Dear Brothers and Sisters
The Opening Collect today is a beautiful summation of the Gospel: increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise.
Combined with Jesus’ words from the Gospel this reminds us that our faith is meant to have an impact on our lives such that our catholic community becomes a living sign of God’s activity in the world. God wants all peoples to know Him and to know his love which sets us free from our slavery to ways of life that lead to death and violence and destruction and, instead, motivates us towards “eternal” life – i.e. life with God.
By loving what God loves and doing His will we “merit” his promises. God promises us forgiveness and eternal life in His Son but unless we prepare our hearts minds and lives in this life we will not be found ready and acceptable. It’s not that God wills to shut us out of heaven – its more that we won’t recognise heaven when we see it – nor the people who will be there!
To be able to “see” God we need to think and act in ways that are different from the usual. Jesus warns us that if we love our friends and family that is no “merit” but if we love our enemies – those who would harm us, or who have harmed us then we become “like” Christ. If we think we can see God only in the young and beautiful then we will not recognise Him in heaven for Christ is to be found among the elderly and poor, the grieving; in the prisoners, prostitutes and villains and the marginalised of this world.
To live and move among this world and to have faith, hope and love is to be an “alter Christus” – or another Christ. It is to set our hands and lives and wallets at the service of the Kingdom and to persevere in the face of setbacks, criticisms, abuse, and the, more common, complete failure to comprehend what it is the Church means when it insists that all people, from conception to death, indelibly bear the imprint of the holy.
To love one’s neighbour is the supreme act of love – a pure love for the stranger which seeks to make connections as God does with us purely because he loves us. It is this same love reflected in us that marks a church community as one that is alive and active in the Spirit and in the world.
With my love and prayers. Fr David
TUESDAY 31st OCTOBER – NO not trick or treat – just treat. Do please join our monthly Parish lunch following the 11:30 am Mass at Bramley. There will be the usual heart-warming two course meal with drinks of your choice. Please sign the lists in the Church porches or phone Ann (07795608823) to book your place. Looking forward to spreading light and lunch with you.
Tues 31st October – The over 50’s coffee morning will recommence at 10.30-12noon in the Parish Room. Please come along and invite your friends to this informal friendly gathering.
Wed1st/2nd November Feast of All Saints and All Souls – This year the Feast of All Saints will be held on Wednesday 1st November. There will be a sung Mass at Bramley at 8pm. School Mass at 11am in Cranleigh.
All Souls is the following day, Thursday 2nd November. There will be sung Mass at 8pm at Bramley. Said Mass at 10am in Cranleigh During this mass, the congregation are invited to light candles in commemoration of their departed family and friends.
Sunday 5th November – Fr David will be blessing graves in Cranleigh at 12.30pm. Please let the Parish Office know of any graves that you would like to be blessed ahead of this date. Votive candles can be brought prior to the event.
Saturday 11th November – Readers and Ministers of the Parish are invited to join the Day of Recollectionin Cranleigh on 11th November 2017. Please sign yourself into this day on the Parish Website Events Page.
Confirmation Programme – Parents meeting on Monday 30th October at 7.30pm to go through the plans for this year’s programme.
To Parents of Teenagers; whether you are enjoying every minute or finding it a hard slog there is lots to be learnt from each other. Come and join us for six sessions to chat and relax. We will be using the Alpha parenting course to structure our discussions. Booking essential in order to cater for the wine… and the materials!! If you are interested please let the Parish Office know, charge of £10 to cover materials, dates; November 1/8/15/22/29/December 6th 7.30-9.30 Cranleigh Parish room
Saturday 18th November – The Parish will be holding a Requiem Mass on Saturday 18th November. This Mass is intended to remember all those recently departed in our community. Please come if you would like to remember someone special. Please forward this message onto anyone who you think would like to attend.
Saturday 20th January – New to the parish? Come to an evening reception for newcomers following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh on January 20th. If you have recently become involved in Cranleigh or Bramley, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please sign up here. Note: this is the 4th Nov meeting rescheduled to avoid Fireworks Night.
Tuesday 21st November – If you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre at Milford please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches. Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.
Christmas Decorations – We are looking to recruit a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend possibly 16+17/12. Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team.
Thursday 15th February 2018 – Please note there will be a 7-9pm Time of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers at St Josephs in Guildford.
Surrey Age UK hold a weekly Coffee Morning at Manns of Cranleigh coffee Shop in the High Street every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm. All over 50’s are welcome and no booking is required. It is a change to meet new people.
Next Care Group meeting is scheduled for 24th November at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.
Beresford has about 50 jam jars with lids available to anyone in the Parish – please contact him if you are in need of jam jars.
Mums and Dads – a date for your Diary – Join other Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th. We will be celebrating whole school mass at 1.45 and then the blessing and official opening of our new school entrance lobby. From 3.15-4.00pm we will have Open Classrooms. Bishop Richard will be celebrating mass with Fr. David and then opening the lobby and visiting classrooms after school during the Open Classrooms. We will then have informal refreshments for staff, governors and the Bishop from 4-4.45pm.
30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.
Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
FIRST READING (Exodus 22: 20-26)
R: I love you, Lord, my strength
I love you, Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my saviour. My God is the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold. The Lord is worthy of all praise: when I call I am saved from my foes. R
Long life to the Lord, my rock! Praised be the God who saves me. He has given great victories to his king and shown his love for his anointed. R
SECOND READING (1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10)
Alleluia, alleluia! Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son. Alleluia! or
Alleluia, alleluia! If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him. Alleluia!
GOSPEL (Matthew 22: 34-40)
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
Look, we pray, O Lord, on the offerings we make to your majesty, that whatever is done by us in your service may be directed above all to your glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
We will ring out our joy at your saving help and exult in the name of our God. or
Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering to God.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
May our Sacraments, O Lord, we pray, perfect in us what lies within them, that what we now celebrate in signs we may one day possess in truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Father David Osborne Tel: 07979515890 Parish Secretary: Tel: 01483 272075 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office open Tues: 9.00-12.00, Wed: 9.00-15.15, Thurs: 12.00-15.15, Fri 9.00-15.15
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The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses.
Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time. Parish Prayer Group – Thursdays at 8pm