Second Collection for Racial Justice Day
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
The “good ol’ days.” Remember them? Remember when the sun shone all summer long, beer was 35p a pint and petrol about the same per gallon; people just “knew” what Christmas was really about and policemen were older than you could possibly imagine and had a kindly friendly demeanour. The telly was Blue Peter and Jackanori and later Saturday Swap Shop and for the grown ups Z Cars, The Liver Birds, and Morecombe and Wise every Christmas. How things have changed, and part of the current anxiety is how much things have changed – not just on the telly and with policemen. No longer can we expect a job or career for life, to grow up, live and die in the same village with your children and grandchildren around you. No longer…well…a lot of things.
In Jesus’ time the Jews shared many of the same feelings as we do today – just not about exactly the same things. Things were not working out exactly as promised, or hoped. What had gone wrong? What was needed was someone like Moses – a great prophet and teacher who could put Israel back on the straight and narrow. He could tell them what Yahweh required of them and sort out the problems by teaching them authentically and authoritatively. What was needed was another Moses.
What God sent, though, wasn’t another Moses but someone far greater than Moses (no disrespect Moses!). Moses had been known as the one who knew God face to face – something that would normally cause the immediate death (presumably from shock!) of anyone who saw it. But God sent another prophet and teacher who didn’t just know God face to face but who was the perfect image of his likeness. God sent His Son.
What the people did know was that when God sent the prophet you would know. How? Because of the things that he would do. He would bind up hearts that were broken. He would cure the sick. He would build community and restore friendship with God. He would free prisoners and the oppressed. He would teach and usher in a new age – the Kingdom of God.
Mark’s Gospel today reveals these things happening right under the noses of the people of Capernaum. But the question for us is – where is this happening today? Where is the binding up of broken hearts, the freeing of prisoners and the oppressed, the healing of the sick, the building up of community and friendship? These things should be visible surely in the Church. Are they?
With my love and prayers. Fr D
What does an inclusive parish look like?
Saturday 27th January from 10.30am to 3.30pm beginning with mass at 10am (if you like). Parish Room Cranleigh. Bring a light lunch. Refreshments provided.
Join Margaret Fraher and Fr David to learn about making our parish truly inclusive and welcoming. This is a meeting that should appeal to everyone who welcomes, serves, or ministers in our masses. It is also for anyone who might like to make our parish a great place for people to find welcome and acceptance – and God’s presence. Please sign up via the parish office or online at our website.
Men’s Curry and Movie Night
Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm-ish
The film will be the original Bladerunner (Directors Cut) starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young as lead characters. Two curries are on offer – Prawn Rogan Josh and a veggie option for abstinence – plus rice and some side dishes. Please bring own beers and wine to share.
Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering. All are welcome
Calling all singers to join the choir to sing Holy Week music
The rehearsals will be in Bramley every Monday evening from 8pm to 9pm starting Monday 12 February. The final full rehearsal will be at Cranleigh on Saturday 24th March starting at 2pm.Everyone is welcome.
Bramley Lunch – the first Bramley Lunch of 2018 will be held in Bramley Parish Room on Tuesday 30th January after the 11.30 a.m. Mass. If you would like to come and enjoy a home-cooked 2 course lunch with wine please sign the list in the porch of both churches. We look forward to seeing you there.
Womens Word Day of Prayer will be hosted by our Parish in Cranleigh on Friday 2nd March with coffee from 10am, a service at 10.30am followed by coffee.
Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February. There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.
Over the years, the 300 club has been here to help raise funds for the church. Over the past 10 years, over £11,000 has been raised. The draws start in January with a New Year draw and ends in December with a Christmas draw, with 12 monthly draws during the year.
Entry forms are available at the back of each church in the parish and should be returned no later than 4 February 2018 to be included in all the draws for the year. Return entries by putting them in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.
In the current year, there are 129 entries, each one costing £12. After taking away the prize money this had left £708 as a contribution to the church’s funds. Let’s see if we can make 2018 a bumper year and raise over £1000 for the church. Good luck!
Parish Mission Questionnaire – Feedback
Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire at the end of last year. We are still receiving completed forms and realise that many of you might have been away the weekend it was handed out.
It is important that we get as wide a cross-sectional opinion from the parish as possible as this questionnaire will have potentially, far reaching implications to the parish in future.
Consequently, we are offering those who missed out (or anyone who wishes to add to what they have already said) a last chance before we compile the findings.
For those familiar with Survey Monkey, an online, tool for submitting opinion and feedback, we have set up the original questionnaire for you. Please use the following address to access it:
This online service will only be available for one week so please don’t delay as we would love to include your thoughts in our analysis, thank you.
Baptism Course – The next course dates are 7th and 21st February and sign up form is available on the Parish Website Events Page.
Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February
First of all a big thank you to everyone who has let me have jam jars. I have more than enough now. I will be selling marmalade and cakes in aid of the new Parish Room after the 9am Mass in Bramley on Sunday 25th February. If anyone would like to donate cakes please bring them to Bramley Parish Room before Mass on the day. If there is anything left I will bring them to sell after the 11am Mass in Cranleigh. Thanks, Bridget Eacott ( Tel 892406).
Called by Name is a vocation retreat for young adults (aged 18-35) being held 9 – 11th February at Worth Abbey, Crawley. It offers an opportunity for you to tune-in more deeply to the call of Christ in your life, to discern His will for you, discover deeper meaning and direction in your life, and to grow in the trust and freedom to respond generously to the Gospel.
The weekend will include talks from a range of speakers from different walks of life, spiritual accompaniment, and space for prayer and reflection. The retreat is not aimed only at those discerning a possible call to religious life/priesthood, but to every young person seeking to know and live the call of Christ. please contact Katrina on TOC@worth.org.uk / 01342 710318.
Racial Justice Sunday 28th January 2018
Belonging: All are welcome
In his message for the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018, Pope Francis says: “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.” We are therefore called to open our heart to those who are discriminated, those who are lonely, and those who are hurt and feel cut off from their communities. We invite your community not to neglect the tragedy of suffering migrants among us. “….for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink…”
In our task as Disciples of Christ, we all have a part to play. Our mandate to make strangers feel that they belong and are welcome,