We remember big and small choices in life. Ones that effected life totally like a job, marriage, retirement, redundancy; having an operation or many more. Or Choices about the children that effected their lives – school, moving house, health issues.
Life is made up of many choices, big and small. Human, spiritual and religious choices.
Peter had this sort of choice today. Would he go after Jesus or leave like others did? He stayed, and he would have many more attempts at that choice. Why did he stay? Our choices come from something within us. We need Christ within us if we are to follow him.
Peter had enough of love for Jesus inside him to make this choice, it might not always be easy and he would give in later but come back. His choice eventually would be to answer Jesus’ question – do you love me?
The choice for Jesus is the choice for love. In all sorts of ways. For those near at hand. If you choose Jesus, then the hunger of the world as well as the tears of a baby affects you. What we do in love for others comes from the deepest part of life. We need to fill our lives with Christ to be able to share this love in big and small ways.
We need the company of other choosers. The community of faith and of the church. Peter says – to whom shall we go? We follow Christ together.
Let those words, ‘to whom shall I go, Lord’, echo in your prayer
and talk to the Lord about how you feel.
Lord we pray for support and strength in our following of you.
1st Joshua 24:1-2, 15-18. When they reach the Promised Land, will they serve the true God
Psalm 34. Response: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord
2nd Ephesians 5:21-32. A loving marriage is an image of the love between Christ and the Church
Gospel John 6:60-69. When many turn away from Jesus, his friends must choose
EMERGENCY CONTACT As the Parish Office is closed and Fr Liam is away next week, Fr Kevin Jones is the emergency contact. His phone number (for emergencies only) is 07719 726882.
MASS TIMES Morning Mass (Monday- Friday) has returned to its original time before lockdown, which is 9:30am, preceded by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 9am. There is no Saturday morning Mass.
Vigil Mass is back to 6:15pm on Saturday evening. Sunday Masses: 9:30am and 11:15am.
FACE COVERINGS It is strongly encouraged, from a moral and respectful point of view, to continue wearing face masks during Public Worship. This indeed, is not a legal requirement, and several our parishioners have exemption from wearing masks.
Further, if you wish to continue adhering to social distancing in the Church, then please arrive at least 10 minutes before Mass, and a section in the church will be reserved for you.
MASS VIA YOUTUBE Mass will be streamed live on Wednesday (9.30am) and Sunday (11.15am). Note: YouTube only!
MOTHERS' PRAYER GROUP The first Mothers’ Prayer Group began two years ago in St. Edmund Campion Church. Delightfully on Friday 3rd September 2021 it will recommence, and you are warmly invited to attend, as and when you can. The meetings are held in the Church every Friday, from 8:50am to 9:45am and, if you can stay on for Mass at 10am with tea/coffee and chat afterwards!
Meetings begin with a relaxed welcome and greeting. Prayer follows, primarily for our children, God-children, children of the parish and children of Maidenhead. The peace it brings is tangible.
“SHIELDING” for those in our community who continue to join at the Eucharist via 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.
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a programme for adults who wish to be baptised and/or received into the Church. It is also for adult parishioners who wish to complete their process of initiation and be prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The Baptism and Reception into the Church normally take place at the Easter Vigil Mass (Saturday Evening before Easter). Group class, input and journeying together will begin in the Autumn.
If you, or you know someone who is searching, and wishes to come home to full communion with the Church, then please contact Fr. Liam for further information.
Sacraments of Initiation
For the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, application forms will be available from the beginning of August. They will be on the website and printed and available from the Church porch. Please complete and send back an electronic or hard copy to the Parish Office (not the school) before 10th September 2021.
This year we are accepting children who are 8 years of age and above by October 1st, for First Holy Communion, and teenagers over 13 and under 18 years of age, for Confirmation.
For the Introduction for Reconciliation and First Holy Communion, a Prayer Service will take place at St. Edmund Campion Church at 5pm, on Saturday 11th September, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6:15pm.
For the Confirmation Programme, a Prayer Service and Introduction will take place on Saturday 18th September at 5pm, followed by the Vigil Mass at 6.15pm.
For both programmes it is a ‘3-Step-Programme’.
Step 1: This step is called: ‘Come and See’. (John 1: 39-41). An invitation from Jesus. 14 weekends between mid-September to end of December. The candidate is required to attend at least 10 weekend Masses with family members.
Step 2: This step is called: ‘Sat at the feet of Jesus’. (Luke 10:38-42). 10 input/teaching classes between January and April. This will be done on alternative Saturdays. Each input will comprise of 90 minutes. Candidates are expected to attend Mass every weekend during this period.
Step 3: This step is called: Jesus sent them out’ (Luke 10:1). During May, the candidates will do a missionary assignment in the Church and Community. Candidates are expected to attend Mass every weekend during this period.
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. The Offertory Collection Basket is 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
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.
As the summer holidays approach, snacks suitable for children would be welcomed, we all know how much food children can get through in a day in the holidays!
FLOWER ARRANGING ROTA - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED If you enjoy flower arranging we would be really grateful if you would join the flower arranging rota, as we are returning to more normal weekend Mass attendance, and would like to have regular flowers again.
The rota duty is for two consecutive weeks and generally the second week is only freshening one or two flowers and topping up the water. Containers and oasis are in the parish centre and you can be reimbursed for the flowers by putting in a claim form and receipt to the parish office. If we get enough volunteers you will only have to do a couple of turns a year. Please contact Carolyn Foster (01628 624635) or Sarah in the office if you can help.
VOLUNTEERS FOR MINISTRY OF HOSPITALITY AFTER SUNDAY 9:30AM MASS
We are making provisions to open up all hospitality. If you'd like to offer your services to make refreshments after Sunday 9:30am Mass, please get in touch with Karen Ryder (Dkryder897@aol.com). What better way to meet others from the community over a cuppa?!
The ask is to cover one mass every 8 to 12 weeks or so, assuming we get enough volunteers. Probably starting from September 2021.
It involves purchasing milk, squash & biscuits (which can be reimbursed), setting up 10 mins before Mass and providing refreshments for up to 30 mins post 9:30am Mass and clearing away afterwards. Normally it's 45 mins to an hour in total after Mass.
TODDLERS GROUP will be back in September. Please keep an eye on the WhatsApp group for details.
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 please get your card stamped. For information on the current Admissions Policy see the school's website, www.st-edmund.org.uk.