Parish News

Parish News

This weekend, there will be a second collection at all Masses for the Dependent Priests’ Fund.

Minibus Drivers for the 11.15am Mass at St Joseph’s are URGENLTY needed. Currently we have only one driver. No special license is required, though you would need a DBS check. Please see the priest after Mass or phone the office.

Volunteers needed to take over the Christmas decorating at St Joseph’s, as of next year. It would be helpful if volunteers could attend this year to see how things are assembled. Decorations will be put up on Friday, 20th December at 10.30. Help also is needed this year to bring the Nativity figures into the church.

Mince pies needed! Please bring donations of minced pies to the The Claret Centre before Tuesday 17th December. The CWL will be hosting St Mary’s Church at the Towers following St Mary’s carol service.

Our Christmas Mass for children at St Hugh’s will be on Christmas eve at 5pm and you are all most warmly invited. We would love as many young people as possible to join in: reading, lighting candles, welcoming and being part of the offertory. Ursula will be at Mass next week to ‘sign you up’ for any remaining places. If you are not going to catch her then, you can message her this week on 07811552015. Thank you.

STILL NEEDED! We need 3 young people between ages of 14-20 to be a Mary, a Joseph and an angel (angel could be younger) take part in costume in a candlelit Nativity Tableau on Christmas Eve between 6pm and 7pm. at St. Hugh’s . No speaking parts! Small gratuity offered and huge thanks! Please tel 07711101116 for details. THANK YOU.

CLOTHES FOR HOMELESS PERSONS: Kindly note that requests for clothing donations for the above have now CEASED.  Thank you for your wonderful response and your graciousness and kindness which is much appreciated by all concerned.

SVP Christmas Hamper appeal: The hampers have now been assembled. Thank you for the generous donations.

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,621.69 including standing orders.

POSADA: Please sign up for the day you would like to host the HOLY FAMILY.  This is a means of preparing the parish for Christmas, and to help us evangelise our neighbours.  Simple prayer sheets will be provided.

Nativity during Christmas Eve Mass at St Joseph’s: We are looking for children aged 4-12 years to take part in this year’s Nativity Gospel at the Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve at St Joseph’s.  For anyone interested then please complete the sign-up sheet in the porch at the back of the church.  

Actios is appealing for new members to serve on either the steering committee or board of trustees. Young members are particularly encouraged to join—anyone from age 15 on up. Please see the letter on the bulletin board at the back of church. Actios is a local charity that brings the Good News of Christ into local schools.

Volunteers Needed! Christians Together in St Neots is seeking volunteers to take part in the Passion Play 2020, on Easter Sunday. If you’re interested, please contact the Parish Office.


Parish Meetings and Events

TWO FROM GALILEE Advent Reflection, Sunday, 15th December at 7.00pm in the St Claret Chapel, Buckden Towers. Refreshments provided. Tel. 07711101116

The CWL will meet on Monday, 16th December at 2.00pm in the Claret Centre. We are starting the afternoon with prayers before the POSADA followed by readings of “In the Manger” read by Joan Van Leeuwen. We then have mince pies and cake with Secret Santa. Members, please bring a wrapped gift worth £5.00. There will be no raffle but we will be having a collection for the SVP.

The SVP will meet on Monday, 16th December at 7.30pm in the Parish House at St Joseph’s. New members welcome.

The Parish Reconciliation Service will take place on Wednesday, 18th December, 7.00pm at St Joseph’s.

The Joint Roman Catholic/Anglican Carol Service will take place at St James’ Church, Croxton, at 3.00pm on Sunday 22nd December.

Epiphany Candlelight Mass—Sunday 5th January, 5pm. For all young people and their families from across the diocese. Followed by hot dogs, a bonfire and fireworks. There will be a collection of presents for children who are refugees (please bring wrapped presents and indicate whether suitable for a boy or girl or either, and approximate age). Held at The White House, 21 Upgate, Poringland, Norwich. Organised by the Diocesan Youth Service.


Community Christmas Day Lunch: River Church in St Neots is hosting a lunch on Christmas Day for those in our community who would otherwise be on their own or are facing financial hardship, 12:30pm to 2:30pm on Christmas Day (Wednesday 25th December) at The Eatons Centre, St Neots, PE19 8ES. This is a free event, but registration is essential. Help with transport is available if requested at registration. To sign up please contact Jim Fitzgerald on 07545 175837.