5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4th February 2018

5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 4th February 2018

By In Newsletter Blog On February 2, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ  – Instead of writing something helpful for this week I thought I’d help you prepare for a fruitful Lent instead by giving you a sample of whats available for your Lent reading this year.  I have copied the blurbs from the online booksellers and hope to have some samples for you to take a look at should you wish to by next week.  Take a look at this and find something that suits your lifestyle as it is (plus a bit of effort extra for Lent!)  I think there is something for almost everyone.  Don’t forget the very popular book of Poetry for every day in Lent by Janet Morley which I recommended last year.  Very good indeed.  It’s called “The Heart’s Time – A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter” 

I will be using one hour after Wednesday evening Mass to look at the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross. (There is a book in this list that might help you along with this if you like. Do join us for Mass on Wednesday evenings and then the one hour little Lent course.  God bless from Father David

God is on the Cross: Reflections on Lent and EasterAuthor(s): Dietrich Bonhoeffer – who was executed by the Nazi’s during the last days of WWII

These forty stirring devotions will guide and inspire readers as they move thematically through the weeks of Lent and Easter, encountering themes of prayerful reflection, self-denial, temptation, suffering, and the meaning of the cross.

Passages from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s letters and sermons provide special encouragement as readers prepare themselves spiritually for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

Supplemented by an informative introduction to Bonhoeffer’s life and a Scripture passage for each day of the season, these daily devotions are moving reminders of the true gift of Christ on the cross.

A Place for God by Graham James  is the Anglican Bishop of Norwich

As with the previous book, each chapter of A Place for God offers a daily reflection, beginning with a suggested Bible reading and ending with a short prayer, and employing the same engaging combination of autobiography, history and spirituality. Some of the locations are well known and others very obscure: what they have in common is the part they have played in the author’s life, in enabling his ‘discovery of the divine in the landscape and the built environment, and of a God who always locates himself in our world, supremely revealed in Jesus of Nazareth’.

Seven Last Words – also available as a CD An Invitation To A Deeper Friendship With Jesus Author(s): Martin James SJ. – a well know and much loved American religious writer, broadcaster and preacher.

Based on his talks at New York s St. Patrick s Cathedral on Good Friday 2015, the New York Times bestselling author and editor at large of America magazine offers a portrait of Jesus, using his last words on the cross to reveal how deeply he understood our predicaments, what it means to be fully human, and why we can turn to Christ completely, in mind, heart, and soul.

Each meditation is dedicated to one of the seven sayings:

Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.

Today you will be with me in Paradise.

Woman, this is your son . . . This is your mother.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

I thirst.

It is finished.

Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.

With the warmth, wisdom, and grace that infuse his works, Father James Martin explains why Jesus s crucifixion and death on the cross is an important teaching moment in the Gospels. Jesus s final statements, words that are deeply cherished by his followers, exemplify the depth of his suffering but also provide a key to his empathy and why we can connect with him so deeply.

Word in the Wilderness A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter Author(s): Malcolm Guite – A Cambridge Uni chaplain and prolific writer

For every day from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Day, the bestselling poet Malcolm Guite chooses a favourite poem from across the Christian spiritual and English literary traditions and offers incisive seasonal reflections on it. Lent is a time to reorient ourselves, clarify our minds, slow down, recover from distraction and focus on the values of God’s kingdom. Poetry, with its power to awaken the mind, is an ideal companion for such a time.

This collection enables us to turn aside from everyday routine and experience moments of transfigured vision as we journey through the desert landscape of Lent and find refreshment along the way.

Following each poem with a helpful prose reflection, Malcolm Guite has selected from classical and contemporary poets, from Dante, John Donne and George Herbert to Seamus Heaney, Rowan Williams and Gillian Clarke, and his own acclaimed poetry.

Say it to God: In Search of Prayer: The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2018 by Luigi Gioia

In Say it to God Luigi Gioia provides a welcome encouragement to all those who feel the need to freshen their practice of prayer. For Gioia, prayer is not about methods or techniques, but trusting that God is truly interested in everything that happens to us and wants to hear about it. The book leads the reader into the theological aspects of prayer and how it relates to Christ, to the Holy Spirit and to the Church. This is done without using complex theological concepts but simply through scriptural quotations. Chapters are kept brief intentionally to make the book suitable for daily reading over the Lenten period. With a foreword by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Say it to God demonstrates that the everyday, even the most mundane of tasks and situations, can be applied in deepening our practice of prayer.

The Art of Lent: A Painting A Day From Ash Wednesday To Easter Paperback – 16 Nov 2017

by Sister Wendy Beckett (Author) well known Benedictine nun and art critic.  Join Sister Wendy on a journey through Lent, and discover the timeless wisdom to be found in some of the world’s greatest paintings.  Illustrated in full colour with over forty famous and lesser-known masterpieces of Western art, this beautiful book will lead you into a deeply prayerful response to all that these paintings convey to the discerning eye.

Lent Talks: A Collection of Broadcasts 

by Nick Baines, Giles Fraser, Bonnie Greer, Alexander McCall Smith, James Runcie and Ann Widdecombe Paperback – 16 Nov 2017 by BBC Radio 4 (Author)  Whether it is six weeks of restorative reflection or a blur of busyness in the lead-up to Easter, this hand-picked selection from BBC Radio 4’s popular Lent Talks will help you to discover anew the meaning of Jesus’ ministry and Passion.

Following a dynamic Foreword by Christine Morgan, Head of Radio, BBC Religion and Ethics, six well-known writers and broadcasters offer fresh and arresting perspectives on the life and death of Christ. This brief but insightful book provides something for everyone on this year’s journey towards Easter.

Entry forms for the 300 club should be returned no later than 4 February 2018 to be included in all the draws for the year.  Return entries by putting them in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.

Womens Word Day of Prayer will be hosted by our Parish in Cranleigh on Friday 2nd March at 10.30am followed by coffee.

Men’s Curry and Movie Night

Father David is hosting an evening on Friday 9th February 7-10pm-ish.  The film will be the original Bladerunner (Directors Cut.  Two curries are on offer – Prawn Rogan Josh and a veggie option for abstinence – plus rice and some side dishes.  Please bring own beers and wine to share.
Please email the Parish Office if you would like to join this event in order to gather numbers for catering.   All are welcome

The Parish Diaries have arrived gratis.  There are supplies in both porches to which you are welcome to make use of.

Calling all singers to join the choir to sing Holy Week music

The rehearsals will be in Bramley every Monday evening from 8pm to 9pm starting Monday 12 February.  The final full rehearsal will be at Cranleigh on Saturday 24th March starting at 2pm.   Everyone is welcome.

Baptism Course – The next course dates are 7th and 21st February and sign up form is available on the Parish Website Events Page.

Lent commences on Wednesday 14th February.  There will be a Mass with imposition of Ashes in Cranleigh at 10am and Bramley at 8pm.

Kids Shrove Tuesday Pancake Party

Change of venue to Bramley Parish Rooms

Tuesday 13th February 2018

Come along to our great Shrove Tuesday Pancake party in the Bramley Parish Meeting Room from 3.30 – 5.30pm.  We will be serving pancakes throughout.

Bring a bean bag/cushion and there will be a kiddie appropriate film to watch.

An entry fee of £2 per child will go towards supplies and the remainder to the Parish Hall Building Fund.

Parents must accompany their children please.

Rsvp jcromcloud@icloud.com by 9th Feb for numbers please

Marmalade and Cake Sale on Sunday 25th February

I will be selling marmalade and cakes in aid of the new Parish Room after the 9am Mass in Bramley on Sunday 25th February. If anyone would like to donate cakes please bring them to Bramley Parish Room before Mass on the day. If there is anything left I will bring them to sell after the 11am Mass in Cranleigh.  Thanks, Bridget Eacott ( Tel 892406).

2018 Social Events A small team met on 24th Jan to discuss various social events which could take place in 2018 and came up with some options.  If you would be willing to organise, promote and facilitate any of the events please speak with Tracy in the Parish Office who will support you.

  1. Trevor Keena to organise a Parish Quiz in April or May.
  2. Open opportunity for someone to organise a Parish Talent Night.
  3. Open opportunity for a team to organise a Parish Picnic on a Sunday at a local green space in the summer.
  4. Bingo:  Eileen Keena to liaise with Jane Graham for a monthly Bingo event to be held alongside the over 50’s coffee morning.
  5. Open opportunity for a team to organise a late afternoon Family Bingo event
  6. Tracy Laffar to advertise and organise a Coach trip to 25th May Big Church Day Out in Brighton.
  7. CAMEO: Katherine Bergin to organise next event on 6th March.
  8. Open opportunity to organise a STM Shared supper
  9. Find a team to organise a Youth Group once a month for Years 9, 10 & 11 for a Saturday evening event with Parishoners input such as “learn how to cook the essential curry”, “learn how to bake the essential cake”, “First Aid and CPR Lesson”, “Bike Maintenance”, etc….  Things of interest alongside a chance to gather, chat and have a film in the background.

SCM Teaching Assistant and Lunchtime Cover

Term time only, Monday to Friday

Salary S3 £15,997 – £17,662 FTE

Flexible working considered

The Governors of the School are seeking a person to work with a happy and committed team, to start as soon as possible.  The successful candidate will work in Key Stage 1/EYFS under the supervision of the class teacher and provide lunchtime cover.   Full training and induction will be provided.  Previous experience of leading interventions such as ELSA would be an advantage. For further information please contact the school office. Closing date 12 midday, Monday 5th February 2018

St Cuthbert Mayne Primary School

Class Teacher (Full time)

Full time permanent Required September 2018

The Governing body of this successful and popular school are seeking to appoint an inspirational Class Teacher who has a passion for teaching and learning and has high expectations of pupil achievement and behaviour.    Applications are welcomed from newly qualified or experienced teachers.  Visits to the school are strongly recommended. To arrange a visit, or for further information or an application form, please contact the school office on info@stcuthbert-mayne.surrey.sch.uk.

Closing date for applications: Friday 9th February


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