PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
16th/17th January 2021 - 2nd Sunday, Year B

Today we set out on a journey of remembering and reminding ourselves that we are Christians because Jesus has called us to be his disciples —and we do this by telling the story of the call of just two of the disciples: the brothers Andrew and Peter.

However, for many of us this sense that we are called is not something that we feel. We are Christians, many of us think, simply as a matter of geography, a simple accident of birth. For many of us, we have never thought about any other religion or indeed that being a Christian was a definite act of choice: it just came to us as part of the fabric of life, like our language or our traditions of dress or our sense of nationality. We are, very often, cradle Christians. For us, the event of baptism was not so much a great moment of decision as a social event linked to a new baby when we got 'christened' —in the sense that we then formally were given our name.

But while we may have inherited our religion as a matter of geography — and that was true also of Jesus and Andrew and Peter — that is not the same as having a relationship with God. This relationship is always a matter of adult commitment. It is something that involves us mind and heart and soul.

This relationship is one of becoming disciples: followers and students of Jesus, people who share their lives with Jesus, people who wish to know where and how he lives.

This normally does not come about all of a sudden: like most of our relationships it is built up over time, it is a process of getting to know ourselves and getting to know him as the source of truth, the source of life, and as the way to the Father.

Today we hear the call to begin a process of discipleship: 'Come and see.' We are here; ready indeed to share the table of Jesus, but also in need to set out afresh in the commitment of discipleship.

The invitation to 'come and see' is for some of us a call to begin an adult relationship of discipleship and then let it grow over the coming months through prayer, sharing, and Christian action.

The invitation to 'come and see' is for others of us a call to revive an adult relationship of discipleship and then to revive over the coming months a life of prayer, sharing, and Christian action.

Each of us is called to be a disciple of the one Lord, and we are all made one with him in baptism, but what that discipleship demands of each of us, our vocations, is something that is specific and unique to each of us. That each of us has this unique, non-transferable vocation is something that should be a cause of our thanksgiving for us at this Eucharist; that each of us still has other aspects of that unique vocation to discover should be one of our petitions at this Eucharist.

Readings for Sunday Mass:

First Reading:  1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19.   Speak Lord, your servant is listening.

Psalm 39:  Here I am Lord!  I come to do your will.

Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 6:13-20.   Your bodies are members making up the body of Christ

Gospel:  John 1;35-42.  They saw where he lived, and stayed with him

 

MASS INTENTIONS

MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday 16th January: 10am:  Eusebio William Rodrigues RIP AN and Drew Becket and Family SI

 Sunday 17th January:     10am:  James O’Reilly RIP who died recently.  (Brother of Eileen Choules)

                                         12pm:  Jack Bradley RIP who died recently.  (cousin to Marian Burton).

                                          6pm:  George Chamberlain RIP who died recently.

Friday 22nd January:      10am:  Greg Gerard RIP (interment of his ashes afterwards at Braywick Cemetery)

 

Mass is celebrated every day via Zoom - if you would like that we pray especially for an intention; a family; an anniversary or someone who has died, then please get in touch with the parish office and your intention will be included in the parish prayers and offered at Mass.

 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 19th January at 7pm via Zoom.  If you wish to raise a point/issue at this meeting please let Fr. Liam know by Monday evening the 18th January.

 

ANNUAL CATHEDRAL COLLECTION:  For St. John’s Cathedral, the Mother Church of our Diocese.

Due to the lockdown and restrictions being imposed on many people travelling, a ‘Give as you Live’ page has been created to enable you to donate online at:

https://donate.giveasyoulive.com/fundraising/cathedral-annual-appeal 

Understandably, we all are aware that these are difficult times for us all, but please give generously to support your cathedral.

 

ZOOM is now live from 9.55AM to 11AM every day, for Mass at 10AM. This means you can connect for Mass every weekday.  Admission for Mass on Zoom will be stopped at 9.55, to allow the hosts to be present in the Mass.

 

JAM JAR COLLECTION In preparation for our forthcoming fundraising project for Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya (Work) I would like parishioners and school parents to collect suitable glass jam jars (about 454grms size) and drop them into the school / church porch in the next few weeks where a collection box will be located. Many  thanks for your help.  Queries to John Lynn  01628-636668

 

“SHIELDING” for those in our community who continue to join at the Eucharist via Zoom or YouTube on a regular basis, but for one reason or another, cannot physically come to the Church, and would like to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please let Fr. Liam or the parish office know.  Fr. Liam will bring the Holy Sacrament to you whilst adhering to social distancing and a safe environment.

 

SCHOOL NOTICE. 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 please get your card stamped. You will need the Parish Priest’s signature on the SIF form, once your attendance in 2020 has been completed and attendance card stamped accordingly. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website, www.st-edmund.org.uk. Please be aware that attendance cards are available and must be stamped to record attendance from the weekend of September 5th/6th as Mass is now back 7 days a week.

 

TODDLERS GROUP Unfortunately, we can't run Toddler Group as normal. To stay in touch and keep everyone updated, There is a Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/731966510695904/permalink/731966520695903/) and a WhatsApp group (contact jennyoliver51@hotmail.com to be added).

 

 


 

As we move into 2021, I want to thank you all for your kindness and care over the past year – indeed, a very tough year for all of us. I thank you for your support and encouragement. We belong to an amazing community and despite this long season of Covid-19, we continue to stand strong and proud as people of hope, love, joy and peace.

This Christmas we celebrated the Masses differently but the liturgy was beautiful and so many of you got involved in setting the scene within and outside the church.

I must say, I am deeply touched by your abundant generosity of donations and gifts over the Christmas period. It seems you were all aware that there was no Easter collection and you remembered! I hope the tax man doesn’t!!

For your spirit of solidarity and being such fantastic witness of living a life of faith, I say thank you.

I pray this prayer for you:

New Year's Prayer

As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family, our friends and our parish community of St. Edmund Campion.

Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains.

Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way.

Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, colour or creed.

Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God's name each day.

Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.

Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.

May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love.

May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.

God bless you all,

Liam

 

FACE COVERINGS DURING MASS It is most important that if you do come to the church for Mass, you wear a face covering (mask or face shield).  Scarves are not sufficient, and masks and face shields must cover the nose.  Up to now, loose face coverings have been allowed but we need to be stricter in order to keep this virus at bay.  We ask that people who, for one reason or another, are exempt from wearing, or will not wear a face-covering, to consider participating with Mass online via Zoom or YouTube. Please understand that while we do not wish to exclude anyone from Mass, we must endeavour to comply with all regulations in place to keep everyone protected.

 “SHIELDING” for those in our community who continue to join at the Eucharist via Zoom or YouTube on a regular basis, but for one reason or another, cannot physically come to the Church, and would like to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please let Fr. Liam or the parish office know. Fr. Liam will bring the Holy Sacrament to you whilst adhering to social distancing and a safe environment.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION

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 Basket at the church entrance and exit each day if you wish to make a very welcome donation. There is also a contactless “tap to donate” machine, where you can contribute to the weekly collection.

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

Account name: St. Edmund Campion Maidenhead

Sort code: 30-93-04

Account number: 00882551

APPOINTMENTS If you wish to speak to Fr Liam in confidence on any matter, please contact him by phone or e-mail

HOUSEBOUND If you know of anyone who is sick and/or housebound, please let Sarah (Parish Office) or Fr Liam know.

School News

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 Priest's signature on the SIF form, once your attendance in 2020 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions Policy see the school's website, www.st-edmund.org.uk.

Please be aware that attendance cards are available and must be stamped to record attendance on days when Mass allows attendance in-person.

SIF FORMS Please contact Fr Liam directly if you need a SIF form signed.