Fifth Sunday in Lent – 2nd April 2017

Fifth Sunday in Lent – 2nd April 2017

By In Newsletter Blog On March 31, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In times, past Church leaders emphasised the judgement of God and encouraged people to think of each day as possibly their last. In many ways this was, at least, likely due to very low life span expectations.  Death really did stalk the earth and gathered in a rich harvest of souls from childhood, motherhood, war, disease and famine to old age should you be fortunate enough to even get there.  Thinking of what lay beyond death’s horizon exercised many a mind and filled many an anxious waking hour as well as stalking dreams.

The astonishing spread of Christianity with its message of the love of God and of a direct revelation, in the resurrection of Christ Jesus, lies, in part, with its tackling of this question: what lies beyond?  Paul, writing to the early Church in Rome, Corinth, Ephesus and other places found that it wasn’t getting people to believe in the resurrection of the body that was difficult – it was the life they lead now that proved so very troublesome.  It still does!

We know that, if we take a body of people and invite them to a free drinks party where they can eat and drink as much as they want, we will notice some very different behaviours.  Some will sample delicately and respectfully of the food and drink – aware of its gratuitous nature – and others will load their pockets for the lunch, their tea, their friends not present, and drink enough wine or spirit to be barely able to stand and make off with spare bottles they notice “going spare.”

If today we don’t speak so much of the terrors of judgement and instead focus on more productive aspects of our faith it does not mean that there is no judgment, no condemnation of unrepentant sinners.  There will be and it will be harder for those who have understood and taken advantage of the sheer graciousness of God.  Paul writes today, “People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God.”

This Lent should have been, by now, an opportunity to examine our life and compare it with what our consciences know should be the correct, the right and proper attitudes towards the sheer graciousness of God’s love.  We are offered the opportunity to correct our life’s direction through repentance – which is a turning towards God far more than a turning away from sin (even though it involves that too).  Are we grateful members of God’s family – or are we the Sackville-Bagginses, making off with the spoons as well as having our fill at the banquet table?  How you answer that is up to you.  But one day you will have to give account of how your life was spent – not to me, or any priest, but to God himself!

With my love and prayers

Fr David

There are CAFOD Emergency Appeal Envelopes in the Porches this weekend 

Saturday 1st April

Please contact Jane and David Penson on 271102 if you would like to join the Chilli Dinner at their home

Tuesday 4th April

10-12 Free Tea, Coffee and Biscuits for the over 50’s – all welcome in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

7.30pm Sushi Making Evening – Bramley

Wednesday 5th April

10am – Kids Craft morning at the McGuinness house contact

7.30pm Palestinian Discussion in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

Sunday 9th April

9am Book sale with tea and coffee at Bramley

11am Book sale with tea and coffee at Cranleigh

Saturday 15th April

10am – Clean and Decorate Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Sunday 16th April

After 11am Mass in Cranleigh – Biscuit sale from the Morans and Kay-Russells

Tuesday 18th April

10-12 Free Tea, Coffee and Biscuits for the over 50’s – all welcome in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

7.30pm Fundraising Committee Meeting at the Nel household – all welcome to join.

Sunday 23rd April

After 11am Mass in Cranleigh – Cake sale from the Southwell Family

Tuesday 25th April

CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room with guest speaker Kim Hale, Using Essential Oils to promote wellness and happiness.

Friday 12th May

7.30pm Beer Tasting hosted by Matthew Emms

Friday 26th May

7pm – Arundel Cathedral – Dcn Roys Ordination

Tuesday 30th May

7.30pm CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room – bring your photo albums and memories for a night of reminiscing

1st and 2nd July

Parish Camping Event

We have already had one envelope back with the Lenten money more than doubled.   Thank you very much Minnie and friends.


9th April Palm Sunday of the Lord

9am – Bramley

11am – Cranleigh

13th April Maunday Thursday

10am – Bramley

8pm – Cranleigh Mass of the Lords Supper

14th April  Good Friday

10.30am Churches Together Walk of Witness from St Nicholas Church and processes to Stocklund Square.

3pm – Cranleigh, Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord.

8pm – Cranleigh, Tenebrae Ecumenical Service.

15th April Holy Saturday

9pm – Cranleigh, Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord

16th April Easter Sunday

9am – Bramley, Parish Mass of the Resurrection

11am Cranleigh, Parish Mass of the Resurrection

Dcn Roy’s Ordination to the Priesthood! – Bishop Richard has formerly called Roy to Ordination to the Priesthood during this Eastertide.   The Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel.

Coaches have now been arranged to transport people to Roy’s Ordination.  Leaving from Bramley and Cranleigh they will take us directly to the Cathedral and drop us off – picking up again after the reception.  You should reserve your place now!  The cost is expected to be about £10 per person.  The sign-up forms are in the porches of the churches.

Deacon Roy (then Fr Roy!) will celebrate his first masses with the parish on Saturday evening of the 27th at Cranleigh followed by a parish reception and at Bramley at 9am on the Sunday morning followed by a little party as well.  I hope as many of you as possible will attend and support Roy in this new and exciting ministry of service to the Church.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage – If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.

Stations of the Cross and Soup Lunch at

12noon in Bramley on each of the Saturdays of Lent, from 11th March to 8th April inclusive.  Please contact Bridget Eacott (Tel 892406).

Stations of the Cross at Cranleigh JCROM will be held each Wednesday during Lent at 10am as had last year.   Stations start Wednesday 8th March.  All are welcome.  Please telephone Helen on 01483 277395

We hear that Yolanda raised £750 for the Parish Meeting Room as a result of the Lunch and Raffle she organised last week.  A Great Many Thanks go to Yolanda and her team.

Over 50’s Coffee Mornings will be held on Tuesday 4th April and Tuesday 18th April from 10-12pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits and all are welcome.

Sushi Making Evening Please contact Rosie Sharpe on 898242 if you would like to join her evening on Tuesday 4th April at Birch House in Bramley.  All are welcome but numbers need to be catered for so please call Rosie to register your interest.  All are welcome and profits will be donated to the Parish Fund.

Meeting the real Palestinians – 7:30pm Wednesday 5 April In the Parish Room, Cranleigh

This meeting has been arranged by the Parish Justice & Peace Group. All parishioners and friends will be very welcome.

Easter Craft Morning

Wednesday 5th April at 10am at the McGuiness house.

As part of their Lenten Talent the McGuiness family are hosting various craft activities to keep your children busy in the holidays.   A donation per child and coffee and biscuits will be available to the parents/carers.  Numbers are limited so please email

We as a Parish are being asked by Bishop Richard Moth to support the work of the Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) at HMP Coldingley and HMP Send which are within our Parish.  Pact are asking for materials and toys for its play activities which makes the visits of parents and siblings to prisoners more positive.   If you are able please donate any of the following into the Parish Office of: Arts and Crafts Materials, fancy dress particulary boys, childrens toys and baby toys, books, comics and Christmas or Easter decorations.  Alongside material donations, volunteers for a few hours a week as well as financial donations will be put to good and direct use.  For more information Pact can be connected

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