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
Director: Jenny Hansell
Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm
Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church
St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ
Tickets £12, email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 01293 651161
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 :
email@example.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org”
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.