St Joseph and St Hugh

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

Updated 12 June 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 13th June 2021

St. Joseph

St. Hugh

Sunday 13 June – 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

8.00am.   Chris Madden, Ints
11.15am.  Priests and Parishioners, Ints.
5.30pm.   Adrian & Jennie Taggart, Ints.
6.30pm. (vigil) Tom Bumpstead, RIP
9.45am. Jonathan Ronald Lloyd, Ints

Monday 14 June

No Mass
Private Mass: People of the Parish

Tuesday 15 June

10.00am.  Rosary Group, Ints.
9.15am. William Ronald Lloyd, RIP

Wednesday 16 June

10.00am. Udall Family, RIP
9.15am. Fred Waterhouse, RIP

Thursday 17 June 

10.00am.  Holy Souls
9.15am. Marian House, Ints

Friday 18 June

10.00am.  Marcia Kosinski, RIP
9.15am. Francis Haslam, RIP

Saturday 19 June

No Mass
6.30pm. Fr Paul Smyth, Ints

Sunday 20  June – 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

8.00am.   Stan Brown, RIP
11.15am.  Ronnie Jacquard, Ints.
5.30pm.   Ray Harrison, RIP
9.45am. Brian Treadaway, RIP

Parish News

Sunday Readings Year B, Weekdays Cycle I. Divine Office: Psalter Week 3.
Next Sunday, 20th June, is the Day for Life. There will be a second collection taken for the work of Life Charities next weekend.
New edition of Catholic East Anglia – our diocesan newspaper is available at the back of the church. Please, take a copy after Mass. It’s free.
My Day by Day:  June edition is available at the back of church.
Coffee and Tea After Mass: On Sundays, we invite you for tea or coffee., served after 9:45am Mass in St Hugh’s, outside of the Friends’ Refectory and after 11:15am Mass in St Joseph’s, in the garden. All are welcome, with a limit of 30 people.
First Communion: Applications for First Communion preparation are now available for the school year 2021/2022. Deadline for enrolment is the end of July. In June and July, First Communions will take place for the year 2019/2020. (These were delayed because of Covid restrictions. There was no First Communion preparation class for the year 2020/2021.)  To enrol, collect a form from the back of church. Please return all forms to the Parish Office, St Joseph’s House, 39 East Street, St Neots PE19 1JU. Forms can be downloaded here: – St Joseph’s. – St Hugh’s.
Parish Separation and Standing Orders:  Most parishioners have now made their election as to which Parish they wish to donate their regular offerings made by standing order. Offerings to St Joseph’s must be made via Lloyds and those to St Hugh’s via Barclays. If you wish to make any change to your current standing order please contact Edward Burton  on or the Parish Office by 20th June at the latest. Thank you to all parishioners for your continuing generosity.
A Retreat for Catholic Men, organised by the Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Commission, will take place at Walsingham on Saturday 3rd July. The theme is St Joseph and ‘a life of prayer and virtue’. The cost is £10. For details, see
Refugee Week takes place 14-20 June, with events organised in Cambridge. For details, see
Appeal for Lebanon: The Church in Europe has been asked to keep the Church and the people of Lebanon in our prayers as their nation faces a serious risk of losing its identity in the light of an unprecedented political, social, sanitary and economic crisis.
Thanks to your support, CAFOD has been helping communities around the world cope with the pandemic. Just in Zambia, in the past year, our reports show we’ve been able to reach 1,234,200 people with messages on COVID-19, provide 13,312 people with access to safe water, train 392 frontline health workers from Zambia’s 11 dioceses on how to prepare and respond to COVID-19 in their local communities and donate over 1000 handwashing hygiene stations in communities to support handwashing measures. Thank you for standing alongside people in Zambia and for supporting people in more than 30 other countries.
On Wednesday 23rd June, the Vigil of St John the Baptist, please pray and fast for the end of abortion and euthanasia in this Country. On this month’s Day of Prayer and Fasting for Life, we are especially asking you to fast and pray for the end of DIY abortions at home. Please join in and invite others to join as well.
Actios (Assisting Christian Teachings in our Schools) has a job vacancy for a Schools’ Christian Worker, 16 hours per week. For details, see the notice in the back of church, or visit the Actios website:
Mass Intentions:  There are still free intentions in St Joseph’s and St Hugh’s in the following weeks. If anyone has intentions, it is a good opportunity to book.
Divine Mercy Prayers: 3:00 pm every Friday at St Joseph’s. Prayers will include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament as well as the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary.

Changes to Covid Safety Practices for Our Parish

Now that we are at Step 3 of the UK Government’s Covid 19 Road Map the Catholic Bishops’ Conference has issued updated Guidance on the safe use of our churches, with suggestions for some small changes.
After a careful review, and being mindful of the prevailing local conditions, we feel that it is advisable to continue with our current restrictions on capacity (30 at St Joseph’s, 40 at St Hugh’s) for Mass. However, from Tuesday 25th May there will be some additional opening times for private prayer as follows:
St Joseph’s: Tuesdays after the 10.00am Mass up to 6.00pm, and Wednesdays from 8.00am to 12.00 noon.
St Hugh’s: Thursday from 9:45 am to 6:00 pm and Friday from 9:45 am to 6:00 pm
There will be no stewards on duty during these extra opening times, so each visitor is responsible for cleaning the pew he/she has used and the door
handles. Cleaning materials are kept at the back of the churches.
There are some small changes to the way Readers operate, in that they may now return to the lectern to read the Prayers of the Faithful, rather than these being read by the priest. Also, hand sanitising at the lectern is no longer compulsory, although readers must still avoid touching the Lectionary except to turn the pages.
From now on, the presence of 2 altar servers in the sanctuary area is allowed in both our churches. They need to use masks, if they are aged 12+.
All other aspects of our worship remain the same, especially the role of our Stewards who will continue with their generous service at all Masses, ensuring our churches are safe to enter, for which we are very grateful. Also, we will continue to wear face masks, sanitise hands on entering and leaving the churches and observe social distancing.
There will be more Guidance when we reach Step 4 of the Road Map and we hope this will allow some significant lifting of restrictions, but in the meantime please remember:
Hands, Face, Space and let in Fresh Air


Let us remember the sick of our parish in our valuable prayers! Liz Lloyd, Vincent Kelly, Adrian Taggart, Fr Pablo, Isobel Powell, Tom Burke, Ruth Clapham, Mary Marr, 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: Lee Thornberry RIP, Mary Ellen Ryan RIP, Andrew Madden RIP.  May their souls, and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace…
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.
Ignite Youth’s First Friday video features an interview with one of East Anglia’s newest priests, Fr. Simon Davies, who speaks about his journey of faith.
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.
Mass readings. If you would like 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
 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 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
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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