Newsletter for December 24/25th 2016

Newsletter for December 24/25th 2016

By In Newsletter Blog On December 20, 2016


Times of Mass and Devotions

DateChurchTimeServiceIntentions

The Nativity of the Lord 

Sat 24thCranleigh

Bramley

6.00pm

11.30pm

First Mass of Christmas

Midnight Mass of Christmas

People of the Parish
Sun 25thBramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Mass at Cockcrow

Mass of Christmas Day

Tues 27thBramley9.00amMass – St John
Wed 28thCranleigh9.00amMass – The Holy InnocentsLeo Kestell (RIP)

 Mary Mother of God

Sat 31stCranleigh6.00pmVigil Mass

Sun 1stBramley

Cranleigh

9.00am

11.00am

Parish Mass

Parish 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

 

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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


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