St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 15th/16th December 2018 - 3rd Sunday of Advent, Year C
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Anna P 07590 545645
Altar Servers Nasia Lauren Antos
Rudy Patrick Lars
Jack Vincent Teresa
Dami Zalan
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion MH Jane M Tom O'K Eric R
C1 Marian C Gabrielle B Mary Q
C2 Maura McG Simona D'U Jonathan H
C3 Sandra W
C4 Nina B
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Brian M Nina B George A
2nd Reading Liam F John C Suzy W
Bidding prayers Maura M Ruth D Patryk D
Hospitality after Mass Paula T Sophie M & Gina C Mary G
Hymn Presentation Mike Q
Mass Preparation Liz T
Children's Liturgy Age 3-5's Age 6-8's Age 8 and up
Team A Ruth McC Heather C Tricia O
Marie C Graeme M Ethel D
Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court Pam C
Flowers None (Advent) Week beginning 17th Dec
Altar Linen Angela D Key Holder Carolyn 01628 624635
Cashiers Ann G & Carolyn F Banker Julia E
GOING INTO HOSPITAL?

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
8th/9th December 2018 - 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C

A poet wrote: ‘when I am an old woman I shall wear purple’, to remind her that life can be different day by day or that she might be personally noticed and change her life.

 This time of the year the Church wears purple and we remind ourselves that Jesus is near, that life can be different and that we can change our lives.

The gospel from John the Baptist encourages a change in our lives. We would look on ourselves and regret what we should regret – our sins, our meanness, our minor faults and failings, our injustices and hurt of others. In his time the people would immerse themselves in the river and be forgiven. We can immerse ourselves in the healing and forgiving love of God in many ways, including the sacrament of reconciliation (penance, confession). We can immerse ourselves in the mood of waiting for Christmas, and take this on the spiritual level and well as the ordinary.

All of the weeks of Advent can be a preparation for the way of the Lord, which we will hear of during the readings of the coming year. This is a time of joyful waiting, knowing we cannot be let down. The purple of Advent is not the purple of mourning but of joyful anticipation – like when we dress in the football team’s colours early in the morning to look forward to a match.

If we take time for the spiritual preparation with some prayer, sacraments (maybe go to Mass once or twice a week, or daily for Advent), and if we help our neighbour a bit more than usual, then nothing of all the preparations can be just secular. Everything of this month can remind us of God… trees, lights, carols, parties, Santa hats, cards, gift-buying – big reminders that God is near.

Give us this day our daily bread and daily truth, Lord God.

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ST EDMUND CAMPION CATHOLIC PARISH

40A ALTWOOD ROAD,
MAIDENHEAD, SL6 4PY
Mass Times
Saturday:
6.15pm
Sunday:
9.30am and 11.15am
Monday to Friday:
9.30am
Holy days:
9.30am and 8pm
Confession
5.30 - 6.10pm on Saturday; or by arrangement
Church open for prayer
Every day:
8am - 9pm

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

Office
Tel:
01628 628274
Mrs Gillian Hollingbery
Email:
stec@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
Open:
Mon, Weds & Fri: 10am to 12 noon;
Tues & Thurs: 2.30pm to 4.30pm

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

MASS INTENTIONS

9th Dec          9.30am: People of the Parish

                     11.15am: Jack Minihan RIP

10th Dec        9.30am: Mr Marian Gurdak RIP (94th Birthday)

16th Dec        9.30am: Maria-Luisa Shippey RIP

                     11.15am: People of the Parish

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

COLLECTION last weekend was £671.69. Thank you.

PLANNED GIVING Thank you to those who give by Standing Order or Direct Debit. During November this raised £3,906.00. If you would like to give in this way please take a form from the church lobby and return it to Gillian in the Parish Office. If you are a UK taxpayer, and have not already done so, please consider completing a Gift Aid declaration form, as this will enable the Parish to reclaim 25% of your donation from HMRC and so increase it at no cost to yourself. These forms can also be returned to the Parish Office. Thank you.

PARISH OFFICE The office will close early on Monday 10th December. It will also be closed on Thursday 13th December.

BAPTISM We welcome Elsa Jasmine Murray, who will be baptised on Sunday 16th December at 1pm.

MY DAY BY DAY The latest issue is now available in the church lobby for £1 per copy. There are also copies of the Catholic Herald each week. Please put payment in the cash box.

JOIN WITH THE HOLY FATHER IN PRAYING: that people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 10th December is Claire  07850 787486

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If we take time for the spiritual preparation with some prayer, sacraments (maybe go to Mass once or twice a week, or daily for Advent), and if we help our neighbour a bit more than usual, then nothing of all the preparations can be just secular. Everything of this month can remind us of God… trees, lights, carols, parties, Santa hats, cards, gift-buying – big reminders that God is near.

Give us this day our daily bread and daily truth, Lord God.

MASS INTENTIONS

9th Dec          9.30am: People of the Parish

                     11.15am: Jack Minihan RIP

10th Dec        9.30am: Mr Marian Gurdak RIP (94th Birthday)

16th Dec        9.30am: Maria-Luisa Shippey RIP

                     11.15am: People of the Parish

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

COLLECTION last weekend was £671.69. Thank you.

PLANNED GIVING Thank you to those who give by Standing Order or Direct Debit. During November this raised £3,906.00. If you would like to give in this way please take a form from the church lobby and return it to Gillian in the Parish Office. If you are a UK taxpayer, and have not already done so, please consider completing a Gift Aid declaration form, as this will enable the Parish to reclaim 25% of your donation from HMRC and so increase it at no cost to yourself. These forms can also be returned to the Parish Office. Thank you.

PARISH OFFICE The office will close early on Monday 10th December. It will also be closed on Thursday 13th December.

BAPTISM We welcome Elsa Jasmine Murray, who will be baptised on Sunday 16th December at 1pm.

MY DAY BY DAY The latest issue is now available in the church lobby for £1 per copy. There are also copies of the Catholic Herald each week. Please put payment in the cash box.

JOIN WITH THE HOLY FATHER IN PRAYING: that people, who are involved in the service and transmission of faith, may find, in their dialogue with culture, a language suited to the conditions of the present time.

DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 10th December is Claire  07850 787486
 

Notices

INTERNATIONAL DINNER A big thank you to all of you who came last Saturday to support our International Dinner in St Joseph's Parish Centre.  It was great to see you there in such numbers to suppor the two projects, one in Uganda and one in India. Altogether, £1.046 was raised. Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas, Fr Brian Oswald MHM

CHRISTMAS Please sign up if you are free for the following Ministries over the Christmas period. Thank you everyone.
• Readers for Midnight Mass, and 9:30 and 11:15 Christmas Day Masses.
• Eucharistic Ministers for 6pm Children’s Christmas Eve Mass, and Midnight, 9:30 and 11:15 Masses.
• Crib Builders for 11:30pm Carol Service.
The sign-up sheets will be at the back of the church

CHRISTMAS STARS  As in previous years you are invited to write a message to friends in the parish on a star (available in the porch) decorate it if you wish, and put it on the wall around the altar. Then with the money you have saved on cards and stamps, you can give a donation to charity. There will be a box for your donation in the porch, or you can give it to Barbara McW at 11.15 Mass or to Gillian in the office. Last year £415 was raised from 40 stars. The charity this year will again be Fr Liam’s charity WORK (Widows and Orphans of Rural Kenya www.work-kenya.org). Thank you in advance for your usual generosity for this very worthy cause.

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK led by Fr Liam and Fr Tom Taaffe. 21st‑25th March 2019. £559 per person. This needs to be booked before Christmas. Please see Ann after any Mass this weekend for details.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND Wed 15th-22nd May 2019. Cost: £1,360pp. Fights from Heathrow. Deposit  £250pp. Led by Canons John O’Shea & Michael Dennehy.  Apply to St James, Reading on 0118 957 4171 or email stjames@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk.  ONLY 4 PLACES LEFT – DON’T DELAY

CHRISTMAS COLLECTIONS The collection at all Masses on Christmas Day is designated for Fr Liam and makes up a substantial part of his yearly income. It is possible to Gift Aid these donations; please take a blank Gift Aid envelope from the church lobby and add your name & address. Cheques payable to the Parish, please, as these gifts have to go through the Parish accounts. If you are not around at Christmas and you want to share in this, you can bring your offering beforehand to the office, or give it to Fr Liam. Thank you.

CHRISTMAS DATES The Simbang Gabi Mass will be at 7pm on Sunday 16th December. On 24th December there will be a Children’s Mass at 6pm and a Carol Service at 11.30pm followed by Midnight Mass. On Christmas Day, the Masses will be at 9.30am and 11.15am. From 26th December onwards, Masses will be at the normal times.

PLANNED GIVING: Supporting the Worship, Service and Community Life of Our Parish Are you new to the parish and would like to set up a monthly Direct Debit rather than scrambling for cash to put in the collection? Are you a taxpayer who, by simply completing a Gift Aid declaration, will allow the parish to claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give, at no extra cost to yourself? Or are you thinking of increasing your monthly contribution? Contributing by Direct Debit or Standing Order allows the parish to plan better because it provides greater certainty of monthly income and will allow us to realise some of the ambitious plans we have for our community, such as: Recruiting a full-time Pastoral Administrator who will not only undertake the day-to-day running of the parish office but whose responsibilities will be expanded to include pastoral elements to support Fr Liam’s ministry; continuing to support the poor and vulnerable in the UK and overseas by giving 10% of parish income to good causes; renovating certain parts of the Church building, such as the porch entrance and maintaining the grounds. The Finance Team have produced a Frequently Asked Questions which to help to answer any questions you might have. All paperwork available in the church porch.

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. 50 packs are ready, 250 to go!  Apart from donating an old back pack the following are needed: T‑shirts, summer dresses, hand towels and plimsolls in good condition. Please put them in the box in the church lobby. There are information leaflets on the table.

APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA – STELLA MARIS (CHRISTMAS DRIVE) As you may know the ships of the world which bring us the many goods we use each day do not stop operating over the Christmas Season. This means that the seafarers who live on-board these ships are also working over the Christmas period and they are very far from home and have no contact with friends and family. Each year the Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) seeks your kind donations of woolly hats, toberone chocolates as well as other personal items in support of the many seafarers who work upon the high seas. As well as those much needed items, AoS also invites the Faithful to donate any extra rosaries, bibles or small crucifixes. Financial donations are most welcomed as well. For more information on how you may be able to help, please contact your local parish AoS representative or Fr John Lavers  (john.lavers@stellamarismail.org). The website is: https://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk.

CHURCH SHOP In addition to the usual items, there are 2019 diaries and calendars, Christmas cards and Advent calendars for sale. These are now in a cupboard in the porch. Have a look and place your money in the box, contact Cynthia on 07788 523286 or see Gillian in the office.

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS The true spirit of Christmas Giving. Give a gift that will change a life. There are gifts for every budget from Happy Queen Bee at £4 to Help a Refugee child at £46. Each CAFOD World gift has been chosen for the real and lasting difference it makes to families living in developing countries. Catalogues are available in the church lobby or you can buy online at www.cafod.org.uk/worldgifts.

PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE DON BOSCO CAMP 28th July - 3rd August 2019 An opportunity for secondary school boys to have an exciting, activity-packed camping holiday in a safe but challenging countryside setting. Further information: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/youth/donbosco and contact: dbcamps@portsmouthdicoese.org.uk.

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.

BURNS SUPPER We are proposing to hold this on Friday 25th January 2019. Are there any Scots out there who can play the bagpipes, sing or give one of the traditional speeches? This enjoyable event raises much money for charity. Please contact Kathryn on 629498 asap if you can help.

CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH Every Christmas Day, Churches Together in Maidenhead (CTIM) organise a lunch at the SportsAble venue in Braywick Road for elderly or disabled local people who would otherwise be home alone. Guests are transported, served and helped by local volunteers. If you, or someone you know , would like to attend this Christmas, please contact Keith on: 01628 636179 (Home) or 07765 505767 ( Mobile), or email keith.cartland@btinternet.com. CTIM are also keen to hear from volunteers to help with their Christmas Day Lunch for the elderly lonely. There are opportunities to drive, serve food and befriend guests at this celebration. Please contact Lily Peacock, volunteer coordinator, on lilyandwinniectim@gmail.com or telephone (home) 01628 623362, (mobile) 07794 397132.

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

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.

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! 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.

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 susanbrett4@aol.co.uk or 07582 158849.

MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING WITH MARRIAGE CARE  Catholic Marriage Care is a faith-based organisation, that draws on its Catholic tradition and contemporary research, to help couples in both good times and bad.  Most relationships face difficulties at some point.  Talking to a relationship counsellor can help.  Our local centre in Reading offers relationship counselling with fully-trained counsellors.  For further information please call 0800 389 3801. If you are a trained relationship counsellor, could you volunteer with Marriage Care?  Further counsellors are needed for our Reading centre – expenses and supervision is provided.  For further information, please contact Sue Cooper at reading.admin@marriagecare.org or phone 0793 9495774.

APPOINTMENT OF REFUGEE PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OFFICER  In 2015 many of us with our Bishop were concerned about the unfolding tragedy of Syrian refugees who were compelled to leave their homeland seeking safety and a new life. Responding to this crisis our Bishop created the Diocesan Refugee Response Working Group (DRRWG), chaired by Fr John Lee and Fr Peter Hollins, with a variety of interested volunteer members, and asked them to explore how the Diocese can and should respond to this crisis. In addition to creating educational resources for parishes (available at www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/rrwg), this group wrote a detailed and robust proposal for a project, in which the Diocese would be the lead sponsor on Community Sponsorship for Syrian refugees. As part of this, they recommended the recruitment of a Refugee Project Development Officer and detailed the specifications for this role. This officer will assist interested parishes, pastoral areas or other community groups to put in applications to directly sponsor a Syrian family through the Community Sponsorship Scheme. We are delighted to announce the appointment of Rosemary Lennon to the newly-created post of Refugee Project Development Officer. To find out more about Community Sponsorship please see www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-sponsorship-how-you-can-make-it-happen.

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.

DONATIONS The Finance Committee have decided that 10% of the Parish income should be donated to worthy causes or needy people. If any parishioners are aware of needs, please tell Fr Liam.

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/ or take home one of the leaflets on display at the back of the church 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 the Parish Centre (unless otherwise stated)
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 2018 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website, www.st-edmund.org.uk.