St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 24th/25th March 2018 - Palm Sunday, Year B
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Anna P 07590 545645
Altar Servers Harvey Amelia Helena
Jack Alannah Antos
Juliana Bence Lars
Miriam Isla Teresa
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Special Arrangements
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Catherine L Helen S Nancy R
2nd Reading Lucy L Breda T Ruth D
Bidding prayers Ethel D Jane W Laura B
Hospitality after Mass Sue W Kerry & Sophie S Mary McG
Hymn Presentation David W
Mass Preparation Irene W
Children's Liturgy Age 3-5's Age 6-8's Age 8 and up
Team B Gael R Julia E Debbie H
Carly C Charlie E Sandra B
Ministers to the Sick & Housebound Cashiers
Clara Court Petra L Kate M & Caroline G
Flowers Altar Linen Key Holder Banker (w/b 26th March)
None (Lent) Violet D Ann 01628 629028 Julia E

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 Roman Catholic Chaplain for Wexham Park Hospital is Rev. Noel Connolly SPS, who can be contacted via the Church of the Holy Redeemer, phone 01753 578328. In cases of emergency, call St Joseph's on 01628 783988.

PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
17th/18th March 2018 - 5th Sunday of Lent, Year B

My mother fought cancer to the end, and she took to every type of possible healing. We all had been told it wouldn’t work. A friend just opened himself to it all and wouldn’t even take chemo. These are different approaches to suffering. One fought it and the other accepted. I admired and loved both of them.

Many people go into hospital wondering about their illness, and that death might be close. That’s part of life. As for Jesus, it is a fearful time, confusing and sometimes draws us into more faith. We can transform our pain into suffering, and find some great graces in it. There is the challenge to find new life in it. Pain becomes suffering. Jesus doesn’t want the chalice of the garden, but he allows it become fully part of him so that his inner strength is big! It doesn’t mean a simplistic approach. But it means an acceptance of darkness in life.

Jesus found in his passion that God the Father is near. This can be our way, and we can find that through helping each other. We can help people at times of suffering – listening, being present. We find this in our hearts, not in books – that we can grow through suffering and we realise on a bad day that peace invades the soul, or that there is a bright light in the darkness.


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

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 Mar         9.30am: Lynda Solomon 80th birthday

                       11.15am: Mary Delia Quirke RIP

20th Mar         9.30am: Canon John McAuley, Glasgow, RIP

21st Mar         9.30am: Stephen Tracy RIP (Month's Mind)

25th Mar         9.30am: People of the Parish

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 £718.04 (plus £10 in Gift Aid envelopes). The Second Collection towards the Lent Project raised £1,284.10. Thank you for your generosity.

DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 19th March is Phillip  01628 623190


PALM SUNDAY 25th March. At the start of all Masses, weather permitting, we begin our Liturgy in the field behind the school and then make our solemn procession with palms, to the Church.You will receive a hymn sheet and palm as you enter the field. At the 9.30am Mass on this day, the Passion will be shown through an excerpt from a DVD called The Miracle Maker and, although aimed at children, is engaging for all without being too graphic. There will be no Children’s Liturgy at that Mass. There will be the traditional reading of The Passion at the other Masses that weekend.

SWIECONKA The blessing of the Easter food, or the "Swieconka", will take place at St. Joseph’s church on Saturday 31st March  at 10am. This is very much a Polish tradition. Being grateful to God for all His gifts of both nature and grace, and, as a token of gratitude, people have the food of their table sanctified with the hope that spring, the season of the Resurrection, will also be blessed by God's goodness and mercy.

MINISTRIES FOR EASTER Please sign up, if you are available, for the numerous Ministries covering Holy Week and and Easter weekend. The sign-up sheets for Readers of the Word, Eucharistic Ministers and Washing of the Feet are at the back of the Church. Thank you.

EXTRA-ORDINARY MINISTERS OF THE EUCHARIST please contact with Liam via email so that you can be put on the rota.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED TO ASSIST WITH THE MASS PREPARATION for the 11.15am Mass  on a rota basis. Duties include preparing the hosts, wine, chalices, and collection bags for the next Mass on Sunday. Please contact Andy on 07730 630876 or email

LENT PROJECT CONCERT Many thanks to all those who supported the very enjoyable Concert last Saturday evening and helped to raise a grand total of £620 towards the 2018 Lent Project. Well done to the 9.30 musicians and friends, to the caterers and helpers, and to the raffle ticket sellers!

LENTEN LUNCHES Every Thursday until 22nd March, 12 noon to 2pm. All proceeds to the Lenten project.

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING at St Edmund Campion on Saturday 24th March. For those working with children: 10am to 12.30pm, and for those working with vulnerable adults: 1.30pm to 4pm. Please register with the diocese,

GREAT BIG FUN QUIZ at St Joseph’s on Saturday 24th March in aid of their Lenten Project. Tickets (£10 including ploughman’s supper) from St Joseph’s. Please see the poster for more details.

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.

PARISH SOCIAL QUIZ NIGHT Saturday 21st April 7:30 pm in the School Hall supporting Lenton Projects. Enjoy a fun night of quizzing, with music/comedy, picture and specialist rounds. Everyone welcome. Teams of up 8, Lasagne and Salad, £10 per person. Bring your own drinks and glasses please. We can make up a team for you or you can come as a team. To sign up and pay please contact John (, or complete the sign up sheet in the Church Porch or see John after Mass.

PILGRIMAGE The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be visiting the Polish Church of Divine Mercy, Slough, from Friday 20th to Tuesday 24th April at the beginning of the 2018 National Pilgrimage Tour. The Service of Reception will be on the Friday at 7 pm, with the Guadalupe Mass following at 7.30 pm. The Service of Return, marking the end of the Visit, will be on the Tuesday after the 12 noon Mass.

CAMINO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA St James Church, Reading, are organising a 5-day walking pilgrimage from 19th to 26th September. If you are interested but want further information, please contact Jonathan (626527).

SUNDAY READINGS Every Thursday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm a group will meet to study the readings for the forthcoming weekend, and also read the book Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. All welcome, especially parents who come to collect their children after school. Please bring a packed lunch and enjoy this time together. During Lent this will be held in the sacristy.

LENTEN PROJECT This year we are hoping to help two charities. Firstly the Margaret Clitherow Trust (MCT) is a local charity that helps empower marginalised people. The second one is a Mill Hill Parish in Cameroon that desperately needs financial and moral support. There is a letter in the Church lobby explaining more about the two organisations.

LENT STUDIES Maidenhead United Reformed Church in West Street will be holding Lent Studies, entitled 'Hope Liberated', each week on Friday until 23rd March between 11.15am and 12 noon. All welcome

NEW LIFE/START, NEW BEGINNINGS Are you divorced, separated or bereaved? After Easter, we are starting a new evening or weekend group to share friendship, support and laughter / happiness / have some fun. If you would like to come along, please give your contact details to Gillian, Fr Liam or speak to Carol McQ (normally at 9.30am Mass) on 01628 781976. We really hope you can join us, or indeed anyone you know from the surrounding community who you think might enjoy this support group.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSES If you are an engaged couple or thinking about getting married please note the marriage preparation course dates for this year are Thurdays 19th April, 26th April, 3rd May, 10th May, and Sunday 13th May. These are held in the RE Centre at St Edward’s Church, which is on Dorset Road, Windsor. For further information please contact Kathy Arundale on:

PILGRIMAGE The Miraculous Relic Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be visiting the Polish Church of Divine Mercy, Slough, from Friday 20th to Tuesday 24th April at the beginning of the 2018 National Pilgrimage Tour. The Service of Reception will be on the Friday at 7 pm, with the Guadalupe Mass following at 7.30 pm. The Service of Return, marking the end of the Visit, will be on the Tuesday after the 12 noon Mass.

SIGNIFICANT WEDDING MASS 2018 Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or anniversary over 60 years? If so Bishop Philip would like to invite you to a Mass of celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 30th June. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. If you would like to come, please visit the Cathedral website and complete the on-line form, or send an email to Please note this address is not monitored daily and you may have to wait for a reply, so please be patient. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact your Parish office, who will have the form you need to complete. To help celebrate the occasion please could you provide a COPY of your Wedding photograph; you can upload it when you complete the form online. Alternatively scan and send via email to above email address. Again if you have no access to the internet you can post a COPY along with completed form by post to the following address: St Bede’s Parish Office, Popley Way, Basingstoke, RG24 9DX. Please mark envelope: Significant Wedding Mass.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARIES The ever popular Summer Fun Day is being held on Sunday 15th July. Please put the date in your diaries. The Summer Fun Day is a fundraising event for both the school and parish and the proceeds are split evenly. The committee is already meeting to organise this much loved event and we are looking for raffle prize donations at this stage. If anyone has a raffle prize they could contribute, could you please e-mail If you are working and feel your company might be able to contribute please do ask. Many thanks.

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 visit or tel. 0161 941 3498.

REFLECTIONS Each Tuesday. Come any time between 7.30 and 9.30pm to an informal evening of prayers and meditation. We normally start with silent adoration (30 minutes) then we share one commented decade of the Rosary followed with meditation through music (from Aramaic to Hillsongs!). We focus on private intention as well as communal ones and all are invited to present their petitions (should they wish to do so). Our aim is to pray more meaningfully in the presence of our Lord and to acknowledge our own needs as well as the needs of our parish and community. Anyone wanting prayer can also write in the book of prayer requests at the back of the church, as the entries of the week will be called out during the evening. If two or three are gathered in my name...

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

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 CARE needs volunteer drivers, and also duty officers to man the computer and arrange lifts, for a half or whole day. If you can spare a little time to help it would be much appreciated. For more information please visit the website – – or call Maidenhead Care on 07538 418448.

DO YOU WANT TO HELP REFUGEES? The Diocesan Refugee Response Working Group is looking for new members. We are also planning events and creating a list of people who would like to be kept informed. For Working Group members, we 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 our 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)
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 your Mass Rep. 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,