PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
2nd/3rd October 2021 - 27th Sunday, Year B

The followers of Christ can be caught between valuing the commitment of life’s promises in marriage, and compassion for people whose marriages have broken up. Jesus values the commitment too: adultery is condemned as a sin against justice – of tampering in some way with the commitment made of one person to another.

 

In ‘Amoris Laetitia’, Pope Francis invites Christian families “to be a sign of mercy and closeness wherever family life remains imperfect or lacks peace and joy”. He offers “an invitation to mercy and the pastoral discernment of those situations that fall short of what the Lord demands of us” (#5-6). Mercy is the love which all of us need to experience, regardless of our life-history or track record.

 

The teaching on marriage and adultery needs to be read alongside Jesus' reminder that the child, and the child's receptiveness to love, is the 'key' to the Kingdom of God. The passage is less about the regulations for ordering relationships, and more of a glimpse or vision of God's loving plan for his children. And this plan remains 'good news' for everyone, not just the fortunate ones.

 

Maybe in prayer today we can bring to mind people who are close to us and who have marriage or family cares, and pray for them.

Help us, Lord, to truly care for the earth, for marriage and for children in our society.

 

Readings:

1st. Genesis 2:18-24. God intends man and woman to become one flesh.

Responsorial: from Psalm 128 R./: May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives.

2nd. Hebrews 2:9-11. Jesus became fully our brother and a saviour for all.

Gospel: Mark 10:2-16. “What God has joined together”, and receiving the kingdom of God as a little child..

 

SACRAMENTAL PREPARATION

RCIA 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.

The First Holy Communion and Confirmation Programme Admissions are now closed. We have reached a capacity and a new programme will again begin in Autumn 2022.

 

MASS INTENTIONS

2nd Oct.        18.15            Noreen Doyle RIP, who died recently.  (Neighbour to Liam and Brid Foley).

2nd Oct.       18.15             Mass of Thanksgiving for the life of Azariah and healing.  His parents thank all who prayed for him over the last number of months.

5th Oct        09.30             Private Intention

6th Oct. 09.30 Mass for sick friends SI (Freda Lunken)

 

BAPTISMS

Saturday 2nd October.

Logan Churchward, son of Kate and Adam.

Martina Sophia Rendon, daughter of Kelly and Sergio.

Saturday 9th October.

Noah Hull, son of James and Kirstin.

 

DEATH NOTICE We pray for the repose of the soul of Agnes Minihan RIP, who died on Wednesday 29th September.  She was the mother of Gabrielle Brown

 

MASS TIMES

Mass is held at 9:30am, Monday to Thursday & 10am on Friday.

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 6:15pm

Sunday Mass is held at 9:30am and 11:15am.

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MASS STREAMING ON YouTube Mass will be streamed live via YouTube on Wednesday (9.30am) and Sunday (11.15am). Just click on the YouTube icon on the website to join, just before Mass starts.

 

FACE COVERINGS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING It is 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 of our parishioners have an exemption from wearing masks. 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.

 

VISION GROUP 24 HOUR FAST The Vision Group would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who contributed time, money and lots of food donations at the 24 hour Fast last week.

We raised £760 for charities Foodshare and W.O.R.K. (Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya).  Thank you for your generosity.

 

THE ROSARY October is the month of the 'Rosary and Respect Life Month', with Thursday the 7th October being the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The month of October brings to mind many things, especially as autumn sets in, and we are reminded of the cycle of life with the falling of the leaves. But for Catholics, it is the month that has, for centuries, been dedicated to the Holy Rosary.

Every Thursday, during October, the Rosary will be prayed in our church from 9.05am to 9.25am, followed by Mass.  You are very welcome to come and pray.

If you need help in knowing more about how to pray the rosary go to the following website: 

https://www.usccb.org/how-to-pray-the-rosary

 

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY LITURGY – The Children’s Liturgy will recommence on 12th September during the 9.30am Mass.  Children from the age of 4 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 patricia.opalko@st-edmund.org.uk

 

MISSION SUNDAY MASS Bishop Philip will be celebrating Mission Mass (Universal Mission Sunday)on Tuesday 19th October 2021 at 12.15pm at St.John`s Cathedral , Portsmouth, followed by refreshments in the Cathedral discovery Centre. There will be Mission talk after Mass. You are very welcome. For more details Please contact : Fr.Innaiah Maddineni at 023 9237 6151 or scsp@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

 

 
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION

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

PARISH COLLECTION Please continue to support your parish, its activities and outreach programmes by contributing to the weekly collection via the 'baskets' and/or Contactless.  It is very positive that a lot of our parishioners, over the course of the pandemic, switched their contribution from cash to Bank Transfer.

Also, today an extra collection will be taken outside the church for the Cafod Fast Day envelopes. Thank you.

 

CAFOD PETITION – THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT: at the Climate Masses last weekend, 159 signatures were collected for CAFOD’s petition for the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. Thank you so much for your support! If you were not at church last weekend, you can still sign the petition online (until 6 October) at https://action.cafod.org.uk/page/73304/petition/1.

CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY: the collection is this weekend. If you supported Harvest Fast Day last Friday, please return your envelope in the collection basket as you leave church today. You can also donate online at https://cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Family-Fast-Day. Thank you so much for your generosity.

 

CANCELLATION OF CONCERT Unfortunately, due to some members of the Reading Male Voice Choir having Covid, and to keep everyone safe we have had to cancel the concert due to take place on Saturday 16th

 

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. In the summer holidays, snacks suitable for children would be welcomed, we all know how much food children can get through in a day in the holidays!

 

YOGA FOR CHARITY The yoga classes have started! Five more classes to go. Every Tuesday at noon in our lovely parish centre. It is lovely, really special, to try yoga for the first time or to practise yoga with our community. Classes are free but if possible, a donation for charity will be appreciated. Come to all the classes, come to some, come to one class...you’ll be welcome!

 

Yoga mats will be available. Bring your own if you have one.  Mat cleaning spray and wipes will be available.   It will be helpful if you can let Rachel know if you plan to come. Or just come on the day.  Contact Rachel at wellhappyyoga@gmail.com or the parish office..

 

TODDLERS GROUP Calling All Parents with preschool babies & children! Toddler Group is back in the Parish Centre from 8.45 to 10.45am on Friday every week. Contact Jenny on jennyoliver51@hotmail.com for more information.

 

SUSTAINABILITY Sarah Bowden has registered our Church on the eco church platform. You need to go and individually register and then find St Edmund Campion and join that team. You can do this by going here: https://app.ecochurch.org/signup. Then once you are in you can see the survey and the resources that are available. We are looking for volunteers and will be sharing more information as we go forward.

 

We are open to suggestions for how we can be more sustainable in our Church and Parish Centre. Sarah Hubbard thought she would share a couple of the many things we already do, in the hope that our community can join in/ follow suit.

Plastic free toilet paper (this is readily available from may suppliers).

Refillable detergent bottles (hand and dishwashing), solid soap is also  an excellent at home option.

Rainforest Alliance Coffee and Tea.

 

We can all make little changes, and as a community become more sustainable. As time goes on, we will be looking at all the changes/improvements we can make, and see if we can apply for grants to help with the costs.

 

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.

School News

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.