St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 1st/2nd December 2018 - 1st Sunday of Advent, Year C
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Anna P 07590 545645
Altar Servers Niamh Zalan Antos
Nasia Maddie Lars
Rudy Zach Teresa
Dami Alannah
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion MH Marian C Deborah H Moya Z
C1 Maura McG Sarah F Mary F
C2 Reena K Clare C Kathryn A
C3 John C
C4 Caroline G
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading David B Jane W Suzy W
2nd Reading Mary S Helen S Eric R
Bidding prayers Mary C Breda T Pat O
Hospitality after Mass Sue W Natalie & Isla De G M Jessica & Lydia de F
Hymn Presentation Nevil F
Mass Preparation Jane L
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 Petra L
Flowers None (Advent) Week beginning 3rd Dec
Altar Linen Angela D Key Holder Tom 01628 632127
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
24th/25th November 2018 - Christ the King, Year B

Next Sunday we begin the Season of Advent; our time of preparation for Christmas. Therefore this Sunday marks the end of our current liturgical year. Before we begin the Season of Advent, we are asked to reflect upon Christ our King. When Jesus was asked by Pilate if he was a king, Jesus said that he was a king.

So, what sort of king was Jesus?

He was born in a small, poor and unimportant village. His parents were not famous, powerful or wealthy. He didn’t live in a castle surrounded by maids or servants. He did spend his time with the poor, the sick, the broken and all those who were in need of love, healing and compassion. He didn’t own anything. He didn’t have any riches or wealth that the world thought much of; but he did share his greatness possession with us; God’s love.

Where are we to look for and find Jesus our king today? Jesus is to be found in the hungry, the thirsty, the naked, the homeless, the poor, the rejected and those in prison. We are to turn our attention to each other if we are to find Jesus. This gospel and great feast asks us to draw on the presence of Christ who dwells within each of us so we can reach out to Christ in others, especially those who are poor and those who are in any kind of need.

Jesus is a King and we are his brothers and sisters. Therefore we belong to a royal household. May we treat each other with the dignity and respect they deserve; as princes and princesses of a royal family. As one of the early popes said, Christian, be aware of your dignity and nobility, it is God’s own life that you share


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


25th Nov        9.30am: People of the Parish

28th Nov        9.30am: Deceased of Bridge Group:
                                   Mary Kwiatkowski, Basil Bradley,
                                   Bill Brack, Bill Bartlett, & Doris

2nd 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 £639.07. Thank you.

BAPTISM We welcome Ethan Patrick Kennedy, who will be baptised on Sunday 25th November at 1pm, and Florence Olivia Francis, who will be baptised on Sunday 25th November at 2.15pm.

DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 26th November is Ann 01628 629028


QUIZ The school PTA would like to thank all those who supported the Quiz Night on Saturday 10th November. We raised just over £900.

CAKES Sadie's cake sale raised £420 for WORK. Thank you.

FEAST OF ST. EDMUND CAMPION The Mass at 9.30am on Friday 30th November is for the Children at our school - parents and parishioners welcome. There will be a special Mass on Saturday 1st December at 10am, to celebrate the feast of St. Edmund Campion who was martyred for the Faith on this day in 1491. We ask God’s blessings upon our Parish community.

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, which includes a 3‑course meal. All proceeds will go to support two Mill Hill Missionary projects, one in Uganda and the other in India. There is a licenced bar, so please do not bring your own drinks. Please contact Henry on 01628 415927 for further information and tickets.

QUENCH BOOKSHOP The Christian bookshop in Maidenhead will again be running a stall at the church for Christmas cards, Advent Calendars and Books after the Sunday Masses only on 2nd December.

CHRISTMAS FAIR Next Sunday 2nd December in the school hall, 12-3pm.The school will be open between 10am-2pm on Saturday 1st December to drop of any donations. We require bottles of any kind for the bottle tombola, cakes, books, and good quality toys. We still need a number of volunteers for the day, please contact the Christmas Fair team if you can help Raffle tickets on sale now!

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. This weekend is the last chance to join this year's  RCIA programme (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) as the new liturgical year starts on 2nd December, and names of all candidates for reception or just Baptism or Confirmation will be sent to the Bishop during that week.

ADVENT PENITENTIAL SERVICE at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th December.

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.

CHRISTMAS STARS Once again we will be doing our Christmas Stars. To briefly explain, the idea of the Christmas Stars is that, instead of sending Christmas cards to all your friends in the Parish, you just write a message on a star (available in the porch from the beginning of December), decorate it if you wish, and put it on the back wall of the Church. Then, think of the money you have saved on cards and stamps, and time and effort writing and delivering them, and give a donation to charity. There will be a box for your donation in the porch, or you can give it to Barbara McWalter at 11.15 Mass or to Gillian in the office. Last year there were 40 stars which raised £415. The charity this year will again be Fr Liam’s charity W.O.R.K. (Widows and Orphans of Rural Kenya Thank you in advance for your usual generosity for this very worthy cause.

RED BOXES The red boxes will be emptied this month. Please bring your box to the church and give them to either Louise Jennings or Barbara McWalter at 11.15 Mass, or leave them with Gillian in the office. We appreciate that there have been many appeals for your money lately, but the amount collected in the red boxes is down considerably on last year. Please bear this in mind when you give your box for emptying. Please pick up a Mission Today calendar from the porch. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

CAFOD WORLD GIFTS – the true spirit of Christmas Giving. Give a gift that will change a life. There are gifts for every budget from Happy Queen Bee at £4 to Help a Refugee child at £46. Each CAFOD World gift has been chosen for the real and lasting difference it makes to families living in developing countries. Catalogues are available in the church lobby or you can buy online at

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

          Saturday 24th


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,