3rd Sunday of Easter 05.05.19
We welcome Fr Kevin Dring, Director of Studies at the Seminary, who is celebrating mass for us whilst Fr David is on holiday.
Next weekend we welcome into the Church through baptism Jonasz Pagor, Jack Mulreany and Joseph Page.
I have spoken many times on the subject of love – a word that can so easily trip off the tongue but which can mask a plethora of less well understood emotions. It is easy to say “I love you” – and perhaps mean it – without fully understanding the consequences of love which, if it truly is love, will cost us everything. To say I love you is not so much to say that you are loveable – that may or may not be true – but to say that I give myself to you unconditionally and totally. The gift that I am is freely offered (because if imposed cannot be love) and is yours to do with as you will (because if conditions are imposed it is not unconditional). What the Lover looks for is reciprocation in the Beloved but does not depend on it. It may come, or it may not, or it may be slow in coming. It may also be unfaithful – as was St Peter’s – in which case Christlike love will also reveal itself to be forgiving and long suffering. It is this love we are called to emulate to the best of our abilities because when we do so we are fulfilling our vocation to be another Christ in our world. As Christ loves us completely his forgiveness is a given. Wonderful isn’t it!
God bless and all my love(!) Fr David
Talents 2019 – Giovanni Fontebasso is offering his talents by way of Lasagne and will be taking orders after Mass on Saturday. He is also offering a lesson in how to make the perfect lasagne. Speak to him NOW!
There is a new opportunity for you to join the Parish Talents Event and increase your £10 [available from Robert Millar, Win Bracking or the parish office after Mass] in order to raise funds for our Parish. Current talents are being advertised and there are lots of ways you can become involved. We are considering opening the Parish Room to host a Talent Showcase at which goods or services can be bought and sold. Please contact the Parish Office if this is of interest to you.
Mary’s Month of May – let’s keep Mary’s Month with extra devotions to Our Lady – can somebody organise a Rosary Prayer Group please?
REVISED DATE: Please note the next Coffee Morning will take place in Cranleigh on Tuesday 14th May at 10.30am [not 7th May as previously advertised] and is available to all members of the parish community.
The next CAMEO evening will take place in The Lady Chapel at Cranleigh on Tuesday 7th May at 7.30pm.
The Parish is organising a coach trip to Cowdray Park on 16th July departing Cranleigh 2pm for a visit to the tea room and walled garden and will depart Cowdray at 5pm. Please sign up using the Parish website events page or let the Parish office know that you would like to attend.
THANK YOU – from Maggie
A big thank you to all who gathered at Bramley to celebrate with me on receiving the Bene Merenti medal last Sunday. A great celebration in a great parish. Many thanks also to Fr. David. I feel most honoured to be given the medal and also to be part of such joy in the wonderful reception afterwards. Thank you to all who sang in both choir and congregation, played music, cooked, made cakes, provided drinks and generally rejoiced with me. Love to you all, Maggie.
As I have only had one formal response to the course I have decided to postpone the course until Saturday 8 June in Cranleigh. Can those who are interested please contact me on so I can make the necessary arrangements. Many thanks Stephen Rockhill
Cranleigh Methodist Church Open Day, Saturday 4th May, 10am – 4pm.
Come and see the changes now that the building work is complete. Light refreshments, cake stall etc. All welcome
Cranleigh Baptist Church are showing the film Tortured for Christ on Wednesday 22nd May 7.30pm at CBC, all are welcome to join.
INSPIRE 2019: Postponed: Jack Regan: Diocesan Youth Officer writes: ‘Due to low bookings we have taken the decision to postpone the ‘INSPIRE’ day for youth leaders which was scheduled for Saturday May 11th. An alternative date will be advertised very soon.’
A member of the Pound a Week Group asked me if there was anything, we could do to help mitigate the awful effects of the recurring droughts in East Pokot. Here is Fr Conway’s reply.
“Desilting Barpello Dam: Barpello Dam was built in 2009 as a recovery programme after a very serious Epidemic of Cholera. The Dam has been fenced, with a stand pipe for the community and a cattle trough outside the walls of the Dam. We are proposing to desilt the Dam on a food for Work basis and we envisage this as a Long-term food security and sustainability Project. The food which we shall use to pay the workers will be a great help to the community during this time of widespread drought and famine. This present drought has seen dams & water pans dry up much more quickly than before. This was due to a low capacity in holding water; and because of the silt, water was lost over the spillway.
This is a project in mitigation and preparedness. We need to begin with de-silting Barpello Dam so as to be prepared for future droughts. By de-silting the dam the holding capacity of water can be increased by up to 50%.
We really need to undertake this work on a Food for Work basis as food is urgently needed at this time of prolonged drought.
During this time of famine the community would welcome such an initiative. The community will able to have extra water, while having food at the same time.
Costs. 100 bags of 90kg Maize @ KShs 3,950/ KShs 395,000 GBP 3,086
Plus 30 bags of 90kg Beans @ KShs 7,000/ KShs 210,000 GBP 1,641. Total cost £4,727
I am delighted to be able to report that earlier this week we were able to send Fr Conway the magnificent sum of £5,000 for the de-silting of the dam to get underway. We also have some funds on hand which I have earmarked to help towards the cost of another water project which Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission will be exploring when he returns form holiday in Ireland. Please contact me if you would like more information.
Eugene McGivern 01483-893379 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Newsletter out now! Available in the Porches.
At the end of mass on Sunday and throughout Easter we will sing the Regina Caeli (in English) as follows:
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven. Alleluia!
He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!
As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!
- Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
- For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, who through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, brought joy to the whole world; grant, we beseech You, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Please note there is broken glass and other debris in the ditch outside the Church in Cranleigh. Please take care with youngsters jumping in and around the area. The Diocese of Arundel and Brighton take no responsibility for injury incurred in and around the Parish buildings.
Calling all young people in Surrey. The Catholic Parish of Guildford Youth Ministrywould like to invite you to a fantastic retreat weekend “Rooted 2019 – Dare to be More”. One weekend away, two streams for ages 10-13 and 14-18. It’s taking place on Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July at Oakwood Youth Challenge, Wokingham. The cost for Rooted is just £85. Spaces are limited so please book your child’s place as soon as you can by visiting: https://www.cpg.church/rooted
Dear Friends, Terry and I are parishioners and Terry is a potter. He is the person who made the bowls containing the wafers when you come into church.
This year he is taking part in Surrey Artists’ Open Studios and will be exhibiting a range of his pottery. This includes both smaller decorative pieces like his signature, pierced “tree-pots”, and larger pieces which he calls light-pods, orbs and lilies which are interesting pots in bright daylight, but in a dimmer environment thrown extraordinary patterns of light onto background surfaces. He will also be showing some domestic ware.
Alongside will be paintings by our friend, Jacky Cowdrey, a member of the Dorking Group of Artists. She works mainly in acrylics and is particularly interested in portraiture and the human form as well as doing some landscapes.
Most items will also be available for sale.
We will be providing tea, coffee and cake with donations in aid of the Royal Marsden Hospital. Jacky’s husband is a patient there.
Dates: The first three weekends in June, i.e. Sat.1st, Sun. 2nd, Sat. 8th*, Sun.9th, Sat. 15th, Sun.16th 11 am – 5 pm
Thursdays: 6th and 20th June 11am – 5 pm and 6-8.30 pm
Venue: Corner Cottage, Abinger Lane, Abinger Common, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6JH.
It would be lovely to see you there. Pat O’Brien
*PS. On Sat. 8th June there will be the Abinger Mediaeval Fair on the Village Green which is well worth a visit. If you come that day, you will need to use one of the paying car parks as no street parking is allowed.
Last year you kindly donated money towards a holiday fund through a 2ndcollection. We have now allocated those funds to enable a family to enjoy a holiday this year. We are appealing for your support for this initiative once again. We ask most importantly for your prayers. Secondly please let us know if you have a holiday place or any accommodation that you would be happy for somebody to use for part of the holidays. Last of all we would appreciate any financial support you can offer. If you would like to donate any funds directly to the Parish bank account, details can be obtained from the Parish Office. Please make sure that you specify the purpose of your donation as a “Holiday Fund”. Contact:
ENCOUNTER EVENING (FOR 16-35s) AT ST DUNSTAN’S, WOKING, THURSDAY 9th, 7.30pm
The ENCOUNTER programme is about making friends and deepening faith in a relaxed, welcoming environment. There is food, music, inspiring talks, and powerful times of prayer. What’s more, it’s totally free, and there’s no need to book. We make a point of welcoming people and making sure nobody is left out, so if you’re worried you’ve got nobody to come with, don’t be – we’ll look out for you! we’ve got a great speaker lined up for the first evening, and we’re hoping this is something that will run for a long time.
Marriage Encounter weekend from 24-26 May at Park Place Pastoral Centre, Wickham, near Fareham The weekend is an opportunity for married couples of any age to deepen and enrich their relationship. This is not marriage counselling or crisis solving but a residential weekend away from the distractions of daily life which many thousands of couples in this country have found to be the best thing they did since getting married. Interested? Please phone 02380 275401.
Mass for Deaf and Hard of Hearing: The next monthly Mass will be held on Saturday May 4th at 1pm in St John the Evangelist, Springfield Road, Horsham, RH12 2PJ. Diocesan Coordinators and Communicators for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People: Mr Peter Booker and Mrs Maria Booker, c/o DABCEC, 4 Southgate Drive, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6RP. Email: email@example.com . Mobile: (sms [text] only) Tel: Mr Jim Mortell on 01273 552159.
You are warmly invited to a presentation of the ninth episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by the acclaimed author and speaker Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday May the 11th, 2019. This is a Chilworth Abbey Study Day given by Fr John Seddon OSB, who will contextualise the episode and then teach and lead discussion about its subject matter. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The ninth film investigates ‘The Fire of His Love: prayer and the life of the Spirit’, which will be shown, chapter by chapter followed by teaching and discussion. Midday prayer and lunch will divide the day which concludes at 4.00 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. 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. Website: chilworthbenedictines.com
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal) – Saturday 18thMay 11.00-4.00
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Power of Prayer. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adorationof the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk“Praying for Healing and Deliverance.”– Fr. Nicholas Broadbridge OSB; 3.30 Individual healing prayer ministry. We end about 4pm.
There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com. Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Next month’s meeting 22ndJune. “The Power of Forgiveness” – Speaker: John Hesketh