FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)
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Parish Priest: Fr Anthony Dampson
Assistant Priest: Fr Marek Balawender
OUR NEW PARISH SECRETARY We are delighted to welcome Venecia Godinho as our new Parish secretary. Venecia’s first day at work was March 21st 2023. She has conveyed her delight at being here. Ready for a new adventure in this “New place, new community I expect to be able to help, advise, and meet new people. I’m thrilled to be a member of the Church. Thank you.”
EASTER DUTY The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches in paragraph 1389: “The Church obliges the faithful to take part in the Divine Liturgy on Sundays and Feast days and, prepared by the sacrament of Reconciliation, to receive the Eucharist at least once a year, if possible during the Easter season. But the Church strongly encourages the faithful to receive the holy Eucharist on Sundays and feast days, or more often still, even daily.”
In our Parish there will be opportunities for Easter Confessions at Our Lady of Peace on Tuesday, 28th March from 7.00pm to 9.00pm and in St Andrew’s on Thursday 30th March after morning Mass.
DECEASED Please pray for the repose of the following who have gone before us marked with the sign of Faith:
Peg Vint RIP – Her Funeral mass will take place on Thursday 30th March at 11.00am in Our Lady of Peace, Burnham. SL2 2NL. Her family is inviting everyone who knew her and loved her to join the in her Wake from 1.45 pm at Norden Farm, Maidenhead, SL6 4PF. Please can you RSVP on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LP9CDJ6, so we know who will be coming. The family is also asking everyone who attends to wear ‘’a splash of red’ as it was mum’s favourite colour and she always wore it for special occasions. We are supporting Childline in her memory so please donate on the link below if you wish to: http://www.justgiving.com/Shivcronin?utm_id=124.
Please keep her family in your prayers as they go through this trying time of mourning. May her souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace, Amen.
OFFERTORY The collection for 19th March amounted to £684.05. The DONA plate offerings amounted to £90 this weekend. The amount for standing orders will be advised as soon as possible. We are very grateful for your continued support.
RETIRING COLLECTION This weekend is for the Easter Flowers.
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.
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, March 2023, at Our Lady of Peace and St Andrew’s Parish, we pray for the Anglican community at St Andrew’s Cippenham, asking the Lord to bless them and all they do.
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 four lunches we’ve had so far have gone very well and parishioners that attended seem to enjoy themselves. Look forward to seeing you there.
SALE OF OLIVE WOOD CARVINGS Good Shepherd Company from the Holy Land (Bethlehem) based in Nottingham had visited Parish on 11/12 March. This company managed to raised £ 900 from the Olive wood sale. Thank you everyone for all the support.
ST PATRICK’S NIGHT We had a really great celebration on St Patrick’s night last Friday. Thanks to all the parishioners who came and made it such a success. Thanks also to the many helpers but especially to Danny and Karen for all their hard work and for arranging for the wonderful Irish dancers to entertain us. We have made over £1,700 for the Shared Church Trust and Our Lady of Peace.
MOTHERS PRAYERS Our meetings take place on Thursday mornings at 10.30am. This is a wonderful opportunity to pray for our children and grandchildren. N.B. Mothers Prayers will not be held on Thursday of Holy week, 6th April and Thursday 13th April. Meetings will resume on Thursday 20th April.
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.
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!
THE HEALING GARDEN at the Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate and St Thomas, Northampton Our ‘Healing Garden’ is a place of sanctuary for everyone and was created to provide an accessible place for peoples’ healing. https://northamptondiocese.org/healing-garden/
HELPING HAND Struggling with food, fuel, bills and finances? If you or your family are in need of support, on low income or experiencing a financial emergency or crisis, find out what help is available by contacting http://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/helping-hands or via phone on 01296531151. Their phone lines are open Monday to Thursday (9.00am-5.30pm) and on Fridays (9.00am-5.00pm).
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.
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. The closing date for applications will be Friday 31st March. Interviews dates to be confirmed.
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 The closing date for applications will be Friday 31st March. Interviews dates to be confirmed.
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 Meets weekly on Wednesdays from 7.00pm to 8.30pm via Zoom. They hold Catholic teachings on different topics and Lectio Divina (Praying the Scriptures), are handled on alterative weeks, the subject for Wednesday 29th March will be “The Gift of forgiveness” will be, the Speaker will be Mrs. Philomena Nortey. The Prayer Meeting will start with Stations of The Cross at 7.00pm). If you are interested in joining the group please contact Deacon Michael on 07886923622 / osseiwilliams[AT]btopenworld.com : or email the parish office office.ourladyofpeace[AT]northamptondiocese.org and a link will be sent to you.
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.
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. N.B. Mothers Prayers will not be held on Thursday of Holy week, 6th April and Thursday 13th April. Meetings will resume on Thursday 20th April.
LENTEN TAIZE EVENING Date: 31 March 2023 Start time: 7:30pm Location: Our Lady of Peace In preparation for the Passion Week and Easter Triduum, all parishioners, families and friends are invited to a Taize Evening. This will be a beautiful evening of worship with gentle and uplifting Taize music and reflection. A time of peace through scripture, contemplative meditation, silence, and prayer. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
ONLINE GUIDED PRAYER Let’s join together for a week of Online Guided Prayer for all who have been affected by Clerical Abuse in the Catholic Church. Thursday 11th May to Wednesday 17th May. Join us in this safe space for free, one to one confidential sessions of Guided Prayer with your fully trained personal Prayer Guide. Find out more and book your place: journeytogetherij[AT]gmail.com
|11th May||Welcome Session||7.30 – 8.30pm|
|12th May||Individual Prayer Guide||30 Minute Session|
|13th May||Individual Prayer Guide||30 Minute Session|
|14th May||Sunday||No Session|
|15th May||Individual Prayer Guide||30 Minute Session|
|16th May||Individual Prayer Guide||30 Minute Session|
|17th May||Final Meeting||All together to reflect and pray|
KNOCK SHRINE PILGRIMAGE Escorted Pilgrimage to Dublin, The South East and Knock Shrine, Ireland, 04th June 2023. £949.00 per person sharing. Price includes flight, all transfers, 6 nights Hotel with Full Board. All entertainment & excursions. Visiting Dublin, Glendalough, Kilkenny, National Stud, Japanese Gardens, Carlow Cathedral, St Brigid’s Town of Kildare, Clonmacnoise, Knock Shrine. Single supplement extra. Contact Patricia on 01268 762 278 or 07740 175557 or email knockpilgrimages[AT]gmail.com.
NYMO SUMMER CAMP AT ALTON CASTLE Each year NYMO joins the Kenelm Youth Trust as they run the UK’s only Lifeteen Summer Camp at Alton Castle. This year’s camp will take place during the 13th-17th August 2023. Total cost for camp is £295 for a dorm and £225 for camping. This covers all food, activities, a full day in Alton Towers and a half day outing to another activity centre. The camp seeks to support and encourage our young people in their parish communities. Program includes Daily Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Morning and Evening Prayer sitting comfortably with activities such as archery, abseiling and bubble football. To book, go to: https://nymo.org/summercamp. For event enquiries, email info[AT]nymo.org or phone 01582 720 627.
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 25th – April 2nd
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 25th – April 2nd
|Saturday 25th March | FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)|
Mass Readings (Year A)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace
|Sunday 26th March | FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT (YEAR A)|
Mass Readings (Year A)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS – Nellie O’dhea Aunty RIP (Gered & Richie); Richard Bamber Intentions (Mads Bowron); Niquela Intentions (Sannely Cardoso)
11.30am St Andrews – Zosia Skros Intentions (Skros Fly); Adriana Pena Fly Intentions (Rosary Group); Clinton D’costa (Birthday) (Sannely); Eljie Reyes Thanksgiving (Eljie); Myaria Miquela Ferrao (Months Mind)
|Monday 27th March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Lily Carvalho RIP (20th Anniversary)(Merlyn Goudie)
|Tuesday 28h March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Forgotten Souls of Migrants (Rosary Group); Yvonne Intentions (Rosary Group)
|Wednesday 29th March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Liz Bamber’s Intentions (Rosary Group); Julie Martin (Anna Goldberg)
Stations of the Cross after Mass
|Thursday 30th March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Richard Bamber RIP (Rosary Group); Stations of the Cross Forgotten Soul’s of Migrants (R.Group); Roland Nkabinde RIP, 1st Anniv. (B.N.Mcgarry)
Stations of the Cross after Mass.
|Friday 31st March|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Babatunde Adesilu RIP (Agbaje)
7.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Stations of the Cross
7.30pm Our Lady of Peace – Lenten Taize Evening
|Saturday 1st April|
9.30am Our Lady of Peace – Malfrada Calvarese RIP (Family)
|Saturday 1st April | HOLY PALM SUNDAY|
Mass Readings (Year A)
6.00pm Our Lady of Peace – Dr. Michael Gompertz RIP (Christina); Nellie Lanagan RIP (Nolloy)
|Sunday 2nd April | HOLY PALM SUNDAY|
Mass Readings (Year A)
9.30am Our Lady of Peace LS
11.30 am St Andrew’s
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