Newsletter – 7th Sunday of Easter

Newsletter – 7th Sunday of Easter

By In Newsletter Blog On May 22, 2020


6th Sunday of Easter – 17th May 2020

Times of Mass and Devotions
Please see the calendar below for times and join in from home as you can –

Sat 23rd Stream 10am Mass Eileen Middleton (RIP)

7th Sunday of Easter

Sun 24th Stream 10am



Vespers and Benediction

Hugh Mantle (RIP)
Tues 26th Stream 10am Mass -Saint Philip Neri, Priest Patrick Joseph Hough (RIP)
Wed 27th Stream 7pm Mass – Saint Augustine of Canterbury, Bp Andrew Culliford (RIP)
Thurs 28th Stream 10am Mass
Fri 29th Stream 10am


Requiem Mass

Funeral Service: Cathune Cape

Cathune Cape (RIP)


Pentecost (Whitsun)

Sun 30th Stream 10am



Vespers and Benediction

 Margaret Dunne’s Intentions


Rest assured emails and telephone messages will be received and actioned where necessary.

Email:  or Telephone 01483 272075 see website for updates

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Every Sunday (except in Lent and Advent) we sing a hymn at mass called the Gloria.  It appears that this hymn originated in the East as a private devotional hymn (along with the Te Deum).  It eventually found its way West to the Roman Rite – some say Hillary of Poitiers translated it from the Greek and rendered it into Latin.  In the Orthodox Church this hymn is sung, or said, during the Divine Office of Matins, whilst in the Western, Roman Rite, it has become part of our liturgy of the Mass.

In form, it mirrors the acclamation of the Angels to the Shepherds at the birth of Jesus as they sang praises to God ‘on high’.  This praise was soon imitated by the wonder, and awe, of the shepherds themselves, and later by the Magi from the East.  All seemed to need to give praise to God in thanksgiving for his amazing deeds.

This really is the crux of the idea of ‘giving glory to God’ – praise and thanksgiving to God for what He is doing.  By extension, ‘giving glory to God’ also involves not only our words – but our whole lives too – words and actions and attitudes.

It is in this context that we can see the wonderful, gifted, exchange of praise and thanksgiving that the Father renders to the Son and the Son to the Father.  This relationship of praise, thanksgiving and glorifying is what we might call divine love and majesty.  In Jesus, this divine majesty had been ‘emptied out’ as he assumed our humanity but through his passion, death and resurrection, Jesus has let this glory be seen.  Jesus gives glory to the Father by His obedient love – a love which lays down its life for his brothers and sisters.  It is in Jesus’ supreme and total love for the Father that he reveals his glory – the glory he had ‘with’ the Father ‘before even the world was made.  For St John this is the mystery of who Jesus is – he is the Word – in Greek the ‘Logos’ which may also be translated as ‘idea’ in the same way that an architect has an ‘idea’ of what he will build in his mind before he even puts pen to paper to start the design.

The ongoing question for humanity is what or who we give glory to.  We are error prone human beings with but limited sight and imagination.  How do we know who or what to give glory to?  It would be a major tragedy to give glory, the fullest glory, to someone, or something that wasn’t God, wouldn’t it?  It would not only be a misuse of our glorifying energies, but it would be fruitless, harmful even, and on top of all that the real object of glory would not receive the glory. It would fall short of the mark, in other words.

This is precisely what so often happens within our humanity – and exactly what the Devil suggests to us too.  Did he not say to Jesus that if he fell down and worshipped him then he would give all the kingdoms of the world to Jesus?  Except they aren’t his to give and, like Faust, in making a pact with the devil we lose everything. We can be so very tempted to miss-apply glory to many other things – creatures – as they are properly called.  Objects from the world – sometimes very lovely and beautiful.  Money, which brings so many advantages and status to the owner.  Positions of power especially over other people which can give us the mistaken belief that we actually are God ourselves.  And that destructive self love that is called narcissism that places us at the centre of everything.  It is all too easy to place our focus in the wrong place and therefore for our praise and glory to misfire.

However, Jesus has shown us exactly where to put our glorifying and praise.  In the same place that he does – with the Father.  He has ‘made God’s Name known’ to the men God took from the world to give to Jesus.  These were the disciples, later the apostles and now to us.  Jesus always points the way to the Father.  Our Lady points the way to Jesus and the saints always point us away from the pitfalls of life to the true goal of life.

So, next time we sing the Gloria give thanks through your praise that you know exactly where and to whom your praise is directed.  Make it the praise of your whole heart, your whole mind and your entire soul.  In other words, offer to God everything you are in one great song of praise.  It is a teaching of the Church that we become like that which we adore and worship.  Food for thought?

With my love.       Fr David


Sunday 24 May 2020                    7th Sunday of Easter                                Liturgical Colour: White.

Readings at Mass

Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 26: 7-9

O Lord, hear my voice, for I have called to you;

of you my heart has spoken: Seek his face;

hide not your face from me, alleluia.


Graciously hear our supplications, O Lord,

so that we, who believe that the Saviour of the human race

is with you in your glory,

may experience, as he promised,

until the end of the world,

his abiding presence among us.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

First reading Acts 1:12-14

The apostles all joined in continuous prayer

After Jesus was taken up into heaven the apostles went back from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a sabbath walk; and when they reached the city they went to the upper room where they were staying; there were Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Jude son of James. All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Responsorial Psalm Psalm 26(27):1,4,7-8

I am sure I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living.

The Lord is my light and my help;

whom shall I fear?

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

before whom shall I shrink?


There is one thing I ask of the Lord,

for this I long,

to live in the house of the Lord,

all the days of my life,

to savour the sweetness of the Lord,

to behold his temple.


O Lord, hear my voice when I call;

have mercy and answer.

Of you my heart has spoken:

‘Seek his face.’


Second reading 1 Peter 4:13-16

It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ

If you can have some share in the sufferings of Christ, be glad, because you will enjoy a much greater gladness when his glory is revealed. It is a blessing for you when they insult you for bearing the name of Christ, because it means that you have the Spirit of glory, the Spirit of God resting on you. None of you should ever deserve to suffer for being a murderer, a thief, a criminal or an informer; but if anyone of you should suffer for being a Christian, then he is not to be ashamed of it; he should thank God that he has been called one.

Gospel Acclamation cf.Jn14:18

Alleluia, alleluia!

I will not leave you orphans, says the Lord;

I will come back to you,

and your hearts will be full of joy.


Gospel John 17:1-11

Father, it is time for you to glorify me

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said:

‘Father, the hour has come:

glorify your Son

so that your Son may glorify you;

and, through the power over all mankind that you have given him,

let him give eternal life to all those you have entrusted to him.

And eternal life is this:

to know you,

the only true God,

and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

I have glorified you on earth

and finished the work that you gave me to do.

Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me

with that glory I had with you

before ever the world was.

I have made your name known

to the men you took from the world to give me.

They were yours and you gave them to me,

and they have kept your word.

Now at last they know

that all you have given me comes indeed from you;

for I have given them the teaching you gave to me,

and they have truly accepted this, that I came from you,

and have believed that it was you who sent me.

I pray for them;

I am not praying for the world

but for those you have given me,

because they belong to you:

all I have is yours

and all you have is mine,

and in them I am glorified.

I am not in the world any longer,

but they are in the world,

and I am coming to you.’


Prayer over the Offerings

Accept, O Lord, the prayers of your faithful

with the sacrificial offerings,

that through these acts of devotedness

we may pass over to the glory of heaven.

Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon Jn 17: 22

Father, I pray that they may be one

as we also are one, alleluia.

Prayer after Communion

Hear us, O God our Saviour,

and grant us confidence,

that through these sacred mysteries

there will be accomplished in the body of the whole Church

what has already come to pass in Christ her Head.

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there,  and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

LIGHTING A CANDLE:  If you would like Fr David to light a candle and say a prayer for someone or something, please email him or call him stating clearly who, what, and why; unless you wish to keep it as a private intention.

INTENTIONS: Please keep your mass intentions coming!  Mass is still being offered daily and being offered for their intentions as in the above calendar, please join in with the streamed Masses.  Intentions can be emailed to

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WEEKLY OFFERINGS: are still welcomed! The best way is to contribute by asking your bank to set up a standing order.   If you cannot or do not wish to donate to parish funds via Standing Order please feel free to drop an envelope into the letterboxes outside parish office and the sacristy door of St Thomas More.

Bank Details for Standing order to HSBC below:

RCD A&B Cranleigh and Bramley Parish
(written exactly like that)

Offertory Account is 11126466,
Sort Code 40-05-20.

Coronavirus Appeal:

Unite against coronavirus

As we cope with coronavirus in the UK, we think of our sisters and brothers in developing countries who are facing this pandemic with fragile health systems, some of which have almost no intensive care beds or ventilators.

Food prices have already risen with borders closing, the poorest are losing their jobs and income with wholesale shutdowns. Furthermore, inadequate healthcare, lack of access to washing facilities and limited ability to social distance will result in loss of life on an intolerable scale.
The likely impact will be devastating.

We are one global family. Please will you sign the CAFOD petition to ask the government to work with other world leaders to help the most vulnerable people in our world cope with this crisis?

To sign the petition visit


Our petition asks our Prime Minister to work with other world leaders to:

  • Make sure that any vaccine developed with UK public money is made available to everyone regardless of income or where in the world they live.
  • Provide urgent financial and technical support to help developing countries cope with this crisis.
  • Cancel all debt payments by developing countries due in 2020 so that countries can spend money on much needed healthcare rather than debt repayments.
  • Put plans in place to rebuild a fairer, more just society after the crisis so that the world’s most vulnerable people can live in dignity and to restore our common home for future generations

A message from CAFOD’s Director

Christine Allen has recorded a special appeal for help continue CAFOD’s work during this coronavirus epidemic.


The link is here:

As millions in developing countries face devastation because of coronavirus, CAFOD’s Director Christine Allen shares an urgent message.


Donate to the Coronavirus Appeal (link)


In the current circumstances we are all responding to the needs of our families, friends and neighbours. I want to ask you to help our neighbours in some of the poorest countries of the world.

Their situation is very tough – catastrophic for those in urban areas or refugee camps where chronic overcrowding allows the virus to spread quickly. There is a lack of washing facilities and inadequate healthcare. Social distancing means hunger. There is no safety net when people lose their jobs and income.

Coronavirus is exposing the shocking inequality that has long existed in our world. It will have a lasting and disastrous impact on the economies and livelihoods of those who already live on the edge.

CAFOD is responding quickly. Guided by our local experts, we are helping to limit the spread of the virus through prevention messages, health advice, and providing water, soap and toilets.

Yet in the face of this pandemic we need a concerted effort. Thank you if you have given to our recent Lent appeal – but we need to scale up our support to make a significant impact.

“Coronavirus is exposing the shocking inequality that has long existed in our world. It will have a lasting and disastrous impact on the economies and livelihoods of those who already live on the edge.”

Christine Allen, CAFOD Director

All around the world CAFOD’s partners, local experts and Caritas agencies are responding and need your help.

Please help CAFOD to support them, now and over the months and years to come.

Please give to this special CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. Please tell your friends, family, school and community about the importance of responding to those in desperate need around the world. Remember them in your prayers.

Your support does make a massive difference, so please give. Thank you.

Christine Allen
Director, CAFOD


Gift Aid Donation Statements for Tax Year 2019-2020

During this week parishioners who are in the Gift Aid scheme in the parish should have received an email with their Gift Aid Donation Statement attached. Due to the current situation I have emailed your statement, as long as I have an email address for you, even if you have previously received a paper copy.

Please let me know if any of the following apply:

  1. You have not received your statement by email.  Because I have to send the statements through the Diocesan online GiftWise system, I am unable to see if an email gets rejected (probably due to an incorrect email address).  If so, please let me know your correct email address.


  1. You have not received your statement by email.  I may not have an email address for you.  I do have one for the vast majority but there are a few gaps.  If you would be happy to receive your statement by email in future, please let me know your email address.


  1. You have received your statement by email, but in future would prefer a paper copy, please let me know.  Although emailed statements are far easier from my point of view, you may have a good reason to revert to a paper copy.


  1. If I don’t have an email address for you, you should have received a paper copy, either hand-delivered for local ones in Cranleigh or by second-class post.  Again, please let me know if you don’t receive your statement.


Contact details – or 01483 271314 or 07835452898.




The spread of Coronavirus (Covid -19) will present difficulties for many in Parish.  We are working with people and organisations to provide help and information to support our community.

If you would like a phone conversation with someone, we can buddy you with a like-minded person – please telephone or email the Parish office and we will do our best to support you.

If you need help – If you are self-isolating  and need assistance, please phone the Parish Office on 01483 272075 and we will do our best to connect you to someone who can help. We can’t provide medical advice.

Volunteers – If you are able to spare time to help those self-isolating then please send an email with your details to  In doing so you consent to us holding your details and passing them to a parishioner in need of help.

Updates – We will be posting updates on the Cranleigh & Bramley Parish website  Remember Coronavirus is highly contagious.  Please take every precaution to ensure you are only spreading kindness! Avoid physical contact (2m distance).  Wash your hands regularly and leave any items on the doorstep.

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