St Joseph and St Hugh

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

Updated 25 July 2021

New Covid Guidelines: After due consideration, including the prevailing local conditions, we have decided against relaxing our existing approach to social distancing in our churches. Vaccination rates in our area are high, but weekly infection rates continue to increase. Our priority is that parishioners feel confident to attend Mass and remain safe, so as well as maintaining social distancing, we ask everyone to continue to wear a face mask, use the hand sanitiser on entry and exit and, where possible, scan the NHS code. The balconies will remain closed. The Body of Christ will continue to be given in the hand, there will be no Sign of Peace or passing round of a collection bag and no use of the communal Mass or Hymn Books.   We ask our Stewards to continue with their important duties and thank them for their generosity in this over the past year. We understand that this may be frustrating, but feel a cautious approach is justified and will continue to review the situation.

Statement from the Catholic Bishops’ of England, regarding the lifting of restrictions: 2021.07.13 – Statement – Sunday it is our Day FINAL


Both St Hugh’s (Buckden) and St Joseph’s (St Neots) are open for Masses per the usual schedule. Due to our continuing Covid-19 safe guiarding, 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.

The Mass Schedule for the week is as follows:

Mass Intentions for the Week

St. Joseph
St. Hugh

Sunday 25th July – 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

8.00am. Maria Fernandes, RIP
11.15am.  Mary McLoughlin, RIP
5.30pm.  Madden Family, Ints.
6.30pm. (vigil)  George Edward Williams, RIP
9.45am. Christina Williams, RIP

Monday 26th July

No Mass
Private Mass: People of the Parish

Tuesday 27th July

10.00am. Mary & Robert Burke, RIP
9.15am. Ursula Brennan, RIP

Wednesday 28th July

10.00am. Sean & Nellie Myers, Ints.
9.15am. Patsy Long, RIP

Thursday 29th July

10.00am. Adrian Taggart, Ints.
9.15am. Marian House, Ints.

Friday 30th July

10.00am. Daniel Cassidy, RIP
9.15am. Marian House, Ints.

Saturday 31st July

No Mass
6.00pm. Thanksgiving: 50th Wedding Anv. Philip & Anne Lee

Sunday 1st August- 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

8.00am.   Michelina Lauria, RIP
11.15am.  John, Mary & Michael Finn, RIP
5.30pm.   Maureen Lippett, RIP


9.45am. People of the Parish

Parish News

Sunday Readings Year B, Weekdays Cycle I. Divine Office: Psalter Week 1.
 This Sunday is the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly. We wish you many blessings!
New Parish Priest:  In September, St Joseph’s church will welcome Fr Padraig Hawkins as parish priest.
The August edition of My Day by Day is available at the back of church.
St Joseph & Holy Family Icon: The icon will visit St Hugh’s church for a week starting 14th August. It is travelling throughout the Diocese in honour of the Year of St Joseph and the Year of the Family. The icon will visit St Joseph’s church in September.
THE FRESH START INITIATIVE: This is just to thank everyone for their generosity in gifting toiletries for our homeless brothers and sisters who were sheltered during the peak of the pandemic and who were subsequently helped to find their own accommodation for a fresh start. Now the action is over. Your response was truly magnificent and very much appreciated so thank you. You have “made a difference”. May you be lavishly blessed. Probably in November, we turn to you again. This time we plan to collect winter clothes and shoes. More details will be announced in the future.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: From July, we return to the practice of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament half an hour before 10:00 am Mass on Fridays. Afternoon service with the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy chaplet and Rosary prayer will be on First Fridays only.
Baptism preparation: If you would like to baptise your child, we plan to offer a preparation course for parents on Wednesday, 4th August (location will be determined by numbers attending). Baptism application forms can be found at the back of church (yellow paper).  The course is mandatory for parents baptising their first child.
First Communion 2022: Applications for First Communion preparation are now available for the school year 2021/2022. Deadline for enrolment is the end of July. Application forms can be found at the back of church. Please complete and hand in to a priest or return to the Parish Office (St Joseph’s House).   Forms can be downloaded here: – St Joseph’s. – St Hugh’s.
Volunteers Needed: Volunteering your time is a way of tithing! It offers an opportunity to feel a part of the parish and it spreads the workload. Please, join in! Please email or ring the office to volunteer or ask for more details. Please consider helping:
  • Help is needed to design a new website for St Hugh’s. Please speak to Fr Krzysztof if you are able to help.
  • New stewards needed: Now we see more and more people at the Masses in our churches, which means we need more stewards to help us participate in the services with safety. If you can help us in this area and offer your time and skills, we will be very grateful. The basic condition: you are 16+. We offer you some guidelines on how to cope with this duty. Please, leave your contact details using our Parish email or to any acting steward.
  • Counters:  We need more volunteers to help count the weekly collections. This can be done either in the day or in the evening.
  • Eucharistic Ministers:  We need volunteers for Friday Adoration at 9.00am on Fridays at St Joseph’s.
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.
Let us remember the sick of our parish in our valuable prayers! Josephine Meenahan, Geoffrey Taylor & family, Margaret Byrne, Liz Lloyd, Vincent Kelly, Adrian Taggart, Isobel Powell, Tom Burke, Ruth Clapham, Mary Marr, Maria Taverna, Nancy Jacquard, 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: Phyllis Barbeau RIP, John Tighe RIP, Michael Haywood RIP, Bridie Cullen RIP, Minnie-Rose Farmer RIP, Mary Ellen Ryan RIP, Danny Cassidy RIP.  May their souls, and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace…
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.
 Covid Safety Practices for Our Parish can be found here: Covid Guidelines June2020
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.
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.
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
 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:

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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