Baptism of the Lord – 10th January 2021
Fr David’s Message for the Week
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
The Baptism of the Lord is the first Sunday in ordinary time – referring, of course, to the way in which the Sundays are numbered consecutively throughout the year outside of the major festivals. In ordinary speech however, ‘ordinary’ is used much more as a way of expressing something that is quite usual; not unusual, to be expected. Well that cannot be said of the times we find ourselves in. These are far from ordinary times and I suspect that many are finding them a bit troubling and distressing. There are the legal limits set on our usual, ordinary, liberties to go and come as we please. We cannot do that anymore. There are school closures with the upset to our children’s norms that follow. Working from homes that, for most people, are not equipped nor designed for working from home. At least this lock-down time there is plenty of toilet paper to go around!
However, into this world of weirdness there must be something that anchors those who believe in God and in Jesus Christ, surely? As I was penning the paragraph above the words of one of the ancient collects for night prayer pushed themselves into my mind. Strangely enough, and as an aside, this is one of the reasons why the liturgy of the church is cyclical and unchanging – in order to provide a shape and pattern to what appears to be so fleeting and, well, moveable. To give us a cliché – a boiler plate text for use when our minds are not at their most responsive or creative. The collect goes like this. You may know it.
Be present, O Merciful God, and protect us through the quiet hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world may rest upon thy eternal changelessness.
Yes, this short and simple prayer provides so much for us. You might like to begin using it as a prayer at bedtime yourself. It reflects a quiet confidence in the presence of God in his un-changeableness and our desire for that presence to both comfort and refresh us. It recognises that our lives are often beset with weariness at the unreliability of so much around us but that in God we find a still point, a stout and reliable friend, a point of reference to which we can anchor our lives.
God bless you. Fr David
Sycamore is an informal course about the Catholic faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet other people, share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter. It has been produced by the very talented Fr Stephen Wang in London, who has a real gift for sharing the depth and richness of the Catholic tradition and its compassionate and life-giving vision. He helps us to see how these truths can be recognised in our lives and in the longings of our hearts. Each session includes a short film and opportunities for discussion.
We will be running the first five sessions on Zoom on Tuesday evenings starting on 19th January 2021 (Join at 7.30pm for 7.45pm prompt start).
To register your interest please click here, by the end of Sunday 17th January.
At the start of this new year, and in the difficult circumstances of lockdown, this would be a good opportunity to explore some of the basics of the Christian faith from a Catholic perspective.
I would like to extend a particular invitation to anyone who reads this email who is not Catholic and would like to know more about how we see the world and God at work in it and in us. Maybe this last year has made you more curious. Maybe no one has ever invited you to learn more. Maybe it’s been on the cards for 40 years but the time has never seemed right. Whatever the reason, you will find a warm welcome and an opportunity to explore the Catholic faith in the company of others on the same journey, and sympathetic guides. You are very welcome to speak with me before registering, should you wish.
I believe that many in our parish will find Sycamore helpful for their journey in faith. I do look forward to the time when we can run the sessions over a meal together, but in the meanwhile I’d like to encourage everyone in the parish to have a think about giving it a go as some spiritual food during this lockdown.
With best wishes for this New Year of Grace
Fr Jonathan How and Fr David Osborne
St Cuthbert Mayne Remote Learning Support Fund
Dear School Community, I am writing this in an effort to appeal for financial support for a percentage of our families as some of our children do not have access to laptop for home learning.
As members of our school community have already contacted me to ask how they can help, I thought that now was the time to appeal to our wider school community to support families in need.
To date, the government have only provided one additional laptop for our school, though we have been promised two more! We would like to purchase additional laptops to support these children to access remote learning.
If you would like to consider making a donation (however small) this can be made electronically to the school’s bank account:
Account Name: St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School
Account Number: 01410407
Sort Code: 40-18-50
Reference: Support fund
I would like to reiterate, that we are not asking all families to contribute as we know that many families are suffering financial hardship at this time and it is these families that we are looking to support. If you are a family that would benefit from this support then please let us know.
In the happy event that donations exceed what we need to fund these devices we will continue to use this as a hardship fund to support St Cuthbert Mayne families who are in need.
Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. Best wishes, Mrs Natalie McCarthy
Mass for Deaneries: January 2021
Bishop Richard will be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Deanery Intentions on the following date
11th Guildford Deanery
Booking into Mass with effect from 5th January 2021
The first thing is that places of worship are allowed to stay open if they choose to do so. But I would like to add that the focus of our public worship will move online. If you are in a vulnerable group I would strongly advise taking part in our livestream masses only until you have received at least your first dose of the vaccine. If you would like to attend mass in person then please book in. Go to our parish website. Find the Calendar. Click on the mass you wish to attend (with a checkbox next to it) and fill in the form making sure to give your email address correctly. The calendar looks like this:
By clicking on one of the dates for mass a window that looks like this will show:
Click on the Sign Up button and complete the form. That’s it! You should get a confirmation email. If you need to cancel that email will tell you what to do.
We will ONLY be able to remain open for services if we have stewards. Stewards should NOT be people from a vulnerable group (shielding, over 70, underlying conditions etc). Stewards will have certain important, but not too arduous responsibilities such as welcoming people to church, checking them in, showing them where their seat is, sanitizing the church afterwards and making it ready before. I cannot stress enough that if we do not get enough willing stewards then we will have to go to online only worship. If you are prepared to help in this way please contact Sue Knowles for Cranleigh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sandra Hyde at Bramley (email@example.com)
Although both churches will be open for private prayer each day, I will only celebrate mass on Tuesday’s at St Thomas More (10am) and on Wednesday at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind (6pm). The Wednesday mass will be preceded by an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
As is now our norm – all services celebrated at JCROM will be livestreamed from our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/c/CatholicParishofCranleighandBramley
Weekend (Saturday and Sunday Masses)
I will celebrate mass at the usual times and in the usual places.
Booking in and Checking in
It is IMPERATIVE that you book into mass.
Please do so from our website: https://www.cpcb.org.uk/
On arrival at the Church (either one) you will be assigned a seat – please only sit at this seat even if a seemingly better seat seems to be available. People are often late!
In it to Win It – The 300 club for 2020 is nearing its end with 2 draws in December – one for the month and an extra one for Christmas. Entries for 2021 are now available on the parish website for you to download. Join in this year – there’s always a chance for a bit of excitement if you are stuck at home! As always, please complete the entry form and put it in an envelope with a cheque payable to “Catholic parish of Cranleigh and Bramley” and leave the envelope in the offertory or at the parish office.
Or for those who aren’t going out much, you can apply online from our website – www.cpcb.org.uk.
If you are not attending church in person or going out, you can transfer the money direct to the parish bank account using the following details:
Bank account Name: RCD A&B Cranleigh and Bramley Parish
Bank account number: 41077465
Bank sort code: 40-05-20
As a reference for the transfer please put your name and 300 after it, eg Smith300.
After paying, please send a copy of your entry form to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (No need to do this if you applied online)
If you have problems with either method, please call the office and I will get back to you to sort something out.
Catenians are an association of Catholic men who are committed to faith, family and friendship. Catenians support the Catholic Church, young people and those in need. Life-long friendships are developed by meeting monthly and enjoying a varied programme of fun social events. The Guildford Catenians Circle was formed over fifty years ago and numbers about 60 members drawn from the parishes of Guildford and the surrounding Surrey Hills.
The Circle is highly active and meets on the first Wednesday of each month. Meetings begin with prayers followed by a roundup of administrative, financial, social and religious affairs. Afterwards, members enjoy dinner in a congenial atmosphere with opportunities to discuss business and family life together.
Friendship forms a solid basis for our Circle of friends, friends we can respect, trust and rely upon. These long lasting friendships enhance our family life, strengthen our Faith and sustain us in both good and difficult times.
Family is absolutely key, whether it’s our wives, parents, children or grandchildren all can take part. Highlights include special dining occasions for our family members, an annual clergy night, a Summer BBQ and a Christmas Carols evening. We also organise a host of other fun social events throughout the year including, countryside walks, visits to places of natural or historic interest and trips to concerts / theatres.
The Guildford Catenians support local Catholic schools in a variety of ways, but particularly through our own Catenian Bursary fund. This fund supports young people who want to go on gap year projects in developing countries or on religious pilgrimages. In addition, the Circle selects other charities to support each year.
Find out More If you respect the values of the Catholic church and wish to meet like minded individuals that value friendship and family life, then the Catenians is for you. We can be contacted via our website https://sites.google.com/site/cateniansguildford or alternatively you may telephone Pat Finn on 07879 435157.
Telephone Support Are you living alone, isolating or shielding? If you would like a parishioner (who has volunteered) to give you a telephone call to support, chat or talk, please contact Jane Harding at the parish office (01483 272075). Jane will liaise with you and a member of the parish.
Confessions If you wish to make your confession, please email Fr David or call to arrange a convenient time. We can do it while sitting in the garden. Or sitting – suitably distanced within the church, perhaps.
Divine Office I will be saying the Divine Office every day. You can join me spiritually if you like by using Universalis which is available for Mac and PC and for Android or Apple phones. I will say evening prayer at 6pm and Morning prayer at 9am.
Emergencies If you become ill and would like to see a priest (me!) please don’t hesitate to ask and I will visit observing the precautions required to keep us both safe. However, if you are COVID +ve, or are exhibiting symptoms, please follow the NHS guidelines, but keep me informed. Also, if you are a carer or a partner of someone who goes into hospital, or falls gravely ill, please do call me to tell me. The very least I can do is add you to my daily intercession list – and I may be able to visit too.
Is there anyone in the parish who collects stamps for AID to the CHURCH in NEED? I used to collect for Young Dementia but they no longer need them so I’m looking for someone to whom I can give them. Win Bracking 275573.