4th Sunday of Easter – 25th April 2021
The late Pat Moran
Many of you will know Pat who has been a parishioner and a faithful Christian in Cranleigh for longer than most people can remember. Pat’s funeral will take place this Thursday at 11am in Cranleigh and be followed by an interment in Cranleigh cemetery immediately afterwards. Only 30 people can attend the funeral in person – but there are 20 places available so if you would like to attend please book in or ask to be booked in. You can also watch the funeral via our livestream on YouTube. Please pray for Pat’s soul, and also for his wife Evelyn who suffered a major stroke just days before he died. Please also pray for Sarah their daughter in the coming days and weeks in her double grief.
Fr David’s Message for the Week
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I think you already know, but I shall tell you anyway, that climate change is a fact and one that we really do need to take more notice of than we are. This week, the new president of the US, Joe Biden announced that the US would now become a leader in the movement to slow and reverse climate change. This is extraordinarily timely and welcome news and in marked contrast to his predecessor, Donald Trump’s ignorance and political measures to reverse the US commitments to tackle this major issue. I say ‘major issue’ as if it were of the same order as poverty, or injustice but in reality, this is a ‘major issue’ that is quite unparalleled in human history. Quite simply, if we don’t manage to limit temperature increase to its lowest possible level much of life as we know it on earth will become unsustainable. This means an acceleration of the already alarming mass extinctions of wildlife on land, in the air and in the sea. This means increasing desertification of large areas of the planet. That means huge mass migrations of human beings from no longer habitable land to places more amenable to flourishing. That means even greater stress and demands upon that land and its resources and that, inevitably means large scale protective measures by the present occupiers of those lands to prevent that migration. That is code for war.
As I survey the world outside my door, I don’t really see much of a real response to climate change. I have a suspicion that once the major effects of COVID are over most people will rush back to business as usual and we will be ‘off’ once again on our search for fiscal growth, increased productivity, upgrades to everything, and selling stuff which we don’t really need. As I drive around at the moment it looks to me that car owners seem to be purchasing a kind of ‘last hurrah’ of the petrol automotive industry. The sales of SUV’s in all forms have absolutely skyrocketed in recent years. Every manufacturer is producing more and more of these leviathans of the road and all have plans to introduce new ones in the coming years. But, wait for it, did you know that despite every effort to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles (a most necessary step if we are to meet any form of climate change goals) carbon emissions have gone UP. And the culprit? SUV’s and their terrible fuel efficiency. If you don’t believe me have a google at the statistics. Aha! But mine’s a hybrid I hear you say. Well, most hybrids have been bought by companies anxious to take advantage of tax breaks offered by the government to meet climate change targets. So what? Well most, or many, of those business drivers never even unpack the electrical charging cable that would improve their vehicles emissions!
But what does this mean? Well, it has been mentioned many times that Joe Biden is a catholic and a practicing one at that. This means that in so far as possible his policy decisions are informed by his faith. The Catholic Church under Pope Francis has repeatedly emphasised that we cannot go on using our planet at the rate, and in the way, we are. We are turning it, in Pope Francis’ words, into a ‘great rubbish dump’ and using its resources at a rate greater than those same resources can be replenished.
You may well be in the twilight years of your life. And you might be saying to yourself that you deserve that nice new shiny SUV which, after all, is just the same as most of your neighbours so what’s the harm in that? But you are, whether you like it or not, leaving a very harsh legacy for your children and grandchildren to clear up. Climate change is relatively slow – tens of years to hundreds of years. But changing our attitudes needs to be a whole lot quicker than that. We owe it to our children and their children not to wreck things by our selfishness. It has to start with me, and you making choices. Much love to you all. Fr David
As we move out of the national lockdown over the coming months, we are very aware of the potential emotional challenges that many people may face as they come out of such a long time shielding. Isolated from family, friends and Parish life many may have struggled with loss or loneliness.
Across the Diocese we now have a team of 68 trained Bereavement Supporters, who are able to offer either 1-2-1 support to those who are feeling the hurt, confusion or uncertainty of loss, whether caused by the loss of someone that was important to them or general feelings of loss caused through the lockdown/shielding and isolation. If you require any support or information, contact us. Deacon Simon South Marriage and Family Life Project Officer
10-16th May is Marriage week, a time for us to celebrate the joy and blessings of marriage. Pope Francis reminds us that “Marriage is like a plant. It is not an armoire, which is placed there, in the room, and it’s enough to dust it every once in a while. A plant is alive, and it needs to be cared for every day: to see how it is doing, to give it water, and so it goes. Marriage is a living reality: the life of a couple should never be taken for granted, in any phase of a family’s journey.”
Pope Francis, 21st December 2015
Why not take some time this week to really find some time to talk to your spouse and nurture your marriage.
CAFOD – Climate Change Petition:
This year, the UK will host the largest gathering of world leaders ever to take place on British soil: the ‘COP26’ climate talks in Glasgow in November. As Prime Minister, Boris Johnson must push world leaders to show the ambition we need to keep temperature rises below the disastrous 1.5-degree threshold. This means that all countries must play their part. With the eyes of the world on the UK, we must urge the Prime Minister to make sure communities hardest hit by the climate emergency are listened to at COP26. Please sign our petition at//cafod.org.uk/reclaim
For those without internet access, petition cards can be ordered from the CAFOD Shop: 0300 011 5680. Thank you.
Thank you for your generous donations to CAFOD’s Family Fast Day during Lent. We featured Marian and her son Svondo in Zimbabwe in Lent 2018. The community vegetable garden that your donations helped provide is growing well and during the pandemic the family has survived on the vegetables. Your support has also helped to provide soap and handwashing stations in the garden and in family homes. This is just one of many long-term development projects that CAFOD has funded with the money from that Fast Day. Thank you for your steadfast support.
Parish Hall and Office Cleaner
We are hoping to find someone willing to spend 1 to 2 hours per week cleaning the Parish Meeting Room and Office, the rate is £10 per hour. Please contact the Parish Office.
Calling All Confirmation Catechists!
This week our Diocesan Youth Adviser Lizzie, is hosting another round of online conversations for Confirmation Catechists. These provide great opportunities to meet with other Catechists from across your local area to share, compare and support! This term, Lizzie will be offering a time of prayer and reflection as well as the usual chance to chat, laugh and grow in fellowship. If you have not already signed up for these meetings, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
ONLINE RETREATS: The Open Cloister @ Worth Abbey
Saturday 24th April: Finding Silence 3: the journey of meditation and silent prayer
Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB
Saturday 8th May: Wisdom of the Desert Fathers and Desert Mothers: the thoughts..
Led by Fr Peter Williams OSB
Saturday 15th May: C S Lewis: a Prophet for our Time
Led by Robert Elliot
Saturday 29th May: The Post-Covid World: Pope Francis’ vision ‘Let us Dream’
Led by Austin Ivereigh
Saturday 5th June: The Wisdom of St Benedict
Led by Fr Martin McGee OSB
Fri 18th-Sun 20th June: The Motif of Feast in the Bible
Led by Viv Randall and Michael Woodward (both Lay Community of St Benedict)
Further information and to book your place online:https://worth.co.uk/retreats/online-retreats
For enquiries, please email: email@example.com
My Benedictine Journey
On 25th April at 8pm Bishop Richard will be giving a talk about his Benedictine journey. Since Bishop Richard was a seminarian, he has been an oblate of Pluscarden Abbey. This talk is part of a series hosted by the Lay Community of St Benedict which is celebrating 50 years since its foundation by the monks of Worth Abbey in 1971. You are welcome to join the livestream on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfRiPXjiTi5GGaI6gJ4UfYQ/. If you want further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org you can visit www.laybenedictines.org.