3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21st January 2018

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: bmeacott@hotmail.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
Monday 22nd      
Tuesday 23rd Methodist Church *

St Nicholas Church

Catholic Church

09.30

12.00

18.00

Prayers and Discussion

Holy Communion Service

Evening Prayer

Wednesday 24th St Nicholas Church

Catholic Church

08.00

18.00

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.


 

 

 

14.01.18 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

2nd collection for Pax Christi – Peace Sunday


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

You can’t have failed to have noticed that this week’s newsletter is back to the “big one” i.e. A3 as a mini-booklet.  Many people told me they really missed the readings being printed out for them, and to be honest, there was a paucity of room for news and notices in just two ides of A4.  I was also assured that funds would be forthcoming to pay for the extra paper used…!

During the coming week we are beginning the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins on Thursday through to the following Thursday.  At one time Ecumenism was big news – now not so.  What happened?  Well, a great deal of enthusiasm was injected in the early years and great hopes raised that, somehow, all the churches would become “one” once again and begin to sing from the same hymn sheet.  A huge amount of work was done to counter the centuries of division that had accumulated and the suspicions, hatreds, and jealousies of olden times. Between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church dialogue began and continues to this day through what is known as ARCIC which discussed such things as the nature of authority, Eucharist and holy orders (bishops, priests and deacons to most people!) and progress has been made.  But although things haven’t “cooled” exactly a certain momentum has been lost of late which is a shame as Jesus did ask the Father that we “all be one” and we should be.  As Catholics who believe that Christ’s Church is in its essence only one we should be in the forefront of efforts and initiatives aimed at reuniting Christ’s body here on earth, as any disunity is a serious fracture in the Body of Christ.  Please therefore, make attending some or all of the ecumenical opportunities this coming week or so a priority in some way – even if it is “only” to attend the United Service which we are hosting [this year] next Sunday.

Thank you to the many people who took the time and energy to complete the parish questionnaire on Mission and Ministry.  The papers received (over 50 of them) have provided a large amount of information which is being collated right at this moment and which will be presented at some form of open meeting in due course. (Watch this space…)  I have been very impressed by the work put in and hope that we can use this to build on for an outward looking, mission orientated, gospel greedy parish.  With my love and prayers.  Fr D


This week the 2nd collection will be for Pax Christi Peace Sunday, the work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith.  Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms.  Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice.


The Liturgy Group will meet in the church rooms at St Thomas More on Tuesday 16th January at 8pm.


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 ring Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083 or 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.


Mens Curry and Movie Night – Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm.  Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering.   All are welcome.


Sunday Prayers of the Faithful
We currently have a small team of people who compose the Bidding Prayers, or Intercessions, for Sunday Mass. This means that they are not just left to the clergy to compose but reflect what the people wish to pray for at various times.   If you would like to join the team, (it amounts to composing them every seven weeks or so and guidance will be given) do please let Tracy know in the Parish Office soon.


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.


On Sunday 14th January Father David will join the celebrations inducting Reverend Graham Hoslett to the Wonersh United Reformed Church.


WORLD DAY OF PEACE – 14 JANUARY

This Sunday, the Church in England & Wales celebrates the World Day of Peace. Each year, the Pope issues a special message for the Day. This year, Pope Francis has taken the theme Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace He says: in a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those forced to leave their homelands. This required four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.

Welcoming involves expanding legal pathways for entry and balancing our concerns about national security with concern for fundamental human rights.

Protecting has to do with our duty to recognize and defend the inviolable dignity of those who flee real dangers.

Promoting entails supporting the integral human development of migrants and refugees.

Integrating means allowing refugees and migrants to participate fully in the life of the society that welcomes them.


CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, would like to invite you to the CAFOD Breakfast in The Friary, Crawley on Saturday the 3rd of February 10 for 10:30-midday. Their Head of International Development, Maria Gonzalez, and their Head of Humanitarian Work, Giovanna Reda, will be sharing and update on CAFOD’s work such as in Emergencies in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and their work in Zimbabwe which is the focus of the upcoming Family Fast Day. Croissants and hot drinks will be served. More information from the local CAFOD office 01483 898 866. All are welcome to this free event.


Jars for marmalade:

I see that marmalade oranges are already in the market. If anyone has spare jam jars, could they please let me have them so that I can fill them with marmalade to sell in aid of the Cranleigh Parish Room. Put them in the porches, preferably in Bramley, or let me know and I will pick them up from you. Many thanks, Bridget Eacott (Tel: 892406 or email: bmeacott@hotmail.com)


Can you spare 2 hours a week to help a local family?  Home-Start in Waverley is looking for volunteers with parenting experience to help vulnerable families in Cranleigh and the surrounding areas. Home-Start works with young families who are experiencing difficulties. Our trained volunteers offer practical and emotional support to parents through weekly home-visits and organised events.

Our next Volunteer Preparation Course starts in March 2018 and provides all the knowledge you’ll need to support a local family with young children.

If you have a couple of hours spare each week and would like to find out more, please call 01252 737453 or email info@homestartwaverley.org


 

The Epiphany of the Lord -07.01.18

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Epiphany is a kind of journey in many ways:  from hiddenness to revelation, from prophecy to reality, from darkness to dawn, from ignorance to wisdom and knowledge.  For Herod it is also a journey into fear and doubt as he wonders about his own legacy and rule.  Who will this “King of the Jews” turn out to be?  What threat does he pose to Herod’s position as a despotic ruler?

Like all journeys we are never the same on the return leg.  We have been changed both by the journeying and by what we saw once we arrived.  We have become a new person in some ways, whilst still retaining many of our old selves’ attributes.  I suppose it’s what we call “pilgrimage.”

To be on pilgrimage implies movement and moving from one place to another; to a fresh realisation from old certainties; a change of state, or status and, I suppose, being alive!  It is to be searching for the place of the dawn, the source of grace, the reality of God; the meaning of faith, hope and love; and a seeking after knowledge, wisdom grace and mercy.

To not be in movement towards those things (and others besides) implies a kind of death, or at least, a kind of disability; a “satisfied with things as they are” kind of approach – a resignation to the status quo.  It has been said many times by many different people that if Jesus Christ IS the Son of God then that simple fact changes absolutely everything.  If he is NOT the Son of God then everything is in vain and “we are the most unfortunate of men” to quote St Paul.  To be on a journey of faith is to travel into this mystery of revelation who is Jesus.

I suppose to be on pilgrimage in faith is to imply that it is not immediately clear what, exactly, Jesus changes.  Or better, how he changes everything.  That we believe he does change everything invites us to search out very carefully what is made new by his coming, his teaching, his death and resurrection and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Church.  And what is made irrelevant.  Much of what we consider essential in life, once we have discovered Christ, is, in fact, essentially irrelevant.  We then have to drop those things and travel on.  Only lighter and freer.

With my love

Fr David


 

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

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.   Have you registered with us? – Are you new (or old) to the parish but have not given us your details?  Make a note to yourself to tell us about yourself in the new year once Christmas has quietened down a bit.  It really does help us communicate with you, visit you, and know who’s who in the Parish.


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed by Churches Together in Cranleigh from the 18th to the 25th January and notices about the services will be distributed shortly.


Finance Appeal – have you returned an updated Standing Order form to Trish yet?  Have you thought about joining the Gift Aid Scheme if you pay tax and are not yet a member?  If you do the Chancellor gives us an extra 25% at no extra cost to you.  See Trish for further info.


Exploring CAFOD – You are invited to Explore CAFOD with us on Friday 26th January 10:30am-1pm in St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Woking. We will gather for tea, coffee and croissants and take part in activities and presentations about CAFOD. Where does CAFOD work? What do they do? How can we help? These and other questions answered. All are welcome. Do join us and let the local CAFOD office know you’re coming to ensure we’ve enough croissants and for directions. 01483 898 866 arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk


Can you spare 2 hours a week to help a local family?  Home-Start in Waverley is looking for volunteers with parenting experience to help vulnerable families in Cranleigh and the surrounding areas. Home-Start works with young families who are experiencing difficulties. Our trained volunteers offer practical and emotional support to parents through weekly home-visits and organised events.

Our next Volunteer Preparation Course starts in March 2018 and provides all the knowledge you’ll need to support a local family with young children.

If you have a couple of hours spare each week and would like to find out more, please call 01252 737453 or email info@homestartwaverley.org


Parish Mission – Have you returned your questionnaire yet?  Or even looked at it?  Can I urge you to, please, as not only are your opinions important to us and the Bishop, but the fact that you are thinking about the mission and life of the Church, and your part in it, will be a great advantage to us.


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 27th January 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. 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 Good News of Jesus Christ” by Charles Whitehead; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.

website: www.altonrenewal.com

Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

Next month’s meeting is on 24th February:  “The Spirit has anointed me” – guest speaker Fr Anthony Meredith