Sunday 9 January – The Baptism of the Lord

Sunday 9 January – The Baptism of the Lord

By In Newsletter Blog On January 7, 2022


… all the sick and/or housebound of the Parish including Helen Tarplee and Barbara O’Brien.

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

download.jpgThis Sunday 9th January we will be celebrating the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we would like to invite all those families who have had their children baptised within the last 2 years to join us and be introduced to the whole parish.


Jane Harding will host at 10.30am in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room on12th and 19th January.
Eugene McGivern will host at 7pm in the Bramley Parish Meeting Room on 17th and 24th January.

3753883_1_O.jpg300 Club –To enter simply complete the form on the parish website Entries to be received by 30th January 2022.

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ONLINE GIVING – The diocese of Arundel & Brighton has the facilities to receive in online contributions using the link below.  Our Parish depends on cash donations from offertory collections which have not be available at Masses.  If you would like to make a contribution online please click here:


With respect to the current situation with the Omicron variant and we follow the relevant guidelines in our churches:

  • That people displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home and not travel to church or participate in person.
  • That hand sanitiser is available to those attending the church.
  • It is compulsory for people to wear a face covering (both nose and mouth) whilst indoors in public venues including places of worship (unless medically exempt).
  • That there is good ventilation and air throughout in the building; in this case, because of climatic conditions, it would be important to remind people to wrap up well in church!
  • People should be encouraged to get vaccinated and have the booster jab when able
  • That people who are engaged in a form of pastoral ministry which involves ministry to the housebound, sick and vulnerable, should take regular lateral flow tests to ensure they are safe to do so.  These are free from the NHS.

Screenshot 2022-01-07 at 10.27.36.pngA&B JUSTICE & PEACE

 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 – 15th January, from 9.45 am for 10 am to 1 pm, will now take place online. More details and to book at To a Safer Shore? Spotlights refugees, highlighting what we can do to help. | Arundel & Brighton Catholic Diocese (  or contact Tessa Ricketts at


Applications to the Arundel & Brighton Lourdes Pilgrimage are open
The Lourdes Office are very pleased to announce that online applications for the 2022 diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, 29 July – 4 August, are now open via
Paper application forms for those who require assistance can be accessed through the Lourdes Office or call T: 01403 740110.

Mass intentions.pngMass Intentions – if you would like a Mass offered for a particular intention, complete one of the brown envelopes and return it to The Presbytery. For Anniversary Masses with a particular date, please give at least eight weeks’ notice as intentions are assigned on a first served basis. Mass stipends/offerings form part of the priest’s personal income. If you request a Mass Intention, then it is usual to offer a donation as a Mass stipend.. This is at your discretion and there is no fixed amount although a minimum of £10 is suggested if you can afford it. Cash for Mass stipends can be put in the Mass Intention envelopes.

Screenshot 2022-01-07 at 10.29.31.pngSunday 16 January is PEACE SUNDAY and there will be a voluntary retiring collection (not gift aided) for PAX CHRISTI. The Pope’s message for the 2022 World Peace day the 55th celebration, is titled, “Education, Work and Dialogue between Generations:  Tools for Building Lasting Peace” In the text, Pope Francis outlined three “paths for building a lasting peace”: promoting dialogue between generations, investing in education, and improving labour conditions. The Pope calls for a new alliance between the young and elderly to address the problems of isolation and self-absorption heightened by the corona virus pandemic and expresses the hope that a new dialogue between generations could become the “driving force behind a healthy politics”. He laments the tendency to see education and training as expenditures instead of investments.

Sunday 23 January – is SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD and will be the second and final opportunity for any reader who has not yet renewed their commitment to reading at Mass, to do so. [The name of anyone not renewing their commitment will no longer appear on future rotas.]


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  – is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January.  The materials for this year, “We Saw His Star in the East”, have been prepared by the churches of the Middle East.  The history of these churches was, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife, tainted with blood and darkened by injustice and oppression.  The Christians of the Middle East offer these resources conscious that the world shares many of the travails and much of the difficulties that it experiences and yearns for a light to lead the way to the Saviour, who is the light that overcomes darkness.   Serving the Gospel today requires a commitment to the human being, especially the poorest, the weakest and those marginalised,.  It requires from churches transparency and accountability in dealing with the world, and with each other.  This means churches need to cooperate to provide relief to the afflicted. To welcome the displaced, to relieve the burdened, and to build a just and honest society.  This is a call for churches to work together so that young people can build a good future according to God’s heart, a future in which all human beings can experience life, peace, justice and love.  WATCH THIS SPACE FOR DETAILS OF LOCAL ECUMENICAL SERVICES.


showImage.pngDiocese of Arundel & Brighton
Have you considered working for the Diocese as part of our Central Office Team, or in one of our fantastic Catholic schools? Our website includes details of a range of job opportunities with applications for two positions, Director of the Education Service and Events and Meetings Administrator, closing very soon.

st_cuthbert_mayne_logo.pngSt Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School
Tel: 01483 274961 Email:
Learning Support Assistant
Start Date – As soon as possible – Fixed Term Position (Until 31 August 2022)
Potential to become a permanent position
Learning Support Assistant Monday – Friday 8.40am – 3.15pm 38.6 weeks per annum
Actual salary £12897 (XCET 3 £18013 Full time equivalent)
For further information or an application pack, please contact the school office on

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