St Joseph and St Hugh

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

Updated 25 January 2021

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.

 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:


St Joseph’s 

St Hugh’s


No Mass

6.30pm. (vigil)  Marie-Louise Harpur, RIP


8.00am.   Maria Fernandes, RIP

11.15am.  Bridie Ahearn, RIP

5.30pm.   Jenny Frost, RIP

9.45 am People of the Parish


Privat Mass in St Hugh’s: Marian House, Ints


10.00am.  Clarisse Ferreira, RIP

9.15am Andrew Plummer, RIP


10.00am.  Myers Family, Ints.

9.15am David James Lloyd, Ints


10.00am Gerald Wisson, RIP

9.15am Marian House, Ints


10.00am.  Clarisse Ferreira, RIP

9.15am Marian House, Ints

Parish News

Sunday 24 January is the Sunday of the Word of God. Pope Francis instituted the date, to be held every year on the third Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Pope intended it to be a day dedicated to the celebration, reflection and dissemination of the Word.
Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18th—25th January. We will not be able to have our usual programme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity this year. It is important however that we continue to be united in prayer.
The 2021 Snowdrop project is open for pledges of donations from your garden or purchases for “Snowdrops in the Green” in memory of a loved one. All the Snowdrops will be planted in the Tudor Orchard at Buckden. This project was first proposed back in early 1990s by Mrs Marie Attree, a parishioner of St Hugh’s, and Fr Chris Newman (now at Hayes) and included a Springtime Festival and Candlemas. Please phone 07771661872 if you wish to join in the creation of this wonderful Springtime event. Also, if you wish you may prefer to donate a standard Rose bush in memory of a loved one, to The Memorial Rose Garden also at St Hugh’s.
Children’s Liturgy: Redemptorist Publications is pleased to introduce Celebrate: an initiative designed to help children grow in their faith.  Each week it will provide a Children’s Liturgy in the form of a video of the week’s Gospel reading, a reflection and a final prayer. Fun, engaging and practical worksheets/resources will also be provided to help children continue to practise their faith during this difficult time.
Ignite Youth news: We are excited to announce that on 27th February we will be taking one of our popular Glow events online for the first time. Book now for an afternoon exploring the life changing gift of faith with intriguing workshops, lively music and powerful prayer. Visit to register for your space now!
Job Opening: The Diocese is recruiting a grant-funded Historic Churches Support Officer on 20 hours per week. The closing date is Monday 22nd February. Details can be obtained by going to
Respond to Department of Health consultation to stop home abortions! The Department of Health is holding a public consultation on whether to continue the practice of allowing abortion providers to send abortion pills to women so that they can perform their own abortion at home. We need as many pro-life people as possible to complete the Department of Health’s questionnaire in order to help stop dangerous DIY abortions becoming permanent. SPUC has prepared a briefing which gives a step by step guide to completing the consultation questionnaire. Please go to The consultation ends on 26 February 2021.
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.
Pastoral Care of the Sick: Copies of an updated version of Guidance for the Pastoral Care of the Sick are available at the church porch. You will see that Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are now permitted to make home visits. They must wear a face covering and take all the precautions as outlined in the guidance. Please read the guidelines here: 2020.08.25 – Guidance for Acts of Worship – Pastoral Care of the Sick – Revision 5
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
Let us remember the sick of our parish in our valuable prayers! Adrian Taggart, Ruth Clapham, Charles and Mary Marr, Andrew Madden, Helen Searle, Maria Taverna, Joe Shamy, Nancy Jacquard, Colleen Loveday, 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: Lynn Curtis, RIP Andrew Plummer, RIP (2014) Catherine Goudie, RIP Simon Abele, RIP May their souls, and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace…


To all involved in preparing gift packs for residents at HMP Peterborough 

I’d like to send you all my thanks for this kind, generous and thoughtful act towards all the residents.

The Christmas and New Year period under normal circumstances can be a difficult one for many of our residents which has been made even more challenging with the current restrictions in place concerning Covid-19. A feeling of isolation after being apart from friends and loved ones, some of who they may not have not seen for many months. Many of my staff are in a very similar situation this year and are working hard to support any residents who might be feeling this sense of isolation and loss, whilst also suffering those same feelings. With this in mind a gift for the residents not only makes them feel that someone cares about them but also assists the staff in keeping them safe.

 Thank you for your gifts and let me express thanks from all here at HMP Peterborough for the generosity you have shown and that it is appreciated by all, even more so, in these difficult times.

Many thanks and best wishes

David Smart, Acting Director – Justice Services

Fr. Paul Peter Alphonse – RC Chaplain – Justice Services


100+ Club: Dear parishioners, thank you to all those who subscribed to the 100+ Club at St Joseph and St Hugh. The 2021 subscription is now due and we hope you will continue to support the Parish in the New Year. So please renew your forms which are attached to the bulletin and return your completed forms to clergy at mass or please hand into the office. A copy of the application form can be found here: 100 plus club 2021

The subscription for the year 2021 is £20 per annum. 12 monthly prizes of £25 for first prize and £10 for second prize. In June and December, we will draw a lucky number that will also win £200.

Thanks again for your continued support.


 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 

The Parish’s Guidelines for attending Mass were updated recently. Please see the latest guidelines below:

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 


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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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