How can I repay the Lord for his goodness to me? – Thus goes the first line of this Sunday’s psalm. A question arises from this statement – how has the Lord been good to me? What ‘goodness’ do I sense in my life?
Many of us, I’m sure, will find answering that question directly a bit of a challenge – until that is, we begin to look more deeply into our lives. For one thing, we seem more often that not to compare upwards rather than with our peers. It is a verifiable fact that even millionaires in the US when asked whether they considered themselves wealthy answered no, not really, compared to so and so (the Rockefellers, Bill Gates etc.) But being grateful is not a comparison thing. Being grateful is accepting whatever I have as a gift and thus making a response of gratitude for something undeserved. Being grateful actually makes you happy – but I don’t mean just saying “Thank you” like our Mums and Dads taught us to. I mean the deep down feeling that we have been blessed by the thing we have received – a bunch of flowers; the love of a wife or husband, or mother and father; a compliment given in an unlooked for way; a sudden sense of the beauty of creation in a leaf or a flower or a tiny bird. All these moments and ‘things’ can be grace filled moments which either expand our hearts outward or cause us to sink into self justification and resentment that instead of winning £100 (for example) I only won £10. Or the compliment I received wasn’t quite as explicit as I would have liked.
So, when we consider the eucharist how do we feel? I know many of us approach the eucharist with a deep sense of awe and, sometimes, unworthiness. But have we ever stopped to consider the magnitude of what is happening, of what we believe we are receiving and taking part in?
Just over 100 years ago Pope Leo was so anxious about the fact that most Catholics never came to Holy Communion that he instigated the First Holy Communion ‘movement’ we might call it. At that time a kind of spirituality had grown up that most people were unworthy of the sacrament, and couldn’t become worthy without a huge change in their lives. They forgot about grace! The Pope wished to restore communion to the faithful as a regular event in their lives rather than just before death and so the first holy communion system came into being. This has been highly successful in bringing catholics to holy communion but has there been a downside?
My parents always taught me that “familiarity breeds contempt” and “when something is free then it has no value.” Could it be said that we have become so used to regular, free and easy access to the sacraments that we have forgotten their power and holiness? Do we take holy communion for granted rather than seeing it as an extraordinary gift which enables me to have communion with the divine?
The Feast of Corpus Christi was designed to remind us of the precious gift that the Eucharist is and enable us to offer our worship back to God – worship is derived from Old English “worth-ship” meaning something that has special worth. Jesus has this special worth for us. He comes to us freely and without “strings attached’ save that somehow we can only comprehend the gift through gratitude. As the Eucharistic prayer says “It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks” Let us give thanks together.
With my love and prayers Fr David
The Parish websiteis about to be updated and renewed. As part of that process we are also reviewing how we appear to the online world and how we can be communicated with. The website is being worked on by a volunteer professional and once he has finished ‘making all things new’ we will launch the new site. We are a few weeks away from that event, however.
As part of the communications improvements we are also changing our email addresses to reflect our new address on the web. Instead of the descriptive, but rather cumbersome,rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.ukwe are going to become cpcb.org.uk(Catholic Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley) and all the email addresses used by the parish will be attached to that new name. Some of these names are already in use. You can change your email contact info right now for the following people and start using them:
Fr David firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Harding email@example.com
The old parish office email address will remain active for a while yet but will gradually be phased out – so why not change now? Similarly, Fr David’s and Jane Harding’s email will remain as they were but will be changing over during the next month or so, so change that too, please.
Also, it is important that we have correct data available to us so that we can contact you. If you haven’t given us your info yet you can do so from our current (and the future) website – just look at I’m New and follow the instructions. That would be most helpful indeed.
In accordance with the GDPR regulations we will cease to email the newsletter until we receive your consent. An email has been sent out to all personal emails with a “Keeping in Touch” form on which you should indicate that you are happy to be contacted via email. Please note the newsletter is available on the Parish website for your information.
All Ministers of Communion are expected to attend the Corpus Christi Mass on Sunday 3rdJune in order to be recommissioned. If you are unable to attend please send your apologies to the Father David via Parish Office
Corpus Christi is a festival celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday to celebrate the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist.
If you would be interested in joining the coach trip to the English Martyrs Catholic Church in Worthing please register your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org numbers will determine the size and cost of the coach which could be 29 or 53 seaters. Date will be discussed at the next Care Group Meeting and advised.
Jane Penson will host an Afternoon Tea Partyon Sunday 10thJune from 3pm. Please let Jane have your RSVP if you would like to join this event. Tel 271102 in aid of the Parish Hall.
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Good News to the Poor” – Revd Andrew Micklefield; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.
There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 28th July. Guest speaker Mgr Canon Jeremy Garratt.”Good news and Gospel.”
Reserve the date of Sunday 10thJune midday for joining the St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair that will involve a BBQ, games and refreshments.
All are welcome.
There will be no onsite parking on this day.
I have ordered fifty copies of Pope Francis’s latest exhortation hoping that you will buy them and, more importantly, read them! The cost £4.95 each – that is about the price of a glass of wine or a pint of beer at the Onslow these days! Read this over a pint and absorb what the Pope is saying about our faith. Be holy as the Lord your God is holy. Read this!
Could you offer your help to the Parish?
There are lots of ways for you to become involved in the Parish and we have a real need of assistance from adults willing to Serve at Mass.
The Parish Picnicis planned for Sunday 8th July at the beautiful gardens of Trish and Peter Lebus in Shere. There is lots of parking and everyone is welcome to enjoy a shared picnic. Further details will be forthcoming, please reserve the date.
Bishop Richard is currently holding a consultation on how we prepare people for confirmation. If you’ve recently been confirmed then we’d like to hear from you. We’ve created a short survey which you can access on line – http://bit.ly/surveyconf.
We ask parents to pass this on to their children who have recently been confirmed please.
As part of the Bishop’s consultation on how we prepare people for confirmation, we have produced a short survey which we would like to distribute to as many recently confirmed young people as possible. This is aimed at anyone who has been confirmed this year or last, and at those who are about to be confirmed. This includes those who are still practicing and those who aren’t. The hope is that the results of this survey will give us some helpful data in discerning what’s currently working and where there might be areas for improvement.
The survey is completely anonymous. Neither individuals nor their parishes can be identified.
The Inter Parish Golf Day will take place at SUTTON GREEN GOLF CLUB on FRIDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER with a 12.00 noon start. Please register your interest with the parish office if you would like to be included in communications.
Well, not quite, but the Car Park is in fact a playground for the School and is undergoing some enhancements to enable it to be a richer environment for the kids. This means workmen will be installing bits of equipment and ripping up some of the surface over the next few weeks. Once installed it will look very different with play equipment and soft surfacing all over the place.
Crucially it also means that the car park will become a lot smaller – and considerably more difficult to navigate – especially in the dark. There is a serious risk of damage to vehicles and play equipment and surfaces.
We are going to need some volunteer car park wardens to manage parking and get the most out of it. We will also need to be extremely considerate and careful of children, materials, and other drivers.
Can you help by becoming a parking helper?
Tannoy 7.4 Loudspeakers!
I have recently won a pair of great speakers as a reward for writing a great letter! They are very good quality but superfluous to my requirements. They are worth about £450 – 500. Very efficient – even a small amplifier will enable them to go loud – but they are not all that wife friendly! If you fancy a pair and are willing to make a sizeable donation to the building fund they’re yours!
|Rota||Vigil Mass||9 – Bramley||11 – Cranleigh|
|Welcomer||N&F Pickett||S Hyde
|1st Reading||J O’Flinn||S Appleyard||A Micallef|
|2nd Reading||C Houston||D Meech