Parish News

Parish News

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.

Thank you to those who took part in the CWL Cake Sale last Sunday. The sale raised £150, and  another £50 was added to the total. The money was sent to the Relief and Refugee Fund, which is a CWL recommended charity.

The Easter Offering amounted to £4,450. The Claretian community wish to express their gratitude for the offering, and for all the cards and gifts given to them by the parish.

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,605.95, including standing orders.

The second collection for the Priests’ Training Fund amounted to £496.98. The Claretians are grateful for this donation.

The Requiem Mass for Lucia Tarantini will be at 12.00pm, Tuesday 21 May at St Joseph’s.

The Maintenance Group is now up and running with 8 members and various projects will now be investigated. 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. Notes from the meeting are being prepared and will be sent to all those who expressed an interest in the group on the Vision and Mission form.


Meetings and Events

20 May—The Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) will meet at 7.30pm in the Parish House, St Neots.

20 May—The next CWL (CIO) Meeting is at 2.00pm.  We are saying the rosary for the “Youth “ of our parish.  Afterwards we are having a cream tea.

27 May—Bank Holiday Monday. Parish Office closed; no meetings scheduled.

30 May—Bible Study Group will meet at 2.30pm in the Claret Centre. Our small informal group plan to continue studying and discussing the gospel of Luke. All welcome and tea and coffee will be provided. Please do join us.


Parish Mass for the Sick will be Saturday, 25 May at 3.00pm, St Joseph’s. The Mass is organised by the St Vincent de Paul Society and is open to all parishioners.

First Holy Communion Masses will be Sunday 23 June. St Hugh’s, 11.15am. St Joseph’s, 2.15pm.

Penitential Service for Confirmation candidates will be on Sunday 26 May at 4pm, St Joseph’s.

Confirmation Mass will be Thursday, 6 June, 6.30pm at St Joseph’s.  Bishop Alan Hopes will preside.

Gently to Jesus with Mary – Sunday 26 May at 7.00pm, The St. Claret Chapel, St Hugh’s. Who better to lead us to Jesus than Mary, His Mother? You are invited to an evening of prayer, music, readings and time for contemplation, focusing on the events of Mary’s life with Jesus as told in the scriptures. All welcome. Please email or phone or message 07711101116. Refreshments provided. Thank you.

Annual Parish Outing: The Life of Christ, Thursday 20th June, 6.30am From Car Park , St Hugh’s to Guildford, Surrey. We plan to run another coach trip to this powerful outdoor drama which takes you back in time to when Jesus lived on earth. Follow over 100 actors in full costume (and animals) moving through the beautiful grounds of the Wintershall Estate with its lakes and ancient woodlands re-enacting the remarkable events of the life of Jesus. Truly, not to be missed! You will never forget it and your Sundays listening to the gospel will never be the same again as you recall the events you have seen at Wintershall. There is no charge for coach or ticket just bring a packed lunch and folding seat if you would prefer or just sit on the grass and watch this event which could change your life, literally!
YES its that good! Please do come. Thank you. Deadline for booking SUNDAY 9th June please to or ring or message 07711101116 as we need to know numbers for the coach.

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.

Other Meetings and Events

Walsingham Children’s Pilgrimage, Tuesday, 28th May 2019. For details, see the poster in the church porch or the diocesan website.

Cardinal Newman Lectures, at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich. 23 May, 30 May and 6 June, 6.30pm.  For details, see the poster in the church porch or the diocesan website.

Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Mass: Bishop Alan has invited all married people across the Diocese of East Anglia to celebrate at the annual Marriage and Family Life Mass on Saturday June 8 at 11.30am at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich. All are welcome and those who are celebrating significant anniversaries (one year, five years and every multiple of five years thereafter) will receive a certificate. If you would like to register for a certificate please contact Bonnie Lander Johnson on or 07849357518. Join Bishop Alan after Mass for tea and cake in the Narthex and cathedral gardens. Photographs will be available for purchase online.

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.