18th Sunday of OT – 04.08.19
Dear Brothers and Sisters
I’m away on retreat this week, which is why there are no midweek masses on the newsletter. I’m afraid that it is nigh on impossible to find a priest to celebrate midweek masses at the moment. However, can I encourage you to still come to church to pray? There is nothing stopping you coming to Holy Hour and adoring the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament for an hour, or a portion thereof. You might find it did you a lot of good and gave you a little holy space in an otherwise hectic week. Why not give it a try?
You may have noticed that we are moving, slowly but surely, towards a new way of running and organising our parish. The Mission Team are working hard within various smaller groups to develop new ideas and ways of doing things to equip us for the future, and particularly, to get us ready for a point about 10 years away when we hope to have achieved some major milestones and goals such as increasing our parish attendance and involvement considerably.
The Mission Team invite you to a celebration on Sunday the 15thSeptember at Wintershall which Anne and Peter Hutley have kindly loaned to us for the day. I really want everyone to be part of it and to that end I am hoping that you will attend the 11am mass at Wintershall whatever mass you usually attend. I am not, at this point, planning on celebrating any other masses that weekend because my great desire is that we should all be together in one place to celebrate one Mass together to remind ourselves that we are one parish serving one Lord in one eucharist. Every now and then it is good to be “inconvenienced”, or to put it a better way, to have our routines shaken up so that we get to think about what is really important. If I celebrate the vigil and the 9 o’clock people will, I know, just do what they always do. I want to get us out of that mindset and into a new mindset which is ready for change and new way of being church. Occasional interruptions to routine serve us well in that sense to help us see what is truly important and what is of non, or less importance. I do hope you will support this initiative and I am sorry that last week’s newsletter said it was “expected” of you rather than what it actually is – that you are being encouraged to do something different even if it is slightly inconvenient.
This week’s readings should cause us to ask of ourselves a question. What is most important in my life? That will do for starters. The Gospel, especially, but also the reading from Ecclesiastes, make the point very clear that if what is most important to us is stuff – material possessions – or the assessment that we are people of significance because of what we own, then we are at odds with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It all starts with the question of the young man about getting Jesus to influence a legacy decision in his favour. Jesus’ curt reply leaves us in no doubt that possessions and the arguments for or against them are of not the slightest interest to him. His response is a clear invitation to the young man that he should elevate his ideals somewhat. The writer of Ecclesiastes, for different reasons, reflects that “all is vanity” and that the striving after ‘things’ and ‘stuff’ will not add anything to a lifespan or to the real quality of life. Best to make the most out of life while you can. Which kind of takes us back to my initial question. What is most important in life?
Jesus parable indicates that security is not to be found in material wealth – or at least not our eternal security. We may have metaphorical barns overflowing, but if our account with God is empty then so will our life be too. We need to store up treasure for ourselves in heaven where our “true” life is “hidden with God.” What we truly value will be observable in the way we use the gifts we are given here on earth – time, talents, money, gifts and whether we are generous in their distribution to those less well off.
I will remember to pray for you this week. Please pray for me too.
God Bless you. Fr David
Fr David is away on retreat from this weekend until Friday. Fr Kevin Dring is covering the week end for us. Fr David will be back for next weekend.
Please note the Parish Office will be closed from Friday 9th August 1pm and will reopen Thursday 29th August. Messages can be left on the telephone or via email.
Please note the Annual Report and Accounts for the Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Trust year ended December 2019 are available to read [please do not remove] in the church porches.
Remembering Katie – on Tuesday 3rd September the Cameo evening will be given over to come together to remember the life of Katie, who passed away two years ago this September. For those who knew, loved and would like to celebrate her, we will meet in the Cranleigh Lady Chapel for Prayerful remembrance and then come together in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room for a shared supper. Please let the Parish Office know if you will join this event [all are welcome] and we can organise appropriate food and refreshments.
SAVE THE DATE for PARISH MASS Sunday 15th September 11am Mass at Wintershall
This will the only Mass taking place this weekend. Saturday Vigil and Sunday at STM and JCROM will not take place.
Please join this Sunday Mass for the whole Parish.
All members of our Parish are invited to join this very special Mass taking place at Wintershall. Mass will start 11am with a shared picnic to enjoy in the beautiful grounds.
Bring your own family’s picnic and something for the shared table.
The intention is to be as environmentally friendly as possible which means bringing [and taking away] your own reusable plates, cutlery, cups and mugs and as little plastic as possible please.
Bring your own chairs and rugs for comfort.
Tea and Coffee will be provided.
Assistance can be arranged for those less mobile so please contact Jane Harding or the Parish Office to discuss arrangements.
There will also be a cake competition open to everyone the results of which we will enjoy as dessert after judging.
A parishioner is looking for someone to help with childcare before and after school term time only.The youngest is six and attend St CM and the oldest is 8 with special needs and attends a special school in Farnham.
The hours necessary are 7am-9am and 3.15pm until 6pm.
There can be some flexibility to payment and the support the children will need, if you are interested please contact the Parish Office who can put you in touch with the family to see if this could work for you.
TheBethlehem Nativity Group,who visited our Parish last weekend to sell Olive Wood religious carvings from the Holy Land, would like to express their huge thanks for everyone who supported their cause. The result of which was very beneficial and rewarding for needy Christian families. £1704.00 was raised. They don’t have enough words to thank you with, but make sure that you’re always in their prayers. God bless you. www.tbng.co.uk
Parents Session for First Holy Communion 2020 course is Tuesday 10th September Year 3 [and above] in September 2019 please apply using the Parish Events link on the website.
Confirmation 2020 for Year 10 in September 2019. Please apply using the Parish Events link on the website.
In nómine Iesu omne genu flectátur….
So ran the opening line of the opening antiphon from Wednesday’s celebration of St Ignatius Loyola – the founding father of the Society of Jesus. “In the Name of Jesus all knees shall bend” which comes from St Paul’s letter to Philemon.
St Ignatius was foremost in making Jesus known to other cultures around the world through the work of the Society, but also of re-evangelising peoples and countries that were once catholic but had now fallen to Protestantism. St Paul, on the other hand, was anxious to take a well known practice among pagans – that of bowing before statues and images of pagan deities, and of genuflecting before the image of the August Caesar who was entitled “Son of God” and transfer quite seditiously that honour to the Christian Son of God – Jesus Christ. What Paul was trying to emphasise was that what was customary for a mere mortal (the Emperor) was ‘of right’ for Jesus.
This bowing, or genuflecting, is a mark of humility and respect but also of adoration and worship. It is a physical way of expressing belief. Ordinary, pagan, Romans thought of Caesar as superior and above them; as ruling over them and requiring complete obedience on pain of death or imprisonment and this obedience was expressed in this profound, worshipful bow. A reverence.
In the catholic church this level of reverence is reserved completely for God. This means that we bend the knee at the Name of Jesus, before His altar and before his Divine Presence in the tabernacle. This should not cause us any embarrassment or discomfort among our fellow Catholics. Sure, it might need explaining to visiting protestants or non-Christians but it also speaks silently and eloquently about who our Lord and God is. It is Jesus present always in His Church and in the Eucharist.
If we are not in the practice, or have fallen out of it, can I encourage you to restart it? We are used to using our minds and our voices to praise the Lord and we should not forget that He gave us bodies too to praise him.
Eucharistic Ministers– Have you considered taking up the ministry of serving Holy Communion? Fr David may well write to you soon and ask you to consider this lovely service for God and the Church. If you are interested to know more, please contact the Parish Office.
Readers– If you would like to be involved in reading during Mass please contact the Parish Office.
Bidding Prayers– each week the bidding prayers are prepared by members of our Parish, if you would like to know more about joining this rota please contact the Parish Office.
Flower Arrangers– if you would like to become part of this team please contact the Parish Office.
If you would like to become more involved in the running of the Parish please pop into the Parish Office to talk about the many opportunities which are available, we value your talents.
EVENING OF RENEWAL:“The Power of Praise and Thanksgiving”
How we can release blessing, power and healing through praising and thanking God.
Wednesday 7th August 8.00-9.00pm (Adoration from 7.30pm) at St Joan’s Church, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ
Residential Retreat for Healthcare Workers :Organised by Dr Joe O’Dywer at Worth Abbey from 13th – 15th September. Theme ‘Love Your Neighbour as Yourself’. Cost £150 full board. Spiritual Director – Fr Stephen Ortiger. Queries and to book email firstname.lastname@example.org HCW Retreat in subject line.
Diocesan Mass for Altar Servers on Sat. 14th September, at 12 noon, with Bishop Richard presiding. For all who have served, are serving and anybody who would like to. Please bring cassock/cotta or alb. Light refreshments will follow (bring a packed lunch if you wish).
Grandparents’ Annual Formation Day : Monday 23rd September, Starting with Mass at 10 am.
At the Church of St John the Evangelist, Horsham, RH12 2PJ. Elizabeth O’Shea, Parenting Expert, Will help us to explore strategies to support young people and the pressures they live under today. Please book at Rosie.Read@abdiocese.org.uk
Dialogue and Unity Day 2019, Catholicism and Islam: Encounter and Engagement:
Saturday 28th September 10-4pm – St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley. Bring a packed lunch.
The day is for Catholics and anyone who is interested in this topic, so bring friends – all welcome.
We will be exploring the Churches teaching and examples of the teaching being lived out, how the teaching is delivered in our Catholic Schools and we will hear a response from our friend Kauser Akhtar, Surrey Faith Links Adviser, Muslim, Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking. Come along and find out about Interfaith groups around Surrey and Sussex and explore this rich area of our Churches teaching which is so important to understand today.
Booking form at www.abdiocese.org.uk Help us to use our resources well and to welcome you in the best way we can by booking. Thank you.
Day of Reflection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Sat. 28th September, 2019, from 11 am to 4 pm at Mayfield School, Mayfield, TN20 6PH. Please book at email@example.com – 01293 651164. Numbers limited therefore priority will be given to those who have not previously attended.
World Meeting of Families 2021: Rome, 23rd to 27th June 2021. Save the dates!
CAFOD: Step into the Gap! Looking for a gap year with a difference? Find out more at www.cafod.org.uk/gapyear
Workshop for Parish Musicians: Come and learn more about accompanying hymns/service music. Network with other organists and musicians and share best practise.
Crawley & Horsham District Organists’ Association are running a free workshop for those musicians who’ve been asked to play in services. This free workshop, led by John Sharples (one of the organists of Arundel Cathedral), is being held on Saturday 16th November 2019 from 9:30am until Noon at the United Reformed Church in Horsham.
Further details and booking : e : firstname.lastname@example.org or John on 07931 346127