St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 30th November/1st December 2019 - 1st Sunday of Advent, Year A
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Julie C 07823 321004
Altar Servers Juliana Luis Antos
Harvey Amelia Marcie
Adam Vincent Lars
Zach Alicia Josephina
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Sarah F Rod M
Jane M Clare C Deirdre M
Marian C John C Eric R
Maura McG Caroline G Mary Q
Deborah H Mary McG
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Mary S Paul H Dube I
2nd Reading Mary C Maura H Laura B
Bidding prayers David B Tom O'K Nancy R
Hospitality after Mass Paula T Natalie & Isla De G M Mary G
Hymn Presentation David W
Mass Preparation Jane L & Kathy M
Children's Liturgy Age 3-5's Age 6-8's Age 8 and up
Team A Ruth McC Graeme M Tricia O
Aimee R Dora L Ethel D
Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court Dominique D
Flowers None (Advent) Week beginning 2nd Dec
Altar Linen Angela D Key Holder Carolyn 01628 624635
Cashiers Martin H & Clare F Banker Julia E

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 2019 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website,

PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
23rd/24th November 2019 - Christ the King, Year C

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’. .

This week’s   Readings 

(Feast of Christ the King)

First reading; 2 Samuel 5:1-3 They anointed David king of Israel

Responsorial Psalm; Psalm 121(122):1-5

Second reading; Colossians 1:12-20 The Father has created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves

Gospel; Luke 23:35-43 'Today you will be with me in paradise'

For full readings please see



Mass Times
9.30am and 11.15am
Monday to Thursday:
Holy days:
7am, 9.30am and 7:30pm
5.30 - 6.10pm on Saturday; or by arrangement
Church open for prayer
Every day:
6am - 9pm

Parish Priest
07776 580596
Fr. Liam Cummins

01628 628274
Sarah Hubbard
Monday: 8.30am to 3.30pm;    Tuesday: 9am to 11.30am;
Wednesday: 9am to 3.30pm;    Friday: 9am to 2pm.    Closed Thursday.

Notices to Parish Office by 12 noon Weds

If you would like a Mass celebrated, either in remembrance or as an intention, please see our Parish Administrator, Sarah, in the Parish Office to book it.


MASS INTENTIONS– 24/11 09.30 Hannah and Michael Creedon RIP  AN 24/11 09.30 Michael and Josie Kenny RIP AN 27/11 09.30 Karol Kwaitkowski RIP 29/11 10.00 St Edmund Campion Feast. Year 4

If you would like a Mass celebrated, either in remembrance or as an intention, please contact our Parish Administrator, Sarah, to book it.

The collection last week was £798.46. Thank you.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The programme for First Holy Communion has already started in November, with Mass attendance, and classes start on 07/12/2019. Mass Attendance Cards are printed and are available to collect at Mass. For all further details see Fr Liam. Applications are now closed.


QUENCH Please support Quench where possible. Contact  07802735047. Quench will be running a bookshop on the 30/11/2019 and 01/12/2019 here after Mass.


RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) will begin on 09/01/2020 (12 sessions. 90 minutes each) until April 2020. Please see the details in the porch, or contact Fr Liam.


THE GOD WHO SPEAKS The 2020 Publication is available for purchase at £5 a copy. It includes Scripture references for daily Mass, The Gospel and readings for Sunday Mass and excellent short reflections on the gospel for the day. These are lovely books and would make a lovely gift for someone.


KNOCK Patricia will be coming to mass on the 7/8 December to talk about the pilgrimage to Knock.


PIETY STALL Cynthia has a large selection of cards and advent calendars available.



RED BOXES. We will be emptying the red mission boxes during November. Please give your box to Louise Jennings or Barbara McWalter or alternatively drop it in to Sarah in the parish office. Thank you for your continued support.


HYMN BOOK REPAIR. Budding bookbinders are invited to two sessions to repair our hymn books on Tuesday 3rd December either 10.15 am to 12.15 pm or 2.00 pm to Full training will be provided.  A sign up sheet with more information is in the church porch


THANK YOU so much to everyone who came and supported my cake sales last weekend. I made over £450 and we were overwhelmed by everybody’s generosity, support and good wishes. Thank you once again, Patrick O’Meara and family.


NEWSLETTER FOR CHRISTMAS We thought we’d do a special Parish Newsletter just for Christmas . No  notices, just  lovely Christmassy messages and a lot  of cheer. All ideas welcome and Sarah will see what she can squash into it. We’d  love children's messages or quotes, maybe even drawings. Families’         seasonal wishes. Memories from our community. What Christmas means to you.


LARCHFIELD OPEN TABLE Christmas Get Together Come and join us on Tuesday 3rd December for a delicious FREE buffet meal at Larchfield Community Centre, Desborough Park from 5.00-6.30pm. This is a FREE community event for people of all ages and an opportunity to share some food with friends, family and neighbours. Fun craft activities, Christmas Carols, Bible Stories and more. To find out more or to let us know you are coming, please call  01628 632567 or email

SOUP LUNCH The next soup lunch will be on 28/11/2019 12-14.00

TEA ON SUNDAY The next Tea on Sunday iwill be on 01/12/2019  15.00-17.00

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS FAYRE Sunday 1st Dec 12-3pm. We are kindly asking for donations for the bottle tombola plus donations of toiletries, chocolates and biscuits for the present room and tombola. Please leave these in the church porch way or drop off to the school hall on Saturday 29th between 10-2pm. Cake donations most welcome on the morning of the Fayre. Raffle tickets are available at the back of the church. 


MOTHER’S PRAYER GROUP Every Friday at 08.50 in church for an hour. Women meet up weekly in the church to pray. Please contact Nancy or Noris at For more info                  visit:


PARISH RECORDS AND  BULLETIN  Please update us (via the forms outside the parish officer) with your details if they have changed in any way in the last five years. Also please let the Parish             Administrator know if you would like to receive the bulletin electronically. We are trying to cut down paper usage in the parish and would love to decrease the number of newsletters printed.


FEAST DAY CELEBRATION 6th December, Celebration of the Feast of St Edmund  Campion. “The Poor Boys Good Time Band” Live and Fish and Chip Supper in the School Hall,  £12 a ticket. Tickets will be on sale after each Mass. (Julie Curran and Cheryl Lawrence).


HOSTING Every two years the school hosts students from an American University who are training to be teachers. They are looking for host families to look after these students for approx three weeks from the 8th-30th January 2020. They will be in London for the first weekend and will go on a short trip from the 26th-29th Jan. You will be given £20 per day which will include breakfast and evening meal, for every day that they actually stay with you. Precedence will be given to families who can offer two places as the preference is for the students to travel together around Maidenhead or to London, for safety reasons. These students from Bethel University have always proven to be absolutely            delightful. If you are interested please speak to Tricia Opalko or email


THE PARISH CENTRE is available for hire at £25 per hour. Contact Sarah in the Parish Office, or pick up a form from outside the parish office.


SVP COLLECTION The SVP  would like to extend their sincere thanks to the Parish for the recent SVP collection.


PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE NEWS Please find here a link to the Portsmouth Diocese News. Here you’ll find lots of interesting information and articles.


SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING - November 24, 2019 That Christ the King, who brought peace through death on the cross, will choose many men and women to preach redemption as priests, deacons and in the consecrated life, we pray to the Lord.

“Jesus, remember me when you come into Your kingdom.” Will you make Christ the King and His merciful love remembered as a priest, deacon or in the consecrated life?  To explore further, contact Fr. John Cooke. or call 01329 318 869


MILL HILL MISSIONARIES Here you can find the Mill Hill Missionaries website.



On the World Day of the Poor, 17th November, between 1pm and 5:30pm, Caritas Portsmouth are holding an afternoon in St. Peters, Winchester where we can all come together to share experiences and encourage new ideas around the issue of poverty. The event will include a short play by "Staging Faith" on the life of St. Vincent De Paul, and also some personal testimonies of people who have experienced life on the margins. There will be opportunities to network with others and to see what we can practically do to help those in need around us. Come along and let this event be the place where we begin to open our church doors to those in need and be a voice of the voiceless.  For further information contact Kevin Gallagher from Caritas at or call 07388994057.

CHRISTMAS FAIR organised by Maidenhead Lions Club for 30 local charities will take place in Maidenhead Town Hall on Saturday 9th November from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm.  A wide variety of stalls will be offering an assortment of goods many suitable as Christmas presents.

INTERNATIONAL DINNERThis year's International Dinner will take place on Saturday, 30th November starting at 7.30  pm and will be held at St Joseph's Parish Centre. Tickets for this event are 15 pounds, with a full dinner being served and the voice of Elvis,who has come all the way from Slough. Drinks: BYO Please contact Henry Holly for tickets. Proceeds from this event will fund the new MHM mission in Cambodia.

RED BOXES Please bring in your boxes for emptying to the Parish Office or to Louise J or Barbara McW.

CTiM Churches Together in Maidenhead invite all who are alone at Christmas to join them on Christmas Day from 12.00-15.30. To book please contact Keith Cartland on 01628 636179/ 07765 505767 or e-mail

SACRISTANS The Sacristans’ team is always open to welcome new volunteers who may be interested in helping out in the logistical preparations for the various Services that go on in the Church. If you would like to know more please contact a member of the team.

ADORE WEBSITE The website is a treasure trove of helpful information. As well as details of forthcoming ADoRE and other meetings, there are recordings of many of the talks from the last 3 years; information about renewal, prophecy, healing, evangelisation and prayer. In particular, the page on evangelising pulls together all the 2018 talks on Mission and Renewal and many useful evangelisation resources. They are also encouraging the formation or rekindling of Prayer Groups and you will find many resources on the Prayer pages of the website.

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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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!

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.

VOLUNTEER VACANCIES Catholic Marriage Care provides marriage and relationship counselling and marriage preparation in the local area. They are currently looking for volunteers to fill the following positions at the Reading Centre:
•  trained relationship counsellors – supervision and expenses provided
•  evening receptionist for counselling sessions (Monday evenings in Woodley)
•  people to serve refreshments at marriage preparation days (occasional Saturdays in Twyford and Maidenhead)
For further information please contact Sue Cooper at or 07939 495774.

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 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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DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH DIRECTORY The Directory is free online:

WEBSITE Go to and follow the link to bulletins for more notices.

This week in the Parish Centre (unless otherwise stated)

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

Sarah (Parish Office) or Fr Liam know so that a visit can be arranged

School Notices


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 2019 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website,