3rd Sunday of Lent 19th March 2017

3rd Sunday of Lent 19th March 2017

By In Newsletter Blog On March 17, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In today’s gospel Jesus offers the Samaritan woman a free gift – if she asks for it – he will give her water welling up for eternal life.  The water of life – welling up like a spring inside a person.  Bread, it is said, is the staff of life.  And again Jesus identifies this essential thing with himself – he is the bread of life. (John 6:35).  One thing Jesus never identifies with is money!  Yet he often uses stories to illustrate how money can be used to obtain, for example, the “pearl of great price” which the wise merchant bought after selling all he had to raise the funds.  He uses money as an example of paying to the State what you owe and also paying to God what you “owe” too.

In this newsletter you will find the shortest of brief breakdowns of parish income and expenditure.  You will also find the extraordinary record of your fundraising for POKOT.  Money, indeed, can be used wisely and well.  Whilst our focus should never be on money, per se, nevertheless, as a human institution, we need money.  We live in a world of commerce where the things we need and the services we use all cost money – just as in your own homes.  You will see that last year we were very careful with our expenditure and ended up with a small budget surplus despite our income falling from expectations, or forecasts.

The truth of the matter is that we are going to need more money to keep our church as a going concern.  We have a large number of volunteers but with legislation, and the general unavailability of people to do volunteer work, we need to buy in the services of professionals.  I have already spoken of Jane Harding working for 1 day a week.  This costs money.  The garden upkeep at Bramley costs in the order of £2k a year.  The Council Tax has risen, as have energy supplier’s costs.  Just like in your own homes and lives.  If you haven’t had a think and a prayer for a while about your personal contribution towards keeping our Church alive and at your service could I ask you to do so now?  We will be running a campaign soon to raise awareness of our needs, costs, and income and the only way this can be achieved is by your contribution towards the whole.  A very good additional thing to think over might be in the form of your own time and skills to contribute to the life and work of the Church in a voluntary capacity.

With my love and prayers  Fr David

Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley

2016 Financial Results

The Parish’s general (unrestricted funds):

  • For the year 2016 the parish report a surplus (income greater than expenditures) of £ 8,500.
  • We experienced more than a 5% drop in overall income year on year and a noticeable drop in offertory giving of 20% in the second half of the year compared to the first six months.
  • We were disciplined on spending with 2016 expenditures below 2015 levels and under the 2016 budget.

£000s                                       2016  2015
Offertory and Gift Aid        107     111
Other Income                          27        31
Total Income                         134      142

Total Expenditures 126     129
Surplus 8         13

The Cranleigh Parish Room

  • We have spent £ 303,000 since the inception (2014) of the project. Spending is complete.
  • Income raise since 2014 is £ 104,000 and an additional £ 101,000 of parish surplus contributed to the funding of the project
  • As of 31 December 2016 we have an overdraft of £ 98,000. Based on current income levels we will pay down the overdraft in 2019 (within the timeline agreed with the Diocese).

Financial priorities for 2017 is to increase the parish offertory to avoid the risk of a deficit in 2017 and to ensure we are on track with fundraising to pay down the overdraft within the agreed timeline.

Congratulations to the March 300 Club Winners who are K Kay-Russell, F Isaac and E Hulse.

If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.

New Offertory Gift Aid envelopes for the next tax year are available to those who pay by envelope.  If you haven’t yet received your box of envelopes please collect from Trish Ellis after Mass.

My Date of Ordination to Priesthood!

I can now let you know that Bishop Richard has formerly called me to Ordination to the Priesthood during this Eastertide.   The Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, London Road, ARUNDEL, BN18 9AY

I shall be so pleased and honoured to have as many as possible of you there to share with me this most important occasion.   All are most welcome.

It is my aim to make this not only an occasion for the Diocese but also for the Parish and the Seminary as well. I will therefore do my best to include as many of you as I can with ministries in the Ordination Mass.

If you are likely to attend there will be an opportunity to “sign up” in the near future. Although the Ordination Mass is in the evening, the sun is not due to set until after 9pm and daylight usually continues for another hour after that. So you could be home in the daylight afterwards.

If you are unlikely to be able to attend, then please remember me in your prayers between now and then and especially on that day.

In the meantime please put the date in your diaries and please COME!

Thank you for having a part in bringing me to this day.

God bless you all,  Dcn Roy

Parish Lent Reconciliation Service

Will be held NEXT Sunday, the 26th, at 3pm in the afternoon. The venue is Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh. I hope to have additional priests available to hear confessions and offer absolution.  For First Holy Communion children and their families I have tried to avoid the Easter holiday season from school.  Please make use of this opportunity.  Also don’t forget that I am available after each weekday mass, before the Vigil Mass, and at any convenient time by appointment.  My number is the same as the parish office. 272075

A Cranleigh Parish Lunch Yolanda Jackson lunch has last minute spaces available to join Saturday 25th March 1pm. There are lots of prizes to be won in the raffle including a meal with wine at Sir Roger Tichborne Pub in Alfold and a coffee morning for 15 guests at the Cranleigh MaisonDuVelo and much more.  Tickets can be brought £1 each from the Parish Office or from Yolanda.


Lovingly created Vintage posies for Mothering Sunday. £8.50 each.   Please order in advance from Marilyn Vincent…01483 527001, marilyn@outside-in.co.uk Last orders Monday night 20th March.

Marmalade Sale: Thank you to everyone who bought or contributed marmalade, cakes or jars to the Marmalade Sale in Bramley last month. We made £243 for the new Parish Room. I am thinking of holding a trifle tasting competition later in the year, so look out your favourite recipes for that. Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406)

Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at

12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive.  Please contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406).

Stations of the Cross at Cranleigh JCROM will be held each Wednesday during Lent at 10am as had last year.   Stations start Wednesday 8th March.  All are welcome.  Please telephone Helen on 01483 277395

Get Crafty and raise funds for the Church!  Come along to the Community Meeting Room between 7pm and 8:30pm on Saturday 25th March and make Easter or even some last minute Mother’s Day cards. No experience needed! All materials and full instruction will be provided. Entry is free, but a donation for each card made would be welcome.

Ladies of the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley are meeting at Lemongrass, in Cranleigh on Tuesday 28th March at 7.30pm. Please contact Katie Moran (on behalf of CAMEO) 01483275035 / 07775628498 / katie@familymoran.co.uk

There will be a sale of good books in the Bramley Parish room after the 9:00 o’clock Mass on Sunday April 9th. Most will be priced at £1. Buy 3 and get another 1 free!
If you buy a book you will also get a Hot Cross Bun and a cup of tea or coffee. Contact Ann Smith 07795608823, ann_smith22@hotmail.com


As we come to the end of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight, this is another reminder that, as a Fairtrade Parish, we have made a commitment to only use Fairtrade tea and coffee at our meetings and to use other Fairtrade products where we can.

In addition, there are two things we can all do.

First, continue to choose Fairtrade when doing our personal shopping throughout the year and encourage others to do the same.

Second, send an email to the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, urging him to ensure that the post-Brexit trade deals negotiated by the UK do not harm the developing countries. It is possible that deals agreed with our rich trading partners could include tariffs being imposed on trade with poorer countries, which would be devastating to the livelihoods of farmers in countries like Malawi who are already struggling to survive. Instead, the UK should use this opportunity to prioritise the needs of those in poverty and give economically vulnerable countries preferential access to the UK market. Please take this important action here http://traidcraft.takeaction.org.uk/petition/brexit-trade

REAL EASTER EGG 2017 CAMPAIGN The aim of this campaign is to ensure that families have an option to buy an Easter egg which tells the Gospel story, champions Fairtrade and makes a contribution to charity. The Real Easter Egg is the only one which has a copy of the Easter story on the box, is made of Fairtrade chocolate and makes a donation to charity from sales. Most of the big supermarkets now stock them. Please refer to www.meaningfulchocolate.co.uk for more information.

Lourdes Tea Party – 25th March 2017.   Inviting pilgrims past, present and future, to tea, cake and chatter about Lourdes at St Joseph’s Church Hall, Guildford, 2-4pm.

Meeting the real Palestinians

7:30pm Wednesday 5 April In the Parish Room, Cranleigh

Following a 3 week trip to Israel/Palestine in November and December together with their current month-long visit, Tim & Mayonne Coldicott are returning to Cranleigh to share their latest experiences and news.

They want to share what they have learned about ‘the other side’ of Israeli society – the Jewish critics of the Government – as well as the ‘forgotten Palestinians’ – those who live in Israel as Israeli citizens.

On the November visit they also focused on the Bedouin citizens of Israel living in the Negev, as well as the villagers living in the South Hebron Hills of the occupied West Bank.

They spent time with staff and students of the National Polytechnic University of Palestine in Hebron, which provided them with some ideas about how Palestinian youth see their future.

Combining these sources, Tim & Mayonne want to share with you some ideas they have about different paths forward for the peoples of this land.  Please join us to celebrate the motivation of young people to make the most of their chances and the courage of inspirational activists who risk social exclusion, arrest and imprisonment in their work for human rights.

This meeting has been arranged by the Parish Justice & Peace Group. All parishioners and friends will be very welcome.


The extremely popular ENCOUNTER programme for young adults (18-30) is now running in Guildford, and the next event will be on Sunday 26th, 7pm, at St Joseph’s Church. Niall Farrell will be the guest speaker. For those who haven’t been to ENCOUNTER before, it’s totally free. There is food, music, friendly people, adoration, and an inspiring talk. It’s a great way for Catholic young adults to network and deepen their faith. For more information, search ‘Catholic ENCOUNTER’ on Facebook.

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