Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20th August 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I once read an article by an evangelical man who claimed that his own father would go to hell because he wasn’t an evangelical, bible based, Christian.  Because he hadn’t been baptised in the spirit.  That struck me as rather harsh but consonant with evangelical belief.  It seems that heaven, in that view, is going to be populated by evangelicals.  That means the art will be terrible, the décor magnolia and the carpets beige.  The parties will be very restrained affairs and the music will probably be of the folksy acoustic guitar kind with close harmony singing.  Bedtime will be before ten pm.

I jest of course because that’s just my bias against evangelicals.  My list above says as much about me as it does about them.  Somewhere, though, there will be an evangelical deriding the catholic idea that it’s only Catholics who will get to heaven.  And he or she is probably also thinking that in a catholic heaven there will be some awful baroque extravaganza of a décor style, acres of marble and domed trompe l’oeil ceilings with either Gregorian chant or massed choirs, Verdi style, as the only musical choice.  Oh, and a lot of drunkenness.  Lots of drunkenness.

The truth is, of course, somewhat more bizarre.  It would seem that God wants to open the doors of heaven to as many people as possible.  It’s not an excluded out but an included in mentality, or spirituality.  And this resonates with everything we know about the teaching of Jesus and the sayings and writings of the prophets of old.  In fact, the whole purpose of being “God’s people” – whether the Jewish nation, or the Catholic church is to image that welcome and inclusiveness for others who may not have expected that.  It’s not, therefore, a case of “come and join us, our train is going to heaven and yours to hell,” but “come and join us and help us show everyone how God wants us to live.  We have experienced his grace and want to share that with anyone who will open themselves to it.”

And even if they don’t then God’s mercy is probably big enough to cope.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

 

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

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

Pope Francis urges us to build up the holiness of the church and ensure people feel welcomed and loved in it.  How is Welcoming a Ministry?  Who needs to be welcomed?  What does our parish look like to a visitor or newcomer?  The Year of Mercy is an opportune time to reflect on the Ministry of Welcoming and consider the impact it can have in a parish.

If you would like to become a welcomer to our Parish please join the meeting on Thursday 7th September at 8pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Day of Reflection – 16th September

At Holy Family Ash. 10:30 Tea/Coffee 11:00 Start 15:30 finish. Please advise Deacon John Edwards if you are going to attend email: d.johnedwards@googlemail.com or phone (leave a message) 01252 405453

St Thomas More Church

You may now have noticed that we have started some remedial work on the church. The roof of the church is currently being repaired to eliminate both water retention and resulting ingress of water into the church interior. The interior damage will be repaired a little later when we are certain the roof repairs have been successful. The front face of the building is being repointed and the Corpus Christi cross being cleaned and repainted. The front doors, the side door and windows are to be revarnished.

There will also be work carried out on the Parish room and associated Garden Cottage where each end of the building will have two replacement double glazed windows installed to replace the failing wooden ones.

The result we hope will be a fresher looking church and also the Parish room facing the car park will look so much better combined with the previously re-placed facias.

Obviously, this is all for Father David’s approval and any improvements welcomed.  Kind regards Nick Pickett

 

Pokot News

I received the following report from Fr David Conway about how he used the £3,000 we sent him recently. It is clear that our donations are being put to a very good use in this time of drought and food shortage.

“Many thanks for your kind donation of GBP 6,000 of which I transferred by cheque 50% to Fr. Sean in Rotu.

The GBP 6,000 was exchanged in the Bank at a rate of 135 Shillings which gave us the total of KShs 810,000/= of which I will account to you for KShs 405,000.

I bought 8 x 90 Kg of Wimbi/Millet of good quality to make unimix for the under 5’s who come for immunization to our mobile clinics; also for women who come to our rural and remote clinics for ante-natal checks.

They also also go home with some kilos. This millet cost KShs 90,000 Shilling, including transport and grinding as an ingredient for unimix.

I paid KShs 85,000 as a contribution to pay a bill of a Pokot Lady to go to hospital in Nakuru. She was suffering from Pneumonia. She was an old traditional lady who had to be accompanied to hospital as she did not speak Swahili or English.

I paid Transport by Ambulance and treatment for a three-year-old boy to go to hospital. He was suffering from Snake Bite. Luckily, he made a complete recovery. That cost 25,000 shillings

The remaining 205,000 shillings I used to purchase much needed food in the form of maize as famine relief for pupils at local primary schools. This bought 42 x 90kg bags.

Thanks to Pound a Week Group & friends for their continued contribution to the livelihoods of the Pokot of East Pokot.  Sincerely  David”

For more information about our Pokot projects, please visit the Parish website or contact me on 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com      Eugene McGivern

 

 

The next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

The First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish web-site Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all those who supported my fundraising event for POKOT in any way, especially my hard working helpers Jane, Felicity and Jill.  Thanks to your generosity we raised £270.  I still have some cakes for sale.  Win 275573

 

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

Course Date: 23/Sep/2017

Come along to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity day – share with other Catholics

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm

Christian Education Centre (DABCEC)

4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP

Bring a friend from a church near you!

 

We are pleased to welcome representatives from two Ro-man Catholic Communities, both with a charism for Unity, to inspire us in our work for Dialogue & Unity in the Diocese.

Rev. Tim & Kate Watson, members of the Chemin Neuf Community will be help us to:

‘Explore how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.’

We will welcome Ann Gavin from the Focolare Movement, who will offer us ‘Tools for Dialogue’.

We will also hear from the Association of Interchurch Families regarding their mutual support and guidance materials.

Tea & coffee available from 9.45am and throughout the day, with cake for afternoon tea.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Book your place now online using the green button, or by phone to Ruth Gerun 01293 651164 or email ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Mar-tin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

Day of Reflection for Readers

Led by Bishop Richard

•          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

Saturday 16th September 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, Cobham

(25 Between Streets, KT11 1AA) 11.00am – 4.00pm

Arrivals, tea/coffee from 10.30am Please bring a packed lunch

Booking is essential as places are limited!

To book: ruth.gerun@dabnet.org or phone: 01293 651164

Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No.252878

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Today’s first reading is a very famous one.  Elijah has reached then end of his prophetic tether and is in despair.  God summons him to Mount Horeb (believed to be the same mountain that Moses went up to receive the ten commandments.)  Elijah is waiting and searching for God.  He doesn’t have to wait all that long!

 

What follows are all the traditional manifestations of “Almighty God” – experiences that have traditionally terrified human beings and led to people wondering – or better being in awe of the physical manifestations of God. First, we get a “mighty wind” so destructive in force that it smashes rocks and tears up the mountain side.  Then an earthquake.  Having experienced one last year, I can vouch for their impressiveness!  After this, as if this wasn’t enough, comes fire.  If you watched the forest fires in Canada and California and Italy and Cyprus of late you will understand the awe-fulness of what Elijah is experiencing.

But the Lord was not in any of this.  How strange!

No, the Lord was in the sound of a “gentle breeze” – this is a notoriously difficult bit to translate.  Some people have it – “in the sound of nothing at all.”  Whatever, it was in this silence and emptiness that Elijah encountered Almighty God.

Do you begin to get it?  Can you now see why priests ask you to be quiet before mass and during mass and after mass and to do the chatting and Hello-ing elsewhere?  When you come to Church you are consciously coming to meet the living God.  You will miss him if you are distracted by noise and kerfuffle.  All the mystics say the same and the traditions of the Church say it too.  If you want to meet God (especially God the Father) then there needs to be stillness, silence and emptiness.  Yes, even emptiness.  How can God fill you up spiritually if you are all full – either of your own importance, or of the distractions of the world and work.  A sponge that is dripping with water cannot be used to pick up any more.  It needs to be squeezed dry first.  For us to be topped up with grace each Sunday we need to be ready for more.  God always gives more but we are not always ready to receive Him.  In the silent breeze, Elijah went to the entrance of the cave and waited.  God did turn up, and he will for you too if you give him the opportunity.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

 

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 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

 

 

Please note there is a Holy Day of Obligation

(The Assumption of the BVM)

Tuesday 15th August

Masses as follows:

10am at Cranleigh 8pm at Bramley

Pope Francis urges us to build up the holiness of the church and ensure people feel welcomed and loved in it.  How is Welcoming a Ministry?  Who needs to be welcomed?  What does our parish look like to a visitor or newcomer?  The Year of Mercy is an opportune time to reflect on the Ministry of Welcoming and consider the impact it can have in a parish.

If you would like to become a welcomer to our Parish please join the meeting on Thursday 7th September at 8pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

The next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

The First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish web-site Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

CEDAR COURT is having a BIG SING on Friday 18th August at 2pm.  Everyone is invited to join for half an hour to join in the singing.

 

 

Manna Ministries Summer Fun day – open to all Churches and Families in the area

Please join us 18th August 2pm-8pm

As part of our Summer events, we will be having a Family Fun day this summer. Manna Academy attracts children from over 20 different churches in the Guildford and Godalming area and we would love to make the event open to any families that would like to attend.

 

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Martin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

 

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all those who supported my fundraising event for POKOT in any way, especially my hard working helpers Jane, Felicity and Jill.  Thanks to your generosity we raised £270.  I still have some cakes for sale.  Win 275573

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th August 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. 11.00amRosary; 11.30am Mass celebrated by Fr Nicholas Broad-bridge; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gift of Miracles” by Deacon John Foley and Fr Nicholas Broadbridge 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 23rd September, our guest speaker will be David Matthews talking about the Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues.

Day of Reflection for Readers

Led by Bishop Richard

•          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

Saturday 16th September 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, Cobham

(25 Between Streets, KT11 1AA) 11.00am – 4.00pm

Arrivals, tea/coffee from 10.30am Please bring a packed lunch

Booking is essential as places are limited!

To book: ruth.gerun@dabnet.org or phone: 01293 651164

Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No.252878

 

 

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

Course Date: 23/Sep/2017

Come along to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity day – share with other Catholics

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm

Christian Education Centre (DABCEC)

4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP

Bring a friend from a church near you!

We are pleased to welcome representatives from two Roman Catholic Communities, both with a charism for Unity, to inspire us in our work for Dialogue & Unity in the Dio-ese.

Rev. Tim & Kate Watson, members of the Chemin Neuf Community will be help us to:

‘Explore how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.’

We will welcome Ann Gavin from the Focolare Movement, who will offer us ‘Tools for Dialogue’.

We will also hear from the Association of Interchurch Families regarding their mutual support and guidance materials.

Tea & coffee available from 9.45am and throughout the day, with cake for afternoon tea.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Book your place now online using the green button, or by phone to Ruth Gerun 01293 651164 or email ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Dear Brothers and Sisters

“The disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear” – and well they might!  They, and we, like things to be kept “normal” most of the time.  It helps us to know who and where we are.  When extraordinary things happen it re-ally shakes our sense of “normality” and can be frightening.  The Transfiguration is just one such occasion for Peter, James and John.  They must have felt the glow of specialness when they were asked to accompany Jesus for a bit of one – to – one time.  But Jesus actually wanted to share with them an insight into who he truly is.  He is the Son of God and what happened up there on that mountain revealed in shining reality his relationship with the Divine and with all those others who had an intimate relationship with the Divine.  What Peter, James and John got in actual fact was a little glimpse into heaven and into the intimate relationship of Jesus with the Divine.

It was all too much reality to take in, in reality!  As so often happens when our minds are overloaded with too much reality we try to give ourselves something to do – and Peter does not disappoint, suggesting building some tents for Jesus, Elijah and Moses.  The important thing though, isn’t the tents!  It’s the recognition of Jesus by the Father – “This is my Beloved Son – listen to Him.”  We should listen to Him and also recognise that Jesus is not only revealing who he is but showing us something about ourselves.  We too are made for communion with God.  We too are made to share this dignity of being called Sons and Daughters of God.  We are made for sharing in God’s own life – in that intimate interior life of the Blessed and Holy Trinity.  Jesus was showing His disciples the true purpose of life – of His life and of our life.  His life – to open up a way into life with God through his death on the cross – and our lives too for when we live “in communion” with each other and with God we share in the di-vine life as a gift – it’s called grace and its given freely and absolutely generously.  God wants us to share in His life – it’s what he made us for.  In Jesus we see just how he wants us to be – faithful, kind, serving, and, loving.  When we allow ourselves to be taken up into divine love we see exactly what we shall become.  Some people “get it” and live that future life here and now.  Others don’t get it and struggle and kick and strain.  Let us, at least allow Jesus to show us pour true dignity as human beings in creation and then try to respond with lives of faith.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

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 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

 

 

Please note there is a Holy Day of Obligation (The Assumption of the BVM) Tuesday 15th August

Masses as follows:

10am at Cranleigh and 8pm at Bramley

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Mar-tin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

 

Cranleigh and Bramley Parish are holding the next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

 

The Parish First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

 

 

POKOT NEWS

 

On Wednesday, we sent the wonderful sum of £6,000 to Pokot, three thousand pounds each to Fr David Conway at Barpello and Fr Sean McGovern at Rotu. Here is Fr Sean’s response:

“Once more the £ a Week Group continues to amaze me. A thousand thanks Eugene to the Group for this new donation of £3,000.

As I had mentioned to you previously, I will use £1,000 for my new Nursery school which is now well on the way. Now with this increase I would like to increase that to £1,500 as there are several pending requirements.

The other £1,500 I would like to use towards the purchase of a manually operated stone crusher to produce ballast for block making and concrete work. It is needed for the ongoing church building and the building later on of a second classroom for the new nursery school.

Kenya has had good rain in recent weeks but I’m afraid not a great deal here in Rotu. A lot of thunder and lightning and cloudy days but only 4 mm of rain in the past week. Today was the coldest day of the year at 29.1 C.

Again a thousand thanks Eugene and to all at the £ a Week Group my kindest greetings.

God bless.  Sean”

I will report further when Fr Conway has decided how to use his share of the funds.

Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com or 01483-893379.

 

The Farming Community Network offer free and confidential support.  Visit www.fcm.org.uk or call 03000 111 999

 

Manna Ministries Summer Fun day – open to all Churches and Families in the area.  Please join us 18th August 2pm-8pm

As part of our Summer events, we will be having a Family Fun day this summer. Manna Academy attracts children from over 20 different churches in the Guildford and Godalming area and we would love to make the event open to any families that would like to attend.

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day 2017

We are pleased to announce more details of the Dialogue and Unity Day 2017 being held on Saturday 23 September 2017, 10-4pm at DABCEC Crawley.  The theme is Exploring how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.  We have two Roman Catholic Communities who have a charism for unity joining us for the day and we look forward to welcoming you too! Bring a packed lunch and a friend from another church.  Book online at www.dabnet.org>Courses>DialogueandUnity or by phone 01293 651164

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th August 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. 11.00amRosary; 11.30am Mass celebrated by Fr Nicholas Broad-bridge; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gift of Miracles” by Deacon John Foley and Fr Nicholas Broadbridge 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 23rd September, our guest speaker will be David Matthews talking about the Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues.

 

CEDAR COURT is having a BIG SING on Friday 18th August at 2pm.  Everyone is invited to join for half an hour to join in the singing.

 

 

There are still spaces free for the Coach trip to Canterbury on Friday 8th September if you, or someone you know, would like to join.