Following one’s vocation is a response from within to the needs outside us. A decision to work for the poor or assist people in need is not necessarily a vocation. A vocation meets the human needs of the world but with a motivation from within. We care for our children and grandchildren not only because they may be ill or insecure, but because we love them. This love will move us out to help them in various situations.
To be a Christian is to be aware of the relationships that bind us and to have an attitude of care and contribution because we believe that in Christ the kingdom is not a dream but a divine promise.
To believe in the risen Christ involves seeing life with hope. We join in the task of life as more than just sets of contracts (‘I scratch your back, you scratch mine’). Contracts may be necessary to protect us from exploitation, but we believe that there is something more and we are called to witness to: HOPE.
To act as a Christian is to be aware of how we affect others, and are affected by others, for good or ill, and to act knowing that Christ acts as a good shepherd: he stands by us and brings us into a life of love such as that he shares with the Father. From the Father to the Son, from the Good Shepherd to us, and from us to others: a pattern of love and care where the basis of interaction cannot be a system of contracts alone, but must draw on a generosity that flows from being members of a family.
This is the Sunday we all pray that our particular vocation in life may become clear and may become stronger.
God calls each of us to love God and love our neighbour. This is the first Christian calling at our Baptism; we then find the best way for each of us with our own particular set of gifts, talents and even weaknesses to live out that call to love.
We think especially today of religious life and priesthood. There are needs for priests, and Religions (Sisters and Brothers) in most parts of the world. As a community in families and parishes, we thank those who have given their lives in these vocations and pray they may increase.
Remember with thanks those whose lives have given you your faith in God.
‘Lord, thanks for what I can do in your service. May your kingdom come!’
1st Acts 4 : 8 - 12. By the power of the risen Jesus we can be saved
Psalm 118. Response: The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone
2nd 1 John 3 : 1 - 2. The love of the Father, lavished on all Godís children
Gospel John 10 : 11 - 18. Christ is the true Shepherd; nobody can take away his sheep
MASS TIMES Mass is celebrated every day at 10am (Monday to Friday) and the Church will be open for 30 minutes before each Mass for private prayer and adoration of the Eucharist. Masses for Sunday Liturgy are Saturday 10am & 6pm; Sunday 10am, 12pm & 6pm. For weekend Masses you will need to sign in via the website by 6pm on the Friday before.
MASS VIA ZOOM From May 1st, the number of Masses broadcast via Zoom is being reduced. For the coming months, the 10am Mass can be accessed, (for those who shielding), on Monday, Thursday and Sunday (10am and 12pm). Zoom will be live 30 minutes before, and YouTube goes live about 10 minutes before Mass starts.
A big thank you to our Zoom hosts who, for the past year, have ensured that Mass can be seen and prayed, online every day
MISSIO RED BOX COLLECTION In England and Wales, there are Red Boxes in over 200,000 homes and together we have collected millions of pounds for the missionary Church.
You can become part of this vital fundraising and request a Red Box from your Missio Local Secretary, who is Louise Jennings or the parish office. Or get the app on your phone: https://missio.org.uk/red-box-app/.
The need to stand alongside our Mill Hill Missionaries in prayer and solidarity has never been so urgent and necessary. In many areas of the world, they will be the first to respond to the physical and spiritual needs of our sisters and brothers who are suffering.
Meanwhile, those who have a Red Box, it is ready to be emptied. Please bring it in over the coming weeks. (You can leave it with the Parish Office. It is hoped that we can send Missio a cheque by May 16th with all your contributions. Thank you.
PARISH VIRTUAL QUIZ - Thursday 6th May at 7:30pm We hope you will join us for an enjoyable 1½ hours. It’s a bit of fun, very social, no prizes but hopefully enjoyable, with a variety of questions including picture rounds. Everyone is welcome of all ages whether you are by yourself, with a friend, a family etc. Signing up is exactly the same as signing in for Mass via Zoom on the Parish Web site.
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.
ST EDMUND CAMPION VIRTUAL PILGRIMAGE - 28th March to 30th April 2021
Progress of our virtual pilgrimage has been incredible, and we reached our target last Sunday with 187 miles to spare. There are some amazing team totals on our top ten leaderboard, see website. We have 56 different teams or individuals reporting their mileage.
We’re going to carry on for fun, so please keep registering your miles and maybe we’ll even manage to hit 6000 miles by the end of the month.
Please remember that you can donate even if you aren’t walking, this is our Lenten Project in aid of MISSIO and WORK. Donations can be made by transfer into a dedicated Parish Bank Account:
St Edmund Campion Cen
Sort code: 30-93-04
Account no.: 01786378
or to the parish office by cheque or cash in an envelope marked Pilgrimage.
SUPPORT FOR PARISHIONERS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC A number of parishioners are offering support to other parishioners who are vulnerable or self-isolating. If you or a friend or relative would welcome a phone call, a bit of shopping, want the newsletter dropping through your letterbox etc. please phone the parish 01628 628274 or contact Father Liam on 07776 580596. Your request will be passed to a trusted parishioner who will contact you to discuss your request. It would be helpful if those parishioners who have contact with others who are not able to access the newsletter online could alert them to this item. Thank you.
“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
TODDLERS GROUP Good News! From 29th March, parent and child groups can take place outdoors with a limit of 15 attendees (children under five-years-old don't count towards the attendee limit) so we will be running the St. Edmund Campion Toddler Group after the Easter holidays.
The first session will be on Friday 23rd April. Weather depending, we are planning on going to various parks within walking distance from the Parish Centre. It's free and will run from 9.30am to 11am. Please book with Jenny on email@example.com by Thursday 22nd April. For our first session we will be meeting at the playground at Boyne Grove Park (SL6 6JD). We can't wait to see you all, Jenny.
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.