SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR (YEAR A)
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Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Dampson
Assistant Priest: Fr Marek Balawender
PEACE SUNDAY 15th January 2023. The Holy Father’s 2023 Message for World Peace Day is: “No one can be saved alone. Combatting Covid-19 together, embarking together on paths of peace”. Further resources are available from paxchristi.org.uk/peace-sunday-2023
DECEASED Please pray for Mafalda Calvarese RIP, who died on New Year’s Day, her Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday, 24th January at 12.45pm, followed by burial at Slough Cemetery. Also please pray for Clifford Johnson RIP who died recently, no details are available currently of the Funeral arrangements. May their souls and souls of the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.
CONGRATULATIONS to Evelyn Elizabeth Coulson who was Baptised on Saturday, 7th January. Please pray for Evelyn, her parents, Grandparents and Godparents.
ECUMENICAL PRAYER WHEEL 2023 In the spirit of Ecumenism, Churches Together in Burnham is inviting local Christian denominations to pray for a specific Church each month. This month, January 2023, at Our Lady of Peace and St Andrew’s, we pray for the community at St Peter’s Church, Burnham, asking the Lord to bless them and all they do.
WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY WEEK The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is between 18th and 25th January. Please include the following prayer in your prayers each day during the week. Thank you.
‘Holy Spirit, come and live in us and renew in us a longing for the unity of all Christians so that we become more aware of the bonds that unite us. May all who have been baptised unite to bear witness together to our life and hope in you’.
OFFERTORY The collection for the Christmas Offering amounted to £2,443.25. For 1st January amounted to £896.46. and for 8th January amounted to £779.39. These amounts do not include the Offertory giving through the Donation plate and Standing Orders. The amount for the Donation plate will be advised as soon as possible. We are very grateful for your continued support.
THANK YOU for the donation of £67.31. from the ‘Tea and Coffee’ team, many thanks to all who support them each week.
TEA AND COFFEE refreshments are available each Sunday after the 9.30am Mass.
COFFEE SHOP is held at St Andrew’s every Saturday morning from 10.00am – 12.00non. It is open to everyone, please pop in and enjoy tea/coffee and cake!
SKILLS NEEDED Can anyone help with servicing the St Andrew’s Church lawnmower and strimmer, before the next grass cutting season, in order to save money? Please contact Danny on 07791 354806 or via email dannyshaw[AT]sky.com
COMBINED EFFORTS FOR CHRISTMAS CHEER Christmas presented us with two opportunities to combine our efforts with the Giving Tree Initiative (first started in 2021) and the Senior Citizen’s Christmas Tea Party (2022). Two Giving Trees – in Our Lady of Peace and St Andrew’s – provided gifts for Burnham Care & Share and Ukraine families. Thanks to the generosity of this Parish, donations under both trees exceeded all our expectations. A letter of thanks from the Burnham Health Promotion Trust can be seen at the back of both Churches.
The Senior Citizen’s Christmas Tea Party was attended by more than 50 guests. We enjoyed an afternoon of culinary delights with Christmas presents for all and a very lively Christmas Carol sing- along with the choir. Both initiatives were as a result of multiple groups coming together to organise, prepare and facilitate on the day – namely St Vincent de Paul Society, Catholic Women’s League, members from the Parish Council and the Our Lady of Peace Choir. We can be very proud of our Parish, blessed with so many people who are willing to go above and beyond for the sake of our parishioners and for the glory of God.
RETROUVAILLE A Programme for Couples Struggling in their Marriages Help Your Marriage – Do you feel alone? Are you frustrated or angry with each other? Do you argue … or have you just stopped talking to each other? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille is a programme to support couples who have difficulties in their marriage. It brings a positive focus, new hope and helps nourish and grow your marriage. Tens of thousands of couples headed for divorce have successfully saved their marriages by attending and using the tools provided. The programme helps spouses uncover or re-awaken the love, trust and commitment that originally brought them together. It helps them through difficult times whether they are disillusioned or in deep misery. There is no group therapy or group work. For confidential information about ‘Retrouvaille’ or to register for the next programme commencing with a Face to Face weekend in Welwyn Garden City on 24 – 26 February 2023, or a Virtual weekend on 6 – 9 July 2023, call or text 07887 296983 or 07973 380443 or email retrouvailleukinfo[AT]gmail.com – or visit www.retrouvaille.org.uk
OUR PARISH LIST OF THE SICK There is a book where you can enter the name of the person to be prayed for. In line with Data Protection legislation please obtain the consent of the person before entering their name in the book. This book will be placed on the altar during each Mass in Our Lady of Peace Church.
MASS INTENTIONS If you wish to book a Mass Intention please place the intention in an envelope, write the name of the person(s) who the Mass is for, whether Deceased or Intention, also the name of the person who is offering the Mass. This will avoid any disappointment on the Mass intentions not being offered on the requested date(s).
CONFIRMING OUR PARISH NAME In discussion with Bishop David recently, it has been decided to firm up the name of our combined Parish by combining the two names together in a new logo. Going forward we are ‘Our Lady of Peace and St Andrew’s’. The Bishop is happy with this slight amendment as it helps in some way for people to understand that we are truly one Parish and not two separate entities. You will see the new logo appearing across the Parish in future.
Our Lady of Peace Parish Council Chair: ppcc.olop[AT]northamptondiocese.org
Our Lady of Peace Safeguarding Representative: safeguarding.olop[AT]northamptondiocese.org
Our Lady of Peace Head of Finance: financechair.olop[AT]northamptondiocese.org
PARISH SAFEGUARDING REPRESENTATIVE Máirín Comfort is our Parish Safeguarding Representative. The role of the Parish Safeguarding Officer is to provide support, advice and information on all matters concerning the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults in the parish. If you have any queries, please contact Máirín via the Parish office or email safeguarding.olop[AT]northamptondiocese.org. Please check your DBS’s are up to date.
GOING INTO HOSPITAL? If you wish to receive the Sacrament of Holy Communion and Anointing of the Sick before going into Hospital please let us know. A visit can be arranged from Fr Anthony or Fr Marek.
PARISH OFFICE Yvonne, as Parish Secretary, will be working in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9.00am to 2.00pm, email office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org or you can telephone the Parish office on 01628 605764 and leave a message, or contact Fr Anthony on 07853 106000, email franthony.dampson[AT]northamptondiocese.org.
SLOUGH FOODBANK are appealing for more donations, the cost of living crisis has resulted in fewer donations and more clients and they are having to use their funds to buy food themselves to meet the current demand. The following link will take you to a list of items which they need. https://slough.foodbank.org.uk/give-help-2/foodbank-wishlist/
ST GILBERT’S MISSION PROJECT still continue raising funds. Small plastic bottles are available in the Church porches for any loose change you would like to donate to the St Gilbert’s Mission Project. Please return full bottles to Our Lady of Peace.
ST JOSEPH’S CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
Shaggy Calf Lane, Slough, SL2 5HW. st-josephs.slough.sch.uk
LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT required as soon as possible. 39.5 hours per week, term time + 5 days insets/holidays 8.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday (4.00pm on Friday). STCAT L2 point 4 £20,309 actual salary. An application pack can be downloaded from the school website, 01753 524713. e-mail: o.mcateer[AT]st-josephs.slough.sch.uk
VISUAL IMPAIRMENT LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT 39.5 hours per week, term time + 5 days insets/holidays, 8.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Thursday (4.00pm on Friday). STCAT Point 6 to 15 (Actual £21,022 to £24,600) depending on experience and qualifications. An application pack can be downloaded from the school website, 01753 524713. e-mail: o.mcateer[AT]st-josephs.slough.sch.uk
ROSARY GROUP The Rosary Group recite the Rosary after 9.30am Mass each morning in Our Lady of Peace Church. Please join them if you can.
SHEKHINAH PRAYER GROUP meet online weekly on Wednesdays from 7.00pm to 8.30pm via Zoom. Catholic teachings on different topics and Lectio Divina (Praying the Scriptures) are handled on alternative weeks. The subject for Wednesday 18th January will be Lectio Divina the Speaker will be Maria Corcoran. If you are interested in joining the group please contact Yvonne via email: office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org and a link will be sent to you.
YOUTH GROUP The next session will be on Sunday, 22nd January after 9.30am Mass for 11+ years old. We will be preparing for our next Youth Mass. Please email your attendance to: olpyouth22[AT]gmail.com
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL will meet on Monday, 23rd January at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s. If you have any items you wish to be raised at the meeting, please let Yvonne know, email office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org
23RD FEBRUARY – 2ND MARCH LIGHT UP LENT! Online Week of Accompanied Prayer. Give yourself the gift of time with God this Lent by taking part in our Online Week of Accompanied Prayer. Encounter Jesus in a new way through the Scriptures and see your prayer life come to life. Introductory webinar 23rd January, 7.30pm-8.30pm. Visit: https://week_of_accompanied_prayer.eventbrite.co.uk
ROSARY EVENING IN JANUARY You are invited to join in a beautiful, peaceful evening of rosary, litany, reading and music on Wednesday, 25th January, at 7.30pm, at St. Augustine’s, Amersham Hill, High Wycombe, HP13 6NZ. Come and find peace away from the busyness of life. Bring your family and friends. Everyone is welcome and there is plenty of parking.
RESIDENTIAL FOR ALL IN YEAR 7-YEAR 13 NYMO are once again running our annual LUX weekend from 3rd -5th February. The weekend is packed full of fun activities, moving times of prayer and inspirational talks. Come and join around 100 other young people from all parts of the diocese for an unforgettable weekend! For more information and to book a place check out our website: www.nymo.org/lux
FLAME is a national event on 4th March 2023 at Wembley Arena. It’s aimed at those aged 13 -25 and we are taking two coaches down from the diocese with various pick-up points. It is always a great day to celebrate as part of the wider Church and we have managed to secure costs for a ticket, t-shirt and travel for £49. Booking details can be found on our website and further details including previous videos of the event can be found www.cymfed.org.uk/flame. Details for these and all other events can be found on our website www.nymo.org.
SAVE THE DATE Friday, 17th March for St Patrick’s Dance in St Andrew’s! Further details to follow.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE PARISH WEBSITE OR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER can be sent to Yvonne. Items on paper and print are also accepted and can be given to Yvonne, Fr Anthony, or delivered to the Presbytery.
A PARISHIONER HAS VERY KINDLY OFFERED TO PRINT AND DELIVER COPIES OF OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN to those unable to attend Mass each week, this would only be posted through the letterbox. If you know of anyone who would like a copy delivered, please contact Yvonne via email or contact the Parish office on 01628 605764. Please obtain the permission of the Parishioner to provide their address to Yvonne.
MASS BOOKINGS Kindly drop off your intentions at the Presbytery, place it in the donation box in the Church or give it to Fr Anthony. You can still make a request for Masses by email and telephone.
PARISH ONLINE PRAYER SERVICE A dedicated email has been set up for you to send prayer requests. The email address is: prayerministry.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org Meanwhile, let us continue to support and pray for one another in the parish.
FINANCES We are extremely grateful, not only for your financial support, but also to the volunteers who help in so many ways for the Church to remain open for Masses.
Your valued ongoing support to the Parish can be made through the following options:
- Donating by phone: ‘Giving Tuesday’ – Telephone Donation In addition to the online donation facilities currently available, the Diocese has begun a ‘Giving Tuesday’. Each Tuesday between 10:00am and 4:00pm, you can call this number, 01604 712065, and donate to your parish.
- Online Donation We are now using a new provider ‘Invest My Community’ who work with other Catholic Diocese, schools and charities. You can access our online giving page via the donate button on our Diocesan Website or by using the following link https://northamptondiocese.org/donate/ If you would like to use this facility to make your regular, one off donations please ensure you indicate this along with the name of your parish, and any other message detail in the ‘Public Message’ box. Please note this information is not made visible to the public.
- Standing Order via donor’s own bank: You can set up a standing order for donations to your parish using either your online bank account or in branch. You can also make a one-off payment to the parish. The information required to make the donation is as follows:
Sort Code; 60-06-11.
Account Name; 46716203. Account Name; RCDN Our Lady of Peace.
Payment Ref: Our Lady of Peace, Slough.
- Standing Order using the form: https://northamptondiocese.org/wp-content/uploads/GAD-general-June-18-v2-revision.pdf You can complete the standing order form for donations to your parish with the option to Gift Aid. Please indicate on this form if you are not a tax payer but would like to set up a standing order only. There are two sides/sheets to this form, it should be printed, completed, signed and returned to our Parish office, we will then forward to central offices at Bishop’s House for processing at a later date. Please remember to state which parish this standing is for i.e. ‘For the benefit of Our Lady of Peace, Slough Parish’ section at the top of the form. Banks will require 7 working days from receipt of these forms to activate the request so please ensure the start date reflects this 7 day period to ensure the S.O. can take effect.
- There is also a donation box in Our Lady of Peace for Mass intentions, offertory, donations, etc.
- Contactless Donations 💳 We have installed ‘Digital Collection Plate’ contactless terminals in the Churches, allowing you to donate using a contactless debit/credit card, NFC smartphone or watch. Simply enter the amount you wish to donate and hold your card (or NFC device) to the reader. You can also opt-in for Gift Aid to increase your donation by 25%. If you are a UK taxpayer then donating with Gift Aid means that we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 received.
- Parish Donations Portal 💳 After a successful trial of the physical digital collection plate in our Churches, we are pleased to announce that a web portal is now available as a queue-free alternative. Either use the link (Gift Aid giving is available using one-time registration): https://portal.mydona.com/assets/webPay/index.php?cid=419 or with your QR code reader mobile app, scan the code in the printed newsletter, click on the link to mydona.com, and it will give you the same options available on the Digital Plate in Church. Also look out for the DONATE HERE sign with QR Code in the Church. Thank you.
N.B. To access this service, select links titled: Parish Donations Portal.
Thank you for any help you are able to give and God bless.
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Masses & Intentions
January 14th – January 22nd
Sunday Readings: Year A.
Weekday Readings: Cycle I.
Universalis – Daily Mass Readings (updates automatically).
Live streaming of Sunday Mass at Our Lady of Peace can be found on
Facebook: ourladyofpeacecatholicchurchburnham and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCegtpwudlmz48G-m3gPNy4Q
January 14th – January 22nd
|Saturday 14th January|
10.00am Our Lady of Peace – Fr Chris McGuinness Intentions (SVP)
|Saturday 14th January | SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR|
Mass Readings (Year A)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Angela O’Donnell RIP (Anniv) RIP (O’Donnell)
|Sunday 15th January | SECOND SUNDAY OF THE YEAR|
Mass Readings (Year A)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS – Harper Family Intenions (O’Donnell); Mabel Dias RIP (Lobo)
11.30am St Andrew’s – Adriana Pena Family Intentions (Rosary Group); People of the Parish
|Monday 16th January|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Mohammed Hamed Intentions (Hamed); Lizzie Tish Warner family Int (Rosary Group);
|Tuesday 17th January | ST ANTHONY, Abbot|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Khalid, Margherita, Valentino & Martina Hamed Intentions (Hamed);
|Wednesday 18th January|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Karen Cronin RIP (Sugrue); John Lawlor RIP (Birthday Rembrance) (Goldberg)
|Thursday 19th January|
9.30am St Andrew’s – May McGrath & St Joseph’s School Int. (Gatt); Gerard & Anthony Potter RIP (Potter)
|Friday 20th January|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Forgotten Souls of the homeless and rough sleepers (Rosary Group)
|Saturday 21st January | ST AGNES, Virgin and Martyr|
10.00am Our Lady of Peace – Kathleen Whelan RIP (Flynn)
|Saturday 21st January | THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR|
Mass Readings (Year A)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Ray & Hughie Shiels RIP (Shiels); Estrocio Coutinho RIP (Almeida)
|Sunday 22nd January | THIRD SUNDAY OF THE YEAR|
Mass Readings (Year A)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS – Everard Family Intentions (O’Donnell); Angelo Philip Dias (Dias-Mascarenhas) ; George & Regina Carvalho RIP (Carvalho)
11.30am St Andrew’s – Melanie Morley RIP (Karunaratna family & Sepala); People of the Parish
LS = Mass livestreamed on Facebook and Youtube.
Liturgy Office resources:
Calendar notes for 2023 (PDF)
Our Lady of Peace Church – Lower Britwell Road, Burnham | SL2 2NL
St Andrew’s – Elmshott La/Washington Drive, Cippenham, Berks | SL1 5RE