23rd Sunday of OT
community of faith, hope and love, building inclusive
relationships with people of faith and none, reaching out to those in need
On the weekend of 14th and 15th September there will be no masses at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind or St Thomas More. There will be one special Mass held at Wintershall by kind permission of Ann and Peter Hutley on Sunday 15th September.
Wintershall can be found between Cranleigh and Bramley off the A281. There will be large green arrow signs to follow and ample parking at Holly Barn. If you are bringing someone who may need further assistance up the hill, then alternative dropping and parking arrangements can be made. There are also offers of lifts to/from Wintershall for those who would like to car share. Please contact the Parish office 01483 272075 to make arrangements.
Mass will commence at 11am and following we will come together to enjoy a picnic. Please bring your own picnics and perhaps something to put on the shared table. Games and a quiz will be organised for the children.
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.
THE GREAT PARISH BAKE-OFF
Please get baking. There will be a judged cake competition, and everyone will be invited to enjoy the baking as dessert.
Holly Barn, Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey, GU5 0LR
PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE NO MASSES AT JCROM OR STM ON 14THOR 15TH SEPTEMBER
This Sunday is Education Sunday. Today Catholics are encouraged to reflect on the Church’s enormous contribution in this country and pray for all those involved in Catholic education.
The Catholic Education Service (CES) is the agency of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales charged with safeguarding and promoting our remarkable network of successful Catholic schools. The CES represents Catholic education to the Government, Ofsted and other national bodies to ensure Catholic schools are empowered to flourish.
* Today’s second collection will be for the Catholic Education Service.*
Dear Brothers and Sisters
As noted above, today is Education Sunday in which we focus on the tremendous work of our catholic and other faith schools in shaping the lives of our children for the better and for life as they grow older.
The theme of this year’s education Sunday is ‘Form and Flourish’ and I want to spend a bit of my ‘blog’ time saying a few words about the differences between formation and training which we might have thought at first as being one and the same thing, or at least not that different. But, if we accept that a place like the Seminary is a “House of Formation” and not simply a “place of training” we can begin to sense that, perhaps, there is something of a difference between formation and training.
Blessed John Henry Newman once wrote a book called the Idea of a University in which he set forth at some length a proposal for the way in which a place like a university might be a place of learning and formation. For Newman, a university was a place that shaped a person in order for that person to be receptive for learning. His chosen and preferred method was the classics which he saw as providing a firm foundation for knowing who we are and how we got here. In essence, therefore, Newman saw a university as a place in which people were developed in order to become. Developed to learn how to think first, and developed to synthesise information, ideas, and facts in order to arrive at truth and beauty. For Newman you didn’t go to university in order to learn how to be a plumber of a physicist but to learn how to become a better one. It was a place of formation.
Justin Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury writing a forward for this year’s theme puts Christian formation like this: “A Christian view of education sees it as a life-long process, for the whole person, so that, formed in the image of God, we may take up Jesus’ offer to us to flourish and live life in all its fullness.”
This is both a personal growing and shaping and a communal one as he explains: “As we are educated, we discover who we are, our unique gifts and skills, and our role within our community, our country, and our world. “
As we look at the children attending our schools from reception up to sixth form our focus is not so much on how many facts we can cram into their growing minds but on an ability to understand their place in the world. Their rights and responsibilities. What they have to offer to our community, the nation and the world and how they may learn how they may best flourish and find happiness and peace and their ‘place in the world”.
Our school is part of that process and our religious faith compels us to see that our place in the world is as children of God who are loved intensely and compassionately beyond our wildest hopes and that we all have a unique set of gifts to use as a contribution to the common good. Please pray for our school, our Head, Natalie, the staff and students and their families often and generously. God Bless you. Fr David
The Care Group Meeting will take place on Friday 13th September at 11am in the parish room at Cranleigh. If you’d like to come along just turn up. If you want more information, contact Jane Harding on 01483 274018.
The next CAMEO evening will take place on Tuesday 1st October 7.30pm at the Cranleigh Lady Chapel. Lucy Hall will present “The Story of the Church Year” and then join tea, coffee and discussion in the Parish Meeting Room. This evening is intended for all ladies of the parish whatever their generation. If you would like some spirituality in your busy lives then please join us.
Bereavement Course – if you feel that you would like to be involved in this ministry please consider coming along. You can book through The Philip Howard Centre or contact the Parish Office for further information.
The over 50’s Coffee mornings will take place next Tuesday 10th September 10.30am in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room and every second Tuesday of the month thereafter. Everybody is welcome and please bring your friends from the Cranleigh & Bramley community.
Parents Session for First Holy Communion 2020 course is Tuesday 10th September 7.30pm 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. The Parents Session will take place in Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on Wednesday 18th September 7.30pm at which Patrick B will explain the programme and confirm dates. Please register your interest using the Parish Events link on the website.
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.
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).
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.
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 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
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).
Prayer for our Family – Mother Teresa of Calcutta
you have given us the model of life
in the Holy Family of Nazareth.
Help us, O Loving Father,
to make our family another Nazareth
where love, peace and joy reign.
May it be deeply contemplative,
revived with joy.
Help us to stay together in joy
and sorrow in family prayer.
Teach us to see Jesus in the members of our families,
especially in their distressing disguise.
May the eucharistic heart of Jesus
make our hearts humble like his
and help us to carry out our family duties
in a holy way.
May we love one another
as God loves each one of us,
more and more each day,
and forgive each other’s faults
as you forgive our sins.
Help us, O Loving Father,
to take whatever you give
and give whatever you take with a big smile.
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
cause of our joy, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Holy Guardian Angels,
be always with us,
guide and protect us. Amen.