Sacramental Life


The COVID-19 pandemic has rather changed the way we do things in church. However we have been able to return to the celebration of the sacraments, albeit with certain restrictions, limitations, and precautions in place.  Please note that these restrictions are subject to change according to Government rules.


Baptism welcomes people into the church.  For infants it involves a short preparation course run by the parish.

Baptisms  during this time of pandemic will normally held as a family celebration on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. There can be no more than 6 people attending, including any children but not including the priest.

For more details please contact Fr. Tony.

Children in the Parish who are beginning Year 3 (or above) at Primary school are eligible to join the Programme to prepare for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist. 

Holy Communion 2020

The 2020 First Holy Communions will take place at Sunday Masses during October.


First Holy Communion and Confirmation cards and gifts can be purchased from the church repository - click here for examples of what we have in stock.


Please click here for details of the new resource we are using to prepare children for their First Holy Communion.


For young people in year 10 or above. The Confirmations for  2020 will take place in the parish on Thursday 12th November at the 7:30pm Mass.


Following registration candidates are expected to participate in some way in a Sunday Mass (which, of course, includes the Saturday evening Mass) each weekend beyond simply being there (e.g. serving, welcoming, being part of the music group, helping with tea and coffee).


Contact Father Tony for further information


First Holy Communion and Confirmation cards and gifts can be purchased from the church repository - click here for examples of what we have in stock.


In accordance with diocesan regulations, couples seeking to get married at St Joseph’s must give at least 12 months notice and will be required to take part in a pre-marriage course.  Please contact the Parish before booking your reception!

Marriage preparation course

Each year Helen and Mass Barcellona run a marriage preparation course. The 2020 course has been postponed due to COVID-19, updates will be posted here.

If you would like to book on a course or have any questions please contact Helen or Mass at:

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the rite through which adults are received into the Catholic Church.


If you are thinking of becoming a Catholic or would like to find out more about our faith, then please do get in touch by contacting the parish office.

The RCIA  group  meetings - details will be posted here when they resume.

Annointing of the Sick

If a relative is unwell at home, the family can contact the parish office to request a visit from the Parish Priest to administer the Sacrament of the Sick. The parish organise an Annual Parish Mass for the Sick and Elderly normally during October. A Healing Mass is held each month on the second Thursday at 7.30pm preceded by Holy Hour - postponed due to Covid-19 Coronavirus.


In order to arrange a funeral, families should initially contact an undertaker, who will liaise with the parish office to arrange a date and time agreeable to the family and Fr Tony, who will then contact the family to discuss details of the service itself.

Mass Intentions

To have a Mass offered for a particular intention please contact the Parish office.

Holy Orders

Every Christian is called, by God, to give some definite service to the Body of Christ, the Church, and to the world, for the sake of the Kingdom.  Therefore all Christians have a vocation.  Not all Christians are called to serve the people of God as a priest or a deacon, but some are.  The Church is in desperate need of men to offer themselves to enable Christ’s flock to be nourished by the sacraments and by the proclamation of the Gospel.

To want to be a priest or a deacon is to want to serve; to glorify God through prayer and a life dedicated to being good news as well as talking about it.  

Contact Father Tony if you feel you are being called by God.

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Parish Office

Parish Secretary: Penny Dubois

The parish office is open Tuesday t0 Friday 9am to 1pm - phone or email only.


Contact details:

Telephone:    01306 882433



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