What type of people are we? Would we describe ourselves as predominantly adventurous or overly cautious? How creative are we with the talents that God has given us? These are relevant questions to ask when determining whether or not we use and develop God’s many and varied gifts.
The parable of the talents has universal application. It is a parable for all people and for all times. It teaches us much about human nature and the numerous types of people in our world and in our Church. In particular, it invites us to reach our full human potential by using creatively the gifts with which God has blessed us.
Our various talents are an expression of God’s love for us as, indeed, is life itself, which is the greatest of all God’s gifts. As expressions of God’s love, our talents are not intended to be hidden or to remain unused. Rather, they are meant to be developed by us as a sign that we appreciate God’s love and blessing.
God does not give us talents just for ourselves. Our strengths and talents are best used for the good of other people and for the good of the Church. This is how we honour and glorify God. Unfortunately, many of us may hide our talents or, even worse, we may waste them by using them in useless and often sinful ways.
For example, we may know that we are effective communicators. Yet we choose not to use our gift of communication to convey the teachings of the gospel and the Church because we do not want to be unpopular. We prefer to remain undisturbed. Nevertheless, if we took a risk and communicated the truth we might bring another person consolation and happiness. Ultimately we might be God’s instrument in guiding that person to salvation.
Similarly, we may have been blessed with gifts of listening and patience. But if we do not use these talents to bring peace and harmony to troubled relationships around us, we are wasting God’s wonderful gifts.
Occasionally, we think that other people are more talented than we are and we envy them. Or we observe people ignoring and wasting their obvious strengths and talents — strengths and talents that we do not have — and we are moved to self-pity. We always remember, however, that God has blessed each one of us with a unique combination of gifts and talents that he expects us to use and develop. These talents vary considerably and we do not all receive the same gifts and strengths, either in kind or in abundance.
The invitation is to trust God by using and developing our talents and strengths to the best of our ability. Thus our personal talents complement the talents that other people lack and we enable them to share with us the strengths that we lack. In effect, by refusing to be creative and generous, we cause our talents to die. By using them well we demonstrate that we are faithful and trustworthy.
What type of people are we? Do we use our talents creatively or do we hide them? The challenge of the parable of the talents is to recognise our God-given talents and strengths so that we can use and develop them as we help to build the kingdom of God in our world.
‘You have shown you can be faithful in small things. I will trust you with greater; come and join in your master’s happiness’. (Mt 25:21)
Mass offered for all who during this present lockdown have missed out or delayed their “life” celebrations, whether it is big birthdays or anniversaries, births or marriages.
ZOOM is now live from 9.55AM every day during November, for Mass at 10AM. This means you can connect for Mass 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.
The Church and associated buildings will be closed from the 5th of November to the 4th of December inclusive. Mass will resume on the 5th of December at 6pm.
“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.
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
ADVENT AND RETREATS There is an amazing amount of talks, workshops, retreats and prayer offered on the website of Knock Shrine. Have a look at the courses, retreats and calendar: https://www.knockshrine.ie/events/2020-11/?v=79cba1185463
CTiM Churches Together in Maidenhead, holding a meeting via zoom on Thursday 19th November at 7.45pm.
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING (via Zoom) Tuesday 24th November at 7pm.
PTA CHRISTMAS TABLE ARRANGEMENT The PTA are planning a few evenings of festive cheer during the first and second week of December. Join us in making a beautiful, fresh table arrangement complete with a candle. The workshop will be held in one of the marquees in the school field and will be Covid safe.
Numbers are very limited and dates / times will be worked out nearer the time and will meet COVID-19 guidelines. If you would like to have more info or provisionally book a spot please email email@example.com
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.
SIF FORMS Fr Liam will be available to sign SIF Forms 5th - 15th December at school drop off and pick up, or you are welcome to make an appointment with him directly on these dates. Further dates in early January will be announced in due course.