5th Sunday of Lent 06.04.19
Please note Friday 12th April Mass will be at 9.30am as Fr David has a funeral at Chilworth Abbey
As I write this, we are continuing with the saga that is Brexit and our government is in disarray and many people are either worried, angry, or concerned by what is going on – and by what isn’t. These are difficult times whatever sort of voter you were in 2016.
What is absolutely unhelpful and damaging is the way in which the cross fire and the deteriorating feelings and language being used commonly by pundits and politicians is impacting our homes and the lives of politicians. I am anxious that we have never been so divided as a nation at any time in my lifetime.
How can we respond to this and, using the foundation of our faith, make a positive contribution to the restoration of dialogue and unity in the coming months and years?
Surely we have to learn from our Lord’s own words to ‘love our neighbour as ourself’ and to sort out differences before they become so serious that the courts of justice are involved. One of the worrying tendencies of late is to cast those who voted, or who support a different political outcome to the Brexit mess, as enemies (remember the Daily Mail headline ‘Enemies of the State’ of the Law Lords?). Well, Jesus asked for more than just loving our neighbour. He commanded that we loved our enemies because anyone can love their friends – even pagans do that, but love of enemies is something special. The mark of the Christian is love and service and going the extra mile and bearing one another’s burdens and turning the other cheek. This is costly, as we are about to be reminded in the events of Holy Week. But it is the way of Christ and therefore our way too. Fr David
The Finance Committee would like to remind you that all Easter monetary gifts for Father David should be placed in an envelope clearly marked with “Father David”. This includes cash or cheques made payable to “David Osborne”. Pre-addressed envelopes will be available at the back of both Bramley and Cranleigh churches. Any loose cash or unmarked envelopes placed in the collection plate will be assumed to be a gift to the Parish funds.
Easter Bouquets and Spring Planters: After a very successful Mother’s Day, the Flower Arranging Team are offering bouquets or Spring planters for Easter. Bouquets will cost £18 or can be made to order Planters from £10. Orders are required by Wednesday, April 10th. Orders can be made after the weekend Masses this Sunday or by contacting Kate Osborne — E Mail or Tel 01483 537898 or Anne Millar E Mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01483 276902
Screens – and projectors. You may remember that I asked your opinion of the use of a screen and projector to help us in our worship. This week I have asked for a screen to be fixed up so that we can run an experiment to see how useful and helpful this might be before we committed to the cost of a proper fixed projector. To do this we will use the projector we already own – just to get the feel of it. It won’t be as good as a more powerful (and costly) one but it will give us a sense of what we can do. If there is anyone who would like to help with this experiment by operating the computer and ‘clicking’ on the presentation, please contact me. Also, if you have any constructive comments, or criticisms then please let me know.
The next ladies CAMEO evening will start at 7.30pm in the Lady Chapel at Cranleigh on Tuesday 7th May exploring Mary and the traditions of the month of May. This is a friendly group for all generations and you will be warmly welcomed.
Churches Together in Cranleigh There are 3 opportunities for bearing witness/evangelisation:
On Thursday 11th April outside the Co-op handing out the Holy Week and Easter leaflets from 8am to 1pm. If you can help for just an hour, or longer, please ring Rosemary Gooding on 274855.
Palm Sunday 14th April 10am Short service and Procession from the common with Chester the donkey.
Good Friday 19th April 10.20am Gather at the Lych Gate in Church Lane and process with the Cross to Stocklund Square for Service of Witness at 10.45am to remember Christ’s death.
Please do try to play your part. We need strong men to help carry the cross. Please speak to Father David.
Holy Week– There is a sign-up sheet in the porches awaiting volunteers for foot washing at the Mass of the Lords Supper on 18th April in Cranleigh.
The Lent Course, “The Joy of the Gospel” is running each Thursday 7.30pm at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind also Friday 2pm at St Nicolas Church Rooms, Cranleigh. You are invited to attend both or either.
Lent – Stations of the Cross
Thursdays in Bramley Morning Prayer at 9am and Stations of the Cross at 9.30am
Fridays in Cranleigh Morning Prayer at 9am and Stations of the Cross at 9.30am, in addition: Wednesdays at 10.00 in Cranleigh.
MISSIO During 2018 our Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley has raised the fantastic sum of £1565-59 through the Red Box scheme and by direct donations. Thank you. Our sisters and brothers around the world continue to need our prayers and financial help. Please continue to support the work of the Red Box. If you don’t already have a Red Box at home, or would like to donate by direct debit, please do ask me. Thank you again. Fran Pickett. tel. 01483 276614 email
An Audience to Support Hand-in-Hand presenting Hosanna! – The Diocesan group Hand-in-Hand are performing Hosanna! – the story of Holy Week, on Saturday 13th April at 2.30pm. This Cantata, written and composed by Anne Ward, needs an audience to make it work so we invite anyone in the Diocese who can get to St Wilfrid’s Parish Hall, Burgess Hill, RH15 9EN to come and play the part of the crowd that shouts “Hosanna” and “Crucify Him”. Further details from Anne on email@example.com – please do not contact the parish office. Hand in Hand is an integrated group of adults with and without learning difficulties who come together to pray, to explore and deepen their faith using drama, mime, symbol and movement. More details from Denise Adamson on firstname.lastname@example.org
“You did not choose me but I chose you: and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide; so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, He may give it to you. This I command you to love one another.” J 15, 16-17
As a parish community we would like to ensure that every family can get a break away during the summer holidays. Please let us know if you would appreciate some assistance in organising/funding a few days away. The forms to be filled will be in the porches of both churches. Alternatively please contact Magdalena Norris on: email@example.com
At the same time we are appealing for your support for this initiative. We ask most importantly for your prayers. Secondly please let us know if you have a holiday place or any accommodation that you would be happy for somebody to use for part of the holidays. Last of all we would appreciate any financial support you can offer – there will be a second collection soon. If you would like to donate any funds directly to the Parish bank account, details can be obtained from the Parish Office. Please make sure that you specify the purpose of your donation as a “holiday fund”.
Yolanda is having a garage sale of furniture on Sunday 7th of April from 10 until 5p.m. enquires 01483 273370 between 10 a.m.- midnight. Donation towards the Parish meetings room. Please come no reasonable offer refused. Also landscape paintings from £15 -£495 framed & signed Yolanda Jackson Sefton House Guildford road Rowly opposite Pet’s Pantry.
ADORE (Alton Day Of REnewal)– Saturday 27th April 11.00-4.00
You are warmly welcome to a mini-retreat day (or morning/afternoon) of spiritual refreshment and renewal, focussing on the Power of Prayer. At Alton School, Anstey Lane, Alton GU34 2NG. 11.00am Rosary; 11.30am Mass; 12.15 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 1.00pm Shared lunch (please bring finger food to share); 2.00pm Praise & Worship; 2.30 Talk “Praying for the Power of the Holy Spirit.”– Geoff and Gina Poulter; 3.30 Prayer for healing. We end about 4pm.
There is no need to register in advance, and no charge (though a collection will be taken to cover costs). For more information and directions, see poster or website: www.altonrenewal.com Or telephone Alastair Emblem on 01252 714809.
Next month’s meeting 18th May: “Prayer for Healing and Deliverance”