19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Last Supper Jesus breaks the bread.
Times of Mass and Devotions
Sat 11th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass – St Clare Albert Morris (RIP)
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sat 11th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass Helen Tyson [RIP}
Sun 12th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Sung Mass

Sung Mass

People of the Parish

Adoremus Congress

Tues 14th Bramley 10.00am Mass – St Maximilian Kolbe Prisoners of Conscience
Wed 15th Cranleigh

Bramley

10.00am

8.00pm

Mass – The Assumption of the BVM Pro Populo

The Dying

Thurs 16th Bramley 10.00am Mass – feria Bp Richard’s Ints
Fri 17th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass – feria Pope Francis’ Ints
20th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Sat 18th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass Fergal Hough (RIP)
Sun 19th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Sung Mass

Parish Mass

People of the Parish

 

The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses

Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time

Parish Prayer Group – 2nd & 4th Monday 9.15am and Thursday at 8pm – see website or notice board for details

Dear Brothers and Sisters
Marilyn Vincent has just returned from Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrims and so I asked her if she could write something for the newsletter of that experience.  As you can see she speaks of a wonderful time which was uplifting for her (and many others) because of the vibrancy of the young people present not despite them.  I am heartily encouraged by this news and ask you all to find every way possible to encourage our young people in their pilgrimages of faith to remain faithful, awake to the gospel of life, earnest in their search for truth and beauty, aware of the poor and marginalised and prepared to help us move into the future with hope.  Here is what Marilyn had to say – written in her own words and completely unabridged or edited in any way.

Having just returned from my first visit to Lourdes, I am left with the most memorable and eye-opening impressions of today’s ‘young people’. To say I was amazed at this wonderful, caring and committed band of youngsters, ranging in ages from early to late teens, is truly an understatement. Their genuine, heartfelt consideration of the disabled, sick and elderly was beyond all my expectations.

Apropos Father David’s message in last week’s Newsletter, if the Catholic Church is in the hands of these wonderful young people, then we truly have no need to worry! They stood before us, hundreds of us, proclaiming their Faith, without hesitation or embarrassment, before going out on the town, to socialise, dance, rap, as all teenagers do. Nothing pious about this lot!

In his final message to the red shirts in particular, Bishop Richard, set them all a task……” Go back to your Parishes, be brave, stand up and tell them what you have told us today”.

                                       It was enlightening!

                                       Marilyn VINCENT 

Of course, Lourdes is a very special place, and the experience of a diocesan pilgrimage a privileged one, but what this shows us is that our young people love to be involved, valued, accepted in their own terms, and appreciated. We just have to find a way to help them practise their faith here at home and to bring that energy and enthusiasm which Marilyn found so enchanting and memorable into our parish setting.

This is undoubtedly one of the key questions that the new Mission Team will be looking at in the very near future but perhaps you have something to offer – an opinion backed up by a promise of action?  Experience in youth music, dance, culture?  An ability to communicate with the young in a non-patronising and life giving way?  For us to become a truly great parish we need contributions from all the talents and no one should be left behind.

With my love and prayer, as always.

Fr David

Other news…


Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 17th September 2018.  £649.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

Would you like to be one of Cedar Courts Care Home Good Companions? TheCranleigh care home’s multi award winning activities team is looking for volunteers to help out on its Dementia Floor in the mornings from 9.30 till 12.30 on any day of the week.  We are looking for kind, caring volunteers with a keen sense of fun to sit and chat with our first Floor Residents and help out with activities and be jolly good company.  You will be given a free DBS check and some short training on line training at the home and free lunch in our bistro at 12.30 if you wanted it.  Any hours you could give would be greatly appreciated so event if you couldn’t’ do all 9.30 – 12.30 don’t worry. Please contact Michael & Kaye on 01483 275191 or email activities.cedarcourt@outlook.com.

Inclusion Festival Arundel & Brighton

“To celebrate the value of each person and the diversity in our diocese”
Sunday 16thSeptember 2018 at St Wilfrid’s School, Crawley, RH11 8PG. Doors Open 11 am.
Opportunities for different forms of prayer

  • Lectio Divina
  • Learning Sign Language
  • BYO Picnic Lunch – tea, coffee, soft drinks available
  • Mass with Bishop Richard at 2.30 pm.
    All Welcome!
    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ifab2018   or use your phone
    Parents/Carers are responsible for their Children/Vulnerable Adults at all times.Enquiries to Margaret Fraher, Diocesan Inclusion Adviser, at margaret.fraher@dabnet.org  01293 651196

Pokot News from Eugene McGivern

Fr Conway is back in Barpello from his sabbatical and sent me the following message.

“The three cows sponsored by the funds your Group obtained from the Charitable Trust are doing well. Each has a calf, bringing our total Special Herd to six. We are yet to buy the bull. We delayed in buying the bull until the cows had calved so that genes don’t get mixed-up!!!!  While the school was on holiday there was plenty of milk in the community and in the dispensary. The discretionary £2,015.00 (KShs 266,980) that you sent to me last month will be used to help some students get uniforms. Uniforms can be expensive especially for Form I. It is a huge burden on some families. The money will be used for the poor, that I can guarantee. Many thanks to the Pound a Week Group for your ongoing generosity & great support.”
Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission tells me that from his discretionary amount  he set aside £1,000 for the children’s breakfasts; £500 he put into his Education Fund; and the balance of £515 will be used for the school health unit and general maintenance of the school and the Mission. He has asked me to convey his warmest thanks to all the Group for our support. Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com or 01483-893379


Pope Francis said ‘It is not enough to say we are Christians. We must live the faith, not only with our words, but with our actions.’ There are many ways to put our faith into action and offering your time to CAFOD is one of them. CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales, and part of Caritas International. They are currently looking for people across the area who would help out with office tasks or media/social media related work in their local office in nearby Wonersh. Alternatively, they would also be interested in hearing from you if you are interested in raising awareness of their work and the needs of the world in the parish, in local schools or with our local MP.
If you can make a difference or if you know of anybody who might be interested, contact the local CAFOD office as soon as possible. Tel: 01483 898866
email:arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 18th August 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 Church exists to evangelise” – Fr Mark Hogan; 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 poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 22nd September – “New Sight for the Blind – Mission and healing” with Pauline Edwards and Fr Laurence Brassill

Ministers and Readers this weekend…

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomers R & O Bond J Mayer

A Streeter

S Allaway & family
1st Reading D Meech M Vincent K Mantle
2nd Reading C Houston P Gloyens C Greenwood
EMHC R Sharpe

J Finlayson

J Raven

J Penson

D Penson

C Wyllie

P O Brien

V Milner

S Appleyard

K Swindells

G Brand

L Collins

M Evans

R Millar

P Scully

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This lovely feast falls this week, on Wednesday.  It is a “holyday of obligation” as Sundays are – in other words when Catholics are expected to attend a celebration of Holy Mass.  We have two opportunities to attend Mass – 10am at Cranleigh and 8pm at Bramley.  We are also lucky enough to have an organist for the 8pm service so this will be sung – and with some choir who aren’t away on holiday also present.

I wonder whether you know the background of this feast and why it is such an important one? Why should you attend a “holyday” – isn’t going to Church on a Sunday enough?  Can’t we overdo the religiosity bit?

I have written on this before but it’s worth having another stab at it.  The Church celebrates the sacraments in which Divine grace is imparted through sacramental signs such as water, wine, oil, and bread. In this way God’s grace is mediated to the faithful in order to sanctify them and build up their lives in holiness. The sacraments also help us through “everyday” life by strengthening us to face whatever life throws at us and to celebrate all the good things of life too.

Although the Church’s Year isn’t itself a sacrament it is intimately connected with the life of Jesus Christ as he lived it. Keeping the feasts of the Lord helps us to enter into the “mystery” of God by participating in Jesus incarnation, passion, death and resurrection.  We do this by celebrating Christmas and Easter.  Throughout the year there are other celebrations which focus on other aspects of the Lord’s life – his Transfiguration, Ascension, Baptism etc.  These help us to enter into the wholeness of the Lord’s life and experience, even if remotely perhaps, the spiritual power of these events in our own lives.

The Church also celebrates the lives of the Saints – most often keeping the day they died in this life, and entered into new life, as a special feast.  As they were men and women who faced exactly the same challenges that we do, and who came through strong in faith and charity, remembering them and learning about them and their part in history can help us to be strong in faith too – and to persevere when times are hard, or confusing, or our faith grows weak.

Foremost among the saints is Jesus’ own Mother Mary – the Blessed Virgin.  We are told by St Luke that she is “blessed among women” – and we know from other new testament accounts that she had a special place in the life of the early church.  St John, according to custom and tradition, took her into his own home after the Crucifixion and treated her as his own mother.

It had long been the tradition of the faithful, though never formally defined as such, that Mary, in the moment of her death was carried away body and soul into heaven.  In this she fulfilled the hope and desire of all Christians that this life is not the last word, the full story, of our lives.  Our hope is that we shall see God face to face in heaven and, one day, be resurrected body and soul when God creates a new heaven and a new earth. In this regard Mary is a kind of “first fruits” for all believers in what God holds out for us.  Life – and life in abundance.  Because Mary is fully human, like you and me, this Assumption of Mary into heaven holds out the hope that “ordinary” Christians such as you and I will, one day, be united with Jesus, Mary, Joseph and all the saints in heaven.

Other feasts – Maximillian Kolbe – Tuesday

Maximilian Kolbe was born on 8 January1894 in Zduńska Wola, in the Kingdom of Poland, which was a part of the Russian Empire, the second son of weaver Julius Kolbe and midwife Maria Dąbrowska. His father was an ethnic German and his mother was Polish. He had four brothers. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Pabianice.

Kolbe’s life was strongly influenced in 1906 by a vision of the Virgin Mary he said he had as a child. He later described this incident:

That night I asked the Mother of God what was to become of me. Then she came to me holding two crowns, one white, the other red. She asked me if I was willing to accept either of these crowns. The white one meant that I should persevere in purity, and the red that I should become a martyr. I said that I would accept them both.

In 1918 Kolbe was ordained a priest having entered the Franciscan order in 1907.  He was part of a group who published pamphlets often critical of the Nazi authoritiesand was eventually arrested and sent to Auschwitz.  Continuing to act as a priest, Kolbe was subjected to violent harassment, including beating and lashings, and once had to be smuggled to a prison hospital by friendly inmates. At the end of July 1941, ten prisoners disappeared from the camp, prompting SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl Fritzsch, the deputy camp commander, to pick 10 men to be starved to death in an underground bunker to deter further escape attempts. When one of the selected men, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out, “My wife! My children!”, Kolbe volunteered to take his place.

According to an eye witness, an assistant janitor at that time, in his prison cell, Kolbe led the prisoners in prayer to Our Lady. Each time the guards checked on him, he was standing or kneeling in the middle of the cell and looking calmly at those who entered. After two weeks of dehydration and starvation, only Kolbe remained alive. “The guards wanted the bunker emptied, so they gave Kolbe a lethal injection of carbolic acid. Kolbe is said to have raised his left arm and calmly waited for the deadly injection. He died on August 14. His remains were cremated on 15 August, the feast day of the Assumption of Mary.

Source : Wikipedia

18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters

There is an interesting verse in the psalm for this Sunday that goes:

The things we have heard and understood,

the things our fathers have told us,

we will tell to the next generation:

the glories of the Lord and his might.

I find this interesting for a number of reasons. The first is that it tells us that our faith is handed on – “we will tell to the next generation.”  This is, in fact, the meaning of the word “Tradition.” Tradition is what is “handed on.” It is handed on because the current owners, or users, have found it to be of value and worth, something that, it is hoped, will also be of value and worth to the next generation.  Tradition used to be something that was highly prized – consider for a moment traditional dress in places like Wales or Scotland. The ‘tradition’ demarcated those for whom it was important, cultural even, from those outside, who looked on, and sometimes, envied what they saw and heard.

The Catholic faith is one of those things that is founded on ‘tradition’ – what is handed on.  Through the long years of persecution Catholics clung on to the traditions that made them who they were – the Mass, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the Sacraments, the Papacy, priesthood and religious life, genuflecting on entering or leaving a church, bowing, crossing oneself in blessing, a spirit of social service to the poor and marginalised and so on.  There are many more, I know.

All that has come down to us has been handed on from the time of the Apostles until now.  Each generation has to ask itself why this, or this, is important and how it should be used today.

I am aware, because it is true for me too with my own children that many of you find the handing on of tradition to your families a huge burden and question.  The present generation which no longer defers to authority, or the elder generation no longer automatically assumes that what they are told and shown by their parents, teachers, priests etc are to be believed without question. In fact there is a lively spirit of doubt and enquiry abroad which actually questions almost everything that is handed on.  Why is this, or that, so important?  Why should I dress like this, or that?  Why should I accept everything, or even anything the Church teaches just because it says so?

All this makes for tension and, I guess, fear and anxiety.  How do we help our children, the next generation, understand what we have valued and understood?

Every family will attempt this difficult question according to their own make up and character but, perhaps, what is needed above all is a sense that we really do value certain things more than other things. We try to live by our values and uphold those things we have come to prize and which have shaped our lives and given meaning to them.  Perhaps instead of telling the next generation we need to show the next generation. Show them that our values give shape and a certain depth to our own lives which we care enough about to want to pass onto our children and grandchildren.  I struggle.  I know you do too.  But perhaps its worth the struggle.  N’est pas?

With my love and prayers.  Fr David.

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Office Opening Hours

The Parish Office will be closed 6thto 12thAugust.

During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am.

Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours.

Thank you.

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Would you consider renting a room toa mature Italian lady in her thirties who speaks English and is studying for further CBT qualifications.  She has a mental health background with experience of working with children and adults.  She is currently supporting an older lady living in Cranleigh and is looking for affordable rented accommodation.  This could be through an arrangement with someone who may have space living in a larger house who would like a mature student for a rented situation.  Please contact Tracy in the office in the first instance.

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You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, aroundthe theme ‘Feed my Sheep’, given by Rev. Fr Anthony Meredith. on Sat, 18th of August, 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, if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com

images.jpegFully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 17th September 2018.  £649.00 per person sharing.  Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £100.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.

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Would you like to be one of Cedar Courts Care Home Good Companions?  TheCranleigh care home’s multi award winning activities team is looking for volunteers to help out on its Dementia Floor in the mornings from 9.30 till 12.30 on any day of the week.  We are looking for kind, caring volunteers with a keen sense of fun to sit and chat with our first Floor Residents and help out with activities and be jolly good company.  You will be given a free DBS check and some short training on line training at the home and free lunch in our bistro at 12.30 if you wanted it.   Any hours you could give would be greatly appreciated so event if you couldn’t’ do all 9.30 – 12.30 don’t worry.  Please contact Michael & Kaye on 01483 275191 or email activities.cedarcourt@outlook.com.

ADORE-logo-COL.png ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 18th August 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 Church exists to evangelise” – Fr Mark Hogan; 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 poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 22nd September – “New Sight for the Blind – Mission and healing” with Pauline Edwards and Fr Laurence Brassill

91aed9_e7a884b5db2a46eca3ff909a8d5791c6~mv2.pngInclusion Festival Arundel & Brighton

“To celebrate the value of each person and the diversity in our diocese”

Sunday 16thSeptember 2018 at St Wilfrid’s School, Crawley, RH11 8PG. 

Doors Open 11 am.

Opportunities for different forms of prayer

  • Lectio Divina
  • Learning Sign Language
  • BYO Picnic Lunch – tea, coffee, soft drinks available
  • Mass with Bishop Richard at 2.30 pm.

All Welcome!

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ifab2018   or use your phone

Parents/Carers are responsible for their Children/Vulnerable Adults at all times.Enquiries to Margaret Fraher, Diocesan Inclusion Adviser, at margaret.fraher@dabnet.org  01293 651196

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Our Mission is “Connecting the Community”

Our purpose is to improve community wellbeing by active relationships with providers of services; signposting and coordinating their accessibility by the community. We will improve the life experience and well-being of the people of Cranleigh, Ewhurst and adjacent hamlets by reducing gaps and duplication of support.

We support community projects that make a positive difference to the lives of local people.

Following extensive engagement with the community loneliness has been identified as a key issue. We aim to identify and facilitate the reduction of isolation and loneliness, working alongside existing organisations and groups, large and small.

How and why do individuals become lonely and isolated in a place like this?

Bereavement or relationship breakdown

Children grown up and moved away

Being in poor health or living with restricted mobility

Lone working, retirement, redundancy or significant life change

Care workers and shift-workers who lack the time for themselves

Re-location to this area or being single with no immediate social network or family connections

How can we help you?

We have a group of volunteers who have a good understanding of contacts and facilities in the community locally and who can coordinate introductions.

Our volunteers will be available on the telephone to talk you through some key issues and help you feel connected and link you to further help within the community.

Our website is www.smartcranleigh.org. This will provide you with information on who, where and what we do.

Current activities underway

Intergenerational activities bring together older individuals in care homes with young preschool children and their carers. Smart Cranleigh is working with Cedar Court and Knowle Park care homes, the Cranleigh History society and Cranleigh Scouts

SMART Cranleigh is a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Cranleigh and run by volunteers comprising family carers and qualified professionals who live and work with people of all ages in the community. Emailinfo@smartcranleigh.org

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VACANCY Smart Cranleigh – Community Manager (part/time)

Title : Community Manager Smart Cranleigh

Purpose: To administer, develop and signpost activities in Cranleigh and Ewhurst which improve the wellbeing of the local community and deliver the Mission of Smart Cranleigh

Reports to Chairman of Smart Cranleigh Steering Group

Hours of work – Part time (50%) five mornings per week (or equivalent); salary range £22-24,000 pro rata

Activity: Welcoming of the public enquiring of Smart Cranleigh mission and purpose

Network and partner with health, social care, local government, charitable and other social enterprise providers in the local community

Identify people or groups in need in accordance with steering group priorities

Add and maintain content to website and community calendar and social media

Lead income generation from calendar and directory

Support applications for fundraising

Coordinate community projects delivered through volunteers or third parties

Report activity to steering Group monthly; plan forward quarterly

Maintain database contact with partners and clients

Establish and maintain links with local providers and facilitate communication between them

Maintain record of outcomes and projects for report to funders .  Manage access and maintain security at the Smart Cranleigh Drop In Centre

Person specification:  Self-starter with a friendly welcoming personality. Collaborator and relationship builder with local organisations.  Organiser of multiple strands of project activity.  Well organised with good office administrative skills.  Leader and motivator of volunteers.  Competent web user with MS office and database IT skills. Innovator who seeks constructive solutions to complex issues.  Able to work independently and also guide and train volunteers.  Flexible, reliable, team worker.

 

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 29th July 2018

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Father David will be taking holiday leave and will be away from the Parish Monday 23rdJuly returning Tuesday 31stJuly.

During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am with the only full week closure being 6thto 12thAugust.   Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours.  Thank you.

Check_please_logo.jpgI’m looking for the person who is currently using Gift Aid envelopes numbered 132.  This box of envelopes has been picked up from Cranleigh church porch and the envelopes are currently being used to make donations to the offertory.  The box was not picked up by the “registered owner” of envelopes numbered 132.  If you find you have this box of envelopes please get in touch with me so that I can properly sign you up to Gift Aid and provide you with your own box of envelopes and a new unique number.

Please contact Trish Ellis – by telephone 01483 271314, mobile 07835 452898 or email trish@charters.eu.com.  Thank you!

logo.jpgInternship at DABCEC:  With the Diocesan Formation Team from September 2018 for one  year.  This opportunity is appropriate to those with an interest in formation work within the Church or who wish to develop and evidence work-place skills and who may be waiting for places at university or longer-term work opportunities. Closing date 31st July.  Please see poster in Church Porch or contact Canon Kieron O’Brien, Episcopal Vicar For Formation, with a supporting statement and CV, if appropriate: canonkieron@gmail.com

Unknown-1.jpegYouth 2000: Walsingham 5-Day Camping Festival:   23rd – 27th August.  For 16 – 35 year olds. Families also welcome.  Please see poster or visit www.youth2000.org

91aed9_e7a884b5db2a46eca3ff909a8d5791c6~mv2.pngInclusion Festival (IFAB) :  A day to celebrate diversity in our Diocese and the value of each person.  All welcome.  At St Wilfrid’s School on Sunday 16th September, 2018, from 11 am.  Mass with Bishop Richard at 2.30 pm.  Picnic lunch needed.   Please book at margaret.fraher@dabnet.org

 

Dialogue-logo-new.pngAnnual Dialogue and Unity Day 2018 : Come along, bring your friends from other Churches, share your experiences of working, praying and growing together. Our theme is the Role of Christian Unity in the Renewal of the Church.  We will hear from Fr Sebastian Ostrynski, Head of the Chemin Neuf Community in the UK, a Catholic community with a charism for ecumenism.   Times of prayer, sharing  and information.  Bring a packed lunch, tea, coffee and cake provided. Book your place at ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

13-14-CSW_Logo_Circle_CMYK.png  Diocesan Grandparents’ Week in our Parishes and Schools:  September 29th to October 7th is the special week for Grandparents.  Look out for events in your local Schools.

cga e&w.jpgDiocesan Grandparents’ Formation Day:  Thursday 4th October, St John The Evangelist, Horsham,starts with parish Mass at 10 am, until 3.30 pm. (Packed lunch needed).  Theme  “Practical Ways of Encouraging Your Grandchildren in the Faith”.  Book at katherine.bergin@dabnet.org

G-TEC-image.pngDay for Communications and Media: Saturday 6th October, at DABCEC, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley, RH10 6RP, from 10 am to 1 pm. Focus this year on developing the content and promoting the uptake of the A & B News.  Book at ruth.gerun@dabnet.orgor www.dabnet.org/CoursesandEvents/Communications

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Marriage Anniversaries Mass :  Saturday 6th October, at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill, 11.30 am, celebrated by Bishop Richard, for those couples celebrating a special anniversary in 2018.  Booking essential – contact rosie.read@dabnet.orgfor a booking form.

Logo.pngSupporting the Bereaved Course:  Could you support your Parish Priest by becoming a friend to those parishioners who are bereaved?  Could you walk beside them in their grief?  Why not talk to your Parish Priest about the next course?  Introductory Day on Friday 9th November, from 9.45 to     3.30 pm at The Christian Education Centre, Crawley.  Course runs over seven Tuesdays between 15th January and 5th March, not on 19th February.  Contact katherine.bergin@dabnet.org

ADLAmp.jpgMarriage Preparation Catechists’ Annual  Reflection  and Formation Day:                                On Saturday 24th November, 9.45  – 4, at The Christian Education Centre in Crawley, with input from Bishop Richard.  Packed lunch needed.  Book at katherine.bergin@dabnet.org

jp.jpgJustice & Peace Assembly 2019:  Date for your diary:  Saturday 26th January, 2019 : Theme “Human Trafficking”.

chilworth-2012.jpgYou are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing,around the theme ‘Feed my Sheep’, given by Rev. Fr Anthony Meredith. on Sat, 18th of August, 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, if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22.07.18

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

Last weekend I told you that our new Mission Team was meeting on Monday to work on the first ideas that came from your feedback from the Bishop’s questionnaire, our subsequent open meetings at Cranleigh and Bramley, and the Bishop’s presentations to us last wintertime.

Six of us met at St John’s Seminary for a whole day meeting where we prayed together, listened to one another and did two large pieces of work to help us work out a vision statement for our parish. This involved thinking, first, about all the things that would make a very bad parish.

Why did we do that?

Well, because if we had asked for all the best things that make a parish we might have blindspots due to familiarity that would prevent us from seeing what things make for a truly great parish.  Doing it the other way – what would we hate to see in a parish opened our eyes to a larger range of things that contribute to the ‘vibe’ and working of a parish.  However, we didn’t stop there but, once we had this amazing rich list of things we would never want to see we asked ourselves what was the opposite side of those things – in other words the things that would make for a great parish. If you want to see what we came up with take a look at the website version of this piece.  There’s a photo online.

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Following review of the parish questionnaire feedback sheets and our own brain-storm of the key components required in any Mission Effective parish, we distilled our lists to three broad headings:

Liturgy/Worship   –    Community   –   Outreach

From this distillation the following statement was crafted to represent the heart of what our parish would stand for:

“Through our worship in prayer and liturgy we seek always to become a community of faith, hope and love, building inclusive relationships with people of faith and none, reaching out to those in need”.

You will see that everything builds from our collective prayer and worship of God, which inspires and equips us to become a true community of faith, hope and love which is a never-ending work – always building. Always building what? Relationships – both internally that strengthen the community and outwardly to draw all people in. Inclusive because no one is excluded and to those in need – whatever that might be – because our response to Jesus call is to serve.

I hope you can see that this is now a major step forward against which we will begin to measure all our work and worship. This is only the beginning we know and there is a whole lot of work ahead of the Mission Team as we seek to make this simple statement a reality.  Ask yourself – what would make this happen in worship, with youth, with the lapsed, and so on.

With my love and prayers as always, Fr David

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Father David will be taking holiday leave and will be away from the Parish Monday 23rdJuly returning Tuesday 31stJuly.

During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am with the only full week closure being 6thto 12thAugust.   Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours.  Thank you.

The Bramley Parish Room will be closed

from 16th July for a week. This is due to redecoration of the main room, hallway and toilet. These rooms will not be available for use during this time. The office room will not be included and will be available, if required, for use during that week.

Holiday-Fund-Money-Box.jpg SUMMER HOLIDAYS

“You did not choose me but I chose you: and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you. This I command you to love one another.” J 15, 16-17

As a parish community we would like to ensure that every family can get a break away during the summer holidays. Please let us know if you would appreciate some assistance in organising/funding a few days away. The forms to be filled are in the porches of both churches.

At the same time, we are appealing for your support for this initiative. We ask most importantly for your prayers. Secondly please let us know if you have a holiday place or any accommodation that you would be happy for somebody to use for part of the holidays. Last of all we would appreciate any financial support you can offer.  If you would like to donate any funds directly to the Parish bank account, details can be obtained from the Parish Office. Please make sure that you specify the purpose of your donation as “holiday fund”.

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Last week we sent the Pokot Missions the incredible sum of £12,300. Of this, £3,235 went to Fr Conway at the Barpello Mission. £970 of that is for school fees for two pupils being sponsored by members of the Pound a Week Group. £250 was donated specifically for Fr Conway to purchase a second cow for the bereaved and impoverished family of Robert Twalakapel, the pupil of the Mission school who tragically died from acute appendicitis.  The balance of £2,015 is for Fr Conway to use where he sees the greatest need,

Some £9,065 went to Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission which included £7,000 to enable him to furnish the new classroom at his nursery school and build a much-needed school storeroom. The balance of £2,065 was for Fr Sean to use at his discretion where he sees the greatest need. I will report in due course when I hear how the discretionary amounts are to be used. Thank you all for your very generous support for the Pokot Mission’s projects. Eugene McGivern 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com

first_communion-1024x576.pngFirst Holy Communion CoursePlease note you are able to register interest for your child to attend the next First Holy Communion course to the Parish Office.    Once all interest has been received a letter will go to those registered inviting them to a parent’s session.  Registration will close Sunday 12thAugust.

RideStride_Logo_CMYK.jpg Ride+Strideis a great initiative by Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, part of a national network dedicated to helping churches in need.  The annual Ride+Stride takes place on Saturday 8th September, with the aims of raising money for church restoration & repair and having a fun day out.

Participants – both cyclists and walkers – ask friends and colleagues to sponsor them with an amount for every church they visit on the day. As an additional perk, many of these churches offer visitors delicious refreshments and an opportunity to look around.

The money that is collected through sponsorship is then divided into two. Half goes to the church of the cyclist’s choice; the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen or so years that Ride+Stride has been running in Surrey they have raised over £250,000 for the county’s churches.

Ride+Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant afternoon in September while at the same time supporting a very worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year?

For further information please visit the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust website.

We are grateful to the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for their kind support of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal.

Samson-small-logo.jpg Running 10K for MS Samson Centre in Guildford

I am running my first ever 10K to help the Samson Centre, Guildford which provideswonderful support and services for MS sufferers.  If you would like to sponsor me and you will see details here (I am third from the left in pic)

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=922395.  Thank you, Christina Wyllie,

15318439834061984960877.jpgOne of our Parish Families are relocating and hope to sell their car.  It’s automatic, not too big, very reliable and easy to drive.  It’s a 2009 Mazda 3 Takara 1.6.  Lisa is the second owner and has had it for 7 years just for going to work and the school run.  It has 83,000 miles on the clock.  Asking price £2750 ono.  If you are interested please contact Tracy in the Parish Office and she can put you in touch.

Check_please_logo.jpg I’m looking for the person who is currently using Gift Aid envelopes numbered 132.  This box of envelopes has been picked up from Cranleigh church porch and the envelopes are currently being used to make donations to the offertory.  The box was not picked up by the “registered owner” of envelopes numbered 132.  If you find you have this box of envelopes please get in touch with me so that I can properly sign you up to Gift Aid and provide you with your own box of envelopes and a new unique number.

Please contact Trish Ellis – by telephone 01483 271314, mobile 07835 452898 or email trish@charters.eu.com.  Thank you!

ADORE-logo-COL.pngADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 28th July 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 “Good News and Gospel” – Canon Jeremy Garratt; 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 poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 18th August. “The Church exists to evangelise” – Fr Mark Hogan
DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER GROUP?
We often have enquiries from people keen to develop their spirituality and to join or form a prayer group with a charismatic flavour.
Please let me know if you have a group, and we will list it on the ADoRE website; or if you wish to find or form a group, let me know too.
Yours in Christ – Alastair Emblem, On behalf of the ADoRE Core Group

St_Edmund_King_and_Martyr's_Church,_Croft_Road,_Godalming_(April_2015)_(3).jpg Parish Assistant

The Catholic Parish of St. Edmund’s, Godalming is looking for a part-time Parish Assistant to work initially 10 hours a week, administratively supporting the Parish Priest and his renewal team. Good administrative and organisational abilities are essential together with a capability of working with computers and digital communications. Knowledge of the Catholic Church would be a great advantage in this role as well as experience of working with people in a religious or pastoral setting. There is the expectation that in the future the number of hours worked will increase by mutual agreement. The hourly rate will be £10 – £12 per hour. For a job description and the details of how to apply please e-mail stedmundschurch@outlook.com. The closing date is Monday 9th July 2018.

You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing,around the theme ‘Feed my Sheep’, given by Rev. Fr Anthony Meredith. on Sat, 18th of August, 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, if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com

Vacancies-Sign.jpgPROJECT VACANCY

St Vincent de Paul Society (England & Wales)

The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian charity providing practical help to those in need through local community projects and a network of 10,000 volunteer members

We are seeking to recruit a research and project development officer to work with young adults and other stakeholders across England and Wales.

1833 Research and Project Development Officer – £27k pa pro rata. 3 days per week. One-year contract. Home-based + national travel.

To review, re-model, project plan and potentially produce resources for our programme for 18-30-year olds in preparation for a service re-launch in Sept 2019.

Main responsibilities include:

  • Review, analysis and evaluation of current model
  • Re-model current 1833 into suitable models for parishes and universities
  • Project scope and planning for resource development
  • Resource production (subject to funding)

The successful candidate will have to meet the essential person specifications as well as key competencies.

Applications are invited from individuals who can empathise with the Society’s ethos and work and who have an excellent standard of written and spoken English.

For an application pack and further details download the application pack from the vacancies section of the SVP website:https://www.svp.org.uk/current-vacancies-paid-and-voluntary

Closing date: 10:00 on Wednesday 25th July 2018

Interviews: Thursday 26th July 2018

Start date: Wednesday 29th August 2018

 

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomers Rosa & Oliver Bond M Shine

A Streeter

Small Family
1st Reading Paddy Regan D Meech K Mantle
2nd Reading Katherine Bergin J Golding

S Hyde

S Knowles
EMHC J Finlayson

I Watts

W Bracking

L Collins

J Glynn

M Laker

K Swindells

B Milner

A Garrett

J Garrett

D McMahon

P McMahon

C Sanders

V Miles

P Scully

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters

St Paul’s Letter to the church in Ephesus is one of the loveliest.  There are some absolutely beautiful passages throughout it that are well worth reading and thinking deeply about. Today, we are given a portion of the first chapter and what a fantastic first chapter!  Novelists apparently try to arrest our attention in the first few lines, or paragraphs and St Paul has “totally nailed it” as the BGT judges are always saying.

There is so much in just this short 11 verses that could prove a very fruitful meditation.  But I have chosen to look just at a single verse.

“Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ, to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence”

Somehow, in ways that we cannot fathom or imagine, we have always been in God’s imagination and in his desire.  He has always wanted us to be in a loving relationship with him as he is love.  He made us to be in a kind of eternal relationship with himself, through Christ – the Master craftsman – and he always wanted us to be holy and spotless.  What does that mean?

Well, the Bible makes it clear, and theology underlines it, that only God is holy.  Holiness is God.  Holiness is what God is.  But he made us to be holy.  This can only mean that somehow, God made us to be like him.  And indeed, in the Bible we find that we are made in the ‘image and likeness’ of God. We bear the imprint of the divine in our person.  Yet, we are also totally human and God is divine.  Perhaps, then, when we are most fully human then we are most God-like. Perhaps, when we raise ourselves, through grace (which perfects our nature) then instead of our humanity drawing us away from God it must draw is nearer to his likeness.  This is a mystery indeed because we are used to saying things like ‘I’m only human’ meaning that we are flawed and weak.  Yet to be fully human seems to mean so much more – then we become sons and daughters of the Most High.

Perhaps the single most remarkable way in which we demonstrate our humanity is in our capacity for love.  Everybody needs to be loved by someone and an absence of loving relationships in our life does serious harm – we become isolated, anxious, needy and self pitying.  Yet our loving relationships with others can be a reflection of the loving relationship we have with God – or can have.  The last part of the little quotation from today’s Epistle talks of “live(ing) through love in His presence.”  Somehow, when we chose to love, not hate; when we choose to love and forgive; when we choose to love and share; when we choose to love compassionately we live in God’s presence.  The very act of loving opens us up to God’s presence in our lives – gives us access, we might say.  This is why the call to love is the true Christian call.  Someone asked Jesus whom we should love?  Our neighbour, as the commandments state?  Then who is my neighbour? This question was answered in one of Jesus’ most famous parables.  I’ll leave the rest up to you.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  Fr David


The Bramley Parish Room will be closed

from 16th July for a week. This is due to redecoration of the main room, hallway and toilet. These rooms will not be available for use during this time. The office room will not be included and will be available, if required, for use during that week.


SUMMER HOLIDAYS

“You did not choose me but I chose you: and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you. This I command you to love one another.” J 15, 16-17

As a parish community we would like to ensure that every family can get a break away during the summer holidays. Please let us know if you would appreciate some assistance in organising/funding a few days away. The forms to be filled are in the porches of both churches.

At the same time, we are appealing for your support for this initiative. We ask most importantly for your prayers. Secondly please let us know if you have a holiday place or any accommodation that you would be happy for somebody to use for part of the holidays. Last of all we would appreciate any financial support you can offer – there will be a second collection for this cause at the weekend of……………. If you would like to donate any funds directly to the Parish bank account, details can be obtained from the Parish Office. Please make sure that you specify the purpose of your donation as “holiday fund”.


Office Opening Hours

Please note the Parish Office will be closed Wednesday 11thJuly to Sunday 15thJuly.  During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am with the only full week closure being 6thto 12thAugust.   Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours.  Thank you.


Parish Assistant

The Catholic Parish of St. Edmund’s, Godalming is looking for a part-time Parish Assistant to work initially 10 hours a week, administratively supporting the Parish Priest and his renewal team. Good administrative and organisational abilities are essential together with a capability of working with computers and digital communications. Knowledge of the Catholic Church would be a great advantage in this role as well as experience of working with people in a religious or pastoral setting. There is the expectation that in the future the number of hours worked will increase by mutual agreement. The hourly rate will be £10 – £12 per hour. For a job description and the details of how to apply please e-mail stedmundschurch@outlook.com. The closing date is Monday 9th July 2018.


First Holy Communion CoursePlease note you are able to register interest for your child to attend the next First Holy Communion course to the Parish Office.    Once all interest has been received a letter will go to those registered inviting them to a parents session.


Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Guildford, every Wednesday evening, 7.30 – 9pm,at The Spike Community Centre, Warren Road (next to St Luke’s Surgery and St Luke’s Square), Guildford, GU1 3JH.  Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard.  No need to book.  Just come along.  More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups


Bishop Richard invites you to join him for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin with the Holy Father, Pope Francis: 21-26 August 2018 sees the arrival of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. The Diocese is making the most of this wonderful opportunity by organising a pilgrimage for those who would like to attend. It is open to families of all shapes and sizes, from tiny tots to Grandparents. We will be staying together in Dublin City University accommodation and travelling to events together by coach. A three day congress will be followed by a Festival of Families and a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration with Pope Francis.
If you would like more information about the event visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/
If you would like to join us on pilgrimage, please speak to your parish priest about how he can support you financially, and for a booking form. Alternatively you can contact Lizzie or Katherine of the Diocesan Pastoral team wmof2018@dabnet.org


 Ride+Strideis a great initiative by Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, part of a national network dedicated to helping churches in need.  The annual Ride+Stride takes place on Saturday 8th September, with the aims of raising money for church restoration & repair and having a fun day out.

Participants – both cyclists and walkers – ask friends and colleagues to sponsor them with an amount for every church they visit on the day. As an additional perk, many of these churches offer visitors delicious refreshments and an opportunity to look around.

The money that is collected through sponsorship is then divided into two. Half goes to the church of the cyclist’s choice; the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen or so years that Ride+Stride has been running in Surrey they have raised over £250,000 for the county’s churches.

Ride+Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant afternoon in September while at the same time supporting a very worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year?

For further information please visit the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust website.

We are grateful to the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for their kind support of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal.


Running 10K for MS Samson Centre in Guildford

I am running my first ever 10K to help the Samson Centre, Guildford which provides wonderful support and services for MS sufferers.  If you would like to sponsor me and you will see details here (I am third from the left in pic)

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=922395.

Thank you Christina Wyllie


 

14thSunday of Ordinary Time – 8th July 2018

Times of Mass and Devotions
X 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time X
Sat 7th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass  
Sun 8th Bramley

Shere

9.00am

11.00am

Mass

Parish Mass and Picnic

People of the Parish
Tues 10th Cranleigh 10.00am Requiem Mass for Helen Tyson  
Wed 11th Cranleigh 7.00pm Mass – St Benedict Forristal Family
Thurs 12th Bramley 10.00am Mass  
Fri 13th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass  
X 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time X
Sat 14th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass  
Sun 15th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Sung Mass

Mass

People of the Parish
The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses

Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time

Parish Prayer Group – 2nd & 4th Monday 9.15am and Thursday at 8pm – see website or notice board for details

 

Special Collection for the Apostleship of the Sea this Sunday, not Gift Aid.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the final chapter of Matthew’s Gospel it is written: ‘But all this has taken place, so that the scriptures of the prophets may be fulfilled.’  (26: 56) The “all this…” was Jesus’ arrest, trial and execution.  So we see that one of the best ways to understand who Jesus is and why he did what he did and said what he said is to take a close look at the scriptures of the Old Testament – and especially the prophets.  All the prophets!

One of the great mysteries of St Mark’s Gospel is Jesus’ self-reference as the “Son of Man.”  Some people I have read in the past explain this as being a reference to him being an “ordinary sort of guy” – nothing special – just like everyone else.  But that explanation doesn’t wash, in my opinion.  For a start it’s such a unique title and its usage very unusual.

But, back to the prophets!  If you read very carefully the first reading from the Prophet Ezekiel – Bingo!  There is this strange expression.

Ezekiel writes, “The spirit came into me and made me stand up, and I heard the Lord speaking to me. He said, ‘Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites…

This seems to me to be a very clear instance of Jesus not only picking up a theme from Jewish history and making it his own but seeing the very words spoken to Ezekiel as being for his own time and personal to him.  He is the Son of Man chosen by God and sent to the Israelites.  This also explains why Jesus saw his mission as being to the “lost sheep of Israel” – Matthew 15:24. He needed to call them back to their first love and to their first relationship with Yahweh.

The other interesting thing about the prophets and the Old Testament is that none of them had what we might call long careers.  Speaking truth to power (for that is the role of prophecy) never wins you friends and this explains why Jesus knew that Jerusalem would be his end – the goal of his ministry to the people of Israel.

But Jesus also knew another prophecy – that after three days he would rise again and now his mission would no longer be only to the Israelites but to the whole of humanity and creation.  This he would, and will, achieve through his Church to whom he has promised to be with “until the end of time”.  I believe him and I hope you do too.  He calls all of us to make known the message of eternal life.

With my love and prayersFr David


Please note there will be no Mass in Bramley on Tuesday 10thJuly.  Instead there is a Requiem Mass in Cranleigh at 10am.


The Bramley Parish Room will be closed

from 16th July for a week. This is due to redecoration of the main room, hallway and toilet. These rooms will not be available for use during this time. The office room will not be included and will be available, if required, for use during that week.


First Holy Communion CoursePlease note you are able to register interest for your child to attend the next First Holy Communion course to the Parish Office.    Once all interest has been received a letter will go to those registered inviting them to a parents session.


POKOT UPDATE

In 2016 we secured a grant of £9,600 from a Christian charitable trust to enable Fr Conway at the Barpello Mission to start a herd of special cattle with a high milk yield to provide milk for the students at the Mission school and some of the surrounding primary schools. The objective was to help improve the nutritional content of the students’ and children’s diet and to replace the expensive powdered milk which they had to rely on. The £9,600 included not just the cost of the animals but transport, veterinary fees, building the secure cattle pens, the purchase of initial fodder, etc. However, the project had to be delayed because of the severe and continuing drought at the time. I am glad to be able to tell you that the project is now up and running.This is in fact the initial part of the project and part two will come when the number of cows can be increased to enable the greater milk yield to be shared with the some of the surrounding primary schools. Patrick refers to the herd consisting of three cows and three calves. There is also a breeding bull to be purchased which Fr Conway said will follow this first stage.

TRUST FUND DAIRY HERD PROJECT –BARPELLO HIGH SCHOOL

  1. Introduction

Barpello High School isin East Pokot District, Rift Valley Province, North of the equator and Lake Baringo. Its geographical co-ordinates are 36 degrees 5 and 36 degrees Longitude and 0 degrees10 and 1 degree 40 North Latitude. We are situated in remote and isolate community away from the towns. Our environment is safe and conducive for learning. Its inter-ethnic school with students from most tribes of Kenya. Currently we have 760 students who board in the school most who come from very poor background. It’s therefore a difficult task to provide their basic needs when fees payment is very low. The dairy herd project is timely and has come along way to ensure sustainability of the school. Our herd consists of three cows and three calves. Every day we get approximately 30ltrs of milk for preparing tea for students and staff, this has greatly eased the burden and high cost of buying powder milk which goes for KSHs 18,000/= per 25kgs bag and only lasts for one week.

We have planted plenty of grass for our herd. We are also harvesting and storing for drought seasons.

Project Objective

Access to food and maintenance of adequate nutritional status to our students and staff through provision of quality and sufficient food requirement that satisfy their dietary needs

Reduce the cost of running the school and enhance sustainability especially with the increased population of the school

Project impact

We believe that the Back Bone of the Pokot economy is in our current, future and past educated youth. It is in the educated youth that there will be a positive change and a leap into the future. Education will eradicate this poverty among the marginalized.

Since the school is integrated and lives harmoniously with communities around the school locals will benefit through cross breeding of their local breeds with our improved bulls hence increased production, this will impact on their social and economic status at household levels.

The school curriculum is offering Agriculture class therefore our students benefit through practical lessons with the dairy herd thus improve their performances

Lessons learnt

Provision of adequate level of nutrition to livestock is very important. Therefore we have maintained regular supplies of feeds and water at their disposal. We have established feeds reserve for the drought period so that we don’t experience feeds shortages.

High production is determined by good animal husbandry thus our herdsmen have received training and capacity building on how to feed the cows with other supplements like concentrates and multi-nutrients blocks

We have also ensured that we have a secure living environment with adequate protection from prevailing climatic conditions, predators and physical risks to our herd.

Acknowledgement

On behalf of Barpello High and Pokot communities we would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued and generous support towards this noble project that will enhance and improve the lives and dignity of our students and staff.

God Bless Abundantly

On Behalf of;

Fr. David Conway                                          Charem Patrick


Parish Assistant

The Catholic Parish of St. Edmund’s, Godalming is looking for a part-time Parish Assistant to work initially 10 hours a week, administratively supporting the Parish Priest and his renewal team. Good administrative and organisational abilities are essential together with a capability of working with computers and digital communications. Knowledge of the Catholic Church would be a great advantage in this role as well as experience of working with people in a religious or pastoral setting. There is the expectation that in the future the number of hours worked will increase by mutual agreement. The hourly rate will be £10 – £12 per hour. For a job description and the details of how to apply please e-mail stedmundschurch@outlook.com. The closing date is Monday 9th July 2018.


St Cuthbert Mayne

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant/s (ELSA) with Learning Support Assistant and Lunchtime Cover

Term time only, Monday to Friday, 8.40 am to 3.15 pm.  Salary S3 £16,334 – £17,866 FTE, Actual £11,675 – £12,770  FLEXIBLE WORKING CONSIDERED

The Governors of the School are seeking a person to work with a happy and committed team, to start in September 2018.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of the SENCO, class teacher and provide lunchtime cover.

For further information please contact the Headteacher via the School Office. Closing date Monday 2nd July at 9am Interview date to be confirmed.

This school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  The successful candidate will be required to carry out an enhanced level clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).


I’m looking for the person who is currently using Gift Aid envelopes numbered 132.  This box of envelopes has been picked up from Cranleigh church porch and the envelopes are currently being used to make donations to the offertory.  The box was not picked up by the “registered owner” of envelopes numbered 132.  If you find you have this box of envelopes please get in touch with me so that I can properly sign you up to Gift Aid and provide you with your own box of envelopes and a new number.

Please contact Trish Ellis – by telephone 01483 271314, mobile 07835 452898 or email trish@charters.eu.com.  Thank you!


Peer Support Group for anyone facing depression or similar mental health concerns in Guildford, every Wednesday evening, 7.30 – 9pm,at The Spike Community Centre, Warren Road (next to St Luke’s Surgery and St Luke’s Square), Guildford, GU1 3JH.  Hosted by PeerTalk, a charity underpinned by the Methodist Church, it offers a friendly and confidential space to share and be heard.  No need to book.  Just come along.  More info at www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups


Sea Sunday – 8th July: Sea Sunday is when we have the opportunity to remember and pray for seafarers, their families and all who support them. On Sea Sunday Catholic Churches around the UK take up a second collection with all funds raised going to the Apostleship of the Sea to support our work. It is a day of remembrance, prayer and celebration, and an opportunity to think about and thank those seafarers who work tirelessly throughout the year bringing us goods we often take for granted.


Bishop Richard invites you to join him for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin with the Holy Father, Pope Francis: 21-26 August 2018 sees the arrival of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. The Diocese is making the most of this wonderful opportunity by organising a pilgrimage for those who would like to attend. It is open to families of all shapes and sizes, from tiny tots to Grandparents. We will be staying together in Dublin City University accommodation and travelling to events together by coach. A three day congress will be followed by a Festival of Families and a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration with Pope Francis.
If you would like more information about the event visit www.worldmeeting2018.ie/en/
If you would like to join us on pilgrimage, please speak to your parish priest about how he can support you financially, and for a booking form. Alternatively you can contact Lizzie or Katherine of the Diocesan Pastoral team wmof2018@dabnet.org


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.


Loving God’s Creation

The Southern Region Order of Franciscans Secular warmly invite all those with a ‘Franciscan Heart’ to a Celebration at Holly Barn, Wintershall Estate, GU5 0LR on Saturday 11th August 10.30-4.00pm.   Invited speakers: Dr Martin & Rev Margot Hodson will present Climate Change: A Christian Response.  Please let us know if you are able to join us in this celebration and for directions to Holly Barn.  Bring a packed lunch … tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided.  Contact Jennie McManus – sjenniemcmanus@gmail.comTel 01483 203642


 Ride+Strideis a great initiative by Surrey Churches Preservation Trust, part of a national network dedicated to helping churches in need.  The annual Ride+Stride takes place on Saturday 8th September, with the aims of raising money for church restoration & repair and having a fun day out.

Participants – both cyclists and walkers – ask friends and colleagues to sponsor them with an amount for every church they visit on the day. As an additional perk, many of these churches offer visitors delicious refreshments and an opportunity to look around.

The money that is collected through sponsorship is then divided into two. Half goes to the church of the cyclist’s choice; the other half is retained by the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for distribution to churches in need. In the dozen or so years that Ride+Stride has been running in Surrey they have raised over £250,000 for the county’s churches.

Ride+Stride is a fun way to spend time on a pleasant afternoon in September while at the same time supporting a very worthy cause. Why not make up a group and join in this year?

For further information please visit the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust website.

We are grateful to the Surrey Churches Preservation Trust for their kind support of the Guildford Cathedral Appeal. 


Closure of DABCEC Bookshop:The DABCEC Bookshop has ceased trading to the general public.  Parishes will still be able to order some material (sacramental programmes, course materials, Bibles, Hymnals etc.) by contacting bookshop@dabnet.org.  Advice about material and suppliers can also be obtained by contacting the same email address.

 

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomers Nick & Fran Marie Whalley

Sandra Hyde

Mass at Picnic
1st Reading David Penson Eileen Koblintz Emanuel Martins
2nd Reading Patrick Bergin Paul Lepki

Maureen Shine

Kirsty Kay-Russell
EMHC Jim Glynn

Jane Penson

David Tyler

Win Bracking

Chris Houston

Christina Wyllie

Jane Harding

Mark Reed

Bev Reed

Stephen Rockhill

Dee McMahon

Val Miles

Paul McMahon

Linda Collins

Pat Scully

 

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 17th June 2018

This weekend we welcome Fr Kevin Dring – Pastoral Director of the Seminary to celebrate Mass.   Fr David and Helen are having a weekend break.


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Sometimes, when I think of the task facing the Church of today, I can feel myself lose heart a bit.  I don’t mean that I give up, it’s more like a feel myself checked, and, pausing, asking myself whether everything will, after all, be alright. Occasionally I have felt mass to be a bit ‘flat’ and have accused myself of not making a very good job of preaching or have fumbled my words and then find myself asking whether it was like that for others too. Am I losing my resolve?

It is certainly true that the Church is going through challenging times and has lost a great deal of prestige and influence over the last few decades.  The Church is no longer at the centre of our national cultural life but somewhat sidelined. If we like the idea of our faith, our church, being at the centre; being what others share and understand and hold dear then this can seem very challenging indeed.

But, in circumstances like these, I am reminded of what Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta told Malcolm Muggeridge when he gently chided her on not having much of an effect on the numbers of people dying daily in squalor in Calcutta (Mumbai).  Blessed Teresa is reported to have said to him in reply “Aah!  You’ve got it all wrong, young man!  You see, God didn’t ask that I be successful – but that I be faithful”

We are undoubtedly entering into a period of challenge and also what may seem to many to be decline.  Certainly, numerical decline.  However that does not necessarily mean that we have, then, to re-invent the Gospel in order to appeal to the ‘many.’ According to Mother Teresa’s understanding what is being asked of us, as we think of a new evangelisation, is also a new faithfulness.  Faithfulness to what?  Or who? To Jesus.

The opening prayer asks, once again, for the help of God’s grace. Grace to help us be more faithful – the actual word is ‘resolve’ – and by being more faithful and full of resolve to do something.

To do deeds.    What might those deeds be?

I think that we can draw an analogy from today’s gospel.  We are being called to prepare the ground for the Sower to sow His seed.  The seed of the Gospel and of faith.  When we talk to people and give an account of the hope that is within us we may not see much change in the other person.  We might even experience ridicule.  But we may have prepared that person’s soul to receive another Word – the Word who is Christ and, like the Farmer and his mustard seed, that seed of the Word may grow while no one notices until suddenly it is right there before us.  How many of us realise that our words, our actions, our prayers, our kindness and acts of reconciliation may be working all the time but quietly and unnoticed in our world which demands instant everything?  Grace is like that.  In our prayers let us ask for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, and of grace, to plant in men’s and women’s hearts the desire for a ‘certain something’ they are not sure they want but need so badly.  Jesus and the Gospel.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

Car Parking

As I mentioned last weekend at Mass the School, St Cuthbert Mayne, is having work done in the playground to fit hard play equipment to benefit the children’s play experience and learning.
I am asking for teams of stewards to be set up and have a meeting planned for Tuesday the 19th June at 7.30pm.  This will be the Parish Meeting Room at Cranleigh.At this time we have not got the stewarding in place to supervise the playground when we use it.  This means that I have reluctantly decided that we cannot use the playground for parking.
If you are a user of the car park, and are interested, or willing to be a part of the Stewarding Teams please come along to the meeting.  Without the stewards we will not be able to use the playground as a car park and that will mean that we will not be able to welcome people properly to Mass.  Please think about this request.

The Parish Picnicis planned for Sunday 8th July at the beautiful gardens of Trish and Peter Lebus in Shere.

Suggested arrival by 10.30am with Mass at 11am and a picnic to follow.  Please bring enough food for your family and something to share.    Best cake will be judged in time for dessert.

The Address is Vachery Hook Lane, Shere, GU5 9QQ

There is lots of parking and everyone is welcome to enjoy a shared picnic.

Friday 29thJune is a Holy Day of Obligation with Masses in Cranleigh at 10am [including St Cuthbert Mayne School] and Bramley at 8pm

Dear Follower up the path!

This is just to say that after 28 years (0ctober 2000) we are changing the time of our monthly Stations of the Cross walk from St Francis Chapel, from 7 am to 8 am…..starting as we began on Friday 4th October.

Please would you be so kind as to tell anyone you might know or would like to come, that this will be the revised time and we will certainly continue thus if the timing is popular.

You might be interested to know that never ever has a First Friday of the Month been missed over the years, albeit rain, sun. Or snow ….. Or be the group large or very small!

Thank you so much for your endless and wonderful support, and we look forward to seeing you and anyone you wish to bring, in the future.   Please inform your Parish as we are always welcoming new Priests, Vicars or religious to lead us (or indeed yourselves). Please keep in touch!  All love and blessings.  Peter and Ann Hutley


Gaudete et Exultate

There are a few copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation left.  I hope that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them!  They cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days!  Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith.  Be holy as the Lord your God is holy.  Read this!

The coach trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing will take placed on Friday 20thJuly departing Cranleigh around 10am with Mass to be help in the church.   The cost of the travel will be £10 per person and we already have 15 interested people.

Numbers will be restricted to 29 maximum.   Lunch will be at Harry Ramsdens at the end of the pier and the coach will return in the afternoon. 

Sign up sheets are in both porches or email your interest to office@cpcb.org.uk

Jane Penson would like to thank all those who supported the afternoon tea party last Sunday.   The Grand Total OF £363 was raised which Jane and David are donating to the Parish Meeting Room Fund.   An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and the Parish thanks Jane and David for all they do for our Parish Community.

Parish lunch – the next pariah lunch will be on Tuesday, 26 June in the Bramley parish room. Please let Dinah (271 241) or Bev (892 712 or mark.bev@btopenworld.com) know if you would like to attend. Thank you! 

Bereavement Support in Cranleigh and Bramley Parish.

Bishop Richard recently endorsed his commitment to the laity’s involvement in Bereavement Support in our diocese at a Mass in Crawley where several new people were presented with their certificates for successfully completing this year’s Bereavement Support course run by Katherine Bergin and Cathy Quint.
Fr David is at the moment largely responsible for giving the much needed support at the time of death, helping the bereaved to plan a funeral and offering emotional and spiritual “aftercare”. He is very keen to extend the role of support to the bereaved to include a team of trained support workers who would work with him and provide a comprehensive programme of bereavement support in the parish.
This would build upon what already exists in the parish such as the annual service of   remembrance in November and those who already visit the dying and befriend their families. Support workers are there to walk along beside the bereaved and offer them time to talk through their thoughts and feelings around bereavement if and when they feel the need to do so.
This ministry is one which will develop over time and different elements can be included in the future. There are a few people in the parish who have completed the course but perhaps there are are others who would like to know more about the training. I found the course very thought provoking and extremely worthwhile. If you are interested in finding out more about future courses in our diocese please contact Katherine Bergin at DABCEC.

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomer David Barry M Whalley

M Shine

Graham Family
1st Reading Steve Parker P Rescorla C Greenwood
2nd Reading Rosie Sharpe P O’Brien

M Shine

E Martins
EMHC C Houston

J Glynn

J Harding

D Tyler

J O’Flinn

D Meach

S Hyde

C Wyllie

K Swindells

S Appleyard

K Mantle

P Scully

C Sanders

V Miles

M Sinclair

 

10th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 10th June 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Two subtle enemies of holiness! – so says Pope Francis

I asked you last week to read the latest Papal document “Rejoice and be Glad” and I’m aware that many people are struggling with the second chapter.  It is an important chapter so it is necessary to try and get the most out of it – but it isn’t so important that, in failing to fully understand it, you should be put off reading the rest of the document which is full of very sound advice from a spiritual and pastoral master.

However, I thought I’d just give a little space to trying to unpick what the Pope means in his writing.  There is a chance I could make it more opaque but I hope not.

The two false paths that Francis writes about are Gnosticismand Pelagianism.  Pope Francis deals with them in that order and so I will too.

Gnosticism is to do with ‘Knowledge’ and, specifically, with what having a certain kind ofintellectualknowledge does for one. To have theKnowledge is to be a kind of Illuminati – an Enlightened One – who holds a secret (Latin: occult) knowledge of the things of God.  Being a holder of the Knowledge; being Illuminati, an enlightened One; having secret knowledge not understood by everyone or even most people puts the Gnostic in a position of assumed superiority over ‘mere’ mortals.  It gives them power to control and direct.  It allows them to have airs of superiority over those whose understanding of God is more, shall we say, practical, first hand, un-explained and inexplicable because knowledge is power.  If you are a woman and have ever gone to get your car fixed in a garage and had that condescending ‘look’ or gone into a Hi-Fi shop to be met with a pitying curl of the lip for “just not getting it” then you will understand how the Gnostic tends to view those uninitiated into the Knowledge. Gnosticism tends to be a spirituality of the head, intellect, mind and has a low view of the body or what we sometimes call the ‘incarnational.’

Pelagius was a monk (c. AD 360 – 418) and a theologian of British origin who advocated free will and asceticism.  Nothing too terrible sounding there except that this teaching moved on to a more unsecure footing by suggesting that we can earn our salvation by personal effort. It could be said that this is a theology of ‘ought, should, and must.’  I ought to say my prayers better if I want to get to heaven.  I should go to mass every day if I want to be really holy. I must be kind to people I don’t like in order to win God’s approval.  I should go without this, or that, if I want to be seen as holy and prayerful. And so on.

What Pelagianism forgets about is grace. Grace is an undeserved gift from God precisely to make us holy and it does this by gradually helping to overcome our shortcomings and lack of faith, or love, or mercy, or whatever, by prompting us, strengthening us, guiding us, and shooing us in the right direction. When we co-operate with grace we begin the process of becoming holy as God wants us to be holy – not as I have defined ‘holiness.’  Last week I spoke of the need for gratitude as a principal of attitude.  Gratitude is what opens the door of grace and lets God in. I may have failed to be as holy as I wished I were but grace will get me there in the end, if I let it.

God bless and be excellent to each other.  Fr David


Pokot News

Great news. A member of the Pound a Week Group has most generously made a donation of £7,000 to cover the full cost of furnishing the new nursery classroom and building the school store at the Rotu Mission. Here is Fr Sean’s report:

Good afternoon Eugene,
The Pound a Week Group comes up trumps for the umpteenth time. Once again the  generosity of members of the Group continues to amaze me. To your good parishioner who made the donation, my kindest greetings and most sincere thanks.
I am sending you a photo of the finished classroom. Still a few small jobs to finish inside but it looks rather smart from the outside.
There were 38 children in class this morning in the first classroom at the nursery.
In my last email,I promised to write  more at length later. ‘ Later’ has stretched out a bit longer then I had intended due to the demands of the mission. Never a dull moment.
I have had a bit of bad luck. In brief, my Assistant Priest, a young man from Malawi, drove our very valuable land cruiser down a very steep incline. It overturned at least once maybe more and came to a sudden stop against a sturdy tree some 20 metres down. It took 4 days of difficult and dangerous work to get it out. Fortunately the engine was ok and the drive shaft, but the body suffered multiple serious bangs. The next saga was getting it to Nakuru to the garage. At last it’s there and the insurance are looking at an assessment. The garage estimates about 2 months to get it back on the road, if it’s not written off. From the accident to the garage it took 2 weeks hard labour. But fortunately Father Patrick was not injured and he had no passengers.
On the 13th of this month I have the official Visitation from our general administration in Rome. They will be in Rotu for 3 days. Then I must go to Nairobi for a general meeting with them on 26th. On 2nd July I am due to go to Ireland for 4 weeks. Before that I have several jobs to tidy up. I am making concrete blocks now for the new storeroom at the school. They take 28 days to cure so all will be ready for use when I get back to Rotu by the 1st of August.
The further saga of our medical programme I will relate later.
God bless for now. And again a thousand thanks to everyone in the Pound a Week Group for your continuing and most generous support.
Sean

I have circulated  Fr Sean’s photos to those members of the Group who gave me their email addresses. If you would like to see them, please let me know.   In the next transfer to Fr Sean I shall include an additional £1,000  from the funds I have on hand from the weekly donations.

Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com


The Parish Picnicis planned for Sunday 8th July at the beautiful gardens of Trish and Peter Lebus in Shere.

Suggested arrival by 10.30am with Mass at 11am and a picnic to follow.  Please bring enough food for your family and something to share.    Best cake will be judged in time for dessert.

The Address is Vachery Hook Lane, Shere, GU5 9QQ

There is lots of parking and everyone is welcome to enjoy a shared picnic.


The Next care group meeting will be on Friday 15th June at 11am in the Parish room


Please feel free to join the festivities of the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair on Sunday 10thJune. There is food, drink, games and raffle prizes to enjoy.  Everyone is welcome.


Dear Follower up the path!

This is just to say that after 28 years (0ctober 2000) we are changing the time of our monthly Stations of the Cross walk from St Francis Chapel, from 7 am to 8 am……starting as we began on Friday 4th October.

Please would you be so kind as to tell anyone you might know or would like to come, that this will be the revised time and we will certainly continue thus if the timing is popular.

You might be interested to know that never ever has a First Friday of the Month been missed over the years, albeit rain, sun. Or snow ….. Or be the group large or very small!

Thank you so much for your endless and wonderful support, and we look forward to seeing you and anyone you wish to bring, in the future.   Please inform your Parish as we are always welcoming new Priests, Vicars or religious to lead us (or indeed yourselves). Please keep in touch!  All love and blessings.  Peter and Ann Hutley


CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving for Volunteers and Supporters

Each June as part of volunteers’ week CAFOD holds a mass to thank all our volunteers and supporters for their support. This year the mass for the South East region will be nearby on Saturday 16th June at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Farnborough, GU14 6JS at 2pm followed by tea/coffee and cakes. There will also be a short talk about our work in Latin America. Everyone is welcome but please let me know if you are able to come so that I have an idea of numbers for the refreshments by emailing arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or calling Martin Brown on 01483 898 866.


Gaudete et Exultate

I have ordered fifty copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation hoping that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them!  The cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days!  Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith.  Be holy as the Lord your God is holy.  Read this!


Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Party at 25 Mead Road on Sunday 10thJune from 3pm.   Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102 in aid of the Parish Hall.


The coach trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing will take placed on Friday 20thJuly departing Cranleigh around 10am with Mass to be help in the church.   The cost of the travel will be £10 per person and we already have 15 interested people.

Numbers will be restricted to 29 maximum.   Lunch will be at Harry Ramsdens at the end of the pier and the coach will return in the afternoon.

Sign up sheets are in both porches or email your interest to office@cpcb.org.uk


Car Parking

As I mentioned last weekend at Mass the School, St Cuthbert Mayne, is having work done in the playground to fit hard play equipment to benefit the children’s play experience and learning.
I am asking for teams of stewards to be set up and have a meeting planned for Tuesday the 19th June at 7.30pm.  This will be the Parish Meeting Room at Cranleigh.At this time we have not got the stewarding in place to supervise the playground when we use it.  This means that I have reluctantly decided that we cannot use the playground for parking.
If you are a user of the car park, and are interested, or willing to be a part of the Stewarding Teams please come along to the meeting.  Without the stewards we will not be able to use the playground as a car park and that will mean that we will not be able to welcome people properly to Mass.  Please think about this request.


Tannoy 7.4 Loudspeakers!

I have recently won a pair of great speakers as a reward for writing a great letter!  They are very good quality but superfluous to my requirements.  They are worth about £450 – 500.  Very efficient – even a small amplifier will enable them to go loud – but they are not all that wife friendly!  If you fancy a pair and are willing to make a sizeable donation to the building fund they’re yours!


The Future of our Parish

Last year you were asked to think about your relationship with your parish and to try to think about what three things are most important to you about your Church.  You filled in questionnaires and a few of you came to an evening where we shared the results not only from our parish but from the Deanery as well.

I want to tell you what I have been doing with the information you fed back and how I plan to take it forward so that the Parish can be equipped for the future and build strong relationships between all the people that make up our parish family.

The first thing that is going to happen (and shortly) is that I will be asking some people, some of whom are already helping me, to form a Leadership Team, or a Mission Team.  The task of this Team will be to help me come up with a plan, a new vision, if you like, of how our parish should function in the future.

Once we have the Vision in place the Leadership Team, working with me, will then put in place a strategy to develop areas of parish life and engagement to work towards making the Vision “happen.”  This will mean asking for, training, encouraging and supporting a wide range of people in a large number of voluntary roles to make the Vision a reality.  If you like, the Leadership Team and I will determine the “what” based on your answers to the questionnaire and our pastoral wisdom and then the Leadership Team will invite others to begin the task of making the “what” become the “how.”

The Leadership Team may also be called the Mission Team – I can’t quite decide. Here’s why.  I have already written and spoken about this but I will state again that from now on it is not going to be “business as usual.”  We have to move out of a maintenance mode into a mission mode of being Church.  This should involve everyone in some way but what it definitely does notmean is the same old people doing the same old thing just as we have always done it. From now on, whatever we do has to measured against a new benchmark – how is this event, programme, homily, choice of music, ministry, prayer, or social event orientated towards the parish’s Vision and Mission?  If it doesn’t fit then, chances are, it shouldn’t happen and we should do something else instead.

I have spoken many times about volunteering – and it is quite clear from the answers on your questionnaires that you understand very well that it is time for lay people to have a share in the burden of the Parish – and also a share in its decisions and direction.  This means that, if we are to avoid just making a parish in our own image, we have to be well informed about what Jesus wants us to be about and doing.  He wants disciples who take an interest in their faith and try to live out their faith and share Good News with others.  He wants disciples who are on fire with the love of God and who understand the power of their story – and will share this with others.  Jesus wants a servant church – a humble church – a loving church – a spiritual church – a praying church – a worshipping church – and yes, a holy Church full of all sorts.  He wants you, as the old poster went. and the way he wants you is to be a part of what your parish is doing for Him and with Him and in Him.  Watch this space for more news.


Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomer R&O Bond J Golding Orioha Family
1st Reading I Watts M Vincent K Mantle
2nd Reading P Bergin S Hyde

P Gloyens

L Collins
EMHC D Meech

B Southwell

J Finlayson

J Raven

L Collins

C Wyllie

J Harding

N Harmsworth

C Heylen

K Swindells

P Scully

P McMahon

J Harden

M Evans

M Emms

Gift Aid Tax letters will be available after Mass this weekend for those who require one and have not received an electronic copy.  Please see Trish after Mass.

 

 

The Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord – 3rd June 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me? – Thus goes the first line of this Sunday’s psalm.  A question arises from this statement – how has the Lord been good to me?  What ‘goodness’ do I sense in my life?

Many of us, I’m sure, will find answering that question directly a bit of a challenge – until that is, we begin to look more deeply into our lives.  For one thing, we seem more often that not to compare upwards rather than with our peers. It is a verifiable fact that even millionaires in the US when asked whether they considered themselves wealthy answered no, not really, compared to so and so (the Rockefellers, Bill Gates etc.) But being grateful is not a comparison thing.  Being grateful is accepting whatever I have as a gift and thus making a response of gratitude for something undeserved.  Being grateful actually makes you happy – but I don’t mean just saying “Thank you” like our Mums and Dads taught us to.  I mean the deep down feeling that we have been blessed by the thing we have received – a bunch of flowers; the love of a wife or husband, or mother and father; a compliment given in an unlooked for way; a sudden sense of the beauty of creation in a leaf or a flower or a tiny bird.  All these moments and ‘things’ can be grace filled moments which either expand our hearts outward or cause us to sink into self justification and resentment that instead of winning £100 (for example) I only won £10.  Or the compliment I received wasn’t quite as explicit as I would have liked.

So, when we consider the eucharist how do we feel? I know many of us approach the eucharist with a deep sense of awe and, sometimes, unworthiness.  But have we ever stopped to consider the magnitude of what is happening, of what we believe we are receiving and taking part in?

Just over 100 years ago Pope Leo was so anxious about the fact that most Catholics never came to Holy Communion that he instigated the First Holy Communion ‘movement’ we might call it.  At that time a kind of spirituality had grown up that most people were unworthy of the sacrament, and couldn’t become worthy without a huge change in their lives.  They forgot about grace!  The Pope wished to restore communion to the faithful as a regular event in their lives rather than just before death and so the first holy communion system came into being.  This has been highly successful in bringing catholics to holy communion but has there been a downside?

My parents always taught me that “familiarity breeds contempt” and “when something is free then it has no value.”  Could it be said that we have become so used to regular, free and easy access to the sacraments that we have forgotten their power and holiness?  Do we take holy communion for granted rather than seeing it as an extraordinary gift which enables me to have communion with the divine?

The Feast of Corpus Christi was designed to remind us of the precious gift that the Eucharist is and enable us to offer our worship back to God – worship is derived from Old English “worth-ship” meaning something that has special worth.  Jesus has this special worth for us.  He comes to us freely and without “strings attached’ save that somehow we can only comprehend the gift through gratitude.  As the Eucharistic prayer says “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks”  Let us give thanks together.

With my love and prayers  Fr David


The Parish websiteis about to be updated and renewed.  As part of that process we are also reviewing how we appear to the online world and how we can be communicated with.  The website is being worked on by a volunteer professional and once he has finished ‘making all things new’ we will launch the new site. We are a few weeks away from that event, however.

As part of the communications improvements we are also changing our email addresses to reflect our new address on the web.  Instead of the descriptive, but rather cumbersome,rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.ukwe are going to become cpcb.org.uk(Catholic Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley) and all the email addresses used by the parish will be attached to that new name.  Some of these names are already in use.  You can change your email contact info right now for the following people and start using them:

Fr David             priest@cpcb.org.uk

Tracy                 office@cpcb.org.uk

Jane Harding        pastoral@cpcb.org.uk

The old parish office email address will remain active for a while yet but will gradually be phased out – so why not change now?  Similarly, Fr David’s and Jane Harding’s email will remain as they were but will be changing over during the next month or so, so change that too, please.

Also, it is important that we have correct data available to us so that we can contact you.  If you haven’t given us your info yet you can do so from our current (and the future) website – just look at I’m New and follow the instructions. That would be most helpful indeed.

In accordance with the GDPR regulations we will cease to email the newsletter until we receive your consent.  An email has been sent out to all personal emails with a “Keeping in Touch” form on which you should indicate that you are happy to be contacted via email.   Please note the newsletter is available on the Parish website for your information.

All Ministers of Communion are expected to attend the Corpus Christi Mass on Sunday 3rdJune in order to be recommissioned.  If you are unable to attend please send your apologies to the Father David via Parish Office

Corpus Christi is a festival celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday to celebrate the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist.

 

If you would be interested in joining the coach trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing please register your interest to jcromcloud@icloud.comas numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters.  Date will be discussed at the next Care Group Meeting and advised.

Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Partyon Sunday 10thJune from 3pm.  Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102 in aid of the Parish Hall.

 

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 23rd June 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 “Good News to the Poor” – Revd Andrew Micklefield; 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 poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.

Following month’s meeting: 28th July. Guest speaker Mgr Canon Jeremy Garratt.”Good news and Gospel.”

Reserve the date of Sunday 10thJune midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair that will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments. 
All are welcome. 
There will be no onsite parking on this day.

 

I have ordered fifty copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation hoping that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them!  The cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days!  Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith. Be holy as the Lord your God is holy. Read this!

 

 

Could you offer your help to the Parish?

There are lots of ways for you to become involved in the Parish and we have a real need of assistance from adults willing to Serve at Mass.

The Parish Picnicis planned for Sunday 8th July at the beautiful gardens of Trish and Peter Lebus in Shere.   There is lots of parking and everyone is welcome to enjoy a shared picnic.  Further details will be forthcoming, please reserve the date.

 

A SHORT SURVEY FOR RECENT CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES

Bishop Richard is currently holding a consultation on how we prepare people for confirmation. If you’ve recently been confirmed then we’d like to hear from you. We’ve created a short survey which you can access on line – http://bit.ly/surveyconf.
We ask parents to pass this on to their children who have recently been confirmed please.

As part of the Bishop’s consultation on how we prepare people for confirmation, we have produced a short survey which we would like to distribute to as many recently confirmed young people as possible. This is aimed at anyone who has been confirmed this year or last, and at those who are about to be confirmed. This includes those who are still practicing and those who aren’t. The hope is that the results of this survey will give us some helpful data in discerning what’s currently working and where there might be areas for improvement.

The survey is completely anonymous. Neither individuals nor their parishes can be identified.

The Inter Parish Golf Day will take place at SUTTON GREEN GOLF CLUB on FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER with a 12.00 noon start.  Please register your interest with the parish office if you would like to be included in communications.

 

Well, not quite, but the Car Park is in fact a playground for the School and is undergoing some enhancements to enable it to be a richer environment for the kids.  This means workmen will be installing bits of equipment and ripping up some of the surface over the next few weeks.  Once installed it will look very different with play equipment and soft surfacing all over the place.

Crucially it also means that the car park will become a lot smaller – and considerably more difficult to navigate – especially in the dark.  There is a serious risk of damage to vehicles and play equipment and surfaces.

We are going to need some volunteer car park wardens to manage parking and get the most out of it.  We will also need to be extremely considerate and careful of children, materials, and other drivers.

Can you help by becoming a parking helper?

Tannoy 7.4 Loudspeakers!

I have recently won a pair of great speakers as a reward for writing a great letter!  They are very good quality but superfluous to my requirements.  They are worth about £450 – 500.  Very efficient – even a small amplifier will enable them to go loud – but they are not all that wife friendly!  If you fancy a pair and are willing to make a sizeable donation to the building fund they’re yours!

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomer N&F Pickett S Hyde

C Wyllie

K&W Martin
1st Reading J O’Flinn S Appleyard A Micallef
2nd Reading C Houston D Meech

P Duane

S Knowles
EMHC J Raven

B Schumacher

I Watts

D Penson

J Penson

M Laker

A Garrett

J Garrett

N Harmsworth

P O’Brien

R Milar

M Evans

C Sanders

V Miles

M Sinclair