Whether you are looking to join our church family on a regular basis, or are enquiring about becoming part of the church for a special event, such as a wedding or a baptism, these pages should give you all that you need to know.
St Joseph’s is a thriving parish that serves the Bilton area in the north of Harrogate and is part of the Diocese of Leeds.


Advent & Christmas 2019

The season of Advent is upon us, and our journey towards Bethlehem has begun…please enjoy this season of preparation as we await the celebrations of the birth of Jesus.

Christmas Masses & Services at St Joseph’s

Sunday 22nd December (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

5.30pm  (Saturday Evening) Vigil Mass

8.00am  Mass

11.00am  Mass

4.00pm  A Service of Carols and Readings with the Children’s Nativity Play

Tuesday 24th December (Christmas Eve)

9.30am  Mass of the Day

5.30pm  Children’s Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve

11.30pm  Carols (leading into Midnight Mass)

Wednesday 25th December (Christmas Day)

12.00am  Midnight Mass

8.00am  Christmas Day Mass

11.00am  Christmas Day Mass

Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th December

10.30am  Mass

Sunday 29th December (The Feast of the Holy Family)

5.30pm  (Saturday Evening) Vigil Mass

8.00am  Mass

11.00am  Mass

First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion & Confirmation

Confirmation: (Year 6 and above)

The Confirmation Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Marcus here in the parish on Sunday 9th February 2020 at 11.30am. There will be two days of preparation, but each candidate will need to sign up to attend just ONE of them.  These will take place on Saturday 11th January, and Saturday 18th January 2020 from 10.00am until 3.00pm.  There will be an Information Meeting for Parents and Candidates on Sunday 8th December after the 11.00am Mass, and will last for around 90 minutes, you will be able to sign up for your preferred day of preparation at this meeting.


First Sacraments Dates for Your Diary:

First Reconciliation (Year 3 and above)

Parents Meeting – 11th March 2020 at 6.00pm

Session for Preparation – 21st March 2020 10am-2pm

First Reconciliation – 1st April 2020 at 6.00pm.

First Holy Communion (Year 4 and above)

Parents Meeting – 21st April 2020 at 6.00pm

Preparation Sessions – 25th April; 9th May; 16th May and 6th June (time to be advised).

Rehearsal & Confessions – Friday 12th June at 6.00pm

First Holy Communion Masses – Saturday 13th June.


Mass Times


16:30 – 17:00 Sacrament of Reconciliation

17:30 Vigil Mass


8:00 Mass

11:00 Mass (Children’s Liturgy each week)


See the Parish Bulletin for weekly variations

Feasts and Holy Days of Obligation

As announced

Daily Readings

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