Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 1st October 2017

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Special collection next Sunday for CAFOD Harvest Fast Day (Friday)

Unknown-1.jpeg“CAFOD Fast Day is Friday 6 October.

Inspired by the prayer “We plant the seeds that one day will grow”, remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, who was murdered for trying to help the poorest people, this year the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development will be supporting subsistence farmers in El Salvador by providing them with reliable seeds to ensure a good harvest.  CAFOD Fast Collection envelopes will be handed out after Masses on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October.

Please contact Parish Representative Phil Craig on 01483 490500 for further information.”

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From Fr Roy Waters

Just a thought.  There is a story about an elderly gentleman. He had serious hearing problems for many years. He went to a very competent doctor, and he was given an amazing set of hearing aids that fully restored his hearing faculty. After a month, he went back to his doctor. The doctor was pleased: “Your hearing is perfect! Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.” The gentleman replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to their conversations. I’ve revised my last will three times already.”

In a way, the elderly gentleman could be God and the family could contain the two sons in today’s Gospel. At certain times the family speak up close to the old man telling him what he wants to hear and sometimes what he doesn’t want to hear.

We can be that family talking to God, making decisions and then changing our minds and doing the opposite thing. We can imagine that God never finds out what actually happens, what the real person inside of us ends up doing.

We forget God sees everything we do and sees even into our hearts. He knows when we promise things without meaning them. He also understands when we have difficulty with his commandments and tell him we can’t manage to obey. He knows what the outcome will be.

Jesus asks, “Which of the two sons does the right thing”. In essence neither.  He would prefer a third son who said “Yes” and did “Yes”.  Could it be that God is listening and changing his will for us?

Greetings and blessings from Guildford while Fr David is away.  From Fr Roy.

1450356139710.jpegA huge thank you and well done to everyone who got involved with the Talents Scheme.  Up to and incl. Sunday 24th September the grand total returned is £2811.25.

ANDREA SCARPA.jpg Our friend of the Parish Giovanni has arranged for his good friend Andrea Scarpa to play an organ recital at our Cranleigh Church on Sunday the 15th October before and after the 11am Mass, by kind permission of Fr David Osborne.   Andrea Scarpa is an Organist and Director of music at the Italian Mission in Zurich Switzerland.

DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THIS EXCELLENT ORGANIST PERFORMING A VARIETY OF MUSIC FROM THE REPERTOIRE OF THE OLD MASTERS AS WELL AS THAT OF THE MODERN COMPOSERS.  On Saturday 14th of October at 7.30, he will be playing at Cranleigh Parish Church by kind permission of the Rector Rev. Roy Woodhams and on Tuesday the 17th at 12.45 at Cranleigh School by kind permission of the resident Organist Mr Philip Scriven.

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501551444.jpgWintershall Nativity Leaflet 2017 Artwork v1.pdf The Wintershall NATIVITY will take place from 13th to 17th December and tickets can be bought from the website www.wintershall-estate.com or by calling 01793 418299.   We are offering a 10% discount for the Wednesday and Thursday 7pm performances. Come and enjoy the ‘real’ Christmas story at Wintershall.  Stand with shepherds in the field and see Mary arrive on a donkey.  Sit in the barn where the baby Jesus lies in his manger.  A timeless, memorable experience for young and old as we bring the story of Christmas to life for you.

5bHXr1sNnj.jpgReaders 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.  http://www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk/parish-events/

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Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17th September 2017

Special Collection this Sunday for Home Mission Sunday

 

 

 

 

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: info@retrouvaille.org.uk; 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 nickpickett1948@gmail.com”

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

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 ruth.gerun@dabnet.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.

 

 Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Special Collection next Sunday for Home Mission Sunday

 

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In evangelical circles there used to be a question that was commonly asked as a kind of test of one’s Christian credentials – “Are you saved brother (or sister)?”  I’m sure there was a proper answer, almost like a liturgical response but I forget and anyway that isn’t important.  What was being emphasised in the question was the understanding of Jesus as my personal Saviour and my individual response to Him.  That is all good but it leaves out a huge part of the “being saved” equation which is to say the community aspect.

In catholic spirituality, we are “saved” because we are members together of the Church which is the company of the redeemed; the people of God; the Body of Christ.  We are members, one of another, and also individually members of the Body of Christ.  We are “saved” because we have been transferred at our baptism from an old way of life into a new way of life joined to Christ.  As St Paul says somewhere “It is not I who live but Christ who lives in me.”  And of course Christ enlivens and invigorates the whole Church – His people.

That our life in Christ is best experienced together is attested to by some of the words in the Gospel today.  “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I shall be there with them.”  This does not deny the personal element of faith but rather sets it inside a new, richer, context – that of community.  Faith is best experienced and expressed together, in relationship with one another.  Where two or three are gathered reminds us, of course, about the inner life of God himself where the divine life of the Trinity reflects God’s inner life as a community of persons united in love.

Love is, of course, the supreme Christian charism, or way of life, reflecting our belief that God is love and that love needs to be expressed in words and actions rather than remaining as merely an emotion or ideal.  In a way, we cannot love God on our own.  We can only love God from within a community of love and that is why being part of the Church, taking our part in its worship and work, praying within it and for it and for each other is the supreme mark of being part of the community that is saved.  Even though the Church can be vexing and weak it is still the Body of Christ and we, together, make up that Body.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

Dear Brothers and Sisters

After a long and courageous battle with cancer Katie Moran passed away early in the morning of the 7th September with her husband and other members of her family by her side.  We as a community offer our sincere condolences to Matt, Rose, and Emma and also to Katie’s parents John and Sue and sister Jo.  Katie has been at the heart of our parish life for many years bringing joy and hope to many and I know that many of you are part of her and Matt’s personal friendship circle.  Her determined dignity in the face of her illness gave encouragement to many too. Please keep all of us in your prayers.

We also say goodbye to Ineka Keogh this coming Tuesday with a funeral at 1pm followed by an interment in Cranleigh Cemetery, and still to be arranged as I write the funeral of Colin Kennedy who lived with his wife Naomi on Smithwood Common.  Naomi passed away quite a few years ago now so now they are reunited as are Ineka and Paul Keogh.

Eternal Rest Grant unto them O Lord, and may eternal light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.

There is a Care Group meeting in Cranleigh Parish Room on Friday 15th September at 10.30am.

 

 

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.

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

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: info@retrouvaille.org.uk; call or text 07887 296 983 or visitwww.retrouvaille.org.uk.

 

On Sunday 17th September the Parish welcomes Fr John Seddon from St Augustines Abbey in Chilworth to offer Mass.

Father David will be on holiday from 17th 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 beginning 16th October but please remember there is a half term holiday 23rd-29th October and school applications closing date is 31st October.

The First Holy Communion Course will start September 16th.   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.

 

 

 

 

 

Dates from the Diocese

21.09.17          Grandparents Reflection Day at Worth Abbey

6-8th.10.17     A Beginning Experience West Wickham, Kent

15.10.17          Pontifical Mass of St Philip Howard Arundel Cathedral

19.11.17          World Day of the Poor Arundel Cathedral

11.11.17          The Big Encounter Newman School, Hove

All details can be found on www.dabnet.org

 

“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 nickpickett1948@gmail.com”

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

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

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm at 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 ruth.gerun@dabnet.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.