|Mass Representative||Pam C 01628 823530||Shirley F 01628 633406||Julie C 07823 321004|
|Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion||Ann G||Rod M|
|Marian C||Carolyn F||Deirdre M|
|Maura McG||Julia E||Eric R|
|Jane M||Carole C||Mary Q|
|Lyndsey B||Mary McG|
|Ministers of the Word||6.15pm||9.30am||11.15am|
|1st Reading||Ella C||Mike Q||Nancy R|
|2nd Reading||Catherine L||Carolyn F||Laura B|
|Bidding prayers||Paula T||Sandra W||Dube I|
|Hospitality after Mass||TBD||Carolyn F||TBD|
|Hymn Presentation||Andy S|
|Mass Preparation||Matt D & Jonas K|
|Children's Liturgy||Age 3-5's||Age 6-8's||Age 8 and up|
|Team B||Gael R||Julia E||Debbie H|
|Carly C||Charlie E|
|Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court||Kathy H|
|Flowers||Carolyn F||Week beginning 13th Jan|
|Altar Linen||Cynthia B||Key Holder||Phil 07798 831927|
|Cashiers||Martin H & Clare F||Banker||TBD|
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, www.st-edmund.org.uk.
Many legends, song, and art has been built around these mysterious men with their gifts.
Gold: A gift for royalty, acknowledging that Jesus was of a Royal line.
Frankincense: An expensive incense that was burned as a part of worship in the Temple. This signifies Jesus’ divinity.
Myrrh: An expensive oil used for perfume and was most commonly used among wealthy Jews as an anointing oil for the dead. Thus, the myrrh is seen as a foreshadowing of Jesus’ death and a reminder of his mortality.
The feast invites us to ask: what gift can we present to Jesus that acknowledges him as our Saviour?
Surely the most appropriate gift is striving to live a life that imitates his teaching and example. Therefore, the Epiphany is an ideal time to reflect on the practice of our Christian faith so that, during the coming year, we will ‘show’ the world the glory of the Saviour who has redeemed us from sin and who gives us life through his Church and the celebration of the sacraments.
Three Epiphany questions to ponder:
1. How did you first come to see Jesus?
2. How do you see Jesus now?
3. How do you show Jesus?
This Week’s Readings.
Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord
First reading; Isaiah 60:1-6
Responsorial Psalm; Psalm 71
Second reading; Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 3:2-3a,5-6
Gospel; Gospel according to Matthew 2:1-12
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 05/01 11.15 Alina & Leon Zbikowski RIPAN
05/01 11.15 Ann and Pat O’Connor SI
06/01 09.30 John Grant RIP
We welcome Kiera and Finley who are being baptised on Sunday 5th of January at 13.00.
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 £581.27 Thank you very much.
As we move into 2020, I want to thank you all for your kindness over the past year, for your very generous donations and gifts at Christmas, and for your spirit of solidarity in believing in the fantastic community of St. Edmund Campion. Thank you for being such a great example of living a life of faith.
I pray this prayer for you:
New Year's Prayer
As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family, our friends, and our parish of St. Edmund Campion.
Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains.
Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way.
Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, colour or creed.
Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God's name each day.
Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.
Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.
May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love.
May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.
God bless you all,
THE WORD OF GOD Pope Francis declared this year of 2020 a time to become especially acquainted with the Word of God, and following the fact that most families in our parish, bought a copy of ‘The God Who Speaks’, Fr. Kevin Hughes from the Mill Hill Missionaries, will be giving two talks of an hour each on the following days, Wednesday the 8th of Jan and Monday the 13th of Jan, at 7.30pm on Verbum Domini/Aperuit Illis (The Word of the Lord/ Instituting Sunday as the Word Of God.
Verbum Domini was issued by Pope Benedict XVI which deals with how the Catholic Church should approach the Bible.
Aperuit Illis was issued by Pope Francis – putting the Word of God at the centre of our lives.
Every Christian is linked to the Word of God. Some of us are more aware than others. But without the Word, we have no voice to call ourselves disciples, Christians, even believers. This is a great opportunity to learn more about this exciting year with becoming great companions with the Word of God. Please come along. Refreshments will available.
PLEASE PRAY for the repose of the soul of Jerry Connor, who died on the 2nd of January. He and his daughter Suzy were known to many in our parish. The funeral arrangements will be made and announced shortly.
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) will begin on 09/01/2020 at 19.30 in the Parish Hall. We pray for the nine candidates in our parish who are on this sacred journey to be fully initiated into the Catholic Church either through baptism and/or he sacrament of Confirmation.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AND RECONCILIATION PROGRAMME the second session is on 11/01. 10.00-11.30 for the children in the school, followed by Liturgy for Parents and Children in the Church at 11.30.
SCHOOL ADMISSIONS 2020-2021 Fr Liam is available , to sign the SIF forms for those children in Categories 3, 4 and 5 only, based on Sunday Mass attendance cards (or letter from the Parish Priest if from another Parish)
CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK is from 18th to 25th January. We are blessed that St. Edmund Campion church has been chosen by CTiM (Churches Together in Maidenhead), to gather representatives from all the Christian churches in our area to come together for a payer Service on January 19th at 6pm. You are most welcome to come and journey as a Christian family in this very important hour of prayer for Christian Unity.
SVP CHRISTMAS SUDAN APPEAL 2019 – SMARTIES!!!! Please return Smarties tubes or envelopes, filled, at the Masses of the weekend of 11 and 12 January 2020 (or to the Parish Office) Every penny donated will be sent to SVP Twinnage to enable the SVP to continue its sorely needed work in the area.
MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE St. Edward’s Church in Windsor is running a Marriage Preparation Course in 2020. The dates are January 16th, 19th, 23rd, 30th and 6th February. All engaged couples are more than welcome to attend.
Please email Kathy to register on firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also running a Marriage preparation course at St Edmund Campion on Saturday the 18th of April. Please contact Fr Liam or Sarah Hubbard to register
HOUSE BLESSINGS If anyone would like their house or apartment blessed, Fr Liam would be very happy to do it. It just takes about 25 minutes. It’s a service of prayer and blessing with holy water.
PIETY STALL Cynthia has a large selection of merchandise available. Please contact email@example.com if you need anything that is not on display or have any further questions.
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.
SCHOOL ADMISSIONS CONSULTATION The governors of St Edmund Campion School are consulting on a change to admissions for children who wish to be admitted to school in September 2021.
Currently siblings of children already in the school are admitted under category 2 in our over subscription criteria. From September 2021 siblings who attend Mass weekly or monthly will be higher on the over subscription criteria than non-practising..
The changes in brief will be: practising weekly Category 2, practising monthly Category 4 and non-practising siblings will move to category 6.
The consultation will run for a period of 6 weeks from 13th December 2019 until 24th January 2020. Copies of the proposed arrangements can be obtained from the school office or can be downloaded from the school website http://www.st-edmund.org.uk .
Comments on the arrangements should be sent to the clerk to the governing body by 31st January 2020
The governing body will consider all comments received before determining its admission arrangements by 28 February 2020.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.altonrenewal.com 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.
THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSE Receive an annual digital subscription to The Catholic Universe newspaper, the world’s most trusted Catholic newspaper, for just £12. Visit www.thecatholicuniverse.com/shop to subscribe to a weekly digital copy for one year, straight to your inbox. With top international Catholic contributors, a great Youth Hub page and Pope Francis updates, The Catholic Universe offers high quality Catholic journalism.
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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: www.europeanfriendshipcircle.org 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 www.catholicsingles.org.uk, email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, see the webpage at www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/rrwg/ 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: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/safeguarding.
KEEP IN TOUCH with the latest news! The Diocese of Portsmouth issues a weekly e-news with photos, news, and information from around the Diocese. Go to www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk and add your email address to receive these updates. Are you on Facebook? Like ‘Diocese of Portsmouth’ to get all the latest info as it happens. You can also follow @BishopEgan and @PortsmouthRC on Twitter.
DIOCESE OF PORTSMOUTH DIRECTORY The Directory is free online: www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/directory.
WEBSITE Go to www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk and follow the link to bulletins for more notices.
This Week in Our Parish
09.30 and 11.15 Mass
13.00 Baptism of Kiera and Finley
10-11.30 Nursery New Parents Welcome
18.30-19.30 Singing Enrichment in the Church
Reflections and Worship
19.30-20.00 Silent Adoration.
20.00-21.30 Open Worship with music, praising and topical visualisation
SVP Meeting 19.00-21.00
19.30 Verbum Domini talk by Fr Kevin Hughes
Adult Formation 20.00-21.00
Mothers Prayers 08.50-09.50
Toddlers Group 09.00-10.45 contact firstname.lastname@example.org
First Holy Communion 2nd Session 10.00-12.00
09.30 and 11.15 Mass
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