5th Sunday of Lent – 29th March 2020

5th Sunday of Lent – 29th March 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On March 27, 2020

We regret to announce that the celebration of public Holy Mass will be suspended in all churches until further notice.   

The church buildings are now closed to the public.

Fr David will continue to celebrate a non-public mass daily.  At these masses your intentions will be offered – so if you would like a mass offered for a particular intention please email the office or leave a note in Fr David’s porch.

Please see the calendar below for times and join in from home as you can – https://video.nest.com/live/rnGBB2DbEn



Please note *Mass* means that Father David will celebrate Mass with no congregation, but you are able to login to see the Mass being streamed LIVE using the link above.
Rest assured emails and telephone messages will be received and actioned where necessary.

Email: office@cpcb.org.uk  or Telephone 01483 272075 see website for updates www.cpcb.org.uk

LET’S CONNECT:  Father David has been receiving some lovely feedback following the Live Streamed Masses and he is grateful to know you are watching and enjoying.   Tracy would love to receive video messages from you and your family with a cheery hello and what have you been up to which she can post onto the website for everyone to see each other.  It would be a lovely way to connect as a Parish and for everyone to know they are being thought of in their community.  Keep watching from  www.cpcb.org.uk

A NOTE ON THE YOUTUBE LIVESTREAM.  I tried to set up the stream using a PC I have at home and a webcam and mic – but to no avail I’m sorry to say.  It seems that to do this we need a powerful pc – however I have asked for and begun to receive funds for a proper installation of a purpose made camera, and streaming equipment.  We need £5000 for this – which is a huge amount I know – but I think it will be so very useful now and on into the future as it will allow us to make videos of weddings and baptisms; stream funerals to loved ones who cannot make it to the funeral, and what is more, enable our elderly and housebound (in “normal” times) to participate with our celebrations from their homes..  I have had two sizeable donations but it would be great if this could be spread more widely throughout the parish.  Can you help?  From Fr David

INTENTIONS: Your intentions for your loved ones are still accepted and the Mass with no congregation will be offered for their intentions, please join in with the streamed Masses.  Intentions can be emailed to office@cpcb.org.uk.

WEEKLY OFFERINGS: are still welcomed! The best way is to contribute by asking your bank to set up a standing order.   If you cannot or do not wish to donate to parish funds via Standing Order please feel free to drop an envelope into the letterboxes outside parish office and the sacristy door of St Thomas More.  Bank Details for Standing order to HSBC Acc No: 71078607 Sort code: 40-05-20

OFFERTORY ENVELOPES I have new boxed sets of envelopes for parishioners in the Gift Aid scheme for the new tax year.  Please either email me or ring me and I will check your address and deliver your envelopes.  Contact Trish on 01483 271314 or 07835 452898 or trish@charters.eu.com

Stations of the Cross is now online  If you are stuck at home and can’t get to church why not pray the Stations of the Cross at home right on your computer in full colour! To start click on the new menu item – Stations of the Cross. – https://www.cpcb.org.uk/stations-of-the-cross-2

CORONAVIRUS – HELP IF YOU NEED TO SELF-ISOLATE  The spread of Coronavirus (Covid -19) will present difficulties for many in Parish.  We are working with people and organisations to provide help and information to support our community.

If you would like a phone conversation with someone, we can buddy you with a like-minded person – please telephone or email the Parish office and we will do our best to support you.

If you need help – If you are self-isolating  and need assistance, please phone the Parish Office on 01483 272075 and we will do our best to connect you to someone who can help. We can’t provide medical advice.

Volunteers – If you are able to spare time to help those self-isolating then please send an email with your details to office@cpcb.org.uk  In doing so you consent to us holding your details and passing them to a parishioner in need of help.

Updates – We will be posting updates on the Cranleigh & Bramley Parish website www.cpcb.org  Remember Coronavirus is highly contagious.  Please take every precaution to ensure you are only spreading kindness! Avoid physical contact (2m distance).  Wash your hands regularly and leave any items on the doorstep.

CANCELLED: The Lent Course

POSTPONED:  Bereavement Mass held on 28th March at 11am in Cranleigh. 

POSTPONED: Guildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training at Jesus the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ, on Tuesday, 21st April 2020 from 7-9 p.m.

POSTPONED: Day of Reconciliation on Saturday the 4th April in Cranleigh

POSTPONED: All social gatherings including Sacramental courses unless otherwise notified.

Readings for this weekend are available on the website.

Thank you from Missio – The Red Box Collection.  Our parish raised £1586.75 which has been gratefully received.  Missio helps God’s love to be shared by supporting local missionaries to work alongside global communities that are poor or in need, regardless of background or belief.

Some further information is available below from the Diocese:

What can Catholics do to protect their mental health during the Coronavirus?

This document provides some advice and suggestions for how Catholics can protect their mental health during the challenging time we face due to Coronavirus. We also list helplines and resources at the bottom of the document so that you are able to receive further information or advice.

Mental health and your spiritual life

A healthy and nourished spiritual life is central to mental health and wellbeing. For Catholics, attending Mass on Sundays and during the week is a source of mental and spiritual strength, as well as a social and community activity. This section will briefly explore some ways in which we can keep up a healthy spiritual life during times of social distancing and isolation.

Public Masses were suspended in England and Wales from Friday 20 March until further notice. This will be a cause of distress and disruption to Catholics, but we are lucky to live in a time when technology can be a great help for the development of our spiritual lives.

The Catholic Truth Society has put together a helpful list of suggestions for several ways in which you can nourish your mental health and spiritual life during this time. You can find the full list and more information here, but here are a few key points:

  • Make a Spiritual Communion
    Spiritual Communion is the heartfelt desire to receive Our Lord, even when we are unable because of the distance or for some other reason.
  • Watch Mass
    Many dioceses are providing information about livestreamed Masses in parishes. You may also like to visit the website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales for more information on parishes live-streaming Mass online: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/.
  • Read the Mass readings of the day
    When you can’t attend Mass, you can follow the prayers and readings of the Mass at home.
  • Meditate on the Mass readings
    Spend time meditating on the Mass readings and discerning what God might be telling you through them, using Lectio Divina, an ancient method of prayer. There is a guide for how to do this on IgnatianSpirituality.com.
  • Watch a video of a priest preaching on the day’s Gospel
    New ministries are coming to light during this uncertain time, and one of those is Lent in Isolation, where you can listen to the day’s Mass readings and hear a priest give a homily.
  • Join an online community praying together daily
    It is more important than ever to join together in prayer and utilise technology to form communities so that no one is isolated. The CTS will be posting prayers every day on Hozana.

As Catholics, we know the importance of going to Sunday Mass which is why the Church tells us that not going is a grave sin. However, this does not include those who are physically unable to get to Mass through no fault of their own. This means if you are unwell, in self-isolation, or for some other reason you cannot get to Mass, you are not committing a sin because in those instances you are not required to attend Mass.

Coping with OCD during Coronavirus

Coronavirus will present a unique challenge to those who live with OCD, especially in the form of scrupulosity (a form of OCD involving religious or moral obsessions). Indeed, the charity OCD Action has reported an increase in support requests from people whose fears have become focused on the coronavirus pandemic.

For people with OCD and some types of anxiety, being constantly told to wash your hands can be especially difficult to hear. It could also be difficult to identify which behaviours are ‘acceptable’ and recommended, and which are driven by the OCD and anxiety. OCD Action has published some helpful guidelines about how to manage your OCD during this time. The full list and more information can be found here.

Scrupulosity is something which Catholic living with OCD might struggle with during the coronavirus pandemic. Scrupulous individuals are overly concerned that something they thought or did might be a sin or other violation of religious or moral doctrine. In particular, not being able to attend Mass might be a cause of concern and worry for Catholics with OCD. As we stated earlier, it is important to remember that you are not committing a sin by not attending Mass during the pandemic. There are many ways in which you can maintain a healthy spiritual life, listed above.

For more information on scrupulosity and how it may be treated, please see this factsheet from the International OCD Foundation Reading this alongside OCD Action’s guidelines on Coronavirus might be helpful if you are a Catholic struggling with your OCD during this time.

News and Social Media

At times like this it is of course important to keep up to date with health information and advice; however, rolling news is not always helpful, and can contribute to mental ill health, including feelings of anxiety and depression. Here are some pointers for how to look after your mental health while keeping up to date with the news:

  • Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren’t making you feel better. Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news;
  • Stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as government and NHS websites, and updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO);
  • Take some time away from news websites and social media if you are feeling anxious;
  • Mute key words which might be triggering on Twitter and unfollow or mute accounts
  • Mute WhatsApp groups and hide Facebook and other social media posts and feeds if you find them overwhelming;
  • Talk to someone if you feel that you can’t manage your anxiety alone. Support helplines are listed below.

Support and Helplines

An extensive list of mental health support and helplines can be found on the Helplines page of the Catholic Mental Health Project website, by clicking here.

Organisations mentioned in this document:

Anxiety UK

Phone: 08444 775 774

OCD Action

Phone: 0845 390 6232
Email: support@ocdaction.org.uk
Skype: 0303 040 1112.

OCD Action recommends that if you are currently in therapy for OCD, try contacting your therapist or service provider and ask if they offer skype/phone sessions instead of face-to-face appointments.


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health (BBC)

Catholic Truth Society: Weekly Blog

Hozana: Social Prayer Platform

Ignatian Spirituality

The International OCD Foundation

Lent in Isolation

OCD Action and Coronavirus


NHS VOLUNTEERS – RESPONDERS – https://www.goodsamapp.org/nhs

NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. To do this we need an ‘army’ of volunteers who can support the 1.5m people in England who are at most risk from the virus to stay well. Our doctors, nurses and other professionals will be able to refer people in to NHS Volunteer Responders and be confident that they have been matched with a reliable, named volunteer.

You can help by signing up for one or more of the tasks listed below. Once you have registered and checks are complete you will be provided a log-in to the GoodSAM Responder app. Switch the app to ‘on duty’, and you’ll see live and local volunteer tasks to pick from nearby.

This programme enables volunteers to provide care or to help a vulnerable person, which is permitted under the new rules announced by the Government on 23rd March 2020. Volunteers may be asked to show the active task they are responding to if asked.

Volunteers must be 18 or over, and fit and well with no symptoms. Those in higher-risk groups (including those over 70, those who are pregnant or with underlying medical conditions) will be able to offer support by telephone.

Your safety is our priority. The majority of tasks can be undertaken while social distancing and volunteers will receive guidance through our ‘getting started pack’. If you do become ill you can pause your volunteering.

Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check and will receive guidance to do this role safely, also included within the ‘getting started pack’.

Here are the ways you can support:

Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.

Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back in to their home.

NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.

Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION: St. Thomas Aquinas once defined Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament [in Communion at Mass] and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”  In these times when we cannot be together for Mass you can be there ‘in Spirit’ and in your ardent desire to receive Jesus.  It may be helpful to watch one of the streamed masses, or to become recollected in your place of work, or at home if you are busy for a few moments and think of that deep-down desire for the Lord which you hold within you.   It may be helpful to say a prayer such as this one:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

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