St. Joseph's Church

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Year C; Year 2 Weekdays

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Parish Priest ~ Fr. Michael Fava CBE
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You may have heard Fr Michael mention about a song Mark Craig wrote and performed for him at his 60th Birthday celebration party.
If you would like to listen to it then you can click here and listen to it on You Tube.
Fantastic work by Mark Craig & Tim Craig.

Sunday 14th August: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (transferred from 15th Aug).

We hear in the Gospel (Luke 1:39-56) how after receiving the news that she is to be the Mother of God, Mary travels to the hill country to greet her cousin Elizabeth and praise God in a canticle prefiguring the exaltation of her Assumption. ‘He has exalted the lowly,’ says Mary to Elizabeth as the two women rejoice in their miraculous pregnancies. Drawing on the canticles of praise found in the Old Testament, Mary shows that she understands the divine blessing she has received as the fulfilment of God’s promises to Israel, and models the faithful and loving humility which frees all of us, by God’s grace, to follow her into Heaven.

PLEASE NOTE - SUNDAY 21st August there will be no recording of the 8:30am Mass.
Apologies for this but normal service will resume the following week
Thanks Anne.

Mass Times Week Commencing Monday 15th August

Monday 15th August: Feria (20th Week Ordinary Time) No Mass today.

Tuesday 16th August: St Stephen, King of Hungary, optional memorial. Mass at 10.00am.

Wednesday 17th August: Feria. Mass at 10.00am.

Thursday 18th August: Feria. Mass at 10.00am.

Friday 19th August: St John Eudes, Founder, optional memorial. Mass at 10.00am.

Saturday 20th August: St Bernard, Abbot & Doctor of the Church, memorial. Mass at 10.00am.
Followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Confessions until 11.00am.

Sunday 21st August

Mass at 8.30am.

Mass at 11.00am.

AND A FINAL THOUGHT ……… think like a proton and always be positive.


By clicking the link below it is now possible to make a secure direct donation to the parish via the website in addition to
using the ‘Touch Giving Digital Collection Plates’ in the church on Sundays.

FOR YOUR DIARY: Wednesday 14th September, 7p.m. PIANO RECITAL by Christopher Burrows at St Joseph’s Church. Programme to include works by Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart and Haydn. Tickets £15, payable on the door. Light refreshments during the interval in the Parish Hall. Proceeds will go towards helping fund the cost of essential structural repairs to the Parish Presbytery. If you can do anything to assist with publicising the recital over the coming weeks, please speak with Fr Michael. Thank you.

Click here to view a poster with the details on.

Mass Intentions:

Sunday 14th August: 08.30am for Colleen Morel RIP (6th Anniv – Marcia Morel & Family Int)

Tuesday 16th August: 10.00am for Frances & Denis Ignatius Dougan RIP (Denise Dougan’s Int.)

Wednesday 17th August: 10.00am for those who offer Night Adoration and their families.

Thursday 18th August: 10.00am for Anthony Noble RIP (Fr Michael’s Intention).


Now Accepting Contactless Donations

You will find our new DIGITAL COLLECTION PLATE, contactless terminal in the church. Just use your contactless debit/credit card or smart phone/ device to make a donation.

Simply choose the amount you wish to donate and hold your card onto the reader.

Contactless donations are simple to administer, secure and convenient.

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Mass Obligation:

Mass Obligation: At the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales in Cardiff in early May, the Bishops voted unanimously to reinstate the obligation on Catholics to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. This obligation is now in effect.

CAFOD Ukraine Appeal – You can donate directly for Ukraine at CAFOD’s Ukraine-specific appeal at

For updates on Caritas Portsmouth’s response to the refugee crisis visit their website which is updated frequently and has resources that Caritas Portsmouth staff are signposting for those who have so generously committed to opening up their homes for the refugees.

Please click here to view the Synod Feedback form collated at St. Josephs as mentioned by Fr Michael at Sunday's Mass.

There is a recording of "Benediction, Adoration, and the Holy Rosary - Prayer for Peace in the Ukraine"
Thursday 17th March 2022 at St. Joseph's Church Newbury.

Click here to view the recording.


Our link to you tube is

The Mass for The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is now uploaded and available on the link below.

Alternatively you can view ALL recordings on our You Tube Channel

If the video is not visible after the scheduled time, please try refreshing the whole web page.

Any questions regarding the recording please email Anne Thompson

We would also welcome any feedback.


Please Click here for  a link to the St Joseph's School weekly newsletter.