Parish News

Parish News

November Dead List Envelopes are available in the church porches. Please take one, and return the completed list in the envelope to the priest or in the Parish Office.

This Sunday is World Mission Day. There will be a second collection next weekend for Missio.

Last week’s offering amounted to £1,635.07,  including standing orders.

Adoration at St Hugh’s: As of the first Saturday in Advent, Adoration will be on Saturday, from 9.45am to 10.15am, instead of Thursday.

Volunteers Needed! Churches Together in St Neots is seeking volunteers to take part in the Passion Play 2020, which takes place on Good Friday. If you’re interested, please contact the Parish Office.

The Parish Liturgy Development Group met on Tuesday 15th October. Notes from the meeting are being prepared and will be available soon.

The parish library contains a few books on recently-canonised St John Henry Newman. If you’d like to know more about him, please visit the library and borrow a book!

This October, Pope Francis has called the whole Church to reflect upon our response to Jesus Christ’s command to ‘go and make disciples of all the peoples’.

Would you like to be a prayer sponsor for a child preparing for First Communion? If interested, please email Anne at

THE GOD WHO SPEAKS’ from Advent 2020 ‘A YEAR OF THE WORD’: 2020 is the 1,600 anniversary of Saint Jerome’s death and the 10th of Verbum Domini – Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Exhortation on ‘The Word of the Lord’. The Bishops of England and Wales are marking these events by designating 2020 a year of focus on the Bible. The Diocese is taking part in this. For initial information see:

Parish Meetings and Events

The next SVP meeting will take place on Monday 21st October in the Parish House at St Joseph’s.

The next CWL Meeting is on Monday 21st October at 2.00pm. AGE UK are coming to talk about their services.

The Meditation Group will NOT meet this Wednesday. It will reconvene next week.


The Diocesan Catechist’s course (which is for anyone who wants to be confident in talking about Christ and Church teaching) begins at the end of October.  It is is a distance-learning course spread over two school years.  Bishop Alan has asked that every parish in the Diocese have someone who has completed the course! If interested,  please see the website: or email Carol Ann Harnett:


Other Events

Catholic Women Praying Together 2019

There will be a special Mass for Catholic women to pray for the young people of our country, who face the challenges of violence, drugs and bullying, leading far too often to loss of life. The Mass will be on Wednesday 6th November at 11.30 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Farm Street, London W1K 3AH. The nearest Tube station is Green Park and the church is a short walk away, through Berkley Square (although it will be too early for the nightingales!).

After Mass there is a buffet lunch, for which tickets must be bought in advance at £25. Contact Anne Emblem to reserve a ticket.

This event is sponsored by the Association of Catholic Women, the Catholic Women’s League, The Union of Catholic Mothers, Life Ascending and the Ladies Ordinariate Group.


St John Henry Newman was canonised as a Saint of the Church at St Peter’s, Rome, on Sunday 13th October 2019. More information about the Canonisation ceremony can be found at:

THANKSGIVING FOR THE CANONISATION OF JOHN HENRY NEWMAN: Solemn Mass in thanksgiving for the Canonisation of John Henry Newman will take place on: Tuesday 29th October – at Our Lady & the English Martyrs, Cambridge, at 7pm. Preacher: Mgr Roderick Strange ( S Mary’s Catholic University, Twickenham) Tuesday 5th November – at the Cathedral church of St John the Baptist at 7pm.  Preacher:  Fr Michael Rear


Day of Prayer and Spirituality:  As already advertised, the first event of the Spiritual Development Group is taking place at St Hugh’s on Saturday 2nd November. The programme is as follows:

9.30 am. Mass
10.00 – 10.30 Introductory talk on prayer
Short Break
10.45 – 11.30 Meditation
Short Break
11.45 – 12.30 Lectio Divina
12.30 – 13.00 Benediction
13.00 Depart, or bring a picnic lunch

Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the programme.

This is an ideal opportunity to spend some quiet time in prayer, away from the usual distractions which impede our communication with Our Lord and Saviour.  All are invited but please sign up in advance on the sheet at the back of each Church so that we can make the necessary arrangements for seating and refreshments.


Forthcoming Events at Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, Cambridge CB3 9DU. To book:

2nd November 10.30 – 3.30 – Study Day on Moral Theology with Dr Anna Abram.  Come and join the CCRS students for the day.  £15 pay on the day.

Thursday Afternoons, 7th-28th November, Sr Gemma Simmonds, CJ Ignatian Spirituality.   £170.

16th November  A Time To Breathe:  an enrichment day for Prison Chaplains. 10.00am – 3.00pm £30 including lunch.

Pilgrimages and Retreats

‘The Way of Silence’ at CLARE PRIORY, Tuesday 22 October, 10.30am—3.00pm, Mass at 10.00. Bookings: Contact Kathy 01787 277326.  See the poster at the back of church for details.

Walsingham Retreats

A series of weekend retreats are being offered by the sisters of the Community of Our Lady of Walsingham at Dowry House in Walsingham on various subjects.

Dowry House Retreat is a beautiful, listed building situated just opposite the 12th Century Walsingham Abbey grounds in Walsingham. The Community of Our Lady of Walsingham would be delighted to welcome you to one of their many retreats taking place or simply to come for some quiet time.

Smart Loving: October 25 to 27
A formation retreat for couples preparing to marry in the Catholic Church. This course satisfies the requirements for Marriage Preparation and a certificate will be given which is internationally accepted in the Church.

Prayer, Intimacy and Relationships: November 22 to 24
A weekend looking at how the journey into a deeper prayer life enables us to love the people in our lives, even the most difficult!

Beginning Lectio Divina: November 29 to December 1
Join others in learning the art of Lectio Divina so that entering more deeply into the Word of God, our hearts can be filled with the thoughts, desires and sentiments of Christ’s.

For more information on these and other retreats, visit:
Email  or call 01328 801018. Dowry House Retreat, Walsingham, NR22 6BZ.