7th Sunday of Easter – 02.06.19
When I was at Seminary we had a phrase, a kind of warning, which we liked to share often with each other – “Custody of the eyes!” What did this mean? It was about being mindful of our gaze and the message this can send of interest, or attraction, or scorn and disdain. To have custody of the eyes is not to veil our real intention but to consciously direct our attention – and therefore, our gaze – towards proper things, not to things outside of our concern or improper to us. In two of our readings today we hear about “gaze” – both Jesus and Stephen “gaze” or raise their eyes to heaven. With their gaze goes their mind and thoughts and their intentions. We might say their focus is on the things of heaven and the One who is there – Almighty God. Where is my gaze right now? Is it on things that lead me to life, or away from life? Is my gaze a guilty look? What do I focus on each day of my life? Is it God, or am I focussed on the things of this world along, perhaps, with all my problems and the issues of the day? Try looking up. No, I mean it – stop shoegazing and look up to the heavens. You will be amazed at what you see – both literally and with the eyes of your soul.
God Bless. Fr David
The next coffee morning will take place on Tuesday 11th June at 10.30am in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room – all are welcome.
CAMEO will take place on Tuesday 4th June from 7.30pm in the Lady Chapel and then a few games of cards with a glass of wine. Please do come along or contact the parish office if you would like more info.
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 know if you are able to join us for catering purposes or tel: 01293 651152.
Mission Team – Extending The Parish Family
Want to get involved? Our first volunteer workshop is on Saturday 15th June from 10am to about 2.30pm at the Seminary. We will explain what each team is responsible for and help you identify where best you might enjoy working with us. If you have not received your own invitation yet, don’t worry, please come along and join in. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to let us know if you’d like to come.
Please keep our volunteers in your prayers as they start on their own unique journey.
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.
The St Cuthbert Mayne Summer Fair will take place on Sunday 8th June to which everyone is invited to join in the festivities.
A Craft Sale is being planned on Sunday 7th July after Mass at Cranleigh. Please let the Parish Office know if you would like to have a table allocated for your use.
2lb Loaf Cakes £5 each, contact Win Bracking on 27557
Film and Food Night –Friday 14th June with curry dinner and film. £15pp – contact Graeme Brand
There will be a sale of tomato plants after 9am Mass at Bramley on 9 June. They cost 50p each instead of the shop price of £2 each. If you cannot come on 9th and would like to purchase some please contact Linda Blake-James on 01483 562117
COSMOS and more…
I will be once again offering pots of Cosmos plants, £3.50 per pot, after Mass at Bramley this Sunday, also some Penstemons. For the Parish Room Fund. Pat O’Brien
Great news. On Tuesday we sent £4,600 to Fr Conway at the Barpello Mission. £2,300 of this was to buy new and hygienic water cans for the women who trek for water every day. £1,925 was for the hospital and other medical treatment for the young girl Cheptiyos who broke her leg in two places, developed a bad infection and had two metal rods inserted to help save her leg. The balance of £275 was to help her family. Here is Fr Conway’s acknowledgement of the funds.
The funds arrived this evening and I am very grateful, thanks a lot. The Pound a Week Group are really partners in the mission to the Pokot people. You have made a mark for the better. Thank you all for your most generous support over many years.
The exchange rate will not be settled for a few days as I am arguing with the bank over rates but all shall be well. God Bless and thanks. Will be in touch on same to you tomorrow. Good night for now. David
I thought you would like to see Fr Conway’s determination to get the best exchange rate deal for the funds. Eugene McGivern 01483-893379 or at email@example.com
My Dubious Talents I offer to the Lord God
Oh, dearest Lord, forgive me so,
for my Talents, as you well know,
don’t run to culinary or artistic offers
which bring the pennies to our church coffers.
I did however, chance upon an event,
at which I’ve had some success.
So, thought I’d toss my tenner, with no
regard for form or running,
On the one whose colours I found stunning
and cannot fail to win!
Suffice it to say, I bagged the winner,
but in the contrite soul of a sinner,
I do wonder if the Grand National Race
is a suitable ‘talent’ I have received
from the Lord’s Grace.
From Corinne Micallef-Eynaud
£60 Grand National winning donated to the Church Talent Scheme.
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.