7th Sunday of Easter – 13thMay 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters
In the Holy Bible numbers have significance – 6 days to work, 7th day to rest, 40 days fasting, and 12 tribes of Israel etc.
Twelve Tribes of Israel – Israel was the name given to Jacob who went on to have twelve sons – Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. These sons became the founding fathers, or patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel – but not before one of the sons was sold as a slave into Egypt and only later reunited with his devious and malicious brothers after he had risen to great eights as a leader. Twelve tribes left Egypt, crossed the Red Sea and eventually entered the promised land but by the time of Jesus only one tribe remained intact with political power – Judah from which we derive the name Jew and Jewish.
The prophets looking forward understood that the proper way of things would be that all the tribes would be united once again and this would be one of the key things the future messiah would accomplish – after dealing with Israel’s enemies and re-establishing the Kingdom.
Jesus first missionary task was to choose, out of all the followers who attached themselves to him, 12 new patriarchs who would symbolically lead the new Israel formed once he (Jesus) had dealt with her enemies. Everyone thought Israel’s enemies were the Romans (in Jesus’ time) – in other times the Assyrians, or the Greeks. However, Jesus didn’t deal with the Romans but with sin! Sin and disobedience to God’s commands was the real enemy of Israel and Jesus dealt with sin by demonstrating that love wins – love conquers all even though at great personal cost.
But the twelve tribes – this is why Jesus chose twelve disciples out of his huge number of followers and why, today, we read of their decision to re-establish that number after Judas had betrayed Jesus and been “lost”. Jesus is rebuilding a new Israel from the ashes of the old and in this new Israel it is not a bloodline that constitutes belonging but faith in Jesus – believing he truly is the Son of God. Then God lives in the believer and makes His home in him, or her.
The reconstitution of the twelve tribes was one of the signs that the messiah was re-establishing the Kingdom and that God himself would reign in place of David in a new order built upon true justice and peace – not just for Israel, not just for believers, but for the whole of creation. In the Bible Jesus says “Behold, I make all things new” – and believing this is like a kind of catalyst for change within our own lives as we allow, through faith, God to reign in our hearts. Jesus also says that if we believe and allow him to reign in our hearts we will accomplish great things – even greater things. So, let us pray for the Holy Spirit to truly reign in our hearts this Pentecost and grow and expectation that we can accomplish great things together for the Kingdom of God.
With my love and prayers – Fr David
Everyone is welcome to join us on Sunday 3rd June to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi.
Come to St John’s seminary in Wonersh for an afternoon of fun and celebration, followed by a traditional Corpus Christi procession led by Bishop Richard.
Join us in the beautiful grounds at 12.30 to enjoy a picnic lunch with other families, or simply come along at 1pm for the afternoon to enjoy the activities provided – there will be something for everyone including:
- Meeting Bishop Richard
- a guided tour of the seminary
- Learn more about Jesus as His presence in the Blessed Sacrament – with short talks from the seminarians
- Prayer stations, an opportunity to take time to reflect
- Arts & Crafts – children will make banners and musical shakers to use in the procession
- Outside fun and games
- A music session – and learn some songs to sing during the procession
If you have recently received your First Holy Communion please do take the opportunity to come in your “fine apparel” and walk with the Bishop in the procession.
After the procession there will be tea and cakes provided by the seminary. In order to cater for tea please contact Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
Coach Trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing to see the reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
Only two Sistine Chapel Ceilings exist in the world.
The first was painted in the 16th Century by Michelangelo Buonarroti and is located in Vatican City, Rome, Italy.
The second was painted between 1987-1993 by Gary Bevans in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, England.
After a pilgrimage to Rome in 1987 for the Beatification of 85 English Martyrs, parishioner Gary Bevans noted that the Sistine Chapel Ceiling was practically the same shape and size as the ceiling of his parish church of the English Martyrs, West Sussex. A natural artist and full-time sign writer he contemplated recreating an exact copy. After receiving permission from his parish priest and local Bishop he began the work in 1987 in his free time as a gift to the Church. It took him five and a half years to complete. The Sistine Chapel Reproduction in English Martyrs Church is the only known copy of the ceiling in the world.
Cranleigh and Bramley Parish are hoping to run a coach day trip to see this wonderful work.
Date will be discussed at the next Care Group Meeting and advised but likely to be in the autumn. If you would be interested in joining the coach please register your interest to email@example.com as numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters.
Sunday 20th May – The Nel Family are leaving the Parish and relocating at the end of the month. We will host a farewell party after the 11am Mass [at which there will be blessing for them] in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. Everyone is then invited to join the Churches Together Pentecost Picnic Cranleigh Common, opposite the Baptist church (in the Baptist Church if wet) from 12.00/12.15. Bring a picnic lunch and any suitable outdoor games further information 01483 274148
The Parish AGM 2018
Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm at the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. All are encouraged to attend.
- Welcome and Prayer
- Parish Priest’s Report
- Pastoral Group Reports
– Care Group
– Churches Together (CTC)
– Pokot Report
– Safeguarding Report
- Financial Report
- Any Other Business (notified)
- Closing Prayer
Closes at 9.00pm
Reserve the date of Sunday 10th June 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.
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.
Could you and your family be welcomers to our Parish Masses?
The Cranleigh Welcome Ministry is in need of more welcomers, (the people who organise the porch, hand out the hymn books and greet parishioners and visitors with a warm welcome and who keep an eye out for anyone in need during mass) If you think this valuable and essential ministry is for you why not speak to Fr David? Please send your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Over – 50’s coffee mornings will now be held on the second Wednesday of each month and therefore will take place on 13th June and 11th July. All are welcome and friends will be warmly welcomed.
Chris Greenwood will be selling homemade continental breads after Vigil Mass on 19th May with all funds going to the Parish Meeting Room Fund. Loaves at £2 each.
17.05.18 11.00 JCROMSr Catherine Burgess
18.05.18 11.00 JCROM Tom Forristal
21.05.18 11.00 JCROM Albert Morris
Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 10th June from 3pm. Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th May 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.
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.”
You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, around the theme, Mary: Path of Grace, given by John Hesketh, on Sat, 26th of May 2018. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the Day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com