WELCOME TO THE CATHOLIC PARISH IN WINDSOR
I hope that this website might extend a welcome and assurance that here is a place that you will be given a dignity and a hospitality. Perhaps you are looking for a time of Mass or the possibility of booking a baptism or a wedding. You may be new to the area and thinking of joining this community of faith. Whatever the reason I hope and pray that your needs are met and that we will be able to help you in your search.
Canon David Hopgood
WORK ON THE PARISH CENTRE
The refurbishment on the Parish Centre started on Monday 7th January. Access to the RE Centre will not be possible from this date. The car park behind the Church will be open as usual.
THOUGHT OF THE WEEK
We are at the beginning of Holy Week. Here we are going up to Jerusalem, with the Church throughout the world. We want to meet Christ this week, Christ crucified and risen. We want to open ourselves to the power of his cross and resurrection. We want Christ to become more real for us – and he will – the Liturgy works!
Jesus began this week on the back of a donkey. Why a donkey? If Jesus had ridden a horse, it would have been a sign of war and pride. But donkeys were for work, and Jesus is the Prince of Peace – he was about working for this peace. Jesus is about letting his enemies get the better of him and finally have him crucified. Here is Jesus, from a human point of view, about to make ‘an ass of himself’. Well that’s what the disciples thought! There is ancient anti-Christian graffiti from the Roman world that shows Jesus on the cross – with the head of a donkey! Well the church has ‘made an ass‘ of herself of late – but Christ still rides her, and we are donkeys too, and he rides us. So let’s be donkeys. Let’s be stubborn (as donkeys are) for him. Christ is always entering Jerusalem, always coming to die and rise. Each of us can be his donkey. The Greek word for donkey comes from the word ‘to be useful’. What these animals have done superbly for years is to carry heavy loads and burdens. So let us enter this week, stubbornly, day after day, carry on our backs the blessed weight of Christ. We are carrying the one who wins and who will ride us through the gates of death into the heavenly Jerusalem.
Let’s make this week Holy and try to be a part of the great liturgies on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.
Canon David Hopgood
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES 2019
Saturday 13th April 18.00 Mass St Edward’s
Palm Sunday 14th 09.30 Mass St Mark’s
11.00 Mass St Edward’s
Monday 15th April 10.00 Mass St Edward’s
Wednesday 17th April 10.00 Mass St Edward’s
Holy Thursday 18th April
Mass of the Last Supper 19.30 St Edward’s
Watching at Altar of Repose 21.00 – 23.00 St Edward’s
Good Friday 19th April
Children’s Good Friday Service 10.30 St Edward’s
Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday 15.00 St Edward’s
Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday 15.00 St Mark’s
Holy Saturday 20th April
Easter Vigil 20.00 St Edward’s
Easter Day 21st April 09.30 Mass St Mark’s
11.00 Mass St Edward’s
Stations of the Cross
Will take place at St Mark’s after the 10am Mass on Thursdays during Lent, starting on 7th March.
Stations of the Cross + Benediction
On Sundays at St Edward’s there will be Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 3pm, starting on 10th March.
Growing in Love-through Lent- with Julian of Norwich
You may be interested in a discussion group during Lent, of no more than 8 people, with a free booklet as starting- points. Meeting for 5 sessions of perhaps 1½ hours on Wednesday or Thursdays at 145 Maidenhead Road. Please contact Tom Hinds on 01753 858123 if you want to explore details and to agree day and time/s to meet.
Lent Group 2019
A six-week course based on Pope Francis’ The Joy of the Gospel will run from 2.30pm to 4.00pm, starting on Tuesday 12th March to 16th April (Tuesday of Holy Week) at 27 Mills Spur, Old Windsor, SL4 2ND followed by refreshments – everyone welcome. For more information and to book your place, please contact Hazel Cooper, email@example.com 01753 867752
Good Friday – Volunteers
Please can we have some volunteer young/teen readers who would like to help on delivering this year’s Good Friday young Parishioners morning service! Also we will need some parents to volunteer to help run this and organise the refreshments. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember – involve me and I learn! Get involved. Please contact Mandy McGovern on 07864547709 for more information.
RECENTLY UPDATED SECTIONS
Book of Remembrance
The Bereavement Group have suggested that we have a dignified book of Remembrance that we can write in names of people who have had their Funeral Mass here. This book would be on display in St Edward’s opened each day so that it commemorates the day that the person died. If anybody would like to contribute for this please speak to Fr David.
Normal Mass Times and Reconciliation
Weekend Masses are always on Saturday at 6pm at St Edward’s, and on Sunday at St Marks at 9.30am and St Edward’s at 11am.
Daily Masses are normally celebrated at St Edwards at 10.00am on Monday and Wednesday and 12noon on Friday, and at St Marks at 10.00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, however these times and venues may vary from week to week due to Funerals, Holy Days, etc., particularly during Lent.
Please check this week’s newsletter for week to week variations (see NEWSLETTERS above).
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday at St Edward’s from 10am – 8pm.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday at St Edwards between 11.00am and 12.00noon and again after the Saturday 6.00pm evening Mass
Welcome to any new parishioners. Please make yourself known to Canon David after Mass or contact the Parish Office. Also please complete the forms that are normally available at the back of church.
These forms ask for your name and address and phone/email, as well as names and ages of children under 16. This information is kept confidential to the parish.
How to find us
44 Alma Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3HJ
Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4JS
Get in Touch
For information about Weddings bookings, Baptism booking, and 1st communion bookings please refer to the appropriate section in “Sacramental Services” (see section headings above) or phone on 01753 865163.