Newsletter for the Feast of the Holy Family 28th and 29th December
|Times of Mass and Devotions|
|The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph|
|Sat 28th||Cranleigh||6pm||Vigil Mass||Special Intention|
|People of the Parish|
Elizabeth and Bert Knowlden RIP
|Tues 31st||Bramley||10am||Mass – 7th day within the Octave of Christmas|
|Wed 1st||Cranleigh||10am||Mass – Mary Mother of God, Solemnity||Albert Morris (RIP)|
|Thurs 2nd||Bramley||10am||Mass – Sts Basil & Gregory. Bps. Dctrs|
|Fri 3rd||Cranleigh||10am||Mass – Most Holy Name of Jesus|
|The Epiphany of the Lord|
|Sat 4th||Cranleigh||6pm||Vigil Mass||Elizabeth and Bert Knowlden RIP|
|People of the Parish|
Vocations to the Priesthood
|The Divine Office – 20 minutes before weekday Masses.|
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 1 hour before weekday masses
Confessions – Saturday after mass and 5pm, Wednesday at 6pm, Thursday at 10.30am or by appointment at any time
Please note the Parish Office will be closed between 1pm on Friday 20th December and will reopen at 8.45am on Tuesday 7th January 2020. Messages can be left on email or voicemail. Tracy wishes everyone a joyful Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Dear Brothers and Sisters
This Sunday we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph and, in doing so, also recognise the importance of ‘family’ whether it is “the” Holy Family, or our own holy families. A few years ago the Bishop’s launched an initiative called “Home is a Holy Place” which sought to help us all recognise that it is in our homes, with our families, and through our families that we touch the divine and are made holy. Each and every human being has a vocation to family. What I mean by this is that we all are born into some sort of family, grow up in that family and go on to have families of our own.
Of course, what constitutes a family has been drastically modified over the last century and the roles of the individuals within those families have also changed as external influences and factors have come into play – sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the not so good.
It is important to recognise that not all families are wonderful places to be all the time. Tensions, difficulties, tragedies and personalities can all come together to create a toxic, damaging atmosphere that can make growing up as a child very hard indeed. Saying that and recognising the reality that that is should not, however, persuade us that it is the model that is wrong. The family of two parents and children and extended family close by is an ancient, one could say primitive, model that has been shown to work despite some startling failures along the way. Nowadays society outside the church has decided that the family can actually be extended to mean whatever it likes. Single parenting with state support, same sex parents who have either adopted children or conceived them through some mechanism or other, and now the very basis on which families depend to a large degree is up in the air with the current trend to question everything that once seemed to be ‘given’ – such as gender understood as binary – male and female. Now, we are lead to believe that there are numerous ‘in between’ states of gender or even none at all.
This puts the Church in a tricky place as it passes on the wisdom received from our forebears. Whist desiring to support and welcome all people into the ‘family’ of the church without judging this person or that person to be ‘outside’ part of the tradition of the Church is that some values are immutable. The family is made up, like Jesus’ own one, of mother and father, and often brother and sisters and aunties uncles and cousins. There is something of the mystery of God’s own person in the male and female-ness of the family. “Let us make man in our image” it says in Genesis, “and male and female he created them.” The complementarity; the differences are all of God and go together to make a certain something ‘more’.
Another aspect of this is the apparent failures of marriage which once was the bedrock of society. Sure, not every marriage was a bed of roses, but it did work. The idea that a family can live and thrive on a far looser arrangement of bonds and emotional ties is a concept that is not entirely a happy one. Even though too many marriages fail a marriage is still a more secure place in which to grow up, and is shown to allow children the space in which to grow up secure and valued. In other words, it is a struggle, as recognised by Pope Francis in his letter AMORIS LÆTITIA, but a struggle that is worth it both for the spouses and for the children. The Holy father is well worth reading on this subject as he demonstrates and real connection with the subject – but more importantly – with his flock. God’s people.
God bless you all, and have a wonderful new year.
Christmas Offerings – a message from Fr David
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all once again for your generosity to me at Christmas time with your personal gifts of wine, chocolates, hand made biscuits, mince pies, and of course the amazing and generous gifts of money which are all very much appreciated, and really do help enormously with our household budget. I particularly appreciate that you often give out of what you could usefully have kept for yourselves to make your own budgeting a little easier.
Thank you everyone. And for the two people who have offered to help out with the Projector Project. That was a nice surprise.
May I wish you all a very blessed new year.
300 Club Applications are Open
Over the years, the 300 club has been here to help raise funds for the church. Over the past 10 years, over £11,000 has been raised. The draws start in January with a New Year draw and end in December with a Christmas draw, with 12 monthly draws during the year.
Entry forms are available at the back of each church in the parish and should be returned no later than 19 January 2020 to be included in all the draws for the year. Return entries by putting them in an envelope in the collection at a Sunday mass or direct to the parish office in Cranleigh.
In the current year, there are 104 entries, each one costing £12. After taking away the prize money this had left £468 as a contribution to the church’s funds. In 2019, we used these funds to buy a new set of vestments for Fr David. Let’s see if we can make 2020 a bumper year and raise over £1000 for the church. Good luck!
From Giovanni Fontebasso : please see a request for accommodation in the area. I am a mature student at Surrey University (Psychology). I have 20 years’ experience in mental health having worked as an educator-health care assistant with elderly people suffering from different conditions i.e., Alzheimer, dementia. I am from Italy and been here for almost 3 years. Due to my intensive course I cannot have a full-time job and therefore I am looking to do assistance during the night and I’ll be very happy to find a family that needs this kind of help. Please phone 07513661411or 274744
Justice & Peace Assembly: ‘Still No Room at the Inn?” How can we respond to the homelessness crisis today? Sat. 25th January, at the St Philip Howard Centre, Crawley (DABCEC). Doors open 9.30 am. Free event. Introduced by Bishop Richard, with Speakers from Turning Tides, Homelink, Crawley Open House, Life Housing, Caritas Portsmouth, and more. Stalls and stands.
Drinks provided – bring own cup/mug. Limited parking. Bookings at Rosie.Read@abdiocese.org.uk
Evening Prayer for Divorced, Remarried & Separated: Sun. 23rd February, at 3 pm: All those in our parish communities who may be divorced, remarried or simply separated, are warmly invited to come together with Bishop Richard at St. John the Evangelist Church in Horsham for afternoon tea, conversation and the celebration of Evening Prayer, which will conclude the afternoon. It would be useful to know approximate numbers simply to allow us to cater appropriately. If you be kind enough to send through the name(s) of those who are coming along, that would be useful. You can send the information to Katherine.Bergin@abdiocese.org.uk Thank you.
Worth Abbey: Silent Retreat: 13th-16th January 2020 (Mon-Thurs) £265 per person (Concession/unwaged £225)
Take some time out post-Christmas and join, for a short while, the rhythm of prayer and reflection with the monastic community at Worth Abbey. Enjoy time and space to be still, refresh your spirit and explore your relationship with God in beautiful and peaceful surroundings.
For further information, to request a booking form or to reserve your place, please contact us:
Tel: 01342 710318 or Email: email@example.com 2020 Calendar of Retreats at www.worth.co.uk
A Week of Guided Prayer – who’s it for? Everyone!
And someone who’s been there said, “I think I expected something more ‘holy’! As it was, I was able to be me and think and pray about life as I’m experiencing it now…….“ Want to hear more?
The week starts on Sunday, 9th February 2020, in the afternoon, at St Joan of Arc, Farnham, GU9 8DJ.
Further details are in the booking forms at the back of the church, or drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications will be on 6th January 2020, but no one will be turned away, including those who are housebound
Please tell us if this applies to you or someone you know.
Fr John Seddon OSB will present the fifth episode of ‘Catholicism – a journey to the heart of the faith‘, by Bishop Robert Barron, on Saturday, January 11th, 2020. The day begins with Mass at 9.00 am, followed by coffee. The fifth film, is entitled ‘The Indispensable Men: Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure.’ The Day concludes around 4.00 pm. Bring a packed lunch and if you can, a friend. Tea and coffee is provided. St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR.
Opportunity – Regional Community Fundraiser
An exciting opportunity has arisen for outstanding community fundraisers to work with diocesan volunteer teams to raise funds to enable Missio to achieve its mission. This is an opportunity which would suit someone wanting to use their proven fundraising skills to support the Church’s mission overseas by building effective relationships with Diocesan Directors, Parish Coordinators (Local Secretaries), Volunteers, Supporters, Schools, Religious and Parish Priests to help grow an understanding of the theology and impact of mission in the world.
Missio ignites God’s love by helping missionaries to work alongside communities throughout the world that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief. Today Missio makes an impact in 1,070 mission dioceses in 157 countries. We transform lives by listening to local needs and acting in the most effective way: we create infrastructure in impoverished and remote areas; we help to build chapels, schools and orphanages; we facilitate clinics and dispensaries; and we create hubs from which the young Church can flourish and grow. Missio also supports the training of over 25,000 future Priests and 11,000 religious Sisters every year by providing young churches in developing countries with funding to train their own future Church leaders. We are proud to be the Pope’s charity for world mission.
Principle responsibilities will include:
• To build effective relationships with Diocesan Directors, Parish Coordinators (Local Secretaries), Volunteers, Supporters, Schools, Religious and Parish Priests across allocated dioceses;
• To be responsible for coordinating the network of Missio and Mill Hill volunteers in allocated dioceses;
• To communicate effectively with Local Secretaries to ensure they feel connected to Missio’s work and valued for their contribution;
• To develop effective diocesan and parish-fundraising by supporting Local Secretaries, parish teams and schools
The roles form part of a small, supportive and committed team and location is flexible but will require regular attendance at our London office, which is a short walk from Victoria Station. One of the roles will be based in northern England and one in southern England. The role will require flexibility to travel extensively within England and Wales and could involve occasional overseas travel.
Closing date for applications: 10 January 2020
For a job description and for further information please contact:
email@example.com or visit www.missio.org.uk
Applicants should forward a full CV and covering statement to:
firstname.lastname@example.org 23Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1NU
Faith in Politics
Parliamentary and Public Affairs Internships – APPLICATIONS OPEN
Applications are now open for 2020-21 places on the Faith in Politics internship scheme. As many of you will know, this is open to Catholic graduates with a desire to work in public life and make the world a better place one step at a time.
Apply here: www.faithinpolitics.org.uk
The following is reprinted from the Catholic weekly publication “The Tablet”
Carmody Gray – What did you do in the war against avarice indifference and short-sightedness?
I have lost count of the times I have spoken to public audiences about “ecological conversion” since the promulgation of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on the environment, ‘Laudato si!. My focus is always on the urgency of personal ecological conversion: that, in Francis’ words, we should “never think the little things don’t matter”.
In the face of a multifactorial global catastrophe, this stress on individual agency is important; otherwise, despondency and hopelessness set in. But staring out of the train window at the Northumbrian coast on a rainy autumn afternoon recently, as I travelled up to Edinburgh to speak on Laudato si! once more, I realised glumly that the time had come to change the message. In the week in September that had seen the largest climate strikes and protests in history, 15 months before the end of 2020, when carbon emissions must start to flatten out if the rise in global temperatures is to be below 1.5C, it dawned on me that allowing the conversation to stay at the level of merely personal changes of habit and lifestyle is now irresponsible. A BBC documentary about Extinction Rebellion recorded its founder describing its mission as resisting “radical evil”. Steady on, I thought. Then I happened across David Wallace-Wells searing survey of our planetary future, The Uninhabitable Earth. Wallace-Wells points out that failing to limit the increase in global heating to 2C would unleash a death toll equivalent to around 25 holocausts from air pollution alone. Is it such a stretch to name as “radically evil” political arrangements that fail to make a proportionate response to a real and present existential threat to every person alive and yet to be born?
I am sympathetic to those who ask, angrily, how climbing on top of trains, ruining blameless people’s days by bringing cities to a halt, committing acts of public vandalism and providing shelter for a motley assortment of grievances quite unrelated to ecology and the environment helps the planet. I am apolitical, have never been on a protest march, and have a strong – perhaps merely cowardly- aversion to violence and conflict of all kinds. But Christians believe in sins of omission, as well as sins of commission. As Bonhoeffer realised with anguish, “Not to act is to act.” In Hitler’s Germany, he felt compelled to enter upon political action fraught with ambiguity and moral risk. If we do not act, we are tacitly consenting to the unacceptable fact that, by failing make a proportionate response to climate change and biodiversity collapse, the political establishments failing lamentably in its representative function.
A First World War recruitment poster showed a boy sitting at his father’s knee asking, “Daddy, what did you do in the Great War?” Generations hence, whatever is left of human civilisation will be asking their ancestors the same question. What did you do during the greatest war – the war against the avarice, indifference and short sightedness that ma.de our home uninhabitable? Whether or not that war was won, it would be nice to say to them: we stood up and were counted. The comparison is not fanciful. Global mobilisation on the scale of the world wars is necessary to prevent the collapse of our natural life support systems.
But what should standing-up for our ·common home look like? The threat of so-called” eco-fascism might be exaggerated, but it is not unreal. Where – does “spreading the message” stop and propaganda begin? Perhaps, as some say, apocalyptic pessimism is self-defeating, and what we really need is creativity, imagination and faith in our own potential. But uncertainty over tactics should not become an excuse for inaction. If we think of ourselves as “pro-life”, we should see a true “culture of death” in the lethargic political response to biodiversity collapse and climate catastrophe. These terrible twins threaten every living thing – human and nonhuman – through corporate forgetfulness and self-distraction.
How we express our resistance to this Threat is a matter for each one of us to discern. But we must not consent to the monomaniacal obsession with Brexit that preoccupies the new government. The first question we must put to those who now claim to represent us is, what are you going to “get done” to save our common home? It would be a tragedy to imagine we had “won Britain” – but lost our only world.
Carmody Grey is assistant professor in Catholic Theology at Durham University
|Rota||Vigil Mass||9am Bramley||11am Cranleigh|
|1st Reading||Paddy R||Anita G||Robert E|
|2nd Reading||Win B||Dinah M|