Mass times

Monday-Thursday 9am
Friday 12 noon
Saturday 10am, vigil 5.30pm
Sunday 8, 9.30, 11.30am


161 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1JF


There has been a Catholic church in Leigh from earliest times. The Domesday book of 1086 mentions Leigh or Legra as a small fishing village. Because of its excellent position on the busy shipping route to London, by the sixteenth century it had developed into a prosperous port. Now, at the start of the twenty-first century Leigh is a busy town, much expanded, and attracts many visitors throughout the year.

Our parish is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes & Saint Joseph. It was founded in 1912 from Saint Helen's Parish, Westcliff. The church is a noble tribute to the generosity, hard work and sacrifice of generations of clergy and faithful. A history of the building. We are a thriving parish, through which the mission of the Church brings the Gospel of Christ and the fullness of Christian Truth to the men and women of Leigh-on-Sea.

We are always trying to improve, to serve our community better. In 2014 we completed a major project: the construction of the new Parish Centre.

Welcome to our community. May God bless you! 
Msgr Kevin Hale
Parish Priest

Sheila produces the newsletter for us. It's available in print form at Mass every Sunday — or you can receive it sooner by email: sign up below!


If you are organising something in or around the Parish, please let us know.

Simone handles general enquiries in the office. It can be a bit hectic, but if you send her a message here she'll reply as soon as she can!

Message the office

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You can call the office weekdays 9-1. Tuesdays and Wednesdays are best.


Our parish priest is Fr Kevin Hale.

Send Fr Kevin a message

The best time to call Fr Kevin is weekday mornings 8-9


Priest's house

The presbytery is attached to the church, but the entrance is around the corner


Clergy residing in the parish

Rev Cornelius Joyce, Rev Basil Pearson and Rev John McCollough.

Stewards of the Gospel

Southend General Hospital

If you or a relative are admitted to the hospital, please notify our Parish Priest or the Hospital Chaplain



God created people in his own image and likeness, which gives everyone value and dignity. We value all people and support them and protect them from harm. We have a special responsibility for safeguarding the wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults.

If you volunteer for a role that brings you into contact with children or vulnerable adults then you must undergo an enhanced level Disclosure and Barring Services check. Our Safeguarding Representative is Jackie Sullens, and she will help you with the relevant paperwork. Readers and ushers do not require these checks.

If you have any questions about safeguarding in the parish, you can contact Jackie or Fr Kevin to discuss in confidence. The Diocese of Brentwood Safeguarding Office has more information.


Support us

We rely on your support to continue our work — please give what you can afford

Donate to our parish

Standing Order

If you donate regularly, please consider setting up a standing order with your bank. Please contact the office for details.

Gift Aid

You can supplement your donations in church if you are a United Kingdom taxpayer by making a Gift Aid declaration. Sarah Newton can send you envelopes for the collection.


Parish Centre

The Parish Centre is available for parishioners use. 

Angela Clements, Darrell Binding, Imelda Ryan and Sue Lawford organise the Centre.

Eucharistic Ministers

Marie Rubbert organises the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion



Loretta Mapson organises the flowers in the church. You can call her in the evenings.


Master of Ceremonies

Bernard Arscott organises Altar Serving

Music Group

Francesca McEvoy leads the music at the 9.30 Mass on Sunday



Spencer Wilson is the organist



Jackie Sullens organises the readers. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch.



Sandra Hippard organises the cleaners


Brian Holt


Catholic Women's League

The CWL is a national organisation open to women of all ages. This year we are supporting Women’s Refuges. We knit for the Catholic Clothing Guild, providing beautiful garments for the underprivileged.

Here in Leigh we are a small group of 14. In recent years we have organised Lenten Lunches – they are always very popular. We sent the proceeds to the Syrian Relief Project run by Father Dominic in Basildon. For the second year running we have organised the hugely successful Afternoon Tea on the Terrace – enjoyed by 90 parishioners and friends. We cater the annual Corpus Christi afternoon tea and the Marriage Preparation course. We help with catering for the annual Parish Garden Party. We help with the annual Christmas Bazaar, with most of our members running their own stall. We support a number of charities during the year: the bishop’s Lourdes Fund, B.E.E.F., Cafod – just to mention a few. We also support the Parish Centre with our fundraising.

Our meetings are lively and interesting and not too serious! Over the last year we have had a variety of interesting speakers, including a lady who grew up in the Tower of London, a classical music session, talks on local history and a presentation by an archaeologist. Come and join us – new members are very welcome. We meet twice each month, with a business meeting on the 2nd Monday of the month, and a Social meeting on the 4th Monday of the month. We meet at 2pm in the Newman Room in the Parish Centre. Cynthia Bush is our Chairperson.


Knights of Saint Columba

Phil Patterson


Saint Vincent de Paul Society

Pat O'Connell

We meet on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 in the Parish Centre, St Clement room. We visit those in need and provide financial assistance from time to time. Our Youth branch in St Helen’s Parish makes Nazareth House visits during year.