St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

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Rotas for 27th September 2020 - 26th Sunday, Year A
Sunday 27th September 9am 11am 6pm
Zoom Host Mike Q Liberty R
Reader Ruth D Laura B Nancy R
Monday 28th September 10am
Zoom Host Reena K
Wednesday 30th September 10am
Zoom Host Mark H
Thursday 1st October 10am
Zoom Host Reena K
Saturday 3rd October 10am 6pm
Zoom Host Mark H
Reader Eric R Patty P

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 2019 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website,

PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
26th/27th September 2020 - 26th Sunday, Year A
Matthew 21:28-32

Our word matters greatly in our relationships, whether in our family or at work or among our friends or with God. When we do not have our word, then we have nothing because we cannot be trusted with even the smallest responsibility. We become unreliable, like the second son in the gospel parable about the father asking his two sons to work in his vineyard. The father depended on him. But he assumed that he could easily fool his father. His word was meaningless and he lacked sincerity.

Dependability is a desirable character trait for all genuine Christians. Otherwise, people are wasting their time with us. God depends on each one of us to help him achieve his plan for the salvation of all people, just as the father in the gospel parable depended on his two sons.

The parable teaches us that it was the first son, who initially said ‘No’ but then thought better of it, who actually did what the father requested. That son had undergone conversion. He had the honesty and the humility to realise his mistake and to change his decision. He became reliable.

Perhaps too often we are like the second son who initially said ‘Yes’ to his father’s request, and then quickly ignored the request. We easily say ‘Yes’ to God without meaning what we say. Then our word becomes meaningless. The parable of the father and the two sons challenges us to do God’s will in action and not only to concur with it verbally. This requires that, like the first son, we are continually open to the possibility of conversion in our lives and that we are honest and humble enough to change our decisions when we recognise that they are wrong decisions, especially in matters relating to our salvation and the salvation of others.

Are we people of our word? How do we speak to our loved ones, to our friends, to our colleagues at work, to God? In what ways does our sincerity manifest itself? It would be good to be people of our word. Let us decide to be honest and humble enough to undergo conversion every day and to change our wrong decisions.


Mass Times
9.30am and 11.15am
Monday to Thursday:
Holy days:
7am, 9.30am and 7:30pm
5.30 - 6.10pm on Saturday; or by arrangement
Church open for prayer
Every day:
6am - 9pm

Parish Priest
07776 580596
Fr. Liam Cummins

01628 628274
Sarah Hubbard
Monday: 8.30am to 3.30pm;    Tuesday: 9am to 11.30am;
Wednesday: 9am to 3.30pm;    Friday: 9am to 2pm.    Closed Thursday.

Notices to Parish Office by 12 noon Weds

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: 309304

Account no: 00882551



Sunday 27th September: 11am Mass offered for the repose of the soul of Kathleen Bamber RIP (friend of George & Kathryn Alcorn)

Sunday 27th September 11AM  Mass offered as a Special Intention for Louise Head, by Pauline Batchelor.

Monday 28th September: 10am Anniversary Mass offered for the repose of the soul of Francesco Azavedo RIP. His daughter Maria is a parishioner.


FUNERAL We continue to pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Catherine Birchenough RIP. Her funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph’s Church on the 1st October followed by internment at Braywick Cemetery.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Mrs. Imelda (Mel) McCabe RIP, a former parishioner who sadly passed away on Tuesday, 16th September 2020.

Her Funeral Mass will take place at Our Lady of Peace Church, Burnham SL2 2NL at 9.45am on Tuesday 29th September. If anyone wishes to attend please could they email Kelie (daughter) in advance as numbers are limited due to the current covid situation.


MASS IS CELEBRATED EVERY DAY 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 shall be included in the parish prayers and offered at Mass.


“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.


BAPTISMS We congratulate those children who have been baptised recently and those who will be during this month of September.

Saturday 16th: Charlie Espiner, son of Joe and Lai.

Sunday 27th: Jack White, son of Steve and Stacy.


ALL SOULS If you have lost loved ones during the year October 2019 - October 2020, and would like them to be included in the Parish Book of Remembrance, please send their names to the following email address by the 17th of October: Please, if your loved ones are already in the Book from previous years, there is no need to submit their names again. Thank you, Liturgy Team

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The Masses for our children to receive their First Holy Communion begins next weekend. Each Saturday (October) the Masses will be at 11.30am and 3.00pm. Please continue to pray for all of them.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY will take place on Friday 9 October and all funds raised will go in support of CAFOD’s Coronavirus appeal. No collection will be taken in the church, but if you can please join in prayer, fasting and almsgiving on 9th October, donations can be made directly to CAFOD at or text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10 (texts cost £10 plus one standard rate. f you’d like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085). You can also join a number of online events:

Friday 9th October: Diocesan soup lunch on Zoom at 12:30pm (to register please email Jo Lewry at; 6pm Harvest Fast Day livestreamed Mass

Saturday 10th October: 12pm Global Family Food event and 7pm Family Fast Day online quiz.

To register for these events and to watch a short video about how CAFOD is helping the poorest face Coronavirus, please visit

CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BRITAIN AND IRELEND (CTBI) have launched Climate Sunday Initiative which aims to encourage UK churches of all denominations to deepen their commitment and act to combat climate disruption ahead of the UN Climate talks (COP26) in November 2021. Climate Sunday’s vision is to leave a lasting legacy of thousands of UK churches better equipped to address the climate crisis as part of their normal discipleship and mission.

Creator God, this earth is miraculous and beautiful. Forgive our confusion and inaction as we confront the challenges of climate change. In the light of your truth, seen so clearly in the life and teaching of Jesus, help us to re-examine ourselves and our lifestyle choices and see clearly the implications of how we live on all that sustains life on this earth. May we follow your lead in caring for every aspect of this precious world, which you made, and love.

We pray for world leaders to find new, just and radical agreements that will protect our fragile world for future generations. Throughout history you have moved people to do amazing things for the sake of their neighbours. Inspire us now to work together, as your people, to change priorities in the way we live, so that we build a fair and safe world for all your creation; a world where your will is done as it is in heaven. Amen

PILGRIMAGE WALK To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the canonisation of Edmund Campion, our parish church patron, we are going to walk from Stoner village in Henley to Tyburn (Marble Arch) where he was executed. Much of the walk will be on the route that he took as he was brought to the Tower of London. There is a reference in history books to the woods that are most likely to be that of Maidenhead Thicket; also Maidenhead Bridge, and the Ostrich Inn at Colnbrook.

The pilgrimage will take place over 4 weekends in October 3rd/4th; 10th/11th; 17th/18th; 24th/25th ( an average of 4.5 miles each day). You are not required to join every day of the walk (unless you would like to).  Please contact Deb Woodward on or 07766 245144 if you would like to sign up to take part, or need more information.

TODDLERS GROUP Unfortunately, we can't run Toddler Group as normal. To stay in touch and keep everyone updated, There is a Facebook Group ( and a WhatsApp group (contact to be added).

N.B.  Concerning the public health emergency because of the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic, Government Guidelines remain under review and may be updated in line with the changing situation.


WEBSITE Go to and follow the link to bulletins for more notices.

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 Priests'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,

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.