Second Sunday of Advent – 5th November 2021

Second Sunday of Advent – 5th November 2021

By In Newsletter Blog On December 3, 2021

number5.pngThere will be second collection for Number 5 – the Guildford Homeless Charity on Sunday 12th December.

RCIAPrep_t_20i1_4c-800x500-c-center.jpgPLEASE PRAY FOR…

… all the sick and/or housebound of the Parish:  Ann & Stuart Gordon, Maureen Shine, Carole Bradley and Helen Tarplee

… all who have died recently, and all whose anniversaries occur about this time:


Thursday 9th December is the Cranleigh over 50’s coffee morning from 10.30am.  All are welcome and please bring your friends.  The next few dates are: 13th January, 10thFebruary and 10th March.

Christmas Masses – please book online where a tick is shown on the calender

THE CYCLE OF PRAYER – Advent/Christmas: Openness to the Word of God (especially on Bible Sunday, 2nd in Advent); Migrants and Refugees (especially on Migrants’ Day, 3rd December); Expectant Mothers (especially on the 4th Sunday in Advent); Peace on Earth (especially on the World Day of Prayer for Peace, 16th January)

Sunday 5 December – is BIBLE SUNDAY.  As part of our celebration at all Masses this weekend, those who currently exercise the liturgical ministry of reading in our parish, and wish to continue to do so, will be invited to make a formal renewal of their commitment to service of the liturgy of the Word.  All readers are invited, please, to attend their usual Mass; if you know you will be absent, please offer your apologies to the Parish Office.  There will be a “catch up” opportunity for those who miss Bible Sunday to renew their commitment on Sunday of the Word of God (Sunday 23 January 2022) instead.

Bambinelli-Sunday.webpOn 12th December, the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), we will be following the tradition of BAMBINELLI SUNDAY as popularised by Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  You are invited to bring your figures of the Baby Jesus / Christ-child (bambini) and/or your cribs (presepi) to have them blessed during Mass.

homeless-shelter-donation-ideas.webpAlso on 12th December there will be a second collection for the Guildford Homeless Shelter – No5.  All attending the Cranleigh Mass are invited to bring a gift and suggestions are jogging/tracksuit bottoms, hats, gloves , scarves, toiletries etc. Pot noodles and costa coffee vouchers were also mentioned as being very desirable.  At present they have eleven residents including two females, vouchers were well received by the residents and help them tremendously to not only buy essential clothing, but to be able to socialise over a coffee.  Angus – the Manager at No5 says “During the Christmas period we had residents staying with us that did not have family, or were disconnected from their families and friends, and this time of year was usually a very low period for them. With your donations and other peoples support, for the first time in a long time, they actually had presents to open on Christmas day. To say this was quite emotional is an understatement. I can’t express enough, how thankful we are for the support we get, which promotes motivation and raises self-worth within our resident group.”

Tuesday 14th December the Bramley Christmas Lunch will take place following the 11.30am Mass. There are only 3 places left. £7.50 pp. Please contact Dinah or the Parish office 272075, if you would like to join and/or need a lift.

4th, 11th and 18th December – Fr Alistair will be available for Confessions from 10.30 until 12noon alongside Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind in Cranleigh.


b48503e619b2a12b98f8b241cf934a18.jpgSaturday 18th December – there will be an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation within the Guildford Deanery as part of our Advent preparation: 11am to 1pm, 1pm to 3pm at St Joseph’s Church, Guildford.  Several the Deanery priests will be available as confessors.

3753883_1_O.jpg300 Club – We look forward to the re-launch of our successful 300 Club which has been run in the Parish for more than 30 years.  Every year people get the small thrill of winning a cash sum – 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.  To enter simply complete the form on the parish website Entries to be received by 30th January 2022.

Congratulations to our November 300 Club Winners, Jessamy V, Kirsti R and Tracy L.

Thank you for supporting the 300 Club – I hope to see your name as one of the lucky winners in 2022.  I trust you remain safe and well.   Best wishes Skip Koblintz

On Sunday 19th December at 2pm we would like your help to decorate the Cranleigh church with fairy lights and greenery.  Please let Tracy in the office know if you are able to help with this task.  We are also in need of donations towards the outside Christmas tree if one can be sourced locally and put in place please.


Justice & Peace Assembly with Bishop Richard:  ‘To a Safer Shore?’  Focussing on the challenges faced by people compelled to leave their homes and seek refuge in other countries. Why must and how can we respond to their needs, especially in light of Fratelli Tutti? Taking place on Saturday 15th January, at St Francis School, Southgate Drive, Crawley, RH10 6RP.  Speakers, stalls, refreshments.  Doors open 9.30 am.

Event runs from 10 am until 1 pm. Please wear a mask, dress warmly, and bring your own mug or flask.    Seating spaced out, therefore places limited.  Book here for Justice & Peace Assembly   or E:

CAFOD World Gifts:

As we rejoice in once again celebrating Christmas with our loved ones, let us spread our joy around the world by having a CAFOD World Gift under the tree. From energy saving stoves to weatherproof crops to emergency shelters, CAFOD’s virtual charity gifts help transform the lives of families living in poverty. Buy online at or pick up a catalogue sent to your parish.  You can also order by phone: 0808 14 000 14.

Gatwick Detainees’ Welfare Group:

GDWG would like to thank parishioners who generously responded to their appeal, for no longer needed iPads, laptops, and smart phones. 26 have been cleaned of the original owner’s data and sent to people who need them.  Once released those who have suffered detention can be very isolated in the community and many are not able to access services.  They tell us that the devices have been really helpful for their ESOL classes, keeping in touch with solicitors and their families. It’s also helped one person apply for a job and another to join college courses which help distract from him severe anxiety.

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