Second Sunday of Easter – 23rd April 2017

Second Sunday of Easter – 23rd April 2017

By In Newsletter Blog On April 21, 2017

Please note no Masses during the week due to Father David being away.

Dear Brothers and Sisters

What a celebration last Saturday evening and Sunday morning was!  Three baptisms and four confirmations and four first holy communions and hundreds of people in church across the weekend.  How marvellous!  It really was such a joy filled weekend.  I would particularly like to thank you all for your Easter Offering but, perhaps, even more than that I wish to thank all those who made an active contribution to our celebrations.  Cleaners, readers, servers, ministers, choir and musicians, welcomers and the people who made others welcome too.  More please!
One of the things you may have noticed was people we haven’t seen for some time – and don’t get me wrong – it was a blessing to see them back at mass once again, but it underlined for me that we have an important task ahead of us.  We have to reach out to these same people and invite them to come to their church at times other than Christmas and Easter.  Sunday by Sunday attendance has been falling for some time and yet, right there amongst us, are catholics who need to be woken up and made alive in Christ.  We have to, somehow, and together, find a way to draw these, our brothers and sisters back into the practice of their faith and then to walk with them along the journey of life as a welcoming, healing and loving community of faith.  The first reading needs to be our marker for action – “The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers.”  That, in a nutshell is parish life and the real emphasis is on that first bit – the whole community.  We need to make that part of our mission statement!

After Lent and Holy Week I’m afraid I need a break and so I am taking the next few days off and next weekend.  Fr Tony is once again covering for me, so please make him welcome.

Love and best wishes for Easter,  Fr David

Parish AGM

Please note the Parish of Cranleigh and Bramley will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 5th May in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room from 7.30pm.   All are invited to attend, please let the office know of your intention to attend in order to gather numbers.  Thank you

Sunday 23rd April

After 9am Mass in Bramley – Maureen Loveders Birthday

After 11am Mass in Cranleigh – Cake sale from the Southwell Family

Tuesday 25th April

CANCELLED Bramley Lunch after 11.30am Mass

CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room with guest speaker Kim Hale, Using Essential Oils to promote wellness and happiness.

Tuesday 2nd May

Over 50’s Coffee Morning

7.30pm Parish AGM in Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room

Friday 12th May

7.30pm Beer Tasting hosted by Matthew Emms

Friday 26th May

7pm – Arundel Cathedral – Dcn Roys Ordination

Tuesday 30th May

7.30pm CAMEO Social Evening at Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room – bring your photo albums and memories for a night of reminiscing

Monday 12th June

7.15pm Fashion and Fun in St Cuthbert Mayne School Hall

1st and 2nd July

Parish Camping Event

Last Sundays Biscuit Sale raised more than £100.  Thank you to the servers who baked and sold and to everyone who supported their efforts.

Beer Tasting Evening – Matthew Emms will be selling tickets to this much anticipated event at the end of each Mass this weekend.  Tickets are £20 each.

Celebration – Maureen Loveder would like to invite you to celebrate her 90th birthday after the 9am Mass in the Bramley Parish Room on 23rd April!  Bacon butties, a celebratory cake and bubbly will be served together with a healthy dose of fellowship. Everyone welcome!

BRAMLEY LUNCH –  This month’s lunch at Bramley next Tuesday, 25th April, has been cancelled due to lack of numbers.

The 300 club winners for April Pat Sheen, David Tyler, Jane Harding,

Louise Gilbey (Aged 9Years Old) and her Grandma, Corinne (Aged somewhat older) are putting their talents to growing Tomato Plants.

So far, so good; the seeds are sprouting nicely and we hope to bring about forty plants for sale at Bramley and at Cranleigh in a few weeks when they will be well established. Thank You in great anticipation of All/Some/Many of you buying the lot at £1.per plant.  God Bless and have a Wonderful Easter Season.  Corinne Micallef-Eynaud 01483-418537

Travelling Trends Fashion Show Do you need a few new separates to liven up your wardrobe?  Would you like them at Bargain Prices?  Come along to this Parish event and enjoy an evening of fashion and fun!  This is your chance to see, try on, and buy this season’s fashions at greatly reduced prices, and help to raise funds for the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  The event will start from 7.15pm on Monday 12th June at the St Cuthbert Mayne School.  Tickets are £6.00 which include a drink and nibbles and tickets can be bought from the Parish Office or Georgie Nel or Susanna Page.  This hopes to be a lively fun evening with a Tombola and two opportunities for stalls to be purchased.

Dcn Roy’s Ordination to the Priesthood! – Bishop Richard has formerly called Roy to Ordination to the Priesthood during this Eastertide.   The Ordination will take place on Friday 26th May at 7pm in the Cathedral Church of Our Lady and St Philip Howard, Arundel.

Coaches have now been arranged to transport people to Roy’s Ordination.  Leaving from Bramley and Cranleigh they will take us directly to the Cathedral and drop us off – picking up again after the reception.  You should reserve your place now!  The cost is expected to be about £10 per person.  The sign-up forms are in the porches of the churches.

Deacon Roy (then Fr Roy!) will celebrate his first masses with the parish on Saturday evening of the 27th at Cranleigh followed by a parish reception and at Bramley at 9am on the Sunday morning followed by a little party as well.  I hope as many of you as possible will attend and support Roy in this new and exciting ministry of service to the Church.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage – If you were inspired by Katie’s wonderful talk about the benefits of joining the pilgrimage to Lourdes, now is the time to apply to join!

Go to to apply on line or call 01403740110 to request an application form.

Over 50’s Coffee Mornings will be held on Tuesday 2nd May from 10-12pm in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.  There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits and all are welcome.

Thank you from HMPS – PACT – I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the donations I collected last week.  We were really impressed and very grateful.  They were all of a very high standard and a lot were brand new.

The books will be used in the prison visits hall, this provides children with the opportunity to read with their dads.  The Easter decorations were used on a prison family day to brighten up the hall and will be saved for next year.  The arts and craft materials will be used throughout our services.

Pokot News

On Friday we transferred the wonderful sum of £7,250 to the Pokot Missions as a result of your very generous response to the continuing drought and hunger there. This follows the £10,900 we sent on 3rd March.  £4,500 of this latest transfer goes to Fr Conway at the Barpello Mission. Of this £917 is to pay for school and university fees of students being sponsored by members of the Pound a Week Group. The balance of £3,583 will be used for Fr Conway’s drought relief projects. Fr Sean McGovern received £2,750  and here is what he said when I gave him the news:-

“Once more a thousand thanks for your continued generosity to the Pokot people. I realise I said this before but I must repeat ” The £ a Week Group continues to amaze me”
Without your continued kindness there is no way we could continue with the drought relief work now nor indeed dozens of other projects for well over 20 years.
Yesterday I gave out food to 39 people all amongst the most needy. Their overwhelming gratitude is embarrassing at times. When you see people pick up the last few grains of beans or maize that have fallen on the dusty ground, you know your dealing with the poor of the earth.
I asked one of the women afterwards to sweep out the store. She gathered the sweepings on a tray and I expected her to throw it out. But NO she said, wait there’s a few grains of beans there for someone.
On Monday we had the most amazing DUST storm I’ve ever seen. It swept in quite steadily and for about half an hour covered the whole place with a coat of dust before passing over us. Then it got chilly and high wind but only 2 mm of rain fell later. I was in Northern Nigeria some years ago during the Harmattan but this, while it lasted, was much more severe. What is it all a sign of weather wise? As they  say ‘watch this space’!
We had great celebrations for Easter. At Rotu on Sunday about 100 came for Mass. Afterwards we gave a good meal to well over 200 people. Rice and mixed dry (rehydrated) vegetable and goat stew, the bones of which were picked to a shiny finish. I saw one fellow smash the bone with his teeth and with obvious relish enjoy the marrow. I’m not sure if he actually ate the bones but I wouldn’t  be surprised.
God bless for now Eugene and once more my most sincere thanks to all at the £ a Week Group”

Fr Sean”

Please contact me on 01483-893379 or at if you would like more information about the Pound a Week Group.   Eugene McGivern

You are warmly invited to our Holy Week Celebrations at St Augustine’s Abbey, Sample Oak Lane, Chilworth, Near Guildford. GU4 8QR.

Active participation in these liturgies is the best preparation to receive the gift of Our Lord’s mercy, on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23th. They remind us why we can receive mercy, and the price that was paid to allow us to live always with Him, who died for us and rose from the dead for our justification. Time is short, come to the Waters of Life.

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