Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which is a day of fasting and abstinence
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Lent was originally an intense time of preparation for receiving the Easter Sacraments for those to be baptised. Then the Church discovered that if she accompanied those preparing in this way then the whole Body benefitted as those who had been Christian for a long time had an opportunity to deepen their own faith whilst at the same time encouraging those about to be baptised into the Church. And thus the whole Body of Christ is strengthened and knit more closely together in charity with one another. Another’s struggles are my struggles too and a burden shared is a load halved. We walk together in harmony as the psalmist says.
If you give up your chocolate treats and biscuits during Lent only in order to use the time profitably to lose weight you will have “gained” something – perhaps being able to fit back into that dress or those trousers but you will have lost the spiritual benefit of doing what you did in order to grow in faith. If I give up something because that will help me to understand what it is I truly depend on, and stand with those who never enjoy the things I take for granted, then my soul will be enlarged by the experience. If I combine that effort with a parallel increase in prayer and devotion then my Lenten observances will start to resonate with what I learn from prayer; and if what I learn from prayer and fasting takes root in me a little more then I may spill over into generosity towards others.
I know you have many calls on your time and energies at all times. But why not use this Lenten season to adjust some of those pressures in order to grow in your relationship with Jesus? There are three pillars of Lent – prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. There are the spiritual works of mercy and the corporal works of mercy. Look them up – and see how you can include them into a Lenten spiritual fitness workout.
Much love and prayers.
The Mothers Prayer Group meets on a Thursday 2.45pm just before school pick up and is an opportunity for the mothers of SCM schoolchildren to join together to pray for yourselves and your loved ones. Join Becca Southwell one week for 20 mins.
From Friday 3rd March there will be a weekly Coffee and Chat meeting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting room for all parent parishoners of schoolchildren following school drop off.
Get Crafty and raise funds for the Church! Come along to the Community Meeting Room between 7pm and 8:30pm on Saturday 25th March and make Easter or even some last minute Mother’s Day cards. No experience needed! All materials and full instruction will be provided. Entry is free, but a donation for each card made would be welcome.
Next week we will be handing out £10 yes £10 to any and all parishoners!
It’s the time to take this money and multiply it for the good of our hall fund.
For those who have not been involved before this project is based on the parable Jesus told of the talents. Each person being given something (in this case money) and is then sent away to multiply it as much as they can. You can use your imagination and be as creative as you can. In the past we have had cake sales, car washing, dinner parties, plant sales, ironing, raffles, shopping, dog walking, murder mystery parties, whist drives, golf rounds….. there is no end to the ideas that are possible.
Even more importantly, its and opportunity to get together with others in the parish to have fun.
A VERY BIG THANK YOU from Win Bracking to all of you and friends at St Nicolas who supporting the fund-raising lunch for a borehole for POKOT. Your astounding generosity meant I was able to give Eugene £610.50. I would also like to pay tribute to my hard-working team: Anne, Eileen and Jane. Without their help this event would not have taken place.
Pastoral Visiting. Following Jane Harding’s new appointment of pastoral assistant, she is keen to know of anyone who would like a visit. There are forms available at the back of both churches to complete and leave in the Parish Office or the Church Sacristy which Jane will collect. You can also email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Group Discussions during Lent
The diocese has prepared a guide to discussion of the 2nd reading of each of the six Sundays in Lent all of which are from the writings of St Paul. There are three established groups in the parish already and anyone wishing to join a group should sign up using the list in the church porch leaving contact details and we will be in touch. The groups meet on different days: Monday and Tuesday mornings and the third on Thursday evening.
At the back of both churches there is a book for writing requests for prayer. Please detail the names of those you wish to be prayed for. Please ensure they are happy for their name to appear in the newsletter. The names will be prayed for at the following weekend Masses. Should you wish for them to be prayed for more than one week then a separate entry needs to be added for each subsequent week.
FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT : Monday 27 February – Sunday 12 March
The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs – all from farmers who toil, sweat and slog.
Yet these farmers are trapped in a system that is unfair, one that rips them off. However hard they work to provide the things we depend on, they still aren’t paid what they deserve. And every time people buy these products, they become part of the problem.
Together we can end this
Don’t feed exploitation. Choose Fairtrade.
Did you know that Surrey is an official Fairtrade County, Guildford is a Fairtrade Borough and Cranleigh is a Fairtrade Village?
Did you know that A&B is a Fairtrade Diocese and we are a Fairtrade Parish – both Cranleigh and Bramley are certified Fairtrade Churches?
This means that all the tea and coffee served at parish meetings should be Fairtrade and that, wherever possible, we should use other Fairtrade items such as sugar, biscuits, chocolate and fruit juice. It also means that, as members of a Fairtrade Parish, we should ensure that we are not part of the problem by purchasing Fairtrade goods in our personal shopping – not just during Fairtrade Fortnight but every day.
More information on what Fairtrade means to the producers in the developing world will be in next week’s newsletter. Meanwhile, decide to be part of the solution – choose Fairtrade.
Tuesday 28th February is the next Parish Lunch. If you have noticed that this is also Shrove Tuesday, you will certainly want to sign up for what might be your last feast before Lent begins the following day. You never know, there might even be pancakes! Sign up in the usual way to secure your place or phone Ann, Bridget or Mary, especially if you need a lift. Thank you. Ann 07795608823. If anyone wants a lift from Cranleigh please telephone Felicity on 273083.
Grace Parkers Funeral will take place in Cranleigh on Thursday 2nd March at 12.30pm.
Womens World Day of Prayer is Friday 3rd March. This year will be held at the Baptist Church in Cranleigh at 10.30am. The theme is “AM I BEING UNFAIR TO YOU?” This service has been prepared by the Christian women of the Philippines but EVERYONE is MOST WELCOME. Let us have a good representation from the Catholic Church. Coffee will be served before the service from 10am.
There is also a service being held at the Wonersh United Reformed Church. Please call Maureen on 892212 if you would like a lift in and around Bramley/Wonersh.
Cranleigh Dementia Friend Session in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on 3rd March 4pm is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
Dementia touches the lives of millions of people across the UK. Dementia Friends was launched to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding that means many people with the condition experience loneliness and social exclusion. We need to create more communities and businesses that are dementia friendly so that people affected by dementia feel understood and included. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to attend this session.
VESPERS at the SEMINARY. By kind permission of the Rector, the Rev Brian Coyle, through Churches Together in Cranleigh, we are all invited to attend VESPERS at 8pm on Monday 6th March.
The programme called “The CATHOLICISM Series – A Journey around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith” will start on Friday 10th March at 10.30am after mass at Cranleigh in the parish room. The programme consists of a 40 min DVD followed by about 40 minutes of sharing and questions. Tea and coffee will be available. The parish website has a lot more information. If you would like to take part, please sign up on the forms at the back of church. http://www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk.
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY is on Friday 10 March.
This year we will be supporting poor farmers in Zambia with our partner the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary They are helping people like Florence, who now can support her family by giving her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish, which she can sell at market. Florence can now send her children to school and give them a future.
You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Abbey Study Day, Arise, my love, and come away: the theology of the Body given by Fr John Seddon OSB, on Sat, 18th March, 2016. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am. Online information: www.chilworthbenedictines.com
A Cranleigh Parish Lunch is being organised by Yolanda Jackson for Saturday 25th March 1pm and is proving popular. The price will be £10 and there is a sign-up sheet in both porches for another 6+ guests.. Open to all parishioners is Yolandas raffle which will be drawn at the lunch in order to increase the funds raised. If you have a prize which you can donate to the raffle, please leave it with Tracy in the office. All gratefully received, especially wine.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Lisieux, Parish, Nevers Rocamadour by luxury coach from 27th May to 3rd June for £679 including all excursions, travelling from London E13. For futher information call Mrs Mozzi on 020 8472 0843 or 07859 027301.
The Parish Camping event will take place at St Cuthmans retreat and the Parish have sole use of all the wonderful facilities. Pitches, and proper beds in the house, are being reserved quickly. Please bring your family and friends to join this weekend event and please pray for good weather. There are still 6 single rooms and 7 twin rooms all en-suite available for those who don’t wish to camp and plenty of pitch spaces for those that do.
St Thomas More maintenance
The Car Park has suffered with standing water problems especially during the winter which have caused problems with parking etc. We have recently had a new soak-away installed to provide proper drainage. At the same time as this work was done, the tarmac has been repaired on the drive. The church building has recently had the sacristy door replaced as the old one was in a poor state. The church building has a problem with water ingress via the roof. The roof has recently been surveyed and we are waiting for prices for repair work. This has caused some internal damage which we will be rectifying as soon as possible. The church and office/garden cottage are both to be surveyed for Asbestos as required by Health and Safety requirements.