8th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26th February 2017

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.

Fr David


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.


LENT TALENTS

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 janeaharding@gmail.com.


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.

Fast Day envelopes will be handed after Masses on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. Please give what you can.”


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.

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 19th February 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

First let me thank the many people who have helped me to organise and celebrate the various funerals that have taken place in our parish over the last couple of weeks.  It has been refreshing and uplifting to have the participation of the whole community on these important occasions for the families and I hope it has helped those who have small connection with the church to see that, when we are a Christian, our family becomes much wider and variegated (if I can use such a word!).  We have really used all the skills and talents of many people – including those who came to pray for the deceased and their families and had no obvious part to play other than that.  I have been inordinately proud of our parish lately.  Thank you.

Thank you too, to those people who lead with the Youth Mass which we hold (only) once a month due to the commitments of various people.  These masses show us the direction we need to be travelling in if we hope to engage our young people in the life and liturgy of the Parish.  I would dearly like it if the overall tone of our 11am mass was to develop in this general direction with good music and participation from all ages in an uplifting and well celebrated mass.  Please consider ways you can contribute.

I have some news of developments in the parish.  At the last parish Finance Committee I asked for, and was granted, permission to employ a person to take some of the pastoral load from me now that Deacon Roy is otherwise engaged.  I appreciate that this is a financial risk for the parish which we can barely afford but I hope you will support the PFC and me by, perhaps, thinking of ways you could contribute financially to support the worker.  I have asked Jane Harding, whom many will know from her long standing participation in the life of the parish as Confirmation Catechist, Minister of Holy Communion and member of the Pastoral Team (when we had one – watch this space), to take on this role.  She will only be working one day a week – which is scarcely enough but all we can afford.  She will also be taking over the chairing of the excellent Care Group Committee and trying to find new blood to help that Group provide even better service to those in need.  It is my hope that she will be able to coordinate a much larger group of volunteer pastoral workers to support the life of the parish community.  Please congratulate her and support her as she gets to grips with this challenging role.  Much love and prayers.

Fr David


Save the Dates

Thurs 2.45         Mothers Prayers                                    Cranleigh

Friday 9.00       Coffee & Chat                                          Cranleigh

18/2                      Prayer Day                                                 Chilworth

19/2                     Marmalade sale                                       Bramley

19/2                     Youth Mass                                               Cranleigh

20/2                    Choir Rehearsals                                    Bramley

21/2                     Finance Committee Meet                  Cranleigh

22/2                    Nourish Club                                             Cranleigh

22/2                   Liturgy Committee Meet                    Bramley

24/2                 Ministers Training                                     Cranleigh

25/2                 Alton Day of Renewal                             Alton

28/2                 Parish Lunch                                               Bramley

1/3                   Ash Wednesday

2/3                   Grace Parkers Funeral                          Cranleigh

3/3                   Women’s World Day of Prayer         Cranleigh

“                                   “                                                             Wonersh

3/3                   Dementia Training Session               Cranleigh

3/3                   Ministers Training                                  Cranleigh

6/3                   Vespers at the                                         Seminary

10/3                 CAFOD Lent Fast Day

19/3                 Youth Mass                                               Cranleigh

25/3                 Parish Lunch                                           Cranleigh

12/5                 Beer Tasting                                            Cranleigh

27/5-3/6           Pilgrimage to                                      Lourdes

1+2/7               Parish Camping at                              Coolham


Please bring back last year’s palms so they can be burnt and used for the ashes on Ash Wednesday  1st March 2017.


The 300 club winners for February are Tom Appleyard, Linda Orioha c/o Marian Evans and Jane Mayers.


Ministers Training takes place Friday 24th February and Friday 3rd March in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room


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.


Open the Book Every week a group of adults from the local churches visits each of the schools to present a bible story in dramatized form, using published material.  The schools tell us how much the children and staff enjoy and appreciate these assemblies.  Due to people’s changes in circumstances the team now need some additional volunteers so that these sessions can continue to be successful.  It isn’t necessary to commit to every week, there are no additional rehearsals, and it isn’t necessary to be a brilliant actor – interest and enthusiasm are the main requirements!  Please contact Julie Connor, 01483 273178 for more information or to offer your help.


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.


You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, on Sat, 18th of February 2017. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com


Look out its nearly time for the talents project. Get your thinking hat on!


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


MUSIC FOR EASTER

The BRAMLEY choir (hopefully augmented with willing/ interested parishioners from both ends of the Parish!) will be starting rehearsals on Monday 20th February 8.00pm, for the EASTER music.

We will have all rehearsals at BRAMLEY, as it a central point for most concerned. Maggie will have returned from Australia and is hoping /expecting a good turn out! Please let us surprise her at the response!!  Contact Marilyn Vincent 01483 527001.  marilyn@outside-in.co.uk


The Finance Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday 21st February in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.


There is a Liturgy Committee Meeting in Bramley on Wednesday 22nd February.


ADORE (Alton Day of Renewal) – Saturday 25th February 2017 11.00-4.00

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


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.


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 Friday 10th March

Florence is a hard-working mother who has been helped by CAFOD’s partner in Zambia to learn to become a fish farmer and so provided for her family, and give her children a brighter future by enabling them to go to school. Please support the CAFOD Lent fast day and ensure that more people like Florence can turn tiny fish into something amazing. Many thanks.


A Cranleigh Parish Lunch is being organised by Yolanda Jackson 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 news 12 have signed up so please confirm to Yolanda if you’d like to be included as soon as possible.  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.


Yolanda Jackson has a gas stove for sale and any donation will be made to the Parish Fund.  Please contact her to view and to make an offer.


 

Save the Date for Matthew Emms Beer Tasting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on 12th May at 8pm.  Details to follow in the coming weeks.


CLIMATE CHANGE FILM

The Climate Coalition has released a stunning short film, A Love Song, to inspire communities across the UK to protect the people, places and life we love from climate change. It was made for Valentine’s Day but is still well worth watching. It can be accessed via the CAFOD website here

http://cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/A-Love-Song-film


The ladies of the Parish had a great get together as CAMEO, our ladies’ group, was relaunched. My home was filled with smiles, friendship and shared warmth thanks to the 25 or so people who were part of the bring and share supper. It was splendid and I was pleased to put names to faces and build ever stronger friendships with others. Thank you to everyone who made this event such fun.
We are going to hold a CAMEO event every month and all women in the Parish are welcome. Please look out for notices of the next date, host and what we will be doing.
For more information about CAMEO, please contact me at katie@familymoran.co.uk or 01483 275035 or 07775 628498. Katie Moran

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12th February 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Do you know everything you need to know about your faith?  Do you often find yourself flat footed, or tongue tied, when someone you know criticises the Church or ridicules those who are Christians; Catholics?  Have you ever thought you would like to know more so that you could answer some of their questions?  Some of your own questions?

Well, I am running a very well received programme on Friday mornings after mass at Cranleigh in the parish room called “The CATHOLICISM Series – A Journey around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith.”  The programme consists in a shortish dvd which lasts for around 40 minutes which has been professionally shot (no more Open University style things!) and this is followed by about 40 minutes of sharing and questions. All the time there will be tea and coffee available.  There are ten programmes but if you can’t make them all just drop into the ones you can although, obviously, it is best to see them all as they form a complete course.  You will not be disappointed.  There is even a course book to help you grow through the course if you want it. (at extra cost)

But why not in the evening?  Well, I haven’t time to run it in the evening as well.  If people enjoy it perhaps later on in the year we can run an evening course for those who have to work.   If you look on the parish website – http://www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk – you can find a lot more information about it and some sample clips and even a whole dvd worth of Number 6.

If you would like to take part please sign up on the forms at the back of church.

Best wishes Fr David


Save the Dates

 

Thurs 2.45       Mothers Prayers                 JCROM

Friday 9.00      Coffee & Croissant            JCROM

11/2                 Healing Mass                       STM

15/2                 Pokot Soup Lunch             JCROM

18/2                 Prayer Day                          Chilworth

19/2                 Marmalade sale                   STM

19/2                 Youth Mass                         JCROM

22/2                 Nourish Club                      JCROM

25/2                 Alton Day of Renewal        Alton

28/2                 Parish Lunch                       STM

3/3                   Womens Prayer Day         Baptist

6/3                   Vespers at the                    Seminary

19/3                 Youth Mass                         JCROM

25/3                 Parish Lunch                       JCROM

12/5                 Beer Tasting                       JCROM

1+2/7              Parish Camping at               Coolham


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 Croissant meeting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting room for all parishoners and for the parents of schoolchildren following school drop off.


Saturday 11th February Healing Mass.  If you would like a lift to the Mass please contact Pat Scully (Tel: 277913) and Bridget Eacott (892406).  Please note the refreshments after the refreshments after the Healing Mass will be soup and sandwiches.


POKOT Soup Lunch on Wednesday 15th February – In response to Eugene’s appeal Win is organising a home-made soup, break, coffee, tea and cake lunch in the Cranleigh Parish Room from 12 noon and you will be asked to make a donation.  Please let Win know if you intend to join on 275573.


You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Prayer and Praise, around the theme I am the Lord, who heals you. Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com


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


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.


ADORE (Alton Day of Renewal) – Saturday 25th February 2017 11.00-4.00

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


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


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.


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.


A Cranleigh Parish Lunch is being organised by Yolanda Jackson 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.


Save the Date for Matthew Emms Beer Tasting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on 12th May at 8pm.  Details to follow in the coming weeks.


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.


Yolanda Jackson has a gas stove for sale and any donation will be made to the Parish Fund.  Please contact her to view and to make an offer.


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School

We have vacancies for Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant and Caretaker.  For further information please see the School website or the E-Teach website.  Closing date is Thursday 9th February.

St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School

We have a vacancy for a Caretaker, 25 hours per week.  The Governors are seeking to appoint a hard-working, motivated and well organised person to join our School.  The successful applicant will play an important part in the smooth running of our School, ensuring that the security and general appearance of the building and grounds are maintained to a high standard, and that systems are operated efficiently and safely.  For further information please contact the School Office, or see the School website.  Closing date 12 midday, Friday 10th February.

St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School

We have a vacancy for a Teaching Assistant, 30 hours per week, to work in Key Stage 1 under the supervision of the class teacher and to provide lunchtime cover.  There is also a vacancy for a Learning Support Assistant, 15 hours per week, to work in Key Stage 2.  For further information please contact the School Office, or see the School website.  Closing date 12 midday, Thursday 9th February.


Wintershall Choir is looking for singers to join them on Thursdays, 7pm-8.30pm on the Wintershall Estate, GU5 0LR.  For more information contact Rachel Musgrove, on 01483 565554 or email rachel@musgroves.us or check out our Facebook page. www.wintershall-estate.com


The National Novena to St Joseph will take place from 10-18 March 2017 in Maidenhead and Liverpool.  Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St Joseph with Masses and prayers to ask for God’s blessing as well as for the intentions of all who support their work.  You are invited to send in your petition and/or to request a Novena booklet to pray from home.  Please email novena@millhillmissionaries.com


Pokot Drought Appeal Update The drought appeal over the weekend of 28th and 29th January resulted in donations of an incredible £3002.35 (including £417 for school fees). And last weekend, 4th and 5th February, saw further donations of an amazing £2,080.37 (including £400 for school fees). But that’s not all, I have received cheques amounting to £1075 these last few days. As the PR people, would put it, “Due to the unprecedented interest and demand, the drought appeal remains open for a few days yet. So, hurry, you don’t want to miss this life-giving opportunity”. And please don’t forget Win Bracking’s Pokot lunch next Wednesday, 15th February in the Cranleigh Room.
On behalf of Fr Conway and Fr McGovern and the people they serve in East Pokot, thank you all for this truly wonderful generosity.  Eugene McGivern. Tel 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com


Just a quick reminder of our romantic Valentine Concert in Holy Trinity Church, Bramley this coming Saturday 11th February at 7pm with young soprano Lucy Cronin, accompanied by Richard Saxel.  A wide range of attractive songs both classical and rather lighter awaits you.  The concert is in support of the valuable work done by our local YMCA Downslink Group.  Tickets at £10 (£5 under 18 and students) are available in advance from Robertsons in Bramley High Street, and at the door, and a free glass of wine or soft drink will be served in the interval.  If you wish to reserve a ticket or have any queries, please call or email me (stuartwhite@waitrose.com / 01483 892645).


‘What are we teaching the children?’

Voice for Justice UK is putting on a very informative conference with expert speakers on 25 March at the Emmanuel Centre, London SW1. Free resources including the brand new book, ‘What are they teaching the children?’ are included in the ticket price of £25. NB Monday Feb 13 is the deadline for this early bird rate. For more information and to register go to:  http://www.vfjuk.org.uk/education-conference-2017/ 

Check out the new programme pages – Catholicism Series

Hi

I’m very excited to announce that we are running two programmes in the parish of the Catholicism Series by Bishop Robert Barron.  Check out the video below:

also this is an excerpt from the 6th programme.  The quality is outstanding – as is the material – and as is its usefulness to You in informing and revitalising your catholic faith.  Why not come along?  See the page Catholicism Series

 

 

 

5th Sunday of Ordinary Time 05.02.17

PARISH OF CRANLEIGH AND BRAMLEY

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th February 2017

Times of Mass and Devotions
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

People of the Parish

Bokota Family (Int)

Tues 7th Bramley 10.00am Mass
Wed 8th Cranleigh 7.00pm Mass – St Josephine Bakhita Alastair Hatley (RIP)
Thurs 9th Bramley 10.00am Mass
Fri 10th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass – St Scholastica
X 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time X
Sat 11th Cranleigh

Cranleigh

11.30pm

6.00pm

Mass of Healing for the Sick

Vigil Mass

Sun 12th 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

This week the special collection is for The Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund


POKOT NEWS

I thought you would like to know the result of the appeal last weekend for donations to help the two Missions get food and water to the East Pokot people in the present serious drought. But first here is some news about recent developments. On receiving Fr David Conway’s report about the drought, I decided we needed to get funds to Pokot as quickly as possible rather than await the result of the weekend appeal. The balance in the Pound a Week fund was mainly to pay for students’ 2017 school and university fees, but we had some uncommitted money on hand. So, with the help of the Diocese (and our own Fr David) we transferred online on Friday to Fr Conway’s bank account the magnificent sum of £8,500. The amount to pay fees came to £5,500; the balance of £3,000 was split equally between Fr Conway and Fr Sean McGovern for their drought relief and emergency food projects. Both priests have asked me to express their most sincere and heartfelt thanks for your generosity and support on such a great scale which they said could not have come at a better time. In Fr Sean’s words “The generosity of the Pound a Week Group over so many years never ceases to amaze me.”

Well then, what about our weekend appeal? I am running out of superlatives to describe your generosity so I will let the figures speak for themselves. Donations for school fees £417; for drought relief £2,585.35: – Total £3,002.35.  And more promised this week.

Thank you all. What a privilege it is to be the organiser of our little Group.

Eugene McGivern Tel. 07866-419495 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com


FundRaising lunch for Pokot.  On Wednesday 15th February, in response to Eugene’s appeal and with help from 2 or 3 friends, I am organising a lunch to raise funds.  Home-made soup, bread, coffee, tea and cake will be served in our Cranleigh Parish Room from 12 noon and you will be invited to make a donation.  Please come and support our efforts and bring your friends.  It would be helpful to have some idea of numbers so please ring Win Bracking on 275573.


Friday 3rd March WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER This year the interdenominational service 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.


Saturday 11th February Healing Mass.  If you would like a lift to the Mass please contact Pat Scully (Tel: 277913) and Bridget Eacott (892406).  Please note the refreshments after the refreshments after the Healing Mass will be soup and sandwiches.


A Cranleigh Parish Lunch is being organised by Yolanda Jackson 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.


 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.


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).


 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.

 


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


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


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School

We have vacancies for Teaching Assistant, Learning Support Assistant and Caretaker.  For further information please see the School website or the E-Teach website.  Closing date is Thursday 9th February.


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School

We have a vacancy for a Caretaker, 25 hours per week.  The Governors are seeking to appoint a hard-working, motivated and well organised person to join our School.  The successful applicant will play an important part in the smooth running of our School, ensuring that the security and general appearance of the building and grounds are maintained to a high standard, and that systems are operated efficiently and safely.  For further information please contact the School Office, or see the School website.  Closing date 12 midday, Friday 10th February.


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School

We have a vacancy for a Teaching Assistant, 30 hours per week, to work in Key Stage 1 under the supervision of the class teacher and to provide lunchtime cover.  There is also a vacancy for a Learning Support Assistant, 15 hours per week, to work in Key Stage 2.  For further information please contact the School Office, or see the School website.  Closing date 12 midday, Thursday 9th  February.