2nd Sunday of Ordinary Time 2019
Mass and Devotions this week
Saturday 19 January – 2ndSunday in Ordinary Time
Cranleigh 6pm Vigil John Motchman (RIP)
Sunday 20 January
Bramley 9am Mass People of the Parish
Cranleigh 11am Mass John Mantle RIP
Special collection for Pax Christi (Voluntary Collection) this Sunday
Tuesday 22 January – St Vincent
Bramley 10am Mass
Wednesday 23 January
Cranleigh 7pm Mass
Thursday 24 January – St Francis de Sales
Bramley 10am Mass
Friday 25 January
Cranleigh 10am Mass Mary Collins (RIP)
Saturday 26 January
Cranleigh 10am Mass
Saturday 26 January – 3rdSunday in Ordinary Time
Cranleigh 6pm Vigil Mass
Sunday 27 January
Bramley 9am Mass
Cranleigh 11am Mass People of the Parish
Congratulations to the 300 Club winners this month, Peter McG, Pauline S and Misty R. It’s not too late to enter for this year and forms are still available in the porches or from the Parish Office.
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Two things this week…
A few months ago, a parishioner spoke to me in very strong terms about the fact that I had asked for an atmosphere of stillness and silence before mass and then, when it didn’t happen, did nothing about it. Last week a different parishioner complained about the noise during mass in strong terms asking me what I was going to do about it. So, I am doing something about it!
The thing is, we are not a public school, and I am not a headmaster and you can’t be put into detention for misdemeanours and banned from the Tuck Shop for a week. We are Church. I can only appeal to what you already know, deep down, that the inside of the Church is not exactly the same place as the bus stop, the pub, the school playground etc. but a sacred space. In this sacred space the first priority is praise, prayer and worship of God. The second priority is that it is a space in which the Church assembles for worship – and I recognise that in our day this means that it is probably the first time people have met each other since last week, and making each other welcome and greeting each other is also a part of our Catholic ethos. So, what is to be done?
We need to make the church a place of welcome and we also need to enable people to pray and focus on their relationship with God. They can’t do that if it sounds like Clapham Junction when a 1000 people have just missed their connection!
The answer has to do with charity. In charity we must make each other welcome and build relationships but in charity, also, we must activelycreate the right space and atmosphere to enable, not disable, worship. We are, after all primarily a worshipping community. So, in my best non-headmasterly way I appeal to you to show maturity, sensitivity and charity to your fellow worshippers and keep an atmosphere of silence inside the church. Do your much needed socialising over a coffee in the parish room, or welcome each other before you come into church. In church, savour the silence and listen to God.
I have heard this little saying many times – perhaps you could use it too.
Before Mass speak to God
During Mass let God speak to you.
After Mass speak to each other.
Second, please support the Churches Together in Cranleigh Ecumenical Service at 6.30 in St Nicolas Church this Sunday. The theme – Jesus is Lord. We can all agree on that, surely.
With my love
The Parish AGM will take place on 5th February 2019 at 7pm. If you have an item for the agenda please submit this to the Parish Office well in advance. The AGM is open to all members of the Parish and will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. Copies of the annual accounts will be available for you to view and comment on shortly.
The next Coffee morning will be Tuesday 12th February from 10.30am. Please come along and bring a friend to join this friendly group.
Week of prayer for Christian Unity 2019
Runs from last Thursday until next Thursday and is observed in many churches and parishes around the world. The unity of Christians is one of the most prized goals of our Church
There is a poster in the porch with various opportunities for prayer around the village but the most important is the Ecumenical Service – this time being held at St Nicolas Church next Sunday from 6.30pm. Can I rely on you to be there?
Administrative Secretary Post
Cranleigh and Bramley Catholic Parish
Applications are invited for the important and highly valued role of Administrative Parish Secretaryfor the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley.
Based in the comfortable parish office at Cranleigh this role would suit a confident, organized and efficient person who likes working in a varied environment providing essential support to the clergy and parishioners.
The successful applicant will have proven computer skills, be capable of working on their own initiative, and importantly, have highlydeveloped people-friendly skills to enable them to cooperate and work successfullywith the large team of volunteers without whom the Parish could not function. Experience of Parish administration would be an advantage but is not essential. Training on Parish systems will be given.
Working hours are Tuesday to Friday 9am to 1pm, or 9.30am to 1.30pm.
Holiday Entitlement, Pension Scheme, and Sick Pay Entitlement.
A detailed Job Description and application form are available from the Parish.
Office, Tel.01483-272075 or email: email@example.com
The position is open to anyone. The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton is an equal opportunities employer.
The closing date for applications is 31st January 2019. Short listed candidates will be contacted to arrange interviews after that date.
|Rota||Vigil Mass||9 – Bramley||11 -Cranleigh|
|1st Reading||David P||Sandra H||Robert E|
|2nd Reading||Paddy R||Pat O’B|
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 26th January 11.00-4.00
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on Renewal and Mission. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Prayer and Renewal”– Charles Whitehead KSG explains why and how we should be renewing our prayer lives through the power of the Holy Spirit;3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.
There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Next month’s meeting 23rd Feb. 2019: “Forming and Strengthening Prayer Groups” – Speaker Tim Stevens
Residential Retreat for Doctors: Spiritual Director Fr Stephen Ortiger OSB. Theme: ‘Love Your Neighbour As Yourself’.
March 1 – 3 at Worth Abbey. £150 full board. Sessions include: Who and What We are, Personal challenges, Drawing strength from Prayer,
Nurturing our Healthcare Vocation,. Opportunity to join the monastic community at prayer.
Full details from the Retreat Organiser Dr Joe O’Dwyer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org putting ‘Doctors Retreat in subject line.
Fully escorted St Patrick’s Weekend Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine,Ireland, 16th March 2019. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all taxes, luxury transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening. All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included. Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel. Limited single rooms at supplement of £100. Groups and Individual bookings welcome. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email email@example.com. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.
HAPPY, HEALTHY, AT HOME?The Experience of Palestinians Under Occupation All are welcome to an open meeting to be held by The West Surrey Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Catholic Parish of Guildford Justice & Peace Group. Tim and Mayonne Coldicott describe what they have discovered about the state of mental health of Palestinians coping with the effects of occupation on their children, their family cohesion and communal identity. They invite us to consider how civil society in Britain can support the human rights of all peoples of Palestine. St Pius Church, Laustan Close, Merrow 7.30pm Friday February 15.