Newsletter for December 24/25th 2016
Times of Mass and Devotions
The Nativity of the Lord
|First Mass of Christmas|
Midnight Mass of Christmas
|People of the Parish|
|Mass at Cockcrow|
Mass of Christmas Day
|Tues 27th||Bramley||9.00am||Mass – St John|
|Wed 28th||Cranleigh||9.00am||Mass – The Holy Innocents||Leo Kestell (RIP)|
Mary Mother of God
|Sat 31st||Cranleigh||6.00pm||Vigil Mass|
|The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses|
Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time
Parish Prayer Group – Thursdays at 8pm – see website or notice board for details
Mothers Prayers – Thursdays during term-time at 2.30pm in JCROM Lady Chapel
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Once again it is my joyful privilege to be able to wish you all a Merry and Holy Christmas. This year Christmas day coincides with a Sunday and so I’m especially grateful to have a “normal” weekend rather than back-to-back services for four days solid! But the only thing I dislike about that is about getting tired because, in reality, this is a season of great joy.
If we can just look beneath the pressure to be “enjoying” it in the way that Lord Sugar would like most – in other words through buying and consuming and instead look at what it actually is – a celebration of a special and unique gift to us – God-with-us – then we will find ourselves happy and content, I’m sure.
Christmas is, for me at any rate, the assurance that God, as almighty and transcendent as He is, is consumed, if that is the correct word, with being near to us – the people He most loves. But not only near to us but with us as we are.
I’m used to people, out of a desire to honour me when I visit them, tidying up and getting the best crockery out and the finest cakes when what I really want to see is them. This seems to me to be what God is telling us too. I want to be with you as you are – and so he did, and so he does.
Make room in your hearts for Christ this Christmas and think of that special and precious gift which is God himself and then go and be the best person you can be to your families, friends and relations. You don’t have to spend anything except time, really.
With assurances of prayer for you all at this Holy time. May God bless you and your families.
With my love. Fr David
The Christmas Crib collection is donated to the Friends of the Holy Land at the Bishop’s request. Please give generously. See posters and cards around the Church.
Please note the Parish Office will be closed from Friday 23rd December and will reopen on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
PRAYER GROUP – Informal and moved by the Spirit – Meet every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month 9.15am-10.30am in Cranleigh Parish room. All welcome.
New Diocesan directories are available and cost £5.00. Contact the Parish Office for your copy.
Thank you from CAFOD for your generous support this Harvest Fast Day. The Parish sent £284.00 in ongoing support.
Unfortunately, the Diary suppliers are unable to supply the 2017 diaries due to the lack of advertising support in our local are. They hope to raise enough to provide 2018 diaries. We will keep you posted about any changes for next year. Sorry