Dear Brothers and Sisters
In the last few weeks our government has been found wanting with regard to justice for the so-called Windrush Generation. It is a disastrous state of affairs for a country that once prided itself on a sense of fair play and the rule of law. And to compound the problem ministers have been found to be, in that memorable phrase from a famous trial in Australia, ‘economical with the truth’. Perhaps even downright misleading as they back-pedalled on whether the policy devised to make Britain a ‘no-go’ area for immigrants had been ‘hostile’ to those who actually deserved our thanks.
On top of that, as I write, the Home Secretary is defending herself from accusations of ‘targets’ for deportations. None of it paints our country, or our government, in a very good light, I feel.
But before I throw stones at politicians I also need to recognise that the Church often lets itself down by not being true to itself and its core principles – thinking of abuse cases particularly, but other scandals could be mentioned as well. Jesus warned us, the apostles warned us and scripture remains to inform us that: “our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active; only by this can we be certain that we are children of the truth.” In other words if we are going to make great claims about the gospel and about our faith and about the Church then these have to be seen to “all add up”.
Before the welfare state if you were wealthy you generally had few issues if you could pay for a doctor and provide for yourself. For those that couldn’t the Church, religious and charitable organisations were the mainstay of support for the poor and working class people. Gradually the church’s role in those areas was assumed by the state and professionalised. Now, though, with cut backs to the most basic support mechanisms it is the poor once again who are feeling the brunt – long waits for treatment in hospitals and doctors surgeries, long waits for benefits, extended working lives for less pension, state schools suffering from underfunding – perhaps this is the opportunity once again for the Church to take over some of the gaps left through which many people are falling. This will mean that, once again our love will have to be far more than just ‘mere words’ but something ‘alive and active’ – and perhaps, costly too.
As we go past the homeless in their sleeping bags, or the Big Issue seller, how often have we allowed our thoughts to ask whether they have brought this on themselves in order to justify not offering a handout or a hand up. The gospel today reminds us that we need to constantly check our consciences in order not to allow love to remain merely an idea.
With my love and prayers – Fr David
Ascension Day – Thursday 10this a Holy Day of Obligation with Mass at 10am in Cranleigh and 8pm in Bramley.
The Mass is offered for the people.
Corpus Christi Day with Bishop Richard
Sunday, June 3rd, St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, GU5 OQX
- 1300 Arrivals and Welcome
- Activities: Outside fun, Crafts, Music, Talks
- 1500 Corpus Christi procession with Bishop Richard
- 1545 Tea
- In order to assist with catering please contact Katherine Bergin to book email@example.com
Brian Longman’sfuneral will take place on Thursday 3rd May, 11am at St Augustine’s Abbey.
Cremation 12.45 followed by lunch at 1.30 at The Manor Inn, Godalming.
Please contact Sheila and let her know if you are coming as she needs to know numbers for catering.
Her telephone members are 01483 505814 or 07986 155492.
The Over – 50’s coffee morningswill now be held on the second Wednesday of each month and therefore will take place on 9thMay, 13thJune and 11thJuly. All are welcome and friends will be warmly welcomed.
“Thank you for your support to our Lent Fast Day appeal.Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition – and with it we hope to be able to reach 245,000 people. But we need the full amount of match funding to make it happen. You can help us reach the full amount needed for this crucial programme. We still have some way to go yet. To donate please go to cafod.org.uk/lent “
“Missio Red Boxes
During 2017 members of the Red Box family in Bramley and Cranleigh have raised the wonderful sum of £1263-40 through the Red Box gifts and direct offerings.
Thank you very much for all your donations which continue to sustain missionary priests and sisters as they share God’s love with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people throughout the world.
If you would like to learn more of the work undertaken at Missio please visit Missio.org.uk.
Enclosed with the newsletter is a copy of the letter received by Missio from Fr Henry, parish priest at St.Thomas’s Church in Malawi. He and his parish community are supported through the Red Box scheme and his photo and the community are on the Thank you poster displayed in the porches of our two churches.
If you don’t already have a Red Box at home and would like one please do contact me. Thank you again for all your contributions. Fran Pickett
Email:firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone 01483 276614″
Saturday 28th April – Liturgy Matters!
The Society of St Gregory is holding a Gathering for people involved in parish ministry in St John’s Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth. There will be talks, liturgies and workshops on planning and preparing for Mass. The three workshops to choose from are on singing and music to accompany the assembly, on preparing the liturgy and the third will explore the prayers we use at Mass in detail. If you would like to go or would like more information, contact Bridget Eacott before 21st April (Tel 892406, email: email@example.com). We are hoping to form a group to go down together.
Are you interested in exploring a Biblical perspective on Mental health? Wouldyou like to have the opportunity to discuss and find out how the church can respond and help in this vital area in our community? Then come along to a new combined churches Bible study starting with an introductory session on Wednesday 25th April at 7:45 pm. The first session is held at Cranleigh Baptist church with the following six moving venues around the local churches. These are open to all. Contact your church leader or Rosslyn Doney 01483 267720 or just come to the introductory session.
Les Whittaker from East Grinstead Parish is cycling to Walsingham and backto raise money for the pro-life work undertaken by Good Counsel Network. Les will also mark the 50th anniversary of the abortion act by praying 50 rosaries on his journey to Walsingham, 50 whilst there and 50 on the return journey. If you would like to support this cause please see flyer on notice board, or view web page: justgiving.com/fundraising/rosarybikeride
INSPIRE 2018 – YOUTH MINISTRY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, MAY 12TH
Tickets are still available for the Diocesan youth ministry leadership day being held on May 12th at Redhill. It’s open to anyone who is interested in youth and young adult ministry, including parents and Confirmation leaders, and tickets are just £10. It’s happening at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill, from 10am to 3.30pm, and there is a very impressive line-up of speakers: We’ve got Will Desmond, founder of the ASCENT, Dominican Friar Father Nick Crowe, Lizzie Wakeling (talking about young people and mental health), Bishop Richard, and others. We’ll also be bringing you up to date on the current discussions at the Vatican around ‘Young people, faith, and vocational discernment.’ To book: Email YMBookings@dabnet.org.
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th Msay 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 “Proclaiming the Lord’s Favour” by Fr Simon Penhalagan; 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: http://www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 23rd June. Guest speaker Revd. Andrew Micklefield “Good News for the Poor.”
Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 10thJune from 3pm. Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102
The Cranleigh Parish are very grateful to have such a good relationship with St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School who allow use of the playground to park our cars in during the weekend Masses. Please note they are due to undertake some groundworks in the playground in the next few weeks and so we will have much reduced parking. Please always remember to park considerately in the surrounding roads and to respect the school playground at all times.
Reserve the date of Sunday 10thJune midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair which will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments. All are welcome. There will be no onsite parking on this day.
Here is a report from Fr Conway about his meeting with the mother of the boy Robert Twalakapel who you may recall was a pupil at the Mission school who died from peritonitis last year. This was the latest in several deaths this poor family had suffered in a very short time and they were devastated at the loss. The £587 referred to was your reactions to my report of the funeral.
Today, I went to meet the mother of the late Robert Twalakapel. On December 5th 2017 you kindly sent me GBP 587.00 (KShs 78,658) to help the lady, Roberts mother.
We gave her cash so that she could purchase a more suitable animal nearer to her very isolated home. We can follow up with photos once she buys the milking cow.
She was very happy with the generous donation, because all her cows and goats died in the recent drought and famine. She explained to us that Robert was the first born and that there were two children following him. She had no money to send them back to complete Primary School. Her husband has not been seen for a few years.
Out of the £587 (KShs 78,658) we paid KShs 33,000 (approx £250) for the cow and gave her the remaining balance of KShs 48,658 to buy food for her children and
to send the two children back to school. I also promised the lady that we will assist them in High School when that day comes
Thanks to everyone in the Pound a Week Group for your ongoing and most generous support. David”
I am circulating a photo of Robert’s mother and nephew with Fr Conway to members of the Group who have given me their email addresses. I shall also be sending a further £250 to Fr Conway which has been donated by a member of the Group to buy a second cow for the family. Eugene McGivern 01483-893379.