|Sunday 6th September||9am||11am||6pm|
|Zoom Host||Andy S||Mike Q|
|Reader||Ursula H||Carolyne H||Tom O'K|
|Monday 7th September||10am|
|Zoom Host||Reena K|
|Wednesday 9th September||10am|
|Zoom Host||Mark H|
|Thursday 10th September||10am|
|Zoom Host||Mike Q|
|Friday 11th September||10am|
|Zoom Host||Agnieszka D|
|Saturday 12th September||10am||6pm|
|Zoom Host||Liberty R|
|Reader||Ian C||Ethel D|
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.
Details of new weekend Mass times are available on the home page.
It is the month of September and we have just entered a new climatic season – the season of autumn. The season of Covid-19, sadly, is still with us. However, it has not broken our spirit and schools have reopened, churches are celebrating sacraments and slowly but safely, people are beginning to enter into this new era of the ‘new normal’.
In saying that, Coronavirus continues to have a profound impact right across our world.
For a number of years Christians have been considering how we re-imagine church in a post-Christendom landscape. The rupture to our normal lives from the COVID-19 pandemic has been dramatic. The way in which normal life is being changed and shut down provides an opportunity for the church to practice the two greatest commandments.
During a crisis there are both dangers and opportunities. In a national emergency we have the chance to counter fear with peace and panic with the reassurance of God’s presence and love. In this period, new blogs, prayers and reflections have been produced that might help us in an era of social distancing and isolation to start rethinking the mission of the church in these strange new times.
Our ‘virtual parish community’ has seen a big increase in those attending Mass via Zoom and YouTube. We have had many enquiries from people who wish to re-connect with the church after years of absence. It is a wonderful witness to see people coming to church in the mornings and participate at Mass. Mass in the church, Monday to Friday at 10am, and for the weekend, Saturday at 10am and 6pm; Sunday 9am, 11am and 6pm. (See my letter of last week on the website for more details).
And as we enter into September, we restart our newsletter after a five week gap.
The gospel reading this weekend (Matthew 18:15-20) speaks of the mechanism the early Christians developed in order to deal with internal conflicts and with members who erred. As I re-read these words, I become aware of my responsibilities to my brothers and sisters in the community. What do I do when I notice others losing their way: do I just shrug my shoulders, do I denounce on social media, do I feel morally superior? Or do I follow the gentle way traced by Jesus, trying to win back my sister or brother?
I pray for someone I know who is straying from the right path. I pray for myself to feel responsible for my brothers and sisters in the community of believers.
Jesus assures us he is present when people are gathered in his name. I pray in gratitude for those who join me in the name of Jesus, and who make him present in my life and my world.
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION It is greatly appreciated that many of you transferred your ‘church offering’ from cash to direct debit and standing order over the last number of months. Our parish has had its financial income greatly reduced and this has impacted on our church activities, donations to various charities and parish maintenance. From September 1st, there will be an Offertory Collection Box at the church entrance and exit each day if you wish to make a very welcome donation. We hope in the very near future to install a Contactless Machine where you can ‘tap’ a donation.
NB: It would be helpful for the parish if the vast majority of our Weekly Collection could be done via Direct Debit / Standing Order. I ask that you reflect and, if possible, switch your donation from cash to bank. This would be invaluable and would give the Parish Council and Finance Committee more solidity in planning for the months/years ahead. At present, we are a vastly cash—giving parish, and with the dramatic decrease, it is very hard to plan and donate to those most vulnerable and in need, as well as care for our parish community.
Account name: St. Edmund Campion Maidenhead
Account number: 00882551
Saturday 5th: 9am Mass. Offered for the repose of the soul of Sophia Noone RIP, who died recently.
Sunday 6th: 11am Mass for the repose of the soul of John Robinson RIP, father of Eddie, who died last Thursday morning.
Tuesday 8th: 10am Mass for the Anniversary of the death of Harry Rodrigues, father of Reena Kolassery.
Mass is celebrated every day - if you would like that we pray especially for an intention; a family; an anniversary or someone who has died, then please get in touch with the parish office and your intention shall be included in the parish prayers and offered at Mass.
“SHIELDING” for those in our community who continue to join at the Eucharist via Zoom or YouTube on a regular basis, but for one reason or another, cannot physically come to the Church, and would like to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion, please let Fr. Liam or the parish office know. Fr. Liam will bring the Holy Sacrament to you whilst adhering to social distancing and a safe environment.
BAPTISMS We congratulate those children who have been baptised recently and those who will be during this month of September.
(30th August: Willow Abigail Bishop)
5th: Allegra Ivy Knight
12th: Daisy-Rae Bishop; Helena Potworowski
26th: Summer Louise Harrop
27th: Jack White
RECEPTION INTO CHURCH On 20th September, Judith Thomas will be received into the Catholic Church and receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and Eucharist.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
3rd, 10th and 17th October, First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am and 3pm.
24th October, First Holy Communion Mass will be celebrated at 11.30am.
The school has sent out a letter about these ceremonies.
N.B. Concerning the public health emergency because of the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic, Government Guidelines remains under review and may be updated in line with the changing situation.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING via Zoom on 15th September at 7pm.
ALPHA COURSE St. Edwards & St. Mark’s parish in Windsor is offering the Alpha Course (online) every Thursday, beginning 1 October from 19:30. Traditionally Alpha was offered live in the parish centre, but due to the global pandemic, we have decided to run the course online. It will last approximately 1 hour each week, and include time to meet each other, watching a short video and small group discussion.
Alpha is a 10-week course that explores life’s big questions, in an open, non-judgmental and safe place. We’ll be discussing questions like: Is there more to life than this? Does God exist? Why did Jesus have to die? And, why is there so much suffering in the world?
Millions of people have already tried Alpha in over 100 countries and languages around the world - won’t you?
To RSVP, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/4FdskgfGxQzBtDsAA
Or, if you have questions, please send an email to Ryan and Kim Greig at email@example.com
PILGRIMAGE WALK To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the canonisation of Edmund Campion, our parish church patron, we are going to walk from Stoner House in Henley to Tyburn (Marable Arch) where he was executed. Much of the walk will be on the route that he took as he was brought to the Tower of London. There is a reference in history books to the woods that are most likely to be that of Maidenhead Ticket; also Maidenhead Bridge, and the Ostrich at Colnbrook.
The pilgrimage will take place over 4 weekends in October 3rd/4th; 10th/11th; 17th/18th; 24th/25th (an average of 4.5 miles each day).
More information to follow next week. You are not required to join every day of the walk (unless you would like to). Please contact Deb Woodward on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07766245144 if you would like to sign up to take part, or need more information.
TODDLERS GROUP would normally start at the beginning of term, unfortunately, we can't run Toddler Group as normal but we would love to stay in touch and keep everyone updated.
We are setting up a Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/731966510695904) and a WhatsApp group (contact email@example.com to be added).
WEBSITE Go to www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk and follow the link to bulletins for more notices.
LIVE LINKS TO MASS Mass is being streamed live from St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth, Knock in Ireland and many other places. We encourage you to follow online in the next week.
Live link for St John’s Cathedral in Portsmouth: https://www.portsmouthcatholiccathedral.org.uk/live-mass.php
Live link for Knock Shrine https://youtu.be/kaMr-mwU2DA
Live Podcast link for The Vatican https://www.vaticannews.va/en/podcast.html
You can find other Churches Live streaming here https://www.churchservices.tv/
DIOCESAN WEBSITE The Diocesan website (www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk) has resources for parishes and parishioners during these difficult times. It provides information, resources and prayers, along with links to other Catholic organisations who are providing a timetable of prayer and spiritual assistance.
PORTSMOUTH DIOCESE NEWS Please find here a link to the Portsmouth Diocese News. http://www.portsmouthdiocese.org.uk/enews
FORMATION FOR MISSION Formation for Mission Team and the God who Speaks national campaign are offering various initiatives which can be found here. https://mailchi.mp/94747ee758fd
ST EDMUND CAMPION MAIDENHEAD Here you can find all our up to date information, announcements, contact details and information. http://www.st-edmundcampion-mh.co.uk/
MILL HILL MISSIONARIES Here you can find the Mill Hill Missionaries website. https://millhillmissionaries.com/
CAFOD Staff are leading children’s liturgies online every Sunday at 10am. This is the link to register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5095942131288155403
SACRED SPACES https://www.sacredspace.ie/
BUSTED HALO have some wonderful resources, videos and a virtual stations of the cross at https://bustedhalo.com/
ANNA FREUD: Self-Care and Coping Strategies https://www.annafreud.org/selfcare/
BBC: How to protect your mental health https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51873799
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.
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, www.st-edmund.org.uk.