|Mass Representative||Pam C 01628 823530||Shirley F 01628 633406||Julie C 07823 321004|
|Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion||Tricia O||Zoe B|
|Reena K||David W||Jonathan H|
|Paula T||Dora W||Moya Z|
|Merle F||Dominique D||Mary F|
|Maurha H||Kathryn A|
|Ministers of the Word||6.15pm||9.30am||11.15am|
|1st Reading||Lucy L||Karen R||Laura B|
|2nd Reading||Margarita K||Donncha R||Nancy R|
|Bidding prayers||Brian McG||Hazel M||Dube I|
|Hospitality after Mass||Andrew S||Jan & John O'B||Charlotte McG|
|Hymn Presentation||Mike Q|
|Mass Preparation||Andy S|
|Children's Liturgy||Age 3-5's||Age 6-8's||Age 8 and up|
|Team A||Ruth McC||Graeme M||Tricia O|
|Aimee R||Dora L||Ethel D|
|Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court||Tony McC|
|Flowers||None (Advent)||Week beginning 23rd Dec|
|Altar Linen||Angela D||Key Holder||Tom 01628 632127|
|Cashiers||Rosemary LC & Phil M||Banker||Eddie R|
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.
Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God”. Today is Rejoicing Sunday.
Today the candle on the wreath is pink or rose, not purple as on the other Sundays of Advent; to express the joy felt at the nearness of the Lord.
Where people hope, there is always a spirit of eager anticipation.
The waiting for something great to happen brings with it a lively joy, sometimes greater than the possession of what we had been waiting for.
Our joy during this Advent season comes from our awareness that the Lord is already with us and if we let him, he will even become nearer to us when we let him make us more like him. We welcome Jesus here among us.
This mid-point of Advent alerts us to issues of justice and equality.
Christmas can bring out the best in us to care for the needy. We are surrounded by charities looking for aid. We know that Jesus hears the cries of the poor, and he joins every carol-singing group trying to help.
Christmas also asks us to consider our honesty and integrity, for we know that many are poor, at home and abroad, because of the greed of others. Christmas is a reminder and a challenge that all can live with the dignity we have come to regard as human rights – education, safety, shelter, food, water, employment, freedom. The Christ child who was born poor represents all the poor of the world, especially children. As he was born ordinary, he represents that God meets, greets and helps us in the ordinary aspects of life.
The one who is to come is the one who will live and love according to these truths of human dignity and equality.
Come, Lord Jesus, child of the earth, child of God.
Come into our world of joy and sorrow. Stay with us always,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
This Week’s Readings.
3rd Sunday of Advent
First reading; Isaiah 11:1-10 God himself is coming to save you
Responsorial Psalm; Psalm 145(146):6-10
Second reading; James 5:7-10 Do not lose heart; the Lord's coming will be soon
Gospel; Matthew 11:2-11 A greater than John the Baptist has never been seen
For full readings please see www.universalis.com
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 15/12 09.30 Maria-Luisa Shippey RIP AN and Tony O’Shea RIP
15/12 11.15 Eleanor Flynn RIP
20/12 Alan Rainey and Family SI
21/12 18.15 Gwen Frost RIP
22/12 11.15 Cornelius Hayes RIP AN
22/12 Eamonn Lawlor RIP AN
Baptism– We congratulate Andreas Alexandros Tsogkas on his babtism last weekend, and we welcome him into our Church.
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 £ 717.76. Thank you.
BIRTHDAY Join us in wishing Fr Liam a Happy Birthday for Saturday.
CHRISTMAS MINISTRIES APPEAL Dear Parishioners, volunteers are once again needed to cover all Ministries during the Christmas Masses. These are for Eucharistic Ministers, Readers of the Word, and Crib Builders. Please sign up on the sheets in the porch. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS EVE CHILDRENS MASS 18.00 It would be lovely to see the children dressed as Nativity characters….angels, shepherds, animals, wise men…..and whatever else seems appropriate. So, bring out the angel wings and tea towels!
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.
CHRISTMAS STARS Once again we will be doing our Christmas Stars. Last year there were 61 stars which raised an amazing £635, and also decorated the altar walls beautifully! To briefly explain for those unfamiliar with the stars, the idea is that, instead of sending Christmas cards to all your friends in the parish, you just write a message on a star, (available in the porch from the beginning of December) decorate it if you wish, and put it on the wall around the altar. Hopefully we can have a wonderful display of bright stars again. Then, think of the money you have saved on cards and stamps, and time and effort writing and delivering them, and give a donation to charity. There will be a box for your donation in the porch , or you can give it to Barbara McWalter at 11.15 Mass or to Sarah in the office. The charity this year will again be Fr Liam’s charity W.O.R.K. (Widows and Orphans of Rural Kenya http://www.work-kenya.org ). Thank you in advance for your usual generosity for this very worthy cause.
CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS The collection at all Masses on Christmas Day are designated for Fr Liam and make up a substantial part of his yearly income. It is possible to Gift Aid these donations for the benefit of the Parish; please take a Gift Aid envelope from the church lobby. Cheques payable to the Parish, please, as these gifts have to go through the Parish accounts but will be paid in full to Fr Liam. If you are not around at Christmas and you want to share in this, you can bring your gift beforehand to the office, or put it in the post box. Thank you!
CAROL SERVICE On Wednesday 18/12 at 19.00 the year 5 children will be holding a Christmas carol service in the church. There will be songs, dance, prayer and poetry sharing the true reason for the festive season. We would like to invite you all to join us on Wednesday evening to share in the Christmas joy
SVP CHRISTMAS SUDAN APPEAL 2019 – SMARTIES!!!! Please return smartie tubes filled at the Masses of the weekend of 11 and 12 January 2020. If you prefer, you can collect an envelope instead of a Smarties Tube and place donations in that. Every penny donated will be sent to SVP Twinnage to enable the SVP to continue its sorely needed work in the area. The SVP in Sudan and South Sudan are desperate for our support. So please, take a tube (maximum two tubes per family) or an envelope and give what you can. Thank you so much for your attention.
FOODSHARE Thanks to everyone who helped or made donations at Waitrose on Saturday 7th December. A total of 52 crates of food were donated. Also thanks to everyone who has donated food via the dropbox in the church porch over the past year.
RED BOXES. We have been emptying the red mission boxes during November. If you still have one, 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.
PIETY STALL Cynthia has a large selection of merchandise available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need anything that is not on display or have any further questions.
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.
QUENCH Please continue to support Quench where possible. Contact 07802735047. There was £828 brought in after Mass two weekends ago. .
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.
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 office) 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.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE St. Edward’s Church in Windsor is running a Marriage Preparation Course in 2020. The dates are January 16, 19, 23, 30 and 6 February. All engaged couples are more than welcome to attend.
Please email Kathy to register on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also running a Marriage preparation course at St Edmund Campion on Saturday the 18th of April. Please contact Fr Liam or Sarah Hubbard to register.
W.O.R.K. Please, if anyone has made donations to WORK in any capacity over this calendar year, please could you let Sarah know your address or Gift Aid number, so Mary-Jane can claim back as much Gift Aid as possible
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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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
09.30 (Christingle) and 11.15 Mass
Singing Enrichment 18.30-19.30 in the Church
Philippino Mass 18.30 reception follows
Reflections and Worship
19.30-20.00 Silent Adoration.
20.00-21.30 Open Worship with music, praising and topical visualisation
Carol Service (Y5) 19.00
Adult Formation 20.00-21.00
Thursday Group 10.30
Mothers Prayers 08.50-09.50
No Toddlers Group. Resumes Friday 10th of January
SEN Group service 18.00
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