Dear Brothers and Sisters
The opening prayer and the Gospel are in close alignment today – one hinting at the other, as it were. One line in the opening prayer reads “O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way”, and the Gospel tells us that “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.”
So we can begin to see that there is a divine purpose in reconciliation – it is to enable us to share in eternal life. St Paul writing to the Ephesians says that all this happened when we were “dead through our sins.” Paul goes onto say that we have been saved, not by anything we have done but by a “gift from God.” This continuous outpouring of God’s gift we call grace – grace because gracious and free and total, not requiring anything of us except faith. Faith in this context means not ‘believing in God’ but in believing in what God has done for us.
When we are conscious of our sinfulness we should be aware of what we might call ‘distance’ – i.e. how far away from God we have moved. This is also true of our relationships with each other – when we hurt each other and refuse to be reconciled we become distant and remote – ‘something comes between us.’ Overcoming that ‘something’ is what reconciliation does. Between human beings, being reconciled is often a painful and humbling process. The recognition of guilt, a desire to apologise and make amends, an admission of what we are responsible for and an asking for forgiveness. The consequent forgiveness and reconciliation, if given fully, frees us to enjoy the relationship fully once again, and perhaps to be closer than ever before.
Many Christians have found that this pattern helps in their relationship with God.
One of the important things though is to be realistic about sin. It is probable that few people commit what we might imagine are serious sins – murder, adultery, slander etc. But we should not be blind to other, less dramatic, but still highly damaging forms of human sinfulness. Prejudice, judgementalism, gossip, laziness, are just four of these ‘lesser’ sins but which are highly toxic to relationships. I suspect that many of us are highly aware of our culpability in these small matters but either think them too trivial to mention in confession or imagine that they are something we can manage by ourselves. But, as you know, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is just that – a sacrament – and therefore a meeting place with God’s grace directly. Never under-estimate grace; be open to it in your life and see yourselves grow. It can be amazing.
With my love. Fr David.
Monday Lenten Group at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley, starting at 10 am. All are welcome. Maureen Loveder
Stations of the Cross during Lent at JCROM Wednesday 10.00 am for 30 minutes. All are welcome. Contact Helen Rollo 277395.
7 last words of Jesus – Discussion group led by Father David Wednesday 7/3, 14/3 and 213 in the Cranleigh Lady Chapel 7.30-8.30pm. All are welcome
Stations of the Cross @ Wintershall, 8 am meeting at St Francis Chapel, led by Fr Anthony Meradith on Good Friday. Please wear waterproof footwear and wrap up warm!
Please feel free to join the Monday 9.15am Prayer Meeting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.
Vivianna Small will be making a Mothers Day Gift Pack with 2 heart shaped cheeses cones with a mini jar of homemade gooseberry and dates chutney and butter. All proceeds will go to Cafod. Suggested donation is £5. Collection after Mass Sunday. If anyone is interested to order in advance to send an email to email@example.com or contact 07909791111. Thank you
Parish Lenten Retreat – Saturday 17th March – 10am
Sr Margaret Crinyion OSM will be returning to the parish on to lead our annual Lenten Retreat day at St Thomas More Church. Sr Margaret is an inspiring speaker and experienced Retreat giver so it should be a good day. Mass will be at 10am and Sr Margaret will give two talks, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon, with time for sharing as well as for prayer. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available but please bring a packed lunch. For more details contact Bridget Eacott 892406.
There will be a Fundraising Soup Lunch For Pokot Thursday 22nd March from 12.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. There will be a choice of 4 soups and tea/coffee and cake will be served. There will also be CAKES FOR SALE. Please support this event. It was very popular last time. Win Bracking 275573
Please note the St Thomas More church will have no services and will be closed for some redecoration work during the period 26th March until 30th March inclusive. This will not affect anything associated with the parish room at Bramley.
Easter leaflets distribution:
Volunteers are needed on the morning of Thursday 22nd March to help distribute the ‘Churches Together’ leaflet which details all the services for Holy Week and Easter. Please speak to your ‘Churches Together’ representative, or ring Pamela on 01483 274148 if you can help.
Juliet Emms is raising money for Cancer Research uk Please read her story at
21st March – Climate Change – A Christian’s Response by Dr Martin Hodson, Operations Manager of John Ray Initiative, an educational charity which promotes scientific and Christian understanding of the environment. It is in the Parish Hall, Our Lady Help of Christians, Madeira Road, West Byfleet starting at 7:30pm.
It’s a shocking fact that millions of poor farmers who produce the food we love still don’t earn enough to feed their own families. It’s time for this injustice to end.
Through Fairtrade, millions of poor farmers and workers are already coming together to demand a change. They are working hard to close the door on exploitation and transform their communities, supported by Fairtrade.
The annual fortnight promoting Fairtrade starts on Monday 26 February. Both Cranleigh and Bramley are registered Fairtrade Churches. As such, we have made a commitment to serve only Fairtrade tea and coffee at all parish events and, where possible, to use other Fairtrade products such as sugar and biscuits – throughout the year, not just during the Fortnight. Parishioners are also encouraged to buy Fairtrade items as much as possible as part of our normal weekly shop.
This Fortnight, let’s close the door on exploitation and open more doors to Fairtrade. For more information go to www.fairtrade.org.uk
Do you have a special celebration coming up? Something that you would like a dream cake for? Kirsty Kay-Russell, of “Oh Crumbs” cakes, bakes and hand decorates exquisite celebration cakes, and is raffling off one large celebration cake to the value of £100 for the lucky winner! The raffle will be drawn on Easter Sunday and all proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Parish Room fund. Please find Kirsty at Mass on Saturday and Sunday in Cranleigh or Magdalena Norris at Mass on Sunday morning in Bramley for tickets. £2 per ticket or a strip of 5 tickets for £9, or two strips for £17. You can have a look at some of Kirsty’s creations on Instagram at @ohcrumbskkr at www.facebook.com/ohcrumbsuk
Diocesan Chrism Mass takes place at Arundel Cathedral on Wednesday 28th March and all are encouraged all to attend. Chrism Masses see the gathering of the entire diocese, bishop, priests, deacons and lay faithful, and are the occasion on which the bishop blesses the holy oils, and when the priests renew their promises to serve God and his people.
THE GREAT ADVENTURE. RETREAT FOR YEAR 7-9 AT WORTH ABBEY The Great Adventure is running at Worth Abbey from the 18-20th May for all those in year 7-9. Over the weekend we are going to be exploring the idea that the journey of discipleship is a great adventure that we are each called to through workshops, input, prayer, worship and a whole lot of fun! The price is £84 but bursaries are available. For more information please firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks go to all those readers who read at the Women’s World Day of Prayer events last Friday as well as those who were asked to stand down due to the bad weather. Your support and commitment is much appreciated by everyone in the Parish.
The National Novena to St Joseph will take place from 10-18 March 2018 at St Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool. Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for god’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work. You are invited to send in your petitions and/or request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer. Email Fr Liam Cummins at email@example.com
Maundy Thursday 29th March
There are sign up sheets in both porches for half hour slots for two people to “Watch in the Garden of Repose” from 0930 to midnight.
Good Friday 30th March – 10.30 meet at St Nicholas Church for Walk of Witness to Stocklund Square.
Saturday 31st March appeal for cleaners and flower arrangers to give attention to the Cranleigh church with hot cross buns and refreshments from Midday. Please let the Parish Office know if you are able to help.
ADOREMUS National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress in Liverpool 2018 takes place September 7th to 9th. It is a wonderful opportunity for all the Dioceses of England and Wales to come together to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist and the central place it holds in the life and mission of the Church. If you would like to be a Delegate for your Parish contact the Parish office for more information or www.catholicnews.org.uk
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The University of Sussex offers full and part time PGCE and School Direct Courses in Religious Education resulting in qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of up to 90 Masters Level Credits For more information including eligibility and entry criteria visit http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/pgceandschooldirectsecondary/religiouseducation
To discuss further contact either Sally Dudley, Initial Teacher Education Recruitment, Selection and Admissions Lead at Sussex University firstname.lastname@example.org or Claire Rooney, RE Curriculum Tutor email@example.com.
Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church
6pm Vigil and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind
9am Mass and Blessing of Palms at St Thomas More, Bramley
11am Mass and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind
Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind
Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley
Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral
The Sacred Triduum – all at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind
Maundy Thursday – 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Footwashing and watch until midnight in Garden of Repose
Good Friday – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord
Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection
9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More
11am – Mass of the Resurrection at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind
Cranleigh & Bramley Talent Show
Song/Dance/Bands/Comedy/Drama/….showcase YOUR talents!
For fun. and fundraising! Come to perform, or for refreshments and to cheer us on! Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF
!!! ACTS WANTED !!! If you wish to appear please register now:
Mic/PA & some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs.
Offers of help and equipment also welcomed. We promise no rotten tomatoes! All welcome!