Parish News

Parish News

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,646.53 including standing orders.

Next Friday is Lent Fast Day. Next weekend a second collection will be taken for the work of CAFOD.

LENT 2018

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

Lenten Station Mass with Bishop Alan at OLEM in Cambridge on Monday 26th February at 7.00 pm., with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 6.00 to 6.45pm., followed by refreshments.

 

 

100 Club Jan 2018 Winners

1st prize, £25, Theresa Wilson

2nd prize, £10, Ray Logan

A Gold Earring had been found in the Church. If you have lost one, please contact the office in Buckden.

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 February

The next SVP meeting will be at 7.30pm in St Joseph’s Parish House. The annual SVP National Raffle tickets will be on sale after Masses from 11th February. Prizes are £3,000, £2,000 and £1,000. Also ten £100 and ten £50.

Monday, 19th February

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 February

The next CWL meeting is at 2.00pm. Members are asked to bring or share a book they have enjoyed reading. Parishioners and members of the UCM are welcome to join us. There will be the usual refreshments and raffle.

Thursday, 22nd February

The next Bible Study will be at 2.30pm. This will take place at the Claret Centre in the Parlour. All are most welcome.

Friday, 23rd February

CAFOD FAMILY FAST DAY. Please give generously to support our brothers and sisters who don’t have enough to eat. Three million children a year are killed by malnutrition. This year the UK government will DOUBLE your donations up to a total of 5 million pounds. Please collect your Fast Day envelopes from the back of the church.

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: office@pilgrimagepeople.org

Eucharistic Ministers

Refresher Training for Eucharistic Ministers

Refresher training for existing Ministers will take place on Saturday 24th February at St Joseph’s and Saturday 3rd March at St Hugh’s from 10.00am to 12 noon. Ministers are asked to attend one of these two sessions. It helps with arrangements if you can let Maggie know which day you will be attending or if neither date is suitable. Maggie can be contacted on 210458 or at maggiestephenson54@gmail.com.

Training for New Eucharistic Ministers at St Joseph’s

There will be training sessions on Tuesday 20th February and Saturday 3rd March, both from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. New ministers are asked to attend one of these sessions. Please let Maggie know which day you will be attending.

Commissioning and Recommissioning of Eucharistic Ministers

This will take place at all Masses on the weekend of 10th/11th March. If you are away that weekend, please let Maggie know.

 

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.

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.

 

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).