Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 20th August 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

I once read an article by an evangelical man who claimed that his own father would go to hell because he wasn’t an evangelical, bible based, Christian.  Because he hadn’t been baptised in the spirit.  That struck me as rather harsh but consonant with evangelical belief.  It seems that heaven, in that view, is going to be populated by evangelicals.  That means the art will be terrible, the décor magnolia and the carpets beige.  The parties will be very restrained affairs and the music will probably be of the folksy acoustic guitar kind with close harmony singing.  Bedtime will be before ten pm.

I jest of course because that’s just my bias against evangelicals.  My list above says as much about me as it does about them.  Somewhere, though, there will be an evangelical deriding the catholic idea that it’s only Catholics who will get to heaven.  And he or she is probably also thinking that in a catholic heaven there will be some awful baroque extravaganza of a décor style, acres of marble and domed trompe l’oeil ceilings with either Gregorian chant or massed choirs, Verdi style, as the only musical choice.  Oh, and a lot of drunkenness.  Lots of drunkenness.

The truth is, of course, somewhat more bizarre.  It would seem that God wants to open the doors of heaven to as many people as possible.  It’s not an excluded out but an included in mentality, or spirituality.  And this resonates with everything we know about the teaching of Jesus and the sayings and writings of the prophets of old.  In fact, the whole purpose of being “God’s people” – whether the Jewish nation, or the Catholic church is to image that welcome and inclusiveness for others who may not have expected that.  It’s not, therefore, a case of “come and join us, our train is going to heaven and yours to hell,” but “come and join us and help us show everyone how God wants us to live.  We have experienced his grace and want to share that with anyone who will open themselves to it.”

And even if they don’t then God’s mercy is probably big enough to cope.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

 

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

Pope Francis urges us to build up the holiness of the church and ensure people feel welcomed and loved in it.  How is Welcoming a Ministry?  Who needs to be welcomed?  What does our parish look like to a visitor or newcomer?  The Year of Mercy is an opportune time to reflect on the Ministry of Welcoming and consider the impact it can have in a parish.

If you would like to become a welcomer to our Parish please join the meeting on Thursday 7th September at 8pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Day of Reflection – 16th September

At Holy Family Ash. 10:30 Tea/Coffee 11:00 Start 15:30 finish. Please advise Deacon John Edwards if you are going to attend email: d.johnedwards@googlemail.com or phone (leave a message) 01252 405453

St Thomas More Church

You may now have noticed that we have started some remedial work on the church. The roof of the church is currently being repaired to eliminate both water retention and resulting ingress of water into the church interior. The interior damage will be repaired a little later when we are certain the roof repairs have been successful. The front face of the building is being repointed and the Corpus Christi cross being cleaned and repainted. The front doors, the side door and windows are to be revarnished.

There will also be work carried out on the Parish room and associated Garden Cottage where each end of the building will have two replacement double glazed windows installed to replace the failing wooden ones.

The result we hope will be a fresher looking church and also the Parish room facing the car park will look so much better combined with the previously re-placed facias.

Obviously, this is all for Father David’s approval and any improvements welcomed.  Kind regards Nick Pickett

 

Pokot News

I received the following report from Fr David Conway about how he used the £3,000 we sent him recently. It is clear that our donations are being put to a very good use in this time of drought and food shortage.

“Many thanks for your kind donation of GBP 6,000 of which I transferred by cheque 50% to Fr. Sean in Rotu.

The GBP 6,000 was exchanged in the Bank at a rate of 135 Shillings which gave us the total of KShs 810,000/= of which I will account to you for KShs 405,000.

I bought 8 x 90 Kg of Wimbi/Millet of good quality to make unimix for the under 5’s who come for immunization to our mobile clinics; also for women who come to our rural and remote clinics for ante-natal checks.

They also also go home with some kilos. This millet cost KShs 90,000 Shilling, including transport and grinding as an ingredient for unimix.

I paid KShs 85,000 as a contribution to pay a bill of a Pokot Lady to go to hospital in Nakuru. She was suffering from Pneumonia. She was an old traditional lady who had to be accompanied to hospital as she did not speak Swahili or English.

I paid Transport by Ambulance and treatment for a three-year-old boy to go to hospital. He was suffering from Snake Bite. Luckily, he made a complete recovery. That cost 25,000 shillings

The remaining 205,000 shillings I used to purchase much needed food in the form of maize as famine relief for pupils at local primary schools. This bought 42 x 90kg bags.

Thanks to Pound a Week Group & friends for their continued contribution to the livelihoods of the Pokot of East Pokot.  Sincerely  David”

For more information about our Pokot projects, please visit the Parish website or contact me on 01483-893379 or at emcgivern@btinternet.com      Eugene McGivern

 

 

The next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

The First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish web-site Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all those who supported my fundraising event for POKOT in any way, especially my hard working helpers Jane, Felicity and Jill.  Thanks to your generosity we raised £270.  I still have some cakes for sale.  Win 275573

 

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

Course Date: 23/Sep/2017

Come along to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity day – share with other Catholics

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm

Christian Education Centre (DABCEC)

4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP

Bring a friend from a church near you!

 

We are pleased to welcome representatives from two Ro-man Catholic Communities, both with a charism for Unity, to inspire us in our work for Dialogue & Unity in the Diocese.

Rev. Tim & Kate Watson, members of the Chemin Neuf Community will be help us to:

‘Explore how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.’

We will welcome Ann Gavin from the Focolare Movement, who will offer us ‘Tools for Dialogue’.

We will also hear from the Association of Interchurch Families regarding their mutual support and guidance materials.

Tea & coffee available from 9.45am and throughout the day, with cake for afternoon tea.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Book your place now online using the green button, or by phone to Ruth Gerun 01293 651164 or email ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Mar-tin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

Day of Reflection for Readers

Led by Bishop Richard

•          Talks on the Scriptures,

the Lectionary and its use in the Liturgy, the Liturgy of the Word,

preparing to read, using microphones

•          Lectio Divina

•          Mass

Saturday 16th September 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, Cobham

(25 Between Streets, KT11 1AA) 11.00am – 4.00pm

Arrivals, tea/coffee from 10.30am Please bring a packed lunch

Booking is essential as places are limited!

To book: ruth.gerun@dabnet.org or phone: 01293 651164

Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No.252878

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Today’s first reading is a very famous one.  Elijah has reached then end of his prophetic tether and is in despair.  God summons him to Mount Horeb (believed to be the same mountain that Moses went up to receive the ten commandments.)  Elijah is waiting and searching for God.  He doesn’t have to wait all that long!

 

What follows are all the traditional manifestations of “Almighty God” – experiences that have traditionally terrified human beings and led to people wondering – or better being in awe of the physical manifestations of God. First, we get a “mighty wind” so destructive in force that it smashes rocks and tears up the mountain side.  Then an earthquake.  Having experienced one last year, I can vouch for their impressiveness!  After this, as if this wasn’t enough, comes fire.  If you watched the forest fires in Canada and California and Italy and Cyprus of late you will understand the awe-fulness of what Elijah is experiencing.

But the Lord was not in any of this.  How strange!

No, the Lord was in the sound of a “gentle breeze” – this is a notoriously difficult bit to translate.  Some people have it – “in the sound of nothing at all.”  Whatever, it was in this silence and emptiness that Elijah encountered Almighty God.

Do you begin to get it?  Can you now see why priests ask you to be quiet before mass and during mass and after mass and to do the chatting and Hello-ing elsewhere?  When you come to Church you are consciously coming to meet the living God.  You will miss him if you are distracted by noise and kerfuffle.  All the mystics say the same and the traditions of the Church say it too.  If you want to meet God (especially God the Father) then there needs to be stillness, silence and emptiness.  Yes, even emptiness.  How can God fill you up spiritually if you are all full – either of your own importance, or of the distractions of the world and work.  A sponge that is dripping with water cannot be used to pick up any more.  It needs to be squeezed dry first.  For us to be topped up with grace each Sunday we need to be ready for more.  God always gives more but we are not always ready to receive Him.  In the silent breeze, Elijah went to the entrance of the cave and waited.  God did turn up, and he will for you too if you give him the opportunity.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

 

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

 

Please note there is a Holy Day of Obligation

(The Assumption of the BVM)

Tuesday 15th August

Masses as follows:

10am at Cranleigh 8pm at Bramley

Pope Francis urges us to build up the holiness of the church and ensure people feel welcomed and loved in it.  How is Welcoming a Ministry?  Who needs to be welcomed?  What does our parish look like to a visitor or newcomer?  The Year of Mercy is an opportune time to reflect on the Ministry of Welcoming and consider the impact it can have in a parish.

If you would like to become a welcomer to our Parish please join the meeting on Thursday 7th September at 8pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

The next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

The First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish web-site Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

CEDAR COURT is having a BIG SING on Friday 18th August at 2pm.  Everyone is invited to join for half an hour to join in the singing.

 

 

Manna Ministries Summer Fun day – open to all Churches and Families in the area

Please join us 18th August 2pm-8pm

As part of our Summer events, we will be having a Family Fun day this summer. Manna Academy attracts children from over 20 different churches in the Guildford and Godalming area and we would love to make the event open to any families that would like to attend.

 

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Martin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

 

A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all those who supported my fundraising event for POKOT in any way, especially my hard working helpers Jane, Felicity and Jill.  Thanks to your generosity we raised £270.  I still have some cakes for sale.  Win 275573

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th August 11.00-4.00

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

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

Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 23rd September, our guest speaker will be David Matthews talking about the Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues.

Day of Reflection for Readers

Led by Bishop Richard

•          Talks on the Scriptures,

the Lectionary and its use in the Liturgy, the Liturgy of the Word,

preparing to read, using microphones

•          Lectio Divina

•          Mass

Saturday 16th September 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, Cobham

(25 Between Streets, KT11 1AA) 11.00am – 4.00pm

Arrivals, tea/coffee from 10.30am Please bring a packed lunch

Booking is essential as places are limited!

To book: ruth.gerun@dabnet.org or phone: 01293 651164

Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust is a Registered Charity No.252878

 

 

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day

Course Date: 23/Sep/2017

Come along to the Diocesan Dialogue and Unity day – share with other Catholics

Saturday 23 September 2017 10am – 4pm

Christian Education Centre (DABCEC)

4 Southgate Drive, Crawley RH10 6RP

Bring a friend from a church near you!

We are pleased to welcome representatives from two Roman Catholic Communities, both with a charism for Unity, to inspire us in our work for Dialogue & Unity in the Dio-ese.

Rev. Tim & Kate Watson, members of the Chemin Neuf Community will be help us to:

‘Explore how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.’

We will welcome Ann Gavin from the Focolare Movement, who will offer us ‘Tools for Dialogue’.

We will also hear from the Association of Interchurch Families regarding their mutual support and guidance materials.

Tea & coffee available from 9.45am and throughout the day, with cake for afternoon tea.  Please bring a packed lunch.

Book your place now online using the green button, or by phone to Ruth Gerun 01293 651164 or email ruth.gerun@dabnet.org

The Transfiguration of the Lord

Dear Brothers and Sisters

“The disciples fell on their faces overcome with fear” – and well they might!  They, and we, like things to be kept “normal” most of the time.  It helps us to know who and where we are.  When extraordinary things happen it re-ally shakes our sense of “normality” and can be frightening.  The Transfiguration is just one such occasion for Peter, James and John.  They must have felt the glow of specialness when they were asked to accompany Jesus for a bit of one – to – one time.  But Jesus actually wanted to share with them an insight into who he truly is.  He is the Son of God and what happened up there on that mountain revealed in shining reality his relationship with the Divine and with all those others who had an intimate relationship with the Divine.  What Peter, James and John got in actual fact was a little glimpse into heaven and into the intimate relationship of Jesus with the Divine.

It was all too much reality to take in, in reality!  As so often happens when our minds are overloaded with too much reality we try to give ourselves something to do – and Peter does not disappoint, suggesting building some tents for Jesus, Elijah and Moses.  The important thing though, isn’t the tents!  It’s the recognition of Jesus by the Father – “This is my Beloved Son – listen to Him.”  We should listen to Him and also recognise that Jesus is not only revealing who he is but showing us something about ourselves.  We too are made for communion with God.  We too are made to share this dignity of being called Sons and Daughters of God.  We are made for sharing in God’s own life – in that intimate interior life of the Blessed and Holy Trinity.  Jesus was showing His disciples the true purpose of life – of His life and of our life.  His life – to open up a way into life with God through his death on the cross – and our lives too for when we live “in communion” with each other and with God we share in the di-vine life as a gift – it’s called grace and its given freely and absolutely generously.  God wants us to share in His life – it’s what he made us for.  In Jesus we see just how he wants us to be – faithful, kind, serving, and, loving.  When we allow ourselves to be taken up into divine love we see exactly what we shall become.  Some people “get it” and live that future life here and now.  Others don’t get it and struggle and kick and strain.  Let us, at least allow Jesus to show us pour true dignity as human beings in creation and then try to respond with lives of faith.

With my love and prayers, your priest, Fr David

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning 21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

 

Please note there is a Holy Day of Obligation (The Assumption of the BVM) Tuesday 15th August

Masses as follows:

10am at Cranleigh and 8pm at Bramley

CAFOD Meeting

Please come and join us on Tuesday 12th September at 7:30pm until 9pm in the hall at St Mary’s  Rydes Hill Guildford GU2 8BP. This year’s Harvest Fast day is focussing on El Salvador and the challenges facing farmers there which is quite fitting as it is 100 years since the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero. Everyone is welcome for more information please contact Mar-tin arundelandbrighton@cafod.org.uk or call 01483 898866

 

Cranleigh and Bramley Parish are holding the next Baptism Course on 30th August and 6th September.

Baptism for infants usually takes place after a period of instruction for parents so that they understand more readily the commitment they are about to undertake.

If you, or a family you know, would be interested in this course please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign up for the next course.

 

The Parish First Holy Communion Course will start in September.   Please visit the Parish website Parish Events page to sign your child up to join the course or contact the Parish Office if you would like to know more.

 

 

POKOT NEWS

 

On Wednesday, we sent the wonderful sum of £6,000 to Pokot, three thousand pounds each to Fr David Conway at Barpello and Fr Sean McGovern at Rotu. Here is Fr Sean’s response:

“Once more the £ a Week Group continues to amaze me. A thousand thanks Eugene to the Group for this new donation of £3,000.

As I had mentioned to you previously, I will use £1,000 for my new Nursery school which is now well on the way. Now with this increase I would like to increase that to £1,500 as there are several pending requirements.

The other £1,500 I would like to use towards the purchase of a manually operated stone crusher to produce ballast for block making and concrete work. It is needed for the ongoing church building and the building later on of a second classroom for the new nursery school.

Kenya has had good rain in recent weeks but I’m afraid not a great deal here in Rotu. A lot of thunder and lightning and cloudy days but only 4 mm of rain in the past week. Today was the coldest day of the year at 29.1 C.

Again a thousand thanks Eugene and to all at the £ a Week Group my kindest greetings.

God bless.  Sean”

I will report further when Fr Conway has decided how to use his share of the funds.

Eugene McGivern at emcgivern@btinternet.com or 01483-893379.

 

The Farming Community Network offer free and confidential support.  Visit www.fcm.org.uk or call 03000 111 999

 

Manna Ministries Summer Fun day – open to all Churches and Families in the area.  Please join us 18th August 2pm-8pm

As part of our Summer events, we will be having a Family Fun day this summer. Manna Academy attracts children from over 20 different churches in the Guildford and Godalming area and we would love to make the event open to any families that would like to attend.

Diocesan Dialogue and Unity Day 2017

We are pleased to announce more details of the Dialogue and Unity Day 2017 being held on Saturday 23 September 2017, 10-4pm at DABCEC Crawley.  The theme is Exploring how the Holy Spirit is opening new ways to work for unity.  We have two Roman Catholic Communities who have a charism for unity joining us for the day and we look forward to welcoming you too! Bring a packed lunch and a friend from another church.  Book online at www.dabnet.org>Courses>DialogueandUnity or by phone 01293 651164

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 19th August 11.00-4.00

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

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

Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 23rd September, our guest speaker will be David Matthews talking about the Gifts of Prophecy and Tongues.

 

CEDAR COURT is having a BIG SING on Friday 18th August at 2pm.  Everyone is invited to join for half an hour to join in the singing.

 

 

There are still spaces free for the Coach trip to Canterbury on Friday 8th September if you, or someone you know, would like to join.

 

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

CATHOLIC PARISH OF CRANLEIGH AND BRAMLEY

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 From Father David

Dear Brothers and Sisters

The first reading today makes a strong claim. The first line reads “There is no god, other than you, who cares for everything” and a bit further on it says, “your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.”  This is what we mean by “omnipotent” – a power that transcends everything else we can imagine.

This is one of the reasons why, in days’ past, we were urged to “fear” God.  He is, as Job notes, the God of everything and nothing happens without His permission.

I have been on holiday this week and the good Lord has been most kind with the weather amongst many other things to be thankful for.  On Tuesday Helen and I went to Buxton Opera house to see Verdi’s Macbeth and I was reminded by watching it of the dangers in human power that Shakespeare warns us of.  Macbeth would like to be king.  Lady Macbeth wants him to be king.  The Witches merely point out what will become of such a person who desires power so much.  The tale is one of such tragedy and sadness as everything falls under the despotic sway of the haunted King Macbeth.  There is murder and violence.  Intrigue and plotting.  Good people fall prey to his lust for, and defence of, power.

All around us today we see the same lust for power and we have also seen what power can do.  It is not an easy thing to wield and remain human, so it seems.  Just look at our politicians over the last 20 years.

But God’s power is wielded in a different way – God’s power is seen in mercy and in a deliberate powerlessness.  In gentleness, in kindness, in forgiveness.  In love.  Yes, in love.  All God’s designs and desires are wrapped up in love.  God is love and so it is impossible for him to do anything, to desire anything, except in love.

When we unite our wills to God’s then we too must love.  We must forgive and be gentle and kind.  Sometimes this appears as weakness to others.  But that is often the price love pays.

With my love, your priest, Fr David

unnamed.pngThere is an opportunity to choose hymns for the services.   In both porches of the churches are Hymn Preference sheets.   We would love to hear from the congregation about their choice of hymns.  Please let us know.

 

2ddba6046a4098ceb52a269f54949342--grateful-heart-angel-food-cake.jpgFrom Katie Moran: Thank you for your love and support for Matt, Rose. Emma and me during my prolonged illness and particularly the worse times.

I have a whole drawer full of get well cards, prayer cards, inspirational readings, candles, smelly things, pretty things and CDs – a whole drawer of your love and support and desire for my healing.

You have also tirelessly supported me in fundraising for the Fountain Centre at St Luke’s at the Royal Surrey, and for rainbows children’s counselling charity which has made a huge difference to our girls in coping with these difficult times.

Unfortunately, I think it has reached the point when we can’t cope with impromptu visitors any more. If you would like to visit please do give us a quick ring beforehand. Home number is 275035 and we are at 68 Horsham Road.

The other thing is that I expect most of you know that we had a marvellous time in Lourdes last year and were booked to go this year.

Although disappointing we have decided with some relief not to go because again it is simply beyond me.

With love to you all. I will perhaps see some of you around soon, Katie x

 

IMG_2243.JPGNews from Pokot

I recently told Fr David Conway and Fr Sean McGovern that I would shortly be sending them £2,000 each to use where the need was greatest.  I told Fr Sean that £1,000 of the £2,000 he would receive had come from many donations to Pokot in memory of Grace Parker, a founder member of the Pound a Week Group for whom he had said Mass in his Mission church Here is his reply:-

“Good evening Eugene,
Many thanks for your ever-welcome email of this afternoon. Again a thousand thanks to you and the ever generous £ a Week Group for their kindness.
I remember Grace very well and the Mass I said for the repose of her good soul. I recall too the response of her daughter Helen and that act of gratitude for one who, as you so well say Eugene , must have been a much loved member of £ a Week Group.
This donation of £1,000 will, if I may, go to my Education Fund. I have started a small pre-primary school in the name of the Holy Ghost Fathers. I have 21 children at the moment. I have a good teacher, a girl I helped through secondary school in Barpello and then through teacher training college. She is also an excellent catechist for me. The school is but 3 weeks old but will, with God’s help and the Group’s kindness, succeed.

The ” Children’s Breakfast” project had been an amazing success.  I still have KSh. 55,000 (about £440) left in that account. It is, I have no doubt, the best meal of the day for the children. Millet porridge with camel milk and a generous dollop of sugar. If you’ve walked 4 Kms uphill to school at the age of about 10, you wouldn’t get the likes in the Gresham! [A posh Dublin hotel.]

We had a total of zero rain in June. And then on 1st July 50mm and on the 2nd, 32mm. It’s stopped since but it was magic! Maybe, against all my predictions of a total loss of crops, some might get a small harvest. Will, keep you posted.

We still give out food every day to substantial numbers of people. Wednesday’s I keep for the old and infirm. 200 got food this week on Wed. I will send you a couple of photos of my journey this week with a lorry of supplies from Nakuru to Rotu. It took 13 hours and took all of our endurance resources to get it home.
Eugene please convey my sincere gratitude to your good people for their continued kindness.
God bless for now.  Sean.”

logo.gifPOKOT FUND RAISING: Come and have tea/coffee and cake in the garden at 4 Kings Road Cranleigh on Wed 2nd August from 3pm.  All are welcome but please let me know you are coming for catering purposes.  I would hate to run out of cake!  There will be some cakes for sale too.  Bring your friends.  All proceeds to POKOT. Win Bracking 275573. 

Bell-Harry-Jul07-DE0454sAR700.jpgOn September the 8th we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.

This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.

We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.

The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.

After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home that later that same evening.

Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together?  You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found.  Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.

opening-times1.pngThere will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45

Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

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Saturday 29th July. 2.30pm

Old Rite Mass, at The Bridgettine Convent, Fulmer Common Road, Iver, SL0 0NR. You are welcome to attend the Mass even if you are not doing the walk. (a lift from Uxbridge to the Convent may be possible, contact us)

For those who wish to, you can then join the pilgrimage walk to Beaconsfield (7miles approx) where Chesterton lived, converted, died and is buried. We will say the prayer for the Beatification of GKC at his graveside. The prayer can be found, in a number of languages at: www.catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk

Or join us at 9.15am. outside the abortion centre at 8 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BJ where we stop for a few minutes prayer before walking on to Iver along the canal.

If you’d really like to walk the full 27 miles, meet us at 7.30am outside St George’s C of E Church, Aubrey Walk, London, W8 7JG, where GK Chesterton was Baptised as a baby.

For more details or to join the pilgrimage, text 07795205114, email catholicgkcsociety@yahoo.co.uk or follow @CatholicGKCSoc on Twitter.

Where ever you are, you can sign up on Facebook to join us in saying the GKC Prayer on the day of the Pilgrimage;

https://www.facebook.com/events/1896572717297708/

Thank you very much for your support.

God bless Stuart McCullough

With many thanks.

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 16th July 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

At the recent Liturgy Committee meeting we were discussing the Memorial Acclamation – you know – The Mystery of Faith and the fact that it can often seem like a bit of a “damp squib.” Which is to say that not a lot of “acclamation” goes on sometimes!  According to the Miriam-Webster online dictionary an acclamation is “a loud eager expression of approval, praise, or assent.”

Often our acclamation is neither loud nor eager!  I wonder whether we could do something about that?

As you will know the Acclamation comes after the priest has just consecrated the bread and wine of the Eucharist – a very solemn moment in one sense but in another sense a repeated and joyfully mysterious moment which is appreciated, most of all, in the heart as what was “mere” bread and wine becomes the Body and Blood of Our Lord in the Sacrifice of the Mass.  Joyful, because when we do this “in memory” of Him, as Jesus commanded us to do, then he, faithful God that he is, always responds to our faithfulness with generosity.

In one sense this moment is the moment, par excellence, of the Mass and it is faith, as such, that is able to comprehend it.  It is, then, a “mystery of faith” that we recognise Jesus, our Lord in this gift – the same Lord who died on the cross, was buried, and who rose again and who now allows us, or better, wills us to share in this divine life.  Is this not cause for deep joy and eager approval, praise and assent?

There are these “moments” of supreme “contact” we might say with the mysterious in the Mass and each of them asks for our full and active participation – that is to say – our taking part in the celebration.  To briefly list them they are: The Gloria, the Gospel Acclamation (which you are all very good at!), the Holy Holy (likewise) and the Memorial Acclamation (not so much) and finally the poignant song for the breaking of the bread – the Lamb of God.  All these ask for our full participation and concentrated effort of voice, mind and heart.

What I suppose we might draw from all this – and the Second Vatican Council was really trying to impress upon us was that the Mass is a celebration in which every member of God’s people takes a part.  There are no spectators!  One priest put it to me like this.

It is often supposed that the Priest, during mass, is the Actor (on a stage).  The congregation is an audience and God is a kind of “off-stage prompt” to make sure proceedings move along with dignity and the right words and intentions. However, the play is very repetitive and boring. But this view couldn’t be more wrong!  In fact, it is more helpful to think of God as the audience (for our praise), the priest and congregation as the Actors together with the priest doing a bit of the prompting as and when necessary.  The play is a play of many parts in which we are all actors taking on many different roles.

So today, and forever, can we make an extra effort to make our acclamations as “per the book” – a loud eager expression of approval, praise, and assent?

 

With my love, your priest, Fr David

THIS SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common

from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.

There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45

Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

 

There is an opportunity to choose hymns for the services.   In both porches of the churches are Hymn Preference sheets.   We would love to hear from the congregation about their choice of hymns.  Please let us know.

 

ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) –

Saturday 22nd July 11.00-4.00

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

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

Or telephone Deacon John Foley on 07769 251747.

The following month, on Saturday 19th August, our guest speaker will be Deacon John Foley talking about the Gift of Miracles.

The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton have a full and informative website http://dabnet.org  Please take a look.

 

 

 

On September the 8th we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.

 

This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.

We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.

The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle be-tween King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.

After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home that later that same evening.

Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together?  You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found.

Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.

 

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th July 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

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Two things I wanted to share.  The first is about a parish outing on Our Lady’s birthday in September to Canterbury – a short pilgrimage really in which we can enjoy mass in the cathedral crypt by the Shrine of Our Lady Undercroft and visit the site of the martyrdom of St Thomas a Becket and enjoy the rest of the cathedral before going into the town for some lunch and shopping before returning home in the evening.  We will travel by a comfortable, air conditioned, coach and so there should be no M25 nightmares to contend with.  If you are interested please sign up online at our parish website.  The cost for travel should be just over a tenner each.
Secondly.  I would like to share with you a small adaptation of the church sanctuary which I hope will help a lot of people.  I plan to move the Ambo (where we read the Holy Scriptures from) back a few feet and slightly to the side and remove the rather awkward plinth it stands on.  This will enable people sitting or, especially, kneeling on the south side of the church (adjacent to the Lady Chapel) to have an unimpeded view of the altar during Mass.  Also, those reading from the ambo will not have to contend with the plinth which is unnecessary and makes incensing the Gospel Book very awkward.  The design of the Ambo will remain unchanged and we will make do with the carpet by patching it so that we will hardly notice the move at all.

And to this week’s scriptures.  I wonder – would you describe yourself as an “open” person?  Are you open to new ideas and discoveries?  Or are you cautious and self-reliant not trusting anything to anyone unless you have tested it yourself first?

In the gospel for today Jesus contrasts those who, through their self-reliance and knowledge, have obstructed or denied who He is and the Kingdom he brings with those others who, like “mere children” have learned to open their minds and, above all, their hearts to Jesus.  The Greek word Jesus uses which is translated as “mere children” is literally the “wordless ones” – i.e. those who have not learned how to express their own thoughts and ideas because they are so childlike.  Jesus indicates that it is such as these who have had the Kingdom revealed to them.  This suggests very strongly that it is precisely in letting go of self and in being “yoked” to Jesus that we discover the hidden secrets of God, the Father.  The same secrets of the inner life of God which Jesus is now revealing in his minis-try and teaching.

It is hard for intelligent, self-reliant, individuals to let go of all the learning and knowledge which wins us praise and admiration from friends and colleagues and to allow ourselves to “fall” as it were into God’s hands. God’s reward can seem so far away and far off and the praise and admiration of another is so immediate and present.   However, Jesus reveals that it is only in being “yoked” to him that we will find eternal life – i.e. a sharing in God’s Trinitarian life of love and grace.  The question for all of us is how do we let go of the world and all it offers, even though so temporary and allow ourselves to fall under the life giving “spell” of Christ?

With my love, your priest, Fr David

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SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.

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‘Vale” at the end of July – Fr Roy

As most of you by now know; I have been appointed as priest to the Catholic Parish of Guildford. This will take effect from the first week in September following a break in August. There I shall be taking the place of Fr Alan Sharpe, he by then having moved to Billingshurst. I shall be joining Mgr Tony Barry as the new Moderator, Canon Colin Wolczak having moved to Hove, and Fr Sebastian Paul who remains there.

I mentioned at Mass last week, that I received recently a final part of your so very kind collection for my Ordination. I wasn’t aware that this was coming so, as you can imagine, I am very grateful, surprised and humbled by your kindness. Altogether, taken with what you gave me when I departed for St John’s Seminary nearly a year ago and my subsequent Ordination Mass, this runs into four figures, which is amazing!

Together with all your love, prayers and gifts, that is a wonderful note on which to leave the Parish on at the end of this month. (July)

I have truly enjoyed my time with you all in Cranleigh and Bramley these past nearly seven years, and will treasure all the memories. You will remain in my prayers. Please continue to pray for me as I start on this next phase of my ministry.

With all the tumultuous events of these past two years, since my Hilary went on ahead of me, and with my Bus Pass in my hand, I am now ready for a quiet lie down in a darkened room! Somehow, I don’t think I shall afford that in a busy parish like Guildford. So!  Onward and upward, not much time left, so I had better get on with it! God, bless you all.  Your friend, Fr Roy

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RIP Sr Francesca, a Presentation Sister who used to live at Bridge Road and was very involved with parish visiting has died. Please remember her in your prayers.

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There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays

Messages can be left on email or voicemail.

The office will be open as follows:

Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45

Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45

Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45

The Office will be closed weeks beginning

21st and 28th August

and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours

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Dog Sitter Needed – A parish family are away from 24th-28th July and the dog sitter has let them down last minute!  Their small dog Roxy is 11 – hates cats, dogs and tolerates young children but cannot go into a kennel.  She needs lots of cuddles and attention.  Would you or someone you know be willing to look after Roxy for a fee?  Please contact the Parish Office to be put in touch.

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Day of Reflection for Readers led by Bishop Richard: at The Sacred Heart Church, Cobham, KT11 1AA, on Saturday 16th September. 11 am to 4 pm (packed lunch needed).  Talks on the Scriptures, the Lectionary and its use in the Liturgy, the Liturgy of the Word, preparing to read, using microphones. Lectio Divina.  Mass.  Booking is essential as places are limited.  To book contact ruth.gerun@dabnet.org  01293 651164.

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SABP Department of Pastoral and Spiritual Care are running a Free 10 week evening course exploring Mental Health issues in Pastoral & Spiritual Care at the

EDUCATION CENTRE, FARNHAM ROAD HOSPITAL, GUILDFORD GU2 7LX September 13th to November 22nd, no meeting on 25th October. 6:30 – 9:00pm

If you, or anyone in your community, are interested in finding out more please request an application form.  Richard.adams@sabp.nhs.uk 

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Annual Formation Day for Grandparents:

Thursday 21st September, in the beautiful setting of Worth Abbey, from 10 am to 3 pm (packed lunch needed) Fr Stephen Ortiger, and Elizabeth O’Shea, Parenting Expert, will explore how Grandparents can support their Grandchildren in dealing with their perceptions of failure.  No charge but donations welcome to cover costs. Please book by contacting Rosie on 01293 651161.  rosie.read@dabnet.org

 

Parish Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Canterbury

On September the 8th
we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.

This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.

We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.

The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.

After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home later that same evening.

Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together?  You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found.

Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2nd July 2017

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Dear Brothers and Sisters

On Trinity Sunday I showed you the ikon called “The Trinity” by Rublev.  I mentioned that it is also called the “Hospitality of Abraham” after the occasion when Abraham met “The Lord” in the guise of three men and offered them refreshment.

Well, hospitality once again comes to our attention this week – from the simple and generous welcome that Elisha received from the Shunammite woman who made a small bedroom for him on the roof and kitted it out with bed, table and lamp – to the gospel where Jesus, once again in challenging mood, seeks to expand the horizons of family such that we begin to see all people as my brother, sister, mother or father.

What has our belief in God got to do with hospitality?  In short – everything!

Hospitality is that going beyond the usual boundaries of family, kith and kin to make another welcome and “special” – to feel that they have, even though sometimes for a short while only, become a part of our family, my family, your family.  In doing so we then expand our hearts to fit a larger reality – especially if we reach out to those beyond our normal circle.  This, says the ikon of Rublev, is what the Holy Trinity is all about – hospitality, welcome, and inclusion.  As the three figures relate to each other around Abraham’s table they leave space for another.  That “other” is you, or me, or indeed any person at all for the Blessed Trinity is boundless and unchoosy about who comes to table with It and shares in the banquet.  That’s why heaven is so often described as a banquet.  It is a place of welcome, of true friendship and a complete lack of judgementalism and around a table.

We, here on earth, have some way to go.  So often we choose to “dine” as it were with those like us.  With those we approve of.  With those who can reciprocate.  In global terms very few people are welcomed at our table and we are prone to taking the little that some people have at their table and using it ourselves.  But Jesus says powerfully today in the gospel that “If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones .., then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward”  To be generous is to be “like God.”  To desire communion of heart and mind and life is to be “like” God.  To welcome the stranger and bring them to our tables is to be “like” God.  To include all sorts of people “in” is to be “like” God.  To go out of our way for the stranger is to be “like” God.  To be miserly, inward looking, ungenerous, clique-ey, exclusive, judgemental, superior, aloof, and a whole bunch of other negative stuff is to be unlike God.  I want our parish and all its people to be “like” God.  I need to start with me, of course, but the question is – will you join me?

With my love, your priest

Fr David


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Thursday 6th July at 1.45pm.

Like a new parish priest, a new Headteacher is inducted into the school and parish community as they take on a leading role within, and for, that community.

Mrs McCarthy’s Induction takes place early next month.  It is a parish, school and a diocesan celebration to which all parishioners, parents, grandparents and children are invited.

During the Mass Mrs McCarthy will be asked about her commitment to the school and we will be asked about our commitment to her as our new Headteacher.

Please save the date and make it a priority to be there.


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SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common

from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.


Available Vacancy in Pease Pottage Part-time Secretary to Bishop Richard – 21 hours per week Pease Pottage.  Reporting to Bishop Richard, you would have duties such as typing correspondence and liaising with the Catholic Press to provide notification of the Bishop’s Diary.  Record-keeping tasks would include updating basic financial spread-sheets and databases.  You would also be responsible for ordering supplies, co-ordinating property maintenance projects and liaising with the Finance team in Hove to monitor the house budget.  Support and training will be given.   Please contact Sarah Kilmartin:  telephone: 01273 859705 or email: finance@dabnet.org for an appli-cation form and job description.  Closing date:  Thursday 6th July 2017.  Interviews will be held in Hove on Wednes-day 12th July (afternoon).


First Holy Communion 2017-18

Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish Events page.

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First Holy Communion Helpers

This year’s FHC programme is all new and exciting.  But, to be able to run it successfully we need the support of more people to help.

The helper’s role is to make the setting ready for the session and to get everyone ready for the session by leading a very short and simple time of prayer and worship.  All the mate-rials are provided.  Each meeting closes with a simple time of prayer as well.

There are twelve sessions in all but it may be that you can only help out at six.  That’s fine.  What we need is two people at each session for health and safety reasons and to support each other.  So, if we have quite a few helpers the overall load will be much reduced.

Can you help or know someone who can?  Please get in touch with the Programme Coordinator – Tracy Laffar on 272075 or jcromcloud@icloud.com and offer your sup-port now.  She can give you more detailed information and a rota can be arranged.

I do hope to be able to count on your support.

With my prayers and blessings

Fr David

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“Gift Aid Annual Statement letters are available hopefully at all Masses this weekend.  If you Gift Aid your donations to the parish and you haven’t received your letter via e-mail, please make yourself know to me before / after Mass to collect a printed copy.

In total, I have to distribute 181 letters to parishioners.  Over 100 of these are now sent out successfully via e-mail, which still leaves a good number to print and distribute by hand.  Please consider whether you could receive yours electronically.  I realise some of you may not have computers or e-mail, so there will always be a few requiring paper copies.

However, if you do have e-mail and you haven’t received an email from me about the option of receiving your letter via e-mail, it means that I don’t have an email address for you!  If you would like to consider this option for the future, please e-mail me at trish@charters.eu.com to provide me with your e-mail address and to confirm in writing that you would be happy to receive your Gift Aid Annual Statement letter electronically in future years.

Many thanks for all your generous support for the parish.

Trish Ellis”

Confused about Fund Raising and Gift Aid?

The topic of Fund Raising and Gift Aid is quite tricky, but having received some helpful advice from the Diocese, I will attempt to clarify the rules.

1)       Asking for donations for goods

Providing goods for sale, for example in a Table Top sale, and asking for a donation to charity (which may for example be the parish or possibly Pokot) instead of just selling the goods for a price, unfortunately does not make the donations from the recipients of the goods eligible for gift aid.  The rule states: –

“A Gift Aid donation must not give any material benefit to the donor:  it must be an absolute gift.  Thus, Gift Aid must not include any part of money for … money spent at bazaars, fetes, etc. etc.”

This means that if a parishioner holds a ‘sale’ but asks for donations to charity as ‘payment’ for the goods, the recipients of the goods may not Gift Aid the money as they are receiving a benefit from the transaction.  Neither can the person holding the ‘sale’ gift aid the proceeds as those proceeds are other people’s donations to the charity.

2)      Selling goods and then making a donation

However, if a person has a sale of goods and keeps all the proceeds from the sale himself/herself, then the proceeds of the sale legally belong to the seller.  The seller may subsequently decide to make a donation to charity – this may or may not include some or all of the proceeds from the sale. In this case, the money belongs to the donor rather than the people who bought the goods.  Providing the person donating is eligible for gift aid, then this donation may be gift aided. And there is no reason why the person holding the sale cannot make it clear from the outset that they intend to donate the proceeds to the parish or Pokot. The important point is not to offer the goods in exchange for a donation to, for example, the Parish building fund or Pokot.

It’s a fine distinction but worth noting!


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NEWS FROM POKOT: PROLONGED DROUGHT AND FAMINE.

The drought and famine have deteriorated in spite of donors and people of good will, who have responded generously to appeals for assistance in this Humanitarian Crisis.

The Pokot people are again experiencing one of the worst droughts in living memory.  A few short showers with no real significance have come and dried up immediately. As reported in the official Early Drought Warning Bulletin, the larger East Pokot area is in drought conditions since June 2016. The elderly and the young children are the most vulnerable. They have been left behind as the youth have gone with the animals to search for pasture. This leaves the elderly and the children in a very vulnerable situation with few resources.

Last week we thought that the rains had come at last! It is reported that other areas in Kenya are suffering from flooding. Not so for East Pokot. We had about three to four days when temperatures became cooler with erratic showers, the showers were short lived, heavy at times but only for minutes. After these showers, it is back to high daily temperatures.

Most Pokot Communities have lost all their animals. Most of the cattle/cows have died, goats and camels are suffering from stress with zero milk production. As a result, the Pokot have lost their income and people are suffering, in some cases even resulting in death and disease.

Food is very scarce and very expensive throughout Kenya but mainly felt in areas like East Pokot and among the poor. Access to food is hindered by the grave security situation. Food being brought into East Pokot has been limited due to access roads being closed, lorries with food turned around and even looted.

Education is in a very fragile situation. For High Schools like Barpello parents are not able to pay the modest fees which are needed to pay staff and administer the school. The reality is that education here is in real jeopardy. Primary schools are slow to open for the second term. There is no food and little or no water. There is a huge drop-out rate among students in all primary schools. Teachers are few, as most of them come from outside East Pokot and have not returned to their schools because of insecurity.

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The Holy Spirit Mission school in Barpello is a mixed secondary school of over 660 students. Most come from a very poor background. Their parents have a “hands to mouth” existence. Where to obtain food and water is a daily problem for the families. I see children passing through the Mission on their way to the local primary school. They carry a stick in one hand and some water in the other. The stick and water are to cook lunch, if they can get it. I suggest the back bone of the Pokot economy is in our past and present educated youth who will bring about a positive change and a leap into a better future for the marginalised poor. Educating them is expensive. Ignorance is even more expensive.

Acknowledgement:

We wish to thank all the many groups and individuals who have continuously supported us in this drought and famine stricken East Pokot.  I appeal for your ongoing support; and with it we will make a difference.

(Fr). David Conway, 26 June 2017

12th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 25th June 2017

Second Collection THIS Sunday for Peter’s Pence.

 

 

 

Special collection next Sunday for The Apostleship of the Sea

 

 

 

Thursday is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Holy Day of Obligation


Dear Brothers and Sisters

This Thursday sees a celebration of a very important feast of the Church – Ss Peter and Paul – together, the two saints are the founders of the See of Rome, through their preaching, ministry and martyrdom there.  Even though they are commemorated together their similarities are not all that evident.  Peter – an ardent, sometimes foolish man who betrayed Jesus with a threefold denial, but an ultimately courageous and faithful follower of Christ. And Paul – a forthright, clever, eloquent and zealous persecutor of early Jewish Chris-tians who then went on to be, perhaps, the greatest and most eloquent evangelist of all time.

What Peter and Paul both learned through their experience of Jesus was that Jesus wants us to follow him.  Not some idea of who he is but the person he reveals Himself to be to those who listen, who watch, and who are prepared to leave everything else in order to follow him.  Once Peter and Paul realised who Jesus really was, and the message he brought as “good news,” they were able to give up everything in order to have “Christ.”  Before that moment, they both carried wrong ideas of who Jesus was.

Both Peter and Paul had a wrong image in their mind about Jesus and both of them had to have this image corrected if they were to prove useful in forwarding the Kingdom of God in the world.  Peter had to lose sight of his smaller, narrower vision of the Kingdom as a restoration of the fortunes of Israel and a return to holiness.  Paul had to lose his suffocating vision of the Kingdom of God being made up only of those who had perfected themselves through a relentless pursuing of Torah.  Peter gradually came to understand the Kingdom as being larger than he imagined and Paul had to learn to understand God not as a harsh keeper of statistics but as a God who is love and only love.

Once they had both left behind their old selves and embraced the new self and the new larger understanding of the Kingdom both Peter and Paul were prepared to give everything – even their very lives.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes people tell me that they only believe this, or that, about Jesus. Things such as Jesus being a nice man, or a do-gooder but both of those things are wrong.  No one would give their life for a “nice man” however much good he might have done.  Peter and Paul were enabled to see Jesus in his fullness and then chose to make that Jesus known even though it cost them their lives.  What might we have to let go of in order to find the true Christ?  The “true” Jesus?  What image of Jesus; of God do we carry around with us?

With my love, your priest

Fr David


INDUCTION MASS for Natalie McCarthy, Headteacher of St Cuthbert Mayne School.

Thursday 6th July at 1.45pm.

Like a new parish priest, a new Headteacher is inducted into the school and parish community as they take on a leading role within, and for, that com-munity.

Mrs McCarthy’s Induction takes place early next month.  It is a parish, school and a diocesan celebration to which all parishioners, parents, grandparents and children are invited.

During the Mass Mrs McCarthy will be asked about her commitment to the school and we will be asked about our commitment to her as our new Headteacher.

Please save the date and make it a priority to be there.


The Confirmation Mass took place last week-end and the Parish would like to thank everyone involved for their help, musicians, servers, singers, flower arrangers and to those who arranged refreshments.  It only through everyone’s hard work and support that these events are so successful.  Thank you

 


The Next Care Group Meeting will take place Friday 30th June at 10.30 in parish room at Cranleigh

 

 


 

Graeme Brand will be giving away “free Beer” in 2 pint containe

rs after mass on Saturday vigil and Sunday mass at Cranleigh. It is my home-made beer brewed for the talent scheme. It may be free but a donation for the talent scheme is requested of £3.50 per pint. Many thanks


First Holy Communion 2017-18  Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish Events page. 

The next Baptism Course is being run 28th June and 12th July – Please see the parish Events Page on the Website to sign up.


If you would like to sponsor Peni Shaw in order to support The Fountain Centre please see her Just giving page which is www.justgiving.com/Peni-Shaw1.  Peni cut her hair short and has donated it to The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children without hair.

 


Please return Lent Talents Money

Thank you to everyone who has returned your money this week – it has come back in a flurry.

There are only about 6 envelopes to come back and the deadline for this is now Sunday 25th June.  We hope to do a final count and publicise the total very soon.  All your hard work is very much appreciated.


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School have reception places available for September 2017.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the school family then please ask them to contact the school office to arrange a visit to the school Tel. 01483 274961.


RIP:  Claude Kauffmann who was a parishioner of St Thomas More some years ago, died on the 6th June.   His funeral will be held at St Joseph’s, Guildford on Friday 30 June at 2 pm.  Funeral directors James & Thomas, Guildford.


CAMEO – We are looking for a wonderful someone to host a CAMEO event in July either in their home, at a restaurant, an informal pub or in the Parish Hall.  Please contact the Parish Office if you would like some help.

 


Missio Red Box Appeal

Very many thanks to all the parishioners who kindly signed up for a Red Box last weekend. I or one of the team of promoters will make contact in September. Please could you all complete the name and address sticker on your boxes so they can be identified. If any-one would like to gift-aid their donations, and I missed offering you the gift-aid form, please do contact me. Also, anyone who would like a box and was unable to get one this weekend please let me know.

I would also like to say a very big thank you to Fr. Da-vid and Fr. Roy for making the Appeal at all the Masses.  Fran Pickett  01483 276614.  Email : nickpickett1948@gmail.com


The Over 50’s Coffee Morning will now cease until September.   Details nearer the time will be advertised.  Thank you to everyone who arranged and supported this Group.


 

Unfortunately, the Parish Camping Event at Coolham has been cancelled due to failure to meet minimum numbers.   We are sorry to the families who were looking forward to this event, please contact the office in order to receive your refund.


SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common

from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.


A day with Mary will take place at St Augustine’s Abbey in Chilworth on Saturday 8th July starting at 9.30am.  Full details can be found at www.adaywithmary.org


 

Available Vacancy in Pease Pottage Part-time Secretary to Bishop Richard – 21 hours per week Pease Pottage.  Reporting to Bishop Richard, you would have duties such as typing correspondence and liaising with the Catholic Press to pro-vide notification of the Bishop’s Diary.  Record-keeping tasks would include updating basic financial spread-sheets and databases.  You would also be responsible for ordering supplies, co-ordinating property maintenance projects and liaising with the Finance team in Hove to monitor the house budget.  Support and training will be given.   Please contact Sarah Kilmartin:  telephone: 01273 859705 or email: finance@dabnet.org for an application form and job description.  Closing date:  Thursday 6th July 2017.  Inter-views will be held in Hove on Wednesday 12th July (afternoon).


You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Abbey Study Day, Controversy: the Spanish Inquisition and more, given by Fr John Seddon OSB, on Sat, 1st July, 2017. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am. Three talks will divide the Day, with refreshments Midday Prayer and lunch, and departures at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. If you can, encourage a friend to come with you. Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR  Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com


We love cheques and thank you for your cheques but please check you make it payable to: Cranleigh and Bramley Parish.

 

Corpus Christi – 18th June 2017

Second Collection THIS Sunday for A Day for Life please see the leaflets that have been distributed for more info.


Also a second collection NEXT Sunday for Peter’s Pence.


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Today is one of the loveliest, and most important, celebrations in the Church’s year – Corpus Christi which was instituted by Pope Urban IV in 1264, apparently after a miracle in which the Sacred Host at the Mass began bleeding, the blood dropping onto the corporal – the white linen cloth on which the elements of bread and wine stand during the consecration.  How-ever, a special day of celebration had been in existence long before that date in certain dioceses – the Pope therefore universalised what had been, in places, a local custom.  However, it began, the feast is a celebration of the wonder of the Sacrament of the Body and blood of Christ and the priceless gift this is to Christians in their pilgrimage through life. We should all hold the sacrament in the highest esteem and honour and do all we can to participate fully and actively in our celebrations.

The Opening Prayer today says this: “Grant us, so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood that we may al-ways experience in ourselves the fruits of your redemption.”  The question arises in my mind as to how we as a community “revere” the sacredness of the sacrament?  Have we grown over-familiar with it? Used to it in such a way that we have forgotten how sacred it is, and gracious of God?

I say this as I have noticed a falling away, not just from the practice of coming to mass of many Catholics, but of reverence during mass.  People arrive late habitually, not occasionally.  Few people genuflect or even bow to the altar when this should be an outward sign of the inward reverence that we feel for the presence of God in the Eucharist.  People talk in the procession for communion, or before mass, in such a way as to be a distraction and nuisance to those who are truly trying to pray.  Children are fed with snacks to keep them quiet instead of being taught the value of restraint and patience. And so on.

Why is this reverence important? Well, it’s worth repeating, and the opening prayer suggests it too, that we become what we worship.  So, if money is our goal and chief aim we will start to think of everything according to “value” quite different from someone who values things and people through a different measure.  Similarly, when we reverence Christ in the sacrament and show that exteriorly and interiorly, we start to grow towards Christ and, in experiencing Christ, we allow Him to bear fruit within us.

So, through reverence for Christ in the mass, in the sacred Host, in the silence, in the singing of mass we start to appreciate and become what we are called to be – Christ’s presence in the world.  We truly become what we eat.  I hope you can see that reverence begins at home and continues beyond communion and out into the world where we bear fruit according to what we have received.  Have our senses become dulled such that we aren’t truly aware of the value of what we have received?  I hope not.

With my love, your priest

Fr David


Ministers of Extraordinary of Holy Communion will be recommissioned at all Masses THIS weekend


INDUCTION MASS for Natalie McCarthy, Headteacher of St Cuthbert Mayne School. 

Thursday 6th July at 2pm.

Like a new parish priest, a new headteacher is inducted into the school and parish community as they take on a leading role within, and for, that community.

Mrs McCarthy’s Induction takes place early next month.  It is a parish and a school as well as a diocesan celebration to which all parishioners, parents, grandparents and children are invited.  During the mass, Mrs McCarthy will be asked about her commitment to the school and we will be asked about our commitment to her as our new Headteacher.  Please save the date and make it a priority to be there.



First Holy Communion 2017-18 Parents Information Session

The Cranleigh and Bramley Parish First Holy Communion programme starts in the Autumn each year and runs through to the following Summer.  To take part children should be aged seven or older and baptised.  The Programme is designed to help families work together with catechists to prepare their children to receive their First Reconciliation and then later their First Holy Communion.

We are inviting parents to an information session on Thurs-day 6th July 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.   At this meeting, we will explain the format of the Programme.

Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish website www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk and go to the Parish Events page.

Parish Events


The St Cuthbert Mayne

Summer Fiesta Fair

will take place on

Sunday 18th June 12.00-2.30pm

and all are welcome to attend this fun filled day of entertainment and good food.


Please return Lent Talents Money

Thank you to everyone who has returned your money this week – it has come back in a flurry.

There are only about 15 envelopes to come back and the deadline for this is now Sunday 25th June.

We hope to do a final count and publicise the total very soon.  All your hard work is very much appreciated.


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School have reception places available for September 2017.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the school family then please ask them to contact the school office to arrange a visit to the school Tel. 01483 274961.


The next Baptism Course is being run 28th June and 12th July – Please see the parish website Events Page to sign up.


MISSIO RED BOX

Missio’s Association of the Propagation of the Faith and Mill Hill Missionaries work together to share the love and com-passion of Jesus with the whole world by sustaining missionary priests, sisters and lay members to help some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people. Your prayers and generosity are essential for the mission of the Catholic Church.

A simple way to help Missio is to have a Red Box in your home Pop some of your small change into the Box when you can. The more boxes we have the more money we can send from our Parish.

Fran Pickett will be in the church porch after the 6pm. Vigil Mass and 11am Sunday Mass in Cranleigh and the9am Bramley Mass of the weekend THIS weekend. Please consider signing up for a Red Box if you can and I will also have ‘Gift Aid’ forms if applicable.

Our parish team of promoters will be arranging the annual collection of the Red Box monies around September, but if there is anyone who has not had their box emptied for a long time I would be very happy to receive it from you that weekend or alternatively my phone number is 01483 276614 or email nickpickett1948@gmail.com. Thank you, Fran Pickett.


The Over 50’s Coffee Morning will now cease until September.   Details nearer the time will be advertised.  Thank you to everyone who arranged and supported this Group.


The Parish Fashion Show took place on Monday and a great many thanks go to everyone who arranged, modelled and supported this event.  If you would like to hold an event in the Parish please speak to the Parish Office who can put you in touch with the Fundraising Committee in or-der to support your efforts.


Children play with the toys supplied by PACT at the visitors centre. HMP Nottingham visitors centre run by the Prison Advice and Care Trust, PACT.

Pact, the Catholic Charity for prisoners and their families is offering free training and support for parishioners interested in volunteering with them in prisons or in the local community.  No previous experience necessary.  All enquiries welcome.  To find out more contact ParishAc-tion@prisonadvice.org,uk

 

 

 

 


Unfortunately, the Parish Camping Event at Coolham has been cancelled due to failure to meet minimum numbers.   We are sorry to the families who were looking forward to this event, please contact the office in order to receive your refund.


Dinah Meech would like to thank everyone who participated in her house clearance sale. It raised £300 for Pokot and as it was by donations she was able to gift aid it bringing in another 25 per cent   Also, she would like everyone to know that she has now moved to Elmbridge and her new phone number which is 271 241.


The Manna Academy Christian Performing Arts Presents a heart-warming musical set in the 1980s for all the family “Sherbet Pips” on July 15th at 7pm at St Catherines Theatre in Bramley.  Tickets are £6 each.  The Co-Founder Jamie Crick has offered some complimentary tickets to our Parish.  Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to attend but for some reason cannot. www.mannaministries.org.uk.


Wintershall are offering half price tickets for the performances Life of Christ of on Wednesday 21 June and Friday 23 June. These cannot be booked through the website but can be ordered by telephoning Finola Coltman on 01483 892167 or by emailing admin@wintershall-estate.com


Contratulations to the June 300 Club winners Eileen Koblintz, K Reed and David Barry.


SUNDAY 16TH JULY

Picnic on the Common

from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.

 

All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July.  Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village.  Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share!  Also, some games might be an idea.


Pokot News

Here is the latest report from Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission. In his email, he had been telling me about the violence, the tribal unrest and the difficult security situation they have been experiencing in East Pokot. He continued as follows: –

“Eugene, on a more pleasant note, I have received from the Pound a Week Group two donations of £2,750 each. One per email of 1st March and the other email 19th April. Both I have received through Fr. David at the Barpello Mission.

These funds have been an enormous help in the ongoing drought situation. We have distributed food relief to literally thousands of people in the past few months. And it is ongoing. We give food out every day indeed, as there is wide-spread hunger. It is distressing to see people during the food distribution picking out of the dust any few grains of maize or beans that happen to fall in the handling. Once a week we give out a generous amount to the old and infirm. On the other hand, the able bodied are willing to do work for food and that is a frequent occurrence. It brings food to the families daily. The school breakfast continues apace. It is one of the really great innovations possible because of the Pound a Week Group funding. Millet porridge, sugar and camel milk. The children love it. As my father used to say over a good meal at home, “You wouldn’t get that in the Gresham” [a posh Dublin hotel] though I doubt if the good man ever darkened its door.

There were vast losses of livestock here in recent months. But since a couple of showers early in May the situation has eased a little. Sadly, the rains have not continued and indeed do not look promising. I see the temperature in the shade at 40C again today. And it’s getting to “Winter”. Please keep us in your prayers.

God bless for now.

Sean”

If anyone would like more information about our Pokot Projects, there is a lot of interesting material on the Parish website.  Eugene McGivern  01483-893379 or emcgivern@btinternet.com


You are warmly invited to a Day of Prayer in honour of Our Lady Queen of Peace, on Saturday, June 24th at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth, near Guildford. The Day, from 10.15 to 4 pm, will include Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, inspiring talks, the Rosary and more, led by Fr John Seddon OSB. Bring a packed lunch and a friend if you can. Come to part or all of the Day. Visit www.chilworthbenedictines.com for more information.