THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)
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Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Dampson
Assistant Priest: Fr Marek Balawender
PRIESTS ON RETREAT From Monday 13th to Thursday 16th March Frs. Marek and Anthony will be going on the annual Lenten retreat of the SMA fathers. Please keep our priests and the SMA Fathers in your prayers. We are grateful to father Pius Amoako, Parish Priest of Saint Ethelbert’s, for generously accepting to say our morning Masses from Tuesday to Thursday.
OFFICE CLOSURE Due to the absence of the priests and a new parish secretary the parish office will be closed until Friday, March 17th.
MASS CHANGES To allow Father Pius enough time to cover Masses for our parish and his, the morning Mass at St Andrews will be held at 9.00am rather than the customary 9.30am. There will also be no morning Mass on Saturday 18th March 2023.
DECEASED Please pray for the repose of the following who have gone before us marked with the sign of Faith: Richard Herbert Bamber, who passed away recently. His Requiem Mass will be held on Monday, March 20th at Our Lady of Peace Church. Richard arrives at the Church at 9.15am, so there will be no morning Mass on that date. Please keep their families in your prayers as they go through this trying time of mourning. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.
ST PATRICK’S DAY We Wish all Parishioners of Irish descent or with ties to Ireland a very merry feast of Saint Patrick ahead. And as the Irish blessing goes: ‘For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way good health, good luck, and happiness for today and every day’.
“Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit!”
FIRST RECONCILIATION SERVICE The First Reconciliation service and First confession for our First Holy Communion candidates will be held on Saturday 18th March at 9.30 am in Our Lady of Peace Church.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY It is with great excitement that after a lengthy hiatus due to the pandemic, the children’s liturgy resumes at Our Lady of Peace this Sunday, March 12, 2023, during the 9:30am Mass. The service will take place in the Sacristy. In the interim we will start with a monthly session and work our way up from there. We encourage parents to let their children participate in this liturgy designed to help them understand and appreciate the faith.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS During Lent, Stations of the Cross will be held on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Stations will be held at Our Lady of Peace after morning Mass on Wednesdays and at 7 p.m. on Fridays. It will also be held after the 9.30am Mass at St Andrews on Thursdays.
LENTEN LUNCHES every Tuesday during lent at St Andrews Cippenham, 12.30pm-2.00pm. Soup and bread will be served during these lunches starting on Tuesday 28th February, till the 4th of April 2023. The two lunches we’ve had so far have gone very well and parishioners that attended seem to enjoy themselves. Big thanks to the soup makers, the soups are varied and delicious. Look forward to seeing you there.
MORNING PRAYER will be said on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9.15am in Our Lady of Peace, and on Thursday at 9.15am in St Andrew’s.
MOTHERS PRAYERS Our meetings take place on Thursday mornings at 10.30am. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray for our children and grandchildren.
MOTHERS PRAYER INTENTION BOOK This is available at the Sacristy for your use. The mothers’ prayer group will pray for the intentions contained therein during their meetings on Thursdays.
FOUND Two door keys on a fob found in the car park and a child’s red knitted glove in Church.
THANKS Thanks are due to Chris Edwards, who has kindly restored the mower and strimmer to mint condition without charge.
SALE OF OLIVE WOOD CARVINGS Good Shepherd Company from the Holy Land (Bethlehem) based in Nottingham will be selling Olive wood arts in our Parish this weekend. This company’s goal is to support and assist Christian families in the Holy Land in remaining employed, as olive wood carvings are one of the most important sources of income for them, as 90% of Christians rely on this sale. Being able to sell these olive wood arts created by Christian families will provide them with a source of income, allowing them to remain in their home country. Without income from the sale of olivewood crafts, these Christians will be forced to leave their country in search of better employment opportunities. A test survey conducted by the bishops of Jerusalem in the area revealed that only 41,000 Christians remain in the area.
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 – 12.00noon. It is open to everyone, please pop in and enjoy tea/coffee and cake!
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).
ST GILBERT’S MISSION PROJECT there are little bottles in the Church porches for any spare change! Please take one home and return when filled up!
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/
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 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. N.B. Parish office will be closed until Friday, March 17th.
Diocese of Northampton
Pastoral Ministry Office Administrator
2 year fixed term contract. 10 hours per week. Start date: To be confirmed.
We are currently recruiting for an administrator to provide communication events and administrative support for the Office for Synodality and the Pastoral Ministry Office on a temporary contract for 2 years. Full information for the position and an application form can be found by visiting https://northamptondiocese.org/job/pastoral-ministry-office-administrator/. All candidates should complete an application form and email it to hr.admin[AT]northamptondiocese.org.
Diocesan Information Manager
3 days per week. Start date: May 2023.
We are currently recruiting for an Information Manager to join our Diocese. Full information for the position and an application form can be found by visiting https://northamptondiocese.org/jobs/. All candidates should complete an application form and email it to hr.admin[AT]northamptondiocese.org. The closing date for applications will be Friday 31st March. Interviews dates to be confirmed.
40 hours per week. Start date: April 2023.
We are currently recruiting for an experienced Fundraising Manager to lead the development and delivery of the diocesan fundraising plan with the principle aim of proactively securing growth of income from charitable trusts, foundations and grant giving bodies. Full information for the position and an application form can be found by visiting https://northamptondiocese.org/job/fundraising-manager/. All candidates should complete an application form and email it to hr.admin[AT]northamptondiocese.org
St Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School, Luton (L18-L24)
St Thomas Catholic Academies Trust are recruiting for a Headteacher at St Martin de Porres Catholic Primary School in Luton. The school is two-form entry and has a proud tradition of delivering excellence in Catholic Education, placing the child’s needs at the centre of their teaching and ensuring that all children leave the school with the skills and spiritual qualities they will need for a happy and successful life.
For further information, please contact Kerri Wiseman at Academicis on kwiseman[AT]academicis.co.uk or 07733 628155/01223 907979; or go to http://www.mynewterm.com/jobs/142264/EDV-2022-SMDPCPS-19513
OLIVE WOOD CARVINGS The Sisters from Bethlehem will be selling their Olive Wood Carvings after all Masses on weekend of 11th – 12th March. Please support their good work.
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.
LENTEN LUNCHES will be held every Tuesday during lent at St. Andrews Cippenham, 12.30pm-2.00pm. Soup and bread will be served during these lunches starting on Tuesday 28th February till the 4th of April 2023.
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. If you are interested in joining the group please contact the Parish Office via email: office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org and a link will be sent to you.
MOTHER’S PRAYERS Our meetings take place on Thursday mornings at 10.30am. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray for our children and grandchildren.
COR ET LUMEN CHRISTI The next Fire and Light at Cor et Lumen Christi is next Wednesday 15th March at the Salesian High School Chertsey, KT16 9LU at 8.00pm. Meet at Our Lady of Peace Church at 7.00pm in order to share lifts.
NATIONAL NOVENA TO ST JOSEPH, 2023 will take place at St Joseph’s Church, Maidenhead, from Saturday, 11th March to Sunday, 19th March. Masses on Saturday 11th and 18th at 10.00am, Sunday 12th and 19th at 11.00am; Monday-Friday, 13th-17th at 7.30pm. Masses from St Joseph’s can be joined online from home via Zoom, please visit the Mill Hill website: http://www.millhillmissionaries.com/novena. You are welcome to request a Novena prayer booklet and/or send in your petitions, email: novenamhm[AT]gmail.com
ST PATRICK’S DANCE : SAVE THE DATE Please come and support our St Patrick’s Dance on 17th March at St Andrew’s Shared Church – tickets £10 (children free under 16) are on sale at all Masses – it will be a great evening of fun for all with music by our resident DJ Steve Barker, Irish Bingo and a Raffle. We would be extremely grateful for any donations of raffle prizes, there will be a box at both Churches clearly marked for any donations.
ROSARY EVENING IN MARCH You are invited to join in a beautiful, peaceful evening of rosary, litany, reading and music on Wednesday, 29th March, 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.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE PARISH WEBSITE OR WEEKLY NEWSLETTER can be sent to the Parish Office. Items on paper and print are also accepted and can be given to 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 the Parish office on 01628 605764. Please obtain the permission of the Parishioner to provide their address.
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
March 11th – March 19th
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
March 11th – March 19th
|Saturday 11th March | THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT|
Mass Readings (Year A)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Jim MacLean Int. (Gatt)
|Sunday 12th March | THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT|
Mass Readings (Year A)
9.00am Our Lady of Peace LS – Ted Love RIP (Galea), Raymond Neeling RIP (Deignan)
11.30am St Andrews – Ellen & Grinton Sepala RIP (Sepala)
|Monday 13th March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Natale Fuscaldo RIP (Fuscaldo); Softening of Anita’s Heart (Rosary Group); David Whitehouse RIP (Whitehouse); Pat Ryan, RIP (Mrs. Ryan)
|Tuesday 14th March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Mary Hamed’s intentions (Rosary Group); Fr. Andy’s intentions (Mary McCarthy)
|Wednesday 15th March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Arthur Calderwood’s family intentions (B. Vaughan)
Stations of the Cross after Mass.
|Thursday 16th March|
9.00am St Andrew’s – Aunty Nellie O’Shea RIP (Linda Knowles); Nuala Byron RIP (Bernadette Oates); Fr. Andy’s Int. (Denise)
Stations of the Cross after Mass.
|Friday 17th March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Kathleen Galea (RIP) (Tony Galea); Bishop Marion de Bresillac & SMA Fathers (Rosary Group)
7.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Stations of the Cross
|Saturday 18th March|
N.B. No 9.30am Mass today
9.30 Our Lady of Peace – First Reconciliation Service
|Saturday 19th March | FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)|
Mass Readings (Year A)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace
|Sunday 19th March | FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)|
Mass Readings (Year A)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace
11.30am St Andrews
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