Parish News

Parish News

There will be no morning Mass at Buckden on Saturday 27 July.

Tuesday is the 170th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Claretian Missionaries. Please pray for us.

Children’s Liturgy of the Word, St Joseph’s: The final St. Joseph’s CLOW meeting before summer break will be this Sunday, 27th July 2019. CLOW will resume at St. Joseph’s on 14th September 2019. The CLOW team would like to wish all children a happy and blessed summer holiday.

100 Club Winners, June: 1st place, £200—S & D Williams; 2nd place, £25—T & G Stonehouse; 3rd place, £10—Liz Olding.

Refrigerator Needed: An elderly parishioner is in need of a small fridge/freezer. If you can help, please contact Patrick on 07933294418.

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,662.72 including standing orders.

Application forms for First Holy Communion 2020 are available in the back of Church Completed forms need to be returned to a priest or the Parish Office by Sunday, 11 August.

Adult Confirmation/RCIA Application Forms are available in the Parish Office. Classes will begin later in the year, at a date to be announced.

Parish Library: Books on meditation have recently been added to the library. There also are plenty of other inspiring titles for summer reading. Please drop in during parish office hours.

Second collections and special appeals: At the review of the parish finances given at all Masses on 23/24 March, it was announced that the only second collections taken up will be those designated as mandatory by the Diocese. Details of these for the remainder of the year are:

* September 14/15: Home Mission

* September 19/20: World Missions

* December 14/15: Diocesan Dependent Priests

* There will also be a collection in the Autumn for the charitable works carried out so well by the St Vincent de Paul Society

At this time there are no other planned collections or appeals. Sometimes the parish is approached by charitable organisations wishing to visit to talk about their work and  make an appeal, and these may go ahead at the discretion of the Parish Priest. Similarly, any appeals by individuals or organisations in the parish must be agreed in advance by the Parish Priest and any funds donated must be handled through the parish accounts, in accordance with Diocesan procedures.

Meetings and Events

Parish Meetings and Events

22 July—The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) will meet at 7.30 pm in the Parish House at St Joseph’s.

24 July—The Meditation Group will meet from 1.00 to 2.00pm.  7 Osier Court, Eaton Ford PE19 7QR. For details ring Anne, 07749 585368. The group will meet every Wednesday, unless otherwise reported in the bulletin.


Saturday 27th July—The bus to Hayes for Fr John’s 50th Anniversary of Ordination will leave at 8.30am from Buckden.  The celebration will start at 12.00pm.

Monday August 26th (Bank Holiday) is
Claretian Family Day
People will come from Hayes, Leyton and other places where the Claretians have served.
Please could you help us by
donating bottles for the bottle store. If we could have them
by August 19th we would be grateful.
Thank you.


Marriage Help: Is your marriage struggling under the burden of arguments, resentments, or outright conflict? Or would you simply like a chance to enrich the way you communicate as a couple? The diocese is offering a half-day session on the Smart Loving Breakthrough program, which helps couples improve the way they communicate with each other. The program draws on relationship psychology and the Theology of the Body. It is both scientific and fully Catholic. 10.00am — 1.00pm on Saturday 14 September at OLISE Newmarket. Tea and coffee will be provided. To register as an individual or couple, please email: The Breakthrough program is also available online:

Help Needed

Message from St Neots Foodbank: “A big thank you for all the food that we have received from your church over the last couple of weeks.  This has allowed us to make up 81 Summer Parcels, most of which have been delivered/collected last Monday.” Please note:  food donations will still be required over the summer—thank you for your continued generosity!

E4Mission Help Needed: I am appealing for people to come and work with E4Mission.  We need people who could spend some time chatting with our students during the week. We have 4 new students joining us in the first week in July for 6 to eight weeks. We do have a tutor book to provide some structure and I will meet them first to establish their level of English. Many people choose articles from papers and books to read and discuss, helping the students with pronunciation and grammar points. The students also like to practise the readings for daily Mass and  the priests like to practice for saying Mass in English. We would also welcome invitations for our students to have a meal with you or your family or to visit any local places of interest. So if you have any time in July and August and could spend it with our students please do ring me on 07720 040322 and I’ll give you all the information you will need. No formal qualifications are necessary just time to spend. It’s very rewarding. Please join us. Looking forward to hearing from you, Margaret Fox

Pilgrimages and Retreats

9th Annual GK Chesterton Pilgrimage, Saturday 27th July

There are several ways you can join us, either in prayer, or by walking a short section of the pilgrimage! To be involved you can;

  1. Send prayer intentions for us to pray for along the way, we will not make the intentions public;
  2. Join us on the day of the Pilgrimage, Saturday 27thJuly, for a Low Old Rite Mass, 2.30pm at The Bridgettine Convent, Fulmer Common Road, Iver, SL0 0NR, email us if you need a lift from West Drayton or Uxbridge to get to the Convent. BRING A PACKED LUNCH.
  3. You can walk 6 miles after Mass to GK Chesterton’s Grave. If you leave your car at the Convent the minibus can take you back for it at the end of the day.
  4. Or meet us at 9.15am outside Ealing Town Hall to walk (approximately 12 miles). A minibus will drop Pilgrims back to Uxbridge Station, after popping to GKC’s pub after the prayer at the graveside.
  5. Say the GK Chesterton Prayeron the day wherever you are. Find the prayer here:

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 2019Friday 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.

Walsingham Pilgrimage for the Sanctity of Life – Sunday 6th October.  Tickets: Adults £17.50, Children & Students £8.00. Let us join in prayer together  to ask for the strength and wisdom to fight on and overthrow the evil of the many challenges we are facing.   For more information:   To book-  Emanuela 01582 655246 / 07749 881060 /

Youth Organiser: Outline Job Description and Person Specification

We wish to recruit a Youth Organiser, reporting to the Parish Priest, to develop and implement ways of engaging children and young people in the life of the Church. The person appointed will work with existing catechists and others involved in youth instruction in both churches in the Parish, to co-ordinate all youth activities from pre-school to post-Confirmation.

Ultimately, we need the younger generation to grow to be life-long Catholics, who will hand on the Faith to the next generation. They should live according to Christian values and be recognised as good citizens in society. To do this we need to give our young people opportunities to take an active part in the life of the Parish. We also need to encourage them to gather together by offering a variety of different activities, both as part of existing worship and as extra events.

Duties to include:

Identify ‘best practice’ in the parish and in other parishes/areas, mainly, but not exclusively Catholic.

Working with the Parish Priest, select suitable teaching and learning materials.

Seek out and gain parental support and commitment.

Set up annual programmes for each age range:

Pre-school and infant/early junior school

First Communion preparation

Post First-Communion

Confirmation preparation

Post-confirmation up to 18 and beyond

Evaluate the effectiveness of these programmes


Flexible according to need and specific activities. This is a new and paid position and a programme of work and hours will be agreed with the successful applicant. This is not a permanent position and will be on a one-year contract which may be renewed by agreement. Cont’d


The person appointed must be well-versed in the Catholic Faith, able to relate to children and young people and have good organisational skills. DBS checking is mandatory. As this is not a permanent position, the role may suit someone still in full-time education, e.g. at university or taking a gap-year before university or employment.


Interested persons should send a CV and name of a referee, along with a cover letter   stating what they could bring to the role, to Fr Antony. The closing date for applications is 28th July 2019.