Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15.10.17

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 Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 14th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 15th          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Thomas Hall

Tues 17th        Bramley          10.00am          Mass – St Ignatius of Antioch

Cranleigh         12noon            Funeral of Pat Hind

Wed 18th        Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass – St Luke

Thurs 19th       Bramley          11.00am          Funeral of Norah Voller

Fri 20th           Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Sat 21st           Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

 Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 21st           Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 22nd         Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

 

Special Collection next Sunday for MISSIO

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

In my last parish, my Treasurer used to tell me of any important parish event – “Make them pay something, even if only a few quid, that way you will get commitment.”  Strangely enough, she was exactly right – if we charged for something we generally got the same number of people turning up as had indicated they were interested.  On the other hand, if it was free (and there was no wine advertised as part of the occasion) people would say they were coming but on the night mysteriously failed to show.  Human nature heh!

So, what about the kingdom of God?  Over the last few weeks we have been listening to a few parables from Jesus of the Kingdom which often begin “The kingdom of God is like”, or can “be compared to” and so on.  Today The Kingdom is compared to a King who gave a banquet but those who were invited all demurred because of something “more important” which had come up.  In fact, the invitations are treated with complete disdain and even violence towards the messengers.  So, the scope of the invitation is widened to the highways and byways of the countryside – the peasants in other words – and they come to the banquet.  But there is someone for whom this becomes not such good news.  There is a man without a wedding garment.

Scholars have debated this for centuries.  What must be born in mind that a parable has many layers it is not a “true” story in the sense we are used to but most often it invokes an emotional response within us.  What is this mysterious “wedding garment?”

Well the wedding garment is clearly an appropriate dress for such an occasion as a royal wedding feast.  To be wearing one is to have made an effort to respond to the generous, and unlooked for invitation to participate.  So, what the King is seeking after is an appropriate response to a generous gift.  In the world of everyday Christianity what do you think is “appropriate response” towards God’s grace?  In other words what in our lives demonstrates our response of faith towards God’s generous and compassionate love?  Are we robed up in the robe of righteousness and gladness or are we just skulking?  It’s worth thinking about wouldn’t you say?

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

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Sunday 15th October

Our friend of the Parish Giovanni has arranged for his good friend Andrea Scarpa to play an organ recital at our Cranleigh Church on Sunday the 15th October before and after the 11am Mass, by kind permission of Fr David Osborne.   Andrea Scarpa is an Organist and Director of music at the Italian Mission in Zurich Switzerland.

DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THIS EXCELLENT ORGANIST PERFORMING A VARIETY OF MUSIC FROM THE REPERTOIRE OF THE OLD MASTERS AS WELL AS THAT OF THE MODERN COMPOSERS.  On Saturday 14th of October at 7.30, he will be playing at Cranleigh Parish Church by kind permission of the Rector Rev. Roy Woodhams and on Tuesday the 17th at 12.45 at Cranleigh School by kind permission of the resident Organist Mr Philip Scriven.

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Wednesday 18th October

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 sign up to the next Baptism course which is Wed 18th October and Wednesday 25th October on the Parish Events Website.

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Sunday 22nd October

World Mission Sunday Collection

The collection on World Mission Sunday is taken up in every parish in the world.  It will ensure that the Church, and its priests and missionaries bring the message of peace to everyone who is suffering through sorrow and conflict.

In South Sudan, after decades of war and horrific violence, one corner of the country is thriving and growing.  Bishop Paride’s Peace Village in Kuron is a living example of St. Francis’s prayer where revenge has become understanding, hatred has become friendship and love is growing in the hearts of a new generation.

Please pray for the Missions and please give generously next weekend to help sow love around the world.

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 ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 28th October 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit. 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; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Gift of Faith” by Fr Anthony Meredith; 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 Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 25th November, our guest speaker will be Kristina Cooper talking about “The greatest gift – Love.”

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Saturday 4th November

The Parish would like to invite all newcomers to the Parish to an evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh.   If you have recently become involved in the Cranleigh or Bramley Parish, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please let the Parish Office know that you would like to attend.

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Sunday 5th November

The Parish holds an annual blessing of graves in Cranleigh at 12.30pm.   Please let the Parish Office know of any graves that you would like to be blessed ahead of this date.   Votive candles can be brought prior to the event.

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Saturday 11th November

Readers and Ministers of the Parish are invited to join the Day of Recollection in Cranleigh on 11th November 2017.  Please sign yourself into this day on the Parish Website Events Page.

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Confirmation Programme

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 September through to mid-June.  If you would like your child to take part in the forthcoming confirmation programme please sign up on the Parish Events page of the Parish Website.

 

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Saturday 18th November

The Parish will be holding a Requiem Mass on Saturday 18th November.   This Mass is intended to remember all those recently departed in our community.  Please come if you would like to remember someone special.  Please forward this message onto anyone who you think would like to attend.

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Tuesday 21st November

If you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre at Milford please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches.   Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.

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Christmas Decorations

We are looking to recruit a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend possibly 16+17/12.   Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team.

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 8th October 2017

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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 8th October 2017

Sat 7th             Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Baptism of Lorraine C Casey

 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 7th             Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 8th            Bramley          9.00am            Parish Harvest Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Harvest Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Zachary Martyn

Baptist Church 6.30pm            Harvest Songs of Praise

Tues 10th        Bramley          10.00am          Mass – St Paulinus of York

Wed 11th        Cranleigh         7.00pm            Mass – St John XXIII

Thurs 12th       Bramley          10.00am          Mass – St Wilfrid

Fri 13th           Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass – St Edward the Confessor

 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 14th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 15th          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Thomas Hall

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Message from Father David – Dear Brothers and Sisters

It has been a busy week after my holiday but it was good to get away and relax.  I gather Fr Albert was entertaining!

One of the reasons we have holidays and vacations is to give ourselves a rest.  It’s quite amazing how much more productive we can be after a cup of coffee and a short sit down on a busy day.  We need that break and change of tempo in order to rejuvenate ourselves and be reenergised.

Harvest is a time of year that we take stock of the fruitfulness of the earth – “fruit of the earth and work of human hands” as the prayers on reception of the Gifts put it.  We give thanks for the rich abundance of produce that we enjoy – in times past this was the time to restock the larders of our homes ready for the bleakness of winter in which nothing grows (except sprouts) and hoping that things will last until the new seasons growth.  Winter was a time when the earth “rested” in time for spring’s lush growth.

However, our food supply has, for a long time now, been divorced from this natural seasonal rhythm.  We can have strawberries on the Christmas table and sprouts any time of year we wish.  But this all comes at a cost – a cost that will ultimately rebound on us all if we are not careful.  This constant production of food is sustained through artificial fertilisers – most nitrates which cause fantastic growth and production.  But that nitrogen running off fields into streams and then into rivers and then into estuaries causes many problems – most commonly the growth of algae which starves the waters of oxygen and kills all wildlife – fish, corals, crabs – you name it.  This is becoming a real problem and one we ignore at our peril.

We are called to steward the resources of the earth and to work for and maintain the common good.  This isn’t just our common good but the good of all peoples and all living things and of the very planet itself.  Are we stewarding our lives as we ought?  Do I gratefully use what I have received but use if wisely and carefully and give thanks for the blessings I have received through it?  This Harvest time let us reflect on how we can be better stewards.

 

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Weekend of 7th and 8th October

The Masses this weekend will celebrate the gifts of creation and harvest.

On the Sunday Mass, parishioners are traditionally requested to bring tinned goods and non-perishable items which are brought up at the offertory.  These goods are then presented to the Guildford Homeless Charity Number Five.

There is also a Churches Together in Cranleigh event at the Cranleigh Baptist Church on Sunday 8th October at 6.30pm at which Songs of the Harvest will be sung.  It would be wonderful to see a large number of our Catholic Parishioners at this event.  Please make the effort to attend.

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Saturday 7th October

As part of the preparation for Planning Applications to Waverley Borough Council, the Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust [CVHT] Trustees are holding an exhibition, outlining the planned provision of 20 Community Beds and related healthcare facilities on the Knowle Lane site.  There is an opportunity to view the exhibition at its public opening on 10.00am – 4.00pm at The Arts Centre before moving indefinitely to the patio area at Oliver House in the High Street.

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Sunday 15th October

Our friend of the Parish Giovanni has arranged for his good friend Andrea Scarpa to play an organ recital at our Cranleigh Church on Sunday the 15th October before and after the 11am Mass, by kind permission of Fr David Osborne.   Andrea Scarpa is an Organist and Director of music at the Italian Mission in Zurich Switzerland.

DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THIS EXCELLENT ORGANIST PERFORMING A VARIETY OF MUSIC FROM THE REPERTOIRE OF THE OLD MASTERS AS WELL AS THAT OF THE MODERN COMPOSERS.  On Saturday 14th of October at 7.30, he will be playing at Cranleigh Parish Church by kind permission of the Rector Rev. Roy Woodhams and on Tuesday the 17th at 12.45 at Cranleigh School by kind permission of the resident Organist Mr Philip Scriven.

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Wednesday 18th October

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 sign up to the next Baptism course which is Wed 18th October and Wednesday 25th October on the Parish Events Website.

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CAFOD MPC Training

Saturday 21st October from 10am to 1pm Could you ensure that the voices of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people are heard in the corridors of power? Please consider becoming a CAFOD MP Correspondent. The training session is for anyone who is interested at St Joan of Arc Church Tilford road Farnham GU9 8DJ. To book your place please contact Jo on 01252 329385 or email jlewry@cafod.org.uk

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Saturday 28th October

The Parish would like to invite all those people who have undertaken the RCIA course in the last five years to join a Shared Lunch in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room at 12noon.  This will be an opportunity to celebrate becoming a member of the Catholic Church.  If you would like to join this lunch please email the Parish office 06.10.17.

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Saturday 4th November

The Parish would like to invite all newcomers to the Parish to an evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh.   If you have recently become involved in the Cranleigh or Bramley Parish, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please let the Parish Office know that you would like to attend.

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Sunday 5th November

The Parish holds an annual blessing of graves in Cranleigh at 12.30pm.   Please let the Parish Office know of any graves that you would like to be blessed ahead of this date.   Votive candles can be brought prior to the event.

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Saturday 11th November

Readers and Ministers of the Parish are invited to join the Day of Recollection in Cranleigh on 11th November 2017.  Please sign yourself into this day on the Parish Website Events Page.

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Confirmation Programme

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 September through to mid-June.  If you would like your child to take part in the forthcoming confirmation programme please sign up on the Parish Events page of the Parish Website.

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Saturday 18th November

The Parish will be holding a Requiem Mass on Saturday 18th November.   This Mass is intended to remember all those recently departed in our community.  Please come if you would like to remember someone special.  Please forward this message onto anyone who you think would like to attend.

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Tuesday 21st November

If you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre at Milford please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches.   Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.

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CAFOD Office volunteer

Do you have a few hours free during the week to volunteer in the CAFOD Portsmouth office at St Mary’s church Aldershot GU12 4RX. Office volunteers help with a range of administrative tasks from data entry to contacting volunteers. If you are computer competent and happy using Word and Excel then please contact Jo on 01252 329385 or email jlewry@cafod.org.uk for more information.

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Christmas Decorations

We are looking to recruit a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend possibly 16+17/12.   Please contact the Parish office if you would like to be part of this team.

Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 1st October 2017

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Special collection next Sunday for CAFOD Harvest Fast Day (Friday)

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Inspired by the prayer “We plant the seeds that one day will grow”, remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, who was murdered for trying to help the poorest people, this year the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development will be supporting subsistence farmers in El Salvador by providing them with reliable seeds to ensure a good harvest.  CAFOD Fast Collection envelopes will be handed out after Masses on Saturday 30 September and Sunday 1 October.

Please contact Parish Representative Phil Craig on 01483 490500 for further information.”

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From Fr Roy Waters

Just a thought.  There is a story about an elderly gentleman. He had serious hearing problems for many years. He went to a very competent doctor, and he was given an amazing set of hearing aids that fully restored his hearing faculty. After a month, he went back to his doctor. The doctor was pleased: “Your hearing is perfect! Your family must be really pleased that you can hear again.” The gentleman replied, “Oh, I haven’t told my family yet. I just sit around and listen to their conversations. I’ve revised my last will three times already.”

In a way, the elderly gentleman could be God and the family could contain the two sons in today’s Gospel. At certain times the family speak up close to the old man telling him what he wants to hear and sometimes what he doesn’t want to hear.

We can be that family talking to God, making decisions and then changing our minds and doing the opposite thing. We can imagine that God never finds out what actually happens, what the real person inside of us ends up doing.

We forget God sees everything we do and sees even into our hearts. He knows when we promise things without meaning them. He also understands when we have difficulty with his commandments and tell him we can’t manage to obey. He knows what the outcome will be.

Jesus asks, “Which of the two sons does the right thing”. In essence neither.  He would prefer a third son who said “Yes” and did “Yes”.  Could it be that God is listening and changing his will for us?

Greetings and blessings from Guildford while Fr David is away.  From Fr Roy.

1450356139710.jpegA huge thank you and well done to everyone who got involved with the Talents Scheme.  Up to and incl. Sunday 24th September the grand total returned is £2811.25.

ANDREA SCARPA.jpg Our friend of the Parish Giovanni has arranged for his good friend Andrea Scarpa to play an organ recital at our Cranleigh Church on Sunday the 15th October before and after the 11am Mass, by kind permission of Fr David Osborne.   Andrea Scarpa is an Organist and Director of music at the Italian Mission in Zurich Switzerland.

DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THIS EXCELLENT ORGANIST PERFORMING A VARIETY OF MUSIC FROM THE REPERTOIRE OF THE OLD MASTERS AS WELL AS THAT OF THE MODERN COMPOSERS.  On Saturday 14th of October at 7.30, he will be playing at Cranleigh Parish Church by kind permission of the Rector Rev. Roy Woodhams and on Tuesday the 17th at 12.45 at Cranleigh School by kind permission of the resident Organist Mr Philip Scriven.

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501551444.jpgWintershall Nativity Leaflet 2017 Artwork v1.pdf The Wintershall NATIVITY will take place from 13th to 17th December and tickets can be bought from the website www.wintershall-estate.com or by calling 01793 418299.   We are offering a 10% discount for the Wednesday and Thursday 7pm performances. 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.

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Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 17th September 2017

Special Collection this Sunday for Home Mission Sunday

 

 

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the last weeks, we have suddenly had to think about death and vulnerability in a way that, perhaps, most of don’t have to very often.  This is because, thankfully, for most of us death no longer stalks our community in a way that would have been common in, say, the 19th century.  Most of us are fairly safe from natural disasters and modern medicine and housing make the diseases that were common fairly rare.  All this means that we don’t think about this part of life all that much until we have to. But events close to home have made us think about this more urgently I suspect.  And we should not avoid facing those questions.

St Paul writing to the church of Rome says this week “The life and death of each of us has its influence on others.”  Perhaps we would be more comfortable with the first part of that statement as we know that how we live our lives and share that life with others in our families and in our community, does, indeed, have an influence on others.  Yet most of us still have unfinished business with relatives, friends and neighbours that we haven’t addressed because we are unaware of the urgency to do so.  This is why the gospel is so insistent on forgiveness – indeed we shouldn’t even let the sun set on our anger but deal with relationships that have gotten out of kilter before we turn in for the night.  But some things just build up, don’t they? 

How does the second part of that statement make us feel?  How might my death have an influence on others?  Well, I suppose one way would be to ensure that we have done all the forgiving and healing we can before we die and to ask for forgiveness before we die too.  In fact, why not take it one stage further and see that I might die today and so I need to live my relationships with others in such a way as to make them “life giving” relationships each day?

The gospel urges us to be people that know our value in God’s eyes.  Living or dead we belong to the Lord and so we have nothing to fear about dying per se.  We belong to the Lord and he is the Lord of life but we need to see that the Lord in giving us this fullness of life has willingly overlooked our faults and we should overlook other people’s faults too.  We should be a community of forgiveness and healing where grudges are not kept and our language reflects the gentleness of Christ; where we go the extra mile each day to include others in rather than emphasising difference and otherness.  We need to be a place of welcome and healing for all peoples and be active in welcome and evangelisation.  In this context evangelisation is sharing the hope we have that whether alive in this life or alive in the next we all belong to the Lord for whom all things are alive.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

Readers and Ministers of the Parish are invited to join the Day of Recollection in Cranleigh on 11th November 2017.  Please sign yourself into this day on the Parish Website Events Page.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The funeral of Colin Kennedy who lived with his wife Naomi on Smithwood Common will take place this Tuesday 19th September.  Naomi passed away quite a few years ago now so now they are reunited.  Colin leaves no family and so his funeral will be without a congregation.   Perhaps if you are free to attend you will come to remember Colin and his life.

Services for Katie:

Reception and Vigil will be on Thursday, 21st September, from 4:30 – 8:00 pm, and a Mass to celebrate Katie’s life at noon on Friday, 22nd September.

Both at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Catholic Church 2 St Nicolas Ave, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7AQ

Please join the family for refreshments following the Friday service

Please wear purple in honour of Katie. No flowers, please.

Eternal Rest Grant unto them O Lord, and may eternal light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.

BRAMLEY LUNCHES start again this month and the and the first one is on Tuesday 26th September in Bramley Church Room after the 11.30 a.m. Mass.  Come and enjoy a home cooked lunch in cheerful and good company.  If you would like to come please ring either Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083 or sign the notice in the both church porches.  We look forward to seeing you on the 26th.

Rediscover Your Marriage:

The Retrouvaille programme offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse and a loving relationship in your marriage.  Countless couples have successfully saved their marriage by attending the Course and using the tools provided.  Retrouvaille is a not spiritual retreat, a sensitivity group, a seminar nor a social gathering.  For confidential information or to register for the next programme – commencing with a residential weekend 15th / 17th September in Welwyn Garden City – email: info@retrouvaille.org.uk; call or text 07887 296 983 or visitwww.retrouvaille.org.uk.

For the next two weeks, we welcome Father Vandermost to look after the weekend Masses

Father David will be on holiday from 23rd September returning on 3rd October.  The office is open as normal.

Secondary school SIF forms can be left at the office for Fr David’s signature during the week please remember there is a half term holiday 23rd-29th October and school applications closing date is 31st October.

“Missio Red Boxes

I and 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”

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

Come along to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day – share with other Catholics

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm Christian Education Centre (DABCEC) 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP – Bring a friend from a church near you!

We are pleased to welcome representatives from two Roman Catholic Communities, both with a charism for Unity, to inspire us in our work for Dialogue & Unity in the Diocese.

Rev. Tim & Kate Watson, members of the Chemin Neuf Community will be help us to:

‘Explore how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.’ We will welcome Ann Gavin from the Focolare Movement, who will offer us ‘Tools for Dialogue’.

We will also hear from the Association of Interchurch Families regarding their mutual support and guidance materials.

Tea & coffee available from 9.45am and throughout the day, with cake for afternoon tea.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Book your place now online using the green button, or by phone to Ruth Gerun 01293 651164 or email ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 23rd September 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit. 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; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues” by David Matthews; 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 Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 28th October, our guest speaker will be Fr Anthony Meredith talking about the Gift of Faith.

 

 Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Special Collection next Sunday for Home Mission Sunday

 

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In evangelical circles there used to be a question that was commonly asked as a kind of test of one’s Christian credentials – “Are you saved brother (or sister)?”  I’m sure there was a proper answer, almost like a liturgical response but I forget and anyway that isn’t important.  What was being emphasised in the question was the understanding of Jesus as my personal Saviour and my individual response to Him.  That is all good but it leaves out a huge part of the “being saved” equation which is to say the community aspect.

In catholic spirituality, we are “saved” because we are members together of the Church which is the company of the redeemed; the people of God; the Body of Christ.  We are members, one of another, and also individually members of the Body of Christ.  We are “saved” because we have been transferred at our baptism from an old way of life into a new way of life joined to Christ.  As St Paul says somewhere “It is not I who live but Christ who lives in me.”  And of course Christ enlivens and invigorates the whole Church – His people.

That our life in Christ is best experienced together is attested to by some of the words in the Gospel today.  “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I shall be there with them.”  This does not deny the personal element of faith but rather sets it inside a new, richer, context – that of community.  Faith is best experienced and expressed together, in relationship with one another.  Where two or three are gathered reminds us, of course, about the inner life of God himself where the divine life of the Trinity reflects God’s inner life as a community of persons united in love.

Love is, of course, the supreme Christian charism, or way of life, reflecting our belief that God is love and that love needs to be expressed in words and actions rather than remaining as merely an emotion or ideal.  In a way, we cannot love God on our own.  We can only love God from within a community of love and that is why being part of the Church, taking our part in its worship and work, praying within it and for it and for each other is the supreme mark of being part of the community that is saved.  Even though the Church can be vexing and weak it is still the Body of Christ and we, together, make up that Body.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

Dear Brothers and Sisters

After a long and courageous battle with cancer Katie Moran passed away early in the morning of the 7th September with her husband and other members of her family by her side.  We as a community offer our sincere condolences to Matt, Rose, and Emma and also to Katie’s parents John and Sue and sister Jo.  Katie has been at the heart of our parish life for many years bringing joy and hope to many and I know that many of you are part of her and Matt’s personal friendship circle.  Her determined dignity in the face of her illness gave encouragement to many too. Please keep all of us in your prayers.

We also say goodbye to Ineka Keogh this coming Tuesday with a funeral at 1pm followed by an interment in Cranleigh Cemetery, and still to be arranged as I write the funeral of Colin Kennedy who lived with his wife Naomi on Smithwood Common.  Naomi passed away quite a few years ago now so now they are reunited as are Ineka and Paul Keogh.

Eternal Rest Grant unto them O Lord, and may eternal light shine upon them and may they rest in peace.

There is a Care Group meeting in Cranleigh Parish Room on Friday 15th September at 10.30am.

 

 

BRAMLEY LUNCHES start again this month and the and the first one is on Tuesday 26th September in Bramley Church Room after the 11.30 a.m. Mass.  Come and enjoy a home cooked lunch in cheerful and good company.  If you would like to come please ring either Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083 or sign the notice in the both church porches.  We look forward to seeing you on the 26th.

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Martin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

Rediscover Your Marriage:

The Retrouvaille programme offers the chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse and a loving relationship in your marriage.  Countless couples have successfully saved their marriage by attending the Course and using the tools provided.  Retrouvaille is a not spiritual retreat, a sensitivity group, a seminar nor a social gathering.  For confidential information or to register for the next programme – commencing with a residential weekend 15th / 17th September in Welwyn Garden City – email: info@retrouvaille.org.uk; call or text 07887 296 983 or visitwww.retrouvaille.org.uk.

 

On Sunday 17th September the Parish welcomes Fr John Seddon from St Augustines Abbey in Chilworth to offer Mass.

Father David will be on holiday from 17th September returning on 3rd October.  The office is open as normal.

Secondary school SIF forms can be left at the office for Fr David’s signature during the week beginning 16th October but please remember there is a half term holiday 23rd-29th October and school applications closing date is 31st October.

The First Holy Communion Course will start September 16th.   Please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

 

 

 

 

 

Dates from the Diocese

21.09.17          Grandparents Reflection Day at Worth Abbey

6-8th.10.17     A Beginning Experience West Wickham, Kent

15.10.17          Pontifical Mass of St Philip Howard Arundel Cathedral

19.11.17          World Day of the Poor Arundel Cathedral

11.11.17          The Big Encounter Newman School, Hove

All details can be found on www.dabnet.org

 

“Missio Red Boxes

I and 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”

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

Come along to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity day – share with other Catholics

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm at Christian Education Centre (DABCEC) 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP

Bring a friend from a church near you!

We are pleased to welcome representatives from two Roman Catholic Communities, both with a charism for Unity, to inspire us in our work for Dialogue & Unity in the Diocese.

Rev. Tim & Kate Watson, members of the Chemin Neuf Community will be help us to:

‘Explore how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.’ We will welcome Ann  Gavin from the Focolare Movement, who will offer us ‘Tools for Dialogue’.

We will also hear from the Association of Interchurch Families regarding their mutual support and guidance materials.

Tea & coffee available from 9.45am and throughout the day, with cake for afternoon tea.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Book your place now online using the green button, or by phone to Ruth Gerun 01293 651164 or email ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 23rd September 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit. 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; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues” by David Matthews; 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 Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 28th October, our guest speaker will be Fr Anthony Meredith talking about the Gift of Faith.

 

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20th August 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I once read an article by an evangelical man who claimed that his own father would go to hell because he wasn’t an evangelical, bible based, Christian.  Because he hadn’t been baptised in the spirit.  That struck me as rather harsh but consonant with evangelical belief.  It seems that heaven, in that view, is going to be populated by evangelicals.  That means the art will be terrible, the décor magnolia and the carpets beige.  The parties will be very restrained affairs and the music will probably be of the folksy acoustic guitar kind with close harmony singing.  Bedtime will be before ten pm.

I jest of course because that’s just my bias against evangelicals.  My list above says as much about me as it does about them.  Somewhere, though, there will be an evangelical deriding the catholic idea that it’s only Catholics who will get to heaven.  And he or she is probably also thinking that in a catholic heaven there will be some awful baroque extravaganza of a décor style, acres of marble and domed trompe l’oeil ceilings with either Gregorian chant or massed choirs, Verdi style, as the only musical choice.  Oh, and a lot of drunkenness.  Lots of drunkenness.

The truth is, of course, somewhat more bizarre.  It would seem that God wants to open the doors of heaven to as many people as possible.  It’s not an excluded out but an included in mentality, or spirituality.  And this resonates with everything we know about the teaching of Jesus and the sayings and writings of the prophets of old.  In fact, the whole purpose of being “God’s people” – whether the Jewish nation, or the Catholic church is to image that welcome and inclusiveness for others who may not have expected that.  It’s not, therefore, a case of “come and join us, our train is going to heaven and yours to hell,” but “come and join us and help us show everyone how God wants us to live.  We have experienced his grace and want to share that with anyone who will open themselves to it.”

And even if they don’t then God’s mercy is probably big enough to cope.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

 

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

Pope Francis urges us to build up the holiness of the church and ensure people feel welcomed and loved in it.  How is Welcoming a Ministry?  Who needs to be welcomed?  What does our parish look like to a visitor or newcomer?  The Year of Mercy is an opportune time to reflect on the Ministry of Welcoming and consider the impact it can have in a parish.

If you would like to become a welcomer to our Parish please join the meeting on Thursday 7th September at 8pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Day of Reflection – 16th September

At Holy Family Ash. 10:30 Tea/Coffee 11:00 Start 15:30 finish. Please advise Deacon John Edwards if you are going to attend email: d.johnedwards@googlemail.com or phone (leave a message) 01252 405453

St Thomas More Church

You may now have noticed that we have started some remedial work on the church. The roof of the church is currently being repaired to eliminate both water retention and resulting ingress of water into the church interior. The interior damage will be repaired a little later when we are certain the roof repairs have been successful. The front face of the building is being repointed and the Corpus Christi cross being cleaned and repainted. The front doors, the side door and windows are to be revarnished.

There will also be work carried out on the Parish room and associated Garden Cottage where each end of the building will have two replacement double glazed windows installed to replace the failing wooden ones.

The result we hope will be a fresher looking church and also the Parish room facing the car park will look so much better combined with the previously re-placed facias.

Obviously, this is all for Father David’s approval and any improvements welcomed.  Kind regards Nick Pickett

 

Pokot News

I received the following report from Fr David Conway about how he used the £3,000 we sent him recently. It is clear that our donations are being put to a very good use in this time of drought and food shortage.

“Many thanks for your kind donation of GBP 6,000 of which I transferred by cheque 50% to Fr. Sean in Rotu.

The GBP 6,000 was exchanged in the Bank at a rate of 135 Shillings which gave us the total of KShs 810,000/= of which I will account to you for KShs 405,000.

I bought 8 x 90 Kg of Wimbi/Millet of good quality to make unimix for the under 5’s who come for immunization to our mobile clinics; also for women who come to our rural and remote clinics for ante-natal checks.

They also also go home with some kilos. This millet cost KShs 90,000 Shilling, including transport and grinding as an ingredient for unimix.

I paid KShs 85,000 as a contribution to pay a bill of a Pokot Lady to go to hospital in Nakuru. She was suffering from Pneumonia. She was an old traditional lady who had to be accompanied to hospital as she did not speak Swahili or English.

I paid Transport by Ambulance and treatment for a three-year-old boy to go to hospital. He was suffering from Snake Bite. Luckily, he made a complete recovery. That cost 25,000 shillings

The remaining 205,000 shillings I used to purchase much needed food in the form of maize as famine relief for pupils at local primary schools. This bought 42 x 90kg bags.

Thanks to Pound a Week Group & friends for their continued contribution to the livelihoods of the Pokot of East Pokot.  Sincerely  David”

For more information about our Pokot projects, please visit the Parish website or contact me on 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com      Eugene McGivern

 

 

The next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

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.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

The First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish web-site Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all those who supported my fundraising event for POKOT in any way, especially my hard working helpers Jane, Felicity and Jill.  Thanks to your generosity we raised £270.  I still have some cakes for sale.  Win 275573

 

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

Course Date: 23/Sep/2017

Come along to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity day – share with other Catholics

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm

Christian Education Centre (DABCEC)

4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP

Bring a friend from a church near you!

 

We are pleased to welcome representatives from two Ro-man Catholic Communities, both with a charism for Unity, to inspire us in our work for Dialogue & Unity in the Diocese.

Rev. Tim & Kate Watson, members of the Chemin Neuf Community will be help us to:

‘Explore how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.’

We will welcome Ann Gavin from the Focolare Movement, who will offer us ‘Tools for Dialogue’.

We will also hear from the Association of Interchurch Families regarding their mutual support and guidance materials.

Tea & coffee available from 9.45am and throughout the day, with cake for afternoon tea.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Book your place now online using the green button, or by phone to Ruth Gerun 01293 651164 or email ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Mar-tin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

Day of Reflection for Readers

Led by Bishop Richard

•          Talks on the Scriptures,

the Lectionary and its use in the Liturgy, the Liturgy of the Word,

preparing to read, using microphones

•          Lectio Divina

•          Mass

Saturday 16th September 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, Cobham

(25 Between Streets, KT11 1AA) 11.00am – 4.00pm

Arrivals, tea/coffee from 10.30am Please bring a packed lunch

Booking is essential as places are limited!

To book: ruth.gerun@dabnet.org or phone: 01293 651164

Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No.252878

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Today’s first reading is a very famous one.  Elijah has reached then end of his prophetic tether and is in despair.  God summons him to Mount Horeb (believed to be the same mountain that Moses went up to receive the ten commandments.)  Elijah is waiting and searching for God.  He doesn’t have to wait all that long!

 

What follows are all the traditional manifestations of “Almighty God” – experiences that have traditionally terrified human beings and led to people wondering – or better being in awe of the physical manifestations of God. First, we get a “mighty wind” so destructive in force that it smashes rocks and tears up the mountain side.  Then an earthquake.  Having experienced one last year, I can vouch for their impressiveness!  After this, as if this wasn’t enough, comes fire.  If you watched the forest fires in Canada and California and Italy and Cyprus of late you will understand the awe-fulness of what Elijah is experiencing.

But the Lord was not in any of this.  How strange!

No, the Lord was in the sound of a “gentle breeze” – this is a notoriously difficult bit to translate.  Some people have it – “in the sound of nothing at all.”  Whatever, it was in this silence and emptiness that Elijah encountered Almighty God.

Do you begin to get it?  Can you now see why priests ask you to be quiet before mass and during mass and after mass and to do the chatting and Hello-ing elsewhere?  When you come to Church you are consciously coming to meet the living God.  You will miss him if you are distracted by noise and kerfuffle.  All the mystics say the same and the traditions of the Church say it too.  If you want to meet God (especially God the Father) then there needs to be stillness, silence and emptiness.  Yes, even emptiness.  How can God fill you up spiritually if you are all full – either of your own importance, or of the distractions of the world and work.  A sponge that is dripping with water cannot be used to pick up any more.  It needs to be squeezed dry first.  For us to be topped up with grace each Sunday we need to be ready for more.  God always gives more but we are not always ready to receive Him.  In the silent breeze, Elijah went to the entrance of the cave and waited.  God did turn up, and he will for you too if you give him the opportunity.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

 

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

 

Please note there is a Holy Day of Obligation

(The Assumption of the BVM)

Tuesday 15th August

Masses as follows:

10am at Cranleigh 8pm at Bramley

Pope Francis urges us to build up the holiness of the church and ensure people feel welcomed and loved in it.  How is Welcoming a Ministry?  Who needs to be welcomed?  What does our parish look like to a visitor or newcomer?  The Year of Mercy is an opportune time to reflect on the Ministry of Welcoming and consider the impact it can have in a parish.

If you would like to become a welcomer to our Parish please join the meeting on Thursday 7th September at 8pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

The next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

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.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

The First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish web-site Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

CEDAR COURT is having a BIG SING on Friday 18th August at 2pm.  Everyone is invited to join for half an hour to join in the singing.

 

 

Manna Ministries Summer Fun day – open to all Churches and Families in the area

Please join us 18th August 2pm-8pm

As part of our Summer events, we will be having a Family Fun day this summer. Manna Academy attracts children from over 20 different churches in the Guildford and Godalming area and we would love to make the event open to any families that would like to attend.

 

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Martin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

 

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all those who supported my fundraising event for POKOT in any way, especially my hard working helpers Jane, Felicity and Jill.  Thanks to your generosity we raised £270.  I still have some cakes for sale.  Win 275573

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th August 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit. At Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00amRosary; 11.30am Mass celebrated by Fr Nicholas Broad-bridge; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gift of Miracles” by Deacon John Foley and Fr Nicholas Broadbridge 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 Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 23rd September, our guest speaker will be David Matthews talking about the Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues.

Day of Reflection for Readers

Led by Bishop Richard

•          Talks on the Scriptures,

the Lectionary and its use in the Liturgy, the Liturgy of the Word,

preparing to read, using microphones

•          Lectio Divina

•          Mass

Saturday 16th September 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, Cobham

(25 Between Streets, KT11 1AA) 11.00am – 4.00pm

Arrivals, tea/coffee from 10.30am Please bring a packed lunch

Booking is essential as places are limited!

To book: ruth.gerun@dabnet.org or phone: 01293 651164

Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No.252878

 

 

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

Course Date: 23/Sep/2017

Come along to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity day – share with other Catholics

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm

Christian Education Centre (DABCEC)

4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP

Bring a friend from a church near you!

We are pleased to welcome representatives from two Roman Catholic Communities, both with a charism for Unity, to inspire us in our work for Dialogue & Unity in the Dio-ese.

Rev. Tim & Kate Watson, members of the Chemin Neuf Community will be help us to:

‘Explore how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.’

We will welcome Ann Gavin from the Focolare Movement, who will offer us ‘Tools for Dialogue’.

We will also hear from the Association of Interchurch Families regarding their mutual support and guidance materials.

Tea & coffee available from 9.45am and throughout the day, with cake for afternoon tea.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Book your place now online using the green button, or by phone to Ruth Gerun 01293 651164 or email ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Dear Brothers and Sisters

“The disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear” – and well they might!  They, and we, like things to be kept “normal” most of the time.  It helps us to know who and where we are.  When extraordinary things happen it re-ally shakes our sense of “normality” and can be frightening.  The Transfiguration is just one such occasion for Peter, James and John.  They must have felt the glow of specialness when they were asked to accompany Jesus for a bit of one – to – one time.  But Jesus actually wanted to share with them an insight into who he truly is.  He is the Son of God and what happened up there on that mountain revealed in shining reality his relationship with the Divine and with all those others who had an intimate relationship with the Divine.  What Peter, James and John got in actual fact was a little glimpse into heaven and into the intimate relationship of Jesus with the Divine.

It was all too much reality to take in, in reality!  As so often happens when our minds are overloaded with too much reality we try to give ourselves something to do – and Peter does not disappoint, suggesting building some tents for Jesus, Elijah and Moses.  The important thing though, isn’t the tents!  It’s the recognition of Jesus by the Father – “This is my Beloved Son – listen to Him.”  We should listen to Him and also recognise that Jesus is not only revealing who he is but showing us something about ourselves.  We too are made for communion with God.  We too are made to share this dignity of being called Sons and Daughters of God.  We are made for sharing in God’s own life – in that intimate interior life of the Blessed and Holy Trinity.  Jesus was showing His disciples the true purpose of life – of His life and of our life.  His life – to open up a way into life with God through his death on the cross – and our lives too for when we live “in communion” with each other and with God we share in the di-vine life as a gift – it’s called grace and its given freely and absolutely generously.  God wants us to share in His life – it’s what he made us for.  In Jesus we see just how he wants us to be – faithful, kind, serving, and, loving.  When we allow ourselves to be taken up into divine love we see exactly what we shall become.  Some people “get it” and live that future life here and now.  Others don’t get it and struggle and kick and strain.  Let us, at least allow Jesus to show us pour true dignity as human beings in creation and then try to respond with lives of faith.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning 21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

 

Please note there is a Holy Day of Obligation (The Assumption of the BVM) Tuesday 15th August

Masses as follows:

10am at Cranleigh and 8pm at Bramley

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Mar-tin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

 

Cranleigh and Bramley Parish are holding the next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

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.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

 

The Parish First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

 

 

POKOT NEWS

 

On Wednesday, we sent the wonderful sum of £6,000 to Pokot, three thousand pounds each to Fr David Conway at Barpello and Fr Sean McGovern at Rotu. Here is Fr Sean’s response:

“Once more the £ a Week Group continues to amaze me. A thousand thanks Eugene to the Group for this new donation of £3,000.

As I had mentioned to you previously, I will use £1,000 for my new Nursery school which is now well on the way. Now with this increase I would like to increase that to £1,500 as there are several pending requirements.

The other £1,500 I would like to use towards the purchase of a manually operated stone crusher to produce ballast for block making and concrete work. It is needed for the ongoing church building and the building later on of a second classroom for the new nursery school.

Kenya has had good rain in recent weeks but I’m afraid not a great deal here in Rotu. A lot of thunder and lightning and cloudy days but only 4 mm of rain in the past week. Today was the coldest day of the year at 29.1 C.

Again a thousand thanks Eugene and to all at the £ a Week Group my kindest greetings.

God bless.  Sean”

I will report further when Fr Conway has decided how to use his share of the funds.

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

 

The Farming Community Network offer free and confidential support.  Visit www.fcm.org.uk or call 03000 111 999

 

Manna Ministries Summer Fun day – open to all Churches and Families in the area.  Please join us 18th August 2pm-8pm

As part of our Summer events, we will be having a Family Fun day this summer. Manna Academy attracts children from over 20 different churches in the Guildford and Godalming area and we would love to make the event open to any families that would like to attend.

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day 2017

We are pleased to announce more details of the Dialogue and Unity Day 2017 being held on Saturday 23 September 2017, 10-4pm at DABCEC Crawley.  The theme is Exploring how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.  We have two Roman Catholic Communities who have a charism for unity joining us for the day and we look forward to welcoming you too! Bring a packed lunch and a friend from another church.  Book online at www.dabnet.org>Courses>DialogueandUnity or by phone 01293 651164

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th August 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit. At Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00amRosary; 11.30am Mass celebrated by Fr Nicholas Broad-bridge; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gift of Miracles” by Deacon John Foley and Fr Nicholas Broadbridge 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 Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 23rd September, our guest speaker will be David Matthews talking about the Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues.

 

CEDAR COURT is having a BIG SING on Friday 18th August at 2pm.  Everyone is invited to join for half an hour to join in the singing.

 

 

There are still spaces free for the Coach trip to Canterbury on Friday 8th September if you, or someone you know, would like to join.

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

CATHOLIC PARISH OF CRANLEIGH AND BRAMLEY

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 From Father David

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The first reading today makes a strong claim. The first line reads “There is no god, other than you, who cares for everything” and a bit further on it says, “your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.”  This is what we mean by “omnipotent” – a power that transcends everything else we can imagine.

This is one of the reasons why, in days’ past, we were urged to “fear” God.  He is, as Job notes, the God of everything and nothing happens without His permission.

I have been on holiday this week and the good Lord has been most kind with the weather amongst many other things to be thankful for.  On Tuesday Helen and I went to Buxton Opera house to see Verdi’s Macbeth and I was reminded by watching it of the dangers in human power that Shakespeare warns us of.  Macbeth would like to be king.  Lady Macbeth wants him to be king.  The Witches merely point out what will become of such a person who desires power so much.  The tale is one of such tragedy and sadness as everything falls under the despotic sway of the haunted King Macbeth.  There is murder and violence.  Intrigue and plotting.  Good people fall prey to his lust for, and defence of, power.

All around us today we see the same lust for power and we have also seen what power can do.  It is not an easy thing to wield and remain human, so it seems.  Just look at our politicians over the last 20 years.

But God’s power is wielded in a different way – God’s power is seen in mercy and in a deliberate powerlessness.  In gentleness, in kindness, in forgiveness.  In love.  Yes, in love.  All God’s designs and desires are wrapped up in love.  God is love and so it is impossible for him to do anything, to desire anything, except in love.

When we unite our wills to God’s then we too must love.  We must forgive and be gentle and kind.  Sometimes this appears as weakness to others.  But that is often the price love pays.

With my love, your priest, Fr David

unnamed.pngThere is an opportunity to choose hymns for the services.   In both porches of the churches are Hymn Preference sheets.   We would love to hear from the congregation about their choice of hymns.  Please let us know.

 

2ddba6046a4098ceb52a269f54949342--grateful-heart-angel-food-cake.jpgFrom Katie Moran: Thank you for your love and support for Matt, Rose. Emma and me during my prolonged illness and particularly the worse times.

I have a whole drawer full of get well cards, prayer cards, inspirational readings, candles, smelly things, pretty things and CDs – a whole drawer of your love and support and desire for my healing.

You have also tirelessly supported me in fundraising for the Fountain Centre at St Luke’s at the Royal Surrey, and for rainbows children’s counselling charity which has made a huge difference to our girls in coping with these difficult times.

Unfortunately, I think it has reached the point when we can’t cope with impromptu visitors any more. If you would like to visit please do give us a quick ring beforehand. Home number is 275035 and we are at 68 Horsham Road.

The other thing is that I expect most of you know that we had a marvellous time in Lourdes last year and were booked to go this year.

Although disappointing we have decided with some relief not to go because again it is simply beyond me.

With love to you all. I will perhaps see some of you around soon, Katie x

 

IMG_2243.JPGNews from Pokot

I recently told Fr David Conway and Fr Sean McGovern that I would shortly be sending them £2,000 each to use where the need was greatest.  I told Fr Sean that £1,000 of the £2,000 he would receive had come from many donations to Pokot in memory of Grace Parker, a founder member of the Pound a Week Group for whom he had said Mass in his Mission church Here is his reply:-

“Good evening Eugene,
Many thanks for your ever-welcome email of this afternoon. Again a thousand thanks to you and the ever generous £ a Week Group for their kindness.
I remember Grace very well and the Mass I said for the repose of her good soul. I recall too the response of her daughter Helen and that act of gratitude for one who, as you so well say Eugene , must have been a much loved member of £ a Week Group.
This donation of £1,000 will, if I may, go to my Education Fund. I have started a small pre-primary school in the name of the Holy Ghost Fathers. I have 21 children at the moment. I have a good teacher, a girl I helped through secondary school in Barpello and then through teacher training college. She is also an excellent catechist for me. The school is but 3 weeks old but will, with God’s help and the Group’s kindness, succeed.

The ” Children’s Breakfast” project had been an amazing success.  I still have KSh. 55,000 (about £440) left in that account. It is, I have no doubt, the best meal of the day for the children. Millet porridge with camel milk and a generous dollop of sugar. If you’ve walked 4 Kms uphill to school at the age of about 10, you wouldn’t get the likes in the Gresham! [A posh Dublin hotel.]

We had a total of zero rain in June. And then on 1st July 50mm and on the 2nd, 32mm. It’s stopped since but it was magic! Maybe, against all my predictions of a total loss of crops, some might get a small harvest. Will, keep you posted.

We still give out food every day to substantial numbers of people. Wednesday’s I keep for the old and infirm. 200 got food this week on Wed. I will send you a couple of photos of my journey this week with a lorry of supplies from Nakuru to Rotu. It took 13 hours and took all of our endurance resources to get it home.
Eugene please convey my sincere gratitude to your good people for their continued kindness.
God bless for now.  Sean.”

logo.gifPOKOT FUND RAISING: Come and have tea/coffee and cake in the garden at 4 Kings Road Cranleigh on Wed 2nd August from 3pm.  All are welcome but please let me know you are coming for catering purposes.  I would hate to run out of cake!  There will be some cakes for sale too.  Bring your friends.  All proceeds to POKOT. Win Bracking 275573. 

Bell-Harry-Jul07-DE0454sAR700.jpgOn September the 8th we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.

This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.

We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.

The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.

After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home that later that same evening.

Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together?  You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found.  Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.

opening-times1.pngThere will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45

Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

4b792af1092b60062a16cb8098cc17d3--famous-catholics-catholic-blogs.jpg7th Annual GK Chesterton Pilgrimage

Saturday 29th July. 2.30pm

Old Rite Mass, at The Bridgettine Convent, Fulmer Common Road, Iver, SL0 0NR. You are welcome to attend the Mass even if you are not doing the walk. (a lift from Uxbridge to the Convent may be possible, contact us)

For those who wish to, you can then join the pilgrimage walk to Beaconsfield (7miles approx) where Chesterton lived, converted, died and is buried. We will say the prayer for the Beatification of GKC at his graveside. The prayer can be found, in a number of languages at: www.catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk

Or join us at 9.15am. outside the abortion centre at 8 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BJ where we stop for a few minutes prayer before walking on to Iver along the canal.

If you’d really like to walk the full 27 miles, meet us at 7.30am outside St George’s C of E Church, Aubrey Walk, London, W8 7JG, where GK Chesterton was Baptised as a baby.

For more details or to join the pilgrimage, text 07795205114, email catholicgkcsociety@yahoo.co.uk or follow @CatholicGKCSoc on Twitter.

Where ever you are, you can sign up on Facebook to join us in saying the GKC Prayer on the day of the Pilgrimage;

https://www.facebook.com/events/1896572717297708/

Thank you very much for your support.

God bless Stuart McCullough

With many thanks.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16th July 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

At the recent Liturgy Committee meeting we were discussing the Memorial Acclamation – you know – The Mystery of Faith and the fact that it can often seem like a bit of a “damp squib.” Which is to say that not a lot of “acclamation” goes on sometimes!  According to the Miriam-Webster online dictionary an acclamation is “a loud eager expression of approval, praise, or assent.”

Often our acclamation is neither loud nor eager!  I wonder whether we could do something about that?

As you will know the Acclamation comes after the priest has just consecrated the bread and wine of the Eucharist – a very solemn moment in one sense but in another sense a repeated and joyfully mysterious moment which is appreciated, most of all, in the heart as what was “mere” bread and wine becomes the Body and Blood of Our Lord in the Sacrifice of the Mass.  Joyful, because when we do this “in memory” of Him, as Jesus commanded us to do, then he, faithful God that he is, always responds to our faithfulness with generosity.

In one sense this moment is the moment, par excellence, of the Mass and it is faith, as such, that is able to comprehend it.  It is, then, a “mystery of faith” that we recognise Jesus, our Lord in this gift – the same Lord who died on the cross, was buried, and who rose again and who now allows us, or better, wills us to share in this divine life.  Is this not cause for deep joy and eager approval, praise and assent?

There are these “moments” of supreme “contact” we might say with the mysterious in the Mass and each of them asks for our full and active participation – that is to say – our taking part in the celebration.  To briefly list them they are: The Gloria, the Gospel Acclamation (which you are all very good at!), the Holy Holy (likewise) and the Memorial Acclamation (not so much) and finally the poignant song for the breaking of the bread – the Lamb of God.  All these ask for our full participation and concentrated effort of voice, mind and heart.

What I suppose we might draw from all this – and the Second Vatican Council was really trying to impress upon us was that the Mass is a celebration in which every member of God’s people takes a part.  There are no spectators!  One priest put it to me like this.

It is often supposed that the Priest, during mass, is the Actor (on a stage).  The congregation is an audience and God is a kind of “off-stage prompt” to make sure proceedings move along with dignity and the right words and intentions. However, the play is very repetitive and boring. But this view couldn’t be more wrong!  In fact, it is more helpful to think of God as the audience (for our praise), the priest and congregation as the Actors together with the priest doing a bit of the prompting as and when necessary.  The play is a play of many parts in which we are all actors taking on many different roles.

So today, and forever, can we make an extra effort to make our acclamations as “per the book” – a loud eager expression of approval, praise, and assent?

 

With my love, your priest, Fr David

THIS SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common

from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45

Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

There is an opportunity to choose hymns for the services.   In both porches of the churches are Hymn Preference sheets.   We would love to hear from the congregation about their choice of hymns.  Please let us know.

 

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) –

Saturday 22nd July 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit, at Alton Convent, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass celebrated by Fr Laurence Brassill; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Gifts of Healings” by Pauline Edwards and Fr Laurence Brassill 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 Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 19th August, our guest speaker will be Deacon John Foley talking about the Gift of Miracles.

The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton have a full and informative website http://dabnet.org  Please take a look.

 

 

 

On September the 8th we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.

 

This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.

We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.

The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle be-tween King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.

After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home that later that same evening.

Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together?  You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found.

Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.