16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

CATHOLIC PARISH OF CRANLEIGH AND BRAMLEY

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 From Father David

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The first reading today makes a strong claim. The first line reads “There is no god, other than you, who cares for everything” and a bit further on it says, “your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.”  This is what we mean by “omnipotent” – a power that transcends everything else we can imagine.

This is one of the reasons why, in days’ past, we were urged to “fear” God.  He is, as Job notes, the God of everything and nothing happens without His permission.

I have been on holiday this week and the good Lord has been most kind with the weather amongst many other things to be thankful for.  On Tuesday Helen and I went to Buxton Opera house to see Verdi’s Macbeth and I was reminded by watching it of the dangers in human power that Shakespeare warns us of.  Macbeth would like to be king.  Lady Macbeth wants him to be king.  The Witches merely point out what will become of such a person who desires power so much.  The tale is one of such tragedy and sadness as everything falls under the despotic sway of the haunted King Macbeth.  There is murder and violence.  Intrigue and plotting.  Good people fall prey to his lust for, and defence of, power.

All around us today we see the same lust for power and we have also seen what power can do.  It is not an easy thing to wield and remain human, so it seems.  Just look at our politicians over the last 20 years.

But God’s power is wielded in a different way – God’s power is seen in mercy and in a deliberate powerlessness.  In gentleness, in kindness, in forgiveness.  In love.  Yes, in love.  All God’s designs and desires are wrapped up in love.  God is love and so it is impossible for him to do anything, to desire anything, except in love.

When we unite our wills to God’s then we too must love.  We must forgive and be gentle and kind.  Sometimes this appears as weakness to others.  But that is often the price love pays.

With my love, your priest, Fr David

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I have a whole drawer full of get well cards, prayer cards, inspirational readings, candles, smelly things, pretty things and CDs – a whole drawer of your love and support and desire for my healing.

You have also tirelessly supported me in fundraising for the Fountain Centre at St Luke’s at the Royal Surrey, and for rainbows children’s counselling charity which has made a huge difference to our girls in coping with these difficult times.

Unfortunately, I think it has reached the point when we can’t cope with impromptu visitors any more. If you would like to visit please do give us a quick ring beforehand. Home number is 275035 and we are at 68 Horsham Road.

The other thing is that I expect most of you know that we had a marvellous time in Lourdes last year and were booked to go this year.

Although disappointing we have decided with some relief not to go because again it is simply beyond me.

With love to you all. I will perhaps see some of you around soon, Katie x

 

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I recently told Fr David Conway and Fr Sean McGovern that I would shortly be sending them £2,000 each to use where the need was greatest.  I told Fr Sean that £1,000 of the £2,000 he would receive had come from many donations to Pokot in memory of Grace Parker, a founder member of the Pound a Week Group for whom he had said Mass in his Mission church Here is his reply:-

“Good evening Eugene,
Many thanks for your ever-welcome email of this afternoon. Again a thousand thanks to you and the ever generous £ a Week Group for their kindness.
I remember Grace very well and the Mass I said for the repose of her good soul. I recall too the response of her daughter Helen and that act of gratitude for one who, as you so well say Eugene , must have been a much loved member of £ a Week Group.
This donation of £1,000 will, if I may, go to my Education Fund. I have started a small pre-primary school in the name of the Holy Ghost Fathers. I have 21 children at the moment. I have a good teacher, a girl I helped through secondary school in Barpello and then through teacher training college. She is also an excellent catechist for me. The school is but 3 weeks old but will, with God’s help and the Group’s kindness, succeed.

The ” Children’s Breakfast” project had been an amazing success.  I still have KSh. 55,000 (about £440) left in that account. It is, I have no doubt, the best meal of the day for the children. Millet porridge with camel milk and a generous dollop of sugar. If you’ve walked 4 Kms uphill to school at the age of about 10, you wouldn’t get the likes in the Gresham! [A posh Dublin hotel.]

We had a total of zero rain in June. And then on 1st July 50mm and on the 2nd, 32mm. It’s stopped since but it was magic! Maybe, against all my predictions of a total loss of crops, some might get a small harvest. Will, keep you posted.

We still give out food every day to substantial numbers of people. Wednesday’s I keep for the old and infirm. 200 got food this week on Wed. I will send you a couple of photos of my journey this week with a lorry of supplies from Nakuru to Rotu. It took 13 hours and took all of our endurance resources to get it home.
Eugene please convey my sincere gratitude to your good people for their continued kindness.
God bless for now.  Sean.”

logo.gifPOKOT FUND RAISING: Come and have tea/coffee and cake in the garden at 4 Kings Road Cranleigh on Wed 2nd August from 3pm.  All are welcome but please let me know you are coming for catering purposes.  I would hate to run out of cake!  There will be some cakes for sale too.  Bring your friends.  All proceeds to POKOT. Win Bracking 275573. 

Bell-Harry-Jul07-DE0454sAR700.jpgOn September the 8th we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.

This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.

We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.

The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.

After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home that later that same evening.

Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together?  You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found.  Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.

opening-times1.pngThere will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45

Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

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Saturday 29th July. 2.30pm

Old Rite Mass, at The Bridgettine Convent, Fulmer Common Road, Iver, SL0 0NR. You are welcome to attend the Mass even if you are not doing the walk. (a lift from Uxbridge to the Convent may be possible, contact us)

For those who wish to, you can then join the pilgrimage walk to Beaconsfield (7miles approx) where Chesterton lived, converted, died and is buried. We will say the prayer for the Beatification of GKC at his graveside. The prayer can be found, in a number of languages at: www.catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk

Or join us at 9.15am. outside the abortion centre at 8 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BJ where we stop for a few minutes prayer before walking on to Iver along the canal.

If you’d really like to walk the full 27 miles, meet us at 7.30am outside St George’s C of E Church, Aubrey Walk, London, W8 7JG, where GK Chesterton was Baptised as a baby.

For more details or to join the pilgrimage, text 07795205114, email catholicgkcsociety@yahoo.co.uk or follow @CatholicGKCSoc on Twitter.

Where ever you are, you can sign up on Facebook to join us in saying the GKC Prayer on the day of the Pilgrimage;

https://www.facebook.com/events/1896572717297708/

Thank you very much for your support.

God bless Stuart McCullough

With many thanks.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16th July 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

At the recent Liturgy Committee meeting we were discussing the Memorial Acclamation – you know – The Mystery of Faith and the fact that it can often seem like a bit of a “damp squib.” Which is to say that not a lot of “acclamation” goes on sometimes!  According to the Miriam-Webster online dictionary an acclamation is “a loud eager expression of approval, praise, or assent.”

Often our acclamation is neither loud nor eager!  I wonder whether we could do something about that?

As you will know the Acclamation comes after the priest has just consecrated the bread and wine of the Eucharist – a very solemn moment in one sense but in another sense a repeated and joyfully mysterious moment which is appreciated, most of all, in the heart as what was “mere” bread and wine becomes the Body and Blood of Our Lord in the Sacrifice of the Mass.  Joyful, because when we do this “in memory” of Him, as Jesus commanded us to do, then he, faithful God that he is, always responds to our faithfulness with generosity.

In one sense this moment is the moment, par excellence, of the Mass and it is faith, as such, that is able to comprehend it.  It is, then, a “mystery of faith” that we recognise Jesus, our Lord in this gift – the same Lord who died on the cross, was buried, and who rose again and who now allows us, or better, wills us to share in this divine life.  Is this not cause for deep joy and eager approval, praise and assent?

There are these “moments” of supreme “contact” we might say with the mysterious in the Mass and each of them asks for our full and active participation – that is to say – our taking part in the celebration.  To briefly list them they are: The Gloria, the Gospel Acclamation (which you are all very good at!), the Holy Holy (likewise) and the Memorial Acclamation (not so much) and finally the poignant song for the breaking of the bread – the Lamb of God.  All these ask for our full participation and concentrated effort of voice, mind and heart.

What I suppose we might draw from all this – and the Second Vatican Council was really trying to impress upon us was that the Mass is a celebration in which every member of God’s people takes a part.  There are no spectators!  One priest put it to me like this.

It is often supposed that the Priest, during mass, is the Actor (on a stage).  The congregation is an audience and God is a kind of “off-stage prompt” to make sure proceedings move along with dignity and the right words and intentions. However, the play is very repetitive and boring. But this view couldn’t be more wrong!  In fact, it is more helpful to think of God as the audience (for our praise), the priest and congregation as the Actors together with the priest doing a bit of the prompting as and when necessary.  The play is a play of many parts in which we are all actors taking on many different roles.

So today, and forever, can we make an extra effort to make our acclamations as “per the book” – a loud eager expression of approval, praise, and assent?

 

With my love, your priest, Fr David

THIS 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.

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45

Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

There is an opportunity to choose hymns for the services.   In both porches of the churches are Hymn Preference sheets.   We would love to hear from the congregation about their choice of hymns.  Please let us know.

 

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) –

Saturday 22nd July 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, at Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass celebrated by Fr Laurence Brassill; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gifts of Healings” by Pauline Edwards and Fr Laurence Brassill 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm. There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs).

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

Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 19th August, our guest speaker will be Deacon John Foley talking about the Gift of Miracles.

The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton have a full and informative website http://dabnet.org  Please take a look.

 

 

 

On September the 8th we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.

 

This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.

We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.

The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle be-tween King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.

After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home that later that same evening.

Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together?  You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found.

Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.

 

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th July 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

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Two things I wanted to share.  The first is about a parish outing on Our Lady’s birthday in September to Canterbury – a short pilgrimage really in which we can enjoy mass in the cathedral crypt by the Shrine of Our Lady Undercroft and visit the site of the martyrdom of St Thomas a Becket and enjoy the rest of the cathedral before going into the town for some lunch and shopping before returning home in the evening.  We will travel by a comfortable, air conditioned, coach and so there should be no M25 nightmares to contend with.  If you are interested please sign up online at our parish website.  The cost for travel should be just over a tenner each.
Secondly.  I would like to share with you a small adaptation of the church sanctuary which I hope will help a lot of people.  I plan to move the Ambo (where we read the Holy Scriptures from) back a few feet and slightly to the side and remove the rather awkward plinth it stands on.  This will enable people sitting or, especially, kneeling on the south side of the church (adjacent to the Lady Chapel) to have an unimpeded view of the altar during Mass.  Also, those reading from the ambo will not have to contend with the plinth which is unnecessary and makes incensing the Gospel Book very awkward.  The design of the Ambo will remain unchanged and we will make do with the carpet by patching it so that we will hardly notice the move at all.

And to this week’s scriptures.  I wonder – would you describe yourself as an “open” person?  Are you open to new ideas and discoveries?  Or are you cautious and self-reliant not trusting anything to anyone unless you have tested it yourself first?

In the gospel for today Jesus contrasts those who, through their self-reliance and knowledge, have obstructed or denied who He is and the Kingdom he brings with those others who, like “mere children” have learned to open their minds and, above all, their hearts to Jesus.  The Greek word Jesus uses which is translated as “mere children” is literally the “wordless ones” – i.e. those who have not learned how to express their own thoughts and ideas because they are so childlike.  Jesus indicates that it is such as these who have had the Kingdom revealed to them.  This suggests very strongly that it is precisely in letting go of self and in being “yoked” to Jesus that we discover the hidden secrets of God, the Father.  The same secrets of the inner life of God which Jesus is now revealing in his minis-try and teaching.

It is hard for intelligent, self-reliant, individuals to let go of all the learning and knowledge which wins us praise and admiration from friends and colleagues and to allow ourselves to “fall” as it were into God’s hands. God’s reward can seem so far away and far off and the praise and admiration of another is so immediate and present.   However, Jesus reveals that it is only in being “yoked” to him that we will find eternal life – i.e. a sharing in God’s Trinitarian life of love and grace.  The question for all of us is how do we let go of the world and all it offers, even though so temporary and allow ourselves to fall under the life giving “spell” of Christ?

With my love, your priest, Fr David

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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.

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‘Vale” at the end of July – Fr Roy

As most of you by now know; I have been appointed as priest to the Catholic Parish of Guildford. This will take effect from the first week in September following a break in August. There I shall be taking the place of Fr Alan Sharpe, he by then having moved to Billingshurst. I shall be joining Mgr Tony Barry as the new Moderator, Canon Colin Wolczak having moved to Hove, and Fr Sebastian Paul who remains there.

I mentioned at Mass last week, that I received recently a final part of your so very kind collection for my Ordination. I wasn’t aware that this was coming so, as you can imagine, I am very grateful, surprised and humbled by your kindness. Altogether, taken with what you gave me when I departed for St John’s Seminary nearly a year ago and my subsequent Ordination Mass, this runs into four figures, which is amazing!

Together with all your love, prayers and gifts, that is a wonderful note on which to leave the Parish on at the end of this month. (July)

I have truly enjoyed my time with you all in Cranleigh and Bramley these past nearly seven years, and will treasure all the memories. You will remain in my prayers. Please continue to pray for me as I start on this next phase of my ministry.

With all the tumultuous events of these past two years, since my Hilary went on ahead of me, and with my Bus Pass in my hand, I am now ready for a quiet lie down in a darkened room! Somehow, I don’t think I shall afford that in a busy parish like Guildford. So!  Onward and upward, not much time left, so I had better get on with it! God, bless you all.  Your friend, Fr Roy

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RIP Sr Francesca, a Presentation Sister who used to live at Bridge Road and was very involved with parish visiting has died. Please remember her in your prayers.

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There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays

Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45

Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

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Dog Sitter Needed – A parish family are away from 24th-28th July and the dog sitter has let them down last minute!  Their small dog Roxy is 11 – hates cats, dogs and tolerates young children but cannot go into a kennel.  She needs lots of cuddles and attention.  Would you or someone you know be willing to look after Roxy for a fee?  Please contact the Parish Office to be put in touch.

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Day of Reflection for Readers led by Bishop Richard: at The Sacred Heart Church, Cobham, KT11 1AA, on Saturday 16th September. 11 am to 4 pm (packed lunch needed).  Talks on the Scriptures, the Lectionary and its use in the Liturgy, the Liturgy of the Word, preparing to read, using microphones. Lectio Divina.  Mass.  Booking is essential as places are limited.  To book contact ruth.gerun@dabnet.org  01293 651164.

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SABP Department of Pastoral and Spiritual Care are running a Free 10 week evening course exploring Mental Health issues in Pastoral & Spiritual Care at the

EDUCATION CENTRE, FARNHAM ROAD HOSPITAL, GUILDFORD GU2 7LX September 13th to November 22nd, no meeting on 25th October. 6:30 – 9:00pm

If you, or anyone in your community, are interested in finding out more please request an application form.  Richard.adams@sabp.nhs.uk 

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Annual Formation Day for Grandparents:

Thursday 21st September, in the beautiful setting of Worth Abbey, from 10 am to 3 pm (packed lunch needed) Fr Stephen Ortiger, and Elizabeth O’Shea, Parenting Expert, will explore how Grandparents can support their Grandchildren in dealing with their perceptions of failure.  No charge but donations welcome to cover costs. Please book by contacting Rosie on 01293 651161.  rosie.read@dabnet.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Canterbury

On September the 8th
we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.

This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.

We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.

The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.

After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home later that same evening.

Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together?  You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found.

Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.