CAFOD HARVEST FAST DAY - Friday, 5th October

 This weekend (29th/30th September) our parish CAFOD representatives Dee Ellidge and Frank Heyes will give a short appeal at the close of  Sunday Masses on behalf of CAFOD.  The CAFOD collection will take place next Sunday, 7th October; there is an envelope for you to use inside your newsletter, or at the back of the church. 

Family Fast Day Prayer:  Creator God, in love you give life.  In your generosity you create the gifts of the earth.  As daughters and sons of the same Father, may we learn to share the plentiful gifts of creation, especially with those most in need.  Give us open hands and loving hearts, so that we take less and give more.  We ask that all may benefit from your goodness, and share in the fullness of life you have promised.  Amen.







posted 3 Jul 2020, 14:52 by Susan Weaver   [ updated 3 Jul 2020, 15:07 ]

St Hugh’s will resume Masses with a congregation from next weekend Sunday, 12th July. 

Mass times: Sunday at 9.30am and 6pm; Tuesday at 7pm; Thursday at 10am. (Polish language at 12.15pm).

Sunday Obligation: A reminder that the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended in the dioceses of England and Wales. Therefore please consider carefully if you feel safe and confident to come to the church for Mass. Please remember that people who are clinically vulnerable to Covid19 are still being advised to stay at home as much as possible.  If you are able to come on a weekday then please consider making that your weekly Mass for the time being and allow those who work during the week the first opportunity to come to one of the weekend Masses.

Booking a Place at Mass:  Due to the present pandemic we need to adhere to the restrictions imposed on us to keep us all safe.  Only 40 people will be allowed in the church for each Mass and this will be done through a booking system.  

If you would like to attend a Mass please book your place during the week.  This can be done by email:   If you are unable to access the internet please phone the parish office, 01522 528961, between 9am and 3pm Monday to Thursday.  Please state how many seats you need, your preferred day and most importantly a contact number so that we are able to confirm your seat with you.  Please note that you can only book a seat for yourself or members of YOUR OWN HOUSEHOLD as the numbers in each group will affect the seating allocation. Once the maximum number of places is reached no further bookings will be taken.  Please do not turn up at the church without having had your place confirmed by us as we will sadly have to turn you away. 

Please arrive at the church in good time.  A steward will check you are on the list for Mass and will direct you to a seat. There is a one way system in operation and hand sanitisers are available for you to use at the front door.  All Mass sheets/Newsletters should be taken home with you. Holy  Communion will take place at the end of the Mass, you must receive it in your hand only, and when you do you must leave the church straight away so take your belongings with you when you go to Communion.  Please follow the advise of the stewards.

Social Distancing and Face Coverings:  We will continue to follow the 2m guideline for social distancing as we can’t guarantee that we can make all the necessary mitigations to allow us to reduce to 1m. The use of face coverings is encouraged and if you wish to use one then please bring your own. If you wish to light a candle at the votive candle stands then please be aware of other people around you.

St Hugh’s Churchwill continue to be open from 9am until noon on Saturdaysfrom now on until further notice. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar throughout that period. Confessions are also available on request at the Rectory during this time.

We regret that no toilet facilities will be available.

If someone in your household displays symptoms of Covid19, then please stay at home.  If you are in the shielding category, 

then please continue to protect yourself by staying at home as per government guidance, and praying for the Parish community.

Re-Opening of the church update

posted 27 Jun 2020, 02:19 by Susan Weaver

The bishops are currently discussing the re-opening of our churches for public worship. Nothing has been decided just yet, but we are hopeful that we will be able to open up for Mass some time next month. We will be aiming to open on 11thand 12thJuly if all goes to plan. However, there may be restrictions on numbers and other social distancing measures. We must also bear in mind that Fr. Patrick has not yet returned, and so there is only one priest between two parishes. Furthermore, I may be called upon to say Mass elsewhere in the deanery where an elderly or ill priest is still unable to say a public Mass due to the restrictions. Therefore there will also be some changes to our weekday and Sunday Mass times. 

Church open on Saturday morning

posted 19 Jun 2020, 02:16 by Susan Weaver   [ updated 19 Jun 2020, 11:52 ]

From Fr. Matthew:


Many of you will have heard that churches are beginning to re-open for private prayer. This doesn’t mean every church, but only those which have been given government permission. Each church which feels it can meet the very stringent safety guidelines set by the government can apply to re-open, and permission will be given on a case by case basis. We are currently preparing to re-open our churches here in Lincoln, at the moment I cannot give a date when this will happen for all churches, Thankfully, permission has now been granted for St. Hugh’s Church to open from 9am until noon on Saturdays from now on until further notice. There will be exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on the altar throughout that period. Therefore, I ask for silence in the church. If you wish to speak to people you haven’t seen for a long time please do so outside as we have only been given permission to open for prayer. You will see that the church has been laid out to assist social distancing. A maximum of 40 people will be allowed in the church at any one time, so please be aware when you are praying in the church that others may be waiting outside. We regret that no toilet facilities will be available. These are the government guidelines, and it is important that we adhere to them and are seen to do so in order that our churches can open as soon as possible for public worship.



posted 12 Jun 2020, 03:17 by Susan Weaver   [ updated 12 Jun 2020, 03:18 ]

You can follow liturgies from the private chapel at Bishop’s House on the Bishop’s YouTube account:


                     You can also follow Fr Eddy, from St Peter and St Paul’s church online.  Go to Facebook and search: Saints Peter and Paul Church Lincoln


posted 12 Jun 2020, 03:15 by Susan Weaver


Unfortunately no confessions are available at the moment due to the possibility of infection.  The bishop has said that all obligation to receive Holy Communion and go to Confession (known as the Easter duties) is remitted for 2020. He asks that we remind the faithful that in such circumstances as these a perfect act of contrition suffices to forgive even grave sin. To perform a perfect act of contrition one simply confesses one's sins privately to God, with the firm intention of repentance, expressing sorrow for our sins based on love of God not on fear of damnation. One must also have the firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as is reasonably possible when circumstances return to normal.




Among the penitent’s acts of contrition occupies first places. Contrition is the sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again.  When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all things, contrition is called ‘perfect’ (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1451-1452).  You can express this contrition through an Act of Contrition that is already familiar to you, or else for example the prayer below which we traditionally associate with the Stations of the Cross.  The important thing is not the precise words but to mean what they express: ‘I love you Jesus, my love above all things, I repent with my whole heart for having offended you.  Never permit me to separate myself from you again. Grant that I may love you always and do with me whatever you will.’





My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.




The Angelus Promise is a spiritual exercise created to assist you to embrace the message of Our Lady, as expressed in the Angelus.  It invites you to “share in the joy of the Annunciation” by following Mary’s openness to God’s call, through her faith-filled “yes”.  Through your own faith-filled “yes”, the Lord will work wonders in your life. 

R: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary 

V: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit 

As God once chose Mary to become the Mother of His Son through the message of an angel, so He chooses me this day, and invites me through the ministry of the Church or the example of another, to seek and do His Will at this moment in my life. 

Hail Mary full of Grace…

R: Behold the handmaid of the Lord 

V: Be it be done unto me according to thy Word 

Mary’s response to her invitation, “let it be done to me according to your Word”, opened her heart to God’s grace and all things became possible. Let my “yes” today take away fear, as I embrace God’s Will, and like Mary “ponder these things in my heart”. 

Hail Mary full of Grace…

R: And the Word became flesh (Bow or genuflect) 

V: And dwelt among us 

At a moment in history, Mary’s faith-filled “yes” conceived Him, first in her heart, which then led to the birth of our Saviour. Through accepting Him in my heart, enable me to recognise my role in bringing Christ to my sisters and brothers today. 

Hail Mary full of Grace…

R: Pray for us most holy Mother of God 

V: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ 

Let us pray: O Holy Mother of God, pray for us, and assist us as we dedicate ourselves this day. Your Yes at the Annunciation brought our Saviour Jesus into the world, and you invite us to contemplate the great mystery of the Incarnation, sharing your joy in announcing, “the Word was made flesh and lived among us.” May our yes, this day, open our hearts to serve our sisters and brothers in this your Dowry, that they too may share our joy in the Good News that God walks among us. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen.



Living God, you walk alongside us and speak to us throughout the Scriptures.

Your Son, Jesus Christ, listens to our hopes and fears and shows us 
how to live for one another

Send us the Holy Spirit to open our hearts and minds so that we may be 
your witnesses throughout the world. Amen.


Important Notice regarding Parish Finances

posted 15 Apr 2020, 08:03 by Susan Weaver   [ updated 1 Jul 2020, 04:51 ]

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), all public Acts of Worship are suspended, and the staff have been placed on temporary leave (‘furlough’), therefore our parish church office will remained CLOSED until further notice.  

We will stay in communication with you during this time of isolation.

Emails will be answered as best as possible, but it may take time to reply.  If you wish to have urgent contact with Fr Matthew, please telephone him at St Hugh’s on 01522 528961.

Some parishioners have asked how they can continue to make their offerings during the period our churches are closed.  This is much appreciated; our Parish needs your continued support at this time.  Coronavirus has raised some very particular financial challenges for us.  Not only do we have no plate and envelope collection, but we cannot hire our parish hall either.  We must, however, continue to pay for essentials, such as our priests’ living expenses, the staff wages, the upkeep of our buildings, and other ongoing costs.

Of course, we realise that the current emergency is affecting people’s income, and they may not be able to continue their level of offerings.  If this is the case, we fully understand, and our prayers are with you.

If you currently pay by Standing Order, this will continue as usual unless you tell your bank to vary it.

If you usually give by envelope or via cash in the collection, you could now make a donation via your online or telephone banking.  You can either made individual payments whenever you like, or you can set up a regular Standing Order.  This can be stopped at any time; for example, if you wish to resume giving cash or envelope once Sunday Mass is resumed.

The Parish Lloyds Bank Account details are:  Account Name: St Hugh’s Lincoln RCP NRCDT, Sort Code: 30 95 05, Account Number:  01507508.

If you are a UK taxpayer, you also have the option of adding Gift Aid, whereby the UK Government adds a further 25% to your donation.  Anyone wishing to set up a new Gift Aid arrangement, can find the form on the parish website Newsletter section.  

Our parish relies on donations to stay open and provide care and support to everyone in our community.  Now more than ever, and only if you are able to, please consider giving generously to support our mission and ministry. Thank you for your continued support.

Newsletter and Live Streaming

posted 3 Apr 2020, 05:51 by Susan Weaver   [ updated 3 Apr 2020, 05:53 ]

Please click on the Newsletter bar under 'Navigation' for your updated Newsletter and for a list of live streaming of the Mass.


posted 18 Mar 2020, 07:23 by Susan Weaver   [ updated 26 Mar 2020, 05:52 ]


In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, so many aspects of our lives must change.  This includes the ways in which we publicly express our faith.

It is very clear that, following official advice and in order to keep each other safe, save lives and support the NHS, at this time we must not gather for
public acts of worship in our churches.

This will begin from Friday evening, 20th March 2020, until further notice.

St Hugh's Church

Fr Matthew will continue to celebrate daily Mass privately.  Your Mass intentions will still be said.

St Hugh's needs your support and if you are able to continue with your weekly offering it would be very much appreciated.  Perhaps you could set up a direct debit?
Email: for information.  Perhaps you could post your weekly offering either in person or by Royal Mail?

Let us keep each other in our prayers.  Hopefully we will be able to celebrate Mass in St Hugh's again in the not to distant future.

Updates will be given via this website.  If you know a parishioner who does not have access to a computer please inform them of any updates.


posted 27 Feb 2020, 05:52 by Susan Weaver

Designed by the Emanuel’s (designers of Princess Diana’s wedding dress) and hand made by Joan Rudder

This exquisite ivory lace gown, which includes a lace coat and hat has been generously gifted to St Hugh’s Church to raise money for the church tower renovations. 

This is a one off  and we would like offers to start at £200. 

If you would like to view the gown and/or make an offer for it please contact Fr Matthew either by email: or phone 01522 528961 or see him after Mass.


From Now On - Lent Course

posted 20 Feb 2020, 06:33 by Susan Weaver   [ updated 19 Mar 2020, 02:55 ]

The lent course

has been cancelled!




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