Parish News

Parish News

Last weeks offering amounted to £1,718.784 incl. standing orders.

The second collection for the Diocesan Youth Service amounted to £402.96. Thank you.

There will be a second collection for the Christmas flowers taken next weekend

The funeral of Tony Migliaccio RIP is at 11.00am on Wednesday, the 6th December in St. Joseph Church, St. Neots.

The funeral for Teresa Adlard RIP will be on Thursday, the 7th December at 2.00pm, in St. Hugh Church, Buckden.

Children’s Nativity. There will be a practice on Saturday 2nd of December at 3:30 for any children who are a  available on Christmas Eve and would like to be in the nativity play

Mission Red Boxes. If you have a Red Mission Box please take it to the Parish House at St Joseph’s or the office at St Hugh’s for emptying. Once emptied, boxes will be left at the back of each church. If you want to make a donation by cheque, please make your cheque payable to: APF Account Reg Charity No. 1056651.

SVP Christmas Hamper Appeal. Every Christmas the SVP delivers about 90 Hampers to the needy, deprived and lonely of our area. Once again we are asking the Parish to help us by donating items such as cakes, biscuits, chocolates Christmas Puddings and any other products that would help our families have a special Christmas. A box will be placed in the Porch from this weekend.

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

Meetings and Events

Monday, 4th December

There will be a Choir Practice for St Hughs at 7.30pm.

Thursday, 14th December

The next Bible Study will be at 2.00 o’clock at 12,St George’s Close, Brampton. All are most welcome. We are looking at the letters of St James.

Monday, 18th December

The next CWL Meeting  is at 2.00pm. We will start the afternoon with prayers before the Posada followed by a reading by Joan Van Leeuwen “On the Stable at Bethlehem”. We will complete the afternoon with Secret Santa, mince pies and cake. Members are asked to bring a wrapped gift no more than £5.00. Members of the UCM and parishioners are welcome to join us

Tuesday, 19th December

There will be a Carol Service at St Mary’s at 7.30pm and afterwards hot chocolate and mince pies in the Kings Room. People are requested if you could make or send in mince pies for the evening. It is a lovely evening and starts Christmas for most people.

Thursday, 4th January

Eucharistic Ministers – A date for your Diary. There will be a meeting of all Eucharistic Ministers in the parish on  at 7.30pm in the Upper Room at St Joseph’s. The meeting will be part business and part social: an opportunity to get to know one another and raise any concerns you might have. If you are unable to come please let Maggie know (01480 210458 or at maggiestephenson54@gmail.com).

Old Testament Class

Given the amount of noise and disruption likely to be caused by the refurbishment of the toilet at the back of the church, I have decided to cancel the last two classes of this term. There will be no class on Thursdays 7th and 14th December. We will meet again with Joshua to enter the Promised Land on Thursday 4th January.

Young people of Buckden – we need

 WANTED – a teenage girl and boy to be Mary and Joseph in a “live” nativity scene on Christmas Eve after the children’s Mass outside the church as people leave. No speaking parts, just Mary to lie on the floor holding the baby Jesus and Joseph sitting gently beside her, watching over them, in the gatehouse archway, surrounded by candlelight and sweetest music playing softly. It makes Christmas REAL and it’s magic!! Young people, please help us celebrate the real, true, magic meaning of Christmas. We are depending on you to make it happen.  (Warm blankets and hot water bottles provided too). Thank you. Please ring Joan on 07711101116 if you have any questions.

 

Catholic Schools

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 ‘Catholic Education’ 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.

Cloakroom Refurbishment

The toilet at the side of the Church at St Joseph’s is about to undergo major refurbishment and will be out of action from Wednesday 6th December. The estimated completion date is Wednesday 20th. Obviously this is inconvenient but it is essential work to improve this facility.

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).