The Epiphany of the Lord 2019

The Epiphany of the Lord 2019

By In Newsletter Blog On January 8, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters

In our celebration today, we are met with two aspects of life – with the search for wisdom and truth and beauty – and with the lust for power and control.  We are told “some wise men” came following a sign in the heavens.  This implies that not only were they wise but that their wisdom had taught them to search for, and take note of, new things that would only add to their wisdom.  On the other hand, we also meet Herod who is not only NOT wise but whatever knowledge he had was clouded and distorted by fear.

One of the things the infant King would go onto declare is that perfect love casts out fear and he would demonstrate this perfectly by a life lived in perfect love.  Herod cannot love anything except one thing – power.  Power is ephemeral in this world – it can slip away so easily and dissolve into thin air.  To maintain power, then, one has to do away with anyone, or anything, that is perceived as a challenge to that power.  Even to the point of murder.

The wise men are astute enough, and wise in the ways of the world, not to fall into Herod’s trap.  Thus, Herod’s plan to do away with the infant king is thwarted – but only at terrible cost in the lives of the innocents.  It was always thus – and it is still thus.  It is always innocence that suffer under human ambition and lust for power.

Jesus shows us a different way, different possibilities, and just as today we celebrate him being revealed in the world then, so we are charged with revealing him in our own lives now.

With my love and best wishes.

Fr David

Mass and Devotions this week

Saturday 5 January – The Epiphany of the Lord

Cranleigh          6pm      Vigil     David Tyler RIP

Sunday 6 January

Bramley            9am      Mass     Christians of the Holy Land

Cranleigh          11am    Mass     Anthony Carlton RIP

Wednesday 9 January

Cranleigh          12pm    Funeral Mass      Julia Von Bertele

Note: No 7pm Mass

Thursday 10 January

Bramley            10am    Mass

Friday 11th January

Cranleigh          10am    Mass

Saturday 12 January

Cranleigh          10am    Mass

Saturday 12 January – The Baptism of the Lord

Cranleigh          6pm      Vigil Mass

Sunday 6 January

Bramley            9am      Mass     Mary Heylen RIP

Cranleigh          11am    Mass


The next Cameo Evening will take place on Tuesday 8th January at Anita Gilbey’s home – it will be an informal prayer and shared supper.

Her address is 8 Chestnut Way

Please RSVP to the Parish Office for further details.   If you would be willing to host one of the 12 CAMEO meetings in 2019 please speak with Tracy in the Parish Office who will gladly support you.  For everyone please note the CAMEO meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of each month to which all ladies of the Parish are welcome to join.


Crib Collection

One of the Catholic traditions over the Christmas period is the crib collection. By identifying with the vulnerable Christ-child at the Crib we can make an offering for children today’s needs. Especially the most vulnerable. The Bishop has suggested we collect for Children’s Society Emergency Fund for the Crib Collection again this year.

The Parish AGM will take place on 5th February 2019.

If you have an item for the agenda please submit this to the Parish Office well in advance.   The AGM is open to all members of the Parish and will take place in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room.

 Rota Vigil Mass 9 – Bramley 11 -Cranleigh
Welcomers N&F Pickett Murphy Family K & W Martin
1st Reading C Houston P Lepki K Bogusz
2nd Reading R Sharpe J Garrett

J Golding

A Micalef
EMHC J Glynn

L Collins

B Schumacher

D Penson

J O’Flinn

M Reed

B Reed

M Laker

A Garrett

J Harding

P Scully

C Saunders

D McMahon

G Brand

K Mantle

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