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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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: email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org