Christmas is a season for kindness, a time to offer a fresh message of hope. As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, many people continue to live isolated from friends, family, and community; often struggling with financial distress, poor health, job uncertainty and bereavement. Love Christmas brings change by drawing people together to share Bags of Kindness. It strengthens personal connections in communities across the UK and lets people know they are not alone. Love Christmas is a national initiative, growing through a network of thousands of churches and other local organisations, connecting people of all faiths and none.

We are delighted to announce that as our project for Advent, St Joseph’s and St Elizabeth’s will be part of the Love Christmas campaign #loveyourneighbour Please look out below for more details, which updated weekly.

Love Christmas: The final second collection for Love Christmas raised £477 plus a whopping £175 from soup on Sunday. The total raised by St Joseph’s and St Elizabeth’s for Love Christmas was a stunning £1,540.

This money, together with the other fund raising done by the Churches Together in Maidenhead, mean that we will be packing an amazing 1,100 Bags of Kindness on this Saturday. Our bags will be distributed within the parish to those who are sick and housebound, families at St Mary’s School who may need a boost, and others nominated by parishioners. We will also distribute to care homes in the area, Harwood House, Foxley Grove and Comfort Care.

Love Christmas was run by the parish Vision Group, we want to express our thanks to all those who got involved and hope you all enjoyed being part of such an inspirational project. If you want to know more about the Vision Group, please look out for a piece in our new year newsletter.

LOVE CHRISTMAS SUNDAY SOUP LUNCHES ??This Sunday, 12th December, will be the final Soup lunch for this year!
Please join us in the Parish Centre after 11:00 Mass. There will be a wonderful selection of HOME-MADE SOUPS: Tomato Soup, Sweet Potato with chilli Soup and a very seasonal Chestnut Soup! There will be crusty breads and butter, CAKES and plenty of the usual teas and coffees, too! Again, a suggested donation of £5 per person will go to support our Parish Advent Action, “Love Christmas”. Please bring your CASH!

Last week’s Love Christmas second collection raised £285 and the Soup and Cake lunch raised an impressive £150. This Sunday is our last collection for Love Christmas, so please continue to give generously.  We hope to give out as many Bags of Kindness as possible on the weekend of the 18/19 December. If you know anyone who you would like to nominate to receive a bag, please let the Office know asap.

LOVE CHRISTMAS Last Sunday, 28/11/2021, the second collection raised £403, many thanks. Please remember that for the next two Sunday’s we will be collecting for our Advent project. If you would like to contribute by bank transfer, our account details are Lloyds Bank, 30-93-04, account 00882667 PRCDT Maidenhead St Joseph. Please make sure to include the word LOVE as your reference.

LOVE CHRISTMAS SUNDAY SOUP LUNCHES ?? This Sunday, 5th December, please join us in the Parish Centre for a selection of home-made SOUPS, crusty bread and butter, CAKES, biscuits and hot drinks.
A suggested donation of £5 per person will go to support our Parish Advent Action, “Love Christmas”. (Please bring your cash!) There will be a Soup Lunch on 12th, too! ???LOVE SOUP – LOVE CHRISTMAS!???

LOVE CHRISTMAS By popular request, there will be a selection of soups available after the 11:00 Masses on both Sunday 5th and Sunday 12th December. Please bring your cash to help support these Advent events to raise funds for the “Love Christmas” project, and enjoy home-made soups, crusty bread and butter, cakes and biscuits – and a little chat!

Love Christmas #Loveyourneighbour St Joseph’s and St Elizabeth’s Love Christmas project is being run by the parish Vision Group, as a joint effort with other churches in Maidenhead, including St Edmund Campion. We will all be raising money in our parishes and jointly buying goodies and making up our Bags of Kindness to share with those who are struggling in our community. By supporting Love Christmas, you’ll be helping churches across Maidenhead and the nation reach even more people with kindness this year. We will be asking for donations of money from next Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent.

We will also have a second collection on the first three Sundays of Advent. Also, cash and cheques can be handed in to the parish office. Don’t forget that you can Gift Aid your donation if you give us your details. We will shortly let you know about our JustGiving fundraising page too. Between all the churches taking part in Maidenhead, we hope to make up 700 bags or more with Christmas goodies. And, if you know someone that you would like to nominate – neighbours, people in need or those who you think deserve a gift of kindness, please let the parish office know.

REPOSITORY SALE ON 28TH NOVEMBER (First Sunday of Advent): Our Repository takes great care to stock a wide selection of gifts and cards for all occasions. There are some lovely gifts for all. It is also a convenient way for parishioners to stock up on cards and other items for the Christmas Season!
Giving someone a Christian gift is a simple way of spreading the faith, providing comfort at a difficult time and sharing in joy. Please support your Church Repository by purchasing from the stall in the Bar area and the Porch area on 28th November after the 11am Mass.
Among the stock available are Christmas Cards, Birthday Cards, Mass and Sympathy Cards, Rosary Beads, Crucifixes, Bibles, Votive Candles, Medallions, Statuettes, Bracelets, Holy Water Containers and Plaques. Hope to see many of you!