St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 24th/25th November 2018 - Christ the King, Year B
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Anna P 07590 545645
Altar Servers Miriam Santosh Antos
Kayla Lauren Lars
Jack Patrick Teresa
Dami Vincent
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion MH Maura McG Cathy O'B Jonathan H
C1 Jane M David W Eric R
C2 Marian C Nina B Mary Q
C3 Pamela C
C4 Tom O'K
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Ethel D Carolyn F Jonathan H
2nd Reading Margarita K Sandra W Marian B
Bidding prayers Lucy L Mike Q Mary F
Hospitality after Mass Andrew S Geraldine B Katherine A
Hymn Presentation Nevil F
Mass Preparation Sheila W
Children's Liturgy Age 3-5's Age 6-8's Age 8 and up
Team A Ruth McC Heather C Tricia O
Marie C Graeme M Ethel D
Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court Tony McC
Flowers Carolyn F Week beginning 26th Nov
Altar Linen Norris D Key Holder Ann 01628 629028
Cashiers Ruth D & Irene L Banker Brian McG

On admission, please state clearly that you are a Catholic Christian.

If you want the Chaplain to visit you, you should 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.

PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
17th/18th November 2018 - 33rd Sunday, Year B

The tree was a big image for Jesus – he spoke truths of his message pointing at trees, like mustard seeds that grew big, vines that withered, and the fig tree, which was common to his hearers. When asked about the signs of things to come, he gave no long homily, but just looked at the fig tree and said you know from this when Summer and Winter is coming. In the same way we can sense his presence in our lives in different ways.

This may not help us to know about the end of time and the questions people had then, but it can get us to become aware of how God is present in our lives.

The word of God is spoken in the human words of many people. In kindly words, in forgiving and tolerant words, and also in the word of God spoken in the Mass, Jesus speaks to us today. Like the people looking at a fig tree, we can find his presence in the kindliness and the helpful words of another. This is the word of God in human form. It will not pass away.

The care of God will not pass away. Each of us is in the book of life – with a job to do. Something written for all of us to make this world a better place. We are called to be friends of the earth…friends of all people…friends of the poor. That is redemption, Jesus and us working in unison.

God’s book of compassion and love…your name and mine is in it. Be thankful our are names are in the book of life.


Mass Times
9.30am and 11.15am
Monday to Friday:
Holy days:
9.30am and 8pm
5.30 - 6.10pm on Saturday; or by arrangement
Church open for prayer
Every day:
8am - 9pm

Parish Priest
07776 580596
Fr. Liam Cummins

01628 628274
Mrs Gillian Hollingbery
Mon, Weds & Fri: 10am to 12 noon;
Tues & Thurs: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Mrs Carolyn Foster
Notices to Parish Office by 12 noon Weds


18th Nov        9.30am: People of the Parish

21st Nov        9.30am: Nicholas Alcorn RIP

25th Nov        9.30am: People of the Parish

                    11.15am: Michael & Josie Kenny RIP

If you would like a Mass said, either in remembrance or as an intention, please see Gillian in the Parish Office to book a date.

COLLECTION last weekend was £832.64. Thank you.

DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 19th November is Phil 07798 831927.


THANK YOU The family of Mary Kwiatkowski would like to thank the Parish Community for participating in the Celebration of Mary's life and for many prayers and support during her final journey in hospital and the nursing home. Furthermore, we find no adequate words to express our thanks to many ladies for making the reception a memorable occasion.

CAKE SALE Sadie will be selling her delicious cakes after each Mass this Sunday 18th November in aid of Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya.

CHURCH SHOP In addition to the usual items, there are 2019 diaries and calendars, Christmas cards and Advent calendars for sale. These are now in a cupboard in the porch. Have a look and place your money in the box, contact Cynthia on 07788 523286 or see Gillian in the office.

CHRISTMAS STARS Once again we will be doing our Christmas Stars. To briefly explain, the idea of the Christmas Stars is that, instead of sending Christmas cards to all your friends in the Parish, you just write a message on a star (available in the porch from the beginning of December), decorate it if you wish, and put it on the back wall of the Church. Then, think of the money you have saved on cards and stamps, and time and effort writing and delivering them, and give a donation to charity. There will be a box  for your donation in the porch, or you can give it to Barbara McWalter at 11.15 Mass or to Gillian in the office. Last year there were 40 stars which raised £415. The charity this year will again be Fr Liam’s charity W.O.R.K. (Widows and Orphans of Rural Kenya Thank you in advance for your usual generosity for this very worthy cause.  

RED BOXES The red boxes will be emptied this month. Please bring your box to the church and give them to either Louise Jennings or Barbara McWalter at 11.15 Mass, or leave them with Gillian in the office. We appreciate that there have been many appeals for your money lately, but the amount collected in the red boxes is down considerably on last year. Please bear this in mind when you give your box for emptying. Please pick up a Mission Today calendar from the porch. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

FEAST OF ST EDMUND CAMPION Mass will be celebrated at 10am on Saturday 1st December  for our feast day.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPER to be held in St Joseph’s Parish Centre on Saturday 1st December starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are on sale at £13 each, which includes a 3‑course meal. All proceeds will go to support two Mill Hill Missionary projects, one in Uganda and the other in India. There is a licenced bar, so please do not bring your own drinks. Please contact Henry on 01628 415927 for further information and tickets.

QUENCH BOOKSHOP The Christian bookshop in Maidenhead will again be running a stall at the church for Christmas cards, Advent Calendars and Books after the Sunday Masses only on 2nd December.

CHRISTMAS FAIR Sunday in the school hall, 12-3pm, on 2nd December. We are currently looking for donations for raffle prizes and volunteers to help man a stall for an hour on the day. If you can help, please contact the Christmas Fair team

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS – the true spirit of Christmas Giving. Give a gift that will change a life. There are gifts for every budget from Happy Queen Bee at £4 to Help a Refugee child at £46. Each CAFOD World gift has been chosen for the real and lasting difference it makes to families living in developing countries. Catalogues are available in the church lobby or you can buy online at

CATHOLIC LEGACY WEEK Gifts in your Will are a wonderful way you can continue to support the Church’s ministry and mission and help meet the needs of future generations. Do please consider gifts to the Church and Catholic charities next time you update your Will. For more information pick up a leaflet, contact Your Catholic Legacy on 020 7095 5370 or visit (moved to 24th November – 2nd December)

PARISH OFFICE The office will be closed on Thursday 22nd November.

BACKPACK APPEAL The Parish is looking for used backpacks in good condition for a project called Mary’s Meals, to support children in developing countries. 50 packs are ready, 250 to go!  Apart from donating an old back pack the following are needed: T‑shirts, summer dresses, hand towels and plimsolls in good condition. Please put them in the box in the church lobby. There are information leaflets on the table.

APPOINTMENTS If you wish to speak to Fr Liam in confidence on any matter, please contact him for an appointment. He is always happy to visit your home if so desired. He is also available for house blessings.

HOUSEBOUND If you know of anyone who is sick and/or housebound, please let Gillian (Parish Office) or Fr Liam know so that a visit can be arranged.

BURNS SUPPER We are proposing to hold this on Friday 25th January 2019. Are there any Scots out there who can play the bagpipes, sing or give one of the traditional speeches? This enjoyable event raises much money for charity. Please contact Kathryn on 629498 asap if you can help.

RECEPTION INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH If you, or someone you know, feels called to be received into the Church please see Father Liam. The Ceremony for Reception will take place at the Easter Vigil, 20th April 2019. Several people are following the current Alpha Course and after this, will join the RCIA programme (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). It is important that all who wish to be received, through either Baptism, Confirmation or simply Reception, need to be enrolled no later than Sunday 25th November as the new liturgical year starts on 2nd December, and names of all candidates will be sent to the Bishop during that week.

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH Every Christmas Day, Churches Together in Maidenhead (CTIM) organise a lunch at the SportsAble venue in Braywick Road for elderly or disabled local people who would otherwise be home alone. Guests are transported, served and helped by local volunteers. If you, or someone you know , would like to attend this Christmas, please contact Keith on: 01628 636179 (Home) or 07765 505767 ( Mobile), or email CTIM are also keen to hear from volunteers to help with their Christmas Day Lunch for the elderly lonely. There are opportunities to drive, serve food and befriend guests at this celebration. Please contact Lily Peacock, volunteer coordinator, on or telephone (home) 01628 623362, (mobile) 07794 397132.

HAND SANITISER There is a hand sanitiser on the wall in the church lobby. Please use it to help prevent the spread of winter coughs and colds. Thank you.

HALL HIRE We would like to remind everyone that the Parish Centre is available for hire for parties at £25 per hour. If of interest please contact Gillian in the Parish Office.

TRAINING FUND If you are going on a course that would benefit the Parish, we may be able to subsidise the cost. Please speak to Fr Liam.

WEBSITE We urgently need a team of four to assist in running the parish website. Mike Quinn will still be the Webmaster, but he needs a team around him to write articles, stories, contribute information and offer some good links to websites etc. Please contact Fr Liam if you feel you could be part of this wonderful and very important ministry. Just a thought…setting up a Parish Facebook /Twitter account?

ST EDMUND COMMUNITY BOOK SHARE There is a bookshelf in the entrance lobby to the Parish Centre for people to leave a book / take a book. Have a look! There is a bookshelf in the entrance lobby to the Parish Centre for people to leave a book / take a book. Have a look!

MAIDENHEAD CARE urgently requires volunteer duty officers to find drivers for clients, and volunteer drivers to take clients to medical appointments. Do you have free time - even for only 8 hours per month for duty officers? Email or contact 07538 418448 during office hours.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Brett Foundation is looking for people to help at The Centre where hot food and hot drinks are offered to the homeless, elderly, lonely, those with mental health issues and people in need who live below the poverty line. There is help with filling out forms, cooking sessions, help to find jobs and accommodation (plus support as a mentor once they have a home and job for those who are homeless) and a listening ear. The Centre is open Mon‑Fri 10am to 1pm, Sat 10am-12pm, also Tues & Wed 7-9.30pm, & Sun 7-8pm. If you are interested in helping at the Centre, please contact Sue Brett on either or 07582 158849.

MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING WITH MARRIAGE CARE  Catholic Marriage Care is a faith-based organisation, that draws on its Catholic tradition and contemporary research, to help couples in both good times and bad.  Most relationships face difficulties at some point.  Talking to a relationship counsellor can help.  Our local centre in Reading offers relationship counselling with fully-trained counsellors.  For further information please call 0800 389 3801. If you are a trained relationship counsellor, could you volunteer with Marriage Care?  Further counsellors are needed for our Reading centre – expenses and supervision is provided.  For further information, please contact Sue Cooper at or phone 0793 9495774.

APPOINTMENT OF REFUGEE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER  In 2015 many of us with our Bishop were concerned about the unfolding tragedy of Syrian refugees who were compelled to leave their homeland seeking safety and a new life. Responding to this crisis our Bishop created the Diocesan Refugee Response Working Group (DRRWG), chaired by Fr John Lee and Fr Peter Hollins, with a variety of interested volunteer members, and asked them to explore how the Diocese can and should respond to this crisis. In addition to creating educational resources for parishes (available at, this group wrote a detailed and robust proposal for a project, in which the Diocese would be the lead sponsor on Community Sponsorship for Syrian refugees. As part of this, they recommended the recruitment of a Refugee Project Development Officer and detailed the specifications for this role. This officer will assist interested parishes, pastoral areas or other community groups to put in applications to directly sponsor a Syrian family through the Community Sponsorship Scheme. We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rosemary Lennon to the newly-created post of Refugee Project Development Officer. To find out more about Community Sponsorship please see

COX GREEN LUNCHEON CLUB takes place weekly on Tuesdays at Cox Green Community Centre, when a two-course traditional home-cooked meal is served to 40/50 members. It is run by volunteers from St Edmund Campion church, All Saints Church, The Church of the Good Shepherd Cox Green and the local community. They urgently need more volunteer cooks to join the rota. If you enjoy cooking and have some spare time, why not consider joining the team. You can get more information from Allison on 01628 824551 or Ruby on 01628 630703.

DONATIONS The Finance Committee have decided that 10% of the Parish income should be donated to worthy causes or needy people. If any parishioners are aware of needs, please tell Fr Liam.

MAIDENHEAD WOMEN’S GROUP FOR EUROPEAN FRIENDSHIP The group was set up in 1965 with the initial aim to be informed about matters in Europe, concerning women, through lectures and exchange visits. In each of Maidenhead’s twin towns, sister groups were set up to encourage friendship and understanding. The aims remain after 50 years of friendship despite time moving on. The group has a regular programme of exchange visits with other European groups, both visiting and hosting annually: St Cloud in France, Bad Godesberg  in Germany, Frascati  in Italy, Kortrijk in Belgium and, since 2004, Salzburg in Austria. They meet at the United Reformed Church, West St, Maidenhead every second Wednesday of the month at 2.30pm when they have guest speakers on broadly European topics. To support this, in Maidenhead, they also have European literature, art and music groups as well as language conversation groups. If you are interested in joining this non‑political, non‑sectarian European Friendship group (no second language necessary), more information can be obtained at: or by phoning Anne on 01753 642078.

CATHOLIC SINGLES is an organisation which helps single Catholics of all ages (over 18 years) meet other single Catholics, either one to one or through social events. For further information, see the poster on the parish centre noticeboard, visit, email or tel. 0161 941 3498.

STREET ANGELS Christ invites you through Maidenhead Street Angels to bring love and compassion to the streets of your town. Join us on a Saturday night for a taster session. We need more volunteers but particularly men from 18 to 80. Please try something new - you will not be alone. Matthew Ch.28 v.20 " And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Contact

DO YOU WANT TO HELP REFUGEES? The Diocesan Refugee Response Working Group is looking for new members. They are also planning events and creating a list of people who would like to be kept informed. For Working Group members, they are looking for people who are passionate about helping refugees and have specific skills to offer, from various specialists to administration and organisation skills. If you would like to help or find out more, please contact Fr. Peter Hollins on 01730 262 290, email, see the webpage at or take home one of the leaflets on display at the back of the church and learn how you can help Syrian refugees coming to this country.

SAFEGUARDING E-LEARNING If you have a role working with children, young people or adults who may be vulnerable, or if you are a parent who wants to understand online safety, you are encouraged to read the e‑learning safeguarding brochure. This explains what programmes are available via e‑learning and how to access the programmes that interest you. This e‑learning package is part of the Church’s commitment to safeguarding, recognising we all have a role to play in creating a safe environment. Go to:

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This week in the Parish Centre (unless otherwise stated)

ADMISSION INTO ST EDMUND CAMPION SCHOOL AND NURSERY is based on Mass attendance for some categories. In our parish, we have an attendance card available from the table in the church lobby. Every time you come to Sunday Mass get your card stamped in the parish centre. You will need the Parish Priests's signature on the SIF form, once your attendance in 2018 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website,

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING Friday 23rd November 7‑9.30pm in the school hall, £2 entry on the door or £5 including 5 raffle tickets. Over 30 stalls of handmade gifts, decorations, clothing, jewellery etc . Raffle & refreshments.