Easter 2021

Ye have kept your choicest wine –
Let it flow for heavenly mirth;
Pluck the harp and breathe the horn:
Know ye not ’ tis Easter morn?
('Easter' by Gerard Manley Hopkins)

‘Easter Day!’ just the sound of it is joyful and gladdens the heart. It signals change, Spring cannot be stopped from breaking through to achieve her transformation.

The markings of the Easter candle ground us in time: "Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him and all the ages!" The year is etched on the candle. Each is different. How can we forget Easter 2020 and the shocking loss of members of our community due to the pandemic of Coronavirus, and it still has a hold on our world today?

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ST EDMUND CAMPION VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE

28th March to 30th April 2021

This year we are going to follow St Edmund Campion on some of the journeys during his life, from London to Dublin and then to places in Europe and back to London, just over 3500 miles!

Don't worry, we are doing this as a communal effort, and with us all being encouraged to walk during lockdown, you can walk or run, individually, as a family or as a team. Please report your name and mileage regularly on the form at https://bit.ly/398H6Sb.

These miles are added up and you can see our progress on St Edmund Campion's journeys, highlighting some of the key places he would have visited, studied or worked in using our Pilgrim's Progress Document.

We are doing really well with our virtual pilgrimage and have had over 20 people reporting the miles they have walked. We have passed through Oxford, Birmingham, Stoke on Trent and Chester to Dublin, back to London. On through Canterbury, we’ve crossed the Channel to Calais, reaching our destination at Douai.

We are now on our way to Rome with under 300 miles to go, having passed Reims and Strasbourg, Basel and Milan. This is 1566 miles in total, so nearly half way.

Please remember that you can donate even if you aren’t walking, this is our Lenten Project in aid of MISSIO and WORK. Donations can be made by transfer into a dedicated Parish Bank Account:

St Edmund Campion Cen
Sort code: 30-93-04 
Account no.: 01786378

or to the parish office by cheque or cash in an envelope marked Pilgrimage.

Mass is celebrated every day and the Church will be open for 30 minutes before and after each Mass for private prayer.

Zoom will be live from 9.30 to 11am every day, as well as 11:30am to 1pm and 5:30 to 7pm on Sundays. YouTube goes live about 10 minutes before Mass starts.

Opening times and Masses

  Church Open Mass Online
Sunday 9:30am - 1:30pm 10am & 12noon Zoom & YouTube
5pm - 7:15pm 6pm No
Monday 9:30am - 11am 10am Zoom & YouTube
Tuesday 9:30am - 11am 10am Zoom & YouTube
Wednesday 9:30am - 11am 10am Zoom & YouTube
Thursday 9:30am - 11am 10am Zoom & YouTube
Friday 9:30am - 11am 10am Zoom & YouTube
Saturday 9:30am - 11am 10am Zoom
5pm - 7:15pm 6pm Zoom & YouTube

Sacred Space

We have an average of 40 people at daily Mass. The Church, with social distancing in mind, can safely cater for up to 90 persons. Therefore, 90 will be our limit at each Mass.

For Masses on Saturday and Sunday, in order to comply with Covid-19 legislation, you will be obliged to sign up in advance picking the Mass, providing a contact name and phone number and selecting the number of people who will attend.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before Mass starts, so that hand sanitation and seating can go as calmly as possible before Mass starts.

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The form to sign-up to attend weekend Mass is here

Note: Sign-up for each weekend closes at 6pm on the Friday and immediately opens for the following weekend.

Sacrament of Reconciliation each Saturday: 11am – 12pm & 5pm – 5.45pm, or any other time that is arranged privately with the priest.

Mass Attendance Card: This will begin once again from 3rd December, and can be stamped on whatever day you and your family attend.

Read the full Guidelines

Please read the full details of the Guidelines for Returning to the Churches for Prayers and Public Worship, before coming to the church.

Financial Contributions

It is greatly appreciated that many of you transferred your 'church offering' from cash to direct debit and standing order over the last number of months. Our parish has had its financial income greatly reduced and this has impacted on our church activities, donations to various charities and parish maintenance. From September 1st, there will be an Offertory Collection Box at the church entrance and exit each day if you wish to make a very welcome donation.

Also, we have just installed a shiny, new Contactless Payment Machine where you can easily 'tap' a donation.

NB: It would be really helpful for the parish if the vast majority of our Weekly Collection could be done via Direct Debit / Standing Order. At present, we are a vastly cash—giving parish, and with the dramatic decrease in donations, it is very hard to plan and donate to those most vulnerable and in need, as well as care for our parish community.

Fr. Liam asks that you reflect and, if possible, switch your donation from cash to bank. This would be invaluable and would give the Parish Council and Finance Committee more solidity in planning for the months/years ahead.

If you wish, you can still give a donation via the parish account:

Name: St Edmund Campion Church

Sort-code: 30-93-04

Account no.: 00882551

Stay safe together

Finally, while we will continue to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

I thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these strange times as we continue to move forward in hope, and we continue to pray for an end to this pandemic.

St. Edmund Campion, pray for us.

Yours in Christ,

Father Liam

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Welcome

Everyone at St Edmund Campion Parish in Maidenhead welcomes you to our Catholic community. Hopefully you will find all the information you are looking for - if not, please contact us and we will answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to know more about us and what we do, take a look at our Welcome Brochure. We look forward to meeting you soon.

The address of the Church and office is: 40a Altwood Road, Maidenhead. Berks. SL6 4PY. Details of how to find us are here.

Parish Priest

I am Liam Cummins and I come from Ireland. I'm the eldest of four children (three boys and one girl).

As a Mill Hill Missionary (millhillmissionaries.com), I have spent a good period of my adult life ministering in Africa, namely Cameroon and Kenya. I was appointed to England to do Mission Animation (Missio and Mill Hill) for a number of Dioceses in 2012. I really enjoyed this work and it involved a good amount of travelling and meeting lots of people. Read more.

Parish Register

If you want to be added to the Parish Register, please see the priest.

Download, print and complete the Parish Registration Form.

If your details change, or you have an addition to the family, please contact the Parish Secretary to make sure that your entry is up to date and includes all your children.

Edmund Campion

"I have no more to say but to recommend your case and mine to Almighty God, the Searcher of Hearts, who sends us His grace, and sets us at accord before the day of payment, to the end we may at last be friends in heaven, when all injuries shall be forgotten." Read more.

 

Going Into Hospital?

Upon admission, please state clearly that you are a Catholic Christian. If you want the Chaplain to visit you, you either need to complete the form in the Chapel, or speak to the Ward Sister in Charge.

The local Roman Catholic Church near Wexham Park Hospital is the Church of the Holy Redeemer, contact 01753 578328. In cases of emergency, call St Joseph’s Maidenhead on 01628 783988.