Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 24th January 2021

Newsletter – 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 24th January 2021

By In Newsletter Blog On January 26, 2021


3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time – 24th January 2021

Year: B(I). Psalm week: 3. Liturgical Colour: Green


Times of Mass and Devotions

3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (Sunday of the Word of God)

Sat 23 Online* 5pm Vigil Mass Patricia Regan RIP
Sun 24 Online* 11am Parish Mass Peggy Gee-Weldon RIP
Tue 26 Online* 10am Mass – SS Timothy & Titus  
Wed 27 Online* 10am Mass – St Angela Merici Margaret Fontebasso RIP
Thur 28 Online* 10am Mass – St Thomas Aquinas Helen Osborne
Fri 29 Online* 10am Mass for the people

4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sat 30 Online* 5pm Vigil Mass Anna Bartlett RIP
Sun 31 Online* 11am Parish Mass Ronald Francis RIP
* livestreamed – YouTube –

Morning Prayer – 9am.  Evening Prayer – 6pm Daily
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 5-6pm Wednesday at JCROM

Mass intentions – via the parish website
or call the Presbytery phone 01483 272075
or email Fr David at

Fr David’s Message for the Week

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Even though Mark gives us the strong impression of the immediacy of the response of the disciples to Jesus’ call, elsewhere in the Gospels that call is a more drawn out and shaded affair.  For instance, in one Gospel it is Andrew, a disciple of John the Baptist who responds to John’s acclamation: “Look, there is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” and goes and asks Jesus where he lives.  “Come and see” is Jesus’ reply.  And, after spending the rest of the day with Jesus, Andrew goes to tell his brother Simon about the Lord.

So, is it a case of one or the other?  Or should we engage our imaginations a little and imagine the scenario whereby Andrew goes to Jesus’ house with this other disciple and then tells his brother Simon about what he has discovered but yet still goes on, perhaps, with life largely as usual.  That is to say going out each day to fish, and then to sell their catch and go home to their families.  Perhaps in the boat all the talk is about the experience of having spent the day with Jesus.  Perhaps there is growing excitement about the ‘coming of the Messiah’ in their own lifetime.  Something every Jew awaited with patient hope.

And perhaps, today, as in our story from Mark, Jesus comes walking along the shore, or the jetty, and invites those fishermen to leave all they know and come with him and learn how to become, now, not fishermen, but “fishers of men”?  Perhaps the intervening time between the first encounter and this moment of decision has allowed them to face the possibility that they, of all people, are desired by Jesus.  They have been chosen and called.  Later on, they will be sent and change from being disciples of the Lord to Apostles of the Gospel.  We are all chosen and called and to some degree or other, we are all sent.  But to whom?  Only you and the Lord know the answer to that question.

With love and prayers

God bless you.  Fr David



Financial Information December 2020        
Offertory Month of December So far this year  
  Actual Budget Actual Budget  
  £8,448 £8,333 £93,965 £100,000  
Collection for Apostleship of the Sea £50  


A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Appeal Collection – Donating On-Line Information

For those who wish to donate on-line to the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Appeal Collection, the following information shows how this can be done using the A&B Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage website.

  1. Go to the Arundel & Brighton Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage website using this link: A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Website or the website address
  2. Click on the button on the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. Please then click on the button in the middle of the page and follow the instructions.

If you have any questions, please contact the A&B Lourdes Pilgrimage Office, either by email or call 01403 740110

Bishop Richard’s Refugee Crisis Newsletter:  The latest copy of the Newsletter is now available and can be found under

Latest Publications section of the diocesan website

Coming soon – Invited

God loves you. He has great plans for you. He wants to accompany you through all the highs and lows of your life.

There will soon be an opportunity for you to explore all this and more as we journey together as a Diocese through a season of mission. Visit to find out more.

You, are Invited.


Sycamore is an informal course about the Catholic faith and its relevance for life today. It gives you space to meet other people, share ideas, explore your beliefs, and think about questions that really matter. It has been produced by the very talented Fr Stephen Wang in London, who has a real gift for sharing the depth and richness of the Catholic tradition and its compassionate and life-giving vision. He helps us to see how these truths can be recognised in our lives and in the longings of our hearts. Each session includes a short film and opportunities for discussion.

We will be running the first five sessions on Zoom on Tuesday evenings starting on 19th January 2021 (Join at 7.30pm for 7.45pm prompt start).

To register your interest please click here, by the end of Sunday 17th January.

At the start of this new year, and in the difficult circumstances of lockdown, this would be a good opportunity to explore some of the basics of the Christian faith from a Catholic perspective.

I would like to extend a particular invitation to anyone who reads this email who is not Catholic and would like to know more about how we see the world and God at work in it and in us. Maybe this last year has made you more curious. Maybe no one has ever invited you to learn more. Maybe it’s been on the cards for 40 years but the time has never seemed right. Whatever the reason, you will find a warm welcome and an opportunity to explore the Catholic faith in the company of others on the same journey, and sympathetic guides. You are very welcome to speak with me before registering, should you wish.

I believe that many in our parish will find Sycamore helpful for their journey in faith. I do look forward to the time when we can run the sessions over a meal together, but in the meanwhile I’d like to encourage everyone in the parish to have a think about giving it a go as some spiritual food during this lockdown.

With best wishes for this New Year of Grace

Fr Jonathan How and Fr David Osborne

Deepening Prayer in our Ordinary Life :

Led by David Clayton and Michael Woodward, this is an Worth Abbey online weekend to explore how we can pray more

contemplatively at home.  January 29th – 31st.  Smart phone, Tablet or computer and Zoom account needed.


More information from:
Michael Woodward:

Faithful Companions of Jesus:

An International Congregation of Catholic Sisters founded by Marie Madeleine d’Houët in France in 1820

We, FCJs, are in an international Society of Roman Catholic Sisters living in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas.  Organised into provinces we are one body committed to living our charism of faithful companionship with Jesus. We are enriched by our cultural diversity and internationality, Easter people celebrating the life of the Risen Christ. Ignatian women, we seek to find God in all things and we find joy in being sent on mission

4 Weeks of Guided Prayer – Online Event

Sundays at 5:30pm beginning 17th January

  • An opportunity to deepen your relationship with God through prayer.
  • Learn new ways of praying, enjoy some input on prayer, discernment and spirituality.
  • Speak with a prayer guide each week for the four weeks.

More information: or follow us on Facebook

Vocations Weekend  – Online Event

26th – 28th February

For women exploring the vocation to religious life. There will be times of prayer, reflection, input and discussion as well as a Q&A session with FCJ Sisters (Faithful Companions of Jesus)

More information: or follow us on Facebook

Reading Group – Online Event

Friday 4pm from 15th January

Book: Let us Dream – Pope Francis

Each session stands alone so there is no need to attend every week. Register, read the chapter set and then have a chance to talk with others about it. Everyone welcome!

More information: or follow us on Facebook


Weekday masses

Although both churches will be open for private prayer each day, I will only celebrate mass on online – and from home due to our need to self-isolate and shield.   Please allow some flexibility in this as I may need to cancel masses at the last minute.  I will always transfer any intentions so missed to another celebration if possible.


As is now our norm – all services celebrated at JCROM will be livestreamed from our YouTube channel –

Weekend (Saturday and Sunday Masses)

I will celebrate mass at 5pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday via Live Stream only

300 Club – Last Opportunity to be included….

Every year 40 people get the small thrill of winning – a small bit of sunshine in our everyday lives.  It is part of the fabric of our parish life which knits us all together.  This may be as important than the pounds which are raised to support the parish.

So far, fewer than 25% of the usual total have signed up; the Covid restrictions have made it especially hard for people to join this year.

In it to Win It – The 300 club for 2020 is nearing its end with 2 draws in December – one for the month and an extra one for Christmas.  Entries for 2021 are now available on the parish website for you to download.  Join in this year – there’s always a chance for a bit of excitement if you are stuck at home!  As always, please complete the entry form and put it in an envelope with a cheque payable to “Catholic parish of Cranleigh and Bramley” and leave the envelope in the offertory or at the parish office.

Or for those who aren’t going out much, you can apply online from our website –

If you are not attending church in person or going out, you can transfer the money direct to the parish bank account using the following details:

Bank account Name: RCD  A&B  Cranleigh and Bramley Parish

Bank account number: 41077465

Bank sort code: 40-05-20

As a reference for the transfer please put your name and 300 after it, eg Smith300.

After paying, please send a copy of your entry form to me at (No need to do this if you applied online)

If you have problems with either method, please call the office and I will get back to you to sort something out.


Telephone Support

Are you living alone, isolating or shielding? If you would like a parishioner (who has volunteered) to give you a telephone call to support, chat or talk, please contact Jane Harding at the parish office (01483 272075).  Jane will liaise with you and a member of the parish.


If you wish to make your confession, please email Fr David or call to arrange a convenient time.  We can do it while sitting in the garden.  Or sitting – suitably distanced within the church, perhaps.

Divine Office

I will be saying the Divine Office every day.  You can join me spiritually if you like by using Universalis which is available for Mac and PC and for Android or Apple phones.  I will say evening prayer at 6pm and Morning prayer at 9am.


If you become ill and would like to see a priest (me!) please don’t hesitate to ask and I will visit observing the precautions required to keep us both safe.  However, if you are COVID +ve, or are exhibiting symptoms, please follow the NHS guidelines, but keep me informed.  Also, if you are a carer or a partner of someone who goes into hospital, or falls gravely ill, please do call me to tell me.  The very least I can do is add you to my daily intercession list.









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