First Sunday of Advent – 03.12.17

Christmas collection after mass on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December for the Number Five Homeless shelter

Dear Brothers and Sisters

With this newsletter, you will find a questionnaire, which is asking you to think about your response to some important questions facing the Church at the moment.  I will be saying more about this during the homily.

The fact that we are having a questionnaire reveals that we are living in changing times.  We need to rethink what we mean by “Church” and what I mean by belonging to the Church.  The way we worship is also adapting and changing as well.  Not that the Mass has changed materially but we have new opportunities to make worship open and engaging for all people.

A parishioner has generously donated some money for a new project.  And I have one in mind which I think could be very useful and help us in the future.  I have long thought about having retractable screens in the church that could show short films, words of songs and readings, meaningful pictures that help us to think more deeply about certain aspects of our faith and worship and show news and important information.  This sum of money will help us do all that at Cranleigh. And perhaps put up some notices screens at Bramley as the church there isn’t well suited to screens.

This is therefore a way of informing you of my plans and also asking you what you think about this possibility?  If you haven’t experienced this sort of thing before the Catholic churches in Guildford all have these screens as do the Methodist, Baptist and, I think, the Anglican churches in Cranleigh.

To make them effective we will need to recruit some operators who can put together information onto slides, make sure we have the words of the right hymns and songs and be able to process them through the mass as we go so that everyone has a “seamless experience”

Let me know what you think.  We have the funding in place and I think this would be most useful.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

New to the Parish or just keen to meet everyone You will be made welcome at the evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh on January 20th.   If you have recently become involved in Cranleigh or Bramley, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please sign up on the Parish Events page of the website.

Date Change for Care Group meeting is re-scheduled for 1st December at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

The Monday Advent Group will start as usual at 10am on Monday November 27th at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley.

All are welcome.  I would be grateful if you can let me know if you are coming on   01483 894048. Maureen Loveder.

The Parish are going to be selling Tombola Tickets after the next few weeks Masses in order to raise funds for the Parish Hall which is still an ongoing concern.  The prizes include nice bath sets, books, booze, candles, chocolates, and odds are good to win something.  Please support this venture.

Also for sale are St Cuthbert Mayne Christmas Puddings.

TIME CHANGE TO 3PM – The Parish Reconciliation Service will take place on Sunday 17th December in Cranleigh from 3pm.  Our First Holy Communion children (30+ of them!) will be receiving their First Reconciliation.  All members of the parish are encouraged to attend.  You might like to come to the service even if you intend to make your confession the following weekend and use the penitential service as a helpful and joyful examination of conscience to help prepare yourself.

From Darkness to Light

A Service of Readings and Music for Advent

At St Thomas More Church, Bramley

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – 6.30pm

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room.  All are welcome

“LO HE COMES” – An opportunity to take an hour out in each week of Advent to prepare for Christmas with Words and Music from different traditions presented by the Rector.  We are invited to join our friends at St Nicolas on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Church.  6th Dec – “The King is Coming”, 13th Dec – “The Light is Coming”, 20th Dec – “The Child is Coming”.  Please see the poster in the porch.

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Wreath Making Event –  The Friends of St Cuthbert Mayne are hosting this fabulous event again this year on Thursday 7th December from 8pm in the school hall.   £25 a ticket includes a glass of mulled wine and all the materials you need to make a beautiful wreath to enjoy over the festive period.   The event was very popular last year.  There are also Christmas Puddings to be bought at £3 each.  Please let the Parish Office know if you would like to reserve a ticket or buy a pudding.

Over 50 Coffee Mornings – the next few dates for the successful over 50’s coffee morning are Tuesdays 12th December and then in the New Year 9th and 23rd January and 6th and 20th February from 10pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  All are welcome.

 

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