Physical Distancing Saves Lives - Church building closed
Please use this link to watch Mass, live from St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth: Live Mass Link
Sunday services are at 8 am, 10 am, 12 noon and 6pm.
For Weekday Mass Times in St Johns Cathedral please check here: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portsmouth.
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.
Again we have had changes in our Parish set up this week. We have been asked by the Diocese to completely close the Parish office, and cease administration at this time. This decision was effective from Thursday the 2nd of April.
If you, or anyone you know would appreciate being held in prayer at Mass please e-mail his or her name to Fr Liam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07776 580596. Please feel free to ask for Mass intentions as usual too.
Just because our building has closed, it doesn’t mean our community closes. Our fabulous school have set up an e-mail address where you can ask for support or indeed offer support. Please e-mail email@example.com if you feel that you can offer anything at this time, or indeed if you need anything from our community. Or indeed contact Fr Liam on his usual contact details.
You can find us on Facebook. We’d love you to share on there and keep our community communicating together. This is an informal page, open to all to share.
As always our website is http://www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk/.
You can find Live links, lovely recommendations for reading and prayer and virtual resources below. Please keep your personal recommendations coming.
St Edmund Campion Church.
The story of Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday is basically a human drama; it is our drama. Jesus’ entry into the city begins on a huge wave of optimism, joy and hope.
The people line the streets; they wave palms, they put their cloaks and garments on the ground and they shout out his name. Yet, how quickly the crowd changed and turned on Jesus. The same people who were happy to welcome him with shouts of joy, will soon begin to shout ‘Crucify him, Crucify him.’ Jesus is even betrayed and denied by his closest friends. The rest of them run and desert him. He is left alone.
Where am I in the unfolding drama that begins on Palm Sunday and plays out over Holy Week and which climaxes on Easter?
Where am I as Jesus passes by on the donkey?
Am I one of the crowd shouting out his name?
Am I like Judas in any way?
When have I betrayed others or Jesus?
When like Peter, have I denied knowing Jesus?
Am I like Pilate when I judge and condemn others?
How am I like Simon or Veronica who help Jesus in his time of need?
Having stood with the crowd shouting out his name and welcoming Jesus, will I stand with the same people spitting out insults as I shout ‘Crucify him! Crucify him!, come next Friday?
As we celebrate Palm Sunday (from home) and begin our journey through Holy Week, we are called to ask ourselves who and where we are in the crowd. This is a week to pray and then decide what kind of followers of Christ we are and are going to be. During this week of prayer, let us not lose sight of what we are remembering. As we begin this most holy of weeks, may Jesus be our constant companion. May we enter in the mystery of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection with faith and hope.
YES, we are aware of self-isolation; coronavirus; Covid-19; illness; stress; possible family tensions; frontline workers; developing news; and sadly deaths. But let us also be aware of solidarity; phone calls; face-time; family time; slowing down; reflecting; spring is in the air; nature and new life is bursting through…
We cannot gather physically at the church building of St. Edmund Campion but we can gather together in our hearts and spiritually. We can meet in prayer as we journey together on this most holy of weeks: Holy Week.
There are plenty of Churches, including St. Peter’s in Rome, that at live streaming the Masses and Services for Holy Week. Go and do a bit of surfing…you’ll find them.
What I have put together are a number of websites that will help you at home to pray this week.
Have a look at them. Some of them are very good for families with young children to celebrate each day, through art, prayer and drama.
Also on line (YouTube), you’ll find lots of videos for this Holy Week, even for the little ones! Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday.
I am also including my homily for Palm Sunday, to those who are on the mailing list and a paper on An Introduction to Holy Week. If you would like a copy, email Sarah on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will sent it to you.
Palm Sunday Blessing
May the blessing of God who resides in our hopes and our dreams grant us peace.
May the blessing of Jesus who rides to wild acclaim and waving palm branches grant us peace.
May the blessing of the Spirit who holds us through our fears and our nightmares grant us peace…
…on this Palm Sunday; through the events of Holy Week; to the cross of Good Friday and beyond
to look for the hopes and dreams of the dawning of an Easter Morning.
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.
We continue to pray for the repose of the soul of Vittorio Sansone, late of Wootton Way, who died on 16th March and whose burial will take place at Braywick Cemetery on Monday 6th April. We also pray for Vittorio's son, Michael Sansone, of Beverley Gardens, who died suddenly on 1st April 2020. His burial will take place at Braywick Cemetery on the 14th April.
We also pray for Nic DeBiase, late of Arundel Close who died on the 30th March. Details of his funeral, at a later date.
Listening Ear and Emotional Support: Joanna Dassen, a member of our community of St. Edmund Campion, has done a number of courses on 'Listening' and accompanying people who need to talk and search for direction in their lives. She has very generously offered to be available by telephone, day and night, if anyone needs to talk and may need emotional support at this time. Her number is 07886010763. All calls are confidential.
Prayer Line Fr. Tom Grufferty (a priest of the Diocese of Portsmouth) is generously offering everyone his support during this time. “If you are in need of prayer or spiritual guidance,” he says, “you can use this specially dedicated prayer line. In return you will receive prayers for those concerned about the current crisis, and also some recommended prayer ideas, available at the click of a button. These include ideas on how to relax, mindfulness and websites dedicated to prayer.” He also says people are welcome to use Zoom, Skype or Whats App. The line will be open each day during Holy Week and Easter: from 10.00 -12.00 and again from 16.00-18.00: Palm Sunday April 5th to the Second Sunday of Easter, April 19th inclusive. Callers will be invited to give a brief reason for the prayer and “we will then pray about this and finish off with the Lord’s Prayer and two other prayers specifically about Coronavirus.” Fr. Tom says this is a strictly confidential and a personal service and “your personal needs will be prayed for.”
At some point a link will be added to our website so donations can continue to be made. In the meantime you can consider setting up a standing order or other regular donation. At this time we have no regular collection which means we have no regular income except your standing orders.
The Church building, including the office, is now closed until further notice.
There are no public Masses being celebrated at this time, however Fr Liam and Fr Kevin will celebrate Mass privately every day. They will hold our community in their prayers and offer Mass for all who request an offering. Please also hold them in your prayers at this time.
They will be praying for you and your intentions,
for those who are already suffering,
for those who are grieving,
for those who are anxious,
and for those who are working tirelessly to care for the sick.
We are still available on the below contact details. Please get in touch and we’ll do our best to respond accordingly. There is also the School and Parish support e-mail email@example.com.
If you or anyone you know is self-isolating or housebound, and would appreciate delivery to their home of this or the coming newsletters, please let us know on the parish e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. We can arrange this.
LIVE LINKS TO MASS Mass is being streamed live from St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth, Knock in Ireland and many other places. We encourage you to follow online in the next week.
Live link for St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth: https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php
Live link for Knock Shrine https://youtu.be/kaMr-mwU2DA
Live Podcast link for The Vatican https://www.vaticannews.va/en/podcast.html
You can find other Churches Live streaming here https://www.churchservices.tv/
DIOCESAN WEBSITE The Diocesan website (www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk) has resources for parishes and parishioners during these difficult times. It provides information, resources and prayers, along with links to other Catholic organisations who are providing a timetable of prayer and spiritual assistance.
PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE NEWS Please find here a link to the Portsmouth Diocese News. http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews/issue252.php
FORMATION FOR MISSION Formation for Mission Team and the God who Speaks national campaign are offering various initiatives which can be found here.https://mailchi.mp/94747ee758fd/formation-for-mission-update-lent-2020
ST EDMUND CAMPION MAIDENHEAD Here you can find all our up to date information, announcements, contact details and information. http://www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk/
MILL HILL MISSIONARIES Here you can find the Mill Hill Missionaries website. https://millhillmissionaries.com/
CAFOD Staff are leading children’s liturgies online every Sunday at 10am. This is the link to register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5095942131288155403
Sacred Spaces https://www.sacredspace.ie/
Busted Halo have some wonderful resources, videos and a virtual stations of the cross at https://bustedhalo.com/
Anna Freud: Self-Care and Coping Strategies https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/
BBC: How to protect your mental health https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799
WEBSITE Go to www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk and follow the link to bulletins for more notices.
APPOINTMENTS If you wish to speak to Fr Liam in confidence on any matter, please contact him by phone or e-mail
HOUSEBOUND If you know of anyone who is sick and/or housebound, please let Sarah (Parish Office) or Fr Liam know.