This is a group comprising elected and co-opted members of St Joseph’s community. There is a list of the members displayed in the foyer with minutes of the last meeting. Please feel free to approach any members of the council with concerns and positive feedback on any aspects of parish life, which can be fed into their next meeting if requested.
Repository and Book Shop
"Please come and have a look!! We have a wide selection of cards for all occasions and various candles, crucifixes, statues and rosaries plus gift items suitable for Baptism etc. The Bookshop and CTS stand cater for children & adults. There are Bibles, Mass Books and books on a range of other subjects, some of which have been written by local people and Pope Francis. If there is anything in particular you would like, please let us know and we will endeavour to supply. "
St Martha's Group of Cleaners
We are dedicated to maintaining a clean and beautiful church and hygienic facilities for our parishioners. We offer our work as a service of love to God and his people. We have a very large group of cleaners split into small friendly teams. We would love to have new people join the group.
Parish Office to Volunteer
The Garden of Light
Our garden is a special place in the life of our parish and is open after masses and during office hours. The fountains and the planting make it suitable for contemplation and prayer for parishioners and the wider community. You are welcome to join the team who tend it. We remember Helen who organised the funding and the garden design.
Our team of dedicated flower arrangersuse their time and talents to enhanch our sacred space, helping to make our liturgy a truly beautiful celebration for the Lord. New members most welcome, full training can be given. Our recent beginners course was very sucessful
Welcomers help by greeting everyone as they enter the church, you will see us every week before mass , always smiling happy to help, we are the ones giving out newsletters. We work on a rota and are always greatful of more help, to find out more just ask us before mass and we'll be happy to help.
The extraordinary minister's function is to assist the clergy with the distribution of Holy Communion, either within Mass or by taking it to a sick person. You can find out more about the role by contacting the parish office
Ministers of the Word
We are the reading group at St Josephs. We are the ones proclaiming the word at Sunday masses. There are about 35 of us. We do our best to make the readings come to life. We meet up a few times a year to practice and exchange ideas. We always welcome newcomers to join our group.
An altar server is a lay assistant to the clergy during the mass. An altar server attends to supporting tasks at the altar such as fetching and carrying, ringing the altar bell, among other things. We welcome young people who have completed their First Holy Communion to join us by popping into the sacristy about 15 minutes before mass.
Music plays an important part of our celebration of the Eucharist at St Joseph's. Anyone - young or old - who wants to get involved with music - singing or playing an instrument, is very welcome. We will normally have music at each of our three Sunday Masses throughout the year, and also at Christmas and Easter.
St Michael's Hospice Raffle
Approximately every 4 months Eileen and Alfredo hold a Raffle at all 3 Masses over one weekend when parishioners purchase raffle tickets. The draw of 20 individual prizes is held soon after the 11.00 am Sunday Mass. St. Michael's Hospice relies on fund-raising events to make up some of the shortfall in their annual budget. Parishioners' generosity assists greatly in their success. Thank you!
CAFOD stands for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development. We are an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. We stand beside people living in poverty – whatever their religion or culture. Through local Church partners, we help people directly in their own communities, and campaign for global justice, so that everyone can reach their full potential.
Naomi House and Jacksplace
Naomi House & Jacksplace hospices provide expert hospice care to more than 325 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.
We are a friendly group who welcome you to Alpha to find out more about the Christian faith. No two Alphas are the same, but all involve a meal, a talk or video clip and a discussion. Try the first taster session, no pressure, no commitment just an opportunity to listen and talk in a supportive situation. Please let us know if you are interested and of any special dietary requirements so we can cater for all needs.
We are volunteers who seek to enable those in our parish or wider community to find the help they're looking for; be that social, spiritual or practical support. We can't solve everything ourselves but we can listen and point people in the right direction. We can put people in touch with our parish groups and other agencies in the area. We also offer Services of healing and prayer where all are welcome.
Holiday at Home
The St. Joseph's Holiday @ Home Team provides a meeting place every 2 months on a Tuesday afternoon for needy and elderly people, where they can socialise, enjoy some entertainment, drinks, cakes etc. Over the last 4 years the Team has also run a 3 day event in August for 20 people, which is by invitation only. A reserve list is currently in place for the 3 day event.
The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is the means by which adults join the Catholic Church. The RCIA program begins in September and goes on until Pentecost of the next year, with candidates usually being received into the Church at the Easter Vigil Mass. We meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 to 9:00 PM at St Josephs. Sessions are informal and consist of a topic for discussion based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Lectio Divina (prayerful reading of the Bible) and prayer with a break for tea or coffee and a chance to have a chat with the other participants.
We do ask that you attend mass for a period of 6 to 12 months before starting the RCIA to ensure that the Catholic Church is right for you at this moment.
There are many ways you can get involved in our parish and we are always looking for more.
If you are running an activity and can't find it on the list please get in touch, likewise if you have an idea for something we could do all suggestions are welcome!