May 2014
Our Church Community is enhanced by being able to meet  and celebrate various events and functions in our Church Hall. In November each year we hold a Christmas Bazaar with many stalls and very popular Grand Draw. Each Sunday during 11:15 Mass it is used for Children’s Liturgy where children aged 5 – 8 hear the gospel, pray, sing hymns and have activities related to the readings of the day. Classes for First Holy Communion are also held in the Hall. It is a great place for celebrating Baptisms, First Holy Communion parties and is also used for funerals creating an opportunity for families to feel the support of family, friends and parishioners.

In the wider community it is regularly used by U3A, a weight and support group and for drama rehearsals. Later in the year we hope to start a Mums and Toddlers group which would be open to all. When we get planning permission to demolish the bungalow on our site we hope to put an extension on the Hall which would be a Baptistry and Chapel for quiet prayer.

On 11th June there will be an inter-church service for all the Sawston churches in our church at 20:00 followed by a social gathering in the Hall with light refreshments. At the end of June we have a big celebration for Fr. Raf’s Golden Jubilee to celebrate his ordination as a priest 50 years ago when we can show our appreciation for all that he has done in our community at Sawston. We thank God for his ministry and pray that he will be with us for many years to come.

If you are interested in booking our hall for parties, meetings or family celebrations please contact Jennie Spencer on 01223 839248 or email

January 2014
As a parish community we support the work of CAFOD (Catholic Aid for Oversees Development) which is a charity that works in the third world and with other agencies to provide support on a day-to-day basis and also in emergencies. In Advent, families were encouraged to take money boxes for small change which were brought back to Mass on the feast of the Epiphany and presented before the crib by many kings! When we know the total collected the children will choose world gifts e.g. chirpy chickens, beehives, goats, water for a family, a vegetable garden and many more. In Lent we will have more collecting boxes and the money raised will be going to a special project in Ethiopia. At a date to be arranged, Stephen Matthews from CAFOD will be coming to tell us more about Ethiopia and how we can help. We also have two Family Fast Days one in March and one in October and this money goes to the general fund of CAFOD .

The Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve was as usual a great celebration with many children dressed as angels, shepherds, kings and many others taking part in the readings and prayers. Every term there will be a children’s Mass and the next one will be in Lent possibly 9th March, will keep you posted. We wish you all a Happy New Year filled with joy and peace.

November 2013
The 24th November, the feast of Christ the King, sees the end of the Church’s year and the end of the Year of Faith. As a community we have observed the Year of Faith with a period of silent prayer each Thursday From 19:00-19:30 which has proved popular with a small group of people including a member of another church. Those who attended have found this an oasis of peace and calm in a busy week and would like it to continue. All are welcome to join us every Thursday in church and afterwards in the parish house for coffee/tea and biscuits and a chat. As Christmas approaches we have various activities planned starting with our Christmas Bazaar in the church hall on Saturday 23rd November this raises funds for various parish treats.

On Saturday 14th December, we have our Annual Christmas Lunch for the senior citizens of our community which is held at the OWL café. We usually have a party for children but this year we plan to take them to a Pantomime which is yet to be finalised. Just a reminder that our Church Hall is available for hire please contact Jennie Spencer on 01223 839248 or at Our Christmas Mass times are as follows: Children’s Mass on Christmas Eve at 18:00, Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at 21:00 and Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 on Christmas morning. Wishing you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.

July 2013
After a wait of two years, we welcome the appointment of our new Bishop. He is Bishop Alan Hopes presently an auxiliary Bishop in the Westminster Diocese. He will be the 4th Bishop of East Anglia and will be installed on Tuesday 16th July at the cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Norwich. We pray that he will be a compassionate and caring shepherd to his flock.
Saturday 29th June saw the baptism of Charlie Francis Worth, son of Joseph and Claire (nee Higgins) and was an occasion of great celebration with many family, friends and parishioners. Fr. Raf baptised Charlie who was very well behaved and only gave a small cry when the water was poured on his head! Afterwards there was a great party in the Hall with lots of food especially cakes and endless cups of tea.

Future events include a talk by Fr. Pat Shanahan “Growing up on the streets” about street children in Africa and other parts of the world. This will be on Thursday 18th July at 19:30 in the Hall. After the Summer Holiday, we are having an International Bring and Share Supper on Saturday 7th September for our very diverse congregation. All families will bring food from their part of the world and can dress if they wish in National costume. We hope this will be a great success and become a regular event. There will also be a Murder Mystery play on 28th September, details to follow.

May 2013
On the afternoon of Saturday 9th March, we celebrated a Mass for the Anointing of the Sick followed by a tea party in the Hall. A large number of parishioners including some from OLEM in Cambridge came to receive this healing sacrament. Fr. Raf layed his hands on those receiving the Sacrament and then anointed each one – it was a very simple, moving experience and those who were anointed felt the healing power of God. The tea party that followed was a great success and an opportunity for people to get together with old friends.

The Easter Triduum was celebrated with Fr. Raf and a  fellow White Father and old friend Fr. Pat Shanahan who also came to the procession of Witness on Good Friday. He will be with us again in July when Fr. Raf will be on holiday and we shall learn about the charity he started for the street children of Africa. On Maundy Thursday at the Mass of the Last Supper, Frs.Raf and Pat washed the feet of 12 parishioners, always a very moving and symbolic ceremony. On Easter Sunday morning, the 11:15 Mass was full to capacity with many families celebrating the joy of the risen Christ and our children enjoying the usual Easter eggs from Fr. Raf.

The Annual meeting of our parish community is on Wednesday 15th May when we will be discussing a number of new plans and initiatives in our community. We hope to tell you more about these in the coming months.

March 2013
As I write this, we are half way through Lent and looking forward to the great celebration of Easter. On 11th February as a part of the Universal Church we learnt that Pope Benedict XVI was to retire, a brave decision which was a great surprise. We pray that the new Pope will be a listening and compassionate shepherd to his flock.

On 1st March we hosted the Women’s World Day of Prayer at OLOL. The theme was “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” prepared by the women of France . It was very thoughtfully prepared with appropriate readings and music  and  we learnt about the multicultural nature of France. It was also a great opportunity for all the Sawston churches to come together.

As a parish community we support the work of CAFOD with two family fast days a year; one in Lent, the other in October. We also had Advent collecting boxes last December and the money raised, nearly £500 was used to purchase various items such as chickens, toilets, footballs and health care. The children of our community had great fun and put much thought into choosing the gifts from the CAFOD World Gifts catalogue. We also contribute to the Cambridge Food Bank on the last Sunday of each month with ever increasing donations. Once a month we hold a Fair Trade stall in the OLOL Hall after both Sunday Masses which is always very popular.

These News reports are written by Julie Ball, one of our parishioners and are published in the village magazine Sawston Scene.

This page was last updated on 5th June 2015

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