6th Sunday of Easter – 21st May 2017

6th Sunday of Easter – 21st May 2017

By In Newsletter Blog On May 19, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

If you take a look at the calendar above you will notice that we have two great celebrations before us this week.  The first, this Saturday, of the First Holy Communions of our young Yr 3 children and a few who have undertaken their preparation at a slightly older age.  Our joy is all for them and our hope is that their reception of this great sacrament will help them to grow, each day, to be more like Jesus, our Lord and Master.  To do this they will need the witness and example of other Christians who, amidst the challenges and celebrations of this life, seek to place Jesus at the heart of their lives as a foundation and an inspiration for, not only what they do, but what they say and how they think.  Yes, our faith is meant to take deep root in us until we can say, with St Paul “If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”  We “become” the Lord’s by our faith and through his promise.  It is faith in Jesus that allows us to “recognise him in the breaking of bread.”  It is the promise of the Lord’s that He will be with us “until the end of time” that strengthens our faith in His real presence in the Eucharist – the means of His being with us in the Church and through the grace of the sacraments nourishing that “hidden” life within each of us.

To become a priest of the Church is the fruit of recognising that call of Christ from within us and from within the Church to “feed my lambs, feed my sheep.”  It is a deeply personal and powerful call, which is the fruit of much prayer and from the experience of Christ within and among His people the Church.  Christ calls all to “Come, follow me” and to those called to be priests he adds a charism of service and of charity to the universal call to holiness which all His people possess. Deacon Roy will be a new person by the end of this week (God willing!) as, renewed by a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, he becomes a priest of the Universal Church celebrating the sacraments of Christ’s love for His people.  The Church has recognised this “calling” within him and, through the Bishop, will give Roy the necessary gifts of the Spirit to enable him to fulfil that ministry of love and service to Christ’s people.  The principle and most visible signs of this new authority and power are in the ability to celebrate the Eucharist and to hear the confessions of Christ’s people assuring them of His living presence and healing grace in their lives.  Next weekend will be Roy’s first mass – a time of the greatest joy for a new priest – and so too for us as we, with him, as God’s “Holy nation, royal priesthood, and people set apart to sing the praises of God” lift our hearts, minds, and voices in praise and prayer for the mighty works of God. Please join me and the whole parish in these extraordinary moments of joy – the first communions of our young children for whom we have such hope, and for Roy as he becomes a priest of the Church and instrument of God’s grace and as he, for us, celebrates the first of many Eucharists bringing us the living presence of Christ to heal, nourish, strengthen, and invigorate our lives.

With my love, your priest Fr David

Congratulations to the May 300 Club winners

M Emslie, J Federer and JD Carroll.

The Beer Tasting evening was a huge success and there was a tidy sum of money made by Matthew Emms and lots of fella type ideas for the next fella’s gatherings.  Feedback was that a lot of the men in our Parish Community did not know about this event.   If you think you, or someone you know, are not receiving communications about events please email your details to the Parish Office.

Handmade French Memo boards £10 and cushions £5 will be sold by Charlotte Hunter after Cranleigh Mass on 21st May.





The Secular Franciscan Order will be leading Morning Prayer at 10.00am in St Thomas More Bramley on Saturday 27th May.  Everyone is welcome to join and for coffee afterwards.

“Our family (Gulyas) would like to multiply the talent money by making authentic Hungarian goulash to sell to the members of the parish community. If you would like to pre-order please let us know by the 25th May 2017 on the following ways: gulyaspisti@gmail.com, or 07590 832572 (Melinda Gulyas).
1 portion cost £2.99

2 portions: £5

The food can be collected after the morning mass in Bramley (10 am), after the mass in Cranleigh (12 pm) on the 28th May 2017. If you are unable to attend on Sunday the food can be home delivered on the 28th May 2017.

All of the collected money will be distributed back to the parish community.”

The Itinerary for the coaches going to Deacon Roys Ordination in Arundel on Friday 26th May has been sent to the majority of people who signed up to be on a coach.  If you signed up and have not heard please contact the office with your contact details.  For information the coaches leave Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind [NO spare seats] and St Thomas More [9 spare seats] at 5pm on Friday 26th May.  The Cranleigh coach is at capacity so please don’t try to get on if you haven’t signed up or made contact with the office.

PARISH LUNCH – TUESDAY MAY 30th at Bramley following the 11:30 Mass. The usual good homemade fare will be on offer for a donation. Please let Bridget or Felicity know if you are coming as we need to plan quantities.
There will also be sign up sheets at the back of Bramley Church. If you are coming from Cranleigh please let Felicity (273083)  know and especially if you would like a lift.

TRAVELLING TRENDS FASHION SHOW Do you need a few new separates to liven up your wardrobe?  Would you like them at Bargain Prices?  Come along to this Parish event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun!  This is your chance to see, try on, and buy this season’s fashions at greatly reduced prices, and help to raise funds for the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  The event will start from 7.15pm on Monday 12th June at the St Cuthbert Mayne School.  Tickets are £6.00 which include a drink and nibbles and tickets can be bought from the Parish Office or Georgie Nel or Susanna Page.  This hopes to be a lively fun evening with a Tombola and two opportunities for stalls to be purchased.

27th May 7pm Father Roy’s Mass Reception 

Following Father Roys first Vigil Mass in Cranleigh all are invited into the school hall for a celebration reception.   There are sign up sheets for food in both porches.  Please let us know you will attend, sign up to provide a specified dish and please bring a bottle to enjoy with Father Roy and everyone else. All are invited.




Wednesday 14th June
Coach leaves RC Church at Cranleigh at 10.30am
Cost £10 for coach, to be paid in advance

Lunch of your own choice available at St Mary’s Inn
Contact Julia 01483 276004 or Bridget 01483 892406

Lifts from Bramley to the coach in Cranleigh are available, please sign the list in the porch in Bramley or contact Bridget Eacott

Interest in this event has been not enough to go ahead yet.  Please let us know if you are interested in joining this outing.

The next CAMEO event will take place at the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm.   This will be an evening of sharing memories and reminiscing.    Katherine Bergin and Veronica Motchman will be hosting and invite you along to have an evening of refreshments and good stories.

ST CUTHBERT MAYNE CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL has school places available for September 2017, including Reception places.  If you are considering applying for a place and would like to arrange a tour of the school then please contact the school office on 01483 274961 or email on info@stcuthbert-mayn.surrey.sch.uk.

The next over 50’s coffee mornings will take place next on Tuesday 30th May at 10.30am.  This is open to anyone in the Cranleigh Community so please invite your neighbours or friends if you feel they would like to come along.


Throughout Eastertide
before 6pm Mass and at end of 11am mass
the Regina Caeli is sung

Regina caeli laetare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia:
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.

V. Gaude et laetare Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia

Let us pray: O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord.  Amen


Sponsored by
Churches Together in Cranleigh

WHEN: May 22nd 2017 7.30pm—9.00pm

WHERE: Cranleigh Baptist Church, High Street, Cranleigh


Questions must be submitted in advance to either Cranleigh Baptist Church or Cranleigh Arts Centre

Closing date for questions

Friday 19th May

All the candidates for the Guildford seat will be present to answer your questions FOR MORE INFORMATION 01483 271000

Further Election information from CAFOD and Caritas Social Action Network ….”This election campaign is being dominated by the issues of Brexit and immigration. But there are other issues which some would think were more important and which are in danger of being ignored – unless we, the electorate, make a point of raising them. CAFOD and Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) have produced a joint briefing on four questions that they would like to raise. This could be when candidates or canvassers knock on your door or at hustings meetings. The issues are: global poverty and aid, climate change and care for creation, Britain’s role in the world, and building strong communities in the UK. The briefing can be downloaded here http://www.csan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Our-Common-Future_-General-Election-questions-2017.pdf

Mike Creak has 4 tickets for Rugby Aviva Final. 2.30 KO on Saturday 27th May

I have 4 to give away ……..all for charity!……. Pretty good seats Middle,  West Stand, M8

Suggested donations – currently retailing on ticket sites for £75+ but if we got £20+ per ticket that would be great?   Mike Creak via the Parish Office

Dear All,

Only a few days now to our next concert – “Bramley Music Rising Stars” – the Elysian Piano Trio – Saturday 20th May at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church.   Make it a Bramley day – Village Fêtbetween 12 and 4pm, then concert in the evening!

To remind you, we have teamed up with the Royal College of Music with a view to providing their young graduates (the “rising stars”!) with performance opportunities, and if things go well this could be an annual feature of our concert series.  We are delighted that for the first of these we shall hear the Elysian Piano Trio.  They are award winning musicians Emily Sun (violin), Jane Lindsay (cello) and Jennifer Hughes (piano).  As successful musicians in their own right, their combined solo and chamber concerts have seen them perform throughout the UK and across Europe, Australia and the USA.  Collectively, their recent London appearances have included performances at venues including the Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room, Cadogan Hall, St John’s Smith Square, St James Piccadilly and the Royal Festival Hall.  Emily has also just won the 2017 Bromsgrove International Musicians Competition – see http://www.rcm.ac.uk/about/news/all/2017-04-12successforemily.aspx .

As for their programme, it is very attractive and enables them to perform in various combinations:

Haydn – Gypsy Trio

Schumann – Fantasiestucke op 73 (cello & piano)

Kreisler – Syncopation, Kreisler – Tambourin Chinois (violin & piano)

Handel/Halvorsen – Passacaglia (violin & cello)


Brahms – Trio in B major op 8

If you are not familiar with some of these works, then you most definitely should come, as you are bound to like them!

The charity we are supporting this time is The Orpheus Centre.  Founded by Sir Richard Stilgoe, it is Surrey based and provides supported housing and a diverse curriculum of performing arts, independence, functional and life skills to over 40 young disabled adults each year – see http://www.orpheus.org.uk .

Tickets are £10 (£5 students and under 18s) and are available in advance from Robertsons in Bramley High Street.  You can alternatively reserve tickets via me (email, or ‘phone 01483 892645), and they will also be available at the door.  With a free glass of wine or soft drink in the interval, internationally renowned musicians in a superb acoustic, and the knowledge that you are supporting a worthy cause, you will be hard pressed to find better value elsewhere!

And finally a date for your diary – Saturday 8th July at 7pm, when the Harlequin Chamber Choir (which perhaps I should warn you includes me as a second bass!) brings you a varied programme entitled “My Spirit Sang All Day”.

Do pass this email on to anyone you think might enjoy our concerts, and I look forward to seeing you, and all those you can persuade to come with you, this coming Saturday.  Best wishes,  Stuart


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