Last week’s offering amounted to £1,733 including standing orders.
Next weekend there will be a second collection for Easter flowers
On Monday, 19th March, there will be a special Mass to celebrate our Patronal Feast, St Joseph, at 10.00am at St Joseph’s. There will be no mass at 7.00pm
Easter Offering. The Easter Offering is for your priests and forms an important part of their annual income. Those of you who use boxes of Gift Aid envelopes will find an appropriate yellow envelope with the normal Sunday envelope dated 1 April. For those who donate by standing order or via the loose plate collection you will find yellow Easter envelopes on the table in the porch at St Joseph’s or just inside the church at St Hugh’s.
There will be several Ecumenical Lent Study Groups in the Parish. Six Groups in St. Neots and one in Buckden. Buckden group meets each Monday lunch time, starting on the 5th March, at 12.30pm for bread and soup and then the lent study, finishing by 2.00pm. Both places are using the course produced by the diocese of Ely called ‘Come and See’.
Mass with Stations of the Cross
St. Hugh’s on Fridays in Lent at 7pm
St. Joseph’s on Wednesdays in Lent at 10am
Early morning Mass on Tuesdays at St. Hugh’s at 7.00am followed by breakfast
GIFT AID DONATIONS. Please note that in order for us to claim back the tax on your donations, the amount of Income or Capital Gains Tax you have paid in the current financial year which ends on 5 April has to be equal to or greater than the amount we will be claiming on your behalf. Unless we are notified to the contrary we will assume this to be the case and will claim the refund accordingly. The Gift Aid Organiser is Edward Burton and he can be contacted by telephone on 01480 475361 or by email email@example.com
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED GIFT AID DECLARATIONS (GADs)
1. We are approaching the end of another financial year and you are reminded that it is a requirement for all persons who have signed GADs to ensure that any change of address from that given on their original declaration must be notified to the Diocesan Office. If you have moved, please notify the Gift Aid Organiser of your new address. His details are given below.
- GADs are only applicable to the person who signed the Declaration so in the event of the death of the donor the GAD ceases on that date. If a surviving spouse is a tax payer and wishes to continue making Gift Aided donations a fresh GAD must be completed.
- Finally, if you use weekly Gift Aid envelopes have you considered joining those who donate by Bank Standing Order? The Gift Aid Organiser can let you have a form which you complete and return directly to your bank and they will do the rest.The Gift Aid Organizer is Edward Burton who can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01480 475361.
Video Surveillance: Information for all Parishioners.
The video surveillance system at St Joseph’s Church and the Parish House in St Neots was installed some 12 or more years ago, for the purposes of crime prevention. We have now had this replaced to provide better quality data and to extend its coverage to include the Sacristy as well as the car parking area and access to the side door of the Church. Replacement signs are being prepared and will be fitted in all appropriate locations, drawing attention to the fact that video surveillance is in operation
Thinking of becoming a Catholic? — if anyone is interested in becoming a member of the Catholic Church or exploring the possibility of doing so, please give your name to one of the Priests or the parish office.
Church Cleaning: We urgently need new people to join the cleaning rota both at St. Joseph’s and St. Hugh’s. Please see the poster in the church porch or contact Gay Stonehouse on 810685 or Yvonne Clare on 742587
Transport can be arranged for anybody who has difficulty getting to Sunday Mass. We also need more drivers for the minibus on a Sunday morning to join the rota.
Meetings and Events
Monday, 19th March
There will be a choir practice for St. Hugh’s at 7.30pm. We shall be preparing music for Lent and Holy Week.
Monday, 19th March
The Film—Risen. Just to say thank you for your confirmed reservations for the showing of the film at 7.30pm at Cineworld, Rowley Arts Centre, St. Neots. We will be waiting in the foyer to welcome you and show you to your seats from 7.00 p.m.Thank you for your support for this wonderful, thought provoking film. We hope you have a very special evening in preparation for Holy Week.
Monday, 19th March
The next SVP meeting will be at 7.30pm in the parish house at St. Joseph’s .
Monday, 19th March
The CWL Annual Review. Mass will begin 12 noon in the Lady Chapel followed by lunch in the Claret Centre. Annual Review in the afternoon after lunch. All Parishioners and members of the UCM are welcome to join us for the day. Numbers for lunch are required by the 5th March at £6.00 a head. We are having a collection for Mary’s Meals instead of a raffle.
Thursday 22nd March
The next Bible Study is at 2.30pm in the Claret Centre.
10th to 15th September
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Fatima. Bishop Alan will be leading a Diocesan pilgrimage to Fatima from this year. As well as visiting the major sites at Fatima we will spend a day in Lisbon with Mass at the shrine of St. Anthony of Padua. The cost is £850 per person flying from Stansted. If you would like more details or to book a place, please contact Pilgrimage people by phone on 08006123423 or by email on: email@example.com
40 Days for Life
Can you spare an hour a week over Lent to participate in prayer and silent witness as part of a 40 Days for Life campaign in Norwich? This international initiative, which began twenty years ago as a means of peacefully calling for an end to abortion and offering a presence for mothers, who feel they have no other option, is now being hosted for the first time in our diocese of East Anglia, with Bishop Alan’s blessing and support. The Lenten vigil will be held outside the BPAS clinic on Bowthorpe Road during the clinic’s opening hours from Feb 14th to March 25th. Contact Katy Griffin at katymariegriffin @gmail.com if you would like to help out and sign up on the rota, either for a weekly slot or as a one-off (there will never be less than two people there at a time). To find out more about this worldwide campaign, visit www.40daysforlife.com.
DO YOU SUPPORT CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND THE RIGHT OF CATHOLICS TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO THEM?
Then we need you to make your voice heard.
The Government is about to make a critical decision on whether to overturn the admissions cap which currently prevents new Catholic schools from allowing all Catholic pupils who want a place, to attend. The Government has previously acknowledged that such a policy discriminates against Catholics and had promised to abandon it. Now we need you to tell the Government not to u-turn on their promise to Catholics. Please visit http://catholicnews.org.uk/education-cap to fill in a simple form that automatically generates an email to Government expressing concern about this change. Alternatively, please search for â€˜Catholic Educationâ€™ in your search engine to write to the Government and urge them to drop their policy which bans new Catholic schools. Thank you for your help with this.
Learning about the Catholic Church. Are you, or is anyone you know, interested in learning more about the Catholic Church or how to join? Perhaps you are a baptised Catholic but have never been confirmed Just speak to one of the priests and sessions will be arranged for those interested.
Catholic papers and magazines are available at the back of church including The Universe, Catholic Times, Catholic Herald and Catholic Life.
There is an article on the importance of the Children’s Liturgy available on this website under ‘Catechesis’. You can click here to read it.
St Joseph’s Repository and Library is open on Sunday mornings and during parish office hours (see contacts page).