4th Sunday of Advent – 20th December 2020 – Sea Sunday
Fr David’s Message for the Week
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
You will notice that today is the last Sunday of Advent, and also, with that lovely catholic way of adding on things, Sea Sunday. Sea Sunday! Is it July? No – I’m afraid that in common with much else the celebration of Sea Sunday was not possible in its usual place, but we have been asked to celebrate it today instead. A kind of moveable feast, in a way, I suppose. But, actually, no bad thing. We might be reeling from Boris’s latest announcements about who we can meet over the Christmas period and for how long and thinking that Christmas has been ‘ruined’ but spare a thought for sailors and ‘all who go down to the sea in ships to trade on the mighty waters’ who might have been away from home and family and even country for perhaps the whole year. It’s not only hard on them but also on their families – especially if their pay doesn’t get paid as is happening all too frequently for some. Think of the RN submariners who are even now at sea somewhere patrolling our waters (and other people’s!) in order to make us safer. Some of them last saw the sun 3 months ago. Now that all of us have had to endure not seeing our beloved grannies and granddads, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters for a long while that might help us to relate to these men and women who sacrifice so much for the life on the ocean wave.
For ourselves, I wanted to just say a few words about hope, courage and patience. Indeed, about all the fruits of the Spirit. The 12 fruits are charity (or love), joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, or long-suffering, gentleness, faith, modesty, self-control, and chastity. Strictly speaking hope is not a fruit of the spirit but a gift of the Spirit, as is courage. There are seven gifts. I often describe the seven gifts as our spiritual ‘toolbox’ because they are what God provides to us in order to sanctify us. The seven gifts are the gifts that the ‘anointed One” i.e. The Christ will receive and which, working in Him, will equip Him for his work of reconciliation and peace. They are also given to us at confirmation. How can we use them? We can use them all in these difficult times in order to think and behave more like Christ. For example, using wisdom we can balance our experience with our intellect to live most fruitfully and to help others do so too. But perhaps what we need in more abundance right now is faith, hope, love and patience. Patience is directly connected to hope (a cardinal virtue). What we hope for is what we believe in – that God has not left us alone in this troubled world – but is by our side every day to strengthen us, heal us and forgive us. We believe also, that He will come again. We are certain of this, but we need holy patience to persevere in bad times and not lose hope. Patience is then a fruit of the spirit working in us and one which we can share with those who are anxious, troubled and suffering. With them also, we can share the fruits of goodness and kindness, and gentleness – in other words ‘be Christ’ for them. And for ourselves too.
We are at the stage in this pandemic when we truly need patience and hope most of all. We need to wait patiently for our vaccination. We need to protect the vulnerable while they wait for theirs. We need to convey a spirit of hope to those who are fed up (perhaps especially our children who find waiting and restriction most difficult) and we need that self-control that makes us understand that our actions can contribute to a safer environment, or make it worse.
So, let us use the gifts we have been given so abundantly to give glory to God and to prove our lives fruitful in all we do.
With my love and prayers
Rest In Peace
Please remember Fr. Tim Garratt in your prayers, retired priest of this diocese, who died recently. May he rest in peace. His Requiem Mass took place at Waterlooville, where his brother, Mgr. Jeremy Garratt is Parish Priest. Also Fr Michael Gwinnell who died recently.
On Saturday 19th December, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth ordained deacons at Wonersh, amongst them Stephen O’Brien of our own diocese. Please remember him in your prayers as he continues his formation for Priesthood.
Sea Sunday – Sunday 20th December
Today is Sea Sunday, when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them, we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. Today’s second collection is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the Catholic Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. For an appeal talk, and a video showing some of what Stella Maris does, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/SeaSunday. This collection is vital to enable Stella Maris to continue its important work. To donate, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/donate or text ‘SEA’ to 70460 to donate £5. Stella Maris is dependent on voluntary donations, so please give generously. Thank you.
Mass for Deaneries: January 2021
Bishop Richard will be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Deanery Intentions during the following weeks:
Week Beginning: January
4th Epsom & Redhill Deanery
11th Guildford Deanery
18th Lewes Deanery
25th Mayfield Deanery
Number Five Homeless Shelter
As you will probably know we have an annual collection for the residents of Number Five Homeless shelter and with your usual generosity we hope to do so again this year.
There are some minor differences this year in that Number five is now called Number Five Hub and is managed by a nation wide housing company called Riverside and at present there are only nine residents, soon to be eleven when they complete some renovations to the building.
However the needs of the residents have not changed and they are now resident for 24 hours a day as opposed to 16 and they are provided with three meals per day instead of just breakfast and evening meal..
Depending upon the proceeds of the collection we intend purchasing the usual cinema and Friary Centre vouchers for each resident and coffee vouchers if funds allow.
Any supplementary funds will be given to The Hub to cover emergencies and hardships which the residents may encounter such as family problems etc..
As this year things are different we will have a collection box at the exit from church after each mass until Christmas and if you miss the box and would like to make a donation you may do so via the parish account and Fr David will pass them on. Please use the full name of the account which is “RCD A&B Cranleigh & Bramley Parish, Sort 203394, Acc 41077465, and state reference “Number Five Christmas appeal”.
This year has been very difficult for people so please do not feel obligated to make a donation. Many thanks for all you have done in the past.
Booking into Mass
Now we are out of second lockdown we ask that you book online to attend Mass via the Parish website www.cpcb.org.uk
There is also a video showing how to do it here
Go to the Parish Calendar (Front page of website) and click on the date you would like to attend [it will have a tick next to it]. The option to sign up will then be presented [one booking per group] until a maximum capacity of 32 seats/pews have been allocated(JCROM) and 34 (STM). In order to best accommodate everyone, we ask that you please book your pew by Friday 10am at the latest. Last minute bookings may not be seen and the risk is that you will be turned away at the door which no-one wants. The same system can be used for booking into the Christmas Masses.
Congratulations to the December Winners of M Emslie, J Federer, P Streeter and to the Christmas Draw Winners N Pickett, S Hyde and T Laffar
In it to Win It – The 300 club for 2020 is nearing its end with 2 draws in December – one for the month and an extra one for Christmas. Entries for 2021 are now available on the parish website for you to download. Join in this year – there’s always a chance for a bit of excitement if you are stuck at home! As always, please complete the entry form and put it in an envelope with a cheque payable to “Catholic parish of Cranleigh and Bramley” and leave the envelope in the offertory or at the parish office.
Or for those who aren’t going out much, you can apply online from our website – www.cpcb.org.uk.
If you are not attending church in person or going out, you can transfer the money direct to the parish bank account using the following details:
Bank account Name: Catholic Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley
Bank account number : 41077465
Bank sort code : 40-05-20
As a reference for the transfer please put your name and 300 after it, eg Smith300.
After paying, please send a copy of your entry form to me at email@example.com. (No need to do this if you applied online)
If you have problems with either method, please call the office and I will get back to you to sort something out.
Are you living alone, isolating or shielding? If you would like a parishioner (who has volunteered) to give you a telephone call to support, chat or talk, please contact Jane Harding at the parish office (01483 272075). Jane will liaise with you and a member of the parish.
Financial Information November 2020
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If you wish to make your confession, please email me or call me to arrange a convenient time. We can do it while walking around the garden. Or sitting – suitably distanced within the church, perhaps.
I will be saying the Divine Office every day. You can join me spiritually if you like by using Universalis which is available for Mac and PC and for Android or Apple phones. I will say evening prayer at 6pm and Morning prayer at 9.45am.
If you become ill and would like to see a priest (me!) please don’t hesitate to ask and I will visit observing the precautions required to keep us both safe. However, if you are COVID +ve, or are exhibiting symptoms, please follow the NHS guidelines, but keep me informed. Also, if you are a carer or a partner of someone who goes into hospital, or falls gravely ill, please do call me to tell me. The very least I can do is add you to my daily intercession list – and I may be able to visit too.