St Joseph and St Hugh

Welcome to the website of
the Catholic Parish of St. Joseph and St. Hugh

Updated 8 May 2021

Both St Hugh’s (Buckden) and St Joseph’s (St Neots) are open for Masses per the usual schedule. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, attendance at Mass is limited to 40 at St Hugh’s and 30 at St Joseph’s. If planning to attend Mass, please follow the guidance of the steward. Each church will close immediately after Mass and will be sanitised per the Covid guidelines.
As of 8th August, the Government requirements stipulate that masks must be worn within church. The Bishops have updated guidelines. The complete Guidelines with revisions can be viewed here (updates are in red): 2020.08.25 – Guidance for Acts of Worship – Pastoral Care of the Sick – Revision 5

The Mass Schedule for the week is as follows:

Mass Intentions Week Commencing 9 May 2021

St. Joseph

St. Hugh

Sunday 9th May—6th Sunday of Easter

8.00am.   Maureen Reilly, RIP
11.15am.  Ronnie Jacquard, Ints
5.30pm.   Madden family, Ints
6.30pm. (vigil) Marian House, Ints
9.45am. People of the Parish

Monday 10 May—Easter Feria

No Mass
Private Mass:

Tuesday 11 May—Easter Feria

10.00am.  Rosary Group, Ints.

Wednesday 12 May—Easter Feria

10.00am.  Stan Brown, RIP

Thursday 13 May—Ascension of the Lord

10.00am.  Andrew Madden, RIP
7.00pm.  John McCarthy, Ints.

Friday 14 May—St Matthias

10.00am.  Robert and Julia Gunning, RIP

Saturday 15 May—Easter Feria

No Mass

Sunday 16 May—7th Sunday of Easter

8.00am.  William Keating, RIP
11.15am.  Holy Souls
5.30pm.  Tom Morris, RIP

Parish News

This week: Sunday Readings Year B, Weekdays Cycle I. Divine Office: Psalter Week 2.
Thursday this week is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and a Holy Day of Obligation.
Next Sunday is World Communication Day. There will be a second collection for the Catholic Communication Network.
May – Month of Mary. In our Catholic tradition, the month of Mary is dedicated to the veneration of Our Blessed Mother in heaven – Virgin Mary. Remember the Marian dimension of your Christian life and ask her intercession.
International Prayer Marathon. Pope Francis has invited Catholics and 30 Marian Shrines around the world, including the Shrine at Walsingham, to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. It started 1st May in Walsingham and continues in different Marian shrines across the globe. You can follow it and join on YouTube using Vatican Media Live – YouTube every day at 5:00 pm.
The Catholic marriage charity Retrouvaille is putting on an online weekend for couples experiencing difficulties from July 1 to 4. The programme offers an opportunity to grow through the stresses into a better way of living together, by learning additional skills and improving communication. Although the course is Catholic in origin, and Christian at the core of its message, couples of all faiths or no faith background are encouraged to attend the programme and have found value in it. Please check for more information, or text or call 0788 729 6983 / 0797 338 0443. All communication is confidential and without obligation.
This year’s  Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Mass will be both live and livestreamed at the Cathedral on Saturday June 12th at 11.00am. Certificates will be available for those celebrating significant wedding anniversaries in 2020 and 2021 (anniversaries of one year, five years and every multiple of five years thereafter). Please register to attend the event and/or for a certificate online at:  There will be a collection at the Mass for those who wish to help the Marriage and Family Life Commission in their work.
Year of St Joseph and Year of the Family. This year is celebrated as a Year of St Joseph and Year of the Family. At the back of the church there are freely distributed prayer cards of St Joseph with the Holy Family. Please, take one with you.
Offertory envelopes. If you participate in the Gift Aid scheme and use offertory envelopes, new set of envelopes is at the back of the church. Please, collect the pack with your name. The coordinator’s note:  I am using up old stock so ignore the dates on the envelopes.
Mass readings. If you want to follow Mass readings (written form) every day, you can find them at: or by downloading the Universalis app.
Trees at St Hugh’s: Thank you to everyone who kindly donated money for saplings and shrubs. We have planted 10 saplings an 2 shrubs so far. We will wait now until the Autumn to do further planting so if anyone would like to contribute to this project which we will resume in September, please contact Mary and David Tel 01480 454277/ 07703168956
Let us remember the sick of our parish in our valuable prayers! Fr Pablo, Isobel Powell, Tom Burke, Ruth Clapham, Mary Marr, Helen Searle, Maria Taverna, Joe Shamy, Nancy Jacquard, Maureen Palmer, Sousann Durbridge, Bob Thornton, Teresa Wilson.
Note: Please send the names of the sick if you think that the parish should remember them in our daily prayers. May God grant them speedy recovery!
Recently Deceased: Mary Ellen Ryan RIP, Andrew Madden RIP, Mary Thomas RIP, Veronica Abbot RIP, Bill Watkins RIP.  May their souls, and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace…
Rosary Prayers after 10.00am Tuesday Mass at St Joseph’s. All welcome. We keep a sanitary regime according to the rule: hands – face – space.
Children’s Liturgy: Each week, Redemptorist Publications’ Celebrate provides a Children’s Liturgy in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading, a reflection and a final prayer.

Parish Separation

Parish Separation and Standing Orders
In preparation for the separation of the parishes of St Joseph and St Hugh, parishioners who donate via standing orders need to take action as follows:
  • If your standing order is paid via Lloyds Bank (this applies to the majority of parishioners) you will need to decide whether you want to nominate St Hugh’s or St Joseph’s parish to receive your Offerings.
  • The Lloyds Bank parish account will revert to St Joseph’s only.
  • If you wish to continue to support St Joseph’s no action is required.
  • If you wish to support St Hugh’s you will need to change your standing order.
  • If you are a long-standing parishioner at St Hugh’s and pay your standing order via Barclays Bank, there is no need to take any action, as this account will revert to St Hugh’s only.
Please contact the parish Gift Aid officer, Edward Burton on for details of how to change your standing order or if you have any queries. We aim to complete the separation of standing orders by the end of May.
Thank you for your continued support
Job Opportunity: The Ignite Team, part of the East Anglian Diocesan Youth Service, is looking for full-time members aged 18-30 forthe 2021-2022 academic year! Why not join us for a year? Or recommend us to someone you know? For more information and to apply, visit:  WWW.RCDEA.ORG.UK/YOUTH
Year of St Joseph: In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris corde (With a Father’s heart), Pope Francis has proclaimed a special “Year of St Joseph”, beginning on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 2020 and extending to the same feast in 2021. The Letter marks  the 15oth anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of St Joseph as a Patron of the Universal Church.
Parish Bulletin by email: We send The Parish Bulletin by email. The proposal is addressed especially to the housebound who want to be in touch with our parish. Please, let us know if you are interested, sending a message to: or


 Change: This year we expect change in our Diocesan leadership because our Bishop Alan Hopes achieves an age of retirement and finishes his service as a bishop of our diocese. The new bishop appointment is expected. So we encourage you to assist the Diocese to pray for all those who will be involved, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, in the appointment of Bishop’s Alan successor for the diocese of East Anglia.

Prayer for the election of a Bishop

O God, eternal shepherd,

who govern your flock with unfailing care,

grant in your boundless fatherly love

a pastor for your Church

who will please you by his holiness

and to us show watchful care.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Our Lady of Walsingham. Pray for us.

Saint Felix. Pray for us.

All Holy Martyrs and Saints of East Anglia. Pray For us.


Guidelines for those Attending Mass / Stewards  200723 Updated Instructions for Parishioners
200724 Updated Instructions for Stewards at Mass

Prayer for those affected by Coronavirus: Merciful God, come to the help of your people. Be our shelter in this time of peril and strengthen the bonds of our community. Bring healing to all who suffer the ravages of disease and assist those whose skill and art can put an end to this affliction. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Risk Assessments: Risk Assessments for both churches can be found on the noticeboard at the back of each church, or at the following link:

200729 Parish Risk Assessment St Hugh
200729 Parish Risk Assessment St Joseph

Sacramental Preparation Classes: First Communion classes and Confirmation meetings at St Joseph’s: Sadly, we must suspend the programme again.

Adult, RCIA Application form
First Holy Communion APPLICATION 2020-21
Confirmation APPLICATION 2020 – 2021


Parish Mass intentions for the coming week can be found by clicking on the Mass and Service Times tab at the top of this page.


Sacrament of Reconciliation is available Saturdays at St Hugh’s from 9.45am to 10.15am


Mass Online

Online Mass remains available following the opening of churches for public Masses.  Live Catholic Mass Directory
For a list of Catholic radio broadcasts, please follow this link:

 If you are self-isolating and are unable to obtain necessary supplies,
please contact the Parish Office on 01480 472587.
Or email the parish at or 


About Our Parish

The Parish of St Joseph in St Neots, and St Hugh of Lincoln, Buckden is located in the Diocese of East Anglia and is in the pastoral care of the Claretian Missionaries, who are based, along with the Claret Retreat & Conference Centre, within the complex known as Buckden Towers Cambridgeshire, England, UK. On this website you can: check Mass times, as well as the times of other services; look up information on the Children’s Liturgy and Sacraments under Catechesis; discover the different groups for all ages and interests available in the Parish Community; keep track of the latest events being held in your area under the Parish News heading.

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