Parish Life

Pastoral Team

The Team works to oversee that the pastoral needs of the parish are met.  Areas of responsibility include: Liturgy, Ecumenism, Youth, Children’s Liturgy, The Sick and Housebound and our Schools.  We meet several times a year to review the Parish activities and future needs.

As a group we have worked to develop our Parish Mission Statement.

Parish Priest:                  Father Tony Milner

Liturgy:                            Deacon Tony


First Holy Communion: Emma Anderton

Confirmation:                 Deacon Tony and Bernadette Smith

Ecumenical:                    Francis Cluett

Parish Family Groups:   Denzyl Castelino

School:                            Carolyn Scrutton

Sick and Housebound:  Hazel & Michael Fitz-Gibbon

These are ministries performed by trained members of the congregation during the celebration of the Mass.

Fr Tony organises training for readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Communion. Training is necessary to ensure that prospective ministers are fully aware of the importance of the ministries and the seriousness with which they should be carried out. 

Recommissioning of Ministers of Holy Communion takes place annually, notice given in the Parish Newsletter.

Altar Servers

St. Joseph's Church has an active group of altar servers (both boys and girls), within the parish, who serve on a regular basis, primarily on the Saturday/Sunday Masses, as well as the special holy days throughout the liturgical calendar. Their role is to assist the priest and/or deacon, as well as helping the congregation to pray.

Children can become altar servers once they have made their First Communion, and we encourage adults to join us too.

St Joseph's Church's is a member of the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen, and a number of altar servers are enrolled within the Guild (shown by them having a bronze medal - no matter how long they have served, at present - around their neck).


If anyone would like to serve then speak to Father Tony (Parish Priest). Alternatively, contact Martin Stebbings (St. Joseph's Church MC) on 07771 523170.

Mass for Altar Servers

Thursday 26th December 2019: 10am Mass. Feast of St Stephen and annual Mass of celebration for our Altar servers. Followed by refreshments in hall. 

Children’s Liturgy and Liturgy Plus

Children’s Liturgy takes place every Sunday during 9am Mass (term time only). for children ages 4-7. While parents may wish to remain with their child, we encourage the children to come on their own, and the parents to remain in Mass.

The children carry out a creative activity to deepen their understanding of the day’s Gospel.  The children bring their work back into Mass (at the point of the Offertory). At significant times in the liturgical year (Christmas, Lent, Easter, Pentecost) the children work together to create thematic displays on a large board.


Liturgy+ is run every other week in term time for post first Holy Communion children. (Years 4-7).


The Children’s Liturgy team are always looking for more volunteers to help lead the Liturgy. No experience is necessary. For more information please contact the parish office.

Flower Arranging in Church

The Flower Group are always in need of people who are keen to arrange flowers during the year at St. Joseph’s. Duties include being part of a team available for Christmas and Easter flowers and also for flower arranging every couple of months, usually with another member of the team.


Flowers need to be watered every few days after arranging and titivated to ensure they are in good order for the next arranger to take over 1-2 weeks later.


If you love flowers and like being part of a jolly team, please phone

Tina Owen on: 01306 882978.

Music Group

The Music Group leads the music at the 9 a.m. Mass on most Sundays. It currently comprises any or all of singers, guitarists, flautists, a pianist and cello player. New singers and instrumentalists, young and old, are always welcome and we are also on the lookout for leadership talent.


If you would like to join us, we would be delighted to see you. Please call Gabrielle Norman on on 01306 883633 or, even better, introduce yourself at Mass on Sunday.

Parish Ministry to the sick, elderly and housebound

We have a dedicated team of Eucharistic Ministers who assist Fr Tony in taking Holy Communion and visiting the our frail and elderly. If you would like to be on our visiting list please call the Parish Office on 01306 882433. Also if any parishioner becomes ill or has to go into hospital, please let us know.


This year's Annual Mass of Healing takes place on Sunday, 6th October 2019 at 11am.


If a parishioner would to attend Mass but has transport problems, it may be possible to arrange a lift.  Hazel and Michael Fitz-Gibbon are the parish co-ordinators and can be contacted on 01306 882433.

St Joseph's Action on Climate and the Environment

How have we , as a parish, responded to Laudato Si?


How have we responded to the climate emergency news?


St Josephs Action on Climate and the Environment is being launched on 1st March 2020 at the 10.00 am Mass.


Are you passionate about finding ways to help people live lives which support our planets health? or ways families can work together to reduce their carbon footprint? Are you keen to talk about climate and finding out more about the CAFOD and EcoChurch awards?


We would like to form a group of like minded people to enable our parish to apply for the CAFOD Live Simply award, (see https:// and EcoChurch awards.


Our Church, through Fr Tony, has already submitted their application for bronze award from Eco Church.


The group will help to organise the Creation Mass and Celebration on the 1st March, and will help the Parish to make a simple action plan. The Parish will then be able to demonstrate that we are: Living Simply Living in solidarity with people in poverty Living sustainably with creation.


For further information come along to the hall this Sunday 19th January at 4.00 pm or email Julie McCulloch, at or contact Penny or Fr Tony.

Little Stars Toddler Group

The Little Stars Toddler Group meets each Monday morning during term time in the Church Hall from 9.30am -11am (early birds welcome)


All babies and toddlers are welcome with their grown ups.


The cost is a £1.50 per family or minded child.


Brownies currently meet on a Thursday late afternoon. For registrations, please visit and click on the "Parents" tab.

Church Hall

Our beautiful hall has recently been redecorated and the floor re-varnished. The kitchen is fully equipped for catering for up to 50 people with a range cooker and commercial dishwasher.  


There is a car park attached to the hall as well as parking on the access road. Toilet facilities include disabled toilet and baby changing facilities.


The hall is fully accessible. Hire rates average  £15 per hour depending on room/time of day. There are 2 halls available to hire, a large wood floored hall and a smaller carpeted room. Availability and bookings can be made via the Parish Office.

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Parish Office

Parish Secretary: Penny Dubois

Opening hours: 10am -2pm, Tuesday to Friday

Please come to back door of the presbytery.

Contact details:

Telephone:    01306 882433

Holy Mass:

Sunday Mass: Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9am and 11am

Weekdays:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 9.30am

                    Thursday 7:30pm, Friday 12:30pm

Holy Days   9.30am, 8.00pm.

The above services are subject to change.

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