Twenty Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 14th Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass
Sun 15th Bramley 9.00am Parish Mass
Cranleigh 11.00am Parish Mass
Bramley 2.00pm Baptism of Thomas Hall
Tues 17th Bramley 10.00am Mass – St Ignatius of Antioch
Cranleigh 12noon Funeral of Pat Hind
Wed 18th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass – St Luke
Thurs 19th Bramley 11.00am Funeral of Norah Voller
Fri 20th Cranleigh 10.00am Mass
Sat 21st Cranleigh 10.00am Mass
Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 21st Cranleigh 6.00pm Vigil Mass
Sun 22nd Bramley 9.00am Parish Mass
Cranleigh 11.00am Parish Mass
Special Collection next Sunday for MISSIO
Dear Brothers and Sisters
In my last parish, my Treasurer used to tell me of any important parish event – “Make them pay something, even if only a few quid, that way you will get commitment.” Strangely enough, she was exactly right – if we charged for something we generally got the same number of people turning up as had indicated they were interested. On the other hand, if it was free (and there was no wine advertised as part of the occasion) people would say they were coming but on the night mysteriously failed to show. Human nature heh!
So, what about the kingdom of God? Over the last few weeks we have been listening to a few parables from Jesus of the Kingdom which often begin “The kingdom of God is like”, or can “be compared to” and so on. Today The Kingdom is compared to a King who gave a banquet but those who were invited all demurred because of something “more important” which had come up. In fact, the invitations are treated with complete disdain and even violence towards the messengers. So, the scope of the invitation is widened to the highways and byways of the countryside – the peasants in other words – and they come to the banquet. But there is someone for whom this becomes not such good news. There is a man without a wedding garment.
Scholars have debated this for centuries. What must be born in mind that a parable has many layers it is not a “true” story in the sense we are used to but most often it invokes an emotional response within us. What is this mysterious “wedding garment?”
Well the wedding garment is clearly an appropriate dress for such an occasion as a royal wedding feast. To be wearing one is to have made an effort to respond to the generous, and unlooked for invitation to participate. So, what the King is seeking after is an appropriate response to a generous gift. In the world of everyday Christianity what do you think is “appropriate response” towards God’s grace? In other words what in our lives demonstrates our response of faith towards God’s generous and compassionate love? Are we robed up in the robe of righteousness and gladness or are we just skulking? It’s worth thinking about wouldn’t you say?
With my love and prayers. Fr David
Sunday 15th October
Our friend of the Parish Giovanni has arranged for his good friend Andrea Scarpa to play an organ recital at our Cranleigh Church on Sunday the 15th October before and after the 11am Mass, by kind permission of Fr David Osborne. Andrea Scarpa is an Organist and Director of music at the Italian Mission in Zurich Switzerland.
DO NOT MISS THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THIS EXCELLENT ORGANIST PERFORMING A VARIETY OF MUSIC FROM THE REPERTOIRE OF THE OLD MASTERS AS WELL AS THAT OF THE MODERN COMPOSERS. On Saturday 14th of October at 7.30, he will be playing at Cranleigh Parish Church by kind permission of the Rector Rev. Roy Woodhams and on Tuesday the 17th at 12.45 at Cranleigh School by kind permission of the resident Organist Mr Philip Scriven.
Wednesday 18th October
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. Please sign up to the next Baptism course which is Wed 18th October and Wednesday 25th October on the Parish Events Website.
Sunday 22nd October
World Mission Sunday Collection
The collection on World Mission Sunday is taken up in every parish in the world. It will ensure that the Church, and its priests and missionaries bring the message of peace to everyone who is suffering through sorrow and conflict.
In South Sudan, after decades of war and horrific violence, one corner of the country is thriving and growing. Bishop Paride’s Peace Village in Kuron is a living example of St. Francis’s prayer where revenge has become understanding, hatred has become friendship and love is growing in the hearts of a new generation.
Please pray for the Missions and please give generously next weekend to help sow love around the world.
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 28th October 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 School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch; 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Gift of Faith” by Fr Anthony Meredith; 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 25th November, our guest speaker will be Kristina Cooper talking about “The greatest gift – Love.”
Saturday 4th November
The Parish would like to invite all newcomers to the Parish to an evening reception following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh. If you have recently become involved in the Cranleigh or Bramley Parish, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please let the Parish Office know that you would like to attend.
Sunday 5th November
The Parish holds an annual blessing of graves in Cranleigh at 12.30pm. Please let the Parish Office know of any graves that you would like to be blessed ahead of this date. Votive candles can be brought prior to the event.
Saturday 11th November
Readers and Ministers of the Parish are invited to join the Day of Recollection in Cranleigh on 11th November 2017. Please sign yourself into this day on the Parish Website Events Page.
The confirmation programme is for young people (year 10 at school) who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world.
The programme runs from each September through to mid-June. If you would like your child to take part in the forthcoming confirmation programme please sign up on the Parish Events page of the Parish Website.
Saturday 18th November
The Parish will be holding a Requiem Mass on Saturday 18th November. This Mass is intended to remember all those recently departed in our community. Please come if you would like to remember someone special. Please forward this message onto anyone who you think would like to attend.
Tuesday 21st November
If you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre at Milford please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches. Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.
We are looking to recruit a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend possibly 16+17/12. Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team.