First Sunday of Lent – 18th February 2018

First Sunday of Lent – 18th February 2018

By In Newsletter Blog On February 15, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

If you were to just read the gospel today “as is” you might be forgiven for thinking that the “theme” of this week’s mass is all about the Spirit, or about retreats even, whereas, with a little wider reading, and by including the first two readings we become aware that we are talking about baptism, or more specifically, what baptism does for us.

The first reading from Genesis helps us to see that the “waters of the great flood” put an end to sin and inaugurate a new relationship with God that is called a “covenant”.  A Covenant is a kind of formal “deal” between God and humanity in which a living relationship is brought about and sustained.

Peter extends this covenant to include, now, all those who receive baptism as a sign of a desire to enter into a new life-giving relationship with God.  Everyone who undergoes baptism dies “with Christ” and rises to “new life with Him.”  Baptism is the beginning of a new life “in Christ” for those who believe in the power of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Baptism is a beginning of “life in the Spirit” which is, in effect a new way of living and a new perspective on life. So, perhaps it IS about the Spirit, after all.

But, back to the gospel.  After Jesus own baptism this Spirit “drove” Jesus out into the desert for 40 days and nights.

This helps us to see a number of things.

One, we need to be attentive to the things of the spirit in our own lives.  What is the Spirit saying to us as individuals? As a Parish? As the Church?

Second is that we need a certain freedom from the business of everyday life if we are to “get in touch” with the Spirit.  Hence our fast of 40 days which we call Lent.  What are you going to do to make hearing the Spirit easier for you?

And the final thing.  What’s going to happen at the end of the 40 days?  After his own 40 days Jesus began his ministry, leading ultimately to His Passion, death and resurrection.  Being open to the Spirit should lead to action.  Are you ready to open yourselves up to the Spirit?  Are you ready for action?

With my love and best wishes for a fruitful Lent

Father David

Monday Lenten Group will start on this Monday morning Feb 19th at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley, starting at 10 am.  All are welcome. Maureen Loveder

Stations of the Cross during Lent at JCROM.  Starting Wednesday 21st February at 10.00 am for 30 minutes.  All are welcome.  Contact Helen Rollo 277395.

CAFOD Family Fast Day: Friday 23 February   CAFOD’s

Family Fast Day this Lent is an opportunity to support our brothers and sisters who don’t have enough to eat. On

Friday 23 February can you give up a meal, or eat a simple meal, in solidarity?   With malnutrition still killing almost

three million children a year, your fasting, prayers and

donations will ensure more of God’s children have enough good food to eat.   And this Lent, your donation will make double the difference. For every pound you donate to

CAFOD, the UK Government will also donate a pound, up to a total of £5 million, meaning twice the number of lives can be transformed. Twice the number of children can

have the opportunity to grow up healthy and strong.

Please collect your Fast Day envelope from church this

week and give generously.   In light of recent news reports you may wish to know CAFOD has a statement about safeguarding vulnerable communities on


This year the interdenominational service will be held at our Catholic Church in Cranleigh at 10.30am.  The theme is “ALL GOD’S CREATION IS VERY GOOD”.  The service has been written by the Christian women of SURINAME and is open to everyone.  It is not just for women.  Let us have a good representation from our church, offering a warm welcome to all.   TEA/COFFEE/BISCUITS will be served from 10am in the Parish Room BEFORE the service but NOT AFTERWARDS.

Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

I will be selling marmalade and cakes in aid of the new Parish Room after the 9am Mass in Bramley on Sunday 25th February. If anyone would like to donate cakes please bring them to Bramley Parish Room before Mass on the day. If there is anything left I will bring them to sell after the 11am Mass in Cranleigh.  Thanks, Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406).

The St Cuthbert Mayne Quiz is taking place on Friday 2nd March from 7.30pm.  Tickets are £13.00 per person including a Fish & Chip Supper.  This is open to everyone and so if the Cranleigh Parish would like to join please contact Tracy in the Parish Office who can organise a table.  It’s a great evening of entertainment and a chance to flex your general knowledge muscles just a little!

The next Parish Lunch at Bramley will be held in the Parish Room at Bramley on Tuesday 27th February after the 11.30 Mass.  Come and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with coffee and wine and good company.  If you would like to come please sign the notice in either church porch or telephone Anne on 274466.  If you would like a lift please telephone Anne.

Open the Book: Join the team?

The Open the Book team acts out bible stories during assemblies at Cuthbert Maine, Park Mead and Cranleigh CofE school.

Whether you can help once a month, or every week, we always welcome new actors for our Open the Book team! While Pam looks great in a beard, we especially need more men on our team! We go into schools on Monday mornings (8:15-9:15am), Monday afternoons (1-2pm) and Thursday mornings (8:30-9:20am). Contact Gabrielle Clarke at, or call 01483 616296 for more information.

Lectio Divina Led by Bishop Richard Moth 24 February

This day introduces the practice of Lectio Divina – Praying with the Scriptures. Bishop Richard will speak about the background to this way of prayer that has been a part of the Church’s life since the earliest times and its suitability for our own times.
Starts at 10am and ends at 4pm. Please bring a packed lunch.  Cost: £20 – Advanced booking essential.

Parish Talents Night

Paul Lepki is looking for a couple of people to help in organising the Parish Talent Night i.e any aspect of arrangements, and publicity for attendees and willing performers!

If you’re interested in this in any capacity please let myself and/or Tracy know.

2018 Social Events A small team met on 24th Jan to discuss various social events which could take place in 2018 and came up with some options.  If you would be willing to organise, promote and facilitate any of the events please speak with Tracy in the Parish Office who will support you.

  1. Trevor Keena to organise a Parish Quiz in April or May.
  2. Paul Lepki to organise a Parish Talent Night.
  3. Open opportunity for a team to organise a Parish Picnic on a Sunday at a local green space in the summer.
  4. Bingo:  Eileen Keena to liaise with Jane Graham for a monthly Bingo event to be held alongside the over 50’s coffee morning.
  5. Open opportunity for a team to organise a late afternoon Family Bingo event
  6. Tracy Laffar to advertise and organise a Coach trip to 25th May Big Church Day Out in Brighton.
  7. CAMEO: Katherine Bergin to organise next event on 6th March.
  8. Open opportunity to organise a STM Shared supper
  9. Find a team to organise a Youth Group once a month for Years 9, 10 & 11 for a Saturday evening event with Parishoners input such as “learn how to cook the essential curry”, “learn how to bake the essential cake”, “First Aid and CPR Lesson”, “Bike Maintenance”, etc….  Things of interest alongside a chance to gather, chat and have a film in the background.

Dear All,

The next Guildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training has been arranged for the at Christ the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ on Tuesday, 13th March 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m.

A reminder that this training is for everyone but we are particularly for those who work with or minister to Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults at Risk.) It is the expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that this initial training is undertaken and refreshed every three years. New Volunteers should undertake the Initial Training within the first year of being appointed. A Refresher Training Programme is being rolled out from September 2018 starting with those who did their training in 2015. People are welcome to attend initial and refresher sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.

Please let the Cranleigh Parish Office know of your intention to attend by Tuesday, 6th March for refreshment and hand out purposes.

ADOREMUS National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress in Liverpool 2018 takes place September 7th to 9th.  It is a wonderful opportunity for all the Dioceses of England and Wales to come together to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist and the central place it holds in the life and mission of the Church.   If you would like to be a Delegate for your Parish contact the Parish office for more information or

Save a life – Give blood in the Cranleigh Village Hall on Wednesday 28th February 1345-1630 & 1730-20.00. or 0300 1232323.

26-27 May 2018 Big Church Day Out

Cranleigh & Bramley Parish would like to organise a group event to this event at Wiston House in West Sussex.  It is a weekend of music, events, camping, dancing and rejoicing of worship and celebration of all that is good in the church.

See to understand the full extent of this family festival weekend.  Posters are in the porches.

Please support Pepe Swift as she prepares to run a half marathon on 26th Feb raising money for Alzheimer’s research. Any donations would be gratefully received and can be made through her Just Giving Page   Good Luck Pepe!


Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum (29th March-1st April) with a retreat at Worth Abbey. Over the Easter Triduum young adults from across the UK will be gathering to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The retreat will be centred around participation in the Triduum liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, with a programme of talks by the monks, discussion, prayer & reflection and fellowship. Leading up to the retreat, you are welcome to be part of a ‘Cross Walk’- a group of young adults and monks who will walk to Worth from Arundel, across the beautiful South Downs, carrying the cross. We will begin the walk on Palm Sunday (25th March) and arrive at Worth on Maundy Thursday (29th March). Booking forms are now available. Please contact

Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

6pm Vigil and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

9am Mass and Blessing of Palms at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am Mass and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

 Maundy Thursday – 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Footwashing and watch until midnight in Garden of Repose

Good Friday – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am – Mass of the Resurrection at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind


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