The first reading is tough to hear and we admire Job. We talk of ‘the patience of Job’. Job is the example and the hero of depression. He just had it bad. All had gone wrong and he felt no good, no hope, no meaning. His family collapsed, his wealth disappeared and he cursed the day he was born. He went through all of the depressions people have, but somehow kept that glimmer of light alive. He never totally lost God, and God never lost him.
Depression is a huge illness. Many suffer; many are affected. Treatment can be of help, and the listening times of friends as well as therapy is healing.
A priest wrote:
.... At the worst of the burn out I couldn't say mass, never mind preach. Dry, empty, without light or life. Thanks again for the card you sent. It means a lot to me now. Funny, in the worst of my anxiety, nothing, no compliment, and no reassurance... meant anything to me.
There are many helps on the human level. There is the help also of faith and prayer at times. And the help of someone who, listens, sympathises, doesn’t judge nor give easy cures. Love from God never ends even though it may not appear near just now. This is the Jesus of the gospel – bringing the grace of healing, of freeing from any evil, of constant love.
Imagine a time of darkness in life; picture it in its colour,
and imagine the bright light of Jesus penetrate that darkness.
Ask for help and give thanks for help. Give light, Good Lord,
to all who live in the valley of darkness and the shadow of doubt.
Sunday Mass Readings:
1st reading – Job 7:1-4, 6-7. My life is just a breath.
Psalm – 146. Praise the lord who heals the broken-hearted.
2nd reading – 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23. I should be punished if I did not preach the Gospel.
Gospel – Mark 1:29-39. He cast out devils and cured many.
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 shall be included in the parish prayers and offered at Mass.
ZOOM is now live from 9:30 every day, for Mass at 10am. This means you can connect for Mass every weekday.
FACE COVERINGS DURING MASS It is most important that if you do come to the church for Mass, you wear a face covering (mask or face shield). Scarves are not sufficient, and masks and face shields must cover the nose. Up to now, loose face coverings have been allowed but we need to be stricter in order to keep this virus at bay. We ask that people who, for one reason or another, are exempt from wearing, or will not wear a face-covering, to consider participating with Mass online via Zoom or YouTube. Please understand that while we do not wish to exclude anyone from Mass, we must endeavour to comply with all regulations in place to keep everyone protected.
THE SEASON OF LENT Lent offers us all a very special opportunity to grow in our relationship with God and to deepen our commitment to a way of life, rooted in our baptism.
In our busy world, Lent provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon our patterns, to pray more deeply, experience sorrow for what we’ve done and failed to do, and to be generous to those in need.
ASH WEDNESDAY This year Ash Wednesday falls on the 17th February. Mass will take place at 8am and 10am. You will need to sign in via the website from 13th February.
CAFOD LENT FAST DAY will take place on Friday 26th February this year.
By supporting Lent Fast Day this year, you can help communities to get access to water and other vital support.
You can support CAFOD by taking part in the Big Walk for Water, a virtual event on Saturday 20th February. A group of parishioners will be joining this event (individually) their JustGiving page is: https://justgiving.com/fundraising/stedmundcampionmaidenhead If you would like to take part and add your steps please contact Laura Bigoni at firstname.lastname@example.org
Your support this Lent can make a big difference. Thank you so much in advance for your generosity.
LIFE OF THE LIFE CHURCH It is a challenging but life-giving experience to create the ‘domestic church’ at home. This is always encouraged by the Universal Church that our first experience of church is at home with family. It is amazing to hear of all the creative and inspiring stories of how you are keeping the faith and prayer alive in your home on a daily and weekly basis. Feel free to write a short paragraph of some of the things you are doing. This may inspire other families in their role of creating the ‘domestic church’.
At present, we have daily Eucharist in the church via Zoom and YouTube, and the church building is open to the wider community four days a week. Welcome to pray. Open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.30am to 11am and on Sunday for the 10am, 12pm and 6pm Masses.
Courses and prayer groups are online via the parish website and that is proving very popular.
With regards to the reception of Sacraments, it has been decided that after consultation with the local clergy, including Fr. John at St. Joseph’s and with the Parish Pastoral Council that the best way forward during this pandemic is to postpone all classes of instruction until Autumn. In effect, this means that First Holy Communion; First Sacrament of Reconciliation; Sacrament of Confirmation; RCIA (receptions of adults into the Church), will only take place from Easter 2022. (April to June).
We endeavour to keep the church open and for the time being, encourage people to make up their own mind about attending public Mass or participate via livestreaming from home. Once the lockdown is completed and it is ‘safer’ to meet for prayer together, we encourage and invite you to start coming back to celebrate the sacraments in our parish church. It is essential that we, as a community, continue our pilgrim journey of getting back into the rhythm of the Church's liturgy and life. As families - children and adults, let's endeavour to bring a sense of peace, calm and belonging, back into our church and allow time from the easing of restrictions until about October to let people come and worship, and to greet and feel at ease in the church. A time will come when it will be ripe to begin classes for preparation of the various sacraments. We pray for patience and perseverance and an end to this dreadful pandemic.
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).
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
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Account number: 00882551
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. 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.