Fourth Sunday of Easter – 7th May 2017
There is a Special Collection this Sunday for The Education of Future Priests (Gift Aid)
Dear Brothers and Sisters
This weekend we are keeping “Good Shepherd Sunday” – and if you are listening to the readings attentively, and to the Bishop dutifully, you can’t help but pick up the strong theme of shepherding. Traditionally it is our Bishops who are the Shepherds – which is one of the reasons that their main symbol, and one which distinguishes them from ordinary priests, is that they carry a shepherd’s crook – or a crozier as it is commonly known. The metaphor of shepherd and sheep is one that goes a long way back in the relationship of God with his people. “Like sheep they had all gone astray” is a line from scripture which tells of humanities waywardness but also of the process by which God cares for, and looks after, his people. “The Lord is my Shepherd there is nothing I shall want” is a famous line from the 22nd psalm – full of hope and faith that God is by our side, his “crook and staff” a comfort in times of distress and trouble.
The implication from scripture and from tradition is that we need looking after! Left on our own we do “err and stray” but God has provided shepherds to shepherd for him – Bishops and priests. There seems to be no shortage of bishops but there is an acute shortage of shepherds on the ground – priests. The strain and stress for many of us tells in poor health, mental problems, anxiety and over work. This in turn impacts our ability to respond properly and faithfully to the very real needs of our flocks. How we respond to this is usually an individual thing – but proper holidays, time each day away from the phone and email, a dedication to prayer and friendships are important aspects of being a priest in the 21st century.
The ideal thing of course would be to have more priests but there is also another way and this is a way that can prove fruitful however many priests there may be. Lay ministry. That is to say – YOU reading this! The Second Vatican Council emphasised the universal call to holiness of all God’s people. This does not mean that everyone should become diocesan priests but it does mean that everyone has a vocation and some have a vocation to become priests. The vast majority do not however. But that does not stop you having, or sharing in ministry. Take Jane Harding, our parish Lay Pastoral Assistant. She carries out a great many of the roles that priests can do in caring for us. Many others of you already share to some extent in the pastoral care of the parish. You do it as lay people which is not second best to priests – but is a natural expression of each of us being members of the Body of Christ. We do need priests – you need priests to celebrate the sacraments and to teach, admonish and encourage. There are people who could offer themselves for this. But we should not think that it is priests alone who keep the flock of Christ healthy and together – it is everyone.
With my love, your priest
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES
Sunday 7th May 10am Bramley – Plant Sale
Friday 12th May 7.30pm Beer Tasting
Sunday 14th May Midday Cake Sale after Mass
Wednesday 17th May 7.30pm Fundraising Meeting
Friday 19th May 2pm Care Group Meeting
Friday 26th May 7pm –Dcn Roys Ordination
Tuesday 30th May 12pm Bramley Parish Lunch
Monday 12th June 7.15pm Fashion and Fun
Wednesday 14th June Arundel Cathedral Outing
1st and 2nd July Parish Camping Event
SALE OF COSMOS PLANTS – After Mass at Bramley on the 7th May, this Sunday, I will be selling pots of cosmos plants as part of the Talents scheme: £3 per pot for six or seven plants.
They will need to be in a protected environment for a few weeks, then hardened off for a few days outside before planting out towards the end of May. They flower through from June until the first frosts and are very attractive border plants with their delicate foliage. About 15 pots in all, so don’t miss the chance! Pat O’Brien
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 .
Brooks Stairlift Free to Collector – 12.5 feet straight length in very good condition tel: 01483 273842.
Beer Tasting Evening – Please contact Matthew Emms to buy your tickets to this event which will take place at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on Friday 12th May. Tickets are £20 each.
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 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.
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 Bramley or contact Bridget Eacott
Spend a day aboard a 31foot sailing boat based in Chichester harbour and just make a donation to the talents fund in return. (Whatever you feel is appropriate).
I can take three people approx but this can be a bit flexible depending on whether its all adults or a combination of adults and children. You can confine your day to the confines of Chichester harbour where you can sail in relatively flat water or if you want to be more adventurous you can sail The Solent nearby. Your food will be provided and you can choose what you would like to eat.
Please contact Pat Scully on 07796016696 or 01483277913, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you think it is for you.
We are currently in need of a volunteer driver or drivers to help bring some of our senior citizens to mass, either for Sunday 1100am or Saturday 1800 as we have lost one of our drivers. At the moment it would involve collecting up to three ladies from Elmbridge Village and taking them to the mass of the drivers choice as the ladies are very flexible. This would be once every four weeks at most depending on how many volunteers we have. Please contact Pat Scully on 01483 277913 or 07796016696, or email – email@example.com if you would be happy to carry out this task. Many thanks, Pat.
CAMEO is a group open to all ladies in the Parish. It hosts an event about once a month and you can come along to as many or as few as you like. If you need a lift, just contact the event organiser. We do hope to see you there soon.
The next 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.
COACHES TO DCN ROY’S ORDINATION – no! not that sort of coach – posh buses!
T he Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel.
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.
The updated Coach Lists are now at the back of both churches, please check your name is on the correct list and please forward your £10 per seat to the Parish Office asap. As the coaches are nearly at capacity the lists will be closed after this weekend and full details about pick ups from Cranleigh and Bramley will be detailed closer to the time.
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 ABlourdes.org to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.
ENCOUNTER (FOR 18-30s) – The organising team are delighted that so many young Catholics from the area have been coming to the Guildford ENCOUNTER evenings recently. They offer such a great chance for people to deepen their faith and make some new friends! The next ENCOUNTER will be on Sunday 21st (7.15pm at St Joseph’s Church, Guildford) and the guest speaker will be Sarah Wells from CAFOD, one of the main speakers at Flame 2017 in March!! As ever, there will be food, live music, adoration, and friendly people!! New people are always welcome. For more info, search ‘ENCOUNTER Crawley’ on Facebook.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding CAFOD Afternoon
You are invited to come and find out about CAFOD’s work overseas and how we are trying to end poverty on Saturday 1st July at English Martyrs’ Church Hall Horley RH6 8AR from 2:30- 4:30pm. Cakes and tea will be provided so please let us know if you would like to come (for catering purposes) by emailing email@example.com or calling Martin or Jo at the Arundel and Brighton CAFOD volunteer centre 01483 898866.
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