Newsletter – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26th July 2020

Newsletter – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26th July 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On July 23, 2020


17th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 26th July 2020

Divine Office Week 1 (Week 17 of the Year)

Times of Mass and Devotions

17th Sunday of the Year
Sat 25th Cranleigh* 5pm Mass Veronica Barnes’ Int’s






People of the Parish

Margaret Fontebasso RIP

Tues 28th Bramley 10am Mass – in Ordinary Time  
Cranleigh* 7pm Mass – Saint Martha Fr John Healy RIP
Cranleigh* 10am Mass – Saint Peter Chrysologus, Bp, Dr Fr Anthony Qiunn RIP
Cranleigh* 10am Mass – Saint Ignatius Loyola, Priest Fr Thomas Kent’s Intentions
18th Sunday of the Year
Sat 1st Cranleigh* 5pm Mass People of the Parish






David Knowles RIP
* 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; or there is now a form available on the front page of the parish website.  Why not try that?  It pops up in front of you as you scroll down.


Private Prayer

Initially we could only open for private prayer.  Later that was widened to include public liturgies.  To my surprise there was little demand for the private prayer slots we set up and arranged.  As this was using volunteers’ time and effort, I have decided to discontinue the private prayer openings.  Thank you to all those who have volunteered and helped others pray during this period.  It is much appreciated.  The Churches will now only be open before Holy Mass – Tuesday to Friday, and Sunday.  During the week there is Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from one hour before Mass.  On Sundays the Churches are open about ½ hour before mass.  All buildings will close immediately after Mass for cleaning.

*Booking system*

We are trialling a booking system right now.  You can find the form on the front page of our website, on the right hand side.  Towards the end of the week we will collate the ‘bookings’ and see how best we can accommodate all the requests. We will then send out an email confirming your booking.  If we are full it may then be necessary to email people back to say that, this week they haven’t got a place.  Please bear with us as we try our best, OK?

*Plus – please check the spelling of your email address – a number of replies are undeliverable due to wrongly entered email addresses.  Double check please.*


Please keep your mass intentions coming!  Mass is still being offered almost daily for the intentions as in the above calendar, please join in with the streamed Masses.  Intentions can be emailed to or there is now a form available on the front page of the parish website.  Why not try that?  It pops up in front of you as you scroll down.


As we can now worship in Church again, I think it is time for those who have delayed baptism from the early part of the year to pick up where we left off.  It is still too early to have large baptism parties with lots of friends and family present, but we can actually baptise infants and adults now.  I propose that we keep things fairly simple at this point and keep the numbers attending the ceremony low, or as low as reasonably possible anyway.  To that end I suggest the following: Child (obviously!), Mum, Dad, any siblings of the child, two Godparents (or proxies for Godparents that are unable to travel) and perhaps Gran and Grandad provided they are not excessively vulnerable due to existing conditions.  So, if you have already applied and delayed, and wish to proceed now or soon, please get in touch.  Or if you wish to set up a baptism, please also get in touch.

Next Baptism course begins Thursday 30th July with second part on Thursday 6th August.  This will be an online course.  Please sign up on the events page of the Website:


Fr David’s Message for the Week

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Each week we receive updated guidance on how best to prepare for, celebrate and organise mass for the public i.e. you!

This week we see the introduction of the mandatory requirement for wearing a mask or face covering on public transport and this will be mandatory in shops and in supermarkets from 24th July 2020.  In addition, we have been informed of the following:

“People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet, such as a church.”


“Worshippers should limit their interactions with anyone they are not attending church with, i.e. if they are attending corporate worship with one other household, wherever possible they should maintain social distancing with anyone outside of this group.”

I do not intend to make face coverings mandatory whilst you are in church, but please bear in mind that you may, and perhaps you should, especially if you are in a vulnerable group.  I take the advice about groups to mean that you should not pop round to Mrs so and so on your way to Mass but keep social interactions seriously limited to avoid spreading the virus.  Also, please vacate the church as quickly after mass as you can reasonably do and keep your physical distance outside if you fancy a chat.

As I write this we are preparing for a momentous occasion!  What, you may ask?  Well it’s a Lotto EuroMillions Rollover that’s what – with over £45 million to be won.  I have a ticket but I’m not banking on winning – the biggest win I’ve had so far was £9.50!  However, were I to win over £45m the real question is: what would I do with it?  (Apart from retiring immediately of course!). What treasure would I spend it on?  Who, or what would, or should, benefit?

Jesus asks the same, or a similar, question in today’s gospel.  Solomon asks a similar question in the first reading.  What do we do with unearned gifts – gratuitous gifts?  What we treasure is, of course, connected to what we value most.  Solomon had the kingship which put him as ruler over a numerous people but what he desired most was the ability to rule wisely and fairly – in God’s stead as it were.  The man who has discovered hidden treasure secures it for himself by buying the land it was found in.  The psalmist admires the Law of God above all other things – “That is why I love your commands more than finest gold…” he sings.  The treasure discoverer secures the treasure by buying the field; Solomon implores the Lord in prayer to grant him the gift of wisdom above everything else, the psalmist loves the Law before anything else; St Paul tells the Roman Church that “ by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him”.

God cannot co-operate with evil so we cannot expect any sort of blessing or gifts were we to use our Lotto winnings for bad ends.  But he clearly assists with his grace all who ask him for a suitable gift.  He granted Solomon wisdom which was renowned throughout the kingdom and wider.  He poured his Holy Spirit on the Church of Rome and it is still being felt.  But what gifts might he pour on us as we spend our lucky treasure?  Well, if we use it to co-operate with grace then whatever we do with it will ‘turn to our good” and to the good of those around us.  We can spend it on new ideas and initiatives and on tried and tested ones because all are things that a scribe of the kingdom who desires also to be a disciple of Jesus Christ will use.  God uses his great dragnet to bring in all sorts of things.  I wonder if my ticket will be one of them.  Even though I am unlikely to actually win the Lotto rollover this week I have still been in receipt of many of God’s gratuitous gifts – we call it grace and the most precious of all?  Above any monetary amount?  His merciful love for me his creature and for all his creatures.  Even if I have nothing I will always have that.

With my love and prayers.

Fr David

CAFOD has joined with the UK Disasters Emergencies Committee to help millions of people whose lives are at risk, as coronavirus spreads across refugee camps and countries suffering conflict.  You can donate at to help CAFOD scale up its coronavirus response through our global Church family. Or use CAFOD’s Summer of Hope fundraising ideas with your family and friends to transform lockdown and raise money for the appeal:

From Gabrielle Clarke, Young People’s Minister at St Nicolas Church

Hi all,

If you are interested, during the Summer Holidays our Children’s Church team are running ‘SEA Church’ for kids. This is over Zoom/ YouTube, with activities, crafts and sweets delivered to the families homes in advance (poster attached). Parents can join us on Zoom on Sundays, and/or do the activities in their own time and watch the bible story videos online. Please pass on this info as soon as possible as we will be posting out the goody bags at the end of July!

Here’s a YouTube video explaining more:

Link to sign up with google forms:

Thanks a lot, Gabrielle

Gabrielle Clarke

Young People’s Minister

Mobile: 07427 748408


Financial Position

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

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 at Cranleigh, 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.

Sunday 26 July 2020                               17th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                         Readings at Mass

First reading                                                                                                                                    1 Kings 3:5,7-12

Solomon chooses the gift of wisdom

The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream and said, ‘Ask what you would like me to give you.’ Solomon replied, ‘O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in succession to David my father. But I am a very young man, unskilled in leadership. Your servant finds himself in the midst of this people of yours that you have chosen, a people so many its number cannot be counted or reckoned. Give your servant a heart to understand how to discern between good and evil, for who could govern this people of yours that is so great?’ It pleased the Lord that Solomon should have asked for this. ‘Since you have asked for this’ the Lord said ‘and not asked for long life for yourself or riches or the lives of your enemies, but have asked for a discerning judgement for yourself, here and now I do what you ask. I give you a heart wise and shrewd as none before you has had and none will have after you.’

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                              Psalm 118(119):57,72,76-77,127-130

 R/.        Lord, how I love your law!

My part, I have resolved, O Lord,
is to obey your word.
The law from your mouth means more to me
than silver and gold.


 Let your love be ready to console me
by your promise to your servant.
Let your love come and I shall live
for your law is my delight.


 That is why I love your commands
more than finest gold,
why I rule my life by your precepts,
and hate false ways.


 Your will is wonderful indeed;
therefore I obey it.
The unfolding of your word gives light
and teaches the simple.


Second reading                                                                                                                                Romans 8:28-30

Those he called, he justified

We know that by turning everything to their good, God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those he has called according to his purpose. They are the ones he chose specially long ago and intended to become true images of his Son, so that his Son might be the eldest of many brothers. He called those he intended for this; those he called he justified, and with those he justified he shared his glory.

Gospel Acclamation                                                                                                                                     Jn15:15

Alleluia, alleluia!
I call you friends, says the Lord,
because I have made known to you
everything I have learnt from my Father.

Or:                                                                                                                                                              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 13:44-52

He sells everything he owns and buys the field

Jesus said to the crowds, ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.

‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet cast into the sea that brings in a haul of all kinds. When it is full, the fishermen haul it ashore; then, sitting down, they collect the good ones in a basket and throw away those that are no use. This is how it will be at the end of time: the angels will appear and separate the wicked from the just to throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.

‘Have you understood all this?’ They said, ‘Yes.’ And he said to them, ‘Well then, every scribe who becomes a disciple of the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out from his storeroom things both new and old.’

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.











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