2nd Sunday of Lent 19th March 2017
CAFOD Lenten Fast Day – Please bring back your envelopes for this Sunday’s collection.
I would be among the first to acknowledge that, on occasions, scripture appears contradictory and that the great ideas that are presented sometimes seem to move in and out of focus alarmingly. Take something that Jesus says in Mark’s Gospel chapter 10 – “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else.” Its quite clear here that service of others is to be the constant refrain of the disciple. Disciples are those who sit at the feet of the Master and learn and emulate him. But later on in John’s Gospel Jesus says to those same disciples – “I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” Those same disciples who have been commanded to be servants are now called friends of the Master – and by implication – friends of God. In the first reading at today’s mass we meet Abraham – known also as the friend of God because of his faithfulness. God rewards his friends with riches unimaginable. The psalmist takes up the theme – God is a faithful friend who can be depended upon in times of trouble – and Paul, writing to his friend Timothy acknowledges that for the Christian in the world there will be trouble – hardships he calls them. But Paul, ever faithful, sees the hardships as another opportunity to give glory and praise to the person he had come to think of as his greatest friend – Jesus of Nazareth. Friendship with Jesus is the mark of the true disciple who recognizes in him the living presence of the living God. Friends of Jesus also recognize the presence and the beauty of the living God in those around them and in the world. Friends of God do not shy away from the challenges of engaging with this world but, rather, throw themselves wholeheartedly into their service of the Gospel. Peter, in the gospel passage today, is so transfixed by the revelation of who Jesus truly is that he wants to remain there permanently but all disciples know that they have to go where the Master goes and that is to the cross where we are confronted with the awesome friendship of God in Christ.
With my love and prayers
The Mothers Prayer Group meets on a Thursday 2.45pm just before school pick up and is an opportunity for the mothers of SCM schoolchildren to join together to pray for yourselves and your loved ones. Join Becca Southwell one week for 20 mins.
Each Friday there will be a weekly Coffee and Chat meeting in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting room for all parent parishoners of schoolchildren following school drop off.
Last chance to join the talents project. This project is based on the parable Jesus told of the talents. Each person being given something (in this case money) and is then sent away to multiply it as much as they can.
Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to get involved in order to claim your £10. Final date for the return of money is 4th June.
If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!
Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.
Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at Bramley
There will be Stations of the Cross or a Lenten Meditation, followed by a Soup Lunch, at 12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive. We need volunteers to lead the Stations and/or to provide soup for one of the lunches. If you could do this please sign the list in the porch in Bramley to indicate when you would be available or contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406). There are books of Stations available in the Sacristy or use your own.
Stations of the Cross at Cranleigh JCROM will be held each Wednesday during Lent at 10am as had last year. Stations start Wednesday 8th March. All are welcome. Please telephone Helen on 01483 277395
At the back of both churches there is a book for writing requests for prayer. Please detail the names of those you wish to be prayed for. Please ensure they are happy for their name to appear in the newsletter. The names will be prayed for at the following weekend Masses. Should you wish for them to be prayed for more than one week then a separate entry needs to be added for each subsequent week.
As we come to the end of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, this is another reminder that, as a Fairtrade Parish, we have made a commitment to only use Fairtrade tea and coffee at our meetings and to use other Fairtrade products where we can.
In addition, there are two things we can all do.
First, continue to choose Fairtrade when doing our personal shopping throughout the year and encourage others to do the same.
Second, send an email to the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, urging him to ensure that the post-Brexit trade deals negotiated by the UK do not harm the developing countries. It is possible that deals agreed with our rich trading partners could include tariffs being imposed on trade with poorer countries, which would be devastating to the livelihoods of farmers in countries like Malawi who are already struggling to survive. Instead, the UK should use this opportunity to prioritise the needs of those in poverty and give economically vulnerable countries preferential access to the UK market. Please take this important action here http://traidcraft.takeaction.org.uk/petition/brexit-trade
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY is on Friday 10 March.
This year we will be supporting poor farmers in Zambia with our partner the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary They are helping people like Florence, who now can support her family by giving her 500 tiny fish, tools and training to build a pond and farm fish, which she can sell at market. Florence can now send her children to school and give them a future.
The next Care Group Meeting, is on Friday 17th March 2pm at Cranleigh parish hall.
A gentle reminder….You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Abbey Study Day, Arise, my love, and come away: the theology of the Body given by Fr John Seddon OSB, on Sat, 18th March, 2016. information: www.chilworthbenedictines.com
MOTHERS DAY POSIES
Lovingly created Vintage posies for Mothering Sunday. £8.50 each. Please order in advance from Marilyn Vincent…01483 527001, email@example.com or speak directly to Jenny, Kate or Marilyn (BRAMLEY choir) Last orders Monday night 20th March. Flowers will be available after Mass on Sunday 26th March at both Masses 9.00 BRAMLEY and 11.00 am CRANLEIGH.
All profit for ‘talents’ in aid of the CRANLEIGH CHURCH Room.
Lent Retreat @ The Open Cloister, Worth Abbey – 21st-23rd March 2017 For more information on retreats at Worth Abbey, visit our website at www.worth.co.uk
Lourdes Tea Party – 25th March 2017. Inviting pilgrims past, present and future, to tea, cake and chatter about Lourdes at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Guildford, 2-4pm.
A Cranleigh Parish Lunch is being organised by Yolanda Jackson for Saturday 25th March 1pm and is proving popular. The price will be £10 and there is a sign-up sheet in both porches for another 6+ guests. Open to all parishioners is Yolandas raffle which will be drawn at the lunch in order to increase the funds raised. If you have a prize which you can donate to the raffle, please leave it with Tracy in the office. All gratefully received, especially wine.
Get Crafty and raise funds for the Church! Come along to the Community Meeting Room between 7pm and 8:30pm on Saturday 25th March and make Easter or even some last minute Mother’s Day cards. No experience needed! All materials and full instruction will be provided. Entry is free, but a donation for each card made would be welcome.
ADORE (Alton Day Of Renewal) – Saturday 25th March 11.00-4.00
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Charisms or gifts of the Holy Spirit.
For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com
Ladies of the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley. Please join us for a meal at the new Thai restaurant, Lemongrass, in Cranleigh on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm. I have heard lots of positive things about it and am very keen to go – hopefully some of you will join me! All the ladies in our Parish are welcome so do check your diaries and let me know by Monday 20th March if you would like to come. Thank you, Katie Moran (on behalf of CAMEO) 01483275035 / 07775628498 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting the real Palestinians
7:30pm Wednesday 5 April In the Parish Room, Cranleigh
Following a 3 week trip to Israel/Palestine in November and December together with their current month-long visit, Tim & Mayonne Coldicott are returning to Cranleigh to share their latest experiences and news.
They want to share what they have learned about ‘the other side’ of Israeli society – the Jewish critics of the Government – as well as the ‘forgotten Palestinians’ – those who live in Israel as Israeli citizens.
On the November visit they also focused on the Bedouin citizens of Israel living in the Negev, as well as the villagers living in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank.
They spent time with staff and students of the National Polytechnic University of Palestine in Hebron, which provided them with some ideas about how Palestinian youth see their future.
Combining these sources, Tim & Mayonne want to share with you some ideas they have about different paths forward for the peoples of this land. Please join us to celebrate the motivation of young people to make the most of their chances and the courage of inspirational activists who risk social exclusion, arrest and imprisonment in their work for human rights.
This meeting has been arranged by the Parish Justice & Peace Group. All parishioners and friends will be very welcome.
BOOKS AND BUNS
There will be a sale of good books in the Bramley Parish room after the 9:00 o’clock Mass on Sunday April 9th. Most will be priced at £1. Buy 3 and get another 1 free!
If you buy a book you will also get a Hot Cross Bun and a cup of tea or coffee. Please put the date in your diary and be there or be disappointed. All profits go towards the funds for the Cranleigh Parish room. Contact Ann Smith 07795608823, email@example.com
Talents – Runner Beans Would you like me to grow a pot of runner bean plants for you to plant out in your garden? 10 plants for £2.60, 6 for £1.80, ready mid to late May. Orders to Win Bracking 275573.
Talents – I will make cakes to order and can offer the following: Sultana Loaf, Spice Fruit Cake, Caraway Seed Cake, Ginger & Spice Cake, Lemon Drizzle, Orange and Cinnamon Cake, Banana Bread, Date & Walnut, Carrot Cake, Apple & Cinnamon. These are 2lb loaf cakes, £5 each. All of these cakes freeze successfully so why not order in advance for Easter. Win Bracking 275573.
Pokot News I am delighted to report that following the drought appeal of the last few weeks, we were able to transfer to the two Pokot Missions the magnificent sum of £10,900. No, I haven’t put the comma in the wrong place: ten thousand nine hundred wonderful pounds!!!! This included £3,000 school and university fees for students being sponsored by individual members of the Pound a Week Group; £5,150 for Fr David Conway’s drought relief projects and £2,750 for Fr Sean at the Rotu Mission for his drought projects. They have both asked me to extend their warmest thanks for such generous and continuing support from the Pound a Week Group for their work for the people of Pokot at this difficult time. Fr Sean told me earlier this week that the drought continues to bite hard, with the temperature at 41.6C in the shade and no sign of rain. The money we have sent will help buy food and water for the schools and families, including those who come from outside the immediate area as they know the Missions will not turn them away. I have been circulating from time to time photographs which I get of the Mission and the effects of the drought and if you have not been receiving them, I am happy to add you to the circulation lists if you let me have your email address. Eugene McGivern Tel. 01483-893379 or at firstname.lastname@example.org