12th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 25th June 2017
Second Collection THIS Sunday for Peter’s Pence.
Special collection next Sunday for The Apostleship of the Sea
Thursday is the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Holy Day of Obligation
Dear Brothers and Sisters
This Thursday sees a celebration of a very important feast of the Church – Ss Peter and Paul – together, the two saints are the founders of the See of Rome, through their preaching, ministry and martyrdom there. Even though they are commemorated together their similarities are not all that evident. Peter – an ardent, sometimes foolish man who betrayed Jesus with a threefold denial, but an ultimately courageous and faithful follower of Christ. And Paul – a forthright, clever, eloquent and zealous persecutor of early Jewish Chris-tians who then went on to be, perhaps, the greatest and most eloquent evangelist of all time.
What Peter and Paul both learned through their experience of Jesus was that Jesus wants us to follow him. Not some idea of who he is but the person he reveals Himself to be to those who listen, who watch, and who are prepared to leave everything else in order to follow him. Once Peter and Paul realised who Jesus really was, and the message he brought as “good news,” they were able to give up everything in order to have “Christ.” Before that moment, they both carried wrong ideas of who Jesus was.
Both Peter and Paul had a wrong image in their mind about Jesus and both of them had to have this image corrected if they were to prove useful in forwarding the Kingdom of God in the world. Peter had to lose sight of his smaller, narrower vision of the Kingdom as a restoration of the fortunes of Israel and a return to holiness. Paul had to lose his suffocating vision of the Kingdom of God being made up only of those who had perfected themselves through a relentless pursuing of Torah. Peter gradually came to understand the Kingdom as being larger than he imagined and Paul had to learn to understand God not as a harsh keeper of statistics but as a God who is love and only love.
Once they had both left behind their old selves and embraced the new self and the new larger understanding of the Kingdom both Peter and Paul were prepared to give everything – even their very lives.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes people tell me that they only believe this, or that, about Jesus. Things such as Jesus being a nice man, or a do-gooder but both of those things are wrong. No one would give their life for a “nice man” however much good he might have done. Peter and Paul were enabled to see Jesus in his fullness and then chose to make that Jesus known even though it cost them their lives. What might we have to let go of in order to find the true Christ? The “true” Jesus? What image of Jesus; of God do we carry around with us?
With my love, your priest
Thursday 6th July at 1.45pm.
Like a new parish priest, a new Headteacher is inducted into the school and parish community as they take on a leading role within, and for, that com-munity.
Mrs McCarthy’s Induction takes place early next month. It is a parish, school and a diocesan celebration to which all parishioners, parents, grandparents and children are invited.
During the Mass Mrs McCarthy will be asked about her commitment to the school and we will be asked about our commitment to her as our new Headteacher.
Please save the date and make it a priority to be there.
The Confirmation Mass took place last week-end and the Parish would like to thank everyone involved for their help, musicians, servers, singers, flower arrangers and to those who arranged refreshments. It only through everyone’s hard work and support that these events are so successful. Thank you
Graeme Brand will be giving away “free Beer” in 2 pint containe
rs after mass on Saturday vigil and Sunday mass at Cranleigh. It is my home-made beer brewed for the talent scheme. It may be free but a donation for the talent scheme is requested of £3.50 per pint. Many thanks
First Holy Communion 2017-18 Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish Events page.
The next Baptism Course is being run 28th June and 12th July – Please see the parish Events Page on the Website to sign up.
If you would like to sponsor Peni Shaw in order to support The Fountain Centre please see her Just giving page which is www.justgiving.com/Peni-Shaw1. Peni cut her hair short and has donated it to The Little Princess Trust who make wigs for children without hair.
Thank you to everyone who has returned your money this week – it has come back in a flurry.
There are only about 6 envelopes to come back and the deadline for this is now Sunday 25th June. We hope to do a final count and publicise the total very soon. All your hard work is very much appreciated.
St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School have reception places available for September 2017. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the school family then please ask them to contact the school office to arrange a visit to the school Tel. 01483 274961.
RIP: Claude Kauffmann who was a parishioner of St Thomas More some years ago, died on the 6th June. His funeral will be held at St Joseph’s, Guildford on Friday 30 June at 2 pm. Funeral directors James & Thomas, Guildford.
CAMEO – We are looking for a wonderful someone to host a CAMEO event in July either in their home, at a restaurant, an informal pub or in the Parish Hall. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like some help.
Very many thanks to all the parishioners who kindly signed up for a Red Box last weekend. I or one of the team of promoters will make contact in September. Please could you all complete the name and address sticker on your boxes so they can be identified. If any-one would like to gift-aid their donations, and I missed offering you the gift-aid form, please do contact me. Also, anyone who would like a box and was unable to get one this weekend please let me know.
I would also like to say a very big thank you to Fr. Da-vid and Fr. Roy for making the Appeal at all the Masses. Fran Pickett 01483 276614. Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, the Parish Camping Event at Coolham has been cancelled due to failure to meet minimum numbers. We are sorry to the families who were looking forward to this event, please contact the office in order to receive your refund.
Picnic on the Common
from 12 noon opposite the Baptist Church.
All the Churches in Cranleigh are getting together for a picnic in the park on the common on Sunday 16th July. Please support this event and come and meet our brothers and sisters in the Methodist, Baptist, and Anglican churches of our village. Hopefully a lovely day, please bring food and drink for your own family and friends and be prepared to share! Also, some games might be an idea.
A day with Mary will take place at St Augustine’s Abbey in Chilworth on Saturday 8th July starting at 9.30am. Full details can be found at www.adaywithmary.org
Available Vacancy in Pease Pottage Part-time Secretary to Bishop Richard – 21 hours per week Pease Pottage. Reporting to Bishop Richard, you would have duties such as typing correspondence and liaising with the Catholic Press to pro-vide notification of the Bishop’s Diary. Record-keeping tasks would include updating basic financial spread-sheets and databases. You would also be responsible for ordering supplies, co-ordinating property maintenance projects and liaising with the Finance team in Hove to monitor the house budget. Support and training will be given. Please contact Sarah Kilmartin: telephone: 01273 859705 or email: email@example.com for an application form and job description. Closing date: Thursday 6th July 2017. Inter-views will be held in Hove on Wednesday 12th July (afternoon).
You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Abbey Study Day, Controversy: the Spanish Inquisition and more, given by Fr John Seddon OSB, on Sat, 1st July, 2017. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am. Three talks will divide the Day, with refreshments Midday Prayer and lunch, and departures at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. If you can, encourage a friend to come with you. Bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com
We love cheques and thank you for your cheques but please check you make it payable to: Cranleigh and Bramley Parish.