
Foremost among the saints is Jesus’ own Mother Mary – the Blessed Virgin. We are told by St Luke that she is “blessed among women” – and we know from other new testament accounts that she had a special place in the life of the early church. St John, according to custom and tradition, took her into his own home after the Crucifixion and treated her as his own mother.
It had long been the tradition of the faithful, though never formally defined as such, that Mary, in the moment of her death was carried away body and soul into heaven. In this she fulfilled the hope and desire of all Christians that this life is not the last word, the full story, of our lives. Our hope is that we shall see God face to face in heaven and, one day, be resurrected body and soul when God creates a new heaven and a new earth. In this regard Mary is a kind of “first fruits” for all believers in what God holds out for us. Life – and life in abundance. Because Mary is fully human, like you and me, this Assumption of Mary into heaven holds out the hope that “ordinary” Christians such as you and I will, one day, be united with Jesus, Mary, Joseph and all the saints in heaven.
Other feasts – Maximillian Kolbe – Tuesday
Maximilian Kolbe was born on 8 January1894 in Zduńska Wola, in the Kingdom of Poland, which was a part of the Russian Empire, the second son of weaver Julius Kolbe and midwife Maria Dąbrowska. His father was an ethnic German and his mother was Polish. He had four brothers. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Pabianice.
Kolbe’s life was strongly influenced in 1906 by a vision of the Virgin Mary he said he had as a child. He later described this incident:
That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.
In 1918 Kolbe was ordained a priest having entered the Franciscan order in 1907. He was part of a group who published pamphlets often critical of the Nazi authoritiesand was eventually arrested and sent to Auschwitz. Continuing to act as a priest, Kolbe was subjected to violent harassment, including beating and lashings, and once had to be smuggled to a prison hospital by friendly inmates. At the end of July 1941, ten prisoners disappeared from the camp, prompting SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Fritzsch, the deputy camp commander, to pick 10 men to be starved to death in an underground bunker to deter further escape attempts. When one of the selected men, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out, “My wife! My children!”, Kolbe volunteered to take his place.
According to an eye witness, an assistant janitor at that time, in his prison cell, Kolbe led the prisoners in prayer to Our Lady. Each time the guards checked on him, he was standing or kneeling in the middle of the cell and looking calmly at those who entered. After two weeks of dehydration and starvation, only Kolbe remained alive. “The guards wanted the bunker emptied, so they gave Kolbe a lethal injection of carbolic acid. Kolbe is said to have raised his left arm and calmly waited for the deadly injection. He died on August 14. His remains were cremated on 15 August, the feast day of the Assumption of Mary.
Source : Wikipedia