Newsletter – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 30 August 2020

Newsletter – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 30 August 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On August 27, 2020

Divine Office Week 2 (Week 22 of the Year)


Times of Mass and Devotions

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 29nd Cranleigh* 5pm Lit. of the Word and HC  




Lit. of the Word and HC

Lit. of the Word and HC



Please note that there are no weekday masses this week due to Fr David being away on holiday.  However, there will still be opportunities for prayer in that Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place at the times appointed for mass.

Tuesday at 10am in Bramley, Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 10am in Cranleigh


23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 22nd Cranleigh* 5pm Vigil Mass Fergal and Conor Hough RIP






People of the Parish


* livestreamed

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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.

Wintershall Picnic Mass

We are holding an open-air (al fresco) mass on Sunday the 13th September at 11am up in the beautiful grounds of Wintershall once again.  Last year’s celebration was very uplifting and enjoyable.  This year, despite the current anxieties and limitations promises to be no less of an event.  We have been asked to provide numbers by the Estate Office in case we need to use Holly Barn due to the weather, but the intention is to have an outdoor mass by the large cross followed by a picnic.  We will still need to observe all the rules around social distancing but we can still have a good time.  You need to sign up here:

Or by going to our website >Our Parish >Events and Courses and click on the Wintershall Mass image.

Mission Team – Outreach

The Outreach Team will begin making phone calls to all parish families and households to ascertain how we can offer increased levels of support in the months ahead whilst this COVID situation exists and beyond. Our aim is to reach out to parishioners and find out if we can support them and how; as well as updating our database.  Please pray for those making the calls and for those who may receive a call.  If you receive a call from our Team we hope that you will feel pleased and welcome the opportunity to be contacted.

Liturgies of the Word with Holy Communion

This weekend (29th/30th) I am beginning a holiday for a week and will be away.  I have not been able to find cover for the weekend’s masses and so the Bishop has given parish priest’s permission to arrange for Liturgies of the Word with Holy Communion to be celebrated in place of Sunday Mass.  Ordinarily, this would not be sanctioned except in emergencies but as our Sunday obligation has been suspended in this time of Covid-19 it is acceptable although not, perhaps, the very best thing.  But as many older priests who are the usual locums are shielding the supply pool is not great!

Fr David’s Message for the Week

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

From the earliest days of the Church the psalms have been the bedrock of the Church’s prayer.  We picked this up from the importance given to them by Jewish worship in the synagogue which was, in fact, also the earliest form of Christian worship until non-Christian Jews could tolerate the presence of Christians no longer.  What is it about the psalms that makes them such a wonderful treasure trove of prayer?  It is that they reflect the fulness of life.  They show us that people just like us could be filled with despair and darkness, could try to weedle favours out of God in exchange for promises of fidelity and renewed devotion, could be filled with joy and need to express it with the sound of cymbals and drums and tambourines, could be profoundly aware of their own sinfulness and the terrible repetitiveness of sin despite trying to change, could be caught up in the whirlwind of political change and betrayal, and many other things besides.

Some people when they were at school learned the sonnets of Shakespeare off by heart, others the poetry of Betjemin, Wordsworth, Hopkins or Kipling and still, when they are so moved, those words come trickling, or flooding, back in all their force.  This can bring pleasure not only at the fact that the words can still be remembered after all these years, but because the fact that they are remembered can give the one who remembers a capacity of expression for things going on in their lives that is closed to others.  It’s a shame that poetry is neglected in schools these days.  However, back to the psalms.  The same effect and purpose are found in memorising the psalms, of becoming familiar with their warp and weft, so that words of comfort, or reproof, of depth, of praise and wonder are available at a moment’s notice.

Very often, as I sit before the Blessed Sacrament, or when I am restless and sleepless during the night today’s psalm comes into my mind. It is one of my favourites.

Before the Blessed Sacrament I often ponder the lines:

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary
to see your strength and your glory.
For your love is better than life,
my lips will speak your praise.

When I’m sleepless other lines from this same psalm comes rushing in:

On my béd I remémber yóu. *
On yóu I múse through the níght
for yóu have béen my hélp; *
in the shádow of your wíngs I rejóice.
My sóul clíngs to yóu; *
your ríght hand hólds me fást.

But it is most often that just the opening lines stay with me as a kind of little prayer for use all day long:

O Gód, you are my Gód, for you I lóng; *
for yóu my sóul is thírsting.
My bódy pínes for yóu *
like a drý, weary lánd without wáter.

You see, the psalms give us words to express things that are mysterious and deep.  This is because we share these things with their authors who, like us, are on the pilgrimage of life with all its ‘changes and chances’ but these words are inspired by prayer and longing.  Who can not relate to the ‘thirsting’ for God of the psalmist who recognises that they are but a ‘dry, weary land without water’?  And immediately, does not our mind then turn to another piece of scripture giving us the words of the Lord?  “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” (John 7:37-38)

One of the best ways to begin with the psalms is to develop the habit of praying the Divine Office where, in four weeks at Morning, Noon, Evening and Vigils the whole psalter is read through.  If you make this a habit, then the psalms become a companion on our journey of faith.  Why not join us before mass as we pray the Office together?

With my love and prayers.

Fr David


Jenny Finlayson is reading at the 5pm Vigil Mass

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 ( I will try to do 4 weeks at a time if you let me know your availability.  God bless – Win“


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


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.

Donating to the CAFOD/DEC Appeal

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:










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