22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time 29.08.2021
Please join us in the parish garden in Cranleigh JCROM for a mini parish picnic to welcome Fr Alistair on Sunday 29th August after the 11am Mass. As we begin to regroup after Covid it is important that we all spend some time getting to know each other and rebuilding our community again and if you are not there an important piece of our parish will be missing!
Please be advised that there is a change in the way that Fr Alistair receives income compared to the way Fr David received income which was that former Anglican priests with dependents have different remuneration policies to ensure adequate provision for the household. The parish provided for the priest’s domestic expenditure and personal remuneration through a stipend.
In respect of Fr Alistair he receives clergy church income comprised of Christmas and Easter offerings, Mass stipends, and stole fees for baptisms, weddings and funerals. Christmas and Easter offerings are booked into a restricted Parish Fund for the Support of the Clergy and the whole amount can be drawn by the priest.
Sacramental Programmes – If you are interested in joining the upcoming Baptism, First Holy Communion, Confirmation and/or RCIA courses please visit our website events page which has registration details.
Baptism Programme – deadline for registration is 31st August 2021
First Holy Communion – deadline for registration is 30th September 2021
Confirmation – deadline for registration is 30th September 2021
RCIA– deadline for registration is 1st November 2021
Marriage Anniversaries Mass: Anyone celebrating a wedding anniversary that has particular significance for them is welcome to join the annual celebration of marriage at St Joseph’s Church in Guildford. This year the celebration, with Bishop Richard, is on Saturday, October 9th with Mass at 11.30.
In order that we can be Covid compliant we do ask that everyone books their space via our website. Please use the following link Diocesan Marriage Anniversaries Mass and Reception (09-Oct-2021) · ChurchSuite Events or contact the Diocesan Marriage & Family Life Adviser, Katherine Bergin at Katherine.firstname.lastname@example.org (Places are limited to 150). We so look forward to celebrating with you!
A Prayer for beautiful land of Afghanistan (based on and adapted from a prayer by the Church of Scotland’s chaplain to Her Majesty’s forces)
All-loving God, you have fashioned every lovely corner of this treasured planet, and the beautiful land of Afghanistan is a precious place that so many call home. By its rivers and mountains, its fields and gardens, its busy towns and ancient villages, it is the heart’s desire of its people, and the place where their loves and lives are nurtured.
In solidarity, we grieve today with all those who are grieving over Afghanistan: the people who call it home; those who remain and are in fear; those who are displaced, fleeing, exiled and suddenly cut off from family and home; and the many men and women who have made so many sacrifices in recent years in the cause of that country’s future and peace.
We pray for safety, dignity, freedom and courage for the men, women and children of Afghanistan; for peace from those who lead; for vision, generosity and action within the international community, from our own government and ourselves in responding to such need.
We make this prayer in the name of him who is peace giver and Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place in the Catholic Church beginning October 2021. It will culminate in the final Synod Gathering of Bishops in Rome in October 2023. The overall theme is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, Mission”.
For the first time, the Synod Office in Rome has produced a comprehensive process which encompasses the stated aim of the Holy Father that the Church in today’s world should have a vision of missionary communion orientated to evangelisation. It’s an invitation for us, as Catholics, to ‘walk together’. Every member of the Church has the right to speak, and the obligation to allow those charged with the work of discernment the freedom to do so. If you would like to know more please visit the Diocesan Website here: https://www.abdiocese.org.uk/news/for-a-synodal-church-communion-participation-mission