Newsletter – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020

Newsletter – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On September 10, 2020


24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 13 September 2020

Year: A(II). Psalm week: 4. Liturgical Colour: Green.


Times of Mass and Devotions

24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sat 12th Cranleigh* 5pm Vigil Mass Ellen Griffin RIP






Pro Populo

David and Katie’s Int’s

Bramley 10am Mass  
Cranleigh* 7pm Mass Pat and Marjorie Colfer RIP
Bramley 10am Mass  
Cranleigh* 10am Mass  

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 19th Cranleigh* 5pm Vigil Mass Jenny Mitchell RIP






Pro Populo

Kath and Annie Loveder’s Int’s

* 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.

Congratulations to our teens who were confirmed on Saturday by Fr David with special permission of Bishop Richard.  They are:

Walter Kelly, Amy Creak, Robyn Gregson, Ellie Macmillan, Donatus Orioha, Richard Clyde

We hope and pray that they will continue to practise their faith in a new and deeper way using the gifts of the Spirit that have been given them for service in the Church and the World.

Thursday Mass

Mass on Thursday has now resumed at St Thomas More, Bramley – usually at 10am


Fr David has an iPad 4 in good condition and free to anyone who could use one and who might be in need.  Please speak to him on the ‘phone, or email at the usual address.

Lenovo Windows 7 Laptop

Also available is a Lenovo laptop in almost as new condition – also free to anyone who could usefully use it.  It will not be capable of running the latest Windows 10 version but does run windows 7.1 ok.  Charger included

Wintershall Picnic Mass

Is cancelled for this year due to the CORONAVIRUS rules on gatherings outside.  And common sense!

Reading at Mass

Trish Ellis has been organising the Readers and Ministers at Cranleigh for a looooong time.  She has asked to be relieved of her post and so I am asking for a volunteer to take on the not-too arduous task of compiling a rota of readers and, (when we can) ministers at Cranleigh.  My grateful thanks to Trish for her sterling work over many years, now enjoy a rest from your labours.
We also require more readers for both churches.  Have you attended the reader course and were you a reader before?  Can you be once again now?  Are you new to the whole thing but have a feeling that you might be being called to this ministry?  Please speak to me as soon as possible, please.

From Win Bracking: 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

Missio Red Boxes

I and the team of parish promoters would like to collect the monies from the Red Boxes during September/October. Most box holders should be contacted by their promoter directly, over the next 6 weeks or so, as we are not able to leave the boxes in the Sacristy at Bramley or Cranleigh at present. Please ensure your name is on the bottom of your box for identification.

I know that times are really difficult with the corona virus  and that cash is not being  greatly used at present but it would be really good if I could bank some money (coins and/or paper !) for the wonderful work that Missio carries out around the world bringing the Word of God to many very poor regions as well as education, medical needs and community support in very challenging circumstances.

Thank you very much for your support over the years.

Fran Pickett.

Tel. 01483 276614        Email nickpickett1948@gmail.

ENROL NOW: Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS)

Please find attached Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) poster to put up in your parish.
The Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies (CCRS) provides parish leaders with knowledge and understanding of theology and the Catholic faith.
You can learn the course in person, by distance learning or online – details below:

Centres (in person learning)

Life-Light Home Study Courses (distance learning)
01844 351 514

CCRS Online (online learning)
0151 291 3055


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Financial Information

Financial Information August 2020          
Month of August So far this year  
  Actual Budget Actual Budget  
  £7,011 £8,333 £63,115 £66,666  


Fr David’s Message for the Week

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Last weekend I spoke of the way in which community lies at the heart of our Christian faith.  Indeed, in the catholic expression of faith community has a great depth that goes far beyond the limits of just happening to attend the same mass, or living in the same village, or even ‘sharing the same faith’.  To be truly catholic is to believe something profound about the Church and about what it means to be a part of that; a sharer in Her inner and exterior life.  St Paul often uses an expression in his writings which we probably fail to give enough attention to.  He talks about being ‘in Christ’.  For example, he says “In Christ there is no longer slave or free, male and female…”.  Clearly, he is not talking so much about Jesus Christ but about His Mystical Body – the Church – the Body of Christ.  To be ‘in Christ’ then is to be almost like a cell in a human body (Paul didn’t know about cells but he did know about heads, arms and legs) which derives its life from the whole and its direction from the Head.  It is given life within the whole and has a purpose which, although appearing small and perhaps, insignificant, has a bearing on the well being of the whole body.  This sharing in the life of the church has a Greek name, koinonia, which we translate as ‘communion’.  Communion is a deep sharing in life of the Church and a deep commitment to her purpose and well being.  There are bonds of communion which transcend normal, utilitarian relationships.  We are not, in other words in it to get what we can out of it.  We are part of it because we recognise that by being part of it, by being in a relationship with the Church and her members throughout the world we have a purpose and a dignity that transcends the usual relationships we have.  St Paul says “…if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord.”.    We are connected by invisible strings of what we call ‘charity’, which is the English word translating ‘caritas’ in Latin and ‘agape’ in Greek.  Agape is the love that is supernatural in origin – it is the love St John talks of when he says that we can love because first God has loved us.  Charity is a reflection of God’s merciful love and it is a bond, the glue, which binds us together in communion with each other.  In today’s Gospel Peter asks Jesus about how far this charity needs to go before it lets go and gives up.  Is seven times enough?  It would be remarkable if we could forgive another seven times.  But, “No” says Jesus, how about something much larger in scope?  What about seventy times seven?  That’s far more ambitious.  Hard we might say.  Impossible we might think.  But not for God and not for us either under grace.

The Church is not a community of the perfect.  It is a communion of the elect – people called and chosen to give glory to God by their praise of Him and by their way of life which springs first of all from the knowledge of being forgiven by a merciful God and being always ready to go the extra mile in forgiving others.  It is a kind of hospital ship, but priests are not the doctors – more like the nurses to be honest.  It is Christ who is the Captain of the ship, pope Francis his First Lieutenant, and Bishop Richard the Head of Section.  Sometimes the nurses get sick and are tended by the other crew, sometimes the crew members get sick and the nurses provide the support.  Anyone who has spent time at sea in a crowded ship (or submarine!) will know that arguments happen, one doesn’t get on with everyone all the time, but all pull together for the good of the whole.  In St Peter’s Barque all that should be true as well – only more so!  And like ships company throughout the world our ship is the best – despite her faults!  Strange but true.

With my love and prayers.

Fr David


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.


24th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                                          Liturgical Colour: Green.

Readings at Mass

First reading                                        Ecclesiasticus 27:33-28:9

Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you; and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven

Resentment and anger, these are foul things,

and both are found with the sinner.

He who exacts vengeance will experience the vengeance of the Lord,

who keeps strict account of sin.

Forgive your neighbour the hurt he does you,

and when you pray, your sins will be forgiven.

If a man nurses anger against another,

can he then demand compassion from the Lord?

Showing no pity for a man like himself,

can he then plead for his own sins?

Mere creature of flesh, he cherishes resentment;

who will forgive him his sins?

Remember the last things, and stop hating,

remember dissolution and death, and live by the commandments.

Remember the commandments, and do not bear your neighbour ill-will;

remember the covenant of the Most High, and overlook the offence.

Responsorial Psalm                            Psalm 102(103):1-4,9-12

The Lord is compassion and love, slow to anger and rich in mercy.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord

all my being, bless his holy name.

My soul, give thanks to the Lord

and never forget all his blessings.


It is he who forgives all your guilt,

who heals every one of your ills,

who redeems your life from the grave,

who crowns you with love and compassion.


His wrath will come to an end;

he will not be angry for ever.

He does not treat us according to our sins

nor repay us according to our faults.


For as the heavens are high above the earth

so strong is his love for those who fear him.

As far as the east is from the west

so far does he remove our sins.


Second reading                                            Romans 14:7-9

Alive or dead, we belong to the Lord

The life and death of each of us has its influence on others; if we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord, so that alive or dead we belong to the Lord. This explains why Christ both died and came to life: it was so that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

Gospel Acclamation                                     1S3:9,Jn6:68

Alleluia, alleluia!

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening:

you have the message of eternal life.


Or:                                                                         Jn13:34

Alleluia, alleluia!

I give you a new commandment:

love one another just as I have loved you,

says the Lord.


Gospel                                                        Matthew 18:21-35

To be forgiven, you must forgive

Peter went up to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times.

‘And so the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; but he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt. At this, the servant threw himself down at his master’s feet. “Give me time” he said “and I will pay the whole sum.” And the servant’s master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt. Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him. “Pay what you owe me” he said. His fellow servant fell at his feet and implored him, saying, “Give me time and I will pay you.” But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt. His fellow servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him. Then the master sent for him. “You wicked servant,” he said “I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow servant just as I had pity on you?” And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt. And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.’


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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