15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 11th July 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters from Fr David Osborne
I just wanted to take this opportunity to write to you all, through the newsletter, to say a huge thank you for the many, many personal gifts, emails, and cards you have sent to Helen and I. What you have written is very generous and touching. Not only that, of course, but I must thank you all for the most generous and unexpected cheque which you gave to me at my last mass on Sunday the 13th June. Somebody that day suggested we use it for things we wouldn’t usually be able to afford and that is exactly what we intend to do with it. Your generosity and kindness will help us to do something together that we couldn’t have done before – or might have overlooked for more practical things. So thank you very much indeed from both myself and Helen. I know that you will take Fr Alistair to heart soon and show him the same kind of generosity and kindness and so I believe he will think of himself as a lucky man. We certainly are!
We have now settled into our new, temporary, home with some pictures on the wall and everything as it should be. We are very fortunate to be able to enjoy the surroundings and facilities of St George’s Park for the next few months until we can move, once again, to our own home in Storrington. Here, everyone has been very welcoming and the dogs love the surrounding fields where they are taken for their daily walks. If you would like to write, or visit, Tracy in the office will have our address details which she will be able to give to you.
Finally, you remain in my prayers and thoughts and I know that we are in yours too. With affectionate best wishes to you all. Fr David and Helen
Sacramental Programmes – If you are interested in joining the upcoming Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and/or RCIA courses please visit our website events page which has registration details.
Baptism Programme – deadline for registration is 31st August 2021
Baptism is called the gateway to the sacraments, and to life in the Spirit. St Paul writing to the Romans in chapter 8 said “to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” Those who are baptised begin a new life – in the Spirit and as a disciple of Christ.
In our parish, baptism is conferred on infants at the request of their parents who make a solid commitment to bringing up their children in the “practice of the faith”. Adults who have never received baptism can also be baptised either as part of an RCIA course or after a period of instruction.
First Holy Communion – deadline for registration is 30th September 2021
Preparing to receive the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion for the first time can be one of the most memorable experiences parents share with their children.
Celebration of the Eucharist is never a private devotion but rather a weekly communal gathering much like a family meal. Communion is a joining together of the members of the community, not only with their God but also with each other. Preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion is about helping families to become more actively integrated into the community of faith.
Families who regularly worship in the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley can enrol their children for the parish preparation for Reconciliation and Holy Communion if they will be in School Year 3 and above in September 2021.
Confirmation – deadline for registration is 17th December 2021
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 (depending on the Bishop’s availability). Young people are usually confirmed as part of a Deanery celebration together with other parishes from the Guildford Deanery.
RCIA – deadline for registration is 1st November 2021
If you are interested in becoming Roman Catholic or learning more about the Catholic Faith, please contact us as soon as possible to join our program to prepare for the reception of the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. Anyone who would like to refresh their knowledge or learn more about the faith is also welcome. Each Autumn we commence a series of evening sessions for people who want to know more – initially without committing themselves.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) describes a process in which men and women are guided and cared for as they awaken in faith and are gradually initiated into full communion with the Roman Catholic community. We call this “full communion” because by fulfilling the desires of the heart an individual is joined by the sacraments to the believing community and becomes ‘one’ with them “in Christ”.
Calling all Confirmation Catechists:
Our Diocesan Youth Adviser, Lizzie, is hosting another round of Deanery Confirmation Catechist meetings this week, and is delighted to be able to tell you that your local secondary school chaplains have been invited, which will give you a chance to get to know them better. We will also be looking at the theme ‘Known and Loved’. If you are not already a member of your local network, please contact Lizzie directly firstname.lastname@example.org
Sea Sunday: Sunday 11th July
Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Today’s second collection is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the Catholic Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. For an appeal talk from Bishop Paul Mason, and a video showing some of what Stella Maris does, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/SeaSunday. This collection is vital to enable Stella Maris to continue its important work. To donate, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate or text ‘SEA’ to 70460 to donate £5. Stella Maris is dependent on voluntary donations, so please give generously. Thank you.
Open the Book
For those of you who don’t already know, Open the Book is an ecumenical initiative that run with volunteers from all the Churches in Cranleigh. Open the Book exists all over the country, and has had many successes, including ours.
We have a group of volunteers who go into the local schools (Cuthbert Mayne, Cranleigh primary and Park Mead) to act out bible stories with the help of the students (when allowed) and a collection of props and scripts that are provided.
Margaret from Cranleigh Baptist Church
“The students love Open the Book, and sometimes we even get recognised by the students. Just a few weeks ago I was walking along and a child pointed at me, saying ‘You do open the book, don’t you?’. I asked him what he thinks of OtB and he said that he loves it!”
Pam from Cranleigh Methodist
“There are lots of reasons why I do Open the Book; I think it’s a great scheme that is ready prepared for us, and it doesn’t take up too much time to do. I love to support anything where different congregations come together for God’s work, and for the children it makes the bible more accessible and easy to remember!”
Join the team?
As we look ahead to the next school year, we are keen to continue the Open the Book project as the schools start to open again. But, to do that; we need more volunteers! Whether you can help once a month, or every week, we always welcome new actors for our Open the Book team! While Pam looks great in a beard, we especially need more men on our team! Please contact Nicola at Nicola@stnicolascranleigh.org.uk, or call 01483 273620 for more information.