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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, Bernadino De Sienna, Jane Ebb, Tina Franks, Max Levene, Michael Lynch, Jessie Mascarenhas, Aileen McBride, Jim Moir, Peter Newton, Sandra Perrett, Jean Poore, Fabiano Quenten, Joan Mary Radforth, Philip Spencer and Family, Christopher Stephenson, Ken Walker, DrJohn M.Walsh, Phyllis Wright and all sick and housebound.


Elizabeth Barker thanks everyone who sent flowers, Mass and sympathy cards and their condolences in her recent bereavement. Also thank you for all the donations to Cancer of the Unknown Primary (CUP). A thanksgiving Mass will be offered for your intentions on 10th October at 10.00am.

“Building Bridges: St Ives to Aboud”  Sunday 24th September 2017 atpm

Sacred Heart Parish has been twinned with the Palestinian village of Aboud since 2003. We have helped the villagers with financial support for education, health and social projects. Come along to an afternoon of entertainment including poetry, readings, and music. There will be photographs and background history about Aboud and the afternoon will end with refreshments in the hall.  FREE ENTRY! (Donations are always appreciated!!)

SVP Awareness Month

During Sept./Oct. the Saint Vincent De Paul Society in this parish and throughout the world have a poster campaign to advertise the work they do in Catholic parishes. You may wish to become a Friend of SVP giving a monthly financial donation.

Baptismal Preparation Course

For those who have registered beforehand, the next session for parents who wish to have their child baptised in the Roman - Catholic Church will be this Sunday at 4pm at the Presbytery.

National Pilgrim Virgin Statue (NPVS)

This year the Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima. In May of this year Pope Francis canonised two of the shepherd children to whom Our Lady appeared, St Francisco and St Jacinta. The Church in England and Wales is blessed to be receiving a visitation of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima together with relics of the two new saints. The visit to our Diocese will take place at our Cathedral on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September and at Walsingham from 25th to 27th September . Please see the posters on the notice board for more information.

Autumn Club

On Wednesday, 27th September, there will be a boat trip on the River Ouse. If you are a member and want to come please tell your usual SVP friend. Leaving church car park at 11.10; boat sails at 11.30am. Picnic lunch on board.


Classes begin on October 8th at 9.30am in the La Salette Room. If you have not registered you need to get a form immediately from the back of the church or the parish office.

Additional confessions on the last Saturday of each month

at 10am with the Exposition of Blessed Sacrament in the church until 11am.

Mass for the Sick - Sunday, 8th October at 11am

During this Mass the Sacrament of the Sick will be administered to all those who are sick or elderly. The front pews in the church will be reserved for them.

The SVP will provide a buffet lunch afterwards in the Hall.

Transport may be available for anyone who needs it. Contact parish office on 01480 462 192.

Churches Together in St Ives

Churches Together in St Ives (CTSI) are holding their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Monday 25th September at 7.30 pm in the Free Church hall/lounge.

All parishioners are welcome to attend and participate in the election of officers for the coming year.

Red Box Collection

Could all Red Box holders please bring their boxes to church for collection and emptying ASAP? This is particularly important due to the withdrawal of the old-style £1.coin from circulation (15th October 2017). Due to holiday commitments, it may take a few weeks to return boxes to you, so please bear with parish office. If you have any queries, please contact me on 07919136362 or send an email to

‘The Grapevine’ – November 2017 Edition

The next Grapevine is due soon. If you have any stories, poems, thoughts or jokes etc., please send them to us for consideration and publication. This issue has a section focusing on Bluntisham, so anything with links to this village would be most grateful. Please leave all submissions at the back of the church (FAO Grapevine team), or preferably send an electronic copy to Closing date: 31st Oct. 2017.

Fertility Awareness Methods (FAM)

A natural way to plan your family in accordance with Church teaching. Interested in learning or looking for more information? Contact Monika at

The Diocesan Youth Service is looking

for people to join the ‘Ignite Team’

These are full-time residential positions, sharing the Gospel Message in schools and parishes, in a way young people can relate to, including using music, drama and tech. For more info please see and click on the 'Ignite Team' link.

Parishioner Request

Morning and evening PA/Carer required for 45 minute call to assist man with dressing and breakfast. Call: 07817 557767.

Thank you so much for supporting Home Mission last weekend. A sum of £211.72  was raised.

Special Publications available NOW!!! :

The Tablet—September 23rd    - price £3

Catholic East Anglia  Magazine    - FREE

Diocesan Year Book 2017     - FREE OFFER

Wednesday Word for Sunday sheets  - FREE

Thank you for your generous collection last week:

Parish Newsletter

Gift Aid Envelopes:


Standing Orders