16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
CATHOLIC PARISH OF CRANLEIGH AND BRAMLEY
From Father David
Dear Brothers and Sisters
The first reading today makes a strong claim. The first line reads “There is no god, other than you, who cares for everything” and a bit further on it says, “your sovereignty over all makes you lenient to all.” This is what we mean by “omnipotent” – a power that transcends everything else we can imagine.
This is one of the reasons why, in days’ past, we were urged to “fear” God. He is, as Job notes, the God of everything and nothing happens without His permission.
I have been on holiday this week and the good Lord has been most kind with the weather amongst many other things to be thankful for. On Tuesday Helen and I went to Buxton Opera house to see Verdi’s Macbeth and I was reminded by watching it of the dangers in human power that Shakespeare warns us of. Macbeth would like to be king. Lady Macbeth wants him to be king. The Witches merely point out what will become of such a person who desires power so much. The tale is one of such tragedy and sadness as everything falls under the despotic sway of the haunted King Macbeth. There is murder and violence. Intrigue and plotting. Good people fall prey to his lust for, and defence of, power.
All around us today we see the same lust for power and we have also seen what power can do. It is not an easy thing to wield and remain human, so it seems. Just look at our politicians over the last 20 years.
But God’s power is wielded in a different way – God’s power is seen in mercy and in a deliberate powerlessness. In gentleness, in kindness, in forgiveness. In love. Yes, in love. All God’s designs and desires are wrapped up in love. God is love and so it is impossible for him to do anything, to desire anything, except in love.
When we unite our wills to God’s then we too must love. We must forgive and be gentle and kind. Sometimes this appears as weakness to others. But that is often the price love pays.
With my love, your priest, Fr David
There is an opportunity to choose hymns for the services. In both porches of the churches are Hymn Preference sheets. We would love to hear from the congregation about their choice of hymns. Please let us know.
From Katie Moran: Thank you for your love and support for Matt, Rose. Emma and me during my prolonged illness and particularly the worse times.
I have a whole drawer full of get well cards, prayer cards, inspirational readings, candles, smelly things, pretty things and CDs – a whole drawer of your love and support and desire for my healing.
You have also tirelessly supported me in fundraising for the Fountain Centre at St Luke’s at the Royal Surrey, and for rainbows children’s counselling charity which has made a huge difference to our girls in coping with these difficult times.
Unfortunately, I think it has reached the point when we can’t cope with impromptu visitors any more. If you would like to visit please do give us a quick ring beforehand. Home number is 275035 and we are at 68 Horsham Road.
The other thing is that I expect most of you know that we had a marvellous time in Lourdes last year and were booked to go this year.
Although disappointing we have decided with some relief not to go because again it is simply beyond me.
With love to you all. I will perhaps see some of you around soon, Katie x
News from Pokot
I recently told Fr David Conway and Fr Sean McGovern that I would shortly be sending them £2,000 each to use where the need was greatest. I told Fr Sean that £1,000 of the £2,000 he would receive had come from many donations to Pokot in memory of Grace Parker, a founder member of the Pound a Week Group for whom he had said Mass in his Mission church Here is his reply:-
“Good evening Eugene,
Many thanks for your ever-welcome email of this afternoon. Again a thousand thanks to you and the ever generous £ a Week Group for their kindness.
I remember Grace very well and the Mass I said for the repose of her good soul. I recall too the response of her daughter Helen and that act of gratitude for one who, as you so well say Eugene , must have been a much loved member of £ a Week Group.
This donation of £1,000 will, if I may, go to my Education Fund. I have started a small pre-primary school in the name of the Holy Ghost Fathers. I have 21 children at the moment. I have a good teacher, a girl I helped through secondary school in Barpello and then through teacher training college. She is also an excellent catechist for me. The school is but 3 weeks old but will, with God’s help and the Group’s kindness, succeed.
The ” Children’s Breakfast” project had been an amazing success. I still have KSh. 55,000 (about £440) left in that account. It is, I have no doubt, the best meal of the day for the children. Millet porridge with camel milk and a generous dollop of sugar. If you’ve walked 4 Kms uphill to school at the age of about 10, you wouldn’t get the likes in the Gresham! [A posh Dublin hotel.]
We had a total of zero rain in June. And then on 1st July 50mm and on the 2nd, 32mm. It’s stopped since but it was magic! Maybe, against all my predictions of a total loss of crops, some might get a small harvest. Will, keep you posted.
We still give out food every day to substantial numbers of people. Wednesday’s I keep for the old and infirm. 200 got food this week on Wed. I will send you a couple of photos of my journey this week with a lorry of supplies from Nakuru to Rotu. It took 13 hours and took all of our endurance resources to get it home.
Eugene please convey my sincere gratitude to your good people for their continued kindness.
God bless for now. Sean.”
POKOT FUND RAISING: Come and have tea/coffee and cake in the garden at 4 Kings Road Cranleigh on Wed 2nd August from 3pm. All are welcome but please let me know you are coming for catering purposes. I would hate to run out of cake! There will be some cakes for sale too. Bring your friends. All proceeds to POKOT. Win Bracking 275573.
On September the 8th we will travel to Canterbury Cathedral to visit the great church and to celebrate mass in the Undercroft Chapel of Our Lady.
This is an enormous privilege made possible by the kindness of the Dean, the Very Rev’d Dr Robert Willis who has permitted us to celebrate mass in the Chapel of Our Lady on her birthday, the 8th September.
We will travel by coach to Canterbury and, after mass we can join in one of the guided tours of the Cathedral, or wander around as we wish to take a long look at the Church of St Augustine whom Pope Gregory the Great sent to England in 597AD.
The Cathedral is often described as ‘England in stone’ as its history is intrinsically linked to the country’s history. From its first Archbishop, Augustine, who established Christianity in England to Archbishop Langton’s role in the Magna Carta negotiations and the power struggle between King Henry II and Archbishop Thomas Becket, Canterbury Cathedral’s history is as rich as it comes.
After we have looked around the cathedral we can walk into the town nearby for lunch and some shopping returning home that later that same evening.
Why not join us for a wonderful parish day – out together? You can sign up online at our parish website where full details and itinerary can be found. Costs will be finalised once we know how many people are interested.
There will be reduced Parish Office Hours during School Holidays. Messages can be left on email or voicemail.
The office will be open as follows:
Thurs 27th July 8.45-4.45 and Fri 28th July 8.45-11.45
Thurs 3rd August 8.45-4.45 and Fri 4th Aug 8.45-11.45
Thurs 10th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 11th Aug 8.45-11.45
Thurs 17th Aug 8.45-4.45 and Fri 18th Aug 8.45-11.45
The Office will be closed weeks beginning
21st and 28th August
and will reopen on Tuesday 5th September with full hours
7th Annual GK Chesterton Pilgrimage
Saturday 29th July. 2.30pm
Old Rite Mass, at The Bridgettine Convent, Fulmer Common Road, Iver, SL0 0NR. You are welcome to attend the Mass even if you are not doing the walk. (a lift from Uxbridge to the Convent may be possible, contact us)
For those who wish to, you can then join the pilgrimage walk to Beaconsfield (7miles approx) where Chesterton lived, converted, died and is buried. We will say the prayer for the Beatification of GKC at his graveside. The prayer can be found, in a number of languages at: www.catholicgkchestertonsociety.co.uk
Or join us at 9.15am. outside the abortion centre at 8 Mattock Lane, Ealing, W5 5BJ where we stop for a few minutes prayer before walking on to Iver along the canal.
If you’d really like to walk the full 27 miles, meet us at 7.30am outside St George’s C of E Church, Aubrey Walk, London, W8 7JG, where GK Chesterton was Baptised as a baby.
For more details or to join the pilgrimage, text 07795205114, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow @CatholicGKCSoc on Twitter.
Where ever you are, you can sign up on Facebook to join us in saying the GKC Prayer on the day of the Pilgrimage;
Thank you very much for your support.
God bless Stuart McCullough
With many thanks.