St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

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Rotas for 23rd August 2020 - 21st Sunday, Year A
Sunday 23rd August 10am 12noon
Zoom Host Reena K Liberty R
Zoom Cohost Basil S Mike Q
1st Reading Paula T Geraldine B
2nd Reading Liam F Nancy R
Bidding prayers Donncha R Joan H
Monday 24th August
St Bartholomew, Apostle
Zoom Host Reena K
Reading Mary F
Tuesday 25th August 10am
Zoom Host Mike Q
Reading Marian B
Wednesday 26th August 10am
Zoom Host Mark H
Reading Brian McG
Thursday 27th August 10am
Zoom Host Reena K
Reading Carolyn F
Friday 28th August 8am 10am
Zoom Host Mike Q Liberty R
Reading Laura B Nina B
Saturday 29th August 10am
Zoom Host Basil S
Reading Patty P

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
25th/26th July 2020 - 17th Sunday, Year A
Beirut Fundraise

On 4th of August , an enormous explosion obliterated the port of Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon. It is reported that at least 130 people have been killed with thousands injured and left homeless. These numbers are likely to continue to rise.
The devastation to the city and to the people is beyond catastrophic.
The eastern part of Beirut's port has been totally destroyed, and buildings across the city have been severely damaged. This is a scary situation. Hospitals have been heavily damaged, and they are overwhelmed with the number of people now needing medical help unable to treat everyone.

The British Red Cross is working closely with the Lebanese Red Cross who have been responding to the crisis. The immediate focus is on saving lives.
People are dealing with injuries, loss of loved ones and damaged homes. This comes at a time when Lebanon is experiencing an economic crisis, and the tragic and complex challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.  
Here is the link to my just giving page to raise money for the British Red Cross running the Beirut Emergency Appeal. Please donate if you can, every little bit will help:


A Zoom course on the Seven Sacraments of the Church

The great sacraments of the Church - Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Reconciliation, the Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders - have endured for thousands of years and structured countless lives. Everything in the Church’s life comes from and returns to them. But there is far more to these ancient rites than meets the eye.

The Sacraments will help you understand these signs and channels of grace and discover the secret behind their persistence down the ages: the presence and power of the Saviour himself.

This seven-week course will use Bishop Robert Barron’s videos course as a primary resource. It will involve watching a 30 ± minute video and prayerful reflecting on questions, then coming together and sharing, following the same format as the scripture course which we have just finished for about 40 minutes.  It will be once a week.

It is a great opportunity to learn and appreciate these great gifts to the Church.  Please contact and register with Fr. Kevin Hughes, Mill Hill Missionary at:

The Sacraments of the Church.

Session One

Wednesday 19th August



Session Two

Wednesday 26th August


Introduction & Baptism

Session Three

Wednesday 2nd September



Session Four

Wednesday 9th September


The Eucharist

Session Five

Wednesday 16th September



Session Six

Wednesday 23th September


The Anointing of the Sick

Session Seven

Wednesday 30th September


Matrimony & Holy Orders


Matthew 1:44-46

The good, the bad, and the treasure

Jesus takes the ordinary for his story asking what you would really want never to lose; asking what your treasure is. Is it money, reputation, locality?

'I gave up a better job but had time for the family and for love' - words of a young father.

We know that parents give up a lot for their children; as do grandparents; godparents and others. As people, we look for what's most important in life:

the love of God; deep and enduring friendships; success after hard work in school; commitment to the poor - what cannot be lost and what is worth sacrificing other good things for.

Life is a mixture of the good and the bad. There is an old Irish saying: 'There's good in the worst of us and bad in the best of us'. We work for God with the strengths and weaknesses of all we work with. God sows the seed of the gospel in good and bad soil; it bears fruit in its own way wherever it is sown.

The treasure is in our people. So much hidden generosity comes out at bad times – Covid 19; natural disasters, floods, illness and death. We need always to find the hidden treasures in our own people and even in our history. The kingdom of God is close, near and is within us.

Think of what you really value in life. Take time.

Give thanks to God for what brings deep joy in life.

Thy Kingdom Come, Lord Jesus.


A Summer Blessing

May you walk with God this summer in whatever you do, wherever you go.

Walking with God means... Walking with honesty and with courage,

Walking with love and respect and concern for the feelings of others.

May you talk to God this summer and every day and in every situation.

Talking with God means... Praying words of praise for the beauty of creation,

Saying prayers of thanks for friends and good times,

Asking God's help in all your decisions, expressing sorrow when you have failed.

May you talk with God every day. Amen.

Author unknown


Prayer for the Children

Dear God,

As they start nursery or school for the first time - give them joy in new experiences.

As they move to new classes - give them confidence in growing friendships.

As they move to new schools - give them strength in their growing independence.

And for all the teachers, assistants, helpers, carers and volunteers of St. Edmund Campion school, who teach and nurture our children and young people, we ask for your blessing, your joy, your wisdom and your patience as they re-charge their batteries over the summer break, ready for the new term! We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.



Please join the St. Edmund Campion Community for Mass according to the schedule below at your convenience

  Church Open Mass
Monday 9:30 - 11am 10am
Tuesday 9:30 - 11am 10am
Wednesday 9:30 - 11am 10am
Thursday 9:30 - 11am 10am
Friday 7:30 - 9am & 9:30 - 11am 8am & 10am
Saturday 9:30 - 11am 10am

To join the Mass virtually, simply click on the Zoom link below, and a host will let you in: Meeting ID: 356 615 1692

Please mute your microphone and video during the Mass. If the 'room' is full and has reached it capacity, then you can also go to YouTube. Click on the link below and you will have access to St. Edmund Campion Church. It is recommended that you subscribe to the channel to get updates. If after you click on the above link, Live Mass doesn't start, please refresh your browser or reload your YouTube application.


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

26th July (Sunday) 10am: Edward (Ted) John Bermingham RIP recently died. Grandfather of Niamh Minahane.

26th July (Sunday) 12pm: Deirdre Tully RIP recently died. Cousin of Martin Coker.

28th July (Tuesday) 10am: Lesley Colaco RIP, father of Cheryl Lawrence.

31st July (Wednesday) 10am: Pablo Lievano, wife of Maria and father to Sebastian.

2nd August (Sunday): 10am: Pablo Lievano RIP

CANDLE TRAY If you would like a candle lit in the Church during Mass time each morning at 10am for a special intention, please let Fr. Liam know on These are little tea-lights and will be left near the tabernacle and Fr. Liam and Fr. Kevin will pray for your intention.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS A number of people have been contacting the parish asking how to make a contribution to the church for its running costs. If you wish, you can give a donation via the parish account:

Name: St Edmund Campion Church

Sort-code: 30-93-04

Account no.: 00882551

Please feel free to amend or cancel your standing orders to the Parish, at any time. We understand that people's circumstances are changing. You do not need to notify us of changes in any way.

Newsletter: During the month of August there are no newsletters issued. The next newsletter will be for the weekend of 29th/30th August.

If you would like a Mass celebrated, either in remembrance or as an intention, please contact Fr Liam to book it.

A SPACE TO PRAY ON ZOOM Eric Ramon is guiding a space to pray on Zoom.  Eric, a member of our community, guides the prayer space every Tuesday evening at the Church, which involves time to share and develop our Faith through prayer, reflection and music. If you would like to join on this Zoom time, please contact Eric, and ask to be put on the list of 'invitees' and he will then send the link to join. His email address is:

MASS VIA TELEPHONE This is a great way for those who struggle with smart phone or computer.  You can listen to a pre-recorded Mass from Middlesbrough Cathedral on the following phone number 01642 130120.


This year, 2020, is the Golden Jubilee Year of the Canonisation of St Edmund Campion (October 24th 1970).

THE PARISH PILGRIMAGE WALK FROM STONOR TO TYBURN The walk starts at Stonor House chapel, Henley on Thames on Wednesday 30 September 2020 and finishes at London's Tyburn Convent chapel, on Sunday 25th October 2020. The walk will be staged over several weekends. You may choose to walk one or all stages. Each stage is approximately 4-8 miles. Map details and walking distances will be provided.  If you are interested in taking part in the walk, as a pilgrim walker, a family, a helper or a volunteer, please register your initial interest with Deborah Woodward. Email:, Tel no: 07766 245144


St. Edmund Campion, Maidenhead

Guidelines for Returning to the Churches for Prayers and Public Worship



Starting from 16th July, anyone who desires to pray privately, or attend public Mass in the church will be free to do so.

This document draws from government and diocesan guidelines, as well as the Covid-risk assessment specific to our parish, to articulate what we should do each time we visit our church of St. Edmund Campion individually or in a group. We must look at 'best-practice' based on our local circumstances, resources and context. A general guideline will be followed by guidelines for private prayers and then another for other public liturgies and sacraments.


General Guidelines

The suspension of Sunday Mass obligation is still in place, and so our online zoom Masses will continue to serve that purpose until further notice.

Out of concern for one another, those in the 'shielding group', or at especially high risk of infection should be advised to follow government shielding guidelines and stay at home and return to the church only when it is appropriate.

In stating that, it remains a person's own choice to come to church to pray.


Returning for Private Prayers and Mass


Starting from the 16th July 2020, Mass (+ Zoom online) will be celebrated each day Monday to Saturday at 10am and in addition on Friday at 8am. The church will be open for private prayers and Mass from 9.30am to 11am every day (excluding Sunday), and, in addition, on Friday from 7.30am to 9am.

  Church Open Mass
Monday 9:30 - 11am 10am
Tuesday 9:30 - 11am 10am
Wednesday 9:30 - 11am 10am
Thursday 9:30 - 11am 10am
Friday 7:30 - 9am & 9:30 - 11am 8am & 10am
Saturday 9:30 - 11am 10am


    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will take place each morning after the 10.00am Mass and will be exposed for 25 minutes.
    • Apart from families, going to pray together, everyone is required to observe the 1.5 metre social distancing in the church - that is equivalent to a space of three chairs from someone who is not of your household, or 'bubble'.
    • Alcohol hand gel will be provided for use on entering and leaving the church.
    • A steward will be around to help should you need anything and will ensure that the cleaning routine is carried out after each visit to the church.
    • Only a number of rows of chairs will be operational.
    • We are encouraged to stand and pray if that is possible. However, during Mass you may sit. Kneeling is not encouraged.
    • The less contact we make with the furniture in the church the more chance of reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
    • At this time, large gatherings are not encouraged and we must follow government and Diocesan guidelines. We will not be having public Mass on Sunday for the coming weeks and this will continue via Zoom at 10.00am and 12.00pm. You are encouraged to choose a day in the week that best suits you to attend Mass.


For Masses in the Church

    • No physical sign of peace.
    • Holy Communion is to be received on the hand and the priest will go around the rows of chairs to distribute to the congregation.
    • The chalice is suspended.
    • Entering (Church entrance) and Exiting (parish centre exit) of the church for Mass should be ordered and as directed by the Stewards. Please follow the directions given by the stewards.
    • Once Mass starts we ask people not to enter the church, as it will cause a lot of distraction, especially as Mass will continue to be live streamed. So please come at least ten minutes before Mass starts.
    • For sitting, we shall be using every other row, starting from the front row of chairs as will be directed by the stewards. We are encouraged to sit 1.5 metre apart (three seats apart) and in such a way that anyone coming in after will not need to cross to enter the row of chairs. Therefore, as you enter please follow the steward's direction of moving to the centre of the row of seats, and work your way out to the aisle as the centre seats are filled. You may be seated not in your usual spot!
    • Families can sit together and parents with children should keep them close.
    • The Mass readings, Prayers of the Faithful and music will continue via Zoom. The congregation in the Church will not proclaim the Readings. If you wish to be a Reader during this time then please contact Mike Quinn ( in order for your name to be added to the list of Zoom readers.
    • All should use the hand sanitising gel on entering the church.
    • The government has advised that cloth face coverings (and not surgical masks) be worn for reassurance by people in enclosed areas. Churches do not need to supply face coverings for visitors. Therefore you are asked to bring you own face-covering.
    • The use of kitchen and parish hall is suspended.
    • The use of toilets is suspended at any other time except during Mass for pressing needs.
    • Whenever the toilet is used during Mass, for only pressing needs, it has to be cleaned and sanitised after each use.
    • Please do not gather in the church porch or on church property for conversations. Continue to wear your face covering until you leave the area where other people are. We know that many people are excited about returning to church. We want to make sure that you can do so safely and comfortably as social distancing guidelines are still in place.


First Holy Communion

The catechists are aiming to re-start First Communion sessions in September with our First Holy Communion Masses to be celebrated during a number of Saturdays (morning and afternoon) during October.

Dates will be confirmed in September.


Sacrament of Reconciliation

This is to be arranged privately with the priest to ensure that government/health guidelines and directives on social distancing and sanitizing are observed.


Funerals and Weddings

A public Funeral Mass or Wedding may be celebrated, provided that all governmental/health directives and general guidelines are followed. The maximum number of attendees will be determined by the capacity in the church after social distancing measures have been applied.


Sacraments of Initiation

    • For the celebration of the baptism/initiation/reception for adults who were preparing for initiation at the Easter Vigil or other times, these will take place as determined by the parish priest in dialogue with the group of candidates. Care should be taken to ensure general guidelines and government directives.
    • The large-scale Confirmations planned for the Cathedral this Eastertide are postponed until 2021 and those for 2021 (St. Edmund Campion Parish) to 2022, and so on.


Anointing of the sick & visits with the Eucharist to Care Homes etc.

    • Where an anointing is given to a person in isolation (in a hospital, for example) all physical contact precautions should be taken and governmental/medical regulations followed. Hospitals and nursing homes will allow those in danger of death to be anointed, but protective gear may need to be worn by the priest and the visit kept short.
    • Visits to people in care homes or hospitals are permitted by clergy or designated ministers. These visits should follow the current protocols and advice of the care home or hospital (this may involve ministers being tested for the coronavirus or antibodies). Again, strict protocols of hygiene/sanitizing before, during and after visits must be observed.
    • We hope to issue shortly advice on anointing and pastoral care of the sick at home.


Infant Baptism

    • Given health and governmental directives (especially social distancing, hygiene/sanitising, etc.) and the need to protect the most vulnerable medically, the baptism of infants in our current situation presents some particular factors and difficulties.
    • During this exceptional time, if there is a pastoral need for the baptism of an infant to take place, only the necessary rites for a valid Baptism should be celebrated, (CIC, can. 850). Details can be found in the Order of Baptism of Children.
    • Only the minister, infant, parents, and godparents should be present until such time as more public services are allowed (again, social distance, hygiene etc. should be followed as far as possible within the liturgy).
    • It is envisaged that baptisms with larger gatherings can commence from August 29th.


Request for Volunteer Stewards

We shall depend greatly on the stewards for ordered movements in the church and for sanitising the church after each use. Please enlist if you are not within the vulnerable or shielding category. (


Finally, while we will attempt to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.


I thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these strange times as we move into the 'new normal'. These guidelines will be updated as appropriate until such a time as we are back to full opening, which will include access and use of the Parish Centre and its activities.


St. Edmund Campion, pray for us.


Yours in Christ,

Father Liam

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

APPOINTMENTS If you wish to speak to Fr Liam in confidence on any matter, please contact him by phone or e-mail

HOUSEBOUND If you know of anyone who is sick and/or housebound, please let Sarah (Parish Office) or Fr Liam know.

School News

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,