By In Newsletter Blog On August 20, 2020

Cranleigh and Bramley Parish

  Divine Office Week 1 (Week 21 of the Year)

 Times of Mass and Devotions

 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 22nd Cranleigh* 5pm Vigil Mass Fergal and Conor Hough RIP
Sun 23rd Bramley
Baptism – Hollie
People of the Parish



Tues 25th Bramley 10am Mass – of week 21 in Ordinary Time  
Wed 26th Cranleigh* 7pm Mass – of week 20 in Ordinary Time  
Thur 27th Cranleigh* 10am Mass – Saint Monica  
Fri 28th Cranleigh* 10am Mass – Saint Augustine, Bp and Dr.  

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 29nd Cranleigh* 5pm Lit. of the Word and HC  
Sun 30th Bramley




Lit. of the Word and HC

Lit. of the Word and HC



* livestreamed

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Please note a change in the way to organise a mass intention.
Please either call the presbytery phone line 01483 272075 (you can leave a message if no answer) or email Fr David at and Fr David will enter the mass intention directly into his diary; or there is now a form available on the front page of the parish website.  Why not try that?  It pops up in front of you as you scroll down.

Mission Team – Outreach

The Outreach Team will begin making phone calls to parishioners identified as possibly being vulnerable or without means of communication to ascertain how we can offer increased levels of support in the months ahead whilst this COVID situation exists and beyond. Our aim is to reach out to parishioners and find out if we can support them and how; as well as updating our database.  Please pray for those making the calls and for those who may receive a call.  If you receive a call from our Team we hope that you will feel pleased and welcome the opportunity to be contacted.

Fr David’s Message for the Week

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Last week I put this notice in – because, being a bear of little brain, I got my calendaring confused!  I know, how do you explain it?  I have no idea either!  In fact, it is this week that I’m on retreat! I will stay at home and use the time for a renewal of prayer and to do some reading and thinking.  As you can see from the above, I will also be celebrating mass each day which you are, of course, encouraged to take part in.  Also, if there is any urgent pastoral business to attend to, I will also try to make that a priority.

Next weekend (29th/30th) I am beginning a holiday for a week and will be away.  I have not been able to find cover for the weekend’s masses as I write (although one may be found in due course!) and so the Bishop has given parish priest’s permission to arrange for Liturgies of the Word with Holy Communion to be celebrated in place of Sunday Mass.  Ordinarily, this would not be sanctioned except in emergencies but as our Sunday obligation has been suspended in this time of Covid-19 it is acceptable although not, perhaps, the very best thing.  But as many older priests who are the usual locums are shielding the supply pool is not great!


In the liturgical readings for Sunday mass this week we meet a character called Shebna who, we are told, is ‘master of the palace’ of King Hezekiah.  As such, he would have wielded great influence and power, being ‘close’ to the king, and perhaps having his ear too.  However, having great power and wielding it are two things that are difficult to achieve for most people without straying into pride and personal gain.  Also, people who possess great power are often the subject of jealousy from others.  Thus, keeping power and influence when it is actually in the gift of another can be tricky, to say the least.  Shebna is deposed from office and replaced by Eliakim in something of a palace coup and the reason for this was probably Shebna’s pride and a mistaken sense of his own abilities – in other words he assumed too much and went too far.  In his stead, Eliakim is given “the key of the House of David” and thus “should he open, no one shall close, should he close, no one shall open.”  He is trusted with discernment, and with power.

jesus-gives-peter-keys.jpgIn contrast to this we have the ‘election’ of Peter who is chosen by Jesus to be the leader, the first among equals, among the apostolic band.  There is a striking parallel with the first reading as Jesus says to Peter “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.'” We all know that Peter is a warm hearted, enthusiastic and spontaneous person who also has an ability to get hold of the wrong end of the stick at times and who, also, isn’t as brave as he would like to think he is.  But, despite not being the perfect human being, Peter is the perfect choice for Jesus’ church.  Why?  Because Jesus wants people who recognise their need of Him, who accept the assistance of grace, and who walk humbly before the Lord, loving tenderly and doing justice. (Micah). He does not need someone who feels they are independent of Him and presume to speak on His behalf when, in fact, they are only speaking from human, personal motives.  This is why Peter, although he almost certainly wouldn’t ‘get the job’ if he applied today and went through a recruitment process, is the perfect choice for Jesus.  Peter needs Jesus, and he knows it.

Screenshot-2018-10-10-14-1.jpgThis is also why YOU might be Jesus’ choice for a task he has in mind for His Church today.  You may not be given the keys to the kingdom, but you might be given another task, or role, that requires your humble service.  The service God requires most of all is a humble, contrite heart (Psalm 50) which we are told God ‘will not despise’.  That sense of humble service does not focus on the dignity of the service offered, or the position held, but on the person to whom that service is being offered.  Namely, Jesus Christ.

With my love and prayers.

Fr David




Linda Collins is reading at the 5pm Vigil Mass

Stephen Rockhill is reading at 9am at St Thomas More

Win Bracking has kindly agree to compile a Rota for the Vigil Mass at 5pm.  Below is her message – please respond to her directly with your offers of help and support.

“As a temporary measure I have offered to organise readers for the Vigil Mass. If you usually come to this Mass and would like to read please contact Win Bracking ( I will try to do 4 weeks at a time if you let me know your availability.  God bless – Win”



q.jpgFacemasks and signing into Mass

We are being asked to wear facemasks in church during mass from now on until further notice.  I’m sorry that this is happening as especially during this hot weather they can be a nuisance. But not as much as catching a nasty disease – so let’s try to remember why we are doing all this.  I’m sure that like me you will be keen to abide by this directive, onerous as it may seem, as the alternatives are even less welcome.  We do not want to be closed to public masses again like we were during lockdown or worse actually have members of our community fall ill.

We have suspended the Booking into Mass system as we are now adopting slightly different rules inside church at Mass.  The Government rules are that we are officially at 1m+ for social distancing – if there is what they call ‘mitigation’ – i.e. a face covering, or a barrier of some sort like a perspex screen.  This means that we can be seated at 1m+ in church which will allow us to hold more people and sit slightly more closely together.  If you can’t wear a facemask for any reason, there will be an area of seating reserved for 2m distance.  (But only a small amount of seating).  If it is difficult for you to wear a facemask for any reason would you just let me know so that can show you to an appropriate seat from now on?

May I ask you to remember to bring a facemask with you and to wash your hands before coming to church and to sanitise them on entering and on leaving the church.  We are also encouraged to leave the church immediately Mass has finished and to do any socialising outside, keeping to social distance rules as appropriate there too.


Please keep your mass intentions coming!  Mass is still being offered almost daily for the intentions as in the above calendar, please join in with the streamed Masses.  Intentions can be emailed to or there is now a form available on the front page of the parish website.  Why not try that?  It pops up in front of you as you scroll down.


Sunday 23 August 2020   21st Sunday in Ordinary Time


Readings at Mass

First reading                                                            Isaiah 22:19-23

I place the key of the House of David on my servant’s shoulder

Thus says the Lord of Hosts to Shebna, the master of the palace:

I dismiss you from your office,

I remove you from your post,

and the same day I call on my servant

Eliakim son of Hilkiah.

I invest him with your robe,

gird him with your sash,

entrust him with your authority;

and he shall be a father

to the inhabitants of Jerusalem

and to the House of Judah.

I place the key of the House of David

on his shoulder;

should he open, no one shall close,

should he close, no one shall open.

I drive him like a peg

into a firm place;

he will become a throne of glory

for his father’s house.

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                                 Psalm 137(138):1-3,6,8

R/.       Your love, O Lord, is eternal: discard not the work of your hands.

I thank you, Lord, with all my heart:

  you have heard the words of my mouth.

In the presence of the angels I will bless you.

  I will adore before your holy temple.


I thank you for your faithfulness and love,

  which excel all we ever knew of you.

On the day I called, you answered;

  you increased the strength of my soul.


The Lord is high yet he looks on the lowly

  and the haughty he knows from afar.

Your love, O Lord, is eternal,

  discard not the work of your hands.


Second reading                                                                                                                  Romans 11:33-36

All that exists comes from him; all is by him and from him.

How rich are the depths of God – how deep his wisdom and knowledge – and how impossible to penetrate his motives or understand his methods! Who could ever know the mind of the Lord? Who could ever be his counsellor? Who could ever give him anything or lend him anything? All that exists comes from him; all is by him and for him. To him be glory for ever! Amen.

Gospel Acclamation         2Co5:19

Alleluia, alleluia!

God in Christ was reconciling the world to himself,

and he has entrusted to us the news that they are reconciled.



Or:      Mt16:18

Alleluia, alleluia!

You are Peter

and on this rock I will build my Church.

And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.


Gospel            Matthew 16:13-20

You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church

 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say the Son of Man is?’ And they said, ‘Some say he is John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he said ‘who do you say I am?’ Then Simon Peter spoke up, ‘You are the Christ,’ he said, ‘the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘Simon son of Jonah, you are a happy man! Because it was not flesh and blood that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. And the gates of the underworld can never hold out against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: whatever you bind on earth shall be considered bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth shall be considered loosed in heaven.’ Then he gave the disciples strict orders not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.

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.


CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict.  You can donate at to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family. Or use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your family and friends to transform lockdown and raise money for the appeal:




Thank you very much for the continuing support you offer the parish through your generous offertory donations. 

This has enabled the parish to be in a relatively healthy position and not too far behind our budgeted target. 


Financial Information July 2020    

Offertory Month of July So far this year
  Actual Budget Actual Budget
  £10,480 £8,333 £56,104 £58,333


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