Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
When someone met Jesus he made an immediate impression on him or her. It was impossible to ignore him, it would seem. And that is one of the things Jesus wanted, actually – that you didn’t ignore him but came to some sort of a mind straight away. Is Jesus credible – yes or no? Is he worth throwing in your lot with – yes or no? Is he the Son of God – yes or no? Can I depend upon him – yes or no? These and many other questions like them ask of us a response and a decision – what are we going to do about Him? Peter and Andrew left their boats and followed Jesus. So did James and John. Later on so did Matthew sitting outside his tax office and others too. The common theme is decision and then movement. Not procrastination and stasis. Jesus is a dynamic force and so is the Gospel. Or should be, anyway. To be a disciple of Jesus is therefore a dynamic response that leads to movement and decision. You can’t, in other words, follow Jesus if you stay exactly where you were before. How is it then that so many people do try to engage with Jesus in as peripheral way as possible? The shortest masses; the briefest prayers, the minimum adaptation to lifestyle, as little moral movement as can be got away with – it’s a dilemma that actually besets the Church at the moment. It’s also one that will have to change one way or another. It’s not really about becoming a “holy Joe”, or a bible-basher, but it is about searching for holiness in your own and your families’ life. It’s about knowing your scriptures – the story of God’s engagement and revelation of himself with “his” people throughout human history. It’s about actually knowing what Jesus said, or did, first hand, for yourself, with nothing mediating the experience except the experience and wisdom of your fellow pilgrims. It’s about, therefore, authenticity and change. Why do I stick those two things together? Because we need to change (and to have changed often) in order to become more truly the person we are called to be. A quick self-examination of personal attitudes and behaviour will teach you interiorly about where your heart truly lies. Is it in the world, with all the attitudes of the secular, capitalistic, materialistic world? Or it is in the spiritual and life giving that recognises your worth before you have made or done anything? Jesus is calling his disciples to relationship with God in Him. A relationship that is open, warm, forgiving, compassionate and loving. Will you follow Him today or do you need more time to think about it?
With my love and prayers. Fr D
Over the years, the 300 club has been here to help raise funds for the church. Over the past 10 years, over £11,000 has been raised. The draws start in January with a New Year draw and ends in December with a Christmas draw, with 12 monthly draws during the year.
Entry forms are available at the back of each church in the parish and should be returned no later than 4 February 2018 to be included in all the draws for the year. Return entries by putting them in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.
In the current year, there are 129 entries, each one costing £12. After taking away the prize money this had left £708 as a contribution to the church’s funds. Let’s see if we can make 2018 a bumper year and raise over £1000 for the church. Good luck!
Bramley Lunch – the first Bramley Lunch of 2018 will be held in Bramley Parish Room on Tuesday 30th January after the 11.30 a.m. Mass. If you would like to come and enjoy a home-cooked 2 course lunch with wine please sign the list in the porch of both churches. We look forward to seeing you there.
Baptism Course – The next course dates are 7th and 21st February and sign up form is available on the Parish Website Events Page.
Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February. There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.
Womens Word Day of Prayer will be hosted by our Parish in Cranleigh on Friday 2nd March with coffee from 10am, a service at 10.30am followed by coffee.
Men’s Curry and Movie Night
Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm-ish
The film will be the original Bladerunner (Directors Cut) starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young as lead characters. Two curries are on offer – Prawn Rogan Josh and a veggie option for abstinence – plus rice and some side dishes. Please bring own beers and wine to share.
Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering. All are welcome
There will be a POKOT report by Eugene McGivern at all Masses this weekend
2018 Social Calender –Your Parish of Cranleigh & Bramley invites you to a meeting on Wednesday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room to discuss opportunities and plans for the Parish in 2018. We value and need your contribution. Activities include a Quiz Night, CAMEO events, Summer Picnic, Summer Camping, kids events, Easter Card making, Shrove Pancake Day, Bingo Night etc. Organising teams are needed and if you would like to get involved this is a wonderful way in which to do it. Please let Tracy in the Parish Office know that you will be attending the Social Team Meeting.
What does an inclusive parish look like?
Saturday 27th January from 10.30am to 3.30pm beginning with mass at 10am (if you like). Parish Room Cranleigh. Bring a light lunch. Refreshments provided.
Join Margaret Fraher and Fr David to learn about making our parish truly inclusive and welcoming. This is a meeting that should appeal to everyone who welcomes, serves, or ministers in our masses. It is also for anyone who might like to make our parish a great place for people to find welcome and acceptance – and God’s presence. Please sign up via the parish office or online at our website.
Bridget Eacott is still seeking Jars for marmalade:
(Tel: 892406 or email: email@example.com)
Calling all singers to join the choir to sing Holy Week music
The rehearsals will be in Bramley every Monday evening from 8pm to 9pm starting Monday 12 February.
The final full rehearsal will be at Cranleigh on Saturday 24th March starting at 2pm. Everyone is welcome.
One Faith, One Lord, One Baptism
This year’s Churches Together Ecumenical Service will be a songs of praise
centred on the theme of Baptism.
Join the churches of Cranleigh for prayer and praise as we explore the themes of water, spirit and discipleship which are central to the gospel.
Time 18.30 Date: 21st January
Place: Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, St Nicholas Avenue, Cranleigh.
|Sunday 21st||Catholic Church||18.30 – 19.30||United Songs of Praise Service|
|Tuesday 23rd||Methodist Church *
St Nicholas Church
|Prayers and Discussion
Holy Communion Service
|Wednesday 24th||St Nicholas Church
|Ecumenical Morning Prayer
Meditation and Evening Prayer
|Thursday 25th||St Nicholas Church||10.30||Prayers for the Community|
Called by Name Retreat
Called by Name is a vocation retreat for young adults (aged 18-35) being held 9 – 11th February at Worth Abbey, Crawley. It offers an opportunity for you to tune-in more deeply to the call of Christ in your life, to discern His will for you, discover deeper meaning and direction in your life, and to grow in the trust and freedom to respond generously to the Gospel.
The weekend will include talks from a range of speakers from different walks of life, spiritual accompaniment, and space for prayer and reflection. The retreat is not aimed only at those discerning a possible call to religious life/priesthood, but to every young person seeking to know and live the call of Christ.
The cost is £63 for students/unwaged, £105 waged, and includes meals and accommodation. To book, or for more info, please contact Katrina on TOC@worth.org.uk / 01342 710318.