Mass at Anduze aujord’hui

Mass at St Ettienne started at 10.30 – ish. The Cure began by teaching the entrance chant and calling all the children forward who were clearly having some sort if day out somewhere. Every child had a rucksack probably stuffed with lunch.

Mass was very lovely with great congregational singing and responses. If course neither Helen nor I could understand the sermon but its tone was encouraging!

Communion as is common in France was in one kind only despite the communion hymn talking about eating the Body of Christ and drinking His Saving Blood! All was beautifully done though and prayerful.

Anyway at the end was some kind of adult child response with all the children and some adults standing at the front and exchanging some kind of promises. It would really help to be fluent in French I can tell you!

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 23rd September 2018

There is a second collection today for the Home Missions My-Image20.jpg

Friday is CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – Voluntary Collection for CAFOD next Sunday

Dear Brothers and Sisters

There is a lot of wisdom in James’ letter which we have been reading at mass for a while now.  James – the brother of the Lord – was the leader of the church in Jerusalem and one of the twelve apostles.  James writes as a pastor, that is, one who has care for a community that is ‘becoming’ rather than has ‘become’ – still on pilgrimage rather than having arrived. There is a lot of transformation in the community that needs to happen, and this means that individuals have to change in order for that to happen.  This process then, as now, can be a painfully slow and a frustrating one for a pastor. Any pastor!

We are creatures of habit with ingrained ways of thinking and behaving that have to be put through a process of conversion in order to become true disciples.  Formed by the ways of the world and by personal preferences James’ church community took a long time to adopt the wisdom that comes from above – but it wasn’t only James community – if you read a history of the early church up to and beyond the time of Constantine the Great you will find a church riven by factions, riots, sometimes murders and beatings, greed and selfishness, sectarianism as this bishop or that bishop was preferred then disowned and deprived of their see, banishment.  It wasn’t always a pretty sight to be sure!  But gradually, bit by bit (but very slowly) the communities grew in maturity and holiness and old habits were changed and dropped in favour of new, more life giving relationships.

James says clearly that despite praying for things people in his community don’t get what they want because they don’t pray ‘properly’ – they ‘have prayed for something to indulge [their] own desires’.  These desires are impure – the result of ‘desires fighting inside your own selves.’  This is still true for all of us today – none of us pray perfectly, or purely – we are blinded by selfish desires, petty hatreds and resentments, jealousies and hurts tended and nursed.  Jesus’ remedy for this is to become as ‘little children’.  This means allowing Jesus to put his arms around us.  That means letting go of pride.  Letting go of pride means adopting humility.

When a whole community is humble from the top down to the littlest it becomes an open community welcoming the strangeness of others which become, not a challenge but a kind of completion of what is lacking from within.  A blessing in other words.

With my love from France!  Please bless Fr Kevin and make him most welcome.  Much love, as always.  Fr David

img.ashx.jpegAngel Voices – A Millennium of Music

Including works by Hildegard of Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Cecilia McDowall, Ola Gjeilo

CANTILENA   Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm

Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church, St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12, cantilena.info@gmail.com, 01483 275489

ortolunchwithus.pngThe Next Bramley Parish Lunchwill take place on Tuesday 25th September.   Please sign up in the porches if you would like to attend and if a lift is required. All are welcome.

img_1552.pngThe next Over 50’s coffee morningwill take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th October.  This is open to all friends of our community and if you know of someone who would like a lift or an invite please contact Jane Graham or Susan Knowles.

CSD-PP-Logo.gifBishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Planon 18 September to clergy and staff, and then deanery by deanery to everyone else. You will be able to view a brief video on the website from 18 September outlining the basic details of the plan. www.dabnet.org

CAMEO-Yorkshire-Come-And-Meet-Each-Other-e1498213950610.jpgThe Ladies CAMEOgroup gathers in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on the first Tuesday of each month.  The next meeting Tuesday 2nd October.   If anyone has a skill they would like to teach or a speaker to bring to the group please contact the Parish Office.  Otherwise it will be open for 2-200 people whom ever would like to come along for a get together.

send-usyour-news-800x474.jpgWith effect from October the Parish will be publishing a bumper issue of the newsletterwith all the necessary information for that month.   Each weekend Mass will be supplied with the Timetable of Mass and Devotions along with the readings for that weekends Masses.   If you have any articles of interest that you would like included in the October [or November] issue please send them direct to the Parish Office by 17th September at the latest.

340020.jpgMasses of Bunches of Grapes to be collected from Cranleigh if anyone in the Parish is interested in making their own wine or knows someone who would be interested.   A small donation to the Parish Meeting Room fund would be welcome.  Please contact Elizabeth Waldie on 268086.

baptism-600x400.jpgPlease note the following dates for the Parish Baptism Course for the next 13 months.   If you, or someone you know of, is thinking of Baptism for their child please register on the Parish Website Events Page.   All sessions will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

11th and 18th October 7.30-9.00pm

Please see the Parish Events page of the website to sign up to the next Baptism Course.

Marriage-Page-banner.jpg Marriage Anniversaries Mass: Are You Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary in 2018? Come and Celebrate with us! Marriage Anniversaries Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Ladbroke Road, Redhill, RH1 1LF, on Saturday, 6th October, at 11.30 am. Registration Essential: Book at rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161

confirmation_1.jpgThe 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 October through to mid-June (depending on the Bishop’s availability).  Young people are usually confirmed as part of a Deanery celebration together with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery. Please register your interest on the Parish Events webpage.

talent-night-e1447056880641-325x137.jpg Way back in the spring, I booked a venue for the Parish Talent night, and sent a “save the date”.  It’s now time to “make it happen”, with your help, by filling the roster with you and your family’s talents, or by volunteering with organisation.

Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF

We have a compere, microphones, P.A. and some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs. Just for fun and fundraising (no Simon Cowell!)- all welcome!

I have booked an practice session for Sunday 7th Oct – all day from 1pm, at Cranleigh band room.  This will be informal, so people can drop-in as they please and chat about the event, and their act if they wish.  There will be a PA and some musical equipment so anyone can have a run-through, if they want, or just see the venue.

If you wish to appear please register your interest :

jcromtalent@gmail.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com

With thanks from Paul Lepki

Unknown-3.jpegOur Harvest Festival Masses will take place on 7th and 8th October.  Please bring your non-perishable food items and toiletries in for Number Five around this time.

family-fast-day-logo-lent-2018.jpgCAFOD Family Fast Day prayer – Harvest 2018

Creator God. in love you give life.

In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth.  As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn

to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.

Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more.  We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised.   Amen.

Fast, pray and give Family Fast Day:  Friday 5 October 2018

Pray with us: cafod.org.uk/prayers  Follow us on twitter @CAFODprayer

missio-3.jpgMissio Red BoxesThe team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email nickpickett1948@gmail.com”

2E9B921F00000578-0-image-m-22_1450198907522.jpgTHE NATIVITY Come and enjoy the ‘real’ Christmas story at Wintershall

Stand with shepherds in the field and see Mary arrive on a donkey. Sit in the barn where the baby Jesus lies in his manger. A timeless, memorable experience for young and old as we bring the story of Christmas to life for you.

Adult £18 & Child £9

Family £50 (2 adults & 2 children)

12 December 4:30pm & 7pm

13 December 4:30pm & 7pm

14 December 4:30pm & 7pm

15 December 11am, 2pm & 5pm

16 December 2pm & 5pm

Each performance lasts approximately 90 minutes.  Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0LR  Wintershall CIO, Charity Number 1167111  BOOK NOW!

A PLAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Book tickets now on our website: www.wintershall-estate.com

or by calling 01793 418299

Homily for 24th Sunday of the Year 16.9.’18

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine,
let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me

On Friday we celebrated the feast of the Triumph of the Cross – a kind of ‘second look’ at the crucifixion of Jesus after Good Friday. The cross has become, of course, the Christian symbol par excellence but it was not always so.  In the long years of persecution before Constantine the Great Christians used a different set of symbols such as the Chai Rho and the fish – but there were others aswell. Up to the time of Constantine the cross was just too raw a symbol to use or wear. In those days criminals and political prisoners and Christians were still being put to death using the cross.

But Jesus insisted that his followers should take up their cross and renounce themselves. What did he mean?

The answer is clearly connected with suffering and with principles that, if upheld, will cause suffering. So, in this context taking up one’s cross means to stand up for or against something. A principle, a right, a truth or, and this is sadly more often the case than not, standing up against crude evil – the being in the wrong place at the wrong time kind where one has a split second to make a right choice that springs from within – a place of integrity.

You see, when Jesus says we should take up our cross he is thinking of a kind of battle in which the cross is the surprise weapon of choice. The cross is Jesus’ weapon in his fight against sin and evil. But it is a weapon that carries a personal cost even though, in the long term and against all expectations, it is the weapon that triumphs.

Think for a moment of the different examples of moral stand that have been taken by brave individuals just in our recent times. What about Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Dickenson’s fight for women’s suffrage? Pankhurst’s war was at great personal cost but never advocated violence. She chose the weapons that would change minds and hearts not kill and maim. She chose clever. Dickenson’s aims were similar and she lost her life in the cause. Both gave their lives in support of a greater good and at some personal cost in terms of suffering.

Then what about a great figure such as Dietrich Bonhoefer – a promising theologian and ecumenist he opposed the Nazification of the protestant churches in Germany – stating that the “head of the Church is Christ – not the Fuhrer” – he, and many other brave souls formed the “Confessing Church” which among other things affirmed God’s faithfulness to Jews as His chosen people. He was arrested in 1943 and imprisoned until almost the very end of the second world war – but as the concentration camp he was in became in danger of being liberated by the Allies he was executed by his SS Guards after a trial without witnesses, records, or an opportunity to defend himself. This, just three weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.

What about Martin Luther-King? As a Christian pastor and a black man, he lived daily with the paradox of being a child of God along with all other Christians, yet deprived of rights and freedoms that white people took for granted. He took the path of non-violent resistance as had Bonhoeffer and Pankhurst before him and urged civil disobedience as a protest against injustice, violence and oppression of his people. It’s astonishing to think that white Christians could not, and some still cannot, make the intellectual leap in understanding that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and that we are all brothers and sisters. But it took the witness and leadership of a man like Luther-King, and others like him who stood up to hatred and violence in the cause of right. He was assassinated y those who opposed him and the cause of black suffrage and freedom.

I could spend the entirety of this homily just listing great women and men who have stood up for what is right and true and who have paid the price with their lives. I could have mentioned Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, perhaps just to mention two more.

Going back to the gospel Jesus says that “if you wish to be a follower of mine” then you have to take up your cross and renounce yourself. In this sense renouncing oneself means to let go of all things that are not committed to the cause however good and true they may be. Anything that deflects from the purpose that is ‘your’ cross has to be set aside. This means, above all, I suppose the thinking that there could be another way that does not involve a cross – a simpler, or less painful or less costly way. Perhaps the way of the world -0 the habitual use of power and violence to settle problems and scores.

Taking up your cross means to face the things in your own life that are out of kilter, that are not in harmony with the values of Jesus and the Gospel and to take them on directly. This may mean facing up to a particular evil that you recognise or it may be dealing with the hatred and ridicule of others who are quite comfortable with the status quo and who do not wish to see it changed. It may be something about you that is a burden to you – an illness, a responsibility that you know you have to take on. Perhaps a difficult situation at home or at work that needs transforming.

The transforming bit is the key to the cross however. The cross transforms through love. The cross takes hatred and violence and turns it into life. But only through and after suffering. Strangely enough if there is no suffering it probably isn’t the cross!

The triumph of the cross is the triumph of love over hate; of light over darkness, of non-violence over violence, of patient suffering over easy answers, of hard graft over simple solutions, of hope over despair. Your cross is what will set you free of yourself and whatever binds you and limits you on earth. Your cross will lead you to eternal life – but only if you take it up and allow it to change you. You have to, first of all, make the discovery that if you love and love completely and utterly then you have no choice but to take up your cross. And then, as Jesus says – You will be my disciples.

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 16th September 2018

There is a second collection today for the Catholic Education Service.


There will be a second collection next week for the Home Missions


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Someone asked me a question the other day.  A good question actually.  Why was it necessary for Jesus to die on the cross?  What did that achieve? Why did the Father want his Son to die a shameful death on a cross?  Surely that makes God out to be a bit of a monster, doesn’t it?  Actually, 4 questions.

The popular view of the Messiah was that he would be a conquering hero dealing with Israel’s enemies and establishing right worship once again in a temple freed from the pollution of pagan idols.  Jesus shared that view – up to a point.  In reality who, Israel’s enemies were is a question he might have answered differently from the prevailing popular view of his time.  Most people would have answered – the Romans, the Greeks, the Philistines – anyone who had set foot on Israel’s soil and dared to govern God’s own people.  Jesus would have answered something more like – sin – that’s the true enemy of Israel and hypocrisy, injustice, hardness of heart.  Quite a different set of ‘enemies’ as you can see.

The first reading from Isaiah introduces us to the prophetic concept of the ‘Suffering Servant’.  This is a strange multiplex image – sometimes it seems to be the entire nation, sometimes a leader, or king, sometimes an unknown servant.  All the images, however share the view that the “servant’ would suffer, even though innocent, because of the failures of the nation as a whole.  There is a lovely line which we hear on Good Friday – he suffered whilst “all the time he was bearing our faults for us”.

This is a great mystery and one that Peter couldn’t understand.  But Jesus did. We hear the gospel today just at the moment when Jesus introduces this concept of going from Galilee down to Jerusalem – a place where he will be put to death – he prophecies.  Surely not Peter exclaims – why do that?  Things are going quite well here in Galilee.  Obviously, you aren’t feeling yourself today.  Let me look after things for you for a while.  Jesus replies in strong and forthright terms.

So why did Jesus go down to Jerusalem when he could have carried on preaching and healing in Galilee? Why go to a death that is so certain?

Well, Jesus knows what God knows.  That is that sin has to be confronted and confrontation can often be messy and uncomfortable – especially when the only weapon you choose is love.  Jesus chooses to be faithful to the Father’s will by loving – even unto death.  Sure, he could have done something by taking a large army with him.  By being a charismatic popularist leader who blamed the problems of everyone of someone – why not the people who always get the blame – the poor, the sick, the marginalised, the refugees.  But if he chose that way he wouldn’t be the Son of the Father.  The Father didn’t demand the death of Jesus, His Son.  He commanded him to do His will – and His will?  That He should lose nothing of all that he has been given and raise it up on the last day.

The only way is by love even though it seems that love is the weakest weapon you can use.  Only love can reconcile.  Only love can heal.  Only love can forgive the unforgiveable.  Only love can go the extra mile with the ungrateful.  Only love abides until the end.  But we find all that a bit of a challenge, don’t we? The Church should be the love of God made visible – a sacrament in other words.  An outward sign of an inward and invisible grace.  Are we?

Much love, as always. Fr David


The Next Bramley Parish Lunchwill take place on Tuesday 25th September.   Please sign up in the porches if you would like to attend and if a lift is required. All are welcome.


The next Over 50’s coffee morningwill take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th October.  This is open to all friends of our community and if you know of someone who would like a lift or an invite please contact Jane Graham or Susan Knowles.


Bishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Planon 18 September to clergy and staff, and then deanery by deanery to everyone else. You will be able to view a brief video on the website from 18 September outlining the basic details of the plan. www.dabnet.org


The Ladies CAMEOgroup gathers in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on the first Tuesday of each month.   If anyone has a skill they would like to teach or a speaker to bring to the group please contact the Parish Office.  Otherwise it will be open for 2-200 people whom ever would like to come along for a get together.


Masses of Bunches of Grapesto be collected from Cranleigh if anyone in the Parish is interested in making their own wine or knows someone who would be interested.   A small donation to the Parish Meeting Room fund would be welcome.  Please contact Elizabeth Waldie on 268086.


BAPTISM

Please note the following dates for the Parish Baptism Course for the next 13 months.   If you, or someone you know of, is thinking of Baptism for their child please register on the Parish Website Events Page.   All sessions will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

11th and 18th October 7.30-9.00pm

10th and 17th January 7.30-9.00pm

11th and 18th April 7.30-9.00pm

10th and 17th October 7.30-9.00pm

Please see the Parish Events page of the website to sign up to the next Baptism Course.


Marriage Anniversaries Mass: Are You Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary in 2018? Come and Celebrate with us! Marriage Anniversaries Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Ladbroke Road, Redhill, RH1 1LF, on Saturday, 6th October, at 11.30 am. Registration Essential: Book at rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161


CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

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 October through to mid-June (depending on the Bishop’s availability).  Young people are usually confirmed as part of a Deanery celebration together with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery. Please register your interest on the Parish Events webpage.


With effect from October the Parish will be publishing a bumper issue of the newsletterwith all the necessary information for that month.   Each weekend Mass will be supplied with the Timetable of Mass and Devotions along with the readings for that weekends Masses.   If you have any articles of interest that you would like included in the October [or November] issue please send them direct to the Parish Office by 17th September at the latest.


Parish Talent Night

Way back in the spring, I booked a venue for the Parish Talent night, and sent a “save the date”.  It’s now time to “make it happen”, with your help, by filling the roster with you and your family’s talents, or by volunteering with organisation.

Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF

We have a compere, microphones, P.A. and some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs. Just for fun and fundraising (no Simon Cowell!)- all welcome!

I have booked an practice session for Sunday 7th Oct – all day from 1pm, at Cranleigh band room.  This will be informal, so people can drop-in as they please and chat about the event, and their act if they wish.  There will be a PA and some musical equipment so anyone can have a run-through, if they want, or just see the venue.

If you wish to appear please register your interest :

jcromtalent@gmail.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com  With thanks from Paul Lepki


Our Harvest Festival Masses will take place on 7th and 8th October.  Please bring your non-perishable food items and toiletries in for Number Five around this time.


CAFOD Family Fast Day prayer – Harvest 2018

Creator God. in love you give life.

In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth.  As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn

to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.

Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more.  We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised.   Amen.

Fast, pray and give Family Fast Day:  Friday 5 October 2018

Pray with us: cafod.org.uk/prayers  Follow us on twitter @CAFODprayer


Missio Red BoxesThe team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email nickpickett1948@gmail.com”


THE NATIVITY

Come and enjoy the ‘real’ Christmas story at Wintershall

Stand with shepherds in the field and see Mary arrive on a donkey. Sit in the barn where the baby Jesus lies in his manger. A timeless, memorable experience for young and old as we bring the story of Christmas to life for you.

Adult £18 & Child £9

Family £50 (2 adults & 2 children)

12 December 4:30pm & 7pm

13 December 4:30pm & 7pm

14 December 4:30pm & 7pm

15 December 11am, 2pm & 5pm

16 December 2pm & 5pm

Each performance lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0LR

Wintershall CIO, Charity Number 1167111

BOOK NOW!

A PLAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Book tickets now on our website: www.wintershall-estate.com

or by calling 01793 418299


You are welcome to join CHILWORTH CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUP, Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.15pm in the Assisi Room behind St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford GU4 8QR. A period of quiet meditation. No need to book. Typically, around ten or more people attend from all backgrounds aged from 30+ to 85+!

More information from Sheila Longman

Email: sheliaannlongman@aol.com Tel: 01483 505814

We follow The World Community for Christian Meditation


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.


Angel Voices – A Millennium of Music

Including works by Hildegard of Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani, Cecilia McDowall, Ola Gjeilo

CANTILENA   Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church, St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12, cantilena.info@gmail.com, 01483 275489

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 9th September 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I was hugely grateful for the many expressions of support and goodwill that I received after my homily last weekend.  To tell you the truth I had been needing to find a way of telling you this for a long time and my retreat really only told me that if I don’t do something now, I never will!  So I took the plunge – and the effect has been that I now feel a sense of relief and gratitude that at last we can make a move forward to a whole parish responsibility and a partnership relationship as priest and people whereby I do that which I am ordained to do, and pretty well only that, and you, the people of God do almost everything else that you can.

I don’t wish to be too narrow about this though.  There are things we can do together because we are all children of God and members of the Church and, our common vocation as baptised Christians is to become more and more disciples of Jesus Christ.  A disciple is one under the tutelage of the Master who takes his or her example from the Master and puts that into practice in their own life.  That’s all of us.

However, there are certain things that a priest is ordained for, we might say.  Indeed, St Augustine speaking about this very thing wrote in a homily “With you I am a Christian, but for you I am a Bishop”.  We can see clearly therefore that we all share a common dignity and responsibility to see act and pray together whilst I as your priest (and whoever may come after me one day) is called to be a priest for you.

The ‘for you’ is interesting and important.  It means celebrating the important things of the Christian year and life – Christmas, Easter, Pentecost etc and also births and baptisms, first holy communion and confirmation, marriages and funerals, tending to the sick and those hurt by life and its complications.  But it also means being available for you too.  I have lost count of the number of times people begin a sentence or a question with “I know you are incredibly busy…. but….”  This is wrong and feels wrong.  It doesn’t mean that I should be interrupted at any or every opportunity but it does mean that I should have time to share in your lives as you wish me to – eating with you, going to the pub with you, having a cup of tea with you, and above all listening to you.  It was the genius of the Samaritans that discovered that most people simply wanted to be able to tell their story to someone who gave them the time and space to listen to it.  I want to be that person but at the moment I’m finding it very difficult.  That makes me feel divided and often unhappy. I feel happiest when I am visiting you – not deciding whether the paint should be magnolia or hessian coloured!

So what do you need to do? Here is a smidgen of the things, the opportunities, for helping out with your skills and gifts.

We need a social committee.

We need a Health and Safety Coordinator for Cranleigh

We need someone to manage and improve and maintain the website

We need fresh blood in the cleaning team

We need help in the gardens

We need more flower arrangers

We need new blood in the monthly lunch preparers

We need servers and some MC’s

We need more readers and visitors

We need more welcomers willing to learn just what it takes

We need willingness to help out with almost anything and contribute.

Much love, as always. Fr David


With effect from 1st September the Parish Office opening hours will be Tuesday to Friday 9am to 1pm


The Next Bramley Parish Lunch will take place on Tuesday 25th September.   Please sign up in the porches if you would like to attend and if a lift is required. All are welcome.


Next Care Group meeting to be held at Cranleigh Parish Room on Friday 14th September at 11 am.


The next Over 50’s coffee morning will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 12th September.  This is open to all friends of our community and if you know of someone who would like a lift or an invite please contact Jane Graham or Susan Knowles.


Bishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Plan on 18 September to clergy and staff, and then deanery by deanery to everyone else. You will be able to view a brief video on the website from 18 September outlining the basic details of the plan.


Angel Voices A Millennium of Music Including works by

Hildegard of Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

Cecilia McDowall, Ola Gjeilo

CANTILENA

Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm

Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church

St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12, cantilena.info@gmail.com

01483 275489


 

BAPTISM

Baptism is called the gateway to the sacraments, and to life in the Spirit. St Paul writing to the Romans in chapter 8 said “to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  Those who are baptised begin a new life – in the Spirit and as a disciple of Christ.

In our parish, baptism is conferred on infants at the request of their parents who make a solid commitment to bringing up their children in the “practice of the faith”. Adults who have never received baptism can also be baptised either as part of an RCIA course or after a period of instruction.

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 note the following dates for the Parish Baptism Course for the next 13 months.   If you, or someone you know of, is thinking of Baptism for their child please register on the Parish Website Events Page.  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.  All sessions will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

11th and 18th October 7.30-9.00pm

10th and 17th January 7.30-9.00pm

11th and 18th April 7.30-9.00pm

10th and 17th October 7.30-9.00pm

Please see the Parish Events page of the website to sign up to the next Baptism Course.


Marriage Anniversaries Mass: Are You Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary in 2018? Come and Celebrate with us! Marriage Anniversaries Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Ladbroke Road, Redhill, RH1 1LF, on Saturday, 6th October, at 11.30 am. Registration Essential: Book at rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161


CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

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 October through to mid-June (depending on the Bishop’s availability).  Young people are usually confirmed as part of a Deanery celebration together with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery. Please register your interest on the Parish Events webpage.


With effect from October the Parish will be publishing a bumper issue of the newsletter with all the necessary information for that month.   Each weekend Mass will be supplied with the Timetable of Mass and Devotions along with the readings for that weekends Masses.   If you have any articles of interest that you would like included in the October [or November] issue please send them direct to the Parish Office by 17th September at the latest.


Grandparents’ Week 2018: This runs from 29 September – 7 October. How are you celebrating? Why not join with your parish or school? And share your ideas and experiences as grandparents. Further information from katherine.bergin@dabnet.org or (01293) 651152


Grandparents’ Annual Formation Day: Practical Ways  of Encouraging your Grandchildren in the Faith” on Thursday, 4th October 2018. Begins with Parish Mass at 10 am and runs to 3.30 pm. Packed lunch needed. Venue is the Church of St John the Evangelist, Springfield Road, Horsham, RH12 2PJ. Book at katherine.bergin@dabnet.org or 01293 651152


Parish Talent Night

Way back in the spring, I booked a venue for the Parish Talent night, and sent a “save the date”.

It’s now time to “make it happen”, with your help, by filling the roster with you and your family’s talents, or by volunteering with organisation.

Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF

We have a compere, microphones, P.A. and some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs.

Just for fun and fundraising (no Simon Cowell!)- all welcome!

I have booked an practice session for Sunday 7th Oct – all day from 1pm, at Cranleigh band room.

This will be informal, so people can drop-in as they please and chat about the event, and their act if they wish.

There will be a PA and some musical equipment so anyone can have a run-through, if they want, or just see the venue.

If you wish to appear please register your interest :

jcromtalent@gmail.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com

With thanks from Paul Lepki


Family Fast Day prayer – Harvest 2018

Creator God. in love you give life.

In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth.

As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn

to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.

Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more.

We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised.  Amen.

Fast, pray and give

Family Fast Day:

Friday 5 October 2018

Pray with us: cafod.org.uk/prayers

Follow us on twitter @CAFODprayer


Inclusion Festival Arundel & Brighton – Everyone is welcome!

If you have not yet registered for ifab there is still time to do so! Come and join us at St Wilfrid’s School, RH11 8PG, Crawley on Sunday 16th September from 11am onwards to celebrate the value of each person and the diversity in our diocese.  There are workshops in the morning and the day will conclude with Bishop Richard celebrating Mass with everyone at 14.30. Don’t forget to bring your picnic.

Just go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ifab2018 to register or use your phone.  Further Information: contact Rosie Read on rosie.read@dabnet.org  or 01293 651161.


Day with Mary on September 15th, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This Apostolate encourages devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. The event will include Mass and two talks with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and processions and recitation of the Rosary. Fr John Seddon OSB will be the main Celebrant. 10.00 am – 4.30 pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and Coffee is provided. An extensive selection of devotional items will be on sale.   Fr John Seddon OSB


Missio Red Boxes The team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email nickpickett1948@gmail.com”


CAFOD is now offering Masterclasses to young adults aged 18-30 who want to develop their print or digital communications, campaigning or fundraising skills. The next one is on September 13 in London. You can find the details here


Wintershall: The Nativity (12-16 December 2018) at Wintershall near Bramley in Surrey. Please see their website for details including opportunities to volunteer: www.wintershall-estate.com.