Trust in prayer Often I pray to St Anthony and I find what I was looking for. I can't understand why but it brings up the question of praying for what we want and need.
People pray hard for an intention; some pray for ages and are answered, some are not.
We often pray for what may be outside God's control: that someone may give up drink, when the person may not want to; that children will be kept safe on the roads, but they are killed or injured with the careless and dangerous driving of someone else, maybe under addictive influence.
We are encouraged always to pray with hope and persistence, believing that we always get something.
In the asking is the receiving, and we never leave prayer worse off than when we began.
For any time we give to prayer, we get something. We are transformed.
St Ignatius speaks of the effect of prayer - an increase in faith, hope and love. We may not get the specific intention, but we always get the Holy Spirit. I have never left prayer the poorer than when I began. In the knocking at the door itself something is opened. In asking and seeking we get something. The first gift of prayer is the love of God. Other gifts follow.
Prayer increases our trust in God, that he wants our good and is with us in love.
So we pray for what we need and then leave the prayer with God, to be answered as he can. This is one of the greatest faiths of all.
holy be your name,
your kingdom come and
will be done within me and
in earth and heaven.
READINGS 1st. Genesis 18:20-32. Abraham intercedes and haggles with God to spare the city of Sodom.
Responsorial: Psalm 137:1-3, 6-8. R./: Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me.
2nd . Colossians 2:12-14. Through baptism into his death and resurrection, we rise to a new life.
Gospel: Luke 11:1-13. When asked how we should pray, Jesus teaches the “Our Father.”
A SUMMER BLESSING May you walk with God this summer in whatever you do, wherever you go.
Walking with God means... Walking with honesty and with courage,
Walking with love and respect and concern for the feelings of others.
May you talk to God this summer and every day and in every situation.
Talking with God means... Praying words of praise for the beauty of creation,
Saying prayers of thanks for friends and good times,
Asking God's help in all your decisions, expressing sorrow when you have failed.
May you talk with God every day. Amen.
- Author unknown
MASS TIMES Monday to Thursday: 09.30 & Friday 10.00
Saturday Vigil Mass is at 18.15
Sunday Mass 09.30 and 11.15
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.
Saturday 23rd July 6.15pm Sean Norbert Anyanwu RIP who died tragically last Monday. Thanksgiving Mass Kolassery.
Sunday 24th July 09.30am Sean Norbert Anyanwu RIP. Pacita Fernandes RIP AN
Sunday 24th July 11.15am Sean Norbert Anyanwu RIP. Monica McAnenny RIP who died recently.
Wednesday 27th July 09.30am Mario Simoes RIP AN
Wednesday 3rd August 09.30 Ann Griggs 80th Birthday SI
Sunday 7th August 11.15 Sheila Lazenby RIP AN (5 Years)
Tuesday 16th August John Lynn 75th Birthday SI
Sunday 21st August 11.15 Johan Hirth RIP AN
WEDDINGS Saturday 23rd July Marriage of Faith Whitelock and Calum Harriott.
Saturday 6th August Marriage of Katherine Holder and Jon Moorse.
We wish both couples every blessing in their journey together as they exchange marriage vows.
FUNERAL Saturday 30th July 10.30am. The funeral Mass of the late Martin Coker RIP. May his soul rest in peace. Celebration of Life starting at 12:15pm in the Parish Centre.
DEATH It is with great sadness that we reach out to you to ask you to please remember and pray for the repose of the soul of Sean Norbert Anyanwu who tragically passed away this week. Sean was part of our church community and made his Confirmation in June 2019 in Portsmouth cathedral.
Life is precious and any passing is a loss. It's particularly difficult when someone so young passes suddenly.
May we all be grateful for the gift of life and all whom we meet along the journey however short or long it may be.
We pray for Sean, his family and friends at this really difficult time. May he rest in peace
ALPHA COURSE St. Edwards & St. Mark’s parish in Windsor is offering the Alpha Course beginning 20th September from 19:00. After a huge response in 2019, we had to put the programme on hold due to the pandemic, so now we are very excited to be offering Alpha again, in person each week, in the St. Edward's Parish Centre.
Alpha is a 10-week course that explores life’s big questions, in an open, non-judgmental and safe place. We’ll be discussing questions like: Is there more to life than this? Does God exist? Why did Jesus have to die? And, why is there so much suffering in the world?
Millions of people have already tried Alpha in over 100 countries and languages around the world - so why not you? Perhaps you have a friend or family member who has fallen away from the faith during the pandemic, doesn't feel as connected to the church as they once did, or maybe has never truly answered life's big questions for themselves -- please invite them, we'd love to host them too!
To RSVP, please follow this link: https://forms.gle/QYmhMUHvz8jk2JBu7
If you have questions about joining, inviting others, or joining our team of volunteers, please email Ryan Greig at: email@example.com
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) We are all on a journey of faith, which is unique and personal, and yet a journey that we know is greatly enriched when we are able to come together and share with others.
Maybe you are a non-Catholic Christian accompanying your family to Church and now feel drawn to become part of this community of faith. Maybe your “roots” are in another religion, or in none. Maybe you are a Baptised Catholic but never received, as a young person, the Sacrament of Confirmation.
This programme is widely used in many parishes throughout the Diocese. RCIA is both a learning and teaching programme that aims to help those who would like to know more about the Christian faith from a catholic perspective and might be thinking about becoming a Catholic.
To be a full member of the Catholic Church you need to complete the process of Christian Initiation, which is when you have been Baptised, Confirmed and made your First Holy Communion.
The RCIA Programme will begin with the completion of the ten-step programme of the Alpha course run at Windsor.
WORLD YOUTH DAY, Lisbon 2023 Calling all young people across the diocese! If you are going to be aged 16 or above by July 2023, you are invited to join with like-minded young people from across the diocese to journey on pilgrimage to Lisbon for World Youth Day. This world-wide gathering is planned to take place 1st - 6th August 2023. This is a life changing experience for all those who accept the invitation and this pilgrimage, led by Bishop Philip, is set to be the best one yet!
But hurry, spaces are limited! Please register your interest ASAP to get your name on the list. Plans are in the early stages, but we will provide more information and details as soon as possible. For further information, please email Sarah Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org
RUBY JUBILEE RUBY JUBILEE CELEBRATION September 2022, will be a very special month for our Parish as we will commemorate 40 years of our Church of being built. The following activities has been put together to celebrate such special occasion as a community and we do hope you can join us:
September 10th - Folk Group Concert at the School Hall from 7.30pm. Bread and cheese supper included in the price of the ticket. People should bring their own drink. Ticket price £7.50. Tickets from Mary Ashworth (email@example.com)
September 17th - Ruby Jubilee Party from 7.30pm until Midnight at the School Hall. Dress code: Smart casual.
£15 ticket per person which include food and music. Please bring your own drinks.
Tickets can be purchase after each mass with cash or money can be transfer to: St Edmund Campion Church Sort: 309304 Account: 01786378. For catering purposes tickets will be sold until the 3rd of September.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
September 18th - On this day there will only be one Sunday Mass at the school fields and it will be followed by a Family Picnic. Please bring your own food and games so we can all enjoy together this day.
Time for this mass TBC
FIRST FRIDAY HEALING MASS Each First Friday will see a ‘Healing Mass’ being celebrated alternately at St. Joseph’s Church and St. Edmund Campion Church for 2022. We bring together all our needs and especially asking God’s healing spirit upon people and situations in our parish. You are very welcome.
· 5th August– St Edmund Campion
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.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION We congratulate the children who received their 1st Holy Communion in May. We pray that the Lord will keep them faithful to him in the years ahead and to be glad to receive him in the Blessed Sacrament.
Likewise, we thank our wonderful group of catechists who gave up their Saturdays to instruct them; many of them with young families and other commitments, but who said ‘YES, I believe in them’. That is a wonderful gift. To the parents who got involved as well, and all others (you!) who helped them be prepared for the sacrament.
SIF FORMS FOR SCHOOL APPLICATION Fr Liam is available by appointment to sign SIF Forms, please remember to bring your stamp cards showing Mass attendance.
FIRST FRIDAY ADORATIONS FROM JANUARY TILL SEPTEMBER St Edmund Campion Church Ruby Jubilee Celebrations are taking place in September 2022. In order to prepare for this, we are hosting a novena of 9 first fridays to pray, to meditate, to fast and to give joy for everything to all that our church community has offered us over 40 years of service and the faith and support it has given to our families. If you can come for an hour or 2 hours or even whole evening, we would love to start a rota, where a number of people could do this on the first Friday of each month through to September in preparation for prayer and our celebration. During this time the church will be open through the night and everyone is welcomed to come and stay with the Lord. Please contact or text Agnieszka on 07871 258181 or email email@example.com.
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
JOHN PAUL II AWARD This is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.
The Award enables participants to take an active part both in the life of their Church and in the life of their community and society. For further details, contact Jonathan on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01628 626527.
WEDNESDAY BRIDGE CLUB All past bridge players and parishioners who would like to learn the game are invited. Please contact John Lynn for more information.
THURSDAY CLUB Meets every other Thursday. Open to everyone, of all ages. A chance to meet up, have a coffee and a chat. We also organise occasional speakers and days out. Please contact Angela for more information.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY is an international voluntary organization in the Catholic Church, founded in 1833 for the sanctification of its members by personal service of the poor, the migrant, the refugee, the lonely and the vulnerable.
This wonderful organisation of prayer, empowerment and solidarity is revamping itself in the Maidenhead area and will be known as ‘SVP Maidenhead’. Meetings will be held between St. Edmund Campion, St. Joseph's & St. Elizabeth's.
Maidenhead St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) are helping to support 240 adult and 80 children asylum seekers in our area. They arrive with very little and are not allowed to work. If you would like to help, then the list below contains the things that would be most useful. If you would like to donate any items from the list please can you bring them into Sarah in the office anytime over the next two weeks or phone 07749 917134:-
New Underwear for both Men and Women
Bikes or scooters (these will be repaired if needed)
Coats for Primary or Secondary School Children
Umbrellas, any size, shape or colour.
The SVP have been overwhelmed by your generosity since they have been collecting. Huge thank you to our community.
TODDLERS GROUP Every Friday in term-time from 8:45 to 10:45am in the Parish Centre. Contact Jenny on email@example.com for more information.
PARISH HALL The Parish Hall is available to hire, for parties, celebrations, meetings, training, classes and anything else you can think of. It’s a great community space, and is available for £25 per hour.
We have activities planned for later this year and would be happy to hear from you if you would like to get involved or have an idea of your own. Please contact Sarah Bowden (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 so that a visit can be arranged.
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 and Fr. Liam are on call each day and will serve our community as best they can. You can call either of them on their mobile numbers, contact them via email or visit them at St. Joseph’s Presbytery. As we enter a new liturgical year, the four or five weekends of a month will see the same priest celebrating Mass in that particular parish. So, for January, Fr. Liam will preside at weekend Masses at St Joseph’s & St. Elizabeth’s and Fr. Ephraim at St. Edmund Campion. The following month they will swap around.
THE WELCOMING MINISTRY (Mass Rep) is dedicated to helping all parishioners and visitors enhance their worship experience at Mass by making them feel welcome and included in our Eucharistic celebration, helping them connect with our parish, and participating in the numerous ministry opportunities offered at St. Edmund Campion. The Mass Rep is the ‘overseer’ in ensuring that the various ministries during Mass are fulfilled. Further, they are there to help you with any queries.
We thank our mass reps:
6:15pm Saturday: Reena K. 9:30am Sunday: Elvira E-M & Shirley F. 11:15am Sunday: Julie C.
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.
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