St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 9th/10th February 2019 - 5th Sunday, Year C
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Anna P 07590 545645
Altar Servers Jack Alessandro Antos
Rudy Zalan Lars
Nasia Lauren Teresa
Dami Zack
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Gabrielle B Rod M
Merle F Nina B Deirdre M
Sandra G Pamela C Eric R
Paula T Tom O'K Mary Q
Cathy O'B Mary McG
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Maura McG Jan O'B George A
2nd Reading Brian McG Maura H Suzy W
Bidding prayers Liam F Geraldine B Patryk D
Hospitality after Mass Paula T Carol C & Linda C Betty R
Hymn Presentation Mike Q
Mass Preparation Barbara McW & Kathy M
Children's Liturgy Age 3-5's Age 6-8's Age 8 and up
Team D Dora W Anna W Jane J
Dee O'H Simone D'U
Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court Maura McG
Flowers Sadie M Week beginning 11th Feb
Altar Linen Jane L Key Holder Tom 01628 632127
Cashiers Ken & Hazel M 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
2nd/3rd February 2019 - 4th Sunday, Year C

Jesus was liked and not liked. There were people who were very religious and liked him, who were the backbone of Judaism, and others who went off him when he said what they didn’t like or agree with. He started with the Scripture – but then went on to point out bits of the scripture they didn’t like to hear – about foreigners. And later they would say – ‘sure we knew him as a boy and his family’; that meant they could write off what he said.

He was inviting them to the purity of their religion. Often happens when there are new challenges in the church. What is happening in the church where the world we live in challenges old customs and beliefs about marriage, civil partnerships, divorce, and also how to welcome people to church who don’t feel they belong. All are welcome here in the love of God. We don’t give up what is essential to our church but we are brought into rethinking and sometimes to change, sometimes to stay with what is an everlasting truth.

This happens in the church and in the family. We need to be able to live in love with different points of view and different ways of life. Jesus is challenging them to see everyone as important, and especially the poor. He would always do this. And they would kill him for it, because he never put organised religion before people.

Is my Christian belief so restricted that I fail to see that God's choice is wider than mine?


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


3rd Feb           9.30am: People of the Parish

10th Feb         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.

COLLECTIONS over the last two weeks were as follows. Thank you.
20th Jan        Collection: £849.50
27th Jan        Collection: £785.39

SECOND COLLECTION at all Masses next weekend, 9th/10th February, in aid of the SPUC White Flower appeal. Please make cheques payable to St Edmund Campion Parish.

PLEASE PRAY for the repose of the soul of Nancy Watson who died on Saturday 19th January. The funeral Mass will be on Saturday 9th February at noon, followed by a buffet lunch & refreshments in the Parish Centre. No flowers but donations to Foodshare (non-perishable food items) and Thames Hospice. The 6.15pm Mass that day will be said as usual.

PARISH OFFICE Gillian will be taking off a few days during the next couple of weeks, and a volunteer will be helping most mornings for emergencies.

 DUTY KEYHOLDER from Monday 4th February is Ann 01628 629028


AFTERNOON TEA Due to illness among the organisers of this event, the afternoon tea due to be held this Sunday has had to be cancelled. Sincere apologies to all concerned. All being well, the next one will be held on the first Sunday in March.

CHANGE OF MASS TIME  The weekday mass on Tuesday 5th February will be at 9am instead of 9.30am. Note that parking near the church will be difficult at that time due to children coming into school so, if you can, please park in the street.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY Summer Fun Day is on Sunday 30th June, 12 till 3. Always such a fantastic event so please put it in your diary. If you would like to be involved in any of the planning, please email

PALM SUNDAY 14th April. We are hoping to dramatise the Gospel at the 9.30am mass and need volunteers to be the apostles, Jesus, Pilate etc. The drama will take about 20-25 minutes. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Nina on 01628 674055.

CAMINO TO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA St James Church, Reading, are again organising a Camino to Santiago in September, this year walking the Camino Norte along the rugged north coast of Spain. They are also planning to walk The St James Way from Reading to Southampton, in easy stages on Saturdays this spring and summer. If you are interested in these,  you are invited to an information meeting on Friday 15th February at 7.30pm at the Barberi Room in St James  Church, Forbury Road Reading RG1 3HW.

CAFOD MEETING you are invited to a meeting on Monday 18th February, 7:15pm to 9pm, at Christ the King Church, 408 Northumberland Avenue, Reading, RG2 8NR. Sally Kitchener, CAFOD’s writer for the Communications Team, will be talking about her recent visit to see CAFOD’s projects in Bangladesh and there will an opportunity to explore the resources for Lent Fast day on 15th March. Also on Tuesday 5th March from 7:15pm to 9pm at St Joseph’s Church, London Road, Newbury, RG14 1JP, Kezia Harrow, a Step into the Gap Volunteer, will be talking about her recent trip to visit CAFOD’s projects in the Holy Land. Everyone is welcome so please book your place by emailing or calling 01252 329385.

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.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY - EVENING RECEPTIONIST IN WOODLEY FOR MARRIAGE CARE Do you enjoy meeting people and putting them at their ease?  Would you also welcome some quiet time secure in the knowledge that your presence is helping our vital relationship counselling service?  We are looking for a friendly and helpful volunteer who can spare a couple of hours on Monday evenings, a couple of times per month, at our venue in Woodley. You will meet and greet couples who come for counselling and remain in the venue during counselling sessions. For more details and informal enquiries please contact: Sue Cooper 07939 495774 or email

PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE DON BOSCO CAMP 28th July - 3rd August 2019 An opportunity for secondary school boys to have an exciting, activity-packed camping holiday in a safe but challenging countryside setting. Further information: and contact:

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. 300 packs have already gone, we would like to send another 100! Apart from donating an old backpack the following are needed: hand towels in good condition. Please put them in the box in the church lobby. See John L for details

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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, SCHOOL ADMISSIONS 2019-2020 Fr Liam is available to sign the SIF forms for those children in Categories 3, 4 and 5.Children born between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017 will be allocated in academic year 2019-20 , the deadline to apply  is 28th February 2019.

ST EDMUND CAMPION SCHOOL PTA 100 CLUB LOTTERY After much deliberation, the PTA has decided to stop the 100 Club Lottery at the end of January. If you currently pay via Direct Debit, please arrange for it to be cancelled. If you wish to continue with your Direct Debit, or do not cancel it, any money received will be treated as a donation to the school PTA. If you have any questions please contact Kelley (PTA Chair), or Kate or Debbie (PTA Co-treasurers), who thank you for your continued support.