3rd Sunday of Easter – 18th April 2021
Fr David’s Message for the Week
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The opening prayer today has an interesting line pretty much immediately it begins. It says: “May your people exult for ever, O God, in renewed youthfulness of spirit.” I thought I’d write a little about what I understand by “youthfulness of spirit”.
There used to be the occasional TV series called “Grumpy Old Men” featuring (I won’t say ‘starring’) Jeremy Clarkson, N T Wilson, and a few others I can’t recall as I sit here. The point of the show was the viewpoint of a man of a “certain age” and their ‘take’ on the events and idiocies of the world. The USP of this was that their take on all this was not one of universal admiration and delight. Progress may indeed be inevitable, but it was not necessarily always for the better or, indeed, ever for the better if these Grumpy Old Men were to be believed. What was being celebrated was the jaded view, the cynical attitude to ‘how things are’ and especially the viewpoint of a certain tired old wisdom that had seen it all before, had once thought it novel but now was tired of all the fads and fashions that some mistake for progress, and new ideas and enthusiasm and was delighting in naming it as such.
We all know people like this and to be honest there is a little of it in me – and possibly in you, dear reader too. But what might it be like if instead of the attitude that there is ‘nothing new under the sun’ we kept that youthful wide-eyed amazement and delight in everything new, shiny and possibly better? Part of the thrust of the resurrection appearances of Jesus is one such ‘new thing’ that drives a wedge between the old cynical ‘dead men don’t talk’ wisdom and presents a completely new range of possibilities. One being the possibility of not just a resurrection from the dead to continue the drudge of this present life, but a resurrection from the dead to be a sharer in a completely new kind of life. To be adopted as a son (or daughter) of the Most High and know eternal life – the very life of God. Or perhaps, better, to know life from the perspective of God rather than from our earth-bound feet of clay with a head full of dreams. I have found certain things keep me youthful in spirit – and one of the best is to be around one’s own children and grandchildren. To pay attention to how they see things – to listen to their music (and sometimes even like it!) and to let some of that youthfulness rub off the tarnish of life. The young Christian communities were witnesses to this ‘new life in Christ’ with its new possibilities and opportunities and they, over time became unstoppable forces for change in the world. We should still be part of that movement for change. Every youthful at heart. Much love to you all. Fr David
Thank you for your generous donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day during Lent. We featured Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe in Lent 2018. The community vegetable garden that your donations helped provide is growing well and during the pandemic the family has survived on the vegetables. Your support has also helped to provide soap and handwashing stations in the garden and in family homes. This is just one of many long-term development projects that CAFOD has funded with the money from that Fast Day. Thank you for your steadfast support.
Missio Red Boxes
In 2020 our community of Christ the Redeemer of Mankind & St Thomas More raised £1621.09 through our Red Boxes and donations to Missio and the Mill Hill Missionaries. Thank you. Communities around the world are so grateful that people here in Cranleigh and Bramley are supporting them through prayer and generous donations. The missionaries, and the communities they serve , are living in such difficult circumstances, made even harder by COVID-19. They have asked us to pass on their thanks, and tell us that they pray for us all. Find out more at missio.org.uk.
Thank you all for your continued support for the missions through the Red Box scheme . It is such a difficult time with the drastically reduced use of cash at present . We will be in contact in September as usual to empty the boxes or receive donations for Missio . In the meantime , if anyone would like their box emptied or to give a donation, or indeed would like to join the scheme and have a Red Box or set up a direct debit, please do contact me : Fran Pickett 01483 276614. Email email@example.com ”
ADoRE Online spiritual mini-retreat morning.
April 24th, 10.00-13.00 with Mass, Adoration, Reflection, Praise, Talk, Prayer and Discussion. Theme: “Receiving God’s Gift” – to receive new life you must turn away from those things which block your relationship with God and accept Jesus as your Lord. Speaker: Peter Hobbs. Please register in advance at bit.ly/ADOREAPR2021
A March poster is attached to this email and you can download a colour poster of the 2021 programme from HERE or a Black & White poster from HERE.
Would you also please consider publicising that ADoRE is offering confidential prayer for healing by telephone – ring 07579 824523 Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm. Experienced prayer ministers will pray with you confidentially for your needs.
Thank you and may God bless you abundantly. Alastair Emblem. On behalf of Alton Day of Renewal
Calling All Confirmation Catechists!
This week our Diocesan Youth Adviser Lizzie, is hosting another round of online conversations for Confirmation Catechists. These provide great opportunities to meet with other Catechists from across your local area to share, compare and support! This term, Lizzie will be offering a time of prayer and reflection as well as the usual chance to chat, laugh and grow in fellowship. If you have not already signed up for these meetings, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
ONLINE RETREATS: The Open Cloister @ Worth Abbey
Saturday 24th April: Finding Silence 3: the journey of meditation and silent prayer
Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB
Saturday 8th May: Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Desert Mothers: the thoughts..
Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB
Saturday 15th May: C S Lewis: a Prophet for our Time
Led by Robert Elliot
Saturday 29th May: The Post-Covid World: Pope Francis’ vision ‘Let us Dream’
Led by Austin Ivereigh
Saturday 5th June: The Wisdom of St Benedict
Led by Fr Martin McGee OSB
Fri 18th-Sun 20th June: The Motif of Feast in the Bible
Led by Viv Randall and Michael Woodward (both Lay Community of St Benedict)
Further information and to book your place online:https://worth.co.uk/retreats/online-retreats
For enquiries, please email: email@example.com
CAFOD – Climate Change Petition:
This year, the UK will host the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil: the ‘COP26’ climate talks in Glasgow in November. As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson must push world leaders to show the ambition we need to keep temperature rises below the disastrous 1.5-degree threshold. This means that all countries must play their part. With the eyes of the world on the UK, we must urge the Prime Minister to make sure communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26. Please sign our petition at//cafod.org.uk/reclaim
For those without internet access, petition cards can be ordered from the CAFOD Shop: 0300 011 5680. Thank you.
On 25th April at 8pm Bishop Richard will be giving a talk about his Benedictine journey. Since Bishop Richard was a seminarian, he has been an oblate of Pluscarden Abbey. This talk is part of a series hosted by the Lay Community of St Benedict which is celebrating 50 years since its foundation by the monks of Worth Abbey in 1971. You are welcome to join the livestream on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfRiPXjiTi5GGaI6gJ4UfYQ/. If you want further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org you can visit www.laybenedictines.org.