Parish News

Parish News

Last week’s offering amounted to  £1,615.23, including standing orders.

The collection for the Apostleship of the Sea amounted to £337.16

Weekend of 21/22 July—Fr David Sanders, a Dominican priest from Blackfriars in Oxford, will be making an appeal for the Dominican Missions. This is an apostolate of the Dominican Friars of England and is mainly concerned with working among the poor in the Caribbean.

The Parish Office will be closed Monday 30 July to Friday 3 August.

Fr Antony, Parish Priest, will be on holiday from 28 June until 6 August. The parish office will remain open as usual.

The Sacrament of Confirmation application forms are available at the Church porch. The closing date is 22 July.  Applicants should be in Year 9 or above.

Church cleaners—One of our faithful cleaners at St Joseph has had to step down. New cleaners are needed to help complete the schedule. Could you give one or two hours every six weeks, to provide this service? If so, please contact the Parish Office.


If you have not yet collected your new envelopes, please contact Edward Burton (Gift Aid Organiser) and let him know in which Church you would like to collect them. Edward’s number is 01480 475361 or email at

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, 16 July

The next SVP meeting will take place at 7.30pm in the Upper Room, St. Joseph’s.

Monday 23 July

The next meeting for the CWL is on Monday 23rd July.
This is our Summer Meal together.  We start at noon with Mass in the Lady Chapel in St Hugh’s, followed by lunch at 1pm in the Claret Centre.
It is hoped to have a Quiz in the afternoon.

Thursday, 26 July

The next Bible Study will be at 2.30pm. This will be at 15 Glebe Road, Perry.
We are studying “The letters to Timothy”. All welcome.

Catechists Needed

Are you a current or former catechist, or could you volunteer to help at the Confirmation classes this year? We have only one Confirmation catechist for the combined parishes of St Hugh and St Joseph and need more volunteers please. Classes are due to start this Autumn but we cannot go ahead without more help.

If you are over 18, happy to undertake the relevant checks for child protection purposes, and enthusiastic about your faith, please get in touch with Fr Antony or contact the Parish office for more information. Thank you.

Will-Writing Service

Did you know that CAFOD offers a free will-writing service? Please pick up a leaflet at the back of the church or  email You can draft your will face- to- face with a local solicitor, who participates in the National Free Wills Network,  or you can draft your will on the phone, whichever is more convenient for you. There is no obligation to include a gift to CAFOD in your will, but we hope you do.


Buckden Summer Camps 2018

 The Claretian Missionaries are offering young Catholics an opportunity to participate in a Five-day youth retreat that will give them the opportunity to explore their faith while living with others their age.

The week will offer the participants the opportunity to work and share with each other in a fun and faith filled programme that will help them grow in knowledge of themselves, God and their Neighbour. Places are limited, so please complete the application form as soon as possible. You will find the application at the Church porch.

Details as follows:-

14 +    30th July—3rd August.

For more information, please contact fr. Paul Peter cmf or pick-up a leaflet from the Church Porch.

We need some volunteers to help the summer activities. If you’re interested please contact Fr. Paul Peter CMF.

Diocesan Summer Camp 2018

24—27 August: Come and join us for faith, friends and a LOT of fun. Ages 8-14. Moreton Hall School, Bury St Edmunds. For more details, email Or look for “Catholic Youth Summer Camp” on Facebook.

Pilgrimages and Retreats

24th—29th July: Northern Saints Youth Pilgrimage for ages 16-35. Organised by the Diocese of East Anglia Ignite Youth Mission Team. Bookings must be received by 15th June.

11-17 August—Marriage and Family Life Pilgrimage Week at Walsingham. For further information, email

7th October: Walsingham Pilgrimage for the Sanctity of Life – Sunday 7th October, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Tickets: Adults £17.50, children and students £8.00. For more information:  To book, contact Emanuela: 01582 655246 or 07749 881 060


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).