Welcome to our Parish

There are two churches in our parish.

St Joseph's, Goole and Sacred Heart, Howden

Father Nigel Barr lives at 1 Buttfield Road, Howden, DN14 7DW. Tel 01430 430245
Mrs Helen Cooke, Headteacher, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary Academy, Goole, Tel: 01405 762607  

St Joseph's
Pasture Road
Goole, DN14 6DP

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Sacred Heart
Buttfield Road,
Howden, DN14 7DW

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Sunday 23rd January 2022


Today is a Day of Prayer for Peace on Earth. The Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity continues, and ends this Tuesday on the feast of The Conversion of St Paul, Apostle (25th January). In the Masses this Sunday and on Monday and Tuesday different churches of Howden Churches Together and Goole Churches together will be prayed for. Theme for 2022: “We saw His star in the East and have come to worship him.” (Mt. 2:20)


THANK YOU FROM MISSIO Fr Chantry, Missio National Director, has written thank you letters to St Joseph’s and Sacred Heart churches for their recent donations. St Joseph’s gave 136.00 and Sacred Heart gave £144.
Here is the main content of each letter: This generosity and spiritual sustenance will encourage missionaries like Sr Veronica to continue serving and sharing God’s love. St Veronica is just one of the many selfless missionaries around the world, supported by you through Missio, who have chosen to serve in vulnerable and impoverished communities far from home, in response to God’s calling. Our Church is a global family. We depend on one another; on our shared prayer and solidarity. 

 I am grateful for your prayers and generosity, especially at this difficult time, and assure you that they make a real difference o the lives and work of missionaries who are sharing the Gospel and caring for our brothers an sisters through the world. Let us continue to pray that all peoples may experience the saving love and generous mercy of Jesus Christ.  

BISHOP MARCUS will be visiting our parish on Sunday 6th February 2022, and will preside and preach at the Masses that day. Please put the date in your diary and be here to welcome him. Those who normally attend the Saturday Vigil Mass are encouraged to attend the 11am Mass on Sunday morning at St Joseph’s.



Please pray for them.
Damian Ainscough, Anna Barszc, Christopher Brown,     Patience Dare, Carol Dent, Frank Earl, Anne Hayward, Dorothy Kershaw, Anthony Margrave, Jean McAndrew, Alma McHugh, Bernard Rook, Ken Rumney, Timmy Ryan, Kevin and Catherine Thornton and all those who are ill and would like to remain anonymous.



The letter of St James, Chapter 5, verse 14: “Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.”
If you or anyone you know is ill, either in hospital or at home, and would like to receive the Church’s ministry in anointing and Holy Communion, please let Fr Nigel know and he will come and visit you/your family and friends

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.


The children have all made their First Reconciliation and are now preparing for their First Holy COmmunion. PLease keep them in your prayers.   


BINGO FUND RAISER Following on from the last successful Bingo fundraiser in 2021, the Sacred Heart Church has arranged a second Bingo to take place on Friday February 25th, 7pm at Eastrington Village Hall. We are looking for BINGO prizes and donations. We are in need of specific prizes for food hampers, and would be hugely grateful if you would consider donating something off this list. For more info. see Barbara, Catherine M, Samantha, John H, Melanie, Andrea S. Thank you for your continued support. Please put the date in your diary & come along with friends and family to help raise much needed funds for our church refurbishment. If anyone is willing to volunteer and help serve tea and coffee on the night then please let Barbara know. CUPERTINO GROUP MASSES
On Sunday 31st October, the monthly Cupertino Group Mass for children with learning difficulties and disabilities and the families, celebrated by Rev Fr Frank Smith, will Take place at St Joseph’s, Wetherby at 3.00pm.
The following dates have been confirmed for 2021-2022:
29th November 2021 2nd Jan 2022 30th Jan 2022
27th Feb 2022 27th March 2022 24th April 2022
22nd May 2022 26th June 2022 17th July 2022


The singers at St Joseph’s have decided to reconvene after a lengthy break/ Practices will resume on Wednesday mornings at 10.30am after Mass. Little by little, sung parts pf the Mass will be reintroduced at Sunday Mass. Do come along and support your parish music ministry - all are welcome. Further information from Ann Wottge. Tel: 01757 630755


READERS If you would like to join the list of readers for weekend or weekday Masses at St Joseph’s that would also be a valuable contribution to the Liturgy and to the parish community. Please contact Pauline Sykes Tel: 01405 83933   


SPONSORED BIKE RIDE The final amount raised by the Bayliss family from the sponsored bike ride in September. Sponsored money was £390, but an additional £30 was donated by the Rotary Club (£10 for each competitor). Hence the Grand Total was £420. Grateful thanks to the Bayliss family from us all.


They are sensitively read by David Crystal. His reading of the Gospel of John, accompanied by music, is particularly beautiful.


A BIG THANK YOU to the Buttle Family for the generous donation to the Sacred Heart Refurbishment Fund. We are very grateful.



Those of   you who wish to give offerings to the parish by Standing Order (if you are not already doing) will need these details: HSBC: 40-27-15 ACCOUNT NO. 31017373 ACCOUNT NAME: DIOCESE OF LEEDS  



We have some wonderful news for you. Our target of £25,000 has been reached. Now £25,152.90) It is all thanks to your generous support by way of your donations of money, giving time to bake on coffee mornings, buying the Roof’us slates, doing the weekly Numbers Up game buying tickets for and donating prizes to the raffles. Special thanks to the fund-raising team for all their hard work, effort and enthusiasm.
We still, of course, need you to continue in this way, as in addition to what we previously intended doing, we have had to add extensive floor repairs, stone work and stain glass window refurbishment, full decorating throughout, improving disabled access, the WC and new kitchen facilities, new heating system… Yes, it does seem like an endless task, but it is a very worthwhil e cause and our duty to restore and maintain such a beautiful church building for future generations to come.
We also have to prove to the grant awarding bodies, as well as to the Diocese, that we are active parishioners and care enough to raise our share of the upkeep costs.
If anyone wishes to make a cheque donation towards our refurbishment please make it payable to: The Sacred Heart Refurbishment Fund. Thank you.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Goole is in need of 2 Foundation Governors to serve on the council which oversees the work of the school. The term of office is for 4 years. The commitment is approximately 2 hours of your time every 2 months. Currently we are meeting via video link but hope to be back in school soon. We also ask that you make a personal visit to school to observe some aspect of school life possibly 3 times a year if you can. More details are available from myself or from cthomas@bkcat.co.uk