5th Sunday of Easter – 19th May 2019
Today – Second collection for the Education of Future Priests rescheduled from last weekend.
Special collection the Missionary Endeavour of the Diocese next Sunday (Gift Aid)
I wonder, do you consider yourself to be a ‘born again’ Christian? I guess most of us would not describe ourselves in that way as the term has been somewhat besmirched by overzealous people who have either come to faith later in life, or somehow re-discovered it as an adult after a period in the doldrums. It has often been used as a way of describing people who are on fire in some way with the Spirit and highly motivated in their living out of the command to “Go and make disciples”.
However, in reality, through our baptism we are all reborn to eternal life and come to share in the here and now the blessings of the coming Kingdom of the Lord. As our opening prayer has it today we ask Almighty God to accomplish within us the Paschal Mystery so that we may bear much fruit even as we are made new.
What does ‘accomplishing the Paschal Mystery’ mean? It has to do with our living in love in the same manner as Christ and letting his death and resurrection so change us that we become ‘little christs’ in our own lives and places. In so far as Christ’s love is seen in action within us will the kingdom of God become apparent to those we hope to bring to faith in Jesus.
Cranleigh Baptist Church are showing the film Tortured for Christ on Wednesday 22nd May 7.30pm at CBC, all are welcome to join.
Pentecost Family Day: Sunday 9th June at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh. Please attend Mass in our parish and then feel free to bring a picnic lunch for 12.30 or join in the activities at 1.00pm. There will be tours of the seminary and talks led by the seminarians/stalls exploring the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, games and face painting. The day will conclude with tea and a Pentecostal procession where the Bishop will send us all out filled with joy. This is a day suitable for all ages. Please do let firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to join us for catering purposes or tel: 01293 651152.
Parish Coach Trip to Cowdray Park on 16th Julydeparting Cranleigh 2pm for a visit to the tea room and walled garden and will depart Cowdray at 5pm. Please sign up using the Parish website events page or let the Parish office know that you would like to attend.
Financial Giving: The Offertory Collections for April were £7345 versus the target of £8077. However due to increased giving in the period Jan. to March our year to date position at the end of April is £2701 above our target. We paid off a further £1299 of the Parish Room Debt and the balance outstanding is now £36043. See graphs on the notice board.
Talents Fundraising – Easter to Pentecost
There are still over half the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost remaining. (the end date for this fund raising) If you have not collected your £10 Talents money there is still time and more envelopes with the £10 will be available after Mass on May 11th/12th.
God has given us the Talent. It is “just” a matter of finding it and putting it to good use! Here are just some of the more popular Talents.
- Tea, cake and coffee morning
- Afternoon teas
- Tea/Coffee “Bring and Buy”
- Plant Sale
- Cake Sale
- Preserves Sale
- Open Garden
- Bake/cake sales
- Flower arranging classes
- Garage sale
- Friends Shared Supper
We all have a talent to share.
Table Top Sale Sunday 19th May after 9am Mass. The Tuesday Lent Group will be offering a variety of items for sale including many hand knitted items , a large selection of books , home-made pies and pasties , herb planters , geraniums and maybe even a cake or two . Please come and support our “ talents “!
Also we would be willing to do something similar if you organise a general showcase in the Parish Room . Best wishes , DINAH
Wheelbarrow of Oak Logs – contact email@example.com
2lb Loaf Cakes £5 each, contact Win Bracking on 27557
Offer of Housework – contact the Parish Office
Film and Food Night – Friday 14th June with curry dinner and film. £15pp – contact Graeme Brand
St Joseph’s Parish, Dorking are organising a Pilgrimage to Assisi from Tuesday 8 October 2019 – Saturday 12 October 2019. The Pilgrimage is being arranged via Pax Travel and costs £709. This covers Flights from Gatwick, hotel accommodation, breakfast and evening meals. The Pilgrimage is being led by Father Tony Milner (Parish Priest) and assisted by Deacon Tony Kinal. We currently only have four places left on the Pilgrimage and if you are interested in joining us, please contact the parish office at St Joseph’s on 01306882433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
At the end of mass on Sunday and throughout Easter we will sing the Regina Caeli (in English) as follows:
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven. Alleluia!
He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!
As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!
- Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
- For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, who through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, brought joy to the whole world; grant, we beseech You, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.