Second Sunday of Lent – 25th February 2018

Second Sunday of Lent – 25th February 2018

By In Newsletter Blog On February 23, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters

On the weekly calendar of celebrations of Mass, you will often see an ‘intention’ in the right hand column.

I thought I would write a bit about this today as I have noticed that fewer people are resorting to this esteemed custom and asking for mass to be said for a particular intention.  At the moment I am personally offering a novena – nine days’ worth of masses – for our Holy Father, Francis.

Since the earliest times there has been the custom of offering prayers in the mass for a particular purpose – sometimes for a couple newlywed; sometimes for the safe delivery of a child; sometimes in remembrance of a deceased family member or friend.  Indeed, St Augustine’s mother, Monica, asked only one thing of him as she was dying – that he “remember her at the altar.”  Of course, we can, and should remember the dying, the sick, and those in need at all times and mention them often in our prayers, but the tradition of asking for a priest to offer a particular intention at mass is an ancient and venerable tradition.

The Mass is the “source and summit” of our prayer and worship.  In other words, it is the fountain from which flows many graces derived from the sacrifice of Jesus at Calvary and his resurrection from the dead.  Jesus died to save sinful humanity; he remembered the penitent thief as he hung on the cross; he gave Mary his Mother into the care of John and John to his Mother just before he died and he asked for forgiveness for the rulers and soldiers who were putting him to death.  The cross, and Jesus’ death which are remembered at Mass are therefore a highly charged place of prayer and intercession – beginning with Christ and continued with His Church today.

When you ask for a mass to be offered for a particular intention you are asking the priest to add it in a special way to the offering of the whole mass – which is always to the Father.  As the Mass is the centre and source of our spiritual lives it follows that the graces received through this offering are many and powerful.  Not only for the one mentioned in the offering but also for the giver of the mass – i.e. you, if you have asked for an intention.

It is the tradition in the Catholic Church to make an offering – a small sum that helps to provide for the needs of the priest and the celebration of the mass – the bread and wine and candles etc.  However, a priest will always offer a mass for your intention whether or not you make an offering of money.  So, don’t be put off if you don’t have much spare – but think of who, or what, situation might benefit from extra grace through your thoughtful and prayerful offering of a mass.

With my love and prayers from Father David

Monday Lenten Group at 6 Linersh Drive, Bramley, starting at 10 am.  All are welcome. Maureen Loveder

Stations of the Cross during Lent at JCROM Wednesday 10.00 am for 30 minutes.  All are welcome.  Contact Helen Rollo 277395.

7 last words of Jesus – Discussion group led by Father David Wednesday 7/3, 14/3 and 213 in the Cranleigh Lady Chapel 7.30-8.30pm.  All are welcome


This year the interdenominational service will be held at our Catholic Church in Cranleigh at 10.30am.  The theme is “ALL GOD’S CREATION IS VERY GOOD”.  The service has been written by the Christian women of SURINAME and is open to everyone.  It is not just for women.  Let us have a good representation from our church, offering a warm welcome to all.   TEA/COFFEE/BISCUITS will be served from 10am in the Parish Room BEFORE the service but NOT AFTERWARDS.

The Bramley Womens World Day of Prayer service will be held at St John the Baptist Parish Church in Wonersh on Friday 2nd March at 11am followed by light refreshments.  If anyone needs a lift to this service please contact Maureen Shine.

The next CAMEO event will be hosted by Katherine Bergin on Tuesday 6th March in the Cranleigh Church “Journeying through Lent with Mary”.  There will be refreshments in the hall following as well as planning CAMEO events for 2018.  Please RSVP to the Parish Office.

Parish Lenten Retreat – Saturday 17th March

Sr Margaret Crinyion OSM will be returning to the parish on to lead our annual Lenten Retreat day at St Thomas More Church. Sr Margaret is an inspiring speaker and experienced Retreat giver so it should be a good day. Mass will be at 10am and Sr Margaret will give two talks, one in the morning, the other in the afternoon, with time for sharing as well as for prayer. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available but please bring a packed lunch. For more details contact Bridget Eacott 892406.

The next Parish Lunch at Bramley will be held in the Parish Room at Bramley on Tuesday 27th February after the 11.30 Mass.  Come and enjoy a delicious home cooked lunch with coffee and wine and good company.  If you would like to come please sign the notice in either church porch or telephone Anne on 274466.  If you would like a lift please telephone Anne.

Save the Date for the Parish Picnic by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Lebus in their garden, Shere on Sunday 8th July.   Further details nearer the time.   All members of the Parish are welcome for the afternoon to enjoy a shared picnic, swimming pool and tennis court.

Save the Date for the Parish Talents Night

Are you a Comedian, Dancer, Musician, Entertainer – Open slots are available on Saturday 10th November.  Please contact or the Parish Office if you would like to know more or to book a slot.   If you are not a performer save the date to be entertained on this night of talent.   This event is open to all friends, family and people in the surrounding villages.  Do you know someone with talent to share?

The next Guildford Deanery Initial Safeguarding Awareness Training has been arranged for the at Christ the Redeemer of Mankind, Cranleigh, GU6 7AQ on Tuesday, 13th March 2018 from 7 – 9 p.m.  This training is for everyone but particularly for those who work with or minister to Vulnerable Groups (Children and Adults at Risk.) It is the expectation of the Bishop, Trustees and Safeguarding Commission that this initial training is undertaken and refreshed every three years. New Volunteers should undertake the Initial Training within the first year of being appointed. A Refresher Training Programme is being rolled out from September 2018 starting with those who did their training in 2015. People are welcome to attend initial and refresher sessions in other Deaneries if this is more convenient.  Please let the Cranleigh Parish Office know of your intention to attend by Tuesday, 6th March for refreshment and hand out purposes.


It’s a shocking fact that millions of poor farmers who produce the food we love still don’t earn enough to feed their own families. It’s time for this injustice to end.

Through Fairtrade, millions of poor farmers and workers are already coming together to demand a change. They are working hard to close the door on exploitation and transform their communities, supported by Fairtrade.

The annual fortnight promoting Fairtrade starts on Monday 26 February. Both Cranleigh and Bramley are registered Fairtrade Churches. As such, we have made a commitment to serve only Fairtrade tea and coffee at all parish events and, where possible, to use other Fairtrade products such as sugar and biscuits – throughout the year, not just during the Fortnight. Parishioners are also encouraged to buy Fairtrade items as much as possible as part of our normal weekly shop.

Did you know that there is a jeweller in Cranleigh who only uses Fairtrade gold? Jon Dibben Jewellery is at 40a Smithbrook Kilns on the A281 Horsham Road. For Fairtrade Fortnight they have a special exhibition of Fairtrade jewellery open 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Moreover, if you go to their Facebook page, you could win one of four hampers packed with Fairtrade goodies.

This Fortnight, let’s close the door on exploitation and open more doors to Fairtrade. For more information go to

Diocesan Chrism Mass takes place at Arundel Cathedral on Wednesday 28th March and all are encouraged all to attend.  Chrism Masses see the gathering of the entire diocese, bishop, priests, deacons and lay faithful, and are the occasion on which the bishop blesses the holy oils, and when the priests and deacons renew their promises to serve God and his people.

ADOREMUS National Eucharistic Pilgrimage & Congress in Liverpool 2018 takes place September 7th to 9th.  It is a wonderful opportunity for all the Dioceses of England and Wales to come together to reflect on the gift of the Eucharist and the central place it holds in the life and mission of the Church.   If you would like to be a Delegate for your Parish contact the Parish office for more information or

26-27 May 2018 Big Church Day Out

Cranleigh & Bramley Parish would like to organise a group event to this event at Wiston House in West Sussex.  It is a weekend of music, events, camping, dancing and rejoicing of worship and celebration of all that is good in the church.

See to understand the full extent of this family festival weekend.  Posters are in the porches.

The 300 club winners for January and February.

1st Sylvia Reilly, 2nd David Barry, 3rd Maureen Shine, February 1st John Eacott, 2nd Diane Rescorla, 3rd Maureen Loveder.

Healing workshop March 3rd

I thought you would be interested in the attached Healing workshop we are putting on here in Farnham on March 3rd, led by Geoff and Gina Poulter.  There is still plenty of room, but if you could let me know in advance the names of anyone coming, and whether they have experience in the healing/prayer ministry, that would be helpful.  We look forward to seeing you on SATURDAY 3rd MARCH 2018, 10.00-3.00  At St. Joan’s Centre, (next to St Joan’s Church) 19 Tilford Road, Farnham GU9 8DJ
Please remember to bring a picnic lunch.


Worth Abbey and The Wellspring Community invite young adults (ages 18-35) to celebrate the Easter Triduum (29th March-1st April) with a retreat at Worth Abbey. Over the Easter Triduum young adults from across the UK will be gathering to celebrate the Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The retreat will be centred around participation in the Triduum liturgy from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday, with a programme of talks by the monks, discussion, prayer & reflection and fellowship. Leading up to the retreat, you are welcome to be part of a ‘Cross Walk’- a group of young adults and monks who will walk to Worth from Arundel, across the beautiful South Downs, carrying the cross. We will begin the walk on Palm Sunday (25th March) and arrive at Worth on Maundy Thursday (29th March). Booking forms are now available. Please contact


On Saturday May 12th, there will be a day for youth leaders, Confirmation catechists and young adult ministers, as well as anybody who is interested. The day will be delivered ‘TED Style’ with six great speakers each giving a short 20-minute talk. Bishop Richard will also be with us for the first part of the day. It’s all happening at St Joseph’s Church, Redhill on Saturday May 12th from 10am to 3.30pm. Tickets are £10 with parish group discounts available. To book, or for more information, Email

The National Novena to St Joseph will take place from 10-18 March 2018 at St Joseph’s Church in Maidenhead and at Herbert House, Freshfield, Liverpool.  Each year the Mill Hill Missionaries prepare for the Feast of St Joseph, their patron, with a special Novena of Masses and prayers to ask for god’s blessing on their Society and the missionary outreach of the Church, as well as for the intentions of all those who support their work.  You are invited to send in your petitions and/or request a Novena booklet to enable you to join in from home by praying the daily Novena prayer.  Email Fr Liam Cummins at

Lent, Holy Week and Easter at the Catholic Church

5 Sundays of Lent – usual Sunday services

Palm Sunday

6pm Vigil and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

9am Mass and Blessing of Palms at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am Mass and Blessing of Palms at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Holy Week

Monday – 10am Mass at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

Tuesday – 10am Mass at St Thomas More, Bramley

Wednesday – 6pm Chrism Mass at Arundel Cathedral

The Sacred Triduumall at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind

 Maundy Thursday – 7.30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Footwashing and watch until midnight in Garden of Repose

Good Friday – 3pm Good Friday Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord

Holy Saturday – 8.30pm Easter Vigil of the Resurrection

Easter Day

9am – Mass of the Resurrection at St Thomas More, Bramley

11am – Mass of the Resurrection at Jesus Christ Redeemer of Mankind


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