Today, Jesus’ baptism by John, was a special moment – the real coming of God’s spirit upon him. It was the same Spirit who had come upon Mary at the moment of Jesus’ conception, and would come to Jesus at his last moment on the Cross.
The spirit brings him new energy. The feast marks that something new is happening, and that Jesus is the beloved and son; from eternity and into time.
The Spirit came upon him – but not just for himself.
He would send the Spirit later to us – of forgiveness and of perseverance in doing good.
Today is about energy. Jesus found a new spirit in himself after his prayer and he heard words he would never forget. Maybe you have heard words of love from someone you will never forget. They give energy to the heart and soul, making us people always on the go, ready for new life within us.
The Spirit pours the energy of God into bread and wine and they are changed forever.
He sends himself forever. It is sending the love and presence and energy of God.
We know that we can get stuck. We know that this pandemic of Coronavirus is eating away at us. Who will be infected next? How many more to die? How long do we have to stay-at-home? We need new infusions of the Spirit to give new energy. We need to clap for our Heroes. We need to clap for ourselves and know that despite this time, we are beloved sons and daughters of a God who loves us and cares for us.
Can we be the type of people who others think it’s good to meet and encounter?
Can we be open to the spirit of God, open to new life, new love, being really fully the person I can be?
May the waters of baptism, O Lord, bring us the new life of your love.
First Reading: Isaiah 55;1-11 Come to the water. Listen and your soul will live.
Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 12. With joy, you will draw water from the well of salvation.
Second reading: 1 John 5;1-9 The Spirit and water and blood.
Mass is celebrated every day via Zoom - 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 will be included in the parish prayers and offered at Mass.
ZOOM is now live from 9.50am to 11am every day, for Mass at 10am.
As we move into 2021, I want to thank you all for your kindness and care over the past year – indeed, a very tough year for all of us. I thank you for your support and encouragement. We belong to an amazing community and despite this long season of Covid-19, we continue to stand strong and proud as people of hope, love, joy and peace.
This Christmas we celebrated the Masses differently but the liturgy was beautiful and so many of you got involved in setting the scene within and outside the church.
I must say, I am deeply touched by your abundant generosity of donations and gifts over the Christmas period. It seems you were all aware that there was no Easter collection and you remembered! I hope the tax man doesn’t!!
For your spirit of solidarity and being such fantastic witness of living a life of faith, I say thank you.
I pray this prayer for you:
New Year's Prayer
As the dawn breaks on a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family, our friends and our parish community of St. Edmund Campion.
Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains.
Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way.
Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of race, colour or creed.
Let us keep God of our own understanding in our hearts and to chant God's name each day.
Let us lead the world from darkness to light, from falsehood to truth and from wrong to right.
Let us remember that we are all one, embracing all, discriminating against none.
May your year be filled with peace, prosperity and love.
May God's blessings shower upon you and bestow upon each of you a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.
God bless you all,
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION The collections at all Masses on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the Feast of the Holy Family (27th December) were designated for Fr. Liam and they make up a substantial part of his yearly income. If you didn’t manage to make a donation, but wished to, there are still envelopes in the porch or entrance to the Hall for cash or cheques (made payable to the parish please). On the back of your cheque just write: for Fr Liam. Alternatively, you can make a donation directly to Fr. Liam by a bank transfer. His details are as follows:
Account name: Liam Cummins
Sort code: 09-01-26
Account number: 80496271
“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: 30-93-04
Account number: 00882551
FINANCE MEETING Via Zoom on January 12th at 7.30pm (Tuesday)
PARISH COUNCIL MEETING (PPC) Via Zoom on January 19th at 7pm (Tuesday)
JAM JAR COLLECTION In preparation for our forthcoming fundraising project for Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya (Work) I would like parishioners and school parents to collect suitable glass jam jars (about 454gm size) and drop them into the school / church porch in the next few weeks where a collection box will be located. Many thanks for your help. Queries to John Lynn 01628 636668.
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 email@example.com 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 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, www.st-edmund.org.uk.
Please be aware that attendance cards are available and must be stamped to record attendance on days when Mass allows attendance in-person.
SIF FORMS Please contact Fr Liam directly if you need a SIF form signed.