First Sunday of Lent – 1st March 2020

First Sunday of Lent – 1st March 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On February 28, 2020


  • Cafod Lent Appeals at all Masses this weekend. Cafod collection next weekend
  • Friday is Lent Fast Day
  • PARISH AGM will take place on 12th March 7.30pm in Cranleigh


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

When I used to play rugby I always found the few minutes before the match began quite hard.  I was a bundle of anxieties – would I perform well during this match?  Would I let my team mates down with a silly fumble, or a disastrous rule infringement?  Was I fit enough?  Was I worthy to have a place in the team?  And so on.  Also, there was that sense of anticipation when the adrenalin starts to course through one’s body and yet, so far, there is nothing to do with it except go through little rituals about which boot to put on first; putting Vaseline on everything in a sort of order.  All ways of trying to control the situation so that when the kickoff happened one was ready to ‘explode’ into action. Hopefully anyway.

The wait for Lent to begin is a little like that for me too.  I’ve seen, and felt it coming for ages now.  I’ve been thinking about its goal and purpose which is to prepare the Church for the Easter celebrations.  It is about entering more deeply into a living relationship with God by giving up certain things in order to take on some other things.

The giving up has a two fold intention.  One, it teaches us that all things are a gift to us for our use.  They should never therefore be taken for granted.  The absence of some luxury, or privilege, during this 40 days teaches us to rely on God more than on the luxury, but it also teaches us by its absence to relish it more when we allow it back into our life.  And, two.  Giving up something helps us to enter into solidarity with those who do not have the choice of whether to give up something or not.  They simply do not ‘have’ – so fasting helps us to understand the longings for something like food that beset such a large portion of the world’s population – and thus we learn gratitude once again for all that we take for normal.

The readings today are about temptations.  It is a well known human trait to desire and obsess about things that are just out of reach, or forbidden to us.  Their out of reach-ness, or forbidden-ness does something to our psyche.  We can’t get them out of our minds.  What we often find is that our hidden psychological drives direct us towards these desired things almost without our knowing – until it is too late, of course.  So Lent is also about discipline and formation.  It is about getting to know ourselves more deeply and more honestly and the deep down things that drive us and direct our thoughts and actions.  Once these things are named and “out in the open” they become easier to control and reject.  Strangely enough, although it is painful to experience, sins and temptations that are known by the community at large become easier to counter precisely because the same community tends to help us overcome them – sometimes by emphasising a prohibition, sometimes by accompanying us on our journey through temptation.

We see from the gospel that Jesus too was no stranger to temptation.  We need to see it this way.  He did wonder whether it would be better to do the hard work of bringing in the kingdom by a simpler, less costly route.  He did wonder whether there were shortcuts that could bring about the same ends.  However, he could also see through the Evil One’s temptations and see them for what they truly were – hollow lies.  To truly grow in the spirit as a Christian and in mind and morals as a human being takes effort and application.  God is never far away from those who set out on this pilgrimage though.  Never forget that.

God Bless you all.  Fr David

finance-committee-600x286(1).pngWhen Cranleigh and Bramley Parish agreed to build a new hall next to the church in Cranleigh we knew that we had to raise the funds to pay for its building.  Part of the funding came from the reserves the parish already had, the rest has been raised by a combination of one-off donations, fund-raising activities and those who decided to contribute a monthly amount for a five-year period, over which time we hoped to pay for the building. The end of that five-year period will come with payments made in February this year.

I am pleased to announce that at the end of February we will have broadly covered the cost of the cost of the project. Thank you very much to all who have contributed in any and every way, to making this vision a reality.

Accordingly, anyone contributing by way of standing order is at liberty to cease this contribution.

However, if you are now accustomed to making these contributions and wish to let sleeping dogs lie(!) then there are a number of reasons why this would be very welcome!

Firstly, in building the hall, we have significantly reduced our ‘rainy day’ funds – at a time when rainy days seem all too frequent! It would be good to re-build an element of contingency funds to cover unforeseen events.

Secondly, as the Parish continues to reflect on its Mission – and how it can be more effective in spreading the good news to all of our community, we will inevitably need to spend a bit more money than we can currently afford.

Nonetheless, the choice is yours! Thank you for your great efforts in getting the hall built and for all that you do to support the life of the Parish.

Patrick Bergin – Chair of the Parish Finance Committee

300-Club.jpgCongratulations to our February 300 Club winners who are Joan M, Margaret H and the Southwell Family.

1_GLP_SAH_WK181286_03JPG.jpgSt Joseph’s Trust have been chosen as a Co-op special cause and the school will share, with 2 other causes, 1% of everything spent by Co-op Members on Co-op goods in the Cranleigh store for 1 year (besides getting 5% for each member themselves)  However, if each member chooses a specific cause, 1% all the money spent will go to the cause of their choice.

If you are a Co-op member please consider supporting  St Joseph’s school to increase their total.  They are aiming for £10,000 towards their new café.

  • Get a membership card from the Co-op store
  • Use your card number to make an online account
  • Go online & choose St Joseph’s

unnamed-1.jpgOffertory Envelopes for the next tax year 2020-2021 will be available from Trish Ellis at Masses over the next few weeks.


Stations of the Cross at  Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind
Wednesdays at. 10.00am.    (Takes about 30 minutes)
March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th  April 1st and 8th
Stations of the Cross is a moving way to come closer to Jesus and the paschal Mystery during Lent
Please let Helen Rollo  know if you would like to lead any of the mornings.   01483  277395

maxresdefault.jpgCAFOD Lent Family Fast Day on Friday 6 March is the 60th anniversary of the first Family Fast Day led by our founding mothers and, as it has been for sixty years, is an opportunity to reach out and support highly-skilled local experts around the world who help the poorest members of our global family. Please collect your Family Fast Day envelope this week and give whatever you can to help experts like Sister Consilia – a nun and trained pharmacist who treats people in rural Zimbabwe – continue their vital work.

news.jpgPokot News  On 25 February we sent the sum of £6,500 to the Missions in East Pokot. Of this £4,155 was for Fr Paul Kamau, Director of the Barpello Mission High School. It was made up of £1,750 for school fees of students being sponsored by members of the Pound a Week Group; £2,060 was the balance of the first year running costs of the Tailoring and Dressmaking project at the school which we are sponsoring; and the balance of £345 was for use where Fr Paul sees the greatest need.

Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission received £2,345. The £345 was for use at his discretion and the balance of £2,000  was donated to help with the Mission’s Camel Project which receives £1,000. The remaining £1,000 from the donation goes towards the construction of the  house  Fr Sean is building at his most remote outstation at Chesawach. This will enable him to stay over there and spend more time on  instruction and general help with his catechumens. The intention is that the house will become the Presbytery when the outstation has developed to the point where it can become a fully functioning parish as part of the local Diocese. If you would like more information about the Pound a Week Group and the Pokot projects, please contact me on 01483-893379 or at  There is also information on the Parish website.    Eugene McGivern


Ecumenical Evening Prayer at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh on Monday 2nd March, 8pm.  All are welcome.  Please bring your friends.

WDP-2020-Poster-.jpgThis year’s World Day of Prayer service takes place on Friday March 6th at Cranleigh Methodist Church at 10.30 am with tea/coffee served from 10am. The service this year has been prepared by the Christian women of Zimbabwe and is titled “Rise! Take your mat and walk.”

St Thomas More is hosting the World Day of Prayer service for the local churches around Bramley, on Friday March 6th at 11am. All are welcome

Unknown.jpegGuildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training at Jesus the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ, on Tuesday, 21st April 2020 from 7-9 p.m.

  • A reminder that this training is for everyone but particularly targeting those who work with or minister to Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults at Risk. ) It is the expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that this initial training is undertaken and refreshed every three years. New Volunteers should undertake the Initial Training within the first year of being appointed. A Refresher Training Programme is now being rolled out. People are welcome to attend initial and refresher sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.
  • We would be grateful to have names/numbers by Wednesday, 15th April for refreshment and hand out purposes.
  • For those  unable to attend this or an adjoining Deanery session and wish to undertake online training, please email with name, parish and role, they will then be registered with EduCare, the National online Training Provider. The sections of the modules can be dipped in and out of so can be done when convenient, which is helpful. There is also Certificate provision on successful completion.


Lent begins on Ash Wednesday the 26th of February.

The Lent Course is starting this week.  Our Lent Discussion Course this year will again be run jointly with the other churches in the Village.  We are using a book called ‘This? How Christians Respond to Climate Change’ by Susan Sayers.  As last year, there will be an opportunity to attend the course on either a Thursday Evening or a Friday afternoon, or to interchange.  There will be 6 sessions starting on 27th/28th February and running through to the week before Holy Week.

We shall be hosting the sessions on a Friday afternoon from 2pm in our Parish Room at Cranleigh, but there will also be sessions held at Cranleigh Methodist Church on Thursday evenings.

Session 1: Our ‘This’ – Where we are

Thursday 27th February, 7.30pm at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Friday 28th February, 2pm at The Parish Room (Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind)

Session 2: God’s ‘This’ – The Holy of Holiness

Thursday 5th March, 7.30pm at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Friday 6th March, 2pm at The Parish Room (Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind)

Session 3: Incarnate ‘This’ – A Grounded God

Thursday 12th March, 7.30pm at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Friday 13th March, 2pm at The Parish Room (Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind)

Session 4: ‘This is . . . .’ – Body, Blood, Bread and Wine

Thursday 19th March, 7.30pm at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Friday 20th March, 2pm at The Parish Room (Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind)

Session 5: ‘This in all its Fulness’ – Loving the Creator’s Creation

Thursday 26th March, 7.30pm at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Friday 27th March, 2pm at The Parish Room (Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind)

Session 6: ‘This’ – Living in both Time and Eternity

Thursday 2nd April, 7.30pm at Cranleigh Methodist Church

Friday 3rd April, 2pm at The Parish Room (Jesus Christ, Redeemer of Mankind)

Ethical_superstore_Fairtrade_fortnight_2020.jpgFAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT

This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday 24 February. As a certified Fairtrade Parish, we have made a commitment to use only Fairtrade tea and coffee at all parish events, as well as using other Fairtrade items (such as sugar, biscuits and wine) whenever possible. As parishioners, we are strongly encouraged to buy Fairtrade items when doing our personal shopping all through the year but to make a special effort during the Fortnight.

Buying Fairtrade means the producers receive a guaranteed minimum price for their goods and they also receive a premium on top of that which they can spend on projects to benefit the local community. These projects are decided by the community themselves and include things like improving school buildings or health centres, buying farm tools and equipment, or training courses to gain new skills.

There are now over 6,000 items available with the Fairtrade mark in high street shops ranging from fruit and cereals, through herbs and spices, to jewellery and clothing. So, when you are shopping, remember to use your LOAF – buying items that have at least one (preferably more) of the following attributes: Locally sourced, organically grown, Animal friendly and Fairly traded.

Coffee-cake.png The next Coffee Morning will take place on Tuesday 10th March from 10.30am in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room. This is open to all members of our community and you are welcome to bring a friend or suggest it to someone who may benefit from meeting with this friendly group.

Beginning Experience: A weekend away for those who find themselves single again following separation, divorce, or the death of a partner. The Beginning Experience is a weekend programme to help you to move from the darkness of your grief into the light of a new beginning and to face the future with renewed hope. Next weekend is 3-5 April at the Domus Mariae Centre, Chigwell, Essex. More information from Freda 01322 838415 or Maura 01322 551503 or John at

Date for Diaries: Annual Formation Day for Those who Support the Bereaved in Parishes: This Year on Wednesday 20th May, at St Bernadette’s, Crawley. To book contact

A&B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimages celebrate 45 years! Join us! Mini Pilgrimage “The God who speaks” 7th – 10th May 2020 Arundel – Duncton – Chiddingfold – Guildford. Only £50! Come and walk with us for the weekend! Discover the amazing personal and community value of going on a pilgrimage, as our medieval forebears did, sharing and worshipping together, the journey as important as the destination. New Pilgrims Welcome.

Worth Abbey: 31st March-2nd April Lent Retreat Cost: £177 (fully inclusive)
An opportunity to enter more deeply into the themes of Lent and to explore the person of Jesus Christ. The weekend will offer the chance of encounter with Christ in prayer through the Benedictine monastic tradition, with talks, space for reflection, participation in the rhythm of prayer with the monastic community (The Divine Office), Lectio Divina and walks in the beautiful Sussex countryside. You will be staying in St Bruno’s where we offer comfortable accommodation, good food and a warm welcome.

Annual Justice & Peace Conference: “2020 Vision: Action for Life on Earth”. Ecological Conversion: necessity, dream or delusion? 17th-19th July. Visit:

Fr John Seddon OSB will present the seventh episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday, March 7th, 2020.The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The seventh film, is entitled ‘Word made flesh, True Bread from Heaven: the mystery of the liturgy and the Eucharist .’ 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.

Notice of Intention to Marry: For anyone considering marriage please be aware that our Diocese requires that you contact the parish in which you wish to be married 12 months beforehand, in order to begin the appropriate preparation and complete the required paperwork.

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