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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?

  • Some explanatory notes concerning the wedding of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds

    Following the wedding of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson to Carrie Symonds, Westminster Cathedral issued the following statement: 'On Saturday 29th May, the wedding of Carrie Symonds and Boris Johnson took place in Westminster Cathedral. The bride and groom are...

  • Statement from the Catholic Bishops of England

    On 19th July, the current legislative powers which assist the mitigations against the covid-19 virus transmission will be rescinded by HM Government. Nevertheless, there will be an encouragement to personal and corporate responsibility in this area; as the Prime Minister...

  • Reflection by the Bishops of England and Wales

    Gathering as Bishops in Conference this week, we wish to pay tribute to all in the Catholic community who have shown such courage, generosity and understanding in the face of adversity this past year. Across England and Wales, families and...

  • 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...

  • 'Gift Aid - the good way to give to your Church'

    Gift Aid is an arrangement that allows charities, including churches, to reclaim tax on donations made by a taxpayer. It covers weekly giving as well as one-off donations. This means that every donation you make is worth 25% more to...

  • Live Streaming from St Edmunds

    You can watch Mass from St Edmunds on your home computer, or mobile device. During Lockdown 3 we will be live streaming Mass on Sundays at 10.30am and all our weekday Masses. Evening Prayer (Vespers) will also live streamed Sunday...

  • RADIO MARIA - A Christian Voice in Your Home

    Fr Mike was recently interviewed about hospital chaplaincy for broadcast on 'Padre's Hour' on Radio Maria. Click here for further details of broadcast and how to listen to Radio Maria....

  • 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...


    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 24th July First Mass of Sunday
18.00* Mass Christy Brennan †

Sunday 25th July
17th Sunday of the Year (p757)
08.30* Mass For the Parish
10.30* Mass Live streamed John Miller †
10.30* Mass at Lawshall Margaret Ward †

Monday 26th July SS Joachim & Anne
12.30 Mass Live Streamed Robin Taylor †

Tuesday 27th July Feria
09.30 Mass Live Streamed Fr Bill Mason †

Wednesday 28th July Feria
10.00 Mass Live streamed Jean Mary Harper †
10.30 - 11.30 Holy Hour

Thursday 29th July St Martha
19.30 Mass Live streamed Kathleen Philp †

Friday 30th July Feria
09.30 Mass Live streamed Chris Heath †

Saturday 31st July St Ignatius of Loyola
10.00 Mass Live streamed Des Greene †
18.00* Mass First Mass of Sunday For the Parish

Sunday 1st August
18th Sunday of the Year (p760)
08.30* Mass Carmen & Angelo Caruana †
10.30* Mass Live streamed Gabrielle Lamont's Int
10.30* Mass at Lawshall Lesley Morgan's Int

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation :
Saturday & Wednesday after 10.00 Mass

Evening Prayer Live streamed
Sunday - 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 here: <25th July 2021.pdf>

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.