30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28.10.18

Special collection next week for the Retired Priests’ Fund. Gift Aid.

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The Opening Prayer this week asks: “Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity” and so I thought that I would just say a few words about these ‘three’ of which the greatest is charity – or in modern English, love.

Faith, hope and charity are what are known as the theological virtues because they are all gifts of God – which is primarily why the opening prayer asks God to increase them – not that we might increase them as we might have expected.  They are said to be ‘infused’ by God through the gift of grace and equip us for moral living, or the ‘good life’.

Faith is the gift of God which, through our freedom of intellect and will, gives ascent to the truth that God loves us and His creation, and desires to save us from death and lead us to salvation.  It is opposed, in one sense to what we might call the “demand” for evidence of God and his actions in our lives.  Faith believes all things as St Paul so rightly says.

Hope is instilled in us to help us trust in the promises of God and is the opposite of that very prevalent problem, despair.  Hope is what we might call a “quiet confidence” in God which motivates us to keep believing and working out our salvation through prayer, acts of kindness and forgiveness.  As a people it is our task to counter despair in whatever form we find it – by the proposition that God’s salvation, and our place in it is assured, if we believe – and act accordingly.

St Paul famously said of the Theological Virtues that, of the three, the greatest is love. (1Cor 13).  Love is God’s gift of his ‘self’ inspiring us to act, speak and think out of love for all that God has created, but even more out of love of God Himself. Our love for God is itself his gift and enables us to sense His divine life within us and within those we choose to love.  When we deny love to someone or something (a creature, the creation as a whole) we really choose to deny God in or towards that person.  Also, the opening prayer suggests that when we love what God commands we are loving Him because His commandments reveal what God is truly like.

So, as we pray, today, for an increase in these Virtues, let us remind ourselves of why He gives them to us – in order that we and all His creation may attain to eternal life.  Keep praying and asking!

With my very best wishes  Fr David.

285988_490a9a0a4e.jpg Bereavement Mass  At one time or another we are bereaved by the death of someone close to us.  This Mass will help us deal with our loss and move us towards acceptance and peace of mind and heart with Gods love.  Father David and the Parish would like to invite you to join the Mass for the Recently Bereaved which is taking place in Cranleigh on Saturday 3rd November at 11am. Please feel free to invite your family members to join this Mass and please note there will be a buffet lunch in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room following the Mass.  We would be grateful for your RSVP so we can provide suitable refreshments.  This Mass is open to everyone with faith so please invite your extended family or friends to remember their loved ones.

CAMEO-Yorkshire-Come-And-Meet-Each-Other-e1498213950610.jpgCAMEO [Ladies Group] Speaker– On Tuesday 6th November at 7.30pm Gillie Nicholls will be coming to give us an illustrated talk about her charity (Les Amis Burkina Faso) which serves the handicapped girls and women in West Africa.  Being handicapped or female in parts of Africa means having few or no rights.  Gillie is a local woman, who until recently, was the Chaplin at Barrow Hills School and who also works at St Edmunds, Godalming.   She is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.  Please come along and see how much is being done for so many by this local charity.  For more information about the Charity do visit www.les-amis-bf.org.uk.  from Helen Rollo

494.jpg.pngThe Word who is Life – don’t forget to sign up forthe coach to Guildford on the 19thNovember. Transport to this event is being paid for by the Parish.  Forms and info are in the porches.  There are seats available – Please return the form as soon as possible to the Office.  Thank you.

remembrance-day-quote-3-picture-quote-1.jpgRemembrance Sunday– advance notice – As this year is exactly 100 years since the armistice in 1918 and the same day and time I am not going to celebrate an 11am mass as there is an extended Remembrance Service in the Village at Cranleigh – SO to enable you to participate in the other activities there will be no morning mass at Cranleigh – so only a Vigil Mass that weekend, and 9am at Bramley.

talent-night-e1447056880641-325x137.jpgThe Talent evening has been postponed from the 10th of November until late January to give more time to prepare for it.  Watch this space for further updates!

Please note: Statements from the Bishops of England and Wales, concerning their recent ad limina visit to Rome 29 September 2018 are available for you to read, the statements are pinned to the board of the Church Porches.

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 21.10.18

Special Collection this weekend for Missio – World Mission Sunday


Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the gospel today, Jesus asks James and John “Can you drink the cup that I must drink…”   so, I thought I would very briefly explore that with regard to what taking Holy Communion in both kinds means.

The “cup” that Jesus is referring to is a metaphor for his suffering. As a metaphor is ‘stands for’ the sacrifice and death that Jesus will undergo in order to bring God’s plan of salvation for all into fruition.  So, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus moves the metaphor into a new reality by announcing that ‘this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  He then shares this cup with his disciples asking them to do this in memory of him. He has already blessed, broken and shared the bread now identifying it with His body.

Protestants have long argued that Holy Communion should be in both kinds to be effective.  Catholics have argued the reverse.

The Council of Trent set forth the doctrine that to receive communion in one kind only (usually the Sacred Host) is to receive the fullness of Christ as “the whole Christ is present under either species” (Summa Theologiae, III, q. 80, a. 12, ad 3).

However, the Second Vatican Council enriched this understanding in one sense arguing that the ‘sign’ of Holy Communion was more richly perceived when communion was received under both bread and wine.  So “technically speaking” communion is communion even if we only receive either the Host or the Precious Blood, but the Council argued that something is ‘gained’ by receiving in both kinds.  What is ‘gained’ has a sign value or an enrichment as it helps us to enter into the action of the eucharist, not as a “thing” but as an action of the Church and Christ.

The Church teaches that we should know what we are doing and try to understand the true meaning of the Eucharist.  Should we then receive under both kinds if we can?  I will leave it to St Ambrose to have the last word!

St. Ambrose discloses what people of faith gain from that knowledge: “For as often as we eat this Bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the death of the Lord. If we proclaim the Lord’s death, we proclaim the forgiveness of sins. If, as often as his Blood is poured out, it is poured for the forgiveness of sins, I should always receive it, so that it may always forgive my sins. Because I always sin, I should always have a remedy” (St Ambrose, De sacr. 4, 6, 28: PL 16, 464).

With my very best wishes  Fr David.


Bereavement Mass At one time or another we are bereaved by the death of someone close to us.  This Mass will help us deal with our loss and move us towards acceptance and peace of mind and heart with Gods love.  Father David and the Parish would like to invite you to join the Mass for the Recently Bereaved which is taking place in Cranleigh on Saturday 3rd November at 11am. Please feel free to invite your family members to join this Mass and please note there will be a buffet lunch in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room following the Mass.  We would be grateful for your RSVP so we can provide suitable refreshments.  This Mass is open to everyone with faith so please invite your extended family or friends to remember their loved ones.


CAMEO [Ladies Group] Speaker– On Tuesday 6th November at 7.30pm Gillie Nicholls will be coming to give us an illustrated talk about her charity (Les Amis Burkina Faso) which serves the handicapped girls and women in West Africa.  Being handicapped or female in parts of Africa means having few or no rights.  Gillie is a local woman, who until recently, was the Chaplin at Barrow Hills School and who also works at St Edmunds, Godalming.   She is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.  Please come along and see how much is being done for so many by this local charity.  For more information about the Charity do visit www.les-amis-bf.org.uk.  from Helen Rollo


Marriage Evening 14th November 7.45pm – 9.30pm St Joseph’s Church Hall, Guildford.  Are you grateful for your Marriage? If so, please join us for an evening to celebrate Marriage and hear about opportunities for nurturing and growing your marriage commitment and sharing the gift of marriage with others. All Welcome.  Free drinks and nibbles.  In order to gauge numbers please can you sign up on the Guildford Parish website


The Word who is Life – don’t forget to sign up for the coach to Guildford on the 19th November. Transport to this event is being paid for by the Parish.  Forms and info are in the porches.  Please return the form as soon as possible to the Office.  Thank you.


 

Saturday 13 October – 28th Sunday of OT

Special Collection next week for Missio – World Mission Sunday


Dear Brothers and Sisters

On the 18thSeptember Bishop Richard gathered all the diocesan clergy and staff together at Arundel to launch the Diocesan pastoral Plan – called The Word who is Life. Now Bishop Richard is going around all the Deaneries (groups of parishes geographically close to each other) to present the Plan as it particularly affects that Deanery and its parishes.

Our presentation date is the 19thNovember and it will be held at St Joseph’s Church in Guildford from 7pm.

I want to tell you, before that date and event, that our parish is directly affected by these plans.  We, along with almost all the parishes in our Deanery, will see major changes to the way in which they are organised, staffed, linked, and served by a parish priest. We will be no different.

Therefore, I hope that you can see that this evening is an important moment for us to hear about, digest, and prepare for the changes that will be coming our way.  I hope that you care enough about your parish, and your Church, to see that participating in the movement of change and helping us prepare is very important indeed and a sign, if we needed one, that our faith is not only alive but also well.

There are some small flyers available with details of the meeting and a tear-off slip to enable you to sign up to the coach.  It is my hope that at least 50 people will come from our parish to this meeting. Anything less would indicate that this is not really that important to us – and that would disappoint me very much.

With my very best wishes and encouragement – Fr David.


Please note: Statements from the Bishops of England and Wales, concerning their recent ad liminavisit to Rome 29 September 2018 are available for you to read, the statements are pinned to the board of the Church Porches.


From Maggie Larkin. Thank you so much for the wonderful welcome and celebration last Sunday at St. Thomas More, Bramley. It was so lovely to be with you all again. The choir and the congregation sang so well and Fr. David spoke so kindly of my contribution to the life of the parish. The party after mass was fantastic. Such good food and amazing cake. I have loved being in the parish of Bramley and Cranleigh and miss you all so much. Love to you all, Maggie


CAMEO SpeakerOn Tuesday 6thNovember at 7.30pm Gillie Nicholls will be coming to give us an illustrated talk about her charity (Les Amis Burkina Faso) which serves the handicapped girls and women in West Africa.  Being handicapped or female in parts of Africa means having few or no rights.  Gillie is a local woman, who until recently, was the Chaplin at Barrow Hills School and who also works at St Edmunds, Godalming.   She is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.  Please come along and see how much is being done for so many by this local charity.  For more information about the Charity do visit www.les-amis-bf.org.uk.  With love from Helen Rollo


The Vianney Group: A group for men, aged 18 – 45, who wish to explore whether they have a calling to the priesthood.

The next meeting takes place from 4:00 – 7:30 pm on Sunday 21st of October at The Priest’s House, Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9EN

For more details contact the Fr. Con Foley – 01932 842 643 or email foleycon@gmail.com


Bereaved Families Mass 3rd November 11am at Cranleigh

The Annual Mass for Bereaved Families will take place at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind on Saturday 3rd November.  If you, and your family and friends, would like to be a part of this Mass please RSVP to the Parish Office.   Refreshments will follow the Mass.


Blessing of Graves in Cranleigh will take place on Sunday 4th November immediately after mass.  Candles can be bought from the Parish Office.


Youth Mass– Sunday 28th at 11am in Cranleigh – calling all young musicians, readers and servers to our monthly youth-orientated and focussed Mass – designed to allow you to use your gifts and talents in the service of the Liturgy.  Please come and bring a friend!  Theme – Jesus asks, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’


Remembrance Sunday – advance notice – As this year is exactly 100 years since the armistice in 1918 and the same day and time I am not going to celebrate an 11am mass as there is an extended Remembrance Service in the Village at Cranleigh – SO to enable you to participate in the other activities there will be no morning mass at Cranleigh – so only a Vigil Mass that weekend, and 9am at Bramley.

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 07.10.18

Angel Voices – A Millennium of Music

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

CANTILENA

Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6thOctober 2018 7.30pm

Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church

St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12 cantilena.info@gmail.com01483 275489


Please note the Practice Session forThe Talent Showon Sunday 7October isCANCELLED


As part of the Harvest Festival weekend please bring your non-perishable goods for donating to No5 and the Food Bank this weekend. There will be a second collection for CAFOD Family Fast Day


Parish Youth Group –the next meeting will take place on 6th October at 5.30pm in the Bramley Parish Meeting Room and all subsequent meetings will be held in St John’s Seminary by kind permission of Fr Rector. Please email alexandermn@onet.plif you would like more information or be added to the mailing list.


Bereaved Families Mass 3rdNovember 11am JCROMThe Annual Mass for Bereaved Families will take place at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind on Saturday 3November.If you, and your family and friends, would like to be a part of this Mass please RSVP to the Parish Office.A light lunch will be follow the Mass

Blessing of the Gravesin Cranleigh will take place on Sunday 4November and candles can be bought from the Parish Office.


Parish Theatre trip.[Marilyn Vincent]

I am planning on taking a mini bus, or similar, to Reading on Saturday October 27th. The show is ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ [fabulous 1960’s iconic music/show] My daughter Jessamy has a leading role. This is a theatre trip, as I have organised before and I have had several people asking if we were planning another!!……SO here goes! They have always been great fun, drinks on way home, with ‘picnic style nibbles, all much enjoyed. The intention would be to leave Bramley Church at approximately 5.45-6.00pm

I would much appreciate a rough idea of how many people would be interested, so as to‘book’ the coach and the tickets, of course!

Please email me on ….marilyn@outside-in.co.uk…or call 01483 527001.


THE BIG ENCOUNTER 2018 – FESTIVAL FOR 16-35s, NOV 10th

Our annual festival for 16-35 year olds is happening at Worth Abbey (Performing Arts Centre) on Saturday November 10th at 6.30pm. It’s open to anybody in that age group, and we’ve got an amazing line-up. The Youth 2000 Worship Band will be leading the music, and Bryony Wells will be our keynote speaker. Bishop Richard will also be with us. This is the second annual BIG ENCOUNTER, and we’re expecting a few hundred people, so spread the word. Entry is free, and you don’t need to book. For more info: Jack.Regan@dabnet.org


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 27th October 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 “The Spirit has sent me – Mission and discernment.” – Fr John Seddon OSB; 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 website: http://www.altonrenewal.com

Following month’s meeting: 24th November: Liberty for Captives – Speaker David Matthews

May we remind you that recordings of many previous talks are available to listen to on our website. Many people have only recently discovered this valuable resource and have told us how useful they find it.

Also, we are trying to encourage the revival of prayer groups, so if you go to a charismatic group, or are thinking of starting one, do let us know and we can publicise it on our website.


Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radiowww.heavensroadfm.comis an online radio – why not tune in and enjoy features like prayers, interviews and music to appeal to a Catholic audience – a winning combination. The radio is run on a shoestring by unpaid volunteers, so any donation, however small, would be very welcome. Cheques should be made payable to Heavens Road fm and sent to Heaven’s Road Radio, St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0QX. Listen on www.heavensroadfm.com. Follow on FB or twitter.


New Cranleigh Care Home, Community Beds and Health Worker Accommodation

Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT), in collaboration with HC-One, NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (GWCCG), Surrey County Council (SCC) and the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH), is proposing the return of 20 Community Beds to Cranleigh and so replacing the 14 beds closed at Cranleigh Village Hospital in 2006.

This proposal has been supported by the local community’s vigorous campaign over many years and CVHT and HC-One are currently preparing to submit a planning application for a new 80-bed care home that will incorporate the 20 free at the point of access Community Beds. In addition we are proposing to deliver 26 new homes for local health workers. These invaluable community facilities will be located on CVHT’s land on Knowle Lane adjacent to Snoxhall Fields and Village Way Car Park. The Community Beds will be exclusively available for use by residents who are receiving care from either the NHS or SCC, while the accommodation block will provide vital affordable accommodation for workers employed within the health sector in the Cranleigh area.

Public Consultation  Ahead of submitting an application to Waverley Borough Council, we would like to get your feedback on the proposals, and welcome you to come along and visit our public exhibition: Date: 11th October Time: 2pm – 8pm Venue: Cranleigh Baptist Church, 262 High St, Cranleigh GU6 8RT At the event, members of CVHT, HC-One, GWCCG, RSCH and SCC will be available to answer your questions, and comment forms will be available for you to provide us with your feedback.

These proposals will;• Provide much-needed residential, nursing and dementia care beds in an area that currently has significant and growing undersupply • Create Community Beds that will enable medically fit convalescent Cranleigh area residents to move closer to home during their recovery • Employ 80 people in a diverse range of full and part time roles • Allow for those living locally who work in the healthcare industry access to affordable key worker accommodation We hope that you are able to make it to our public exhibition on 11thOctober to find out more about the proposals. For more information, please visit the website at: https://cranleighhospital.org/