4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29th January 2017

 

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29th January 2017

Times of Mass and Devotions
Sat 28th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass – St Thomas Aquinas
X 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time X
Sat 28th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass John Mantle (RIP)
Sun 29th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Parish Mass

Parish Mass

Teresa Westcott-White (RIP)

People of the Parish

Tues 31st Bramley 10.00am Mass – St John Bosco
Wed 1st Cranleigh 7.00pm Mass
Thurs 2nd Bramley

 

Cranleigh

10.00am

 

1.00pm

Mass – Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

Funeral: Geoffrey Newell

Fri 3rd Cranleigh

Cranleigh

10.00am

1.00pm

Mass – St Blaise

Funeral: Jennie Irvine

X 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time X
Sat 4th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass Peggy Gee-Weldon (RIP)
Sun 5th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Parish Mass

Parish Mass

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 – Thursdays at 8pm – see website or notice board for details
Mothers Prayers – Thursdays during term-time at 2.30pm in JCROM Lady Chapel

Please note a change to every Wednesday Mass in Cranleigh Exposition from 6pm, Confessions 6-6.30pm and Mass at 7pm


Next week the special collection is The Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund


Forthcoming Funerals
We have had a spate of losses from our parish.

I thought I’d let you know the dates and times of the funerals that are coming up in the next few weeks. As always, these are our Christian brothers and sisters and it is very appropriate to support the family and friends of the deceased by attending their funeral and by praying for them in your daily prayers.

In date order:
Thursday 2nd February at 1pm Cranleigh – Geoff Newell.
Friday 3rd February at 1pm Cranleigh – Jennie Irvine
Tuesday 14th February 2pm at Bramley – Teresa Westcott White
Thursday 16th February 11.30am at Bramley – Molly Attwood
Friday 17th February 12pm at the Crematorium – Henry George Best


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

“What does the Lord ask of you?  To love justice, to love deeply and to walk humbly before your God” (Micah 6:8). If it was only Micah who pleading with us we could be forgiven for thinking that this wasn’t too serious a demand.  But Zephaniah adds his voice to the chorus of voices – “Seek the Lord, all you, the humble of the earth, who obey his commands. Seek integrity, seek humility.”  I could search the other prophets of the Old Testament and provide loads of quotes but, in a sense, I don’t need to.  Jesus does it all for us.  He wraps up the teaching of Moses and the prophets in his famous Sermon on the Mount which we have in Matthew’s gospel today.  What a wonderful list of things for us to think about.  Remember that Jesus teaching isn’t just a kind of election manifesto – he is not Jeremy Corbin, or Teresa May or, least of all, Donald Trump.  His values are about a way of life so different to their vision as to raise loads of questions.  Are they “pie in the sky” thinking?  Are they unobtainable in the “real world”?  Or are they suggesting a different set of values and ways of life?  A different future and purpose in living.

These my brothers and sisters, are the values of the Kingdom of God.  To pursue them and to live them out will bring true happiness and the fullness of joy and life.  The fact that they do not correspond with so many of the world’s promises should not cause us to question the Beatitudes but to look inquiringly at the values of the world and especially those proposed by people like Trump et al.  It is the last one that, perhaps, is the most salient in today’s political climate. “Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you” – if you speak out against lies, “alternative facts”, torture, avoidance of due process, injustice, bigotry and so many other things – you raise your head above the parapet and open yourself up to disdain at a minimum, and abuse and persecution.  Already in the US 4 journalists have been arrested over the many marches in opposition to Donald Trump.  The Old Testament prophets were all put to death and, as for Jesus – well we know what happened to him.  But no one saw the resurrection coming.  Except Jesus.  And the prophets.

With my love, Father David


Healing Mass

There will be a Healing Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley on Saturday the 11th February at 11.30am. Refreshments to follow.

What is a Healing Mass and what does it “do?”  Quite simply, it is an opportunity to experience the Church’s ministry of healing for the sick with the laying on of hands for anyone who feels the need for Christ’s loving and compassionate healing touch and, for those who are more seriously ill or for anyone in danger of death, the accompanying rite of anointing with the Oil of the Sick, blessed by our Bishop.  Through this anointing Christ’s healing and forgiving ministry is extended to anyone who has faith and asks for the gift of forgiveness and healing in their lives. Sometimes the healing we need is connected with forgiveness of sins: our own or the effects of another person on our life.  Sometimes the healing is physical and sometimes it is spiritual. Whatever, through this sacrament Christ gives us grace to face suffering and pain with the knowledge that he accompanies us on our personal journey and so too does the Church – by which I mean the community of faith and the wider church of all God’s people.  If you would like a lift to this Mass, please contact the Parish Office on 01483 272075.


Youth masses are on the 3rd Sunday of the month 11am at JCROM.  Dates for the next two are 19/2, and 19/3.  Rehearsals are at 10am on the day so please feel free to come along and get involved. All youth and youthful are welcome!  If you would like to receive the music in good time please contact Charlotte Allan on charlotteanneallan@hotmail.com or 898163 and she will add you to the email list. Many thanks


Would you like to Come and Meet Each Other?

We are re-starting CAMEO, the women’s group in the Parish and would be delighted if you come along.  Our first event is a Bring and Share Supper at my house, 68 Horsham Road, on Wednesday 8th February at 7.30pm.  We aim to then get together with a different host and activity each month.  It is an informal group so you can choose which events take your fancy and suit your diary!  If you would like to come to mine for supper, please do let me know either at katie@familymoran.co.uk or on 01483 275035 or 07775 628498.  I do hope a good number of you will come along.  Kindest regards, Katie Moran

p.s. Men of the Parish – please don’t feel left out – your invite is on the way!!!


A Cranleigh Parish Lunch is being organised for Saturday 25th March 1pm which will include 2 courses, wine and coffee.  The price will be £10 and there is a sign-up sheet in both porches for up to 20 guests.


Great Parish Marmalade Sale –  Sunday 19th February 2017

There will be a sale of marmalade and jam after the 9am Mass on Sunday 19th February in the Parish Room in Bramley; proceeds for the new Parish Hall. If you would like to contribute anything, including cakes etc, please bring them with you on the day. I can still take a few orders. Many thanks for all the jam jars. Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406 or email: bmeacott@hotmail.com).


POKOT NEWS

Hello all.  Fr David sent me this message in response to my question about how we might help with the present drought situation in Pokot. It makes very difficult reading.  Attached are also a selection of the photos he sent me. You will see that where there is some water it is of very poor quality; and in one photo you will see three young children drinking from a shrinking dam of contaminated water.  If anyone would like to make a donation to help pay for what I suspect will be an expensive borehole, please let me know. No matter how small, your donation will be a great help to Fr David. All this comes at a time when I know a number of the Pound a Week Group are paying the 2017 school fees of students they are sponsoring and I hesitated in putting this round the Group, but the situation looks very serious and I thought you all would want to know about the terrible problems our Pokot Missions are facing.  Eugene

Dear Eugene.
Greetings from a very hot and dry East Pokot.
Our last rains were in October 2016. Since then with a very high evaporation rate water pans and dams have become dry. Animals such as cows have begun to die. Other animals such as goats and camels have a lot of stress. With soaring daily temperatures of over C40+ fodder has become very scarce. There is a great need to re-stock with goats and camels but in the present context we refrain for asking to re-stock at this stage and under the present conditions. Food in the form of maize and beans are needed. Water is needed. Rain is needed, (Gods Responsibility) I really don’t know what we can do? I am at present fund raising for a bore hole for water. I hope to do it quickly. Let us think about it:  David

 

Donations should be placed in one of the Orange Pound a Week Group envelopes and placed in the collection basket at Mass. Cheques should be made payable to Cranleigh and Bramley parish. Eugene McGivern. 07866-419495 or emcgivern@btinternet.com


Thinking of Baptism for your Child? 

Please note the next course will be run on the evenings of 15th and 22nd February by Patrick Bergin.  Please contact the Parish Office to register your interest.


The winners for the 300 club in January are Anne Draycott, Toby Brewer and John Federer.  Thank you to everyone who signed up, the most since 2012.


Mothers Prayer Group

Please consider joining the regular Thursday 2.30pm group which meets in the Cranleigh Church.  The group has reduced to one person and it would be wonderful if you could boost the group and take the opportunity to pray for yourselves and your loved ones.


The next Guildford Deanery Safeguarding Basic Awareness Training has been arranged for Monday, 6th February at St Joan of Arc, Farnham, GU9 8DJ from 7-9 p.m.  Please could you let Tracy at the Parish Office know if you would like to attend so your name can be forwarded to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office. It is also possible for individuals to book for this session via the Diocesan Website in the Safeguarding Section under Courses & Events.  http://www.dabnet.org/ViewArticle/?section=Courses&id=816&subsect=Safeguarding

The training is for everyone but we are particularly targeting those
who have a role which requires a DBS check within the parishes and are working with vulnerable groups (children and adults at risk). This basic training is for those who have not already attended the previous sessions held at St Mary’s, Rydes Hill in December ’15, Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh in June ‘16 or any other Deaneries.

Another session will be held later next year, probably in July/August, but people are able to attend sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.  Further dates will be put on the Diocesan website once they are arranged, so please look on the Website too.


Pilgrimage to Fatima Celebrate the centenary of Fatima this October with fellow pilgrims from the diocese. Departing 8th October spend 4 nights in a 4* hotel on a half board basis. Flights included from London Gatwick. Early bird offer of £495 available until 01/04/2017. To find out more visit aglowpilgrimages.com/fatima or call 0800 689 4792.


Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th March 2017.  £599 per person sharing.  Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished Knock House Hot
el with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner e
ach evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £50.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia anytime on 07
40 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL.


Do you want to inspire young people and consider training to be an RE teacher in a secondary school? Do you want to discuss possible routes into becoming an RE teacher?   If so then please contact either Sally Dudley, Recruitment Lead at Sussex University (s.e.dudley@sussex.ac.uk or 01273 877050) or Claire Rooney, RE Curriculum Tutor for Sussex University (claire.rooney123@btinternet.com or 07710550339).  We are keen to talk with any potential trainees for September 2017 and support you in training with the University of Sussex and would welcome an informal phone ca
ll or email.


You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, around the theme I am the Lord, who heals you, given by Ros Powell, on Sat, 18th of February 2017. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the Day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com


LOST/FOUND. Among the used postage stamps that some kind person gave me was a Memorial Card for OLIVE MARY SPALDING.  If you have lost this card please contact Win Bracking 275573.


Stop hating your diet and start loving it! GO ON – Stick something healthy on your fork!

Joining the Nourish & Flourish Club is like hitting a BIG RESET button on your diet.

At the end of the plan, you’ll feel better, look better and eat better. Oh and you’ll have probably dropped a dress size and up to a stone in weight too!

So how does it work? It’s simple; no calorie counting, pills or potions… just healthy, fresh, simple food.

By joining the Nourish & Flourish Club you will educate yourself about healthy food choices so you can change the way you eat and use the skills and tools you learn to eat well for life – not just for the duration of the programme.

6 sessions at £10 each will be run in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on a Wednesday evening 7.30 starting 22nd February.   All session costs will be donated to the Parish Meeting Room Fund by the organiser charlottehunternutrition.co.uk.   Please register your interest with the Parish Office or with Charlotte Hunter direct.  All are welcome.


URGENT HELP REQUIRED
Can you spare between one and a half and two hours a month, or more, to deliver nourishing meals to the housebound in and around Bramley?
Rowleys Centre for the Community are now producing meals for delivery in Cranleigh and the surrounding villages. After the end of January there are no drivers to deliver meals to the villages.  Mileage is paid and every assistance will be given when you start. If you can help, or would like more information, please ring Tina on 01483 277155.
THANK YOU

What does the Lord ask of you?

Dear Brothers and Sisters

“He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). If it was only Micah who pleading with us we could be forgiven for thinking that this wasn’t too serious a demand.  But Zephaniah adds his voice to the chorus of voices – “Seek the Lord, all you, the humble of the earth, who obey his commands. Seek integrity, seek humility.”  I could search the other prophets of the Old Testament and provide loads of quotes but, in a sense, I don’t need to.  Jesus does it all for us.  He wraps up the teaching of Moses and the prophets in his famous Sermon on the Mount which we have in Matthew’s gospel today.  What a wonderful list of things for us to think about.  Remember that Jesus teaching isn’t just a kind of election manifesto – he is not Jeremy Corbin, or Teresa May or, least of all, Donald Trump.  His values are about a way of life so different to their vision as to raise loads of questions.  Are they “pie in the sky” thinking?  Are they unobtainable in the “real world”?  Or are they suggesting a different set of values and ways of life?  A different future and purpose in living.
These my brothers and sisters, are the values of the Kingdom of God.  To pursue them and to live them out will bring true happiness and the fullness of joy and life.  The fact that they do not correspond with so many of the world’s promises should not cause us to question the Beatitudes but to look inquiringly at the values of the world and especially those proposed by people like Trump et al.  It is the last one that, perhaps, is the most salient in today’s political climate. “Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you” – if you speak out against lies, “alternative facts”, torture, avoidance of due process, injustice, bigotry and so many other things – you raise your head above the parapet and open yourself up to disdain at a minimum, and abuse  and persecution.  Already in the US 4 journalists have been arrested over the many marches in opposition to Donald Trump.
The Old Testament prophets were all put to death and, as for Jesus – well we know what happened to him.  But no one saw the resurrection coming.  Except Jesus.  And the prophets.
With my love
Fr David

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd January 2017

 

Please note a change to every Wednesday Mass in Cranleigh – Exposition from 6pm, Confessions 6-6.30pm and Mass at 7pm


Next week the special collection is The Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

We are still in that special time between Christmas, the Epiphany, and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple on February the 2nd when our readings at mass set the scene for Jesus’ early days of ministry.  A ministry largely in and among the many villages round about the Sea of Galilee but centred at Capernaum.  It is from here that Jesus teaches in their synagogue and calls his first disciples who, we are told “left everything” in order to follow him.  The Gospels paint it as a very definite “leaving everything” – instantaneous almost but, I wonder…

I imagine that Peter and Andrew, James and John still carried on with their fishing business, at least for a while.  After all we meet them fishing at other times.  But now they had to fit it all in around “following” Jesus, and then, when he went off to Jerusalem they really did have to drop what they had been doing in order to go with him.  They had to learn what being a disciple meant, and they had to learn what the Kingdom of God was all about and who it was about, and they had to learn about being a community with a difference – with a lot of the old ways being challenged and questioned and new suggestions being dropped in for thought.  They also had to become familiar with opposition and argument for this was always a facet of the proclamation of the Kingdom.

As a Catholic community, here in Cranleigh and Bramley we too have to follow Jesus amidst all the other bits and pieces of our lives – work, children, family etc. and we too have to appraise what the impact of Jesus is in our lives.  We as Christians are not just believers in God but followers of Christ, of Jesus, and this means that we must spend time with him (through prayer, worship and study) and travel with him through the world of today to bring the Gospel message of the Kingdom to others.

In this lead up to Lent, and through Lent, I want us to look at how well we are “following Jesus” and what the priorities in our parish life are.  Are we totally geared up to proclaim the Gospel as individuals and as a parish?  Have we somehow left that to someone else?  Me, as your priest?  Someone else?  One of the first marks of the early church was the way in which it welcomed all sorts of people – Jews, slaves, pagans, Greeks, Romans and ones we can’t even think of today.  How well are we doing at being a community of welcome?  Is our parish distinguished by the welcome we give to strangers and pilgrims?  I suspect not.  We need to look at this and do something about it.  Have you any ideas?  A good start might be to welcome other Christians from our village this Wednesday morning to prayer from 8am at Jesus Christ the Redeemer of Mankind.   Can you be there?  With my love and prayers  Father David


Mothers Prayer Group

Please consider joining the regular Thursday 2.30pm group which meets in the Cranleigh Church.  The group has reduced to one person and it would be wonderful if you could boost the group and take the opportunity to pray for yourselves and your loved ones.


Parish Accounts Bookkeeper After invaluable service to the Committee Spencer Adams is retiring as the Parish bookkeeper.  If there is anyone who has bookkeeping skills and a modest amount of time each month to look after the Parish accounts I would be very grateful if you would volunteer.  The successful candidate will receive complete training and induction.  Father David.


Youth masses are on the 3rd Sunday of the month 11am at JCROM.  Dates for the next two are 19/2, and 19/3.  Rehearsals are at 10am on the day so please feel free to come along and get involved. All youth and youthful are welcome!  If you would like to receive the music in good time please contact Charlotte Allan on charlotteanneallan@hotmail.com or 898163 and she will add you to the email list. Many thanks


The next Guildford Deanery Safeguarding Basic Awareness Training has been arranged for Monday, 6th February at St Joan of Arc, Farnham, GU9 8DJ from 7-9 p.m.  Please could you let Tracy at the Parish Office know if you would like to attend so your name can be forwarded to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office. It is also possible for individuals to book for this session via the Diocesan Website in the Safeguarding Section under Courses & Events.  http://www.dabnet.org/ViewArticle/?section=Courses&id=816&subsect=Safeguarding

The training is for everyone but we are particularly targeting those who have a role which requires a DBS check within the parishes and are working with vulnerable groups (children and adults at risk). This basic training is for those who have not already attended the previous sessions held at St Mary’s, Rydes Hill in December ’15, Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh in June ‘16 or any other Deaneries.

Another session will be held later next year, probably in July/August, but people are able to attend sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.  Further dates will be put on the Diocesan website once they are arranged, so please look on the Website too.


St Cuthbert Mayne School have vacancies for a Teaching Assistant and 2 Learning Support Assistants.   The vacancies are being advertised on the E-Teach website, and application forms and full details can be found there.


Pokot News

I have just heard from Fr Conway that last year 134 students from the Mission school sat their Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (their final secondary school exams). The results have just been received and the school is now in the top ten of the 150 secondary schools in Baringo County.  In due course, I will be given the results for those students which Members of the Pound a Week have been sponsoring and will pass them on in due course. Fr Conway tells me he is very busy at the moment with the enrolment of the 2017 entry to the school, so it may be a little while yet before I have more information.  If anyone would like to help sponsor a student, please get in touch.

Eugene McGivern at 01483-893379 or emcgivern@btinternet.com


Vacancy for parish social team: After four years the current team are standing down and we’re looking for some new talent. No experience necessary. It’s a great chance to gain skills in organising events, people management and to share happy experiences that will help continue to make ours a fun, vibrant community. Please talk to Georgie Nel (our outgoing social team chair) for more details. 01483 276221 or georginanel@yahoo.co.uk


Pilgrimage to Fatima Celebrate the centenary of Fatima this October with fellow pilgrims from the diocese. Departing 8th October spend 4 nights in a 4* hotel on a half board basis. Flights included from London Gatwick. Early bird offer of £495 available until 01/04/2017. To find out more visit aglowpilgrimages.com/fatima or call 0800 689 4792.


Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th March 2017.  £599 per person sharing.  Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished 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 £50.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia anytime on 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL.


TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 – INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be another retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9.. The retreats give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84, but bursaries are available. For more information, or to book, Email toc@worthabbey.net – bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full. If you have any questions, you are also free to contact the Diocesan Youth Officer, Jack Regan –Jack.Regan@dabnet.org


Do you want to inspire young people and consider training to be an RE teacher in a secondary school? Do you want to discuss possible routes into becoming an RE teacher?   If so then please contact either Sally Dudley, Recruitment Lead at Sussex University (s.e.dudley@sussex.ac.uk or 01273 877050) or Claire Rooney, RE Curriculum Tutor for Sussex University (claire.rooney123@btinternet.com or 07710550339).  We are keen to talk with any potential trainees for September 2017 and support you in training with the University of Sussex and would welcome an informal phone call or email.


You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, around the theme I am the Lord, who heals you, given by Ros Powell, on Sat, 18th of February 2017. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the Day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com


Show your love for creation

“Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness”

Pope Francis : Laudato Si’

As Christians, we have a special reason for taking care of God’s gift of creation as it is a reflection of His love. Yet our beautiful world is facing a real and very serious threat from climate change. We need to continually raise awareness of this threat and what it would mean for all the natural places we love. We need to keep talking about climate change with our families, friends, neighbours and MPs. To help start these conversations, we are asked to wear a green heart on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, which could act as a trigger to open the subject. If we don’t keep talking about climate change, it will be forgotten until it is too late to save our common home. Green heart stickers can be ordered from http://cafod.org.uk/showthelove – this web page also has lots of other resources to help spread the word. If you have not yet read Laudato Si’, you are strongly encouraged to do so – it can be downloaded from http://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Laudato-Si  In Laudato Si’, the Pope made this plea: “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone.” Let us play our part in that conversation.


 

I hope you’re looking forward to the concert this weekend – Sunday 22nd January at 4.30 pm in Bramley Village Hall – Congratulations on the arrival of a New Baby!  
The Baby Grand Piano, kindly given to the Village by a Bramley resident, has now been fully serviced and tuned and I have spent the morning playing it – it’s sounding great.  You will really enjoy the programme we have for you:
Variations on “Happy Birthday” by Claus Dieter Ludwig – piano duet (Martin Hollister and Stuart White).  You will be amused at how this theme comes back in various guises!
Piano Trio op. 11 by Beethoven – Silja Loya, violin, Annelies Scott, ‘cello, and Simon Phillips, piano.   A beautiful piece, which will show off the piano’s suitability for chamber music in the setting of the Village Hall.
Piano Sonata in E minor op. 7 by Grieg – Alan Newcombe, piano.  If you like Grieg’s famous piano concerto, you will like this.
INTERVAL (with free Bramley cider / soft drink)
Four movements from Dolly Suite by Fauré – piano duet (Martin Hollister and Stuart White)

 

  • Berceuse (the famous “Listen with mother” tune)
  • Mi-a-ou
  • Kitty – Valse
  • Le pas Espagnol
Three pieces from the Incidental Music to Shakespeare’s Tempest, op. 109, by Sibelius (transcribed by the composer) – Alan Necombe, piano.  These are most attractive pieces which deserve to be better known.
  • Dance of the Nymphs
  • Episode: Miranda
  • Scene
Romance op.24 no.9 by Sibelius – Alan Necombe, piano.  An ever-popular favourite of the romantic repertoire.
Seven movements from Jeux d’Enfants by Bizet – piano duet (Alan Newcombe and Stuart White).   This will really put the piano through its paces – pulsating with energy, tunes you will most likely already be familiar with and which you will be humming when you leave, and something of a challenge for the two pianists!
  • La Toupie
  • La Poupée
  • Les Chevaux de Bois
  • Trompette et Tambour
  • Colin-Maillard
  • Petit Mari, Petite Femme!..
  • Le Bal
As you can see, many of the items have an appropriate theme – why not bring your children and grandchildren?  If they are not very familiar with classical music, this is a great concert to bring them to.
The cost to Bramley Parish Council of moving, servicing and tuning the piano, and obtaining a new piano stool, cover and frame for the legs, is a little under £1,800, and we are hoping that the proceeds from this concert will make a good dent in that figure.  It is for you, the community, and it will be great to see as many of you as possible supporting this venture.
Tickets at £10 (£5 under 18 and students) are available in advance from Robertson’s in Bramley High Street, and at the door.  If you wish to reserve a ticket or have any queries, please call or email Stuart White (stuartwhite@waitrose.com / 01483 892645).
Just by way of advance notice, the next concert after this is the Bramley Music Valentine Concert on Saturday 11th February at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church, and I shall be in touch further about that after this weekend.
So I hope to see you this Sunday at 4.30 pm!
Best wishes,
Stuart

Newsletter for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Brothers and Sisters

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2017:

Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us

This coming Wednesday sees the start of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Believe it or not, the Octave began as a Catholic initiative to run between the Confession of St Peter (a Protestant celebration of the Chair of St Peter) on the 18th and the Conversion of St Paul on the 25th.  This received the blessing of Popes Pius X and Benedict XV but Protestant churches initially decided to keep a similar theme around the Feast of Pentecost – thus removing the Catholic emphasis on the unifying nature of the Petrine ministry.  However, the World Council of Churches confirmed the Octave in 1958 and by 1969 the material for the celebration was jointly prepared by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.  The service is still prepared together and the meeting happens in Ecclestone Square – the home of the Conference of English and Welsh Bishops of the Catholic Church.  As you can see – lots of titles!  But this underscores the way in which Unity amongst the churches is seen as a priority for the Catholic Church.  Pope John XXIII (23rd) really desired that there be greater cooperation and warmth between churches and the catholic church.

We should too.  We should really desire that our historical differences be overcome because unity is one of the deep desires of Christ who himself said that we should be one because then the world will know that it was God who had truly sent Him.  Our disunity is a major scandal.  But it would be insincere to just pretend that there are no differences.  The search for truth must therefore continue and shared activity and prayer must be pursued diligently and faithfully.  We must do everything we can do together and refrain from doping what we can’t.  What we can do is pray together.  No longer do we consider Protestants to be “non-Christians” and most Protestants are careful in how they describe the Catholic church because we have a common purpose – which is to “go and make disciples and baptise in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”   In a world, which is now more commonly divided not between Protestant and Catholic but between non-religious or atheist and Christian (and other faiths too but that’s a different story) we have to work together.  Therefore I really hope that you will make this coming Week of Prayer a priority for you and your family. By coming together during this week, we join with the people around the world to pray for Christian unity – in worship, reflection, study, and fellowship.


Please note a change to every Wednesday Mass in Cranleigh

Exposition from 6pm, Confessions 6-6.30pm and Mass at 7pm


This week the 2nd collection will be for Pax Christi Peace Sunday, the International Catholic Movement for Peace, has been promoting the World Peace Day message in England and Wales for the past fifty years. Pax Christi itself was born out of the experience of war. Today Pax Christi is present in 50 countries: a network of Christians inspired by faith to work for peace, reconciliation and nonviolent change.  In England and Wales Pax Christi, through its small team of 4 staff members, its volunteers and its members, works to create opportunities to support the Catholic community to become involved in peace-making.


Please note the office will be open on Monday 16th January and closed Friday 20th January.


Last 300 Club Chance – Entries for the 2017 300 Club draw will close next weekend (16 January).


Bramley Lunch – the first Bramley Lunch of 2017 will be held in Bramley Parish Room on TUESDAY 24TH 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.


Parish Accounts Bookkeeper After invaluable service to the Committee Spencer Adams is retiring as the Parish bookkeeper.  If there is anyone who has bookkeeping skills and a modest amount of time each month to look after the Parish accounts I would be very grateful if you would volunteer.  The successful candidate will receive complete training and induction.  Father David.


Vacancy for parish social team: After four years the current team are standing down and we’re looking for some new talent. No experience necessary. It’s a great chance to gain skills in organising events, people management and to share happy experiences that will help continue to make ours a fun, vibrant community. Please talk to Georgie Nel (our outgoing social team chair) for more details. 01483 276221 or georginanel@yahoo.co.uk


Advance notice: Marmalade Sale in February

I’ll shortly be making marmalade to sell in aid of the new Parish Room.  Perhaps you would like to make some to add to the sale. If you would like to order any in advance, please let me know how many jars. Contact Bridget Eacott (Tel: 892406 or email bmeacott@hotmail.com). Also I’d be glad of any jars you can spare. Please leave them in the porch in Bramley.


Fr Ignatius Funeral Information.  He was at Chilworth Friary for many years and transferred to Woodford Green in North London when the Friary closed.

Monday 16th January, Requiem Mass at 12 noon and burial 2pm at St Patrick’s cemetery, Leytonstone, followed by buffet reception back at St Thomas’.


New year’s resolution: Make a difference with CAFOD

Make 2017 the year you meet new friends, inspire others to act for social justice, and use your skills to help our sisters and brothers working to overcome poverty around the globe. Are you a good communicator who would enjoy speaking in churches or schools? Are you a people-person who would relish involving and encouraging others in your local parish? Are you a budding writer who could contribute to our blog and e-news?

If so please get in touch with Martin or Jo on 01483 898866 or email arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk


Pokot News

I have just heard from Fr Conway that last year 134 students from the Mission school sat their Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (their final secondary school exams). The results have just been received and the school is now in the top ten of the 150 secondary schools in Baringo County.  In due course, I will be given the results for those students which Members of the Pound a Week have been sponsoring and will pass them on in due course. Fr Conway tells me he is very busy at the moment with the enrolment of the 2017 entry to the school, so it may be a little while yet before I have more information.  If anyone would like to help sponsor a student, please get in touch.

Eugene McGivern at 01483-893379 or emcgivern@btinternet.com


Pilgrimage to Fatima Celebrate the centenary of Fatima this October with fellow pilgrims from the diocese. Departing 8th October spend 4 nights in a 4* hotel on a half board basis. Flights included from London Gatwick. Early bird offer of £495 available until 01/04/2017. To find out more visit aglowpilgrimages.com/fatima or call 0800 689 4792.


Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th March 2017.  £599 per person sharing.  Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished 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 £50.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia anytime on 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL.


TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 – INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be another retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9.. The retreats give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84, but bursaries are available. For more information, or to book, Email toc@worthabbey.net – bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full. If you have any questions, you are also free to contact the Diocesan Youth Officer, Jack Regan –Jack.Regan@dabnet.org


St Cuthbert Mayne School have vacancies for a Teaching Assistant and 2 Learning Support Assistants.

The vacancies are being advertised on the E-Teach website, and application forms and full details can be found there.

Newsletter for Epiphany Sunday 2017

PARISH OF CRANLEIGH AND BRAMLEY

Epiphany of the Lord – 8th January 2017

The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ

It is a telling fact that in the Western world, or in Cranleigh at least, Christmas is now over – in fact has been over since about Boxing Day (The Feast of Stephen).  It is also a telling fact that, for many Christians throughout the world, today’s feast is far more important than the Nativity of Jesus, which we call Christmas in the Western Church. But Christmas is a feast that runs for 40 days – from Christmas Day until the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple on February 2nd.
We should try to celebrate this by keeping our crib scenes up until the 2nd February and keeping the festive cheer going too.
Epiphany is about the revealing of the Son of God – and in this we can begin to see why it is such an important feast.  If Jesus had been born and stayed unknown, unrevealed for who he is, then you and I would not be celebrating Christmas, or indeed anything much at all.  It is the fact that His birth marked the beginning of a new age – made known by the shining star and observed by the Magi – and this somehow revealed that God’s plan of salvation was in motion definitively that makes all the difference.  Today we celebrate the revealing of the Son of God and the star, like a spot light, picks him out as someone special.  The Magi’s visit confirms him as someone we should pay attention to and, in turn, follow.  The biblical story also shows us that God’s plans are often met with opposition from the powers of this world and we should expect nothing different.


Next week the 2nd collection will be for Pax Christi Peach Sunday is on 15 January, the international Catholic Movement for Peace, has been promoting the World Peace Day message in England and Wales for the past fifty years. Pax Christi itself was born out of the experience of war. Today Pax Christi is present in 50 countries: a network of Christians inspired by faith to work for peace, reconciliation and nonviolent change.  In England and Wales Pax Christi, through its small team of 4 staff members, its volunteers and its members, works to create opportunities to support the Catholic community to become involved in peace-making.


 Last 300 Club Chance

Entries for the 2017 300 Club draw will close next weekend (16 January).  Please ensure you have completed your forms by this date so that you can participate in this year’s draw.  Forms and entry fees can be left in the offertory baskets or at the presbytery office.


Parish Accounts Bookkeeper After invaluable service to the Committee Spencer Adams is retiring as the Parish bookkeeper.  If there is anyone who has bookkeeping skills and a modest amount of time each month to look after the Parish accounts I would be very grateful if you would volunteer.  The successful candidate will receive complete training and induction.  Father David.


Vacancy for parish social team: After four years the current team are standing down and we’re looking for some new talent. No experience necessary. It’s a great chance to gain skills in organising events, people management and to share happy experiences that will help continue to make ours a fun, vibrant community. Please talk to Georgie Nel (our outgoing social team chair) for more details. 01483 276221 or georginanel@yahoo.co.uk


Advance notice : Marmalade Sale in February

I’ll shortly be making marmalade to sell in aid of the new Parish Room.  Perhaps you would like to make some to add to the sale. If you would like to order any in advance, please let me know how many jars. Contact Bridget Eacott (Tel: 892406 or email bmeacott@hotmail.com). Also I’d be glad of any jars you can spare. Please leave them in the porch in Bramley.


Recent Works Done

Just to keep you up to date with some of the maintenance works being undertaken the following items were sanctioned by the Parish Finance Committee and have been undertaken recently.  Other maintenance items are prioritised throughout the year as budget allows.

The Sacristy door at Bramley has been replaced with a like for like new one.  The leaking roof is being investigated for repair and once this is done the internal decoration will be undertaken.

The lighting at Cranleigh has been upgraded with new LED light fittings that has vastly improved the lighting inside the church and reduced considerably the power usage of the lighting from over 5kW to around 1kW.  The LED lamps also have a very long lifespan which means we will save on lamp replacement costs.  The fittings are, however, expensive but it has solved the atrocious lighting situation well.


WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY 2017:

Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual ecumenical celebration traditionally held from January 18 to 25. By coming together during this week, we join with the people around the world to pray for Christian unity – in worship, reflection, study, and fellowship.

On Wednesday 25th January there will be 8am Morning Prayer at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind.


Missio: Thank you for helping to heal the broken-hearted.   The gift of £260.25 from the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley will help with the crucial work of priests in Rwanda like Fr Emmanuel in bringing peace where there was once conflict and love where there was once hate.


THANK YOU, AND THE STORY SO FAR.

Firstly, I would like to thank you all very much for your kind wishes over Christmas and for the many tokens of friendship given me. You have all been so kind. It has been so good to be able to spend some of my Christmas break from Seminary with you doing my “old job” assisting Fr David.

As you know, it was on 4th January 2016 that I commenced my further studies at Wonersh for the priesthood on a part time basis with my own room there. (I was there before between 1999 – 2002 for the Diaconate) By this March I had studied two years Canon Law and Faculties and took the exams.

In September, I commenced full time studies living in the Seminary on a permanent basis. This time studying Moral Theology plus several other Theologies which I have elected to do and am enjoying it immensely.

Living so closely alongside many different people makes for special relationships and I have found this a fascinating experience and very rewarding. The professors (lecturers/formators) are excellent and the lectures of a high standard; I am so fortunate to be in such a place.

The whole process has helped me discern my way forward in the Lord’s service much more clearly, and I now cannot wait to get “back in the vineyard”. For this particular labourer, I feel it’s even later than the eleventh hour, more like a quarter to midnight!

I expect the bishop to soon allow me to announce the place and time of my ordination. In the meantime, please keep me in your prayers as I do you each day, and I very much look forward to seeing you all at my priestly ordination (God willing), when that great day comes.

God bless you all.

Deacon Roy.  St John’s Seminary Wonersh


Christmas in Pokot

I received this report from Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission and circulated it to members of the Pound a Week Group whose email addresses I have. However, I think it deserves a wider Parish readership.

“Good morning Eugene on this warm St. Stephen’s day.  I write to inform you that we had a wonderful Christmas day. And I trust you had the same.

We had a very nice morning Mass followed by a distribution of shoes to the young children who were in the church. 29 in all received shoes courtesy of the Pound a Week Group’s year of mercy kindness. I have my niece Cliona visiting from Dublin and she took some pictures of the occasion which she will forward to you later today.

After that excitement we had dinner for well over 100 people. While there was no turkey, all expressed their great satisfaction with the cuisine. It was ‘organized chaos’ at times but that’s par for the course here.

Then there were games for the children and a football match in which Queensberry rather then FA rules prevailed and red cards would definitely have been distributed liberally if we were in Old Trafford. But the excitement was wonderful and fresh air swipes frequent.

It was a great day but quite an exhausting one too.

God bless for now.  Fr Sean “

I have the photos of the children in Fr Sean’s very humble church at Rotu and am very happy to send them to anyone who has not already seen them.

Wishing you all a very Happy 2017.

Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com

 


ADORE (Alton Day Of Renewal) – Saturday 28th January 2017 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit. Please note new venue:  at Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30

For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com

Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

Next meeting – Saturday 25th February. 11.00-4.00. Guest speaker Peter Hobbs: The Gift of Wisdom.

at Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton