St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 29th February/1st March 2020 - 1st Sunday of Lent, Year A
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Julie C 07823 321004
Altar Servers Juliana Patrick Josephina
Harvey Amelia Antos
Nathan Hannah Teresa
Nasia Alicia Marcie
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Dora W Zoe B
Paula T Dominique D Jonathan H
Merle F Maurha H Moya Z
Reena K Tricia O Mary F
David W Kathryn A
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Margarita K Carolyn F Mary F
2nd Reading Lucy L Sandra W Jonathan H
Bidding prayers Ethel D Mike Q Marian B
Hospitality after Mass Maggie LD Kieron & Dee O'H Agnieszka D
Hymn Presentation Mike Q
Mass Preparation Paola R & Petra L
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 Tony McC
Flowers None (Lent) Week beginning 2nd Mar
Altar Linen Milly D Key Holder Tom 01628 632127
Cashiers Ken & Hazel M Banker TBD

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.

PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
22nd/23rd February 2020 - 7th Sunday, Year A

Few questions in human experience are as existential as these: Who is my friend? Who is my enemy? War and strife go back farther than written history; in fact, most of our earliest written history deals with war and conquest, and the annihilation of entire cultures. Even our earliest Scriptures deal with these questions. The serpent in the Garden posed as a friend to Adam and Eve, and betrayed then into betraying God. Cain slew Abel out of jealousy for his brother’s relationship with the Lord. Retaliation!

 

“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” has a grim ring to our contemporary ears... This is not good enough for Jesus “But I say to you”. Jesus is here setting the bar much higher for his followers. The new model now is how the heavenly Father deals with all of us regardless of how we relate to Him.

We are called to nothing less than perfection. In the Gospel of St Luke we learn more about the sort of perfection called for. St Luke’s phrase is: “Be merciful as your heavenly Father is merciful”. What is called for is the perfection of mercy. In his last moments on Calvary Jesus gave us an example of what is meant: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do”. Let us try to be more like Jesus.

This Week’s   Readings

First reading; Leviticus 9:1-2,17-18 You must love your neighbour, as yourself.

Responsorial Psalm; Psalm 102

Second reading; First Letter of St Paul to the Corinthians 3:16-23 All are your servants, but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.

Gospel; Matthew 5: 38-48 Love your enemies.

For full readings please see www.universalis.com

ST EDMUND CAMPION CATHOLIC PARISH

40A ALTWOOD ROAD,
MAIDENHEAD, SL6 4PY
Mass Times
Saturday:
6.15pm
Sunday:
9.30am and 11.15am
Monday to Thursday:
9.30am
Friday:
10am
Holy days:
7am, 9.30am and 7:30pm
Confession
5.30 - 6.10pm on Saturday; or by arrangement
Church open for prayer
Every day:
6am - 9pm

Parish Priest
Tel:
07776 580596
Fr. Liam Cummins
Email:
lcummins@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

Office
Tel:
01628 628274
Sarah Hubbard
Email:
stec@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
Open:
Monday: 8.30am to 3.30pm;    Tuesday: 9am to 11.30am;
Wednesday: 9am to 3.30pm;    Friday: 9am to 2pm.    Closed Thursday.

Website:
Bulletin:
st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk
Notices to Parish Office by 12 noon Weds

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.

MASS INTENTIONS  23/02 09.30 Katherine Soares RIP Lourdinho Soares RIP Irene Shearer RIP

23/02 11.15 Jerry Connor RIP

24/02 09.30 Benjamin Lunken SI

01/03 11.15 Linda Holloway RIP AN Franklin Rodrigues RIP

If you would like a Mass celebrated, either in remembrance or as an intention, please contact our Parish Administrator, Sarah, to book it.

The collection last week was £753.44. Thank you very much.

POLITE NOTICE for reasons of health and safety, and further, as a courtesy to those around us, please refrain from giving children food and snacks during Mass.  If it is necessary that a child be fed, then please use the facilities in the parish hall.  Feeding babies (milk), and drinking water is permitted in the church

 

BAPTISM We welcome four children this month. Rocco Mayor who was Baptised on Sunday 16th Feb, Riley Darkin on 22nd Feb; and Dylan and Amelia Reid on Sunday 23rd.

 

FUNERALS  Irene Shearer’s Funeral will take place on the 28th February at 12pm. Immediately after the funeral, refreshments will be held in the Parish Centre for all those who can’t follow on to the Slough Crematorium, for a short Committal Service. Those who can, a reception will be held immediately after at Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, SL2 4PG

 

NURSERY APPLICATION ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21 The deadline to apply for a place in the nursery for the academic year 2020-21 is 28th February 2020, children who were born between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018 will be eligible to start the term after their 3rd birthday. Please contact Mrs Powell on 01628 639891 or via email nursery@st-edmund.org.uk..

Fr Liam is available, to sign the SIF forms for those children Categories 3,4 and 5 only, based on Sunday Mass attendance cards (or letter from the Parish Priest if from another Parish).

 

EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY & READER MINISTRY COURSE The final course for training and refresher training for Eucharistic Ministers and Reader Ministers will take place  in the Church on 24th of February 19.00-21.00. Please attend this course if you are a Eucharistic Minister or Reader Minister, or want to become one.

 

ALTAR SERVERS TRAINING Compulsory training for current and new Altar Servers is being run on the 8th of March.  17.00– 18.30 Please take this as notice to attend the training.

 

THE SEASON OF LENT  Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism.  In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need. We have a lovely list of “10 Ideas for Lent “ for you to take away this week.

 

LENT ONLINE RETREAT Do you wish you had more time to pray but aren’t sure how to fit prayer into your daily routine? Get a daily email delivered to your inbox and re-start your prayer life this Lent. Go to: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/lent-retreat-2020

 

ASH WEDNESDAY  This year Ash Wednesday falls on the 26th February.  Mass and the distribution of the ashes will take place at 7am; 9.30am and 7.30pm.

 

Real Lives week from 25th February to 1st March at St Mary’s when Glen Scrivener will be interviewing a series of guests looking at how their faith has helped them deal with a variety of issues. Details of the events are listed on the flyer on the noticeboard. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from the website at  www.stmarysmaidenhead.org/reallives

FINANCE MEETING 27th Feb at 8pm

 

CTiM A service to mark “The  World  Day  of  Prayer 2020”.The theme is “Praying with Zimbabwe” and everyone is welcome. The venue is St.Mark’s Crescent Methodist Church, Allenby Road, Maidenhead, SL6 5BQ. Friday  6 March 2pm

 

CAFOD LENT FAST DAY is on Friday 6 March this year. Next weekend, children from the school will be speaking at all Masses about CAFOD’s work. Envelopes and prayer cards will be available and the collection will be taken on 7/8 March. For more information visit cafod.org.uk/fastday. Please support CAFOD by joining us in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Thanks in advance for your support and generosity.

 

SVP GROUP The Christmas 2019 St Edmund Campion SVP Smarties Appeal for our sister organisations in Sudan and South Sudan raised an astonishing £1,374.49. This is  the biggest total we have ever raised. Thank you so much for your generosity. With Thanks and Best Wishes, the St EC SVP Group.

 

CHILDREN’S LITURGY There is a vacancy for a Children's Liturgy catechist for the 3-5 year olds. What is Children’s liturgy? It is the Liturgy of the Word suitably adapted to make it relevant to the lives and experiences of young children. It gives them the opportunity to understand the Gospel message and participate in the Sunday Mass (09.30) at their own level. We have a team of 24 catechists working in pairs, one month in four, with three age groups, 3-5, 5-8 and 8 upwards. An average of between 20-30 children attend each group. There are a range of books available to help with planning the sessions. All sessions contain a reading from scripture, normally the Gospel of the day. Catechists will then present the reading in other ways e.g. through drama, story, art work or discussion. Catechists often find the session personally valuable as they have to prepare the Sunday Gospel and really reflect on its message and meaning in their lives. If you would like to be involved please contact Tricia Opalko through the school or Parish office. Catechists are subject to a DBS check to see if they are suitable to work with children.

 

MARITAL ISSUES Are disagreements becoming more frequent?  Is your marriage stressed, unloving, cold? Do you want to improve your communication? Have you separated, divorced, or are you thinking about it more?   Do you want to try again? The Retrouvaille programme may be just what you need! Next programme commences with a weekend  28th Feb -1st March 2020 For more information visit the website at  www.retrouvaille.org.uk (Complete confidentiality assured.)

 

LANDINGS AT ST EDMUND CAMPION PARISH Landings is a lay-led series of meetings for those wishing to re-connect with their Catholic faith. Before we can run the meetings, we need to recruit team leaders. In particular, we are looking for parishioners who have had the experience of returning to the faith themselves. You will receive the necessary training. For more information, contact John Lawson on 07763 182927. http://www.landings.org.uk 

 

FOLK GROUP AND FRIENDS Saturday 7th March 7.30pm in the school hall. £10 a ticket to include a bread and cheese supper. For tickets contact Jo on 07967097270 or see us after 9.30 mass.

 

HOUSE BLESSINGS If anyone would like their house or apartment blessed, Fr Liam would be very happy to do it.  It just takes about 25 minutes.  It’s a service of prayer and blessing with holy water. 

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

WALKING THE ST JAMES WAY from Reading Abbey to Southampton in 6 stages on a Saturday starting 21st March at St James Church, Reading RG1 3FD. The route passes through beautiful countryside, past points of historic and religious interest, to a place where many pilgrims in former days will have set sail for Spain.  Why not re-enact their journey by joining us this year. Please email the St James parish office on stjames@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk to register your interest. See poster for full list of dates.

 

GOOD GYM GoodGym is a caring and sociable community of runners who get fit at the same time as helping out in their local area. They are launching in Windsor and Maidenhead on the 26th of February, and there are lots of ways to get involved. GoodGym would also love to hear from you if you are involved with a charity or community group/venue who need help. Perhaps your scout hut needs a deep clean, your community garden is overgrown or you are drowning in boxes of flat-pack furniture?

Sign up at www.goodgym.org or email amylovell@goodgym.org for more info. 

 

 

LINKS, NEWS AND REVIEWS

 

PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE NEWS Please find here a link to the Portsmouth Diocese News. Here you’ll find lots of interesting information and articles. http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue252.php

MILL HILL MISSIONARIES Here you can find the Mill Hill Missionaries website.  https://millhillmissionaries.com/

Some suggestions of daily  reading/ prayer/ reflection in the Year of the Word 2020 (The God that Speaks)

Bible in a Year https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/

Pray as you Go https://pray-as-you-go.org/

Sacred Spaces https://www.sacredspace.ie/                                        

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.

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.

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 office@maidenheadcare.org.uk 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 reading.admin@marriagecare.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 info@catholicsingles.org.uk 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 stangelsm@hotmail.co.uk.

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 pcs@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk, 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.

LINKS, NEWS AND REVIEWS

PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE NEWS Please find here a link to the Portsmouth Diocese News. Here you’ll find lots of interesting information and articles. http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue252.php

MILL HILL MISSIONARIES Here you can find the Mill Hill Missionaries website.  https://millhillmissionaries.com/

Some suggestions of daily  reading/ prayer/ reflection in the Year of the Word 2020 (The God that Speaks)

Bible in a Year https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/

Pray as you Go https://pray-as-you-go.org/

Sacred Spaces https://www.sacredspace.ie/

 

WEBSITE Go to www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk and follow the link to bulletins for more notices.

This week in the Parish Centre (unless otherwise stated)

THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH

Saturday 22nd

Riley Baptism 10.00

Confession 17.30-18.10

18.15 Mass

Sunday 23rd

09.30 and 11.15 Mass

Reid Family Baptism 12.30

Monday 24th

09.30 Mass

French Circle 10.30-12.30

Eucharistic Ministry & Reader Ministry Course 19.00-21.00

Tuesday 25th

09.30 Mass

Private Booking 15.00-17.30

Maidenhead Floral Art Society 20.00-22.00

Reflections and Worship

   19.30-20.00 Silent Adoration.

   20.00-21.30 Open Worship with music, praising and topical  visualisation

Ash Wednesday 26th

07.00 Mass

09.30 Mass

19.30 Mass

Bridge 10.30-12.30

Adult Formation  20.00

Thursday 27th

09.30 Mass

Thursday Group 13.30-12.30

Soup Lunch 12.00-14.00

RCIA (session 8) 19.30-21.00

Finance Meeting 20.00

Friday 28th

Mothers Prayers 08.50-09.50

Toddlers 09.00-11.00

10.00 Mass

Irene Shearer Funeral 12.00

Saturday 29th

Craft Club 10.00-12.00

Rite of Election for RCIA Candidates (Portsmouth) 11.00-12.00

Confession 17.30-18.10

18.15 Mass

Sunday 1st

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

School Notices

 

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, www.st-edmund.org.uk.