|Mass Representative||Pam C 01628 823530||Shirley F 01628 633406||Julie C 07823 321004|
|Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion||Pamela C||Rod M|
|Paula T||Tom O'K||Deirdre M|
|Merle F||Cathy O'B||Eric R|
|Sandra G||Gabrielle Br||Mary Q|
|Nina B||Mary McG|
|Ministers of the Word||6.15pm||9.30am||11.15am|
|1st Reading||Maura McG||John C||George A|
|2nd Reading||Reena K||Ruth D||Patryk D|
|Bidding prayers||Neil K||Nina B||Eric R|
|Hospitality after Mass||Maggie LD||Geraldine B||Clare F|
|Hymn Presentation||Nevil F|
|Mass Preparation||Eddie A|
|Children's Liturgy||Age 3-5's||Age 6-8's||Age 8 and up|
|Team D||Angela B||Anna W||Jane J|
|Dee O'H||Simone D'U||Rebecca B|
|Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court||Kathy H|
|Flowers||Marie O'M||Week beginning 25th Nov|
|Altar Linen||Norris D||Key Holder||Claire 07850 787486|
|Cashiers||Ann G & Carolyn F||Banker||Tom O'K|
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, www.st-edmund.org.uk.
Jesus’ words about the end of time can be disturbing. When he foretells the destruction of the physical Temple in Jerusalem, we need to recall what replaces that temple. As temples of the Spirit, we are ‘born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading’ (2 Pet 1:4).
It is remarkable that Jesus’ prophecy is being fulfilled even in our own time. The amount of unrest among people, and even in nature itself is frightening. The Christian message of ‘love your neighbour as yourself’, stands out in complete contrast to this scene. The little we can do is not in vain.
Pope Francis has highlighted the need for compassion in our dealings with one another. This intervention by Pope Francis may be seen as coming from Jesus, when he said in today’s gospel, ‘I will give you words and wisdom that none of your opponents can withstand or contradict’.
This week’s Readings
If you would like a Mass celebrated, either in remembrance or as an intention, please see our Parish Administrator, Sarah, in the Parish Office to book it.
09.30 20/11 Andrew Thatcher RIP. 10.00 22/11 Nicholas Alcorn RIP AN;
11.15 24/11 Michael and Josie Kenny RIP AN
If you would like a Mass celebrated, either in remembrance or as an intention, please contact our Parish Administrator, Sarah, to book it.
BLESSING OF GRAVES– Sunday 17th November Braywick Cemetery. 14.15 and Cookham cemetery, at 15.30
The collection last week was £756.49. Thank you.
The Second Collection for SVP was £1233.79. Thank you.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The programme for First Holy Communion starts in November with Mass attendance, and the first class will be on 07/12/2019. Mass Attendance Cards are printed and are available to collect at Mass. For all further details see Fr Liam. Applications are now closed.
QUENCH Please support Quench where possible. Contact 07802735047. Quench will be running a bookshop on the 30/11/2019 and 01/12/2019 here after Mass.
SPECIAL NEEDS QUIET PRAYER AND WELCOME 22/11 6-7 In the spirit of Jean Vanier’s L’Arche (see https://larche.org/web/jeanvanier/home), we would like to invite all members of the community with special needs, their families and friends, to a time of prayer and friendship, once a month on a Friday from 6-7. For further information, please email Margarita on stedmspecial@ gmail.com.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) will begin on 09/01/2020 (12 sessions. 90 minutes each) until April 2020. Please see the details in the porch, or contact Fr Liam.
THE GOD WHO SPEAKS The 2020 Publication is available for purchase at £5 a copy. It includes Scripture references for daily Mass, The Gospel and readings for Sunday Mass and excellent short reflections on the gospel for the day. These are lovely books and would make a lovely gift for someone.
KNOCK Patricia will be coming to mass on the 7/8 December to talk about the pilgrimage to Knock.
PIETY STALL Cynthia has a large selection of cards and advent calendars available.
CAKE SALE Patrick O’Meara is holding cake sales this weekend to fundraise for an amazing opportunity to represent Berkshire Scouts at the European Jamboree in Poland next summer where the theme is “young people, global awareness and sustainability“, Please come and support him and enjoy some delicious cakes.
RED BOXES. We will be emptying the red mission boxes during November. Please give your box to Louise Jennings or Barbara McWalter or alternatively drop it in to Sarah in the parish office. Thank you for your continued support.
WORK– Both Mary Jane from WORK, and all of our dedicated fundraisers thank the parish for all your generosity. Ann Griggs Raised £900 with her stalwart band of helpers and Sheila Walton’s knitting table, at the sale of work she held. She offers all of you and them her thanks. Kathryn Alcorn and all her helpers raised £1331.50 between soup lunches and Catering. Again, she offers you and her helpers thanks. Sadie raised £355 last weekend with her cake sale.
The RACE NIGHT was successful socially and financially. With the generous support of those attending or sponsoring horses, and with some generous donations we will be sending £531.70 to WORK. Very many thanks, John Lynn and Peter Skinner. Owners' of winning horses were Stephen Cronin, Ian and Katherine, George Alcorn (twice), Peter Skinner, John Carr and The Camp Overys.
PTA Christmas Shopping Evening Friday 22nd November 7pm. Please join us for an evening of Christmas shopping. We have over 30 stalls full of clothes, toys, handmade decorations, candles, beauty, jewellery & lots more. Entry is £5 which includes 5 raffle tickets. We have a great raffle too with over 30 prizes.
SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE Sunday 1st Dec 12-3pm. Donations for the raffle. If you or your company are able to offer a prize please get in touch with the Christmas Fayre team firstname.lastname@example.org All donations, big or small are greatly appreciated.
MOTHER’S PRAYER GROUP Every Friday at 08.50 in church for an hour. Women meet up weekly in the church to pray. Please contact Nancy or Noris at email@example.com. For more info visit: www.mothersprayer.org
PARISH RECORDS AND BULLETIN Please update us (via the forms outside the parish officer) with your details if they have changed in any way in the last five years. Also please let the Parish Administrator know if you would like to receive the bulletin electronically. We are trying to cut down paper usage in the parish and would love to decrease the number of newsletters printed.
FEAST DAY CELEBRATION 6th December, Celebration of the Feast of St Edmund Campion raising funds for the parish. “The Poor Boys Good Time Band” Live and Fish and Chip Supper in the School Hall, £12 a ticket. Tickets will be on sale after each Mass. (Julie Curran and Cheryl Lawrence).
ST EDMUND CAMPION TALKS Our first talk on "topical issues" will be held on Thursday 21 November, 19.30-21.00 in the parish centre. The topic will be "Mental health: tackling the stigma/getting help and support" and the speaker will be Ella Guerin, a former StEC pupil who works at Priory Calverton Hill, the secure psychiatric hospital in Nottingham. Refreshments available.
HOSTING Every two years the school hosts students from an American University who are training to be teachers. They are looking for host families to look after these students for approx three weeks from the 8th-30th January 2020. They will be in London for the first weekend and will go on a short trip from the 26th-29th Jan. You will be given £20 per day which will include breakfast and evening meal, for every day that they actually stay with you. Precedence will be given to families who can offer two places as the preference is for the students to travel together around Maidenhead or to London, for safety reasons. These students from Bethel University have always proven to be absolutely delightful. If you are interested please speak to Tricia Opalko or email firstname.lastname@example.org
THE PARISH CENTRE is available for hire at £25 per hour. Contact Sarah in the Parish Office, or pick up a form from outside the parish office.
On the World Day of the Poor, 17th November, between 1pm and 5:30pm, Caritas Portsmouth are holding an afternoon in St. Peters, Winchester where we can all come together to share experiences and encourage new ideas around the issue of poverty. The event will include a short play by "Staging Faith" on the life of St. Vincent De Paul, and also some personal testimonies of people who have experienced life on the margins. There will be opportunities to network with others and to see what we can practically do to help those in need around us. Come along and let this event be the place where we begin to open our church doors to those in need and be a voice of the voiceless. For further information contact Kevin Gallagher from Caritas at email@example.com or call 07388994057.
CHRISTMAS FAIR organised by Maidenhead Lions Club for 30 local charities will take place in Maidenhead Town Hall on Saturday 9th November from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. A wide variety of stalls will be offering an assortment of goods many suitable as Christmas presents.
INTERNATIONAL DINNERThis year's International Dinner will take place on Saturday, 30th November starting at 7.30 pm and will be held at St Joseph's Parish Centre. Tickets for this event are 15 pounds, with a full dinner being served and the voice of Elvis,who has come all the way from Slough. Drinks: BYO Please contact Henry Holly for tickets. Proceeds from this event will fund the new MHM mission in Cambodia.
RED BOXES Please bring in your boxes for emptying to the Parish Office or to Louise J or Barbara McW.
CTiM Churches Together in Maidenhead invite all who are alone at Christmas to join them on Christmas Day from 12.00-15.30. To book please contact Keith Cartland on 01628 636179/ 07765 505767 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SACRISTANS The Sacristans’ team is always open to welcome new volunteers who may be interested in helping out in the logistical preparations for the various Services that go on in the Church. If you would like to know more please contact a member of the team.
ADORE WEBSITE The website www.altonrenewal.com is a treasure trove of helpful information. As well as details of forthcoming ADoRE and other meetings, there are recordings of many of the talks from the last 3 years; information about renewal, prophecy, healing, evangelisation and prayer. In particular, the page on evangelising pulls together all the 2018 talks on Mission and Renewal and many useful evangelisation resources. They are also encouraging the formation or rekindling of Prayer Groups and you will find many resources on the Prayer pages of the website.
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. 300 packs have already gone, we would like to send another 100! Apart from donating an old backpack the following are needed: hand towels in good condition. Please put them in the box in the church lobby. See John L for details.
THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSE Receive an annual digital subscription to The Catholic Universe newspaper, the world’s most trusted Catholic newspaper, for just £12. Visit www.thecatholicuniverse.com/shop to subscribe to a weekly digital copy for one year, straight to your inbox. With top international Catholic contributors, a great Youth Hub page and Pope Francis updates, The Catholic Universe offers high quality Catholic journalism.
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!
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 email@example.com or contact 07538 418448 during office hours.
VOLUNTEER VACANCIES Catholic Marriage Care provides marriage and relationship counselling and marriage preparation in the local area. They are currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions at the Reading Centre:
• trained relationship counsellors – supervision and expenses provided
• evening receptionist for counselling sessions (Monday evenings in Woodley)
• people to serve refreshments at marriage preparation days (occasional Saturdays in Twyford and Maidenhead)
For further information please contact Sue Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07939 495774.
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.
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: www.europeanfriendshipcircle.org 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 www.catholicsingles.org.uk, email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, see the webpage at www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/rrwg/ 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: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/safeguarding.
KEEP IN TOUCH with the latest news! The Diocese of Portsmouth issues a weekly e-news with photos, news, and information from around the Diocese. Go to www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk and add your email address to receive these updates. Are you on Facebook? Like ‘Diocese of Portsmouth’ to get all the latest info as it happens. You can also follow @BishopEgan and @PortsmouthRC on Twitter.
DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH DIRECTORY The Directory is free online: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/directory.
WEBSITE Go to www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk and follow the link to bulletins for more notices.
This Week in Our Parish
Cake Sale after 18.15 Mass
09.30 and 11.15 Mass
Cake Sale after 09.30 and 11.15 Mass.
Singing Enrichment 18.30-19.30 in the Church
Reflections and Worship
19.30-20.00 Silent Adoration.
20.00-21.30 Open Worship with music, praising and topical visualisation
Adult Formation 20.00-21.00
Thursday Group 10.30-12.00
St Edmund Campion Talks 19.30-21.00 Mental health: Tackling the stigma/ Getting help and support.
Mothers Prayers 08.50-09.50
Toddlers Group 09.00-10.45 contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Needs Quiet Prayer and Welcome 18.00-19.00
09.30 and 11.15 Mass
Crystal and Light Sale after 09.30 and 11.15 Mass.
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
Sarah (Parish Office) or Fr Liam know so that a visit can be arranged