Newsletter 411 21st April 2024


Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year B


Good Shepherd Sunday:  Called at Baptism…..Follow in Love

The first big moment of vocation is baptism. The anointing of chrism, the holy oil poured on our head at baptism might be called ‘the anointing for vocation’. The baptismal vocation is for witness, love and service. This is expressed in ways in which people live out their baptism in married life, single life – and within the single life, maybe religious life, or priesthood.

Our active witness is to the life and the values of Jesus in our lives. Teaching is not itself a voca-

tion, for example, but the way we teach is a way of living out our vocation. It is the same with

many of the helping professions and employments. Being a good neighbour can be a living out of our vocation.

We witness to love in marriage, in family, extended family, and in friendship. Any love is a sharing in the love of God. In the moments of unselfish love in any relationship we are living out our vocation. When we love, we are doing God’s will! We witness to service in the wider world in our care for the poor and in welcoming the stranger.

Today, Bishop Philip has asked our single people in life to think especially of religious life and priesthood. There are needs for priests, and Religions (Sisters and Brothers) in most parts of the world. As a community in families and parishes, we thank those who have given their lives in these vocations and pray they may increase.

In a place of silence, let the words ‘Come, follow me’ echo in your mind and heart.

Lord, be with me as I offer myself in partnership with you to work in your world.

1st Reading:  Acts 4: 8-12

Psalm 118 R/ The stone which the builder rejected has become the corner stone.

2nd Reading: 1 John 3: 1-2

Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia! I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own sheep and my own know me. Alleluia!


Gospel: John 10: 11-18

What's happening in Church:


21 Apr Filipino Mass All are welcome!

28 Apr after 11am mass, in bar. Meeting for Lourdes Pilgrimage with Fr Tom (travel 23-30 Aug)

3 May 10am First Fri Mass (7pm in St Edmund C)

7 May 10.30am Road to Priesthood in Parish Hall. Talk by Francis Ezeani after 10am Mass.

12 May 2.30-5pm, Bereavement Support Group St Edmund Campion Hall. Come for a cup tea & cake to talk or share with others who are also grieving

Mon 7.30pm Badminton in the Hall. See schedule / Or contact Peter 075477 42578

Fri 8.45-10:45am Baby & Toddler Group in St Edmund Parish Centre



Multiply your talent​

Dear Parishioners, we are Launching a new, Fun, Challenge this weekend in support of The River Ambulance Project in Congo.  It is very simple.  You can accept a Challenge by taking an envelope with £5, £10, or £20 (The ‘TALENTS) inside and use your imagination and talents to multiply the money two, three or four-fold.  Then please return the TALENTS together with the profit to the Church by Pentecost Sunday”.  Everybody can participate and this is an excellent way for children to show their skill and ingenuity to work. (Parents, Grandparents and Adults, do not be out-performed by our children and young people!) All the proceeds will go to support the River Ambulance Project.  This will help us to realise the ambition to support the Community in Congo with this vital Medical support.

Magazine We need writers, contributors, photographers for our upcoming Parish Magazine. Please contact the office if you’re interested in helping or advertising!


The Children’s Liturgy Team hopes that everyone had a wonderful Easter break.  We welcome back all the children starting Sun 21 Apr 11am Mass.  The young group will be making Good Shepherd sheep biscuits to sell for the Congo sea ambulance boat appeal – come and join us!

21 Apr 9.30am FHC Ch 8 & 9 in Hall

27 Apr 4.00pm Confirmation session at St  Ed Pri

7 May Baptismal Course at St Joseph’s. For parents whose child is being baptised in M’head. Please meet one of the parish priests before attending.

Buy your FHC & Confirmation gifts from the Repository now!!

QUENCH pop-up bookshop at St Edmund’s after all masses on 27-  28 Apr.

We have a new contactless machine that will accept Gift Aid! You only have to input your details ONCE and ALL future donations with the same card will be Gift-Aided!

To reduce repeating information in the printed newsletter, we have printed hand-bag/ wallet-friendly information packs and placed them at the entrance/exits of the church. Please keep this with you for future reference. Thank you for helping us save the environment by reducing paper waste!

Dates for your Diary

  • 20 Apr Resurrection in Art & Poetry workshop led by Fr Oliver Holt. Contact [email protected]
  • 21st April World Day of Prayer for Vocations Read the newsletter here:
  • 27 Apr Be Filled with The Holy Spirit Cor et Lumen Christi
  • 30 Apr 10.30am Tackling Modern Slavery Learn how to spot the signs of Modern Slavery and what we can do about it. After 10am Mass: St Mary’s Church Hall, 211A Wimborne Rd, BH15 2EG. Register: [email protected]
  • 1 May 8pm TV presenter Sean Fletcher talks about his life, religious journey, Christian faith, passionate causes and media roles. Maidenhead Synagogue SL6 8QX (parking onsite). Limited spaces – book [email protected]
  • 4 & 5 May ‘Our Father in Heaven’ Retreat Day in St Peter’s Church Pastoral Centre, Winchester. Pope Francis has asked that there be a particular focus on the Our Father in 2024. We pray this prayer so often and there’s always the risk of it becoming dry or remaining superficial. Register by 29 Apr:
  • 6 May Preparing Together Marriage Course at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 2HE. See for more info and to book
  • 22-26 Jul Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage (sans Fr Tom).

Can you help?

Marriage Care is a Catholic organisation specialising in relationship support. We are looking for Marriage Preparation Course Facilitators to prepare couples for the Sacrament of Marriage (full training is provided for this role), Qualified Relationship Counsellors to support couples in distress and Trustees to provide governance and strategic direction for the organisation. For more information please visit: or email: [email protected]

partnered with market-leading solicitors and will-writing providers to offer a basic simple or mirror Will for free. In-person, online or by phone. There is no obligation to leave our Parish a gift in your Wills.

Inspire and empower children & young people in your local Catholic schools by delivering an assembly or a workshop. CAFOD will provide training and all resources. Contact Jo Lewry [email protected] or phone 07710 094447 for more info.

If you want to donate directly to SVP for helping refugees who are facing homelessness & destitution, you can do so via CDP Maidenhead St Josephs Church Ac 00882667 / 30-93-04. Please include your full name and “+SVP” so we can earmark your contribution.

A steering group of religious and other groups are trying to establish three new initiatives under the auspices of the Brett Foundation. One is temporary hosting for refugees through a Gift-a-Room scheme. The second is a temporary Winter homeless shelter for all rough sleepers.The third is a Drop-in Centre to provide basic support for all people living on the streets, such as food and shower facilities. We are asking for any or all of:-

*Offers of a room for a refugee for up to two months – references will be taken for both host and refugee and a mentor provided to help both with any issues

* Volunteers to help with the homeless shelter for all rough sleepers for a variety of tasks, such as cooking, cleaning up, welcoming people and/or occasional overnight stays either once a week or once a month

* Volunteers at the Drop-in Centre for all rough sleepers for tasks such as making teas/coffees and making guests feel welcome either once a week or once a month.

We have created the following material to explain the schemes on The Brett Foundation website: there is a full page devoted to each of the streams, as well as an introductory page with links to each of the streams:

This is a link directly to the Gift-a-Room scheme: 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate call us on 07749 917134

appeal for volunteers. Would you enjoy meeting and helping all kinds of people on Saturday and pay-day Friday nights? Come try a taster session around Maidenhead town centre with a small friendly group. Contact: [email protected] or see


Sunday Missal Early bird offer: 20% off until 31st May. £19.95


Magnificat: This is one of the best publications around for following scripture readings for daily Mass and every Sunday. There are also many interesting articles to help you in your spiritual life. If you would like a copy please get in touch with the Parish Office to arrange. We can leave in the sacristy or post out to you. The Magnificat is only £5 per month. 

Day by Day: Available in the church at all times. Please leave the £1 in the candle box. 

Library: We have a parish library located in the corridor of the Parish Centre. This is dedicated to Theology/Religious books. Please feel free to borrow/swap. 

St Joseph’s Church Repository: is open after 11am every Sunday. We have lots of cards, candles, rosary beads, statues and many more religious gifts on sale. If a Sunday does not suit to visit, then please phone the office on 01628 783988 and we can arrange a time that best suits.

Vacancies: We currently have some exciting opportunities across the Diocese for an Estate Manager, IT Manager, Choral Director, and Parish Administrators. 

All vacancies posted here

Other information and links

Rosary Group via Zoom every Thursday at 2pm (See here for joining instructions) ►

Last session for December will be on Thursday the 14th of December at 2pm 

Rosary will resume on Thursday the 11th January 2024 at 2pm

Missio If you have a Red Box which is ready to be emptied, please bring it in over the coming weeks.  

If you’re away from your church or the Diocese, you can still keep in contact with all the latest news from the Bishop or the Diocese via: E- News  (subscription service available)

Twitter @PortsmouthRC

Facebook @PortsmouthRC @StJoMaidenhead

Are You New To Our Parish?

Thank you for your interest in our parish. Whether you’re just visiting us for a brief time, looking for a new parish home, returning to the practice of your Catholic faith or are interested in finding out more about the Catholic Church, we are happy to answer your questions, listen to your comments and help you in any way that we can. We are a parish of the Diocese of Portsmouth, and are a very vibrant community, made up of ‘old’ Maidenhead families and relative “newcomers” from all walks of life.

We hope that you find our Catholic parish a caring community that is loving, welcoming and supportive of all. Our mission is to grow in the image of Christ through the Holy Spirit, to be formed by the Word and our prayer, to use our gifts to welcome those who are here and reach out to those who are not. We invite you to join us as partners in the mission. Together, let us get to know Christ better and to make Him better known. May God Bless you wherever you are and thank you for exploring our website and newsletter. Please stop by the parish office to introduce yourself! We would love to meet you.

Code: SI: Special Intention, RIP: Rest in Peace, A: Anniversary, FM: Foundation

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