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
Parish Priest

 THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

The parable in today’s Gospel  is a wake-up call for Christians who think they are doing the Lord’s will, when they simply preserve intact what they have been given rather than venturing it in ways that will enable the talents (the faith?) to grow. The fear of the third servant has led him to opt for security first.

How odd, then, on this thirty-third Sunday of the year, to hear the reading from Proverbs praise the industrious and generous woman precisely for her fear: “Charm is deceptive and beauty fleeting; / the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised”  (Prov 31:30). Whereas servant number three gets thrown into the outer darkness thanks to his fear of the master, the woman celebrated in the last chapter of Proverbs gets praised for fearing the Lord.

Is there something wrong with this picture? Not really. In the Hebrew Scriptures, “Fear of the Lord” is a positive, even essential quality to be in the right relationship with the Lord. Indeed, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. In the context of Israel’s Wisdom literature, fear of God is a profound awe of the Creator that frees one from the fear of anything or anyone else, and it energizes one to act justly and generously. The first and second servants were acting obediently according to that healthy fear, whereas the third servant was hobbled by a lesser, craven fear.

Pope John Paul II  said “We are not on earth to guard a museum, but to cultivate a flourishing garden of life”.

 Perhaps this is the time to ask ourselves – Do we fear the Lord.

Canon David Hopgood

RECENTLY UPDATED SECTIONS

Parish Pastoral Council 

The Minutes of the last Parish Pastoral Council are now available. Click Here for latest Parish Pastoral Council Minutes

Link to Papal Visit Video

A link is provided here to a group of videos showing various papal visits
(Click here)

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 (click here)

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Friday at St Edward’s from 10am – 8pm.  PLEASE NOTE Exposition will finish on Friday 28 July and recommence on Friday 1 September at 10am.

Reconciliation
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

New Parishioners

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 or online (see below).

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.
For Parish Registration Form (Click here)

Parish Handbook Download the parish handbook below.

To read the handbook you need the Acrobat PDF Reader, which can be downloaded from here.

 

How to find us

St Edwards
44 Alma Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3HJ
St Marks
Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4JS

Get in Touch

For information about Weddings bookings, Baptism booking, and 1st communion bookings please click here or ring us on 01753 865163.