St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

Rotas for 15th/16th February 2020 - 6th Sunday, Year A
6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
Mass Representative Pam C 01628 823530 Shirley F 01628 633406 Julie C 07823 321004
Altar Servers Jack Patrick Teresa
Dylan Amelia Marcie
Rudy Alessandro Josephina
Luca Luis Lars
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Carolyn F Zoe B
Merle F Julia E Jonathan H
Reena K Carole C Moya Z
Paula T Lyndsey B Mary F
Ann G Kathryn A
Ministers of the Word 6.15pm 9.30am 11.15am
1st Reading Catherine L Ann G George A
2nd Reading Paula T Mark H Patryk D
Bidding prayers Ella C Lloney E-M Eric R
Hospitality after Mass Sue W Geraldine B Katherine A
Hymn Presentation Andy S
Mass Preparation Andy S
Children's Liturgy Age 3-5's Age 6-8's Age 8 and up
Team C Catherine M Tanya vS Faith W
Jennifer D Donncha R Gabrielle Br
Minister to the Sick & Housebound: Clara Court Kathy H
Flowers Cate G Week beginning 17th Feb
Altar Linen Paula T Key Holder Phil 07798 831927
Cashiers Ann G & Carolyn 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,

PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
8th/9th February 2020 - 5th Sunday, Year A

Let’s for a moment forget the bad press that salt has received from dieticians, and remember why it has always been prized. Riches, power and control are valued highly in our world. But Jesus draws on little things to teach deeper values. Salt preserves food: in the hands of a skilled cook it adds flavour to food. But its work is hidden. It gives flavour to what is bland, and lifts the everyday to something interesting.

As salt of the earth we can be effective in bringing more taste to life for others.


Light does not change a room: it enables us to see what is in it. It helps us appreciate what is good and beautiful, just as it facilitates avoiding pitfalls. We are children of the light: our lives are illumined by Jesus, the light of the world (John 8:12). This light helps us to see the hidden hope of glory that is in us. So we can rejoice even in the darkness of the world.


This Week’s   Readings

First reading; Isaiah 58:7-10  Then will your light shine like the dawn

Responsorial Psalm; Psalm 111(112):4-9

Second reading; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 The only knowledge I claimed was of the crucified Christ

Gospel; Matthew 5:13-16  Your light must shine in the sight of men

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 08/02 18.15 Dennis Cullinane RIP AN 10Y

09/02 11.15 Marjorie Forbes RIP

16/02 11.15 Kathleen, James and John O’Shea RIP

16/02 11.15 Hannah Tuohy RIP

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 £809.76. Thank you very much.

POLITE NOTICE for reasons of health and safety, and further, as a courtesy to those around us, please refrain from giving children food and snacks during Mass.  If it is necessary that a child be fed, then please use the facilities in the parish hall.  Feeding babies (milk), and drinking water is permitted in the church


FUNERALS  Irene Shearer’s Funeral will take place on the 28th February at 12pm.


STUDY  if you are interested in following a course that would benefit the welfare of the parish, either for a weekend or semester base, please know that there is funding available to assist you in the area of studies in theology, pastoral care, prayer guidance, catechesis and youth ministry. Some good places to look are Douai Abbey  (and download their pastoral programme); St. Mary's Institute of Theology, Strawberry Hill The Jesuit Institute


NURSERY APPLICATION ACADEMIC YEAR 2020-21 The deadline to apply for a place in the nursery for the academic year 2020-21 is 28th February 2020, children who were born between 1st April 2017 and 31st March 2018 will be eligible to start the term after their 3rd birthday. Please contact Mrs Powell on 01628 639891 or via email

Fr Liam is available, to sign the SIF forms for those children Categories 3,4 and 5 only, based on Sunday Mass attendance cards (or letter from the Parish Priest if from another Parish).


Marriages/Weddings:  Last year, our parish community was indeed blessed to have nine couples commit themselves in the Sacrament of Marriage.  The Sacrament of Marriage is a sign of union between a couple and founded on the love of Christ. The couples varied in age from their 20’s into their 60’s.  It is never too late to marry.  So far this year, we already have three couples who have started their paperwork and plan to marry in the coming weeks/months.

If any couple would like to pursue to have their marriage blessed by the Church, and have not yet done so, then why not have a chat with Fr. Liam?  He will be more than happy to guide you in the best way of moving forward.


EUCHARISTIC MINISTRY & READER MINITRY COURSE The course for training and refresher training for Eucharistic Ministers and Reader Ministers will take place on the 15th February 10.00-12.00, the  17th February 19.00-21.00 and the 24th of February 19.00-21.00. Please attend one of these courses if you are a Eucharistic Minister or Reader Minister.


ALTAR SERVERS TRAINING Compulsory training for current and new Altar Servers is being run on the 8th of March. Please take this as notice to attend the training.


LENT ONLINE RETREAT Do you wish you had more time to pray but aren’t sure how to fit prayer into your daily routine? Get a daily email delivered to your inbox and re-start your prayer life this Lent. Go to:

CHILDREN’S LITURGY There is a vacancy for a Children's Liturgy catechist for the 6-8 year olds.

What is Children’s liturgy? It is the Liturgy of the Word suitably adapted to make it relevant to the lives and experiences of young children. It gives them the opportunity to understand the Gospel message and participate in the Sunday Mass (09.30) at their own level.

We have a team of 24 catechists working in pairs, one month in four, with three age groups, 3-5, 5-8 and 8 upwards. An average of between 20-30 children attend each group. There are a range of books available to help with planning the sessions. All sessions contain a reading from scripture, normally the Gospel of the day. Catechists will then present the reading in other ways e.g. through drama, story, art work or discussion.

Catechists often find the session personally valuable as they have to prepare the Sunday Gospel and really reflect on its message and meaning in their lives. If you would like to be involved please contact Tricia Opalko through the school or Parish office. Catechists are subject to a DBS check to see if they are suitable to work with children.


CHARITY The PPC committed to donate 10% of offertory income to charity. If you are part of a local charity or support a local charity that you would like to be considered as a recipient, please leat Fr Liam, or Sarah know and we’ll pass them on to the PPC.


FOLK GROUP AND FRIENDS Saturday 7th March 7.30pm in the school hall. £10 a ticket to include a bread and cheese supper. For tickets contact Jo on 07967097270 or see us after 9.30 mass.


SPECIAL NEEDS QUIET PRAYER AND WELCOME Next date: 21st February at 6pm. For more details, please talk to margarita (email:

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION FOR ADULTS (RCIA) Thursday 13th Feb : Session eight for our adults preparing to be received into the Church at Easter, will take place from 7.30pm. 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 the sacrament of Confirmation.


MARRIAGE PREPARATION COURSE We are running a Marriage preparation course at St Edmund Campion on Saturday the 18th of April. Please contact Fr Liam or Sarah Hubbard to register


StEC TALKS – Our next StEC talk will take place on Thursday 13 February at 7.30pm in the parish centre. Lisa Church, Deputy Director of Clinical Services from Thames Valley Hospice, will speak about the hospice’s approach to end of life. Refreshments provided. All welcome.


W.O.R.K Hearts for Valentines Day (& Stars) to raise money for W.O.R.K.  available again. Contact Louis on 07886 010763.


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 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.


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 your Mass Rep. Every time you come to Sunday Mass get your card stamped in the parish centre. You will need the Parish Priest’s signature on the SIF form, once your attendance in 2020 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website,


WALKING THE ST JAMES WAY from Reading Abbey to Southampton in 6 stages on a Saturday starting 21st March at St James Church, Reading RG1 3FD. The route passes through beautiful countryside, past points of historic and religious interest, to a place where many pilgrims in former days will have set sail for Spain.  Why not re-enact their journey by joining us this year. Please email the St James parish office on to register your interest. See poster for full list of dates.


GOOD GYM GoodGym is a caring and sociable community of runners who get fit at the same time as helping out in their local area. They are launching in Windsor and Maidenhead on the 26th of February, and there are lots of ways to get involved. GoodGym would also love to hear from you if you are involved with a charity or community group/venue who need help. Perhaps your scout hut needs a deep clean, your community garden is overgrown or you are drowning in boxes of flat-pack furniture?

Sign up at or email for more info. 




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.

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

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

Some suggestions of daily  reading/ prayer/ reflection in the Year of the Word 2020 (The God that Speaks)

Bible in a Year

Pray as you Go

Sacred Spaces


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


Saturday 8th

NCT 09.30-16.15

First Holy Communion Preparation 10-12 (Parents 11.30-12 Liturgy)

Baptism Violet Grace Waters 13.00

Confession 17.30-18.10

18.15 Mass

Sunday 9th

09.30 and 11.15 Mass

Private Booking 14.00-16.00

Monday 10th

09.30 Mass

French Circle 10.30-12.30

Singing Enrichment in the Church 18.30-19.30

NCT 18.30-21.45

Tuesday 11th

09.30 Mass

Reflections and Worship

   19.30-20.00 Silent Adoration.

   20.00-21.30 Open Worship with music, praising and topical  visualisation

Wednesday 12th

09.30 Mass

Bridge 10.30-12.3

Adult Formation  20.00

Thursday 13th

09.30 Mass

Thursday Group10.30-12.30

RCIA (session 6) 19.30-21.00

Friday 14th

Mothers Prayers 08.50-09.50

Toddlers 09.00-11.00

10.00 Mass

StEDs Talk (Hospice Care) 19.30

School Half Term begins (Return 24th February)

Saturday 15th

Confession 17.30-18.10

Ministries Course for Reader Ministers and Eucharistic Ministers 10-12

18.15 Mass

Sunday 16th

09.30 and 11.15 Mass

14.00 Rocco Baptism

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 2020 has been completed. For information on the current Admissions' Policy see the school's website,