Parish News

Parish News

Next weekend there will be a second collection for Peter’s Pence.

Fr Antony, Parish Priest, will be on holiday  for one month from this week. 

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.

Transport can be arranged for anybody who has difficulty getting to Sunday Mass. We also need more drivers for the Sunday minibus rota.

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,882.24 including standing orders.

The collection for Life charities on 16 June     amounted to £389.97.

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:

* June 29/30: Peter’s Pence

* 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.

Parish Groups: Vision and Mission

The Spiritual Development Group had a planning meeting on 11th June. Notes from the meeting are being prepared.

Maintenance Group: If parishioners have suggestions for works which need attention at St Hugh’s Church, St Joseph’s Church and garden or the Parish House, please let the Parish Secretary know, either by email at or in person at the Parish Office at St Joseph’s. There also is a form available in the Church porch. Suggestions will be considered and prioritised according to urgency and available funds.

The Parish Social Group met on 8th May and has made initial plans for parish activities this year. Watch the bulletin for notice of events.

Meetings and Events

23 June—First Holy Communion Mass at St Hugh’s, 11.15am.

23 June—First Holy Communion Mass at St Joseph’s, 2.15pm.

24 June—Catholic Women’s League (CWL) will meet at 2pm in the Claret Centre. Cambridgeshire Constabulary will speak about protection from scams and safety in the home. Parishioners and members of the UCM are welcome to join us.

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

26 June—The new Meditation Group will meet from 1.00-2.00pm at 7 Osier Court, Eaton Ford PE19 7QR. For details ring Anne, 07749 585368.

26 June—BIBLE STUDY will meet at 2.30pm, at 13 Bishops Way, Buckden PE19 5TZ (PLEASE NOTE date and change of venue).
Our little group continues to study and informally discuss the Gospel of Luke and all are welcome to join us, as we are small in number but big in welcoming new people!
We study for about half an hour and discuss for a further half an hour (with tea and biscuits) and have an interesting, lovely time together. Please do come. We would value your input. Thank you.


SVP Walsingham Mass for the Sick

The annual SVP Mass for the Sick will be on July 7th. The minibus will leave St Joseph’s at 8.20am and will then go to St Hugh’s. From there it will go to the Catholic church in St Ives. A coach will collect pilgrims from St Ives, departing at 9.30am. Drinks and lunch will be provided.   The Mass for the Sick and Benediction will be after lunch. THERE IS NO WALKING.

We will return to St Ives at approximately 6.30pm, and the minibus will transport us back to St Hugh’s and St Joseph’s.

Please add your name to sign-up sheet in the back of church, or ring Hilton Rowlings on 01767 677514.



E4Mission Help Needed

Dear Parishioners,

Many of you will remember Sr Lia and Fr Robert who have spent time with us recently trying to improve their English. Many chatted with Lia after Mass and over coffee and will remember seeing Robert working with Red in the garden. They have both sent their love to you all and their thanks for your welcome.

On this note, 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 07720040322 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


Mother/Daughter Fertility and Infertility Tea

Friday, 28th June, 4.00pm, in the GS room, St. Michael the Archangel, Huntingdon

Mothers, teenagers, medical personnel, are invited to come and chat about empowering new information concerning the Continuum of fertility and infertility throughout the wonder of a woman’s life cycle. (  Adolescence, achieving pregnancy, spacing pregnancies, pre-menopause, postpartum, emotional and extreme physical stress cycles, etc.

Facilitator: Sue Fryer from Canada (BA Montreal, United Nations Billings Life, W.O.O.M.B International Team Leader, 1998-2015).  FREE registration includes refreshment but please tell Sue if you are coming! Email: or phone St Michael’s church office: 01480 453 257.


Parishioners are invited to attend the Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood
of Simon W.J. Davies
at the Cathedral Church of  Saint John the Baptist,
Unthank Road and Earlham Road, Norwich (NR2 2PA)
on the 6th of July 2019 at 11.30 in the morning.


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:

Pilgrimages and Retreats

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.