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. 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.
Or call the presbytery phone line 01483 272075 (you can leave a message if no answer) or email Fr David at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will enter the mass intention directly into the diary
The Catholic Parish of Guildford would like to invite you to join Discovery: a 6-week course designed to help us revisit the Gospel message. This course provides a wonderful opportunity to grow in our faith and to develop our ability to be able to share our faith and what we know to be true in our lives clearly and simply. It is also a great way to get to know and to talk about faith with those in our parish and the wider deanery. The course is being run via zoom, by the Catholic Parish of Guildford, on Thursdays at either 11am or 8.15pm (from 5th November). If you’d like to join, then you can sign up here: https://cpg.churchsuite.co.uk/events/gbe4aifm”
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:
This has been a very difficult year for many couples. Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it.
This programme has helped 6,000 couples who were experiencing difficulties in their marriage in the past year alone. There is no group therapy or group work
For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Virtual weekend on 12th -15th Nov 2020, call or text 0788 7296983 or 0797 3380443 – or email email@example.com or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
Celebrate the Grandparents & honorary Grandparents in your life
Grandparents Weekruns in our Diocese from September 26th to October 3rd.While the way we celebrate the grandparents and honorary grandparents in this very special role will be different this year, the online world offers lots of alternatives to the events that have previously taken place in our parishes and schools. This year’s restrictions means that we have to be imaginative: Schools could live stream a mini assembly or a Zoom a sing-a-long, or create a special prayer for grandparents. Children could record a selection of memories from grandparents to share with their class, or create a prayer wall with photos and prayers, and send their grandparents a copy. Parishes could include grandparents in their prayers of intercession or encourage families to join a live stream Mass at the same time as their Grandparents, sharing an online children’s liturgy like this one.
Contact our Marriage and Family Life Advisor if you would like to know more.
Everyone is welcome to our Dialogue and Unity Event taking place via Zoom THIS Saturday (26th) 10.45am to 1pm.
Attendees will listen to a range of speakers, exploring what we can learn during the pandemic and what vision we should aspire to as Christians and people of faith moving forwards, together.
There will be an opportunity for prayer and small group discussion with people of all faith backgrounds welcome. Email our Dialogue and Unity Advisor hereto register and receive the zoom link.
Fr David’s Message for the Week
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
St Paul’s letter to the Philippians, which we have today as our second reading today, begins “If our life in Christ means anything to you…” and I, too, would like to begin my little message to you with those words.
To begin with, Paul says that this is “our life” which I take to mean exactly the same thing as when we say “Our Father…”. We are a communion, a koinonia, of life. Which is to say, and not to exhaust all the possible meanings, that our lives are inter-dependant and connected at the deepest of levels. We are so much more than just a group of individuals who happen to share some core beliefs about the nature of reality and life. Our lives are entwined intimately and deeply with God’s, and the ‘bonds of communion’ between us are complex and many layered. This means, or should mean, that each of us matters to each other. Even if we do not know each other all that well, yet, still, there is a line of connection, a bond of charity, that links us all as one family. The most powerful link is to worship together rather than apart. This is an element of what Jesus means when He says that He will “draw all things to Himself” – all of creation, all of humanity, all of the cosmos into relationship. Not just any relationship, of course – everything is in some sort of relationship all the time. What Jesus means, and is working through the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit, is that all things will be brought into a life-giving relationship with God the Father. For us this means removing all real and false barriers to a relationship with God. It is always we who construct these barriers not God. A barrier may be for us our sinfulness, or shame at our past life (or current lifestyle). It may be a lifestyle that is so bent on acquiring things, stuff and power, or money, that there is no time for any other meaningful relationship – and no perceived need either! It may be feelings of inadequacy, of being lost, or even abandoned by God and friends. It might be fear of life and of death. Many things, indeed. But Jesus can, and will transcend them all with his generous and merciful love that overlooks the fault to gain the great prize. Life in God.
But, to go back to our little text we must ensure that we understand one thing very well. If we desire life with God – a share in God’s life in other words – then we have no choice but to accept the presence of others on their pilgrim way too. The thrust of the commandments has this twofold nature – complete love and desire for God, and complete love for and genuine desire for relationships with others too. We cannot construct one at the expense of the other or think that a superb one in one direction negates the necessity of the other. Sure, pilgrims on the road can be touchy, tired, unsure of the way, not even sure why they’re on it all but then perhaps that is true for us too. So, St Paul’s words help us discover that it is precisely in the togetherness of our faith lives that we discover true community – the community, or better communion, we call God – Father Son and Holy Spirit and the communion we call our brothers and sisters – you, me and everyone else.
I write these things and I know I mention this theme often, because the social paradigm de jour is one of intense individualism and of relationships as means rather than ends. Community seems to be mostly about protest and self interest when we watch the news whereas the Gospel is so much richer. I matter as an individual because I am God’s child and he loves me – just as He loves you too. We are brothers and sisters. But if the social paradigm is eccentric – with a force driving things and people further apart, the message of the church is always one of concentricity and gathering together. In these strange and difficult days we must ensure that we allow ourselves to be drawn more deeply into communion rather than to fragment into individualism and self interest. The Gospel demands it, in a way – and also helps us achieve it.
With my love and prayers.
Returning to Work and phones!
Tracy will be working from the Office at the Presbytery from the 1st October for two days a week. She will work from home another two days in the week. We will advertise which days fit where in due course. To assist with this home/office balance we are getting some new phones – same old number (if BT get it right!) 272075, but Tracy will be able to have an Office phone at home. There may be some, shall we say, adjustment for a while as we become used to the new phones (due to arrive this week). I’m afraid it will be some of that “Press 1 for the Parish Secretary, Press 2 for the Parish Priest” etc. Sorry, that’s progress!
Poll of Opinions about the Vigil Mass
Thank you to everyone who participated in the recent SurveyMonkey poll about the time of the Vigil Mass.
Here are the results:
I prefer mass at 6pm – Yes = 41 No = 28
I like Mass at 5pm -– Yes = 42 No = 18
I am happy with 5pm or 6pm –– Yes = 59 No = 24
In addition to the simple yes/no answers I asked for comments, and, understandably, these ranged across a number of factors including appropriate mealtimes for children, Saturday sporting and social activities, some even generously felt that my own life should be a factor. Some felt that having a Summer/Winter change of time was a reasonable idea. On balance, looking at these responses I can see that for all the people for whom 6pm represented a good time for family, so did 5pm. For those who had Saturday afternoon activities curtailed the earlier time offered the opportunity to attend evening activities instead. The changing time is not really practical as it never works in practice despite being great in theory.
So, on balance and taking into account the views expressed above there is a marginal preference for the 5pm time, and so that is what we shall stick with from now on.
Thank you very much for responding.
Reading at Mass
Last weekend Susan Knowles kindly offered to put together the rota for Sunday readers and ministers at Cranleigh. Thank you, Sue. If you would like to read, please contact her via the Office in the first instance with your telephone number and email address if at all possible.
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.
As a temporary measure Win Bracking has 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
Here is the Rota for the 5pm Vigil Mass for the next four weeks
Sept 19th David Penson
26th Win Bracking
Oct 3rd Linda Collins
10th Tracy Colgan
17th Eugene Mcgivern
24th Win Bracking
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.
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 cafod.org.uk/coronavirus 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: cafod.org.uk/summerofhope.
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.
Cranleigh and Bramley Parish
If you have any questions or queries please email the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01483 272075.
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