32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 7th November 2021
- 6th November is the Cranleigh fireworks procession, and the High Street will have restrictions in place, Mass will go ahead as normal at 5pm in Cranleigh.
- 7th November – there will be a second collection for Retired Priests
- 7th November at 2.30pm – The Blessing of Graves will take place in Cranleigh Cemetery
- Thursday 11th November at 10.30 am the next Cranleigh Coffee Morning all over 50’s is welcome each 2nd Thursday of the month
- 16th November – Bramley are re-launching the monthly lunches in Bramley on Tuesday 16th November with our usual 2 course meal including wine following Mass which starts at 11.30 as before. It is open to anyone from Cranleigh and Bramley, but please could you book with Dinah Meech on 271241 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost will be £6 per person or £5 with a non-alcoholic drink. If this is well attended, we will do a Christmas lunch on December 14th. Lifts to/from the lunch can be arranged via the Parish office. 272075
- I am now collecting used postage stamps for The Bible Society. These may be left in the box provided in the porch at Cranleigh. Please leave a 1cm border on the stamps to avoid damaging the perforations when trimming them, as such damage renders the stamps worthless. Win Bracking
Christmas Cards – At the Masses next weekend there will be a sale of and other small items. Please come prepared with cash if you would like to buy some Christmas Cards.
As we begin our new programme for First Holy Communion, we would like to invite all parishioners to consider accompanying a family. Traditionally this has been in a role of a prayer partner, but we would love to be able to develop that into a welcome and support for these families with young children. That might involve sitting with them at Mass and taking an interest in how they are getting on. We all have the skills of welcome and friendliness so don’t be shy, lets grow our parish family. Please get in touch with the office if you are able to offer yourself for this ministry.
17.11.21 – The programme for the Confirmation Candidates is due to start shortly and there is still the opportunity to join, it is for young adults in Year 10. The confirmation programme is for young people who desire to take on a personal faith and find out more about living life as a Christian in today’s world.
If you would like to know more, please join the Information Session being run in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on Wednesday 17th November at 7.30pm where you can find out more. This is a must attend event for those parents who have already signed up please. For more information, please contact the Parish office at email@example.com
300 Club – We look forward to the re-launch of our successful 300 Club which has been run in the Parish for more than 30 years. Every year people get the small thrill of winning a cash sum – a small bit of sunshine in our everyday lives. It is part of the fabric of our parish life which knits us all together. This may be as important than the pounds which are raised to support the parish. To enter simply complete the form on the parish website www.cpcb.org.uk: Entries to be received by 30th January 2022.
Thank you for supporting the 300 Club – I hope to see your name as one of the lucky winners in 2022. I trust you remain safe and well. Best wishes Skip Koblintz
Items from St John’s Seminary You may be aware that the Seminary at Wonersh (GU5 0QX) has now closed. Next Saturday 13 November – between 10am and 12 noon – there will be old furniture and other items on display, which will be available for viewing and taking away. There will be an opportunity for those taking items to make a voluntary donation – if they wish. There is plenty of parking at the Seminary, and the items will be on display in the Ambulacrum – the very large main entrance hall – which is reached up the steps and through the main front door of the Seminary. There will be no access to any other parts of the building other than the Ambulacrum. All are welcome.
Young Adults’ (18-30’s) Advent Retreat: 3rd-5th December
It is a Christian tradition to use the four weeks leading up to Christmas to prepare oneself for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. This weekend retreat will provide an opportunity to start your preparations for the Advent season, including talks, small group discussions, opportunities for reflection and prayer. All this revolving around the rhythm of prayer of the Benedictine community of Worth Abbey. This retreat is offered by The Open Cloister, Worth Abbey in collaboration with The Wellspring Community, Brighton. For more information visit www.worth.co.uk/retreats or contact our youth adviser firstname.lastname@example.org
World Mission Sunday ‐ Thank you
Thank you very much for your donations to World Mission Sunday last week. Your prayers and contributions will help missionaries work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Please pray for the work of Missio and all those working to oﬀer the love of Jesus, that we may remain strong in our witness to Christ’s love for all peoples. To continue supporting mission throughout the year, please go to missio.org.uk or call020 7821 9755 (oﬃce hours). If you would like a Red Box to support Missio throughout the year, please contact Fran Pickett, Tel. No 01483 276614, Email: email@example.com
PACT: Operation Elf: Bishop Richard writes: ‘In the last part of this difficult year, we can begin to look forward to the celebration of the birth of Christ at Christmas. For those families where a parent is in prison, Christmas can be a particularly painful time. Through Pact’s Operation Elf, parishes and individuals can support prisoners to give a gift to their child, sharing a little love and joy and strengthening the family bond. This simple act can nurture the hope that redemption and a fresh start is possible.’ Register at firstname.lastname@example.org, buy a Gift card with the value of £10, and post to PACT. Full guidance and details at www.prisonadvice.org.uk Thank you.
This year, #RedWednesday is back in the public square with a strong message against Christian persecution and especially against acts of violence aimed at Christian women and girls. We are calling on the UK Government and the UN to take action to stop the abduction, forced conversion and sexual enslavement of Christian women and girls as young as 12.
Please help us get the attention of the government and UN by signing and sharing our Petition today. Please ACT NOW to put an end to this suffering. Please visit https://acnuk.org to find #RedWednesdayPetition.
Wednesday 10th Nov: Guildford Deanery Station Mass at 7.30pm, St Joseph’s parish, Dorking Station Masses For those who have Died: – This last year has been a very challenging time for everyone, especially when our thoughts and prayers turn to those we have lost, whether through the time of the pandemic or before. Many of us have found it difficult to get to Church through lockdowns, to sit with the Lord and to share our thoughts or find comfort in His embrace. The limited numbers permitted at funerals may have meant that we were unable to be with friends and family at that special moment. With these challenges in mind, you are warmly invited to join a Station Masses this November for the intention of those lost. Join Bishop Richard as he offers Mass for your intentions, for your friends and loved ones. There will be Mass said in each Deanery across the Diocese throughout November 2021.
NOVEMBER – is known as the Month of the Holy Souls when we pray particularly for our deceased relatives and friends, and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
ENVELOPES for your lists of names of your deceased family members and friends will be out at the back of church before the beginning of November; these will then be brought to the altar at the Procession of Gifts at each Mass. Please do not include money in these envelopes, use the Mass offering envelopes instead. Please note that dates for Masses in November get booked up very quickly, particularly weekend Masses, so to avoid disappointment submit your Mass requests early.
Customarily in November there will also be the BLESSING OF THE GRAVES, usually on the Sunday following the celebration of All Souls’ Day, and a DEANERY MASS for the deceased clergy and religious who have served in the Deanery parishes. Dates and times will be advertised as soon as they have been agreed.
HOLY SOULS BOX – in most parishes, you will find wall boxes labelled for various donations and charitable purposes including such things as “candles”, “flowers”, “poor / St Anthony’s Bread”, “papers”, etc. One of the most important of these boxes is one labelled “Holy Souls” into which offerings are placed anonymously for Masses to be offered for the Holy Souls, not just during the month of November but throughout the year. As there is no wall box for this specific purpose in the church, one of the existing wall boxes will be redesignated to provide for this important aspect of our spiritual lives as individuals and as a community: remember that praying for the dead (and the living) is a spiritual act of mercy and burying the dead constitutes a corporal act of mercy.
The Parish as part of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton, conforms to the policies and procedures setup in the Diocese. We are always seeking to improve our local practices to ensure the safeguarding and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults. The Parish Priest and the Safeguarding Representative review practices and procedures at quarterly meetings.
Our Parish safeguarding Representatives are Mrs Angela Sargeant who looks after the Cranleigh part of the Parish and Mrs Karina Ajayi who has responsibility for Bramley. If you have any concerns about a safeguarding issue:
Angela should be contacted on 01483 277 739
Or Karina Ajayi on 01483 890695
Or Father Alistair Simmons on 01483 272075