Palm Sunday 25th March morning Mass at St Michael's Tadley will start at 9am with gathering in the church grounds (weather permitting) ready for blessing of palms and processional entrance at 9:15.
Blessed palms will be taken to St Oswald's for the 11:15 mass there.
Holy Thursday 29th March Mass at 8pm, St Michael's Tadley, followed by watching before the Blessed Sacrament until 11pm in the parish room.
Good Friday 30th March - a day of fasting and abstinence - Celebration of Our Lord's Passion at St Michael’s Tadley at 3pm.
Easter Vigil Mass Saturday 31st March 8:30 pm at St Michael’s Tadley - with the lighting of the Easter candle and first Mass of Easter, baptism and confirmation of Carole followed by reception for her in the parish room.
Easter Sunday 1st April Masses as normal at 9:15 am at St Michael's Tadley and 11:15 St Oswald's Burghfield Common.
Although Burghfield and Mortimer would seem to be fairly affluent, the local Food Bank has for the last four years regularly delivered to 2-3 households per week in the Burghfield and Mortimer area. The Food Bank is predominantly a Church led enterprise working locally within Churches Together in Burghfield, Sulhamstead and Mortimer. It is based at St Oswald’s Burghfield Common with 4 active members at the present but with additional and very welcome support at times – especially Christmas when many local people get involved.
All food is donated locally and delivered by volunteers using their own cars.
We need to change; the small number of volunteers need more support from the involvement of a larger organisation (e.g. The Trussell Trust) with issues of legality and insurance, food regulation and food bank administration needing to be covered.
Our current system is simple and local but does not allow for time to be taken with food parcel recipients – to offer them help with their problems. It is possible that there will be a greater need following the roll out of universal credit.
After several site visits to both storage facilities and working Food Bank Centres a decision has been taken to join the West Berks Foodbank (WBFB) from the 3rd April 2018. WBFB currently serves most of the Western part of West Berkshire.
Each West Berkshire Food Bank Centre is open for clients to attend for a two hour slot at least once a week.
We propose to operate in a similar way opening the Leonard Rooms at St Oswald’s from 1pm to 3pm each Friday afternoon and delivering to the district as required at the same time and on one other day. Each Leonard Rooms session will need at least six volunteers. One supervisor, two interviewers, one packer and two deliverers.
Ours is a very rural location and we will undoubtedly need some food parcels to be delivered. We have been delivering individually, but WBFB regulations require two people to be present when deliveries are made.
Clients attending the St Oswald’s sessions will be given tea/ coffee and biscuits, will be sympathetically interviewed and asked to disclose how their needs have arisen.
They will be offered helpful contacts who may be able to assist them with any problems they are facing. They will be given food from a predetermined list appropriate to their dietary requirements and needs. Normally food will be given on three occasions only.
We will need at least twelve volunteers to be able to proceed. This will allow for availability, sickness, holidays etc.
Local Food Bank representatives are in the process of visiting local churches and organisations to talk about these changes. Please speak to your BM&DFB contact or tel 07770 56 56 25 and leave your details if you can help.
Participation in these developments will mean completing a short application form, being interviewed and two sessions of training. Training is expected to be over two three/four hour sessions probably at a weekend, but dates are yet to be arranged.
We offer an opportunity to make a difference within our community. A real chance for church members to put their faith into action? Please consider helping with this important service.
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On Sunday 24th September 2017, our Bishop, building upon the insights of the successful June Diocesan Convocation of the Clergy, outlined his vision for our Diocese against a background of declining Mass attendance and a growing secular society in need of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
On the celebration of St Michael and the Archangels Gabriel and Raphael, the 29th September 2017, Fr Patrick asked our Parish communities to pray every day during the period leading to Advent for inner conversion, that we may all seek God’s will in this challenging time and purify ourselves of personal agendas.
The Vision may be accessed on the Diocesan website (The Vision)