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Parish Newsletter 24th June 2018

The Nativity Of St. John The Baptist


Sponsored Walk

A 10 mile Sponsored Walk in aid of taking children to Lourdes will take place on Saturday 7th July.  The walk will commencing at 8.30am and will be from the Church, along the canal bank to The Shovel at Iver and return.

Please collect a sponsor form from the Parish Office and give your  support to this very worthwhile cause. 

Thank you. 

Day for Life
There will be a retiring collection this weekend for ‘Day for Life’. Day for Life is the day in the Catholic Church’s year dedicated to celebrating and upholding the dignity of human life. The Church teaches that life should be protected and nurtured from conception to natural death. This is a mandatory collection, please be as generous as you can.  Thank you.
Buckden Summer Camps
Claretian Youth Retreats 2018
The  Claretian Missionaries are offering young Catholics an opportunity to participate in a five-day youth retreat that will give them the opportunity to explore their faith while living with others their age.
Details as  follows:-
11—13 year olds—23rd to 27th July
14 +   - 30th July to 3rd August.
For more information, please pick-up a leaflet from the Parish Office.
Summer Fete
Thank you to all those who worked and supported the Summer Fete last Saturday, helping to make it such a success.  The net surplus from the day was £7,992.08 and will go towards the refurbishment of the Claretian Pastoral Centre formerly St Claret’s Social Club.
Youth Sessions
To be held in either the Claret or the Upper Room from 1.00-3.00pm on 1st & 8th July. We run both religious & health focused activities.
Please bring your yoga mats & ensure you pack a lunch for your children. If you would like to find out more & want your children to take part in the sessions, please contact Sheila on 07432 047717. 
Catechist Training Workshop
Fr Paul is organising a course that will offer Skill Development and Strategies for people involved or interested in working as a catechist.  The second session is coming soon.
If you have missed the first session, this is the time to catch up with the work.
Second session will be on Saturday 14th July from 9:30am until 4:00pm in the Community Centre.
Third Session will be on Saturday 8th September from 9:30am until 4:00pm also in the Community Centre.
Those who are interested to book a place, please email:-
We look forward to receiving your email regarding this Training Workshop. Thank you.
Parish Information
Dates for your diaries . . .
Claretian Family Day
This annual event will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August at Buckden Towers an opportunity to join those from other Claretian parishes round the country. A coach has been booked—more details to follow. 
Activities & Recruitment Drive on the weekend of 1st/2nd September.
All parish groups are requested to prepare a display to inform members of the parish about their various activities and in so doing encourage them to join their group and help them in their work.
Parish Flower Festival over the weekend of 6th/9th September.
Help will be required with refreshments, guiding and stewarding in the church, sponsorship for the various flower arrangements etc. More details to follow.
Mass for Anointing of the Sick on Sunday 9th September at 3.00pm.
The Mass will coincide with the conclusion of the Flower Festival and will be a fitting tribute to all those who have supported the parish over many years in this and many other events.
A Retreat for men of the parish.
This is an event that has been proposed and is still at the planning stage – more details to follow.
Claretian “Camino de Santiago”
For young adults over 18—join Claretians and young people from Spain, Portugal and the UK (the soon to be Claretian Province of Fatima) from 19th—30th July. 
Cost: £200.00 + cost of flight. 
More information is available from the Parish Office.
Parish Repository
A good selection of Rosaries, Prayer books and Baptism gifts and cards are available from the Repository in the Parish Office and at the front of the Church.
Tea & Coffee 
Tea & Coffee are served in the foyer of the Main Hall every Sunday from 9.00am to 12 noon.
An opportunity to meet friends and catch up on the week’s events.
Anniversaries for this week:
· Laura McCarthy
· Stephen Naughton
· Richard McFaul
· Con O’Regan


May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, Rest in Peace.  Amen.