The priest had placed a mirror at the end of the church. He asked everyone to look in it and at the edge of the mirror was written, 'this is your greatest treasure'.
The rich man in the gospel thought treasure was in wealth, and this made him sad.
The wisdom of Jesus is that wealth is not the final happiness.
Our biggest treasure is inside ourselves - each of us made in the image of God, by love and for love.
Does our culture today value the dignity of each person and the treasure that each person is?
It’s good to have a good house - but sad that it takes up so much energy and expense.
Does our hospital care for the elderly and many others value the dignity and the treasure that each person is? Can we go into A and E and say all these people are treasures or just trolley holders?
We still have schools and buildings which are substandard for our children.
In any parish the best gift of God to the parish is its people, like in a school or any institution which gathers people together. The rush of life and a general self-centredness can take the focus off the essential in communities and in people. The gospel today asks us to look in the right place for our true wealth and riches – in our giving of time and self to others in the sort of relationships of love which value the worth and dignity of all.
I picture people I know and give thanks to God for each of them.
Let your face shine on us O Lord, that we may see your reflection in each other.
1st Wisdom 7:7-11. Solomon praises Wisdom as more precious than gold, silver, health, or beauty
Psalm 90. Response: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy
2nd Hebrews 4:12-13. The word of God is alive and active, bringing wisdom
Gospel Mark 10:17-30. The rich young man declines to follow Jesus
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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!
ALTAR SERVERS Being an Altar Server is an honour and a privilege. It is a wonderful opportunity to draw closer to God and grow in faith. Your service at the Altar is a gift to the Church. Altar Server Applications are now open to anyone who has made their first Holy Communion or who are presently preparing to make it. There will be two training sessions, the first on Saturday 17th October at 4pm, and the second on Sunday 7th November at 4pm. All current and new Altar Servers will need to complete an application and attend at least one training session. Please Contact Ruth McCartney on firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah in the office.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY LITURGY – The Children’s Liturgy has recommenced during the 9:30am Mass. Children from the age of 4 will attend for the time being.
We are also 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 email@example.com
THE ROSARY October is the month of the 'Rosary and Respect Life Month', with Thursday 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:
RCIA Reception into the Catholic Church: If you, or someone you know, feels called to be received into the Church please see Father Liam. The Ceremony for Reception will take place at the Easter Vigil, 16th April 2022.
It is important that all who wish to be received, through either Baptism, Confirmation or simply Reception, need to be enrolled no later than Sunday 21st November as the new liturgical year starts on Sunday 28th November, and names of all candidates will be sent to the Bishop during that week.
“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.
The First Holy Communion and Confirmation Programme Admissions are now closed. We have reached capacity and a new programme will again begin in Autumn 2022.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
CAFOD THANK YOU The Harvest Fast Day collection last weekend raised £675.70. Thank you for your generosity and for contributing to the Climate Crisis appeal. Thanks to your donations, we can reach vulnerable communities and work with them to help them thrive in places most at risk from the climate crisis.
W.O.R.K. (Widows and Orphans of Rural Kenya). It is with great joy that we welcome Mary Jane Butler to our parish over the weekend of 15th-17th October. Mary Jane has been here several times and is delighted with all the support so many of our community offer to this charity. She is the founder of WORK and has received an MBE for all her dedication and love that she offers to very vulnerable people. She will talk at all the Masses over the weekend.
ALL SOULS DAY Tuesday November 2nd, is a day where we especially remember our dead and pray for them. A special Mass will be held at St. Edmund Campion Church that evening at 7pm. More details to follow.
If you would like to have the name of someone written into the Book of Remembrance, please either send it into the Parish office or use the sign-up sheet in the Church porch. This is for people who have died during the last year and only those names will be entered into the Book. We kindly ask that you submit any names by the weekend of October 24th.
MARRIAGE CARE Are you a natural, empathic listener, looking for an opportunity to develop and use your skills to help couples in distress? Marriage Care in Reading is looking for volunteer counsellors. We will train you on our Certificate in Relationship Counselling (CRC) providing you with all the skills, knowledge and practical experience you need to start counselling couples safely and effectively. For the right candidate this will be a life-changing opportunity to train and volunteer within a supportive, nurturing and inspiring community and make the world of difference to couples and families. For further details visit www.marriagecare.org.uk or contact Sue Cooper at email@example.com
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.
We use Filling Good in Maidenhead, you can find them on the High Street, or at https://www.fillinggood.co.uk/
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.
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, an extra collection will be taken outside the church for Mission Sunday on 17th of October.
NB: If you want to set up a direct debit or standing order (or even make a one-off donation) the account details are:
Account name: St. Edmund Campion Maidenhead
Sort code: 30-93-04
Account number: 00882551
YOGA CLASSES continue 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the parish office.
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 back in the Parish Center from 8:45 to 10:45am on Fridays. Contact Jenny on email@example.com for more information.
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.
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.