22nd Sunday of OT – 01.09.19
Dear Brothers and Sisters
I gather from conversations with people who know better than I that next year we will all have to be a lot more discerning in our recycling. No more just throwing everything in together and considering that a ‘good” job done. We are going to have to grade our own recycling as I understand it and I, for one, am very pleased with this.
I have long thought that ‘recycling’ as we know it in the UK is a complete joke. Yes indeed, less and less is diverted to landfill from our homes but, recycling? We don’t recycle very much at all. Best to call it re-processing, I would guess. We blithely put bottles, milk bottles, plastic of all sorts in the recycling bin and pretty much forget about it from that point on. This situation cannot continue for much longer. We all have to take concrete steps to consume less and we have to make choices that are often inconvenient for us. I have seen a couple of articles in newspapers about going plastic free for a week and of the tremendous difficulty this poses for the ‘way we do things.’ The ‘way we do things’ has crept up on us over a number of years silently and stealthily.
When I was a boy, we used to go to a local grocer for veg and he would do that market trader thing of whizzing a brown paper bag around with our carrots, broccoli, tomatoes or whatever in. Very impressive to an impressionable young lad! Potatoes, too, were received loose and we put them into our own bags. It was a similar story at the butchers (complete with sawdust on the floor). Meat was chosen from a selection in front of you, wrapped in paper and placed into a paper bag. Chickens never had plastic on them from the local butcher although “oven-ready’ ones from the local Sainsbury’s did. Tea came in boxes as it does now but with a paper wrapper inside. We drank very little alcohol at home and a bottle of sherry would often make several appearances at different Christmas times! Drinking was in pints and at the pub.
I could go on with this little snapshot of a world not so far away in time. How different it all is now. And for two main reasons. One, convenience to the busy shopper. And efficiency for the retailer. Why get your hands dirty with potatoes when you can just pick up a nice bag already washed? Why take time to weigh out your carrots when you can pick up little boxes all neatly wrapped for ‘freshness’ and so on and on. Everything with a plastic tray and a cellophane seal. Everything. Cereals inside nice cardboard boxes with plastic bags inside them. Plastic is the most useful thing retailers have as it keeps things fresh so that they can use the highly efficient ‘just in time’ approach to supply. But it’s everywhere and has become an epidemic that has gotten out of control. Our convenience, their efficiency is the death of many ocean-going species as they ingest these things. We cannot reprocess it well enough, or usefully enough, to make a huge difference. And I haven’t even mentioned bottles yet. We are encouraged to be hydrated at all times and many people carry those little bottles of water around all day. Single use then thrown away. And what about glass bottles? Why is it more efficient to smash up old bottles than recycle them for second, third, fourth and more uses? This will come, one day, to seem like complete madness. As it really is.
The opening prayer asks of God that He “put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured.” We are, then, being asked urgently to have watchful care of our world’s resources and keep them safe. To become for more reverent. This is for all of us.
God Bless you. Fr David
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.
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.
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).
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 with Bishop Richard 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 firstname.lastname@example.org – 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
Remembering Katie Moran– on Tuesday 3rd September the Cameoevening 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.
Talents… Money raised should be returned in your original numbered envelope if possible, or at least an envelope with your name on it and handed into the Office, or placed in the Offertory Basket. Many thanks for your co-operation. Win Bracking 275573
Sunday 15th September 11am Mass at Wintershall by kind permission of Ann and Peter Hutley
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.
********* In addition: Please contact the Parish Office if you know of someone who would like to attend but feel they cannot arrange their own transport or are less able bodied. We are able to make plans for car shares to/from Cranleigh and Bramley and ask you to reach out to those you know who would like assistance. If you are able to offer a lift in your car then please also let the office know so that the necessary connections can be made.
You are warmly invited to a presentation of the first episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday, September the 7th, 2019. The following nine episodes will be shown month by month until June 2020.This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will con-textualise the episode and then teach and lead discussion about its subject matter. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The first film, which is entitled ‘Amazed and Afraid: the Revelation of God become Man’ will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day which concludes around 4.00 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. Please visit chilworthbenedictines.com for further information.
Grandparents Diocesan Formation Day: to be held on Monday 23rd September at St John the Evangelist, Horsham, RH12 2PJ. Our guest speaker is Elizabeth O’Shea, a parenting expert, who will help us to explore strategies to help our grandchildren cope with the pressures they live under today (https://parent4success.com/about-me/) Begins with parish Mass at 10 am and will finish by 4 pm. Come and meet and share with other Grandparents. Honorary Grandparents welcome! Packed lunch needed. Drinks provided. Booking essential at Rosie.Read@abdiocese.org.uk (Please advise me of any special needs you may have when booking – thank you).
CAFOD TALK – BOGNOR: Come & hear Clare Dixon CAFOD’s Head of Region for Latin America talk about tackling climate change in Nicaragua & El Salvador and the importance of Pope Francis’ forthcoming Amazon Synod for the future of our common home. Saturday 7 September 11.00 am Parish Centre, Hislop Walk, Bognor Regis PO21 1LP. Please Let us know you are coming. email@example.com Tel: 01483 898866
CAFOD TALK – CRAWLEY: Come & hear Naomi Dring CAFOD Programme Support Officer for Peru, Colombia & Bolivia talk about the work of CAFOD’s partners in that region and how they are responding to climate change and other environmental issues. Saturday 21 September 9.45 am starting with coffee & croissants at St Francis & St Anthony Parish Room, Haslett Avenue West, Crawley RH10 1HR Let us know you are coming. firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01483 898866