STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES. St Joseph’s Church will be open for SOME MASSES and private prayer at designated times this week. The Most Holy Name Church, the Bridgettine Convent and the Parish Office remain closed until further notice.
St Joseph's Church Opening Times
Please see Welcome Back for dates and times of opening, as well as guidance on what to expect when you come to church.
Only those church buildings that are able to meet the strict criteria set to ensure the safety of all visitors are permitted to open. Here at St Joseph’s we have reconfigured the church for social distancing, carried out a deep clean of the prayer space, implemented a one-way system and introduced hygiene controls.
There must be two stewards present in church throughout the time it is open for prayer. Without stewards we cannot open. Those appointed need to be healthy individuals, under 70, who are not classed as vulnerable or shielding under Covid-19. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able/willing to help.
Our normal Mass schedule continues, with Mass at 7am and 9am Monday to Friday and at 10am on Saturday. There is also an evening Mass at 7pm Monday to Friday. Sunday Mass begins with a Vigil Mass on Saturday at 5:30pm, with Masses at 7:45am, 9am, 11am and 5:30pm on Sunday. All Masses will continue to be broadcast in real time via our live stream.
Masses at The Most Holy Name in Denham and at the Bridgettine Convent in Iver Heath have been suspended for the foreseeable future.
Rosary takes place every Tuesday and Friday at 7:30pm. Led by one of our priests, you are invited to join us, in prayer, for the peace of the world and the needs of our parish via the live stream.
Pray at Home
We have created two new sections on our website, Domestic Church and Children’s Liturgy Online. Here you will find materials for Sunday Mass including Sunday Message, Parish Newsletter, Act of Spiritual Communion as well as worksheets and links to online videos for children.
The Parish Office also remains CLOSED until further notice. If you would like to speak to one of the priests, use the telephone to make contact in the first instance; please do not turn up at the Priory. Should a visit be necessary, please observe social distancing for the health and safety of our priests.
During this closure every effort will be made to maintain the parish website, keep up to date with office emails and to continue producing a weekly parish newsletter. We are still happy to receive Mass intentions and prayer requests via email to email@example.com or by telephone on 01753 886581.
Supporting Your Parish
There are three ways to support the parish financially when we have no Masses and therefore no offertory collections.
Standing Order/One-Off Payment
Set up a standing order or make a one-off payment direct to our parish account using online/telephone banking.
Sort Code 60-06-11
Account Number 46714456
Account Name RCDN St Joseph’s Parish
Payment Ref Name SUNDAY
NB: Some banks only accept “St Joseph’s Parish” or “St Joseph's Catholic Parish” as the account name.
Cheque Through the Post
Make out a cheque payable to “St Joseph’s Parish”, mark it Sunday Collection on the reverse, then post it to the Parish Office where we can process it in isolation.
Please do not send Cash. It is not advisable to physically handle cash for hygiene reasons in the current crisis.
The Diocese has introduced ‘Giving Tuesday’ as a new way of making donations to the parish. Every Tuesday between 10am and 4pm, a member of the finance team will be available to take offerings over the phone. To donate simply call 01604 712065. You will need a credit or debit card to hand and you can make a one-off donation or simply call each week to make an offering. Patience may be needed, as only one person will be taking these calls, but if you leave details on the answer machine someone will get back to you.
Call & Care Scheme
There are many initiatives being set up in our community to provide assistance to those who find themselves isolated or unable to get out of the house for essential purposes. At St Joseph’s we are setting up a scheme called “Call and Care” to aid parishioners who need help with such things as shopping for essentials, collecting prescriptions or maybe just a chat. We have volunteers (who have all been vetted by the parish) ready and willing to help with this. In all instances, social distancing will be observed. If you are having difficulties which can be met by our volunteers please phone us at the Priory and let us know.
The Catholic Church Bishops' Conference of England and Wales
The latest Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates can be found here.
Cardinal Nichols has welcomed the government’s announcement and looks forward to celebrating Mass together again.
The Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England have issued a Letter on Resumption of Collective Worship as we prepare to gather again for Mass.
A “Big Step Forward for Society” See what Cardinal Nichols has to say about opening Catholic churches for private, individual prayer.
"A People Who Hope in Christ" Read the message here from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.
Click here to see the Catholic Bishops response to the government's lock down easing plans.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols talked about safely re-opening churches for private prayer on Radio 4’s Today Programme. See the transcript here.