Newsletter – 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th August 2020
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9th August 2020
Divine Office Week 3 (Week 19 of the Year)
Times of Mass and Devotions
|19th Sunday of the Year|
|Sat 8th||Cranleigh*||5pm||Vigil Mass||Raymund Loveder RIP|
|Mass & Reception into Full Communion of Julia Quaille|
People of the Parish
|Mass – Saint Clare, Virgin|
Funeral Mass – Ellen Griffin
|Cranleigh*||7pm||Mass – Saint Jane Frances de Chantal, Religious|
|Cranleigh*||10am||Saints Pontian, Pope, and Hippolytus, Priest, Martyrs|
|Cranleigh*||10am||Mass – Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest, Martyr|
|The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|Sat 15th||Cranleigh*||5pm||Vigil Mass||Raymund Loveder RIP|
People of the Parish
|DIVINE OFFICE – 20 MINUTES BEFORE MASS|
ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT ONE HOUR BEFORE MASS
Please note a change in the way to organise a mass intention.
Reception into Full Communion
This Sunday, somewhat later than originally intended, we are receiving Julia Quaille into Full Communion with the Catholic Church at the 9am Mass in St Thomas More’s Bramley. This is, surely, a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the faith of Julia in ‘stepping across the Tiber’ as it is sometimes known, but it is also an opportunity for us to feel proud of the faith of our Church held by the saints and martyrs down through the ages for whom the unity of the Catholic Church represents a lasting ‘sign’ of its life built on Christ and the Apostles. We give thanks to God for this ‘movement of the Spirit’ which has brought Julia into the sheepfold of Christ under our Shepherd – the Holy Father, Francis. As we do so we also give thanks for the heritage of faith that Julia has experienced in her journey with and from the Church of England – our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Please keep Julia in your prayers and also, Sam Clifton, Virginia Lloyd and Janet Brewer whose receptions will all take place later in the year.
Win Bracking has kindly agree to compile a Rota for the Vigil Mass at 5pm. Below is her message – please respond to her directly with your offers of help and support.
“As a temporary measure I have offered to organise readers for the Vigil Mass. If you usually come to this Mass and would like to read please contact Win Bracking ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). I will try to do 4 weeks at a time if you let me know your availability. God bless. Win “
From This weekend we are being asked to wear facemasks in church during mass. I’m sorry it has come to this. It feels so alien to be amongst friends and brothers and sisters in Christ and to be semi-covered up. We are assured that this is to prevent the further spread of Coronavirus for which there is an increased transmission rate in groups that meet inside confined spaces. I’m sure that like me you will be keen to abide by this directive onerous as it may seem as the alternatives are even less welcome. We do not want to be closed to public masses again like we were during lockdown.
If it is difficult for you to wear a facemask for any reason would you just let me know so that can show you to an appropriate seat from now on?
You will notice that I don’t wear a facemask during the liturgy apart from during Holy Communion. I trust that this is OK for you. I certainly don’t wish to go as far as this Irish Church has gone…. I expect someone to say “Beam me up Scotty”
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.
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 email@example.com or there is now a form available on the front page of the parish website. Why not try that? www.cpcb.org.uk. It pops up in front of you as you scroll down.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Bishop has asked me to make you aware of this police appeal.
Fr David’s Message for the Week
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
One thing I notice about you – the people of God – and this is not a criticism at all – is that often you find ‘faith’ a struggle and go through some dark and lonely times when it seems that God is far away, remote, distant, quiet, uninterested and so on. Or as life continues on its way – which, sadly, often means that the experience of loss, failure of one’s hopes and dreams, our personal physical decline, and the relentless stream of bad news from within and without, force us to reflect on the true meaning of life in the light of experience. For all too many this reflection causes them to deduce that God is either non-existent, or not interested in human affairs. Neither are unreasonable positions to hold – but coming to hold them after so many years of faith can seem like yet another loss and disappointment.
As we grow older, most of us experience a deepening of the value of memory – since to be honest, most of our lives are now held in memory. We also experience a general slowing down of the pace of life and a desire to just ‘be’ rather than ‘be doing’. All the flash bangs of our early years give way to a sense of reflectivity and passivity. We observe rather than take part. All the razzmatazz of youth can seem to give not only life an ‘edge’ but also ‘faith’. We marvel at the world; all things seem possible; everything is infused with light and hope, and we search for love and joy in everything. But as we grow older, we yearn sometimes, not just for ‘those days’ but for peace and quiet. Elijah experiences just such a moment in the first reading this week. God isn’t in the earthquake, the wind, the lightening or the tremendous experience all around him. God is to be found in the still small voice, or as some translations have it ‘in the sound of a gentle breeze’. It is in this stillness and silence that Elijah finds God’s presence and encouragement.
The disciples in the boat, on the other hand, have rather too much ‘experience’ at hand. The weather and storm threaten to overwhelm them. They are afraid despite being in their own ‘element’ in Peter’s boat. Yet there is more to worry them – what appears to be Jesus’ ghost now threatens them. But this ghost speaks words of calm and Peter makes a response of faith – even though as so often that trust is soon to be tested. Peter is the ‘type’ for us all. He has faith; he has a desire to be with the Lord, he has anxieties about the world and for his own safety; he knows his own limitations – despite being a sailor he cannot control the wind or the waves. In this distress his desire is to be with the Lord – yet even here his faith is not quite enough to make a secure connection. But he is soooo close to Jesus. Just listen to the gospel. Read it for yourselves. Jesus is close to Peter and Jesus is close to you and me too. We only have to extend a hand and he will take it. We do not need to sink beneath the waves of disappointment and anxiety. Jesus is at hand and he is calling to us – “Come to me all who labour and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart. And you will find rest for your souls”. Trust him. Listen in the silence of your hearts for he is never far away.
With my love and prayers.
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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 9 August 2020 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Liturgical Colour: Green.
Readings at Mass
First reading 1 Kings 19:9,11-13
The Lord was not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire
When Elijah reached Horeb, the mountain of God, he went into the cave and spent the night in it. Then he was told, ‘Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord.’ Then the Lord himself went by. There came a mighty wind, so strong it tore the mountains and shattered the rocks before the Lord. But the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind came an earthquake. But the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire. But the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there came the sound of a gentle breeze. And when Elijah heard this, he covered his face with his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 84(85):9-14
R/. Let us see, O Lord, your mercy, and give us your saving help.
I will hear what the Lord God has to say,
a voice that speaks of peace.
His help is near for those who fear him
and his glory will dwell in our land.
Mercy and faithfulness have met;
justice and peace have embraced.
Faithfulness shall spring from the earth
and justice look down from heaven.
The Lord will make us prosper
and our earth shall yield its fruit.
Justice shall march before him
and peace shall follow his steps.
Second reading Romans 9:1-5
I would willingly be condemned if it could help my brothers
What I want to say now is no pretence; I say it in union with Christ – it is the truth – my conscience in union with the Holy Spirit assures me of it too. What I want to say is this: my sorrow is so great, my mental anguish so endless, I would willingly be condemned and be cut off from Christ if it could help my brothers of Israel, my own flesh and blood. They were adopted as sons, they were given the glory and the covenants; the Law and the ritual were drawn up for them, and the promises were made to them. They are descended from the patriarchs and from their flesh and blood came Christ who is above all, God for ever blessed! Amen.
Gospel Acclamation cf.Lk19:38,2:14
Blessings on the King who comes,
in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven
and glory in the highest heavens!
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
Jesus walks on the water
Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he would send the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now far out on the lake, was battling with a heavy sea, for there was a head-wind. In the fourth watch of the night he went towards them, walking on the lake, and when the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost’ they said and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It is I! Do not be afraid.’ It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ ‘Come’ said Jesus. Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but as soon as he felt the force of the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord! Save me!’ he cried. Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘Man of little faith,’ he said ‘why did you doubt?’ And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’
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.