Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2nd July 2017

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

On Trinity Sunday I showed you the ikon called “The Trinity” by Rublev.  I mentioned that it is also called the “Hospitality of Abraham” after the occasion when Abraham met “The Lord” in the guise of three men and offered them refreshment.

Well, hospitality once again comes to our attention this week – from the simple and generous welcome that Elisha received from the Shunammite woman who made a small bedroom for him on the roof and kitted it out with bed, table and lamp – to the gospel where Jesus, once again in challenging mood, seeks to expand the horizons of family such that we begin to see all people as my brother, sister, mother or father.

What has our belief in God got to do with hospitality?  In short – everything!

Hospitality is that going beyond the usual boundaries of family, kith and kin to make another welcome and “special” – to feel that they have, even though sometimes for a short while only, become a part of our family, my family, your family.  In doing so we then expand our hearts to fit a larger reality – especially if we reach out to those beyond our normal circle.  This, says the ikon of Rublev, is what the Holy Trinity is all about – hospitality, welcome, and inclusion.  As the three figures relate to each other around Abraham’s table they leave space for another.  That “other” is you, or me, or indeed any person at all for the Blessed Trinity is boundless and unchoosy about who comes to table with It and shares in the banquet.  That’s why heaven is so often described as a banquet.  It is a place of welcome, of true friendship and a complete lack of judgementalism and around a table.

We, here on earth, have some way to go.  So often we choose to “dine” as it were with those like us.  With those we approve of.  With those who can reciprocate.  In global terms very few people are welcomed at our table and we are prone to taking the little that some people have at their table and using it ourselves.  But Jesus says powerfully today in the gospel that “If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones .., then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward”  To be generous is to be “like God.”  To desire communion of heart and mind and life is to be “like” God.  To welcome the stranger and bring them to our tables is to be “like” God.  To include all sorts of people “in” is to be “like” God.  To go out of our way for the stranger is to be “like” God.  To be miserly, inward looking, ungenerous, clique-ey, exclusive, judgemental, superior, aloof, and a whole bunch of other negative stuff is to be unlike God.  I want our parish and all its people to be “like” God.  I need to start with me, of course, but the question is – will you join me?

With my love, your priest

Fr David


IMG_9E1539-844413-31323E-567F5D-F1A4BE-9E824B.jpgINDUCTION MASS for Natalie McCarthy, Headteacher of St Cuthbert Mayne School.

Thursday 6th July at 1.45pm.

Like a new parish priest, a new Headteacher is inducted into the school and parish community as they take on a leading role within, and for, that community.

Mrs McCarthy’s Induction takes place early next month.  It is a parish, school and a diocesan celebration to which all parishioners, parents, grandparents and children are invited.

During the Mass Mrs McCarthy will be asked about her commitment to the school and we will be asked about our commitment to her as our new Headteacher.

Please save the date and make it a priority to be there.


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SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common

from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.


Available Vacancy in Pease Pottage Part-time Secretary to Bishop Richard – 21 hours per week Pease Pottage.  Reporting to Bishop Richard, you would have duties such as typing correspondence and liaising with the Catholic Press to provide notification of the Bishop’s Diary.  Record-keeping tasks would include updating basic financial spread-sheets and databases.  You would also be responsible for ordering supplies, co-ordinating property maintenance projects and liaising with the Finance team in Hove to monitor the house budget.  Support and training will be given.   Please contact Sarah Kilmartin:  telephone: 01273 859705 or email: finance@dabnet.org for an appli-cation form and job description.  Closing date:  Thursday 6th July 2017.  Interviews will be held in Hove on Wednes-day 12th July (afternoon).


First Holy Communion 2017-18

Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish Events page.

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First Holy Communion Helpers

This year’s FHC programme is all new and exciting.  But, to be able to run it successfully we need the support of more people to help.

The helper’s role is to make the setting ready for the session and to get everyone ready for the session by leading a very short and simple time of prayer and worship.  All the mate-rials are provided.  Each meeting closes with a simple time of prayer as well.

There are twelve sessions in all but it may be that you can only help out at six.  That’s fine.  What we need is two people at each session for health and safety reasons and to support each other.  So, if we have quite a few helpers the overall load will be much reduced.

Can you help or know someone who can?  Please get in touch with the Programme Coordinator – Tracy Laffar on 272075 or jcromcloud@icloud.com and offer your sup-port now.  She can give you more detailed information and a rota can be arranged.

I do hope to be able to count on your support.

With my prayers and blessings

Fr David

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“Gift Aid Annual Statement letters are available hopefully at all Masses this weekend.  If you Gift Aid your donations to the parish and you haven’t received your letter via e-mail, please make yourself know to me before / after Mass to collect a printed copy.

In total, I have to distribute 181 letters to parishioners.  Over 100 of these are now sent out successfully via e-mail, which still leaves a good number to print and distribute by hand.  Please consider whether you could receive yours electronically.  I realise some of you may not have computers or e-mail, so there will always be a few requiring paper copies.

However, if you do have e-mail and you haven’t received an email from me about the option of receiving your letter via e-mail, it means that I don’t have an email address for you!  If you would like to consider this option for the future, please e-mail me at trish@charters.eu.com to provide me with your e-mail address and to confirm in writing that you would be happy to receive your Gift Aid Annual Statement letter electronically in future years.

Many thanks for all your generous support for the parish.

Trish Ellis”

Confused about Fund Raising and Gift Aid?

The topic of Fund Raising and Gift Aid is quite tricky, but having received some helpful advice from the Diocese, I will attempt to clarify the rules.

1)       Asking for donations for goods

Providing goods for sale, for example in a Table Top sale, and asking for a donation to charity (which may for example be the parish or possibly Pokot) instead of just selling the goods for a price, unfortunately does not make the donations from the recipients of the goods eligible for gift aid.  The rule states: –

“A Gift Aid donation must not give any material benefit to the donor:  it must be an absolute gift.  Thus, Gift Aid must not include any part of money for … money spent at bazaars, fetes, etc. etc.”

This means that if a parishioner holds a ‘sale’ but asks for donations to charity as ‘payment’ for the goods, the recipients of the goods may not Gift Aid the money as they are receiving a benefit from the transaction.  Neither can the person holding the ‘sale’ gift aid the proceeds as those proceeds are other people’s donations to the charity.

2)      Selling goods and then making a donation

However, if a person has a sale of goods and keeps all the proceeds from the sale himself/herself, then the proceeds of the sale legally belong to the seller.  The seller may subsequently decide to make a donation to charity – this may or may not include some or all of the proceeds from the sale. In this case, the money belongs to the donor rather than the people who bought the goods.  Providing the person donating is eligible for gift aid, then this donation may be gift aided. And there is no reason why the person holding the sale cannot make it clear from the outset that they intend to donate the proceeds to the parish or Pokot. The important point is not to offer the goods in exchange for a donation to, for example, the Parish building fund or Pokot.

It’s a fine distinction but worth noting!


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NEWS FROM POKOT: PROLONGED DROUGHT AND FAMINE.

The drought and famine have deteriorated in spite of donors and people of good will, who have responded generously to appeals for assistance in this Humanitarian Crisis.

The Pokot people are again experiencing one of the worst droughts in living memory.  A few short showers with no real significance have come and dried up immediately. As reported in the official Early Drought Warning Bulletin, the larger East Pokot area is in drought conditions since June 2016. The elderly and the young children are the most vulnerable. They have been left behind as the youth have gone with the animals to search for pasture. This leaves the elderly and the children in a very vulnerable situation with few resources.

Last week we thought that the rains had come at last! It is reported that other areas in Kenya are suffering from flooding. Not so for East Pokot. We had about three to four days when temperatures became cooler with erratic showers, the showers were short lived, heavy at times but only for minutes. After these showers, it is back to high daily temperatures.

Most Pokot Communities have lost all their animals. Most of the cattle/cows have died, goats and camels are suffering from stress with zero milk production. As a result, the Pokot have lost their income and people are suffering, in some cases even resulting in death and disease.

Food is very scarce and very expensive throughout Kenya but mainly felt in areas like East Pokot and among the poor. Access to food is hindered by the grave security situation. Food being brought into East Pokot has been limited due to access roads being closed, lorries with food turned around and even looted.

Education is in a very fragile situation. For High Schools like Barpello parents are not able to pay the modest fees which are needed to pay staff and administer the school. The reality is that education here is in real jeopardy. Primary schools are slow to open for the second term. There is no food and little or no water. There is a huge drop-out rate among students in all primary schools. Teachers are few, as most of them come from outside East Pokot and have not returned to their schools because of insecurity.

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The Holy Spirit Mission school in Barpello is a mixed secondary school of over 660 students. Most come from a very poor background. Their parents have a “hands to mouth” existence. Where to obtain food and water is a daily problem for the families. I see children passing through the Mission on their way to the local primary school. They carry a stick in one hand and some water in the other. The stick and water are to cook lunch, if they can get it. I suggest the back bone of the Pokot economy is in our past and present educated youth who will bring about a positive change and a leap into a better future for the marginalised poor. Educating them is expensive. Ignorance is even more expensive.

Acknowledgement:

We wish to thank all the many groups and individuals who have continuously supported us in this drought and famine stricken East Pokot.  I appeal for your ongoing support; and with it we will make a difference.

(Fr). David Conway, 26 June 2017

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 25th June 2017

Second Collection THIS Sunday for Peter’s Pence.

 

 

 

Special collection next Sunday for The Apostleship of the Sea

 

 

 

Thursday is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Holy Day of Obligation


Dear Brothers and Sisters

This Thursday sees a celebration of a very important feast of the Church – Ss Peter and Paul – together, the two saints are the founders of the See of Rome, through their preaching, ministry and martyrdom there.  Even though they are commemorated together their similarities are not all that evident.  Peter – an ardent, sometimes foolish man who betrayed Jesus with a threefold denial, but an ultimately courageous and faithful follower of Christ. And Paul – a forthright, clever, eloquent and zealous persecutor of early Jewish Chris-tians who then went on to be, perhaps, the greatest and most eloquent evangelist of all time.

What Peter and Paul both learned through their experience of Jesus was that Jesus wants us to follow him.  Not some idea of who he is but the person he reveals Himself to be to those who listen, who watch, and who are prepared to leave everything else in order to follow him.  Once Peter and Paul realised who Jesus really was, and the message he brought as “good news,” they were able to give up everything in order to have “Christ.”  Before that moment, they both carried wrong ideas of who Jesus was.

Both Peter and Paul had a wrong image in their mind about Jesus and both of them had to have this image corrected if they were to prove useful in forwarding the Kingdom of God in the world.  Peter had to lose sight of his smaller, narrower vision of the Kingdom as a restoration of the fortunes of Israel and a return to holiness.  Paul had to lose his suffocating vision of the Kingdom of God being made up only of those who had perfected themselves through a relentless pursuing of Torah.  Peter gradually came to understand the Kingdom as being larger than he imagined and Paul had to learn to understand God not as a harsh keeper of statistics but as a God who is love and only love.

Once they had both left behind their old selves and embraced the new self and the new larger understanding of the Kingdom both Peter and Paul were prepared to give everything – even their very lives.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes people tell me that they only believe this, or that, about Jesus. Things such as Jesus being a nice man, or a do-gooder but both of those things are wrong.  No one would give their life for a “nice man” however much good he might have done.  Peter and Paul were enabled to see Jesus in his fullness and then chose to make that Jesus known even though it cost them their lives.  What might we have to let go of in order to find the true Christ?  The “true” Jesus?  What image of Jesus; of God do we carry around with us?

With my love, your priest

Fr David


INDUCTION MASS for Natalie McCarthy, Headteacher of St Cuthbert Mayne School.

Thursday 6th July at 1.45pm.

Like a new parish priest, a new Headteacher is inducted into the school and parish community as they take on a leading role within, and for, that com-munity.

Mrs McCarthy’s Induction takes place early next month.  It is a parish, school and a diocesan celebration to which all parishioners, parents, grandparents and children are invited.

During the Mass Mrs McCarthy will be asked about her commitment to the school and we will be asked about our commitment to her as our new Headteacher.

Please save the date and make it a priority to be there.


The Confirmation Mass took place last week-end and the Parish would like to thank everyone involved for their help, musicians, servers, singers, flower arrangers and to those who arranged refreshments.  It only through everyone’s hard work and support that these events are so successful.  Thank you

 


The Next Care Group Meeting will take place Friday 30th June at 10.30 in parish room at Cranleigh

 

 


 

Graeme Brand will be giving away “free Beer” in 2 pint containe

rs after mass on Saturday vigil and Sunday mass at Cranleigh. It is my home-made beer brewed for the talent scheme. It may be free but a donation for the talent scheme is requested of £3.50 per pint. Many thanks


First Holy Communion 2017-18  Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish Events page. 

The next Baptism Course is being run 28th June and 12th July – Please see the parish Events Page on the Website to sign up.


If you would like to sponsor Peni Shaw in order to support The Fountain Centre please see her Just giving page which is www.justgiving.com/Peni-Shaw1.  Peni cut her hair short and has donated it to The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children without hair.

 


Please return Lent Talents Money

Thank you to everyone who has returned your money this week – it has come back in a flurry.

There are only about 6 envelopes to come back and the deadline for this is now Sunday 25th June.  We hope to do a final count and publicise the total very soon.  All your hard work is very much appreciated.


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School have reception places available for September 2017.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the school family then please ask them to contact the school office to arrange a visit to the school Tel. 01483 274961.


RIP:  Claude Kauffmann who was a parishioner of St Thomas More some years ago, died on the 6th June.   His funeral will be held at St Joseph’s, Guildford on Friday 30 June at 2 pm.  Funeral directors James & Thomas, Guildford.


CAMEO – We are looking for a wonderful someone to host a CAMEO event in July either in their home, at a restaurant, an informal pub or in the Parish Hall.  Please contact the Parish Office if you would like some help.

 


Missio Red Box Appeal

Very many thanks to all the parishioners who kindly signed up for a Red Box last weekend. I or one of the team of promoters will make contact in September. Please could you all complete the name and address sticker on your boxes so they can be identified. If any-one would like to gift-aid their donations, and I missed offering you the gift-aid form, please do contact me. Also, anyone who would like a box and was unable to get one this weekend please let me know.

I would also like to say a very big thank you to Fr. Da-vid and Fr. Roy for making the Appeal at all the Masses.  Fran Pickett  01483 276614.  Email : nickpickett1948@gmail.com


The Over 50’s Coffee Morning will now cease until September.   Details nearer the time will be advertised.  Thank you to everyone who arranged and supported this Group.


 

Unfortunately, the Parish Camping Event at Coolham has been cancelled due to failure to meet minimum numbers.   We are sorry to the families who were looking forward to this event, please contact the office in order to receive your refund.


SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common

from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.


A day with Mary will take place at St Augustine’s Abbey in Chilworth on Saturday 8th July starting at 9.30am.  Full details can be found at www.adaywithmary.org


 

Available Vacancy in Pease Pottage Part-time Secretary to Bishop Richard – 21 hours per week Pease Pottage.  Reporting to Bishop Richard, you would have duties such as typing correspondence and liaising with the Catholic Press to pro-vide notification of the Bishop’s Diary.  Record-keeping tasks would include updating basic financial spread-sheets and databases.  You would also be responsible for ordering supplies, co-ordinating property maintenance projects and liaising with the Finance team in Hove to monitor the house budget.  Support and training will be given.   Please contact Sarah Kilmartin:  telephone: 01273 859705 or email: finance@dabnet.org for an application form and job description.  Closing date:  Thursday 6th July 2017.  Inter-views will be held in Hove on Wednesday 12th July (afternoon).


You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Abbey Study Day, Controversy: the Spanish Inquisition and more, given by Fr John Seddon OSB, on Sat, 1st July, 2017. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am. Three talks will divide the Day, with refreshments Midday Prayer and lunch, and departures at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. If you can, encourage a friend to come with you. Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR  Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com


We love cheques and thank you for your cheques but please check you make it payable to: Cranleigh and Bramley Parish.

 

Corpus Christi – 18th June 2017

Second Collection THIS Sunday for A Day for Life please see the leaflets that have been distributed for more info.


Also a second collection NEXT Sunday for Peter’s Pence.


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Today is one of the loveliest, and most important, celebrations in the Church’s year – Corpus Christi which was instituted by Pope Urban IV in 1264, apparently after a miracle in which the Sacred Host at the Mass began bleeding, the blood dropping onto the corporal – the white linen cloth on which the elements of bread and wine stand during the consecration.  How-ever, a special day of celebration had been in existence long before that date in certain dioceses – the Pope therefore universalised what had been, in places, a local custom.  However, it began, the feast is a celebration of the wonder of the Sacrament of the Body and blood of Christ and the priceless gift this is to Christians in their pilgrimage through life. We should all hold the sacrament in the highest esteem and honour and do all we can to participate fully and actively in our celebrations.

The Opening Prayer today says this: “Grant us, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may al-ways experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption.”  The question arises in my mind as to how we as a community “revere” the sacredness of the sacrament?  Have we grown over-familiar with it? Used to it in such a way that we have forgotten how sacred it is, and gracious of God?

I say this as I have noticed a falling away, not just from the practice of coming to mass of many Catholics, but of reverence during mass.  People arrive late habitually, not occasionally.  Few people genuflect or even bow to the altar when this should be an outward sign of the inward reverence that we feel for the presence of God in the Eucharist.  People talk in the procession for communion, or before mass, in such a way as to be a distraction and nuisance to those who are truly trying to pray.  Children are fed with snacks to keep them quiet instead of being taught the value of restraint and patience. And so on.

Why is this reverence important? Well, it’s worth repeating, and the opening prayer suggests it too, that we become what we worship.  So, if money is our goal and chief aim we will start to think of everything according to “value” quite different from someone who values things and people through a different measure.  Similarly, when we reverence Christ in the sacrament and show that exteriorly and interiorly, we start to grow towards Christ and, in experiencing Christ, we allow Him to bear fruit within us.

So, through reverence for Christ in the mass, in the sacred Host, in the silence, in the singing of mass we start to appreciate and become what we are called to be – Christ’s presence in the world.  We truly become what we eat.  I hope you can see that reverence begins at home and continues beyond communion and out into the world where we bear fruit according to what we have received.  Have our senses become dulled such that we aren’t truly aware of the value of what we have received?  I hope not.

With my love, your priest

Fr David


Ministers of Extraordinary of Holy Communion will be recommissioned at all Masses THIS weekend


INDUCTION MASS for Natalie McCarthy, Headteacher of St Cuthbert Mayne School. 

Thursday 6th July at 2pm.

Like a new parish priest, a new headteacher is inducted into the school and parish community as they take on a leading role within, and for, that community.

Mrs McCarthy’s Induction takes place early next month.  It is a parish and a school as well as a diocesan celebration to which all parishioners, parents, grandparents and children are invited.  During the mass, Mrs McCarthy will be asked about her commitment to the school and we will be asked about our commitment to her as our new Headteacher.  Please save the date and make it a priority to be there.



First Holy Communion 2017-18 Parents Information Session

The Cranleigh and Bramley Parish First Holy Communion programme starts in the Autumn each year and runs through to the following Summer.  To take part children should be aged seven or older and baptised.  The Programme is designed to help families work together with catechists to prepare their children to receive their First Reconciliation and then later their First Holy Communion.

We are inviting parents to an information session on Thurs-day 6th July 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.   At this meeting, we will explain the format of the Programme.

Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish website www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk and go to the Parish Events page.

Parish Events


The St Cuthbert Mayne

Summer Fiesta Fair

will take place on

Sunday 18th June 12.00-2.30pm

and all are welcome to attend this fun filled day of entertainment and good food.


Please return Lent Talents Money

Thank you to everyone who has returned your money this week – it has come back in a flurry.

There are only about 15 envelopes to come back and the deadline for this is now Sunday 25th June.

We hope to do a final count and publicise the total very soon.  All your hard work is very much appreciated.


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School have reception places available for September 2017.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the school family then please ask them to contact the school office to arrange a visit to the school Tel. 01483 274961.


The next Baptism Course is being run 28th June and 12th July – Please see the parish website Events Page to sign up.


MISSIO RED BOX

Missio’s Association of the Propagation of the Faith and Mill Hill Missionaries work together to share the love and com-passion of Jesus with the whole world by sustaining missionary priests, sisters and lay members to help some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people. Your prayers and generosity are essential for the mission of the Catholic Church.

A simple way to help Missio is to have a Red Box in your home Pop some of your small change into the Box when you can. The more boxes we have the more money we can send from our Parish.

Fran Pickett will be in the church porch after the 6pm. Vigil Mass and 11am Sunday Mass in Cranleigh and the9am Bramley Mass of the weekend THIS weekend. Please consider signing up for a Red Box if you can and I will also have ‘Gift Aid’ forms if applicable.

Our parish team of promoters will be arranging the annual collection of the Red Box monies around September, but if there is anyone who has not had their box emptied for a long time I would be very happy to receive it from you that weekend or alternatively my phone number is 01483 276614 or email nickpickett1948@gmail.com. Thank you, Fran Pickett.


The Over 50’s Coffee Morning will now cease until September.   Details nearer the time will be advertised.  Thank you to everyone who arranged and supported this Group.


The Parish Fashion Show took place on Monday and a great many thanks go to everyone who arranged, modelled and supported this event.  If you would like to hold an event in the Parish please speak to the Parish Office who can put you in touch with the Fundraising Committee in or-der to support your efforts.


Children play with the toys supplied by PACT at the visitors centre. HMP Nottingham visitors centre run by the Prison Advice and Care Trust, PACT.

Pact, the Catholic Charity for prisoners and their families is offering free training and support for parishioners interested in volunteering with them in prisons or in the local community.  No previous experience necessary.  All enquiries welcome.  To find out more contact ParishAc-tion@prisonadvice.org,uk

 

 

 

 


Unfortunately, the Parish Camping Event at Coolham has been cancelled due to failure to meet minimum numbers.   We are sorry to the families who were looking forward to this event, please contact the office in order to receive your refund.


Dinah Meech would like to thank everyone who participated in her house clearance sale. It raised £300 for Pokot and as it was by donations she was able to gift aid it bringing in another 25 per cent   Also, she would like everyone to know that she has now moved to Elmbridge and her new phone number which is 271 241.


The Manna Academy Christian Performing Arts Presents a heart-warming musical set in the 1980s for all the family “Sherbet Pips” on July 15th at 7pm at St Catherines Theatre in Bramley.  Tickets are £6 each.  The Co-Founder Jamie Crick has offered some complimentary tickets to our Parish.  Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to attend but for some reason cannot. www.mannaministries.org.uk.


Wintershall are offering half price tickets for the performances Life of Christ of on Wednesday 21 June and Friday 23 June. These cannot be booked through the website but can be ordered by telephoning Finola Coltman on 01483 892167 or by emailing admin@wintershall-estate.com


Contratulations to the June 300 Club winners Eileen Koblintz, K Reed and David Barry.


SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common

from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

 

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.


Pokot News

Here is the latest report from Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission. In his email, he had been telling me about the violence, the tribal unrest and the difficult security situation they have been experiencing in East Pokot. He continued as follows: –

“Eugene, on a more pleasant note, I have received from the Pound a Week Group two donations of £2,750 each. One per email of 1st March and the other email 19th April. Both I have received through Fr. David at the Barpello Mission.

These funds have been an enormous help in the ongoing drought situation. We have distributed food relief to literally thousands of people in the past few months. And it is ongoing. We give food out every day indeed, as there is wide-spread hunger. It is distressing to see people during the food distribution picking out of the dust any few grains of maize or beans that happen to fall in the handling. Once a week we give out a generous amount to the old and infirm. On the other hand, the able bodied are willing to do work for food and that is a frequent occurrence. It brings food to the families daily. The school breakfast continues apace. It is one of the really great innovations possible because of the Pound a Week Group funding. Millet porridge, sugar and camel milk. The children love it. As my father used to say over a good meal at home, “You wouldn’t get that in the Gresham” [a posh Dublin hotel] though I doubt if the good man ever darkened its door.

There were vast losses of livestock here in recent months. But since a couple of showers early in May the situation has eased a little. Sadly, the rains have not continued and indeed do not look promising. I see the temperature in the shade at 40C again today. And it’s getting to “Winter”. Please keep us in your prayers.

God bless for now.

Sean”

If anyone would like more information about our Pokot Projects, there is a lot of interesting material on the Parish website.  Eugene McGivern  01483-893379 or emcgivern@btinternet.com


You are warmly invited to a Day of Prayer in honour of Our Lady Queen of Peace, on Saturday, June 24th at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth, near Guildford. The Day, from 10.15 to 4 pm, will include Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, inspiring talks, the Rosary and more, led by Fr John Seddon OSB. Bring a packed lunch and a friend if you can. Come to part or all of the Day. Visit www.chilworthbenedictines.com for more information.


 

Holy Trinity – 11th July 2017

 

Special Collection THIS Sunday for The Missionary Endeavour of the Diocese (Gift Aid)


Special Collection NEXT Sunday for A Day for Life


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Last week we celebrated Pentecost- the great festival of the giving of the Spirit to the Church 50 days after the resurrection, and this week we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity.  I think the Church has great wisdom in placing this celebration here – right after the close of Easter because in so doing the Church is reminding us that our salvation has been “wrought” by God who is a Trinity of Persons – Father, Son and Spirit.  It is fitting that we recognise at the close of this season, and before we settle down to a time of “ordinariness,” that it is always God in His wholeness that is at work for us, with us and within us.  At Christmas we celebrate that “God sent his Son” to be among us.  Jesus the fruit of the Father and of Mary’s obedience is the One who announced the Kingdom of God, who died for us, and who, at Pentecost, sent the Spirit from “my Father.”  It is all God’s work but the mystery is that it is the work of three persons who, together, make One God.

All this, and much else, is a mystery that is hard for us to comprehend.  We can only grasp at it and glimpse it as though “in a glass, darkly” as St Paul put it.  It is not entirely clear – and someone once said that if you think you understand the Holy Trinity – then you probably don’t!

What helps me is to contemplate the God who is love.  And love always has a need to “go beyond” – to reach out and to find a lover.  It is creative and re-creative; always renewing and restoring – and these things we find in our faith.  What we are saying about God through the Holy Trinity is that God is a “communion” of love.  This communion needs an outlet for it’s love and that is experienced in Creation which is brought into being, sustained, and healed by the love of God.  We see this love, this activity of God, in the majesty of the Universe, in the wonders of the Incarnation, in the power of the Cross, in the giving of the Spirit and in the sustaining and nourishing of the Church through the sacraments.

So let us celebrate this great feast even if our comprehension of it sometimes seems to give us a headache!

With my love, your priest

Fr David


Ministers of Extraordinary of Holy Communion will be recommissioned at Masses on 17th and 18th May

 

 


AND FINALLY?

Friday 26 May at Arundel Cathedral was a very special occasion for me, and I hope also for those who shared it with me. After fifteen years as a Deacon to become a priest was an undeserved reward beyond measure.

At the time of writing, I still haven’t opened all my cards and presents so generously given. My feet seemed not to have touched the ground since my Ordination; First Masses, family staying over and then back into Seminary on a two week Spiritual Directors Course, just forty-eight hours after becoming a priest. However, by the time you read this the Seminary will be behind me, apart from social contact, and I shall be very relieved to be once more back in the parish with you.

I know that I have thanked you generally at the various Masses since my ordination but I wanted to put in writing my deep debt of gratitude to all of you who have prayed for me, had Masses offered for me, presented me with collections you have so generously taken, sent cards and gifts and encouraged me in so many different ways, with sincerity and humour.

It has been a mind-blowing experience these last two years but I have been aware of the Lord being very close as I bumped along the road. I have now turned into a new Avenue of life, yet to be fully revealed. I hope to be with you for June and July. Then I shall have a real break in August (non-stop since last September!) before taking up my new appointment in a different parish in early September.  I will let you all know where I am going and when, as soon as the Bishop makes the current clergy moves public.

Thank you to all who came to the marvellous occasion of the Mass of Ordination at Arundel Cathedral those who attended my First Masses at Cranleigh and Bramley. Your friendship and support are greatly appreciated. (Cathedral pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arunelandbrigtondiocese/albums/72157684459025105)

A Deacon has now vanished and a new Priest has appeared. We need both and it’s only you, the Parish, who can do something about it, for both come from you.

With my gratitude and prayers,  All blessings on you, Fr Roy.


The Parish would like to thank everyone who provided food and support for Fr Roy’s receptions in Cranleigh and Bramley.   The celebrations were joyous.


You may like to view the Vaticans recent photo library which has some wonderful images of Pope Francis http://www.photogallery.va/content/photogallery/en/papi/franciscus.html


SINGERS needed to assist with Confirmation Mass on Saturday June 17th at 11am.   Choir practices will be on Tuesday 13th June 6pm or on Friday 16th June at 6pm, please attend whichever suits you. I can let you have a copy of the music if needed.

Please contact Jane Harding on 01483 274018 if you are able to help and advise of which practice you are able to make.


First Holy Communion 207-18 Parents Information Session

The Cranleigh and Bramley Parish First Holy Communion programme starts in the Autumn each year and runs through to the following Summer.  To take part children should be aged seven or older and baptised.  The Programme is designed to help families work together with catechists to prepare their children to receive their First Reconciliation and then later their First Holy Communion.

We are inviting parents to an information session on Thursday 6th July 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.   At this meeting we will explain the format of the Programme.

Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish website www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk and go to the Parish Events page.

Parish Events


Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

There are a lot of important questions the Catholic Church in England and Wales would like to ask young people. If you are aged between 13 and 29 years old and live in the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley please join us in the Meeting Room on Thursday 15th June at 7.30pm to discuss the issues that matter to you …

Sign Up Here on the Parish Website Events Page
The Holy Father, Pope Frances wants to hear from young people and those who support them.

Every few years, the Pope invites Bishops from around the world, and other advisors, to meet with him to discuss an important topic in the life of the Church. This is called a Synod. In 2018, the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will cover the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

The preparatory document for the Synod provides an inspiring context for the General Assembly as it challenges the Church to listen, accompany and help young people hear God’s call.

The Home Mission Office and the National Office for Vocation are teaming up to prepare for this special event in the life of the Church.

Pope Francis wants young people and those who engage with them to take part in the consultation process. Remember – your voice matters


Please return Lenten Talents Money

£1,340 – 134 x £10 notes were handed to parishoners

20 parishoners have returned their contribution

Total to date returned is £1308

***114 parishoners due to return their multiplied £10***

££££££ – lets see how much we can raise.


TRAVELLING TRENDS FASHION SHOW

You can still join this Parish event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun!

The event will start from 7.15pm on Monday 12th June at the St Cuthbert Mayne School.  Tickets are £6.00 which include a drink and nibbles and tickets can be bought from the Parish Office or Georgie Nel or Susanna Page.

This hopes to be a lively fun evening with a Tombola


The £30.00 that Jenny Connell, Kate Osborne and I (Marilyn) took for the TALENTS…..has increased to £275.00! For Mothering Sunday posies, thank you all for buying them!  Sent with our love M xx


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School have reception places available for September 2017.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the school family then please ask them to contact the school office to arrange a visit to the school Tel. 01483 274961.


The next Baptism Course is being run 28th June and 12th July – Please see the parish website Events Page to sign up.

 

 


MISSIO RED BOX

Missio’s Association of the Propagation of the Faith and Mill Hill Missionaries work together to share the love and compassion of Jesus with the whole world by sustaining missionary priests, sisters and lay members to help some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people. Your prayers and generosity are essential for the mission of the Catholic Church.

A simple way to help Missio is to have a Red Box in your home Pop some of your small change into the Box when you can. The more boxes we have the more money we can send from our Parish.

I will be in the church porch after the 6pm. Vigil Mass and 11am Sunday Mass in Cranleigh and the 9am Bramley Mass of the weekend 17/18 June. Please consider signing up for a Red Box if you can and I will also have ‘Gift Aid’ forms if applicable.

Our parish team of promoters will be arranging the annual collection of the Red Box monies around September, but if there is anyone who has not had their box emptied for a long time I would be very happy to receive it from you that weekend or alternatively my phone number is 01483 276614 or email nickpickett1948@gmail.com. Thank you, Fran Pickett.


You are warmly invited to a Day of Prayer in honour of Our Lady Queen of Peace, on Saturday, June 24th at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth, near Guildford. The Day, from 10.15 to 4 pm, will include Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, inspiring talks, the Rosary and more, led by Fr John Seddon OSB. Bring a packed lunch and a friend if you can. Come to part or all of the Day. Visit www.chilworthbenedictines.com for more information.


Pact, the Catholic Charity for prisoners and their families is offering free trining and support for parishoners interested in volunterring with them in prisons or in the local community.  No previous experience necessary.  All enquiries welcome.  To find out more contact ParishAction@prisonadvice.org,uk


“Unfortunately the Parish Camping Event at Coolham will be cancelled due to Coolhams minimum numbers.   We are sorry to the families who were looking forward to this event, please contact the office in order to receive your refund.”

 


“Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

The Holy Father, Pope Frances wants to hear from young people and those who support them.

Every few years, the Pope invites Bishops from around the world, and other advisors, to meet with him to discuss an important topic in the life of the Church. This is called a Synod. In 2018, the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will cover the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

The preparatory document for the Synod provides an inspiring context for the General Assembly as it challenges the Church to listen, accompany and help young people hear God’s call.

The Home Mission Office and the National Office for Vocation are teaming up to prepare for this special event in the life of the Church.

Pope Francis wants young people and those who engage with them to take part in the consultation process. Remember – your voice matters!

There are a lot of important questions the Catholic Church in England and Wales would like to ask young people. If you are aged between 13 and 29 years old and live in England or Wales, please respond to the Youth Mega Poll.

The web address is : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cathnews-synod-youth-poll

Whatever your religious belief, feelings about the Catholic Church or circumstances we want to hear from you because you are important to us.

This Mega Youth Poll should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to tell us. We have kept the poll anonymous to give you the freedom to be frank and without fear of criticism.

This poll will be closed on Friday 30th June 2017 and the responses we receive will be used in a report that will be sent to the Vatican in preparation for a gathering* led by Pope Francis.

Your view of Young People Today

This survey is for people who care for or work with young people in England and Wales. Whether a parent, grandparent, teacher, youth minister or ordained minister in the Catholic Church, we would like to hear your perspective on the lives of the young people you know.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/catholicnews-yourview