Parish News

Parish News

Happy Easter! Easter is the time to spread the joy and happiness that Christ has brought about into our lives,
to everyone we meet. Wishing you and your loved ones a happy and Meaningful Easter.

Friday abstinence is dispensed during the Easter Octave.

Easter Offering: Please remember that the Easter Offering is for your priests and forms a part of their annual income. Those of you who have boxes of Gift Aid envelopes will find a yellow envelope alongside the normal one for Easter Sunday (21 April). For those who contribute via standing order or via the collection plate you will find envelopes at the entrance to both Churches from this weekend.

New Gift Aid Boxes for 2019-2020: If you use the envelope system and have not yet collected you box for the new financial year please contact the Gift Aid Organiser, Edward Burton, who will be able to leave a box for you to collect. He can also supply a form for donating via standing order if you wist to change to that method. He can be contacted on 01480 475361 or by email at

100 Club Winners for March: 1st prize, £25, Kate Cranwell. 2nd prize, £10, Ursula Van Leeuwen-Hill.

The Parish Office will be closed Good Friday and Easter Monday.

The Requiem Mass for Anne Cassell will take place at 10.00am on Thursday, 25 April at St Joseph’s. Reception of the Body will take place on Wednesday evening at 5.00pm.

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,588.94,  including standing orders.

Plant Sale – Volunteers Wanted: Can you spare just an hour of your time? Would you like to help support the upkeep of the buildings here at Buckden Towers?  Do you want to feel part of the community and meet new people?  Then we would love to hear from you!  The Friends of Buckden Towers’ Plant Sale takes place on Saturday 18th May and we would be grateful for your help in the Tea Room. If you are able to help serve tea & coffee, cakes and sandwiches please contact us: Christine Lawrence – Tel 01480 812227 * Krystyna Sykes – Mobile 07814 861843/ email

We would also be thankful for donations of cakes and scones on the day. This event cannot go ahead without you so thank you in advance for your help.

Meetings and Events

22 April—No meetings scheduled. Bank Holiday.

8 May – Parish Social Group, 7.00pm at the Claret Centre. This is open to all parishioners, so do come along and contribute to the social life of the Parish.

Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Mass: Bishop Alan has invited all married people across the Diocese of East Anglia to celebrate at the annual Marriage and Family Life Mass on Saturday June 8 at 11.30am at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich. All are welcome and those who are celebrating significant anniversaries (one year, five years and every multiple of five years thereafter) will receive a certificate. If you would like to register for a certificate please contact Bonnie Lander Johnson on or 07849357518. Join Bishop Alan after Mass for tea and cake in the Narthex and cathedral gardens. Photographs will be available for purchase online. There will be a collection at the Mass for those who wish to help the Marriage and Family Life Commission in their work.

The Friends of Buckden Towers Plant Sale will take place on 18th May 2019, 11.00am to 3.00pm, at Buckden Towers. Entrance is £2.50. No entrance before 11.00am. No dogs allowed.

Other Meetings and Events

God’s Mercy for the British Isles, a one-year follow-on from Rosary on the Coast, will take place on Sunday 28 April 2019, at 3.00pm.  The event will take place in churches throughout the country. Please see the website for more details, or to register a meeting:

March for Life 2019 takes place in central London on Saturday 11th May from 2.00 -4.30pm.  It starts at the back of Westminster Church House, 25 Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3BN and proceeds to the Palace of Westminster.  Sarah Ward will be there from 1.00pm with the East Anglian Diocesan banner if people wish to gather as a group and walk together. Full details and information can be found at the March for Life website:

‘The Way of Silence’, Clare Priory, Tuesday 14th May 2019, 10.30 – 3.00, Mass at 10.00. Please bring a packed lunch, refreshments provided. Pre-booking would be appreciated, but you are also welcome to just arrive on the day. Donations for the work of the Priory. Bookings: Contact Kathy 01787 277326. Email:

Walsingham Children’s Pilgrimage, Tuesday, 28th May 2019. For details, see the poster in the church porch or the diocesan website.

Cardinal Newman Lectures, at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich. 23 May, 30 May and 6 June, 6.30pm.  For details, see the poster in the church porch or the diocesan website.

Pilgrimages and Retreats

The parish is joining the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes this year—23rd to 30th August. We will be flying from Stansted and  staying at the Chapelle et Parc Hotel. The cost per person (sharing a room) is £997 which includes flights, transfers to and from the hotel and all meals. There are some booking forms in the Parish Office. If you would like more information, please contact Maggie at

East Anglian Diocesan Summer Camp 2019: Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August. Ages 8-14. Moreton Hall School, Bury St Edmunds. Limited places—book early! Please see the poster and application forms in the back of church.