Though it is the 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, this week is also the occasion of Fr Liam’s Silver Jubilee. While we cannot celebrate with the usual kind of exuberance due to the current restrictions, we all celebrate with him in our own ways this week.
We’re so lucky to have Fr Liam in our Parish and it’s wonderful that he’s with us on this Anniversary. Please sign up to come to his celebration on Sunday, or celebrate at Mass with him over this week. Maybe drop a card or gift in, or even just give him a shout or a wave as you pass. There is a Novena below, which we can all pray for him starting on Sunday.
There are some lovely Novenas out there to pray for an anniversary of a Priest’s Ordination. Here is a link, and it would be really lovely if everyone could pray one of these Novenas for Fr Liam starting on this Sunday 20th of June:
Today’s Gospel story highlights the stormy journey our faith has to make today. How easily our sense of Jesus' love and presence is drowned out by a multiplicity of voices. As a result, this lessening or loss of faith gives way to fear. At such times he may be asleep in the boat but his love never leaves us.
In what for the apostles was a very bad storm, Jesus slept. It’s like he seems asleep in the deep ‘darknesses’ of life - people’s darkness of self-esteem, long-term illness, addiction, migration, and what causes big storms in our lives. But in the friendship and love of God we find we can survive and even grow through them, especially the troubles we have little control over. Even when Jesus was asleep, the apostles felt his protective presence...
They found calm only when they were in the middle of the storm. We will find Jesus in the middle also of our storms, when we try not to hide our troubles from him. This was how Job got a bit better in the first reading - his friends were trying to help him avoid his troubles, like take a few drinks, enter a transitory relationship - all the things we do to avoid our troubles. In the middle of the tempest, God spoke to him.
We sit with him in prayer and let him know how we are, and just allow his calm come over us. We find courage and hope at the Mass and other sacraments, like the great peace of a young person when they received the anointing of the sick, who had left church practice for years; or the help we can get from the community of people in parish and in the church at bad times. It gives us the courage and strength to deal with what are storms in our lives.
Remember a bad time when God seemed to help you............ Be grateful.
Jesus calmed the storm just by speaking.
Prayer: Protect us from all anxiety as we wait.
1st Job 38 : 1, 8 - 11. Job’s pride is curbed by awe
Psalm 139. Response: I praise you, for I am wonderfully made
2nd 2 Corinthians 5 : 14 - 17. Paul’s spiritual outlook: A life prompted and sustained by the love of God
Gospel Mark 4 : 35 - 41. Calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee
MASS TIMES Mass is celebrated every day at 10am (Monday to Friday) and the Church will be open for 30 minutes before each Mass for private prayer and adoration of the Eucharist. Masses for Sunday Liturgy are Saturday 10am & 6pm; Sunday 10am, 12pm & 6pm. For weekend Masses you will need to sign in via the website by 6pm on the Friday before.
MASS VIA ZOOM Monday and Thursday for the 10am Mass; and Sunday (10am and 12pm). Zoom will be live 30 minutes before, and YouTube goes live about 10 minutes before Mass starts.
FATHER’S DAY Lots of people are gearing up to celebrate their fathers this Sunday. Socks and DIY sets will be flying off the shelves, and thousands of heartfelt gifts will be given by children keen to make an effort to show their appreciation of all the things their dads have done for them.
For various reasons, not everyone will look forward to Father's Day. But regardless of whether your dad is a fond fixture in your life or you've never know him, your Father in Heaven has always and will always care for you.
The role of a father in one's life is a sacred and holy position. On Father's Day, we celebrate the blessing of fatherhood. Be it by birth or by taking on the responsibility, the fathers and father figures in our lives deserve our admiration and our prayers.
We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail. We ask for Your blessings for them all — and forgiveness where it is needed.
This Father's Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways — both big and small — they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.
So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent — grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, priests and coaches — and the women of our families.
For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.
In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.
SCHOOL SUMMER FUNDAY The Parish Funday can’t happen in it’s usual format this year. However the committee are putting on a funday and fundraiser for the children in the school. Hopefully they will have a lovely day and we can raise some much needed funds for the School PTA. Closer to the day raffle tickets for great prizes will be available in the Church and the committee will be asking for donations of specific items.
FOLK GROUP SUMMER CONCERT — SATURDAY 24th JULY This year our 9:30am folk group are delighted to be able to put on an open-air concert on the school field. People can arrive at the family friendly concert from 3:30pm with music starting from 4pm. The concert will feature a few hours of assorted music from
across the decades- expect easy listening, toe tapping, sing along music! Bring your own picnic, nibbles, drinks and chairs/picnic blankets. Details regarding tickets will be available nearer the time.
FACE COVERINGS DURING MASS It is most important that if you do come to the church for Mass, you wear a face covering (mask or face shield). Scarves are not sufficient, and masks and face shields must cover the nose. Up to now, loose face coverings have been allowed but we need to be stricter in order to keep this virus at bay. We ask that people who, for one reason or another, are exempt from wearing, or will not wear a face-covering, to consider participating with Mass online via Zoom or YouTube. Please understand that while we do not wish to exclude anyone from Mass, we must endeavour to comply with all regulations in place to keep everyone protected.
“SHIELDING” for those in our community who continue to join at the Eucharist via Zoom or YouTube on a regular basis, but for one reason or another, cannot physically come to the Church, and would like to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please let Fr. Liam or the parish office know. Fr. Liam will bring the Holy Sacrament to you whilst adhering to social distancing and a safe environment.
It is greatly appreciated that many of you transferred your ‘church offering’ from cash to direct debit and standing order over the last number of months. Our parish has had its financial income greatly reduced and this has impacted on our church activities, donations to various charities and parish maintenance. From September 1st, there will be an Offertory Collection Basket at the church entrance and exit each day if you wish to make a very welcome donation. There is also a contactless “tap to donate” machine, where you can contribute to the weekly collection.
NB: It would be helpful for the parish if the vast majority of our Weekly Collection could be done via Direct Debit / Standing Order. I ask that you reflect and, if possible, switch your donation from cash to bank. This would be invaluable and would give the Parish Council and Finance Committee more solidity in planning for the months/years ahead. At present, we are a vastly cash—giving parish, and with the dramatic decrease, it is very hard to plan and donate to those most vulnerable and in need, as well as care for our parish community..
Account name: St. Edmund Campion Maidenhead
Sort code: 30-93-04
Account number: 00882551
FOODSHARE We are a collection point for Foodshare. Our collection area is just inside the porch doors, but if you leave food outside, out of hours (in a bag or other covering) the building is regularly checked. Foodshare are currently really in need of tinned vegetables and tinned meat, amongst all the regular donations
TODDLERS GROUP Fabulous News! We are back into the Parish Centre this week. From School drop off until 10:45am. There will be a limit of 30, and adults will need to wear masks in the hall as per the regulations. Windows and doors will be open, and there is a separate QR code to check in to the hall.
Please book with Jenny on email@example.com before Thursday to join the next session on Friday 25th of June. We can't wait to see you all, Jenny.
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.
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. For information on the current Admissions Policy see the school's website, www.st-edmund.org.uk.
Please be aware that attendance cards are available and must be stamped to record attendance on days when Mass allows attendance in-person.
SIF FORMS Please contact Fr Liam directly if you need a SIF form signed.