St. Edmund Campion Parish, Maidenhead

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Fr. Liam invites you to come to church and celebrate the Eucharist.

From 1st September 2020, until further notice, the church will be open for you to attend Mass on any day. The number of Masses over the weekend is also increasing, giving you more choice, so that as many of you as possible can attend in person. Full details are in Fr. Liam's letter below.

Out of concern for one another, those in the 'shielding group,' or at especially high risk of infection should be advised to follow government shielding guidelines and stay at home and return to the church only when it is appropriate.

In stating that, it remains a person's own choice to come to church to pray.

 

Mass (+ Zoom online) will be celebrated each day Monday to Sunday. The Church will be open 30 minutes before and after each Mass for private prayer.

Opening times and Masses

  Church Open Mass Online
Sunday 8:30am - 12:30pm 9am & 11am Yes
5pm - 7:15pm 6pm No
Monday 9:30am - 11am 10am Yes
Tuesday 9:30am - 11am 10am No
Wednesday 9:30am - 11am 10am Yes
Thursday 9:30am - 11am 10am Yes
Friday 9:30am - 11am 10am Yes
Saturday 9:30am - 12noon 10am No
5pm - 7:15pm 6pm Yes

Financial Contributions

It is greatly appreciated that many of you transferred your 'church offering' from cash to direct debit and standing order over the last number of months. Our parish has had its financial income greatly reduced and this has impacted on our church activities, donations to various charities and parish maintenance. From September 1st, there will be an Offertory Collection Box at the church entrance and exit each day if you wish to make a very welcome donation.

Also, we have just installed a shiny, new Contactless Payment Machine where you can easily 'tap' a donation.

NB: It would be really helpful for the parish if the vast majority of our Weekly Collection could be done via Direct Debit / Standing Order. At present, we are a vastly cash—giving parish, and with the dramatic decrease in donations, it is very hard to plan and donate to those most vulnerable and in need, as well as care for our parish community.

I ask that you reflect and, if possible, switch your donation from cash to bank. This would be invaluable and would give the Parish Council and Finance Committee more solidity in planning for the months/years ahead.

If you wish, you can still give a donation via the parish account:

Name: St Edmund Campion Church

Sort-code: 30-93-04

Account no.: 00882551

Alternatively, we have set up an easy way to donate online:

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Letter from Fr. Liam

Dear Parishioner and friend,

Greetings to you and I hope and pray that despite everything that has been thrown at us over the last months with Covid-19; lockdown; church flooding and most recently, a fire at the school, that you are well rested and ready for September!

Our Primary School and Nursery are opening next week and for many, the month of September is often a time for getting back into routine after an eventful summer. This year has been somewhat different due to the extra, though unwelcome and persistent, season of Covid-19.

 

Thanks to the dedication and volunteering of many of our community, we were able to continue to have daily Mass since April via Zoom and YouTube at 10am – indeed a sincere thank you to the group of six who make sure that each day Mass is available to you to watch live via Zoom and YouTube. And further, since the middle of July we have the church open for you to come and pray quietly and/or participate at the 10am Mass. Once again, we have another group of parishioners who are part of the 'ministry of stewarding' to ensure that you stay safe in the church, and that the church is constantly cleaned and protected, as best we can, from coronavirus

 

As most of you know, the obligation to participate in Sunday Mass has been lifted until further notice – this means that you can attend any Mass during the week in lieu of the Sunday obligation. We have Mass from Monday to Saturday, open to the public at 10am. However, I am aware that many of you have work (and other) commitments and cannot attend on a weekday. I have also listened to you and due to children/family activities and other commitments that you have, am changing the Sunday Mass times for the next couple of months. Also due to the various time arrivals at school until 9.30am each day, we will keep the weekday Masses at 10am. This avoids heavy traffic. Therefore from the 1st September 2020, until further notice, the church will be open for you to attend Mass on any day. I am also increasing the number of Masses over the weekend giving you more choice, so that as many of you as possible can attend.

NB: You will notice that the five weekend Masses will be the liturgy of the Sunday Mass.

 

Father Kevin and I will ensure that Mass is celebrated each day. On your part, we hope that you will attend at least one of the Masses each week. Further, with the extra weekend Masses we will need volunteers to 'steward'. If we cannot get at least four volunteers at each Mass, then we will be unable to open. So I plead on your generosity.

If you can volunteer please send me an email (lcummins@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk), stating which Mass, over the weekend, you can volunteer at.

At present, we have an average of 40 people at daily Mass. The Church, with social distancing in mind, can safely cater for up to 80 persons. Therefore, 80 will be our limit at each Mass.

 

For Masses on Saturday and Sunday, in order to comply with Covid-19 legislation, you will be obliged to sign up in advance giving the time, name(s) and phone number of those intending to participate at Mass.

You are encouraged to come at least 15 minutes before Mass starts, so that hand sanitation and seating will go as calmly as possible before Mass starts.

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The form to sign-up to attend weekend Mass is here

 

Please note that the 10am Masses on Tuesday and Saturday and the 6pm Mass on Sunday will not be live-streamed. The two morning Masses on Sunday will.

Sacrament of Reconciliation each Saturday: 11am – 12pm & 5pm – 5.45pm, or any other time that is arranged privately with the priest.

 

Read the full Guidelines

THE GUIDELINES HAVE BEEN UPDATED

Please read the full details of the Guidelines for Returning to the Churches for Prayers and Public Worship, before coming to the church.

Stay safe together

Finally, while we will continue to take appropriate precautions consistent with the advice of public health authorities, parishioners should understand that they assume the risk of contracting COVID-19 any time they enter a public space since such precautions do not eliminate the risk of infection.

I thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these strange times, as we continue to move into the 'new normal'. The guidelines will be updated as needed until such time as we are back to full opening, which will include access and use of the Parish Centre and its activities.

St. Edmund Campion, pray for us.

Yours in Christ,

Father Liam


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Welcome

Everyone at St Edmund Campion Parish in Maidenhead welcomes you to our Catholic community. Hopefully you will find all the information you are looking for - if not, please contact us and we will answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to know more about us and what we do, take a look at our Welcome Brochure. We look forward to meeting you soon.

The address of the Church and office is: 40a Altwood Road, Maidenhead. Berks. SL6 4PY. Details of how to find us are here.

Parish Priest

I am Liam Cummins and I come from Ireland. I'm the eldest of four children (three boys and one girl). As a Mill Hill Missionary (www.millhillmissionaries.co.uk), I have spent a good period of my adult life ministering in Africa, namely Cameroon and Kenya. I was appointed to England to do Mission Animation (Missio and Mill Hill) for a number of Dioceses in 2012. I really enjoyed this work and it involved a good amount of travelling and meeting lots of people. Read more.

Parish Register

If you want to be added to the Parish Register, please see the priest

If your details change, or you have an addition to the family, please contact the Parish Secretary to make sure that your entry is up to date and includes all your children.

Edmund Campion

"I have no more to say but to recommend your case and mine to Almighty God, the Searcher of Hearts, who sends us His grace, and sets us at accord before the day of payment, to the end we may at last be friends in heaven, when all injuries shall be forgotten." Read more.

 

Going Into Hospital?

Upon admission, please state clearly that you are a Catholic Christian. If you want the Chaplain to visit you, you either need to complete the form in the Chapel, or speak to the Ward Sister in Charge.

The local Roman Catholic Church near Wexham Park Hospital is the Church of the Holy Redeemer, contact 01753 578328. In cases of emergency, call St Joseph’s Maidenhead on 01628 783988.