By In Newsletter Blog On June 12, 2020

Corpus Christi – 14th June 2020

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Corpus Christi
Sun 14th Stream 10am



Vespers and Benediction

People of the Parish


Tues 16th Stream 10am Mass – Saint Richard Wych, Bishop of Chichester Marie Francis RIP
Wed 17th Stream 7pm Mass – in Ordinary Time Kath and Annie Loveder
Thurs 18th Stream 10am Mass – in Ordinary Time Felicity and David Isaac
Fri 19th Stream 10am Mass – Most Sacred Heart of Jesus People of the Parish
Sat 20th Stream 10am Mass – Immaculate Heart of Mary Thanksgiving for Ordination (18 yrs)
12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sun 21st Stream 10am



Vespers and Benediction

Kay Walsh RIP


(except Sunday)
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

You should have received in the post a letter (a proper letter too!) about Corpus Christi – if you haven’t then we don’t have your correct details.  Happy Feast day and check out the others this week – The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday and Saturday)

Last weekend I announced at mass something that you had possible heard on the wireless or TV – that churches can reopen for private prayer from the 15th.  Hurray! I hear you shout.  Yes, indeed. Hurray! Wonderful news and the first in a number of stepping stones on the way to being able to celebrate public mass with you all present.  But, I’m ahead of myself…

There are a huge number of conditions and stipulations about being able to open for private prayer.  Some of the material preparations I have been busy with this week – rope barriers, hand sanitizer stations, signage etc.

But perhaps the key thing to the whole enterprise is as follows – we need teams of 2 people to act as stewards whilst the church is open.  Their role will be to direct people to appropriate seating places, to emphasise the hygiene rules, and make sure people follow the one way systems.  At the end of the day, these Teams will also be responsible for cleaning the church and furniture to ensure it is ready for the next open session.

I had a meeting with some members of the Finance Committee and the Mission Team, and we quickly realised that opening the church for a couple of hours perhaps 2 or 3 times a week was an initial goal.  At St Thomas More’s in Bramley we may only manage a couple of hours once a week.  We shall see what sort of response we get!

Another thing that we need to consider is that one of the stewards (of the two on duty) must be DBS cleared and neither of the two stewards can be from a vulnerable group or living with a person in the vulnerable group.  So that further reduces the ‘pool’ of available people.  If you think that you could volunteer and commit yourself to this ministry (for that is what it actually is – you will be enabling prayer in the parish) for a number of weeks  – then please complete a form (via this link🙂 and we will consider you very actively!

I would like to take the opportunity to encourage you to volunteer even if it means you have to reorganise your life a little to accommodate the sessions you have volunteered for.  This is a first step towards being able to use the church as our House of Prayer once again.  It will mean a great deal to some people who have been deprived of that contact with our “sacred space” and you could be key to helping them (and yourself) maintain a healthy life of prayer.  Please pray about how you, personally, can respond.

With my love

Fr David


Once again that link to the form (it takes roughly 3 minutes to complete online)


Guardian Angel Prayer – to be said before mass.

This version was contained in the Pastoral Letter by Cardinal NicholsDear Guardian Angel,
go for me to the church, there kneel down at Mass for me.  At the Offertory, take me to God, and offer Him my service: What I am, what I have, offer as my gift.At the Consecration, with your seraphic strength, adore my Saviour truly present, praying for those who have loved me, for those who have offended me, and for those now deceased, that the blood of Jesus may purify them all.During Holy Communion, bring to me the Body and Blood of Jesus uniting Him with me in spirit, so that my heart may become His dwelling place. Plead with Him, that through His sacrifice all people throughout the world may be saved.When the Mass ends, bring home to me and to every home, the Lord’s blessing. Amen



Sunday 14 June 2020              Corpus Christi – Solemnity                Readings at Mass

Entrance Hymn

1 Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heav’n to earth come down:
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
all thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
enter ev’ry trembling heart.

2 Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into ev’ry troubled breast;
let us all in thee inherit,
let us find the promised rest:
take away the love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

3 Come, Almighty to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return, and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

4 Finish, then, thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be:
let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory,
’til in heav’n we take our place,
’til we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Penitential Rite



O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament
have left us a memorial of your Passion,
grant us, we pray,
so to revere the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood
that we may always experience in ourselves
the fruits of your redemption.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

First reading                                       Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14-16

He fed you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known

Moses said to the people: ‘Remember how the Lord your God led you for forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, to test you and know your inmost heart – whether you would keep his commandments or not. He humbled you, he made you feel hunger, he fed you with manna which neither you nor your fathers had known, to make you understand that man does not live on bread alone but that man lives on everything that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

‘Do not become proud of heart. Do not forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery: who guided you through this vast and dreadful wilderness, a land of fiery serpents, scorpions, thirst; who in this waterless place brought you water from the hardest rock; who in this wilderness fed you with manna that your fathers had not known.’

Responsorial Psalm                          Psalm 147:12-15,19-20

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem!
Zion, praise your God!
He has strengthened the bars of your gates
he has blessed the children within you.
He established peace on your borders,
he feeds you with finest wheat.
He sends out his word to the earth
and swiftly runs his command.
He makes his word known to Jacob,
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations;
he has not taught them his decrees.

Second reading                                  1 Corinthians 10:16-17

That there is only one loaf means that, though we are many, we form one body

The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.


Gospel Acclamation Jn6:51

Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven,
says the Lord.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.

Gospel John 6:51-58

My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink

Jesus said to the crowd:
‘I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world.’
Then the Jews started arguing with one another: ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they said. Jesus replied:
‘I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood,
you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life,
and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food
and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me
and I live in him.
As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate:
they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live for ever.’

Offertory Hymn

In bread we bring you Lord, our body’s’ labour
In wine we offer you our spirit’s grief.
We do not ask you, Lord, who is my neighbor?
But stand united now, in one belief.
For we have gladly heard your Word, your holy Word
And now in answer, Lord, our gifts we bring.
Our selfish hearts make true, our failing faith renew,
Our life belongs to you, our Lord and King.

The bread we offer you is blessed and broken,
And it becomes for us our spirit’s food.
Over the cup we bring, your Word is spoken;
Make it your gift to us, your healing blood.
Take all that daily toil, plants in our heart’s poor soil,
Take all we start and spoil, each hopeful dream.
The chances we have missed, the graces we resist,
Lord, in thy Eucharist, take and redeem.

Words and Music: Kevin Nichols

Prayer over the Offerings

Grant your Church, O Lord, we pray,
the gifts of unity and peace,
whose signs are to be seen in mystery
in the offerings we here present.
Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Hymn


Let all mortal flesh keep silence
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthlyminded,
For with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth he stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood:
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At his feet the six winged seraph;
Cherubim with sleepless eye
Veil their faces to the Presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry,
Alleluya, Alleluya,
Lord most high!

Words Liturgy of St James Tune PICARDY

tr. Gerard Moultrie French Carol

Prayer after Communion

Grant, O Lord, we pray,
that we may delight for all eternity
in that share in your divine life,
which is foreshadowed in the present age
by our reception of your precious Body and Blood.
Who live and reign for ever and ever.

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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.

Final Hymn

Here is a link to the Liturgy of Mass readings for you to use.  It gives all the daily readings for Mass free of charge. It’s run by the Redemptorists and recommended by Jane Harding (no less!)
Website is



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




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)

Account number is 11126466,

Sort code 40-05-20.


Pokot Appeal

I have received the following appeals from Fr Sean at the Rotu Mission and Fr Paul at the Barpello Mission School.

Fr Paul is asking for help towards the cost of  his tree planting project which will be undertaken by people from two of his nearby villages who will be paid in much needed food for their work. The food plants they had sown earlier in the year failed when the rains dried up. The total cost of the project comes to £2,125, or approximately £5 per tree. If anyone would like to see the page of calculations etc which Fr Paul include in his appeal, please let me know. In addition to it showing the cost of the maze and beans he proposes to buy for this present project, it also records that the £1040 we sent him in April was used to provide 150 Households with 15 Kgs of Maize each; and 135 Households with 10 Kgs of Beans each.

Fr Sean is hoping we can help him defray the cost of repairs to the  Mission’s Borehole pump which is the main source of water for the village. The cost includes  the purchase of a new handle, plus transportation and lodging costs to and from Nairobi and Nakuru,  He has also had to buy new tyres for the Mission quad bike after many punctures and long disappeared treads! The total cost of both projects was over £1,000 which he has had to borrow from Mission funds already earmarked for other projects.

How to donate

The easiest way, particularly in the present circumstances, would be by online bank transfer and if you contact me I will let you have details.  Alternatively, you could put your donation in one of the orange Pound a Week Group envelopes and place it in the post box at the Parish Office in Cranleigh. Fr David tells me that he is hoping to install by the weekend a similar post box on the wall beside the door to the Sacristy at St Thomas More church and that can be used for donations as well. If all else fails, you could post a cheque to me at the address below.

If donations exceed the £3,125, I propose to give the balance to Fr Sean for his food programmes for the nursery and primary school children and the elderly.


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