31st Sunday of OT – 04.10.18

Dear Brothers and Sisters

My parents weren’t the most, shall we say, positive-feedbackers that there have ever been – indeed we as a family seemed to have more than our fair share of criticism all round.  As a child, my natural enthusiasm for things often led me into trouble.  I can still hear my mother saying, “David, you’re like a bull in a china shop” when I had just rushed somewhere, oblivious to who, or what, was in the way.  I also seemed to have a facility for doing things quickly, as if that was, in itself, a good and worthy thing.  I found that applying that extra 10% or whatever it might be just didn’t seem to be worth the extra effort. “David’s work would be excellent if he didn’t always rush it” was a common remark on my school report.

Today’s opening prayer may seem like a bad idea, then, taking into account what I have said above.  “we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling to receive the things you have promised.”  Why all the haste?

To answer this, we need to try to imagine what Jesus is asking of us, and offering to us.  He is offering us a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to receive something very precious indeed.  He is offering God’s friendship and an on-going relationship with us in love. Unlike my parents, perhaps, he is less concerned with what ‘was’ than with the future.  He has a future full of promise for each of us.  Why wouldn’t we want it?  What’s stopping us from taking this opportunity?  We see that when Jesus presents the Good News of the Kingdom to people He also always offers them a choice – to take it or leave it.  He doesn’t push, as it were, but if you are going to accept his invitation then he demands a wholesale response.  There can be no equivocating and shilly-shallying around as we debate whether there might be a better opportunity somewhere else just around the corner.  Jesus asks us to “throw our lot in” with Him, and in return?  He will be faithful to us; He will be with us even to the end of time.

This choice, to follow, and to follow completely, is so important that it overrides other even seemingly essential things that we might be expected to do – burying your mother or father, seeing a new farm you’d just bought etc.  But Jesus insists that we hasten to accept this gift from God.  Perhaps he knows human nature too well.  The enthusiasm of a moment can evaporate very quickly once reality begins to sink in – we can ‘stumble’ – but I think Jesus wants us to ride with our first, and best instincts.  To do that we have to hasten and we have to desire.  We have to desire what Jesus desires for us – holiness, wholeness, truth and integrity.  We must hasten after all these gifts and not look back.

With my very best wishes, Fr David.


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


Retired Priests’ Collection – Sunday 4th November 2018

Every year at least £200,000 is needed for the support of our retired priests. The amounts incurred are likely to increase in coming years as more priests reach retirement age. This support ensures that priests do not face financial hardship when their parish ministry comes to an end.

While in active parish ministry, priests’ accommodation and domestic needs are met by the parish and a modest personal income is usually provided from offerings at Christmas, Easter and from baptisms, weddings and funerals.

There is no charge to the parish for pension contributions to fund the future needs for their priest.  The Retired Priests’ Fund supplies these needs, whether the priest is able to live independently or whether more care is required.

In recent years, this collection has contributed only a fraction of the amount needed. Please give generously so that we can express our concern and gratitude towards those who have served us so loyally over the years. With love from Bishop Richard


CAMEO – Please come along to the Cranleigh Parish Meeting room on Tuesday 6thNovember to hear a talk for the ladies of the Parish Cameo Group.   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.


The 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.  The Coach will leave JCROM at 6pm and travel onto STM and then onto Guildford returning after the event.  Seats are still available should you wish to join the coach.


Remembrance Sunday– Please note the Parish Mass will take place in Bramley at 9am.   The Remembrance Service in Cranleigh starts at 10.30am at The War Memorial following the procession from St Nicolas Church at 10.10am.  There will be no 11am Mass in Cranleigh.


Day of Reflection:  17thNovember, for Extraordinary Minsters of Holy Communion, at Weybridge. Please note that this event is now fully booked.  Thank you.


Worth Abbey- Open Cloister Retreats 2019:  visit www.worth.co.uk


Justice & Peace Assembly 2019:  ‘Slavery On Our Doorstep’‘, Saturday 26thJanuary, from 10 am (coffee from 9.30).  Learn about the slave trade hidden under your nose and how you can help those affected. Speakers from the Santa Marta Group and Sussex Police. To book contact Rosie Read, Formation Secretary at rosie.read@dabnet.org 01293 651161.


You are warmly invited to a presentation of the third episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Barron, on Saturday November the 24th, 2018. This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will con-textualise the episode and then teach and lead discussion about its subject matter. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The third film investigates ‘The Ineffable Mystery of God and will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day and concludes at 4.00 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. More information at chilworthbenedictines.com


THE BIG ENCOUNTER – DIOCESAN YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT FESTIVAL, NEXT SATURDAY, WORTH ABBEY

It’s happening next Saturday (the 10th) at the Performing Arts Centre, Worth Abbey, starting at 6.30pm and ending at around 9.30. It’s totally free, and there’s no need to book. We’re expecting a few hundred people and we’ve got an amazing line-up for the event. Bryony Wells is our keynote speaker, and the Youth 2000 worship band are leading the music. Bishop Richard will also be with us, for an event with live music, powerful talks, adoration, and more. It’s open to anyone aged 16-35. For more information, search for ‘Catholic ENCOUNTER’ on Facebook.

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/

Mass at Anduze aujord’hui

Mass at St Ettienne started at 10.30 – ish. The Cure began by teaching the entrance chant and calling all the children forward who were clearly having some sort if day out somewhere. Every child had a rucksack probably stuffed with lunch.

Mass was very lovely with great congregational singing and responses. If course neither Helen nor I could understand the sermon but its tone was encouraging!

Communion as is common in France was in one kind only despite the communion hymn talking about eating the Body of Christ and drinking His Saving Blood! All was beautifully done though and prayerful.

Anyway at the end was some kind of adult child response with all the children and some adults standing at the front and exchanging some kind of promises. It would really help to be fluent in French I can tell you!

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 23rd September 2018

There is a second collection today for the Home Missions My-Image20.jpg

Friday is CAFOD Harvest Fast Day – Voluntary Collection for CAFOD next Sunday

Dear Brothers and Sisters

There is a lot of wisdom in James’ letter which we have been reading at mass for a while now.  James – the brother of the Lord – was the leader of the church in Jerusalem and one of the twelve apostles.  James writes as a pastor, that is, one who has care for a community that is ‘becoming’ rather than has ‘become’ – still on pilgrimage rather than having arrived. There is a lot of transformation in the community that needs to happen, and this means that individuals have to change in order for that to happen.  This process then, as now, can be a painfully slow and a frustrating one for a pastor. Any pastor!

We are creatures of habit with ingrained ways of thinking and behaving that have to be put through a process of conversion in order to become true disciples.  Formed by the ways of the world and by personal preferences James’ church community took a long time to adopt the wisdom that comes from above – but it wasn’t only James community – if you read a history of the early church up to and beyond the time of Constantine the Great you will find a church riven by factions, riots, sometimes murders and beatings, greed and selfishness, sectarianism as this bishop or that bishop was preferred then disowned and deprived of their see, banishment.  It wasn’t always a pretty sight to be sure!  But gradually, bit by bit (but very slowly) the communities grew in maturity and holiness and old habits were changed and dropped in favour of new, more life giving relationships.

James says clearly that despite praying for things people in his community don’t get what they want because they don’t pray ‘properly’ – they ‘have prayed for something to indulge [their] own desires’.  These desires are impure – the result of ‘desires fighting inside your own selves.’  This is still true for all of us today – none of us pray perfectly, or purely – we are blinded by selfish desires, petty hatreds and resentments, jealousies and hurts tended and nursed.  Jesus’ remedy for this is to become as ‘little children’.  This means allowing Jesus to put his arms around us.  That means letting go of pride.  Letting go of pride means adopting humility.

When a whole community is humble from the top down to the littlest it becomes an open community welcoming the strangeness of others which become, not a challenge but a kind of completion of what is lacking from within.  A blessing in other words.

With my love from France!  Please bless Fr Kevin and make him most welcome.  Much love, as always.  Fr David

img.ashx.jpegAngel Voices – A Millennium of Music

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

CANTILENA   Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm

Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church, St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12, cantilena.info@gmail.com, 01483 275489

ortolunchwithus.pngThe Next Bramley Parish Lunchwill 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.

img_1552.pngThe next Over 50’s coffee morningwill take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th October.  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.

CSD-PP-Logo.gifBishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Planon 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. www.dabnet.org

CAMEO-Yorkshire-Come-And-Meet-Each-Other-e1498213950610.jpgThe Ladies CAMEOgroup gathers in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on the first Tuesday of each month.  The next meeting Tuesday 2nd October.   If anyone has a skill they would like to teach or a speaker to bring to the group please contact the Parish Office.  Otherwise it will be open for 2-200 people whom ever would like to come along for a get together.

send-usyour-news-800x474.jpgWith effect from October the Parish will be publishing a bumper issue of the newsletterwith 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.

340020.jpgMasses of Bunches of Grapes to be collected from Cranleigh if anyone in the Parish is interested in making their own wine or knows someone who would be interested.   A small donation to the Parish Meeting Room fund would be welcome.  Please contact Elizabeth Waldie on 268086.

baptism-600x400.jpgPlease 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.   All sessions will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

11th and 18th October 7.30-9.00pm

Please see the Parish Events page of the website to sign up to the next Baptism Course.

Marriage-Page-banner.jpg 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 rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161

confirmation_1.jpgThe 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.

talent-night-e1447056880641-325x137.jpg 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 :

jcromtalent@gmail.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com

With thanks from Paul Lepki

Unknown-3.jpegOur Harvest Festival Masses will take place on 7th and 8th October.  Please bring your non-perishable food items and toiletries in for Number Five around this time.

family-fast-day-logo-lent-2018.jpgCAFOD 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

missio-3.jpgMissio Red BoxesThe 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 nickpickett1948@gmail.com”

2E9B921F00000578-0-image-m-22_1450198907522.jpgTHE NATIVITY Come and enjoy the ‘real’ Christmas story at Wintershall

Stand with shepherds in the field and see Mary arrive on a donkey. Sit in the barn where the baby Jesus lies in his manger. A timeless, memorable experience for young and old as we bring the story of Christmas to life for you.

Adult £18 & Child £9

Family £50 (2 adults & 2 children)

12 December 4:30pm & 7pm

13 December 4:30pm & 7pm

14 December 4:30pm & 7pm

15 December 11am, 2pm & 5pm

16 December 2pm & 5pm

Each performance lasts approximately 90 minutes.  Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0LR  Wintershall CIO, Charity Number 1167111  BOOK NOW!

A PLAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Book tickets now on our website: www.wintershall-estate.com

or by calling 01793 418299

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 16th September 2018

There is a second collection today for the Catholic Education Service.


There will be a second collection next week for the Home Missions


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Someone asked me a question the other day.  A good question actually.  Why was it necessary for Jesus to die on the cross?  What did that achieve? Why did the Father want his Son to die a shameful death on a cross?  Surely that makes God out to be a bit of a monster, doesn’t it?  Actually, 4 questions.

The popular view of the Messiah was that he would be a conquering hero dealing with Israel’s enemies and establishing right worship once again in a temple freed from the pollution of pagan idols.  Jesus shared that view – up to a point.  In reality who, Israel’s enemies were is a question he might have answered differently from the prevailing popular view of his time.  Most people would have answered – the Romans, the Greeks, the Philistines – anyone who had set foot on Israel’s soil and dared to govern God’s own people.  Jesus would have answered something more like – sin – that’s the true enemy of Israel and hypocrisy, injustice, hardness of heart.  Quite a different set of ‘enemies’ as you can see.

The first reading from Isaiah introduces us to the prophetic concept of the ‘Suffering Servant’.  This is a strange multiplex image – sometimes it seems to be the entire nation, sometimes a leader, or king, sometimes an unknown servant.  All the images, however share the view that the “servant’ would suffer, even though innocent, because of the failures of the nation as a whole.  There is a lovely line which we hear on Good Friday – he suffered whilst “all the time he was bearing our faults for us”.

This is a great mystery and one that Peter couldn’t understand.  But Jesus did. We hear the gospel today just at the moment when Jesus introduces this concept of going from Galilee down to Jerusalem – a place where he will be put to death – he prophecies.  Surely not Peter exclaims – why do that?  Things are going quite well here in Galilee.  Obviously, you aren’t feeling yourself today.  Let me look after things for you for a while.  Jesus replies in strong and forthright terms.

So why did Jesus go down to Jerusalem when he could have carried on preaching and healing in Galilee? Why go to a death that is so certain?

Well, Jesus knows what God knows.  That is that sin has to be confronted and confrontation can often be messy and uncomfortable – especially when the only weapon you choose is love.  Jesus chooses to be faithful to the Father’s will by loving – even unto death.  Sure, he could have done something by taking a large army with him.  By being a charismatic popularist leader who blamed the problems of everyone of someone – why not the people who always get the blame – the poor, the sick, the marginalised, the refugees.  But if he chose that way he wouldn’t be the Son of the Father.  The Father didn’t demand the death of Jesus, His Son.  He commanded him to do His will – and His will?  That He should lose nothing of all that he has been given and raise it up on the last day.

The only way is by love even though it seems that love is the weakest weapon you can use.  Only love can reconcile.  Only love can heal.  Only love can forgive the unforgiveable.  Only love can go the extra mile with the ungrateful.  Only love abides until the end.  But we find all that a bit of a challenge, don’t we? The Church should be the love of God made visible – a sacrament in other words.  An outward sign of an inward and invisible grace.  Are we?

Much love, as always. Fr David


The Next Bramley Parish Lunchwill 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.


The next Over 50’s coffee morningwill take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th October.  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 Planon 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. www.dabnet.org


The Ladies CAMEOgroup gathers in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on the first Tuesday of each month.   If anyone has a skill they would like to teach or a speaker to bring to the group please contact the Parish Office.  Otherwise it will be open for 2-200 people whom ever would like to come along for a get together.


Masses of Bunches of Grapesto be collected from Cranleigh if anyone in the Parish is interested in making their own wine or knows someone who would be interested.   A small donation to the Parish Meeting Room fund would be welcome.  Please contact Elizabeth Waldie on 268086.


BAPTISM

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.   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 rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161


CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

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 newsletterwith 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.


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 :

jcromtalent@gmail.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com  With thanks from Paul Lepki


Our Harvest Festival Masses will take place on 7th and 8th October.  Please bring your non-perishable food items and toiletries in for Number Five around this time.


CAFOD 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


Missio Red BoxesThe 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 nickpickett1948@gmail.com”


THE NATIVITY

Come and enjoy the ‘real’ Christmas story at Wintershall

Stand with shepherds in the field and see Mary arrive on a donkey. Sit in the barn where the baby Jesus lies in his manger. A timeless, memorable experience for young and old as we bring the story of Christmas to life for you.

Adult £18 & Child £9

Family £50 (2 adults & 2 children)

12 December 4:30pm & 7pm

13 December 4:30pm & 7pm

14 December 4:30pm & 7pm

15 December 11am, 2pm & 5pm

16 December 2pm & 5pm

Each performance lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0LR

Wintershall CIO, Charity Number 1167111

BOOK NOW!

A PLAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Book tickets now on our website: www.wintershall-estate.com

or by calling 01793 418299


You are welcome to join CHILWORTH CHRISTIAN MEDITATION GROUP, Wednesdays 7.30pm to 8.15pm in the Assisi Room behind St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford GU4 8QR. A period of quiet meditation. No need to book. Typically, around ten or more people attend from all backgrounds aged from 30+ to 85+!

More information from Sheila Longman

Email: sheliaannlongman@aol.com Tel: 01483 505814

We follow The World Community for Christian Meditation


Click-to-pray app:The Jesuits in the UK have produced this very useful app which you can use to download a daily reflection for use in your prayer life. It is especially helpful for commuters. You can find it on www.clicktopray.org.


Angel Voices – A Millennium of Music

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

CANTILENA   Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church, St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12, cantilena.info@gmail.com, 01483 275489

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 9th September 2018

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

CANTILENA

Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm

Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church

St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12, cantilena.info@gmail.com

01483 275489


 

BAPTISM

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 rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161


CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

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 katherine.bergin@dabnet.org 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 katherine.bergin@dabnet.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 :

jcromtalent@gmail.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com

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 rosie.read@dabnet.org  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 nickpickett1948@gmail.com”


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.