17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25th July 2021

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 25th July 2021

By In Newsletter Blog On July 23, 2021

We’ve made it to the final step of the Government roadmap out of lockdown and “Freedom Day!” but we should always remain mindful of ourselves and others in keeping everyone safe.

Safety is very important to us and with that in mind we are choosing to proceed with caution. For the time being we will continue to wear face masks in church, sanitise hands on entry and will slowly resume singing [while wearing masks] over the coming weeks. We will be removing allocated seating and one-way systems.  However, we still ask that you book in online by Friday – midday of each week.   On arrival you will be checked in and asked to take a seat somewhere in the church that you feel comfortable with.  Please be mindful of others who may need to keep distance.  There will be cards available on entry which you can place on the seat next to you to respectfully ask others not to sit too close to you.   To restrict infection there continues to be no holy water in the stoop, no sign of peace and only one kind of Holy Communion.  The church/pews will continue to be cleaned after each Mass.  Track and trace is still applicable upon entry.

Easing of restrictions means we can properly welcome Fr Alistair to the Parish following the Cranleigh Mass on Sunday 25th July.  Please feel free to join us for tea, coffee and cake in the Parish Meeting Room.

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

First Holy Communion     –          deadline for registration is 30th September 2021

Confirmation                  –          deadline for registration is 30th September 2021

RCIA                             –          deadline for registration is 1st November 2021

Diocesan Youth Service – 40th Anniversary Celebration – 4 September 2021 – Arundel Cathedral – We are delighted to be able to celebrate our Youth Service, which has impacted many people in the last four decades and we want to invite anyone who has ever attended an event hosted by the service to come along and join the festivities.  Whether it was a Maryvale Retreat, a World Youth Day Pilgrimage, Youthgather, Lourdes Redshirts, or you are a member of our new online community BeCome, or one of our other virtual networks, everyone will be welcome to give thanks for all that has been done and to pray for the success of the Youth Service in the future. Reminisce with old friends, and meet new friends in person (not just on a screen!). A thanksgiving Mass will be said by Bishop Richard, followed by a chance to chat over refreshments. Please click here for more information and to register.

Beginning Experience Weekend – If you are single again following divorce, separation or the death of your partner, a residential weekend to help you to heal will be held from 8th to 10th October 2021 at the Sion Community, Brentwood, Essex. If you would like more details, please ring Freda 01322-838415 or Maura 07795-498445 or emailbesouthofengland@gmail.com.

Redundant iPads and Laptops are desperately needed by the Gatwick Detainees’ Welfare Group.   An IT company has agreed to ‘clean’ devices to remove any data. These devices can enable a person whether in detention or after release, to help themselves; to access classes for speakers of other languages, to communicate with friends, family, our staff, their volunteer visitor and to access resources such as Food Banks and to join our post detention services. Contact Josie at:josie@gdwg.org.uk.   Thank you.

Anniversaries Mass:  Taking place at St Joseph’s Guildford, on Saturday 9th October, at 11.30 am, with Bishop Richard.  For couples and their families celebrating a landmark or significant anniversary.  Numbers limited to 150.  Parking off site.  You can sign up by clicking here.   Or contact Katherine Bergin, Marriage & Family Life Adviser at katherine.bergin@abdiocese.org.uk

Fighting Modern Slavery:    Parish modern slavery awareness ambassadors re still needed.  Information on the role is contained in the newsletter or contact tessa.ricketts@abdiocese.org.uk   Thank you.

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