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the Parish of St. Joseph and St Hugh (Cambridgeshire)

Updated 26 May 2020

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In his letter on the month of May, Pope Francis writes:
It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view. For this reason I want you to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty OF PRAYING THE ROSARY AT HOME IN THIS MONTH OF May. This can be done as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayer to follow.
In response to pope Francis’ request there has been a Rosary Mission co-hosted by the London Rosary Shrine, Walsingham Basilica, Carfin Grotto and Rosary on the Coast.
I would like to invite you, the parishioners to take part in the culmination of this initiative – a Rosary Relay – on May 31st Each Diocese has been asked to encourage everyone to pray the Rosary at a designated hour.
 The Diocese of East Anglia has been asked to pray the Rosary between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on Sunday May 31st, Pentecost Sunday.  Our Bishop Alan Hopes will lead the Rosary at 2.00pm which will be live streamed from St John the Baptist’s cathedral that afternoon.
 The focus for our prayer intentions is :
  • For faith, the sanctity of life and peace in the world;
  • For an end to the Covid 19 virus, for the sick and dying, for the dead and the grieving, for all health workers and carers, for those researching for an anti-virus;
  • For the protection of the common good and people’s economic livelihoods;
  • For the poor, homeless and destitute;
  • That the Holy Spirit will preserve us from disaster and war.
 PLEASE PRAY FOR the repose of the soul of Bishop Vincent Malone, the emeritus auxiliary bishop of Liverpool who died on Sunday as a result of the corona virus infection. He was 89 years old and in the 65th year of his priesthood.

Let us remember the sick of our parish in our valuable prayers!

Adrian Taggart

Anne Gilchrist

Stella Beavor

James ‘Jim’ Dermody

Note: Please send the names of the sick if you think that the parish should remember them in our daily prayers. I offer a mass for the sick of our parish every week. May God grant them speedy recovery!
Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020:  Letter and Prayers of the Holy Father


At this time the funeral service will take place either at the graveside or in the crematorium, subject to their conditions. Arrangements can be made at a later date for a Memorial Mass to be celebrated when congregations are allowed to gather.

Forthcoming Funeral

  1. Desmond Cranwell, RIP

  2. Matthew Collingwood, RIP – 27th May

  3.  Joyce Evelyn Walsh – 8th June

Names of the dead during lockdown

Let us remember them in our special prayers. ‘May their souls and souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God Rest In Peace’. Amen

  1. Mrs. Mary Corcoran, RIP

  2. Mr. Stephen Henderson, RIP

  3. Mr. Anthony John Scott, RIP

  4. Mrs. Eunice Frances Waller, RIP

  5. Mr. William Terence Monaghan, RIP

  6. Eileen Thomas, RIP

  7. Mrs. Yolanda Ruiz Albarillo, RIP

  8. Mrs. Josephine Thody, RIP     

  9. Mr. Stanley T. Brown, RIP 

The Ignite Team is recruiting for new members for September 2020 to July 2021!

Looking for a new challenge in September? The Diocesan Youth Service is seeking applications from 18-35 year olds to join the Ignite Team for 2020-2021. Spend a year sharing the Gospel message with children and young people across East Anglia, developing new skills and growing in your faith. Accommodation, food and other living expenses are provided plus a £200 monthly allowance. Ideal as a ‘gap year’ (can be extended). For more information visit www.rcdea.org.uk/youth or email Ciaran on igniteteam@rcdea.org.uk.

Covid19 Rosary for the Month of May 2020

Covid19-Rosary Sorrowful (Tuesdays & Fridays)
Covid19-Rosary_Luminous (Thursday)
Covid19-Rosary_Glorious (Wednesday & Sundays)
Covid19-Rosary_Joyful (Mondays & Saturdays)


A Message from the Gift Aid Organiser (Edward Burton)

Firstly, I would like to thank all those of you who have made alternative arrangements to make their donations during the current ‘lock-down’ period when there are no Masses and no alternative ways of making cash donations.  This is greatly appreciated.
Secondly, it is a requirement of the Gift Aid system, that the Diocesan Office is notified of any change of address and, most importantly, if any donor no longer pays tax.  IF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNCHANGED YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO ANYTHING.  If you have moved or are no longer a taxpayer, please let me know – my contact details are below.
If anybody has any questions concerning Gift Aid (or wishes to know more about the scheme) please feel free to contact me.  I wish you well during these difficult times.
email:-  eandkb@yahoo.com
phone:- 01480 475361
 A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales: A People who Hope in Christ – FINAL


Lessons on the Eucharist: People who are interested to know more about the Eucharist can make use of this quiet time to learn more on this important topic. There are six high-quality video lessons with fantastic in-depth scriptural basis on the Eucharist. The Eucharist is also fantastically explained from the Book of Revelation. The only requirement is you need to provide your first and last name along with your email ID to start with your video lessons. To access the lessons follow this link:  https://stpaulcenter.com/free-stream/

Mass for the Sick and their Families,  NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care 

One of the Bishops of England & Wales will celebrate a Mass every Thursday at 7.00pm in his Cathedral for the sick and their families, the front line workers in the NHS and Social Care. This weekly Mass will be live streamed.  Bishop Alan Hopes has asked us to take part in the offering of this Holy Mass for such an important intention.  By visiting the Cathedral webpage, or the Bishops’ Conference Webpage (cbcew.org.uk) links for the live-streaming of these Masses can be found.  The Mass for 28th May will be offered by Bishop Terence Drainey, Middlesbrough Cathedral. For a poster listing the Mass timetable, please follow this link:  National Masses – Timetable
Parish Mass intentions for the coming week can be found by clicking on the Mass and Service Times tab at the top of this page.


Online Courses

The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology is offering the following online courses:
The Diocesan Certificate in Catholic Studies Course This popular course, initiated by Bishop Alan Hopes, will be running online this year. This course provides an introduction to the topics covered by the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies. Those who have completed the course have found it to be a good introduction for teachers, catechists and parishioners wanting to engage in further study. Certificates of Attendance will be issued to everyone completing the course.  It is possible to get accreditation by completing an assignment of 2000 words.  Topic to be arranged with the Tutor. (+additional fee £60) Cost: £40 per afternoon, (Bursaries available)  Please apply by emailing mbitadm@hermes.cam.ac.uk by May 25th.  On payment of fee, joining instructions for the live online sessions and materials will be sent out.
Dates and topics:
3rd June 3.00 – 6.00pm   An over view of the Bible – the different types of literature, an appreciation of its scope and depth. Using the Bible, in prayer and study.  How scripture is used within the Liturgy.
10th June 3.00 – 6.00pm  The Person Of Christ – who is Jesus? Living Sacramentally – how the sacraments support us to live.
17th June  3.00 – 6.00pm  Doing the right thing – how do we make moral decisions? What is the Church – buildings or people?
Tutor:  Sue Price Pastoral Outreach Coordinator MBIT

Divine Renovation Webinars

Webinars for parishes interested in the process of Divine Renovation, provided by Hannah Vaughan-Spruce and the UK team. For information, see: 2020.05.07 – Divine Renovation Webinars


You can view Mass online in your home from the following websites:

For the benefit of parishioners with Sky TV there is also the Catholic Channel on 588
Mass from Redemptorist Publications, celebrated by Fr Denis McBride C.Ss.R.  https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/holy-mass-online
https://www.rcdea.org.uk/ – Scroll down the page to access Mass from Walsingham, the Cathedral of St John the Baptist (Norwich), St Laurence’s (Cambridge), and OLEM (Cambridge)
St Luke’s Peterborough, daily at 6pm can be watched here: https://twitter.com/saintlukesbull
Mass from Hayes (see some familiar Claretian faces): http://www.botwell.org.uk/?module=pagesmith&uop=view_page&id=60
For a list of Catholic radio broadcasts, please follow this link:  https://www.rcdea.org.uk/catholic-broadcasters-bring-uplift-during-lockdown/


 If you are self-isolating and are unable to obtain necessary supplies,
please contact the Parish Office on 01480 472587.
Or email the parish at
parishpriest.stjosephsthugh@gmail.com or stjosephsthugh@gmail.com 


Online Resources:

The following Catholic resources are available online for free during the Covid-19 restrictions:
Catholic East Anglia newspaperwww.ChurchPaper.co.uk  –
Due to the Coronavirus, we have put as many UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers on one website so parishioners can stay in contact with their Church and their community.
Magnificat magazine:- https://us.magnificat.net/free
Free access to the daily Mass readings, as well as morning, evening and night prayers, meditations and articles on the saints.
In addition, there is free access to their iOS or Android app until the end of May: https://us.magnificat.net/home/freeonline

Weekly collections

Now that we have no public Masses obviously the parish income will be reduced. If you are not already donating by standing order or direct debit, and you feel that this is something you could now do, please contact the parish office on 01480 472587 or stjosephsthugh@gmail.com or parishpriest.stjosephsthugh@gmail.com and leave a message with your telephone number. We will then get back to you and give you the bank details to arrange payments. Thank you very much for your continued generosity.
The Parish Gift Aid Organizer can be contacted on telephone 01480 475361 and email eandkb@yahoo.com
Bishop Alan Hopes Writes  for Good Shepherd Sunday: PASTORAL LETTER FOR GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY 2020


 Our Parish Churches are locked

In line with the Bishops’ Conference, Our Parish Churches are locked until we are told that they might be opened again. This must be right – it is for the benefit of others and will help to stop infection. Please follow the link below which will give you a video message from Cardinal Nichols about this matter – a sober and wise message.
The priests will continue to offer Mass daily, in private. All arranged Mass intentions will be honoured.
Here is the Bishops’ Letter regarding the suspension of public Masses: Bishops-letter-1 
 Parish notices are being sent out by email when possible. If you haven’t received an email from the parish, please email stjosephsthugh@gmail.com to be added to the list


About Our Parish

The Parish of St Joseph in St Neots, and St Hugh of Lincoln, Buckden is located in the Diocese of East Anglia and is in the pastoral care of the Claretian Missionaries, who are based, along with the Claret Retreat & Conference Centre, within the complex known as Buckden Towers Cambridgeshire, England, UK. On this website you can: check Mass times, as well as the times of other services; look up information on the Children’s Liturgy and Sacraments under Catechesis; discover the different groups for all ages and interests available in the Parish Community; keep track of the latest events being held in your area under the Parish News heading.

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