St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 3rd/4th November 2018 - 31st 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 Niamh Isla Antos
Jack Santosh Lars
Dami Lauren Teresa
Nasia Patrick
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion MH TBD TBD TBD
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading TBD TBD TBD
2nd Reading TBD TBD TBD
Bidding prayers TBD TBD TBD
Hospitality after Mass Paula T Donncha & Karen R Mary O
Hymn Presentation David W
Mass Preparation Andy S
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 Marie O'M Week beginning 5th Nov
Altar Linen Norris D Key Holder Claire 07850 787486
Cashiers Ann G & Carolyn F Banker Julia E

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
27th/28th October 2018 - 30th Sunday, Year B

Lord, I sometimes open my eyes in the morning, and do not notice the sunshine, the green of trees, the colours in my room, the warmth or sorrow in the faces around me. If I had been blind, like Bartimaeus in today's gospel, I would long to open my eyes and see all that is to be seen. I could not have enough of this light-filled world around me.

Give me a relish, Lord, for all that my eyes can take in: not the pre-selected shots of the TV/Phone screen, but the endlessly varied landscape and people-scape that surrounds me. I pray with Bartimaeus: ‘Master, let me receive my sight’.

I listen to Jesus speak to me as he spoke to Bartimaeus. He asks, ‘What do you want me to do for you?' Like the people's who scolded Bartimaeus, telling him to be quiet and not to bring shame on them, I may sometimes prefer to keep the less presentable parts of my life out of Jesus' sight. Thinking of this scene, I realise that Jesus wants to stop, to listen to my plea for help and to cure me.

Bartimaeus threw off his cloak – his only protection – and, being blind, risked not finding it again. I allow myself to be before Jesus, unshrouded, seen as I am, expressing my need in trust.


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


28th Oct         9.30am: People of the Parish

29th Oct         9.30am: Mary Kwiatkowski RIP

30th Oct         9.30am: John Irwin RIP

4th Nov          9.30am People of the Parish

                    11.15am: John & Gwen Delaney RIP

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 £715.30. The Second Collection for World Missions raised £976.30. Thank you for your generosity.

BAMENDA SUNDAY NEXT WEEKEND 3rd/4th November. Every year we have a special collection to support the projects driven by our friends in our twinned Diocese of Bamenda, Cameroon. Please ensure you see a copy of the Bamenda Newsletter to see the mutual benefits of our twinned relationship and how much your help is needed in these troubled times. Please make cheques payable to St Edmund Campion Parish.

PLEASE PRAY for the repose of the soul of Mary Kwiakowski. The funeral Mass will be on Friday 9th November at 1.45pm. The 9.30 Mass that day will be said as usual.

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.

DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 29th October is Tom 01628 632127


CAKE SALE Ciara and Edward are having a bake sale after all Masses this weekend, 27th/28th October, to raise money for their world scout jamboree. They would both really appreciate it if you would come and buy some of their yummy cakes.

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

ALL SOULS MASS MEMORIES You are invited to pick up a paper leaf from the porch on which to attach a photo, or to record a memory of your loved ones and bring them to the All Souls Mass on Friday 2nd November at 7.30pm, where they will be gathered into a basket and placed on the altar along with our candles and The Book of Remembrance.

RED BOXES The red boxes will be emptied during November. We appreciate that there have been many appeals for your money lately, but the amount collected in the boxes is down considerably on last year. Please bear this in mind when you give your box for emptying. Thank you in advance for your generosity to this great cause.

CONFIRMATION The next  session is at St Joseph’s Church on Saturday 3rd November, 4pm‑5:30pm, followed by Mass at 6:30pm for those who can stay. Please note all candidates are expected to attend Mass each week.

ORPHEUS BY THE GOBBLEDIGOOK THEATRE CO In the Parish Centre, Saturday 3rd November at 7:45pm. Tickets £10. Contact Aby 07880 790836,  Graeme 07931 549915, Joanna & Louis 07886 010763.

MARRIAGE PREPARATION DAY Marriage Care are running this day on Saturday 17th November. Any couple interested can book their place by calling 0800 389 3801 or via the website They serve teas and coffees and a sandwich lunch. Is there anyone who would be prepared to help serve and clear away? They provide all the food and drink. Please contact the Parish Office.

INTERNATIONAL SUPPER to be held in St Joseph’s Parish Centre on Saturday 1st December starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets are on sale at £13 each, the price of which includes a 3‑course meal. All proceeds from this event will go to support two Mill Hill Missionary projects, one in Uganda and the other in India. Please contact Henry, 01628 415927, for further information and tickets.

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.

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.

APPOINTMENTS If you wish to speak to Fr Liam in confidence on any matter, please contact him for an appointment. He is always happy to visit your home if so desired. He is also available for house blessings.

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.

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING will be taking place 7‑9.30pm on Friday 23rd November in the school hall, £2 entry on the door or £5 including 5 raffle tickets. Over 30 stalls of handmade gifts, decorations, clothing, jewellery and much more. Raffle & refreshments  If you would like to volunteer to man a stall selling nativity sets, Christmas cards and Advent calendars please contact

RECEPTION INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH If you, or someone you know, feels called to be received into the Church please see Father Liam. The Ceremony for Reception will take place at the Easter Vigil, 20th April 2019. Several people are following the current Alpha Course and after this, will join the RCIA programme (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults). It is important that all who wish to be received, through either Baptism, Confirmation or simply Reception, need to be enrolled no later than Sunday 25th November as the new liturgical year starts on 2nd December, and names of all candidates will be sent to the Bishop during that week.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION If your child will be 8 years old in this academic year and you would like them to make their First Holy Communion, please fill in the application form available in the church porch

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 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 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.

SCIENCE OR RELIGION? A SYMPOSIUM A big diocesan Symposium on Science and Religion is taking place on Saturday 3rd November, 10am‑4pm, in The Discovery Centre in Winchester (opp. St Peter’s church). Two leading scientists will ask whether recent research on the Universe suggests the existence of a Creator. There will also be a series of workshops led by experts on such topics as Christianity and Extra Terrestrial Life, the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and whether human consciousness is immortal. The Symposium is open to all, whether religious or not. Places are limited and bookings are now open at

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 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 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. 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.

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, see the poster on the parish centre noticeboard, visit, email 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

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,

ST EDMUND CAMPION SCHOOL PTA QUIZ will be taking place at 7.30pm on Saturday 10th November in the school hall. Bar opens at 7.15. Tickets £5 per person with tables of ideally between 6-8 people. If you are new to the school or need help putting a team together, please let us know. Bring your own nibbles but please buy drinks from the bar to help us raise money for the school. For more information and to book a table, please email