18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Dear Brothers and Sisters
There is an interesting verse in the psalm for this Sunday that goes:
The things we have heard and understood,
the things our fathers have told us,
we will tell to the next generation:
the glories of the Lord and his might.
I find this interesting for a number of reasons. The first is that it tells us that our faith is handed on – “we will tell to the next generation.” This is, in fact, the meaning of the word “Tradition.” Tradition is what is “handed on.” It is handed on because the current owners, or users, have found it to be of value and worth, something that, it is hoped, will also be of value and worth to the next generation. Tradition used to be something that was highly prized – consider for a moment traditional dress in places like Wales or Scotland. The ‘tradition’ demarcated those for whom it was important, cultural even, from those outside, who looked on, and sometimes, envied what they saw and heard.
The Catholic faith is one of those things that is founded on ‘tradition’ – what is handed on. Through the long years of persecution Catholics clung on to the traditions that made them who they were – the Mass, the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the Sacraments, the Papacy, priesthood and religious life, genuflecting on entering or leaving a church, bowing, crossing oneself in blessing, a spirit of social service to the poor and marginalised and so on. There are many more, I know.
All that has come down to us has been handed on from the time of the Apostles until now. Each generation has to ask itself why this, or this, is important and how it should be used today.
I am aware, because it is true for me too with my own children that many of you find the handing on of tradition to your families a huge burden and question. The present generation which no longer defers to authority, or the elder generation no longer automatically assumes that what they are told and shown by their parents, teachers, priests etc are to be believed without question. In fact there is a lively spirit of doubt and enquiry abroad which actually questions almost everything that is handed on. Why is this, or that, so important? Why should I dress like this, or that? Why should I accept everything, or even anything the Church teaches just because it says so?
All this makes for tension and, I guess, fear and anxiety. How do we help our children, the next generation, understand what we have valued and understood?
Every family will attempt this difficult question according to their own make up and character but, perhaps, what is needed above all is a sense that we really do value certain things more than other things. We try to live by our values and uphold those things we have come to prize and which have shaped our lives and given meaning to them. Perhaps instead of telling the next generation we need to show the next generation. Show them that our values give shape and a certain depth to our own lives which we care enough about to want to pass onto our children and grandchildren. I struggle. I know you do too. But perhaps its worth the struggle. N’est pas?
With my love and prayers. Fr David.
Office Opening Hours
The Parish Office will be closed 6thto 12thAugust.
During the School Holidays Tracy will be in the office each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday of the week 9-12am.
Messages can be left on voicemail or email for response during working hours.
Would you consider renting a room toa mature Italian lady in her thirties who speaks English and is studying for further CBT qualifications. She has a mental health background with experience of working with children and adults. She is currently supporting an older lady living in Cranleigh and is looking for affordable rented accommodation. This could be through an arrangement with someone who may have space living in a larger house who would like a mature student for a rented situation. Please contact Tracy in the office in the first instance.
You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, aroundthe theme ‘Feed my Sheep’, given by Rev. Fr Anthony Meredith. on Sat, 18th of August, 2018. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and, if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com
Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 17th September 2018. £649.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email . Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.
Would you like to be one of Cedar Courts Care Home Good Companions? TheCranleigh care home’s multi award winning activities team is looking for volunteers to help out on its Dementia Floor in the mornings from 9.30 till 12.30 on any day of the week. We are looking for kind, caring volunteers with a keen sense of fun to sit and chat with our first Floor Residents and help out with activities and be jolly good company. You will be given a free DBS check and some short training on line training at the home and free lunch in our bistro at 12.30 if you wanted it. Any hours you could give would be greatly appreciated so event if you couldn’t’ do all 9.30 – 12.30 don’t worry. Please contact Michael & Kaye on 01483 275191 or email email@example.com.
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 18th August 11.00-4.00
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “The Church exists to evangelise” – Fr Mark Hogan; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.
There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Following month’s meeting: 22nd September – “New Sight for the Blind – Mission and healing” with Pauline Edwards and Fr Laurence Brassill
Inclusion Festival Arundel & Brighton
“To celebrate the value of each person and the diversity in our diocese”
Sunday 16thSeptember 2018 at St Wilfrid’s School, Crawley, RH11 8PG.
Doors Open 11 am.
Opportunities for different forms of prayer
- Lectio Divina
- Learning Sign Language
- BYO Picnic Lunch – tea, coffee, soft drinks available
- Mass with Bishop Richard at 2.30 pm.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ifab2018 or use your phone
Parents/Carers are responsible for their Children/Vulnerable Adults at all times.Enquiries to Margaret Fraher, Diocesan Inclusion Adviser, at 01293 651196
Our Mission is “Connecting the Community”
Our purpose is to improve community wellbeing by active relationships with providers of services; signposting and coordinating their accessibility by the community. We will improve the life experience and well-being of the people of Cranleigh, Ewhurst and adjacent hamlets by reducing gaps and duplication of support.
We support community projects that make a positive difference to the lives of local people.
Following extensive engagement with the community loneliness has been identified as a key issue. We aim to identify and facilitate the reduction of isolation and loneliness, working alongside existing organisations and groups, large and small.
How and why do individuals become lonely and isolated in a place like this?
Bereavement or relationship breakdown
Children grown up and moved away
Being in poor health or living with restricted mobility
Lone working, retirement, redundancy or significant life change
Care workers and shift-workers who lack the time for themselves
Re-location to this area or being single with no immediate social network or family connections
How can we help you?
We have a group of volunteers who have a good understanding of contacts and facilities in the community locally and who can coordinate introductions.
Our volunteers will be available on the telephone to talk you through some key issues and help you feel connected and link you to further help within the community.
Our website is www.smartcranleigh.org. This will provide you with information on who, where and what we do.
Current activities underway
Intergenerational activities bring together older individuals in care homes with young preschool children and their carers. Smart Cranleigh is working with Cedar Court and Knowle Park care homes, the Cranleigh History society and Cranleigh Scouts
SMART Cranleigh is a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) based in Cranleigh and run by volunteers comprising family carers and qualified professionals who live and work with people of all ages in the community. Email
VACANCY Smart Cranleigh – Community Manager (part/time)
Title : Community Manager Smart Cranleigh
Purpose: To administer, develop and signpost activities in Cranleigh and Ewhurst which improve the wellbeing of the local community and deliver the Mission of Smart Cranleigh
Reports to Chairman of Smart Cranleigh Steering Group
Hours of work – Part time (50%) five mornings per week (or equivalent); salary range £22-24,000 pro rata
Activity: Welcoming of the public enquiring of Smart Cranleigh mission and purpose
Network and partner with health, social care, local government, charitable and other social enterprise providers in the local community
Identify people or groups in need in accordance with steering group priorities
Add and maintain content to website and community calendar and social media
Lead income generation from calendar and directory
Support applications for fundraising
Coordinate community projects delivered through volunteers or third parties
Report activity to steering Group monthly; plan forward quarterly
Maintain database contact with partners and clients
Establish and maintain links with local providers and facilitate communication between them
Maintain record of outcomes and projects for report to funders . Manage access and maintain security at the Smart Cranleigh Drop In Centre
Person specification: Self-starter with a friendly welcoming personality. Collaborator and relationship builder with local organisations. Organiser of multiple strands of project activity. Well organised with good office administrative skills. Leader and motivator of volunteers. Competent web user with MS office and database IT skills. Innovator who seeks constructive solutions to complex issues. Able to work independently and also guide and train volunteers. Flexible, reliable, team worker.