PARISH NOTICES for the week beginning
16th/17th July 2022 - 16th Sunday, Year C

 

 

Gospel Reflection

Jesus appoints each of his followers to go out to heal and to preach the kingdom of God. He needs help and he doesn’t wait for us to sort out issues of personal frailty. He has selected us, and he says to us ‘Go!’! People will be surprised and we will experience a variety of receptions as we try to share his love and his values.

 

'Greet no-one on the road'. The single-minded urgency of the gospel requires a suspension of social norms, even of basic traveller's courtesy. What does my own spiritual 'journey' look like? Does it have something of the same intensity and focus that makes people take notice of something unusual? Do I come across as a man, or a woman, on a mission?

 

Lord, sometimes I wonder if I have the ability to recognise you at all in the midst of all my clutter.

Am I carrying too many purses, bags and sandals?

Make me content with less, which is enough.

I pray now to be happily aware that the kingdom of God is very near.

 

Readings:

1st. Deuteronomy 30:10-14. To God’s chosen people the commandments are not a burden but a privilege.

Responsorial: Psalm 68. R./: Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

2nd. Colossians1:15-20. A hymn to Christ, head of the Church, universal mediator and redeemer.

Gospel: Luke 10:25-37. The parable of the Good Samaritan .

 

 

MASS TIMES Monday to Thursday: 09.30 & Friday 10.00

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 18.15

Sunday Mass 9.30 and 11.15

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS  Sunday 17th July 11.15        Rosario Belo Cardoso RIP.  (Anniversary Mass).

                                                                                                             Martin Coker RIP, who died during the week.  May he rest in peace.                                         Monday 18th July 09.30  Michael Cuddihy SI

                                          Tuesday 19th July 09.30            Year 6 Leavers Mass

 

BAPTISMS    Saturday 16th July Thomas, son of Paula and Alexander.

                                                                        George, son of Hollie and Dean.

WEDDING               Saturday 23rd July.   We wish Faith and Calum every blessing as they get married in our Parish Church.

 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING Tuesday 19th July at 7pm.

Y6  LEAVERS MASS 20th July 9.30am. As we find ourselves at the end of the school year, we are extremely proud of all our pupils and our dedicated staff in our school of St. Edmund Campion. We also thank our committed Governing Body for the wonderful job they do in ensuring our school continues to thrive.

This week, we say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils.

Our Year 6 group this year have been outstanding; not just in their academic achievements but in the progress they have demonstrated around our core values of respect, tolerance, understanding and responsibility. They have also shown themselves to be people who are committed to God and that God is at the centre of everything they do.  They are a credit to themselves, their families and our school and we wish each of them every success in the future as they head off for new adventures in their new schools.

Well done, Year 6! We are so very proud of you!

CLOSER TO CHRIST CAMPAIGN A letter from Bishop Philip was read out at all Masses over the weekend of April 30th/May 1st.  This letter is available on the Parish Website. Please, do contact Fr Liam if you are interested in learning more about this campaign.

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 wyd@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk

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 (mary@bluestring.co.uk)

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: norisdukes@gmail.com

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

CHILDREN’S LITURGY Anyone who’s child attends Children’s Liturgy at 9:30am Sunday Mass. Please put your child’s name on the register as you go into the church. It’s so we have an accurate list of first and surnames for safeguarding of those attending.

MASS VIA YOUTUBE Mass is 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. Due to demand, this service will continue for the foreseeable future.

MAIDENHEAD ST VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY (SVP)

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.

MASS INTENTIONS There is a long and venerable tradition in the Catholic Church that the faithful ask their priests to celebrate Holy Mass for particular, specified intentions. An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday, good health, peace in family life), or as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died or on their anniversary. This custom, which was well-understood in generations past, is increasingly being forgotten. Since the practice is of immense spiritual benefit to both the living and the dead, and because it also helps to support your clergy and parish, we would encourage you to request that Masses be offered for your intentions. Please contact Sarah in the Parish Office, if you wish to have a Mass celebrated for your intentions.

Pope Paul VI said, “The Mass is the most perfect form of prayer!” It has immense power and countless miracles and conversions have occurred throughout the centuries by offering Masses for a specific intention or person. Mass intentions are a great treasure of the Church and have a spiritual weight that is incalculable.

FIRST FRIDAY 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.

The First Friday of the month is also 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.

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.

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 gnieszka@gmail.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 manorcott@outlook.com 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.

YOGA classes are now paused until September. For online offerings please contact Rachel wellhappyyoga@gmail.com, and look on Facebook or Instagram.

COX GREEN LUNCHEON CLUB For more information contact Ruby Doughty on 01628630703 or rubydoughty@yahoo.co.uk.

TODDLERS GROUP Every Friday in term-time from 8:45 to 10:45am in the Parish Centre. Contact Jenny on jennyoliver51@hotmail.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.

SUSTAINABILITY

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 (bowden.sarah@googlemail.com). 

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.

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.

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