Welcome to the Catholic Parish of Hemel West!


Parish Priest
The Reverend Father Brian McMahon
The Presbytery
186 St Johns Road
Hemel Hempstead
Hertfordshire, HP1 1NR
01442 391759

The Reverend Deacon Simon Wright

Parish Administrator
Mrs Shirley Bailey
01442 391759

Weekly Newsletter


The Sunday Obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holydays of Obligation remains suspended. It is unlikely that the Sunday Obligation will be re-instated until the First Sunday of Advent at the earliest, i.e. Sunday 28th November 2021.

There is no need to book to attend Mass, though you will be required to leave your details for Test and Trace at the entrance to the church. Just fill in the small piece of paper and pop it in the box. It is strongly advised that you should wear a mask in church. Social distancing is no longer required, though there signs available for use if you wish to have space next to you. Pick one up from the Test and Trace signing in desk. Please return the sign when you leave the church.

St Mark’s, our church at Warners End, is currently not in use. We will not return for the Sunday Mass celebrated there until the Sunday Obligation is reinstated on Sunday 28th November. All parishioners are encouraged to attend Mass at the parish church in Boxmoor, St Mary & St Joseph.

Revised Mass times for the parish will be issued in early November.

You can pick up links to our latest newsletter in the About menu at the top of this page and the 12pm Sunday Mass livestream at the bottom of this page, by clicking on the YouTube icon.

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We are one of two parishes in the town of Hemel Hempstead.  Fr Kim Addison is the parish priest of Hemel East.  Our parishes co-operate on certain matters.  For historical reasons each parish has two churches.

The parish of Hemel West is comprised of two churches. The parish church, Ss Mary & Joseph’s in St. John’s Road, BOXMOOR HP1 1NR and St. Mark’s church in Hollybush Lane, WARNERS END which is located in the grounds of John F Kennedy (JFK) Catholic Secondary School, HP1 2PH. The parish of Hemel West was created in 2019 by the merger of two parishes, St Mary & St Joseph’s and St Mark’s.