St Joseph and St Hugh

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

Updated 17 April 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 18 April 2021

St. Joseph

St. Hugh

Sunday 18 April—3rd Sunday of Easter

8.00am.   Margaret Waters, RIP
11.15am.  Andrew Madden, RIP.
5.30pm.   David Higham, Ints.
6.30pm. (vigil) People of the Parish
9.45am. Bill Watkins, RIP & Sophie, Ints

Monday 19 April—Easter Feria

No Mass
Private Mass: Privat Int.

Tuesday 20 April—Easter Feria

10.00am.  Frances Kassalitus, RIP
9.15am. Privat Int.

Wednesday 21 April—Easter Feria

10.00am.  John Nolan, RIP
9.15am. Burke family (Thanksgiving)

Thursday 22 April—Easter Feria

10.00am. John & Bernie Dobson, Ints.
9.15am. Francis Haslam, RIP

Friday 23 April—St George

10.00am.  Ann Cairns, RIP
9.15am. Marian House, Ints

Saturday 24 April—Easter Feria

No Mass
6.30pm.Isabel Powell, Ints

Sunday 25 April—4th Sunday of Easter

8.00am.   Stan Brown, RIP
11.15am.  Frances Kassalitus, RIP
5.30pm.   In Thanksgiving
9.45am. People of the Parish

Parish News

Next Sunday is a World Day of Prayer for Vocations and there will be a Second Collection for the Diocesan Priests’ Training Fund.
This week: Sunday Readings Year B, Weekdays Cycle I. Divine Office: Psalter Week 3.
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.
St George’s solemnity. On Friday 23rd April, we celebrate St George’s solemnity, Patron of England. Friday abstinence is dispensed.
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.
Catholic East Anglia: The new edition of our diocesan newspaper is available at the back of the church. It is free. Please, take a copy.
Free Panasonic television, 36” x 24”. If interested, contact Sid at 01480 217101.
The Churches Together in St Neots (CTSN) Easter video is now available on the CTSN website or by using this link:
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: Andrew Madden RIP (Funeral 22 April at St Joseph’s), 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.
Inviting all young people aged 13+ to the Ignite Festival Online Join members of the Ignite Team for music, inspiring talks, workshops and prayer. Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd May 7:00-8:30pm. For more information visit
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

In September, our present parish will revert to two separate (old) parishes: St Joseph’s in St Neots and St Hugh’s in Buckden. St Joseph’s will be led by a diocesan priest residing permanently there and the Claretian Missionaries will be in charge of St Hugh’s.
Each parish must have its own Finance Committee to support the Parish Priest, who is responsible for ensuring that parish assets are used for their proper purposes and that accurate records of income and expenditure are kept. We still need representatives for St Joseph’s.  The deadline has been extended to 30th April – please contact Fr Krzysztof if interested (
Among other tasks, the Finance Committee sets the annual budget, monitors income and expenditure, oversees the management of maintenance and repairs to parish property and produces six-monthly financial reports for the Diocese.
We require volunteers for each committee. People with appropriate knowledge and skills are needed, especially those who have experience of financial or legal matters, and an ability to understand and interpret financial data, which is generally circulated electronically.
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?
  • Share the Gospel Message across East Anglia in schools, parishes, at events and online
  • Gain experience working with children and young people
  • Opportunities to use and develop skills in music, drama, design, tech and more
  • Grow in faith
  • Live together in community with other young adults
  • Food, accommodation & bills provided plus a £200 monthly allowance
  • Ideal as a gap year (can be extended)
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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