Parish News

Parish News

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,710,including standing orders.

The collection for the Catholic Communications Network amounted to  £266.09.

Monday Mass at St Joseph’s will be at 10am rather than 7pm.

The First Communion Mass at St. Joseph’s will be 2pm on Sunday 3 June.

The Application form for the Sacrament of Confirmation is available at the Church porch.

Pentecost Service. The St Neots Churches Together has organised a Pentecost event, which will start at St Neots at 3pm on Sunday 20 May. Participants will then proceed to other churches in St Neots. All welcome.



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, 21st May

The next SVP meeting will be on Monday, 21st May at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Parish House. New members welcome.


21st May

The next CWL Meeting is Monday 21st May at 2pm in the Claret Center. We are starting the meeting with the Rosary for the Youth of the parish, then  finishing with a cream tea. All are welcome.

24th May

Bible Study will meet at 2.30pm in the Claret Centre

25th May

The CWL are organising a Cheese and Wine Evening on Friday 25th May. At 7pm in the King’s Room, Claret Centre. The Ukulele group from St Ives will provide entertainment.  All parishioners are invited. Tickets will be on sale after Mass at £4.00 or £5.00 on the night.


Calling All Pro-Life Supporters

Please join us at the 2018 Mass for the work of the Pro-Life organisations and the right to hold silent vigils, Saturday 26th May, 2 pm at the Shine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Protectress of the Unborn), The Church of the Holy Child and St Joseph, Brereton Road, Bedford MK40 1HU.  The Principal Celebrant will be Fr Jeremy Davies and Mass will be followed by refreshments.

Christian Aid

The Christian Aid  box and envelopes are available at the Church porch. If you wish to take an envelope, you may do so and return it next weekend.


 Saturday 23rd June 2018

After the wonderful support for our last Parish Family evening for the RISEN film, we are planning a summer trip to the extraordinary Life of Christ performed at the beautiful Wintershall Estate  near Guildford.

We are booking a return coach from Buckden and need to know numbers interested, to a maximum of 50 persons, so please email your family name, number of seats and ages of children/students and telephone number to by Sunday,6th May, please if interested, or for further details.

You will feel you have spent the day with our beloved JESUS and that’s a promise!

There is no charge so please do make the time. YOU WILL NEVER REGRET IT! Thank you.

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:-

11—13 year olds—23rd—27th July

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

Tuesday 29th May: Children’s Pilgrimage to Walsingham, led by Bishop Alan Hopes. The day will start with a procession from the village at 10.45, with Mass at 12pm. After Mass, there will be a picnic followed by an afternoon at the beach.

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


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).