On this page you can read about all of the groups and activities available in our parish.
Why not contact us and get involved!
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.
Each year St Joseph’s church provides the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). This is for those adults living in our parish wishing to be or thinking about being received fully into the Catholic Church. This includes both those seeking baptism for the first time and those who were baptised in another Christian Community and who now seek to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
Location: St Joseph’s Church, 171a St Michael’s Road, Basingstoke, RG22 6TY
Dates/times: RCIA can start at any time of the year. It involves regular meetings with our team of catechists and from time to time our Parish Priest and Deacon. It culminates with the adults being baptised or received into full communion at the Easter Vigil.
Contacts: If you are interested in finding out more about RCIA please contact our Parish Priest or Deacon or Parish Office on 01256 323595. Arrangements can then be made for you to meet with a member of our RCIA team.
This Ministry is at the heart of the liturgical life of the church. There is an opportunity to take this ministry out to the wider community when visiting the sick and housebound, headed up by Angela Lush.
Intercessory Prayer Group
Our parish has set up an ongoing prayer group that will take prayer requests from everyone
Mothers Prayer Group
Mothers & grandmothers are invited to join a new mothers’ prayer group here at St Joseph's
Baptism Preparation Team
The team leads preparation over a couple of Tuesday evenings with the parents of new born babies or, in some cases, with couples that are about to become parents. These classes help the parents prepare for the sacrament of Baptism for their child(ren).
APF Mission Red Boxes
If you would like to collect your loose change in an APF box, speak to one of the Welcomers who will be happy to pass your name on to Maureen Morrissey or alternatively ring the parish office. All money is used for the missionary work of the Mill Hill Fathers.
Bereavement Support Group
A group that provides support to those who are recently bereaved. Contact Angela Lush via St Joseph’s Parish office on 01256 323595
Raising awareness and much needed funds for Cafod through Hunger lunches, and other events. The money helps Cafod to work in partnership with organisations within poor or developing countries. All the money given for tea and coffee after Sunday Masses is donated to Cafod.
Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE)
This small intimate discussion group uses a café setting in the foyer of the church. They engage in an exploration of a wide range of topics. After watching a relevant and thought-provoking video / DVD the group discuss the issues raised.
This is an important part of the bigger celebrations during the Church year. The team provide security during those times. Anyone who can offer to help with this service will be warmly welcomed.
The Catenian Association provides practising Catholic laymen and their families with friendship, social activities and support.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
This is a dedicated team who help the children explore the liturgy of the day at selected masses.
This important work is done by volunteer parishioners, who deliver envelopes door to door and then return to collect them a few days later.
The creation of some really beautiful environments during the special times of the year, enhances the prayer life of the parish.
This is a vital ministry that helps to maintain the fabric of the church, and is always looking for volunteers.
Frequent open meetings to reflect on and plan ways in which we can get to know each other and support each other as a community – especially, but not only, through social events.
Led by Linda Evans the team meets in the foyer of St Joseph’s to help young people prepare for their confirmation. Confirmation candidates need to be in Yr 9 or above. The preparation for the sacrament normally runs from September to June and is held on Friday evenings
Counts and banks all the collections during the year.
Don Bosco Boys’ Camp
A week-long camp in the summer holidays for boys of secondary school age. Filled with fun, faith, new friends and food!
This committed team of people takes care of all financial aspects of parish life including planned giving and “Gift Aiding” donations. To increase the value of your regular weekly donation you can sign a form in the foyer if you are a tax payer. This allows us to claim back the tax you have already paid on your weekly offering, which is the most cost effective way of supporting the parish.
First Communion Catechists
This is a dedicated and lively team of catechists led by Lindsey Barry. They are always looking for extra pairs of hands. If you would like your enrol your child in this programme and they are in Yr 4 or above, the forms can be found on the welcome table in June/July. The actual programme begins in September, and runs on Saturday mornings (once every few weeks). The actual First Communion day is normally held in May.
This ministry allows the more creative and green fingered members of our congregation to create an environment that helps us to pray and reflect on the wonders of God’s creation. On special occasions such as Easter and Christmas, people are encouraged to volunteer their services to help with building up and preparing the liturgical environment of our church.
Friends of St Anne’s Association
A group that helps raise funds to support our parish primary school’s work in educating our younger children.
Knights of St Columba
The Knights of St Columba are an Order of Catholic Laymen dedicated to the Service of the Church and fellow man. The Organisation, which is non-political and essentially democratic, exists to support the mission of the Catholic Church and at the same time to work for the spiritual and material good of its members and their families.
An organization dedicated to abolishing abortion, and supporting family life.
Roswitha is looking for volunteers to join her in a new venture this year. Can you help her?
This team meets to plan the liturgies for the special times of the year, and it looks at all aspects of liturgical worship.
Meeting with engaged couples to help them understand the importance of this Sacrament, not just at the time of the marriage ceremony but for the rest of their lives.
Similar to R.C.I.A. but run for young people who are “too old” for Children’s First Holy Communion classes and “too young” for Confirmation Preparation Classes and yet would like to be prepared for baptism and/or First Holy Communion and/or reception into the Catholic Church.
Ministry of the Word
Proclaiming the Word of God is an essential part of the Church’s liturgy. If you would like to join this large team, please contact Rachel McCarthy or fill in the volunteer form at the back of this booklet. Meetings are held 3 times a year, with an annual opportunity for training and ongoing formation.
Meets on Wednesday’s during term time, in the foyer at St Joseph’s after morning mass.
Music Groups (6pm, 9am, 11am)
Three music teams play a vital role in enhancing the liturgy of the mass, as well as other important liturgical events during the church year. If you enjoy singing or play a musical instrument to any level, your contributions would be much appreciated by the teams.
The prayer group meets at Deacon Pat’s home on a Wednesday evening. For more information please contact Deacon Pat Taylor.
Repository & Bookshop
The Repository is organised by Eileen, and is manned by her and her team of dedicated helpers. Eileen’s specialism is tracking down excellent cards and gifts. Lorna will do her best to obtain any religious books you require.
Meets daily after weekday mass to pray the Rosary. Everybody is welcome to join in with this important prayer.
A small but dedicated band of parishioners who help make sure everything is ready for mass – setting up the sanctuary, putting the gifts out, making sure there are enough candles, washing the altar linen, etc.
A vital aspect of the churches approach to this important task. All groups that work with children, and vulnerable people are safely recruited.
St Vincent de Paul (SVP)
St Vincent De Paul group meets regularly on Mondays either at St Joseph’s or St Bede’s at 7pm. You will see members of the team in the foyer when special collections are taking place. Contact Locally: St Joseph’s Parish Office on 01256 323595 or St Bede’s Parish Office on 01256 465214, Nationally: 02077033030 or email:
St Joseph’s Brownies
The girls work on gaining badges, as well as having fun!
St Michael’s Hospice
Eileen raises money for the hospice with raffles at St Joseph’s. There is also a Chaplaincy team that visits patients on a regular basis.
A small group of parishioners who have come together using prayer and discussion to help the parish to look at the ways in which God calls each of us to serve him.
Tea and Coffee after Mass Cafod Café
The Cafod Café is open on Sundays after the 9am and 11am masses.
The Challoner Association
A group of parents that help support Bishop Challoner Catholic Secondary School by raising money through social events.
Veronica wants to offer hope and compassion, help and support, guidance and direction, at those times when life sets us challenges. Veronica cares.
We are a new team and are always looking for new team members to join us as welcomers or ushers. Just speak to Dave Letherby or one of the team and your offer of help will be warmly welcomed. In addition should you wish one of the clergy to visit someone who is housebound or sick, please speak to a member of the welcome team who will pass you request on to the relevant person.