Advent 2016 1st Sun A - 2016.11.27.pdf

The Parish Family

Please keep praying for: Natalie AH-Mane,  Marie Aldworth, Lynn Armstrong, Mary Bracken, Christopher Browne, Frank Brewer, Mary Buckley, Lionel Buisson, Lea Cardy, Jonathan Costello, Theresa Coverdale, Crystine Cyril, Teresa Davies, Jodie Davis, Keith William Elliott, Tina Franks, , Fr Ivan Weston, Janetta Gibson, Carmen Mallia, Patrick McNamara, Michael Lynch, Lee Mitcham, Jose Morgan, Jim Moir, Amanda Newall, Jean Poore, Fabiano Quenten, Judith Rumbelow, John and Carol Sayer, Jane Sebb, Mary & Ricky Silverstone, Ron Skeates , Christopher Stephenson, Ken Walker, Dr John M. Walsh, Phyllis Wright and all the sick and housebound .

Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed

Please remember in your prayers those who have passed away recently: Cornelius McCarthy,

Betty Skeates, Coral Morton, John Ainger

may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

We offer our prayers and support to the family of  Betty Skeates , who died recently. Betty was known to many parishioners. She has been a parishioner for 30 years was at 8am Mass every Sunday until she became ill. Betty’s funeral will be on Tuesday 5th July at 10.00am at Sacred Heart church.


The next meeting will be at 2.30pm on the 29th June at a garden in Bluntisham, Afternoon Tea on a Summer’s Day.

If you wish to go please contact a member of the SVP as we would like final numbers before 23rd June or send your details to the parish office.

Transport can be arranged to the event.


On Sunday 3rd July the annual SVP pilgrimage for the sick and elderly will take place at Our Lady’s shrine in Walsingham. A coach organised by the parish SVP Conference will leave at 10am returning at 6.30pm approx. from our church car park. There is NO CHARGE for this but a collection will be taken on the return journey for anyone who would like to donate. The SVP members will provide a lunch box and hot and cold drinks to be eaten when we arrive at 12 noon approx.. before the Mass at 1.30pm.Afterwards there will be free time to visit the Slipper Chapel etc then the SVP will serve tea and cake before the Sacrament of the Sick and Benediction at 4pm. put your names on the list in the porch if you wish to come or contact Elizabeth 01480 383608.

This pilgrimage is open to all parishioners.


You are invited to a coffee morning on Tuesday 5th July at 10.15pm in the Glass room at the Golden Lion Hotel. Please order and pay for your coffee or tea at the bar and the waiter will bring it to you in the Glass Room. ALL WELCOME.


It is hoped to resume children’s liturgy at 11am Mass during the Autumn term. If you have previously been a leader or helper or have some experience in the field and would like to join the team please contact the parish office or Mrs Annie Howell as soon as possible. Please note you will need to be DBS checked or rechecked. A preliminary meeting will be held to announce the new safeguard measures that have to be adhered to.

The parish would appreciate a volunteer to coordinate The Association for the Propagation of the Faith (RED BOXES).  Please let Fr. Tom know if you are interested

ORGANIST NEEDED Anyone who would like to help provide music for the Mass and has any keyboard experience should contact James Howe (  or Meg Hawksworth after Mass.  Lessons can be provided if required.


The parish SVP Conference has been asked to arrange a rota of transport for Mary and Rikki Silverstone to 5pm Mass from their home in Somersham. It is hoped the commitment can be once a month or longer if we have more volunteers. Please contact Thank you.

St Ives Food Bank If you would like to donate food to the St Ives food bank, please take your donation straight to Food Bank. The Food Bank says that cash donations may be easier for you and better for them. You can donate online to their account at Barclays Bank: Name: St Ives Cambs Food Bank Sort code:-43-63; Account number:13183149

See details a


As you will be aware the collections have dropped by approx. £500 per week due to the low Mass attendance. Fortunately a number of parishioners make their donation by Standing Order each month from their banks which means we are receiving £430 per week from them and this has proved essential in keeping a regular flow of income but not sufficient to meet our budget commitments

Would you consider setting up a Standing Order on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis with your bank in favour of the Parish – bank details are Sort code: 60-18-17;     Account number: 17559642

This can be done online send your details to the parish office but also a form can be sent to you from the parish office, please phone with your details which can be left on the answering machine if no one is available. If you pay income tax you can gift aid your donation which adds another 25% on top of your gift.                                                                                                      Thank you. Fr Tom

Standing Order Form

Gift Aid Declaration Form

Thank you for your generous collection last week



The Parish Family

Please keep praying for: Natalie AH-Mane, Marie Aldworth, Christopher Browne, Mary Buckley, Myra & Lionel Buisson, Lea Cardy, Kathleen Clewlow, Theresa Coverdale, Jane Sebb, Eddie Francis, Tina Franks, Jessie Mascarenhas, Aileen McBride, Jim Moir, Amanda Newall , Peter Newton, Jean Poore, Fabiano Quenten, Joan Mary Radforth, Irene Smeaton, Philip Spencer and Family, Christopher Stephenson, Ken Walker, Dr John M. Walsh, Phyllis Wright and all sick and housebound.


Congratulations to:

Dawid Barka                                  Dominique Lavaro

Julia Barka                                     Andrew Pater

Joseph Carrick                               Mark Pater

Ella De’ath                                     Antonio Price

Ann Morgan Eidt                            Bartosz Wydmuch

Madalena Eidt                                 Natalia Wydmuch

     Alfred Heylen
who were Confirmed by bishop Alan Hope on 10th April 2018 in our parish.

St Georges Day Lunch

This year our very popular St Georges Day Lunch will be at 12.30 on 19th April when we will be serving roast beef, Yorkshire puddings and all the trimmings, choice of pudding and soft drink. £4.50. Proceeds to Crohn’s and Colitis charity. A list is in the porch for names and you are welcome to bring your friends.

Autumn Club

The monthly autumn club meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th April when there will be a display and talk on a very interesting Thimble Collection followed by tea and cakes in our parish hall.

Baptismal Preparation Course

The next session for parents who wish to have their child baptised in the Roman Catholic Church will be on 27th May at 4.00 pm in Presbytery.


Applications are requested for the position Sacred Heart Parish Treasurer.

The Treasurer will be a functional leader with the ability to bring about financial independence and integrity over Parish Church Funds. A good knowledge of Bookkeeping / Accounting will be required. The Treasurer will not be required to personally handle cash.

The position will require a commitment of one half day per week throughout the year, with additional time required during the month of February to prepare the Year End Accounts and Diocese Annual Return.

Aboud Generator Appeal Update

Following our appeal for donations to help provide a new generator for our twin village of Aboud in the Holy Land, may I thank you for your generosity. We already had £6000 from standing order donations and with your contributions we now have £7498.88 towards our target of £9050. I have spoken to Fr Simon (the parish priest in Aboud) and he is extremely grateful for all we are trying to do to help them. There is still an opportunity to contribute to this very worthwhile cause. Please make your donation, big or small, by giving it to Fr Karol, Elizabeth Barker or by handing it in to the parish office. If you are a UK tax payer then please provide your name and address, or e mail address, so that we can send you a Gift Aid Form and further benefit from your donation.