Groups at St Joseph’s Bedford



Society of St.Vincent De Paul (SVP)

The SVP is an international lay organisation with more than 11,000 volunteer members which reach out to those in need, offering friendship and providing practical help and support. Members also provide help on the annual SVP pilgrimage to Walsingham held in July. We meet at St Joseph’s on Monday Evenings at

Contact: Jim Keane – 01234 767551


Secular Franciscan Order

We are a secular international order of men and women founded by St Francis of Assisi in 1221 to help people live in the Franciscan spirit of detachment from earthly possessions and to observe the Gospel of Our lord Jesus Christ. Members make a lifelong commitment to the daily office, regular participation in the sacraments, support of the clergy and local charities. Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of the month in Holy Cross Parish Hall, Goldington Road 3.15 pm.

Contact: Michael Simmonds – 01234 308395


Knights of St. Columba

Our motto is Charity, Unity and Fraternity which we try to live up to through the varied work we carry out. We are  a friendly organisation of Catholic men  who support the clergy in the diocese  with their spiritual and practical  work. We raise money for local and national charities particularly at times of crisis and emergency. We organise regular social fundraising events within the Bedford Pastoral Area for a variety of purposes. We meet on the second Wednesday of the Month at our Lady’s Kempston 8.00 pm

Contact: Jim Kinsella – 01234 400787


Mothers’ Prayer Group

The mothers prayer Group meets in the reconciliation Chapel at St Joseph’s on the first Monday of the month, after the 10.45 am mass. We meet to pray for the needs of mothers and families, who are one of the cornerstones of our Catholic faith. The group is dedicated under the protection of the Holy Mother and our liturgy and songs reflect our aims. The group is open to all who wish to pray for the need of Mothers.

Contact: Teresa Williams –  01234 217201


Families’ Home Shrine of Our Lady Of Guadalupe

The Families’ Home Shrine of Our Lady Of Guadalupe is a very popular devotion within our Parish. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron of the unborn, families and the clergy .The shrine spends 6 days in the home of a family or single persons.

A planned programme of prayer and devotion with the rosary at its centre is followed throughout the week. Families and individuals are enrolled in to the Devotional Group at feast day Mass 12th December.

Contact: Sheila Allen – 01234 344743  Email: (St Joseph’s)

Contact: Mary Frost – 01234 304014 (Our Lady’s)


AMDG Young Adults Music Group

The group meets weekly, to practise and develop the musical liturgy for the 6.30pm Sunday Mass and other special services throughout the Church Year. We wish to bring praise and glory through the gift of sacred music both new and old. We are always looking for new recruits to join us, you don’t have to be a professional, just love playing music.

Contact: Clare Moubarak – 01234 214227


Altar Servers

Boys and girls are welcome to train as altar servers. You must have made your first communion and be available on a regular basis for certain Sunday masses and other services throughout the Church Year.

Contact: Parish Priest – 01234 352569


Parish Prayer Group

Parish Prayer Group meets on the first Wednesday of the month from 8.00pm to 9.00pm in the Guild Room, (Access from Church Street). Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament with hymns, chants, music, readings, reflection and intercessory prayer. All welcome.

Contact: Parish Priest – 01234 352569


Catenian Association

The Catenian Association was founded in Manchester in 1908. Its aims were simply to provide a monthly opportunity for Catholic business and professional men to meet in a cordial atmosphere, to pray together and enjoy a social meal. The association is exclusive to catholic men, ladies nights are held in March, October and December. There are various social events held throughout the year. The President for the year nominates a charity which the members will actively support by fundraising and practical help.

Contact: Jim Keane – 01234 767551


Charismatic Prayer Group (Our Lady’s)

The Charismatic Prayer Group meets at Our Lady’s every Tuesday at 7.30pm.We start with praise and worship for the first half hour, we continue to pray in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in exposition. We invoke the power of the Holy Spirit and ask for his Gifts to use and share for the glory of God. We have times of silence in between praise to listen to what God maybe saying to each one of us. We have a teaching /sharing of scripture. We conclude at 9.00pm with quiet praise and intercession.

Contact: Mary Frost –  01234 304014,  Elaine McLennan – 01234 853992


Adult Choir

Music is at the heart of our liturgy, the choir based at St Joseph’s seek to enrich the spiritual life of our Church through the gift of sacred music. The 11am Sunday Mass is a sung Mass, using both traditional and the newer sacred music to enhance both liturgy and congregational hymns. These are chosen to reflect the liturgical calendar of the Church’s year. The choir is often called on to enhance with music, the special celebrations that occur within the life of our church.  Auditions may be held for those who can read music and can meet the standards required of this prestigious choir.

Contact: Michael Moloney – 01234 768296


Children’s Liturgy

The children’s liturgy is at the centre of the 9.30 Sunday mass. activities take place in the guild room at St Joseph’s and the meeting room at Our Lady’s. Here children are involved, with their adult helpers in developing a practical and enjoyable way of understanding the theme of the Mass and the day’s Gospel. After this preparation the children join the main congregation to bring back their work for the benefit of all. Adult helpers are always required. You do not have to be a parent to assist. Following our Diocesan guidelines, all those who help the children with the liturgy are required to complete an application and Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. Training and support is given to volunteer helpers.

Contact: Parish Priest – 01234 352569, Lyn: 01234 268163

Contact: Mary Frost – 01234 304014 (Our Lady’s)


Parish Fund Raising Group

The group made up from members of both our Churches. We meet every two  or three months ,at St Joseph’s ,to discuss and review the fundraising events being undertaken on behalf of the year’s chosen charity.  This also includes monitoring ,on behalf of the parishioners ,the money which has been raised so far. The projects have ranged from helping the infrastructure of Catholic schools in Palestine, supporting Children from Father Boniface’s orphanage in Uganda, to assisting organisations such as Olive Aid which helps Farmers rebuild their lives, having been cut off from their olive groves by the Israelis’ blockade.

Contact: Parish Priest – 01234 352569


Friday Rosary Group: St Joseph’s

We meet at 2pm in St Joseph’s for an hour’s devotion to Our Lady by praying the decades of the holy rosary. We pray for peace in the world, peace in our hearts and peace within  families. We also pray for the sick within the Parish.


Friday Holy Hour: Our Lady’s

We meet every Friday at 5.30pm.  Everyone is welcome to join in answering Our Blessed Lady’s call to pray the rosary and spread this devotion. The Holy Hour includes Adoration, Lexio Divina, and Prayer. Do come and join us.


Flower Arranging and Display Group

Come and join us. We meet fortnightly on a rota system to arrange and display the flowers at St Joseph’s and Our Lady’s, which enhances the beauty of our church and liturgy. You will need enthusiasm, rather than experience, as support and training will be given.

Contact: Parish Priest – 01234 352569













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Contact: Ken Cooke – 01604 459596



In line with Diocesan policy you are required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service check if you are working with children and vulnerable adults within our Parish. Please contact the parish priest to discuss how this may affect you when volunteering your help in certain areas of our Parish Ministry. If you would like information it can be obtained by contacting Mary our co-ordinator.

Contact: Mary O’ Sullivan – 01234 261272



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Contact: Parish Priest – 01234 352569