St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 2nd/3rd December 2017 - 1st Sunday of Advent, Year B
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Altar Servers Harvey Bence Helena
Jack Isla Antos
Juliana Santos Lars
Miriam Alicia
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion MH Jan O'S Ann G
Bruna P
Carole C
Rod M
C1 Jane M Caroline G Deirdre M
C2 Janet W Carolyn F Mary F
C3 Cathy O'B
C4 Charlie E
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Brian M David W George A
2nd Reading Liam F Paul H Marian B
Bidding prayers Maura M Tom O'K Mary F
Hospitality after Mass Pam C Geraldine B Charlotte McG
Hymn Presentation Mark DeS
Mass Preparation Liz T
Children's Liturgy Age 3-5's Age 6-8's Age 8 and up
Team C Catherine M Tanya vS Claire W
Jennifer D Donncha R Gabrielle Br
Ministers to the Sick & Housebound Cashiers
Clara Court Martin H & Clare F
Kathy H
Flowers Altar Linen Key Holder Banker (w/b 4th December)
None (Advent) Angela D Phillip 01628 623190 Paula T

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
25th/26th November 2017 - Christ the King, Year A

Today is the 34th Sunday of the liturgical year. Next Sunday we will start a new year with the First Sunday in Advent. As is the custom now, on this last Sunday we celebrate the feast of Jesus Christ our King. All during the past year we have been hearing the Gospel read to us and reflected on in Sunday (and weekday) homilies. Perhaps we have done some prayer reflection of our own.

Today somehow sums up all that we have been hearing. The Jesus we have watched going around the towns of Galilee, Samaria and Judea, the Jesus we have watched teaching, healing, consoling, liberating is our Lord and King.

He is the visible presence of God in our midst.

 Saint Mother Teresa said: ‘Many today are starving for ordinary bread.  But there is another kind of hunger – the hunger to be wanted, to be loved, to be recognised…. The greatest evil in the world is lack of love, and the terrible indifference towards one’s neighbour’.

 On this feast of Christ the King, we pray:

Lord, warm our cold hearts with your grace, so that we, your disciples, may produce the fruits of love.


Mass Times
9.30am and 11.15am
Monday to Friday:
Holy days:
9.30am and 8pm
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


26th Nov        9.30am: People of the Parish

28th Nov        9.30am: Michael Smullen RIP

3rd Dec          9.30am: 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 £550.06 (plus £10 in Gift Aid envelopes). Thank you.

FOODSHARE Thank you for the cash donations totalling £250 last weekend.

EXPOSITION Each weekday, 8.55am to 9.25am.

BULLETIN BY EMAIL If you would like to be added to the circulation list please put your email address on the list in the church lobby. Thank you.

CONTACT If you wish to speak to Father Liam in confidence on any matter, please contact him for an appointment. He is always happy to visit your home if so desired.

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

PARISH OFFICE The office will be open an hour later on Thursday this week, i.e. 3.30-5.30pm.

DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 27th November is Carolyn 01628 624635


FOODSHARE Foodshare are having a weekend collection of food at Waitrose on 1st/2nd/3rd December. Volunteers are needed to hand out leaflets and accept food donations. You can visit the website to sign up by clicking on "Supermarket Rota". Alternatively contact Tom O'Kane at or on 07906 276671.

SVP CHRISTMAS SUDAN APPEAL 2017 – SMARTIES!!!! After Mass next weekend, to mark the beginning of Advent, St Vincent De Paul Society members will be handing out specially labelled Smarties tubes – maximum two tubes per family!  Once all the Smarties have been eaten (don’t delay!) we invite you to fill these tubes with coins or notes, and return the tubes during the Sunday Masses of the weekend of 6th and 7th January. If you prefer, you can collect an envelope instead of a Smarties Tube and place any monies in that. Every penny donated will be sent to SVP Twinnage to enable the SVP to continue its lifesaving work in the area. The SVP in Sudan and South Sudan are desperate for our support, so please, take a tube or an envelope and give what you can. Thank you so much for your attention.

CHRISTMAS FAIR on Sunday 3rd December. The Christmas Fair team would like your help with the following if possible: Do you work for a company that could donate a prize for our raffle? If so please get in touch with Angela Billson or Margaret Kiernan through the school office or the PTA Facebook page. We would love to hear from you. We need donations of old bottle bags, gift bags, empty wine bottles with screw lids and full bottles for the bottle tombola. The donation box is in the school reception.

CHRISTMAS STARS Once again we will be providing Christmas Stars, so that, instead of sending Christmas cards to all your friends in the parish, you just write a message on a star, decorate it if you wish, and put it on the back wall of the Church. Then the money you have saved on cards and stamps, and time and effort writing and delivering them, can be donated to charity. Last year there were 40 stars which raised £400. The charity this year, chosen by Fr Liam, is W.O.R.K. (Widows and Orphans of Rural Kenya, The stars are available in the porch.

DISCOVER A CAREER IN TEACHING Open afternoon Wednesday 29th November, 1:30-2:45pm, at St Francis Catholic Primary School Coronation Road, Ascot, SL5 9HG. This event is for anyone who is considering training to teach, including teaching assistants, career changers, qualified teachers looking to return to teaching (including teachers trained overseas) and those graduating in Summer 2018. To book contact or 01344 622840.

ECUMENICAL PARISH PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM 2018 A pilgrimage to Walsingham is being planned next year from 28th September to 1st October 2018. The pilgrimage will be jointly led by Fr Jeremy Harris of All Saints, Boyn Hill, assisted by the clergy of St Edmund Campion and St Joseph’s Maidenhead. 20 places have been allocated to St Edmund Campion and St Joseph’s Parishioners. The total cost for Friday to Monday full board is £189.70. £10 paid with initial booking which is non-refundable with a further £20 paid with the list of those going. Final cheque to take when you go should be for the balance of £159.70 for each of the pilgrims. Closing date 1st December 2017. See Fr Liam.

CHILDREN'S LITURGY Please note that only ONE parent should attend the classes with children on a Sunday and that only children from 3 years of age and upwards attend.

DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH DIRECTORY The Directory is free online:

REFLECTIONS Each Tuesday. Come any time between 7.30 and 9.30pm to an informal evening of prayers and meditation. We normally start with silent adoration (30 minutes) then we share one commented decade of the Rosary followed with meditation through music (from Aramaic to Hillsongs!). We focus on private intention as well as communal ones and all are invited to present their petitions (should they wish to do so). Our aim is to pray more meaningfully in the presence of our Lord and to acknowledge our own needs as well as the needs of our parish and community. Anyone wanting prayer can also write in the book of prayer requests at the back of the church, as the entries of the week will be called out during the evening. If two or three are gathered in my name...

BIBLE WEEKEND As we heard in the Bishop’s recent Pastoral Letter, many Catholics do not have a personal relationship with God, and many are not certain whether God exists. As humans, it’s tough to maintain our faith with God who can’t physically sit beside us and talk to us. The Bible is one way to connect with how God loves us, but this is also tough! The Bible is not a cover-to-cover read, and you have to know HOW to use it to really understand it. That’s why Pope Francis has asked every Catholic community to focus on the Bible for one weekend this year. If you have any questions, please contact St Joseph’s Parish Office on 01628 783 988.

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 visit or tel. 0161 941 3498.

TWO CHILDREN'S LITURGY CATECHISTS REQUIRED Duty is for 1 month in 4 and you will work with an experienced catechist. All sessions contain a reading from scripture, normally the Gospel of the day. Catechists will then present the reading in other ways, e.g. through drama, story, art work or discussion.  If you would like to be involved please contact Tricia Opalko via the school or Parish office.

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 - 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

CTIM CHRISTMAS MEAL Churches Together in Maidenhead are keen to increase the number of guests who attend their customary Christmas day meal for those who would otherwise be on their own. Do you have a friend, relative or neighbour who wishes to dine at this event? A team of volunteers tries to ensure all dietary needs are met, that those who require it have transport to and from the SportsAble venue, and that everyone has a good time. In the first instance, please contact Keith Cartland on 01628 636179 or email

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.

SAFEGUARDING TRAINING at St Edmund Campion on Saturday 24th March 2018. Child Protection: 10am-12.30pm, Vulnerable Adults: 1.30-4pm. If you wish to attend please phone Soraya on 02392 836511 or email

MAIDENHEAD CARE needs volunteer drivers, and also duty officers to man the computer and arrange lifts, for a half or whole day. If you can spare a little time to help it would be much appreciated. For more information please visit the website – – or call Maidenhead Care on 07538 418448.

HCPT PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES The group is looking for some new helpers to join them when they take some special children to Lourdes Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th April 2018. You would need to be aged 18 or over, physically fit and DBS checked, and preferably able to pay your own fare (approx £700). If you think you might be interested call Pat Burke on 01753 840965. The group is looking for some new helpers to join them when they take some special children to Lourdes Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th April 2018. You would need to be aged 18 or over, physically fit and DBS checked, and preferably able to pay your own fare (approx £700). If you think you might be interested call Pat Burke on 01753 840965.

DO YOU WANT TO HELP REFUGEES? The Diocesan Refugee Response Working Group is looking for new members. We are also planning events and creating a list of people who would like to be kept informed. For Working Group members, we 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 our webpage at 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 on-line 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 News

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 your Mass Rep. 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 2017 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website,

SCHOOL ADMISSIONS 2018-2019 Fr Liam will sign the SIF forms for those children in Categories 3, 4 and 5 only, based on Sunday Mass attendance cards (or letter from the parish priest if from another parish). He will be in his office 7‑9am, 10am‑noon and 2‑5pm most days, or contact him on 07776 580596 or to make an appointment.