Fifth Sunday in Lent – 2nd April 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In times, past Church leaders emphasised the judgement of God and encouraged people to think of each day as possibly their last. In many ways this was, at least, likely due to very low life span expectations.  Death really did stalk the earth and gathered in a rich harvest of souls from childhood, motherhood, war, disease and famine to old age should you be fortunate enough to even get there.  Thinking of what lay beyond death’s horizon exercised many a mind and filled many an anxious waking hour as well as stalking dreams.

The astonishing spread of Christianity with its message of the love of God and of a direct revelation, in the resurrection of Christ Jesus, lies, in part, with its tackling of this question: what lies beyond?  Paul, writing to the early Church in Rome, Corinth, Ephesus and other places found that it wasn’t getting people to believe in the resurrection of the body that was difficult – it was the life they lead now that proved so very troublesome.  It still does!

We know that, if we take a body of people and invite them to a free drinks party where they can eat and drink as much as they want, we will notice some very different behaviours.  Some will sample delicately and respectfully of the food and drink – aware of its gratuitous nature – and others will load their pockets for the lunch, their tea, their friends not present, and drink enough wine or spirit to be barely able to stand and make off with spare bottles they notice “going spare.”

If today we don’t speak so much of the terrors of judgement and instead focus on more productive aspects of our faith it does not mean that there is no judgment, no condemnation of unrepentant sinners.  There will be and it will be harder for those who have understood and taken advantage of the sheer graciousness of God.  Paul writes today, “People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God.”

This Lent should have been, by now, an opportunity to examine our life and compare it with what our consciences know should be the correct, the right and proper attitudes towards the sheer graciousness of God’s love.  We are offered the opportunity to correct our life’s direction through repentance – which is a turning towards God far more than a turning away from sin (even though it involves that too).  Are we grateful members of God’s family – or are we the Sackville-Bagginses, making off with the spoons as well as having our fill at the banquet table?  How you answer that is up to you.  But one day you will have to give account of how your life was spent – not to me, or any priest, but to God himself!

With my love and prayers

Fr David



There are CAFOD Emergency Appeal Envelopes in the Porches this weekend 


Saturday 1st April

Please contact Jane and David Penson on 271102 if you would like to join the Chilli Dinner at their home

Tuesday 4th April

10-12 Free Tea, Coffee and Biscuits for the over 50’s – all welcome in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

7.30pm Sushi Making Evening – Bramley

Wednesday 5th April

10am – Kids Craft morning at the McGuinness house contact debmcguinness@btinternet.com

7.30pm Palestinian Discussion in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

Sunday 9th April

9am Book sale with tea and coffee at Bramley

11am Book sale with tea and coffee at Cranleigh

Saturday 15th April

10am – Clean and Decorate Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Sunday 16th April

After 11am Mass in Cranleigh – Biscuit sale from the Morans and Kay-Russells

Tuesday 18th April

10-12 Free Tea, Coffee and Biscuits for the over 50’s – all welcome in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

7.30pm Fundraising Committee Meeting at the Nel household – all welcome to join.

Sunday 23rd April

After 11am Mass in Cranleigh – Cake sale from the Southwell Family

Tuesday 25th April

CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room with guest speaker Kim Hale, Using Essential Oils to promote wellness and happiness.

Friday 12th May

7.30pm Beer Tasting hosted by Matthew Emms

Friday 26th May

7pm – Arundel Cathedral – Dcn Roys Ordination

Tuesday 30th May

7.30pm CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room – bring your photo albums and memories for a night of reminiscing

1st and 2nd July

Parish Camping Event


We have already had one envelope back with the Lenten money more than doubled.   Thank you very much Minnie and friends.


HOLY WEEK SERVICES

9th April Palm Sunday of the Lord

9am – Bramley

11am – Cranleigh

13th April Maunday Thursday

10am – Bramley

8pm – Cranleigh Mass of the Lords Supper

14th April  Good Friday

10.30am Churches Together Walk of Witness from St Nicholas Church and processes to Stocklund Square.

3pm – Cranleigh, Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord.

8pm – Cranleigh, Tenebrae Ecumenical Service.

15th April Holy Saturday

9pm – Cranleigh, Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord

16th April Easter Sunday

9am – Bramley, Parish Mass of the Resurrection

11am Cranleigh, Parish Mass of the Resurrection


Dcn Roy’s Ordination to the Priesthood! – Bishop Richard has formerly called Roy to Ordination to the Priesthood during this Eastertide.   The Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel.

Coaches have now been arranged to transport people to Roy’s Ordination.  Leaving from Bramley and Cranleigh they will take us directly to the Cathedral and drop us off – picking up again after the reception.  You should reserve your place now!  The cost is expected to be about £10 per person.  The sign-up forms are in the porches of the churches.

Deacon Roy (then Fr Roy!) will celebrate his first masses with the parish on Saturday evening of the 27th at Cranleigh followed by a parish reception and at Bramley at 9am on the Sunday morning followed by a little party as well.  I hope as many of you as possible will attend and support Roy in this new and exciting ministry of service to the Church.


Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage – If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.


Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at

12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive.  Please contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406).

Stations of the Cross at Cranleigh JCROM will be held each Wednesday during Lent at 10am as had last year.   Stations start Wednesday 8th March.  All are welcome.  Please telephone Helen on 01483 277395


We hear that Yolanda raised £750 for the Parish Meeting Room as a result of the Lunch and Raffle she organised last week.  A Great Many Thanks go to Yolanda and her team.


Over 50’s Coffee Mornings will be held on Tuesday 4th April and Tuesday 18th April from 10-12pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits and all are welcome.


Sushi Making Evening Please contact Rosie Sharpe on 898242 if you would like to join her evening on Tuesday 4th April at Birch House in Bramley.  All are welcome but numbers need to be catered for so please call Rosie to register your interest.  All are welcome and profits will be donated to the Parish Fund.


Meeting the real Palestinians – 7:30pm Wednesday 5 April In the Parish Room, Cranleigh

This meeting has been arranged by the Parish Justice & Peace Group. All parishioners and friends will be very welcome.


Easter Craft Morning

Wednesday 5th April at 10am at the McGuiness house.

As part of their Lenten Talent the McGuiness family are hosting various craft activities to keep your children busy in the holidays.   A donation per child and coffee and biscuits will be available to the parents/carers.  Numbers are limited so please email debmcguinness@btinternet.com


We as a Parish are being asked by Bishop Richard Moth to support the work of the Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) at HMP Coldingley and HMP Send which are within our Parish.  Pact are asking for materials and toys for its play activities which makes the visits of parents and siblings to prisoners more positive.   If you are able please donate any of the following into the Parish Office of: Arts and Crafts Materials, fancy dress particulary boys, childrens toys and baby toys, books, comics and Christmas or Easter decorations.  Alongside material donations, volunteers for a few hours a week as well as financial donations will be put to good and direct use.  For more information Pact can be connected supporterrelations@prisonadvice.org.uk.

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In this newsletter you will find a report from the Parish Finance Committee on the Parish Financial results for 2016.  This is a more detailed version than the one which appeared in the newsletter last week and also this week.  Please read it in time for the AGM which will be announced shortly.  You will also find a report from the Missio Organiser – Fran Pickett.  What with your Sunday papers, rolling TV news on 6 channels, the demands of children and work it’s a lot to get through.  I’m sorry that it all seems to come at once.  But it does – that’s life.  Navigating our way through the complexities of life is a skill that we need to learn and adapt to.  What we find is that we can only do so much – well I do anyway – and then we need a strategy to sort the wheat from the chaff – the things that last from the things that are ephemeral and not worthy of too much attention.  It’s hard to see what to do sometimes.

But there is a way of seeing which is formed by prayer and silence.  The prayer opens up our lives before God in a truthful way – or it should do anyway.  Our prayer should be truthful – this is me and how I see things at the moment and this is all the stuff I’m dealing with and these are all the people, situations, and problems that concern me, and these are the things I am trying to celebrate and find joy in.  God wants to hear about them all.  In fact he needs to hear them from us in order to send us His grace which will then transfigure our lives in hope, joy and peace.  But, after having unloaded all this onto God we need to make some space for it all to settle.  This is the silence.  In the silence we begin to see and hear differently and then to think and act differently.  We need stillness, often, to make silence work and so stillness and silence are two friends – especially in our overheated world where the soundbite, repetitive rolling TV, constant activity have become the norm.  In last week’s gospel and this week’s two people receive something from Jesus that they couldn’t have done if they hadn’t stopped and taken the time to share their need with Him.  Take some time with Jesus – that’s what Lent is for – and use what you see and hear to ask for grace to change your lives.  That’s what repentance involves – a turning towards Jesus.  When we turn ‘towards’ we necessarily leave stuff behind us – and then we discover that we didn’t really need or enjoy most of that anyway.  It didn’t bring us life.  Jesus does.

With my love and prayers  Fr David


Dcn Roy’s Ordination to the Priesthood! – Bishop Richard has formerly called Roy to Ordination to the Priesthood during this Eastertide.   The Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel.
Coaches have now been arranged to transport people to Roy’s Ordination.  Leaving from Bramley and Cranleigh they will take us directly to the Cathedral and drop us off – picking up again after the reception.  You should reserve your place now!  The cost is expected to be about £10 per person.  The sign up forms are in the porches of the churches.

Deacon Roy (then Fr Roy!) will celebrate his first masses with the parish on Saturday evening of the 27th at Cranleigh followed by a parish reception and at Bramley at 9am on the Sunday morning followed by a little party as well.  I hope as many of you as possible will attend and support Roy in this new and exciting ministry of service to the Church.


Parish 2016 Financial Results
The Parish’s general (unrestricted funds):

■      For the year 2016 the parish report a surplus (income greater than expenditures) of £ 8,500.

■      We experienced more than a 5% drop in overall income year on year and a noticeable drop in offertory giving of 20% in the second half of the year compared to the first six months.

■      We were disciplined on spending with 2016 expenditures below 2015 levels and under the 2016 budget.

The Cranleigh Parish Room

■      We have spent £ 303,000 since the inception (2014) of the project. Spending is complete.

■      Income raise since 2014 is  £104,000 and an additional £101,000 of parish surplus contributed to the funding of the project

■      As of 31 December 2016 we have an overdraft of £98,000. Based on current income levels we will pay down the overdraft in 2019 (within the timeline agreed with the Diocese).

■      Financial priorities for 2017 are to increase the parish offertory to avoid the risk of a deficit in 2017 and to ensure we are on track with fundraising to pay down the overdraft within the agreed timeline.


Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage – If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.


New Offertory Gift Aid envelopes for the next tax year are available to those who pay by envelope.  If you haven’t yet received your box of envelopes please collect from Trish Ellis after Mass.


Parish Lent Reconciliation Service

Will be held THIS Sunday, the 26th, at 3pm in the afternoon. The venue is Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh. I hope to have additional priests available to hear confessions and offer absolution.  For First Holy Communion children and their families I have tried to avoid the Easter holiday season from school.  Please make use of this opportunity.  Also don’t forget that I am available after each weekday mass, before the Vigil Mass, and at any convenient time by appointment.  My number is the same as the parish office. 272075


Parish lunch – Please join us for a home-cooked meal on Tuesday 28th March at the Bramley Parish Room after Mass. There’s a sign up sheet in the porch at Bramley or please call Bev (892 712) or Dinah (892 634) to book a seat. We look forward to seeing you there!


Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at

12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive.  Please contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406).

Stations of the Cross at Cranleigh JCROM will be held each Wednesday during Lent at 10am as had last year.   Stations start Wednesday 8th March.  All are welcome.  Please telephone Helen on 01483 277395


Get Crafty and raise funds for the Church!  Come along to the Community Meeting Room between 7pm and 8:30pm this evening 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.


Come And Meet Each Other – Ladies of the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley are meeting at Lemongrass, in Cranleigh on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm. Please contact Katie Moran (on behalf of CAMEO) 01483275035 / 07775628498 / katie@familymoran.co.uk


BOOKS AND BUNS – There will be a sale of good books in the Bramley Parish room after the 9:00 o’clock Mass on Sunday April 9th. Most will be priced at £1. Buy 3 and get another 1 free!
If you buy a book you will also get a Hot Cross Bun and a cup of tea or coffee. Contact Ann Smith 07795608823, ann_smith22@hotmail.com


REAL EASTER EGG 2017 CAMPAIGN The aim of this campaign is to ensure that families have an option to buy an Easter egg which tells the Gospel story, champions Fairtrade and makes a contribution to charity. The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has a copy of the Easter story on the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and makes a donation to charity from sales. Most of the big supermarkets now stock them. Please refer to www.meaningfulchocolate.co.uk for more information.


Meeting the real Palestinians – 7:30pm Wednesday 5 April In the Parish Room, Cranleigh

Following a 3-week trip to Israel/Palestine in November and December together with their current month-long visit, Tim & Mayonne Coldicott are returning to Cranleigh to share their latest experiences and news.

They want to share what they have learned about ‘the other side’ of Israeli society – the Jewish critics of the Government – as well as the ‘forgotten Palestinians’ – those who live in Israel as Israeli citizens.

On the November visit they also focused on the Bedouin citizens of Israel living in the Negev, as well as the villagers living in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank.

They spent time with staff and students of the National Polytechnic University of Palestine in Hebron, which provided them with some ideas about how Palestinian youth see their future.

Combining these sources, Tim & Mayonne want to share with you some ideas they have about different paths forward for the peoples of this land.  Please join us to celebrate the motivation of young people to make the most of their chances and the courage of inspirational activists who risk social exclusion, arrest and imprisonment in their work for human rights.

This meeting has been arranged by the Parish Justice & Peace Group. All parishioners and friends will be very welcome.


Easter Craft Morning

Wednesday 5th April at 10am at the McGuiness house.

As part of their Lenten Talent the McGuiness family are hosting various craft activities to keep your children busy in the holidays.   £3 per child and coffee and biscuits will be available to the parents/carers.  Numbers are limited so please email debmcguiness@btinternet.com


ENCOUNTER EVENING FOR YOUNG ADULTS, SUNDAY 26th, GUILDFORD

The extremely popular ENCOUNTER programme for young adults (18-30) is now running in Guildford, and the next event will be on Sunday 26th, 7pm, at St Joseph’s Church. Niall Farrell will be the guest speaker. For those who haven’t been to ENCOUNTER before, it’s totally free. There is food, music, friendly people, adoration, and an inspiring talk. It’s a great way for Catholic young adults to network and deepen their faith. For more information, search ‘Catholic ENCOUNTER’ on Facebook.


HOLY WEEK

On 14th April Good Friday the Churches Together Walk of Witness starts at 10.30am from St Nicholas Church and processes to Stocklund Square.

At 3pm at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind there is Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord.

At 8pm at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind there is a Tenebrae Ecumenical Service.

All are welcome to these services.

The Cleaning and Decorating Team need your help to ensure the Cranleigh Church looks ready for the Easter Services.

Please let the office know that you can join on Saturday 15th April at 10am.
Many hands make light work.


 

3rd Sunday of Lent 19th March 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In today’s gospel Jesus offers the Samaritan woman a free gift – if she asks for it – he will give her water welling up for eternal life.  The water of life – welling up like a spring inside a person.  Bread, it is said, is the staff of life.  And again Jesus identifies this essential thing with himself – he is the bread of life. (John 6:35).  One thing Jesus never identifies with is money!  Yet he often uses stories to illustrate how money can be used to obtain, for example, the “pearl of great price” which the wise merchant bought after selling all he had to raise the funds.  He uses money as an example of paying to the State what you owe and also paying to God what you “owe” too.

In this newsletter you will find the shortest of brief breakdowns of parish income and expenditure.  You will also find the extraordinary record of your fundraising for POKOT.  Money, indeed, can be used wisely and well.  Whilst our focus should never be on money, per se, nevertheless, as a human institution, we need money.  We live in a world of commerce where the things we need and the services we use all cost money – just as in your own homes.  You will see that last year we were very careful with our expenditure and ended up with a small budget surplus despite our income falling from expectations, or forecasts.

The truth of the matter is that we are going to need more money to keep our church as a going concern.  We have a large number of volunteers but with legislation, and the general unavailability of people to do volunteer work, we need to buy in the services of professionals.  I have already spoken of Jane Harding working for 1 day a week.  This costs money.  The garden upkeep at Bramley costs in the order of £2k a year.  The Council Tax has risen, as have energy supplier’s costs.  Just like in your own homes and lives.  If you haven’t had a think and a prayer for a while about your personal contribution towards keeping our Church alive and at your service could I ask you to do so now?  We will be running a campaign soon to raise awareness of our needs, costs, and income and the only way this can be achieved is by your contribution towards the whole.  A very good additional thing to think over might be in the form of your own time and skills to contribute to the life and work of the Church in a voluntary capacity.

With my love and prayers  Fr David


Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley

2016 Financial Results

The Parish’s general (unrestricted funds):

  • For the year 2016 the parish report a surplus (income greater than expenditures) of £ 8,500.
  • We experienced more than a 5% drop in overall income year on year and a noticeable drop in offertory giving of 20% in the second half of the year compared to the first six months.
  • We were disciplined on spending with 2016 expenditures below 2015 levels and under the 2016 budget.

£000s                                       2016  2015
Offertory and Gift Aid        107     111
Other Income                          27        31
Total Income                         134      142

Total Expenditures            126     129
Surplus                                         8         13

The Cranleigh Parish Room

  • We have spent £ 303,000 since the inception (2014) of the project. Spending is complete.
  • Income raise since 2014 is £ 104,000 and an additional £ 101,000 of parish surplus contributed to the funding of the project
  • As of 31 December 2016 we have an overdraft of £ 98,000. Based on current income levels we will pay down the overdraft in 2019 (within the timeline agreed with the Diocese).

Financial priorities for 2017 is to increase the parish offertory to avoid the risk of a deficit in 2017 and to ensure we are on track with fundraising to pay down the overdraft within the agreed timeline.


Congratulations to the March 300 Club Winners who are K Kay-Russell, F Isaac and E Hulse.


If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.


New Offertory Gift Aid envelopes for the next tax year are available to those who pay by envelope.  If you haven’t yet received your box of envelopes please collect from Trish Ellis after Mass.


My Date of Ordination to Priesthood!

I can now let you know that Bishop Richard has formerly called me to Ordination to the Priesthood during this Eastertide.   The Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, London Road, ARUNDEL, BN18 9AY

I shall be so pleased and honoured to have as many as possible of you there to share with me this most important occasion.   All are most welcome.

It is my aim to make this not only an occasion for the Diocese but also for the Parish and the Seminary as well. I will therefore do my best to include as many of you as I can with ministries in the Ordination Mass.

If you are likely to attend there will be an opportunity to “sign up” in the near future. Although the Ordination Mass is in the evening, the sun is not due to set until after 9pm and daylight usually continues for another hour after that. So you could be home in the daylight afterwards.

If you are unlikely to be able to attend, then please remember me in your prayers between now and then and especially on that day.

In the meantime please put the date in your diaries and please COME!

Thank you for having a part in bringing me to this day.

God bless you all,  Dcn Roy


Parish Lent Reconciliation Service

Will be held NEXT Sunday, the 26th, at 3pm in the afternoon. The venue is Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh. I hope to have additional priests available to hear confessions and offer absolution.  For First Holy Communion children and their families I have tried to avoid the Easter holiday season from school.  Please make use of this opportunity.  Also don’t forget that I am available after each weekday mass, before the Vigil Mass, and at any convenient time by appointment.  My number is the same as the parish office. 272075


A Cranleigh Parish Lunch Yolanda Jackson lunch has last minute spaces available to join Saturday 25th March 1pm. There are lots of prizes to be won in the raffle including a meal with wine at Sir Roger Tichborne Pub in Alfold and a coffee morning for 15 guests at the Cranleigh MaisonDuVelo and much more.  Tickets can be brought £1 each from the Parish Office or from Yolanda.


LAST CHANCE FOR MOTHERS DAY POSIES

Lovingly created Vintage posies for Mothering Sunday. £8.50 each.   Please order in advance from Marilyn Vincent…01483 527001,  marilyn@outside-in.co.uk  Last orders Monday night 20th March.

Marmalade Sale: Thank you to everyone who bought or contributed marmalade, cakes or jars to the Marmalade Sale in Bramley last month. We made £243 for the new Parish Room. I am thinking of holding a trifle tasting competition later in the year, so look out your favourite recipes for that. Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406)

Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at

12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive.  Please contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406).

Stations of the Cross at Cranleigh JCROM will be held each Wednesday during Lent at 10am as had last year.   Stations start Wednesday 8th March.  All are welcome.  Please telephone Helen on 01483 277395

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.

Ladies of the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley are meeting at Lemongrass, in Cranleigh on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm. Please contact Katie Moran (on behalf of CAMEO) 01483275035 / 07775628498 / katie@familymoran.co.uk

BOOKS AND BUNS
There will be a sale of good books in the Bramley Parish room after the 9:00 o’clock Mass on Sunday April 9th. Most will be priced at £1. Buy 3 and get another 1 free!
If you buy a book you will also get a Hot Cross Bun and a cup of tea or coffee. Contact Ann Smith 07795608823, ann_smith22@hotmail.com


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

As we come to the end of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, this is another reminder that, as a Fairtrade Parish, we have made a commitment to only use Fairtrade tea and coffee at our meetings and to use other Fairtrade products where we can.

In addition, there are two things we can all do.

First, continue to choose Fairtrade when doing our personal shopping throughout the year and encourage others to do the same.

Second, send an email to the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, urging him to ensure that the post-Brexit trade deals negotiated by the UK do not harm the developing countries. It is possible that deals agreed with our rich trading partners could include tariffs being imposed on trade with poorer countries, which would be devastating to the livelihoods of farmers in countries like Malawi who are already struggling to survive. Instead, the UK should use this opportunity to prioritise the needs of those in poverty and give economically vulnerable countries preferential access to the UK market. Please take this important action here http://traidcraft.takeaction.org.uk/petition/brexit-trade


REAL EASTER EGG 2017 CAMPAIGN The aim of this campaign is to ensure that families have an option to buy an Easter egg which tells the Gospel story, champions Fairtrade and makes a contribution to charity. The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has a copy of the Easter story on the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and makes a donation to charity from sales. Most of the big supermarkets now stock them. Please refer to www.meaningfulchocolate.co.uk for more information.


Lourdes Tea Party – 25th March 2017.   Inviting pilgrims past, present and future, to tea, cake and chatter about Lourdes at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Guildford, 2-4pm.


Meeting the real Palestinians

7:30pm Wednesday 5 April In the Parish Room, Cranleigh

Following a 3 week trip to Israel/Palestine in November and December together with their current month-long visit, Tim & Mayonne Coldicott are returning to Cranleigh to share their latest experiences and news.

They want to share what they have learned about ‘the other side’ of Israeli society – the Jewish critics of the Government – as well as the ‘forgotten Palestinians’ – those who live in Israel as Israeli citizens.

On the November visit they also focused on the Bedouin citizens of Israel living in the Negev, as well as the villagers living in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank.

They spent time with staff and students of the National Polytechnic University of Palestine in Hebron, which provided them with some ideas about how Palestinian youth see their future.

Combining these sources, Tim & Mayonne want to share with you some ideas they have about different paths forward for the peoples of this land.  Please join us to celebrate the motivation of young people to make the most of their chances and the courage of inspirational activists who risk social exclusion, arrest and imprisonment in their work for human rights.

This meeting has been arranged by the Parish Justice & Peace Group. All parishioners and friends will be very welcome.


ENCOUNTER EVENING FOR YOUNG ADULTS, SUNDAY 26th, GUILDFORD

The extremely popular ENCOUNTER programme for young adults (18-30) is now running in Guildford, and the next event will be on Sunday 26th, 7pm, at St Joseph’s Church. Niall Farrell will be the guest speaker. For those who haven’t been to ENCOUNTER before, it’s totally free. There is food, music, friendly people, adoration, and an inspiring talk. It’s a great way for Catholic young adults to network and deepen their faith. For more information, search ‘Catholic ENCOUNTER’ on Facebook.

A&B eNews

Welcome to A&B eNews

Welcome to this further edition of the A&B eNewsletter which focuses on National and International events and information.

I have included a reminder about 24 Hours for the Lord, a time of prayer during Lent encouraged by Pope Francis. It would also be a good time to pray for our Pope as he celebrates four years as Bishop of Rome.

We also pray for those preparing for Baptism and Reception into the Church at Easter who were welcomed by Bishop Richard last Saturday at Arundel Cathedral. You can see pictures from the Rite of Election on the Diocesan Flickr site.

With every prayer and blessing for Lent,
Mark Woods – Communications Officer

24 hours for the Lord
In his 2016 Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et misera, at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year, Pope Francis asked the Universal Church to continue observing the “24 Hours for the Lord” on the Friday and Saturday before the Fourth Sunday of Lent. The chief elements of the 24 Hours for the Lord are prayer before the Most Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity for Confession.
This year the weekend of the Fourth Sunday of Lent runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March. The clergy and the faithful are encouraged to encounter the mercy of the Lord in adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and with additional opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during those hours. It is up to individual parishes and Deaneries as to how to arrange and organise this. 
National & International Events

The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight: Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon will be performing the Gospel of Matthew in churchesin Brighton, Horsham, Worthing, Bexhill, London and elsewhere during Lent. 25% of the ticket sales will be going to support local homeless charities.Tickets are £10 (£5 concs) and will be available on the door or in advance from the church office (at most churches) or online from ticketsource.co.uk/dillon (0333 666 3366). The event will be taking place in. For more details visit: http://www.georgedillon.com/matthew
Dementia Prayer Week 12-19 March 2017: Please click on this website for prayers and other resources that you might find helpful. If you require additional resources or advice about ways to support people with dementia, including dementia awareness training, please contact Margaret Fraher, Inclusion Adviser, on 01293 651196 or Margaret.Fraher@dabnet.org

Beginning Experience: Are you single again through separation, divorce or the death of a partner? A weekend programme to help you move to have a future with renewed hope on 17th to 19th March at the Emmaus Centre, West Wickham, Kent. For an informal chat about what happens on the weekend contact Freda 01322 838415 Sandra 01293-783965 or John 01992-642443 email johnabrotherton@hotmail.co.uk

Sir Harold Hood Memorial Lecture & Symposium 2017 – Is Relationship Education a key ingredient to successful Prison Safety and Reform? On Friday 17 March at London South Bank University, Castle Lecture Theatre, London Road Building, 100-116 London Road, London, SE1 6LN, 9.30am-12.30pm. It will be opened by Bishop Richard Moth. For more information visit the website..

Blessed Oscar Romero Anniversary – 24 March: For various events across UK including Arundel & Brighton Diocese on the centenary of his birth see here.

Catholic-Lutheran Common Prayer Service: 26 March at 3pm at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HR. The prayer service will be follwed by a social event in the Cathedral’s Amigo Hall. All welcome to attend

Women to Women Conference 2017: Join Maria Rodrigues from Premier Christian Radio’s Woman to Woman show for an experience that will inspire, encourage and empower you! It will take place on Saturday April 1st at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster. For more information and to book visit the website.

Mariapolis 2017: A ‘retreat with a difference’ is just one description of Mariapolis 2017, taking place in the beautiful setting of Ampleforth College from 7-11th April. Alternatively, a temporary town built on the gospel, a unique kind of holiday and ‘a challenge’ would all fit. Mariapolis is an annual gathering organised by the Focolare Movement. This year’s theme of ‘Jesus crucified and forsaken, the God of our times’, will be explored through input, shared reflection and dialogue. Held over the Palm Sunday weekend, it will also offer opportunities for those who wish to join the prayer of the Benedictine community at Ampleforth Abbey. For more information see their website.
Formed for Love: New Approaches to Teaching on Human Sexuality: Based on St John Paul II’s Theology of the Body an event for Catholic Educators and others to understand the Church’s teaching on this important subject at St Patrick’s Soho, London on Wednesday 19th April 2017 with Lecturer: Dr. William Newton of Franciscan University of Steubenville. There will also be an International Symposium for Young Adults from 19-22 April. For more information on both events and to book go to www.formedforlove.com

Taizé Birmingham 2017 Hidden Treasure – Inner Life and Solidarity: In cooperation with the churches of the city, the Taizé Community will be facilitating a young adult gathering in Birmingham next year, over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend, 28 April -1 May 2017. Brother Alois, Prior of the community will take part. Information see – www.taize.fr/birmingham; Contact: taizebirmingham@gmail.com

Divine Renovation: moving your parish from maintenance to mission: The author, Fr James Mallon, is taking part in this year’s Alpha Leadership Conference which takes place on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May and the Alpha Global Gathering on Wednesday 3 May. Fr James will be leading a seminars over the three days. Tickets are available from alpha.org on their website. 
National J& P AGM & Open Networking Day: 13 May 2017 from 10.30am – 4.00pm at CAFOD 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB. For more information contact Email: admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk; Tel : 0207 901 4864

Familias Event: The Joy of Love: The challenge of Amoris Laetitia in the Home, Parish and School. Fr Chris Thomas will offer an introduction to Amoris Laetitia, the Papal Exhortation on marriage and the family as an aid to reflection, dialogue and pastoral practice. London event on Wed. 24 May, Vaughan House, 10 am until 3 pm. Lunch provided. Entry £10. Booking essential – contact Charlotte McNerlin: 0207 931 6064 or at family@rcdow.org.uk

Big Church Day Out: Annual Christian Gathering at Wiston House, West Sussex from 27 – 28 May. For more information visit their website. If booking contact Diocesan Youth Adviser, Jack Regan who will organise group discounts.

World Communications Day of Prayer 2017: This takes place on Sunday 28 May. The theme this year is ‘Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time’. Read the Papal Message for the day here.

Natural Family Planning Training Offer: The Natural Family Planning Teacher Training Association invites those involved in Marriage Preparation Courses and similar to train to become NFP Teachers and learn the latest methods available. They will run courses in July in Manchester or London or Birmingham. To book, for costs and to find out more information visit their website. 

Annual National Justice & Peace Conference: 21—23 July 2017 at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire on ‘A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The Challenge of Pope Francis. For more information contact: Email: admin@justice-and-peace.org.uk; Tel : 0207 901 4864

Welcome to Paradise: Chemin Neuf are running a Youth Festival (18-30 years old) in Hautecombe Abbey, Savoy, France. It’s an international Festival between 1200-1500 people for one week with opportunity to worship, for talks, workshops, sports and much more from 6-13 August. You can find out more here.

World Meeting of Families 2018 in Ireland: Dublin has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 22-26 August 2018 and we have already started to prepare for this event.

National and International Appeals and Programmes

The Real Easter Egg: Made with Fairtrade chocolate each egg includes a copy of the Easter story in the box. Free delivery is available on orders over £45 until 6 March. To order visit their online shop.

2017 Catholic Women of the Year: Nominations are invited for the 2017 Catholic Women of the Year. All that is needed is a short letter from a friend, a parish priest, a relative or colleague explaining why this particular woman should be honoured: it should mention her activities, involvement with parish or other groups, and the special qualities that she brings. It is not essential to ask the nominee’s permission as the committee will arrange this if the nominee is chosen. 

Nominations should be sent by post to CWOY, 33 Ashburnham Tower, World’s End Estate, London SW10 0EE. Alternatively the email address is cwoynominations@gmail.com. The deadline for nominations is Saturday 8 April 2017. All nominations are submitted to a national committee and the four Catholic Women of the Year are chosen by secret ballot and are then special guests at the Catholic Women of the Year Luncheon, held in London in the autumn.

Live Streaming of Mass: This is now possible and cheap to do. So if you are thinking of broadcasting your services onto people’s computers and mobile devices, as they happen, you can now do it through Live Streaming. However, if you are planning to stream the whole service including the music you will need to ensure you have the appropriate copyright license to ensure you are not broadcasting without being covered. You can read a little article on this website on How to Live Stream and the license you will need to do it.

Holy Land E-Action: The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales has an e-action asking you to write to your MP concerning the occupation of the Palestinian Territories (East Jerusalem,West Bank and Gaza) which is now in its 50th year. To take this action click here.

LIFE Charity Pregnancy Help: Through their network of Care Centres around the UK, National Helpline or Text to Talk service, LIFE Care provides counselling and support for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy, suffering the loss of a baby or coping after abortion. Just click on the Life Website.      Life have recently launched a new Social media page aimed at reaching people who really need their support. To help them to find LIFE log on to our Facebook page to “Like” and “Share” us! https://www.facebook.com/pregnancymatters/.    Life have a petition to have Marie Stopes International (MSI) stripped of their licence to perform abortions in the UK: Marie Stopes has been subject to recent inspections by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which revealed shocking levels of safety violations putting the lives and health of women at risk*. In view of such appalling treatment of women, treatment which is rooted in their callous disregard for unborn children, our joint petition is calling on the Secretary of State for Health to withdraw from MSI their licence to carry out abortions. Click here to sign the petition.

Churchmarketplace is a national collaborative buying group, a not-for-profit organisation, created by the Catholic Church to help our community. They have negotiated contracts you can trust, saving you time and money on all your purchasing needs. To find out more, please visit the website www.churchmarketplace.org.uk

Cinnamon Network aims to make it as easy as possible for local churches to transform their communities by reaching out to those in greatest need.They help churches respond by providing a menu of best-practice Cinnamon Recognised Projects that can easily be replicated. Alongside the projects they offer advice, funding, support and leadership training.For more information go to their website.

National Churches Trust: The National Churches Trust have launched an initiative. It is the new maintenance grant. This is a fantastic grant that can/will help those who are in the planning stages of a project to get access to some hard found start up funds. More here on this and other funding.

VMM International formerly the Volunteer Missionary Movement has launched its short-term volunteering programme for 2017, offering the chance of a three-to-six-week placement in Africa tailored to the individual applicant. For this and other volunteer opportunities overseas go to their website.

Marriage Matters is an online collection of 60-word snippets, adapted from the Sunday Mass Scripture Reading reflections found in I Am With You Year A. These can be placed in a newsletter, bulletin, website or blog. The idea is to support, encourage, inspire, challenge and motivate couples to deepen their relationship with one another and with God. See website.

Million Minutes – a Catholic Youth organisation inspired by Catholic Social Teaching is offering small grants for projects which support youth-led activities linked to Catholic Social Teaching. See their website for more details and information.

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors now has its own website for you to view. You may also be interested in The Centre for Child Protection which is part of the Pontifical Gregorian University which also has a website.

Do support and help promote ‘We’re all Equal’ and ‘Don’t Screen Us Out’ two important campaigns; one to remove disability as a ground for abortion and the other to ensure Down’s syndrome babies are not screened out by a new test. 

Stonor House in Oxofrdshire: The Stonor family who remained Catholic from the Reformation until today welcome parish groups by appointment on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays during April to the end of September with exclusive use of house, gardens and park. You can also arrange Mass in the Chapel. For more information see their website.

This Worldpriest website has one overarching aim – to unite priests and laity so that everyone can come into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. They want www.worldpriest.com to be a place where you receive answers to questions of faith, where you can find information on church teaching, resources to support our priests, prayers for all occasions and where you can discover the truth of our faith – that God loves us and provides for us on a daily basis, in every situation. You can also sign up for their regular newsletters.

The Ephatta website puts in touch people looking for a temporary accommodation with other people willing to open their door and welcome them. Members can list a couch, a private room or an entire home. Hospitality can be provided for any event: holidays, pilgrimages, gatherings, professional trips…

They created the Ephatta website because welcoming and travelling are unique ways to make meaningful encounters and strengthen our faith. As Ephatta means “be opened”, the website gathers those who want to open to others, whoever they are.

Maryvale Institute: The Institute offers various long-distance formation courses especially in evangelisation and catechetics from ongoing education courses to undergraduate and post graduate degrees including an Ecclesiastical Licence in Catechetics recognised by the Holy See. For more information on all their courses visit their website.

Fathers Prayers: This is a world wide movement aimed at fathers (between two and ten per group) joining together on a weekly/monthly basis. Find out more on www.fathersprayers.org and/ or contact John Murphy direct (07903683227) if you wish to start a group or register a group that already meets.

PACT (prison’s charity) is looking for volunteers: To support their work with prisoners and their families across England and Wales. They have a number of opportunities. Training is provided to all volunteers.If you are interested get in touch with them on 0207 735 9535 or click here to see what they have available.

Faith Inside: a guide for Catholics in prison – A new resource for Prison Chaplains and Catholic prisoners available from Redemptorist Publications.

Interreligious Newsletter from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference; You can subscribe at http://eepurl.com/cavnJ9, It is a newsletter aimed at Catholics who are interested in interreligious matters, and their friends.

Readings in different languages – Handy downloadeable (pdf) Sunday readings in about a dozen European languages, for those who have different language groups in their parish. Download here.

Papal Blessings for weddings, anniversaries etc – As from January 2015 only available online from the Vatican @ www.elemosineria.va

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2nd Sunday of Lent 19th March 2017

CAFOD Lenten Fast Day – Please bring back your envelopes for this Sunday’s collection.


Dear Brothers and Sisters

I would be among the first to acknowledge that, on occasions, scripture appears contradictory and that the great ideas that are presented sometimes seem to move in and out of focus alarmingly.  Take something that Jesus says in Mark’s Gospel chapter 10 – “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.”  Its quite clear here that service of others is to be the constant refrain of the disciple.  Disciples are those who sit at the feet of the Master and learn and emulate him.  But later on in John’s Gospel Jesus says to those same disciples – “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.”  Those same disciples who have been commanded to be servants are now called friends of the Master – and by implication – friends of God.  In the first reading at today’s mass we meet Abraham – known also as the friend of God because of his faithfulness.  God rewards his friends with riches unimaginable.  The psalmist takes up the theme – God is a faithful friend who can be depended upon in times of trouble – and Paul, writing to his friend Timothy acknowledges that for the Christian in the world there will be trouble – hardships he calls them.  But Paul, ever faithful, sees the hardships as another opportunity to give glory and praise to the person he had come to think of as his greatest friend – Jesus of Nazareth.  Friendship with Jesus is the mark of the true disciple who recognizes in him the living presence of the living God.  Friends of Jesus also recognize the presence and the beauty of the living God in those around them and in the world.  Friends of God do not shy away from the challenges of engaging with this world but, rather, throw themselves wholeheartedly into their service of the Gospel.  Peter, in the gospel passage today, is so transfixed by the revelation of who Jesus truly is that he wants to remain there permanently but all disciples know that they have to go where the Master goes and that is to the cross where we are confronted with the awesome friendship of God in Christ.

With my 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.


Each Friday 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.


LENT TALENTS

Last chance to join the talents project.  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.

Over £1100 was given out last weekend and as you can see from the newsletter there are lots of ideas coming in. If you would like to advertise your talent please let Tracy in the office know.

Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to get involved in order to claim your £10.  Final date for the return of money is 4th June.


If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.


Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at Bramley

There will be Stations of the Cross or a Lenten Meditation, followed by a Soup Lunch, at 12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive. We need volunteers to lead the Stations and/or to provide soup for one of the lunches. If you could do this please sign the list in the porch in Bramley to indicate when you would be available or contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406). There are books of Stations available in the Sacristy or use your own.
Stations of the Cross at Cranleigh JCROM will be held each Wednesday during Lent at 10am as had last year.   Stations start Wednesday 8th March.  All are welcome.  Please telephone Helen on 01483 277395


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

As we come to the end of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, this is another reminder that, as a Fairtrade Parish, we have made a commitment to only use Fairtrade tea and coffee at our meetings and to use other Fairtrade products where we can.

In addition, there are two things we can all do.

First, continue to choose Fairtrade when doing our personal shopping throughout the year and encourage others to do the same.

Second, send an email to the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, urging him to ensure that the post-Brexit trade deals negotiated by the UK do not harm the developing countries. It is possible that deals agreed with our rich trading partners could include tariffs being imposed on trade with poorer countries, which would be devastating to the livelihoods of farmers in countries like Malawi who are already struggling to survive. Instead, the UK should use this opportunity to prioritise the needs of those in poverty and give economically vulnerable countries preferential access to the UK market. Please take this important action here http://traidcraft.takeaction.org.uk/petition/brexit-trade


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.”


The next Care Group Meeting, is on Friday 17th March 2pm at Cranleigh parish hall.


A gentle reminder….You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Abbey Study DayArise, my love, and come away: the theology of the Body given by Fr John Seddon OSB, on Sat, 18th March, 2016. information: www.chilworthbenedictines.com


MOTHERS DAY POSIES

Lovingly created Vintage posies for Mothering Sunday. £8.50 each.   Please order in advance from Marilyn Vincent…01483 527001,  marilyn@outside-in.co.uk or speak directly to Jenny, Kate or Marilyn (BRAMLEY choir) Last orders Monday night 20th March.  Flowers will be available after Mass on Sunday 26th March at both Masses 9.00 BRAMLEY and 11.00 am CRANLEIGH.
All profit for ‘talents’ in aid of the CRANLEIGH CHURCH Room.


Lent Retreat @ The Open Cloister, Worth Abbey – 21st-23rd March 2017 For more information on retreats at Worth Abbey, visit our website at www.worth.co.uk


Lourdes Tea Party – 25th March 2017.   Inviting pilgrims past, present and future, to tea, cake and chatter about Lourdes at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Guildford, 2-4pm.


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.


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.


ADORE (Alton Day Of Renewal) – Saturday 25th March 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.
For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com


Ladies of the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley.  Please join us for a meal at the new Thai restaurant, Lemongrass, in Cranleigh on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm. I have heard lots of positive things about it and am very keen to go – hopefully some of you will join me! All the ladies in our Parish are welcome so do check your diaries and let me know by Monday 20th March if you would like to come. Thank you, Katie Moran (on behalf of CAMEO) 01483275035 / 07775628498 / katie@familymoran.co.uk


Meeting the real Palestinians

7:30pm Wednesday 5 April In the Parish Room, Cranleigh

Following a 3 week trip to Israel/Palestine in November and December together with their current month-long visit, Tim & Mayonne Coldicott are returning to Cranleigh to share their latest experiences and news.

They want to share what they have learned about ‘the other side’ of Israeli society – the Jewish critics of the Government – as well as the ‘forgotten Palestinians’ – those who live in Israel as Israeli citizens.

On the November visit they also focused on the Bedouin citizens of Israel living in the Negev, as well as the villagers living in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank.

They spent time with staff and students of the National Polytechnic University of Palestine in Hebron, which provided them with some ideas about how Palestinian youth see their future.

Combining these sources, Tim & Mayonne want to share with you some ideas they have about different paths forward for the peoples of this land.  Please join us to celebrate the motivation of young people to make the most of their chances and the courage of inspirational activists who risk social exclusion, arrest and imprisonment in their work for human rights.

This meeting has been arranged by the Parish Justice & Peace Group. All parishioners and friends will be very welcome.


BOOKS AND BUNS
There will be a sale of good books in the Bramley Parish room after the 9:00 o’clock Mass on Sunday April 9th. Most will be priced at £1. Buy 3 and get another 1 free!
If you buy a book you will also get a Hot Cross Bun and a cup of tea or coffee. Please put the date in your diary and be there or be disappointed.  All profits go towards the funds for the Cranleigh Parish room.  Contact Ann Smith 07795608823, ann_smith22@hotmail.com



Talents – Runner Beans Would you like me to grow a pot of runner bean plants for you to plant out in your garden?  10 plants for £2.60, 6 for £1.80, ready mid to late May.  Orders to Win Bracking 275573.


Talents – I will make cakes to order and can offer the following: Sultana Loaf, Spice Fruit Cake, Caraway Seed Cake, Ginger & Spice Cake, Lemon Drizzle, Orange and Cinnamon Cake, Banana Bread, Date & Walnut, Carrot Cake, Apple & Cinnamon.  These are 2lb loaf cakes, £5 each.  All of these cakes freeze successfully so why not order in advance for Easter.  Win Bracking 275573.


Pokot News  I am delighted to report that following the drought appeal of the last few weeks, we were able to transfer to the two Pokot Missions the magnificent sum of £10,900. No, I haven’t put the comma in the wrong place: ten thousand nine hundred wonderful pounds!!!! This included £3,000 school and university fees for students being sponsored by individual members of the Pound a Week Group; £5,150 for Fr David Conway’s drought relief projects and £2,750 for Fr Sean at the Rotu Mission for his drought projects. They have both asked me to extend their warmest thanks for such generous and continuing support from the Pound a Week Group for their work for the people of Pokot at this difficult time. Fr Sean told me earlier this week that the drought continues to bite hard, with the temperature at 41.6C in the shade and no sign of rain. The money we have sent will help buy food and water for the schools and families, including those who come from outside the immediate area as they know the Missions will not turn them away. I have been circulating from time to time photographs which I get of the Mission and the effects of the drought and if you have not been receiving them, I am happy to add you to the circulation lists if you let me have your email address. Eugene McGivern Tel. 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com

 


 

1st Sunday in Lent

First Sunday in Lent – 12th March 2017 

CAFOD Lenten Fast Day Friday 10th March
Please bring back your envelopes for next Sunday’s special collection.


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Elsewhere I this week’s newsletter you will find a letter from Srs. Mary, Monica, Stella and Annette FMDM with news about the little community of Franciscan sisters which is resident in the convent at the Seminary.  I’m sure that you will all share in my sadness at their decision to close the community.  Their quiet presence among us has been such a boon and a joy over the years and I’m sure we shall miss them all.  Speaking personally, all of the sisters – and the novices who came for those special months – have been a huge support to me – in encouragement and friendship, in wisdom and prayer – often just when I needed it most.

However, we shall now enter into a new chapter of the local, local, church.  We shall look back with fondness at what we have been privileged to have known and enjoyed and look forward to what God might be saying to the Church as we look towards the future.  What of the religious life?  How can we speak to our children about the value of a life dedicated to service and prayer and lived “for” others in a way that is not so immediately obvious like doctors, nurses, teachers?  Perhaps religious life has to adapt and change itself too with different vocations – perhaps for a time and a season rather than for the whole of life.  Strangely enough I recently came across a word, not found in English, and for which we need a whole couple of sentences to explain – “saudade” – which is a longing for what has been lost with a sense of gratitude for what was held and experienced, and a sadness that what we loved and knew has come to an end.  That just about sums up my feelings about the sisters leaving.  I know they will stay in touch and nothing is happening immediately so we have quite some time to plan a leaving do!!

With my 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.


LENT TALENTS

It’s today!  Money hand out day at church, join the fun and help to raise some funds to pay for the new Parish Meeting Room.

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 it’s an opportunity to get together with others in the parish to have fun.


If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.

The youth element of the pilgrimage, The Redshirts is also available for applications. If you have never been do consider coming, it honestly will change your life!


Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at Bramley

There will be Stations of the Cross or a Lenten Meditation, followed by a Soup Lunch, at 12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive. We need volunteers to lead the Stations and/or to provide soup for one of the lunches. If you could do this please sign the list in the porch in Bramley to indicate when you would be available or contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406). There are books of Stations available in the Sacristy or use your own.


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:

27 FEBRUARY – 12 MARCH

What does Fairtrade actually mean for the producers?

Products with the Fairtrade logo have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations, co-operatives or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards, including protection of workers’ rights and the environment. Organisations like Traidcraft will work with the producers to help them meet those standards and achieve Fairtrade certification for their products. The producers are paid a guaranteed minimum price so that they are no longer subject to the volatility of the markets, giving them a stable income and enabling them to plan with confidence. The producer organisations are also paid an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects. These projects are decided democratically by the members of the organisation and may include such things as education, healthcare, sanitation, renewable energy, improved housing or training in more efficient farming methods. Fairtrade can, and does, transform the lives of the producers and of their local communities, allowing them to work their way out of poverty with dignity.

When we buy cheap food and goods in our supermarkets, the chances are that someone in the developing world is paying the price. Don’t feed exploitation. Choose Fairtrade.


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.


Dear Fr David and parishioners at Bramley and Cranleigh;

We, the Franciscan Sisters, Mary, Monica, Stella and Annette have asked Fr. David to share some sad news.  After prayer and consultation we have sadly come to the conclusion that we can no longer sustain a community of sisters in St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh.  Therefore, we will be leaving the Seminary in July of this year.  This has not been an easy decision as we have always felt very much part of parish life and have been greatly enriched by the faith of you, the people of our parish.  We will miss the love and friendship offered so freely and with such generosity.  We will treasure the prayer life we have shared with you, and, hope to make the most of our remaining time together.

We ask your prayers as we seek to serve the Lord during this time of discernment regarding our individual futures.

With our love and gratitude and the promise of our prayers.  Srs. Mary, Monica, Stella and Annette.


Dear Father David and Parishioners

On behalf of all the residents, staff, volunteers and trustees at Number Five I would like to thank you and all at your Cranleigh and Bramley churches for your continued support for our work on behalf of the homeless.

Best regards David Pannell

Treasurer, Guildford No 5 Project


Dear Father David and Parishioners

We at Footsteps very much appreciate all that you as a church community do to help people in Guildford who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Through your continued support we provided a traditional Christmas Day lunch for over 20 people at the Community Centre who would otherwise have been alone or unprovided for.  Your continued support and prayers are valued.  With many thanks, Mike Gibson, Hon. Treasurer.  Footsteps Community Centre.


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.   For further information please contact the School Office, or see the School website.  Closing date 12 midday, Friday 10th March.


Easter Triduum Retreat for Young Adults: 13th-16th April – Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum in prayer, community and reflection with a retreat at Worth.

You are also invited to take part in a “Cross Walk” from Arundel on the 9th April, walking across the South Downs and arriving at Worth for the beginning of the retreat. Please contact fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information or a booking form.