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Just as the doors of our church are open in welcome every day to the people of Bury St Edmunds and its surrounding villages, so we hope this website will serve as an invitation and welcome to you.

St Edmund's Parish is one of the most historical Catholic parishes in East Anglia with the tradition going back to the time when Catholics had to gather in secret. Indeed the original chapel on the site in Westgate Street was and remains hidden behind the large Georgian presbytery dating from 1760. Only in 1791 was it officially licensed for Catholic worship by those in authority. Today, with its home in the later, imposing and recently restored classical church of 1837, the Parish, which extends outside the limits of the town and includes chapels at Lawshall and Gt Barton, is a thriving community of 900 or so people.

We hope that in browsing our website you will find out more about our life, our worship and our witness.

What's on?

  • National Lockdown - January 2021

    The government is allowing churches to remain open for public worship. This means that Mass, and other liturgies will continue to be celebrated publically each day. It is very encouraging that the Government has recognised that people have worked hard...

  • Booking for Mass

    Before you make a booking, please be aware of the following important information: • Please do not arrive at the church more than 15 minutes before Mass begins, but also try to avoid arriving at the last minute. Although queues...

  • Live Streaming from St Edmunds

    You can watch Mass from St Edmunds on your home computer, or mobile device. With churches being able to re-open for public worship from December 2nd we will only be live streaming Mass on Sundays at 10.30am and Wednesdays at...

  • Government Consultation on Faith Engagement

    There was a strong ask from the officials of the MHCLG for individual Catholics to respond to this open consultation on the way Government engages with faith communities. The link to the online submission is: This call for evidence...

  • A Statement from the Cardinal on behalf of the Bishops' Conference for England and Wales

    Statement from the President and the Vice-President of the Conference on the National Lockdown Wednesday 4th November 2020. Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until 2nd December. Please read...

  • Statement on Safeguarding

    The account given in the IICSA Report of abuse known to be inflicted on children in the Catholic Church in England and Wales in the past 50 years is shocking and overwhelming. At our meeting this week, we Bishops have...

  • Pilgrimage

    Pilgrimage is an ideal way of combining prayer and exercise. Allied to Abbey 1000, an inspirational opportunity has been designed for you to walk (within permitted guidelines) in your own time either or both of two mediaeval routes of pilgrims...

  • Catholic Church welcomes IICSA report into abuse

    The Catholic Church in England and Wales has welcomed the report, published today, from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, relating to the institutional response of the Church in its duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse...

  • Statement from the President and the Vice-President of the Conference on the Prime Minister's Statement Saturday 31st October 2020

    This evening, the Prime Minister announced further widespread restrictions in England beginning on Thursday 5th November. Please read more here....


    PARISH AGM Unfortunately we have not been able to hold a Parish Annual General Meeting for the second successive year. Last year it was agreed with the Diocese that this should wait until the permanent appointment of a new Parish...

  • COVID-19 and Vaccination

    Statement from the Bishops Conference Department for Social Justice concerning Covid-19 and Vaccination. Click here...

  • Young Adults Prayer Group (YAG)

    Meets in the parish on the first Monday of the month. They are now going to hold their meeting on line via Zoom - 8.00-8.40pm. This is an excellent platform for Catholic support. If you are between 20 and 30...

  • A test of Faith describes the significance of St Edmund in times of plague

    A local historian, tour guide and member of St Edmund's Catholic Church, John Saunders has decided to release a story that he intended for the future but which has assumed current relevance. Inhabitants of Bury St Edmunds will be familiar...

  • Abbey 1000 - The Catholic Connection - UPDATE

    All Abbey 1000 events up to 31 May have been postponed until further notice. E-mail if you have queries (please keep calls to 01284 767894 to a minimum) Click Abbey1000.pdf...

Mass times



*booking only

Saturday 16th January
18.00* (First Mass of Sunday) Lucille LeCoeur †

Sunday 17th January 2nd Sunday of the Yr p707
08.30* Mass Bernard Burke †
10.30* Mass Live streamed For the Parish

Monday 18th January Feria
12.30 Mass Tom, Emil, Savio, Jeremy & Linda

Tuesday 19th January Feria
09.30 Mass Cora & Patrick Gormley's Int

Wednesday 20th January Feria
10.00 Mass Live streamed Serban Family Int

Thursday 21st January St Agnes
12.30 Live streamed Ecumenical Prayer Meeting
19.30 Mass Thomas Butler's Int

Friday 22nd January Feria
09.30 Mass Michael Jordan †

Saturday 23rd January Feria
10.00 Mass Mary Albon †
18.00* (First Mass of Sunday) A & V Desira †

Sunday 17th January 2nd Sunday of the Yr (p707)
08.30* Mass Bernard Burke †
10.30* Mass Live streamed For the Parish

PLEASE NOTE! During live-streamed services, we cannot guarantee you will not appear on camera.

Sacrament of Reconciliation : Wednesday after 10.00am Mass Saturday after 10.00am Mass

Evening Prayer
Live streamed Sunday to Friday at 19.00.
(Thursday 18.30)

You may wish simply to listen to evening prayer as streamed from the parish YouTube channel, but the texts are available at If you want the same translations as the clergy, you need to download the app for your phone or computer (non-recurring cost is about £10, although there is a free trial for a month available) Please feel free simply to listen - the Divine Office is the Universal prayer of the Church, and is said by millions of people every day.


Holy Day


The Newsletter is: <17th January 2021.pdf>here

If you are going into Hospital please let us know where you are so we find you and let us know if you would like a visit, telephone the Presbytery 01284 754358.