St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 27th/28th July 2019 - 17th Sunday, Year C
8pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Anna P 07590 545645
Altar Servers Julianna Hannah Antos
Harvey Vincent Teresa
Jack Elsie-Rose
Dylan Zalan
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion John L Rod M
Maura McG Simona D'U Deirdre M
Jane M Charlie E Eric R
Marian C Petra L Mary Q
Jerome H Mary McG
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Paula T Donncha R Suzy W
2nd Reading Ella C Hazel M Laura B
Bidding prayers Catherine L Karen R Nancy R
Hospitality after Mass None (Summer Break) Kieron & Dee O'H Mary O
Hymn Presentation Mark H
Mass Preparation Andy S
Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court Maura McG
Flowers Clare C Week beginning 29th Jul
Altar Linen Molly McN Key Holder Ann 01628 629028
Cashiers Martin H & Clare F Banker Eddie R

On admission, please state clearly that you are a Catholic Christian.

If you want the Chaplain to visit you, you should complete the form in the Chapel, or speak to the Ward Sister in Charge.

The local Roman Catholic Church near Wexham Park Hospital is the Church of the Holy Redeemer, contact 01753 578328. In cases of emergency, call St Joseph’s Maidenhead on 01628 783988.

PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
20th/21st July 2019 - 16th Sunday, Year C

The friendship between Jesus and the family at Bethany – Martha, Mary and Lazarus – is beautifully described in the eleventh chapter of the Gospel of John. It is a household where Jesus is warmly, even intimately, welcomed. This is less evident in today's reading from Luke, which speaks rather of the tension in the household, as a result of the unfair division of labour between the two sisters.

Some scripture scholars remark that this gospel is less about work versus prayer and more about breaking boundaries. They understand that sitting at Jesus’ feet or, listening to any rabbi was reserved for men only. They in turn would become teachers of faith. But here, Mary has stepped out of the traditional role when she should be in the women’s quarters and Jesus fully approves, inviting Martha to do the same.

In the traditional interpretation of this gospel, prayer and action are pitted against each other.

Or, we could see it as food versus the communion of spirits. We can afford to do with less food or, to go without food for a time. We can never afford to be unaware of the deeper mysteries. Sometimes we go the opposite way. We don’t miss a meal but we do forget to stop for a few moments to dip into the depths of being quiet and totally present.

Each of us has to find the balance between service of the Kingdom and moments of serious attentiveness to God. Both the active and contemplative dimensions of Christian life are necessary.


Mass Times
9.30am and 11.15am
Monday to Friday:
Holy days:
7am, 9.30am and 7:30pm
5.30 - 6.10pm on Saturday; or by arrangement
Church open for prayer
Every day:
8am - 9pm

Parish Priest
07776 580596
Fr. Liam Cummins

01628 628274
Mrs Gillian Hollingbery
Mon, Weds & Fri: 10am to 12 noon;
Tues & Thurs: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Mrs Carolyn Foster
Notices to Parish Office by 12 noon Weds


Each Sunday      9.30am: People of the Parish

22nd July             9.30am: Orville Petersen RIP

24th July              9.30am: John & Eileen Choules (intention)

1st August            9.30am: Franco Bigoni RIP (Birthday)

26th August          9.30am: Brenda Petersen RIP

If you would like a Mass said, either in remembrance or as an intention, please see Gillian in the Parish Office to book it.

COLLECTION last weekend was £682.05. The Second Collection in aid of Apostleship of the Sea last weekend raised £556.72. Thank you.

SECOND COLLECTION This weekend, 21st/22nd July, there will be a Second Collection at all Masses in aid of Peters Pence. Please make cheques payable to St Edmund Campion Parish.

PLEASE PRAY for the repose of the soul of Jane Edmundson whose funeral Mass was on Tuesday 16th July at 11am, and for  Douglas 'Doug' Crichton whose funeral Mass will be on Monday 22nd July at 11.15am. The 9.30 Mass that day will be said as usual.

MEMORIAL MASS Please pray for Fr John Meleuish (Mill Hill Missionary) killed in a car accident some weeks ago in South Africa. A Memorial Mass is being celebrated for the repose of his soul on Saturday 20th July at 1.30pm. Fr John has family living in Cookham.

BAPTISM We welcome Tess and Grace Kenny, being baptised on Saturday 20th July at 12pm.

SUMMER ROTAS Please check the website, or the lists in the church porch, for the duties each week through the summer.


BULLETIN This week's bulletin (for 20th/21st July) will be the last one until 7th/8th September.

THAMES PATH HIKE FOR MACMILLAN Suzy Williams (singer at 11:15 Masses) is walking the Thames Path on Saturday 20th July to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, who have been a fantastic support in the past to her family and friends. If you'd like to support her fundraising, please visit

BOOKING There will be a Summer Craft Camp on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the week beginning 29th July and again in the week beginning 19th August, so the Centre will be unavailable on those days. Apologies to weekday Mass attenders for any inconvenience.

HEALING MASSES There will be Healing Masses with Anointing of the Sick and housebound at 10am on Friday 2nd August at St Edmund Campion, and Friday 6th September (church to be confirmed).

PILGRIMAGE to Our Lady's Shrine, Banneux, Belgium 11th-16th August 2019. Please pray for all those from the two Maidenhead Parishes who will be going.

REGULAR GROUPS The Tuesday evening Reflections and the Bridge Club will continue to meet during the summer holidays, but Scrabble and the Thursday Group will be taking a break restarting on Thursday 5th September and Thursday 12th September, respectively.

MOTHER’S PRAYER GROUP AT ST EDMUND CAMPION PARISH beginning on Friday 13th September at 8.50am. More details on the website, or contact Nancy or Noris at

SOUP LUNCH The next Soup Lunch will be on Thursday 26th September, noon to 2pm.

TEA ON SUNDAY The next Tea on Sunday will be after the summer holidays, on 6th October at 3pm.

ALPHA COURSE From Thursday 26th September (evening) to Thursday 5th December at Windsor Parish. Alpha is ten sessions with the option of a retreat day away in the middle (9th November). This is compulsory for anyone who wants to be inititiated into the Catholic Church, either through Baptism or Confirmation.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) will begin on Thursday 9th January 2020 (twelve sessions for about 90 minutes) until the beginning of April 2020.

Further details for Alpha and RCIA on the sheet in the church porch, or contact Fr Liam.

THANK YOU “From all the Parents and Grandparents, Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers who have attended our Parish’s Playgroup. We wish to thank Marion for all her hard work over the past three years. She has made each and everyone one of us feel so welcome and has left very large shoes to fill.”

CAFOD UPDATE MEETING You are invited to a CAFOD update meeting on Wednesday 4th September from 7:15pm to 9pm at St Joseph & St Margaret of Clitherow Church, 39 Braccan Walk, Bracknell RG12 1BE. Nikki Evans, CAFOD’s programme officer for Bolivia, will be speaking about the work there and how your donations are making a difference to people’s lives. Please book your place so they know how many people are coming, by emailing or phoning 01252 329385.

MOTHER’S PRAYER GROUP AT ST EDMUND PARISH Mothers Prayers started in England many years ago by two women who felt the need to pray for their children. This initiative spread very quickly worldwide and today there are prayer groups in over 100 countries. These mothers meet up weekly to pray for their children and grandchildren and to find the support they need. During these years there have been many wonderful answers to their prayers. A group of mums would like to start a Mothers Prayer Group at the Parish from September. If you would like to join us in prayers come to the Parish on Friday 13th September at 8.50am. Contact Nancy or Noris at For more information about MPGs visit:

Thank you dear Lord for the gift of motherhood. 
This is such a blessed and dignified vocation.
Lord, we often forget just how much you trust us, 
by giving one of your precious children into our care.
Please help us always to appreciate the importance of being a mother. Amen

FOUNDATION GOVERNOR The Diocese of Northampton is seeking to appoint a Foundation Governor for St. Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School, Slough.The suitable candidate must be a practising catholic over the age of 18 who values the importance of Catholic education in the local community. A background in education is not required, but skills from other professional spheres are greatly welcomed. If you are interested in applying or would like further information, please send a letter of intent by email to

RED BOXES Please bring in your boxes for emptying to the Parish Office or to Louise J or Barbara McW.

HOUSEBOUND If you know of anyone who is sick and/or housebound, please let Gillian (Parish Office) or Fr Liam know so that a visit can be arranged.

FOODSHARE The Foodshare shelves are almost empty. When shopping please consider buying an extra item and leaving it in the box in the church lobby. Foodshare currently looks after about 200 families in need every week but are having to cut down on the amount of food they distribute.

RE:CHARGE R&R has been selected by John Lewis to take part in Community Matters, their charitable giving scheme that runs throughout the John Lewis & Partners stores. Each time you shop at the John Lewis store in High Wycombe, you will be given a green token at the checkout that you can use to vote for your favourite project. The donation boxes are located at the cafe/restaurant/customer collection point areas. Please vote for Re:Charge R&R to make sure we take away the highest grant! The scheme will run until the end of July and is available at the John Lewis High Wycombe store at the following address: Holmers Farm Way, Cressex Centre, High Wycombe, HP12 4NW. Please check their website for opening times and other information. Thank you all in advance for your vote!

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.

HALL HIRE We would like to remind everyone that the Parish Centre is available for hire for parties at £25 per hour. If of interest please contact Gillian in the Parish Office.

ADORE WEBSITE The website 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

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HAND SANITISER There is a hand sanitiser on the wall in the church lobby. Please use it to help prevent the spread of coughs and colds. Thank you.

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?

VOLUNTEER RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLORS NEEDED “Are you a Qualified Counsellor with a minimum Level 4 Diploma in Counselling? Would you like to train in Relationship Counselling and help Marriage Care reach more couples with our life-changing service? Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation providing marriage preparation and professional relationship counselling for couples across England and Wales. Our local centre is recruiting qualified counsellors to train in our Certificate in Relationship Counselling and provide just 2 sessions of counselling per week. We are also recruiting qualified relationship counsellors who already hold a certification in couples counselling. If you are interested in further developing your skills in this truly rewarding role and becoming part of a friendly local team making a real difference in your community please enquire. Please note that CRC Training costs are in the region of £1,800. For more information please visit us at: or email”

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!

FOODSHARE Maidenhead Salvation Army hosts two of the Foodshare events each week on a Monday and a Friday alongside their Sunday roast each week. Is anyone interested in helping on a rota basis on a Friday night, arriving by 6pm and clearing up by 7:30pm? Please contact Major John Mclean on 01628 625914.

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 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 or 07939 495774.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED The Brett Foundation is looking for people to help at The Centre where hot food and hot drinks are offered to the homeless, elderly, lonely, those with mental health issues and people in need who live below the poverty line. There is help with filling out forms, cooking sessions, help to find jobs and accommodation (plus support as a mentor once they have a home and job for those who are homeless) and a listening ear. The Centre is open Mon‑Fri 10am to 1pm, Sat 10am-12pm, also Tues & Wed 7-9.30pm, & Sun 7-8pm. If you are interested in helping at the Centre, please contact Sue Brett on either or 07582 158849.

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: 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, email 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

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, see the webpage at 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:

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This week in the Parish Centre (unless otherwise stated)
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 2019 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website,