32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 12.11.17
There will be a second collection this weekend for The Retired Priests Fund
From Father David – Dear Brothers and Sisters
Later on this week an envelope is going to drop onto your doormat with a letter addressed to you in it. Please do not treat this as junk mail. It’s not!
The letter is asking you an important question about supporting your parish. Are you prepared to properly support and finance your parish to enable it to support you when you need it for important occasions like baptisms, marriages and funerals?
Are you prepared to support your parish so that we can run our churches to enable the Mass to be celebrated in buildings that reflect our love of God and the importance we place on our relationship with Him?
What we decide may well depend on many factors in our lives such as our income and our justifiable expenses. This means that no two families are the same in their ability to give a set amount. But I hope that everyone will have an appreciation of the importance of the Church in their lives such that giving to support the life and work of the Church has a certain level of importance and priority amongst all the many other priorities.
For example, many of us are members of a golf club, or a gym. How does the Church fair in comparison? Membership of Cranleigh Golf and Leisure currently runs at £62 a month for the cheapest plan. Sure, you can play golf and use the gym or pool almost any time you like, but is it more important to you than your Church? Some people like a Costa coffee every day or every couple of days or so. Assuming you had four cups a week that’s over £10 a week just on coffee. That’s £520 every year. Is your Church worth more than a cappuccino to you? Many of us have wine now at home. According to the Independent Newspaper “The “Brexit effect” has pushed the average cost of a bottle of wine to a new all- time high of £5.56, according to latest industry figures”. Might you consume a couple of those a week? That’s over £10 too and £500 a year.
I write this not to condemn your coffee or wine drinking habits but to ask you to reflect on how much you give to your Church to support its life and work. It maybe that you haven’t thought of this for many years – not, in fact, since you generously and helpfully took out that Standing Order many years ago. Costs have gone up since then and also the things we need money for have multiplied too.
Please read your letter, pray about it and get in touch with Trish to refresh your Standing Order and Gift Aid to take us forward to the next stage of our life together.
With my love and prayers. Fr David
There is an induction mass by Bishop Richard for Fr Roy Waters and all the rest of Guildford team at St Josephs, on Friday 10th November 7:00pm – 8:00pm
It is to Inaugurate their new Parish Team and Induct Mgr. Tony as its’ Moderator,
There is a shared buffet in the Hall afterwards.
St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Guildford, GU1 4AZ
Source of information: https://www.cpg.church/parish-calendar.html
The next over 50’s coffee morning is on Tues 14th November 10.30-12noon in the Parish Room. Please come along and invite your friends to this informal friendly gathering.
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.
If you would like to join the Parish Outing to Squires Garden Centre on Milford Tuesday 21st November 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 have a decorating team to dress the Cranleigh Church for the advent season one weekend on 16/12. Please contact the office if you would like to be part of this team. We are now in need of a Christmas tree. Can you help?
Time of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers at St Josephs in Guildford on Thursday 15th February 2018 between 7-9pm
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.
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.
All are welcome to join the Bramley Choir for the Advent Carol Service. Rehearsals take place at 8pm in Bramley on Mondays 13th, 20th and 27th November.
The St Cuthbert Mayne Christmas Fair will take place following the Youth Mass on Sunday 26th November. Please join the festivities after Mass and enjoy lots of children’s activities, good food, cakes and drinks. There is a 1st prize of £300 to be won in the raffle. Parking will be restricted on the day but all are welcome at the Fair.
Marriage Care is a national charity that offers professional, confidential counselling for individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage or other relationship. There is no fixed charge but we do seek voluntary donations. Please telephone Freephone 0800 389 3801 for an appointment with a Counsellor near you, or visit our website at www.marriagecare.org.uk for more information.
‘Waiting in Wonder’ is a retreat for young adults (aged 18-35) being held 1st-3rd December at Worth Abbey, To book, or for more info, please email Katrina at TOC@worthabbey.net