St. Joseph's Catholic Church

ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC CHURCH

ST. NEOTS, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Newsletter

The Catholic Parish

of

Saint Joseph

Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sunday Cycle C, Weekday Cycle II, Psalter Week 1
Sunday 15th May 2022
 Parish Priest:  Fr Antony Arockiam
Parish emails: stjoseph.stneots@gmail.com
 stjosephs.stneots@rcdea.org.uk
 Parish Website: stjosephstneots.co.uk
 Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 12.00pm
Telephone: 01480 472587
 
Parish Address: The Catholic Presbytery
39 East Street
St Neots
Cambridgeshire
PE19 1JU
 
 R.C. Diocese of East Anglia:
A Registered Charity (Charity Commission No. 278742)
 
 
The Bishops have chosen Tuesday of the 5th Week of Easter as the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse — 17th May 2022. There were two connected reasons for moving the Day of Prayer from Lent to Easter: this is not a penitential day for the failure of the Church and others to respond to the scourge of abuse but a day of prayer for those who have been abused in a season of hope and new life.
Free Coach to Walsingham: If you would like to attend the Diocesan Pilgrimage on 31st May, places are available on a free coach departing from Cambourne at 9am. To book a place on the coach, please call 07754-227468.
Parish Census: Please continue to hand in your completed Parish Census. The census is collecting basic contact information including name, address, telephone number, and email. Everybody’s participation is needed to ensure we have an up-to date list. The form also offers parishioners options for parish involvement as well as a chance to make suggestions.
 English for Ukranians: The UCM is organising English lessons to assist Ukrainians in St Neots and surrounding areas. We have two teachers, but more are needed, as the students have different levels of English. If interested, please contact the Parish Office, or give your details to Fr Antony.
Eucharistic Ministers: Sunday 19th June is the feast of Corpus Christi and the weekend we traditionally commission our Eucharistic Ministers for the Year. We are looking for new parishioners to come forward and join our group of Eucharistic Ministers to help distribute communion in Church and be available to take communion to the sick. There will be a training session for new members.
Help Needed: The parish needs to transport items from the parish garden to the recycling centre. Is there anyone with a trailer or similar who would be available to take the items? If so, please speak to Fr Antony or contact the parish office.
Marriage and Family Life Mass: Bishop Alan Hopes is inviting all married people in the Diocese of East Anglia to bring their families and celebrate at the annual Marriage and Family Life Mass on June 18 at 11.30am, St John’s Cathedral in Norwich.
Minibus Drivers: The parish needs volunteers to drive the minibus to collect parishioners for the 11.00am Sunday Mass.  Volunteers will require a DBS – if you don’t have one, the parish can apply for you. If interested, please speak to Fr Antony.
Buckden Plant sale: Saturday 21st May, 11am to 3pm. A wide variety of plant stalls, wrought iron stall and refreshments, tea, coffee, filled rolls and cakes. Entrance £2.50. No dogs except assistance dogs. If you could bake a cake, or would like to help on the day with teas, entry, gazebo construction or car parking, please contact Frances Farmer: 07706195511 or email Frances.farmer@btopenworld.com
Youth Summer Camp:  The Diocese of East Anglia Summer Camp for ages 8-14 will take place Friday 26th August to Monday 29th August. The location will be Ringsfield Hall, Beccles. Application forms are available in the church porch.
Weekly Collection:  Last Sunday’s collection amounted to £292.09, plus ~£500 in standing orders. In addition, £415.81 was collected for the Diocesan Priests’ Training Fund. Thank you for your generosity.
Message from CAFOD: Thank you to all parishioners at St Joseph for your generous support for CAFOD this year and for your latest donation of £977.60 which we received on 28 April 2022. Thank you for donating to our Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Our local Ukrainian aid workers and volunteers are already reaching families in need who have been forced to leave their homes due to the conflict, especially women and children. We are supporting our Caritas sister agencies to reach communities most in need inside Ukraine, and in neighbouring countries. Your donation will provide food, clean water, healthcare, and travel onto safe areas or into neighbouring countries. On behalf of the families, you are reaching out to with kindness and compassion, thank you. 
We Pray for the sick of our parish: Madline, Terry Harper. We also pray for students who will be taking exams over the next few weeks.