Welcome to New Parishioners

Welcome to St Edwards!

Moving to a new parish is not easy, and we hope that you will find all the information to help you find your feet quickly and easily. We want you to feel at home in the heart of our community.

There are a few groups that keep the activities and events at St Edwards running smoothly. If you have questions contact us on here, or leave a message in the appropriate pigeon hole in the church hall.

 

Mass Times

Our main Mass times are as follows, but click here for other mass times for Christmas, Easter and other Holydays of Obligation.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday and Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

NO MASS

CHAPEL 7.30pm

CHAPEL 9.30am

MAIN CHURCH 9.30am

MAIN CHURCH 6.00pm

MAIN CHURCH 9.30am

 

Children's Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy runs every Sunday, except for the first Sunday of the month. Sessions follow the school academic terms and children can start attending from reception year until they make their First Holy Communion (usually by the end of Year 3). All our leaders are DBS checked by our Safeguarding lead Mary Ball, and are updated regularly. Leaders always work in pairs and childrens’ names are placed in a basket as they enter church, as by a way of a register.

The aim of Children’s Liturgy is to explain and explore the gospels in a child friendly way. There are opportunities for conversations about the gospel readings and a recap of what the children have remembered, followed by an activity. Children come out of the mass before the first reading, and return during the preparation of gifts. 

We are always looking for new leaders, and you would be very welcome to join us! You do not need experience of working with young people, just an enthusiasm for introducing the gospel to the younger members of our parish. If you are interested please speak to Mary Ball.

Baptism

Parents must attend a 2-session preparation course. This course will help you explore:

  • what you hope for your child
  • why you seek baptism for your child
  • the symbolism of the ceremony
  • what the commitment means

During this course, your child will be welcomed by the parish community and anointed with the Oil of Catechumens. This will normally take place during 9.30am Mass on the first Sunday of the month. (Alternate dates can be flexibly arranged if necessary.) Baptism will take place after the second session of the course. 

The course runs four times per year in January, April, July and October. These sessions are held in leaders’ homes in the evening. 

If you would like to consider attending a course fill in this form or look for the Baptism Leaflet, fill it and leave it in the Baptism Preparation drawer in the church foyer.

This is a gentle reminder to also please look at the Stipends and Stole Fees section. 

First Holy Communion

Children usually make their First Holy Communion towards the end of Year 3 in school. 

Families are asked to meet the following requirements before they will be accepted onto the preparation programme:

  • regular attendance at Mass at St Edward’s for at least two years.
  • donate regularly as a sign of goodwill and commitment, either by use of offertory envelopes or setting up a standing order
  • documentary evidence of regular mass attendance from your previous parish if you are new to St Edward’s

Parents and the child are to attend all the sessions if they can. If two or more sessions are missed, then you will be asked to discontinue. If your application is after a course has started, unfortunately, you will have to wait for the start of the next course. 

If you think your child is ready for First Holy Communion, please get in touch with us. 

Confirmation

Confirmation begins in Years 8 or 9.  

Families are asked to meet the following requirements before they will be accepted onto the preparation programme:

  • regular attendance at Mass at St Edward’s for at least two years.
  • donate regularly as a sign of goodwill and commitment, either by use of offertory envelopes or setting up a standing order
  • documentary evidence of regular mass attendance from your previous parish if you are new to St Edward’s

Parents and the child are to attend all the sessions if they can. If two or more sessions are missed, then you will be asked to discontinue. If your application is after a course has started, unfortunately, you will have to wait for the start of the next course. 

If you think your child is ready for Confirmation, please get in touch with us. 

Weddings and Funerals

Weddings and Funerals are by arrangement with the parish priest. 

Please contact Fr Paul directly. 

A gentle reminder to please look on the Stipends and Stole Fees section. 

Events Committee
Flowers

Pat Partridge has been arranging the flowers at St Edward’s since the Church was first built. For special times of the year, an appeal for help is often made but at present there is a small team of four ladies that arrange flowers on a monthly basis. Designs, flowers and colours are chosen by the individual, keeping in mind the season of the liturgy. Christmas and Eastertide require extra hands and volunteers are always welcome!

Over the years, little traditions have developed for example the poinsettia hedge in front of the tabernacle, baubles and flowers on the back wall, and the colour theme of red and gold at Christmas. 

The last few years have seen flower demonstrations led by the flower power girls (!) to encourage others to enjoy flower and to try arranging themselves and 2018 sees the introduction of the Christmas demo/workshops. Keep an eye on the

  Events page for details and please do join in! 

Money Matters

At St Edward’s we rely entirely on the support of our parishioners for the financial well-being of the Parish. Most parishioners support the parish through regular giving, by way of standing orders and numbered envelopes. This method allows us to record the donations easily and reclaim the tax paid by basic rate tax payers. See below regarding Gift Aid. We also have various fundraising events during the course of the year which allow us to support specific causes. From the monies we collect we are responsible for the upkeep of the church building, our Parish Priest and Diocesan costs.

Gift Aid Declaration When we receive financial support from a UK tax payer the Chancellor of the Exchequer will refund to us the basic rate tax paid on that donation. If you donate to St Edward’s, please ask to sign a Gift Aid Declaration so that your money can be traced. All details are kept in strict confidence, according to the new GDPR guidelines brought out in early 2018. This is an invaluable source of ‘free’ income to the Parish.

Supporting the Parish In some religious traditions there is a recommendation of how much of one’s income should be donated to the Parish. We absolutely recognise every person’s situation is different. We ask that you give what you can in the knowledge that your contributions will be most appreciated and carefully spent. Many support us with their time and skills – this is just as valuable as financial support.

John Lane – Accounts

Cormac Marum – Collections and Banking

Stipends and Stole Fees

There is no published scale of fees for weddings, funerals or baptisms in the Catholic Church, and there shouldn’t be. Families or individuals who ask the parish priest to support them with a Sacrament generally like to make a voluntary offering, within their means; those with limited income need not feel any pressure to donate. These offerings however are much appreciated and received with gratitude as it makes an important part of the priests’ limited income. Priests’ incomes only includes an annual salary from the parish of £500, Christmas and Easter collections, mass stipends and offerings for the sacraments.  In recent times, it has been difficult to give an answer to those asking ‘how much’ so the Diocese of Northampton published the following fee suggestions:

Mass In ages gone by, when priests were not attached to one particular parish, offerings made at Mass was their only source of income, and this was to sustain him for 24 hours. In modern times, a minimum offering of £10 is suggested. 

Baptism The Diocese suggests a minimum of £50.

Weddings The Diocese suggests £200-£250. The Church of England suggests £296 (correct at time of typing November 2018). This stipend includes the time taken for the parish priest to organise meetings with the couple, rehearsals, maintenance and use of the parish building and grounds, and administration fees. A further administration fee of £20 is required if the wedding takes place in a different diocese or abroad and documentation needs to be sent to the Diocese of Northampton for the Bishop to sign, and then to send onto the Bishop of the wedding venue. 

Funerals Please discuss the fees with your Funeral Director. Currently the Church of England suggests £102 for a church service, £196 for a church service followed by a burial. There should be no communication regarding fees between the family and the parish priest. 

Hospital Chaplaincy

If you or know of somebody that is in hospital, or have an emergency with a relative, please contact the Milton Keynes Hub Chaplain Fr Lijo Payikkattu on  01908 221228. 

Alternatively, call Milton Keynes Hospital Chaplaincy on 01908 996061. The on-call chaplain can be reached via the hospital switchboard out of hours on 01908 660033. 

Safeguarding

Mary Ball is our Parish Safeguarding Representative. Her responsibility is to promote good and safe practices in all activities that involve our children, young people and vulnerable adults.

We follow directions from the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission and also the Diocese of Northampton Safeguarding Office

If you have any concerns please contact Mary Ball

Our Diocesan Safeguarding Coordinator can be reached on 01604 723514 or 07833 050628. 

In emergencies, call 999 (Police Emergency) or 101 (Non-Urgent).