St Joseph's News and events




The parish has finally been given the date of the Administration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. It will be at 3.00pm on Sunday 26th May 2019 at St. John’s Cathedral Portsmouth. If there are any candidates from Year 8 upwards, who wish to be prepared for this sacrament, could they please fill in the details below. The closing date for applications is Sunday 25th November 2018.


I am pleased to say that St Joseph's Church won the Place of Worship category at this year's event and as a result we have received a nice wooden plaque which will be soon be put up in the hall and some garden vouchers. Congratulations to the team of Rosie, Oliver, Vinny and Chris. Remember if anyone is interested in joining a prize winning team please talk to Fr Pat or Chris Bartlam. Congratulations also to St Joseph's School who were runners up in the School Garden category.


Life to the Full: 

Come and enjoy home-made cake and an engaging, thought-provoking series of DVDs to help you to unlock the Bible whilst enjoying the company of other Catholics from the whole Pastoral Area. Tuesdays, 8pm at St Francis de Sales, Wash Common, 30thOctober to 4th December. No need to attend every session. Free. Booking essential. Tickets available after Mass or from Angela Jordan

Parish Bingo Night:
Join us for a culinary evening of fun and laughter in St. Joseph’s Hall on Friday 26th Oct. 2018 at 7.00pm. Tickets are £10 which includes a Home cooked supper followed by bingo. Please help us to raise funds towards decorating our Church.

Praying the Rosary:
The Rosary will be prayed after the 10.00am Mass. On Saturday 30th June. Everyone welcome.

First Communion Photos: 
The photographs taken at last two Sunday’s First Communion Masses are available. Please collect the memory sticks from my sacristy. 

Children’s Liturgy of The Word:

The next Children’s Liturgy of the Word, will take place during the 11.00am Mass on Sunday 1st July.

Lourdes Petitions: 
Would any parishioners who wish to send petitions to Lourdes please drop them into the Presbytery, and mark the envelopes ‘Lourdes Petitions’ up until Sunday 1st July.

Significant Weddings 2018:

Are you celebrating a 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th or anniversary over 60 years? If so, Bishop Philip would like to invite you to a Mass of celebration. This will take place at St Bede’s Church in Basingstoke on Saturday 30th June 2018. It is a wonderful occasion to celebrate and witness to Marriage. If you would like to come, please visit the Cathedral website:  and complete the on-line form, or send an email to

Lenten Penitential Service:
Will be on Monday 26th March at 7.30pm. This will be the last opportunity for Confessions before Easter. There will be a number of priests helping with Confessions.

The Blessing of Food:
Will take place on Holy Saturday morning, March 31st at 11.00am.

The End of Term Mass:
Will be celebrated on Tuesday 27th March at 10.00am.

Thank You to You All:

The weather last weekend was cold and snowy, but I have to thank all who stood in for Servers, Eucharistic Ministers, Collectors, and Readers. Thanks also to those who cleared a safe path through the car park. You were all a great help to me. Thank you very much.

A Volunteer to Become the Parish Data Co-Ordinator:

I need a parishioner to become a Data Protection Co-ordinator.
This is to support your parish in meeting the requirements of the regulations; to monitor activity and support on-going compliance. Each parish based activity is required to observe GDPR and, if we choose not to, we must take responsibility for this. The DPC will help the parish manage internal data protection activities; help raise awareness and undertake self-assessment audits (i.e. to confirm on-going compliance); be the local contact for the DPO, who will provide advice and guidance to help the DPC to train volunteers at the local level; and act as a conduit for the DPO, who will provide strategic advice on data protection impact assessments and queries.

The Mandatum – The Washing Of Feet:

I need 12 volunteers for the Washing of the Feet, on the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7.30pm on Thursday 29th March 2018. If you are willing, could you please sign the yellow form at the newspaper table at the main entrance of the Church.

The Sisters at the Cold Ash Centre are leading a Lenten workshop and prayers:

Thursday 22nd March 2018 from 7.30 - 9 pm. All are welcome.

Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday:

With  Rev. Fr. Christopher Poswiata CSMA on Sunday April 8th at The Chapel, Elmore Abbey House, Church Lane, Speen, Newbury, Berks. RG14 1SA. Confessions from 1pm - Holy Mass 2pm - Chaplet & 3 o'clock prayer. Refreshments provided, all welcome.

Organ Appeal – Update: 

Thank you very much to everyone who has contributed to the organ appeal so far.    We are well on the way to achieving the £6500 needed to clean and improve the instrument.    We have paid a deposit to the organ builder, and we're hoping for the overhaul to be done in early July. While responses to the appeal have been very generous, more money is still needed to hit the target, so if you are able to contribute this will be gratefully received.    If you would like a name or 'In Memory of' to be added to a list of donors, please include details.    Please make cheques out to St Joseph's Newbury and mark the envelope 'Organ Appeal'.

Organ Appeal: 

The church organ is in urgent need of maintenance, and will not be playable unless action is taken soon.   The necessary overhaul is very expensive, costing around £6500.   It will include a thorough cleaning of sixty years of grime, and the resetting and improvement of the organ pipes. If you are able to, please make a donation to Fr Pat, marked ‘Organ Appeal’, which will help sustain the musical life of the parish for many years to come.    If you would like your name or ‘In Memory of’ to be added to a list of donors, please include details. Thank you very much for your support.

Volunteers Needed:

We need volunteers to take the collections at Mass. Ron Turner has decided to retire after 45 years service as a collector. If you are willing, please see me.

First Communion Preparation Classes 2017/2018:

The next class will be on Saturday 6thJanuary from 10.00am until 12.00 noon. Would all First Communion candidates please attend this class. The Theme Mass will be at 11.00am on Sunday 7th January.

Advent Penitential Service:

Will be on Monday 18th December at 7.30pm. There will be a number of priests available to hear Confessions.

Advent Readings:

Are taken from Year B on Sundays and Year 2 on Weekdays.

Times of Advent and Christmas Services:

Are available at the various entrances to the Church. - These will be updated on the website shortly.

Christmas Annual Appeal for the St.Vincent de Paul Society:

Will take place during all Sunday Masses on Sunday 3rd December. By giving, you will be helping local families who  are struggling to buy food, pay their utility bills and in some cases face eviction. Sadly, their numbers increase year by year. Please give what you can to help local families in need.

First Communion Preparation Classes 2017/2018:

The next class will be on Saturday 2nd December from 10.00am until 12.00 noon. Would all First Communion candidates please attend this class. The Theme Mass will be on Sunday 3rd December.

Children’s Liturgy of The Word:

The next Children’s Liturgy of the Word, will take place during the 11.00am Mass Sunday, 26th November.

Lourdes Pilgrimage 2018:

The year 2018 marks the 160th Anniversary of the Lourdes apparitions to St. Bernadette and as such will be marked with numerous celebrations throughout the year. We are proposing a Parish Pilgrimage from Monday 2nd July until Friday 6th July 2018 to experience the celebrations and wonderful atmosphere. Could all interested parties please give their names to either Fr Pat or Anne Paice (01635 44828) as soon as possible.

A Christmas Concert:

By Watership Cantabile will be held in the Church on Thursday 14th December at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 – 00p, which includes the programme. There will be refreshments afterwards in the Hall. Proceeds will be in aid of parish funds.


Children's Advent Calendars, Christmas Cards, Diaries, and Cancer Care Calendars will be on sale in the Hall after the 11.00 Mass, from Sunday, 19th November and every Sunday until the 17th December

Important Information:

There will be no Mass or Confessions on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Car Parking:

We have lost the parking spaces in Sherwood House across the London Road. Can I suggest that people park two abreast in front of the Presbytery and the Church Hall. There is plenty of room there.

Brother Gus RIP: 

A Memorial Service for him at Our Lady of Lourdes, Hungerford, on Sunday November 5th at 4pm. This will give many non-Catholics who admired him an opportunity to pay their respects. N.B. There is another memorial service the previous week at St. Cassian’s, which will include Mass during the afternoon of Sunday 29th October.


Frances  Zollo RIP: 

Frances Zollo, sister of the late Canon Anthony Zollo and housekeeper to the late Canon Desmond Close, has died. May she rest in peace. Her funeral will be at St John’s Cathedral at 1215 on Friday 20th October. The celebrant will be Canon Paul Townsend.

Harvest Festival Mass:

We welcome the pupils and staff of St. Joseph’s Primary School for their Harvest Festival Mass on Thursday 19th October at 10.00am.

First Communion Preparation Classes 2017/2018:

The next class will be on Saturday 4th November from 10.00am until 12.00 noon. Would all First Communion candidates please attend this class. The Theme Mass will be on Sunday 5th November.

Music Group: 

The Music Group will be playing at the 11.00am Mass on the following dates: 15th October, 26th November and 17th December.

Memorial Cards For Cardinal Murphy O’Connor:

Have been printed and you can collect your prayer card at the various entrances to the Church

Please Pray For:

The repose of the soul of Brother Gus from St. Cassian’s, Kintbury, who died peacefully on Tuesday evening at Charlton House, Liss, Hants.  May he rest in peace. Amen.

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day is Friday 6th October.

Envelopes will be available on Sunday 1st October. Please take one and give what you can. If you are a taxpayer, please gift-aid your donation simply by completing the short form on the envelope and then the Government will increase your donation by 20% (so if the parish gift-aids £500, CAFOD gets £600!). With your help, CAFOD can continue to work with the most vulnerable communities around the world.

St. Joseph’s Race Night:  

Tickets now on sale at the 8.30am and 11.00am Sunday Masses for our Friday, 10th November, Parish Fun Race Night in the Church Hall. Tickets are priced at only £10 pp including supper and a great night at the races. We are also looking for sponsors for the Race card at £25 or the 8 races at £20 which would allow you to plug your business. And/or, you can be a horse owner at £5 with a chance of winning a bottle of spirits. All profits will go to parish funds.


Cancellation of Casual Cricket Day at Douai hosted by Newbury Catenians on Sunday 6th August:

Thank you to all those who indicated their willingness to play or attend on the day. However, we are very sorry to advise that, due to many Deanery parishioners being on holiday on that day, the estimated numbers attending did not meet the volume required to make the event the success we were all looking forward to. Reluctantly, it has been decided to cancel on this occasion. If you know of others who were intending to turn up but hadn't indicated as such, could you please advise them of the cancellation.

First Communion Programme Preparation 2017/2018:

There will be a meeting for parents of children who will be prepared for their First Holy Communion in 2018. It will be on Wednesday 12th July at 7.30pm in the Church hall. It will be for parents only, there is no need to bring your child. The meeting will last less than an hour.

St Joseph’s School Summer Fete – Saturday 24th June 11am – 2pm.

Plant sale, “crockery smash”, BBQ, games & fun for all the family. See poster in the Hall for more information. Free entry. Money raised will benefit the children for enrichment projects. For crockery smash, if you have any chipped, damaged or otherwise unwanted crockery would you please consider donating it to us. We would love any plates, bowls, jugs, vases, mugs, saucers etc. The items can be brought to the school or if you can email we can arrange collection at your convenience.

What Is The Parish 300 Club?

It is simply a lottery which all parishioners are invited to join. All proceeds go towards paying for the maintenance of our church. For example recently the lottery helped us to pay for a new boiler. This year we really need to redecorate the Church, and with the help of lottery funds we hope to make a start this autumn. As from Sunday 18th June tickets will be on sale after both Masses each Sunday during June and early July. Tickets will cost £15 each - with each ticket giving the buyer the chance to win £100 or £50 or £25 each month for a year. It is our way of helping to look after the Church we love and in which we worship and celebrate together. So come on, give it a go and buy a ticket for the 300 Club.


Will be celebrated on Sunday 11th June and Sunday 18th June at the 11.00am Masses. Please pray for our 28 young parishioners who will be receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time.


To our 18 candidates who received the Sacrament of Confirmation from the Bishop at
St. John’s Cathedral Portsmouth yesterday.

Casual Cricket Day: 

A light-hearted day at Douai Abbey's Park Cricket Ground, Woolhampton. For all the family. Come along and play, support, or just enjoy the atmosphere and food. Date: Sunday 6th August. Organised by Newbury Catenians. Further details to follow.

St. Joseph’s Race Night: 

A race night is planned  on  Friday 10th November in the Church Hall - please save the date in your diaries.

St. Joseph’s Bug House:

The Bug House is open for visitors and you can see it. It is round past the Church tower

A new web site is available for the St.Joseph's Music Group

Click here to pay a visit to the new site.