PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
13th/14th November 2021 - 33rd Sunday, Year B
“Do this in memory of me” – Remembrance Sunday

These words of Christ at the Last Supper were more than a simple command to commemorate.  They are a call to awakening that in this life this important historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth, has left his mark on the world.  As we come to the altar to follow this command the effects of that first Good Friday are not only called to mind but are brought to effect having a direct bearing on our lives.

This Month of the Holy Souls is a particular time where we recall with an act of memory those who have gone before us from this life and have left their mark, directly or indirectly. It is good that we should have a season of the year for remembrance a time when we feel that that veil between time and eternity is thin, and we can sense that a greater and wider communion of saints to which we belong.  

Today we especially ‘remember’ those who have given their lives through war in service of our country.  They have left home and family often to foreign lands in the search of justice, freedom and peace; the effects of which we feel in our society today.  The world could have been a very different place for us without their sacrifice, which cannot and should not be forgotten.

The memories we recall this Remembrance Sunday should spur us forward in the search for true harmony and peace throughout the world.  As the Lord commanded the apostles to “Do this in memory of me” we gather this day praying for the graces of the great sacrifice of Calvary to engulf the whole world that we may live in the harmony for which Christ prayed; and to our fallen we say “We will remember them”.

 

READINGS

1st Daniel 12:1-13. Daniel’s vision about the end of time, including the resurrection of the dead

Psalm (16). Response: You are my inheritance, O Lord!

2nd Hebrews 10:11-14. Christ offered a single sacrifice for sins, valid for all time

Gospel Mark 13:24-32. Warnings about the second coming of Christ

 

For practical purposes, for the coming months:

Father Ephraim will be the ‘link person’ for pastoral matters concerning the parish of St. Joseph’s and St. Elizabeth’s. He will also be chaplain to St. Mary’s school.

Father Liam will be the ‘link person’ for the parish of St. Edmund Campion and will be chaplain to St. Edmund Campion school.

Fr. Ephraim

eodhiambo@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk. Mobile: 07785 727951

Fr. Liam

lcummins@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk Mobile: 07776 580596

The parish office can also be contacted via the telephone/emails supplied on the parish website and the newsletter.

MASS INTENTIONS

BAPTISMS

FUNERALS
BLESSING OF THE GRAVES

May their souls, and the souls of all the departed, rest in peace.

 

REMEMBRANCE PARADE The parish scout group will be having their remembrance church parade at the 9:30am Mass at St Edmund Campion on 14th November, followed by a cake sale for WORK.

FIRST FRIDAY The First Friday of the month is traditionally a time when a priest visits a home to anoint anyone who is house bound, with holy oil, and to administer the sacrament of Holy Communion.  The parish has several people on this list.  If you, or someone you know would like a visit from a priest, then please contact Fr. Liam or Fr. Ephraim.
 

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). To join, just click on the YouTube icon on the parish website shortly before Mass starts.

 

ALTAR SERVERS We envisage that Altar Servers will begin their ministry on the first Sunday of Advent, 27th/28th November, which is the start of the new Liturgical Year of the Church. If your child would like to become an Altar Server and hasn’t yet applied, please contact Sarah Hubbard in the office for more information.

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 patricia.opalko@st-edmund.org.uk

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.

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING on 16th November at 7pm in the Parish Centre.

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 sue.cooper@marriagecare.org.uk

 

SUSTAINABILITY

We have now completed the eco-church survey based on what our parish community and its ministries are doing currently. This covers how we express our care for God’s world in our worship and teaching; how we look after our buildings and land; how we engage with our local community and in global campaigns, and supporting our congregation to find ways to adapt their lifestyles to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God faithfully.

There are a number of areas where we can make substantial steps forward which would result in improvements to the environment and our own wellbeing. We would like to get a few projects up and running and are now looking for volunteers to join the team and take a lead on these:

Please contact Sarah Bowden (bowden.sarah@googlemail.com) to find out more or express your interest in joining the team.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY Our St Vincent De Paul Group is small but vibrant. We are looking for and would love to welcome new members. We meet once a month on a Monday evening in the Parish Centre. Please call Hilda on 07749 917134 for further details. Again, thank you for your wonderful support. 

You may remember that the St Edmund Campion branch of the Saint Vincent de Paul  (SVP) Society held our annual appeal for funds over a weekend in October. We have so far received the fantastic sum of £1,789.15. This is amazing, thank you so much, this will help those in need in our parish and overseas. Our next meeting is on 6th December at 7:30 pm in the Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome.

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.

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

CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENING The St Edmund Campion Christmas shopping evening returns this year and will be held on Friday 19th November 7-9.30pm : £2 entry on the door. We have over 25 local stall holders selling a whole array of products - from loose tea & coffee to skin care, handmade Christmas decorations & much more! We will also be holding a raffle with half of the money raised from this being donated to the parish. Please come and support our PTA with their fundraising efforts and get in to the festive spirit! This event will be held in the church and the parish centre.

YOGA CLASSES continue every Tuesday at noon in our lovely parish centre. 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!

Note: There's no class on Tuesday 16th November. Classes resume at noon on 23rd November and the last class of the year will be on Tuesday 14th December.

Yoga mats will be available. Bring your own if you have one, mat cleaning sparay 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.

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.

If you are interested in joining this group or finding out more, then please contact Noris on 07714 990696, or Nancy on 07708 094409. Or indeed, just turn up any Friday morning!

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 jennyoliver51@hotmail.com for more information.

LIBRARY We have a parish library located in the foyer of the Parish Centre. One bookcase is dedicated to Theology/Religious books, another bookcase to Fiction/Non-Fiction and a third smaller bookcase to children's Bibles/Bible stories etc. Please feel free to borrow/swap.

If you would like to donate, we can only accept books that are in excellent and clean condition. Thank you and enjoy.

 

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, adhering to social distancing guidelines.

HOUSEBOUND If you know of anyone who is sick and/or housebound, please let Sarah (Parish Office), Fr Liam or Fr Ephraim 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.

S.I.F. FORMS FOR SCHOOL APPLICATIONS Fr Liam will be available on Wednesday 17th of November to sign Supplementary Information Forms for School Applications. He will be available from 8am to 11am and 3pm to 5pm. More dates will be given in the next newsletter.