Fifth Sunday of Easter 14th May 2017
There is a Special Collection next Sunday for The Catholic Communications Network
Dear Brothers and Sisters
You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, …, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. – so writes St Peter in his first Epistle which is our second reading at mass today. Its that little bit “set apart” that drew my attention. It begs some questions – set apart – from what? To do what?
Well ~Peter sort of answers the second question for us – we are a people set apart to “sing the praises of God who called us…” To sing praises! It’s amazing when we think about it – St Peter thinks that we have been chosen and set apart; made into a royal priesthood (i.e. a priesthood reserved for royal duties rather than for just any old person) to sing the praises of God.
This is, in reality, what we call worship. Worship is derived from the old English worth-ship – that is to give worth to something. When we worship we are saying in effect that it is God who has the ultimate “worth:” in our eyes. It is He who is the focus of my life and it is to him that I draw my reason for living and purpose in life. If you have been to our Catholicism series you would have heard Fr Barron say that “we become what we worship.”
You can see what is implied here. In worshipping God – Father Son and Holy Spirit we are focussing our lives on them in order to participate in their life. So worship draws us inexorably into the Divine life of God the Holy Trinity and we, ever so little by little, start to emulate what we find there. We find holiness of course and so we are drawn beyond the limits and bounds of our “mere” humanity into the Divine. We find love there because “where love is, there is God.” We find self-sacrifice too as each member of the Trinity seeks not their own advantage and primacy but the glory of the Father with the Son in the Holy Spirit. The supreme example of this sacrifice is the self-emptying and self sacrifice of Jesus who “gave himself up for us all.”
When we worship we necessarily go “outside ourselves” too. We give value to something, or in our case someone, who becomes the centre of my life and my goal. In worship I reach out for the God who, like the Father in the famous story, has already reached out to me and come towards me. So in worship we find our true home and acceptance of the “me” that is “me.”
But there are other things that can receive our worship and, dare I say it – probably do from each of us. We can be tempted to worship, that is, give value, to things that don’t lead us to life and light but which leave us in the darkness – things such as power, wealth, youthfulness, beauty, popularity can all be worshipped and as such they become false Gods distracting us from our true vocation. Vocation, the word, come from vocare in Latin, which means – to call, to name to invoke. St Peter believes it is God who has called us – out of darkness into the “wonderful” light of Christ to be a “people” who know they are chosen but who are never vain about it but grateful – which is the starting point of all worship.
With my love, your priest
Don’t forget Dinahs House Clearance Sale Sunday 14th May in Parish room after Mass . Many items on offer including a photocopier , an ice cream maker , a gents sheepskin coat , kitchen paraphernalia and 2 standard fuschias . There will also be a chance to make a sealed bid for a new Weber gas BBQ (cost £270). Items will not be priced but will be donations only and proceeds will all go to Pokot . Every penny will go to help educate and feed the blessed children of Pokot
Care Group Meeting will be held on Friday 19th May at 2pm in the Parish Room at Cranleigh. Please contact Jane Harding if you are unable to attend, 01483 274018.
PARISH LUNCH – TUESDAY MAY 30th at Bramley following the 11:30 Mass. The usual good homemade fare will be on offer for a donation. Please let me know if you are coming as we need to plan quantities. Ann Smith 07795608823 or email@example.com
There will also be sign up sheets at the back of Bramley Church. If you are coming from Cranleigh please let Felicity (273083) know and especially if you would like a lift.
TRAVELLING TRENDS FASHION SHOW Do you need a few new separates to liven up your wardrobe? Would you like them at Bargain Prices? Come along to this Parish event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun! This is your chance to see, try on, and buy this season’s fashions at greatly reduced prices, and help to raise funds for the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. The event will start from 7.15pm on Monday 12th June at the St Cuthbert Mayne School. Tickets are £6.00 which include a drink and nibbles and tickets can be bought from the Parish Office or Georgie Nel or Susanna Page. This hopes to be a lively fun evening with a Tombola and two opportunities for stalls to be purchased.
27th May 7pm Father Roy’s Mass Reception Following Father Roys first Vigil Mass in Cranleigh all are invited into the school hall for a celebration reception. There are sign up sheets for food in both porches. Please let us know you will attend, sign up to provide a specified dish and please bring a bottle to enjoy with Father Roy and everyone else. All are invited.
CORPUS CHRISTI CARPET OF FLOWERS AT ARUNDEL CATHEDRAL
Wednesday 14th June
Coach leaves RC Church at Cranleigh at 10.30am
Cost £10 for coach, to be paid in advance
Lunch of your own choice available at St Mary’s Inn
Contact Julia 01483 276004 or Bridget 01483 892406
Lifts from Bramley to the coach in Cranleigh are available, please sign the list in the porch in Bramleyor contact Bridget Eacott
Interest in this event has been not enough to go ahead yet. Please let us know if you are interested in joining this outing.
Spend a day aboard a 31ft Sailing Boat based in Chichester harbour and just make a donation to the talents fund in return. (Whatever you feel is appropriate).
Please contact Pat Scully on 07796016696 or 01483277913, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think it is for you.
The next CAMEO event will take place at the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on Tuesday 30th May at 7.30pm. This will be an evening of sharing memories and reminiscing. Katherine Bergin and Veronica Motchman will be hosting and invite you along to have an evening of refreshments and good stories.
ST CUTHBERT MAYNE CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL has school places available for September 2017, including Reception places. If you are considering applying for a place and would like to arrange a tour of the school then please contact the school office on 01483 274961 or email on email@example.com.
Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind – The ditch running alongside the Ewhurst Road has some broken glass in it and we would caution parents of children to be careful around this area. The school is aware and is putting the same notice into their newsletter.
Louise Gilbey and her Grandma will be selling Tomato Plants on Sunday 14. May, at Bramley Church after the 9am Bramley Mass and later at Cranleigh Church after the 11.30am Mass there. Please come and buy and support our Parish. With Thanks. Corinne.
Please ring Giovanni on 274744 in order to collect your lasagne.
before 6pm Mass and at end of 11am mass
the Regina Caeli is sung
Regina caeli laetare, alleluia:
Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia:
Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia:
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia
Let us pray: O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may lay hold of the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
“PARKING FOR FIRST COMMUNION MASS : More marshals are needed – please contact David Penson who would appreciate help from 09.45 onwards. firstname.lastname@example.org or 271102″
GENERAL ELECTION QUESTION TIME
Sponsored by Churches Together in Cranleigh
WHEN: May 22nd 2017 7.30pm—9.00pm
WHERE: Cranleigh Baptist Church, High Street, Cranleigh
FREE ENTRY AT THE DOOR
Questions must be submitted in advance to either Cranleigh Baptist Church or Cranleigh Arts Centre
Closing date for questions is Friday 19th May
All the candidates for the Guildford seat will be present to answer your questions. FOR MORE INFORMATION 01483 271000
Further Election information from CAFOD and Caritas Social Action Network ….”This election campaign is being dominated by the issues of Brexit and immigration. But there are other issues which some would think were more important and which are in danger of being ignored – unless we, the electorate, make a point of raising them. CAFOD and Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) have produced a joint briefing on four questions that they would like to raise. This could be when candidates or canvassers knock on your door or at hustings meetings. The issues are: global poverty and aid, climate change and care for creation, Britain’s role in the world, and building strong communities in the UK. The briefing can be downloaded here http://www.csan.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Our-Common-Future_-General-Election-questions-2017.pdf
I received the following message from Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission.
“Great to hear your having some good sunny days. Here we have had some rain but very patchy.
But it is around and more in the offing we trust. April was a ‘washout’ in that there was no rain worth talking of. May started well but as I said the long rains have not really come yet, but people are preparing gardens which is a good sign. I often wonder if they are wise but I wouldn’t discourage them. No grass yet by a long shot, but water is more plentiful.
I have got a quotation from the Water people for the proposed borehole but I’m not yet in a position to get started. There are so many things to attend to daily. The church building is ongoing. The effects of the drought will be with us for some time. We do daily feeding programmes. I had the old and infirm today. They are always so grateful its almost embarrassing. The children’s breakfast is on going and such a great help, thanks to the Pound a Week Group. Have you heard that Fr David has not been well. He got pneumonia and was in hospital for a few days. He’s back in Barpello and much better but that knocks the stuffing out of you. I will meet him on Monday.
Security situation in Pokot is very bad. Pokots shot dead and three police yesterday. We are relatively safe in this backwoods but travel in and out is a serious hazard. Do keep us in the prayers. God bless for now. Sean”
Please contact me on 01483-893379 or email@example.com or visit the Parish website if you would like to know more about the Pound a Week Group and the Pokot projects we support. Eugene McGivern
St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth. (formerly the Franciscan Friary)
Do you worship at the Abbey?
Do you come to the Abbey for special events?
Are you a former Friary parishioner?
Have you yet to discover the Abbey?
YOU are invited to join us for a
in the beautiful Abbey grounds
Saturday 10th June
followed by a picnic on the lawn Please bring your own picnic!
Tea, coffee and squash provided
ALL are welcome – do spread the word!
CELEBRATING OUR LAUNCH! 21ST MAY 6PM
ST ANDREW’S CHURCH, HORSHAM ROAD GRAFHAM, GU5 0LH
We are delighted to invite you to our very first concert. The Wintershall Choir is a community choir that meets on the Wintershall Estate, famous for its exhilarating biblical plays. To launch the choir we have chosen a broad range of light-hearted songs—sacred songs and musical hits are interspersed with beautiful Taize ‘rounds’ (the Taize community is a multi-denominational Christian community in Burgundy, France, which attracts pilgrims from across the globe). We will be teaching you a Taize song too!
The concert is free, with a donation for refreshments. Parking is available at the Grafham Rooms just down the road from the church.