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(Parish Priest)
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Address from the Parish Priest of Saint Joseph's Retford

On behalf of the parishioners of St Joseph’s, may I take this opportunity to welcome you to our parish and our parish website. St Joseph’s parish lies at the extreme southeast of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam. It is a fairly rural parish that includes almost 40 villages as well as the market town of Retford.

The present church building was 50 years old on 11th January 2009. It was built to replace a much smaller church building warmly remembered as the ‘tin tabernacle’. St  Joseph’s church is quite easy to find. It is situated on Babworth Road one of the main arteries running into Retford from the A1. There is also a parish hall, a presbytery and the parish school of St Joseph’s

A good Catholic parish should bear some notable characteristics and qualities. It should be a place of prayer, a place of fellowship, a place of sanctuary, a place of forgiveness. It should be a place where family is blessed and encouraged, where age is respected and honoured. It should be a place where widows, strangers and orphans are recognised. However it might be true to say that the first of its many characteristics and qualities should be as a place of welcome. When you visit our website and most especially when you visit our parish for any reason we hope that you will feel very welcome.  The welcome that you receive is a welcome from God.

If you are a new parishioner please make yourself known and I will arrange to come and visit. Should you wish to have your house blessed I will be delighted to do so. It will give us an opportunity to enter your family details into our parish records. 

Our weekly mass schedule is outlined in the following table (see bulletin for actual times as they vary week to week).

Mass Schedule

Weekday Masses

9.30 am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday#

12.15 pm Friday preceded by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 11.45 am


#Mass at Rampton Hospital every first, second and fourth Saturday of the month

Weekend Masses


5 to 5.30 pm Confessions

5.40 pm Benediction

6.00 pm Sunset Mass



9.30 am Morning Mass

2.00 pm Mass in Ranby Prison
Any changes to the mass times will be printed in the parish newsletter. They are usually the result of mass being celebrated in school or in Rampton Hospital. There is also a Children’s Liturgy on a Sunday and your children are most welcome to attend. The parish is always anxious to use new talent so please don’t be shy at volunteering to use your gifts. The parishioners here are friendly and welcoming and it is our sincerest wish that you will quickly feel that you belong.

There is a very fine parish school. Mr Philip Patterson is the head teacher. If you are looking for an excellent school you could not choose a better one. The school can be contacted on (01777) 702850. More information can be found on the school’s website ( On Thursdays a parent and toddler group called ‘Little Joe’s’ meet in the parish hall. The children of secondary school age are able to attend McAuley RC Comprehensive in Doncaster. Their contact number is (01302) 537396. More details are on their website

If this is your first opportunity to look at our website take a few moments to look at the other pages. We are always looking for positive suggestions to make the website more attractive. If you feel you would like to contact us please feel free to use the email address. Our parish newsletter often contains a diary of forthcoming events. We will be delighted if you would like to join us for any of these. In the meantime on behalf of all the people of the parish of St Joseph’s Retford, may God bless you and your families in all of your undertakings.


With every good wish

Revd W. G. Bergin

Revd W. G. Bergin
Parish Priest

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