About the Parish

In 2019 the parishes of ‘Hemel Hempstead’ and ‘Hemel Hempstead West’ were merged to form a new parish, ‘Hemel West.’  Consequently the parish has two churches with a combined Mass count (2019) of 620.

Churches of St. Mary & St. Joseph and St Mark

The Catholic church of St Mary and St Joseph, Boxmoor, was established in 1898 and is the oldest Catholic church in Hemel Hempstead.  It is the designated parish church for Hemel West.

The Catholic parochial area of Hemel Hempstead West was created in 1967 when the John F Kennedy School opened.  It was designated as a parish when St. Mark’s church was built within the grounds of JFK in 2000.

We have  strong links with John F Kennedy Catholic Secondary School, St. Cuthbert Mayne Junior School  and  St. Roses Infant School, all of which are within the parish.

St. Mark’s  church is also home to an Ordinariate group, who worship there during the week.  They pay a small rent to the parish for use of the church. Their unique presence enriches the parish.

We invite you to play your part and get involved in the parish!