By the time of Jesus many religious traditions were in place which served to differentiate between those who were on the inside and those who were outsiders. This led to divisions, inequality and oppression — the very things that the covenant was supposed to eradicate.
So when Jesus reached out to the poor, to sinners and those on the margins he was bringing into focus once again the kind of world God wanted.
His was a love that included everyone, and which could not be bought.
In commanding that the ears of the deaf man be opened there is a message to us all, especially those who think that their hearing is perfect. Our ability to really hear the good news can be limited by many things, especially closed minds, and hearts.
Perhaps as individuals and as a community our prayer during this Sunday Eucharist might be that we would be opened to all the transformation that God wants to work in us.
1st Isaiah 35:4-7. Take courage, for God will save his people
Psalm 146. Response: Praise the Lord, my soul
2nd James 2:1-5. Class distinction should have no place among Christians
Gospel Mark 7:31-37. The cure of a man who was deaf and dumb
Sacraments of First Reconciliation & First Holy Communion - final date for application to be in is Friday 10th September 2021. Introduction to the programme will be Saturday 11th September at 5pm, followed by attending the 6.15pm Mass. Children need to be with parent(s)/Guardian.
Sacrament of Confirmation - final date for application to be in is Friday 17th September 2021. Introduction to the programme will be Saturday 18th September at 5pm, followed by attending the 6.15pm Mass. Candidate needs to be with parent(s)/Guardian.
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!
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY LITURGY will recommence on 12th September during the 9:30am Mass. Unfortunately, due to a lack catechists, it is just the school-going children from the age of 4 to 7 years, that will attend for the time being.
At the same time, we are asking you to consider the possibility of being a catechist/helper during ‘Sunday School’. If we wish to have more children’s age groups involved, then the team will need at least eight new volunteers. For more information, please contact Tricia Opalko on firstname.lastname@example.org.
LYFORD GRANGE MASS Sadly the previously advertised Lyford Grange Mass, has been cancelled.
“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
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!
VISION GROUP 24 HOUR FAST Members of the Vision Group will be taking part in a 24 hour fast. This will be taking place in the church where the blessed sacrament will be on display. We will be raising money for Foodshare and praying for an end to hunger around the world. More details of how to get involved will be issued soon.
LUNCHEON CLUB resumes on Tuesday 7th September. Volunteers are needed to join the rota for the kitchen – to peel potatoes, wash up and assist the cooks; also for the hall to set up, lay tables and put furniture away after. Please contact Ruby Doughty for more information on 01628 630703 or email@example.com.
MOTHERS' PRAYER GROUP is 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.
TODDLERS GROUP Calling All Parents with preschool babies & children! Toddler Group is starting up again in the Parish Center from 8:45 to 10:45am on Friday 10th September. Contact Jenny on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.