St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 28th/29th July 2018 - 17th Sunday, Year B
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Anna P 07590 545645
Altar Servers Jack Lauren Antos
Harvey Alex Helena
Juliana Patrick Lars
Rudy Maddie Teresa
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion MH TBD TBD TBD
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Ethel D Jan O'B Suzy W
2nd Reading Catherine L Maura H Patryk D
Bidding prayers Lucy L Geraldine B George A
Hospitality after Mass Andrew S Kieron & Dee O'H Summer Break
Hymn Presentation Nevil F
Mass Preparation Eddie A
Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court Petra L
Flowers Marie O'M Week beginning 30th July
Altar Linen Molly McN Key Holder Carolyn 01628 624635
Cashiers Rosemary LC & Phil M Banker Helen 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
21st/22nd July 2018 - 16th Sunday, Year B

In Jesus’ time the shepherd was a well-known and relevant person. The example of sheep being lost was not lost on the people he spoke to. He spoke of himself as a shepherd.

Pope Francis made headlines by saying that pastors should know the ‘smell of the sheep’. It means that in our Christian communities we would know the needs, frustrations, poverty, hopes and the dreams of people. Also that we might know and accept people at their worst. Sheep don’t smell good!

Pope Francis also speaks of parishes as ‘islands of mercy’. Our Christian places need to be homes where the God of mercy can meet his people. The church reaches out to the real messiness and injustices of society and ordinary life. It is not a place of the elite of God but of ordinary sinful people trying to do their best for their families, their pupils, their parishioners and themselves.

The motive for this is compassion. This is how Jesus reached out to them. This is to be the mark of the true Christian family, community and the individual Christian.

Compassion is the willingness to walk in the shoes of another person, to try and understand the joys and sorrows of their lives and their hopes. For some life is a constant battle to survive. It is for these especially that the church – the body of Christ – now exists.


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


22nd July       9.30am: People of the Parish

                     11.15am: David Ward RIP

25th July        9.30am: Paul Moran RIP

29th July        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 £518.87 (plus £10 in Gift Aid envelopes). Thank you.

PLEASE PRAY for the repose of the soul of Walter Scarratt. The funeral Mass will be on Monday 30th July at 11.45am at St Edmund Campion. Also pray for the repose of the soul of Brendan McGrath. The funeral Mass will be on Wednesday 1st August at 10am at St Edmund Campion.

DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 23rd July is Claire 07850 787481


SUMMER FUNDAY Thank you for supporting the Funday last Sunday. The grand total raised was £8,310.01 (£220 more than last year!)

RED BOXES Thank you to those who’ve brought their boxes to be emptied. Please remember to take your empty box from the porch. Also there have been many boxes with no names on. If yours was one of these, either this time or the last time, please take a box from the porch and write your name on the bottom. If you prefer, you can give your box to one of the promoters, Irene L at 9.30 Mass, Louise J or Barbara McW at 11.15 Mass. Thank you for your generosity.

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!

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION In preparation for Confirmation next year (June 2019), we will be embarking on a programme for our young people in years 8, 9, 10, (and up to 18 years of age). We envisage running the programme on Saturday afternoons, starting on 8th September 2018, twice a month during term-time. It will also include outings, such as Flame!, retreats and meeting other candidates from the pastoral area. To register please take a form from the table in the church lobby and return to Gillian, our Parish Secretary.

CONFIRMATION 2017 If you were confirmed last year, please contact the Parish Office for your certificate.

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?

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...

BACK PACKS NEEDED The parish is looking for used backpacks in good condition for a project called Mary’s Meals, to support children in developing countries by filling them with pencils, pens, etc. Please put the backpack in the box in the church lobby. There are information leaflets on the table.

PPC MEETING The PPC will meet at 8pm on Tuesday 30th July in the Parish Centre. Items for the agenda to your Mass rep, Pam (6.15), Shirley (9.30), Anna (11.15),  to Fr Liam, or to the chair of the PPC, Mary Fraser, care of the Parish Office.

LIGHTHOUSE is a holiday club for children run by Christians from local churches. It runs in ten locations, including Marlow, Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August, 10am to 3.30pm. See for more details and to book.

ALPHA COURSE – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED From Thursday 13th September we are planning to run an Alpha course in the parish, a perfect introduction to Christianity for those who are new to it and a great “refresher” for committed Christians. Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion. To make the course a success, a variety of volunteers is urgently needed in the following areas: catering, administration, publicity/advertising, welcoming, etc. If you can help in any way and/or for more information on the various roles, please email

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? Contact 07538 418448 during office hours or e-mail

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.

FUNDRAISING APPEAL FOR MAIDENHEAD CHARITY RE:CHARGE R&R  Re:Charge R&R is a Maidenhead-based charity whose focus is to support local vulnerable children, families and individuals through weekly drop-in sessions. These sessions aim to offer a safe, friendly environment for local families, and to provide advice and support to enable them to overcome challenging, difficult and sensitive situations. Users are signposted to relevant agencies already established within the Borough, when necessary.

Additionally, a new service has just been launched, called “Freedom Café”, to support individuals recovering from addictions. Freedom Café assists with addiction recovery without the need for an official referral, runs the session entirely on voluntary donations, and provides hot meals and refreshments every week along with valuable advice and support on different issues, in particular housing, benefits and education. Freedom Café’s next goal is to be able to help individuals in the later stages of their recovery with Maths and English tuition so that they can get GCSE qualifications and increase job opportunities, help them with job search, build CVs and apply for jobs. Ultimately, the “Freedom Café” contributes to reducing risks of depression, loneliness and relapses and all the consequent risks.

The Re:Charge R&R staff running the drop in sessions were once receiving support themselves, and have gone on to be trained, mentored and nurtured to gain skills and confidence to help and support thecurrent users. In this way, Re:Charge R&R is growing organically. However, with the sessions growing and to be able to reach more families in need within the community, they now need to raise £4,500 per month. They need to strengthen their short and long term funding streams as a matter of urgency, so they would be pleased if you would consider their request at the earliest opportunity. 

Any donation would have a huge impact on the users and help them to gain the skills, vision and motivation to change their life. To donate, please contact the Re:Charge R&R Fundraiser Nadia Boyes at or visit the website and click on “Donate”.

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.

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 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, 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. We will be hearing from Rosemary in a future edition of Enews. To find out more about Community Sponsorship please see

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.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED TO ASSIST WITH THE MASS PREPARATION for the 11.15am Mass on a rota basis. Duties include preparing the hosts, wine, chalices, and collection bags for the next Mass on Sunday. Please contact Andy on 07730 630876 or email

SUNDAY READINGS Every Thursday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm a group will meet to study the readings for the forthcoming weekend, and also read the book Mere Christianity by CS Lewis. All welcome, especially parents who come to collect their children after school. Please bring a packed lunch and enjoy this time together.

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.

NEW LIFE/START, NEW BEGINNINGS Are you divorced, separated or bereaved? After Easter, we are starting a new evening or weekend group to share friendship, support and laughter / happiness / have some fun. If you would like to come along, please give your contact details to Gillian, Fr Liam or speak to Carol McQ (normally at 9.30am Mass) on 01628 781976. We really hope you can join us, or indeed anyone you know from the surrounding community who you think might enjoy this support group.

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 visit 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 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:

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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 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,