Third Sunday of Advent – 12th November 2021

Third Sunday of Advent – 12th November 2021

By In Newsletter Blog On December 9, 2021

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Financial Information November 2021


Month of November

So far this year









Second collections in November

        Retired Priests


        Cathedral Maintenance




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

PLEASE PRAY FOR…all the sick and/or housebound of the Parish:
… all who have died recently, and all whose anniversaries occur about this time:

download.jpgCHRISTMAS CARDS will be on sale at both Cranleigh Masses on 11th/12th and 18th/19th Dec.  Please bring cash. Win Bracking

STAMPS I am collecting stamps for The Bible Society so please save them from your Christmas mail. There is a box to receive them at Cranleigh JCROM.  Win Bracking

 THE CYCLE OF PRAYER – Advent/Christmas: Openness to the Word of God Expectant Mothers (especially on the 4th Sunday in Advent); Peace on Earth (especially on the World Day of Prayer for Peace, 16th January)

Today – 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.


Also, 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 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.”

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.

Screenshot 2021-12-09 at 09.33.07.pngSYNOD DISCUSSION GROUPS

A two-year ‘synodal’ process is taking place across the Catholic Church. This is an important moment in the life of the world Church, with Pope Francis calling us all to reflect on the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” There will be two small groups running in the Parish to form a discussion group.  If you are interested in joining one of the groups please register your rsvp with

Wednesday 5th January – Jane Harding will host the from 10.30 in the Cranleigh Parish Meeting Room, following dates are 12th and 19th January.

Monday 10th December – Eugene McGivern will host from 7pm in the Bramley Parish Meeting Room, following dates are 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.


unnamed.gifSaturday 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.

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 can 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.


Fellow parishioners – Christmas giving has always been a part of our parish life.  The diocesan rules differ for giving to married and unmarried priests.  Over the past few years we have had to get used to these differences and make our gifts in different ways.  We now have an unmarried priest and the diocesan rules are that he would receive the donations made over the Christmas masses, ie, the Christmas vigil and Christmas day masses.  Please note this is different from recent prior years.  If you do wish to give a Christmas gift, please use the special Christmas collection envelopes available in the church porch.  If you are a Gift Aid supporter, please put your Gift Aid number on the envelope.  Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,  Patrick Bergin, Chair of the Finance Committee

Mass intentions.pngMass Intentions – if you would like a Mass offered for a particular intention, you should complete one of the brown envelopes available in the church and return it to The Presbytery. For Anniversary Masses with a particular date, to avoid disappointment, please give at least eight weeks’ notice as intentions are assigned on a first come, 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 with each intention requested. 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.

Justice & Peace Assembly Webinar:    ‘To a Safer Shore?:   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

1516140461uDCRKS3F4MXkdTUwWjtiOYJLzex7BA.pngNBCW : May I introduce myself as Diocesan Link with the ‘National Board of Catholic Women‘NBCW’?  I would love to be able to keep in contact with the women of our parishes as part of my role as Diocesan Link and a means of engaging two-way communication between the Diocese and the NBCW.  Please consider being the parish contact.  Thanks. Sue Petritz    Diocesan Link for Arundel & Brighton.  Actively promoting the presence, participation & responsibilities of Catholic Women.

download.pngCrib Offering to support the Catholic Children’s Societies A&B Crisis Fund. Throughout the pandemic the Catholic Children’s Society has provided emergency support for thousands of vulnerable children and families. Their Arundel and Brighton crisis fund provides immediate help for local families who are facing real hardship and have nowhere else to turn. Recently CCS helped a family with two young children when the father sadly died. The family were already struggling and paying the funeral costs pushed them to the brink no money left for food or essentials. CCS provided a one-off grant to help them get through this challenging time. The mother got in touch to say. “When my husband died, I was completely lost. You gave me the breathing space I needed to sort out my finances. You took away the pressure so I could grieve and care for my children. Thank you.” There are many families in need of support and our parish will be donating our crib offering to support this important work. Every penny donated will be given out via CCS’s A&B crisis fund to support local families in need. You can donate at the crib or via the CCS website

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