3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time 26th January 2020
- Sunday 2nd February is the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas). You may bring your own candles to be blessed
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
You will see in this newsletter two further references to this Sunday of the Word of God. You may not have noticed yet, but this year is the ‘Year of the Word.’ The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales have designated 2020 as ‘The God who Speaks: A Year of the Word’ to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Verbum Domini – Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’.
On Christmas day we have four masses, each with their own proper liturgy of the Word. The final mass – the Mass of Christmas Day has at its centre the magnificent preface to the Gospel of John – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God.” This beautiful scripture is the fruit of St John’s experience of Jesus of Nazareth – the man and the conviction that he was also ‘true God’ – the God who speaks. Starting from the very first words of the Bible in Genesis the word of God has power to bring about whatever he commands. “Let there be light”, for example, “and there was light”. But even more than this this God of Creation is also one who desires to be known and, in so far as is possible, to be understood. He is the God who reveals himself to His creation.
One of the ways we understand this ‘revelation of God’ is through scripture. In the words of the inspired writers the God who is hidden begins to take shape in clearer and clearer forms. To be known and understood more fully. That is why John starts his gospel with those words. The “word’ that was spoken to bring creation into being; the word that was spoken to the writers of scripture and to Moses and the prophets is the same Word, now ‘made flesh’ and living among us – “full of grace and truth”.
God bless you. Fr David
From the Apostolic Letter “Aperuit Illis” of Pope Francis ‘…At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I proposed setting aside “a Sunday given over entirely to the word of God, so as to appreciate the inexhaustible riches contained in that constant dialogue between the Lord and his people”. Devoting a specific Sunday of the liturgical year to the word of God can enable the Church to experience anew how the risen Lord opens up for us the treasury of his word and enables us to proclaim its unfathomable riches before the world…
‘Consequently, I hereby declare that the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the word of God. This Sunday of the Word of God will thus be a fitting part of that time of the year when we are encouraged to strengthen our bonds with the Jewish people and to pray for Christian unity. This is more than a temporal coincidence: the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God has ecumenical value, since the Scriptures point out, for those who listen, the path to authentic and firm unity.
‘The various communities will find their own ways to mark this Sunday with a certain solemnity. It is important, however, that in the Eucharistic celebration the sacred text be enthroned, in order to focus the attention of the assembly on the normative value of God’s word. On this Sunday, it would be particularly appropriate to highlight the proclamation of the word of the Lord and to emphasize in the homily the honour that it is due. Bishops could celebrate the Rite of Installation of Lectors or a similar commissioning of readers, in order to bring out the importance of the proclamation of God’s word in the liturgy. In this regard, renewed efforts should be made to provide members of the faithful with the training needed to be genuine proclaimers of the word, as is already the practice in the case of acolytes or extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Pastors can also find ways of giving a Bible, or one of its books, to the entire assembly as a way of showing the importance of learning how to read, appreciate and pray daily with sacred Scripture, especially through the practice of lectio divina.’ The Apostolic Letter “Aperuit Illis” of Pope Francis
300 Club Applications will close on 26th January 2020
Applications forms are still available in the porches and can be returned via the collection basket or left at the Parish Office.
Over the years, the 300 club has been here to help raise funds for the church. Over the past 10 years, over £11,000 has been raised. The draws start in January with a New Year draw and end in December with a Christmas draw, with 12 monthly draws during the year.
Entry forms are available at the back of each church in the parish and should be returned no later than 19 January 2020 to be included in all the draws for the year. Return entries by putting them in an envelope in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.
In the current year, there are 104 entries, each one costing £12. After taking away the prize money this had left £468 as a contribution to the church’s funds. In 2019, we used these funds to buy a new set of vestments for Fr David. Let’s see if we can make 2020 a bumper year and raise over £1000 for the church. Good luck!
Open to those who have come to the parish in the last 2 years (with their families) Buffet lunch 12.30 – 2pm on Saturday 15th February in the parish meeting room, Cranleigh. Please pick up invitation at church door when leaving Mass or RSPVP to office @cpcb.org.uk by 5th February, please let us know of dietary requirements. If you know of someone recently moved to the parish please make sure they are aware of this and extend the invitation.
The next Coffee Morning will take place on Tuesday 11th February from 10.30am in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. This is open to all member of our community and you are welcome to bring a friend or suggest it to someone who may benefit from meeting with this friendly group.
Evening Prayer for Divorced, Remarried & Separated: Sun. 23rd February, at 3 pm: All those in our parish communities who may be divorced, remarried or simply separated, are warmly invited to come together with Bishop Richard at St. John the Evangelist Church in Horsham for afternoon tea, conversation and the celebration of Evening Prayer, which will conclude the afternoon. It would be useful to know approximate numbers simply to allow us to cater appropriately. If you be kind enough to send through the name(s) of those who are coming along, that would be useful. You can send the information to Katherine.Bergin@abdiocese.org.uk Thank you.
Justice & Peace Assembly: ‘Still No Room at the Inn?” How can we respond to the homelessness crisis today? Sat. 25th January, at the St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley (DABCEC). Doors open 9.30 am. Ends 4 pm. Free event. Introduced by Bishop Richard, with Speakers from Turning Tides, Homelink, Crawley Open House, Life Housing, Caritas Portsmouth, and more. Stalls and stands. Packed lunch needed – drinks provided – bring own cup/mug. Bookings at Rosie.Read@abdiocese.org.uk
We are all invited to Ecumenical Evening Prayer at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh on Monday 2nd March, 8pm.
Fr John Seddon OSB will present the sixth episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday, February 8th, 2020.The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The sixth film, is entitled ‘A Body both suffering and glorious: the mystical union of Christ and the Church.’ The Day concludes around 4.00 pm. Bring a packed lunch and if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR.
The Parish has lots of volunteers and 2020 brings a need for new commitment from the members of our community.
If you are interested in finding out more about joining the rota for cleaning the Cranleigh Church or submitting the weekly Bidding Prayers please speak to Tracy in the Parish Office who can let you know what is expected. Of course, the more volunteers, the lighter the load and so please ask one other to join you in volunteering. It’s a lovely way to be part of the team and your contribution is greatly appreciated.
Day of Reflection – Monastic insights into contemplation.
A day of study and prayer on the founders of Western monasticism and their insights into prayer and Meditation. The day will include silent meditation, guided lectio divina and some of the influences of Evagrius and Cassian. Led by Fr John Seddon OSB MA. Fr John is a monk and priest of Chilworth Abbey, Near Guildford. Fr. John has extensive experience of providing opportunities for those seeking to explore and deepen their faith and practice.
Time and Date: Saturday 23 May 2020 10:15 – 4:00pm
Venue: St. John’s Seminary, Cranleigh Road, Wonersh, GU5 0QX
Suggested donation £13:00; bring a packed lunch and drinks will be provided.
To book a place: Contact – Rachel Curtis, Aidan Coyle or Patrick Coyne: email: email@example.com or 07973 500 811 [state the event and your contact details clearly] www.reflectionsgroup2000.wordpress.com
Richard, Bishop of Arundel & Brighton
PASTORAL MESSAGE for the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
26th January 2020 – SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In his recent letter Aperuit illis Pope Francis has designated today as The Sunday of the Word of God. This day takes on a particular significance for us this year here in England & Wales, as we reflect very particularly on the theme: “The God Who Speaks.”
The Scriptures are, of course, central to our lives. Our reading and reflection on the inspired texts of Old and New Testaments enable us to encounter the God Who is love; Who sustains His people on their pilgrim way; Who is always faithful to us even when we go our own way; Who calls us back to Him and Who sends His Son, the Word made flesh, to dwell amongst us, to suffer and die for us and enable us to find new life through His resurrection. It is in the Scriptures that we read the account of the early Church as those who first responded to Jesus’ call, through their encounter with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, began the Mission that we continue today.
The practice of Lectio Divina has been spreading in the Diocese in recent years and renewed copies of the leaflet outlining this way of prayer are available in parishes today. Join me in your encounter with the Word Who is Life through this way of prayer.
During this year, we shall have particular opportunities to join with our brothers and sisters in England & Wales in our celebration of “The God Who Speaks”, notably at the Corpus Christi Celebration at Arundel Cathedral and – most especially for our school communities – at the Good Shepherd Celebration and the Secondary Schools’ Pilgrimage to Arundel.
May we all deepen our experience of God’s love for us as we read the Scriptures and hear them proclaimed in our Liturgy, that we may be formed by the Word for the Mission to which we are called. With every Blessing Bishop Richard
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday the 26th of February.
COMING SOON – 2020 LENT COURSE: Our Lent Discussion Course this year will again be run jointly with the other churches in the Village. We are proposing to use a book called ‘This? How Christians Respond to Climate Change’ by Susan Sayers. As last year, there will be an opportunity to attend the course on either a Thursday Evening or a Friday afternoon, or to interchange. There will be 6 sessions starting on 27th/28thFebruary and running through to the week before Holy Week.
We shall be hosting the sessions on a Friday afternoon from 2pm in our Parish Room at Cranleigh, but there will also be sessions held at Cranleigh Methodist Church on Thursday evenings.
The course begins on the Thursday and Friday immediately after Ash Wednesday and runs through up to the Thursday and Friday before Palm Sunday. Please do make a note in your diaries.
The next Cameo evening for ladies of the parish to come together will take place on Tuesday 11th [not 4th] February from 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Lady Chapel. The focus will be Our Lady of Lourdes whose Feast Day is on 11th February. There will be a time for reflection and prayer and then we will come together for a drink and conversation in the Parish Meeting Room. This is a friendly open group for all generations and you are welcome to bring a friend.