1st Sunday in Lent

1st Sunday in Lent

By In Newsletter Blog On March 3, 2017

First Sunday in Lent – 12th March 2017 

CAFOD Lenten Fast Day Friday 10th March
Please bring back your envelopes for next Sunday’s special collection.

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Elsewhere I this week’s newsletter you will find a letter from Srs. Mary, Monica, Stella and Annette FMDM with news about the little community of Franciscan sisters which is resident in the convent at the Seminary.  I’m sure that you will all share in my sadness at their decision to close the community.  Their quiet presence among us has been such a boon and a joy over the years and I’m sure we shall miss them all.  Speaking personally, all of the sisters – and the novices who came for those special months – have been a huge support to me – in encouragement and friendship, in wisdom and prayer – often just when I needed it most.

However, we shall now enter into a new chapter of the local, local, church.  We shall look back with fondness at what we have been privileged to have known and enjoyed and look forward to what God might be saying to the Church as we look towards the future.  What of the religious life?  How can we speak to our children about the value of a life dedicated to service and prayer and lived “for” others in a way that is not so immediately obvious like doctors, nurses, teachers?  Perhaps religious life has to adapt and change itself too with different vocations – perhaps for a time and a season rather than for the whole of life.  Strangely enough I recently came across a word, not found in English, and for which we need a whole couple of sentences to explain – “saudade” – which is a longing for what has been lost with a sense of gratitude for what was held and experienced, and a sadness that what we loved and knew has come to an end.  That just about sums up my feelings about the sisters leaving.  I know they will stay in touch and nothing is happening immediately so we have quite some time to plan a leaving do!!

With my love and prayers

Fr David

The Mothers Prayer Group meets on a Thursday 2.45pm just before school pick up and is an opportunity for the mothers of SCM schoolchildren to join together to pray for yourselves and your loved ones. Join Becca Southwell one week for 20 mins.

From Friday 3rd March there will be a weekly Coffee and Chat meeting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting room for all parent parishoners of schoolchildren following school drop off.


It’s today!  Money hand out day at church, join the fun and help to raise some funds to pay for the new Parish Meeting Room.

You can use your imagination and be as creative as you can.  In the past we have had cake sales, car washing dinner parties, plant sales, ironing, raffles, shopping, dog walking, murder mystery parties, whist drives, golf rounds…. There is no end to the ideas that are possible.

Even more importantly it’s an opportunity to get together with others in the parish to have fun.

If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.

The youth element of the pilgrimage, The Redshirts is also available for applications. If you have never been do consider coming, it honestly will change your life!

Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at Bramley

There will be Stations of the Cross or a Lenten Meditation, followed by a Soup Lunch, at 12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive. We need volunteers to lead the Stations and/or to provide soup for one of the lunches. If you could do this please sign the list in the porch in Bramley to indicate when you would be available or contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406). There are books of Stations available in the Sacristy or use your own.

A VERY BIG THANK YOU from Win Bracking to all of you and friends at St Nicolas who supporting the fund-raising lunch for a borehole for POKOT.  Your astounding generosity meant I was able to give Eugene £610.50.  I would also like to pay tribute to my hard-working team:  Anne, Eileen and Jane.  Without their help this event would not have taken place.

Pastoral Visiting. Following Jane Harding’s new appointment of pastoral assistant, she is keen to know of anyone who would like a visit.   There are forms available at the back of both churches to complete and leave in the Parish Office or the Church Sacristy which Jane will collect.  You can also email to janeaharding@gmail.com.

Small Group Discussions during Lent

The diocese has prepared a guide to discussion of the 2nd reading of each of the six Sundays in Lent all of which are from the writings of St Paul. There are three established groups in the parish already and anyone wishing to join a group should sign up using the list in the church porch leaving contact details and we will be in touch. The groups meet on different days: Monday and Tuesday mornings and the third on Thursday evening.

At the back of both churches there is a book for writing requests for prayer.   Please detail the names of those you wish to be prayed for.  Please ensure they are happy for their name to appear in the newsletter.  The names will be prayed for at the following weekend Masses.  Should you wish for them to be prayed for more than one week then a separate entry needs to be added for each subsequent week.



What does Fairtrade actually mean for the producers?

Products with the Fairtrade logo have been produced by small-scale farmer organisations, co-operatives or plantations that meet Fairtrade social, economic and environmental standards, including protection of workers’ rights and the environment. Organisations like Traidcraft will work with the producers to help them meet those standards and achieve Fairtrade certification for their products. The producers are paid a guaranteed minimum price so that they are no longer subject to the volatility of the markets, giving them a stable income and enabling them to plan with confidence. The producer organisations are also paid an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects. These projects are decided democratically by the members of the organisation and may include such things as education, healthcare, sanitation, renewable energy, improved housing or training in more efficient farming methods. Fairtrade can, and does, transform the lives of the producers and of their local communities, allowing them to work their way out of poverty with dignity.

When we buy cheap food and goods in our supermarkets, the chances are that someone in the developing world is paying the price. Don’t feed exploitation. Choose Fairtrade.

VESPERS at the SEMINARY. By kind permission of the Rector, the Rev Brian Coyle, through Churches Together in Cranleigh, we are all invited to attend VESPERS at 8pm on Monday 6th March.

The programme called “The CATHOLICISM Series – A Journey around the world and deep into the Catholic Faith” will start on Friday 10th March at 10.30am after mass at Cranleigh in the parish room.  The programme consists of a 40 min DVD followed by about 40 minutes of sharing and questions. Tea and coffee will be available.   The parish website has a lot more information.  If you would like to take part, please sign up on the forms at the back of church. http://www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk.

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY is on Friday 10 March.

This year we will be supporting poor farmers in Zambia with our partner the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary They are helping people like Florence, who now can support her family by giving her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish, which she can sell at market. Florence can now send her children to school and give them a future.

Fast Day envelopes will be handed after Masses on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 March. Please give what you can.”

You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Abbey Study Day, Arise, my love, and come away: the theology of the Body given by Fr John Seddon OSB, on Sat, 18th March, 2016. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am. Online information: www.chilworthbenedictines.com

A Cranleigh Parish Lunch is being organised by Yolanda Jackson for Saturday 25th March 1pm and is proving popular.  The price will be £10 and there is a sign-up sheet in both porches for another 6+ guests.  Open to all parishioners is Yolandas raffle which will be drawn at the lunch in order to increase the funds raised.  If you have a prize which you can donate to the raffle, please leave it with Tracy in the office.  All gratefully received, especially wine.

Pilgrimage to Lourdes, Lisieux, Parish, Nevers Rocamadour by luxury coach from 27th May to 3rd June for £679 including all excursions, travelling from London E13.  For futher information call Mrs Mozzi on 020 8472 0843 or 07859 027301.

The Parish Camping event will take place at St Cuthmans retreat and the Parish have sole use of all the wonderful facilities.  Pitches, and proper beds in the house, are being reserved quickly.  Please bring your family and friends to join this weekend event and please pray for good weather.  There are still 6 single rooms and 7 twin rooms all en-suite available for those who don’t wish to camp and plenty of pitch spaces for those that do.

Dear Fr David and parishioners at Bramley and Cranleigh;

We, the Franciscan Sisters, Mary, Monica, Stella and Annette have asked Fr. David to share some sad news.  After prayer and consultation we have sadly come to the conclusion that we can no longer sustain a community of sisters in St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh.  Therefore, we will be leaving the Seminary in July of this year.  This has not been an easy decision as we have always felt very much part of parish life and have been greatly enriched by the faith of you, the people of our parish.  We will miss the love and friendship offered so freely and with such generosity.  We will treasure the prayer life we have shared with you, and, hope to make the most of our remaining time together.

We ask your prayers as we seek to serve the Lord during this time of discernment regarding our individual futures.

With our love and gratitude and the promise of our prayers.  Srs. Mary, Monica, Stella and Annette.

Dear Father David and Parishioners

On behalf of all the residents, staff, volunteers and trustees at Number Five I would like to thank you and all at your Cranleigh and Bramley churches for your continued support for our work on behalf of the homeless.

Best regards David Pannell

Treasurer, Guildford No 5 Project

Dear Father David and Parishioners

We at Footsteps very much appreciate all that you as a church community do to help people in Guildford who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  Through your continued support we provided a traditional Christmas Day lunch for over 20 people at the Community Centre who would otherwise have been alone or unprovided for.  Your continued support and prayers are valued.  With many thanks, Mike Gibson, Hon. Treasurer.  Footsteps Community Centre.

St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School

We have a vacancy for a Teaching Assistant, 30 hours per week, to work in Key Stage 1 under the supervision of the class teacher and to provide lunchtime cover.   For further information please contact the School Office, or see the School website.  Closing date 12 midday, Friday 10th March.

Easter Triduum Retreat for Young Adults: 13th-16th April – Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum in prayer, community and reflection with a retreat at Worth.

You are also invited to take part in a “Cross Walk” from Arundel on the 9th April, walking across the South Downs and arriving at Worth for the beginning of the retreat. Please contact fcarbone@wellspringbrighton.org.uk for more information or a booking form.


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