Second Sunday of Advent – 10th December 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

One of the things we seek to do as Church is to draw people’s attention to the things of God – often against their will.  Isaiah says in the first reading that a voice cries: “Prepare in the wilderness a way for the Lord.”  And I often think that the word wilderness, in regard to people’s lives, is somewhat apt.  They are a wilderness.  They have some beautiful things in there but also some wild weeds and worse.  Elbow (the rock n roll band) wrote a song which began “A friend of mine grows his very own brambles” of a friend who was making a mess of his life.  That’s a bit strong I suppose to use generally but it is sort of true.  People do have lots of joy and happiness in their lives but also lots of stress and strains.  This can sometimes be seen towards the end of the office Christmas party when someone becomes tearful and sad – a situation exacerbated by drink which is often used to cover over our problems or at least numb them.

The “message” of Christmas which we are preparing for is that God has come to console us in our difficulties and also to lead us (by example) along different pathways and options to the fullness of life.  To enjoy the fullness of life we will most probably have to own up to what is wrong in us and face it.  That’s why this season has a strong element of the penitential in it – if not in quite the same way as Lent.  The Psalm tells us that the Lord’s voice “speaks of peace” and “his help is near.” Indeed his help is near – as is he – in him mercy and faithfulness have met and justice and peace embraced.  He will not abandon us, nor forget us in our trials and he will also encourage us in our doubts and strengthen us for goodness.

You see we are called, as a people, to be heralds of the Good News.  The Good News is about, and is Jesus.  He is, as St Paul says the “yes” of God.  Yes to you, and yes to me.  It can only be a yes if he is prepared to overlook our faults.  He does that and more.  Because in our lives he is an abiding presence, strengthening, consoling, healing and forgiving.

Speaking of brambles.  Don’t forget that it was he who wore them as a faux crown.  We don’t need to grow our own.  He bears those wounds for us.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David 

New to the Parish or just keen to meet everyone You will be made welcome at the evening reception 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 on the Parish Events page of the website. 

The Parish are going to be selling Tombola Tickets after the next few weeks Masses in order to raise funds for the Parish Hall which is still an ongoing concern.  The prizes include nice bath sets, books, booze, candles, chocolates, and odds are good to win something.  Please support this venture.

Christmas Lunch  Please join us for friendship and fellowship the annual Parish Christmas Lunch is on Tuesday 19th December in the Bramley Parish Room after the 11h30 Mass. It’s a traditional 3 course Christmas dinner with trimmings and wine – great value at £6! Numbers are limited to 24, so please contact Bev (892712 or mark.bev@btopenword.com) or Dinah (271241) to book a space.

CTC Community Christmas Day Lunch will be hosted by St Nicolas Church.  To book your place please contact Sheila Smith 274376 by Friday 15th December.  Please see the poster in the porch. 

TIME CHANGE TO 3PM – The Parish Reconciliation Service will take place on Sunday 17th December in Cranleigh from 3pm.  Our First Holy Communion children (30+ of them!) will be receiving their First Reconciliation.  All members of the parish are encouraged to attend.  You might like to come to the service even if you intend to make your confession the following weekend and use the penitential service as a helpful and joyful examination of conscience to help prepare yourself. 

Second Collections
The collections from both of our churches achieved the grand total of £554.73 for World Mission Sunday October 22nd. And £1032.25 for No5 Footsteps Homeless Charity Thank you to all those who gave so generously to these worthy causes.

“LO HE COMES” – We are invited to join our friends at St Nicolas on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Church.  13th Dec – “The Light is Coming”, 20th Dec – “The Child is Coming”.  Please see the poster in the porch.

Great Pokot News

Earlier this week we transferred the magnificent sum of £13,450 to Pokot. All of this wonderful sum came from Pound a Week Group donations since July and related Gift Aid tax refunds. Some £6,611 was to pay the 2017/18 university fees of fifteen former students at the Mission school; another £3,252 was for next year’s school fees for some of the fourteen boys and girls currently being sponsored by Group members; £1,000 was for Fr Conway to spend where he sees the greatest need; and a balance of £587 was for him to buy a gift (perhaps a milking camel or a cow) for the impoverished family of the boy Robert, a student at the school, who tragically died recently of appendicitis. The remaining £2,000 was for Fr Sean McGovern to use at the Rotu Mission as he thinks best.  He has now told me “The kind donation of £2,000 I will use for the Nursery pre-primary school which is still very much in the development stage. It will be a big help in paying the teacher and getting more books. A thousand thanks to the Pound a Week Group.” Fr Conway has also reported that he has used his £1,000 to help pay the cost (£1,500) of an operation for 60-year-old Tikol to remove a virulent cancer in his inner ear.

I will report further when Fr Conway decides on how best to help Robert’s family.  Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com or on 01483-893379.

Win Bracking is still collecting STAMPS.  There is an envelope in the porch.  Many thanks.

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Over 50 Coffee Mornings – the next few dates for the successful over 50’s coffee morning are Tuesdays 12th December and then in the New Year 9th and 23rd January and 6th and 20th February from 10pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  All are welcome.

POWER TO BE

World-wide, one in six people do not have access to electricity. This has a serious impact on their lives and especially on children’s education – they need power to be who they can be. The most efficient and effective way to provide electricity is through small-scale, local, renewable energy generation and distribution networks.  The World Bank funds energy projects for the poorest communities, including money from the UK, but less than 3% of this supports sustainable energy. CAFOD is campaigning to change this. If you have not already done so, please sign the on-line petition to Melanie Robinson, the UK’s representative at the World Bank. Go to:

https://e-activist.com/page/7676/petition/1

The campaign closes at the end of December, so please take this simple but important action in the next few days. Many thanks.

Two Advent Events at Chilworth Abbey
You are warmly invited to prepare for Christmas in the best possible way by going to confession, and receiving absolution for your sins. The Service is at 7.15 pm on Friday 15th of December. Priests, whom do not know and who does not know you, will be available to hear individual confessions. The Blessed sacrament will be Exposed for Adoration and concludes with Night Prayer with the Monastic Community at 8.30 pm.
Please come also to our Monastic Advent Carol Service, at 3pm on Sunday the 17th of December to begin celebrating Christmas with heart-warming Carols, beautiful sung plainchant by the Monks, inspiring readings, followed by a convivial sharing of mulled wine and mince pies in the Assisi room. Bring a friend if you can, to share our joy at the birth of the Saviour of us all, Jesus Christ, the Lord.

If you would like to send Christmas greetings to Christians in the Holy Land, Liverpool Diocese has prepared a web page with all the information you need http://www.liverpoolcatholic.org.uk/cardcampaign

Please join us for an EXTRA day of prayer and fasting, on Monday the 11th December, the vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia in this Country. Your prayer and fasting is urgently needed, and it really does save lives. Please also pray especially that politicians and councillors won’t hinder the pro-life presence outside abortion clinics and that buffer zones won’t be introduced. For information on the days of Prayer and Fasting see: www.GoodCounselNetwork.com

PACT Call for Support:  As you may know, we currently have over 500 volunteers across England and Wales, but we need more in certain areas to support ex-prisoners, prisoners’ children and families, and also prisoners themselves.  We have a number of volunteering opportunities now for Catholics in these areas.

We are needing volunteers for HMP Downview, HMP Coldingley and HMP Send.  The roles will range from welcoming families into the Visitors center, supporting the children in the play area as well as working in the Tea bar area.  If you are interested in learning more please contact emma.oconnor@prisonadvice.org.uk or 07712 306940.  Or apply online at www.prisonadvice.org.uk.  There is training commencing in the New Year.

First Sunday of Advent – 03.12.17

Christmas collection after mass on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December for the Number Five Homeless shelter

Dear Brothers and Sisters

With this newsletter, you will find a questionnaire, which is asking you to think about your response to some important questions facing the Church at the moment.  I will be saying more about this during the homily.

The fact that we are having a questionnaire reveals that we are living in changing times.  We need to rethink what we mean by “Church” and what I mean by belonging to the Church.  The way we worship is also adapting and changing as well.  Not that the Mass has changed materially but we have new opportunities to make worship open and engaging for all people.

A parishioner has generously donated some money for a new project.  And I have one in mind which I think could be very useful and help us in the future.  I have long thought about having retractable screens in the church that could show short films, words of songs and readings, meaningful pictures that help us to think more deeply about certain aspects of our faith and worship and show news and important information.  This sum of money will help us do all that at Cranleigh. And perhaps put up some notices screens at Bramley as the church there isn’t well suited to screens.

This is therefore a way of informing you of my plans and also asking you what you think about this possibility?  If you haven’t experienced this sort of thing before the Catholic churches in Guildford all have these screens as do the Methodist, Baptist and, I think, the Anglican churches in Cranleigh.

To make them effective we will need to recruit some operators who can put together information onto slides, make sure we have the words of the right hymns and songs and be able to process them through the mass as we go so that everyone has a “seamless experience”

Let me know what you think.  We have the funding in place and I think this would be most useful.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

New to the Parish or just keen to meet everyone You will be made welcome at the evening reception 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 on the Parish Events page of the website.

Date Change for Care Group meeting is re-scheduled for 1st December at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

The Monday Advent Group will start as usual at 10am on Monday November 27th at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley.

All are welcome.  I would be grateful if you can let me know if you are coming on   01483 894048. Maureen Loveder.

The Parish are going to be selling Tombola Tickets after the next few weeks Masses in order to raise funds for the Parish Hall which is still an ongoing concern.  The prizes include nice bath sets, books, booze, candles, chocolates, and odds are good to win something.  Please support this venture.

Also for sale are St Cuthbert Mayne Christmas Puddings.

TIME CHANGE TO 3PM – The Parish Reconciliation Service will take place on Sunday 17th December in Cranleigh from 3pm.  Our First Holy Communion children (30+ of them!) will be receiving their First Reconciliation.  All members of the parish are encouraged to attend.  You might like to come to the service even if you intend to make your confession the following weekend and use the penitential service as a helpful and joyful examination of conscience to help prepare yourself.

From Darkness to Light

A Service of Readings and Music for Advent

At St Thomas More Church, Bramley

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – 6.30pm

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room.  All are welcome

“LO HE COMES” – An opportunity to take an hour out in each week of Advent to prepare for Christmas with Words and Music from different traditions presented by the Rector.  We are invited to join our friends at St Nicolas on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Church.  6th Dec – “The King is Coming”, 13th Dec – “The Light is Coming”, 20th Dec – “The Child is Coming”.  Please see the poster in the porch.

Do you support Catholic schools and the right of Catholics to send their children to them? Then we need you to make your voice heard.

The Government is making a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which prevents Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils to attend. They have acknowledged that this policy discriminates against Catholics and promised to abandon it, now we need you to tell them not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics.

Visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap or search for ‘Catholic Education’ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools.

Wreath Making Event –  The Friends of St Cuthbert Mayne are hosting this fabulous event again this year on Thursday 7th December from 8pm in the school hall.   £25 a ticket includes a glass of mulled wine and all the materials you need to make a beautiful wreath to enjoy over the festive period.   The event was very popular last year.  There are also Christmas Puddings to be bought at £3 each.  Please let the Parish Office know if you would like to reserve a ticket or buy a pudding.

Over 50 Coffee Mornings – the next few dates for the successful over 50’s coffee morning are Tuesdays 12th December and then in the New Year 9th and 23rd January and 6th and 20th February from 10pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  All are welcome.

 

Christ The King – 26th November 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The story of how David was plucked from the fields and anointed King over Israel, is well known.  He was the youngest of Jesse’s sons and his place therefore was to tend the sheep.  A lowly, but important task in that kind of society.   That David, after many trials and tribulations, was to go on to become the King par excellence, and a reference against which all future and past kings would be judged is remarkable.  His reign saw Israel, or rather the tribe of Judah, become settled, prosperous and, relatively speaking, at peace.

It is hardly surprising therefore that through all the difficult things that the nation was to go through in the next centuries – right up to, and beyond, Jesus Christ – that the Jews would look for, and hope for, a king who might rule more after the model of David.  Ezekiel the prophet picks this up in the first reading today.  No longer will the nation be left in the hands of lazy, quarrelling, unjust and faithless rulers and priests – but God himself will be the Shepherd King.  Being just and holy his judgement will be right and true.  Those who have done wrong can expect dire punishment and those who have suffered in the cause of right will be rewarded.  Those who have been damaged by the ills of society will be healed, refreshed and restored.

The metaphor of King as shepherd is clearly a Jewish one and thus the Messiah would be one who vanquishes the foes of Israel and yet one who rules with tenderness and compassion.  Those who were once bowed down under oppression will be able to hold their heads up high.

What went against expectations, and continues to confound the Jews, is that the way in which the King vanquishes his foes is not with a mighty army that meets on a bloody battlefield but a battle against the forces of darkness that is met in his own body on the cross.  Meeting hatred and violence with love, compassion, and non-violence Jesus overcomes the evil.  By rising to new life, he ushers in the new kingdom of justice peace, love and compassion.

The important thing for us as Jesus’ followers is that He asks something new of us.  He asks us to see him in the faces of those around us – everyone – but most particularly in the faces of the poor, the sick, the imprisoned, the hungry.  If we do that we are counted righteous.  If we refuse to do that we are cast off.  But it is we who have cast ourselves off from Him – by failing to recognise him in the “littlest of these my brothers and sisters.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David 

New to the Parish or just keen to meet everyone You will be made welcome at the evening reception 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 on the Parish Events page of the website.

Corin Golding will be selling baked goods after Mass in Bramley on the 26th November to raise funds for his school, St Edmund’s Catholic Primary in Godalming.  Please support Corin’s efforts.

Date Change for Care Group meeting is re-scheduled for 1st December at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

Mums and Dads – a date for your Diary – Join other Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th. 

We will be celebrating whole school mass at 1.45 and then the blessing and official opening   of our new school entrance lobby. From 3.15-4.00pm we will have Open Classrooms.

Bishop Richard will be celebrating mass with Fr. David and then opening the lobby and visiting classrooms after school during the Open Classrooms. We will then have informal refreshments for staff, governors and the Bishop from 4-4.45pm.

The Monday Advent Group will start as usual at 10am on Monday November 27th at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley.

All are welcome.  I would be grateful if you can let me know if you are coming on   01483 894048. Maureen Loveder.

The Parish are going to be selling Tombola Tickets after the next few weeks Masses in order to raise funds for the Parish Hall which is still an ongoing concern.  The prizes include nice bath sets, books, booze, candles, chocolates, and odds are good to win something.  Please support this venture.

From Darkness to Light

A Service of Readings and Music for Advent

At St Thomas More Church, Bramley

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – 6.30pm

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room.  All are welcome

The St Cuthbert Mayne Christmas Fair will take place following the Youth Mass on Sunday 26th November.   Please join the festivities after Mass and enjoy lots of children’s activities, good food, cakes and drinks.  There are raffle prizes of £300, £200 & £100 plus lots more to be won.  Parking will be restricted on the day and all are very welcome at the Fair. 

The Parish Reconciliation Service will take place on Sunday 17th December in Cranleigh from 1pm.  Our First Holy Communion children (30+ of them!) will be receiving their First Reconciliation.  All members of the parish are encouraged to attend.  You might like to come to the service even if you intend to make your confession the following weekend and use the penitential service as a helpful and joyful examination of conscience to help prepare yourself.

By kind permission of Fr David there will be a Christmas collection after mass on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December for the Number Five Homeless shelter.  Number Five Project is a shelter for the homeless in 3 to 5 York Road, Guildford. The shelter has accommodation for 14 males and 2 females and provides bed, breakfast and an evening meal. Although it only provides temporary accommodation, usually up to two weeks, the centre will usually be full at Christmas time, and so for a number of years now our parish has had a collection to help them through Christmas.

The proceeds of the collection have been used to give each resident a voucher for the cinema and also a small voucher to spend in The Friary Centre. The residents really appreciate the fact that someone is thinking about them and can be very moved by it.

If there are sufficient funds the residents are provided with a take-away meal of their choice on New Year’s Eve.

As Number Five does not have any independent resources any remaining funds from the collection are used to provide for emergencies such as a taxi to the A and E out of normal hours, or help with fares to attend a job interview or to see an ill relative, etc. It is also used for birthday cards and sometimes a small birthday present for a resident. This a very valued resource at the shelter and would not be available without your help.

You can be assured that any money you give will be very much appreciated both by the staff and the residents and will be put to very good use.”  From Pat Scully

“LO HE COMES” – An opportunity to take an hour out in each week of Advent to prepare for Christmas with Words and Music from different traditions presented by the Rector.  We are invited to join our friends at St Nicolas on Wednesday evenings in the Parish Church.  6th Dec – “The King is Coming”, 13th Dec – “The Light is Coming”, 20th Dec – “The Child is Coming”.  Please see the poster in the porch.

Bishop Richard invites families to join him on a pilgrimage to Dublin for the World Meeting of families 22nd – 26th August 2018. This event includes; a three day congress exploring themes from Amoris Laetitia. Wonderful international speakers will lead sessions for adults and there are age appropriate activities for children and young people. This is followed by a concert style “Festival of Families” on the Saturday and the event concludes with Sunday Mass concelebrated by Pope Francis.
For further details please see flyers in the porch or contact  wmof2018@dabnet.org

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33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 19th November 2017

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From Father David – Dear Brothers and Sisters

We are entering upon a period of intense preparation from this week onwards until the middle of February.  All of us are being asked to reflect on what is important and at the centre of our lives.  Well, what is?  That is the question indeed.  Is it Advent?  Or Christmas?

Jesus says in the Gospel “Where your treasure is, there lies your heart.”  What do we treasure most and thus where do our hearts truly lie?

Last week I alerted you to a letter that you would have received this week.  This particular letter concerns your money – something we readily identify as “treasure” – and asks you to support your parish and it’s work financially so that we can fund the works we need to make our parish a centre of excellence.  With more money we could do so much more – many things that other Churches take for granted as essential – and therefore fund accordingly.  Things like Youth Workers, Professional musicians, Family Workers, IT support and infrastructure, development of the fabric to suit changing ways of worship etc.  You may not have thought of any of these things but I’m asking you to support your parish generously and respond to our most recent appeal wholeheartedly. Even sacrificially.

But over the next few weeks we are going to hear and learn a great deal more about other aspects of developing your treasure – and thus your heart’s desire.  I have asked a small group to develop materials, meetings, and a way, or ways, of asking YOU how you think our parish might change over the next year, or years, in such ways that we become a community of the faithful who have the Church, our parish, the work we do and the worship we offer at heart in a new, more life giving, way which seeks the involvement of everyone in new and exciting ways.

The upside of this, as far as I can see, is that it doesn’t really depend on ME as your priest.  I am here to pastor, support, teach and encourage you as best I can.  But YOU are, all together, the Church, and thus what you make of it is what it becomes.

If there is no true heart in our parish for the Gospel, the Church, and mission then, even if I was the best priest in the entire world, it would die and wither.  Even if I was the worst priest in the world, if you have Christ at heart and in the centre of your lives then our parish will thrive and draw new people of all ages into God’s life in new and exciting ways.  Watch, listen and pray!

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With my love and prayers.  Fr David

Special Collection THIS Sunday for The Cathedral Maintenance Fund

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If you would like the names of any of your relatives or friends who have died to be entered into the Book of Remembrance in Bramley, please sign the list in the porch and they will be entered onto the book at the end of November.

requiem-font-1-big.png The Parish will be celebrating a Requiem Mass THIS Saturday 18th November.   This Mass is intended to remember all those recently departed in our community.  Please come if you would like to remember someone special.  Please forward this message onto anyone who you think would like to attend.

MilfordSMALL-460x339.jpgIf you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre on Milford Tuesday 21st November please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches.   Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.

images.jpe.jpeg Corin Golding will be selling baked goods after Mass in Bramley on the 26th November to raise funds for his school, St Edmund’s Catholic Primary in Godalming.  Please support Corin’s efforts.

ht_star_Wars_xmas_05_lb_151201_4x3_992.jpgWe have a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend on 16/12.   Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team.

cache_4088523715.png Next Care Group meeting is scheduled for 24th November at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

Cuthbert_Mayne_2a.JPGMums and Dads – a date for your Diary – Join other Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th. 

We will be celebrating whole school mass at 1.45 and then the blessing and official opening   of our new school entrance lobby. From 3.15-4.00pm we will have Open Classrooms.

Bishop Richard will be celebrating mass with Fr. David and then opening the lobby and visiting classrooms after school during the Open Classrooms. We will then have informal refreshments for staff, governors and the Bishop from 4-4.45pm.

From Darkness to Light

A Service of Readings and Music for Advent

At St Thomas More Church, Bramley

Sunday 3rd December 2017 – 6.30pm

Followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Parish Room.  All are welcome

jointhechoir_000.jpgAll are welcome to join the Bramley Choir for the Advent Carol Service. Rehearsals take place at 8pm in Bramley on Mondays 13th, 20th and 27th November. 

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The St Cuthbert Mayne Christmas Fair will take place following the Youth Mass on Sunday 26th November.   Please join the festivities after Mass and enjoy lots of children’s activities, good food, cakes and drinks.  There are raffle prizes of £300, £200 & £100 plus lots more to be won.  Parking will be restricted on the day and all are very welcome at the Fair.

Advent-Reconciliation-Service.jpgThe Parish Reconciliation Service will take place on Sunday 17thDecember in Cranleigh from 1pm.  Our First Holy Communion children (30+ of them!) will be receiving their First Reconciliation.  All members of the parish are encouraged to attend.  You might like to come to the service even if you intend to make your confession the following weekend and use the penitential service as a helpful and joyful examination of conscience to help prepare yourself.

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12.11.17

There will be a second collection this weekend for The Retired Priests Fund

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From Father David – Dear Brothers and Sisters

Later on this week an envelope is going to drop onto your doormat with a letter addressed to you in it.  Please do not treat this as junk mail.  It’s not!

The letter is asking you an important question about supporting your parish.  Are you prepared to properly support and finance your parish to enable it to support you when you need it for important occasions like baptisms, marriages and funerals?
Are you prepared to support your parish so that we can run our churches to enable the Mass to be celebrated in buildings that reflect our love of God and the importance we place on our relationship with Him?

What we decide may well depend on many factors in our lives such as our income and our justifiable expenses.  This means that no two families are the same in their ability to give a set amount.  But I hope that everyone will have an appreciation of the importance of the Church in their lives such that giving to support the life and work of the Church has a certain level of importance and priority amongst all the many other priorities.

For example, many of us are members of a golf club, or a gym.  How does the Church fair in comparison?  Membership of Cranleigh Golf and Leisure currently runs at £62 a month for the cheapest plan.  Sure, you can play golf and use the gym or pool almost any time you like, but is it more important to you than your Church?  Some people like a Costa coffee every day or every couple of days or so.  Assuming you had four cups a week that’s over £10 a week just on coffee.  That’s £520 every year.  Is your Church worth more than a cappuccino to you?  Many of us have wine now at home.  According to the Independent Newspaper “The “Brexit effect” has pushed the average cost of a bottle of wine to a new all- time high of £5.56, according to latest industry figures”. Might you consume a couple of those a week?  That’s over £10 too and £500 a year.

I write this not to condemn your coffee or wine drinking habits but to ask you to reflect on how much you give to your Church to support its life and work.  It maybe that you haven’t thought of this for many years – not, in fact, since you generously and helpfully took out that Standing Order many years ago.  Costs have gone up since then and also the things we need money for have multiplied too.

Please read your letter, pray about it and get in touch with Trish to refresh your Standing Order and Gift Aid to take us forward to the next stage of our life together.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

DSC_6234-e1484339345709.jpg There is an induction mass by Bishop Richard for Fr Roy Waters and all the rest of Guildford team at St Josephs, on Friday 10th November 7:00pm – 8:00pm

It is to Inaugurate their new Parish Team and Induct Mgr. Tony as its’ Moderator,

There is a shared buffet in the Hall afterwards.

St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Guildford, GU1 4AZ

Source of information: https://www.cpg.church/parish-calendar.html

event_457752096.jpegThe next over 50’s coffee morning is on Tues 14th November 10.30-12noon in the Parish Room.  Please come along and invite your friends to this informal friendly gathering.

requiem-font-1-big.pngThe Parish will be holding a Requiem Mass on Saturday 18th November.   This Mass is intended to remember all those recently departed in our community.  Please come if you would like to remember someone special.  Please forward this message onto anyone who you think would like to attend.

MilfordSMALL-460x339.jpgIf you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre on Milford Tuesday 21st November please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches.   Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.

021.JPGWe have a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend on 16/12.   Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team.  We are now in need of a Christmas tree.  Can you help?

St_Joseph's_RC_Church,_Eastgate_Gardens,_Guildford_(April_2014)_(Front).JPGTime of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers at St Josephs in Guildford on Thursday 15th February 2018 between 7-9pm

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Surrey Age UK hold a weekly Coffee Morning at Manns of Cranleigh coffee Shop in the High Street every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm.   All over 50’s are welcome and no booking is required.  It is a chance to meet new people.

cache_4088523715.png Next Care Group meeting is scheduled for 24th November at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

Cuthbert_Mayne_2a.JPG Mums and Dads – a date for your Diary – Join other Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th. 

We will be celebrating whole school mass at 1.45 and then the blessing and official opening of our new school entrance lobby. From 3.15-4.00pm we will have Open Classrooms.

Bishop Richard will be celebrating mass with Fr. David and then opening the lobby and visiting classrooms after school during the Open Classrooms. We will then have informal refreshments for staff, governors and the Bishop from 4-4.45pm.

mass-schedule.jpg Please note there is no mass at STM on Tuesday 14th due to Fr David ministering an interment of ashes and the Deanery mass for deceased Clergy at Farnham later that morning.  Please note all are welcome to come to St Joan’s for that mass to pray for their deceased priests and offer mass for them.

jointhechoir_000.jpg All are welcome to join the Bramley Choir for the Advent Carol Service. Rehearsals take place at 8pm in Bramley on Mondays 13th, 20th and 27th November.

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The St Cuthbert Mayne Christmas Fair will take place following the Youth Mass on Sunday 26th November.   Please join the festivities after Mass and enjoy lots of children’s activities, good food, cakes and drinks.  There is a 1st prize of £300 to be won in the raffle.  Parking will be restricted on the day but all are welcome at the Fair.

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Marriage Care is a national charity that offers professional, confidential counselling for individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage or other relationship.  There is no fixed charge but we do seek voluntary donations.  Please telephone Freephone 0800 389 3801 for an appointment with a Counsellor near you, or visit our website at www.marriagecare.org.uk for more information.

Unknown.jpeg‘Waiting in Wonder’ is a retreat for young adults (aged 18-35) being held 1st-3rd December at Worth Abbey, To book, or for more info, please email Katrina at TOC@worthabbey.net

Wintershall Nativity Leaflet 2017 Artwork v1.pdf

GCGC 2017 Christmas Showcase 2.pdf

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th November 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Can you remember going to “big school” for the first time?  I can, and it is not something that I wish to repeat, I can tell you.  Even as an over tall youngster I was fazed by everything – the confidence of the senior kids, the way they “knew” everything and made sure I understood that I did not, the seemingly never ending stream of new people and new things and not all of them pleasant.  No thank you.

Can you imagine what it might feel, then, to decide to start coming to church? – especially a catholic church?  You know, because they are full of strange rituals and fearsome priests and smoke and bells and Latin all over the place.  In former ages when going to church was something almost everyone did at some point of their lives, perhaps this was difficult but manageable.  How about now?  What if you didn’t think much of yourself as a person, or came from a poor background?  What if you came from an ethnic background that wasn’t English, or even British?  What if you were a single mum?  Or a divorced dad?  How might that all feel?

In truth none of us can ever know what another person feels about their first few times in our church.  But we can guess from our own experiences and we can all try to make sure that we reduce or get rid entirely anything that could prove an obstacle for someone new.  This is not really for those who “welcome” each week (although it includes them) but for our whole community.  We need to be an inclusive community in every way possible such that the words of the liturgy and our faith resonate with the experience people have when they visit us and especially if they are “not one of us” as mentioned above.

To help us learn and put into practice good practice Margaret Fraher from the Diocesan Pastoral Team is coming to help us think about this and put into place things that can help us become truly welcoming and inclusive.  I would like YOU to be there – even though you may not have any specific role in the parish – because we can all learn and grow.  Margaret is coming to us on Saturday 27th January 2018 to run a course called “WHAT DOES AN INCLUSIVE PARISH LOOK LIKE?”  It starts at 10am with mass and finishes at 3.30pm.  Please come and help us become an inclusive parish.  I would especially like to see everyone who welcomes at mass here and everyone else is most welcome.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

 

 

*Earlier Mass due to Funeral Mass and Celebration of Canon Gerald’s Life and Ministry at Arundel Cathedral

 

Good News
Over the last two weekends, members of the Pound a Week Group donated the wonderful sum of £579 to provide a gift for the family of the boy Robert who died of acute appendicitis three weeks ago. I have told Fr Conway and asked for his advice. I said we would like to buy a milking cow or milking camel for the family or some other animals but would of course be guided by his advice as to which would be the most appropriate.  I will let you know when I hear from him.
Thank you all for your support for the Pokot projects.  Best wishes.  Eugene

 

Tues 14th November

The over 50’s coffee morning will commence at 10.30-12noon in the Parish Room.  Please come along and invite your friends to this informal friendly gathering.

 

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.  Note: this is the 4th Nov meeting rescheduled to avoid Fireworks Night.

 

Sunday 5th November

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

 

Saturday 11th November

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

 

To Parents of Teenagers; whether you are enjoying every minute or finding it a hard slog there is lots to be learnt from each other. Come and join us for six sessions to chat and relax. We will be using the Alpha parenting course to structure our discussions. Booking essential in order to cater for the wine… and the materials!! If you are interested please let the Parish Office know, charge of £10 to cover materials, dates; November 8/15/22/29/December 6th 7.30-9.30 Cranleigh Parish room

 

Saturday 18th November

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

 

Tuesday 21st November

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

 

Christmas Decorations

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

 

Thursday 15th February 2018

Please note there will be a 7-9pm Time of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers at St Josephs in Guildford.

 

Surrey Age UK hold a weekly Coffee Morning at Manns of Cranleigh coffee Shop in the High Street every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm.   All over 50’s are welcome and no booking is required.  It is a chance to meet new people.

 

Next Care Group meeting is scheduled for 24th November at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

 

Beresford has about 50 jam jars with lids available to anyone in the Parish – please contact him if you are in need of jam jars.

 

Mums and Dads – a date for your Diary – Join other Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th.

We will be celebrating whole school mass at 1.45 and then the blessing and official opening of our new school entrance lobby. From 3.15-4.00pm we will have Open Classrooms.

Bishop Richard will be celebrating mass with Fr. David and then opening the lobby and visiting classrooms after school during the Open Classrooms. We will then have informal refreshments for staff, governors and the Bishop from 4-4.45pm.

 

Please note there is no mass at STM on Tuesday 14th due to Fr David ministering an interment of ashes and the Deanery mass for deceased Clergy at Farnham later that morning.  Please note all are welcome to come to St Joan’s for that mass to pray for their deceased priests and offer mass for them.

 

Marriage Care is a national charity that offers professional, confidential counselling for individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage or other relationship.  There is no fixed charge but we do seek voluntary donations.  Please telephone Freephone 0800 389 3801 for an appointment with a Counsellor near you, or visit our website at www.marriagecare.org.uk for more information.

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 29th October 2017

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time 29th October 2017
Sat 28th Bramley 2.30pm Baptism of Olufemi Ajayi
  Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass  
Sun 29th Bramley 9.00am Parish Mass
  Cranleigh 11.00am Parish Mass  
Tues 31st Bramley 11.30am Mass  
Wed 1st Cranleigh

Bramley

11.00am

8.00pm

Mass of All Saints

Mass of All Saints

 

Roger Bracking (RIP)

Thur 2nd Cranleigh

Bramley

10.00am

8.00pm

Mass of All Souls

Mass of All Souls

 
Fri 3rd Cranleigh 10.00am Mass – St Winifride David Tyler (Int)
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time 5th November 2017
Sat 4th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass  
  Cranleigh 5.00pm Vigil Mass earlier due to Village Bonfire Peggy & Peter Hodge (RIP)
Sun 5th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Parish Mass

Parish Mass

 

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters

faith-hope-charity-kathy-barney.jpgThe Opening Collect today is a beautiful summation of the Gospel: increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise.

Combined with Jesus’ words from the Gospel this reminds us that our faith is meant to have an impact on our lives such that our catholic community becomes a living sign of God’s activity in the world.  God wants all peoples to know Him and to know his love which sets us free from our slavery to ways of life that lead to death and violence and destruction and, instead, motivates us towards “eternal” life – i.e. life with God.

By loving what God loves and doing His will we “merit” his promises.  God promises us forgiveness and eternal life in His Son but unless we prepare our hearts minds and lives in this life we will not be found ready and acceptable.  It’s not that God wills to shut us out of heaven – its more that we won’t recognise heaven when we see it – nor the people who will be there!

To be able to “see” God we need to think and act in ways that are different from the usual.  Jesus warns us that if we love our friends and family that is no “merit” but if we love our enemies – those who would harm us, or who have harmed us then we become “like” Christ.  If we think we can see God only in the young and beautiful then we will not recognise Him in heaven for Christ is to be found among the elderly and poor, the grieving; in the prisoners, prostitutes and villains and the marginalised of this world.

To live and move among this world and to have faith, hope and love is to be an “alter Christus” – or another Christ.  It is to set our hands and lives and wallets at the service of the Kingdom and to persevere in the face of setbacks, criticisms, abuse, and the, more common, complete failure to comprehend what it is the Church means when it insists that all people, from conception to death, indelibly bear the imprint of the holy.

To love one’s neighbour is the supreme act of love – a pure love for the stranger which seeks to make connections as God does with us purely because he loves us.  It is this same love reflected in us that marks a church community as one that is alive and active in the Spirit and in the world.

With my love and prayers.  Fr Davidfaith hope charity.JPG

TUESDAY 31st OCTOBER – NO not trick or treat – just treat. Do please join our monthly Parish lunch following the 11:30 am Mass at Bramley. There will be the usual heart-warming two course meal with drinks of your choice. Please sign the lists in the Church porches or phone Ann (07795608823) to book your place. Looking forward to spreading light and lunch with you.

Tues 31st October – The over 50’s coffee morning will recommence at 10.30-12noon in the Parish Room.  Please come along and invite your friends to this informal friendly gathering.

all_saints_day.jpgWed1st/2nd November Feast of All Saints and All Souls – This year the Feast of All Saints will be held on Wednesday 1st November. There will be a sung Mass at Bramley at 8pm. School Mass at 11am in Cranleigh.

All Souls is the following day, Thursday 2nd November. There will be sung Mass at 8pm at Bramley. Said Mass at 10am in Cranleigh During this mass, the congregation are invited to light candles in commemoration of their departed family and friends.

Sunday 5th November – Fr David will be blessing graves in Cranleigh at 12.30pm.   Please let the Parish Office know of any graves that you would like to be blessed ahead of this date.   Votive candles can be brought prior to the event.

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

 Confirmation Programme – Parents meeting on Monday 30th October at 7.30pm to go through the plans for this year’s programme.

To Parents of Teenagers; whether you are enjoying every minute or finding it a hard slog there is lots to be learnt from each other. Come and join us for six sessions to chat and relax. We will be using the Alpha parenting course to structure our discussions. Booking essential in order to cater for the wine… and the materials!! If you are interested please let the Parish Office know, charge of £10 to cover materials, dates; November 1/8/15/22/29/December 6th 7.30-9.30 Cranleigh Parish room

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

all-are-welcome_orig.jpegSaturday 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.  Note: this is the 4th Nov meeting rescheduled to avoid Fireworks Night.

Tuesday 21st November If you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre at Milford please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches.   Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.

a8fa9388e79d080b154bd9abd2073f66.pngChristmas Decorations – We are looking to recruit a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend possibly 16+17/12.   Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team.

Thursday 15th February 2018 – Please note there will be a 7-9pm Time of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers at St Josephs in Guildford.

Surrey Age UK hold a weekly Coffee Morning at Manns of Cranleigh coffee Shop in the High Street every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm.   All over 50’s are welcome and no booking is required.  It is a change to meet new people.

Next Care Group meeting is scheduled for 24th November at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

Beresford has about 50 jam jars with lids available to anyone in the Parish – please contact him if you are in need of jam jars.

Mums and Dads – a date for your Diary – Join other Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th. We will be celebrating whole school mass at 1.45 and then the blessing and official opening of our new school entrance lobby. From 3.15-4.00pm we will have Open Classrooms. Bishop Richard will be celebrating mass with Fr. David and then opening the lobby and visiting classrooms after school during the Open Classrooms. We will then have informal refreshments for staff, governors and the Bishop from 4-4.45pm.


14-rejoice.jpg30th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.

THE COLLECT

Almighty ever-living God, increase our faith, hope and charity, and make us love what you command, so that we may merit what you promise.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen

FIRST READING (Exodus 22: 20-26)

RESPONSORIAL PSALM

R:  I love you, Lord, my strength

I love you, Lord, my strength, my rock, my fortress, my saviour.  My God is the rock where I take refuge; my shield, my mighty help, my stronghold.  The Lord is worthy of all praise:  when I call I am saved from my foes. R

Long life to the Lord, my rock!  Praised be the God who saves me.  He has given great victories to his king and shown his love for his anointed. R

SECOND READING (1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10)

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Alleluia, alleluia!  Open our heart, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son.  Alleluia! or

Alleluia, alleluia!  If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him.  Alleluia!

GOSPEL (Matthew 22: 34-40)

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Look, we pray, O Lord, on the offerings we make to your majesty, that whatever is done by us in your service may be directed above all to your glory.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

COMMUNION ANTIPHON

We will ring out our joy at your saving help and exult in the name of our God.   or

Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, as a fragrant offering to God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

May our Sacraments, O Lord, we pray, perfect in us what lies within them, that what we now celebrate in signs we may one day possess in truth.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen


Father David Osborne Tel:  07979515890    Parish Secretary: Tel: 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com

Office open Tues: 9.00-12.00, Wed: 9.00-15.15, Thurs: 12.00-15.15, Fri 9.00-15.15

The Presbytery St Nicolas Ave Cranleigh GU6 7AQ  www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk

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

Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time. Parish Prayer Group – Thursdays at 8pm

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 22nd October 2017

From Father David – Dear Brothers and Sisters

At last week’s Finance Committee meeting we looked at the first ¾ of the financial year’s results and can see a trend that is starting to become alarming – that is, that our expenditure is overtaking our income from the Offertory.  It is my duty to try to steward the resources of the parish and one of the largest expenditures which I think has got out of hand is the administration costs.  The newsletter you have in your hand is an attempt to save money whilst retaining the essential information that is required to keep you informed of events and information about celebrations, baptisms, funerals etc..  You can see that we have lost the readings from the “back page.”  Printing the Mass in full each week means that we have to use A3 paper folded to form a small leaflet.  A3 paper is less commonly used than A4 and is thus more expensive.  A4 is relatively reasonably priced and simple to photocopy.  So we are going to try and move to an A4 double sided newsletter for each Sunday.  The full newsletter will still be sent via email to anyone on our parish database and roll – so if you don’t get it (and you have an email address) it may well be that you haven’t given the Office your details.  Having those details helps us to help you so please – keep them up to date and if you haven’t given us them please do so as soon as possible.

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It seems a good time to draw attention to money as Jesus tells us to give to Caesar what belongs to him and to God what belongs to God.  The Church operates in the same world as you and I do – we have electricity and gas and water to pay for.  Council Tax and repairs to the fabric.  Garden maintenance is a constant theme at Bramley and Cranleigh.  We have to pay for candles for the altars, wine and communion wafers for the Eucharist.  We have to buy the votive candles so that you can use them in your devotions.  We have salaries to pay and a share to send to the Diocese in order to help run the Diocese and pay for the help they in turn give us when we need it.  All of these things have increased many times over during the last few years – but our giving has probably remained static.  We haven’t had a stewardship appeal for over 4 years now but we are planning one soon as we need to all work together and pay our share to keep our beautiful and vibrant churches alive and running.  Please think about this so that when we launch an appeal it doesn’t come as a surprise to you!!

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

Office-Closed.jpgPlease note the Parish Office will be closed Tuesday 24th October to Friday 27th October.  Reopen as normal on Tuesday 2nd November.

Emails and voicemails can be left and the website has sign-up sheets for some events.

29th-sunday-in-ordinary-time-1-728.jpgSpecial Collection this Sunday for MISSIO – envelopes are in the porches

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

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

Please pray for the Missions and please give generously this weekend to help sow love around the world.  Gift Aid envelopes are in the porch.

xrestinpeace-mysrim3hap4o75bx98ry8nkqnh2qogskp0cddonk54.jpg.pagespeed.ic.ghiDc4Xfp5.jpgSad newsroom Pokot

A young boy in Form 1 of the Mission secondary school, Twale Kapel Robert, fell ill on Monday 9 October and was taken by the school Principal to the East Pokot Medical Project clinic (a Mission project) where he was diagnosed with a bladder and kidney infection. He was kept overnight pending transfer the next morning to hospital. He was given antibiotics and some improvement was noticed during the night. But he began to deteriorate and the clinic team set out with Robert on the four hour journey to the nearest hospital with X-ray and ultra sound facilities where he was found to have appendix and urinary tract infections. He was kept fasting in preparation for an operation the next morning but sadly passed away in the middle of the night. His body was taken to the mortuary until the family could be informed.  Here is Fr Conway’s subsequent report which does not make easy reading.
“On our visit to the family of the late Twala Kapel Robert on Monday 16 October we learned (after two of our teachers waded across the Kerio River with water up to their chest), that the family lived in a very remote setting in a homestead three and a half hours from Barpello.The father of Robert disappeared mysteriously over three years ago, he has never been seen since and is presumed dead. This is still very upsetting for them. In the last 12 months two young family members died, their uncle who lived at home died in the last month. The women of the house are mourning according to Pokot Tradition. Now with the tragic news of the death of their son they are confused. It was expressed to us that they do not want the boy to be buried at home. They are trying to grapple with the question as to why there is so much death in their family. To add to the sad news of the passing of Robert, a close relative was washed away in the River Kerio, the body has not been found yet.
Yesterday, we had to bury Robert in an unmarked grave in the bush in the presence of over 230 students from Barpello High School and with community members. Robert’s mother was not there. If BHS had not taken the body from the mortuary, it would have been left there, only to be discarded in some weeks. We bought a soda for all present, to help make the occasion rise a little above the sadness.Thanks for your support.   Fr David”
Fr Conway told me he found the funeral a very, very difficult occasion. The family of course had no money so the school paid £1400 to cover all the hospital and funeral costs.  I have asked him if the Pound a Week Group could help the family in any way and will keep you informed. Since then a  number of members have already asked if they could help. I would like to include something in my next transfer of funds for Fr Conway to give to the family and if anyone would like to make a small contribution, have a word with me or alternatively just pop a donation into one of the orange Pound a Week Group envelopes and place it in the collection basket.
Eugene McGivern. Tel 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com

54ece08b7b574b559d1b798a48307738.jpgADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 28th October 11.00-4.00 You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit.

For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

ortolunchwithus.png TUESDAY 31st OCTOBER – NO not trick or treat – just treat. Do please join our monthly Parish lunch following the 11:30 am Mass at Bramley. There will be the usual heart-warming two course meal with drinks of your choice. Please sign the lists in the Church porches or phone Ann (07795608823) to book your place. Looking forward to spreading light and lunch with you.

timthumb.php.jpegTues 31st October – The over 50’s coffee morning will recommence at 10.30-12noon in the Parish Room.  Please come along and invite your friends to this informal friendly gathering.

Remembering-All-Souls-On-November-2nd-All-Souls-Day.jpg Wed1st/2nd November Feast of All Saints and All Souls

This year the Feast of All Saints will be held on Wednesday 1st November. There will be a sung Mass at Bramley at 8pm. School Mass at 10am in Cranleigh

All Souls is the following day, Thursday 2nd November. There will be sung Mass at 8pm at Bramley. Said Mass at 10am in Cranleigh During this mass, the congregation are invited to light candles in commemoration of their departed family and friends.

welcome.jpgSaturday 4th November – The Parish would like to invite all newcomers to the Parish to an evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh.   If you have recently become involved in the Cranleigh or Bramley Parish, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please let the Parish Office know that you would like to attend.

lighting-candle-over-grave-annual-blessing-graves-ratchaburi-province-thailand-73888668.jpgSunday 5th November – The Parish holds an annual blessing of graves in Cranleigh at 12.30pm.   Please let the Parish Office know of any graves that you would like to be blessed ahead of this date.   Votive candles can be brought prior to the event.

5bHXr1sNnj.jpg Saturday 11th November- Readers and Ministers of the Parish are invited to join the Day of Recollection in Cranleigh on 11th November 2017.  Please sign yourself into this day on the Parish Events Page.

images.jpegConfirmation Programme – Parents meeting on Monday 30th October at 7.30pm to go through the plans for this year’s programme.  Please sign your child up to the programme on the Parish Events page of the website.

courses-8.jpgTo Parents of Teenagers; whether you are enjoying every minute or finding it a hard slog there is lots to be learnt from each other. Come and join us for six sessions to chat and relax. We will be using the Alpha parenting course to structure our discussions. Booking essential in order to cater for the wine… and the materials!! If you are interested please let the Parish Office know, charge of £10 to cover materials, dates; November 1/8/15/22/29/December 6th 7.30-9.30 Cranleigh Parish room

requiem-font-1-big.png Saturday 18th November – The Parish will be holding a Requiem Mass on Saturday 18th November.   This Mass is intended to remember all those recently departed in our community.  Please come if you would like to remember someone special.  Please forward this message onto anyone who you think would like to attend.

Milford_1.jpgTuesday 21st November – If you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre at Milford please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches.   Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.

18mnquyoxw858jpg.jpgChristmas Decorations – We are looking to recruit a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend possibly 16+17/12.   Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team.

St_Joseph's_RC_Church,_Eastgate_Gardens,_Guildford_(April_2014)_(Front).JPGThursday 15th February 2018 – Please note there will be a 7-9pm Recollection Meeting for Extraordinary Ministers at St Josephs in Guildford.

3753883_1_O.jpgCongratulations to the 300 Club winners for October.  1st prize to The Southwell Family, 2nd to R Boodle, 3rd to M Hough.29

Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 15.10.17

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 Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 14th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 15th          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Thomas Hall

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

Cranleigh         12noon            Funeral of Pat Hind

Wed 18th        Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass – St Luke

Thurs 19th       Bramley          11.00am          Funeral of Norah Voller

Fri 20th           Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Sat 21st           Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

 Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 21st           Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 22nd         Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

 

Special Collection next Sunday for MISSIO

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

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

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

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

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

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

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Sunday 15th October

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

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

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Wednesday 18th October

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.   Please sign up to the next Baptism course which is Wed 18th October and Wednesday 25th October on the Parish Events Website.

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Sunday 22nd October

World Mission Sunday Collection

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

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

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

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

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Gift of Faith” by Fr Anthony Meredith; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm. There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs).

For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com

Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

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

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Saturday 4th November

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

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Sunday 5th November

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

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Saturday 11th November

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

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Confirmation Programme

The confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world.

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

 

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Saturday 18th November

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

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Tuesday 21st November

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

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Christmas Decorations

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

Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 8th October 2017

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Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – 8th October 2017

Sat 7th             Cranleigh         10.00am          Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Baptism of Lorraine C Casey

 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 7th             Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 8th            Bramley          9.00am            Parish Harvest Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Harvest Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Zachary Martyn

Baptist Church 6.30pm            Harvest Songs of Praise

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

Wed 11th        Cranleigh         7.00pm            Mass – St John XXIII

Thurs 12th       Bramley          10.00am          Mass – St Wilfrid

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

 Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

Sat 14th          Cranleigh         6.00pm            Vigil Mass

Sun 15th          Bramley          9.00am            Parish Mass

Cranleigh         11.00am          Parish Mass

Bramley          2.00pm            Baptism of Thomas Hall

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Message from Father David – Dear Brothers and Sisters

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Weekend of 7th and 8th October

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

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

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

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Saturday 7th October

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

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Sunday 15th October

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

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

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Wednesday 18th October

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.   Please sign up to the next Baptism course which is Wed 18th October and Wednesday 25th October on the Parish Events Website.

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CAFOD MPC Training

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

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Saturday 28th October

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

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Saturday 4th November

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

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Sunday 5th November

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

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Saturday 11th November

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

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Confirmation Programme

The confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world.

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

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Saturday 18th November

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

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Tuesday 21st November

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

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CAFOD Office volunteer

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

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Christmas Decorations

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