Newsletter – 5th Sunday of Easter – 10th May 2020

Newsletter – 5th Sunday of Easter – 10th May 2020

By In Newsletter Blog On May 8, 2020


Times of Mass and Devotions

Please see the calendar below for times and join in from home as you can –
Sat 9th Stream 10am Mass Mass for the Sick

5th Sunday of Easter

Sun 10th Stream 10am



Vespers and Benediction

Alice Kelly (RIP)
Tues 12th Stream 10am Mass Mary Kashel (RIP)
Wed 13th Stream 7pm Mass Ellen Griffin
Thurs 14th Stream 10am Mass Gerard Frost
Fri 15th Stream 10am Mass Serena Elison-Brookes

6th Sunday of Easter

Sun 16th Stream 10am



Vespers and Benediction

 Ben Miles and family


Rest assured emails and telephone messages will be received and actioned where necessary.

Email:  or Telephone 01483 272075 see website for updates

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

When I was a boy I read a thrilling memoir written by (I didn’t know it at the time) France’s greatest fighter pilot ace.  He shot down 33 enemy aircraft which, if we understand that to shoot even one down was a major challenge, shows us his extraordinary skill.  The book was called “The Great Show” and the pilot was Pierre Closterman.  I have lost the book (my father’s) but for some reason I have never forgotten his name.

One of the things I learned in his book was that fighter pilots routinely took drugs – cocaine and derivatives (officially prescribed) – in order to maintain alertness and concentration during the frequent calls to action.  Slow reactions could be fatal.  These drugs enabled the pilots to maintain levels of concentration that would be impossible given the stress and fatigue of constant scrambles and patrols and dogfights in the air.  I have been thinking of Pierre once again as we approach VE Day – something he fought for with panache and skill.  He is France’s greatest ace.

But the proximity of all this to our current situation caused me to think of parallels between the way we organise and live our lives now, the coronavirus crisis and the ecological crisis that we will continue to face for the rest of my life, and our children’s too.

The lockdown has caused us; forced us, to slowdown – for good or ill – and to live with less.  We have been greeted with a most beautiful springtime – one in which for the first time since I was a boy growing up in rural Worcestershire, I have heard the clarity and beauty of birdsong and have risen early enough to hear the dawn chorus.  In the absence of human activity nature has bounced ‘back’ in often beautiful ways.  The skies are unscarred by vapour trails and those who live in the shadow of airports have had the quietest time of their lives.

On the back of that truth and realization, however, is another.  That all this beauty, silence, and stillness comes at a cost.  A human cost that is.  Because it reflects the sudden and abrupt cessation of lots of things that were deemed, or have seemed to be, vital to our way of life.  The slowness and the thoughtfulness that our lives now require has helped us to see the crazy careering of our lives ‘BC’.

We now can see that it was all maintained on some kind of drug, a little like the fighter pilots’ amphetamines, that kept us keeping on.  That drove the social order to be constantly growing, making more money and producing more and more.  Whilst our lives, for the most part, improved in terms of material benefits and possessions we began to lose sight of other things such as a proper balance between human activity, productivity, and use of the earth’s resources.  All was focused on one thing – making more, going faster and further, living longer, getting richer in money terms and material terms.  We lost sight of what all this was doing to our environment, to our inner lives and to our social order.  The earth is beginning to buckle under the strain of all this human endeavor and plundering.  Society is stratified into the haves, the have even more’s and the have nots.  That after a three month break the earth can bonce back so effectively and wonderfully should not allow us to think that it always will do – when we’re ready to let it.  Nature has bounced back – but there are some terrible scars on the face of our fair Sister, Mother Earth.  We will have to live with these scars for ever and so will our children, grandchildren and their children too.

Pierre Closterman survived the war and became a French national hero.  He is remembered as an inspirational fighter ace but what is less well known is that his war left terrible scars upon him too.  Those moments of terror and elation in the skies; the death he escaped and the deaths he caused in the course of war changed him.  They should of course.  No one can come through experiences such as his and the many heros of WWII without being changed by them.  The question for us is this – in the period that follows for us will we clamour to go ‘back’ to business as usual?  Will we try to resurrect the old ways of doing things and continue to watch our tired earth being given the equivalent of amphetamines in order to continue to produce enough for 7 billion people?  Or will we awake to a new era of different possibilities, a new care for each other and the different levels of society and the social order?  Will progress (whatever that means) be balanced by a new ecology of living that isn’t straining every sinew to make more of everything just in order to make more of everything, and thus live more sustainably as co-creatures with all other creatures whom God loves as His creation just as much as us – his crowning glory?

Jesus says in today’s Gospel “do not be afraid” and that He is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”.  We should not be afraid but should walk the Way, live the Life, and speak the Truth.  That means being more, not less real, more concerned not unconcerned for the future of all peoples, and more aligned to the values of the Gospel.  Jesus came that we might have life and life in abundance.  That is for everyone and everything.

With my love.

Fr David

Sunday 10 May 2020                                  5th Sunday of Easter                           Liturgical Colour: White.

Readings at Mass

Entrance Antiphon  Cf. Ps 97: 1-2

O sing a new song to the Lord,  for he has worked wonders; in the sight of the nations he has shown his deliverance, alleluia.


Almighty ever-living God,
constantly accomplish the Paschal Mystery within us,
that those you were pleased to make new in Holy Baptism
may, under your protective care, bear much fruit
and come to the joys of life eternal.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


First reading. Acts 6:1-7

They elected seven men full of the Holy Spirit

About this time, when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenists made a complaint against the Hebrews: in the daily distribution their own widows were being overlooked. So the Twelve called a full meeting of the disciples and addressed them, ‘It would not be right for us to neglect the word of God so as to give out food; you, brothers, must select from among yourselves seven men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom; we will hand over this duty to them, and continue to devote ourselves to prayer and to the service of the word.’ The whole assembly approved of this proposal and elected Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus of Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.
The word of the Lord continued to spread: the number of disciples in Jerusalem was greatly increased, and a large group of priests made their submission to the faith.

Responsorial Psalm.  Psalm 32(33):1-2,4-5,18-19

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

Ring out your joy to the Lord, O you just;
for praise is fitting for loyal hearts.
Give thanks to the Lord upon the harp,
with a ten-stringed lute sing him songs.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

For the word of the Lord is faithful
and all his works to be trusted.
The Lord loves justice and right
and fills the earth with his love.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

The Lord looks on those who revere him,
on those who hope in his love,
to rescue their souls from death,
to keep them alive in famine.

May your love be upon us, O Lord, as we place all our hope in you.

Second reading.  1 Peter 2:4-9

Christ is the living stone, chosen by God and precious to him

The Lord is the living stone, rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him; set yourselves close to him so that you too, the holy priesthood that offers the spiritual sacrifices which Jesus Christ has made acceptable to God, may be living stones making a spiritual house. As scripture says: See how I lay in Zion a precious cornerstone that I have chosen and the man who rests his trust on it will not be disappointed. That means that for you who are believers, it is precious; but for unbelievers, the stone rejected by the builders has proved to be the keystone, a stone to stumble over, a rock to bring men down. They stumble over it because they do not believe in the word; it was the fate in store for them.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a people set apart to sing the praises of God who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.

Gospel Acclamation. Jn14:6

Alleluia, alleluia!
Jesus said: ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to the Father except through me.’

Gospel. John 14:1-12

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life

Jesus said to his disciples:
‘Do not let your hearts be troubled.
Trust in God still, and trust in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house;
if there were not, I should have told you.
I am going now to prepare a place for you,
and after I have gone and prepared you a place,
I shall return to take you with me;
so that where I am
you may be too.
You know the way to the place where I am going.’
Thomas said, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going, so how can we know the way?’ Jesus said:
‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one can come to the Father except through me.
If you know me, you know my Father too.
From this moment you know him and have seen him.’

Philip said, ‘Lord, let us see the Father and then we shall be satisfied.’ ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip,’ said Jesus to him ‘and you still do not know me?
‘To have seen me is to have seen the Father,
so how can you say, “Let us see the Father”?
Do you not believe
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me?
The words I say to you I do not speak as from myself:
it is the Father, living in me, who is doing this work.
You must believe me when I say
that I am in the Father and the Father is in me;
believe it on the evidence of this work, if for no other reason.

I tell you most solemnly,
whoever believes in me
will perform the same works as I do myself,
he will perform even greater works,
because I am going to the Father.’

Prayer over the Offerings

O God, who by the wonderful exchange effected in this sacrifice
have made us partakers of the one supreme Godhead,
grant, we pray,
that, as we have come to know your truth,
we may make it ours by a worthy way of life.
Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon Cf. Jn 15: 1, 5

I am the true vine and you are the branches, says the Lord. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, bears fruit in plenty, alleluia.

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.

 Prayer after Communion

Graciously be present to your people, we pray, O Lord,
and lead those you have imbued with heavenly mysteries
to pass from former ways to newness of life.
Through Christ our Lord.

INTENTIONS: Please keep your mass intentions coming!  Mass is still being offered daily and being offered for their intentions as in the above calendar, please join in with the streamed Masses.  Intentions can be emailed to

WEEKLY OFFERINGS: are still 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 and 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)

Offertory account number is 11126466, sort code 40-05-20.

Online donations for parishes

During this challenging time, where we are unable to attend Mass together, you may be worried about your offertory. The Diocese has launched an online ‘parish offertory support campaign’ so that parishioners can still make their offertory donation if they wish. Online donations are very easy for many parishioners.

The web link for this donation page is:


I have new boxed sets of envelopes for parishioners in the Gift Aid scheme for the new tax year.  Please either email me or ring me and I will check your address and deliver your envelopes.  Contact Trish on 01483 271314 or 07835 452898 or

Stations of the Cross is now online  If you are stuck at home and can’t get to church why not pray the Stations of the Cross at home right on your computer in full colour! To start click on the new menu item – Stations of the Cross.

300 Club Winners

April 2020

1st         Christopher Weeks
2nd        Naimh Harmsworth
3rd         Mrs M Fox

May 2020

1st         Elizabeth Badman
2nd        Eileen Koblintz
3rd         Brenda Culliford

The spread of Coronavirus (Covid -19) will present difficulties for many in Parish.  We are working with people and organisations to provide help and information to support our community.

If you would like a phone conversation with someone, we can buddy you with a like-minded person – please telephone or email the Parish office and we will do our best to support you.

If you need help – If you are self-isolating  and need assistance, please phone the Parish Office on 01483 272075 and we will do our best to connect you to someone who can help. We can’t provide medical advice.

Volunteers – If you are able to spare time to help those self-isolating then please send an email with your details to  In doing so you consent to us holding your details and passing them to a parishioner in need of help.

Updates – We will be posting updates on the Cranleigh & Bramley Parish website  Remember Coronavirus is highly contagious.  Please take every precaution to ensure you are only spreading kindness! Avoid physical contact (2m distance).  Wash your hands regularly and leave any items on the doorstep.

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