Holy Trinity – 11th July 2017

Holy Trinity – 11th July 2017

By In Newsletter Blog On June 9, 2017


 

Special Collection THIS Sunday for The Missionary Endeavour of the Diocese (Gift Aid)


Special Collection NEXT Sunday for A Day for Life


Dear Brothers and Sisters

Last week we celebrated Pentecost- the great festival of the giving of the Spirit to the Church 50 days after the resurrection, and this week we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity.  I think the Church has great wisdom in placing this celebration here – right after the close of Easter because in so doing the Church is reminding us that our salvation has been “wrought” by God who is a Trinity of Persons – Father, Son and Spirit.  It is fitting that we recognise at the close of this season, and before we settle down to a time of “ordinariness,” that it is always God in His wholeness that is at work for us, with us and within us.  At Christmas we celebrate that “God sent his Son” to be among us.  Jesus the fruit of the Father and of Mary’s obedience is the One who announced the Kingdom of God, who died for us, and who, at Pentecost, sent the Spirit from “my Father.”  It is all God’s work but the mystery is that it is the work of three persons who, together, make One God.

All this, and much else, is a mystery that is hard for us to comprehend.  We can only grasp at it and glimpse it as though “in a glass, darkly” as St Paul put it.  It is not entirely clear – and someone once said that if you think you understand the Holy Trinity – then you probably don’t!

What helps me is to contemplate the God who is love.  And love always has a need to “go beyond” – to reach out and to find a lover.  It is creative and re-creative; always renewing and restoring – and these things we find in our faith.  What we are saying about God through the Holy Trinity is that God is a “communion” of love.  This communion needs an outlet for it’s love and that is experienced in Creation which is brought into being, sustained, and healed by the love of God.  We see this love, this activity of God, in the majesty of the Universe, in the wonders of the Incarnation, in the power of the Cross, in the giving of the Spirit and in the sustaining and nourishing of the Church through the sacraments.

So let us celebrate this great feast even if our comprehension of it sometimes seems to give us a headache!

With my love, your priest

Fr David


Ministers of Extraordinary of Holy Communion will be recommissioned at Masses on 17th and 18th May

 

 


AND FINALLY?

Friday 26 May at Arundel Cathedral was a very special occasion for me, and I hope also for those who shared it with me. After fifteen years as a Deacon to become a priest was an undeserved reward beyond measure.

At the time of writing, I still haven’t opened all my cards and presents so generously given. My feet seemed not to have touched the ground since my Ordination; First Masses, family staying over and then back into Seminary on a two week Spiritual Directors Course, just forty-eight hours after becoming a priest. However, by the time you read this the Seminary will be behind me, apart from social contact, and I shall be very relieved to be once more back in the parish with you.

I know that I have thanked you generally at the various Masses since my ordination but I wanted to put in writing my deep debt of gratitude to all of you who have prayed for me, had Masses offered for me, presented me with collections you have so generously taken, sent cards and gifts and encouraged me in so many different ways, with sincerity and humour.

It has been a mind-blowing experience these last two years but I have been aware of the Lord being very close as I bumped along the road. I have now turned into a new Avenue of life, yet to be fully revealed. I hope to be with you for June and July. Then I shall have a real break in August (non-stop since last September!) before taking up my new appointment in a different parish in early September.  I will let you all know where I am going and when, as soon as the Bishop makes the current clergy moves public.

Thank you to all who came to the marvellous occasion of the Mass of Ordination at Arundel Cathedral those who attended my First Masses at Cranleigh and Bramley. Your friendship and support are greatly appreciated. (Cathedral pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arunelandbrigtondiocese/albums/72157684459025105)

A Deacon has now vanished and a new Priest has appeared. We need both and it’s only you, the Parish, who can do something about it, for both come from you.

With my gratitude and prayers,  All blessings on you, Fr Roy.


The Parish would like to thank everyone who provided food and support for Fr Roy’s receptions in Cranleigh and Bramley.   The celebrations were joyous.


You may like to view the Vaticans recent photo library which has some wonderful images of Pope Francis http://www.photogallery.va/content/photogallery/en/papi/franciscus.html


SINGERS needed to assist with Confirmation Mass on Saturday June 17th at 11am.   Choir practices will be on Tuesday 13th June 6pm or on Friday 16th June at 6pm, please attend whichever suits you. I can let you have a copy of the music if needed.

Please contact Jane Harding on 01483 274018 if you are able to help and advise of which practice you are able to make.


First Holy Communion 207-18 Parents Information Session

The Cranleigh and Bramley Parish First Holy Communion programme starts in the Autumn each year and runs through to the following Summer.  To take part children should be aged seven or older and baptised.  The Programme is designed to help families work together with catechists to prepare their children to receive their First Reconciliation and then later their First Holy Communion.

We are inviting parents to an information session on Thursday 6th July 7.30pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.   At this meeting we will explain the format of the Programme.

Please sign up to the Parents Information Session using the Parish website www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk and go to the Parish Events page.

http://www.rcchurchcranleighbramley.org.uk/parish-events/


Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

There are a lot of important questions the Catholic Church in England and Wales would like to ask young people. If you are aged between 13 and 29 years old and live in the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley please join us in the Meeting Room on Thursday 15th June at 7.30pm to discuss the issues that matter to you …

Sign Up Here on the Parish Website Events Page
The Holy Father, Pope Frances wants to hear from young people and those who support them.

Every few years, the Pope invites Bishops from around the world, and other advisors, to meet with him to discuss an important topic in the life of the Church. This is called a Synod. In 2018, the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will cover the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

The preparatory document for the Synod provides an inspiring context for the General Assembly as it challenges the Church to listen, accompany and help young people hear God’s call.

The Home Mission Office and the National Office for Vocation are teaming up to prepare for this special event in the life of the Church.

Pope Francis wants young people and those who engage with them to take part in the consultation process. Remember – your voice matters


Please return Lenten Talents Money

£1,340 – 134 x £10 notes were handed to parishoners

20 parishoners have returned their contribution

Total to date returned is £1308

***114 parishoners due to return their multiplied £10***

££££££ – lets see how much we can raise.


TRAVELLING TRENDS FASHION SHOW

You can still join this Parish event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun!

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


The £30.00 that Jenny Connell, Kate Osborne and I (Marilyn) took for the TALENTS…..has increased to £275.00! For Mothering Sunday posies, thank you all for buying them!  Sent with our love M xx


St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School have reception places available for September 2017.  If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the school family then please ask them to contact the school office to arrange a visit to the school Tel. 01483 274961.


The next Baptism Course is being run 28th June and 12th July – Please see the parish website Events Page to sign up.

 

 


MISSIO RED BOX

Missio’s Association of the Propagation of the Faith and Mill Hill Missionaries work together to share the love and compassion of Jesus with the whole world by sustaining missionary priests, sisters and lay members to help some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people. Your prayers and generosity are essential for the mission of the Catholic Church.

A simple way to help Missio is to have a Red Box in your home Pop some of your small change into the Box when you can. The more boxes we have the more money we can send from our Parish.

I will be in the church porch after the 6pm. Vigil Mass and 11am Sunday Mass in Cranleigh and the 9am Bramley Mass of the weekend 17/18 June. Please consider signing up for a Red Box if you can and I will also have ‘Gift Aid’ forms if applicable.

Our parish team of promoters will be arranging the annual collection of the Red Box monies around September, but if there is anyone who has not had their box emptied for a long time I would be very happy to receive it from you that weekend or alternatively my phone number is 01483 276614 or email nickpickett1948@gmail.com. Thank you, Fran Pickett.


You are warmly invited to a Day of Prayer in honour of Our Lady Queen of Peace, on Saturday, June 24th at St Augustine’s Abbey, Chilworth, near Guildford. The Day, from 10.15 to 4 pm, will include Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, inspiring talks, the Rosary and more, led by Fr John Seddon OSB. Bring a packed lunch and a friend if you can. Come to part or all of the Day. Visit www.chilworthbenedictines.com for more information.


Pact, the Catholic Charity for prisoners and their families is offering free trining and support for parishoners interested in volunterring with them in prisons or in the local community.  No previous experience necessary.  All enquiries welcome.  To find out more contact ParishAction@prisonadvice.org,uk


“Unfortunately the Parish Camping Event at Coolham will be cancelled due to Coolhams minimum numbers.   We are sorry to the families who were looking forward to this event, please contact the office in order to receive your refund.”

 


“Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

The Holy Father, Pope Frances wants to hear from young people and those who support them.

Every few years, the Pope invites Bishops from around the world, and other advisors, to meet with him to discuss an important topic in the life of the Church. This is called a Synod. In 2018, the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will cover the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

The preparatory document for the Synod provides an inspiring context for the General Assembly as it challenges the Church to listen, accompany and help young people hear God’s call.

The Home Mission Office and the National Office for Vocation are teaming up to prepare for this special event in the life of the Church.

Pope Francis wants young people and those who engage with them to take part in the consultation process. Remember – your voice matters!

There are a lot of important questions the Catholic Church in England and Wales would like to ask young people. If you are aged between 13 and 29 years old and live in England or Wales, please respond to the Youth Mega Poll.

The web address is : https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cathnews-synod-youth-poll

Whatever your religious belief, feelings about the Catholic Church or circumstances we want to hear from you because you are important to us.

This Mega Youth Poll should take between 15 and 20 minutes to complete, depending on how much you want to tell us. We have kept the poll anonymous to give you the freedom to be frank and without fear of criticism.

This poll will be closed on Friday 30th June 2017 and the responses we receive will be used in a report that will be sent to the Vatican in preparation for a gathering* led by Pope Francis.

Your view of Young People Today

This survey is for people who care for or work with young people in England and Wales. Whether a parent, grandparent, teacher, youth minister or ordained minister in the Catholic Church, we would like to hear your perspective on the lives of the young people you know.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/catholicnews-yourview


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