17th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 29th July 2018

Opening-hours.pngOffice Opening Hours

Father David will be taking holiday leave and will be away from the Parish Monday 23rdJuly returning Tuesday 31stJuly.

During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am with the only full week closure being 6thto 12thAugust.   Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours.  Thank you.

Check_please_logo.jpgI’m looking for the person who is currently using Gift Aid envelopes numbered 132.  This box of envelopes has been picked up from Cranleigh church porch and the envelopes are currently being used to make donations to the offertory.  The box was not picked up by the “registered owner” of envelopes numbered 132.  If you find you have this box of envelopes please get in touch with me so that I can properly sign you up to Gift Aid and provide you with your own box of envelopes and a new unique number.

Please contact Trish Ellis – by telephone 01483 271314, mobile 07835 452898 or email trish@charters.eu.com.  Thank you!

logo.jpgInternship at DABCEC:  With the Diocesan Formation Team from September 2018 for one  year.  This opportunity is appropriate to those with an interest in formation work within the Church or who wish to develop and evidence work-place skills and who may be waiting for places at university or longer-term work opportunities. Closing date 31st July.  Please see poster in Church Porch or contact Canon Kieron O’Brien, Episcopal Vicar For Formation, with a supporting statement and CV, if appropriate: canonkieron@gmail.com

Unknown-1.jpegYouth 2000: Walsingham 5-Day Camping Festival:   23rd – 27th August.  For 16 – 35 year olds. Families also welcome.  Please see poster or visit www.youth2000.org

91aed9_e7a884b5db2a46eca3ff909a8d5791c6~mv2.pngInclusion Festival (IFAB) :  A day to celebrate diversity in our Diocese and the value of each person.  All welcome.  At St Wilfrid’s School on Sunday 16th September, 2018, from 11 am.  Mass with Bishop Richard at 2.30 pm.  Picnic lunch needed.   Please book at margaret.fraher@dabnet.org

 

Dialogue-logo-new.pngAnnual Dialogue and Unity Day 2018 : Come along, bring your friends from other Churches, share your experiences of working, praying and growing together. Our theme is the Role of Christian Unity in the Renewal of the Church.  We will hear from Fr Sebastian Ostrynski, Head of the Chemin Neuf Community in the UK, a Catholic community with a charism for ecumenism.   Times of prayer, sharing  and information.  Bring a packed lunch, tea, coffee and cake provided. Book your place at ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

13-14-CSW_Logo_Circle_CMYK.png  Diocesan Grandparents’ Week in our Parishes and Schools:  September 29th to October 7th is the special week for Grandparents.  Look out for events in your local Schools.

cga e&w.jpgDiocesan Grandparents’ Formation Day:  Thursday 4th October, St John The Evangelist, Horsham,starts with parish Mass at 10 am, until 3.30 pm. (Packed lunch needed).  Theme  “Practical Ways of Encouraging Your Grandchildren in the Faith”.  Book at katherine.bergin@dabnet.org

G-TEC-image.pngDay for Communications and Media: Saturday 6th October, at DABCEC, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley, RH10 6RP, from 10 am to 1 pm. Focus this year on developing the content and promoting the uptake of the A & B News.  Book at ruth.gerun@dabnet.orgor www.dabnet.org/CoursesandEvents/Communications

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Marriage Anniversaries Mass :  Saturday 6th October, at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill, 11.30 am, celebrated by Bishop Richard, for those couples celebrating a special anniversary in 2018.  Booking essential – contact rosie.read@dabnet.orgfor a booking form.

Logo.pngSupporting the Bereaved Course:  Could you support your Parish Priest by becoming a friend to those parishioners who are bereaved?  Could you walk beside them in their grief?  Why not talk to your Parish Priest about the next course?  Introductory Day on Friday 9th November, from 9.45 to     3.30 pm at The Christian Education Centre, Crawley.  Course runs over seven Tuesdays between 15th January and 5th March, not on 19th February.  Contact katherine.bergin@dabnet.org

ADLAmp.jpgMarriage Preparation Catechists’ Annual  Reflection  and Formation Day:                                On Saturday 24th November, 9.45  – 4, at The Christian Education Centre in Crawley, with input from Bishop Richard.  Packed lunch needed.  Book at katherine.bergin@dabnet.org

jp.jpgJustice & Peace Assembly 2019:  Date for your diary:  Saturday 26th January, 2019 : Theme “Human Trafficking”.

chilworth-2012.jpgYou are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing,around the theme ‘Feed my Sheep’, given by Rev. Fr Anthony Meredith. on Sat, 18th of August, 2018. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and, if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22.07.18

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Last weekend I told you that our new Mission Team was meeting on Monday to work on the first ideas that came from your feedback from the Bishop’s questionnaire, our subsequent open meetings at Cranleigh and Bramley, and the Bishop’s presentations to us last wintertime.

Six of us met at St John’s Seminary for a whole day meeting where we prayed together, listened to one another and did two large pieces of work to help us work out a vision statement for our parish. This involved thinking, first, about all the things that would make a very bad parish.

Why did we do that?

Well, because if we had asked for all the best things that make a parish we might have blindspots due to familiarity that would prevent us from seeing what things make for a truly great parish.  Doing it the other way – what would we hate to see in a parish opened our eyes to a larger range of things that contribute to the ‘vibe’ and working of a parish.  However, we didn’t stop there but, once we had this amazing rich list of things we would never want to see we asked ourselves what was the opposite side of those things – in other words the things that would make for a great parish. If you want to see what we came up with take a look at the website version of this piece.  There’s a photo online.

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Following review of the parish questionnaire feedback sheets and our own brain-storm of the key components required in any Mission Effective parish, we distilled our lists to three broad headings:

Liturgy/Worship   –    Community   –   Outreach

From this distillation the following statement was crafted to represent the heart of what our parish would stand for:

“Through our worship in prayer and liturgy we seek always to become a community of faith, hope and love, building inclusive relationships with people of faith and none, reaching out to those in need”.

You will see that everything builds from our collective prayer and worship of God, which inspires and equips us to become a true community of faith, hope and love which is a never-ending work – always building. Always building what? Relationships – both internally that strengthen the community and outwardly to draw all people in. Inclusive because no one is excluded and to those in need – whatever that might be – because our response to Jesus call is to serve.

I hope you can see that this is now a major step forward against which we will begin to measure all our work and worship. This is only the beginning we know and there is a whole lot of work ahead of the Mission Team as we seek to make this simple statement a reality.  Ask yourself – what would make this happen in worship, with youth, with the lapsed, and so on.

With my love and prayers as always, Fr David

Opening-hours.pngOffice Opening Hours 

Father David will be taking holiday leave and will be away from the Parish Monday 23rdJuly returning Tuesday 31stJuly.

During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am with the only full week closure being 6thto 12thAugust.   Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours.  Thank you.

The Bramley Parish Room will be closed

from 16th July for a week. This is due to redecoration of the main room, hallway and toilet. These rooms will not be available for use during this time. The office room will not be included and will be available, if required, for use during that week.

Holiday-Fund-Money-Box.jpg SUMMER HOLIDAYS

“You did not choose me but I chose you: and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you. This I command you to love one another.” J 15, 16-17

As a parish community we would like to ensure that every family can get a break away during the summer holidays. Please let us know if you would appreciate some assistance in organising/funding a few days away. The forms to be filled are in the porches of both churches.

At the same time, we are appealing for your support for this initiative. We ask most importantly for your prayers. Secondly please let us know if you have a holiday place or any accommodation that you would be happy for somebody to use for part of the holidays. Last of all we would appreciate any financial support you can offer.  If you would like to donate any funds directly to the Parish bank account, details can be obtained from the Parish Office. Please make sure that you specify the purpose of your donation as “holiday fund”.

Unknown.jpegGreat Pokot News

Last week we sent the Pokot Missions the incredible sum of £12,300. Of this, £3,235 went to Fr Conway at the Barpello Mission. £970 of that is for school fees for two pupils being sponsored by members of the Pound a Week Group. £250 was donated specifically for Fr Conway to purchase a second cow for the bereaved and impoverished family of Robert Twalakapel, the pupil of the Mission school who tragically died from acute appendicitis.  The balance of £2,015 is for Fr Conway to use where he sees the greatest need,

Some £9,065 went to Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission which included £7,000 to enable him to furnish the new classroom at his nursery school and build a much-needed school storeroom. The balance of £2,065 was for Fr Sean to use at his discretion where he sees the greatest need. I will report in due course when I hear how the discretionary amounts are to be used. Thank you all for your very generous support for the Pokot Mission’s projects. Eugene McGivern 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com

first_communion-1024x576.pngFirst Holy Communion CoursePlease note you are able to register interest for your child to attend the next First Holy Communion course to the Parish Office.    Once all interest has been received a letter will go to those registered inviting them to a parent’s session.  Registration will close Sunday 12thAugust.

RideStride_Logo_CMYK.jpg Ride+Strideis a great initiative by Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, part of a national network dedicated to helping churches in need.  The annual Ride+Stride takes place on Saturday 8th September, with the aims of raising money for church restoration & repair and having a fun day out.

Participants – both cyclists and walkers – ask friends and colleagues to sponsor them with an amount for every church they visit on the day. As an additional perk, many of these churches offer visitors delicious refreshments and an opportunity to look around.

The money that is collected through sponsorship is then divided into two. Half goes to the church of the cyclist’s choice; the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen or so years that Ride+Stride has been running in Surrey they have raised over £250,000 for the county’s churches.

Ride+Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant afternoon in September while at the same time supporting a very worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year?

For further information please visit the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust website.

We are grateful to the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for their kind support of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal.

Samson-small-logo.jpg Running 10K for MS Samson Centre in Guildford

I am running my first ever 10K to help the Samson Centre, Guildford which provideswonderful support and services for MS sufferers.  If you would like to sponsor me and you will see details here (I am third from the left in pic)

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=922395.  Thank you, Christina Wyllie,

15318439834061984960877.jpgOne of our Parish Families are relocating and hope to sell their car.  It’s automatic, not too big, very reliable and easy to drive.  It’s a 2009 Mazda 3 Takara 1.6.  Lisa is the second owner and has had it for 7 years just for going to work and the school run.  It has 83,000 miles on the clock.  Asking price £2750 ono.  If you are interested please contact Tracy in the Parish Office and she can put you in touch.

Check_please_logo.jpg I’m looking for the person who is currently using Gift Aid envelopes numbered 132.  This box of envelopes has been picked up from Cranleigh church porch and the envelopes are currently being used to make donations to the offertory.  The box was not picked up by the “registered owner” of envelopes numbered 132.  If you find you have this box of envelopes please get in touch with me so that I can properly sign you up to Gift Aid and provide you with your own box of envelopes and a new unique number.

Please contact Trish Ellis – by telephone 01483 271314, mobile 07835 452898 or email trish@charters.eu.com.  Thank you!

ADORE-logo-COL.pngADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 28th July 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 (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Good News and Gospel” – Canon Jeremy Garratt; 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 Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 18th August. “The Church exists to evangelise” – Fr Mark Hogan
DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER GROUP?
We often have enquiries from people keen to develop their spirituality and to join or form a prayer group with a charismatic flavour.
Please let me know if you have a group, and we will list it on the ADoRE website; or if you wish to find or form a group, let me know too.
Yours in Christ – Alastair Emblem, On behalf of the ADoRE Core Group

St_Edmund_King_and_Martyr's_Church,_Croft_Road,_Godalming_(April_2015)_(3).jpg Parish Assistant

The Catholic Parish of St. Edmund’s, Godalming is looking for a part-time Parish Assistant to work initially 10 hours a week, administratively supporting the Parish Priest and his renewal team. Good administrative and organisational abilities are essential together with a capability of working with computers and digital communications. Knowledge of the Catholic Church would be a great advantage in this role as well as experience of working with people in a religious or pastoral setting. There is the expectation that in the future the number of hours worked will increase by mutual agreement. The hourly rate will be £10 – £12 per hour. For a job description and the details of how to apply please e-mail stedmundschurch@outlook.com. The closing date is Monday 9th July 2018.

You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing,around the theme ‘Feed my Sheep’, given by Rev. Fr Anthony Meredith. on Sat, 18th of August, 2018. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and, if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com

Vacancies-Sign.jpgPROJECT VACANCY

St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales)

The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian charity providing practical help to those in need through local community projects and a network of 10,000 volunteer members

We are seeking to recruit a research and project development officer to work with young adults and other stakeholders across England and Wales.

1833 Research and Project Development Officer – £27k pa pro rata. 3 days per week. One-year contract. Home-based + national travel.

To review, re-model, project plan and potentially produce resources for our programme for 18-30-year olds in preparation for a service re-launch in Sept 2019.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Review, analysis and evaluation of current model
  • Re-model current 1833 into suitable models for parishes and universities
  • Project scope and planning for resource development
  • Resource production (subject to funding)

The successful candidate will have to meet the essential person specifications as well as key competencies.

Applications are invited from individuals who can empathise with the Society’s ethos and work and who have an excellent standard of written and spoken English.

For an application pack and further details download the application pack from the vacancies section of the SVP website:https://www.svp.org.uk/current-vacancies-paid-and-voluntary

Closing date: 10:00 on Wednesday 25th July 2018

Interviews: Thursday 26th July 2018

Start date: Wednesday 29th August 2018

 

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomers Rosa & Oliver Bond M Shine

A Streeter

Small Family
1st Reading Paddy Regan D Meech K Mantle
2nd Reading Katherine Bergin J Golding

S Hyde

S Knowles
EMHC J Finlayson

I Watts

W Bracking

L Collins

J Glynn

M Laker

K Swindells

B Milner

A Garrett

J Garrett

D McMahon

P McMahon

C Sanders

V Miles

P Scully

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters

St Paul’s Letter to the church in Ephesus is one of the loveliest.  There are some absolutely beautiful passages throughout it that are well worth reading and thinking deeply about. Today, we are given a portion of the first chapter and what a fantastic first chapter!  Novelists apparently try to arrest our attention in the first few lines, or paragraphs and St Paul has “totally nailed it” as the BGT judges are always saying.

There is so much in just this short 11 verses that could prove a very fruitful meditation.  But I have chosen to look just at a single verse.

“Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence”

Somehow, in ways that we cannot fathom or imagine, we have always been in God’s imagination and in his desire.  He has always wanted us to be in a loving relationship with him as he is love.  He made us to be in a kind of eternal relationship with himself, through Christ – the Master craftsman – and he always wanted us to be holy and spotless.  What does that mean?

Well, the Bible makes it clear, and theology underlines it, that only God is holy.  Holiness is God.  Holiness is what God is.  But he made us to be holy.  This can only mean that somehow, God made us to be like him.  And indeed, in the Bible we find that we are made in the ‘image and likeness’ of God. We bear the imprint of the divine in our person.  Yet, we are also totally human and God is divine.  Perhaps, then, when we are most fully human then we are most God-like. Perhaps, when we raise ourselves, through grace (which perfects our nature) then instead of our humanity drawing us away from God it must draw is nearer to his likeness.  This is a mystery indeed because we are used to saying things like ‘I’m only human’ meaning that we are flawed and weak.  Yet to be fully human seems to mean so much more – then we become sons and daughters of the Most High.

Perhaps the single most remarkable way in which we demonstrate our humanity is in our capacity for love.  Everybody needs to be loved by someone and an absence of loving relationships in our life does serious harm – we become isolated, anxious, needy and self pitying.  Yet our loving relationships with others can be a reflection of the loving relationship we have with God – or can have.  The last part of the little quotation from today’s Epistle talks of “live(ing) through love in His presence.”  Somehow, when we chose to love, not hate; when we choose to love and forgive; when we choose to love and share; when we choose to love compassionately we live in God’s presence.  The very act of loving opens us up to God’s presence in our lives – gives us access, we might say.  This is why the call to love is the true Christian call.  Someone asked Jesus whom we should love?  Our neighbour, as the commandments state?  Then who is my neighbour? This question was answered in one of Jesus’ most famous parables.  I’ll leave the rest up to you.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  Fr David


The Bramley Parish Room will be closed

from 16th July for a week. This is due to redecoration of the main room, hallway and toilet. These rooms will not be available for use during this time. The office room will not be included and will be available, if required, for use during that week.


SUMMER HOLIDAYS

“You did not choose me but I chose you: and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you. This I command you to love one another.” J 15, 16-17

As a parish community we would like to ensure that every family can get a break away during the summer holidays. Please let us know if you would appreciate some assistance in organising/funding a few days away. The forms to be filled are in the porches of both churches.

At the same time, we are appealing for your support for this initiative. We ask most importantly for your prayers. Secondly please let us know if you have a holiday place or any accommodation that you would be happy for somebody to use for part of the holidays. Last of all we would appreciate any financial support you can offer – there will be a second collection for this cause at the weekend of……………. If you would like to donate any funds directly to the Parish bank account, details can be obtained from the Parish Office. Please make sure that you specify the purpose of your donation as “holiday fund”.


Office Opening Hours

Please note the Parish Office will be closed Wednesday 11thJuly to Sunday 15thJuly.  During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am with the only full week closure being 6thto 12thAugust.   Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours.  Thank you.


Parish Assistant

The Catholic Parish of St. Edmund’s, Godalming is looking for a part-time Parish Assistant to work initially 10 hours a week, administratively supporting the Parish Priest and his renewal team. Good administrative and organisational abilities are essential together with a capability of working with computers and digital communications. Knowledge of the Catholic Church would be a great advantage in this role as well as experience of working with people in a religious or pastoral setting. There is the expectation that in the future the number of hours worked will increase by mutual agreement. The hourly rate will be £10 – £12 per hour. For a job description and the details of how to apply please e-mail stedmundschurch@outlook.com. The closing date is Monday 9th July 2018.


First Holy Communion CoursePlease note you are able to register interest for your child to attend the next First Holy Communion course to the Parish Office.    Once all interest has been received a letter will go to those registered inviting them to a parents session.


Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Guildford, every Wednesday evening, 7.30 – 9pm,at The Spike Community Centre, Warren Road (next to St Luke’s Surgery and St Luke’s Square), Guildford, GU1 3JH.  Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard.  No need to book.  Just come along.  More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups


Bishop Richard invites you to join him for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin with the Holy Father, Pope Francis: 21-26 August 2018 sees the arrival of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. The Diocese is making the most of this wonderful opportunity by organising a pilgrimage for those who would like to attend. It is open to families of all shapes and sizes, from tiny tots to Grandparents. We will be staying together in Dublin City University accommodation and travelling to events together by coach. A three day congress will be followed by a Festival of Families and a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration with Pope Francis.
If you would like more information about the event visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/
If you would like to join us on pilgrimage, please speak to your parish priest about how he can support you financially, and for a booking form. Alternatively you can contact Lizzie or Katherine of the Diocesan Pastoral team wmof2018@dabnet.org


 Ride+Strideis a great initiative by Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, part of a national network dedicated to helping churches in need.  The annual Ride+Stride takes place on Saturday 8th September, with the aims of raising money for church restoration & repair and having a fun day out.

Participants – both cyclists and walkers – ask friends and colleagues to sponsor them with an amount for every church they visit on the day. As an additional perk, many of these churches offer visitors delicious refreshments and an opportunity to look around.

The money that is collected through sponsorship is then divided into two. Half goes to the church of the cyclist’s choice; the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen or so years that Ride+Stride has been running in Surrey they have raised over £250,000 for the county’s churches.

Ride+Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant afternoon in September while at the same time supporting a very worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year?

For further information please visit the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust website.

We are grateful to the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for their kind support of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal.


Running 10K for MS Samson Centre in Guildford

I am running my first ever 10K to help the Samson Centre, Guildford which provides wonderful support and services for MS sufferers.  If you would like to sponsor me and you will see details here (I am third from the left in pic)

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=922395.

Thank you Christina Wyllie


 

14thSunday of Ordinary Time – 8th July 2018

Times of Mass and Devotions
X 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time X
Sat 7th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass  
Sun 8th Bramley

Shere

9.00am

11.00am

Mass

Parish Mass and Picnic

People of the Parish
Tues 10th Cranleigh 10.00am Requiem Mass for Helen Tyson  
Wed 11th Cranleigh 7.00pm Mass – St Benedict Forristal Family
Thurs 12th Bramley 10.00am Mass  
Fri 13th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass  
X 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time X
Sat 14th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass  
Sun 15th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Sung Mass

Mass

People of the Parish
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 – 2nd & 4th Monday 9.15am and Thursday at 8pm – see website or notice board for details

 

Special Collection for the Apostleship of the Sea this Sunday, not Gift Aid.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the final chapter of Matthew’s Gospel it is written: ‘But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’  (26: 56) The “all this…” was Jesus’ arrest, trial and execution.  So we see that one of the best ways to understand who Jesus is and why he did what he did and said what he said is to take a close look at the scriptures of the Old Testament – and especially the prophets.  All the prophets!

One of the great mysteries of St Mark’s Gospel is Jesus’ self-reference as the “Son of Man.”  Some people I have read in the past explain this as being a reference to him being an “ordinary sort of guy” – nothing special – just like everyone else.  But that explanation doesn’t wash, in my opinion.  For a start it’s such a unique title and its usage very unusual.

But, back to the prophets!  If you read very carefully the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel – Bingo!  There is this strange expression.

Ezekiel writes, “The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me. He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites…

This seems to me to be a very clear instance of Jesus not only picking up a theme from Jewish history and making it his own but seeing the very words spoken to Ezekiel as being for his own time and personal to him.  He is the Son of Man chosen by God and sent to the Israelites.  This also explains why Jesus saw his mission as being to the “lost sheep of Israel” – Matthew 15:24. He needed to call them back to their first love and to their first relationship with Yahweh.

The other interesting thing about the prophets and the Old Testament is that none of them had what we might call long careers.  Speaking truth to power (for that is the role of prophecy) never wins you friends and this explains why Jesus knew that Jerusalem would be his end – the goal of his ministry to the people of Israel.

But Jesus also knew another prophecy – that after three days he would rise again and now his mission would no longer be only to the Israelites but to the whole of humanity and creation.  This he would, and will, achieve through his Church to whom he has promised to be with “until the end of time”.  I believe him and I hope you do too.  He calls all of us to make known the message of eternal life.

With my love and prayersFr David


Please note there will be no Mass in Bramley on Tuesday 10thJuly.  Instead there is a Requiem Mass in Cranleigh at 10am.


The Bramley Parish Room will be closed

from 16th July for a week. This is due to redecoration of the main room, hallway and toilet. These rooms will not be available for use during this time. The office room will not be included and will be available, if required, for use during that week.


First Holy Communion CoursePlease note you are able to register interest for your child to attend the next First Holy Communion course to the Parish Office.    Once all interest has been received a letter will go to those registered inviting them to a parents session.


POKOT UPDATE

In 2016 we secured a grant of £9,600 from a Christian charitable trust to enable Fr Conway at the Barpello Mission to start a herd of special cattle with a high milk yield to provide milk for the students at the Mission school and some of the surrounding primary schools. The objective was to help improve the nutritional content of the students’ and children’s diet and to replace the expensive powdered milk which they had to rely on. The £9,600 included not just the cost of the animals but transport, veterinary fees, building the secure cattle pens, the purchase of initial fodder, etc. However, the project had to be delayed because of the severe and continuing drought at the time. I am glad to be able to tell you that the project is now up and running.This is in fact the initial part of the project and part two will come when the number of cows can be increased to enable the greater milk yield to be shared with the some of the surrounding primary schools. Patrick refers to the herd consisting of three cows and three calves. There is also a breeding bull to be purchased which Fr Conway said will follow this first stage.

TRUST FUND DAIRY HERD PROJECT –BARPELLO HIGH SCHOOL

  1. Introduction

Barpello High School isin East Pokot District, Rift Valley Province, North of the equator and Lake Baringo. Its geographical co-ordinates are 36 degrees 5 and 36 degrees Longitude and 0 degrees10 and 1 degree 40 North Latitude. We are situated in remote and isolate community away from the towns. Our environment is safe and conducive for learning. Its inter-ethnic school with students from most tribes of Kenya. Currently we have 760 students who board in the school most who come from very poor background. It’s therefore a difficult task to provide their basic needs when fees payment is very low. The dairy herd project is timely and has come along way to ensure sustainability of the school. Our herd consists of three cows and three calves. Every day we get approximately 30ltrs of milk for preparing tea for students and staff, this has greatly eased the burden and high cost of buying powder milk which goes for KSHs 18,000/= per 25kgs bag and only lasts for one week.

We have planted plenty of grass for our herd. We are also harvesting and storing for drought seasons.

Project Objective

Access to food and maintenance of adequate nutritional status to our students and staff through provision of quality and sufficient food requirement that satisfy their dietary needs

Reduce the cost of running the school and enhance sustainability especially with the increased population of the school

Project impact

We believe that the Back Bone of the Pokot economy is in our current, future and past educated youth. It is in the educated youth that there will be a positive change and a leap into the future. Education will eradicate this poverty among the marginalized.

Since the school is integrated and lives harmoniously with communities around the school locals will benefit through cross breeding of their local breeds with our improved bulls hence increased production, this will impact on their social and economic status at household levels.

The school curriculum is offering Agriculture class therefore our students benefit through practical lessons with the dairy herd thus improve their performances

Lessons learnt

Provision of adequate level of nutrition to livestock is very important. Therefore we have maintained regular supplies of feeds and water at their disposal. We have established feeds reserve for the drought period so that we don’t experience feeds shortages.

High production is determined by good animal husbandry thus our herdsmen have received training and capacity building on how to feed the cows with other supplements like concentrates and multi-nutrients blocks

We have also ensured that we have a secure living environment with adequate protection from prevailing climatic conditions, predators and physical risks to our herd.

Acknowledgement

On behalf of Barpello High and Pokot communities we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued and generous support towards this noble project that will enhance and improve the lives and dignity of our students and staff.

God Bless Abundantly

On Behalf of;

Fr. David Conway                                          Charem Patrick


Parish Assistant

The Catholic Parish of St. Edmund’s, Godalming is looking for a part-time Parish Assistant to work initially 10 hours a week, administratively supporting the Parish Priest and his renewal team. Good administrative and organisational abilities are essential together with a capability of working with computers and digital communications. Knowledge of the Catholic Church would be a great advantage in this role as well as experience of working with people in a religious or pastoral setting. There is the expectation that in the future the number of hours worked will increase by mutual agreement. The hourly rate will be £10 – £12 per hour. For a job description and the details of how to apply please e-mail stedmundschurch@outlook.com. The closing date is Monday 9th July 2018.


St Cuthbert Mayne

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant/s (ELSA) with Learning Support Assistant and Lunchtime Cover

Term time only, Monday to Friday, 8.40 am to 3.15 pm.  Salary S3 £16,334 – £17,866 FTE, Actual £11,675 – £12,770  FLEXIBLE WORKING CONSIDERED

The Governors of the School are seeking a person to work with a happy and committed team, to start in September 2018.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the SENCO, class teacher and provide lunchtime cover.

For further information please contact the Headteacher via the School Office. Closing date Monday 2nd July at 9am Interview date to be confirmed.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be required to carry out an enhanced level clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


I’m looking for the person who is currently using Gift Aid envelopes numbered 132.  This box of envelopes has been picked up from Cranleigh church porch and the envelopes are currently being used to make donations to the offertory.  The box was not picked up by the “registered owner” of envelopes numbered 132.  If you find you have this box of envelopes please get in touch with me so that I can properly sign you up to Gift Aid and provide you with your own box of envelopes and a new number.

Please contact Trish Ellis – by telephone 01483 271314, mobile 07835 452898 or email trish@charters.eu.com.  Thank you!


Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Guildford, every Wednesday evening, 7.30 – 9pm,at The Spike Community Centre, Warren Road (next to St Luke’s Surgery and St Luke’s Square), Guildford, GU1 3JH.  Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard.  No need to book.  Just come along.  More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups


Sea Sunday – 8th July: Sea Sunday is when we have the opportunity to remember and pray for seafarers, their families and all who support them. On Sea Sunday Catholic Churches around the UK take up a second collection with all funds raised going to the Apostleship of the Sea to support our work. It is a day of remembrance, prayer and celebration, and an opportunity to think about and thank those seafarers who work tirelessly throughout the year bringing us goods we often take for granted.


Bishop Richard invites you to join him for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin with the Holy Father, Pope Francis: 21-26 August 2018 sees the arrival of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. The Diocese is making the most of this wonderful opportunity by organising a pilgrimage for those who would like to attend. It is open to families of all shapes and sizes, from tiny tots to Grandparents. We will be staying together in Dublin City University accommodation and travelling to events together by coach. A three day congress will be followed by a Festival of Families and a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration with Pope Francis.
If you would like more information about the event visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/
If you would like to join us on pilgrimage, please speak to your parish priest about how he can support you financially, and for a booking form. Alternatively you can contact Lizzie or Katherine of the Diocesan Pastoral team wmof2018@dabnet.org


Click-to-pray app: The Jesuits in the UK have produced this very useful app which you can use to download a daily reflection for use in your prayer life. It is especially helpful for commuters. You can find it on www.clicktopray.org.


Loving God’s Creation

The Southern Region Order of Franciscans Secular warmly invite all those with a ‘Franciscan Heart’ to a Celebration at Holly Barn, Wintershall Estate, GU5 0LR on Saturday 11th August 10.30-4.00pm.   Invited speakers: Dr Martin & Rev Margot Hodson will present Climate Change: A Christian Response.  Please let us know if you are able to join us in this celebration and for directions to Holly Barn.  Bring a packed lunch … tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided.  Contact Jennie McManus – sjenniemcmanus@gmail.comTel 01483 203642


 Ride+Strideis a great initiative by Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, part of a national network dedicated to helping churches in need.  The annual Ride+Stride takes place on Saturday 8th September, with the aims of raising money for church restoration & repair and having a fun day out.

Participants – both cyclists and walkers – ask friends and colleagues to sponsor them with an amount for every church they visit on the day. As an additional perk, many of these churches offer visitors delicious refreshments and an opportunity to look around.

The money that is collected through sponsorship is then divided into two. Half goes to the church of the cyclist’s choice; the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen or so years that Ride+Stride has been running in Surrey they have raised over £250,000 for the county’s churches.

Ride+Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant afternoon in September while at the same time supporting a very worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year?

For further information please visit the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust website.

We are grateful to the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for their kind support of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal. 


Closure of DABCEC Bookshop:The DABCEC Bookshop has ceased trading to the general public.  Parishes will still be able to order some material (sacramental programmes, course materials, Bibles, Hymnals etc.) by contacting bookshop@dabnet.org.  Advice about material and suppliers can also be obtained by contacting the same email address.

 

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomers Nick & Fran Marie Whalley

Sandra Hyde

Mass at Picnic
1st Reading David Penson Eileen Koblintz Emanuel Martins
2nd Reading Patrick Bergin Paul Lepki

Maureen Shine

Kirsty Kay-Russell
EMHC Jim Glynn

Jane Penson

David Tyler

Win Bracking

Chris Houston

Christina Wyllie

Jane Harding

Mark Reed

Bev Reed

Stephen Rockhill

Dee McMahon

Val Miles

Paul McMahon

Linda Collins

Pat Scully