In November, governments from across the world are gathering in Glasgow to discuss how to tackle the climate emergency at COP26. It’s vital for the Catholic community to demand that our leaders act now to protect our common home. The destruction of our land, oceans and forests is threatening people's homes and their ability to earn a living, together with climate change that threatens the world’s poorest. What might we do as a Diocese? Our first response is always to turn to the Lord in prayer and to ask for an outpouring of His Holy Spirit. To this end, I am asking all our parishes over the weekend 30th and 31st October, the ‘vigil’ of COP26, to hold a Holy Hour of prayer and petition and I invite everyone to join in that Hour of Prayer. It will be an opportunity for us to pray for the leaders meeting at COP26 that God will provide them with the courage necessary to take action on behalf of the environment and the world’s poorest. The Diocese is making various efforts at the moment in terms of advocacy and pursuit of environmental justice: you can read about the work of Caritas in the latest edition of Viva Voce, the diocesan newsletter. In the meantime, here is the special prayer that has been written by CAFOD for COP26, that I invite you to pray now:
We praise your name with all you have created.
You are present in the whole universe, and in the smallest of creatures.
We acknowledge the responsibilities you have placed upon us
as stewards of your creation.
May the Holy Spirit inspire all political leaders at COP26 as they
seek to embrace the changes needed to foster a more sustainable society.
Instil in them the courage and gentleness to implement fairer solutions
for the poorest and most vulnerable,
and commit their nations to the care of Our Common Home.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ your Son. Amen
1st Isaiah 53:10-11. God’s faithful Servant bears the world’s sins and sorrow; but he will prosper in the end
Psalm 33. Response: Lord, may your mercy be upon us, as we place our trust in you
2nd Hebrews 4:14-16. Jesus knows our needs and weaknesses. Our high priest is very approachable
Gospel Mark 10:35-45. Jesus overturns our ranking system; people who serve are greatest in God’s sight
WELCOME We are blessed to have Mary-Jane Butler MBE, present with us this weekend, and talk about the ministry of W.O.R.K. (Widows and Orphans of Rural Kenya). Our community of St. Edmund Campion has taken on this charity and has given support, prayers, and a substantial amount of money to support this very deserving charity. Mary Jane will talk at each Mass over the weekend. 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.
QUENCH BOOKSHOP Richard from Quench Christian Bookshop will be here this weekend, in the Parish Centre entrance, with a lovely selection of books, cards and Advent items for sale. Please, if you can, support our local Christian bookshop by purchasing from him. There are some fabulous and unusual cards available, real (chocolate) Advent calendars, Advent candles, beautiful build your own crib sets, and all the other gorgeous books that they stock.
We welcome the following children into our Christian Community:
We wish every blessing and joy to Philip Cowell and Natalie Barnes who are joined together in the Sacrament of Matrimony on Saturday 16th October.
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!
SCHOOL HALF TERM The school will be closed from the evening of Friday 22nd October until Monday 29th.
We wish our children an enjoyable and happy half-term!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Last weeks CASH COLLECTION was £252.85. We will share monthly the collections via bank transfers and contactless from November.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 or Fr Ephraim in confidence on any matter, please contact either one for an appointment. They are happy to visit your home if so desired. Fr Ephraim’s contact details are below:
HOUSEBOUND If you know of anyone who is sick and/or housebound, please let Sarah (Parish Office), Fr Liam or Fr Ephraim 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.