Is your faith a little arid?
Lent is a time for growth. The word is derived from old English for “Springtime” and we can think of this as an opportunity for a fresh spurt in our faith through discipline, prayer, fasting and almsgiving – the traditional Jewish and Christian methods to deepen holiness. Holiness is our vocation as Christians and is available for all – including you reading this.
We have a number of Lenten activities and devotions planned to help you get the most out of Lent.
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
Sr Margaret Crinyion OSM will be returning to the parish on Saturday 17th March 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 celebrated 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. Fr David will also be around should you desire the sacrament of reconciliation.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available but please bring a packed lunch. For more details contact Bridget Eacott 892406.
Wednesday mornings from 10.00am at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind.
At 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley Monday mornings 10.00am.
You are invited to join Father Davids Lent Course focussing on the 7 Last Words of Jesus from the Cross this evening [21/2] and the following Wednesday evenings in the Cranleigh Lady Chapel from 7.30-8.30pm.
7th, 14th, 21st March
By all accounts Jesus didn’t do a lot of talking on the cross. It was as if he were alone in his pain — silent for the many hours he hung there, except for a very few words. But these 7 Last Words of Christ from the Cross provide a window into Jesus’ soul, a way to understand through his own last words what is ultimately important to this One who is dying on the cross.
Prepare Your Heart for Holy Week and Good Friday
These seven words are taken from different gospels, but assembled into what was probably their chronological order according to a simple harmony of the various gospel accounts of the crucifixion:
- “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
- “This day you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
- “Woman, behold your son.” (John 19:26-27)
- “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34; Matthew 27:46)
- “I thirst.” (John 19:28)
- “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
- “Into your hands I commit my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)
Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church
5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services
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
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 Triduum – all at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh
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
9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More, Bramley
11am – Mass of the Resurrection at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind