divine office – 20 minutes before mass adoration of the blessed sacrament one hour before massmass intentions – via the parish website www.cpcb.org.uk. or call the presbytery phone line 01483 272075 or email fr David at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fr David’s Message for the Week
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,Welcome to the month of Remembrance. November is a time when we reflect on the meaning of life and death and hold in affectionate memory those we love who have ‘passed over’ to eternal life – which is our hope – the ‘blessed hope’ which we so often hear about in the Eucharist. With this in mind I would like to take the opportunity to write about some things connected with Bereavement and our prayers.
The first is All Souls’ Day – which falls on Monday. I will celebrate two masses (as if it were a Sunday) and then go on to bless the graves at the Cemetery here in Cranleigh. Please join me for the masses if you can in church or on the livestream and also accompany me around the cemetery for the blessing of graves. We have some 24hr lights that you can buy to place on the graves if you wish.
The second is Remembrance Sunday. Usually, I move the 11am mass to midday to enable us to attend the Memorial Service. However, this year due to COVID restrictions no clergy apart from Roy Woodhams the Rector are to attend. However, I will offer the 11am Mass as a Remembrance Day Mass (which we are permitted to do for one mass). In addition to that some Bramley parishioners might like to attend the memorial service at the memorial in Bramley.
Thirdly, Bishop Richard is celebrating a Mass for Bereaved Families on behalf of the Deanery (12th November at 7.30pm). We have selected St Joseph’s Guildford as the venue for that mass as it has the best livestreaming facilities and is the largest church in the Deanery. The intention is to offer a mass for all those who have been bereaved this year and especially for those who, due to the COVID restrictions in place for much of the year, have not been able to hold a funeral mass with their friends and family present and who, in the days of lockdown, were not permitted to be at the bedside of their dying relatives, or attend their funerals services. All Deanery clergy will be present as representatives of their respective parishes but in addition a small number of families and individuals may attend. This is limited to 28 family “bubbles” across the whole Deanery. I am writing to all those whom I have officiated at funerals for this year so as to give them the first opportunity to attend in person. But depending on their response there may be others who can attend. In addition, Bereavement Support Volunteers from the Deanery are encouraged to attend – please speak to Katherine Bergin in the first instance.
Fourthly, may I encourage you to continue the noble tradition of praying for the dead and the Holy Souls in Purgatory throughout this month. If you would like a mass offered for someone please use the form available on our website but also available here: https://www.cpcb.org.uk/request-a-mass-intention/. In addition, there will be a supply of In memoriam cards available in both churches from this weekend for you to place the names of people you would like to be prayed for at the Divine Office during November. You might like to join us for those – 9.40am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 6.40pm on Wednesday. These take place during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament so you could combine that with some prayer before the Blessed Sacrament too.
Fifthly, you may be aware that Pope Francis has just published yet another encyclical letter – Fratelli Tutti – on fraternity and social friendship. I mentioned earlier in the year my intention to start a Zoom Reading group. If you would like to join in a discussion of this promising letter, I invite you to sign up on our website. I am proposing Tuesday evenings for one hour from 7pm beginning in two weeks’ time (10th November). www.cpcb.org.uk/events-and-coursesBTW – pro populo means “for the people”. Every priest must offer a Lord’s Day, or Holy Day mass for the people of God. i.e. you!With my best wishes, Fr David
A Parishioner has two bikes for 9-13 year olds –
hoping to find a good home. They are well used; and are fully functioning nice bikes that young parents with other financial commitments might appreciate. If you are interested, please contact Tracy in the Parish Office who can arrange mutual contact.
Supporting the Bereaved Course 2021:
Around the Diocese many parishes are developing a bereavement befriending team, to accompany and support those experiencing grief and loss. They provide a vital service where people with a common faith can walk with others on this painful journey.
Do you feel that you are being called to this Ministry?
Do you have a good ear for listening?
Are you able to empathise with people?
Are you able to maintain confidentiality?
If you feel drawn to supporting fellow parishioners, please speak to your Parish Priest about being considered for the Diocesan Supporting the Bereaved Course. A commitment to attending every session is needed (Eight Tuesdays across January to March 2021).If you wish to speak to someone about what the course entails and to register your interest in joining the programme please call Rev Deacon Simon South, Diocesan Marriage & Family Life Project Worker,on 07415 306222 or email on email@example.com. Thank you.
Cranleigh Lions Club – Project Wenceslas
Will you be nice and cosy in your home this winter ?How would you feel about helping those that won’t be ?Please consider helping Cranleigh Lions to help others by taking part in Project Wenceslas and donating some or, perhaps, all of your Winter Fuel Payment to us. The Winter Fuel Payment is paid to those born on or before 5th October 1954 and those living in the UK for at least one day during the week of 21st-27th September 2020 – this is called the “Qualifying Week”. This payment is not means tested, it is tax free and will not affect other benefits.The payment is £200, or £100 each for a couple, and increased to £300 for those born on or before 20th September 1940. If you are eligible you will usually get the payment automatically. Most payments are made in November and December. You may need to claim it if you have not had it before or if certain conditions apply – details at www.gov.uk. You have until 31st March 2021 to claim for winter 2020-2021.Cranleigh Lions are asking that if you do not need this money you donate your Winter Fuel Payment, or some of it, to the Cranleigh Lions’ Wenceslas Project.Working in conjunction with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Barnados (taking over from SureStart), local churches and other organisations funds will be used to help local people who have problems with their fuel bills. Some even have to choose between heating or eating.Money is not given to individuals – we make payment direct to energy companies or we top pre-payment cards up with cash.If you would like to help those who are unable to keep warm this winter please consider donating your Winter Fuel Payment or some of it to Cranleigh Lions.If you are a UK tax payer we can also claim Gift Aid on your donation which means we can help more people. Bear in mind that Gift Aided donations can be included on your tax return.Please see our website www.cranleighlions.org for more details and donations can be made quickly and simply online by following the link https://www.cranleighlions.org/events/wenceslas/ [cranleighlions.org] This will be the seventh year that we have run our Wenceslas Project and so far we have collected almost £18,000. Thank you
Booking into Mass
A polite request if you are booking yourself into weekend Masses is to book by Friday 1pm at the latest in order to ensure your seat and for appropriate arrangements to be made. Thank you
First Holy Communion Course
If you have or know of a child in Year 3 who would like to join the First Holy Communion Course please register your interest at www.cpcb.org.uk/events-and-course. For Year 3’s in September 2020 – the course starts January 2021.
Register your interest in joining the Confirmation course at www.cpcb.org.uk/events-and-course Please do this as soon as possible as we want to take stock of how many young people we will be dealing with.
Reading at Mass
Please contact Susan Knowles via the Office if you would like to join the Readers rota in the first instance with your telephone number and email address if at all possible.Vigil Mass Reading rota for November :
SAT 31st OCT Linda Collins
7th NOV Eugene McGivern
14th NOV Justin Myhill
21st NOV David Penson
28th NOV Tracy ColganThe rota for Readers at 11am Mass in November:
1st. Nov. Graeme Brand
8thNov. Chris Greenwood
15thNov. Kinga Bogusz
22ndNov. Patrick Bergin
29th Nov. Sue Knowles
Calling all Young Adults of the Diocese (20-30 somethings)
Before the current restrictions, our Youth and Young Adults’ Advisor had plenty of big plans for helping you get to know other Catholics of a similar age, to form communities where you are free to be yourself, to explore your faith, to grow in friendship, and to be a safe place for you to realise your Catholic identity. However, this has all had to go on hold. We cannot have a Prosecco and Praise night and remain Covid secure! What we would like to do is invite anyone who is interested to join a focus group. This group will meet virtually to discuss the needs and desires of young adults in the Church, and, if you would like, be involved in coming up with some creative ways to meet those needs.
If this sounds like a project you would like to be a part of, please contact the Youth Service Secretary Rosie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01293 651161