Newsletter – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th July 2020

Newsletter – 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th July 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On July 4, 2020


14th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th July 2020

Divine Office Week 2 (Week 14 of the Year)

Times of Mass and Devotions

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time






Pro populo

For those who are housebound

Tues 8th Bramley 10am Mass – in Ordinary Time Vulnerable mothers and babies
Cranleigh* 7pm Mass – in Ordinary Time David Barry and Family
Cranleigh* 10am Mass – in Ordinary Time St Cuthbert Mayne School
Students and Staff
Cranleigh* 10am Mass – Saint Benedict, Abbot,
Co-Patron of Europe
14th Sunday of the Year







People of the Parish

*All masses from Cranleigh will be livestreamed:


YouTube –



Please note a change in the way to organise a mass intention.
Please either call the presbytery phone line 01483 272075 (you can leave a message if no answer) or email Fr David at and Fr David will enter the mass intention directly into his diary.


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

You will notice from the Calendar above that the weeks suddenly looks a bit like it used to.  We will now offer Mass in both Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind and St Thomas More.  As we cannot use our churches to full capacity, I will only offer a mass on Tuesday and Sunday at St Thomas’.  I would be grateful if you could carefully read what I have to say below.


The Government has laid down certain conditions upon us (quite reasonably) that inside our churches needs to be a controlled environment.  We need to keep social distancing and the way in which we do things has certain limitations all in an effort to keep us safe and secure.  Patrick Bergin and I have checked out each church and set them up so that we can keep to these requirements and keep everyone safe.  However, there is one thing that we need before we can open the doors and that is Welcomers, or Stewards if you prefer, to guide people and control the environment a little.  In my earlier letter during last week I asked for volunteers and have had a number of people contact me.  Thank you.  However, looking to the future, we need several times the number that we have.  Quite simply, if we don’t have stewards assigned to each mass, we cannot open the church.  It’s as simple as that.  So, I know that you will respond generously.  Just let me know that you are available, and I will get you rota’d in.

Numbers of people at Mass

Several people have raised a concern about the numbers of people that can come to mass and I can only respond that at the moment I don’t know how we are going to deal with this.  I mentioned in my last letter that, as there is no Sunday obligation at the moment, you could come to mass on a different day of the week and on a Sunday, once per month.  We could divide the month up into Surname divisions, say: Surnames beginning A – F on 1st Sunday, G – L on the 2nd, M – R on the 3rd Sunday, S – Z on the Fourth Sunday.  Or we could have a booking system using our website.  I’m not really sure about any of this!  Or about who will oversee such a system.


Another thing to mention is about seating.  We have to keep people from different households and families 2m apart and we have laid out the churches to achieve this.  So, if we had 28 individuals from 28 separate households come to Mass, we can seat them all, spaciously.  It gets more complex if a family comes. Or two families in a “Bubble”.  They can all sit together on a bench – but no one else can come within 2m.  This is why the Stewards are so necessary because they are going to have to guide people and families so that we can get as many people as possible into Mass.

Toilet facilities

A further limitation is that we are not allowed to open our toilet facilities.  I know for many older people this can raise anxieties and I understand this.  This is one of the reasons why Mass is to be more compressed than usual.  But even so, you may choose not to come whilst we cannot use the loos.  I’m very sorry about that.


I’m very sorry that all this sounds so daunting and technical.  Please don’t let any of this put you off from attending Mass.  It will all work out in the end I’m sure.  I suppose the watchwords that we all need are from the virtues: the seven virtues have been identified as chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility.  And the Theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Love added to these produce a fully rounded Christian character suitable for these strange and challenging times.


With my love

Fr David

Domestic Abuse Bill

I have been asked to draw your attention to the following:

Urgent: please contact your MP before Monday to protect mothers and babies

This Monday an attempt will be made to radically change the law on abortion. This will be in the form of two backbench amendments to the Government’s Domestic Abuse Bill. The proposed new Clause 29 permits abortion on demand, potentially to 28 weeks (beyond viability). New Clause 28 effectively facilitates coercive abortion and dangerous late term medical abortion in the context of abusive relationships – wholly contrary to the Bill’s purpose.


For further information on the nature and consequences of these amendments see this Right to Life resource.

This Bill has already been through its detailed Commons scrutiny phase and these amendments were only published on Thursday. So there will be no opportunity for public consultation or debate and minimal opportunity for Parliamentary scrutiny. The Bill will then go to the Lords and they are traditionally reluctant to reject amendments already approved in the Commons.

It is also clear from the “We Trust Women” campaign group behind this that if this succeeds the final stage will be to legalise abortion on demand right up to birth.

Bishop John Sherrington (who represents our Bishops Conference on these matters) has a statement on this here. (This was written in anticipation just before the amendments were published but covers the key principles.)

Please contact your MP and urge them (while supporting the much-needed Bill as a whole) to oppose new Clauses 28 and 29. If time is short you can use the quick Right to Life facility (see the second link above) – and you can edit their standard email as you wish. But if you can find time to compose your own email then do take a look at the very helpful information and guidance from CARE here. Both these were written after the amendments were published so their commentaries reflect the full implications.

And please keep this, and all vulnerable mothers and babies, constantly in your prayers. Please also remember those many women who suffer now as a consequence of past decisions.

Thank you.

Enquiries to Pauline Gately



300 Club

June 2020

  1st 2nd 3rd
Eugene McGivern Isabel Healey Fran Pickett


BELOW IS A FINANCIAL STATEMENT FOR June and to the current date for the whole year.  You could help your parish by transferring your Weekly Offering away from envelopes to a Standing Order (very easy to set up) or you could post cheques to the Parish Office and they can be banked.


Financial Information June 2020
Offertory Month of June So far this year
Actual Budget Actual Budget
£8,233 £8,333 £45,624 £50,000


Weekly Offerings: are welcomed! The best way is to contribute by asking your bank to set up a Standing Order.   If you cannot or do not wish to donate to parish funds via Standing Order please feel free to drop an envelope into the letterboxes outside parish office or the sacristy door of St Thomas More.

Bank Details for Standing order to HSBC below:

RCD A&B Cranleigh and Bramley Parish
(written exactly like that)

Account number is 11126466,

Sort code 40-05-20.

Guardian Angel Prayer – to be said before mass.

This version was contained in the Pastoral Letter by Cardinal Nichols

Dear Guardian Angel,
go for me to the church, there kneel down at Mass for me.
At the Offertory, take me to God, and offer Him my service: What I am, what I have, offer as my gift.

At the Consecration, with your seraphic strength, adore my Saviour truly present, praying for those who have loved me, for those who have offended me, and for those now deceased, that the blood of Jesus may purify them all.

During Holy Communion, bring to me the Body and Blood of Jesus uniting Him with me in spirit, so that my heart may become His dwelling place. Plead with Him, that through His sacrifice all people throughout the world may be saved.

When the Mass ends, bring home to me and to every home, the Lord’s blessing. Amen


Sunday 5 July 2020                                       READINGS AT MASS                         14th Sunday in Ordinary Time 


First reading                                                     Zechariah 9:9-10

 See now, your king comes humbly to you

The Lord says this:

Rejoice heart and soul, daughter of Zion!

Shout with gladness, daughter of Jerusalem!

See now, your king comes to you;

he is victorious, he is triumphant,

humble and riding on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

He will banish chariots from Ephraim

and horses from Jerusalem;

the bow of war will be banished.

He will proclaim peace for the nations.

His empire shall stretch from sea to sea,

from the River to the ends of the earth.


Responsorial Psalm                                          Psalm 144(145):1-2,8-11,13b-14


R/.        I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


I will give you glory, O God my king,

I will bless your name for ever.

I will bless you day after day

and praise your name for ever.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


The Lord is kind and full of compassion,

slow to anger, abounding in love.

How good is the Lord to all,

compassionate to all his creatures.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord,

and your friends shall repeat their blessing.

They shall speak of the glory of your reign

and declare your might, O God.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


The Lord is faithful in all his words

and loving in all his deeds.

The Lord supports all who fall

and raises all who are bowed down.

I will bless your name for ever, O God my King.


Second reading                                                            Romans 8:9,11-13

If by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body, you will live

Your interests are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him, and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

So then, my brothers, there is no necessity for us to obey our unspiritual selves or to live unspiritual lives. If you do live in that way, you are doomed to die; but if by the Spirit you put an end to the misdeeds of the body you will live.

Gospel Acclamation                                                     Mt11:25

Alleluia, alleluia!

Blessed are you, Father,

Lord of heaven and earth,

for revealing the mysteries of the kingdom

to mere children.


Gospel                                                                         Matthew 11:25-30

 You have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to little children

Jesus exclaimed, ‘I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

‘Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.’

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.


Please keep your mass intentions coming!  Mass is still being offered daily and being offered for their intentions as in the above calendar, please join in with the streamed Masses.  Intentions can be emailed to


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