Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 29th October 2017

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 29th October 2017
Sat 28th Bramley 2.30pm Baptism of Olufemi Ajayi
  Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass  
Sun 29th Bramley 9.00am Parish Mass
  Cranleigh 11.00am Parish Mass  
Tues 31st Bramley 11.30am Mass  
Wed 1st Cranleigh

Bramley

11.00am

8.00pm

Mass of All Saints

Mass of All Saints

 

Roger Bracking (RIP)

Thur 2nd Cranleigh

Bramley

10.00am

8.00pm

Mass of All Souls

Mass of All Souls

 
Fri 3rd Cranleigh 10.00am Mass – St Winifride David Tyler (Int)
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th November 2017
Sat 4th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass  
  Cranleigh 5.00pm Vigil Mass earlier due to Village Bonfire Peggy & Peter Hodge (RIP)
Sun 5th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Parish Mass

Parish Mass

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

faith-hope-charity-kathy-barney.jpgThe 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.

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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.

all_saints_day.jpgWed1st/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.

all-are-welcome_orig.jpegSaturday 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.

a8fa9388e79d080b154bd9abd2073f66.pngChristmas 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.


14-rejoice.jpg30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.

THE COLLECT

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)

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

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)

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

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

COMMUNION ANTIPHON

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 jcromcloud@icloud.com

Office open Tues: 9.00-12.00, Wed: 9.00-15.15, Thurs: 12.00-15.15, Fri 9.00-15.15

The Presbytery St Nicolas Ave Cranleigh GU6 7AQ  www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk

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

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22nd October 2017

From Father David – Dear Brothers and Sisters

At last week’s Finance Committee meeting we looked at the first ¾ of the financial year’s results and can see a trend that is starting to become alarming – that is, that our expenditure is overtaking our income from the Offertory.  It is my duty to try to steward the resources of the parish and one of the largest expenditures which I think has got out of hand is the administration costs.  The newsletter you have in your hand is an attempt to save money whilst retaining the essential information that is required to keep you informed of events and information about celebrations, baptisms, funerals etc..  You can see that we have lost the readings from the “back page.”  Printing the Mass in full each week means that we have to use A3 paper folded to form a small leaflet.  A3 paper is less commonly used than A4 and is thus more expensive.  A4 is relatively reasonably priced and simple to photocopy.  So we are going to try and move to an A4 double sided newsletter for each Sunday.  The full newsletter will still be sent via email to anyone on our parish database and roll – so if you don’t get it (and you have an email address) it may well be that you haven’t given the Office your details.  Having those details helps us to help you so please – keep them up to date and if you haven’t given us them please do so as soon as possible.

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It seems a good time to draw attention to money as Jesus tells us to give to Caesar what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God.  The Church operates in the same world as you and I do – we have electricity and gas and water to pay for.  Council Tax and repairs to the fabric.  Garden maintenance is a constant theme at Bramley and Cranleigh.  We have to pay for candles for the altars, wine and communion wafers for the Eucharist.  We have to buy the votive candles so that you can use them in your devotions.  We have salaries to pay and a share to send to the Diocese in order to help run the Diocese and pay for the help they in turn give us when we need it.  All of these things have increased many times over during the last few years – but our giving has probably remained static.  We haven’t had a stewardship appeal for over 4 years now but we are planning one soon as we need to all work together and pay our share to keep our beautiful and vibrant churches alive and running.  Please think about this so that when we launch an appeal it doesn’t come as a surprise to you!!

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

Office-Closed.jpgPlease note the Parish Office will be closed Tuesday 24th October to Friday 27th October.  Reopen as normal on Tuesday 2nd November.

Emails and voicemails can be left and the website has sign-up sheets for some events.

29th-sunday-in-ordinary-time-1-728.jpgSpecial Collection this Sunday for MISSIO – envelopes are in the porches

The collection on World Mission Sunday is taken up in every parish in the world.  It will ensure that the Church, and its priests and missionaries bring the message of peace to everyone who is suffering through sorrow and conflict.

In South Sudan, after decades of war and horrific violence, one corner of the country is thriving and growing.  Bishop Paride’s Peace Village in Kuron is a living example of St. Francis’s prayer where revenge has become understanding, hatred has become friendship and love is growing in the hearts of a new generation.

Please pray for the Missions and please give generously this weekend to help sow love around the world.  Gift Aid envelopes are in the porch.

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A young boy in Form 1 of the Mission secondary school, Twale Kapel Robert, fell ill on Monday 9 October and was taken by the school Principal to the East Pokot Medical Project clinic (a Mission project) where he was diagnosed with a bladder and kidney infection. He was kept overnight pending transfer the next morning to hospital. He was given antibiotics and some improvement was noticed during the night. But he began to deteriorate and the clinic team set out with Robert on the four hour journey to the nearest hospital with X-ray and ultra sound facilities where he was found to have appendix and urinary tract infections. He was kept fasting in preparation for an operation the next morning but sadly passed away in the middle of the night. His body was taken to the mortuary until the family could be informed.  Here is Fr Conway’s subsequent report which does not make easy reading.
“On our visit to the family of the late Twala Kapel Robert on Monday 16 October we learned (after two of our teachers waded across the Kerio River with water up to their chest), that the family lived in a very remote setting in a homestead three and a half hours from Barpello.The father of Robert disappeared mysteriously over three years ago, he has never been seen since and is presumed dead. This is still very upsetting for them. In the last 12 months two young family members died, their uncle who lived at home died in the last month. The women of the house are mourning according to Pokot Tradition. Now with the tragic news of the death of their son they are confused. It was expressed to us that they do not want the boy to be buried at home. They are trying to grapple with the question as to why there is so much death in their family. To add to the sad news of the passing of Robert, a close relative was washed away in the River Kerio, the body has not been found yet.
Yesterday, we had to bury Robert in an unmarked grave in the bush in the presence of over 230 students from Barpello High School and with community members. Robert’s mother was not there. If BHS had not taken the body from the mortuary, it would have been left there, only to be discarded in some weeks. We bought a soda for all present, to help make the occasion rise a little above the sadness.Thanks for your support.   Fr David”
Fr Conway told me he found the funeral a very, very difficult occasion. The family of course had no money so the school paid £1400 to cover all the hospital and funeral costs.  I have asked him if the Pound a Week Group could help the family in any way and will keep you informed. Since then a  number of members have already asked if they could help. I would like to include something in my next transfer of funds for Fr Conway to give to the family and if anyone would like to make a small contribution, have a word with me or alternatively just pop a donation into one of the orange Pound a Week Group envelopes and place it in the collection basket.
Eugene McGivern. Tel 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com

54ece08b7b574b559d1b798a48307738.jpgADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 28th October 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.

For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

ortolunchwithus.png 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.

timthumb.php.jpegTues 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.

Remembering-All-Souls-On-November-2nd-All-Souls-Day.jpg 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 10am 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.

welcome.jpgSaturday 4th November – The Parish would like to invite all newcomers to the Parish to an evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh.   If you have recently become involved in the Cranleigh or Bramley Parish, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please let the Parish Office know that you would like to attend.

lighting-candle-over-grave-annual-blessing-graves-ratchaburi-province-thailand-73888668.jpgSunday 5th November – The Parish holds an annual blessing of 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.

5bHXr1sNnj.jpg Saturday 11th November- 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 Events Page.

images.jpegConfirmation Programme – Parents meeting on Monday 30th October at 7.30pm to go through the plans for this year’s programme.  Please sign your child up to the programme on the Parish Events page of the website.

courses-8.jpgTo 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

requiem-font-1-big.png 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.

Milford_1.jpgTuesday 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.

18mnquyoxw858jpg.jpgChristmas 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.

St_Joseph's_RC_Church,_Eastgate_Gardens,_Guildford_(April_2014)_(Front).JPGThursday 15th February 2018 – Please note there will be a 7-9pm Recollection Meeting for Extraordinary Ministers at St Josephs in Guildford.

3753883_1_O.jpgCongratulations to the 300 Club winners for October.  1st prize to The Southwell Family, 2nd to R Boodle, 3rd to M Hough.29

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15.10.17

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 Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 14th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 15th          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Thomas Hall

Tues 17th        Bramley          10.00am          Mass – St Ignatius of Antioch

Cranleigh         12noon            Funeral of Pat Hind

Wed 18th        Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass – St Luke

Thurs 19th       Bramley          11.00am          Funeral of Norah Voller

Fri 20th           Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Sat 21st           Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

 Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 21st           Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 22nd         Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

 

Special Collection next Sunday for MISSIO

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

In my last parish, my Treasurer used to tell me of any important parish event – “Make them pay something, even if only a few quid, that way you will get commitment.”  Strangely enough, she was exactly right – if we charged for something we generally got the same number of people turning up as had indicated they were interested.  On the other hand, if it was free (and there was no wine advertised as part of the occasion) people would say they were coming but on the night mysteriously failed to show.  Human nature heh!

So, what about the kingdom of God?  Over the last few weeks we have been listening to a few parables from Jesus of the Kingdom which often begin “The kingdom of God is like”, or can “be compared to” and so on.  Today The Kingdom is compared to a King who gave a banquet but those who were invited all demurred because of something “more important” which had come up.  In fact, the invitations are treated with complete disdain and even violence towards the messengers.  So, the scope of the invitation is widened to the highways and byways of the countryside – the peasants in other words – and they come to the banquet.  But there is someone for whom this becomes not such good news.  There is a man without a wedding garment.

Scholars have debated this for centuries.  What must be born in mind that a parable has many layers it is not a “true” story in the sense we are used to but most often it invokes an emotional response within us.  What is this mysterious “wedding garment?”

Well the wedding garment is clearly an appropriate dress for such an occasion as a royal wedding feast.  To be wearing one is to have made an effort to respond to the generous, and unlooked for invitation to participate.  So, what the King is seeking after is an appropriate response to a generous gift.  In the world of everyday Christianity what do you think is “appropriate response” towards God’s grace?  In other words what in our lives demonstrates our response of faith towards God’s generous and compassionate love?  Are we robed up in the robe of righteousness and gladness or are we just skulking?  It’s worth thinking about wouldn’t you say?

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

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Sunday 15th October

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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Wednesday 18th October

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.   Please sign up to the next Baptism course which is Wed 18th October and Wednesday 25th October on the Parish Events Website.

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Sunday 22nd October

World Mission Sunday Collection

The collection on World Mission Sunday is taken up in every parish in the world.  It will ensure that the Church, and its priests and missionaries bring the message of peace to everyone who is suffering through sorrow and conflict.

In South Sudan, after decades of war and horrific violence, one corner of the country is thriving and growing.  Bishop Paride’s Peace Village in Kuron is a living example of St. Francis’s prayer where revenge has become understanding, hatred has become friendship and love is growing in the hearts of a new generation.

Please pray for the Missions and please give generously next weekend to help sow love around the world.

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 ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 28th October 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 “The Gift of Faith” by Fr Anthony Meredith; 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 25th November, our guest speaker will be Kristina Cooper talking about “The greatest gift – Love.”

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Saturday 4th November

The Parish would like to invite all newcomers to the Parish to an evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh.   If you have recently become involved in the Cranleigh or Bramley Parish, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please let the Parish Office know that you would like to attend.

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Sunday 5th November

The Parish holds an annual blessing of 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.

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Saturday 11th November

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.

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Confirmation Programme

The confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world.

The programme runs from each September through to mid-June.  If you would like your child to take part in the forthcoming confirmation programme please sign up on the Parish Events page of the Parish Website.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 8th October 2017

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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 8th October 2017

Sat 7th             Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Baptism of Lorraine C Casey

 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 7th             Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 8th            Bramley          9.00am            Parish Harvest Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Harvest Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Zachary Martyn

Baptist Church 6.30pm            Harvest Songs of Praise

Tues 10th        Bramley          10.00am          Mass – St Paulinus of York

Wed 11th        Cranleigh         7.00pm            Mass – St John XXIII

Thurs 12th       Bramley          10.00am          Mass – St Wilfrid

Fri 13th           Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass – St Edward the Confessor

 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 14th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 15th          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Thomas Hall

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Message from Father David – Dear Brothers and Sisters

It has been a busy week after my holiday but it was good to get away and relax.  I gather Fr Albert was entertaining!

One of the reasons we have holidays and vacations is to give ourselves a rest.  It’s quite amazing how much more productive we can be after a cup of coffee and a short sit down on a busy day.  We need that break and change of tempo in order to rejuvenate ourselves and be reenergised.

Harvest is a time of year that we take stock of the fruitfulness of the earth – “fruit of the earth and work of human hands” as the prayers on reception of the Gifts put it.  We give thanks for the rich abundance of produce that we enjoy – in times past this was the time to restock the larders of our homes ready for the bleakness of winter in which nothing grows (except sprouts) and hoping that things will last until the new seasons growth.  Winter was a time when the earth “rested” in time for spring’s lush growth.

However, our food supply has, for a long time now, been divorced from this natural seasonal rhythm.  We can have strawberries on the Christmas table and sprouts any time of year we wish.  But this all comes at a cost – a cost that will ultimately rebound on us all if we are not careful.  This constant production of food is sustained through artificial fertilisers – most nitrates which cause fantastic growth and production.  But that nitrogen running off fields into streams and then into rivers and then into estuaries causes many problems – most commonly the growth of algae which starves the waters of oxygen and kills all wildlife – fish, corals, crabs – you name it.  This is becoming a real problem and one we ignore at our peril.

We are called to steward the resources of the earth and to work for and maintain the common good.  This isn’t just our common good but the good of all peoples and all living things and of the very planet itself.  Are we stewarding our lives as we ought?  Do I gratefully use what I have received but use if wisely and carefully and give thanks for the blessings I have received through it?  This Harvest time let us reflect on how we can be better stewards.

 

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Weekend of 7th and 8th October

The Masses this weekend will celebrate the gifts of creation and harvest.

On the Sunday Mass, parishioners are traditionally requested to bring tinned goods and non-perishable items which are brought up at the offertory.  These goods are then presented to the Guildford Homeless Charity Number Five.

There is also a Churches Together in Cranleigh event at the Cranleigh Baptist Church on Sunday 8th October at 6.30pm at which Songs of the Harvest will be sung.  It would be wonderful to see a large number of our Catholic Parishioners at this event.  Please make the effort to attend.

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Saturday 7th October

As part of the preparation for Planning Applications to Waverley Borough Council, the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust [CVHT] Trustees are holding an exhibition, outlining the planned provision of 20 Community Beds and related healthcare facilities on the Knowle Lane site.  There is an opportunity to view the exhibition at its public opening on 10.00am – 4.00pm at The Arts Centre before moving indefinitely to the patio area at Oliver House in the High Street.

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Sunday 15th October

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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Wednesday 18th October

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.   Please sign up to the next Baptism course which is Wed 18th October and Wednesday 25th October on the Parish Events Website.

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CAFOD MPC Training

Saturday 21st October from 10am to 1pm Could you ensure that the voices of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power? Please consider becoming a CAFOD MP Correspondent. The training session is for anyone who is interested at St Joan of Arc Church Tilford road Farnham GU9 8DJ. To book your place please contact Jo on 01252 329385 or email jlewry@cafod.org.uk

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Saturday 28th October

The Parish would like to invite all those people who have undertaken the RCIA course in the last five years to join a Shared Lunch in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 12noon.  This will be an opportunity to celebrate becoming a member of the Catholic Church.  If you would like to join this lunch please email the Parish office 06.10.17.

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Saturday 4th November

The Parish would like to invite all newcomers to the Parish to an evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh.   If you have recently become involved in the Cranleigh or Bramley Parish, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please let the Parish Office know that you would like to attend.

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Sunday 5th November

The Parish holds an annual blessing of 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.

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Saturday 11th November

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.

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Confirmation Programme

The confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world.

The programme runs from each September through to mid-June.  If you would like your child to take part in the forthcoming confirmation programme please sign up on the Parish Events page of the Parish Website.

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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.

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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.

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CAFOD Office volunteer

Do you have a few hours free during the week to volunteer in the CAFOD Portsmouth office at St Mary’s church Aldershot GU12 4RX. Office volunteers help with a range of administrative tasks from data entry to contacting volunteers. If you are computer competent and happy using Word and Excel then please contact Jo on 01252 329385 or email jlewry@cafod.org.uk for more information.

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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 Parish office if you would like to be part of this team.