Dear Brothers and Sisters
As I write this it is Monday of Holy Week and we have yet to celebrate any of the Holy Week liturgies. I usually find it hard to imagine how I will feel after all those hours in church at this point in time – however, by the time Easter Day is with us I feel a mixture of profound joy and complete exhaustion!
It was St Paul who told the people of Ephesus that if the resurrection had not happened then we are the most unfortunate of people – deluded and pinning our faith on a fabrication. The fact that it did happen – as attested to by so many witnesses – is then all the more cause for our joy. As we listened to those Old Testament readings in the Light of the Paschal Candle – the symbol par excellence of Jesus’ resurrection and presence at the heart of His Church – our hearts leaped and our minds were renewed in a great surge of hope and faith. Christ is alive! With joy we sing! Yes, I hope you do and are really singing, for Christ has risen as he has said. His light shines its gentle warmth in all our hopes and fears, lifting our spirits and filling us with fresh “vigour and vim” as my parents used to say. God bless ‘em!
So Helen and I send you our warmest Easter greetings and prayers for our Christian life together as Christ’s people here in this place. We, as Catholics, are joined with such a huge cloud of witnesses both in heaven and here on earth, wrapping our Christian life around the whole world, which, with us today, shouts Christos anesti! (They really did do that because the early Church spoke Greek!)
This week ends with Divine Mercy Sunday. There will be a big celebration at St Augustine’s Abbey next Sunday, but we will have the relic of St Faustina visiting us here in Cranleigh and Bramley on Wednesday and Thursday before her relics return to Guildford Parish. Please come and spend some time in quiet prayer on either, or both, of those days.
With my love and prayers, Fr David
Please note the Adoration of the Relic of St Faustina will take place at Cranleigh on Wednesday 19th April at 6pm before the 7pm Mass. The Adoration of the Relic will take place at Bramley on Thursday 20th April at 9am before the 10am Mass.
What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in the village of Glogowiec west of Lodz, Poland, on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women.
The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added “of the Most Blessed Sacrament,” as was permitted by her Congregation’s custom.
In the 1930s, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God’s mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God’s plan of mercy for the world.
The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; she has been recognized by the Church as a “Saint”; and her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to The Divine Mercy. She would not have been surprised, for she had been told that the message of God’s mercy would spread through her writings for the great benefit of souls.
Through Saint Faustina, Jesus also revealed special ways to live out the response to His mercy–one of which is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, as both a novena and a prayer for the three o’clock hour–the hour of His death.
Celebration – Maureen Loveder would like to invite you to celebrate her 90th birthday after the 9am Mass in the Bramley Parish Room on 23rd April! Bacon butties, a celebratory cake and bubbly will be served together with a healthy dose of fellowship. Everyone welcome!
BRAMLEY LUNCH – the April lunch will be held in Bramley Parish Room on Tuesday 25th April after the 11.30 a.m. Mass. If l you would like to go please sign the list in the porch or telephone Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083. If you would like a lift from Cranleigh please telephone Felicity. A delicious home-cooked lunch will be provided and we hope to see you then.
You are warmly invited to our Holy Week Celebrations at St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR. I attach full details with this.
Active participation in these liturgies is the best preparation to receive the gift of Our Lord’s mercy, on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23th. They remind us why we can receive mercy, and the price that was paid to allow us to live always with Him, who died for us and rose from the dead for our justification. Time is short, come to the Waters of Life.
ENCOUNTER Evening (for 18-30s) Next Sunday in Guildford, with guest speaker Gillian Regan
The next ENCOUNTER evening in the area will be at St Joseph’s (GU1 4AZ) at 7.15pm next Sunday, April 23rd. The speaker will be Gillian Regan, an experienced youth leader who has worked at New Dawn, Celebrate, and is part of the Cor et Lumen Christi Community. Gillian will be sharing her story with us. As usual, there will also be food, live music, and Adoration. Entry is free, and it’s open to anyone aged 18-30 who can get there. New people are especially welcome. The aim of the ENCOUNTER programme is to give young Catholics a chance to deepen their faith in a relaxed environment together with other people their own age. For more information, search ‘Catholic ENCOUNTER’ on Facebook.
The 300 club winners for April Pat Sheen, David Tyler, Jane Harding,
Louise Gilbey (Aged 9Years Old) and her Grandma, Corinne (Aged somewhat older) are putting their talents to growing Tomato Plants.
So far, so good; the seeds are sprouting nicely and we hope to bring about forty plants for sale at Bramley and at Cranleigh in a few weeks when they will be well established. Thank You in great anticipation of All/Some/Many of you buying the lot at £1.per plant. God Bless and have a Wonderful Easter Season. Corinne Micallef-Eynaud 01483-418537