Newsletter 417 1st June 2024


Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ – Corpus Christi, Year B



The feast today highlights the central place of the Eucharist in Christian life. It is unique to our Christian faith that God becomes present in a real way in ordinary bread and wine – food for the journey of life in the bread, energy and joy for the journey of life in the wine. Bread and wine were very much part of the ordinary food of the people of his time, and of the religious life. People would remember the bread in the desert and the wine of the coming of the Lord.

Each time we come to Mass, we recall in a real way the death and resurrection of the Lord. We take part in it, within our place and time. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross and his resurrection is ‘redone’ among us.
It is a place and time of grace.

This Eucharist is not to commemorate something that happened many years ago. It is our faith and commitment to Christ in his people. All of us are tabernacles of the Lord, and our call is to allow God into our lives, and let God out of our lives. It is sometimes easier to believe in the presence of the Lord in the tabernacle (in the church) than among each other.

Recall moments when receiving communion gave you strength in your life.

‘Lord, I believe in your presence in the Eucharist.

Strengthen my belief’

1st Reading:  Exodus 24:3-8 Moses made an agreement with God on behalf of the people and sealed this covenant in blood.

Ps 115 R/ The cup of salvation I will raise; I will call on the Lord’s name

2nd Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15 The new covenant we celebrate was sealed in the blood of Christ.

Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the living bread which has come down from heaven, says the Lord. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever. Alleluia!

GospelMark 14:12-16, 22-26 It was at the Last Supper that Jesus gave his body and blood as a parting gift to his followers.

Confirmation: Congratulations to our newly Confirmed. The love of God has been poured into your hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to you (Romans 5:5).


Dear newly Confirmed, as Jesus sent 72 disciples today in the Gospel, He sends you and all of us into the world – to make it a better place. The Holy Spirit will Give is the strength, love and courage that we need.

Many thanks to Andrew and Eric (Catechism Coordinators) and to our amazing team of catechists who gave so much of their time, their experience, and their Faith, to our 55 Candidates. Thank you, too, to all who made the celebration at St. Edmund Campion church a lovely one for our community of St. Joseph’s and St. Edmund Campion. May the good Lord bless each and every one of us


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 can 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.  (Sept-Nov 2024).  RCIA  (Jan – April 2025). Talk to one of our priests.

Babies to Teens

  • 4 Jun 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.
  • Fridays 8.45-10:45am Baby & Toddler Group in St Edmund Parish Centre (term time only)
  • 11- 18 yr olds: Youth St Vincent de Paul (YSVP) group is launching in Sept 2024.; Register/info Hilda 07749 917134.
  • 9 Jun 9.30am FHC Our children who received the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist are invited to the final session and party.  We once again congratulate them on this great year in their faith lives.

Events in Church

  • 6 Jun 2pm Rosary + 6pm Journeying together through Holy Scripture
  • 7 Jun 10am Healing Mass followed by a short awareness talk sponsored by Heritage Healthcare
  • 9 Jun 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
  • 11 Jun 10.30am (after Mass) Talk by Fr Kevin MHM: We must fan the flame of hope that has been given us, and help everyone to gain new strength and certainty by looking to the future with an open spirit, a trusting heart and far-sighted vision. Letter of Pope Francis for the Jubilee 2025
  • 16 Jun Filipino Mass All are welcome!
    16 Jun Bake Sale by SVP M’head. St Edmund Campion Parish Centre, after 9.30 & 11.15 Masses. All baked goods contribution greatly appreciated! Get cake for Father’s day! Proceeds will go to SVP M’head
  • 22 Jun 10am Tabletop sale £10 a table. Book a table by emailing: [email protected] More info here:!
  • 30 Jun 12-3pm Celebrating 60 years of St Edmund Pri School + St Edmund Campion Parish Fun Day. 11am Feast of Ss Peter & Paul Mass on the field. Activities, games, Raffle, BBQ, Bar, Bouncy Castles & Tombola.
  • 14 Jul St Joseph’s Church 140th Anniversary. Tickets on sale @£1 for Grand draw. From Office/ Vision Group!
  • 23-30 Aug Lourdes Pilgrimage Contact Fr Tom: 07908213034 to find out more
  • 23 Sep 7.30pm SVP Musical evening.  Musicians (instrumentalists /singers) from M’head parishes who want to perform, please get in touch with Peter on 07976 625 813. Tickets @ £8/person will be available from July. Soft drinks and snacks will be available to buy (cash only). BYO wine, beer and glasses.
  • Weekly Badminton (Mondays 7.30pm) & Taichi (Weds 5pm) in Hall. All levels welcome! Contact Peter 075477 42578 if attending for first time.

Church Noticeboard

  • Bishop’s pastoral letter video:
  • Needed: Volunteers for Sun 8am Hospitality tidy (contact Office)
  • SVP needs: new packs of underwear, socks and (M size) adult summer clothes for asylum seekers. Please drop donations at the Sacred Heart altar. To host refugees contact 07749 917134
  • CONGRATULATIONS! The Talents initiative raised over £2,800, with £500 seed money to be returned to MHM. It was the final push towards our £16,000 target. This means … the river boat ambulance can now be paid for! Fr Philip MHM, will have a huge smile next time we see him! Well done to all the Talent-filled parishioners and friends and supporters of St Joseph’s. Thank you to EVERYONE who has donated money, time and prayer since Lent until now!

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

We have a TWO 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!

Walks and Talks

  • 6 Jun 7.30-9pm Life in the Spirit’ course via Zoom. 7 sessions + St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on 29 Jun 9.30am-1pm. Tea and coffee provided afterwards, bring packed lunch. Register:
  • 8 Jun Pilgrimage to Walsingham Optional Holy Mile Walk at 3pm from Slipper Chapel. Tickets for coach at £30 each, leaving 6:45am from Our Lady of Peace (Slough), and 7:00 AM from St. Ethelbert’s . To book: Edward 07802 753575 / Natty 07397 149269 / Martha 07789 443517
  • 15 Jun 8.30am Catholic Miracle Rally with Miracle Healing Service at 7pm. Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ. See
  • 23 Jun 11.15am Pilgrimage Mass at Lyford Grange Bus leaves St Edmund church,  stopping for carvery lunch and then Mass in Lyford Barn. Returning Maidenhead 7.00pm. £25 (coach + lunch), children free on coach. Queries & coach bookings contact  John (tel 07931-292934 or 01628-636668)

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.

There are new arrivals at the local asylum seeker hotel and we need  the following: new packs of underwear, socks, summer clothes in medium size for women and men. If you can help please drop any donations to Sacred Heart altar in church. We are also always looking for hosts for homeless refugees. If you would like to talk about what might be involved in hosting please contact us on 07749 917134.

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


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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