Newsletter – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

By In Newsletter Blog On September 19, 2020


Cranleigh and Bramley Parish
Year: A(II). Psalm week: 1. Liturgical Colour: Green.

Times of Mass and Devotions

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 19th Cranleigh* 5pm Vigil Mass Jenny Mitchell RIP






Pro Populo

Kath and Annie Loveder’s Int

Bramley 10am Mass Sebastian (RIP)
Cranleigh* 7pm Mass – Saint Pius of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) Helene Lewis RIP
Bramley 10am Mass –  Our Lady of Walsingham
Cranleigh* 10am Mass

 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 26th Cranleigh* 5pm Vigil Mass Pro Populo







Mass & Baptisms

Zander & Francesca Broughton
* livestreamed

YouTube –

ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ONE HOUR BEFORE MASSMASS INTENTIONSPlease note a change in the way to organise a mass intention. 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.  
Or call the presbytery phone line 01483 272075 (you can leave a message if no answer) or email Fr David at and I will enter the mass intention directly into the diary

DSC_6097.jpegFirst Holy Communion

Thursday night’s optional catch up session on zoom was an opportunity to remind parents about the sacrament of reconciliation and how we might continue to prepare our children for this. Don’t worry if you missed it. We looked at some areas of the handout 5 – if you no longer have this to hand, you can access this and all the course handouts here

You will be receiving handouts 6 and 7 in the post – please collect from Office on Friday, or you can access them from the same place online.

You will be receiving a confirmation email from the Children Youth and Families team at Guildford shortly with details of your Reconciliation booking. If you are unable to attend this event, please get in touch with Tracy to let her know when you will be arranging for your child to receive this sacrament. Just a reminder that children cannot make their first communion until they have completed their reconciliation.

Here is the link to the FHC parents blog, which will provide support and details on Reconciliation over the coming month, including fun videos to watch with the children, as well as dates for the remainder of the course – Cranleigh first communion mass dates are yet to be confirmed, but will be announced shortly.

During the meeting, we were also encouraged to go to Mass in person with our children at some point before half term, especially if we haven’t been since lock down. It is a very different experience with all the Covid measures in place and will help prepare the children for their Reconciliation and Holy Communion.

You do not now have to book to come to Mass in Cranleigh (5pm Saturday/11am Sunday) or Bramley (9am Sunday), although adults are required to wear face masks.

A reminder that you can of course join us online too

Returning to Work and phones!

Tracy will be working from the Office at the Presbytery from the 1st October for two days a week.  She will work from home another two days in the week.  We will advertise which days fit where in due course.  To assist with this home/office balance we are getting some new phones – same old number (if BT get it right!) 272075, but Tracy will be able to have an Office phone at home.  There may be some, shall we say, adjustment for a while as we become used to the new phones (due to arrive this week).  I’m afraid it will be some of that “Press 1 for the Parish Secretary, Press 2 for the Parish Priest” etc.  Sorry, that’s progress!

Poll of Opinions about the Vigil Mass

Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent SurveyMonkey poll about the time of the Vigil Mass.

Here are the results:

  • I prefer mass at 6pm –  Yes = 41 No = 28
  • I like Mass at 5pm -– Yes = 42 No = 18
  • I am happy with 5pm or 6pm –– Yes = 59 No = 24

In addition to the simple yes/no answers I asked for comments, and, understandably, these ranged across a number of factors including appropriate mealtimes for children, Saturday sporting and social activities, some even generously felt that my own life should be a factor.  Some felt that having a Summer/Winter change of time was a reasonable idea.  On balance, looking at these responses I can see that for all the people for whom 6pm represented a good time for family, so did 5pm.  For those who had Saturday afternoon activities curtailed the earlier time offered the opportunity to attend evening activities instead.  The changing time is not really practical as it never works in practice despite being great in theory.

So, on balance and taking into account the views expressed above there is a marginal preference for the 5pm time, and so that is what we shall stick with from now on.

Thank you very much for responding.

Thursday Mass

Mass on Thursday has now resumed at St Thomas More, Bramley – usually at 10am

Reading at Mass

Last weekend Susan Knowles kindly offered to put together the rota for Sunday readers and ministers at Cranleigh.  Thank you, Sue.  If you would like to read, please contact her via the Office in the first instance with your telephone number and email address if at all possible.
We also require more readers for both churches.  Have you attended the reader course and were you a reader before?  Can you be once again now?  Are you new to the whole thing but have a feeling that you might be being called to this ministry?  Please speak to me as soon as possible, please.

As a temporary measure Win Bracking has 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

Here is the Rota for the 5pm Vigil Mass for the next four weeks

Sept  19th  David Penson
26th             Win Bracking
Oct  3rd     Linda Collins
10th           Tracy Colgan
17th           Eugene Mcgivern
24th             Win Bracking

Missio 1.pngMissio Red Boxes

I and the team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September/October. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter directly, over the next 6 weeks or so, as we are not able to leave the boxes in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh at present. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification.

I know that times are really difficult with the corona virus  and that cash is not being  greatly used at present but it would be really good if I could bank some money (coins and/or paper !) for the wonderful work that Missio carries out around the world bringing the Word of God to many very poor regions as well as education, medical needs and community support in very challenging circumstances.

Thank you very much for your support over the years.

Fran Pickett.

Tel. 01483 276614        Email nickpickett1948@gmail.

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Please find attached Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) poster to put up in your parish.
The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) provides parish leaders with knowledge and understanding of theology and the Catholic faith.
You can learn the course in person, by distance learning or online – details below:

Centres (in person learning)

Life-Light Home Study Courses (distance learning)
01844 351 514

CCRS Online (online learning)
0151 291 3055

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 This has been a very difficult year for many couples. Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it.

This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year alone. There is no group therapy or group work

For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 12th -15th Nov 2020, call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or email   or visit

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giving-from-the-heart-300x136.jpgFinancial Information

Financial Information August 2020
Offertory Month of August So far this year
Actual Budget Actual Budget
£7,011 £8,333 £63,115 £66,666

Old_Bailey_DK_AL571585_qlsct3.jpgFr David’s Message for the Week

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we grow up we develop a sense of justice.  We are hurt when we get into trouble for other people’s misdemeanours as children.  We become aware that some people have, and others have not.  Some people are praised whilst other’s efforts go unnoticed.  Some people gather friends around them like flies whilst others struggle with loneliness.  Going on we notice that it is not always those who seem to deserve reward who get it and those who have laboured and toiled unnoticed go unrewarded.  In the Book of Ecclesiasticus the writer bewails all this as ‘vanity’ and prompts the reader to recognise that there is nothing new under the sun and that this pattern will go on repeating itself generation after generation.  The only answer for him is to accept our ‘lot’ and enjoy whatever we can as a gift and make the most of it.

But that cannot do really – it offends our sense of justice – why should those who toil not receive their just reward?  Why isn’t everything fair?

The answer is, of course, that ‘fairness’ is not a human right!  Justice is however, yet we know that human scales of justice often fall unfairly and disproportionally against the weak and the poor.  Money can buy a lot of justice!

And so it seems with the gospel today.  It quite understandably feels unjust that the earlier labourers should only receive the same as the late arrivals.  Shouldn’t the owner of the vineyard have adjusted the pay accordingly?  It would have put paid to a lot of disgruntlement to say the least, and the late workers cannot have expected to be paid so much.  Such is human justice and fairness.

However, the parable serves another purpose – which is to reveal the unfairness of God which so often comes down in our favour.  Perhaps we could think of the story in this way.

The Vineyard is the world in which the harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God is to be brought in.  Some people are up and about early and keen to do their bit.  Some are less keen and arrive later, and some hardly notice what’s going on until much later ‘in the day’ – towards the end of their life, perhaps.  God generously offers the same reward to all who take up the task – whenever they come.  So, the denarius which is one day’s pay and the reward for labouring is also the same reward for all.  If the denarius = eternal life you can see that you can’t really divide it up further. It either is, or it isn’t.

What we should rejoice in is not the unfairness of everyone getting the same ‘pay’ but in God’s unfathomable generosity and the help of those latecomers when we were getting tired at the end of the day.  We need God shaped perspectives to help us see these things.

With my love and prayers.

Fr David


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 20 September 2020        25th Sunday in Ordinary Time                  Liturgical Colour: Green.

Readings at Mass

First reading                                                       Isaiah 55:6-9

My thoughts are not your thoughts

Seek the Lord while he is still to be found,
call to him while he is still near.
Let the wicked man abandon his way,
the evil man his thoughts.
Let him turn back to the Lord who will take pity on him,
to our God who is rich in forgiving;
for my thoughts are not your thoughts,
my ways not your ways – it is the Lord who speaks.
Yes, the heavens are as high above earth
as my ways are above your ways,
my thoughts above your thoughts.

Responsorial Psalm                                          Psalm 144(145):2-3,8-9,17-18

R/.       The Lord is close to all who call him.

I will bless you day after day
and praise your name for ever.
The Lord is great, highly to be praised,
his greatness cannot be measured.
The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.
The Lord is just in all his ways
and loving in all his deeds.
He is close to all who call him,
who call on him from their hearts.

Second reading                                                   Philippians 1:20-24,27

Life to me is Christ; but death would bring me more

Christ will be glorified in my body, whether by my life or by my death. Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would bring me something more; but then again, if living in this body means doing work which is having good results – I do not know what I should choose. I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and be with Christ, which would be very much the better, but for me to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need for your sake.

Avoid anything in your everyday lives that would be unworthy of the gospel of Christ.

Gospel Acclamation                                         cf.Lk19:38,2:14

Alleluia, alleluia!
Blessings on the King who comes,
in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest heavens!

Or:                                                                        cf.Ac16:14

Alleluia, alleluia!
Open our heart, O Lord,
to accept the words of your Son.

Gospel                      Matthew 20:1-16

Why be envious because I am generous?

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day, and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, “You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage.” So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing round, and he said to them, “Why have you been standing here idle all day?” “Because no one has hired us” they answered. He said to them, “You go into my vineyard too.” In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, “Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first.” So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner. “The men who came last” they said “have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day’s work in all the heat.” He answered one of them and said, “My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the last comer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why be envious because I am generous?” Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.’

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.











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