3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd January 2017

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 22nd January 2017

By In Newsletter Blog On January 19, 2017


Please note a change to every Wednesday Mass in Cranleigh – Exposition from 6pm, Confessions 6-6.30pm and Mass at 7pm

Next week the special collection is The Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

We are still in that special time between Christmas, the Epiphany, and the Presentation of Christ in the Temple on February the 2nd when our readings at mass set the scene for Jesus’ early days of ministry.  A ministry largely in and among the many villages round about the Sea of Galilee but centred at Capernaum.  It is from here that Jesus teaches in their synagogue and calls his first disciples who, we are told “left everything” in order to follow him.  The Gospels paint it as a very definite “leaving everything” – instantaneous almost but, I wonder…

I imagine that Peter and Andrew, James and John still carried on with their fishing business, at least for a while.  After all we meet them fishing at other times.  But now they had to fit it all in around “following” Jesus, and then, when he went off to Jerusalem they really did have to drop what they had been doing in order to go with him.  They had to learn what being a disciple meant, and they had to learn what the Kingdom of God was all about and who it was about, and they had to learn about being a community with a difference – with a lot of the old ways being challenged and questioned and new suggestions being dropped in for thought.  They also had to become familiar with opposition and argument for this was always a facet of the proclamation of the Kingdom.

As a Catholic community, here in Cranleigh and Bramley we too have to follow Jesus amidst all the other bits and pieces of our lives – work, children, family etc. and we too have to appraise what the impact of Jesus is in our lives.  We as Christians are not just believers in God but followers of Christ, of Jesus, and this means that we must spend time with him (through prayer, worship and study) and travel with him through the world of today to bring the Gospel message of the Kingdom to others.

In this lead up to Lent, and through Lent, I want us to look at how well we are “following Jesus” and what the priorities in our parish life are.  Are we totally geared up to proclaim the Gospel as individuals and as a parish?  Have we somehow left that to someone else?  Me, as your priest?  Someone else?  One of the first marks of the early church was the way in which it welcomed all sorts of people – Jews, slaves, pagans, Greeks, Romans and ones we can’t even think of today.  How well are we doing at being a community of welcome?  Is our parish distinguished by the welcome we give to strangers and pilgrims?  I suspect not.  We need to look at this and do something about it.  Have you any ideas?  A good start might be to welcome other Christians from our village this Wednesday morning to prayer from 8am at Jesus Christ the Redeemer of Mankind.   Can you be there?  With my love and prayers  Father David

Mothers Prayer Group

Please consider joining the regular Thursday 2.30pm group which meets in the Cranleigh Church.  The group has reduced to one person and it would be wonderful if you could boost the group and take the opportunity to pray for yourselves and your loved ones.

Parish Accounts Bookkeeper After invaluable service to the Committee Spencer Adams is retiring as the Parish bookkeeper.  If there is anyone who has bookkeeping skills and a modest amount of time each month to look after the Parish accounts I would be very grateful if you would volunteer.  The successful candidate will receive complete training and induction.  Father David.

Youth masses are on the 3rd Sunday of the month 11am at JCROM.  Dates for the next two are 19/2, and 19/3.  Rehearsals are at 10am on the day so please feel free to come along and get involved. All youth and youthful are welcome!  If you would like to receive the music in good time please contact Charlotte Allan on charlotteanneallan@hotmail.com or 898163 and she will add you to the email list. Many thanks

The next Guildford Deanery Safeguarding Basic Awareness Training has been arranged for Monday, 6th February at St Joan of Arc, Farnham, GU9 8DJ from 7-9 p.m.  Please could you let Tracy at the Parish Office know if you would like to attend so your name can be forwarded to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office. It is also possible for individuals to book for this session via the Diocesan Website in the Safeguarding Section under Courses & Events. http://www.dabnet.org/ViewArticle/?section=Courses&id=816&subsect=Safeguarding

The training is for everyone but we are particularly targeting those who have a role which requires a DBS check within the parishes and are working with vulnerable groups (children and adults at risk). This basic training is for those who have not already attended the previous sessions held at St Mary’s, Rydes Hill in December ’15, Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh in June ‘16 or any other Deaneries.

Another session will be held later next year, probably in July/August, but people are able to attend sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.  Further dates will be put on the Diocesan website once they are arranged, so please look on the Website too.

St Cuthbert Mayne School have vacancies for a Teaching Assistant and 2 Learning Support Assistants.   The vacancies are being advertised on the E-Teach website, and application forms and full details can be found there.

Pokot News

I have just heard from Fr Conway that last year 134 students from the Mission school sat their Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (their final secondary school exams). The results have just been received and the school is now in the top ten of the 150 secondary schools in Baringo County.  In due course, I will be given the results for those students which Members of the Pound a Week have been sponsoring and will pass them on in due course. Fr Conway tells me he is very busy at the moment with the enrolment of the 2017 entry to the school, so it may be a little while yet before I have more information.  If anyone would like to help sponsor a student, please get in touch.

Eugene McGivern at 01483-893379 or emcgivern@btinternet.com

Vacancy for parish social team: After four years the current team are standing down and we’re looking for some new talent. No experience necessary. It’s a great chance to gain skills in organising events, people management and to share happy experiences that will help continue to make ours a fun, vibrant community. Please talk to Georgie Nel (our outgoing social team chair) for more details. 01483 276221 or georginanel@yahoo.co.uk

Pilgrimage to Fatima Celebrate the centenary of Fatima this October with fellow pilgrims from the diocese. Departing 8th October spend 4 nights in a 4* hotel on a half board basis. Flights included from London Gatwick. Early bird offer of £495 available until 01/04/2017. To find out more visit aglowpilgrimages.com/fatima or call 0800 689 4792.

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th March 2017.  £599 per person sharing.  Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished 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 £50.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia anytime on 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL.

TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 – INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be another retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9.. The retreats give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84, but bursaries are available. For more information, or to book, Email toc@worthabbey.net – bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full. If you have any questions, you are also free to contact the Diocesan Youth Officer, Jack Regan –Jack.Regan@dabnet.org

Do you want to inspire young people and consider training to be an RE teacher in a secondary school? Do you want to discuss possible routes into becoming an RE teacher? If so then please contact either Sally Dudley, Recruitment Lead at Sussex University (s.e.dudley@sussex.ac.uk or 01273 877050) or Claire Rooney, RE Curriculum Tutor for Sussex University (claire.rooney123@btinternet.com or 07710550339).  We are keen to talk with any potential trainees for September 2017 and support you in training with the University of Sussex and would welcome an informal phone call or email.

You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, around the theme I am the Lord, who heals you, given by Ros Powell, on Sat, 18th of February 2017. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the Day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com

Show your love for creation

“Saint Francis, faithful to Scripture, invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness”

Pope Francis : Laudato Si’

As Christians, we have a special reason for taking care of God’s gift of creation as it is a reflection of His love. Yet our beautiful world is facing a real and very serious threat from climate change. We need to continually raise awareness of this threat and what it would mean for all the natural places we love. We need to keep talking about climate change with our families, friends, neighbours and MPs. To help start these conversations, we are asked to wear a green heart on Valentine’s Day, 14 February, which could act as a trigger to open the subject. If we don’t keep talking about climate change, it will be forgotten until it is too late to save our common home. Green heart stickers can be ordered from http://cafod.org.uk/showthelove – this web page also has lots of other resources to help spread the word. If you have not yet read Laudato Si’, you are strongly encouraged to do so – it can be downloaded from http://cafod.org.uk/Pray/Laudato-Si In Laudato Si’, the Pope made this plea: “I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. We need a conversation which includes everyone.” Let us play our part in that conversation.


I hope you’re looking forward to the concert this weekend – Sunday 22nd January at 4.30 pm in Bramley Village Hall – Congratulations on the arrival of a New Baby!
The Baby Grand Piano, kindly given to the Village by a Bramley resident, has now been fully serviced and tuned and I have spent the morning playing it – it’s sounding great.  You will really enjoy the programme we have for you:
Variations on “Happy Birthday” by Claus Dieter Ludwig – piano duet (Martin Hollister and Stuart White).  You will be amused at how this theme comes back in various guises!
Piano Trio op. 11 by Beethoven – Silja Loya, violin, Annelies Scott, ‘cello, and Simon Phillips, piano.   A beautiful piece, which will show off the piano’s suitability for chamber music in the setting of the Village Hall.
Piano Sonata in E minor op. 7 by Grieg – Alan Newcombe, piano.  If you like Grieg’s famous piano concerto, you will like this.
INTERVAL (with free Bramley cider / soft drink)
Four movements from Dolly Suite by Fauré – piano duet (Martin Hollister and Stuart White)


  • Berceuse (the famous “Listen with mother” tune)
  • Mi-a-ou
  • Kitty – Valse
  • Le pas Espagnol
Three pieces from the Incidental Music to Shakespeare’s Tempest, op. 109, by Sibelius (transcribed by the composer) – Alan Necombe, piano.  These are most attractive pieces which deserve to be better known.
  • Dance of the Nymphs
  • Episode: Miranda
  • Scene
Romance op.24 no.9 by Sibelius – Alan Necombe, piano.  An ever-popular favourite of the romantic repertoire.
Seven movements from Jeux d’Enfants by Bizet – piano duet (Alan Newcombe and Stuart White).   This will really put the piano through its paces – pulsating with energy, tunes you will most likely already be familiar with and which you will be humming when you leave, and something of a challenge for the two pianists!
  • La Toupie
  • La Poupée
  • Les Chevaux de Bois
  • Trompette et Tambour
  • Colin-Maillard
  • Petit Mari, Petite Femme!..
  • Le Bal
As you can see, many of the items have an appropriate theme – why not bring your children and grandchildren?  If they are not very familiar with classical music, this is a great concert to bring them to.
The cost to Bramley Parish Council of moving, servicing and tuning the piano, and obtaining a new piano stool, cover and frame for the legs, is a little under £1,800, and we are hoping that the proceeds from this concert will make a good dent in that figure.  It is for you, the community, and it will be great to see as many of you as possible supporting this venture.
Tickets at £10 (£5 under 18 and students) are available in advance from Robertson’s in Bramley High Street, and at the door.  If you wish to reserve a ticket or have any queries, please call or email Stuart White (stuartwhite@waitrose.com / 01483 892645).
Just by way of advance notice, the next concert after this is the Bramley Music Valentine Concert on Saturday 11th February at 7pm in Holy Trinity Church, and I shall be in touch further about that after this weekend.
So I hope to see you this Sunday at 4.30 pm!
Best wishes,

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