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

3rd Sunday of Easter – 15th April 2018

PARISH OF CRANLEIGH AND BRAMLEY

3rd Sunday of Easter – 15th April 2018

Times of Mass and Devotions
3rd Sunday of Easter 
Sat 14th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass People of the Parish
Sun 15th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Sung Mass

Parish Mass

Janet Daulton RIP

 

Tues 17th Bramley 10.00am Mass – in Eastertide Those who suffer hunger
Wed 18th Cranleigh 7.00pm Mass – in Eastertide Those who despair and have lost hope
Thurs 19th Bramley 10.00am Mass – in Eastertide Those who seek guidance
Fri 20th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass  – in Eastertide Those preparing for first communion
4th Sunday of Easter 
Sat 21st Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass Bishop Richard’s Int’s
Sun 22nd Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Sung Mass

Parish Mass

People of the Parish

Christopher Mantle (RIP)

The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses

Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time

Parish Prayer Group – Mondays 9.15am and Thursdays at 8pm – see website or notice board for details.

Dear Brothers and Sisters

John tells us something today that is worth mentioning because it goes against the grain of what people generally think – including, perhaps especially, some Christians.  He writes: “…if anyone should sin, we have our advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, who is just; he is the sacrifice that takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s.”

I wonder what you make of that sentence?

First of all, it seems to me, that John is telling us something about sin and judgement.  In a newspaper just this week was a piece on the Australian cricket scandal of ball tampering. The columnist opined that although ball tampering is a serious misdemeanour it may not be so serious as to rule out or entirely ruin a sporting career.  He thought that the judgement was too harsh and felt that the Sporting Council had judged with incorrect criteria and thus an injustice was done.

John tells us that Jesus is our “advocate with the Father” and that he is “just”.  So not only will Jesus represent us but he will be fair with regards to our faults.

But I didn’t just use that word “represents” by accident!  It could also mean standing forus as well as standing upfor us.  Yet, if you were listening and participating in the Holy Week services you will know that it is oursins that Jesus bore on the cross.  “By hisstripes we have been healed.”  So, in some mysterious way Jesus actually stands-in for us, accepting our faults as if they were his own and thus setting us free to try again.

There is however, another little bit of this that needs unpicking and which many Christians, including some of us Catholics, find hard to digest.  John says that Jesus “takes our sins away, and not only ours, but the whole world’s.”    He doesn’t say “he takes away our sins (and only our sins)” implying that it is only Christians, or perhaps even only someChristians and not others that are forgiven.  In other words, everyone is offered the same deal.

But you may ask what is the point, then, of being a part of the Church?  Why not just accept this happy situation and then carry on with your life?

The answer surely lies, in part, in the responsethat this gracious and costly offer from God calls for from withinus.  To respond with gratitude and thanksgiving and then emulate the same graciousness in a committed Christian life is to make a conscious effort to pass on the benefits to others that we have been in receipt of.  If we have discovered that this new relationship with God, through Jesus, is life giving then it is natural to respond in kind; to offer to those around us a sacrificial love that excludes no one and perhaps even includes especiallythose least worthy of the gift.

“Through your cross and resurrection You has redeemed the world” is a phrase that is said between each of the Stations of the cross. The world means “me” and indeed everybody and all things.  Nothing is excluded; all is redeemed – some of us recognise this.  Others don’t.  Our task is to help them see what a difference accepting it could make.

With my love and prayers

Fr David

 


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal)

Saturday 21st April 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Setting the Downtrodden Free” by Peter Hobbs; 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: 19th May Guest speaker Fr Simon Penhalagan “Proclaiming the Lord’s favour.”


Mission Questionnaire Meeting
17th April Bramley at 19.00hrs

Thank you to those who have recently completed the Survey Monkey questionnaire at:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9RHTSGD
There is still time to get your view heard before the Parish Plan is designed, please do complete the questionnaire if you can.

The second of two meetings to discuss the findings from the questionnaire will take place in Bramley on 17th April at 19.00hrs.  You will have a chance to see all the anonymous responses and discuss what priorities you support.  I would urge you to attend if you can so that we get a representative voice of our parish.

 


Corpus Christi Day with Bishop Richard

Sunday, June 3rd,

St John’s Seminary,
Wonersh, GU5 OQX

1.00 Arrivals and Welcome –  Activities:  Outside fun, Crafts, Music, Talks
3.00 Corpus Christi procession with Bp Richard
3.45 Tea

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


A VERY BIG THANK YOUto all those who supported the SOUP LUNCH for POKOT– £475 was raised due to the wonderful generosity of those who came and those who gave me donations because they were unable to attend.  I would like to pay tribute to the other members of the team, especially Jane, Anne and Jill whose help made all this possible.  Thank you all.  Win


The next over 50’s coffee mornings are: Tuesdays  17th April and 1st, 15th May in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting room.  All are welcome.


You are welcome to join the Monday 9.15am Prayer Group in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.


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.


One of our young parishioners is organising a drop in session for donations to Number Five on April 21st2-4pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. Please support this event.

“I am doing this because I think that everyone should be treated fairly no matter how poor or rich they are. No matter what life throws at you. Everyone deserves to live with dignity. Everyone deserves to have a home, to be warm and clothed. I am hoping that I will be able to help in some way. Please help me, help those who do not have a home.”


RUNNER BEANSWould you like me to grow a pot of runner bean plants for you to plant in your garden?  10 plants for £2.80, 6 for £2 ready mid to late May.  Please take into account your holiday dates.  All proceeds to Parish Room Fund. Orders to Win Bracking 275573.


CAMEO Event –ComeAndMeetEachOther in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on Wednesday 25th April from 7.30pm for a Gin Rummy Cards night – and a drop or two of Gin.  This is open to all ladies of the Parish – you will be made welcome. Please register your interest to Tracy Laffar at jcromcloud@icloud.com


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.

 


Pokot News

This is Fr Sean McGovern’s report of how he spent the £3,300 we sent him which was his share of the £8,000 we sent to Fr Conway in early March.

“I had promised to send you details of the projects to which I will apply your £3,300 recently received  via Fr David (Conway). My nursery school is doing very well. 30 children enrolled and a very enthusiastic teacher. I have put £1,600 into that account. I do of course continue with our ‘delicious’ breakfast of millet porridge, sugar and camel milk for all the school children which your Group help fund. The teacher’s salary and uniforms for children plus the various needs for the classroom, all add up. I have put £1,600 into the building of the 2nd classroom in the nursery school, now at last overground. The £100 in memory of Grace Parker I put into Mass intentions. That makes £3,300.  Please pass on my warmest thanks to all the members of the Pound a Week Group for their wonderful and generous support for my projects for the Pokot people. You are all in my prayers. Please keep us in yours.   Fr Sean”

I circulated recently some photographs  of the Palm Sunday procession at Fr Sean’s Rotu mission and  of the building work on his new church. I asked him for some information about the joyous singing during the procession and for a translation of the writing on the stone standing by the wayside on the approach to the church. This is what he reported.  “Our Palm Sunday hymn was  Kiwo Yesu Jerusalem.  This is what it means. Jesus went to Jerusalem. He went by Donkey. Alleluia.

Our true saviour went by Donkey. The one who looks after the world went by Donkey. The Son of God went by Donkey.

The inscription on the stone outside our Church reads  Kanisa Katholik Rotuwhich means  Catholic Church Rotu; and Bakhita nyo tilil  means Saint Bakhita  who is the patron saint of our Mission. She was a slave from Darfur in the Sudan. After escaping she became a Christian and a nun. Her feast day is 8th February.”

If you would like more information about the Pound a Week Group’s support for the Pokot Missions, please contact me on emcgivern@btinternet.com or 01483-893379.


 

Palm Sunday – 25th March 2018 

Times of Mass and Devotions
 
X Palm Sunday X
Sat 24th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass
Sun 25th Bramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Mass with Blessing of Palms

Mass with Blessing of Palms

Mon 26th Cranleigh

Cranleigh

10.00am

1.00pm

Mass

Funeral of Maggie McGlinn

Tues 27th Bramley   No Mass
Wed 28th Cranleigh

Arundel Cathedral

10.00am

6.00pm

Mass

Chrism Mass

Thurs 29th Cranleigh 7.30pm Mass of the Lords Supper
Fri 30th St Nicholas Church

 

Cranleigh

10.30am

 

3.00pm

Good Friday Walk of Witness to Stocklund Square

Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

X Easter Sunday X
Sat 31st Cranleigh 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord and Baptism of Ethel Saunders
Sun 1st Bramley

Cranleigh

Bramley

9.00am

11.00am

2.00pm

Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

Baptism of Rosa and Harry Strudwick

Maundy Thursday 29th March

There are sign-up sheets in both porches for half hour slots for people to “Watch in the Garden of Repose” from 2130 to midnight.  We need at least two people present before the Blessed Sacrament for the watch to be continuous.

Good Friday 30th March – 10.30 meet at St Nicholas Church for Walk of Witness to Stocklund Square.

Saturday 31st March appeal for cleaners and flower arrangers to give attention to the Cranleigh church with hot cross buns and refreshments from Midday.  Please let the Parish Office know if you are able to help.  No help as of today as been offered.

Easter at the Catholic Church

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

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

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

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More

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

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

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

Stations of the Cross @ Wintershall, 8 am meeting at St Francis Chapel, led by Fr Anthony Meradith  on Good Friday.  Please wear waterproof footwear and wrap up warm!

Please feel free to join the Monday 9.15am Prayer Meeting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

The Easter Offerings can be made using one or both of two marked envelopes which will be available in both church foyers before each Easter Mass. One envelope will be marked as a gift for Father David and the other as a gift to the Cranleigh and Bramley Parish. Please take one or both as you wish and place them in the usual collection basket during Mass. Cash placed in the basket will be deemed to be a gift to the Parish.

Once again Ann Hutley has kindly allowed us to run a Children’s Stations of the Cross on Good Friday at 10am. I shall provide the hot cross buns.   This event takes about an hour and is designed to give children a chance to let off steam outdoors and to get a true appreciation of the Stations of the Cross. All I need is numbers and I will do the rest.  Please contact me on rockhillsp@gmail.com to let me know if you can come. Stephen Rockhill

PARISH LUNCH – the next Parish Lunch is this Tuesday (27th March) and will be held at the Bramley Parish Room at 12h00. Please do join us for a shared meal and friendly company.  Please let Bev (892712 or mark.bev@btopenworld.com) or Dinah (271241) know if you would like to reserve a seat by Sunday evening at the latest. Please note that there is no Mass before this lunch owing to the church being decorated. Thanks!

Please note the St Thomas More church will have no services and will be closed for some redecoration work during the period 26th March until 30th March inclusive. This will not affect anything associated with the parish room at Bramley.

   RUNNER BEANS Would you like me to grow a pot of runner bean plants for you to plant in your garden?  10 plants for £2.80, 6 for £2 ready mid to late May.  Please take into account your holiday dates.   All proceeds to Parish Room Fund.  Orders to Win Bracking 275573.

The next over 50’s coffee mornings are: TuesdaysMarch, 3rd, 17th April and 1st, 15th May in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting room.  All are welcome.

Cranleigh Community Showcase – 28th April, 10am to 12 noon in the Village Hall As part of this event, we are running a ‘PLANT SALE’. All the money raised will go to the ‘David Tilley Children’s Foundation’.  We would like as many plants to sell as possible, any variety, vegetables or flowers.  We aim to raise as much money as possible. We will set up the selling point along the side of the Village Hall opposite the main Boots.  Please could you bring the plants to the village hall on the 28th April, from 9am onwards.

Juliet Emms is raising money for Cancer Research uk   Please read her story at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/juliet-emms

 Invitation from St Joseph’s Specialist School and College, Cranleigh, to Parishioners

You are most welcome to join us for our Palm Sunday liturgy and procession on Monday 26th March at 2pm. This liturgy is made all the more special because we have a visit from Chester, the Wintershall donkey, along with two of the actors from The Life of Christ. We listen to the Word and join in prayer, then we process joyfully singing around part of our school grounds. We would love you to share with our pupils and students in our preparations to celebrate Holy Week.

Do you have a special celebration coming up?  Something that you would like a dream cake for?  Kirsty Kay-Russell, of “Oh Crumbs” cakes, bakes and hand decorates exquisite celebration cakes, and is raffling off one large celebration cake to the value of £100 for the lucky winner!  The raffle will be drawn on Easter Sunday and all proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Parish Room fund.  Please find Kirsty at Mass on Saturday and Sunday in Cranleigh or Magdalena Norris at Mass on Sunday morning in Bramley for tickets. £2 per ticket or a strip of 5 tickets for £9, or two strips for £17.  You can have a look at some of Kirsty’s creations on Instagram at @ohcrumbskkr  at www.facebook.com/ohcrumbsuk

Vivianna’s Mothers Day Scones Thank you very much to everyone who ordered the gift packs.  Vivianna raised £41 which will be sent to CAFOD.

The Benedictines from Chilworth are organising the Divine Mercy Sunday with veneration of the relic of St.Faustyna Kowalska,  with a procession around the abbey, blessing of the flowers etc. The event begins at St.Joseph’s church in Guildford at 12.15 and after a short service moves to the abbey.  All are welcome

 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

Adoremus / World Meeting of Families Morning Meetings

Please note that the sessions to be held on 24th March and 14th April have been postponed.

Fourth Sunday of Lent – 11th March 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The opening prayer and the Gospel are in close alignment today – one hinting at the other, as it were.  One line in the opening prayer reads “O God, who through your Word reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way”, and the Gospel tells us that “God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.”

So we can begin to see that there is a divine purpose in reconciliation – it is to enable us to share in eternal life.  St Paul writing to the Ephesians says that all this happened when we were “dead through our sins.”  Paul goes onto say that we have been saved, not by anything we have done but by a “gift from God.”  This continuous outpouring of God’s gift we call grace – grace because gracious and free and total, not requiring anything of us except faith.  Faith in this context means not ‘believing in God’ but in believing in what God has done for us.

When we are conscious of our sinfulness we should be aware of what we might call ‘distance’ – i.e. how far away from God we have moved.  This is also true of our relationships with each other – when we hurt each other and refuse to be reconciled we become distant and remote – ‘something comes between us.’  Overcoming that ‘something’ is what reconciliation does.  Between human beings, being reconciled is often a painful and humbling process.  The recognition of guilt, a desire to apologise and make amends, an admission of what we are responsible for and an asking for forgiveness.  The consequent forgiveness and reconciliation, if given fully, frees us to enjoy the relationship fully once again, and perhaps to be closer than ever before.

Many Christians have found that this pattern helps in their relationship with God.

One of the important things though is to be realistic about sin.  It is probable that few people commit what we might imagine are serious sins – murder, adultery, slander etc.  But we should not be blind to other, less dramatic, but still highly damaging forms of human sinfulness.  Prejudice, judgementalism, gossip, laziness, are just four of these ‘lesser’ sins but which are highly toxic to relationships.  I suspect that many of us are highly aware of our culpability in these small matters but either think them too trivial to mention in confession or imagine that they are something we can manage by ourselves.  But, as you know, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is just that – a sacrament – and therefore a meeting place with God’s grace directly.  Never under-estimate grace; be open to it in your life and see yourselves grow.  It can be amazing.

With my love.  Fr David.


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

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

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

Stations of the Cross @ Wintershall, 8 am meeting at St Francis Chapel, led by Fr Anthony Meradith  on Good Friday.  Please wear waterproof footwear and wrap up warm!

Please feel free to join the Monday 9.15am Prayer Meeting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.


Vivianna Small will be making a Mothers Day Gift Pack with 2 heart shaped cheeses cones with a mini jar of homemade gooseberry and dates chutney and butter. All proceeds will go to Cafod. Suggested donation is £5. Collection after Mass Sunday.   If anyone is interested to order in advance to send an email to fromviviskitchen@gmail.com or contact 07909791111. Thank you


Parish Lenten Retreat – Saturday 17th March – 10am

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


There will be a Fundraising Soup Lunch For Pokot Thursday 22nd March from 12.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  There will be a choice of 4 soups and tea/coffee and cake will be served.  There will also be CAKES FOR SALE.  Please support this event.  It was very popular last time.  Win Bracking 275573


Please note the St Thomas More church will have no services and will be closed for some redecoration work during the period 26th March until 30th March inclusive. This will not affect anything associated with the parish room at Bramley. 


Easter leaflets distribution:

Volunteers are needed on the morning of Thursday 22nd March to help distribute the ‘Churches Together’ leaflet which details all the services for Holy Week and Easter.  Please speak to your ‘Churches Together’ representative, or ring Pamela on 01483 274148 if you can help.


Juliet Emms is raising money for Cancer Research uk   Please read her story at

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/juliet-emms


21st March – Climate Change – A Christian’s Response by Dr Martin Hodson, Operations Manager of John Ray Initiative, an educational charity which promotes scientific and Christian understanding of the environment.  It is in the Parish Hall, Our Lady Help of Christians, Madeira Road, West Byfleet starting at 7:30pm.


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

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

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

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

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


Do you have a special celebration coming up?  Something that you would like a dream cake for?  Kirsty Kay-Russell, of “Oh Crumbs” cakes, bakes and hand decorates exquisite celebration cakes, and is raffling off one large celebration cake to the value of £100 for the lucky winner!  The raffle will be drawn on Easter Sunday and all proceeds of the raffle will be donated to the Parish Room fund.  Please find Kirsty at Mass on Saturday and Sunday in Cranleigh or Magdalena Norris at Mass on Sunday morning in Bramley for tickets. £2 per ticket or a strip of 5 tickets for £9, or two strips for £17.  You can have a look at some of Kirsty’s creations on Instagram at @ohcrumbskkr  at www.facebook.com/ohcrumbsuk


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


THE GREAT ADVENTURE. RETREAT FOR YEAR 7-9 AT WORTH ABBEY  The Great Adventure is running at Worth Abbey from the 18-20th May for all those in year 7-9. Over the weekend we are going to be exploring the idea that the journey of discipleship is a great adventure that we are each called to through workshops, input, prayer, worship and a whole lot of fun! The price is £84 but bursaries are available. For more information please fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk


Thanks go to all those readers who read at the Women’s World Day of Prayer events last Friday as well as those who were asked to stand down due to the bad weather.  Your support and commitment is much appreciated by everyone in the Parish.


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


Maundy Thursday 29th March

There are sign up sheets in both porches for half hour slots for two people to “Watch in the Garden of Repose” from 0930 to midnight.


Good Friday 30th March – 10.30 meet at St Nicholas Church for Walk of Witness to Stocklund Square.


Saturday 31st March appeal for cleaners and flower arrangers to give attention to the Cranleigh church with hot cross buns and refreshments from Midday.  Please let the Parish Office know if you are able to help.


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 a graduate with a strong desire to inspire young people and transform lives through exploring some of life’s biggest questions? Have you considered becoming a Secondary RE teacher?

The University of Sussex offers full and part time PGCE and School Direct Courses in Religious Education resulting in qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of up to 90 Masters Level Credits For more information including eligibility and entry criteria visit http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/pgceandschooldirectsecondary/religiouseducation

To discuss further contact either Sally Dudley, Initial Teacher Education Recruitment,  Selection and Admissions Lead at Sussex University s.e.dudley@sussex.ac.uk or Claire Rooney, RE Curriculum Tutor c.rooney@sussex.ac.uk.


Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

Palm Sunday

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

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

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

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind 

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

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

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More

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


Cranleigh & Bramley Talent Show

Song/Dance/Bands/Comedy/Drama/….showcase YOUR talents!

For fun. and fundraising! Come to perform, or for refreshments and to cheer us on! Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF

        !!! ACTS WANTED !!! If you wish to appear please register now:

jcromtalent@gmail.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com  Save The Date! …Get Ready!

Mic/PA & some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs.

Offers of help and equipment also welcomed. We promise no rotten tomatoes! All welcome!


 

Third Sunday of Lent – 4th March 2018

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

In the gospel today, Jesus explains angrily that the Temple is not meant to be a place of bartering and trade, even if those things are for the religious benefit of the populace, but it is a place in which to meet God.  Access to God is meant to be free and equal – the rich man and the poor man have the same access and the same duties.  Anything that comes between God and His people, therefore, is to be removed.  This event, more than any other in Jesus’ ministry was probably the main reason why the authorities of the Temple plotted to have him arrested and “silenced”.  After all the status quo and the livelihoods of many of the peripheral people around the temple were being threatened.  The Chief Priests and the leaders had become corrupted by what we might call “custom” and had forgotten that the Temple was actually a meeting place for all peoples with the living God and not primarily a place to do business.
But Jesus does something else with this moment.  He uses it to make an analogy between himself and the temple.  He is the temple of God and if it is destroyed, then he will rebuild it in “three days” – a claim that causes much bewilderment and scorn to be levelled at him.  Yet, he did rebuild it in three days and now the Temple of God is not just in Jerusalem, or the Body of Christ Jesus but in all those who “join themselves to Christ” and who complete their Christian initiation of baptism, confirmation and eucharist.  We become the temple of the Lord.  Thus as St Paul says our “bodies are not our own”. They have been “bought and paid for in the blood of the Lamb”.
If we were to let our church become dilapidated and shabby; if we were to allow unseemly things to take place within it’s walls; if we were to allow music and songs to be sung that did not “fit” the image of a Christian place of worship; if we were to allow others to “use” our church who had no sympathy with the Catholic faith then people might begin to ask what was actually going on here.  The church must be a place of worship, used appropriately and joyfully for Christian uses so that we “proclaim” a message of our faith and practice to the world.  It is a sign of who owns it and dwells within it.
Similarly, if we allow ourselves to “fall” into habits and practices that are not consonant with our Catholic faith then we distort the image of Christ that dwells within us and, little by little, we disguise our true selves as temples of the Holy Spirit. We may well ask ourselves whether this is, in fact, true.
 Lent is a time for spring cleaning of the soul.  We need to clean and polish the windows of our souls – our eyes, mouths, ears so that what we look at, say, and listen to are things that nourish the Spirit dwelling within us.  The Ten Commandments are a very useful ready reckoner for seeing how we are doing.  Do we desire God and His ways more than “pure gold”?  Are his commandments “sweeter than honey” to us?

 

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Cranleigh & Bramley Talent Show 

Song/Dance/Bands/Comedy/Drama/….showcase YOUR talents!For fun. and fundraising! Come to perform, or for refreshments and to cheer us on!

Sat 10th Nov, 2018 7:30pm at Cranleigh Band Room GU6 8AF

               !!! ACTS WANTED !!!

If you wish to appear please register now:

jcromtalent@gmail.com or the Parish office 01483 272075 jcromcloud@icloud.com

  Save The Date!  …Get Ready!

Mic/PA & some instruments will be available, contact us for your needs. Offers of help and equipment also welcomed. We promise no rotten tomatoes! All welcome!

WANTED! MC/COMPERE!!!


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Monday Lenten Group at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley, starting at 10 am.  All are welcome. Maureen LovederStations of the Cross during Lent at JCROM Wednesday 10.00 am for 30 minutes.  All are welcome.  Contact Helen Rollo 277395.

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

VESPERS AT THE SEMINARY by kind permission of the Rector, Canon Bryan Coyle, we are all invited to join the Seminarians and Staff at the Seminary for VESPERS at 8pm on MONDAY 5th MARCH.  This invitation is extended to our fellow Chrsitans in the village through C.T.C.  It would be nice to have a good representation from our church community.

CAMEO-Logo-with-text.pngThe next CAMEO event will be hosted by Katherine Bergin on Tuesday 6th March at 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Church “Journeying through Lent with Mary”.  There will be refreshments in the hall following as well as planning CAMEO events for 2018.  Please RSVP to the Parish Office.

lentretreat.jpgParish Lenten Retreat – Saturday 17th March

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

Unknown-1.jpegThere will be a FUNDRAISING SOUP LUNCH FOR POKOT THURSDAY 22ND MARCH from 12.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  There will be a choise of 4 soups and tea/coffee and cake will be served.  There will also be CAKES FOR SALE.  Please support this event.  It was very popular last time.  Win Bracking 275573

0393278e-22e4-4275-a02a-7e14b99dac3c.pngSave the Date for the Parish Picnic by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Lebus in their garden, Shere on Sunday 8th July.   Further details nearer the time.   All members of the Parish are welcome for the afternoon to enjoy a shared picnic, swimming pool and tennis court.

Unknown-2.jpegPlease note the St Thomas More church will have no services and will be closed for some redecoration work during the period 26th March until 30th March inclusive. This will not affect anything associated with the parish room at Bramley.

safe-clip-300x229.jpgThe next Guildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training has been arranged for the at Christ the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ on Tuesday, 13th March 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m.  This training is for everyone but particularly for those who work with or minister to Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults at Risk.) It is the expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that this initial training is undertaken and refreshed every three years. New Volunteers should undertake the Initial Training within the first year of being appointed. A Refresher Training Programme is being rolled out from September 2018 starting with those who did their training in 2015. People are welcome to attend initial and refresher sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.  Please let the Cranleigh Parish Office know of your intention to attend by Tuesday, 6th March for refreshment and hand out purposes.

Thumbnail November Open Event.jpgAll are welcome to join two events in our local area:

9th March – St Pius X in Laustan Close, Merrow are offering a Bread and Soup lunch in aid of CAFOD. It starts at 11.30 with rosary in the church and is followed by lunch in the hall.

21st March – Climate Change – A Christian’s Response by Dr Martin Hodson, Operations Manager of John Ray Initiative, an educational charity which promotes scientific and Christian understanding of the environment.  It is in the Parish Hall, Our Lady Help of Christians, Madeira Road, West Byfleet starting at 7:30pm.

Unknown.jpegFAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

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

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

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

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

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

cake.jpgLENTEN Cake Raffle.   Kirsty Kay-Russell will be selling raffle tickets for entry into her cake raffle which will be drawn at Easter.    All proceeds from the raffle will go to towards the Parish Meeting Room fund and you get to liaise with Kirstie about which cake you would like her to make for you.  WIN-WIN. 

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

maxresdefault.jpgADOREMUS 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

Big-Church-Day-Out-1.jpg26-27 May 2018 Big Church Day Out

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

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

maxresdefault-1.jpgThe National Novena to St Joseph will take place from 10-18 March 2018 at St Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool.  Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for god’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work.  You are invited to send in your petitions and/or request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer.  Email Fr Liam Cummins at noveenamhm@gmail.com

1v0n8U84.jpgAre you a graduate with a strong desire to inspire young people and transform lives through exploring some of life’s biggest questions? Have you considered becoming a Secondary RE teacher?

The University of Sussex offers full and part time PGCE and School Direct Courses in Religious Education resulting in qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE of up to 90 Masters Level Credits For more information including eligibility and entry criteria visit http://www.sussex.ac.uk/education/ite/pgceandschooldirectsecondary/religiouseducation

To discuss further contact either Sally Dudley, Initial Teacher Education Recruitment,  Selection and Admissions Lead at Sussex University s.e.dudley@sussex.ac.uk or Claire Rooney, RE Curriculum Tutor c.rooney@sussex.ac.uk.

lent-1170.pngLent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

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

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

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

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind 

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

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

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

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

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

 

Second Sunday of Lent – 25th February 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

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

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

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

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

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

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

With my love and prayers from Father David


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

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

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


FRI 2nd MARCH WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

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

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


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


Parish Lenten Retreat – Saturday 17th March

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


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


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


Save the Date for the Parish Talents Night

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


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


FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


26-27 May 2018 Big Church Day Out

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

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


The 300 club winners for January and February.

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


Healing workshop March 3rd

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


EASTER RETREAT FOR 18-35s AT WORTH ABBEY

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


DAY FOR YOUTH LEADERS AND CATECHISTS – INSPIRE 2018

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


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


Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

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

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

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

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

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

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

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

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

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


 

First Sunday of Lent – 18th February 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

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

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

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

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

This helps us to see a number of things.

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

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

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

With my love and best wishes for a fruitful Lent

Father David


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


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


CAFOD Family Fast Day: Friday 23 February   CAFOD’s

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

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

three million children a year, your fasting, prayers and

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

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

have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.

Please collect your Fast Day envelope from church this

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


FRI 2nd MARCH WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

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


Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

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


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


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


Open the Book: Join the team?

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

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


Lectio Divina Led by Bishop Richard Moth 24 February

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


Parish Talents Night

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

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


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

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

Dear All,

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

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

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


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


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


26-27 May 2018 Big Church Day Out

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

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


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

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


EASTER RETREAT FOR 18-35s AT WORTH ABBEY

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


Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

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

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

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

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

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

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

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

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

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


 

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 11th February 2018

Special Collection for Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

Dear Brothers and Sisters

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

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

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

I wish you all a most happy Lent.  Father David


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


Kids Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party

Change of venue to Bramley Parish Rooms

Tuesday 13th February 2018

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

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

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

Parents must accompany their children please.

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


FRI 2nd MARCH WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER

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


Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


Open the Book: Join the team?

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

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


Parish Talents Night

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Dear All,

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

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

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

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


Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

Ash Wednesday

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

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

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

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

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

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

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

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

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

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

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

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


ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 24th February 11.00-4.00

You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Spirit has anointed me” by Fr Anthony Meredith; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.   www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809  Next month’s meeting is on 24th March:  “Living Kingdom Values” – guest speaker Jenny Baker


 

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4th February 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each meditation is dedicated to one of the seven sayings:

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

Today you will be with me in Paradise.

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

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

I thirst.

It is finished.

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lent Talks: A Collection of Broadcasts 

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

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


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


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


Men’s Curry and Movie Night

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


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

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

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


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


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


Kids Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party

Change of venue to Bramley Parish Rooms

Tuesday 13th February 2018

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

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

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

Parents must accompany their children please.

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


Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

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


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

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

SCM Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Cover

Term time only, Monday to Friday

Salary S3 £15,997 – £17,662 FTE

Flexible working considered

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


St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School

Class Teacher (Full time)

Full time permanent Required September 2018

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

Closing date for applications: Friday 9th February


 

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4th February 2018

Second Collection for Racial Justice Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

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

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

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

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

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

With my love and prayers.  Fr D


What does an inclusive parish look like?

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


Men’s Curry and Movie Night

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

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


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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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


Parish Mission Questionnaire – Feedback

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

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


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


Racial Justice Sunday 28th January 2018

Belonging:  All are welcome

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

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