Anyone who has gone to the trouble of organising a party for family and friends will appreciate the work that is involved. Organising invitations, and providing food, drink and entertainment requires much thought. Considerable effort goes into the event.
However, it is all worthwhile when the guests enjoy a good time and they depart expressing their contentment and pleasure. Even if one or two guests fail to show up, we can shrug our shoulders and marvel at their bad manners because everyone else had a good time.
But imagine if nobody turned up! Think of the disappointment, the embarrassment and the feelings of frustration. Dark thoughts would cross our mind and, no doubt, we would delete these friends from our address book, Facebook, contact list, and want nothing more to do with them.
Jesus, who was an excellent teacher, used precisely this scenario to teach his listeners about the Church. The parable of the marriage feast is about the fate that awaits those who either reject his Church or who refuse to use the Church properly to live in God’s grace and to prepare for judgement.
Another point in the story is the focus on the ‘wedding garment’. We know the importance of dressing appropriately for various events and it is embarrassing if we either under dress or over dress for an occasion.
It seems a bit unfair to be thrown out, having been brought in at the last minute, because you had no garment. However, the garment means you want to be there and to take on the values of the feast. The garment is the desire of the heart to be a follower in name and deed.
God invites all, but expects us to come with a good heart. Often we see people around Mass who seem not to respect it. They may not come often, but God looks to the desires of the heart. Maybe the non-churchy parents who want their child baptised know deep down that their love for the child brings them to baptism. Is that not a good reason? Or maybe the young people who come to Mass because they have exams coming up and need all the help they can get?
While Jesus is totally the inviting one, he wants us to remain with him. The heart that follows is the heart that wants to love, and that desire is the wedding garment.
The man knew in his heart that he should not be there. Jesus sees into the heart. What we look for is the sincerity in what brings us to God and that can be different for everybody. Religion is firstly of the heart, and then practice. We never know what’s in the heart of our people who sometimes come in faith. You never can tell! Let God be the judge of that!
Recall a time you felt invited by God to help a neighbour. Offer that thanks to God now.
Lord, make my heart compassionate like yours.
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.
BAPTISMS 18th October: We welcome the following children into our Christian community by being baptised, Henry Theo Ennis and Maya Thomasson
“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.
ALL SOULS If you have lost loved ones during the year October 2019 - October 2020, and would like them to be included in the Parish Book of Remembrance, please send their names to the following email address by the 17th of October: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, if your loved ones are already in the Book from previous years, there is no need to submit their names again. Thank you, Liturgy Team
ZOOM is now live from 9.30am to 11am from Monday to Friday. This means you can connect for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and 10am Mass every weekday.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION The Masses for our children to receive their First Holy Communion are on each Saturday (October). The Masses will be at 11.30am and 3.00pm. Please continue to pray for all our children.
COVID-19 MEASURES WITHIN THE CHURCH. The windows will remain open during Mass to ensure ventilation. The heating will be turned on before Mass, but it is likely to be colder than usual, so please dress appropriately. The stewards are working voluntarily, and are cleaning all of the chairs used after every Mass. The Church and Parish Hall are also being deep cleaned once a month on top of the thorough daily cleaning. Please ensure that you don't congregate outside the Church building after Mass.
N.B. Concerning the public health emergency because of the Coronavirus (COVID – 19) pandemic, Government Guidelines remain under review and may be updated in line with the changing situation.
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 Basket at the church entrance and exit each day if you wish to make a very welcome donation. There is also a contactless “tap to donate” machine, where you can contribute to the weekly collection.
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
Sort code: 309304
Account number: 00882551
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BRITAIN AND IRELEND (CTBI) have launched Climate Sunday Initiative which aims to encourage UK churches of all denominations to deepen their commitment and act to combat climate disruption ahead of the UN Climate talks (COP26) in November 2021. Climate Sunday’s vision is to leave a lasting legacy of thousands of UK churches better equipped to address the climate crisis as part of their normal discipleship and mission.
Creator God, this earth is miraculous and beautiful. Forgive our confusion and inaction as we confront the challenges of climate change. In the light of your truth, seen so clearly in the life and teaching of Jesus, help us to re-examine ourselves and our lifestyle choices and see clearly the implications of how we live on all that sustains life on this earth. May we follow your lead in caring for every aspect of this precious world, which you made, and love.
We pray for world leaders to find new, just and radical agreements that will protect our fragile world for future generations. Throughout history you have moved people to do amazing things for the sake of their neighbours. Inspire us now to work together, as your people, to change priorities in the way we live, so that we build a fair and safe world for all your creation; a world where your will is done as it is in heaven. Amen
PILGRIMAGE WALK To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the canonisation of Edmund Campion, our parish church patron, we are going to walk from Stoner village in Henley to Tyburn (Marble 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 Thicket; also Maidenhead Bridge, and the Ostrich Inn at Colnbrook.
The pilgrimage is taking place over 4 weekends in October 3rd/4th; 10th/11th; 17th/18th; 24th/25th ( an average of 4.5 miles each day). You are not required to join every day of the walk (unless you would like to). Please contact Deb Woodward on email@example.com or 07766245144 if you would like to sign up to take part, or need more information.
TODDLERS GROUP Unfortunately, we can't run Toddler Group as normal. To stay in touch and keep everyone updated, There is a Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/731966510695904) and a WhatsApp group (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added).
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.
Please be aware that attendance cards are available and must be stamped to record attendance from the weekend of September 5th/6th as Mass is now back 7 days a week.