Today in the gospel, the disciples are on the way to Jerusalem with Jesus. They cannot accept that such a dreadful fate awaits him there - betrayal and death.
They are in shock, distraught, squabbling among themselves. They were caught up, as we are often caught up, in private competitions and jealousies. It takes a lifetime to realise the silliness of our ego-trips.
Ambition is part of our make-up and no different for some of the apostles. For Jesus, ambition is to be more like him, to serve and suffer for others as he served and suffered.
Somebody once told Saint Ignatius that Francis Xavier was a very ambitious young man. Ignatius replied, ‘He is not ambitious enough’. His later ambitions were gospel ambitions. Prayer renews and refreshes our desire to be like and for Jesus in the world.
1st Wisdom 2:12, 17-20. The cruelty of the wicked against the just
Psalm 54. Response: The Lord upholds my life
2nd James 3:16-4:3. Jealousy, ambition, and self-seeking contrasted to gentleness, mercy, and peace
Gospel Mark 9:30-27. In light of his passion, Jesus calls them to be servants of all
SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION the closing date for applications is today, Friday 17th September 2021. Introduction to the programme will be on Saturday 18th September at 5pm, followed by attending the 6:15pm Mass. Each candidate needs to be with at least one parent(s)/Guardian.
RCIA If you, or you know someone who is searching, and wishes to come home to full communion with the Church, then please contact Fr. Liam for further information.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION For those who were not there, we are holding a catch-up session. Begin with Mass and 35 minute session on Saturday 25th September at 10am.
FACE COVERINGS It is strongly encouraged, from a moral and respectful point of view, to continue wearing face masks during Public Worship. This indeed, is not a legal requirement, and several our parishioners have exemption from wearing masks.
Further, if you wish to continue adhering to social distancing in the Church, then please arrive at least 10 minutes before Mass, and a section in the church will be reserved for you.
MASS VIA YOUTUBE Mass will be streamed live on Wednesday (9.30am) and Sunday (11.15am). Note: YouTube only!
LYFORD GRANGE MASS We are delighted that the previously cancelled Lyford Grange Mass is back on. Fr Liam is the main celebrant for the St Edmund Campion Pilgrimage Mass to be held at Lyford Grange, near Wantage on Sunday 26th September 2021 at 4pm. The coach will leave at 11.15am calling at Abingdon for carvery lunch. Further details are on poster in church porch. Please enter your names and contact details on the sheet for those who intend travelling by coach. Further details are available from John L on 01628 636668 or 07931 292934.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY LITURGY recommenced on 12th September during the 9:30am Mass. Unfortunately it is just the school-going children from the age of 4 to 7 years, that will attend for the time being.
At the same time, we are asking you to consider the possibility of being a catechist/helper during ‘Sunday School’. If we wish to have more children’s age groups involved, then the team will need at least eight new volunteers. For more information, please contact Tricia Opalko on email@example.com.
HOSPITALITY We would love you to join us on the 11:15 Hospitality rota! You can pair up with one of our current volunteers. Your commitment would be about once every 12 weeks. It's an easy way to contribute to the community at the same time as feeling more a part of it. Call Alyson on 07767 320085.
“SHIELDING” for those in our community who continue to join at the Eucharist via 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.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a programme for adults who wish to be baptised and/or received into the Church. It is also for adult parishioners who wish to complete their process of initiation and be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Baptism and Reception into the Church normally take place at the Easter Vigil Mass (Saturday Evening before Easter). Group class, input and journeying together will begin in the Autumn.
If you, or you know someone who is searching, and wishes to come home to full communion with the Church, then please contact Fr. Liam for further information.
Sacraments of Initiation
This year we are accepting children who are 8 years of age and above by October 1st for First Holy Communion, and teenagers over 13 and under 18 years of age, for Confirmation.
For the Introduction for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, a Prayer Service will take place at St. Edmund Campion Church at 5pm, on Saturday 11th September, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6:15pm.
For the Confirmation Programme, a Prayer Service and Introduction will take place on Saturday 18th September at 5pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.15pm.
For both programmes it is a ‘3-Step-Programme’.
Step 1: This step is called: ‘Come and See’. (John 1: 39-41). An invitation from Jesus. 14 weekends between mid-September to end of December. The candidate is required to attend at least 10 weekend Masses with family members.
Step 2: This step is called: ‘Sat at the feet of Jesus’. (Luke 10:38-42). 10 input/teaching classes between January and April. This will be done on alternative Saturdays. Each input will comprise of 90 minutes. Candidates are expected to attend Mass every weekend during this period.
Step 3: This step is called: Jesus sent them out’ (Luke 10:1). During May, the candidates will do a missionary assignment in the Church and Community. Candidates are expected to attend Mass every weekend during this period.
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. The Offertory Collection Basket is 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
VISION GROUP 24 HOUR FAST Members of the Vision Group are taking part in a 24 hour fast on Friday 24th September 2021 directly after 10am Mass. This will take place in the church where the blessed sacrament will be on display. We are raising funds for Foodshare and W.O.R.K. (Widows & Orphans in Rural Kenya). Fundraising can be non-perishable food and/or finance donations, both are welcome contributions. During the 24 hour fast, we will pray for an end to hunger around the world and for the intentions of parishioners. You are invited to join us in the church and online via YouTube. More details of how to get involved will be issued soon.
MISSIO RED BOXES. Thank you to everyone who brought in their red boxes to be emptied. The total collected this year is an amazing £1520 so thank you very much for your great generosity. Please remember to pick up your empty box as you leave the church so you can start filling it again for this very worthy cause!! We will start our next collection around the beginning of October. Louise Jennings and Barbara McWalter.
CLIMATE MASS + CAFOD PETITION & HARVEST FAST DAY — As part of Season of Creation, which runs from 1st September to 4th October, and in preparation for the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow to be held in November, we will have special Climate Masses on the weekend of 25th/26th September. At the end of Mass there will be the opportunity to sign CAFOD's petition to the Prime Minister (https://e-activist.com/page/44225/petition/1) to encourage the government to show leadership to tackle the current climate crisis.
CAFOD Harvest Fast day envelopes will also be available — Harvest Fast day will be on Friday 1st October and it focuses on projects to support communities in developing countries to adapt to the effects of climate change (these can be returned the following weekend when the collection will be taken). Thanks in advance for your prayers, support and generosity.
THURSDAY GROUP is a get together for coffee and a chat, and sometimes speakers and outings. It next meets at 10:30am on the 30th of September.
SOUP LUNCH In aid of W.O.R.K., on Thursday 23rd of September. If you are able to donate a pot of soup, home baking, or a donation to buy bread and butter, please contact Kathryn on 07708 094818.
CONCERT FOR W.O.R.K. A concert, by the highly regarded Reading Male Voice Choir with guest artists ‘Two Sopranos’, will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday, 16th October, in the church. The concert is in aid of the Samaritans Local Branch and Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya.
A superb, varied programme of music that will appeal to everyone. Tickets are £12 which includes a glass of wine or soft drink at the interval. Children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available from John Carr after each Mass.
YOGA FOR CHARITY Rachel Fan is starting a yoga class on Tuesday 21st September at noon in our lovely parish centre. Six weeks of yoga. Classes are free but a donation to a nominated charity will be appreciated. Come to all the classes, come to some, come to one class... you’ll be welcome!
Yoga mats will be available. Bring your own if you have one. Mat cleaning spray and wipes will be available. Want to know more? Contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or the parish office.
MOTHERS' PRAYER GROUP is held in the Church every Friday, from 8:50am to 9:45am and, if you can stay on for Mass at 10am with tea/coffee and chat afterwards!
Meetings begin with a relaxed welcome and greeting. Prayer follows, primarily for our children, God-children, children of the parish and children of Maidenhead. The peace it brings is tangible.
TODDLERS GROUP Calling All Parents with preschool babies & children! Toddler Group is back in the Parish Center from 8:45 to 10:45am on Fridays. Contact Jenny on email@example.com for more information.
FOODSHARE We are a collection point for Foodshare. Our collection area is just inside the porch doors, but if you leave food outside, out of hours (in a bag or other covering) the building is regularly checked. Foodshare are currently really in need of tinned vegetables and tinned meat, amongst all the regular donations.
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.
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. For information on the current Admissions Policy see the school's website, www.st-edmund.org.uk.