Second Sunday of Lent – 25th February 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

On the weekly calendar of celebrations of Mass, you will often see an ‘intention’ in the right hand column.

I thought I would write a bit about this today as I have noticed that fewer people are resorting to this esteemed custom and asking for mass to be said for a particular intention.  At the moment I am personally offering a novena – nine days’ worth of masses – for our Holy Father, Francis.

Since the earliest times there has been the custom of offering prayers in the mass for a particular purpose – sometimes for a couple newlywed; sometimes for the safe delivery of a child; sometimes in remembrance of a deceased family member or friend.  Indeed, St Augustine’s mother, Monica, asked only one thing of him as she was dying – that he “remember her at the altar.”  Of course, we can, and should remember the dying, the sick, and those in need at all times and mention them often in our prayers, but the tradition of asking for a priest to offer a particular intention at mass is an ancient and venerable tradition.

The Mass is the “source and summit” of our prayer and worship.  In other words, it is the fountain from which flows many graces derived from the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary and his resurrection from the dead.  Jesus died to save sinful humanity; he remembered the penitent thief as he hung on the cross; he gave Mary his Mother into the care of John and John to his Mother just before he died and he asked for forgiveness for the rulers and soldiers who were putting him to death.  The cross, and Jesus’ death which are remembered at Mass are therefore a highly charged place of prayer and intercession – beginning with Christ and continued with His Church today.

When you ask for a mass to be offered for a particular intention you are asking the priest to add it in a special way to the offering of the whole mass – which is always to the Father.  As the Mass is the centre and source of our spiritual lives it follows that the graces received through this offering are many and powerful.  Not only for the one mentioned in the offering but also for the giver of the mass – i.e. you, if you have asked for an intention.

It is the tradition in the Catholic Church to make an offering – a small sum that helps to provide for the needs of the priest and the celebration of the mass – the bread and wine and candles etc.  However, a priest will always offer a mass for your intention whether or not you make an offering of money.  So, don’t be put off if you don’t have much spare – but think of who, or what, situation might benefit from extra grace through your thoughtful and prayerful offering of a mass.

With my love and prayers from Father David


Monday Lenten Group at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley, starting at 10 am.  All are welcome. Maureen Loveder

Stations of the Cross during Lent at JCROM Wednesday 10.00 am for 30 minutes.  All are welcome.  Contact Helen Rollo 277395.

7 last words of Jesus – Discussion group led by Father David Wednesday 7/3, 14/3 and 213 in the Cranleigh Lady Chapel 7.30-8.30pm.  All are welcome


FRI 2nd MARCH WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

This year the interdenominational service will be held at our Catholic Church in Cranleigh at 10.30am.  The theme is “ALL GOD’S CREATION IS VERY GOOD”.  The service has been written by the Christian women of SURINAME and is open to everyone.  It is not just for women.  Let us have a good representation from our church, offering a warm welcome to all.   TEA/COFFEE/BISCUITS will be served from 10am in the Parish Room BEFORE the service but NOT AFTERWARDS.

The Bramley Womens World Day of Prayer service will be held at St John the Baptist Parish Church in Wonersh on Friday 2nd March at 11am followed by light refreshments.  If anyone needs a lift to this service please contact Maureen Shine.


The next CAMEO event will be hosted by Katherine Bergin on Tuesday 6th March in the Cranleigh Church “Journeying through Lent with Mary”.  There will be refreshments in the hall following as well as planning CAMEO events for 2018.  Please RSVP to the Parish Office.


Parish Lenten Retreat – Saturday 17th March

Sr Margaret Crinyion OSM will be returning to the parish on to lead our annual Lenten Retreat day at St Thomas More Church. Sr Margaret is an inspiring speaker and experienced Retreat giver so it should be a good day. Mass will be at 10am and Sr Margaret will give two talks, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon, with time for sharing as well as for prayer. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available but please bring a packed lunch. For more details contact Bridget Eacott 892406.


The next Parish Lunch at Bramley will be held in the Parish Room at Bramley on Tuesday 27th February after the 11.30 Mass.  Come and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with coffee and wine and good company.  If you would like to come please sign the notice in either church porch or telephone Anne on 274466.  If you would like a lift please telephone Anne.


Save the Date for the Parish Picnic by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Lebus in their garden, Shere on Sunday 8th July.   Further details nearer the time.   All members of the Parish are welcome for the afternoon to enjoy a shared picnic, swimming pool and tennis court.


Save the Date for the Parish Talents Night

Are you a Comedian, Dancer, Musician, Entertainer – Open slots are available on Saturday 10th November.  Please contact pilepki@outlook.com or the Parish Office if you would like to know more or to book a slot.   If you are not a performer save the date to be entertained on this night of talent.   This event is open to all friends, family and people in the surrounding villages.  Do you know someone with talent to share?


The next Guildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training has been arranged for the at Christ the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ on Tuesday, 13th March 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m.  This training is for everyone but particularly for those who work with or minister to Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults at Risk.) It is the expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that this initial training is undertaken and refreshed every three years. New Volunteers should undertake the Initial Training within the first year of being appointed. A Refresher Training Programme is being rolled out from September 2018 starting with those who did their training in 2015. People are welcome to attend initial and refresher sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.  Please let the Cranleigh Parish Office know of your intention to attend by Tuesday, 6th March for refreshment and hand out purposes.


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

It’s a shocking fact that millions of poor farmers who produce the food we love still don’t earn enough to feed their own families. It’s time for this injustice to end.

Through Fairtrade, millions of poor farmers and workers are already coming together to demand a change. They are working hard to close the door on exploitation and transform their communities, supported by Fairtrade.

The annual fortnight promoting Fairtrade starts on Monday 26 February. Both Cranleigh and Bramley are registered Fairtrade Churches. As such, we have made a commitment to serve only Fairtrade tea and coffee at all parish events and, where possible, to use other Fairtrade products such as sugar and biscuits – throughout the year, not just during the Fortnight. Parishioners are also encouraged to buy Fairtrade items as much as possible as part of our normal weekly shop.

Did you know that there is a jeweller in Cranleigh who only uses Fairtrade gold? Jon Dibben Jewellery is at 40a Smithbrook Kilns on the A281 Horsham Road. For Fairtrade Fortnight they have a special exhibition of Fairtrade jewellery open 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Moreover, if you go to their Facebook page, you could win one of four hampers packed with Fairtrade goodies.

This Fortnight, let’s close the door on exploitation and open more doors to Fairtrade. For more information go to www.fairtrade.org.uk


Diocesan Chrism Mass takes place at Arundel Cathedral on Wednesday 28th March and all are encouraged all to attend.  Chrism Masses see the gathering of the entire diocese, bishop, priests, deacons and lay faithful, and are the occasion on which the bishop blesses the holy oils, and when the priests and deacons renew their promises to serve God and his people.


ADOREMUS National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress in Liverpool 2018 takes place September 7th to 9th.  It is a wonderful opportunity for all the Dioceses of England and Wales to come together to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist and the central place it holds in the life and mission of the Church.   If you would like to be a Delegate for your Parish contact the Parish office for more information or www.catholicnews.org.uk


26-27 May 2018 Big Church Day Out

Cranleigh & Bramley Parish would like to organise a group event to this event at Wiston House in West Sussex.  It is a weekend of music, events, camping, dancing and rejoicing of worship and celebration of all that is good in the church.

See www.bigchurchdayout.com to understand the full extent of this family festival weekend.  Posters are in the porches.


The 300 club winners for January and February.

1st Sylvia Reilly, 2nd David Barry, 3rd Maureen Shine, February 1st John Eacott, 2nd Diane Rescorla, 3rd Maureen Loveder.


Healing workshop March 3rd

I thought you would be interested in the attached Healing workshop we are putting on here in Farnham on March 3rd, led by Geoff and Gina Poulter.  There is still plenty of room, but if you could let me know in advance the names of anyone coming, and whether they have experience in the healing/prayer ministry, that would be helpful.  We look forward to seeing you on SATURDAY 3rd MARCH 2018, 10.00-3.00  At St. Joan’s Centre, (next to St Joan’s Church) 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ
Please remember to bring a picnic lunch.


EASTER RETREAT FOR 18-35s AT WORTH ABBEY

Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum (29th March-1st April) with a retreat at Worth Abbey. Over the Easter Triduum young adults from across the UK will be gathering to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The retreat will be centred around participation in the Triduum liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, with a programme of talks by the monks, discussion, prayer & reflection and fellowship. Leading up to the retreat, you are welcome to be part of a ‘Cross Walk’- a group of young adults and monks who will walk to Worth from Arundel, across the beautiful South Downs, carrying the cross. We will begin the walk on Palm Sunday (25th March) and arrive at Worth on Maundy Thursday (29th March). Booking forms are now available. Please contact TOC@worthabbey.net


DAY FOR YOUTH LEADERS AND CATECHISTS – INSPIRE 2018

On Saturday May 12th, there will be a day for youth leaders, Confirmation catechists and young adult ministers, as well as anybody who is interested. The day will be delivered ‘TED Style’ with six great speakers each giving a short 20-minute talk. Bishop Richard will also be with us for the first part of the day. It’s all happening at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill on Saturday May 12th from 10am to 3.30pm. Tickets are £10 with parish group discounts available. To book, or for more information, Email YMBookings@dabnet.org.


The National Novena to St Joseph will take place from 10-18 March 2018 at St Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool.  Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for god’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work.  You are invited to send in your petitions and/or request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer.  Email Fr Liam Cummins at noveenamhm@gmail.com


Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

6pm Vigil and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

9am Mass and Blessing of Palms at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am Mass and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

 Maundy Thursday – 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Footwashing and watch until midnight in Garden of Repose

Good Friday – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am – Mass of the Resurrection at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind


 

First Sunday of Lent – 18th February 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

If you were to just read the gospel today “as is” you might be forgiven for thinking that the “theme” of this week’s mass is all about the Spirit, or about retreats even, whereas, with a little wider reading, and by including the first two readings we become aware that we are talking about baptism, or more specifically, what baptism does for us.

The first reading from Genesis helps us to see that the “waters of the great flood” put an end to sin and inaugurate a new relationship with God that is called a “covenant”.  A Covenant is a kind of formal “deal” between God and humanity in which a living relationship is brought about and sustained.

Peter extends this covenant to include, now, all those who receive baptism as a sign of a desire to enter into a new life-giving relationship with God.  Everyone who undergoes baptism dies “with Christ” and rises to “new life with Him.”  Baptism is the beginning of a new life “in Christ” for those who believe in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Baptism is a beginning of “life in the Spirit” which is, in effect a new way of living and a new perspective on life. So, perhaps it IS about the Spirit, after all.

But, back to the gospel.  After Jesus own baptism this Spirit “drove” Jesus out into the desert for 40 days and nights.

This helps us to see a number of things.

One, we need to be attentive to the things of the spirit in our own lives.  What is the Spirit saying to us as individuals? As a Parish? As the Church?

Second is that we need a certain freedom from the business of everyday life if we are to “get in touch” with the Spirit.  Hence our fast of 40 days which we call Lent.  What are you going to do to make hearing the Spirit easier for you?

And the final thing.  What’s going to happen at the end of the 40 days?  After his own 40 days Jesus began his ministry, leading ultimately to His Passion, death and resurrection.  Being open to the Spirit should lead to action.  Are you ready to open yourselves up to the Spirit?  Are you ready for action?

With my love and best wishes for a fruitful Lent

Father David


Monday Lenten Group will start on this Monday morning Feb 19th at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley, starting at 10 am.  All are welcome. Maureen Loveder


Stations of the Cross during Lent at JCROM.  Starting Wednesday 21st February at 10.00 am for 30 minutes.  All are welcome.  Contact Helen Rollo 277395.


CAFOD Family Fast Day: Friday 23 February   CAFOD’s

Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters who don’t have enough to eat. On

Friday 23 February can you give up a meal, or eat a simple meal, in solidarity?   With malnutrition still killing almost

three million children a year, your fasting, prayers and

donations will ensure more of God’s children have enough good food to eat.   And this Lent, your donation will make double the difference. For every pound you donate to

CAFOD, the UK Government will also donate a pound, up to a total of £5 million, meaning twice the number of lives can be transformed. Twice the number of children can

have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.

Please collect your Fast Day envelope from church this

week and give generously.   In light of recent news reports you may wish to know CAFOD has a statement about safeguarding vulnerable communities on cafod.org.uk


FRI 2nd MARCH WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

This year the interdenominational service will be held at our Catholic Church in Cranleigh at 10.30am.  The theme is “ALL GOD’S CREATION IS VERY GOOD”.  The service has been written by the Christian women of SURINAME and is open to everyone.  It is not just for women.  Let us have a good representation from our church, offering a warm welcome to all.   TEA/COFFEE/BISCUITS will be served from 10am in the Parish Room BEFORE the service but NOT AFTERWARDS.


Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

I will be selling marmalade and cakes in aid of the new Parish Room after the 9am Mass in Bramley on Sunday 25th February. If anyone would like to donate cakes please bring them to Bramley Parish Room before Mass on the day. If there is anything left I will bring them to sell after the 11am Mass in Cranleigh.  Thanks, Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406).


The St Cuthbert Mayne Quiz is taking place on Friday 2nd March from 7.30pm.  Tickets are £13.00 per person including a Fish & Chip Supper.  This is open to everyone and so if the Cranleigh Parish would like to join please contact Tracy in the Parish Office who can organise a table.  It’s a great evening of entertainment and a chance to flex your general knowledge muscles just a little!


The next Parish Lunch at Bramley will be held in the Parish Room at Bramley on Tuesday 27th February after the 11.30 Mass.  Come and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with coffee and wine and good company.  If you would like to come please sign the notice in either church porch or telephone Anne on 274466.  If you would like a lift please telephone Anne.


Open the Book: Join the team?

The Open the Book team acts out bible stories during assemblies at Cuthbert Maine, Park Mead and Cranleigh CofE school.

Whether you can help once a month, or every week, we always welcome new actors for our Open the Book team! While Pam looks great in a beard, we especially need more men on our team! We go into schools on Monday mornings (8:15-9:15am), Monday afternoons (1-2pm) and Thursday mornings (8:30-9:20am). Contact Gabrielle Clarke at gabrielle@stnicolascranleigh.org.uk, or call 01483 616296 for more information.


Lectio Divina Led by Bishop Richard Moth 24 February

This day introduces the practice of Lectio Divina – Praying with the Scriptures. Bishop Richard will speak about the background to this way of prayer that has been a part of the Church’s life since the earliest times and its suitability for our own times.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.  Cost: £20 – Advanced booking essential.


Parish Talents Night

Paul Lepki is looking for a couple of people to help in organising the Parish Talent Night i.e any aspect of arrangements, and publicity for attendees and willing performers!

If you’re interested in this in any capacity please let myself and/or Tracy know.   paullepki@gmail.com.


2018 Social Events A small team met on 24th Jan to discuss various social events which could take place in 2018 and came up with some options.  If you would be willing to organise, promote and facilitate any of the events please speak with Tracy in the Parish Office who will support you.

  1. Trevor Keena to organise a Parish Quiz in April or May.
  2. Paul Lepki to organise a Parish Talent Night.
  3. Open opportunity for a team to organise a Parish Picnic on a Sunday at a local green space in the summer.
  4. Bingo:  Eileen Keena to liaise with Jane Graham for a monthly Bingo event to be held alongside the over 50’s coffee morning.
  5. Open opportunity for a team to organise a late afternoon Family Bingo event
  6. Tracy Laffar to advertise and organise a Coach trip to 25th May Big Church Day Out in Brighton.
  7. CAMEO: Katherine Bergin to organise next event on 6th March.
  8. Open opportunity to organise a STM Shared supper
  9. Find a team to organise a Youth Group once a month for Years 9, 10 & 11 for a Saturday evening event with Parishoners input such as “learn how to cook the essential curry”, “learn how to bake the essential cake”, “First Aid and CPR Lesson”, “Bike Maintenance”, etc….  Things of interest alongside a chance to gather, chat and have a film in the background.

Dear All,

The next Guildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training has been arranged for the at Christ the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ on Tuesday, 13th March 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m.

A reminder that this training is for everyone but we are particularly for those who work with or minister to Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults at Risk.) It is the expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that this initial training is undertaken and refreshed every three years. New Volunteers should undertake the Initial Training within the first year of being appointed. A Refresher Training Programme is being rolled out from September 2018 starting with those who did their training in 2015. People are welcome to attend initial and refresher sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.

Please let the Cranleigh Parish Office know of your intention to attend by Tuesday, 6th March for refreshment and hand out purposes.


ADOREMUS National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress in Liverpool 2018 takes place September 7th to 9th.  It is a wonderful opportunity for all the Dioceses of England and Wales to come together to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist and the central place it holds in the life and mission of the Church.   If you would like to be a Delegate for your Parish contact the Parish office for more information or www.catholicnews.org.uk


Save a life – Give blood in the Cranleigh Village Hall on Wednesday 28th February 1345-1630 & 1730-20.00.  www.blood.co.uk or 0300 1232323.


26-27 May 2018 Big Church Day Out

Cranleigh & Bramley Parish would like to organise a group event to this event at Wiston House in West Sussex.  It is a weekend of music, events, camping, dancing and rejoicing of worship and celebration of all that is good in the church.

See www.bigchurchdayout.com to understand the full extent of this family festival weekend.  Posters are in the porches.


Please support Pepe Swift as she prepares to run a half marathon on 26th Feb raising money for Alzheimer’s research. Any donations would be gratefully received and can be made through her Just Giving Page

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pepe-swift.   Good Luck Pepe!


EASTER RETREAT FOR 18-35s AT WORTH ABBEY

Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum (29th March-1st April) with a retreat at Worth Abbey. Over the Easter Triduum young adults from across the UK will be gathering to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The retreat will be centred around participation in the Triduum liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, with a programme of talks by the monks, discussion, prayer & reflection and fellowship. Leading up to the retreat, you are welcome to be part of a ‘Cross Walk’- a group of young adults and monks who will walk to Worth from Arundel, across the beautiful South Downs, carrying the cross. We will begin the walk on Palm Sunday (25th March) and arrive at Worth on Maundy Thursday (29th March). Booking forms are now available. Please contact TOC@worthabbey.net


Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

6pm Vigil and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

9am Mass and Blessing of Palms at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am Mass and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

 Maundy Thursday – 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Footwashing and watch until midnight in Garden of Repose

Good Friday – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am – Mass of the Resurrection at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind


 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11th February 2018

Special Collection for Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Today is the last Sunday before Lent.  Are you as prepared for Lent as you were for Christmas?  I suspect not! We like the happy things don’t we and the serious stuff a bit less.  Yet, in fact, Lent is a special time in which we can grow closer to God and deepen our faith so that by the time we get to Holy Week and Easter we are ready for lift off.
Lent was originally, a time of accelerated preparation for the catechumens who were to be baptised at the Easter Vigil.  It would be a real effort on their part to leave their old selves behind and prepare to be recreated in the waters of the font.  Over time the Bishops felt that it would set a good example to the catechumens if the whole church went into training beside them.  A kind of solidarity, I suppose, but also a good thing for even long standing christians, to get back to basics and check whether their lives are still aligned with the Faith.

The simple truth of the matter is that we all can slip into laxity and a certain sloppiness in our approach to our faith and Lent is an opportunity to reflect on our lives as they really are.  So repentance will be required as asked for by both John the Baptist and Jesus.  Remember, repent does not mean “be sorry” although it may have an element of that about it.  It really means “change” – change for the better.  Turn over a new leaf, reconnect with what is good and true and beautiful and leave behind old ways that do not lead to life.

My advice is to do something of everything.  Give up something.  Cut down on other things.  Take up something too.  If the glass of wine is beginning to beckon every evening and soon becomes a bottle, leave that aside during Lent.  If working all the hours God sends is your issue try to work to provide a better work/home life balance.  If there is something you have been putting off doing – why not take it up now?  Something creative, prayerful, life-giving of course not something that further divides your time away from family and friends.

I wish you all a most happy Lent.  Father David


Entry forms for the 300 club should be returned as soon as possible to be included in all the draws for the year.  Return entries by putting them in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.


Kids Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party

Change of venue to Bramley Parish Rooms

Tuesday 13th February 2018

Come along to our great Shrove Tuesday Pancake party in the Bramley Parish Meeting Room from 3.30 – 5.30pm.  We will be serving pancakes throughout.

Bring a bean bag/cushion and there will be a kiddie appropriate film to watch.

An entry fee of £2 per child will go towards supplies and the remainder to the Parish Hall Building Fund.

Parents must accompany their children please.

Rsvp jcromcloud@icloud.com by 9th Feb for numbers please


FRI 2nd MARCH WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

This year the interdenominational service will be held at our Catholic Church in Cranleigh at 10.30am.  The theme is “ALL GOD’S CREATION IS VERY GOOD”.  The service has been written by the Christian women of SURINAME and is open to everyone.  It is not just for women.  Let us have a good representation from our church, offering a warm welcome to all.   TEA/COFFEE/BISCUITS will be served from 10am in the Parish Room BEFORE the service but NOT AFTERWARDS.


Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

I will be selling marmalade and cakes in aid of the new Parish Room after the 9am Mass in Bramley on Sunday 25th February. If anyone would like to donate cakes please bring them to Bramley Parish Room before Mass on the day. If there is anything left I will bring them to sell after the 11am Mass in Cranleigh.  Thanks, Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406).


The St Cuthbert Mayne Quiz is taking place on Friday 2nd March from 7.30pm.  Tickets are £13.00 per person including a Fish & Chip Supper.  This is open to everyone and so if the Cranleigh Parish would like to join please contact Tracy in the Parish Office who can organise a table.  It’s a great evening of entertainment and a chance to flex your general knowledge muscles just a little!


Calling all singers to join the choir to sing Holy Week music

The rehearsals will be in Bramley every Monday evening from 8pm to 9pm starting Monday 12 February.  The final full rehearsal will be at Cranleigh on Saturday 24th March starting at 2pm.   Everyone is welcome.


Please support Pepe Swift as she prepares to run a half marathon on 26th Feb raising money for Alzheimer’s research. Any donations would be gratefully received and can be made through her Just Giving Page

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pepe-swift.   Good Luck Pepe!


Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February.  There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.


The next Parish Lunch at Bramley will be held in the Parish Room at Bramley on Tuesday 27th February after the 11.30 Mass.  Come and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with coffee and wine and good company.  If you would like to come please sign the notice in either church porch or telephone Anne on 274466.  If you would like a lift please telephone Anne.


Open the Book: Join the team?

The Open the Book team acts out bible stories during assemblies at Cuthbert Maine, Park Mead and Cranleigh CofE school.

Whether you can help once a month, or every week, we always welcome new actors for our Open the Book team! While Pam looks great in a beard, we especially need more men on our team! We go into schools on Monday mornings (8:15-9:15am), Monday afternoons (1-2pm) and Thursday mornings (8:30-9:20am). Contact Gabrielle Clarke at gabrielle@stnicolascranleigh.org.uk, or call 01483 616296 for more information.


Parish Talents Night

Paul Lepki is looking for a couple of people to help in organising the Parish Talent Night i.e any aspect of arrangements, and publicity for attendees and willing performers!

I personally would also like to find some people to perform a song or two with (I can play bass and drums, but not at the same time 😉

No dates/venues yet – it’s still all up for discussion.

I may have chatted with a few of you at the beer tasting last May and at the recent welcomers sessions.

I’m a Bramley regular and occasionally can be spotted in Cranleigh on Saturday evening at the 6pm. (You may recognise me from my part-lapsed Mancunian accent.)

If you’re interested in this in any capacity please let myself and/or Tracy know.   paullepki@gmail.com.


2018 Social Events A small team met on 24th Jan to discuss various social events which could take place in 2018 and came up with some options.  If you would be willing to organise, promote and facilitate any of the events please speak with Tracy in the Parish Office who will support you.

  1. Trevor Keena to organise a Parish Quiz in April or May.
  2. Paul Lepki to organise a Parish Talent Night.
  3. Open opportunity for a team to organise a Parish Picnic on a Sunday at a local green space in the summer.
  4. Bingo:  Eileen Keena to liaise with Jane Graham for a monthly Bingo event to be held alongside the over 50’s coffee morning.
  5. Open opportunity for a team to organise a late afternoon Family Bingo event
  6. Tracy Laffar to advertise and organise a Coach trip to 25th May Big Church Day Out in Brighton.
  7. CAMEO: Katherine Bergin to organise next event on 6th March.
  8. Open opportunity to organise a STM Shared supper
  9. Find a team to organise a Youth Group once a month for Years 9, 10 & 11 for a Saturday evening event with Parishoners input such as “learn how to cook the essential curry”, “learn how to bake the essential cake”, “First Aid and CPR Lesson”, “Bike Maintenance”, etc….  Things of interest alongside a chance to gather, chat and have a film in the background.

Dear All,

The next Guildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training has been arranged for the at Christ the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ on Tuesday, 13th March 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m. 

A reminder that this training is for everyone but we are particularly for those who work with or minister to Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults at Risk.) It is the expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that this initial training is undertaken and refreshed every three years. New Volunteers should undertake the Initial Training within the first year of being appointed. A Refresher Training Programme is being rolled out from September 2018 starting with those who did their training in 2015. People are welcome to attend initial and refresher sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.

Please let the Cranleigh Parish Office know of your intention to attend by Tuesday, 6th March for refreshment and hand out purposes.

Rosemary Terry, Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator, Direct Line 01273 859715


Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

Ash Wednesday

10am Mass and imposition of Ashes at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

8pm Mass and imposition of Ashes at St Thomas More, Bramley

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

6pm Vigil and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

9am Mass and Blessing of Palms at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am Mass and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Maundy Thursday – 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Footwashing and watch until midnight in Garden of Repose

Good Friday – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am – Mass of the Resurrection at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 24th February 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; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Spirit has anointed me” by Fr Anthony Meredith; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.   www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809  Next month’s meeting is on 24th March:  “Living Kingdom Values” – guest speaker Jenny Baker


 

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4th February 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ  – Instead of writing something helpful for this week I thought I’d help you prepare for a fruitful Lent instead by giving you a sample of whats available for your Lent reading this year.  I have copied the blurbs from the online booksellers and hope to have some samples for you to take a look at should you wish to by next week.  Take a look at this and find something that suits your lifestyle as it is (plus a bit of effort extra for Lent!)  I think there is something for almost everyone.  Don’t forget the very popular book of Poetry for every day in Lent by Janet Morley which I recommended last year.  Very good indeed.  It’s called “The Heart’s Time – A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter” 

I will be using one hour after Wednesday evening Mass to look at the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross. (There is a book in this list that might help you along with this if you like. Do join us for Mass on Wednesday evenings and then the one hour little Lent course.  God bless from Father David

God is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and EasterAuthor(s): Dietrich Bonhoeffer – who was executed by the Nazi’s during the last days of WWII

These forty stirring devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross.

Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

Supplemented by an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season, these daily devotions are moving reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.

A Place for God by Graham James  is the Anglican Bishop of Norwich

As with the previous book, each chapter of A Place for God offers a daily reflection, beginning with a suggested Bible reading and ending with a short prayer, and employing the same engaging combination of autobiography, history and spirituality. Some of the locations are well known and others very obscure: what they have in common is the part they have played in the author’s life, in enabling his ‘discovery of the divine in the landscape and the built environment, and of a God who always locates himself in our world, supremely revealed in Jesus of Nazareth’.

Seven Last Words – also available as a CD An Invitation To A Deeper Friendship With Jesus Author(s): Martin James SJ. – a well know and much loved American religious writer, broadcaster and preacher.

Based on his talks at New York s St. Patrick s Cathedral on Good Friday 2015, the New York Times bestselling author and editor at large of America magazine offers a portrait of Jesus, using his last words on the cross to reveal how deeply he understood our predicaments, what it means to be fully human, and why we can turn to Christ completely, in mind, heart, and soul.

Each meditation is dedicated to one of the seven sayings:

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

Today you will be with me in Paradise.

Woman, this is your son . . . This is your mother.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

I thirst.

It is finished.

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

With the warmth, wisdom, and grace that infuse his works, Father James Martin explains why Jesus s crucifixion and death on the cross is an important teaching moment in the Gospels. Jesus s final statements, words that are deeply cherished by his followers, exemplify the depth of his suffering but also provide a key to his empathy and why we can connect with him so deeply.

Word in the Wilderness A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter Author(s): Malcolm Guite – A Cambridge Uni chaplain and prolific writer

For every day from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Day, the bestselling poet Malcolm Guite chooses a favourite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions and offers incisive seasonal reflections on it. Lent is a time to reorient ourselves, clarify our minds, slow down, recover from distraction and focus on the values of God’s kingdom. Poetry, with its power to awaken the mind, is an ideal companion for such a time.

This collection enables us to turn aside from everyday routine and experience moments of transfigured vision as we journey through the desert landscape of Lent and find refreshment along the way.

Following each poem with a helpful prose reflection, Malcolm Guite has selected from classical and contemporary poets, from Dante, John Donne and George Herbert to Seamus Heaney, Rowan Williams and Gillian Clarke, and his own acclaimed poetry.

Say it to God: In Search of Prayer: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2018 by Luigi Gioia

In Say it to God Luigi Gioia provides a welcome encouragement to all those who feel the need to freshen their practice of prayer. For Gioia, prayer is not about methods or techniques, but trusting that God is truly interested in everything that happens to us and wants to hear about it. The book leads the reader into the theological aspects of prayer and how it relates to Christ, to the Holy Spirit and to the Church. This is done without using complex theological concepts but simply through scriptural quotations. Chapters are kept brief intentionally to make the book suitable for daily reading over the Lenten period. With a foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Say it to God demonstrates that the everyday, even the most mundane of tasks and situations, can be applied in deepening our practice of prayer.

The Art of Lent: A Painting A Day From Ash Wednesday To Easter Paperback – 16 Nov 2017

by Sister Wendy Beckett (Author) well known Benedictine nun and art critic.  Join Sister Wendy on a journey through Lent, and discover the timeless wisdom to be found in some of the world’s greatest paintings.  Illustrated in full colour with over forty famous and lesser-known masterpieces of Western art, this beautiful book will lead you into a deeply prayerful response to all that these paintings convey to the discerning eye.

Lent Talks: A Collection of Broadcasts 

by Nick Baines, Giles Fraser, Bonnie Greer, Alexander McCall Smith, James Runcie and Ann Widdecombe Paperback – 16 Nov 2017 by BBC Radio 4 (Author)  Whether it is six weeks of restorative reflection or a blur of busyness in the lead-up to Easter, this hand-picked selection from BBC Radio 4’s popular Lent Talks will help you to discover anew the meaning of Jesus’ ministry and Passion.

Following a dynamic Foreword by Christine Morgan, Head of Radio, BBC Religion and Ethics, six well-known writers and broadcasters offer fresh and arresting perspectives on the life and death of Christ. This brief but insightful book provides something for everyone on this year’s journey towards Easter.


Entry forms for the 300 club should be returned no later than 4 February 2018 to be included in all the draws for the year.  Return entries by putting them in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.


Womens Word Day of Prayer will be hosted by our Parish in Cranleigh on Friday 2nd March at 10.30am followed by coffee.


Men’s Curry and Movie Night

Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm-ish.  The film will be the original Bladerunner (Directors Cut.  Two curries are on offer – Prawn Rogan Josh and a veggie option for abstinence – plus rice and some side dishes.  Please bring own beers and wine to share.
Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering.   All are welcome


The Parish Diaries have arrived gratis.  There are supplies in both porches to which you are welcome to make use of.

Calling all singers to join the choir to sing Holy Week music

The rehearsals will be in Bramley every Monday evening from 8pm to 9pm starting Monday 12 February.  The final full rehearsal will be at Cranleigh on Saturday 24th March starting at 2pm.   Everyone is welcome.


Baptism Course – The next course dates are 7th and 21st February and sign up form is available on the Parish Website Events Page.


Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February.  There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.


Kids Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party

Change of venue to Bramley Parish Rooms

Tuesday 13th February 2018

Come along to our great Shrove Tuesday Pancake party in the Bramley Parish Meeting Room from 3.30 – 5.30pm.  We will be serving pancakes throughout.

Bring a bean bag/cushion and there will be a kiddie appropriate film to watch.

An entry fee of £2 per child will go towards supplies and the remainder to the Parish Hall Building Fund.

Parents must accompany their children please.

Rsvp jcromcloud@icloud.com by 9th Feb for numbers please


Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

I will be selling marmalade and cakes in aid of the new Parish Room after the 9am Mass in Bramley on Sunday 25th February. If anyone would like to donate cakes please bring them to Bramley Parish Room before Mass on the day. If there is anything left I will bring them to sell after the 11am Mass in Cranleigh.  Thanks, Bridget Eacott ( Tel 892406).


2018 Social Events A small team met on 24th Jan to discuss various social events which could take place in 2018 and came up with some options.  If you would be willing to organise, promote and facilitate any of the events please speak with Tracy in the Parish Office who will support you.

  1. Trevor Keena to organise a Parish Quiz in April or May.
  2. Open opportunity for someone to organise a Parish Talent Night.
  3. Open opportunity for a team to organise a Parish Picnic on a Sunday at a local green space in the summer.
  4. Bingo:  Eileen Keena to liaise with Jane Graham for a monthly Bingo event to be held alongside the over 50’s coffee morning.
  5. Open opportunity for a team to organise a late afternoon Family Bingo event
  6. Tracy Laffar to advertise and organise a Coach trip to 25th May Big Church Day Out in Brighton.
  7. CAMEO: Katherine Bergin to organise next event on 6th March.
  8. Open opportunity to organise a STM Shared supper
  9. Find a team to organise a Youth Group once a month for Years 9, 10 & 11 for a Saturday evening event with Parishoners input such as “learn how to cook the essential curry”, “learn how to bake the essential cake”, “First Aid and CPR Lesson”, “Bike Maintenance”, etc….  Things of interest alongside a chance to gather, chat and have a film in the background.

SCM Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Cover

Term time only, Monday to Friday

Salary S3 £15,997 – £17,662 FTE

Flexible working considered

The Governors of the School are seeking a person to work with a happy and committed team, to start as soon as possible.  The successful candidate will work in Key Stage 1/EYFS under the supervision of the class teacher and provide lunchtime cover.   Full training and induction will be provided.  Previous experience of leading interventions such as ELSA would be an advantage. For further information please contact the school office. Closing date 12 midday, Monday 5th February 2018


St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School

Class Teacher (Full time)

Full time permanent Required September 2018

The Governing body of this successful and popular school are seeking to appoint an inspirational Class Teacher who has a passion for teaching and learning and has high expectations of pupil achievement and behaviour.    Applications are welcomed from newly qualified or experienced teachers.  Visits to the school are strongly recommended. To arrange a visit, or for further information or an application form, please contact the school office on info@stcuthbert-mayne.surrey.sch.uk.

Closing date for applications: Friday 9th February


 

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4th February 2018

Second Collection for Racial Justice Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

The “good ol’ days.”  Remember them?  Remember when the sun shone all summer long, beer was 35p a pint and petrol about the same per gallon; people just “knew” what Christmas was really about and policemen were older than you could possibly imagine and had a kindly friendly demeanour.  The telly was Blue Peter and Jackanori and later Saturday Swap Shop and for the grown ups Z Cars, The Liver Birds, and Morecombe and Wise every Christmas.  How things have changed, and part of the current anxiety is how much things have changed – not just on the telly and with policemen.  No longer can we expect a job or career for life, to grow up, live and die in the same village with your children and grandchildren around you.  No longer…well…a lot of things.

In Jesus’ time the Jews shared many of the same feelings as we do today – just not about exactly the same things.  Things were not working out exactly as promised, or hoped.  What had gone wrong?  What was needed was someone like Moses – a great prophet and teacher who could put Israel back on the straight and narrow.  He could tell them what Yahweh required of them and sort out the problems by teaching them authentically and authoritatively.  What was needed was another Moses.

What God sent, though, wasn’t another Moses but someone far greater than Moses (no disrespect Moses!).  Moses had been known as the one who knew God face to face – something that would normally cause the immediate death (presumably from shock!) of anyone who saw it.   But God sent another prophet and teacher who didn’t just know God face to face but who was the perfect image of his likeness.  God sent His Son.

What the people did know was that when God sent the prophet you would know.  How?  Because of the things that he would do.  He would bind up hearts that were broken.  He would cure the sick.  He would build community and restore friendship with God.  He would free prisoners and the oppressed.  He would teach and usher in a new age – the Kingdom of God.

Mark’s Gospel today reveals these things happening right under the noses of the people of Capernaum. But the question for us is – where is this happening today?  Where is the binding up of broken hearts, the freeing of prisoners and the oppressed, the healing of the sick, the building up of community and friendship?  These things should be visible surely in the Church.  Are they?

With my love and prayers.  Fr D


What does an inclusive parish look like?

Saturday 27th January from 10.30am to 3.30pm beginning with mass at 10am (if you like).  Parish Room Cranleigh.  Bring a light lunch.  Refreshments provided.
Join Margaret Fraher and Fr David to learn about making our parish truly inclusive and welcoming. This is a meeting that should appeal to everyone who welcomes, serves, or ministers in our masses.  It is also for anyone who might like to make our parish a great place for people to find welcome and acceptance – and God’s presence. 
Please sign up via the parish office or online at our website.


Men’s Curry and Movie Night

Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm-ish

The film will be the original Bladerunner (Directors Cut) starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young as lead characters.  Two curries are on offer – Prawn Rogan Josh and a veggie option for abstinence – plus rice and some side dishes.  Please bring own beers and wine to share.
Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering.   All are welcome


Calling all singers to join the choir to sing Holy Week music

The rehearsals will be in Bramley every Monday evening from 8pm to 9pm starting  Monday 12 February.  The final full rehearsal will be at Cranleigh on Saturday 24th March starting at 2pm.Everyone is welcome.


Bramley Lunch – the first Bramley Lunch of 2018 will be held in Bramley Parish Room on Tuesday 30th January after the 11.30 a.m. Mass.  If you would like to come and enjoy a home-cooked 2 course lunch with wine please sign the list in the porch of both churches.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Womens Word Day of Prayer will be hosted by our Parish in Cranleigh on Friday 2nd March with coffee from 10am, a service at 10.30am followed by coffee.


Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February.  There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.


Over the years, the 300 club has been here to help raise funds for the church.  Over the past 10 years, over £11,000 has been raised.  The draws start in January with a New Year draw and ends in December with a Christmas draw, with 12 monthly draws during the year.

Entry forms are available at the back of each church in the parish and should be returned no later than 4 February 2018 to be included in all the draws for the year.  Return entries by putting them in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.

In the current year, there are 129 entries, each one costing £12.  After taking away the prize money this had left £708 as a contribution to the church’s funds.  Let’s see if we can make 2018 a bumper year and raise over £1000 for the church.  Good luck!


Parish Mission Questionnaire – Feedback

Thank you to everyone who completed the questionnaire at the end of last year.  We are still receiving completed forms and realise that many of you might have been away the weekend it was handed out.

It is important that we get as wide a cross-sectional opinion from the parish as possible as this questionnaire will have potentially, far reaching implications to the parish in future.

Consequently, we are offering those who missed out (or anyone who wishes to add to what they have already said) a last chance before we compile the findings.

For those familiar with Survey Monkey, an online, tool for submitting opinion and feedback, we have set up the original questionnaire for you.  Please use the following address to access it:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9RHTSGD

This online service will only be available for one week so please don’t delay as we would love to include your thoughts in our analysis, thank you.


Baptism Course – The next course dates are 7th and 21st February and sign up form is available on the Parish Website Events Page.


Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

First of all a big thank you to everyone who has let me have jam jars. I have more than enough now.  I will be selling marmalade and cakes in aid of the new Parish Room after the 9am Mass in Bramley on Sunday 25th February. If anyone would like to donate cakes please bring them to Bramley Parish Room before Mass on the day. If there is anything left I will bring them to sell after the 11am Mass in Cranleigh.  Thanks, Bridget Eacott ( Tel 892406).


Called by Name is a vocation retreat for young adults (aged 18-35) being held 9 – 11th February at Worth Abbey, Crawley. It offers an opportunity for you to tune-in more deeply to the call of Christ in your life, to discern His will for you, discover deeper meaning and direction in your life, and to grow in the trust and freedom to respond generously to the Gospel.
The weekend will include talks from a range of speakers from different walks of life, spiritual accompaniment, and space for prayer and reflection. The retreat is not aimed only at those discerning a possible call to religious life/priesthood, but to every young person seeking to know and live the call of Christ. please contact Katrina on TOC@worth.org.uk / 01342 710318.


Racial Justice Sunday 28th January 2018

Belonging:  All are welcome

In his message for the celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees 2018, Pope Francis says:  “Every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.”  We are therefore called to open our heart to those who are discriminated, those who are lonely, and those who are hurt and feel cut off from their communities.   We invite your community not to neglect the tragedy of suffering migrants among us.  “….for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink…”

In our task as Disciples of Christ, we all have a part to play.  Our mandate to make strangers feel that they belong and are welcome,

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 21st January 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

When someone met Jesus he made an immediate impression on him or her.  It was impossible to ignore him, it would seem.  And that is one of the things Jesus wanted, actually – that you didn’t ignore him but came to some sort of a mind straight away.  Is Jesus credible – yes or no?  Is he worth throwing in your lot with – yes or no?  Is he the Son of God – yes or no?  Can I depend upon him – yes or no?  These and many other questions like them ask of us a response and a decision – what are we going to do about Him?  Peter and Andrew left their boats and followed Jesus.  So did James and John.  Later on so did Matthew sitting outside his tax office and others too.  The common theme is decision and then movement.  Not procrastination and stasis.  Jesus is a dynamic force and so is the Gospel.  Or should be, anyway.  To be a disciple of Jesus is therefore a dynamic response that leads to movement and decision.  You can’t, in other words, follow Jesus if you stay exactly where you were before.  How is it then that so many people do try to engage with Jesus in as peripheral way as possible?  The shortest masses; the briefest prayers, the minimum adaptation to lifestyle, as little moral movement as can be got away with – it’s a dilemma that actually besets the Church at the moment.  It’s also one that will have to change one way or another.  It’s not really about becoming a “holy Joe”, or a bible-basher, but it is about searching for holiness in your own and your families’ life.  It’s about knowing your scriptures – the story of God’s engagement and revelation of himself with “his” people throughout human history.  It’s about actually knowing what Jesus said, or did, first hand, for yourself, with nothing mediating the experience except the experience and wisdom of your fellow pilgrims.  It’s about, therefore, authenticity and change.  Why do I stick those two things together?  Because we need to change (and to have changed often) in order to become more truly the person we are called to be.  A quick self-examination of personal attitudes and behaviour will teach you interiorly about where your heart truly lies.  Is it in the world, with all the attitudes of the secular, capitalistic, materialistic world?  Or it is in the spiritual and life giving that recognises your worth before you have made or done anything?  Jesus is calling his disciples to relationship with God in Him.  A relationship that is open, warm, forgiving, compassionate and loving.  Will you follow Him today or do you need more time to think about it?

With my love and prayers.  Fr D


Over the years, the 300 club has been here to help raise funds for the church.  Over the past 10 years, over £11,000 has been raised.  The draws start in January with a New Year draw and ends in December with a Christmas draw, with 12 monthly draws during the year.

Entry forms are available at the back of each church in the parish and should be returned no later than 4 February 2018 to be included in all the draws for the year.  Return entries by putting them in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.

In the current year, there are 129 entries, each one costing £12.  After taking away the prize money this had left £708 as a contribution to the church’s funds.  Let’s see if we can make 2018 a bumper year and raise over £1000 for the church.  Good luck!


Bramley Lunch – the first Bramley Lunch of 2018 will be held in Bramley Parish Room on Tuesday 30th January after the 11.30 a.m. Mass.  If you would like to come and enjoy a home-cooked 2 course lunch with wine please sign the list in the porch of both churches.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Baptism Course – The next course dates are 7th and 21st February and sign up form is available on the Parish Website Events Page.


Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February.  There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.


Womens Word Day of Prayer will be hosted by our Parish in Cranleigh on Friday 2nd March with coffee from 10am, a service at 10.30am followed by coffee.


Men’s Curry and Movie Night

Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm-ish

The film will be the original Bladerunner (Directors Cut) starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer and Sean Young as lead characters.  Two curries are on offer – Prawn Rogan Josh and a veggie option for abstinence – plus rice and some side dishes.  Please bring own beers and wine to share.
Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering.   All are welcome


There will be a POKOT report by Eugene McGivern at all Masses this weekend


2018 Social Calender –Your Parish of Cranleigh & Bramley invites you to a meeting on Wednesday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room to discuss opportunities and plans for the Parish in 2018.  We value and need your contribution.   Activities include a Quiz Night, CAMEO events, Summer Picnic, Summer Camping, kids events, Easter Card making, Shrove Pancake Day, Bingo Night etc.   Organising teams are needed and if you would like to get involved this is a wonderful way in which to do it.   Please let Tracy in the Parish Office know that you will be attending the Social Team Meeting.


What does an inclusive parish look like?

Saturday 27th January from 10.30am to 3.30pm beginning with mass at 10am (if you like).  Parish Room Cranleigh.  Bring a light lunch.  Refreshments provided.
Join Margaret Fraher and Fr David to learn about making our parish truly inclusive and welcoming. This is a meeting that should appeal to everyone who welcomes, serves, or ministers in our masses.  It is also for anyone who might like to make our parish a great place for people to find welcome and acceptance – and God’s presence. 
Please sign up via the parish office or online at our website.


Bridget Eacott is still seeking Jars for marmalade:

(Tel: 892406 or email: bmeacott@hotmail.com)


Calling all singers to join the choir to sing Holy Week music

The rehearsals will be in Bramley every Monday evening from 8pm to 9pm starting  Monday 12 February.

The final full rehearsal will be at Cranleigh on Saturday 24th March starting at 2pm.  Everyone is welcome.


One Faith, One Lord, One Baptism 

This year’s Churches Together Ecumenical Service will be a songs of praise
centred on the theme of Baptism.

Join the churches of Cranleigh for prayer and praise as we explore the themes of water, spirit and discipleship which are central to the gospel.

Time 18.30  Date: 21st January

Place: Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, St Nicholas Avenue, Cranleigh.

Sunday 21st Catholic Church 18.30 – 19.30 United Songs of Praise Service
Monday 22nd      
Tuesday 23rd Methodist Church *

St Nicholas Church

Catholic Church

09.30

12.00

18.00

Prayers and Discussion

Holy Communion Service

Evening Prayer

Wednesday 24th St Nicholas Church

Catholic Church

08.00

18.00

Ecumenical Morning Prayer

Meditation and Evening Prayer

Thursday 25th St Nicholas Church 10.30 Prayers for the Community

 


Called by Name Retreat

Called by Name is a vocation retreat for young adults (aged 18-35) being held 9 – 11th February at Worth Abbey, Crawley. It offers an opportunity for you to tune-in more deeply to the call of Christ in your life, to discern His will for you, discover deeper meaning and direction in your life, and to grow in the trust and freedom to respond generously to the Gospel.

The weekend will include talks from a range of speakers from different walks of life, spiritual accompaniment, and space for prayer and reflection. The retreat is not aimed only at those discerning a possible call to religious life/priesthood, but to every young person seeking to know and live the call of Christ.

The cost is £63 for students/unwaged, £105 waged, and includes meals and accommodation. To book, or for more info, please contact Katrina on TOC@worth.org.uk / 01342 710318.


 

 

 

14.01.18 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

2nd collection for Pax Christi – Peace Sunday


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

You can’t have failed to have noticed that this week’s newsletter is back to the “big one” i.e. A3 as a mini-booklet.  Many people told me they really missed the readings being printed out for them, and to be honest, there was a paucity of room for news and notices in just two ides of A4.  I was also assured that funds would be forthcoming to pay for the extra paper used…!

During the coming week we are beginning the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which begins on Thursday through to the following Thursday.  At one time Ecumenism was big news – now not so.  What happened?  Well, a great deal of enthusiasm was injected in the early years and great hopes raised that, somehow, all the churches would become “one” once again and begin to sing from the same hymn sheet.  A huge amount of work was done to counter the centuries of division that had accumulated and the suspicions, hatreds, and jealousies of olden times. Between the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church dialogue began and continues to this day through what is known as ARCIC which discussed such things as the nature of authority, Eucharist and holy orders (bishops, priests and deacons to most people!) and progress has been made.  But although things haven’t “cooled” exactly a certain momentum has been lost of late which is a shame as Jesus did ask the Father that we “all be one” and we should be.  As Catholics who believe that Christ’s Church is in its essence only one we should be in the forefront of efforts and initiatives aimed at reuniting Christ’s body here on earth, as any disunity is a serious fracture in the Body of Christ.  Please therefore, make attending some or all of the ecumenical opportunities this coming week or so a priority in some way – even if it is “only” to attend the United Service which we are hosting [this year] next Sunday.

Thank you to the many people who took the time and energy to complete the parish questionnaire on Mission and Ministry.  The papers received (over 50 of them) have provided a large amount of information which is being collated right at this moment and which will be presented at some form of open meeting in due course. (Watch this space…)  I have been very impressed by the work put in and hope that we can use this to build on for an outward looking, mission orientated, gospel greedy parish.  With my love and prayers.  Fr D


This week the 2nd collection will be for Pax Christi Peace Sunday, the work of Pax Christi is based on the gospel and inspired by faith.  Our vision is of a world where people can live in peace, without fear of violence in all its forms.  Rooted in Catholic Christianity, we work with all who share our values to abolish war and create communities of peace and justice.


The Liturgy Group will meet in the church rooms at St Thomas More on Tuesday 16th January at 8pm.


Bramley Lunch – the first Bramley Lunch of 2018 will be held in Bramley Parish Room on Tuesday 30th January after the 11.30 a.m. Mass.  If you would like to come and enjoy a home-cooked 2 course lunch with wine please ring Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083 or sign the list in the porch of both churches.  We look forward to seeing you there.


Baptism Course – The next course dates are 7th and 21st February and sign up form is available on the Parish Website Events Page.


Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February.  There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.


Womens Word Day of Prayer will be hosted by our Parish in Cranleigh on Friday 2nd March with coffee from 10am, a service at 10.30am followed by coffee.


Mens Curry and Movie Night – Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm.  Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering.   All are welcome.


Sunday Prayers of the Faithful
We currently have a small team of people who compose the Bidding Prayers, or Intercessions, for Sunday Mass. This means that they are not just left to the clergy to compose but reflect what the people wish to pray for at various times.   If you would like to join the team, (it amounts to composing them every seven weeks or so and guidance will be given) do please let Tracy know in the Parish Office soon.


2018 Social Calender –Your Parish of Cranleigh & Bramley invites you to a meeting on Wednesday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room to discuss opportunities and plans for the Parish in 2018.  We value and need your contribution.   Activities include a Quiz Night, CAMEO events, Summer Picnic, Summer Camping, kids events, Easter Card making, Shrove Pancake Day, Bingo Night etc.   Organising teams are needed and if you would like to get involved this is a wonderful way in which to do it.   Please let Tracy in the Parish Office know that you will be attending the Social Team Meeting.


On Sunday 14th January Father David will join the celebrations inducting Reverend Graham Hoslett to the Wonersh United Reformed Church.


WORLD DAY OF PEACE – 14 JANUARY

This Sunday, the Church in England & Wales celebrates the World Day of Peace. Each year, the Pope issues a special message for the Day. This year, Pope Francis has taken the theme Migrants and refugees: men and women in search of peace He says: in a spirit of compassion, let us embrace all those forced to leave their homelands. This required four actions: welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.

Welcoming involves expanding legal pathways for entry and balancing our concerns about national security with concern for fundamental human rights.

Protecting has to do with our duty to recognize and defend the inviolable dignity of those who flee real dangers.

Promoting entails supporting the integral human development of migrants and refugees.

Integrating means allowing refugees and migrants to participate fully in the life of the society that welcomes them.


CAFOD, the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, would like to invite you to the CAFOD Breakfast in The Friary, Crawley on Saturday the 3rd of February 10 for 10:30-midday. Their Head of International Development, Maria Gonzalez, and their Head of Humanitarian Work, Giovanna Reda, will be sharing and update on CAFOD’s work such as in Emergencies in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and their work in Zimbabwe which is the focus of the upcoming Family Fast Day. Croissants and hot drinks will be served. More information from the local CAFOD office 01483 898 866. All are welcome to this free event.


Jars for marmalade:

I see that marmalade oranges are already in the market. If anyone has spare jam jars, could they please let me have them so that I can fill them with marmalade to sell in aid of the Cranleigh Parish Room. Put them in the porches, preferably in Bramley, or let me know and I will pick them up from you. Many thanks, Bridget Eacott (Tel: 892406 or email: bmeacott@hotmail.com)


Can you spare 2 hours a week to help a local family?  Home-Start in Waverley is looking for volunteers with parenting experience to help vulnerable families in Cranleigh and the surrounding areas. Home-Start works with young families who are experiencing difficulties. Our trained volunteers offer practical and emotional support to parents through weekly home-visits and organised events.

Our next Volunteer Preparation Course starts in March 2018 and provides all the knowledge you’ll need to support a local family with young children.

If you have a couple of hours spare each week and would like to find out more, please call 01252 737453 or email info@homestartwaverley.org


 

The Epiphany of the Lord -07.01.18

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Epiphany is a kind of journey in many ways:  from hiddenness to revelation, from prophecy to reality, from darkness to dawn, from ignorance to wisdom and knowledge.  For Herod it is also a journey into fear and doubt as he wonders about his own legacy and rule.  Who will this “King of the Jews” turn out to be?  What threat does he pose to Herod’s position as a despotic ruler?

Like all journeys we are never the same on the return leg.  We have been changed both by the journeying and by what we saw once we arrived.  We have become a new person in some ways, whilst still retaining many of our old selves’ attributes.  I suppose it’s what we call “pilgrimage.”

To be on pilgrimage implies movement and moving from one place to another; to a fresh realisation from old certainties; a change of state, or status and, I suppose, being alive!  It is to be searching for the place of the dawn, the source of grace, the reality of God; the meaning of faith, hope and love; and a seeking after knowledge, wisdom grace and mercy.

To not be in movement towards those things (and others besides) implies a kind of death, or at least, a kind of disability; a “satisfied with things as they are” kind of approach – a resignation to the status quo.  It has been said many times by many different people that if Jesus Christ IS the Son of God then that simple fact changes absolutely everything.  If he is NOT the Son of God then everything is in vain and “we are the most unfortunate of men” to quote St Paul.  To be on a journey of faith is to travel into this mystery of revelation who is Jesus.

I suppose to be on pilgrimage in faith is to imply that it is not immediately clear what, exactly, Jesus changes.  Or better, how he changes everything.  That we believe he does change everything invites us to search out very carefully what is made new by his coming, his teaching, his death and resurrection and the giving of the Holy Spirit to the Church.  And what is made irrelevant.  Much of what we consider essential in life, once we have discovered Christ, is, in fact, essentially irrelevant.  We then have to drop those things and travel on.  Only lighter and freer.

With my love

Fr David


 

NEWCOMERS RECEPTION

Saturday 20th January

New to the parish?  Come to an evening reception for newcomers following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh on January 20th.   If you have recently become involved in Cranleigh or Bramley, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please sign up here.   Have you registered with us? – Are you new (or old) to the parish but have not given us your details?  Make a note to yourself to tell us about yourself in the new year once Christmas has quietened down a bit.  It really does help us communicate with you, visit you, and know who’s who in the Parish.


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed by Churches Together in Cranleigh from the 18th to the 25th January and notices about the services will be distributed shortly.


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


Exploring CAFOD – You are invited to Explore CAFOD with us on Friday 26th January 10:30am-1pm in St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Woking. We will gather for tea, coffee and croissants and take part in activities and presentations about CAFOD. Where does CAFOD work? What do they do? How can we help? These and other questions answered. All are welcome. Do join us and let the local CAFOD office know you’re coming to ensure we’ve enough croissants and for directions. 01483 898 866 arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk


Can you spare 2 hours a week to help a local family?  Home-Start in Waverley is looking for volunteers with parenting experience to help vulnerable families in Cranleigh and the surrounding areas. Home-Start works with young families who are experiencing difficulties. Our trained volunteers offer practical and emotional support to parents through weekly home-visits and organised events.

Our next Volunteer Preparation Course starts in March 2018 and provides all the knowledge you’ll need to support a local family with young children.

If you have a couple of hours spare each week and would like to find out more, please call 01252 737453 or email info@homestartwaverley.org


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


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 27th January 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; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Good News of Jesus Christ” by Charles Whitehead; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.

website: www.altonrenewal.com

Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

Next month’s meeting is on 24th February:  “The Spirit has anointed me” – guest speaker Fr Anthony Meredith

Holy Family – 31st December 2017

 

Holy Family – 31st December 2017

Sat 30th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 31st          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

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

Tues 2nd                                 NO Mass

Wed 3rd          Cranleigh         7.00pm            Mass

Thurs 4th         Bramley          10.00am          Mass

Cranleigh         Midday            Funeral of Ray Gallally

Fri 5th             Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th November 2017

Sat 6th             Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 7th            Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

NEWCOMERS SUPPER

Saturday 20th January

New to the parish?  Come to an evening reception for newcomers following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh on January 20th.   If you have recently become involved in Cranleigh or Bramley, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please sign up here.   Have you registered with us? – Are you new (or old) to the parish but have not given us your details?  Make a note to yourself to tell us about yourself in the new year once Christmas has quietened down a bit.  It really does help us communicate with you, visit you, and know who’s who in the Parish.

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

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

POKOT Christmas News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE HOLY FAMILY

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

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

SECOND READING (Colossians 3: 12-21)

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

 GOSPEL  (Luke 2: 22-40)

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

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 24.12.17

Christmas day is a Holy Day of Obligation 

Crib Collection during the Christmas Season for Catholic Children’s Society Arundel & Brighton Crisis Fund

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The Fourth Sunday of Advent brings us face to face with the central Christian message – that God chose to come to us and “dwell” with us.  “Almighty” God became a little child in a humble stable in order to save us from ourselves and in doing so to show us what it is that makes us most human.  That thing is love.

The readings today are really about a temple.  For the Jewish people the temple was God’s address here on earth; a place where one could be sure of finding God and receiving an audience.  The first reading speaks of David desiring to complete his kingdom by building a temple for the Lord.  Nathan reminds him that, even if this were to be desirable, had he forgotten that in all his troubles and campaigns his God had always been close to him?

The Gospel continues this theme – only this time it is God himself who will build a temple – in the womb of the Virgin Mary and she will be the new temple of the Lord.  At least until His birth when once again God will be close to his people – not in tablets of stone carried around in an ark containing the Law but in the person of Jesus.

Jesus is God’s gift of his God-self to us.  It reveals his desire to be wherever his people are.  If you have been following the readings we have had over the last few weeks from Isaiah you will recognise that in Jesus God has come to “comfort his people”; to “console them”; to “say” to His people that their time of service (to what or who?) is over.  A new beginning is upon them.

Yet sitting here in 2017 with so much division in our own society, so many problems of justice and equality around the world; so much poverty and violence; so many threats to peace and security you could be forgiven for wondering why?  What difference has the birth of Jesus made?

Well, it can be a struggle, I know.  But countless men and women though the ages have found in this simple story of Christ’s humble birth not only inspiration, but a kind of strength, to counter the prevailing ills of society and the world.  Taking courage from the belief that God cares enough about us to “pitch his tent” (literally what “Tabernacle” means) with us and to take the risk of living life among us sharing the same challenges, restrictions, hopes and fears that we all do, these people have changed

the world – and for the better.  Think of Martin Luther King.  Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  St Francis of Assisi. St Anthony of Egypt.  Therese of Liseiux.  Those are the poster men and women.  But what about our parents in faith?  Or ordinary women and men for whom this fact that God chose a human body as his temple and lived our life; our kind of life became their benchmark and reason for living and struggling against evil.

The Christmas story is and will always be ever old and ever new.  Touching and inspiring – inviting us to put away cynicism and scepticism and enter into a simple joy that Christ was born in Bethlehem on Christmas night.  The angels sang for joy.  The shepherds came and saw.  The stable sharing animals adored, each in their own way.  The magi travelled from afar to “see this thing that has come to pass”.  Can we not also travel, in our minds and hearts, to the stable to join the faithful man Joseph and his young bride to be, Mary, and wonder at this thing that God has chosen to do.  This thing that was so unexpected, so amazing, so divine.  I hope we all can and be inspired by doing so.

I wish you all and your families a very merry, and holy, Christmas and pray for God’s blessing upon you and all whom you love this Christmas time and always.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David


To Father David Osborne, and all at Cranleigh and Bramley Churches

Please accept my thanks for the fantastic donation from your very generous congregations of £1032.65 received this evening – £752.65 in cash and £280 in tokens. It’s a fantastic amount so please do thank everybody who gave. We will give your Christmas cards to our residents on Christmas morning each containing a £10 Friary Centre voucher and a £10 cinema ticket which they are not expecting and I know will make a real difference over the festive period.   The Friary Centre has since increased these vouchers to £15 and a parishioner also donated 4 Odeon cinema tickets to the cause, for which we are very grateful.

The money you have so kindly donated is to be kept for New Year’s Eve when staff will use some of it to order in a takeaway and treats for everyone of their choice – either pizza or curry is normally their vote but maybe this year it’ll be Chinese? With the money left over, we save for birthdays that crop up throughout the year and spend on small gifts such as mobile phone top –ups (as they never have enough credit) or book or food tokens.

Needless to say every penny will be spent directly on our residents, for which they will be, and I am, extremely grateful.

Thank-you all once again to everybody who gave for your generosity, we really do appreciate it.

Kindest regards and Merry Christmas

Neale Redman

Some gentle reminders….

The Parish Office will be closed from Friday 22nd December 3pm reopening Friday 29th December 9-12pm.  Father David will also be taking a few days off between Tuesday 26th December and Friday 29th December.

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

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

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

 

 

 

What is your New Year resolution? 

Why not help to make a difference in the fight against poverty and injustice by volunteering for CAFOD?

CAFOD, The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, are currently looking for volunteers to help them in their work. They are many ways to get involved such as in local schools, the parish, in their office (Wonersh or Aldershot), raising issues with our MPs and more.

If you would like more information or feel that you could help CAFOD make a difference then please contact Martin on 01483 898866 or email arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk

BRAMLEY MUSIC CONCERTS IN 2018

Saturday 3rd February at 7pm 

A Celebration of Friendship – Danae Eleni (soprano), Kimon Pallikaropoulos (piano) and Edward Saklatvala (tenor), in support of Dan’s Fund for Burns.

Saturday 17th March at 7pm

 A Grand Night Out  Concert by young disabled adults from the charity the Orpheus Centre, with Sir Richard Stilgoe.

Saturday 21st April at 7pm 

Royal College of Music Concert –a piano recital by RCM graduate Varvara Tarasova.

Saturday 16th June at 7pm 

The Choir of The Queen’s College, Oxford.

Saturday 8th September at 7pm 

2018 Celebrity Concert – world famous concert pianist John Lill returns to Bramley.

Saturday 13th October at 7pm 

From Agincourt to Ilkley Moor – a talk by Adrian Leak with musical illustrations by Josephine Leak.

Saturday 17th November at 7pm 

100 Years On – an Armistice Concert with Richard Saxel and friends, to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Enquiries

If you’d like to know more, please contact Stuart White – 01483 902645 or stuartwhite@waitrose.com (apart from in relation to the Orpheus concert, where enquiries should be directed to the Parish Office on 01483 890042 / office@holytrinitybramley.org.uk).

  “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means “God is with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

Wishing you a happy and Holy Christmas
Thank you for your prayers and support
during the year
and our very Best Wishes for the coming Year

God Bless!

The Team at Heaven’s Road Catholic Online Radio

St John’s Seminary, Wonersh,
Guildford, Surrey GU5 0QX

For our Christmas schedule visit http://www.heavensroadfm.com/schedule/