As a child I was told so many times that God is love and one of the first prayers that I learnt, and indeed, most of us learned, was to bless ourselves.
This was presented as quite a serious undertaking, and the action of the hand was bound by strict ritual. The hand moved slowly from the forehead to the chest, to the left shoulder and to the right. No short-cuts were allowed, and it was common to get the order of the shoulders confused!
The action of the hand had to be accompanied by its own particular words.
The Father was for the forehead, the Son was for the chest, and the Holy Spirit was given to both shoulders.
Touching the forehead, I was told, was my need to grow in the love, knowledge and wisdom of God and to come to know God better. Appreciating all the beauty and creation God has given us.
Touching the chest or the heart, makes us think of the Son of God, the Word sent to bring us truth. It was a gesture that we become God’s heartbeats to the world today, reaching out to all those who are sick and suffering; those who were vulnerable and neglected; to share justice and peace.
And touching our shoulders, this is where we have our strength – it is where we give and receive. We share our culture our experience, our life stories with others, and at the same time we accept and receive the experience and stories of others.
The appreciation of diversity and inclusiveness that upholds human dignity.
The Holy Spirit is the inspiration to guide us in our daily lives. The Spirit reflects that part of us which shares in the divinity, our potential to be divine.
It is in the totality of relationships with God, with others, with ourselves that we discover the Trinity. We may never ‘know’ God but we can ‘get to know him’. With God we can have as real a relationship as we have with others.
Talking of the Trinity can make God totally distant.
But that is not Jesus. He is the one who gets right into life, bringing God there.
How little Jesus talked about religion, but about farming, weddings, death, illness, joys, trust, creation, nature, breakfasts, gardens, dinners… he is the God of the table more that the God of the temple.
That is his spirit. His spirit flows in all of creation, love, suffering and joy; He finds us in all things. We need that big view of God. How big is your God?
1st Deuteronomy 4 : 32 - 40. The Lord himself is God in heaven above and on earth below: there is no other
Psalm 32. Response: Happy the people the Lord has chosen as his own
2nd Romans 8 : 14 - 17. Everyone moved by the Spirit is a child of God
Gospel Matthew 28 : 16 - 20. Go and make disciples of all nations
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 Monday and Thursday for the 10am Mass; and Sunday (10am and 12pm). Zoom will be live 30 minutes before, and YouTube goes live about 10 minutes before Mass starts.
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.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Feast of the Holy Trinity. (29th May) at 10am. A number of our children will receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time next Saturday. We wish them every blessing and joy on this special day for them. They are: André Aronna Rodero; Patricia Sobjeck; Orlagh McColgan; Erin Morris and Rory Casey.
SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TALKS We are delighted to announce that Fr Kevin Jones and Dr Judith Thomas gave a fascinating talk on Thursday (27th May) and Fr Kevin Jones will share some of his personal spiritual journey with us this week. They have both led unique and fascinating lives. For many of us, when we have heard a little of their stories, we have been inspired, curious and keen to learn a little more. So, this opportunity is a real treat. We hope you will be able to join us on Zoom for the second of two interesting and entertaining evenings.
“My spiritual journey”
FOODSHARE We are a collection point for Foodshare. Our collection area is just inside the porch doors, but if you leave food outside, out of hours (in a bag or other covering) the building is regularly checked. Foodshare are currently really in need of tinned vegetables and tinned meat, amongst all the regular donations.
THE PARISH PILGRIMAGE WALK Noris Dukes updated the PPC on the Pilgrimage Walk. 56 Groups and individuals took part. By the 30th of April 6054 miles had been walked. A total of £2495 was raised, and this will be split 50/50 between MISSIO and W.O.R.K.
The general feedback, was that the walk got very competitive and was great fun. It was a really successful Parish initiative. Many thanks to all of the organisers and all the participants for making it such a success.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday to join us on Friday 4th of June. 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.