24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 12th September 2021

24th Sunday of Ordinary Time – 12th September 2021

By In Newsletter Blog On September 10, 2021

Fr Alistairs thoughts – I’ve never lived in a road – sorry, avenue – that has bus stops along it, although I did once live in a house that had a red GPO post box built into one wall.  Anyway, intrigued by the bus stops, I’ve discovered that those in St Nicolas Avenue form part of Route 53 served by the Arriva Kent and Surrey bus company.

8170239884_e569a78a4c_b.jpgThe frequent users of public transport among you and long-term residents will no doubt know that Route 53 runs from Guildford to Cranleigh then on to Ewhurst.  On the outbound service (weekdays) from Guildford, buses stop at the southbound bus stop at 08.27, 08.39 and 15.27.  I think perhaps the timings may have something to do with the beginning and end of the school day.

I have yet to put the timetable to the test, although I can’t say that I have seen a bus trundling along St Nicolas Avenue.  Does, I wonder, having a bus stop along the road rank on the same scale as Rose Fyleman’s “fairies at the bottom of the garden”?

STOP PRESS!!  Having started to write this several days ago, imagine my surprise today (Wednesday 1st) when I came out of the church this morning to see a bus sailing past me along St Nicolas Avenue.  There really is a bus service and it was 08.40 by my watch.

You will know that moving into an area there are always endless little bits of administration to complete: applying to the local GP surgery to be taken on as a patient; advising the DVLA of a change of address for the vehicle registration document and driving licence; notifying the car insurance company of the new address – I’d vaguely thought that moving to Cranleigh may have resulted in cheaper premium but not at all, my notification prompted a request for a small additional premium.  (I’m not sure what that might say about Cranleigh or Surrey and car insurance!)  A change of address and everything that entails begins to establish or define one as part of a new community.

unnamed.jpgSeveral years ago on a guided residential retreat, I was given the text of Matthew 16:13-20 (Peter’s profession of faith) to accompany me for the week – it’s the Matthean equivalent of part of the Marcan Gospel reading this weekend: “Who do you say I am?”  Over the week I was invited to reflect on the text in several different ways: to imagine that Jesus was asking the question directly of me; to imagine that I was the one asking the same question of those around me, to establish who I am to them; to imagine that I was asking the question of myself, effectively “Who am I?”; and finally to ask the question of Jesus, who would he say that I am?

Surprisingly, it was far more of a challenge than I expected but also worthwhile and rewarding.  I still remember it clearly enough to be telling you about it and the theme is one to which I have returned on several occasions with my spiritual director as my answers have changed over the years.

Each of us will relate to other people and to the world in a host of different ways.  There are relationships which offer a definition of who I am: son to parents, brother to siblings, grandson to grandparents, nephew, cousin, uncle, friend and so on.  Part of who I am might be described by my vocation and what I do: I am a priest.  Another aspect might be linked to my interests and hobbies.  Yet another part may be derived from my nationality, race, culture, country of birth, country or place of residence.  Yet all these things together, however well you may know me, will – from a perspective of faith – never adequately provide a complete answer if I ask you the question “Who do you say I am?”  Scripture can lead me to a better understanding:

Lord, you examine me and know me, you know if I am standing or sitting, you read my thoughts from far away, whether I walk of lie down, you are watching, you know every detail of my conduct.  The word is not even on my tongue, Lord, before you know all about it. (Psalm 139:1-4)

I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me … The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. (John 10:14-15,27-28)

Think of the love that the Father lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. (1 John 3:1)

[The Lord your God] will exult with joy over you, he will renew you by his love; he will dance with shouts of joy for you as on a day of festival. (Zephaniah 3:17)

It is within the community of faith and through the sacraments that I discover fully who I am: a child of God; a sinner; beloved of God.

Oh, and the one thing I don’t want to be is … late for the bus!


  • The Cranleigh Coffee Morning will recommence on 14th October – all over 50’s are welcome each 2nd Thursday of the month from 10.30 to 12pm.
  • Bramley Coffee this Sunday 12th September – Dinah will host an informal coffee morning following Mass on Sunday and all are welcome to come along.


St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School – Admissions News:  Open Mornings 2021

If you have a child that is due to start Reception class in September 2022 and you would like a tour of our school, please contact the school office to book an appointment.

September Thursday 30th 2021 at 10am-11am

October Thursday 21st 2021 at 9.30am – 10.30am

November Thursday 4th 2021 at 9.30am – 10.30am

Please contact the school by using:  info@stcuthbert-mayne.surrey.sch.uk

Image-5-300x192.webp Missio Red Boxes

I and the team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September/October. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter directly over the next 4 weeks and arrange either to collect your box from you or meet you at Church with it.  Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification.

I know that times are really difficult with the corona virus  and that cash is not being  greatly used  but it would be really good if I could bank some money (coins and/or notes or cheques made payable to “Missio” !) for the wonderful work that Missio carries out around the world bringing the Word of God to many very poor regions as well as education, medical needs and community support in very challenging circumstances.  Thank you very much for your support over the years .

If you do not have a Red Box already and would like to support the missionary work in very poor countries please contact me and I will get a box to you.   Fran Pickett.  Local Secretary. Tel. 01483 276614.  Email   nickpickett1948@gmail.com


St Edmund’s Parish, Godalming, will be running a series of Sycamore films on the Sacraments this autumn. If you would like to participate online or in person please use this form to let us know.

Online will be on Thursday evenings 8.00pm to 9.45pm.
We also hope to be able to offer some in person opportunities for those who would like to meet face to face.

We will start w/c 18th October and will be looking at Films 13-17. To find out more about them visit sycamore.fm.


We are delighted to be re-opening Worth for residential and day retreats.  We are also looking forward to welcoming back former guests and inviting new guests to Worth Abbey.


Our new retreat programme is now open for bookings!  Keep checking the website for further updates www.worth.co.uk.  We hope you find something of interest to you and thank you in anticipation of your booking.

FINDING STILLNESS (Residential and online) led by: Fr Peter Williams OSB

An opportunity for individuals to come to Worth (either in person or remotely) and enjoy the space and the stillness whilst, at the same time, taking part in joint daily lectio, a daily reflection on the rule of St Benedict plus some input on silent prayer.  There will also be an opportunity for 1:1 meetings with Fr Peter, if you wish.  A section of the retreat will be silent.

ADVENT RETREAT (Residential only) 30th November – 2nd December Led by a member of the Worth monastic community

Amid the flurry of Christmas preparations, why not consider taking some time out to observe the holiness of the season of Advent, a time of expectant waiting for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

QUIET FRIDAYS are back! – Led by a member of the monastic community

Usually on the second Friday of each month (with the exception of August); a time for stillness and solitude and to enjoy the attractive grounds and Quiet Garden.  You are also warmly invited to join the monastic community for midday prayer in the Abbey Church, followed by Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.

We are looking forward to seeing you!  The Open Cloister @ Worth Abbey

Local Support Groups

Memory Lane

Cranleigh Arts Centre, High Street, GU6 8AS

1st & 3rd Monday afternoon – 2.15pm – 4.15pm

Come for Refreshments, Friendship, Chat and Activities. Choices for those experiencing Dementia to enjoy and a relaxing time for those who care to speak with others who also care or have cared for their Love-ones.  Just turn up you will be made most welcome – or call :-

Michael on 01483 274398 or Email: mamwild@aol.com

Melody Memories

Rowleys, Victoria Road, Cranleigh GU6 8NT

2nd & 4th Wednesday morning – 10.30am – 12 noon.

Music, singing and fun for those experiencing Dementia and their Carers. Refreshments provided by a team of Volunteers. You will be made most welcome, just call :-

Carol on 07775 865125 or Email: carol@highedser.co.uk


Wilson Room, St.Peter & St.Paul Church GU6 7PX

1st & 3rd Thursday afternoon – 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Come for refreshments, Friendship, Chat and Activities. The opportunity for those with memory problems to be entertained and for those who care for them to talk amongst themselves.

For further information call :-

Carol on 01483 278214 or 07775 865125 or Email: carol@highedser.co.uk or

Tony on 01483 267027 or Email: tony.gauvain@btopenworld.com

Rosemary & Sage Café

Rowleys, Victoria Road, Cranleigh GU6 8NT

Every Friday morning – 10.30am – 12.30pm

Leave those experiencing memory problems with qualified carers for 2 hours every Friday. Supported by Waverley Borough Council.

For further information call :-

Carol on 07775 865125 or Email: carol@highedser.co.uk

Tapestry Day Club

Something different for anyone who would benefit from meeting sociably and be cared for over a home cooked lunch in a friendly environment. For more information and the daily rate please telephone :-

Clare Jones 01403 791020 or Email: cj.jones@tapestrydayclub.co.uk  or see the website at www.tapestrydayclub.co.uk.

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