2nd Sunday of Advent 09.12.18

 There will be collection this weekend for Number Five Homeless Charity – Cash please in order for the Parish to purchase the necessary vouchers.  

Christmas Offerings
The Finance Committee would like to remind you that all Christmas monetary gifts for Father David should be placed in an envelope clearly marked with “Father David”. This includes cash or cheques made payable to “David Osborne”. ​Pre-addressed envelopes will be ​available at the back of both Bramley and Cranleigh churches. Any loose cash or unmarked envelopes placed in the collection plate will be assumed to be a gift to the Parish funds.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I was struck by the force of the first poem in Janet Morley’s Advent collection “Haphazard by Starlight” – the poem is called Advent Calendar and is by the former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.  I am aware as I write this that not everyone likes poetry or even understands it but this one did really speak to me of the purpose of Advent.  It is about a world “groaning in expectation” to use St Paul’s pithy phrase as it awaits its saviour.  So, the poem is about life and death, about stillness and waiting, about expectation and apprehension, about so many things that we find hard to articulate.  Of course, being a poem rather than any other sort of writing it is sometimes opaque and indirect, having multiple meanings or, better, suggestiveness, that engage the heart and mind rather than just the intellect.  And of course, that is the mystery of the incarnation – a child when we hoped for a warrior, a refugee family when we expected a royal family, a small backwater town when we had thought all along it would be a capital city and so on.  I have printed the poem below so that you can read it for yourself.  I hope it might inspire you to buy the book which is excellent.

Advent Calendar

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to the bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.

He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.

© Rowan Williams

With fondest best wishes Fr David


Please book your place for the Christmas lunch which takes place on 18th December in Bramley.Numbers are limited but we would very much welcome some Cranleigh parishioners who have been largely absent at the lunches in 2018, please ring Bev on 892712 (mark.bev@ btopenworld.com) or Dinah on 271241 (tyrolia@btinternet.com) before 15th December. Many thanks, Dinah


Sister Margaret will lead a Day of Reflection in Bramley on Saturday 15 December from 10.30am.  All are welcome to attend – please contact Bridget Eacott.


A Parishioner has a DAWES road bike for sale, please contact the Parish Office if you would like further information.


The next Cameo Evening will take place on Tuesday 8 January – further details will follow.


The Next over 50’s coffee morning will take place on Wednesday 12 December in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room from 10.30am.  All are welcome.


Saturday 15th December: Community Christmas Tea in the Bandroom from 2.30pm till 4.30pm.   It will be fun with a traditional English tea, festive food and musical entertainment. To reserve your place, plsae ring 01483 274376 and leave a message.  Transport is available for those who require it.


Community Christmas Day Lunch:  If you cannot be with family or friends on Christmas Day this year, you are warmly invited to a Churches Together event in St Nicolas Church Rooms.  There will be a traditional Christmas Lunch, carols, presents and entertainment. The event will run from 1pm to 4.30pm and everyone is welcome.  Please contact the Church Office on 01483 273620 to book and let us know of any dietary requirements and/or if you need transport.   This is a community event supported by local volunteers, charities and businesses.  Help would be appreciated on Christmas Eve from 10.30am to set up the Hall.


CASH COLLECTION – On the weekend of 8th and 9th December we will be having our annual Christmas collection for The Number Five Homeless project in York Road, Guildford after all masses.

The cash raised will enable us to purchase cinema vouchers and vouchers for The Friary shopping centre. If there is any money left over we will purchase mobile phone vouchers which can be used for emergency phone calls and for residents who are job seeking etc.

The presents which are given to each resident on Christmas morning make a huge difference to the residents and also are a great help to the staff, who have no other funds available to them for incidental needs and emergencies such as a taxi to A and E when the need arises, or for the occasional deserving birthday present . The residents themselves can be very moved by the fact that someone outside the hostel is thinking about them, especially at this time of the year .


Jane and Duncan Graham thank all those who donated warm clothes, bedding and more to the Refugees– this will directly go to those in need. Thank you.   Please note Jane collects throughout the year so if you are ever having a clear out please consider donating to this worthy cause.


Guildford’s peer support group for anyone facing depression or a related mental health conditionnow runs weekly at The Spike Community Centre, (next to St Luke’s Surgery and St Luke’s Square), Warren Road, Guildford, GU1 3JH every Wednesday evening, 7.30pm.  It’s free and offers a safe space to offload, to be heard and to receive support to help work through difficult times.  No need to book or be referred.  For more details see www.peertalk.org.uk/index.php/support-groups


You are warmly invited to attend our Advent Penitential Service on the 6th of December at 7.15 p.m. It will begin with a short service of songs, readings and a homily followed by confessions with any of the five priests resident in the Monastic Community of Chilworth. Profit from this opportunity to celebrate our Saviour’s birth with mind and heart reconciled with God and renewed in his love. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth. GU4 8QR.  The Monastic Community. Chilworth.


 POKOT Christmas Lights

Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission has told me that the solar lamps have been such an incredible success that demand has increased way, way beyond the original 100 which he bought with our funding and he has ordered a further 80 for his parishioners at £6.50 per lamp which he hopes to pick up in Nakuru later this month. If anyone would like to buy a lamp for Christmas for a Rotu family, please let me know.


 POKOT A Medical Project

Fr Sean sees an urgent need to improve the medical service he can provide at his remote Mission’s clinic. To do this he needs to provide living accommodation for resident medics but at present has no accommodation to offer. He has therefore used the £3,000 we sent in our last transfer to start constructing a two bedroom/one sitting room house. So far the foundations have been laid and three rows of concrete blocks for the walls. To complete the project he needs to raise a whopping £15,000 and has asked if the Pound a Week Group could help even a little with the cost. He added “ I know that this is a big ask and I hesitated in approaching you as the Group have been generous beyond belief. Anything you can offer would be a great help”.

If anyone would like to contribute something towards the cost please let me know.  Best wishes  Eugene

1st Sunday of Advent – 02.12.18

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Welcome to Advent!

Today we begin a short season of preparation for the Nativity of Christ – we reflect on Jesus’ historical birth, his continuing presence with us in the Church and in the Sacraments, and, importantly, his coming again in glory to reign over his Kingdom and reward with eternal life those who have been faithful.

Of course, we, like most people in the church and outside it are preparing for something called Christmas which, in its contemporary form is not the same thing as that which I have described above.  There has been an increasing divergence in the celebration of Christmas within the Church and without it – without in the widest possible sense.  Even though many people will come to our Christmas masses – some of them regular parishioners, some not so regular parishioners and some, others, just responding to a certain “something” calling them to worship; to the ‘mystery’ that is the Incarnation – a huge majority will still give gifts, go to parties, get drunk at office parties and generally ‘celebrate’ Christmas without the slightest thought for the baby in the crib, or the Virgin birth, or the wise men and shepherds.  And, to top all that, a desperate retail sector will be advising us all that the proper way to do Christmas is to spend large amounts of scarce money on gifts – the perfect gifts.

But, let us not fall into that trap.  By all means mark Christmas as a special time, and time of wonder and excitement, by marking the event with an exchange of gifts.  But don’t think that presents are a substitute for presence. The Incarnation celebrates God with us – or Emmanuel – this is God’s most wonderful gift to us – Himself.  So why not emulate his style?  Give yourself to each other this Christmas tide.  Be your best, most generous, most loving that you can be.  Be joyful and let your faith radiate from you – then perhaps all those people caught in the cycle of endless stress and worry about what to give and to who might be inspired to copy us.  Let us witness to the presence of life and love and truth in our midst.

But let’s prepare for it properly – spiritually, that is.  By reflecting on our need for Christ in our lives to heal, strengthen and reconcile.  The Christ who came humbly into the world and who still knocks on the doors of our hearts.  Will you answer? Or will Christ be left outside this coming Christmas?

With fondest best wishes

Fr David

Christmas-Lunch-450x300-1160x665.jpg Please book your place for the Christmas lunch which takes place on 18th December in Bramley. Numbers are limited but we would very much welcome some Cranleigh parishioners who have been largely absent at the lunches in 2018, please ring Bev on 892712 (mark.bev@ btopenworld.com) or Dinah on 271241 (tyrolia@btinternet.com) before 15th December. Many thanks, Dinah

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Christmas Offerings

The Finance Committee would like to remind you that all Christmas monetary gifts for Father David should be placed in an envelope clearly marked with “Father David”. This includes cash or cheques made payable to “David Osborne”. ​Pre-addressed envelopes will be ​available at the back of both Bramley and Cranleigh churches. Any loose cash or unmarked envelopes placed in the collection plate will be assumed to be a gift to the Parish funds.”

WG_Catalogue_cover.jpgCAFOD World Gifts – the true spirit of Christmas Giving

Give a gift that will change a life . There are gifts for every budget from Happy Queen Bee at £4 to Help a Refugee child at £46. Each CAFOD World gift has been chosen for the real and lasting difference it makes to families living in developing countries . Catalogues are available at church or you can buy online at cafod.org.uk/worldgifts

You are warmly invited to a presentation of the fourth episode of  ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Barron, on Saturday December the 15th, 2018. This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will contextualise the episode and then teach and lead discussion about its subject matter.  The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The third film investigates ‘Mary, the Mother of God’ and will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day and concludes at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information: www.chilworthbenedictines.com

 CAFOD Memorial Mass at Jesus Christ The Redeemer, Cranleigh 23 November

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Thank you so much to Fr David Osborne for celebrating our CAFOD Arundel and Brighton Mass of Remembrance for volunteers and supporters who have passed away at Jesus Christ The Redeemer of Mankind, today.

Many thanks also to Roger Morton our Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for organising the Mass, Jane and Tracy for all their help with the logistics, Steve Rowden our Office Volunteer for preparing the CAFOD Book of Remembrance, Marion for serving at Mass, Jane and Win for being Eucharistic Ministers, Isobel for reading with Roger, Joan and Mary for helping with the offertory and Chris and those who provided and helped organise the refreshments afterwards. It was a tremendous team effort.

capture-4.pngIt was lovely to meet some of our supporters and volunteers from other parishes in the local area and thank you all so much for coming to the Mass. This occasion was particularly special as it was my first CAFOD Mass and quite by chance, held in my home parish on what would have been my father’s 90th birthday! I told the congregation The Memorial Mass is such a moving occasion remembering all those CAFOD supporters and volunteers who have helped CAFOD reach out to the poorest and most vulnerable people in our world and who are now enjoying their reward in Heaven.

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Speaking personally, I have been so impressed with the CAFOD legacy team who helped me set up a Candlelight Fund in memory of my father especially Roisin Beirne.

If you would like to host next year’s Memorial Mass in November 2019 in your parish, then please let me know by calling 01483 89886 or email:  arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk 

Jenny FinlaysonCPC Arundel and Brighton

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World Meeting of Families:  The Best Bits!

Did you attend World Meeting of Families in Dublin? Do you wish you had been able to attend? Would you like to learn more about sharing your faith as a family?

If so – we have the event for you!

Open to all families – this is a chance to revisit some of what we learnt at The World Meeting of Familie 2018 and explore some practical ways to gently experience what it means to be the ‘Domestic Church’.  There will also be mince pies and mulled wine!!

So pop it in your diary – 15th December at the St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley.  Please let us know by 10th December if you would like to attend, by emailing Lizzie Wakeling mfl@dabnet.orgso that we can let you know the details.

111.jpg.pngNew Name for DABCEC:  The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Christian Education Centre, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley, RH10 6RP, is now known as the St Philip Howard Centre for Education, Formation & Mission.

Unknown.jpegNational Board of Catholic Women:  Day with Bishop Richard on Saturday 23rd February,       From 10 am to 1 pm, at the St Philip Howard Centre (formerly DABCEC). Explore ways to engage with ‘The Word who is Life’.  Book at nbcw@rcdab.onmicrosoft.com

Worth_Abbey,_geograph.jpgRetreat for Doctors: At Worth Abbey from Friday 1st March to Sunday 3rd March.  The Spiritual Director is Fr Stephen Ortiger.  Theme “Love Thy Neighbour as Yourself”.        £150 full board.  For details and bookings please email the organiser,  Dr Joe O’Dwyer,  (adding Doctors’ Retreat in subject)  jodwyer@doctors.org.uk

Wintershall-Nativity-2.jpgWintershall are offering 20 free tickets to our church congregation for the performance on Wednesday 7pm 12 December.

Please email the parish office for more information.   The Nativity at Wintershall 12-16 December 2018  www.wintershall.org.uk

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A member of our Parish is selling his yellow Dawes bike with panniers for £50 ovno with a donation to the Parish Meeting Room,  if you would like more information or more photos please contact the Parish office.

Saturday 24 November – Christ the King

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

You must have been living in a very remote place over the last couple of years if you are unaware that there is a kind of war going on in our nation and, indeed, among many nations all over the world.  It is a war that seems to have no end and is fiendishly difficult to evaluate.  Are we winning it or losing it?  What is it all about?

It is the war for truth – a value the Catholic Church holds in very high esteem indeed.  In fact, there are many battles going on in this war. One of them is to counter the suggestion that there is, in fact, no such as thing as objective truth.  There is only my truth, and yours, and both need only be true for me to be more or less completely valid.

The other battle is to try and establish what counts for truth in the first place.  What can we trust as ‘true’?  Who can we trust as ‘truthful’?

It might come as a surprise to you to hear that the Catholic Church believes that some things are truth, we might say.  That is, independent of my perspective, or yours, or indeed anyone’s some things are truth, truthful and trustworthy.  What sort of things might those true things be?

One of the true things is that God is true and truthful.  He is only truth and can never deceive or lie, or anything that would undermine trust in Him.  God is ‘who he says he is’.

“I am who am” – it says in the Bible when Abraham asks about God’s name.  They may strike you as, perhaps, a little evasive on the part of God. I mean, why couldn’t he have a good old godlike name like Hercules, or Thor, or Susan?  But instead he answers that he is above naming because he ‘is who he is’.  He is true to himself.  He ‘is’. Simples!  Obviously not so simple!

One of the things that we Catholics also believe is a truth about being human.  We believe in the essential goodness and truth about each and every human being.  Every person is – just that – a person who is not defined as suchbecause they are more beautiful than another, cleverer than another, worthier than another. Every human person is infinitely worthy in God’s eyes because each and every person is made in His image and likeness even though (and here is another truth of the Church) every ordinary human person is ‘fallen’ – that is to say not the full image and likeness of God. Only Jesus is the perfect image and likeness of God who is not only holy, almighty, omnipotent and glorious, but love.  So, if we need to discover the truth about ourselves as human beings we need look no further than Jesus Christ.  Likewise, if we need to know the perfect truth about God then we need to pay attention to what Jesus tells us, and shows us, of God.  He is like a Father… He is like a shepherd… He is like a King….He is ….worth paying attention to.

So today we celebrate Jesus as King of the Universe.  Straight away this title lifts Jesus out of the petty kingdoms of the world – out of the Trumps, the Sauds, or whoever.  His kingdom is not of this world – it is a kingdom of love and peace, of tender kindness – compassion in other words.  He is a king “lowly and humble, riding on a donkey” who will not “break the bruised reed”, nor judge unjustly those who his subjects.  He is “the way, the truth, and the life” and as he himself says today in his Gospel – all who are on the side of truth “listen to my voice.”

At mass we listen to his voice in the scriptures, in the homilies, and in the silence of our hearts. May the Lord speak to you today afresh and call you to himself to hear his word of forgiveness, of strength, of peace, and of love.

With my very best wishes, Fr David.

185027673.jpgDonations of warm clothes, shoes, bedding, cooking and camping equipment can be left in the Parish Office for collection on 2ndDecember to go to overseas Refugees.

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CAFOD World Gifts – the true spirit of Christmas Giving

Give a gift that will change a life . There are gifts for every budget from Happy Queen Bee at £4 to Help a Refugee child at £46. Each CAFOD World gift has been chosen for the real and lasting difference it makes to families living in developing countries . Catalogues are available at church or you can buy online at cafod.org.uk/worldgifts

 

Alton Day of Renewal Reminder

Don’t forget, Saturday 24th November is our last meeting of the year in Alton, and our speaker is the inspiring evangelist David Matthews. We do hope you can join us, to finish off our year of Renewal and Mission with a great celebration in the power of the Holy Spirit!

You can find full details of this meeting, and next year’s programme, on our website http://www.altonrenewal.com which also features new pages on evangelism and prayer.

RedWednesdayCollage-3.jpgRed Wednesday-28th November

Aid to the Church in Need have encouraged all Christians to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians from around the world on Wednesday 28th November in a day they have called Red Wednesday. Students at St Peters Catholic School would therefore like to invite you to gather with us as we pray for persecuted Christians in our New School Chapel. The Chapel will be open for quiet prayer from 12.30pm. This will then lead into a prayer service by our students at 12.45pm followed by some more time of private prayer until 1.15pm. We encourage all those attending to wear something red. There is no need to confirm attendance please turn up on the day. Parking will be available at St Pius X Church just across the road. We look forward to welcoming you to St Peters to join us as we pray for those who do not have the same freedom we do to practice their faith.

33rd Sunday of OT – 18.11.18

Special Collection for the Arundel Cathedral Maintenance Fund THIS Sunday

Dear Brothers and Sisters

There is a slightly jokey saying, and, I believe, a bumper sticker in the USA which says “Look busy, Jesus is coming!”  This tongue in cheek joke, however, reminds us that there is a serious side to our faith. We believe that Jesus “… will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.” according to the Creed.  The implication being that His judgement has some bearing on our lives as we live them now.  St Paul writes about “that Day,” as he calls it, and says that he won’t judge himself but leave it to the “just judge” who can see into the mind and the heart and judge “secret emotions” but, also, that he had a clear conscience because he had always striven to do and say and think the right things.  In other words, no need for Paul to “look” busy because Jesus is coming.  He is busy and has always been so in the service of the Kingdom.

Some people think of ‘this life’ as a sort of rehearsal, or training, for the life to come.  Jesus often implies that our attitudes in this life need to be conformed to the values of the Kingdom of God – of the world to come – think of the Beatitudes for example.  These are not just pious hopes for a better world but an indication that those who choose to live out the values, we might even say the “lifestyle” in modern parlance, of the Kingdom of God are those who will be ready for it when that “Day” eventually arrives.  So, it will be the merciful, the peacemakers, the humble of heart, the gentle, the long suffering for truth and justice those who publicly acknowledge Jesus whatever the consequences, who will know the Kingdom of God because they already live it out.  For them there is no fear of judgement or punishment because, acting from good consciences, they have tried to model the kingdom in the here and now, often at great personal cost.

So, I suppose the question for us all is – are we living as if we expect the Kingdom of God at any moment? Or are we relying on an early warning to wake us up so we can ‘look busy?’   If we were to try to live the values of the Kingdom today what impact would that have on our lives, and those of people we loved and those who are our neighbours?  Are the values of the Kingdom values we would like to see around us in others too? What would happen if a larger and larger number of people started to live out the Beatitudes?  If our parish community started to look a bit more “alternative” to the ways of the world might we start to see a bit more interest from the stranger and the outcast?

All good questions! For myself, I know that I don’t yet, by any means, qualify as a person who routinely lives out the Beatitudes, and for this I must repent and seek to convert myself more and more to Christ – which I can only do by opening myself up more and more to the action of grace which perfects our human nature and makes us ready to be saints.  However, first, I must choose to follow Christ more earnestly and completely and selflessly and actually desire that he become the Lord of my life.  The King of his kingdom in my life.

Think of it this way – the Rector of the Anglican Church used a story of a pious and holy monk who wanted to change the world (to be more like the Kingdom) but who found that he couldn’t – so he set his sights a little lower – first his country, then his town, then his family and then eventually, just himself.  It was when he got to himself that he realised that all things must start from where I am – I am the one who needs converting first, then my family might notice, then my neighbours; my town might notice something going on and be inspired and they in turn might change the nation and then finally the nation might just change the world.  So, this Advent let us put Christ first.  Let us use Advent to put Christ into Christmas too.  But let us all seek to be more like Christ in our own lives first.

With my very best wishes, Fr David.

There will be a CAFOD Memorial Mass in Cranleigh on Friday 23rd November to remember those who supported CAFOD and made the world a better place.  Please join this Mass and the refreshments which will follow.

Care Group Meeting 30th November  11am in the parish room at Cranleigh

31st Sunday of OT – 04.10.18

Dear Brothers and Sisters

My parents weren’t the most, shall we say, positive-feedbackers that there have ever been – indeed we as a family seemed to have more than our fair share of criticism all round.  As a child, my natural enthusiasm for things often led me into trouble.  I can still hear my mother saying, “David, you’re like a bull in a china shop” when I had just rushed somewhere, oblivious to who, or what, was in the way.  I also seemed to have a facility for doing things quickly, as if that was, in itself, a good and worthy thing.  I found that applying that extra 10% or whatever it might be just didn’t seem to be worth the extra effort. “David’s work would be excellent if he didn’t always rush it” was a common remark on my school report.

Today’s opening prayer may seem like a bad idea, then, taking into account what I have said above.  “we pray, that we may hasten without stumbling to receive the things you have promised.”  Why all the haste?

To answer this, we need to try to imagine what Jesus is asking of us, and offering to us.  He is offering us a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to receive something very precious indeed.  He is offering God’s friendship and an on-going relationship with us in love. Unlike my parents, perhaps, he is less concerned with what ‘was’ than with the future.  He has a future full of promise for each of us.  Why wouldn’t we want it?  What’s stopping us from taking this opportunity?  We see that when Jesus presents the Good News of the Kingdom to people He also always offers them a choice – to take it or leave it.  He doesn’t push, as it were, but if you are going to accept his invitation then he demands a wholesale response.  There can be no equivocating and shilly-shallying around as we debate whether there might be a better opportunity somewhere else just around the corner.  Jesus asks us to “throw our lot in” with Him, and in return?  He will be faithful to us; He will be with us even to the end of time.

This choice, to follow, and to follow completely, is so important that it overrides other even seemingly essential things that we might be expected to do – burying your mother or father, seeing a new farm you’d just bought etc.  But Jesus insists that we hasten to accept this gift from God.  Perhaps he knows human nature too well.  The enthusiasm of a moment can evaporate very quickly once reality begins to sink in – we can ‘stumble’ – but I think Jesus wants us to ride with our first, and best instincts.  To do that we have to hasten and we have to desire.  We have to desire what Jesus desires for us – holiness, wholeness, truth and integrity.  We must hasten after all these gifts and not look back.

With my very best wishes, Fr David.


Special collection this week for the Retired Priests’ Fund. Gift Aid.


Retired Priests’ Collection – Sunday 4th November 2018

Every year at least £200,000 is needed for the support of our retired priests. The amounts incurred are likely to increase in coming years as more priests reach retirement age. This support ensures that priests do not face financial hardship when their parish ministry comes to an end.

While in active parish ministry, priests’ accommodation and domestic needs are met by the parish and a modest personal income is usually provided from offerings at Christmas, Easter and from baptisms, weddings and funerals.

There is no charge to the parish for pension contributions to fund the future needs for their priest.  The Retired Priests’ Fund supplies these needs, whether the priest is able to live independently or whether more care is required.

In recent years, this collection has contributed only a fraction of the amount needed. Please give generously so that we can express our concern and gratitude towards those who have served us so loyally over the years. With love from Bishop Richard


CAMEO – Please come along to the Cranleigh Parish Meeting room on Tuesday 6thNovember to hear a talk for the ladies of the Parish Cameo Group.   Gillie Nicholls will be coming to give us an illustrated talk about her charity (Les Amis Burkina Faso) which serves the handicapped girls and women in West Africa.


The Word who is Life – don’t forget to sign up forthe coach to Guildford on the 19thNovember. Transport to this event is being paid for by the Parish.  The Coach will leave JCROM at 6pm and travel onto STM and then onto Guildford returning after the event.  Seats are still available should you wish to join the coach.


Remembrance Sunday– Please note the Parish Mass will take place in Bramley at 9am.   The Remembrance Service in Cranleigh starts at 10.30am at The War Memorial following the procession from St Nicolas Church at 10.10am.  There will be no 11am Mass in Cranleigh.


Day of Reflection:  17thNovember, for Extraordinary Minsters of Holy Communion, at Weybridge. Please note that this event is now fully booked.  Thank you.


Worth Abbey- Open Cloister Retreats 2019:  visit www.worth.co.uk


Justice & Peace Assembly 2019:  ‘Slavery On Our Doorstep’‘, Saturday 26thJanuary, from 10 am (coffee from 9.30).  Learn about the slave trade hidden under your nose and how you can help those affected. Speakers from the Santa Marta Group and Sussex Police. To book contact Rosie Read, Formation Secretary at rosie.read@dabnet.org 01293 651161.


You are warmly invited to a presentation of the third episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Barron, on Saturday November the 24th, 2018. This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will con-textualise the episode and then teach and lead discussion about its subject matter. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The third film investigates ‘The Ineffable Mystery of God and will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day and concludes at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. More information at chilworthbenedictines.com


THE BIG ENCOUNTER – DIOCESAN YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT FESTIVAL, NEXT SATURDAY, WORTH ABBEY

It’s happening next Saturday (the 10th) at the Performing Arts Centre, Worth Abbey, starting at 6.30pm and ending at around 9.30. It’s totally free, and there’s no need to book. We’re expecting a few hundred people and we’ve got an amazing line-up for the event. Bryony Wells is our keynote speaker, and the Youth 2000 worship band are leading the music. Bishop Richard will also be with us, for an event with live music, powerful talks, adoration, and more. It’s open to anyone aged 16-35. For more information, search for ‘Catholic ENCOUNTER’ on Facebook.

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 28.10.18

Special collection next week for the Retired Priests’ Fund. Gift Aid.

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The Opening Prayer this week asks: “Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity” and so I thought that I would just say a few words about these ‘three’ of which the greatest is charity – or in modern English, love.

Faith, hope and charity are what are known as the theological virtues because they are all gifts of God – which is primarily why the opening prayer asks God to increase them – not that we might increase them as we might have expected.  They are said to be ‘infused’ by God through the gift of grace and equip us for moral living, or the ‘good life’.

Faith is the gift of God which, through our freedom of intellect and will, gives ascent to the truth that God loves us and His creation, and desires to save us from death and lead us to salvation.  It is opposed, in one sense to what we might call the “demand” for evidence of God and his actions in our lives.  Faith believes all things as St Paul so rightly says.

Hope is instilled in us to help us trust in the promises of God and is the opposite of that very prevalent problem, despair.  Hope is what we might call a “quiet confidence” in God which motivates us to keep believing and working out our salvation through prayer, acts of kindness and forgiveness.  As a people it is our task to counter despair in whatever form we find it – by the proposition that God’s salvation, and our place in it is assured, if we believe – and act accordingly.

St Paul famously said of the Theological Virtues that, of the three, the greatest is love. (1Cor 13).  Love is God’s gift of his ‘self’ inspiring us to act, speak and think out of love for all that God has created, but even more out of love of God Himself. Our love for God is itself his gift and enables us to sense His divine life within us and within those we choose to love.  When we deny love to someone or something (a creature, the creation as a whole) we really choose to deny God in or towards that person.  Also, the opening prayer suggests that when we love what God commands we are loving Him because His commandments reveal what God is truly like.

So, as we pray, today, for an increase in these Virtues, let us remind ourselves of why He gives them to us – in order that we and all His creation may attain to eternal life.  Keep praying and asking!

With my very best wishes  Fr David.

285988_490a9a0a4e.jpg Bereavement Mass  At one time or another we are bereaved by the death of someone close to us.  This Mass will help us deal with our loss and move us towards acceptance and peace of mind and heart with Gods love.  Father David and the Parish would like to invite you to join the Mass for the Recently Bereaved which is taking place in Cranleigh on Saturday 3rd November at 11am. Please feel free to invite your family members to join this Mass and please note there will be a buffet lunch in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room following the Mass.  We would be grateful for your RSVP so we can provide suitable refreshments.  This Mass is open to everyone with faith so please invite your extended family or friends to remember their loved ones.

CAMEO-Yorkshire-Come-And-Meet-Each-Other-e1498213950610.jpgCAMEO [Ladies Group] Speaker– On Tuesday 6th November at 7.30pm Gillie Nicholls will be coming to give us an illustrated talk about her charity (Les Amis Burkina Faso) which serves the handicapped girls and women in West Africa.  Being handicapped or female in parts of Africa means having few or no rights.  Gillie is a local woman, who until recently, was the Chaplin at Barrow Hills School and who also works at St Edmunds, Godalming.   She is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order.  Please come along and see how much is being done for so many by this local charity.  For more information about the Charity do visit www.les-amis-bf.org.uk.  from Helen Rollo

494.jpg.pngThe Word who is Life – don’t forget to sign up forthe coach to Guildford on the 19thNovember. Transport to this event is being paid for by the Parish.  Forms and info are in the porches.  There are seats available – Please return the form as soon as possible to the Office.  Thank you.

remembrance-day-quote-3-picture-quote-1.jpgRemembrance Sunday– advance notice – As this year is exactly 100 years since the armistice in 1918 and the same day and time I am not going to celebrate an 11am mass as there is an extended Remembrance Service in the Village at Cranleigh – SO to enable you to participate in the other activities there will be no morning mass at Cranleigh – so only a Vigil Mass that weekend, and 9am at Bramley.

talent-night-e1447056880641-325x137.jpgThe Talent evening has been postponed from the 10th of November until late January to give more time to prepare for it.  Watch this space for further updates!

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

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 21.10.18

Special Collection this weekend for Missio – World Mission Sunday


Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the gospel today, Jesus asks James and John “Can you drink the cup that I must drink…”   so, I thought I would very briefly explore that with regard to what taking Holy Communion in both kinds means.

The “cup” that Jesus is referring to is a metaphor for his suffering. As a metaphor is ‘stands for’ the sacrifice and death that Jesus will undergo in order to bring God’s plan of salvation for all into fruition.  So, on the night of his betrayal, Jesus moves the metaphor into a new reality by announcing that ‘this is the chalice of my Blood, the Blood of the new and eternal covenant, which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.”  He then shares this cup with his disciples asking them to do this in memory of him. He has already blessed, broken and shared the bread now identifying it with His body.

Protestants have long argued that Holy Communion should be in both kinds to be effective.  Catholics have argued the reverse.

The Council of Trent set forth the doctrine that to receive communion in one kind only (usually the Sacred Host) is to receive the fullness of Christ as “the whole Christ is present under either species” (Summa Theologiae, III, q. 80, a. 12, ad 3).

However, the Second Vatican Council enriched this understanding in one sense arguing that the ‘sign’ of Holy Communion was more richly perceived when communion was received under both bread and wine.  So “technically speaking” communion is communion even if we only receive either the Host or the Precious Blood, but the Council argued that something is ‘gained’ by receiving in both kinds.  What is ‘gained’ has a sign value or an enrichment as it helps us to enter into the action of the eucharist, not as a “thing” but as an action of the Church and Christ.

The Church teaches that we should know what we are doing and try to understand the true meaning of the Eucharist.  Should we then receive under both kinds if we can?  I will leave it to St Ambrose to have the last word!

St. Ambrose discloses what people of faith gain from that knowledge: “For as often as we eat this Bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the death of the Lord. If we proclaim the Lord’s death, we proclaim the forgiveness of sins. If, as often as his Blood is poured out, it is poured for the forgiveness of sins, I should always receive it, so that it may always forgive my sins. Because I always sin, I should always have a remedy” (St Ambrose, De sacr. 4, 6, 28: PL 16, 464).

With my very best wishes  Fr David.


Bereavement Mass At one time or another we are bereaved by the death of someone close to us.  This Mass will help us deal with our loss and move us towards acceptance and peace of mind and heart with Gods love.  Father David and the Parish would like to invite you to join the Mass for the Recently Bereaved which is taking place in Cranleigh on Saturday 3rd November at 11am. Please feel free to invite your family members to join this Mass and please note there will be a buffet lunch in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room following the Mass.  We would be grateful for your RSVP so we can provide suitable refreshments.  This Mass is open to everyone with faith so please invite your extended family or friends to remember their loved ones.


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


Marriage Evening 14th November 7.45pm – 9.30pm St Joseph’s Church Hall, Guildford.  Are you grateful for your Marriage? If so, please join us for an evening to celebrate Marriage and hear about opportunities for nurturing and growing your marriage commitment and sharing the gift of marriage with others. All Welcome.  Free drinks and nibbles.  In order to gauge numbers please can you sign up on the Guildford Parish website


The Word who is Life – don’t forget to sign up for the coach to Guildford on the 19th November. Transport to this event is being paid for by the Parish.  Forms and info are in the porches.  Please return the form as soon as possible to the Office.  Thank you.


 

Saturday 13 October – 28th Sunday of OT

Special Collection next week for Missio – World Mission Sunday


Dear Brothers and Sisters

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

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

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

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

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

With my very best wishes and encouragement – Fr David.


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


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


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


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

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

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


Bereaved Families Mass 3rd November 11am at Cranleigh

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


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


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


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

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 07.10.18

Angel Voices – A Millennium of Music

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

CANTILENA

Director: Jenny Hansell

Saturday 6thOctober 2018 7.30pm

Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind Church

St Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh GU6 7AQ

Tickets £12 cantilena.info@gmail.com01483 275489


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


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


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


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

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


Parish Theatre trip.[Marilyn Vincent]

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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


New Cranleigh Care Home, Community Beds and Health Worker Accommodation

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

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

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

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