11th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 17th June 2018

This weekend we welcome Fr Kevin Dring – Pastoral Director of the Seminary to celebrate Mass.   Fr David and Helen are having a weekend break.


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Sometimes, when I think of the task facing the Church of today, I can feel myself lose heart a bit.  I don’t mean that I give up, it’s more like a feel myself checked, and, pausing, asking myself whether everything will, after all, be alright. Occasionally I have felt mass to be a bit ‘flat’ and have accused myself of not making a very good job of preaching or have fumbled my words and then find myself asking whether it was like that for others too. Am I losing my resolve?

It is certainly true that the Church is going through challenging times and has lost a great deal of prestige and influence over the last few decades.  The Church is no longer at the centre of our national cultural life but somewhat sidelined. If we like the idea of our faith, our church, being at the centre; being what others share and understand and hold dear then this can seem very challenging indeed.

But, in circumstances like these, I am reminded of what Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta told Malcolm Muggeridge when he gently chided her on not having much of an effect on the numbers of people dying daily in squalor in Calcutta (Mumbai).  Blessed Teresa is reported to have said to him in reply “Aah!  You’ve got it all wrong, young man!  You see, God didn’t ask that I be successful – but that I be faithful”

We are undoubtedly entering into a period of challenge and also what may seem to many to be decline.  Certainly, numerical decline.  However that does not necessarily mean that we have, then, to re-invent the Gospel in order to appeal to the ‘many.’ According to Mother Teresa’s understanding what is being asked of us, as we think of a new evangelisation, is also a new faithfulness.  Faithfulness to what?  Or who? To Jesus.

The opening prayer asks, once again, for the help of God’s grace. Grace to help us be more faithful – the actual word is ‘resolve’ – and by being more faithful and full of resolve to do something.

To do deeds.    What might those deeds be?

I think that we can draw an analogy from today’s gospel.  We are being called to prepare the ground for the Sower to sow His seed.  The seed of the Gospel and of faith.  When we talk to people and give an account of the hope that is within us we may not see much change in the other person.  We might even experience ridicule.  But we may have prepared that person’s soul to receive another Word – the Word who is Christ and, like the Farmer and his mustard seed, that seed of the Word may grow while no one notices until suddenly it is right there before us.  How many of us realise that our words, our actions, our prayers, our kindness and acts of reconciliation may be working all the time but quietly and unnoticed in our world which demands instant everything?  Grace is like that.  In our prayers let us ask for a fresh outpouring of the Spirit, and of grace, to plant in men’s and women’s hearts the desire for a ‘certain something’ they are not sure they want but need so badly.  Jesus and the Gospel.

With my love and prayers.  Fr David

Car Parking

As I mentioned last weekend at Mass the School, St Cuthbert Mayne, is having work done in the playground to fit hard play equipment to benefit the children’s play experience and learning.
I am asking for teams of stewards to be set up and have a meeting planned for Tuesday the 19th June at 7.30pm.  This will be the Parish Meeting Room at Cranleigh.At this time we have not got the stewarding in place to supervise the playground when we use it.  This means that I have reluctantly decided that we cannot use the playground for parking.
If you are a user of the car park, and are interested, or willing to be a part of the Stewarding Teams please come along to the meeting.  Without the stewards we will not be able to use the playground as a car park and that will mean that we will not be able to welcome people properly to Mass.  Please think about this request.

The Parish Picnicis planned for Sunday 8th July at the beautiful gardens of Trish and Peter Lebus in Shere.

Suggested arrival by 10.30am with Mass at 11am and a picnic to follow.  Please bring enough food for your family and something to share.    Best cake will be judged in time for dessert.

The Address is Vachery Hook Lane, Shere, GU5 9QQ

There is lots of parking and everyone is welcome to enjoy a shared picnic.

Friday 29thJune is a Holy Day of Obligation with Masses in Cranleigh at 10am [including St Cuthbert Mayne School] and Bramley at 8pm

Dear Follower up the path!

This is just to say that after 28 years (0ctober 2000) we are changing the time of our monthly Stations of the Cross walk from St Francis Chapel, from 7 am to 8 am…..starting as we began on Friday 4th October.

Please would you be so kind as to tell anyone you might know or would like to come, that this will be the revised time and we will certainly continue thus if the timing is popular.

You might be interested to know that never ever has a First Friday of the Month been missed over the years, albeit rain, sun. Or snow ….. Or be the group large or very small!

Thank you so much for your endless and wonderful support, and we look forward to seeing you and anyone you wish to bring, in the future.   Please inform your Parish as we are always welcoming new Priests, Vicars or religious to lead us (or indeed yourselves). Please keep in touch!  All love and blessings.  Peter and Ann Hutley


Gaudete et Exultate

There are a few copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation left.  I hope that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them!  They cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days!  Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith.  Be holy as the Lord your God is holy.  Read this!

The coach trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing will take placed on Friday 20thJuly departing Cranleigh around 10am with Mass to be help in the church.   The cost of the travel will be £10 per person and we already have 15 interested people.

Numbers will be restricted to 29 maximum.   Lunch will be at Harry Ramsdens at the end of the pier and the coach will return in the afternoon. 

Sign up sheets are in both porches or email your interest to office@cpcb.org.uk

Jane Penson would like to thank all those who supported the afternoon tea party last Sunday.   The Grand Total OF £363 was raised which Jane and David are donating to the Parish Meeting Room Fund.   An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and the Parish thanks Jane and David for all they do for our Parish Community.

Parish lunch – the next pariah lunch will be on Tuesday, 26 June in the Bramley parish room. Please let Dinah (271 241) or Bev (892 712 or mark.bev@btopenworld.com) know if you would like to attend. Thank you! 

Bereavement Support in Cranleigh and Bramley Parish.

Bishop Richard recently endorsed his commitment to the laity’s involvement in Bereavement Support in our diocese at a Mass in Crawley where several new people were presented with their certificates for successfully completing this year’s Bereavement Support course run by Katherine Bergin and Cathy Quint.
Fr David is at the moment largely responsible for giving the much needed support at the time of death, helping the bereaved to plan a funeral and offering emotional and spiritual “aftercare”. He is very keen to extend the role of support to the bereaved to include a team of trained support workers who would work with him and provide a comprehensive programme of bereavement support in the parish.
This would build upon what already exists in the parish such as the annual service of   remembrance in November and those who already visit the dying and befriend their families. Support workers are there to walk along beside the bereaved and offer them time to talk through their thoughts and feelings around bereavement if and when they feel the need to do so.
This ministry is one which will develop over time and different elements can be included in the future. There are a few people in the parish who have completed the course but perhaps there are are others who would like to know more about the training. I found the course very thought provoking and extremely worthwhile. If you are interested in finding out more about future courses in our diocese please contact Katherine Bergin at DABCEC.

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomer David Barry M Whalley

M Shine

Graham Family
1st Reading Steve Parker P Rescorla C Greenwood
2nd Reading Rosie Sharpe P O’Brien

M Shine

E Martins
EMHC C Houston

J Glynn

J Harding

D Tyler

J O’Flinn

D Meach

S Hyde

C Wyllie

K Swindells

S Appleyard

K Mantle

P Scully

C Sanders

V Miles

M Sinclair

 

10th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 10th June 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Two subtle enemies of holiness! – so says Pope Francis

I asked you last week to read the latest Papal document “Rejoice and be Glad” and I’m aware that many people are struggling with the second chapter.  It is an important chapter so it is necessary to try and get the most out of it – but it isn’t so important that, in failing to fully understand it, you should be put off reading the rest of the document which is full of very sound advice from a spiritual and pastoral master.

However, I thought I’d just give a little space to trying to unpick what the Pope means in his writing.  There is a chance I could make it more opaque but I hope not.

The two false paths that Francis writes about are Gnosticismand Pelagianism.  Pope Francis deals with them in that order and so I will too.

Gnosticism is to do with ‘Knowledge’ and, specifically, with what having a certain kind ofintellectualknowledge does for one. To have theKnowledge is to be a kind of Illuminati – an Enlightened One – who holds a secret (Latin: occult) knowledge of the things of God.  Being a holder of the Knowledge; being Illuminati, an enlightened One; having secret knowledge not understood by everyone or even most people puts the Gnostic in a position of assumed superiority over ‘mere’ mortals.  It gives them power to control and direct.  It allows them to have airs of superiority over those whose understanding of God is more, shall we say, practical, first hand, un-explained and inexplicable because knowledge is power.  If you are a woman and have ever gone to get your car fixed in a garage and had that condescending ‘look’ or gone into a Hi-Fi shop to be met with a pitying curl of the lip for “just not getting it” then you will understand how the Gnostic tends to view those uninitiated into the Knowledge. Gnosticism tends to be a spirituality of the head, intellect, mind and has a low view of the body or what we sometimes call the ‘incarnational.’

Pelagius was a monk (c. AD 360 – 418) and a theologian of British origin who advocated free will and asceticism.  Nothing too terrible sounding there except that this teaching moved on to a more unsecure footing by suggesting that we can earn our salvation by personal effort. It could be said that this is a theology of ‘ought, should, and must.’  I ought to say my prayers better if I want to get to heaven.  I should go to mass every day if I want to be really holy. I must be kind to people I don’t like in order to win God’s approval.  I should go without this, or that, if I want to be seen as holy and prayerful. And so on.

What Pelagianism forgets about is grace. Grace is an undeserved gift from God precisely to make us holy and it does this by gradually helping to overcome our shortcomings and lack of faith, or love, or mercy, or whatever, by prompting us, strengthening us, guiding us, and shooing us in the right direction. When we co-operate with grace we begin the process of becoming holy as God wants us to be holy – not as I have defined ‘holiness.’  Last week I spoke of the need for gratitude as a principal of attitude.  Gratitude is what opens the door of grace and lets God in. I may have failed to be as holy as I wished I were but grace will get me there in the end, if I let it.

God bless and be excellent to each other.  Fr David


Pokot News

Great news. A member of the Pound a Week Group has most generously made a donation of £7,000 to cover the full cost of furnishing the new nursery classroom and building the school store at the Rotu Mission. Here is Fr Sean’s report:

Good afternoon Eugene,
The Pound a Week Group comes up trumps for the umpteenth time. Once again the  generosity of members of the Group continues to amaze me. To your good parishioner who made the donation, my kindest greetings and most sincere thanks.
I am sending you a photo of the finished classroom. Still a few small jobs to finish inside but it looks rather smart from the outside.
There were 38 children in class this morning in the first classroom at the nursery.
In my last email,I promised to write  more at length later. ‘ Later’ has stretched out a bit longer then I had intended due to the demands of the mission. Never a dull moment.
I have had a bit of bad luck. In brief, my Assistant Priest, a young man from Malawi, drove our very valuable land cruiser down a very steep incline. It overturned at least once maybe more and came to a sudden stop against a sturdy tree some 20 metres down. It took 4 days of difficult and dangerous work to get it out. Fortunately the engine was ok and the drive shaft, but the body suffered multiple serious bangs. The next saga was getting it to Nakuru to the garage. At last it’s there and the insurance are looking at an assessment. The garage estimates about 2 months to get it back on the road, if it’s not written off. From the accident to the garage it took 2 weeks hard labour. But fortunately Father Patrick was not injured and he had no passengers.
On the 13th of this month I have the official Visitation from our general administration in Rome. They will be in Rotu for 3 days. Then I must go to Nairobi for a general meeting with them on 26th. On 2nd July I am due to go to Ireland for 4 weeks. Before that I have several jobs to tidy up. I am making concrete blocks now for the new storeroom at the school. They take 28 days to cure so all will be ready for use when I get back to Rotu by the 1st of August.
The further saga of our medical programme I will relate later.
God bless for now. And again a thousand thanks to everyone in the Pound a Week Group for your continuing and most generous support.
Sean

I have circulated  Fr Sean’s photos to those members of the Group who gave me their email addresses. If you would like to see them, please let me know.   In the next transfer to Fr Sean I shall include an additional £1,000  from the funds I have on hand from the weekly donations.

Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com


The Parish Picnicis planned for Sunday 8th July at the beautiful gardens of Trish and Peter Lebus in Shere.

Suggested arrival by 10.30am with Mass at 11am and a picnic to follow.  Please bring enough food for your family and something to share.    Best cake will be judged in time for dessert.

The Address is Vachery Hook Lane, Shere, GU5 9QQ

There is lots of parking and everyone is welcome to enjoy a shared picnic.


The Next care group meeting will be on Friday 15th June at 11am in the Parish room


Please feel free to join the festivities of the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair on Sunday 10thJune. There is food, drink, games and raffle prizes to enjoy.  Everyone is welcome.


Dear Follower up the path!

This is just to say that after 28 years (0ctober 2000) we are changing the time of our monthly Stations of the Cross walk from St Francis Chapel, from 7 am to 8 am……starting as we began on Friday 4th October.

Please would you be so kind as to tell anyone you might know or would like to come, that this will be the revised time and we will certainly continue thus if the timing is popular.

You might be interested to know that never ever has a First Friday of the Month been missed over the years, albeit rain, sun. Or snow ….. Or be the group large or very small!

Thank you so much for your endless and wonderful support, and we look forward to seeing you and anyone you wish to bring, in the future.   Please inform your Parish as we are always welcoming new Priests, Vicars or religious to lead us (or indeed yourselves). Please keep in touch!  All love and blessings.  Peter and Ann Hutley


CAFOD Mass of Thanksgiving for Volunteers and Supporters

Each June as part of volunteers’ week CAFOD holds a mass to thank all our volunteers and supporters for their support. This year the mass for the South East region will be nearby on Saturday 16th June at Our Lady Help of Christians Church, Farnborough, GU14 6JS at 2pm followed by tea/coffee and cakes. There will also be a short talk about our work in Latin America. Everyone is welcome but please let me know if you are able to come so that I have an idea of numbers for the refreshments by emailing arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or calling Martin Brown on 01483 898 866.


Gaudete et Exultate

I have ordered fifty copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation hoping that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them!  The cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days!  Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith.  Be holy as the Lord your God is holy.  Read this!


Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Party at 25 Mead Road on Sunday 10thJune from 3pm.   Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102 in aid of the Parish Hall.


The coach trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing will take placed on Friday 20thJuly departing Cranleigh around 10am with Mass to be help in the church.   The cost of the travel will be £10 per person and we already have 15 interested people.

Numbers will be restricted to 29 maximum.   Lunch will be at Harry Ramsdens at the end of the pier and the coach will return in the afternoon.

Sign up sheets are in both porches or email your interest to office@cpcb.org.uk


Car Parking

As I mentioned last weekend at Mass the School, St Cuthbert Mayne, is having work done in the playground to fit hard play equipment to benefit the children’s play experience and learning.
I am asking for teams of stewards to be set up and have a meeting planned for Tuesday the 19th June at 7.30pm.  This will be the Parish Meeting Room at Cranleigh.At this time we have not got the stewarding in place to supervise the playground when we use it.  This means that I have reluctantly decided that we cannot use the playground for parking.
If you are a user of the car park, and are interested, or willing to be a part of the Stewarding Teams please come along to the meeting.  Without the stewards we will not be able to use the playground as a car park and that will mean that we will not be able to welcome people properly to Mass.  Please think about this request.


Tannoy 7.4 Loudspeakers!

I have recently won a pair of great speakers as a reward for writing a great letter!  They are very good quality but superfluous to my requirements.  They are worth about £450 – 500.  Very efficient – even a small amplifier will enable them to go loud – but they are not all that wife friendly!  If you fancy a pair and are willing to make a sizeable donation to the building fund they’re yours!


The Future of our Parish

Last year you were asked to think about your relationship with your parish and to try to think about what three things are most important to you about your Church.  You filled in questionnaires and a few of you came to an evening where we shared the results not only from our parish but from the Deanery as well.

I want to tell you what I have been doing with the information you fed back and how I plan to take it forward so that the Parish can be equipped for the future and build strong relationships between all the people that make up our parish family.

The first thing that is going to happen (and shortly) is that I will be asking some people, some of whom are already helping me, to form a Leadership Team, or a Mission Team.  The task of this Team will be to help me come up with a plan, a new vision, if you like, of how our parish should function in the future.

Once we have the Vision in place the Leadership Team, working with me, will then put in place a strategy to develop areas of parish life and engagement to work towards making the Vision “happen.”  This will mean asking for, training, encouraging and supporting a wide range of people in a large number of voluntary roles to make the Vision a reality.  If you like, the Leadership Team and I will determine the “what” based on your answers to the questionnaire and our pastoral wisdom and then the Leadership Team will invite others to begin the task of making the “what” become the “how.”

The Leadership Team may also be called the Mission Team – I can’t quite decide. Here’s why.  I have already written and spoken about this but I will state again that from now on it is not going to be “business as usual.”  We have to move out of a maintenance mode into a mission mode of being Church.  This should involve everyone in some way but what it definitely does notmean is the same old people doing the same old thing just as we have always done it. From now on, whatever we do has to measured against a new benchmark – how is this event, programme, homily, choice of music, ministry, prayer, or social event orientated towards the parish’s Vision and Mission?  If it doesn’t fit then, chances are, it shouldn’t happen and we should do something else instead.

I have spoken many times about volunteering – and it is quite clear from the answers on your questionnaires that you understand very well that it is time for lay people to have a share in the burden of the Parish – and also a share in its decisions and direction.  This means that, if we are to avoid just making a parish in our own image, we have to be well informed about what Jesus wants us to be about and doing.  He wants disciples who take an interest in their faith and try to live out their faith and share Good News with others.  He wants disciples who are on fire with the love of God and who understand the power of their story – and will share this with others.  Jesus wants a servant church – a humble church – a loving church – a spiritual church – a praying church – a worshipping church – and yes, a holy Church full of all sorts.  He wants you, as the old poster went. and the way he wants you is to be a part of what your parish is doing for Him and with Him and in Him.  Watch this space for more news.


Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomer R&O Bond J Golding Orioha Family
1st Reading I Watts M Vincent K Mantle
2nd Reading P Bergin S Hyde

P Gloyens

L Collins
EMHC D Meech

B Southwell

J Finlayson

J Raven

L Collins

C Wyllie

J Harding

N Harmsworth

C Heylen

K Swindells

P Scully

P McMahon

J Harden

M Evans

M Emms

Gift Aid Tax letters will be available after Mass this weekend for those who require one and have not received an electronic copy.  Please see Trish after Mass.

 

 

The Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord – 3rd June 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me? – Thus goes the first line of this Sunday’s psalm.  A question arises from this statement – how has the Lord been good to me?  What ‘goodness’ do I sense in my life?

Many of us, I’m sure, will find answering that question directly a bit of a challenge – until that is, we begin to look more deeply into our lives.  For one thing, we seem more often that not to compare upwards rather than with our peers. It is a verifiable fact that even millionaires in the US when asked whether they considered themselves wealthy answered no, not really, compared to so and so (the Rockefellers, Bill Gates etc.) But being grateful is not a comparison thing.  Being grateful is accepting whatever I have as a gift and thus making a response of gratitude for something undeserved.  Being grateful actually makes you happy – but I don’t mean just saying “Thank you” like our Mums and Dads taught us to.  I mean the deep down feeling that we have been blessed by the thing we have received – a bunch of flowers; the love of a wife or husband, or mother and father; a compliment given in an unlooked for way; a sudden sense of the beauty of creation in a leaf or a flower or a tiny bird.  All these moments and ‘things’ can be grace filled moments which either expand our hearts outward or cause us to sink into self justification and resentment that instead of winning £100 (for example) I only won £10.  Or the compliment I received wasn’t quite as explicit as I would have liked.

So, when we consider the eucharist how do we feel? I know many of us approach the eucharist with a deep sense of awe and, sometimes, unworthiness.  But have we ever stopped to consider the magnitude of what is happening, of what we believe we are receiving and taking part in?

Just over 100 years ago Pope Leo was so anxious about the fact that most Catholics never came to Holy Communion that he instigated the First Holy Communion ‘movement’ we might call it.  At that time a kind of spirituality had grown up that most people were unworthy of the sacrament, and couldn’t become worthy without a huge change in their lives.  They forgot about grace!  The Pope wished to restore communion to the faithful as a regular event in their lives rather than just before death and so the first holy communion system came into being.  This has been highly successful in bringing catholics to holy communion but has there been a downside?

My parents always taught me that “familiarity breeds contempt” and “when something is free then it has no value.”  Could it be said that we have become so used to regular, free and easy access to the sacraments that we have forgotten their power and holiness?  Do we take holy communion for granted rather than seeing it as an extraordinary gift which enables me to have communion with the divine?

The Feast of Corpus Christi was designed to remind us of the precious gift that the Eucharist is and enable us to offer our worship back to God – worship is derived from Old English “worth-ship” meaning something that has special worth.  Jesus has this special worth for us.  He comes to us freely and without “strings attached’ save that somehow we can only comprehend the gift through gratitude.  As the Eucharistic prayer says “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks”  Let us give thanks together.

With my love and prayers  Fr David


The Parish websiteis about to be updated and renewed.  As part of that process we are also reviewing how we appear to the online world and how we can be communicated with.  The website is being worked on by a volunteer professional and once he has finished ‘making all things new’ we will launch the new site. We are a few weeks away from that event, however.

As part of the communications improvements we are also changing our email addresses to reflect our new address on the web.  Instead of the descriptive, but rather cumbersome,rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.ukwe are going to become cpcb.org.uk(Catholic Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley) and all the email addresses used by the parish will be attached to that new name.  Some of these names are already in use.  You can change your email contact info right now for the following people and start using them:

Fr David             priest@cpcb.org.uk

Tracy                 office@cpcb.org.uk

Jane Harding        pastoral@cpcb.org.uk

The old parish office email address will remain active for a while yet but will gradually be phased out – so why not change now?  Similarly, Fr David’s and Jane Harding’s email will remain as they were but will be changing over during the next month or so, so change that too, please.

Also, it is important that we have correct data available to us so that we can contact you.  If you haven’t given us your info yet you can do so from our current (and the future) website – just look at I’m New and follow the instructions. That would be most helpful indeed.

In accordance with the GDPR regulations we will cease to email the newsletter until we receive your consent.  An email has been sent out to all personal emails with a “Keeping in Touch” form on which you should indicate that you are happy to be contacted via email.   Please note the newsletter is available on the Parish website for your information.

All Ministers of Communion are expected to attend the Corpus Christi Mass on Sunday 3rdJune in order to be recommissioned.  If you are unable to attend please send your apologies to the Father David via Parish Office

Corpus Christi is a festival celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday to celebrate the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist.

 

If you would be interested in joining the coach trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing please register your interest to jcromcloud@icloud.comas numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters.  Date will be discussed at the next Care Group Meeting and advised.

Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Partyon Sunday 10thJune from 3pm.  Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102 in aid of the Parish Hall.

 

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 23rd June 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 “Good News to the Poor” – Revd Andrew Micklefield; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.

There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.

Following month’s meeting: 28th July. Guest speaker Mgr Canon Jeremy Garratt.”Good news and Gospel.”

Reserve the date of Sunday 10thJune midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair that will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments. 
All are welcome. 
There will be no onsite parking on this day.

 

I have ordered fifty copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation hoping that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them!  The cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days!  Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith. Be holy as the Lord your God is holy. Read this!

 

 

Could you offer your help to the Parish?

There are lots of ways for you to become involved in the Parish and we have a real need of assistance from adults willing to Serve at Mass.

The Parish Picnicis planned for Sunday 8th July at the beautiful gardens of Trish and Peter Lebus in Shere.   There is lots of parking and everyone is welcome to enjoy a shared picnic.  Further details will be forthcoming, please reserve the date.

 

A SHORT SURVEY FOR RECENT CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES

Bishop Richard is currently holding a consultation on how we prepare people for confirmation. If you’ve recently been confirmed then we’d like to hear from you. We’ve created a short survey which you can access on line – http://bit.ly/surveyconf.
We ask parents to pass this on to their children who have recently been confirmed please.

As part of the Bishop’s consultation on how we prepare people for confirmation, we have produced a short survey which we would like to distribute to as many recently confirmed young people as possible. This is aimed at anyone who has been confirmed this year or last, and at those who are about to be confirmed. This includes those who are still practicing and those who aren’t. The hope is that the results of this survey will give us some helpful data in discerning what’s currently working and where there might be areas for improvement.

The survey is completely anonymous. Neither individuals nor their parishes can be identified.

The Inter Parish Golf Day will take place at SUTTON GREEN GOLF CLUB on FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER with a 12.00 noon start.  Please register your interest with the parish office if you would like to be included in communications.

 

Well, not quite, but the Car Park is in fact a playground for the School and is undergoing some enhancements to enable it to be a richer environment for the kids.  This means workmen will be installing bits of equipment and ripping up some of the surface over the next few weeks.  Once installed it will look very different with play equipment and soft surfacing all over the place.

Crucially it also means that the car park will become a lot smaller – and considerably more difficult to navigate – especially in the dark.  There is a serious risk of damage to vehicles and play equipment and surfaces.

We are going to need some volunteer car park wardens to manage parking and get the most out of it.  We will also need to be extremely considerate and careful of children, materials, and other drivers.

Can you help by becoming a parking helper?

Tannoy 7.4 Loudspeakers!

I have recently won a pair of great speakers as a reward for writing a great letter!  They are very good quality but superfluous to my requirements.  They are worth about £450 – 500.  Very efficient – even a small amplifier will enable them to go loud – but they are not all that wife friendly!  If you fancy a pair and are willing to make a sizeable donation to the building fund they’re yours!

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomer N&F Pickett S Hyde

C Wyllie

K&W Martin
1st Reading J O’Flinn S Appleyard A Micallef
2nd Reading C Houston D Meech

P Duane

S Knowles
EMHC J Raven

B Schumacher

I Watts

D Penson

J Penson

M Laker

A Garrett

J Garrett

N Harmsworth

P O’Brien

R Milar

M Evans

C Sanders

V Miles

M Sinclair

 

Most Holy Trinity– 27th May 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Since Advent Sunday we have been celebrating something that has remained slightly below the horizon of our consciousness. A kind of mystery. This ‘mystery’ is what lies behind Christmas, Epiphany, the Transfiguration, the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ, his ascension and the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

This mystery is what we call the Holy and Blessed Trinity of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Three persons and yet One God who desire, and that is not too strong a word I assure you, communion with his creation.

Communion is the word we use for an intense relationship in a covenant of love that brings about a kind of union.  So we can say that the Blessed Trinity is a “communion of love.” What are in communion are the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit – the three persons of the One God. But we also have come to understand through the revelation of scripture and the traditions of the Jews and of the Church that God desires to bring all things into communion with him; to enfold everything in his love, for God is love.  But how does God, who is spirit draw created things into communion with Him?

The straightforward answer, though still a mystery, is that God does this through His Son – the Word who is Life.  “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” – John 1:3 and it is this same Word, made flesh in the person of Jesus that has drawn all things back into relationship with Him – “because By Your Holy Cross You Have Redeemed the World!”  The Father and the Son have sent the Holy Spirit to sanctify all creation and draw it back to God.

Through God’s compassionate love we are forgiven and invited to share in the divine life of the Trinity. The sign of our having accepted this is our baptism and even though most of us were children when this happened this is what our parents wanted for us – a living and loving relationship with God. This relationship is sealed in confirmation and nourished in Holy Communion so that we might have life in us. Jesus said …, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.”  The life he means is God’s life – the life of the Trinity.  So we are drawn by love into the life of God himself – into eternal life.  No one is forced or compelled to do this but all are invited – the worthy and the unworthy.

So God is really all about relationship – a loving relationship.  All the readings today speak about being invited into a new relationship with God and the Gospel takes this one step further – it gives us a commandment – to go, make disciples and baptise THEM into the father the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This is why we are “sent” at the end of mass to love and serve the Lord – we do this by opening up a relationship for others, for all, into God’s love and life.

We are not asked who is worthy – that is God’s judgement.  We are not asked to judge who has the right character – that is God’s place. We are to seek out the lost and tell them that they are loved and sought after – desired – found in other words. Fr David


The Parish website is about to be updated and renewed.  As part of that process we are also reviewing how we appear to the online world and how we can be communicated with.  The website is being worked on by a volunteer professional and once he has finished ‘making all things new’ we will launch the new site. We are a few weeks away from that event, however.

As part of the communications improvements we are also changing our email addresses to reflect our new address on the web.  Instead of the descriptive, but rather cumbersome, rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk we are going to become cpcb.org.uk (Catholic Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley) and all the email addresses used by the parish will be attached to that new name. Some of these names are already in use. You can change your email contact info right now for the following people and start using them:

Fr David                      priest@cpcb.org.uk

Tracy               office@cpcb.org.uk

Jane Harding   pastoral@cpcb.org.uk

The old parish office email address will remain active for a while yet but will gradually be phased out – so why not change now?  Similarly, Fr David’s and Jane Harding’s email will remain as they were but will be changing over during the next month or so, so change that too, please.

Also, it is important that we have correct data available to us so that we can contact you.  If you haven’t given us your info yet you can do so from our current (and the future) website – just look at I’m New and follow the instructions.  That would be most helpful indeed.


Please note the Parish Office will be open as follows during half term week commencing 28th May.

Monday – Closed

Tuesday 9-12

Wednesday 9-12

Thursday 9-12

Friday closed


If you would be interested in joining the coach trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing please register your interest to jcromcloud@icloud.com as numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters.  Date will be discussed at the next Care Group Meeting and advised.


Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 10th June from 3pm.   Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102 in aid of the Parish Hall.

 


The next Parish Lunch will take place on Tuesday 29th May and there are sign up sheets in the porches for catering purposes.

 


Everyone is welcome to St John’s seminary in Wonersh  join us on Sunday 3rd June to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi.

Come to for an afternoon of fun and celebration, followed by a traditional Corpus Christi procession led by Bishop Richard.

Join us in the beautiful grounds at 12.30 to enjoy a picnic lunch with other families, or simply come along at 1pm for the afternoon to enjoy the activities provided – there will be something for everyone including:

  • Meeting Bishop Richard
  • a guided tour of the seminary
  • Learn more about Jesus as His presence in the Blessed Sacrament – with short talks from the seminarians
  • Prayer stations, an opportunity to take time to reflect
  • Arts & Crafts – children will make banners and musical shakers to use in the procession
  • Outside fun and games
  • A music session – and learn some songs to sing during the procession

If you have recently received your First Holy Communion please do take the opportunity to come in your “fine apparel” and walk with the Bishop in the procession.

After the procession there will be tea and cakes provided by the seminary.  In order to cater for tea please contact Katherine.bergin@dabnet.org to book a place.


All Ministers of Communion are expected to attend the Corpus Christi Mass on Sunday 3rd June in order to be recommissioned.  If you are unable to attend please send your apologies to the Father David via Parish Office

Corpus Christi is a festival celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday to celebrate the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist.


 Reserve the date of Sunday 10th June midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair that will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments.

All are welcome.

There will be no onsite parking on this day.


My Report – Helping Number Five

This Christmas I got thinking about those who had to suffer the cold without a house. I thought about those far away in other countries, especially the children and I thought about those close to home. Every time I saw someone living on the streets I felt this real sense of injustice. The gap between the rich and those without seems to be huge. There are some people who can afford mansions and those who can’t afford even a shed. I decided I wanted to do something.

I collected lots of clothes from people and some people gave me money. I raised £95 in money, which we converted into coffee vouchers, sim cards and cinema tickets. Number five told me that they save these and give them to their residents when it is their birthday. These can be hard days to deal with and receiving a present is always a wonderful thing.  Lots of people brought well needed toiletries and rucksacks.

The Parish was very supportive and helped me to hold the collection in the Parish Hall. Many people came to donate. I was really pleased that other people wanted to help me and could see how important it was to help these people.

We donated to an association called Number Five. It is based in Guildford. 16 people live in the night shelter and they can stay for as long as they need to. I was very lucky to be given a tour and the manager was really kind and showed me how it all worked.

During the winter they take more people in off the streets and they sleep on camp beds in the cellar. I am glad that they have this help but still think they deserve a real home. There are lots more people to help out there and I am looking forward to helping again in some way.

By Amelie Bonaparte

Amelie’s venture was supported by Pat Scully and the Parish Office and we think she is quite inspirational.  If you would like to undertake a venture like Amelie’s then please speak to Tracy in the Parish Office who would be happy to support your efforts.


Could you and your family be Welcomers at our Parish Masses?

The Cranleigh Welcome Ministry is in need of more welcomers, (the people who organise the porch, hand out the hymn books and greet parishioners and visitors with a warm welcome and who keep an eye out for anyone in need during mass) If you think this valuable and essential ministry is for you why not speak to Fr David? Please send your interest to office@cpcb.org.uk


If you would like to support Joanna Kin on her London to Brighton Trek on 30th June then please donate using the attached link.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanna-kin4 Thank you for your support and good luck Joanna!


I have ordered fifty copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation hoping that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them! The cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days! Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith.  Be holy as the Lord your God is holy.  Read this!


Could you offer your help to the Parish?

There are lots of ways for you to become involved in the Parish and we have a real need of assistance from adults willing to Serve at Mass.  Father David would also value parishioners willing to open and lock the Cranleigh Church on a regular basis based on a rota system.  If you regularly attend Sunday Mass in Cranleigh please consider this gift you could offer and contact Tracy in the Parish Office who can walk you through the process.


The Parish Picnic is planned for Sunday 8th July at the beautiful gardens of Trish and Peter Lebus in Shere.   There is lots of parking and everyone is welcome to enjoy a shared picnic.  Further details will be forthcoming, please reserve the date.


A SHORT SURVEY FOR RECENT CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES

Bishop Richard is currently holding a consultation on how we prepare people for confirmation. If you’ve recently been confirmed then we’d like to hear from you. We’ve created a short survey which you can access on line – http://bit.ly/surveyconf.

We ask parents to pass this on to their children who have recently been confirmed please.

As part of the Bishop’s consultation on how we prepare people for confirmation, we have produced a short survey which we would like to distribute to as many recently confirmed young people as possible. This is aimed at anyone who has been confirmed this year or last, and at those who are about to be confirmed. This includes those who are still practicing and those who aren’t. The hope is that the results of this survey will give us some helpful data in discerning what’s currently working and where there might be areas for improvement.

The survey is completely anonymous. Neither individuals nor their parishes can be identified.

 

Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 – Cranleigh
Welcomer A Sargeant

J Preece

Murphy Family Small Family
1st Reading D Penson Jane Mayer Robert Millar
2nd Reading D Barry M Shine

A Gilbey

Anne Millar
EMHC J Glynn

J Penson

D Tyler

W Bracking

C Houston

Mark Reed

Bev Reed

Sandra Hyde

V Milner

S Rockhill

Matthew Emms

Graeme Brand

P McMahon

J Harden

Dee McMahon

 

 

Pentecost 20th May 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Today is Pentecost – which means 50 days.  In this case 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ – but it is synonymous with an event that made today so special.: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church.  This is the other “Advocate” that Jesus promised, the “Comforter” who would strengthen us in all our challenges and trials and make us bold in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.

What we may not have thought is that the Spirit might be given to us to make us holy and to strengthen us in holiness.

One of the lovely things about the catholic faith is its sense of family bonds.  We are part of a huge global family of faith – but we are also part of what is called the communion of saints.  The word saint is derived from the Latin word sanctus which means holy.  The saints are God’s holy ones.

But, do you ever wonder what it is that made the saints ‘holy’?  Is it the case that they ‘have’ something that ordinary (non-holy) catholics do not?  Or is it that we recognize a certain something at work in them that allows us to give that certain something the title ‘Holy.”  In short, is holiness for others or for everyone?

I told you of the Pope’s latest Apostolic Exhortation – Gaudete et Exulatate a week.In this document Pope Francis is exhorting all God’s people to strive for, and recognize the holiness of everyday life and activity.  In a lovely passage he describes a woman with many things to do who does holiness instinctively and without even calling it holiness as such.  Here it is:

“This holiness to which the Lord calls you will grow through small gestures. Here is an example: a woman goes shopping, she meets a neighbour and they begin to speak, and the gossip starts. But she says in her heart: “No, I will not speak badly of anyone”. This is a step forward in holiness. Later, at home, one of her children wants to talk to her about his hopes and dreams, and even though she is tired, she sits down and listens with patience and love. That is another sacrifice that brings holiness. Later she experiences some anxiety, but recalling the love of the Virgin Mary, she takes her rosary and prays with faith. Yet another path of holiness. Later still, she goes out onto the street, encounters a poor person and stops to say a kind word to him. One more step.” (GE16)

You may think that this isn’t real holiness.  You may think this is a kind of holiness-lite.  You may even think that holiness is what other people do and you, kind of, absorb it second hand, as it were.  Again not so.  Pope Francis writes again: “To be holy does not require being a bishop, a priest or a religious. We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case. We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves. Are you called to the consecrated life? Be holy by living out your commitment with joy. Are you married? Be holy by loving and caring for your husband or wife, as Christ does for the Church. Do you work for a living? Be holy by labouring with integrity and skill in the service of your brothers and sisters. Are you a parent or grandparent? Be holy by patiently teaching the little ones how to follow Jesus. Are you in a position of authority? Be holy by working for the common good and renouncing personal gain.  (GE14)

What should inspire us to get started on the path of holiness?  Our baptism is the means, and the reason for pursuing holiness.  “Let the grace of your baptism bear fruit in a path of holiness. Let everything be open to God; turn to him in every situation. Do not be dismayed, for the power of the Holy Spirit enables you to do this, and holiness, in the end, is the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life. (GE15)

So you see Pentecost has everything to do with holiness.  Lets get started!

With my love and prayers – Fr David


Albert Morris’ Funeralwill take place at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind on Monday 21st May at 11.00am followed by burial at Cranleigh Cemetery.  Reception after at The Park Hatch. All who knew Albert are very welcome to attend. Donations to Parkinson’s UK or Phyllis Tuckwell in lieu of flowers via J Woodford Funerals please.  From Joan


Parish Outreach :help is needed on Wednesday 30th May.

A day is being arranged Wednesday 30th May by the Co-Workers of Mother Teresa for the housebound people cared for by Mother Teresa’s Sisters in London. They come down with some of the Sisters in three or four coaches every year for a day out in Surrey and this year it is based at Epsom Catholic Church on 30th May. We would welcome people of any age from our parish who would like to come and help. We serve them lunch, push their wheelchairs and talk with them, as well as meeting and talking to the Sisters. If you would like to come or would like more information, contact Bridget Eacott (892406), who is one of the Co-Workers.


Chris Greenwood will be selling homemade continental breadsafter Vigil Mass on 19thMay with all funds going to the Parish Meeting Room Fund.  Loaves at £2 each.


Pokot News

Fr Conway is on his six month sabbatical in Ireland at the moment so nothing to report from the Barpello Mission. Here is a message from Fr Sean McGovern at Rotu in response to my query whether the two Missions had been affected by the dam which burst in the Nakuru region and the tragic loss of life there.

” Very many thanks for your concern about our safety. The truth is I was not even aware that a dam had burst and caused great suffering for many I’m sure.  Our rains have been good. Nothing terribly torrential but steady over the past six weeks or so. Roads have taken their usual beating but that’s normal. A river that for years has caused us problems at Nginyang some 100 Kms from here has had its usual victims in terms of cars and lorries lost. We must cross it going to Nakuru for shopping but at this time of year we wait for a few dry days before traveling. All well here otherwise. As our church building is at a standstill waiting for steel for the roof trusses, we have been able to concentrate on building my second classroom in the nursery school now nearing completion. Finishing always seems to take longer then expected.

God bless for now.  Sean”

If you would like more information about the Pokot Missions’ projects, please contact me on 01483-893379 or emcgivern@btinternet.com


Nel’s leaving celebration —  After 11.00 am Mass at Cranleigh an opportunity to say “good-bye”  to Doug, Georgie, John , Phoebe and Eliza. bound for Cornwall. Drinks and nibbles in the Parish Meeting Room. All friends, colleagues etc are most welcome.


St John’s Seminary has written to thank the Parishfor their donations towards the upkeep of the Seminary rooms.  They thank the thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity of those who supported their recent appeal.  Some large donations were made from our parishoners and Fr Gerry will pray for the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley and asks for our prayers.  Thank you.


Coach Trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Churchin Worthing to see the reproduction of the Sistine Chapelceiling.

Only two Sistine Chapel Ceilings exist in the world.
The first was painted in the 16th Century by Michelangelo Buonarroti and is located in Vatican City, Rome, Italy.
The second was painted between 1987-1993 by Gary Bevans in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, England.

After a pilgrimage to Rome in 1987 for the Beatification of 85 English Martyrs, parishioner Gary Bevans noted that the Sistine Chapel Ceiling was practically the same shape and size as the ceiling of his parish church of the English Martyrs, West Sussex.  A natural artist and full-time sign writer he contemplated recreating an exact copy.  After receiving permission from his parish priest and local Bishop he began the work in 1987 in his free time as a gift to the Church.  It took him five and a half years to complete. The Sistine Chapel Reproduction in English Martyrs Church is the only known copy of the ceiling in the world.

Cranleigh and Bramley Parish are hoping to run a coach day trip to see this wonderful work.  

If you would be interested in joining the coach please register your interest to jcromcloud@icloud.comas numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters.  Date will be discussed at the next Care Group Meeting and advised.


Could you and your family be welcomers to our Parish Masses?
The Cranleigh Welcome Ministry is in need of more welcomers, (the people who organise the porch, hand out the hymn books and greet parishioners and visitors with a warm welcome and who keep an eye out for anyone in need during mass) If you think this valuable and essential ministry is for you why not speak to Fr David? Please send your interest to jcromclouc@icloud.com.


The Parish AGM 2018

Tuesday 22ndMay at 7.30pm

at the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. 

All are encouraged to attend.

Agenda 

  1. Welcome and Prayer
  2. Parish Priest’s Report
  3. Pastoral Group Reports

– Care Group

– Churches Together    (CTC)

– Pokot Report

– Safeguarding Report

  1. Financial Report
  2. Any Other Business (notified)
  3. Closing Prayer

Meeting Opens at 7.30pm

Closesat 9.00pm


Reserve the date of Sunday 10thJune midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair which will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments.  All are welcome.  There will be no onsite parking on this day.


The Over – 50’s coffee morningswill now be held on the second Wednesday of each month and therefore will take place on 13thJune and 11thJuly.  All are welcome and friends will be warmly welcomed.


The next Parish Lunch will take place on Tuesday 29thMay and there are sign up sheets in the porches for catering purposes.


Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Partyon Sunday 10thJune from 3pm.   Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102 in aid of the Parish Hall.


If you would like to support Joanna Kin on her London to Brighton Trek on 30th June then please donate using the attached link.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanna-kin4

JustGiving sends your donation straight to British Heart Foundation and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Thank you for your support and good luck Joanna!


You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, around the theme, Mary: Path of Grace, given by John Hesketh, on Sat, 26th of May 2018. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the Day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 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


I have ordered fifty copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation hoping that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them! The cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days!  Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith.  Be holy as the Lord your God is holy.  Read this!


 

7th Sunday of Easter – 13thMay 2018

7th Sunday of Easter – 13thMay 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the Holy Bible numbers have significance – 6 days to work, 7th day to rest, 40 days fasting, and 12 tribes of Israel etc.

Twelve Tribes of Israel – Israel was the name given to Jacob who went on to have twelve sons – Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin.  These sons became the founding fathers, or patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel – but not before one of the sons was sold as a slave into Egypt and only later reunited with his devious and malicious brothers after he had risen to great eights as a leader.  Twelve tribes left Egypt, crossed the Red Sea and eventually entered the promised land but by the time of Jesus only one tribe remained intact with political power – Judah from which we derive the name Jew and Jewish.

The prophets looking forward understood that the proper way of things would be that all the tribes would be united once again and this would be one of the key things the future messiah would accomplish – after dealing with Israel’s enemies and re-establishing the Kingdom.

Jesus first missionary task was to choose, out of all the followers who attached themselves to him, 12 new patriarchs who would symbolically lead the new Israel formed once he (Jesus) had dealt with her enemies.  Everyone thought Israel’s enemies were the Romans (in Jesus’ time) – in other times the Assyrians, or the Greeks.  However, Jesus didn’t deal with the Romans but with sin!  Sin and disobedience to God’s commands was the real enemy of Israel and Jesus dealt with sin by demonstrating that love wins – love conquers all even though at great personal cost.

But the twelve tribes – this is why Jesus chose twelve disciples out of his huge number of followers and why, today, we read of their decision to re-establish that number after Judas had betrayed Jesus and been “lost”.  Jesus is rebuilding a new Israel from the ashes of the old and in this new Israel it is not a bloodline that constitutes belonging but faith in Jesus – believing he truly is the Son of God. Then God lives in the believer and makes His home in him, or her.

The reconstitution of the twelve tribes was one of the signs that the messiah was re-establishing the Kingdom and that God himself would reign in place of David in a new order built upon true justice and peace – not just for Israel, not just for believers, but for the whole of creation.  In the Bible Jesus says “Behold, I make all things new” – and believing this is like a kind of catalyst for change within our own lives as we allow, through faith, God to reign in our hearts.  Jesus also says that if we believe and allow him to reign in our hearts we will accomplish great things – even greater things.  So, let us pray for the Holy Spirit to truly reign in our hearts this Pentecost and grow and expectation that we can accomplish great things together for the Kingdom of God.

With my love and prayers – Fr David


Everyone is welcome to join us on Sunday 3rd June to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi.

Come to St John’s seminary in Wonersh for an afternoon of fun and celebration, followed by a traditional Corpus Christi procession led by Bishop Richard.

Join us in the beautiful grounds at 12.30 to enjoy a picnic lunch with other families, or simply come along at 1pm for the afternoon to enjoy the activities provided – there will be something for everyone including:

  • Meeting Bishop Richard
  • a guided tour of the seminary
  • Learn more about Jesus as His presence in the Blessed Sacrament – with short talks from the seminarians
  • Prayer stations, an opportunity to take time to reflect
  • Arts & Crafts – children will make banners and musical shakers to use in the procession
  • Outside fun and games
  • A music session – and learn some songs to sing during the procession

If you have recently received your First Holy Communion please do take the opportunity to come in your “fine apparel” and walk with the Bishop in the procession.

After the procession there will be tea and cakes provided by the seminary.  In order to cater for tea please contact Katherine.bergin@dabnet.org to book a place.


Coach Trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing to see the reproduction of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Only two Sistine Chapel Ceilings exist in the world.

The first was painted in the 16th Century by Michelangelo Buonarroti and is located in Vatican City, Rome, Italy.

The second was painted between 1987-1993 by Gary Bevans in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, England.

After a pilgrimage to Rome in 1987 for the Beatification of 85 English Martyrs, parishioner Gary Bevans noted that the Sistine Chapel Ceiling was practically the same shape and size as the ceiling of his parish church of the English Martyrs, West Sussex. A natural artist and full-time sign writer he contemplated recreating an exact copy.  After receiving permission from his parish priest and local Bishop he began the work in 1987 in his free time as a gift to the Church.  It took him five and a half years to complete. The Sistine Chapel Reproduction in English Martyrs Church is the only known copy of the ceiling in the world.

Cranleigh and Bramley Parish are hoping to run a coach day trip to see this wonderful work.

Date will be discussed at the next Care Group Meeting and advised but likely to be in the autumn.   If you would be interested in joining the coach please register your interest to jcromcloud@icloud.com as numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters. 


Sunday 20th May – The Nel Family are leaving the Parish and relocating at the end of the month.  We will host a farewell party after the 11am Mass [at which there will be blessing for them] in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.    Everyone is then invited to join the Churches Together Pentecost Picnic Cranleigh Common, opposite the Baptist church (in the Baptist Church if wet) from 12.00/12.15. Bring a picnic lunch and any suitable outdoor games further information 01483 274148


The Parish AGM 2018

Tuesday 22nd May at 7.30pm at the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  All are encouraged to attend.

Agenda

  1. Welcome and Prayer
  2. Parish Priest’s Report
  3. Pastoral Group Reports

– Care Group

– Churches Together   (CTC)

– Pokot Report

– Safeguarding Report

  1. Financial Report
  2. Any Other Business (notified)
  3. Closing Prayer

Closes at 9.00pm


Reserve the date of Sunday 10th June midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair which will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments.  All are welcome.  There will be no onsite parking on this day.

The Cranleigh Parish are very grateful to have such a good relationship with St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School who allow use of the playground to park our cars in during the weekend Masses.  Please note they are due to undertake some groundworks in the playground in the next few weeks and so we will have much reduced parking.  Please always remember to park considerately in the surrounding roads and to respect the school playground at all times.


Could you and your family be welcomers to our Parish Masses?

The Cranleigh Welcome Ministry is in need of more welcomers, (the people who organise the porch, hand out the hymn books and greet parishioners and visitors with a warm welcome and who keep an eye out for anyone in need during mass) If you think this valuable and essential ministry is for you why not speak to Fr David? Please send your interest to jcromclouc@icloud.com.


The Over – 50’s coffee mornings will now be held on the second Wednesday of each month and therefore will take place on 13th June and 11th July.  All are welcome and friends will be warmly welcomed.


Chris Greenwood will be selling homemade continental breads after Vigil Mass on 19th May with all funds going to the Parish Meeting Room Fund.   Loaves at £2 each.


Forthcoming Funerals:

17.05.18          11.00   JCROMSr Catherine Burgess

18.05.18          11.00   JCROM Tom Forristal

21.05.18          11.00   JCROM Albert Morris


Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 10th June from 3pm.   Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th May 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 “Proclaiming the Lord’s Favour” by Fr Simon Penhalagan; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.

For more information and directions, see poster or website: http://www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.

Following month’s meeting: 23rd June. Guest speaker Revd. Andrew Micklefield “Good News for the Poor.”


You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, around the theme, Mary: Path of Grace, given by John Hesketh, on Sat, 26th of May 2018. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the Day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 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


 

 

6th Sunday of Easter – 6th May 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The Bishops have taken a risk this week with putting the celebration of the Solemnity of the Ascension back to its proper day which is always the Thursday before the 7thSunday of Easter. I say taken a risk as there is a chance that few people will come to our celebrations because it is outside the rhythm of Sunday worship – which was why the Bishops moved all the Holydays to a Sunday in the first place – to enable as many people as possible to participate in the celebration.

I do urge you to come to mass.  In fact we have three opportunities for you as we are also celebrating a Vigil Mass on the Wednesday evening, one on Ascension Day in the morning and one in the evening at 8pm.  After all, I can’t expect you to come to church without providing the opportunities to do so.

What will you find if you do come?  Well, you will “get” Mass which will be remarkably like all other masses!  And yet, like all other masses it will be subtly different – having its own story and prayers which enable us to participate in the Paschal Mystery in a deeper way.

I always worry, slightly, when I see, or write, those words “Paschal Mystery” because I’m ever so slightly anxious that no one really knows what they mean or, worse, assume that they are a sort of code meaning “something too difficult for lay people to understand.” Which might just be the worst thing of all because it will mean that, instead of engaging in the ‘mystery’ you will remain outside it – thinking it is too specialist for the likes of you.

Paschal mystery is made of two words – Paschal and Mystery.  The latter is a kind of special word which is shorthand for something that God has revealed, rather than covered over, or ‘mystified’ as we might say.  God himself is mystery and can only be understood, or experienced  by what he chooses to reveal about, and of, himself.  So, the Incarnation of Jesus in Bethlehem is part of that Mystery in which God makes himself known to our senses in a way that shares in our lives and we in His.

The Paschal Mystery, however, is obviously connected with Easter – with Christ’s dying and rising and with his Ascension. Through these things God is revealing something about himself that he invites us to be part of.  We participate in this Mystery through the liturgy and through faith – but not just, or only, my personal faith but also the faith of the Church.  By this participation we share in the events of Jesus passion, death and resurrection – and here’s the bit for Ascension Day – also in his Ascension into heaven to be with the Father.  Jesus takes our humanity into heaven with him – and so completes the ‘circle’ of the incarnation – God becoming man and man being sanctified by God.  We experience this sanctification through the outpouring of the Spirit which we celebrate at Pentecost – the final piece of the Paschal Mystery.  Through the gift of the Spirit we are linked forever to God’s own life through His Son – it is His gift to us for the building up of His Body and for the salvation of the World.

As I wrote for Holy Week – as Catholics we can’t justbelieve these things we have to experiencethem which is what liturgy is all about.  I hope you will share in that experience this Thursday.

With my love and prayers – Fr David


Ascension Day– Thursday 10this a Holy Day of Obligation with Vigil Mass at 7pm on Wednesday and at 10am in Cranleigh and 8pm in Bramleyon Thursday.  The Mass is offered for the people.

 

The Parish AGM 2018 will be held Tuesday 22ndMay at 7.30pm at the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  All are welcome and business for the agenda to be advised to jcromcloud@icloud.comas soon as possible please.

Agenda

Opens at 7.30pm

Welcome and Prayer

Parish Priest’s Report

Pastoral Group Reports

Care Group [Jane Harding]

Churches Together [Win Bracking]

Pokot Report

Safeguarding Report [Angela Sargeant]

Financial Report [John Federer/Skip Koblintz]

Any Other Business (notified)

Close at 9.00pm

Everyone is welcome to join us on Sunday 3rd June to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi.

Come to St John’s seminary in Wonersh for an afternoon of fun and celebration, followed by a traditional Corpus Christi procession led by Bishop Richard.

 

Join us in the beautiful grounds at 12.30 to enjoy a picnic lunch with other families, or simply come along at 1pm for the afternoon to enjoy the activities provided – there will be something for everyone including:

Meeting Bishop Richard

Take a guided tour of the seminary

Learn more about Jesus as His presence in the Blessed Sacrament –with short talks from the seminarians

Prayer stations, an opportunity to take time to reflect

Arts & Crafts – children will make banners and musical shakers to use in the procession

Outside fun and games

A music session – and learn some songs to sing during the procession

If you have recently received your First Holy Communion please do take the opportunity to come in your “fine apparel” and walk with the Bishop in the procession.

After the procession there will be tea and cakes provided by the seminary.  In order to cater for tea please contact Katherine.bergin@dabnet.org to book a place.

 

Coach Trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Churchin Worthing to see the reproduction of the Sistine Chapel.

Only two Sistine Chapel Ceilings exist in the world.
The first was painted in the 16th Century by Michelangelo Buonarroti and is located in Vatican City, Rome, Italy.
The second was painted between 1987-1993 by Gary Bevans in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, England.

After a pilgrimage to Rome in 1987 for the Beatification of 85 English Martyrs, parishioner Gary Bevans noted that the Sistine Chapel Ceiling was practically the same shape and size as the ceiling of his parish church of the English Martyrs, West Sussex.  A natural artist and full-time sign writer he contemplated recreating an exact copy.  After receiving permission from his parish priest and local Bishop he began the work in 1987 in his free time as a gift to the Church.  It took him five and a half years to complete. The Sistine Chapel Reproduction in English Martyrs Church is the only known copy of the ceiling in the world.

Cranleigh and Bramley Parish are hoping to run a coach day trip to see this wonderful work.  

If you would be interested in joining the coach please register your interest to jcromcloud@icloud.comas numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters.

The Over – 50’s coffee morningswill now be held on the second Wednesday of each month and therefore will take place on 9thMay, 13thJune and 11thJuly.  All are welcome and friends will be warmly welcomed.

 

 

 

Could you and your family be welcomers to our Parish Masses?   The Cranleigh rota is in need of more welcomers, the people who organise the porch, hand out the hymn books and greet parishioners and visitors with a warm welcome.  If you would like to be added to the rota for the Cranleigh Vigil Mass or the Sunday Cranleigh 11am Mass please send your interest to jcromclouc@icloud.com.

Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Partyon Sunday 10thJune from 3pm.   Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102

Sunday 20thMay – The Nel Familyare leaving the Parish and relocating at the end of the month.  We will host a farewell party after the 11am Mass [at which there will be blessing for them] in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.    Everyone is then invited to join the Churches Together Pentecost Picnic Cranleigh Common, opposite the Baptist church (in the Baptist Church if wet) from 12.00/12.15. Bring a picnic lunch and any suitable outdoor games further information 01483 274148

Reserve the date of Sunday 10thJune midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair which will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments.  All are welcome.  There will be no onsite parking on this day. 

The Cranleigh Parish are very grateful to have such a good relationship with St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School who allow use of the playground to park our cars in during the weekend Masses.  Please note they are due to undertake some groundworks in the playground in the next few weeks and so we will have much reduced parking.  Please always remember to park considerately in the surrounding roads and to respect the school playground at all times.

 

Forthcoming Funerals:

11.05.18           10.00   STM     Antony Bell

17.05.18           11.00   JCROMSr Catherine Burgess

18.05.18           11.00   JCROM Tom Forristal

Brian Longman’s funeralwill take place on Thursday 3rd May, 11am at St Augustine’s Abbey.
Cremation 12.45 followed by lunch at 1.30 at The Manor Inn, Godalming.  Please contact Sheila and let her know if you are coming as she needs to know numbers for catering. Her telephone members are 01483 505814 or 07986 155492.

Cranleigh Yoga – Start your week the right way!

Come and join us for 55 minutes of yoga followed by tea and biscuits.   The class is open to adults of all levels.   Monday mornings at 9am in the St Andrews Room in St Nicolas Church Room, Church Lane, Cranleigh.   Please contact Jemima at cranleighyoga@outlook.comor join on the day.   The first class if free and thereafter £8 per session.

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th May 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 “Proclaiming the Lord’s Favour” by Fr Simon Penhalagan; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.

For more information and directions, see poster or website: http://www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.  Following month’s meeting: 23rd June. Guest speaker Revd. Andrew Micklefield “Good News for the Poor.”

 

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School Lay Chaplain

Part time -20hrs per week

Term time only

Required from September 2018

We are looking for a well-qualified, energetic and enthusiastic School Lay Chaplain to join our team.

In this role you would provide spiritual and pastoral support to the pupils and staff of the school, bearing witness to the mission statement and maintaining and enhancing the distinctive Catholic nature of the school. The post demands personal qualities of self-motivation, empathy and emotional resilience.

Candidates should ideally be practising Catholics with a sound knowledge of the liturgy, and experience of working with young people.  This is an opportunity to work in a highly regarded and successful co-educational school with motivated students and a very supportive ethos.  In return we offer a rewarding environment, supportive colleagues, a wonderful group of children to work with and a competitive salary.  For further details, please refer to our website www.barrowhills.orgor contact the HR Department on Tel 01428 686358, email HR@barrowhills.org.  Closing Date: by Noon on 8thJune 2018, however applications may be considered on receipt.  We are fully committed to equality, diversity and safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment. All successful applicants will be required to complete an Enhanced disclosure through DBS.  We particularly welcome applications from candidates from under-represented groups

Residential Week-End Silent IGR: Draw Closer to God
Friday, 11 May – Sunday, 13 May
Led by: The House of Prayer Community

Cost: £160 – Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm
Advance booking essential

Location: The House of Prayer, 35 Seymour Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0PB
Telephone: 020 8941 2313  E-mail: admin@christian-retreat.org

This retreat provides an opportunity to step aside from the busyness of everyday life and spend time in quiet prayer and reflection.  A retreat guide will be available for daily individual meetings to accompany you through the retreat.  Above all, this retreat is a time of listening to God who is present in the experiences of prayer and daily living.

Residential Retreat  – Gift of Life: Death and Dying – Life and Living
Sunday, 20 May – Friday, 25 May
Led by: Jill Benet

Cost: £400 – Arrive on Sunday in time for supper at 6.00 pm and leave on Friday at 3.00 pm
Advance booking essential
Location: The House of Prayer, 35 Seymour Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0PB
Telephone: 020 8941 2313  E-mail: admin@christian-retreat.org

On this Retreat we shall be exploring the gift of life in all its phases, even those of diminishment and death, as phases of evolution and transformation through Christ, using the DVD series with Thomas Keating OCSO. The retreat will be held mostly in silence with extended periods of Centering Prayer and with ample time for personal reflection.

Gift of Life: Death and Dying – Life and Living
Saturday, 26 May, 2018: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Led by: Jill Benet
Cost: £20 – Please bring a packed lunch
Location: The House of Prayer, 35 Seymour Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0PB
Telephone: 020 8941 2313  E-mail: admin@christian-retreat.org

This day immediately follows the retreat week (see above) and day participants are welcome to attend.

Centering Prayer and Alexander Technique
Friday, 1 June – Sunday, 3 June
Led by: Jacqueline Evans and Sister Anne Dunne
Cost: £160 – Arrive on Friday in time for supper at 7.00 pm and leave on Sunday at 4.00 pm
Advance booking essential
Location: The House of Prayer, 35 Seymour Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0PB
Telephone: 020 8941 2313  E-mail: admin@christian-retreat.org

Alexander Technique lets me discover and let go of tensions and resistance that hold me back from being open and available to the Ultimate Reality. This retreat offers techniques for quietening the nervous system and calming the breath during Centering Prayer, as well as how to carry the openness of meditation into life away from the prayer mat.

For more information, please contact us at: The House of Prayer, 35 Seymour Road, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 0PB , Phone/fax: 020 8941 2313
admin@christian-retreat.org

Our office hours are 9.15 am – 12.45 pm, Monday-Friday.
Outside these times please leave a message and we will call you back.

 

5th Sunday of Easter – 29th April 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the last few weeks our government has been found wanting with regard to justice for the so-called Windrush Generation.  It is a disastrous state of affairs for a country that once prided itself on a sense of fair play and the rule of law.  And to compound the problem ministers have been found to be, in that memorable phrase from a famous trial in Australia, ‘economical with the truth’. Perhaps even downright misleading as they back-pedalled on whether the policy devised to make Britain a ‘no-go’ area for immigrants had been ‘hostile’ to those who actually deserved our thanks.

On top of that, as I write, the Home Secretary is defending herself from accusations of ‘targets’ for deportations.  None of it paints our country, or our government, in a very good light, I feel.

But before I throw stones at politicians I also need to recognise that the Church often lets itself down by not being true to itself and its core principles – thinking of abuse cases particularly, but other scandals could be mentioned as well.  Jesus warned us, the apostles warned us and scripture remains to inform us that: “our love is not to be just words or mere talk, but something real and active; only by this can we be certain that we are children of the truth.”  In other words if we are going to make great claims about the gospel and about our faith and about the Church then these have to be seen to “all add up”.

Before the welfare state if you were wealthy you generally had few issues if you could pay for a doctor and provide for yourself.  For those that couldn’t the Church, religious and charitable organisations were the mainstay of support for the poor and working class people. Gradually the church’s role in those areas was assumed by the state and professionalised.  Now, though, with cut backs to the most basic support mechanisms it is the poor once again who are feeling the brunt – long waits for treatment in hospitals and doctors surgeries, long waits for benefits, extended working lives for less pension, state schools suffering from underfunding – perhaps this is the opportunity once again for the Church to take over some of the gaps left through which many people are falling.  This will mean that, once again our love will have to be far more than just ‘mere words’ but something ‘alive and active’ – and perhaps, costly too.

As we go past the homeless in their sleeping bags, or the Big Issue seller, how often have we allowed our thoughts to ask whether they have brought this on themselves in order to justify not offering a handout or a hand up.  The gospel today reminds us that we need to constantly check our consciences in order not to allow love to remain merely an idea.

With my love and prayers – Fr David


Ascension Day – Thursday 10this a Holy Day of Obligation with Mass at 10am in Cranleigh and 8pm in Bramley.
The Mass is offered for the people.


Corpus Christi Day with Bishop Richard

Sunday, June 3rd, St John’s Seminary, Wonersh, GU5 OQX

  • 1300 Arrivals and Welcome
  • Activities:  Outside fun, Crafts, Music, Talks
  • 1500 Corpus Christi procession with  Bishop Richard
  • 1545 Tea
  • In order to assist with catering please contact Katherine Bergin to book atkatherine.bergin@dabnet.org

Brian Longman’sfuneral will take place on Thursday 3rd May, 11am at St Augustine’s Abbey.
Cremation 12.45 followed by lunch at 1.30 at The Manor Inn, Godalming.
Please contact Sheila and let her know if you are coming as she needs to know numbers for catering.
Her telephone members are 01483 505814 or 07986 155492.


The Over – 50’s coffee morningswill now be held on the second Wednesday of each month and therefore will take place on 9thMay, 13thJune and 11thJuly.  All are welcome and friends will be warmly welcomed.


Thank you for your support to our Lent Fast Day appeal.Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition – and with it we hope to be able to reach 245,000 people. But we need the full amount of match funding to make it happen. You can help us reach the full amount needed for this crucial programme. We still have some way to go yet. To donate please go to cafod.org.uk/lent “


Missio Red Boxes

During 2017 members of the Red Box family in Bramley and Cranleigh have raised the wonderful sum of £1263-40 through the Red Box gifts and direct offerings.

Thank you very much for all your donations which continue to sustain missionary priests and sisters as they share God’s love with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people throughout the world.

If you would like to learn more of the work undertaken at Missio please visit Missio.org.uk.

Enclosed with the newsletter is a copy of the letter received by Missio from Fr Henry, parish priest at St.Thomas’s Church in Malawi. He and his parish community are supported through the Red Box scheme and his photo and the community are on the Thank you poster displayed in the porches of our two churches.

If you don’t already have a Red Box at home and would like one please do contact me.  Thank you again for all your contributions.  Fran Pickett

Email:nickpickett1948@gmail.com, Telephone  01483 276614″


Saturday 28th April – Liturgy Matters!

The Society of St Gregory is holding a Gathering for people involved in parish ministry in St John’s Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth. There will be talks, liturgies and workshops on planning and preparing for Mass. The three workshops to choose from are on singing and music to accompany the assembly, on preparing the liturgy and the third will explore the prayers we use at Mass in detail. If you would like to go or would like more information, contact Bridget Eacott before 21st April (Tel 892406, email: bmeacott@hotmail.com). We are hoping to form a group to go down together.


Are you interested in exploring a Biblical perspective on Mental health? Wouldyou like to have the opportunity to discuss and find out how the church can respond and help in this vital area in our community? Then come along to a new combined churches Bible study starting with an introductory session on Wednesday 25th April at 7:45 pm. The first session is held at Cranleigh Baptist church with the following six moving venues around the local churches. These are open to all. Contact your church leader or Rosslyn Doney 01483 267720 or just come to the introductory session.


Les Whittaker from East Grinstead Parish is cycling to Walsingham and backto raise money for the pro-life work undertaken by Good Counsel Network. Les will also mark the 50th anniversary of the abortion act by praying 50 rosaries on his journey to Walsingham, 50 whilst there and 50 on the return journey. If you would like to support this cause please see flyer on notice board, or view web page:  justgiving.com/fundraising/rosarybikeride


INSPIRE 2018 – YOUTH MINISTRY LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, MAY 12TH

Tickets are still available for the Diocesan youth ministry leadership day being held on May 12th at Redhill. It’s open to anyone who is interested in youth and young adult ministry, including parents and Confirmation leaders, and tickets are just £10. It’s happening at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill, from 10am to 3.30pm, and there is a very impressive line-up of speakers: We’ve got Will Desmond, founder of the ASCENT, Dominican Friar Father Nick Crowe, Lizzie Wakeling (talking about young people and mental health), Bishop Richard, and others. We’ll also be bringing you up to date on the current discussions at the Vatican around ‘Young people, faith, and vocational discernment.’ To book: Email YMBookings@dabnet.org.


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th Msay 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 “Proclaiming the Lord’s Favour” by Fr Simon Penhalagan; 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: http://www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.

Following month’s meeting: 23rd June. Guest speaker Revd. Andrew Micklefield “Good News for the Poor.”


Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Party on Sunday 10thJune from 3pm.  Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102


The Cranleigh Parish are very grateful to have such a good relationship with St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School who allow use of the playground to park our cars in during the weekend Masses.  Please note they are due to undertake some groundworks in the playground in the next few weeks and so we will have much reduced parking.  Please always remember to park considerately in the surrounding roads and to respect the school playground at all times.

Reserve the date of Sunday 10thJune midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair which will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments.  All are welcome. There will be no onsite parking on this day.


Pokot News

Here is a report from Fr Conway about his meeting with the mother of the boy Robert Twalakapel who you may recall was a pupil at the Mission school who died from peritonitis last year. This was the latest in several deaths this poor family had suffered in a very short time and they were devastated at the loss. The £587 referred to was your reactions to my report of the funeral.

“Dear Eugene

Today, I went to meet the mother of the late Robert Twalakapel. On December 5th 2017 you kindly sent me GBP 587.00 (KShs 78,658) to help the lady, Roberts mother.
We gave her cash so that she could purchase a more suitable animal nearer to her very isolated home. We can follow up with photos once she buys the milking cow.
She was very happy with the generous donation, because all her cows and goats died in the recent drought and famine. She explained to us that Robert was the first born and that there were two children following him. She had no money to send them back to complete Primary School. Her husband has not been seen for a few years.
Out of the £587 (KShs 78,658) we paid KShs 33,000 (approx £250) for the cow and gave her the remaining balance of KShs 48,658 to buy food for her children and
to send the two children back to school. I also promised the lady that we will assist them in High School when that day comes
Thanks to everyone in the Pound a Week Group for your ongoing and most generous support.  David”

I am circulating a photo of Robert’s mother and nephew with Fr Conway to members of the Group who have given me their email addresses.  I shall also be sending a further £250 to Fr Conway which has been donated by a member of the Group to buy a second cow for the family. Eugene McGivern 01483-893379.


 

4th Sunday of Easter – 22.04.18

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Bible Alive published an excerpt from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger speaking in 1969 well before he was even thought of as “papabile”. (in the running for the Papacy).  His remarks are remarkably prescient for our situation today and give us food for thought – the Church as we know it is changing rapidly – much of what we have come to see as normative is passing away including societal influence – but the more the Church is faithful to her Lord, Jesus Christ, the more she will become indispensable as men and women become alienated from the structures of political and social will around them.  You will see that Cardinal Ratzinger is issuing a challenge – to be more authentic and alive.  I hope you enjoy reading it.

“The future of the Church can and will issue from those whose roots are deep and who live from the pure fullness of their faith. It will not issue from those who accommodate themselves merely to the passing moment or from those who merely criticize others … nor will it issue from those who take the easier road, who sidestep the passion of faith, … all that makes demands upon men, … and compels them to sacrifice themselves. To put this more positively: The future of the Church, once again as always, will be reshaped by saints, by men, that is, whose minds probe deeper than the slogans of the day, who see more than others see, because their lives embrace a wider reality.

“[This] means that the big talk of those who prophesy a Church without God and without faith is all empty chatter. We have no need of a Church that celebrates the cult of action in political prayers. … What will remain is the Church of Jesus Christ, the Church that believes in the God who has become man and promises us life beyond death….The kind of priest who is no more than a social worker can be replaced … but the priest who is no specialist, who … in the name of God places himself at the disposal of man, who is beside them in their sorrows, in their joys, in their hope and in their fear, such a priest will certainly be needed in the future.

“Let us go a step farther. From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge — a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning. She will no longer be able to inhabit many of the edifices she built in prosperity. As the number of her adherents diminishes, so it will lose many of her social privileges. … As a small society, it will make much bigger demands on the initiative of her individual members. Undoubtedly it will discover new forms of ministry and will ordain to the priesthood approved Christians who pursue some profession. In many smaller congregations or in self-contained social groups, pastoral care will normally be provided in this fashion. Along-side this, the full-time ministry of the priesthood will be indispensable as formerly. But in all of the changes at which one might guess, the Church will find her essence afresh and with full conviction in that which was always at her centre: faith in the triune God, in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man, in the presence of the Spirit until the end of the world. In faith and prayer she will again recognize the sacraments as the worship of God and not as a subject for liturgical scholarship.

“… It will be hard going for the Church, for the process of crystallization and clarification will cost her much valuable energy. It will make her poor and cause her to become the Church of the meek. The process will be all the more arduous, for sectarian narrow-mindedness as well as pompous self-will will have to be shed. One may predict that all of this will take time. The process will be long and wearisome … But when the trial of this sifting is past, a great power will flow from a more spiritualized and simplified Church. Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.

“And so it seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals. But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.

The Catholic Church will survive in spite of men and women, not necessarily because of them. And yet, we still have our part to do. We must pray for and cultivate unselfishness, self-denial, faithfulness, Sacramental devotion and a life centred on Christ.”

In 2009 Ignatius Press released Father Joseph Ratzinger’s speech “What Will the Church Look Like in 2000” in full, in a book entitled Faith and the Future.  It is available in all good booksellers.

With my love and prayers, Fr David


Corpus Christi Day with Bishop Richard

Sunday, June 3rd, St John’s Seminary,  Wonersh, GU5 OQX

  • 1300 Arrivals and Welcome

Activities:  Outside fun, Crafts, Music, Talks

  • 1500 Corpus Christi procession with Bp Richard
  • 1545 Tea

In order to assist with catering please contact Katherine Bergin to book at katherine.bergin@dabnet.org

The Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No. 252878


The 50’s coffee morningswill now be held on the second Wednesday of each month and therefore will take place on 9thMay, 13thJune and 11thJuly.  All are welcome and friends will be warmly welcomed.


Congratulations to the April 300 Winners whoare David Barry, the Southwell Family and Bridget Eacott.


Thank you for your support to our Lent Fast Day appeal.Donations to CAFOD until 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government. We have planned a £5 million programme to combat malnutrition – and with it we hope to be able to reach 245,000 people. But we need the full amount of match funding to make it happen. You can help us reach the full amount needed for this crucial programme. We still have some way to go yet. To donate please go to cafod.org.uk/lent “


Missio Red Boxes

During 2017 members of the Red Box family in Bramley and Cranleigh have raised the wonderful sum of £1263-40 through the Red Box gifts and direct offerings.

Thank you very much for all your donations which continue to sustain missionary priests and sisters as they share God’s love with some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people throughout the world.

If you would like to learn more of the work undertaken at Missio please visit Missio.org.uk.

Enclosed with the newsletter is a copy of the letter received by Missio from Fr Henry, parish priest at St.Thomas’s Church in Malawi. He and his parish community are supported through the Red Box scheme and his photo and the community are on the Thank you poster displayed in the porches of our two churches.

If you don’t already have a Red Box at home and would like one please do contact me.

Thank you again for all your contributions. Fran Pickett

Email:nickpickett1948@gmail.com, Telephone  01483 276614″


Saturday 28th April – Liturgy Matters!

The Society of St Gregory is holding a Gathering for people involved in parish ministry in St John’s Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth. There will be talks, liturgies and workshops on planning and preparing for Mass. The three workshops to choose from are on singing and music to accompany the assembly, on preparing the liturgy and the third will explore the prayers we use at Mass in detail. If you would like to go or would like more information, contact Bridget Eacott before 21st April (Tel 892406, email: bmeacott@hotmail.com). We are hoping to form a group to go down together.


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


Are you interested in exploring a Biblical perspective on Mental health? Would you like to have the opportunity to discuss and find out how the church can respond and help in this vital area in our community? Then come along to a new combined churches Bible study starting with an introductory session on Wednesday 25th April at 7:45 pm. The first session is held at Cranleigh Baptist church with the following six moving venues around the local churches. These are open to all. Contact your church leader or Rosslyn Doney 01483 267720 or just come to the introductory session.


Les Whittaker from East Grinstead Parish is cycling to Walsingham and backto raise money for the pro-life work undertaken by Good Counsel Network. Les will also mark the 50th anniversary of the abortion act by praying 50 rosaries on his journey to Walsingham, 50 whilst there and 50 on the return journey. If you would like to support this cause please see flyer on notice board, or view web page:  justgiving.com/fundraising/rosarybikeride