Newsletter – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2nd August 2020

Newsletter – 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2nd August 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On July 30, 2020


18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2nd August 2020

Divine Office Week 2 (Week 18 of the Year)

Times of Mass and Devotions

18th Sunday of the Year
Sat 1st Cranleigh* 5pm Vigil Mass People of the Parish






David Knowles RIP
Tues 4th Bramley 10am Mass – Saint John Mary Vianney, Priest Vocations to the Priesthood
Cranleigh* 7pm Mass – Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major Jenny Henderson’s Ints
Cranleigh* 10am Mass – The Transfiguration of the Lord People of the Parish
Cranleigh* 10am Mass – Saints Sixtus II, Pope, and his Companions, Martyrs 
19th Sunday of the Year
Sat 8th Cranleigh* 5pm Vigil Mass Raymund Loveder RIP






Julia Quaille

People of the Parish

* 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*

The booking system seems to be quite effective – if a little laborious to work at this end.  You can find the form on the front page of our website, on the right hand side.  During 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.


Pokot News

Fr Sean McGovern at the Rotu Mission has for a couple of years now been building a new church to replace the original, constructed of branches, sticks and straw when he opened the Mission in 2012. I discussed with him some time ago that the possibility that the Pound a Week Group might be able to fund some kind of  link between his new church and our Parish. I had in mind that perhaps we might pay for a statue or baptismal fount to be carved by a local Pokot craftsman. However, Fr Sean has now said that the immediate need is for funding for a  tower to house the church bell and a water tank for the sacristy. The tower will be about 10 foot high, made of concrete blocks and cost about £3,500. He has asked whether we could contribute towards the cost. If anyone would like to make a donation, please let me know. Eugene McGivern 01483-893379 or at



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,

This Sunday’s readings at Mass give us a rich insight into our faith and sure encouragement to persevere despite setbacks, the persecution of apathy and indifference of our friends and work colleagues who question why we ‘still’ believe as if there was evidence all around us to ‘prove’ the absence of God.

The Prophet Isaiah tells us today to bank on God, not on the securities of the world which bring only passing illusions of happiness.  Isaiah says, “Why spend money on what does not satisfy?”  Or we could say, differently,  “what can I spend? and what will bring true peace and happiness”?  The simple truth of our faith is that we have nothing to spend that will surely bring true peace and happiness, and we cannot buy it in any case even if we had the currency.  Instead it is offered as a free gift to anyone who asks.  This ‘free gift’ we call grace – the gift of God’s love for each one of us in Christ Jesus.  And, as St Paul so beautifully puts it: “Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ…” which is “…the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Every child grows up with two major requirements – sustenance to keep body and soul intact – food, in other words, to help them grow strong and healthy, and another kind of ‘food’ to help them grow strong and healthy mentally and spiritually.  This latter is the unconditional love of their parents.  Every child errs, and some like me, erred often!  But to ‘rest’ in the knowledge of  parents’ love despite setbacks and trials is to find a kind of peace – and a wellness that is a sure foundation for they themselves to pass on that gift from their parents to their own children and friends.  Love begets love, kindness begets kindness and forgiveness should also beget forgiveness as the parable of the unforgiving servant so clearly tells.

So today’s readings set this all out for us – the pathway to true peace found in the pure gift of God – in His love and in His sacraments of love especially the Eucharist which recalls, represents, God’s greatest act of love of all, the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for love of sinners.  The feeding of the 5000 is a fortaste of the greatest banquet of all – the great banquet in heaven for all the redeemed at the table of the Lord.  As the Lord says through Isaiah: “Pay attention, come to me; listen, and your soul will live.”  That is the message of true peace.

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


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 2 August 2020                18th Sunday in Ordinary Time                              Readings at Mass

First reading                                                                                                                                    Isaiah 55:1-3

Come and eat

Thus says the Lord:

Oh, come to the water all you who are thirsty;

though you have no money, come!

Buy corn without money, and eat,

and, at no cost, wine and milk.

Why spend money on what is not bread,

your wages on what fails to satisfy?

Listen, listen to me, and you will have good things to eat

and rich food to enjoy.

Pay attention, come to me;

listen, and your soul will live.

With you I will make an everlasting covenant

out of the favours promised to David.

Responsorial Psalm                                                                                                        Psalm 144(145):8-9,15-18

R/. You open wide your hand, O Lord; you grant our desires.

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.


The eyes of all creatures look to you

and you give them their food in due time.

You open wide your hand,

grant the desires of all who live.


The Lord is just in all his ways

and loving in all his deeds.

He is close to all who call him,

who call on him from their hearts.


Second reading                                                                                                                        Romans 8:35,37-39

No created thing can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ

Nothing can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us.

For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gospel Acclamation                                                                                                                     cf.Lk19:38,2:14

Alleluia, alleluia!

Blessings on the King who comes,

in the name of the Lord!

Peace in heaven

and glory in the highest heavens!


Or:                                                                                                                                                              Mt4:4

Alleluia, alleluia!

Man does not live on bread alone,

but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.


Gospel                                                                                                                                      Matthew 14:13-21

The feeding of the five thousand

When Jesus received the news of John the Baptist’s death he withdrew by boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But the people heard of this and, leaving the towns, went after him on foot. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them and healed their sick.

When evening came, the disciples went to him and said, ‘This is a lonely place, and the time has slipped by; so send the people away, and they can go to the villages to buy themselves some food.’ Jesus replied, ‘There is no need for them to go: give them something to eat yourselves.’ But they answered ‘All we have with us is five loaves and two fish.’ ‘Bring them here to me’ he said. He gave orders that the people were to sit down on the grass; then he took the five loaves and the two fish, raised his eyes to heaven and said the blessing. And breaking the loaves handed them to his disciples who gave them to the crowds. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they collected the scraps remaining; twelve baskets full. Those who ate numbered about five thousand men, to say nothing of women and children.


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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