31st Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th November 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters
Can you remember going to “big school” for the first time? I can, and it is not something that I wish to repeat, I can tell you. Even as an over tall youngster I was fazed by everything – the confidence of the senior kids, the way they “knew” everything and made sure I understood that I did not, the seemingly never ending stream of new people and new things and not all of them pleasant. No thank you.
Can you imagine what it might feel, then, to decide to start coming to church? – especially a catholic church? You know, because they are full of strange rituals and fearsome priests and smoke and bells and Latin all over the place. In former ages when going to church was something almost everyone did at some point of their lives, perhaps this was difficult but manageable. How about now? What if you didn’t think much of yourself as a person, or came from a poor background? What if you came from an ethnic background that wasn’t English, or even British? What if you were a single mum? Or a divorced dad? How might that all feel?
In truth none of us can ever know what another person feels about their first few times in our church. But we can guess from our own experiences and we can all try to make sure that we reduce or get rid entirely anything that could prove an obstacle for someone new. This is not really for those who “welcome” each week (although it includes them) but for our whole community. We need to be an inclusive community in every way possible such that the words of the liturgy and our faith resonate with the experience people have when they visit us and especially if they are “not one of us” as mentioned above.
To help us learn and put into practice good practice Margaret Fraher from the Diocesan Pastoral Team is coming to help us think about this and put into place things that can help us become truly welcoming and inclusive. I would like YOU to be there – even though you may not have any specific role in the parish – because we can all learn and grow. Margaret is coming to us on Saturday 27th January 2018 to run a course called “WHAT DOES AN INCLUSIVE PARISH LOOK LIKE?” It starts at 10am with mass and finishes at 3.30pm. Please come and help us become an inclusive parish. I would especially like to see everyone who welcomes at mass here and everyone else is most welcome.
With my love and prayers. Fr David
*Earlier Mass due to Funeral Mass and Celebration of Canon Gerald’s Life and Ministry at Arundel Cathedral
Over the last two weekends, members of the Pound a Week Group donated the wonderful sum of £579 to provide a gift for the family of the boy Robert who died of acute appendicitis three weeks ago. I have told Fr Conway and asked for his advice. I said we would like to buy a milking cow or milking camel for the family or some other animals but would of course be guided by his advice as to which would be the most appropriate. I will let you know when I hear from him.
Thank you all for your support for the Pokot projects. Best wishes. Eugene
Tues 14th November
The over 50’s coffee morning will commence at 10.30-12noon in the Parish Room. Please come along and invite your friends to this informal friendly gathering.
Saturday 20th January
New to the parish? Come to an evening reception for newcomers following the 6pm Mass in Cranleigh on January 20th. If you have recently become involved in Cranleigh or Bramley, for whatever reason, or know of someone who would like to be included, please sign up here. Note: this is the 4th Nov meeting rescheduled to avoid Fireworks Night.
Sunday 5th November
Fr David will be blessing graves in Cranleigh at 12.30pm. Please let the Parish Office know of any graves that you would like to be blessed ahead of this date. Votive candles can be brought prior to the event.
Saturday 11th November
Readers and Ministers of the Parish are invited to join the Day of Recollection in Cranleigh on 11th November 2017. Please sign yourself into this day on the Parish Website Events Page.
To Parents of Teenagers; whether you are enjoying every minute or finding it a hard slog there is lots to be learnt from each other. Come and join us for six sessions to chat and relax. We will be using the Alpha parenting course to structure our discussions. Booking essential in order to cater for the wine… and the materials!! If you are interested please let the Parish Office know, charge of £10 to cover materials, dates; November 8/15/22/29/December 6th 7.30-9.30 Cranleigh Parish room
Saturday 18th November
The Parish will be holding a Requiem Mass on Saturday 18th November. This Mass is intended to remember all those recently departed in our community. Please come if you would like to remember someone special. Please forward this message onto anyone who you think would like to attend.
Tuesday 21st November
If you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre at Milford please put your name and telephone number on the lists in the Church Porches. Transport can be arranged for you, there will be a lunch of your choice and there is a huge selection of Christmas shopping and of course the plant centre.
We are looking to recruit a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend possibly 16+17/12. Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team.
Thursday 15th February 2018
Please note there will be a 7-9pm Time of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers at St Josephs in Guildford.
Surrey Age UK hold a weekly Coffee Morning at Manns of Cranleigh coffee Shop in the High Street every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm. All over 50’s are welcome and no booking is required. It is a chance to meet new people.
Next Care Group meeting is scheduled for 24th November at 11am at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.
Beresford has about 50 jam jars with lids available to anyone in the Parish – please contact him if you are in need of jam jars.
Mums and Dads – a date for your Diary – Join other Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th.
We will be celebrating whole school mass at 1.45 and then the blessing and official opening of our new school entrance lobby. From 3.15-4.00pm we will have Open Classrooms.
Bishop Richard will be celebrating mass with Fr. David and then opening the lobby and visiting classrooms after school during the Open Classrooms. We will then have informal refreshments for staff, governors and the Bishop from 4-4.45pm.
Please note there is no mass at STM on Tuesday 14th due to Fr David ministering an interment of ashes and the Deanery mass for deceased Clergy at Farnham later that morning. Please note all are welcome to come to St Joan’s for that mass to pray for their deceased priests and offer mass for them.
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