Fourth Sunday of Advent – 22nd December 2019

Fourth Sunday of Advent – 22nd December 2019

By In Newsletter Blog On December 20, 2019

CarolService-960x675.pngCranleigh Village Carol Service will take place in St Nicolas Church this Sunday the 22nd December at 6.30pm.  Christians from throughout the village and from all churches will be taking part in this beautiful and uplifting traditional service of lessons and carols.  Please bring your kids to this and give them a traditional Christmas!  See you there.  Fr David

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Well, a lot has happened since my last writing to you, hasn’t it?  However, we voted we are all in for a period of change and uncertainty politically and nationally which may well be the tone and theme of the next decade.  Who knows?

While the government is busy getting Brexit done we need to be telling them that there is an even more pressing deadline that will have a far large impact on the wellbeing of our nation than whether we are members or not of the EU, have a good trading relationship with the US or have made killer deals with the rest of the world.  That deadline is to do with the climate – not this time the political climate but the meteorological one – the air we breathe and the water we use and both of which we share with every other living thing on this lovely earth.

Time is growing ever shorter to make key changes to our relationship with the earth.  The year 2030 is not just a key political date but a momentous strategic climate date.  If, by then, we have not radically altered our carbon emissions, and they continue to rise as they are right now then, scientists suggest, the heating of the atmosphere will tip over into a run away temperature rise that will render a huge amount of the earth uninhabitable to animals like us – mammals who exist within a relatively narrow temperature range.

You may be thinking that this is a strange message to be offering to you as we await Christmas and with just a few days to go towards the season of cheer and goodwill.  I make no apology whatsoever for using my little space to alert us all to the need to change and radically change.  Neither do I share the view of the no-hopers who suggest that we human beings are unable to change sufficiently quickly and enough to reign in the climate crisis.  We can change as we must change.  And the message of Christmas is not that it’s OK “so don’t worry I’m looking after it for you” by Almighty God so everything that needs to be done and changed will be managed by Him.  The message is that God decisively entered into our world, our little planet amidst the vastness of space and time and became Emmanuel – God is with us.  And, as we shall hear this weekend His name is Jesus which means “God saves”.    Thus, we have a leader and a purpose to follow in his footsteps of courage and love.

If we truly love our children, then we have to lead the way and show them what love means by making choices that will give them the best hope of a good life – a life worth living.  In fact, we do that all the time as we ferry them around here and there to enjoy life enhancing hobbies and skills.  But we need to choose somethings far more dramatic than that: we need to make the moral choice to do what is right whether it is convenient or inconvenient to us.  We have to break the habits of our sinful, wasteful, and careless lives.  We have to tell ourselves that buying things needlessly is pointless and wasteful.  We have to use time in different ways to create less waste and consume fewer resources.  We have to drive less and more economically.  We have to heat our homes less and insulate them better.  We need to eat in a way that balances the earth’s natural resources instead of skewing them towards a luxury – meat every day – and all the time.  We are the first generation that has done this and the effects on our environment (and waistlines) is telling.

So, Christmas is an opportunity to do all this with God at our side. He won’t do it for us but will be with us as we change and grow to be more like Him. God bless.  Fr David

tree-decor.jpgCranleigh Church is being decorated and tidied THIS Saturday 21st December at 11am by Phil Davies and his team.  If you are willing and able Phil would be grateful of your help.  Please let us know you will be attending

Unknown-1.jpegPlease note the Parish Office will be closed between 1pm on Friday 20th December and will reopen at 8.45am on Tuesday 7th January 2020.  Messages can be left on email or voicemail.  Tracy wishes everyone a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

co_screen-standard-MAIN.jpgChristmas Offerings
The Finance Committee would like to remind you that all Christmas monetary gifts for Father David should be placed in an envelope clearly marked with “Father David”. This includes cash or cheques made payable to “David Osborne”. ​Pre-addressed envelopes will be ​available at the back of both Bramley and Cranleigh churches. Any loose cash or unmarked envelopes placed in the collection plate will be assumed to be a gift to the Parish funds.

300-Club.jpg300 Club Applications are Open

Over the years, the 300 club has been here to help raise funds for the church.  Over the past 10 years, over £11,000 has been raised.  The draws start in January with a New Year draw and end in December with a Christmas draw, with 12 monthly draws during the year.

Entry forms are available at the back of each church in the parish and should be returned no later than 19 January 2020 to be included in all the draws for the year.  Return entries by putting them in an envelope in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.

In the current year, there are 104 entries, each one costing £12.  After taking away the prize money this had left £468 as a contribution to the church’s funds. In 2019, we used these funds to buy a new set of vestments for Fr David.  Let’s see if we can make 2020 a bumper year and raise over £1000 for the church.  Good luck!

info-for-res-min.jpgTo all at Cranleigh and Bramley Churches

Just a note to say a really big thank-you from everyone at the Number Five Project for the fantastic donations of clothes, food and £1086.81 received this evening which was broken down into £542.81 in cash and £544 in various vouchers. Your congregations have been incredibly generous, and it is going to make such a difference to some of our communities most vulnerable people this Christmas.

It’s an incredible amount so please do thank everybody who donated. We will give your Christmas cards to our residents on Christmas morning each containing a £15 Friary Centre voucher and a £14 cinema ticket and a £10 costa coffee card which they are not expecting, and I know will be very greatly appreciated and used enthusiastically! Thank-you for organising the vouchers – please do pass on our utmost thanks too to The Friary Team who always support us and whom topped up the Friary cards from £10 to £15 each. Also, our thanks to The Odeon who topped us up with 4 extra cinema vouchers on top of the 16 which we will use for birthdays elsewhere in the calendar. You have all made a real difference to !!!

The money you have so kindly donated is to be kept for New Year’s Eve when staff will use some of it to order in a takeaway supper of their choice for everyone staying with us – something they hardly ever experience. The money left over after this we will save for occasions or birthdays throughout the year, when sometimes people need cheering up or made to feel just a little bit special, or a taxi is needed, or clothes bought.

Needless to say, every penny will be spent directly on our residents, for which they will be, and I am, extremely grateful.

Thank-you all once again to everybody who gave for your generosity, we really do appreciate it.

Kindest regards and Merry Christmas from Neale from Number Five

From Giovanni Fontebasso : please see a request for accommodation in the area.  I am a mature student at Surrey University (Psychology). I have 20 years’ experience in mental health having worked as an educator-health care assistant with elderly people suffering from different conditions i.e., Alzheimer, dementia. I am from Italy and been here for almost 3 years. Due to my intensive course I cannot have a full-time job and therefore I am looking to do assistance during the night and I’ll be very happy to find a family that needs this kind of help.  Please phone 07513661411or 274744

Justice & Peace Assembly:   ‘Still No Room at the Inn?” How can we respond to the homelessness crisis today?  Sat. 25th January, at the St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley (DABCEC).  Doors open 9.30 am.  Free event.  Introduced by Bishop Richard, with Speakers from Turning Tides, Homelink, Crawley Open House, Life Housing, Caritas Portsmouth, and more.  Stalls and stands.  Drinks provided – bring own cup/mug.  Limited parking. Bookings at

Evening Prayer for Divorced, Remarried & Separated: Sun. 23rd February, at 3 pm:  All those in our parish communities who may be divorced, remarried or simply separated, are warmly invited to come together with Bishop Richard at St. John the Evangelist Church in Horsham for afternoon tea, conversation and the celebration of Evening Prayer, which will conclude the afternoon.  It would be useful to know approximate numbers simply to allow us to cater appropriately. If you be kind enough to send through the name(s) of those who are coming along, that would be useful. You can send the information to  Thank you.

2019_10_11_09_54_17.pdf000.png‘Ecumenical Mental Health Project’.  Green for Go! Go for Help!  Please see the poster on the Church notice board giving details of services available for people in crisis. This time of year can be difficult for many people, these contacts might help the person sitting next to you in the church or someone you meet in the street.  As you leave the church why not take a photo of the poster to store on your phone?  If you are interested in the Mental Health Project do get in touch:

Worth Abbey:  Silent Retreat:  13th-16th January 2020 (Mon-Thurs)  £265 per person (Concession/unwaged £225) Take some time out post-Christmas and join, for a short while, the rhythm of prayer and reflection with the monastic community at Worth Abbey.  Enjoy time and space to be still, refresh your spirit and explore your relationship with God in beautiful and peaceful surroundings. For further information, to request a booking form or to reserve your place, please contact us: Tel: 01342 710318 or Email:     2020 Calendar of Retreats at

A Week of Guided Prayer – who’s it for?  Everyone!  And someone who’s been there said, “I think I expected something more ‘holy’!  As it was, I was able to be me and think and pray about life as I’m experiencing it now…….“      Want to hear more?  The week starts on Sunday, 9th February 2020, in the afternoon, at St Joan of Arc, Farnham, GU9 8DJ.   Further details are in the booking forms at the back of the church, or drop an email to  Closing date for applications will be on 6th January 2020, but no one will be turned away, including those who are housebound Please tell us if this applies to you or someone you know.

Fr John Seddon OSB will present the fifth episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith’, by Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday, January 11th, 2020.  The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The fifth film, is entitled ‘The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure.’ 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.   

Opportunity – Regional Community Fundraiser

An exciting opportunity has arisen for outstanding community fundraisers to work with diocesan volunteer teams to raise funds to enable Missio to achieve its mission. This is an opportunity which would suit someone wanting to use their proven fundraising skills to support the Church’s mission overseas by building effective relationships with Diocesan Directors, Parish Coordinators (Local Secretaries), Volunteers, Supporters, Schools, Religious and Parish Priests to help grow an understanding of the theology and impact of mission in the world.

Missio ignites God’s love by helping missionaries to work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Today Missio makes an impact in 1,070 mission dioceses in 157 countries. We transform lives by listening to local needs and acting in the most effective way: we create infrastructure in impoverished and remote areas; we help to build chapels, schools and orphanages; we facilitate clinics and dispensaries; and we create hubs from which the young Church can flourish and grow. Missio also supports the training of over 25,000 future Priests and 11,000 religious Sisters every year by providing young churches in developing countries with funding to train their own future Church leaders. We are proud to be the Pope’s charity for world mission.

Principle responsibilities will include:

  • To build effective relationships with Diocesan Directors, Parish Coordinators (Local Secretaries), Volunteers, Supporters, Schools, Religious and Parish Priests across allocated dioceses;
  • To be responsible for coordinating the network of Missio and Mill Hill volunteers in allocated dioceses;
  • To communicate effectively with Local Secretaries to ensure they feel connected to Missio’s work and valued for their contribution;
  • To develop effective diocesan and parish-fundraising by supporting Local Secretaries, parish teams and schools

The roles form part of a small, supportive and committed team and location is flexible but will require regular attendance at our London office, which is a short walk from Victoria Station. One of the roles will be based in northern England and one in southern England. The role will require flexibility to travel extensively within England and Wales and could involve occasional overseas travel. Salary: Competitive Closing date for applications: 10 January 2020 For a job description and for further information please contact: or visit  Applicants should forward a full CV and covering statement to: 23Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1NU

Faith in Politics Parliamentary and Public Affairs Internships – APPLICATIONS OPEN

Applications are now open for 2020-21 places on the Faith in Politics internship scheme. As many of you will know, this is open to Catholic graduates with a desire to work in public life and make the world a better place one step at a time.         Apply here:

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