Newsletter for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Newsletter for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

By In Newsletter Blog On January 13, 2017

Brothers and Sisters


Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us

This coming Wednesday sees the start of the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity.  Believe it or not, the Octave began as a Catholic initiative to run between the Confession of St Peter (a Protestant celebration of the Chair of St Peter) on the 18th and the Conversion of St Paul on the 25th.  This received the blessing of Popes Pius X and Benedict XV but Protestant churches initially decided to keep a similar theme around the Feast of Pentecost – thus removing the Catholic emphasis on the unifying nature of the Petrine ministry.  However, the World Council of Churches confirmed the Octave in 1958 and by 1969 the material for the celebration was jointly prepared by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.  The service is still prepared together and the meeting happens in Ecclestone Square – the home of the Conference of English and Welsh Bishops of the Catholic Church.  As you can see – lots of titles!  But this underscores the way in which Unity amongst the churches is seen as a priority for the Catholic Church.  Pope John XXIII (23rd) really desired that there be greater cooperation and warmth between churches and the catholic church.

We should too.  We should really desire that our historical differences be overcome because unity is one of the deep desires of Christ who himself said that we should be one because then the world will know that it was God who had truly sent Him.  Our disunity is a major scandal.  But it would be insincere to just pretend that there are no differences.  The search for truth must therefore continue and shared activity and prayer must be pursued diligently and faithfully.  We must do everything we can do together and refrain from doping what we can’t.  What we can do is pray together.  No longer do we consider Protestants to be “non-Christians” and most Protestants are careful in how they describe the Catholic church because we have a common purpose – which is to “go and make disciples and baptise in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”   In a world, which is now more commonly divided not between Protestant and Catholic but between non-religious or atheist and Christian (and other faiths too but that’s a different story) we have to work together.  Therefore I really hope that you will make this coming Week of Prayer a priority for you and your family. By coming together during this week, we join with the people around the world to pray for Christian unity – in worship, reflection, study, and fellowship.

Please note a change to every Wednesday Mass in Cranleigh

Exposition from 6pm, Confessions 6-6.30pm and Mass at 7pm

This week the 2nd collection will be for Pax Christi Peace Sunday, the International Catholic Movement for Peace, has been promoting the World Peace Day message in England and Wales for the past fifty years. Pax Christi itself was born out of the experience of war. Today Pax Christi is present in 50 countries: a network of Christians inspired by faith to work for peace, reconciliation and nonviolent change.  In England and Wales Pax Christi, through its small team of 4 staff members, its volunteers and its members, works to create opportunities to support the Catholic community to become involved in peace-making.

Please note the office will be open on Monday 16th January and closed Friday 20th January.

Last 300 Club Chance – Entries for the 2017 300 Club draw will close next weekend (16 January).

Bramley Lunch – the first Bramley Lunch of 2017 will be held in Bramley Parish Room on TUESDAY 24TH JANUARY after the 11.30 a.m. Mass.  If you would like to come and enjoy a home-cooked 2 course lunch with wine please ring Anne on 274466 or Felicity on 273083 or sign the list in the porch of both churches.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Parish Accounts Bookkeeper After invaluable service to the Committee Spencer Adams is retiring as the Parish bookkeeper.  If there is anyone who has bookkeeping skills and a modest amount of time each month to look after the Parish accounts I would be very grateful if you would volunteer.  The successful candidate will receive complete training and induction.  Father David.

Vacancy for parish social team: After four years the current team are standing down and we’re looking for some new talent. No experience necessary. It’s a great chance to gain skills in organising events, people management and to share happy experiences that will help continue to make ours a fun, vibrant community. Please talk to Georgie Nel (our outgoing social team chair) for more details. 01483 276221 or

Advance notice: Marmalade Sale in February

I’ll shortly be making marmalade to sell in aid of the new Parish Room.  Perhaps you would like to make some to add to the sale. If you would like to order any in advance, please let me know how many jars. Contact Bridget Eacott (Tel: 892406 or email Also I’d be glad of any jars you can spare. Please leave them in the porch in Bramley.

Fr Ignatius Funeral Information.  He was at Chilworth Friary for many years and transferred to Woodford Green in North London when the Friary closed.

Monday 16th January, Requiem Mass at 12 noon and burial 2pm at St Patrick’s cemetery, Leytonstone, followed by buffet reception back at St Thomas’.

New year’s resolution: Make a difference with CAFOD

Make 2017 the year you meet new friends, inspire others to act for social justice, and use your skills to help our sisters and brothers working to overcome poverty around the globe. Are you a good communicator who would enjoy speaking in churches or schools? Are you a people-person who would relish involving and encouraging others in your local parish? Are you a budding writer who could contribute to our blog and e-news?

If so please get in touch with Martin or Jo on 01483 898866 or email

Pokot News

I have just heard from Fr Conway that last year 134 students from the Mission school sat their Kenyan Certificate of Secondary Education (their final secondary school exams). The results have just been received and the school is now in the top ten of the 150 secondary schools in Baringo County.  In due course, I will be given the results for those students which Members of the Pound a Week have been sponsoring and will pass them on in due course. Fr Conway tells me he is very busy at the moment with the enrolment of the 2017 entry to the school, so it may be a little while yet before I have more information.  If anyone would like to help sponsor a student, please get in touch.

Eugene McGivern at 01483-893379 or

Pilgrimage to Fatima Celebrate the centenary of Fatima this October with fellow pilgrims from the diocese. Departing 8th October spend 4 nights in a 4* hotel on a half board basis. Flights included from London Gatwick. Early bird offer of £495 available until 01/04/2017. To find out more visit or call 0800 689 4792.

Fully escorted Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine, Ireland, 13th March 2017.  £599 per person sharing.  Price includes flights with 15kg checked in bag, all taxes, luxury transfers, 5 nights’ in newly refurbished Knock House Hotel with full Irish Breakfast each morning and 4 Course Dinner each evening.  All entertainment, excursions and guided tours included.  Wheelchair accessible rooms in the hotel.  Limited single rooms at supplement of £50.  Groups and Individual bookings welcome.   Contact Patricia anytime on 07740 175557 or email  Knock Pilgrimages is a member of the Travel Trust Association and is fully protected by ATOL.

TEENAGE RETREAT FOR YEARS 7-9 – INSPIRE @ WORTH ABBEY – FEBRUARY 10-12TH This February there will be another retreat at Worth Abbey for young people in school years 7-9.. The retreats give young people a brilliant chance to meet other young Catholics and to explore their faith in the beautiful atmosphere of Worth Abbey. There are also games, sports, social activities and much more. The weekend costs £84, but bursaries are available. For more information, or to book, Email – bookings close February 3rd, or when the retreat is full. If you have any questions, you are also free to contact the Diocesan Youth Officer, Jack Regan –

St Cuthbert Mayne School have vacancies for a Teaching Assistant and 2 Learning Support Assistants.

The vacancies are being advertised on the E-Teach website, and application forms and full details can be found there.

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