Christ the King
Special Collection for KiSS introduced by The Allan Family at Masses
Dear Brothers and Sisters
There is so much imagery in our feast today – kingship, universe, shepherd, paradise and so on. These words are so much a part of our vocabulary that we can be forgiven for not thinking too much about them. But what, exactly, do they mean, and signify?
Living, as we do under a monarchy, we might think we know all about kingship. The thing is – everyone thinks they know whether they are a republican or not. Kingship stands for absolute power and authority vested in a single person, or institution. All else is in the service of the King. In days of yore, kings were often about trying to extend their political and geographical kingdoms – often at the expense of other kingdoms and of the poor.
Our King, though, is ‘not of this world’ – in other words he is not a king of any country, or island but, our claim is that he is the King of the Universe – the King of everything including time, All things are under him and His Kingdom knows no bounds. Not even death will defy his kingdom and it is a kingdom into which all peoples are invited as “first born sons” which is to say, as heirs.
Ultimately, our King wishes to ‘restore all things’ by leading us back to our original relationship with God – someone whom he calls ‘Father’. So, the model of the kingdom is not based on power as we commonly understand it – ‘might is right’ but on leadership through service. Our King is the shepherd king who goes in search of the lost sheep and carries them safely back. Our king is the one who invites by extending the invitation to all peoples to sit at His table and to eat and drink. No one is excluded except those who, like the elder son in one of Jesus’ most excellent parables, exclude themselves.
He is also a King who restores us to a share in his dignity of being called a son or daughter of God and to our original paradise home which he promises in today’s gospel to the ‘good’ thief. Paradise is a semitic word standing for a garden and so we remember that the paradise that is promised is a restoration of the original way things were meant to be. That is to say of familiarity with God who walks amongst His creation in the cool of the evening and converses with humanity about things – who invites humanity to be co-creators with him in a beautiful creation.
Thus, we can see that these old ideas, now out of fashion through ‘progress’ are at the heart of our faith. If Kingship doesn’t fit with your idea of how Jesus can be Lord of heaven and earth just remember that one definition of kingship is ‘that to whom there is no higher authority.’
Jesus enjoys that authority because of his fidelity to the Father’s will. He invites us to commit our lives to the same end – to doing the Father’s will and to working tirelessly for the coming of the Kingdom. With love from Father David
The Parish Mass & Christmas Party will be held on Sunday 8th December 4pm in Cranleigh including festive games and food.
Mass will start at 4pm and afterwards all are invited to join the party in the St Cuthbert Mayne School Hall next door. Please sign up to bring either a salad or pudding. We ask for donations towards the raffle which can be left at the Parish Office and transport can be arranged if needed. Please note there will be no 9am or 11am Mass on 8th December. Only 4pm Mass.
Through our worship in prayer and liturgy we seek always to become a
community of faith, hope and love, building inclusive
relationships with people of faith and none, reaching out to those in need
Congratulations to the 300 Club November Winners,
Elizabeth S, John F and David B.
Care group meeting will take place on 29th November 11am in Cranleigh postponed from 22nd November.
The Parish Lunch is on the 26th Nov in Bramley and sign-up sheets will be in the porches if transport is needed.
Join Parents, Staff and Governors to celebrate the Feast of St Cuthbert Mayne on November 29th. We will be celebrating a whole school mass at 10am.
Bereavement Mass at 11am and Lunch at midday will take place on Saturday 30th November. This is open to anyone who may be bereaved and have lost a loved one recently, or at any time in the past, to come together with members of the community for support. The lunch is open to anyone and we offer it out to the wider villages community if you know of someone who may like to join. Please extend the invitation and RSVP to the Parish Office so catering can be arranged.
Raising Funds for Pokot
On Sunday 1st December there will be a general sale of items in the Parish Room, St Thomas More after Mass. there may be an opportunity to but some presents and there will certainly be an opportunity to support the current project in Pokot to train seamstresses. There is one item for sale: the full set of Inspector Rebus books by Ian Rankin – 22 bks for £45 I can be contacted thro’ the parish office if necessary. All monies received will go to Pokot.
The next Cranleigh Coffee Morning will take place on 10th December 10.30pm. Please join and bring a friend from the village. All are welcome.
The St Cuthbert Mayne Christmas Fair will take place this coming Sunday in the school hall from 12.30. Everyone is invited to join the festivities with a cash prize raffle, games and a visit from Father Christmas.
The Cranleigh Villages Carol Service will take place in St Nicolas Church on Sunday 22nd December from 6.30pm.
6pm JCROM First Mass
11.30pm STM Midnight Mass
9am STM Mass at Cockcrow
11am JCROM Mass of Christmas Day
Hello everyone. We Allan’s are spending Christmas and New Year in Uganda this year. My sister is a founding trustee of a charity there, which has been working to enable children to access education for over 25yrs. You can read more about the work of KiSS (Kiddies Support Scheme) here www.kiddiessupportscheme.org
We are raising money to support the work of KiSS and start a rabbit project within the already developed agriculture project. This project aims to ensure children and their families have a long-term sustainable income. This enables families to provide school fees themselves, creating autonomy and moving away from their reliance on constant donations.
Education really is a priceless gift, which provides hope for a better future.
If you are able to donate any amount no matter how small we would be very grateful and for the record the donations are to fund the KiSS projects not the Allan’s holiday!
We will be talking (briefly) after each Mass at the end of the month but didn’t want to miss anyone who might be away that weekend! Thank you in advance and please pray for us and the great work of KiSS. With love the Allan’s.
Cranleigh Lions Club – Project Wenceslas
Will you be nice and cosy in your home this winter ? How would you feel about helping those that won’t be ? Please consider helping Cranleigh Lions to help others by taking part in Project Wenceslas and donating some or, perhaps, all of your Winter Fuel Payment to us. The Winter Fuel Payment is paid to those born on or before 5th April 1954 and those living in the UK for at least one day during the week of 16th – 22nd September 2019 – this is called the “Qualifying Week”. This payment is not means tested, it is tax free and will not affect other benefits. The payment is £200, or £100 each for a couple, and increased to £300 for those born on or before 22nd September 1939. If you are eligible you will usually get the payment automatically. Most payments are made in November and December. You may need to claim it if you have not had it before or if certain conditions apply – details at www.gov.uk. You have until 31st March 2020 to claim for winter 2019-2020. Cranleigh Lions are asking that if you do not need this money you donate your Winter Fuel Payment, or some of it, to the Cranleigh Lions’ Wenceslas Project. Working in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Barnados (taking over from SureStart), local churches and other organisations funds will be used to help local people who have problems with their fuel bills. Some even have to choose between heating or eating. Money is not given to individuals – we make payment direct to energy companies or we top pre-payment cards up with cash. If you would like to help those who are unable to keep warm this winter please consider donating your Winter Fuel Payment or some of it to Cranleigh Lions. If you are a UK tax payer we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation which means we can help more people. Bear in mind that Gift Aided donations can be included on your tax return. Please see our website www.cranleighlions.org for more details and donations can be made quickly and simply online at www.cranleighlions.org/projectwenceslas. Thank you
Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, celebrating the feast of St. Patrick. 16th March 2020. £599.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight with 10kg hand luggage, all transfers, 4 nights’ in Knock House Hotel with breakfast and dinner. All entertainment and excursions included. Lunches on days out. Wheelchair accessible rooms. Single room supplement £100. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL T7613.
Fr John Seddon OSB will present the fourth episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday 7th December 2019. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The fourth film, which is entitled ‘Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast’ is on Our Lady. The Day concludes around 4.00 pm. Bring a packed lunch and if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR.
What is a Week of Guided Prayer? It’s a great opportunity to further your own spiritual journey wherever you feel you’re at . . . accompanied by a trained Prayer Guide. Intrigued? Interested? Want to know more? The week will be held from 8th-14th February 2020 at St Joan of Arc church, Farnham, GU9 8DJ. Keep a look out for more notices/information – and grab that booking form when it comes your way soon!