Dear Brothers and Sisters
In the last weeks, we have suddenly had to think about death and vulnerability in a way that, perhaps, most of don’t have to very often. This is because, thankfully, for most of us death no longer stalks our community in a way that would have been common in, say, the 19th century. Most of us are fairly safe from natural disasters and modern medicine and housing make the diseases that were common fairly rare. All this means that we don’t think about this part of life all that much until we have to. But events close to home have made us think about this more urgently I suspect. And we should not avoid facing those questions.
St Paul writing to the church of Rome says this week “The life and death of each of us has its influence on others.” Perhaps we would be more comfortable with the first part of that statement as we know that how we live our lives and share that life with others in our families and in our community, does, indeed, have an influence on others. Yet most of us still have unfinished business with relatives, friends and neighbours that we haven’t addressed because we are unaware of the urgency to do so. This is why the gospel is so insistent on forgiveness – indeed we shouldn’t even let the sun set on our anger but deal with relationships that have gotten out of kilter before we turn in for the night. But some things just build up, don’t they?
How does the second part of that statement make us feel? How might my death have an influence on others? Well, I suppose one way would be to ensure that we have done all the forgiving and healing we can before we die and to ask for forgiveness before we die too. In fact, why not take it one stage further and see that I might die today and so I need to live my relationships with others in such a way as to make them “life giving” relationships each day?
The gospel urges us to be people that know our value in God’s eyes. Living or dead we belong to the Lord and so we have nothing to fear about dying per se. We belong to the Lord and he is the Lord of life but we need to see that the Lord in giving us this fullness of life has willingly overlooked our faults and we should overlook other people’s faults too. We should be a community of forgiveness and healing where grudges are not kept and our language reflects the gentleness of Christ; where we go the extra mile each day to include others in rather than emphasising difference and otherness. We need to be a place of welcome and healing for all peoples and be active in welcome and evangelisation. In this context evangelisation is sharing the hope we have that whether alive in this life or alive in the next we all belong to the Lord for whom all things are alive.
With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David
Readers and Ministers of the Parish are invited to join the Day of Recollection in Cranleigh on 11th November 2017. Please sign yourself into this day on the Parish Website Events Page.
Dear Brothers and Sisters
The funeral of Colin Kennedy who lived with his wife Naomi on Smithwood Common will take place this Tuesday 19th September. Naomi passed away quite a few years ago now so now they are reunited. Colin leaves no family and so his funeral will be without a congregation. Perhaps if you are free to attend you will come to remember Colin and his life.
Services for Katie:
Reception and Vigil will be on Thursday, 21st September, from 4:30 – 8:00 pm, and a Mass to celebrate Katie’s life at noon on Friday, 22nd September.
Both at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Catholic Church 2 St Nicolas Ave, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7AQ
Please join the family for refreshments following the Friday service
Please wear purple in honour of Katie. No flowers, please.
Eternal Rest Grant unto them O Lord, and may eternal light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.
BRAMLEY LUNCHES start again this month and the and the first one is on Tuesday 26th September in Bramley Church Room after the 11.30 a.m. Mass. Come and enjoy a home cooked lunch in cheerful and good company. If you would like to come please ring either Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083 or sign the notice in the both church porches. We look forward to seeing you on the 26th.
Rediscover Your Marriage:
The Retrouvaille programme offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse and a loving relationship in your marriage. Countless couples have successfully saved their marriage by attending the Course and using the tools provided. Retrouvaille is a not spiritual retreat, a sensitivity group, a seminar nor a social gathering. For confidential information or to register for the next programme – commencing with a residential weekend 15th / 17th September in Welwyn Garden City – email: firstname.lastname@example.org; call or text 07887 296 983 or visitwww.retrouvaille.org.uk.
For the next two weeks, we welcome Father Vandermost to look after the weekend Masses
Father David will be on holiday from 23rd September returning on 3rd October. The office is open as normal.
Secondary school SIF forms can be left at the office for Fr David’s signature during the week please remember there is a half term holiday 23rd-29th October and school applications closing date is 31st October.
“Missio Red Boxes
I and the team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification.
Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email email@example.com”
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 23rd September 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 School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues” by David Matthews; 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 28th October, our guest speaker will be Fr Anthony Meredith talking about the Gift of Faith.