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the Catholic Parish of St. Joseph and St. Hugh
Updated 1 March 2021
Year of St Joseph
In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (With a Father’s heart), Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph”, beginning on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021. The Letter marks the 15oth anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as a Patron of the Universal Church.
As of 8th August, the Government requirements stipulate that masks must be worn within church. The Bishops have updated guidelines. The complete Guidelines with revisions can be viewed here (updates are in red): 2020.08.25 – Guidance for Acts of Worship – Pastoral Care of the Sick – Revision 5
The Mass Schedule for the week is as follows:
Mass Intentions Week Commencing 7 March 2021
Sunday 7 March—Third Sunday of Lent
8.00am. Patricia Reilly, RIP
11.15am. Mary McLoughlin, RIP
5.30pm. Bill Keating, RIP
6.30pm. (vigil) Marian House, Ints
9.45am. People of the Parish
Monday 8 March: Private Mass at St Hugh’s: Marian House, Ints
Tuesday 9 March– Lent feria
10.00am. Angela Higham, RIP
9.15am. Marian House, Ints
Wednesday 10 March– Lent Feria
10.00am. T. Gunning Family, Ints.
9.15am. Marian House, Ints
Thursday 11 March – Lent Feria
10.00am. Holy Souls
9.15am. Sheelagh Forster, RIP
Friday 12 March – Lent Feria
10.00am. John Jordan, RIP
9.15am. Cille Buckland, Ints
CAFOD Friday Fast (February 26) is an opportunity for the faithful to fast on a particular Friday and to then donate any monies saved through such fasting to CAFOD. If you plan to participate in the Friday Fast, please send your donation directly to CAFOD, either in the envelopes in the church porch or to the following address: CAFOD Romero House, 55 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7JB
Sea Sunday. Next Sunday is Sea Sunday in our parish (transferred from last December), when the Church prays for all those who live and work at sea. Without them, we would not have most of the items we buy in the shops. The second collection on this Sunday is for Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea), the Catholic Church’s official maritime welfare agency. It supports seafarers both practically and spiritually. For a video showing some of what Stella Maris does, please visit www.stellamaris.org.uk/SeaSunday. This collection is vital to enable Stella Maris to continue its important work. Stella Maris is dependent on voluntary donations, so please give generously. Thank you.
Friday this week (5th March) is Women’s World Day of Prayer.
Trees at St Hugh’s: You may have noticed that some new trees have been planted near St Hugh’s. This has been achieved through generous donations from a few parishioners. Our next project is to plant saplings of native English trees and shrubs, in areas of the woods where trees have fallen or died. In order to do this we are asking for donations. The Saplings will be £4 each. Shrubs £8. Please contact Mary and David if you would like to purchase one or more Saplings or shrubs. Tel 01480 454277 / 07703168956
Divine Mercy Prayers: Every Friday at 3:00 pm, St Joseph’s. Prayers include the Rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet. On Friday, 5th March, prayers will include the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome.
Rosary prayer restart. From March, the Rosary prayer group will meet after 10.00am Tuesday Mass at St Joseph’s. All welcome. We keep a sanitary regime according to the rule: hands – face – space.
Free Television: 26-inch tabletop digital television, in good condition, free to a good home. Please contact the Parish Office if interested.
Adoration. On Sundays of the Lenten season, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for silent adoration half an hour before the Mass at St Hugh’s church, Buckden.
Stations of the Cross, at least to the end of lockdown, will be joined with the Friday morning Masses in both churches. It means they will be only in the daytime.
Stations of the Cross on Radio Maria. Every Friday at 5:00am, 1:30pm or 8:00pm. You can find also Stations of the Cross broadcasted by Radio and TV EWTN.
‘THOUGHT FOR THE DAY’ on BLACK CAT RADIO: Weekdays at 10.30 during Lent, as arranged by St Neots churches. Black Cat Radio is on 102.5 FM.
CAFOD: This Lent, CAFOD invites you to join the Walk for Water virtual event. Could you Walk for Water as a personal Lenten challenge by walking 10,000 steps a day, every day, for 40 days? Find out more at cafod.org.uk/walk
Lenten Retreat Online: Father Denis McBride will be leading a FREE online retreat this Lent, based on his two books Reflecting with Paintings Vol 1 and Vol 2. We are delighted to offer the audio book on 8 CDs (with a booklet of the paintings) and the set of two books at a special discount price for the retreat. https://www.rpbooks.co.uk
Catholic Universe / Catholic Times Readers: The parish has discontinued its order of The Catholic Universe, but you can get it delivered direct to your home every week, POST FREE. Please go to the website www.thecatholicuniverse.com or call them on 0161 820 5722 to arrange a home subscription.
SPECIAL OFFER 3 months: £25.00
SPECIAL OFFER 12 Months: £99.00
DIGITAL COPY:- 12 Months: £55.00
The 2021 Snowdrop project is still open for pledges of donations from your garden or purchases for “Snowdrops in the Green” in memory of a loved one. All the Snowdrops will be planted in the Tudor Orchard at Buckden. Please phone 07771601872 if you wish to join in the creation of this wonderful Springtime event. Also, if you wish you may prefer to donate a standard Rose bush in memory of a loved one, to The Memorial Rose Garden also at St Hugh’s.
Parish Bulletin by email: We send The Parish Bulletin by email. The proposal is addressed especially to the housebound who want to be in touch with our parish. Please, let us know if you are interested, sending a message to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us remember the sick of our parish in our valuable prayers! Tom Burke, Ruth Clapham, Mary Marr, Andrew Madden, Helen Searle, Maria Taverna, Joe Shamy, Nancy Jacquard, Colleen Loveday, Maureen Palmer, Sousann Durbridge, Bob Thornton, Teresa Wilson.
Note: Please send the names of the sick if you think that the parish should remember them in our daily prayers. May God grant them speedy recovery!
Recently Deceased: Sheila Mary Strachan RIP, Frances Kassalitus RIP, Cosimo Tarantini, RIP, Charles Marr, RIP Eithne Davies, RIP Lynn Curtis, RIP Catherine Goudie, RIP. May their souls, and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace…
Day of prayer for victims of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Bishops from all over Europe, through their Bishops’ Conferences, will join together during Lent to celebrate a series of Masses and pray for the victims of Covid-19. The continent has suffered over 770,000 deaths from the virus.
The initiative, promoted by the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), aims to offer a sign of communion and hope for the entire continent.
Each nation, or nations in our case, will come together to celebrate Holy Mass on a designated day to be part of this continental prayer network – a Eucharistic chain.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Vice President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences, will celebrate a special live-streamed Mass on Tuesday, 2 March 2021, at 17:30 in Westminster Cathedral.
Bishops across England and Wales will also celebrate Masses in their own dioceses. On this day, the Mass in St Hugh’s church, Buckden will be celebrated for victims of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Children’s Liturgy: Each week, Redemptorist Publications’ Celebrate provides a Children’s Liturgy in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading, a reflection and a final prayer. https://www.rpbooks.co.uk/celebrate-following-your-faith
13-19? Or know someone who is? Why not sign up for Glow? An online afternoon of inspiring workshops, music and prayer with other young people. Do invite a friend to come along too! (Catholic or non-Catholic, near or far – all are welcome) We’re really looking forward to this and have some great guests lined up! Register now at www.rcdea.org.uk/youth to make sure you get a place!
Youth Retreat: The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham invite those aged 18-35 from our Diocese and beyond to join them for their ‘Loving Chastely’ Zoom retreat exploring how to live life as a single Catholic covering aspects of psychology, sexuality and theology. The speakers are Sr Camilla COLW who has studied at the Institute for Sexuality Studies in Chicago and clinical psychologist Fr David Marsden SCJ. Click here for more info: https://www.walsinghamcommunity.org/news-events#post-2992
Change: This year we expect change in our Diocesan leadership because our Bishop Alan Hopes achieves an age of retirement and finishes his service as a bishop of our diocese. The new bishop appointment is expected. So we encourage you to assist the Diocese to pray for all those who will be involved, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in the appointment of Bishop’s Alan successor for the diocese of East Anglia.
Pastoral Care of the Sick: Copies of an updated version of Guidance for the Pastoral Care of the Sick are available at the church porch. You will see that Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are now permitted to make home visits. They must wear a face covering and take all the precautions as outlined in the guidance. Please read the guidelines here: 2020.08.25 – Guidance for Acts of Worship – Pastoral Care of the Sick – Revision 5
100+ Club: Dear parishioners, thank you to all those who subscribed to the 100+ Club at St Joseph and St Hugh. The 2021 subscription is now due and we hope you will continue to support the Parish in the New Year. So please renew your forms which are attached to the bulletin and return your completed forms to clergy at mass or please hand into the office. A copy of the application form can be found here: 100 plus club 2021
The subscription for the year 2021 is £20 per annum. 12 monthly prizes of £25 for first prize and £10 for second prize. In June and December, we will draw a lucky number that will also win £200.
Thanks again for your continued support.
Prayer for the election of a Bishop
O God, eternal shepherd,
who govern your flock with unfailing care,
grant in your boundless fatherly love
a pastor for your Church
who will please you by his holiness
and to us show watchful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Lady of Walsingham. Pray for us.
Saint Felix. Pray for us.
All Holy Martyrs and Saints of East Anglia. Pray For us.
Guidelines for those Attending Mass / Stewards
The Parish’s Guidelines for attending Mass: 200723 Updated Instructions for Parishioners
Prayer for those affected by Coronavirus: Merciful God, come to the help of your people. Be our shelter in this time of peril and strengthen the bonds of our community. Bring healing to all who suffer the ravages of disease and assist those whose skill and art can put an end to this affliction. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Risk Assessments for both churches can be found on the noticeboard at the back of each church, or at the following link:
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.
Sacrament of Reconciliation is available Saturdays at St Hugh’s from 9.45am to 10.15am
Online Mass remains available following the opening of churches for public Masses. Live Catholic Mass Directory
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
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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.