Saturday 13 October – 28th Sunday of OT

Special Collection next week for Missio – World Mission Sunday


Dear Brothers and Sisters

On the 18thSeptember Bishop Richard gathered all the diocesan clergy and staff together at Arundel to launch the Diocesan pastoral Plan – called The Word who is Life. Now Bishop Richard is going around all the Deaneries (groups of parishes geographically close to each other) to present the Plan as it particularly affects that Deanery and its parishes.

Our presentation date is the 19thNovember and it will be held at St Joseph’s Church in Guildford from 7pm.

I want to tell you, before that date and event, that our parish is directly affected by these plans.  We, along with almost all the parishes in our Deanery, will see major changes to the way in which they are organised, staffed, linked, and served by a parish priest. We will be no different.

Therefore, I hope that you can see that this evening is an important moment for us to hear about, digest, and prepare for the changes that will be coming our way.  I hope that you care enough about your parish, and your Church, to see that participating in the movement of change and helping us prepare is very important indeed and a sign, if we needed one, that our faith is not only alive but also well.

There are some small flyers available with details of the meeting and a tear-off slip to enable you to sign up to the coach.  It is my hope that at least 50 people will come from our parish to this meeting. Anything less would indicate that this is not really that important to us – and that would disappoint me very much.

With my very best wishes and encouragement – Fr David.


Please note: Statements from the Bishops of England and Wales, concerning their recent ad liminavisit to Rome 29 September 2018 are available for you to read, the statements are pinned to the board of the Church Porches.


From Maggie Larkin. Thank you so much for the wonderful welcome and celebration last Sunday at St. Thomas More, Bramley. It was so lovely to be with you all again. The choir and the congregation sang so well and Fr. David spoke so kindly of my contribution to the life of the parish. The party after mass was fantastic. Such good food and amazing cake. I have loved being in the parish of Bramley and Cranleigh and miss you all so much. Love to you all, Maggie


CAMEO SpeakerOn Tuesday 6thNovember at 7.30pm Gillie Nicholls will be coming to give us an illustrated talk about her charity (Les Amis Burkina Faso) which serves the handicapped girls and women in West Africa.  Being handicapped or female in parts of Africa means having few or no rights.  Gillie is a local woman, who until recently, was the Chaplin at Barrow Hills School and who also works at St Edmunds, Godalming.   She is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.  Please come along and see how much is being done for so many by this local charity.  For more information about the Charity do visit www.les-amis-bf.org.uk.  With love from Helen Rollo


The Vianney Group: A group for men, aged 18 – 45, who wish to explore whether they have a calling to the priesthood.

The next meeting takes place from 4:00 – 7:30 pm on Sunday 21st of October at The Priest’s House, Station Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9EN

For more details contact the Fr. Con Foley – 01932 842 643 or email foleycon@gmail.com


Bereaved Families Mass 3rd November 11am at Cranleigh

The Annual Mass for Bereaved Families will take place at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind on Saturday 3rd November.  If you, and your family and friends, would like to be a part of this Mass please RSVP to the Parish Office.   Refreshments will follow the Mass.


Blessing of Graves in Cranleigh will take place on Sunday 4th November immediately after mass.  Candles can be bought from the Parish Office.


Youth Mass– Sunday 28th at 11am in Cranleigh – calling all young musicians, readers and servers to our monthly youth-orientated and focussed Mass – designed to allow you to use your gifts and talents in the service of the Liturgy.  Please come and bring a friend!  Theme – Jesus asks, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’


Remembrance Sunday – advance notice – As this year is exactly 100 years since the armistice in 1918 and the same day and time I am not going to celebrate an 11am mass as there is an extended Remembrance Service in the Village at Cranleigh – SO to enable you to participate in the other activities there will be no morning mass at Cranleigh – so only a Vigil Mass that weekend, and 9am at Bramley.

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 07.10.18

Angel Voices – A Millennium of Music

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

CANTILENA

Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6thOctober 2018 7.30pm

Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church

St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12 cantilena.info@gmail.com01483 275489


Please note the Practice Session forThe Talent Showon Sunday 7October isCANCELLED


As part of the Harvest Festival weekend please bring your non-perishable goods for donating to No5 and the Food Bank this weekend. There will be a second collection for CAFOD Family Fast Day


Parish Youth Group –the next meeting will take place on 6th October at 5.30pm in the Bramley Parish Meeting Room and all subsequent meetings will be held in St John’s Seminary by kind permission of Fr Rector. Please email alexandermn@onet.plif you would like more information or be added to the mailing list.


Bereaved Families Mass 3rdNovember 11am JCROMThe Annual Mass for Bereaved Families will take place at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind on Saturday 3November.If you, and your family and friends, would like to be a part of this Mass please RSVP to the Parish Office.A light lunch will be follow the Mass

Blessing of the Gravesin Cranleigh will take place on Sunday 4November and candles can be bought from the Parish Office.


Parish Theatre trip.[Marilyn Vincent]

I am planning on taking a mini bus, or similar, to Reading on Saturday October 27th. The show is ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ [fabulous 1960’s iconic music/show] My daughter Jessamy has a leading role. This is a theatre trip, as I have organised before and I have had several people asking if we were planning another!!……SO here goes! They have always been great fun, drinks on way home, with ‘picnic style nibbles, all much enjoyed. The intention would be to leave Bramley Church at approximately 5.45-6.00pm

I would much appreciate a rough idea of how many people would be interested, so as to‘book’ the coach and the tickets, of course!

Please email me on ….marilyn@outside-in.co.uk…or call 01483 527001.


THE BIG ENCOUNTER 2018 – FESTIVAL FOR 16-35s, NOV 10th

Our annual festival for 16-35 year olds is happening at Worth Abbey (Performing Arts Centre) on Saturday November 10th at 6.30pm. It’s open to anybody in that age group, and we’ve got an amazing line-up. The Youth 2000 Worship Band will be leading the music, and Bryony Wells will be our keynote speaker. Bishop Richard will also be with us. This is the second annual BIG ENCOUNTER, and we’re expecting a few hundred people, so spread the word. Entry is free, and you don’t need to book. For more info: Jack.Regan@dabnet.org


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 27th October 11.00-4.00
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Spirit has sent me – Mission and discernment.” – Fr John Seddon OSB; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.

There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see website: http://www.altonrenewal.com

Following month’s meeting: 24th November: Liberty for Captives – Speaker David Matthews

May we remind you that recordings of many previous talks are available to listen to on our website. Many people have only recently discovered this valuable resource and have told us how useful they find it.

Also, we are trying to encourage the revival of prayer groups, so if you go to a charismatic group, or are thinking of starting one, do let us know and we can publicise it on our website.


Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radiowww.heavensroadfm.comis an online radio – why not tune in and enjoy features like prayers, interviews and music to appeal to a Catholic audience – a winning combination. The radio is run on a shoestring by unpaid volunteers, so any donation, however small, would be very welcome. Cheques should be made payable to Heavens Road fm and sent to Heaven’s Road Radio, St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey GU5 0QX. Listen on www.heavensroadfm.com. Follow on FB or twitter.


New Cranleigh Care Home, Community Beds and Health Worker Accommodation

Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust (CVHT), in collaboration with HC-One, NHS Guildford and Waverley Clinical Commissioning Group (GWCCG), Surrey County Council (SCC) and the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH), is proposing the return of 20 Community Beds to Cranleigh and so replacing the 14 beds closed at Cranleigh Village Hospital in 2006.

This proposal has been supported by the local community’s vigorous campaign over many years and CVHT and HC-One are currently preparing to submit a planning application for a new 80-bed care home that will incorporate the 20 free at the point of access Community Beds. In addition we are proposing to deliver 26 new homes for local health workers. These invaluable community facilities will be located on CVHT’s land on Knowle Lane adjacent to Snoxhall Fields and Village Way Car Park. The Community Beds will be exclusively available for use by residents who are receiving care from either the NHS or SCC, while the accommodation block will provide vital affordable accommodation for workers employed within the health sector in the Cranleigh area.

Public Consultation  Ahead of submitting an application to Waverley Borough Council, we would like to get your feedback on the proposals, and welcome you to come along and visit our public exhibition: Date: 11th October Time: 2pm – 8pm Venue: Cranleigh Baptist Church, 262 High St, Cranleigh GU6 8RT At the event, members of CVHT, HC-One, GWCCG, RSCH and SCC will be available to answer your questions, and comment forms will be available for you to provide us with your feedback.

These proposals will;• Provide much-needed residential, nursing and dementia care beds in an area that currently has significant and growing undersupply • Create Community Beds that will enable medically fit convalescent Cranleigh area residents to move closer to home during their recovery • Employ 80 people in a diverse range of full and part time roles • Allow for those living locally who work in the healthcare industry access to affordable key worker accommodation We hope that you are able to make it to our public exhibition on 11thOctober to find out more about the proposals. For more information, please visit the website at: https://cranleighhospital.org/

Mass at Anduze aujord’hui

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

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

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

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

25th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 23rd September 2018

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

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

Dear Brothers and Sisters

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

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

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

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

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

img.ashx.jpegAngel Voices – A Millennium of Music

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

CANTILENA   Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm

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

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

ortolunchwithus.pngThe Next Bramley Parish Lunchwill take place on Tuesday 25th September.   Please sign up in the porches if you would like to attend and if a lift is required. All are welcome.

img_1552.pngThe next Over 50’s coffee morningwill take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th October.  This is open to all friends of our community and if you know of someone who would like a lift or an invite please contact Jane Graham or Susan Knowles.

CSD-PP-Logo.gifBishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Planon 18 September to clergy and staff, and then deanery by deanery to everyone else. You will be able to view a brief video on the website from 18 September outlining the basic details of the plan. www.dabnet.org

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

send-usyour-news-800x474.jpgWith effect from October the Parish will be publishing a bumper issue of the newsletterwith all the necessary information for that month.   Each weekend Mass will be supplied with the Timetable of Mass and Devotions along with the readings for that weekends Masses.   If you have any articles of interest that you would like included in the October [or November] issue please send them direct to the Parish Office by 17th September at the latest.

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

baptism-600x400.jpgPlease note the following dates for the Parish Baptism Course for the next 13 months.   If you, or someone you know of, is thinking of Baptism for their child please register on the Parish Website Events Page.   All sessions will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

11th and 18th October 7.30-9.00pm

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

Marriage-Page-banner.jpg Marriage Anniversaries Mass: Are You Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary in 2018? Come and Celebrate with us! Marriage Anniversaries Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Ladbroke Road, Redhill, RH1 1LF, on Saturday, 6th October, at 11.30 am. Registration Essential: Book at rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161

confirmation_1.jpgThe confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world. The programme runs from each October through to mid-June (depending on the Bishop’s availability).  Young people are usually confirmed as part of a Deanery celebration together with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery. Please register your interest on the Parish Events webpage.

talent-night-e1447056880641-325x137.jpg Way back in the spring, I booked a venue for the Parish Talent night, and sent a “save the date”.  It’s now time to “make it happen”, with your help, by filling the roster with you and your family’s talents, or by volunteering with organisation.

Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF

We have a compere, microphones, P.A. and some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs. Just for fun and fundraising (no Simon Cowell!)- all welcome!

I have booked an practice session for Sunday 7th Oct – all day from 1pm, at Cranleigh band room.  This will be informal, so people can drop-in as they please and chat about the event, and their act if they wish.  There will be a PA and some musical equipment so anyone can have a run-through, if they want, or just see the venue.

If you wish to appear please register your interest :

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

With thanks from Paul Lepki

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

family-fast-day-logo-lent-2018.jpgCAFOD Family Fast Day prayer – Harvest 2018

Creator God. in love you give life.

In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth.  As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn

to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.

Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more.  We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised.   Amen.

Fast, pray and give Family Fast Day:  Friday 5 October 2018

Pray with us: cafod.org.uk/prayers  Follow us on twitter @CAFODprayer

missio-3.jpgMissio Red BoxesThe team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email nickpickett1948@gmail.com”

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

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

Adult £18 & Child £9

Family £50 (2 adults & 2 children)

12 December 4:30pm & 7pm

13 December 4:30pm & 7pm

14 December 4:30pm & 7pm

15 December 11am, 2pm & 5pm

16 December 2pm & 5pm

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

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

or by calling 01793 418299

Homily for 24th Sunday of the Year 16.9.’18

If anyone wants to be a follower of mine,
let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me

On Friday we celebrated the feast of the Triumph of the Cross – a kind of ‘second look’ at the crucifixion of Jesus after Good Friday. The cross has become, of course, the Christian symbol par excellence but it was not always so.  In the long years of persecution before Constantine the Great Christians used a different set of symbols such as the Chai Rho and the fish – but there were others aswell. Up to the time of Constantine the cross was just too raw a symbol to use or wear. In those days criminals and political prisoners and Christians were still being put to death using the cross.

But Jesus insisted that his followers should take up their cross and renounce themselves. What did he mean?

The answer is clearly connected with suffering and with principles that, if upheld, will cause suffering. So, in this context taking up one’s cross means to stand up for or against something. A principle, a right, a truth or, and this is sadly more often the case than not, standing up against crude evil – the being in the wrong place at the wrong time kind where one has a split second to make a right choice that springs from within – a place of integrity.

You see, when Jesus says we should take up our cross he is thinking of a kind of battle in which the cross is the surprise weapon of choice. The cross is Jesus’ weapon in his fight against sin and evil. But it is a weapon that carries a personal cost even though, in the long term and against all expectations, it is the weapon that triumphs.

Think for a moment of the different examples of moral stand that have been taken by brave individuals just in our recent times. What about Emmeline Pankhurst and Emily Dickenson’s fight for women’s suffrage? Pankhurst’s war was at great personal cost but never advocated violence. She chose the weapons that would change minds and hearts not kill and maim. She chose clever. Dickenson’s aims were similar and she lost her life in the cause. Both gave their lives in support of a greater good and at some personal cost in terms of suffering.

Then what about a great figure such as Dietrich Bonhoefer – a promising theologian and ecumenist he opposed the Nazification of the protestant churches in Germany – stating that the “head of the Church is Christ – not the Fuhrer” – he, and many other brave souls formed the “Confessing Church” which among other things affirmed God’s faithfulness to Jews as His chosen people. He was arrested in 1943 and imprisoned until almost the very end of the second world war – but as the concentration camp he was in became in danger of being liberated by the Allies he was executed by his SS Guards after a trial without witnesses, records, or an opportunity to defend himself. This, just three weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.

What about Martin Luther-King? As a Christian pastor and a black man, he lived daily with the paradox of being a child of God along with all other Christians, yet deprived of rights and freedoms that white people took for granted. He took the path of non-violent resistance as had Bonhoeffer and Pankhurst before him and urged civil disobedience as a protest against injustice, violence and oppression of his people. It’s astonishing to think that white Christians could not, and some still cannot, make the intellectual leap in understanding that all people are created in the image and likeness of God and that we are all brothers and sisters. But it took the witness and leadership of a man like Luther-King, and others like him who stood up to hatred and violence in the cause of right. He was assassinated y those who opposed him and the cause of black suffrage and freedom.

I could spend the entirety of this homily just listing great women and men who have stood up for what is right and true and who have paid the price with their lives. I could have mentioned Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, perhaps just to mention two more.

Going back to the gospel Jesus says that “if you wish to be a follower of mine” then you have to take up your cross and renounce yourself. In this sense renouncing oneself means to let go of all things that are not committed to the cause however good and true they may be. Anything that deflects from the purpose that is ‘your’ cross has to be set aside. This means, above all, I suppose the thinking that there could be another way that does not involve a cross – a simpler, or less painful or less costly way. Perhaps the way of the world -0 the habitual use of power and violence to settle problems and scores.

Taking up your cross means to face the things in your own life that are out of kilter, that are not in harmony with the values of Jesus and the Gospel and to take them on directly. This may mean facing up to a particular evil that you recognise or it may be dealing with the hatred and ridicule of others who are quite comfortable with the status quo and who do not wish to see it changed. It may be something about you that is a burden to you – an illness, a responsibility that you know you have to take on. Perhaps a difficult situation at home or at work that needs transforming.

The transforming bit is the key to the cross however. The cross transforms through love. The cross takes hatred and violence and turns it into life. But only through and after suffering. Strangely enough if there is no suffering it probably isn’t the cross!

The triumph of the cross is the triumph of love over hate; of light over darkness, of non-violence over violence, of patient suffering over easy answers, of hard graft over simple solutions, of hope over despair. Your cross is what will set you free of yourself and whatever binds you and limits you on earth. Your cross will lead you to eternal life – but only if you take it up and allow it to change you. You have to, first of all, make the discovery that if you love and love completely and utterly then you have no choice but to take up your cross. And then, as Jesus says – You will be my disciples.

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 16th September 2018

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


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


Dear Brothers and Sisters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much love, as always. Fr David


The Next Bramley Parish Lunchwill take place on Tuesday 25th September.   Please sign up in the porches if you would like to attend and if a lift is required. All are welcome.


The next Over 50’s coffee morningwill take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 10th October.  This is open to all friends of our community and if you know of someone who would like a lift or an invite please contact Jane Graham or Susan Knowles.


Bishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Planon 18 September to clergy and staff, and then deanery by deanery to everyone else. You will be able to view a brief video on the website from 18 September outlining the basic details of the plan. www.dabnet.org


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


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


BAPTISM

Please note the following dates for the Parish Baptism Course for the next 13 months.   If you, or someone you know of, is thinking of Baptism for their child please register on the Parish Website Events Page.   All sessions will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

11th and 18th October 7.30-9.00pm

10th and 17th January 7.30-9.00pm

11th and 18th April 7.30-9.00pm

10th and 17th October 7.30-9.00pm

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


Marriage Anniversaries Mass: Are You Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary in 2018? Come and Celebrate with us! Marriage Anniversaries Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Ladbroke Road, Redhill, RH1 1LF, on Saturday, 6th October, at 11.30 am. Registration Essential: Book at rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161


CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

The confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world. The programme runs from each October through to mid-June (depending on the Bishop’s availability).  Young people are usually confirmed as part of a Deanery celebration together with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery. Please register your interest on the Parish Events webpage.


With effect from October the Parish will be publishing a bumper issue of the newsletterwith all the necessary information for that month.   Each weekend Mass will be supplied with the Timetable of Mass and Devotions along with the readings for that weekends Masses.   If you have any articles of interest that you would like included in the October [or November] issue please send them direct to the Parish Office by 17th September at the latest.


Parish Talent Night

Way back in the spring, I booked a venue for the Parish Talent night, and sent a “save the date”.  It’s now time to “make it happen”, with your help, by filling the roster with you and your family’s talents, or by volunteering with organisation.

Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF

We have a compere, microphones, P.A. and some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs. Just for fun and fundraising (no Simon Cowell!)- all welcome!

I have booked an practice session for Sunday 7th Oct – all day from 1pm, at Cranleigh band room.  This will be informal, so people can drop-in as they please and chat about the event, and their act if they wish.  There will be a PA and some musical equipment so anyone can have a run-through, if they want, or just see the venue.

If you wish to appear please register your interest :

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


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


CAFOD Family Fast Day prayer – Harvest 2018

Creator God. in love you give life.

In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth.  As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn

to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.

Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more.  We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised.   Amen.

Fast, pray and give Family Fast Day:  Friday 5 October 2018

Pray with us: cafod.org.uk/prayers  Follow us on twitter @CAFODprayer


Missio Red BoxesThe team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email nickpickett1948@gmail.com”


THE NATIVITY

Come and enjoy the ‘real’ Christmas story at Wintershall

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

Adult £18 & Child £9

Family £50 (2 adults & 2 children)

12 December 4:30pm & 7pm

13 December 4:30pm & 7pm

14 December 4:30pm & 7pm

15 December 11am, 2pm & 5pm

16 December 2pm & 5pm

Each performance lasts approximately 90 minutes.

Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0LR

Wintershall CIO, Charity Number 1167111

BOOK NOW!

A PLAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY

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

or by calling 01793 418299


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

More information from Sheila Longman

Email: sheliaannlongman@aol.com Tel: 01483 505814

We follow The World Community for Christian Meditation


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


Angel Voices – A Millennium of Music

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

CANTILENA   Director: Jenny Hansell

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

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

23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 9th September 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I was hugely grateful for the many expressions of support and goodwill that I received after my homily last weekend.  To tell you the truth I had been needing to find a way of telling you this for a long time and my retreat really only told me that if I don’t do something now, I never will!  So I took the plunge – and the effect has been that I now feel a sense of relief and gratitude that at last we can make a move forward to a whole parish responsibility and a partnership relationship as priest and people whereby I do that which I am ordained to do, and pretty well only that, and you, the people of God do almost everything else that you can.

I don’t wish to be too narrow about this though.  There are things we can do together because we are all children of God and members of the Church and, our common vocation as baptised Christians is to become more and more disciples of Jesus Christ.  A disciple is one under the tutelage of the Master who takes his or her example from the Master and puts that into practice in their own life.  That’s all of us.

However, there are certain things that a priest is ordained for, we might say.  Indeed, St Augustine speaking about this very thing wrote in a homily “With you I am a Christian, but for you I am a Bishop”.  We can see clearly therefore that we all share a common dignity and responsibility to see act and pray together whilst I as your priest (and whoever may come after me one day) is called to be a priest for you.

The ‘for you’ is interesting and important.  It means celebrating the important things of the Christian year and life – Christmas, Easter, Pentecost etc and also births and baptisms, first holy communion and confirmation, marriages and funerals, tending to the sick and those hurt by life and its complications.  But it also means being available for you too.  I have lost count of the number of times people begin a sentence or a question with “I know you are incredibly busy…. but….”  This is wrong and feels wrong.  It doesn’t mean that I should be interrupted at any or every opportunity but it does mean that I should have time to share in your lives as you wish me to – eating with you, going to the pub with you, having a cup of tea with you, and above all listening to you.  It was the genius of the Samaritans that discovered that most people simply wanted to be able to tell their story to someone who gave them the time and space to listen to it.  I want to be that person but at the moment I’m finding it very difficult.  That makes me feel divided and often unhappy. I feel happiest when I am visiting you – not deciding whether the paint should be magnolia or hessian coloured!

So what do you need to do? Here is a smidgen of the things, the opportunities, for helping out with your skills and gifts.

We need a social committee.

We need a Health and Safety Coordinator for Cranleigh

We need someone to manage and improve and maintain the website

We need fresh blood in the cleaning team

We need help in the gardens

We need more flower arrangers

We need new blood in the monthly lunch preparers

We need servers and some MC’s

We need more readers and visitors

We need more welcomers willing to learn just what it takes

We need willingness to help out with almost anything and contribute.

Much love, as always. Fr David


With effect from 1st September the Parish Office opening hours will be Tuesday to Friday 9am to 1pm


The Next Bramley Parish Lunch will take place on Tuesday 25th September.   Please sign up in the porches if you would like to attend and if a lift is required. All are welcome.


Next Care Group meeting to be held at Cranleigh Parish Room on Friday 14th September at 11 am.


The next Over 50’s coffee morning will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 10.30am on Wednesday 12th September.  This is open to all friends of our community and if you know of someone who would like a lift or an invite please contact Jane Graham or Susan Knowles.


Bishop Richard will be launching the Diocesan Pastoral Plan on 18 September to clergy and staff, and then deanery by deanery to everyone else. You will be able to view a brief video on the website from 18 September outlining the basic details of the plan.


Angel Voices A Millennium of Music Including works by

Hildegard of Bingen, Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

Cecilia McDowall, Ola Gjeilo

CANTILENA

Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6th October 2018 7.30pm

Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church

St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12, cantilena.info@gmail.com

01483 275489


 

BAPTISM

Baptism is called the gateway to the sacraments, and to life in the Spirit. St Paul writing to the Romans in chapter 8 said “to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”  Those who are baptised begin a new life – in the Spirit and as a disciple of Christ.

In our parish, baptism is conferred on infants at the request of their parents who make a solid commitment to bringing up their children in the “practice of the faith”. Adults who have never received baptism can also be baptised either as part of an RCIA course or after a period of instruction.

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.

Please note the following dates for the Parish Baptism Course for the next 13 months.   If you, or someone you know of, is thinking of Baptism for their child please register on the Parish Website Events Page.  Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.  All sessions will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

11th and 18th October 7.30-9.00pm

10th and 17th January 7.30-9.00pm

11th and 18th April 7.30-9.00pm

10th and 17th October 7.30-9.00pm

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


Marriage Anniversaries Mass: Are You Celebrating a Special Wedding Anniversary in 2018? Come and Celebrate with us! Marriage Anniversaries Mass at St Joseph’s Church, Ladbroke Road, Redhill, RH1 1LF, on Saturday, 6th October, at 11.30 am. Registration Essential: Book at rosie.read@dabnet.org or 01293 651161


CONFIRMATION REGISTRATION

The confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world. The programme runs from each October through to mid-June (depending on the Bishop’s availability).  Young people are usually confirmed as part of a Deanery celebration together with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery. Please register your interest on the Parish Events webpage.


With effect from October the Parish will be publishing a bumper issue of the newsletter with all the necessary information for that month.   Each weekend Mass will be supplied with the Timetable of Mass and Devotions along with the readings for that weekends Masses.   If you have any articles of interest that you would like included in the October [or November] issue please send them direct to the Parish Office by 17th September at the latest.


Grandparents’ Week 2018: This runs from 29 September – 7 October. How are you celebrating? Why not join with your parish or school? And share your ideas and experiences as grandparents. Further information from katherine.bergin@dabnet.org or (01293) 651152


Grandparents’ Annual Formation Day: Practical Ways  of Encouraging your Grandchildren in the Faith” on Thursday, 4th October 2018. Begins with Parish Mass at 10 am and runs to 3.30 pm. Packed lunch needed. Venue is the Church of St John the Evangelist, Springfield Road, Horsham, RH12 2PJ. Book at katherine.bergin@dabnet.org or 01293 651152


Parish Talent Night

Way back in the spring, I booked a venue for the Parish Talent night, and sent a “save the date”.

It’s now time to “make it happen”, with your help, by filling the roster with you and your family’s talents, or by volunteering with organisation.

Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF

We have a compere, microphones, P.A. and some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs.

Just for fun and fundraising (no Simon Cowell!)- all welcome!

I have booked an practice session for Sunday 7th Oct – all day from 1pm, at Cranleigh band room.

This will be informal, so people can drop-in as they please and chat about the event, and their act if they wish.

There will be a PA and some musical equipment so anyone can have a run-through, if they want, or just see the venue.

If you wish to appear please register your interest :

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

With thanks from Paul Lepki


Family Fast Day prayer – Harvest 2018

Creator God. in love you give life.

In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth.

As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn

to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.

Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more.

We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised.  Amen.

Fast, pray and give

Family Fast Day:

Friday 5 October 2018

Pray with us: cafod.org.uk/prayers

Follow us on twitter @CAFODprayer


Inclusion Festival Arundel & Brighton – Everyone is welcome!

If you have not yet registered for ifab there is still time to do so! Come and join us at St Wilfrid’s School, RH11 8PG, Crawley on Sunday 16th September from 11am onwards to celebrate the value of each person and the diversity in our diocese.  There are workshops in the morning and the day will conclude with Bishop Richard celebrating Mass with everyone at 14.30. Don’t forget to bring your picnic.

Just go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ifab2018 to register or use your phone.  Further Information: contact Rosie Read on rosie.read@dabnet.org  or 01293 651161.


Day with Mary on September 15th, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This Apostolate encourages devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. The event will include Mass and two talks with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and processions and recitation of the Rosary. Fr John Seddon OSB will be the main Celebrant. 10.00 am – 4.30 pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and Coffee is provided. An extensive selection of devotional items will be on sale.   Fr John Seddon OSB


Missio Red Boxes The team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email nickpickett1948@gmail.com”


CAFOD is now offering Masterclasses to young adults aged 18-30 who want to develop their print or digital communications, campaigning or fundraising skills. The next one is on September 13 in London. You can find the details here


Wintershall: The Nativity (12-16 December 2018) at Wintershall near Bramley in Surrey. Please see their website for details including opportunities to volunteer: www.wintershall-estate.com.


22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 2nd September 2018

With effect from 1stSeptember the Parish Office opening hours will beTuesday to Friday 9am -1pm


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Just before I went on retreat the report from IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) was published looking at sexual abuse cases at two English schools run by Benedictines of the English Congregation – Downside and Ampleforth. This report makes for difficult reading coming, as it does, hard on the heels of the scandal of the Chilean and Australian bishops ignoring of reports of child abuse by clergy and religious brothers, the conviction of the Bishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, for concealing child abuse and a devastating report in Pennsylvania into systemic and widespread abuse of minors by over 300 clergy.  We are familiar with the scandal of the Boston archdiocese too brought to light by the Boston Globe and featured in the film “Spotlight”. We are all too familiar with the scandals that have hit the Church here in England over the last twenty years or so as well.  And you and I could be forgiven for wondering where, or if, it will ever end.

Many have decided that our church is not fit for purpose any longer and have walked away – some to other Christian communities but a large number to nothing and nowhere.  It is hugely distressing for those of us who remain and find ourselves struggling to make sense of it all and asking ourselves what we should do.

Last week’s Gospel reading was also hard-hitting and hard to hear.  On hearing Jesus’ words about “eating and drinking His flesh and blood” many of his followers decided that this was “intolerable” and left him.  It was, as we know extremely difficult language for Jewish people to accept, and Jesus turned to Peter and those who were still with him and asked “What about you?  Are you going to go away too?”  Peter’s answer isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement of things as they stand.  ‘To whom would we go” sounds like a person who wouldgo, who wouldleave, if onlyhe felt there was something better to go to. Except he can’t think of it right now.  But Peter’s next words also reveal the challenge that he faces, and which we too face – “You have the message of eternal life”.  So in essence he is saying ‘I would go but I don’t know where to and in any case you are the one, I believe, who brings this “something” that I’m not sure I can find elsewhere’.

I guess that for many of us, thinking about the scandals facing the Church and the clergy, and reflecting upon the fact that these are scandals largely committed by the clergy against the lay faithful, we too could be forgiven for only staying because there is in fact nowhere else to go.  And somehow we also believe that despite the Church’s brokenness, somehow it does have the “message of eternal life” – even if a somewhat tarnished version of it. We have been brought up to think of the Church as “Holy” as well as Catholic and Apostolic.  At times like these it is hard to think of her as “holy” and it can be also very hard to identify with her as one of her members when the news is so unrelentingly bad.

Of course the difficulties don’t begin and end with the abuse scandals that the Church is facing. There are other contemporary issues that we face of, for example, the role of women in the church where we appear to lag behind secular society where the voice, leadership, expertise and skill of women is increasingly accepted and encouraged.  Pope Francis has called for an end to “clericalism” and many are joining in this call too.  This is a complex area because clericalism isn’t just how the clergy wield their authority and power but also how power and authority is understood in the first place. So we need to see that power, authority and responsibility are shared between clergy and the lay faithful in a far more creative and empowering way – but this seems to be something that is taking ages and ages without much progress.  It’s not really about whether women are in positions of responsibility as such, more about how power and authority are wielded by a predominantly male order within the Church.

Another thing the Church needs to look at is what secular society can teach and share with it rather than the other way round.  For too long the Church has acted as if the traffic was all one-way.  It is, after all, secular society that first condemned the Church for the cover ups, the self monitoring and excusing of abusers; the protection of the “good name” of the Church by silencing the very people who are the victims here, and also for downplaying, or failing to recognise sufficiently the long term mental, physical and spiritual harm done to the abused by abuse from within an organisation that people understood and trusted to be the protector of the marginalised and the weak.

As a priest I too ask myself what to do.  I, of course, realise as perhaps you do too that the vast majority of priests, deacons and religious are hard working, devoted and entirely trustworthy people who love their people dearly and devote their lives to their well being and salvation. But I have to acknowledge that the task of persuading the young to remain, or become a part of our flawed Church, and to take a decisive role in her life is becoming harder and harder. There are the issues raised by science and sociology that question the very basis of the teaching of the Church. There are the “difficult’ teachings of the Church around human sexuality and reproduction that young people, with their preference for independent choices and thinking, find hard to accept. There are the issues around “what the church is for”, “what faith does” that are hard for our young people to see. And on top of this is unrelentingly bad news.

The thing is that the essential message remains clear and constant and, in fact, there is no human institution anywhere that is perfect.  Everything is flawed – the awakening for some people is that this should be also true of the Church which for too long has been seen as a sort of “perfect society” – why?  Because divine.  Yet, like the Word of God in scripture the Church is not only divine but terribly human – subject to the weakness of false ideas and hopes of each successive generation. It is divine because at the heart of the message and life of the Church is Christ but it is also flawed because people like you and me are its members.

This can help us to see that the Church and I are always in need of repentance and renewal. Repentance which in our tradition means “turning back to God” and renewal which means letting go of flawed, out of date and unhelpful models of Church which do not serve our day well. Pope Francis has spent the larger part of his Pontificate attempting to do exactly that.

At the heart of each of us though, myself included, has to be a decision based on faith, not so much in the Church, but on a personal faith in the person of Jesus who is the Lord of my life and who strengthens me each day, and who is beside me each day to heal me and give me life.  Quite literally then, we may only be able to say with St Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go?” as a kind of makeshift, tentative, commitment to sticking with it and making the best of it because we feel that in the Church we can find the grace of the sacraments to heal us, forgive us and strengthen us and we also know that there is so much to be done to bring that grace to the world.  Perhaps the best way of countering the disillusionment is to become more deeply involved in practical ways in serving, if you like, the Gospel even if we cannot serve the Church as she is.

Please join me in praying for the life of the Church; for renewal and repentance from the top to the bottom and for a change for the better.

With my love and best wishes Fr David


How Holy this Feast

How holy this feast in which Christ is our food: his passion is recalled, His grace fills our hearts, and we receive a pledge of the glory to come.

Next week Catholics from around the country will be gathering in Liverpool to celebrate the Eucharistic Congress.  This is the first such congress for over a hundred years and some of our own parishioners have made their way to Liverpool to be a part of the events.  We can join them spiritually by participating in some devotions here in our parish that are aimed at deepening our appreciation of the Eucharist which lies at the heart of our life as Catholics.  On this page are a few snippets (only) of what the Eucharist means in the life of the Church.  You might use these words and thoughts to prepare yourself for Mass and for the extra devotions we will have over the next weekend.

Events we have planned:

  • Friday after Mass – Holy Hour with Meditation on the Eucharist – Mass 10am. Holy Hour – 10.30 – 11.30am
    Confessions throughout Holy Hour
  • Saturday after Mass – Holy Hour with Meditation on the Eucharist – Mass 10am. Holy Hour – 10.30 – 11.30am
    Confessions throughout Holy Hour
  • Sunday at 5pm – – Holy Hour with Meditation on the Eucharist and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

In the Liturgy we are called to respond both individually and corporately, as the Body of Christ. When we say ‘Amen’ as we receive Communion it is both a statement of personal faith and (literally) an act of Communion, communion with the whole Church. In a similar way prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is personal prayer and prayer with the Church. More than that the gift of this prayer is to help us participate in Mass more deeply, to be more deeply in communion. 

From the Encyclical of Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium

The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. One concrete sign of such openness is that our church doors should always be open, so that if someone, moved by the Spirit, comes there looking for God, he or she will not find a closed door. There are other doors that should not be closed either. Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself ‘the door’: baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to consider with prudence and boldness. Frequently, we act as arbiters of grace rather than its facilitators. But the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone, with all their problems. [47] 

Preparation

  • Think about the various aspects of parish life you are involved in and what you would want to pray for each.
  • Think of people at Sunday Mass who you only know by sight or slightly; how do they reveal Christ’s presence to you?

Think about those in your circle of family, friends and acquaintances and what you hope for them

Prayerfrom the Didache

We thank you, Father, for the holy vine of David, your servant, which you have revealed through Jesus, your Son. Praise to you now and evermore!

We thank you, Father, for the life and the knowledge that you have revealed through Jesus, your Son.
Praise to you now and evermore!

Just as this bread that we break was once distributed on a hillside and its fragments gathered so as not to lose any, so let your Church be gathered from the farthest parts of the earth into your Kingdom.
Praise to you now and evermore!

Because yours are the glory and the power forever. Praise to you now and evermore!

We thank you, holy Father, for your holy name that dwells in our hearts. Praise to you now and evermore!

For the knowledge, the faith, and the immortality that you have revealed to us through Jesus, your Son. Praise to you now and evermore!

It is you, all-powerful Master, who created the universe in praise of your name.
Praise to you now and evermore!

You give food and drink to the children of men; but to us you give the grace of a spiritual food, of a drink for eternal life through Jesus, your Son.
Praise to you now and evermore!

Above all, we thank you for your power.
Praise to you now and evermore!

Remember, Lord, your Church, to deliver it from every evil, and to make it perfect in your love.
Praise to you now and evermore!

Gather together from the four winds this sanctified Church into the kingdom that you have prepared. Praise to you now and evermore!

Come, Lord, and let this world pass! —Amen. Hosanna to the house of David! —Amen.

Let him who is holy come! —Amen.

Let him who is not, repent! —Amen.

Maranatha (Come, Lord)! —Amen.


We have decided to change the format of the weekly newsletter with effect from October.   On the first weekend of October we will publish a bumper newsletter full of information for the coming month which will be relevant all month.  At the Masses we will publish a one-page newsletter of Mass information.  The weekly e-newsletter will continue.   We ask that if you have events or notices that you would like advertised that you send these to the office in plenty of time for the first bumper newsletter of the month.


Inclusion Festival Arundel & Brighton– Everyone is welcome!

If you have not yet registered for ifab there is still time to do so! Come and join us at St Wilfrid’s School, RH11 8PG, Crawley on Sunday 16th September from 11am onwards to celebrate the value of each person and the diversity in our diocese.  There are workshops in the morning and the day will conclude with Bishop Richard celebrating Mass with everyone at 14.30.  Don’t forget to bring your picnic.

Just go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ifab2018 to register or use your phone.  Further Information: contact Rosie Read on rosie.read@dabnet.org  or 01293 651161.


Day with Mary on September 15th, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This Apostolate encourages devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. The event will include Mass and two talks with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and processions and recitation of the Rosary. Fr John Seddon OSB will be the main Celebrant. 10.00 am -4.30 pm. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea and Coffee is provided. An extensive selection of devotional items will be on sale.   Fr John Seddon OSB


Pokot News

Fr David Conway at the Barpello Mission sent me this message about a project he had started to help the community in a remote part of his Mission area.

“The people of Nasorot, Naudo, Nadome and Akwichatis have no water resource. Women walk for up to 20Kms daily to secure enough water for Bathing, Cooking etc. We opted to construct a water pan, as it is known that a borehole may be salty. We had not planned for this cost, that is why we are asking for any contribution.”
The total cost of the project amounts to some five and a half million Kenyan Shillings (over £42,000).  The pan will provide water for domestic purposes, for livestock and with any surplus for kitchen gardens. The estimated number of livestock in the area to be served by the water pan is 8,000 sheep and goats; 2,000 cattle; 600 camels and 2,000 donkeys. Fr Conway has secured a grant of Euros 40,000 from an Irish charity, has promised to find Ksh 330,000 from local contributions, but still needed some £6,000 for the project to proceed. I circulated news of the project to members of the Pound a Week Group whose email addresses I have and I am delighted to tell you that we now have donations for the full £6,000. I shall be sending the money, along with other donations to Fr Conway early next month. From Eugene McGivern


Missio Red BoxesITheteam of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter direct but if you are not, could you leave your box in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification. Many thanks for your support. Fran Pickett. Tel. 01483 276614 Email nickpickett1948@gmail.com”


Hi, My name is Amelia Schumacher and I am a former pupil at St Cuthbert Maybe and I am currently in Year 13 at St Peters. I am a reliable and responsible 17 year old available for babysitting. Call or text me on 07582 288824.


You are invited to a community tea party with tea sandwiches and cake on Saturday 1stSeptember from 3-5pm at St Nicolas Church Rooms, Church Lane, Cranleigh.   Entertainment by Emilee Lucia.  RSVP to 01483 274376.  Lifts can be arranged and everyone is welcome.


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 22nd September 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 “New sight for the blind – Mission and healing.” – Pauline Edwards and Fr Laurence Brassill of Little Way Healing Ministries; 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: 27th October. “The Spirit has sent me” – Fr John Seddon

St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth,  Learn about Catholicism


THE BENEDICTINE MONKS of St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth warmly invite anyone interested to a presentation on ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’,by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Barron. One of the ten episodes of the series will be shown consecutively over a period of ten months, beginning on Saturday 22 September 2018, then 20 October, 24 November and 15 December. Dates for January onwards will be publicised depending on demand.

These Chilworth Abbey Study Days will be given by Benedictine monk Fr John Seddon OSB, who will contextualise each episode and then teach about the episode’s subject matter after lunch.

The day begins with Mass at 9am, followed by coffee. A brief introduction will precede the showing of the film. Questions will follow, then Midday prayer and lunch. Episode 1 deals with God’s incarnation in Jesus Christ. After lunch there will be teaching to clarify further the film’s theme. The Day concludes at 4 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. Free to attend, no need to book.  Find out more at http://www.chilworthbenedictines.com/  St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8QR


Apostleship of the Sea invites you to a Mass in honour of our patron Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea.Come pray for the work of Apostleship of the Sea and for seafarers on Wednesday, September 12th, at 11am, in Arundel Cathedral, London Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AY. Monsignor B Richard Madders will celebrate Mass, followed by a reception. All invited. Please RSVP by email tosalvina@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk

21st Sunday of Ordinary Time – 26th August 2018

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Fr David Conway at the Barpello Mission sent me this message about a project he had started to help  the community in a remote part of his Mission area.

“The people of Nasorot, Naudo, Nadome and Akwichatis have no water resource. Women walk for up to 20Kms daily to secure enough water for Bathing, Cooking etc. We opted to construct  a water pan, as it is known that a borehole may be salty. We had not planned for this cost, that is why we are asking for any contribution.”

The total cost of the project amounts to some  five and a half million Kenyan Shillings (over £42,000).  The pan will provide water for domestic purposes, for livestock and with any surplus for kitchen gardens. The estimated number of livestock in the area to be served by the water pan is 8,000 sheep and goats; 2,000 cattle; 600 camels and 2,000 donkeys. Fr Conway has secured a grant of Euros 40,000 from an Irish charity, has promised to find Ksh 330,000 from local contributions, but still needed some £6,000 for the project to proceed. I circulated news of the project to members of the Pound a Week Group  whose email addresses I have and I am delighted to tell you that we now have donations for the full £6,000. I shall be sending the money, along with other donations to Fr Conway early next month.

Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com or 01483-893379.

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Congratulations to the 300 club winners for August J Federer, D Barry and J Dobbe.

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Apostleship of the Sea invites you to a Mass in honour of our patron Stella Maris, Our Lady Star of the Sea. Come pray for the work of Apostleship of the Sea and for seafarers on Wednesday, September 12th, at 11am, in Arundel Cathedral, London Road, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9AY. Monsignor B Richard Madders will celebrate Mass, followed by a reception. All invited.Please RSVP by email to salvina@apostleshipofthesea.org.uk
www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk