4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29th January 2017

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29th January 2017

By In Newsletter Blog On January 27, 2017


4th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 29th January 2017

Times of Mass and Devotions
Sat 28thCranleigh10.00amMass – St Thomas Aquinas
X 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time X
Sat 28thCranleigh6.00pmVigil MassJohn Mantle (RIP)
Sun 29thBramley




Parish Mass

Parish Mass

Teresa Westcott-White (RIP)

People of the Parish

Tues 31stBramley10.00amMass – St John Bosco
Wed 1stCranleigh7.00pmMass
Thurs 2ndBramley






Mass – Presentation of the Lord in the Temple

Funeral: Geoffrey Newell

Fri 3rdCranleigh




Mass – St Blaise

Funeral: Jennie Irvine

X 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time X
Sat 4thCranleigh6.00pmVigil MassPeggy Gee-Weldon (RIP)
Sun 5thBramley




Parish Mass

Parish Mass

The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses     Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses

Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time

Parish Prayer Group – Thursdays at 8pm – see website or notice board for details
Mothers Prayers – Thursdays during term-time at 2.30pm in JCROM Lady Chapel

Please note a change to every Wednesday Mass in Cranleigh Exposition from 6pm, Confessions 6-6.30pm and Mass at 7pm

Next week the special collection is The Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund

Forthcoming Funerals
We have had a spate of losses from our parish.

I thought I’d let you know the dates and times of the funerals that are coming up in the next few weeks. As always, these are our Christian brothers and sisters and it is very appropriate to support the family and friends of the deceased by attending their funeral and by praying for them in your daily prayers.

In date order:
Thursday 2nd February at 1pm Cranleigh – Geoff Newell.
Friday 3rd February at 1pm Cranleigh – Jennie Irvine
Tuesday 14th February 2pm at Bramley – Teresa Westcott White
Thursday 16th February 11.30am at Bramley – Molly Attwood
Friday 17th February 12pm at the Crematorium – Henry George Best

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ

“What does the Lord ask of you?  To love justice, to love deeply and to walk humbly before your God” (Micah 6:8). If it was only Micah who pleading with us we could be forgiven for thinking that this wasn’t too serious a demand.  But Zephaniah adds his voice to the chorus of voices – “Seek the Lord, all you, the humble of the earth, who obey his commands. Seek integrity, seek humility.”  I could search the other prophets of the Old Testament and provide loads of quotes but, in a sense, I don’t need to.  Jesus does it all for us.  He wraps up the teaching of Moses and the prophets in his famous Sermon on the Mount which we have in Matthew’s gospel today.  What a wonderful list of things for us to think about.  Remember that Jesus teaching isn’t just a kind of election manifesto – he is not Jeremy Corbin, or Teresa May or, least of all, Donald Trump.  His values are about a way of life so different to their vision as to raise loads of questions.  Are they “pie in the sky” thinking?  Are they unobtainable in the “real world”?  Or are they suggesting a different set of values and ways of life?  A different future and purpose in living.

These my brothers and sisters, are the values of the Kingdom of God.  To pursue them and to live them out will bring true happiness and the fullness of joy and life.  The fact that they do not correspond with so many of the world’s promises should not cause us to question the Beatitudes but to look inquiringly at the values of the world and especially those proposed by people like Trump et al.  It is the last one that, perhaps, is the most salient in today’s political climate. “Happy are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you” – if you speak out against lies, “alternative facts”, torture, avoidance of due process, injustice, bigotry and so many other things – you raise your head above the parapet and open yourself up to disdain at a minimum, and abuse and persecution.  Already in the US 4 journalists have been arrested over the many marches in opposition to Donald Trump.  The Old Testament prophets were all put to death and, as for Jesus – well we know what happened to him.  But no one saw the resurrection coming.  Except Jesus.  And the prophets.

With my love, Father David

Healing Mass

There will be a Healing Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley on Saturday the 11th February at 11.30am. Refreshments to follow.

What is a Healing Mass and what does it “do?”  Quite simply, it is an opportunity to experience the Church’s ministry of healing for the sick with the laying on of hands for anyone who feels the need for Christ’s loving and compassionate healing touch and, for those who are more seriously ill or for anyone in danger of death, the accompanying rite of anointing with the Oil of the Sick, blessed by our Bishop.  Through this anointing Christ’s healing and forgiving ministry is extended to anyone who has faith and asks for the gift of forgiveness and healing in their lives. Sometimes the healing we need is connected with forgiveness of sins: our own or the effects of another person on our life.  Sometimes the healing is physical and sometimes it is spiritual. Whatever, through this sacrament Christ gives us grace to face suffering and pain with the knowledge that he accompanies us on our personal journey and so too does the Church – by which I mean the community of faith and the wider church of all God’s people.  If you would like a lift to this Mass, please contact the Parish Office on 01483 272075.

Youth masses are on the 3rd Sunday of the month 11am at JCROM.  Dates for the next two are 19/2, and 19/3.  Rehearsals are at 10am on the day so please feel free to come along and get involved. All youth and youthful are welcome!  If you would like to receive the music in good time please contact Charlotte Allan on charlotteanneallan@hotmail.com or 898163 and she will add you to the email list. Many thanks

Would you like to Come and Meet Each Other?

We are re-starting CAMEO, the women’s group in the Parish and would be delighted if you come along.  Our first event is a Bring and Share Supper at my house, 68 Horsham Road, on Wednesday 8th February at 7.30pm.  We aim to then get together with a different host and activity each month.  It is an informal group so you can choose which events take your fancy and suit your diary!  If you would like to come to mine for supper, please do let me know either at katie@familymoran.co.uk or on 01483 275035 or 07775 628498.  I do hope a good number of you will come along.  Kindest regards, Katie Moran

p.s. Men of the Parish – please don’t feel left out – your invite is on the way!!!

A Cranleigh Parish Lunch is being organised for Saturday 25th March 1pm which will include 2 courses, wine and coffee.  The price will be £10 and there is a sign-up sheet in both porches for up to 20 guests.

Great Parish Marmalade Sale –  Sunday 19th February 2017

There will be a sale of marmalade and jam after the 9am Mass on Sunday 19th February in the Parish Room in Bramley; proceeds for the new Parish Hall. If you would like to contribute anything, including cakes etc, please bring them with you on the day. I can still take a few orders. Many thanks for all the jam jars. Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406 or email: bmeacott@hotmail.com).


Hello all.  Fr David sent me this message in response to my question about how we might help with the present drought situation in Pokot. It makes very difficult reading.  Attached are also a selection of the photos he sent me. You will see that where there is some water it is of very poor quality; and in one photo you will see three young children drinking from a shrinking dam of contaminated water.  If anyone would like to make a donation to help pay for what I suspect will be an expensive borehole, please let me know. No matter how small, your donation will be a great help to Fr David. All this comes at a time when I know a number of the Pound a Week Group are paying the 2017 school fees of students they are sponsoring and I hesitated in putting this round the Group, but the situation looks very serious and I thought you all would want to know about the terrible problems our Pokot Missions are facing.  Eugene

Dear Eugene.
Greetings from a very hot and dry East Pokot.
Our last rains were in October 2016. Since then with a very high evaporation rate water pans and dams have become dry. Animals such as cows have begun to die. Other animals such as goats and camels have a lot of stress. With soaring daily temperatures of over C40+ fodder has become very scarce. There is a great need to re-stock with goats and camels but in the present context we refrain for asking to re-stock at this stage and under the present conditions. Food in the form of maize and beans are needed. Water is needed. Rain is needed, (Gods Responsibility) I really don’t know what we can do? I am at present fund raising for a bore hole for water. I hope to do it quickly. Let us think about it:  David


Donations should be placed in one of the Orange Pound a Week Group envelopes and placed in the collection basket at Mass. Cheques should be made payable to Cranleigh and Bramley parish. Eugene McGivern. 07866-419495 or emcgivern@btinternet.com

Thinking of Baptism for your Child? 

Please note the next course will be run on the evenings of 15th and 22nd February by Patrick Bergin.  Please contact the Parish Office to register your interest.

The winners for the 300 club in January are Anne Draycott, Toby Brewer and John Federer.  Thank you to everyone who signed up, the most since 2012.

Mothers Prayer Group

Please consider joining the regular Thursday 2.30pm group which meets in the Cranleigh Church.  The group has reduced to one person and it would be wonderful if you could boost the group and take the opportunity to pray for yourselves and your loved ones.

The next Guildford Deanery Safeguarding Basic Awareness Training has been arranged for Monday, 6th February at St Joan of Arc, Farnham, GU9 8DJ from 7-9 p.m.  Please could you let Tracy at the Parish Office know if you would like to attend so your name can be forwarded to the Diocesan Safeguarding Office. It is also possible for individuals to book for this session via the Diocesan Website in the Safeguarding Section under Courses & Events. http://www.dabnet.org/ViewArticle/?section=Courses&id=816&subsect=Safeguarding

The training is for everyone but we are particularly targeting those
who have a role which requires a DBS check within the parishes and are working with vulnerable groups (children and adults at risk). This basic training is for those who have not already attended the previous sessions held at St Mary’s, Rydes Hill in December ’15, Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh in June ‘16 or any other Deaneries.

Another session will be held later next year, probably in July/August, but people are able to attend sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.  Further dates will be put on the Diocesan website once they are arranged, so please look on the Website too.

Pilgrimage to Fatima Celebrate the centenary of Fatima this October with fellow pilgrims from the diocese. Departing 8th October spend 4 nights in a 4* hotel on a half board basis. Flights included from London Gatwick. Early bird offer of £495 available until 01/04/2017. To find out more visit aglowpilgrimages.com/fatima or call 0800 689 4792.

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th March 2017.  £599 per person sharing.  Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished Knock House Hot
el with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner e
ach evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £50.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia anytime on 07
40 175557 or email knockpilgrimages@gmail.com.  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL.

Do you want to inspire young people and consider training to be an RE teacher in a secondary school? Do you want to discuss possible routes into becoming an RE teacher?   If so then please contact either Sally Dudley, Recruitment Lead at Sussex University (s.e.dudley@sussex.ac.uk or 01273 877050) or Claire Rooney, RE Curriculum Tutor for Sussex University (claire.rooney123@btinternet.com or 07710550339).  We are keen to talk with any potential trainees for September 2017 and support you in training with the University of Sussex and would welcome an informal phone ca
ll or email.

You are warmly invited to the next Chilworth Day of Praise and Healing, around the theme I am the Lord, who heals you, given by Ros Powell, on Sat, 18th of February 2017. The day begins with Mass at 10.20 am. Two talks will divide the Day, with refreshments and lunch, the Divine Mercy Devotion, with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, concluding with the Sacrament of Healing and departures at 4.20 pm. Come to part, or all of the day, as it suits you. Bring a packed lunch, and a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR   Online information:www.chilworthbenedictines.com

LOST/FOUND. Among the used postage stamps that some kind person gave me was a Memorial Card for OLIVE MARY SPALDING.  If you have lost this card please contact Win Bracking 275573.

Stop hating your diet and start loving it! GO ON – Stick something healthy on your fork!

Joining the Nourish & Flourish Club is like hitting a BIG RESET button on your diet.

At the end of the plan, you’ll feel better, look better and eat better. Oh and you’ll have probably dropped a dress size and up to a stone in weight too!

So how does it work? It’s simple; no calorie counting, pills or potions… just healthy, fresh, simple food.

By joining the Nourish & Flourish Club you will educate yourself about healthy food choices so you can change the way you eat and use the skills and tools you learn to eat well for life – not just for the duration of the programme.

6 sessions at £10 each will be run in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on a Wednesday evening 7.30 starting 22nd February.   All session costs will be donated to the Parish Meeting Room Fund by the organiser charlottehunternutrition.co.uk.   Please register your interest with the Parish Office or with Charlotte Hunter direct.  All are welcome.

Can you spare between one and a half and two hours a month, or more, to deliver nourishing meals to the housebound in and around Bramley?
Rowleys Centre for the Community are now producing meals for delivery in Cranleigh and the surrounding villages. After the end of January there are no drivers to deliver meals to the villages.  Mileage is paid and every assistance will be given when you start. If you can help, or would like more information, please ring Tina on 01483 277155.

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