2nd Sunday of Easter – 11th April 2021
Fr David’s Message for the Week
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I know that I’ve mentioned my gratitude to you all for your generous and thoughtful gifts and cards over Eastertide but I just wanted to record the fact that you have been so kind in so many ways and I am very thankful for such kindheartedness. The house is full of lovely cards and those same cards had such lovely messages within and more often than not, a gift of cash or a cheque too. Thank you very much indeed and please do not be offended if I do not write personally to thank you – life is so busy at the moment that finding some spare time is a challenge.
Anyway. What about this Sunday? A couple of things – but only room for one here really. The most famous, of course, being “Doubting Thomas” and his statement that “Unless I can see the wounds (on Jesus) and put my hand into His side, I refuse to believe.” Here we have the challenge of evidence versus faith, or more contemporarily, science verses belief. Thomas requires evidence not testimony. His fellow disciples have given the testimony about Jesus’ resurrection, but their claim is so extraordinary, so difficult to believe, even from people Thomas usually trusts that he requires hard evidence. Jesus is happy to oblige, and then Thomas is happy to go much further than mere acknowledgment of the plain facts – he strays into belief, or matters of faith immediately – “Thomas said “My Lord and my God!”” – taking things a step further even than plain sight.
For us however we HAVE to go by faith not by sight. We have to trust the testimony of the apostles and the Church because Jesus cannot be “produced” as a kind of “specimen” to prove or disprove things. This is why St John refers to “witnesses” in his Epistle. “Jesus Christ who came by water and blood, not with water only, but with water and blood; with the Spirit as another witness – since the Spirit is the truth.” So as “witnesses” we have Jesus’ own words and signs, the water (of baptism) and the blood (of the Eucharist) and also the Spirit which animates all who have been baptised and received their Holy Communion and is present in the Church which is now Christ’s Body here on earth. Guided by the Spirit the Church, and her members acting with Her, speak the Truth. The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!
Much love to you all.
Baptism Meeting – Thursday 15th April 7pm via Zoom
If you, or someone you know, is interested to join the Parish Zoom meeting discussing Baptism for their child, please direct them to the Parish Website. https://www.cpcb.org.uk/sacraments/baptism/
There is lots of useful information here along with the applications to request Baptism.
If you would like to join the Baptism Course zoom session please register here https://www.cpcb.org.uk/events-and-courses/
Missio Red Boxes
In 2020 our community of Christ the Redeemer of Mankind & St Thomas More raised £1621.09 through our Red Boxes and donations to Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries. Thank you. Communities around the world are so grateful that people here in Cranleigh and Bramley are supporting them through prayer and generous donations. The missionaries, and the communities they serve , are living in such difficult circumstances, made even harder by COVID-19. They have asked us to pass on their thanks, and tell us that they pray for us all. Find out more at missio.org.uk.
Thank you all for your continued support for the missions through the Red Box scheme . It is such a difficult time with the drastically reduced use of cash at present . We will be in contact in September as usual to empty the boxes or receive donations for Missio . In the meantime , if anyone would like their box emptied or to give a donation, or indeed would like to join the scheme and have a Red Box or set up a direct debit, please do contact me :
Fran Pickett 01483 276614. Email firstname.lastname@example.org ”
I am pleased to inform you of this new book – the first appraisal of the Bishops of A & B. (See attached). It has just been published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the death of Bishop David Cashman.
With Covid still around, it has not been possible to arrange Book Launches at various places in the Diocese.
Peter Clarke (Chairman, Isle of Wight Catholic History Society)
Parliament in your Parish
Engaging A&B MPs to plan a better post-COVID world
Thursday 15th April, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
The eyes are on the UK as we host both the G7 and COP26 summits this year. It is as important as ever that we hold our politicians accountable after the pandemic to rebuild in a way that addresses the world’s most pressing ecological and social issues. Arundel & Brighton’s Journey to 2030 and CAFOD invite you to an evening of online discussion on how we can engage with our MP on these issues, using CAFOD’s Reclaim our Common Home campaign as a means to encourage our MPs to take action through a “Parliament in your Parish”. You will learn about how to engage with the campaign, including how to set up meetings with your MP, as well as have the chance to connect with others in the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton and your own constituency to maximise our message.
Please email: email@example.com with your name, parish and MP constituency to register your place and receive the Zoom link.
ADoRE Online spiritual mini-retreat morning.
April 24th, 10.00-13.00 with Mass, Adoration, Reflection, Praise, Talk, Prayer and Discussion. Theme: “Receiving God’s Gift” – to receive new life you must turn away from those things which block your relationship with God and accept Jesus as your Lord. Speaker: Peter Hobbs. Please register in advance at bit.ly/ADOREAPR2021
A March poster is attached to this email and you can download a colour poster of the 2021 programme from HERE or a Black & White poster from HERE.
Would you also please consider publicising that ADoRE is offering confidential prayer for healing by telephone – ring 07579 824523 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Experienced prayer ministers will pray with you confidentially for your needs.
Thank you and may God bless you abundantly.
On behalf of Alton Day of Renewal