WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF 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
VISION STATEMENT FOR THE PARISH
That we deepen our relationship with Christ and the Church through prayer and Sunday Mass, that we provide opportunities to deepen our faith and unity and so by using our gifts and talents, reach out in welcome and hospitality to others.
LIVE STREAMING OF MASS FROM ST EDWARD’S
All Masses from St Edward’s Church are live streamed on YouTube. The Camera will be switched on from approximately 15 minutes before each Mass .
Mass times at St Edwards Church
Mass times at St Marks Church
These weekday times may change due to unforeseen circumstances, such as funerals or weddings, so please consult the weekly newsletter for details.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Christ the King – 26 November 2023
We celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King this weekend as the culmination of the Church’s liturgical year before the new year begins with Advent. The Prophet Ezekiel portrays God as a shepherd with the people who faithfully follow as His sheep. Although sheep have a reputation for being senseless and needy, the term is not used in a condescending or belittling way. Often, Jesus refers to himself as the ‘good shepherd’ caring for his sheep. Jesus equates himself with the shepherd, whom we know was considered among the lowliest, often despised, ‘smelly’ an uneducated person. Yet, shepherds were the first visitors at Jesus’ birth. So, from the very first appearance of Jesus, we learn who takes ‘pride of place’ with him.
Psalm 23 – a favourite Psalm for a funeral service – paints a vivid picture of a wonderful, loving, caring good shepherd leading his sheep in ‘green pastures’ and ‘near restful waters’ which can be understood as the metaphor of a shepherd’s care for his sheep to describe the wisdom, gentleness and kindness of God.
In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus speaks of the end of time and the final judgment ‘of all nations’ indicating a day of accountability for all of us. The judgment is illustrated by the separation of sheep and goats. The sheep represent the righteous faithful disciples of Jesus. They demonstrate their fidelity primarily by loving and serving those in need. In the parable, Jesus shows how love of God is inseparable from love of neighbour, ‘whatever you did for one of the least of mine, you did for me.’ Feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, clothing the naked, caring for prisoners are highlighted as virtuous acts, stressing the importance of compassion for the weakest. This suggests a deep spiritual connection between God and those who are ‘the least’ – which is also the measure of our fidelity to following Jesus as true disciples. It’s how we will be judged.
Sister Patricia Mulhall, csb
Joining Together of Windsor & Ascot Parishes
Pastoral Prayer for Ascot and Windsor
We come before you with hearts full of faith and hope as we pray for the successful joining of our two parishes in this pastoral area.
Lord, we seek your guidance and blessings for this journey as we strengthen our faith community and fulfil your mission to evangelise and bring people closer to Jesus Christ
May your wisdom enlighten our journey as we join together in faith, love, and unity.
In the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, we offer this prayer. Amen.
To make a booking to attend a Baptism Preparation class, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
DIOCESE TEN YEAR MISSION PLAN
The Consultation Responses from St Edwards & St Marks Parish to the Diocese Ten Year Plan are now available and can be accessed via the link under Parish Links above.
Also Click Here to view the Document ten year plan-22-12-03
AVAILABILITY AND BOOKING THE PARISH HALL AND ST BRIGID’S ROOM
The Parish Hall and St Brigid’s Room are now available to host Parish Functions. Please complete the attached Form and return to the Parish Office. Click here for Booking Form – Parish Centre Booking Request Master-23-01-08
Click the links below to see the availability of our spaces:
To download the Parish Handbook click here Parish Handbook 2022-22-07-22
Welcome to any new parishioners. Please make yourself known to Canon David after Mass or contact the Parish Office and complete the attached Registration Form and email back to the Parish office at email@example.com
Click on link for Registration Form NewParishioner-20-08-17
Standing Order: If you wish to donate your collection by standing order, please click here for the Standing Order Form; . Please print out the form standing orderform-2023 and complete by hand. Please send signed form to the Parish Office or hand to Canon David after mass.
Gift Aid: If you wish to Gift Aid your Collection, please click here for the Gift Aid Form: Gift Aid Form-2023. Please print out the form and complete by hand. Please send signed form to the Parish Office or hand to Canon David after mass.
HOW TO FIND US
44 Alma Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 3HJ
Dedworth Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4JS
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH THE PARISH
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 the Parish Office on 01753 865163.