Holy Family – 31st December 2017

 

Holy Family – 31st December 2017

Sat 30th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 31st          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

Mon 1st           Cranleigh         10.00am          Solemn Mass – Mary, Mother of God

Tues 2nd                                 NO Mass

Wed 3rd          Cranleigh         7.00pm            Mass

Thurs 4th         Bramley          10.00am          Mass

Cranleigh         Midday            Funeral of Ray Gallally

Fri 5th             Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th November 2017

Sat 6th             Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 7th            Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

NEWCOMERS SUPPER

Saturday 20th January

New to the parish?  Come to an evening reception for newcomers 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 here.   Have you registered with us? – Are you new (or old) to the parish but have not given us your details?  Make a note to yourself to tell us about yourself in the new year once Christmas has quietened down a bit.  It really does help us communicate with you, visit you, and know who’s who in the Parish.

Finance Appeal – have you returned an updated Standing Order form to Trish yet?  Have you thought about joining the Gift Aid Scheme if you pay tax and are not yet a member?  If you do the Chancellor gives us an extra 25% at no extra cost to you.  See Trish for further info.

Parish Mission – Have you returned your questionnaire yet?  Or even looked at it?  Can I urge you to, please, as not only are your opinions important to us and the Bishop, but the fact that you are thinking about the mission and life of the Church, and your part in it, will be a great advantage to us.

POKOT Christmas News

Hello All. I hope you had a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.

Here are messages I received recently from Fr Sean McGovern at Rotu and Fr David Conway at Barpello.

“Good morning Eugene
I hope you had a very happy and peaceful Christmas. I’ve just now sent you a few photos of a wonderful day we had at Rotu for Christmas. At least 300 got dinner. 2 large goats 🐐. 10 large cabbages. A sack of rice. And before all that a cup of sweet tea.
Not a scrap was left.
Many thanks to £ a Week.
God Bless! Sean”

And in his message Fr Conway thanked all the members of the Group for our continuing support of his mission and also reported the following about the Dairy Herd which we funded last year with the help of a 50% grant from a Charity.: –

“Dear Eugene.
Greetings and thanks for the efforts of the Pound a Week Group.  Last week we finally purchased three milking cows and one bull to follow.  I will send you photos, to update you.  David”

I will report further when I hear again from Fr Conway. In the meantime, he told me that of the 160 students at the Mission secondary school who sat their final exams, all passed and 74 boys and girls qualified for university or college. A wonderful achievement.

Thank you all for your continuing support for our Pokot projects.  Eugene

THE HOLY FAMILY

FIRST READING (Ecclesiasticus 3: 2-6, 12-14)

The Lord honours the father in his children, and upholds the rights of a mother over her sons.  Whoever respects his father is atoning for his sins, he who honours his mother is like someone amassing a fortune.  Whoever respects his father will be happy with children of his own, he shall be heard on the day when he prays.  Long life comes to him who honours his father, he who sets his mother at ease is showing obedience to the Lord.  My son, support your father in his old age, do not grieve him during his life.  Even if his mind should fail, show him sympathy, do not despise him in your health and strength; for kindness to a father shall not be forgotten but will serve as reparation for your sins.

SECOND READING (Colossians 3: 12-21)

You are God’s chosen race, his saints; he loves you and you should be clothed in sincere compassion, in kindness and humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive each other as soon as a quarrel begins. The Lord has forgiven you; now you must do the same. Over all these clothes, to keep them together and complete them, put on love. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it is for this that you were called together as parts of one body. Always be thankful.  Let the message of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you. Teach each other, and advise each other, in all wisdom. With gratitude in your hearts sing psalms and hymns and inspired songs to God; and never say or do anything except in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.  Wives, give way to your husbands, as you should in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and treat them with gentleness. Children, be obedient to your parents always, because that is what will please the Lord. Parents, never drive your children to resentment or you will make them feel frustrated.

 GOSPEL  (Luke 2: 22-40)

When the day came for them to be purified as laid down by the Law of Moses, the parents of Jesus took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord — observing what stands written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord — and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons. Now in Jerusalem there was a man named Simeon. He was an upright and devout man; he looked forward to Israel’s comforting and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death until he had set eyes on the Christ of the Lord. Prompted by the Spirit he came to the Temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the Law required, he took him into his arms and blessed God; and he said:  `Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised; because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all the nations to see, a light to enlighten the pagans and the glory of your people Israel.’  As the child’s father and mother stood there wondering at the things that were being said about him, Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, `You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected – and a sword will pierce your own soul too — so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare.’  There was a prophetess also, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came by just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem.  When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they went back to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. Meanwhile the child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom; and God’s favour was with him.

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