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.
Bishop Alan's Pastoral Letter for the First Sunday of Lent. Read here....
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...
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...
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...
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....
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 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...
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...
Statement from the Bishops Conference Department for Social Justice concerning Covid-19 and Vaccination. Click here...
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 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...
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...
MASSES FOR THIS COMING WEEK
Saturday 27th February
18.00* (1st Mass of Sunday) John Shepherd †
Sunday 28th Feb 2nd Sunday of Lent p644
08.30* Mass For the Parish
10.30* Mass Live streamed Kristina Martin †
Monday 1st March St David
12.30 Mass Live Streamed Marian Fleming's Int
Tuesday 2nd March Lent Feria
09.30 Mass Live streamed
All who have died during the Pandemic
Wednesday 3rd March Lent Feria
10.00 Mass Live streamed Mr OMeara †
Thursday 4th March Lent Feria
19.30 Mass Live streamed Mary Henry †
Friday 5th March Lent Feria
09.30 Mass Live streamed Peter F Hennessey †
Saturday 6th March Lent Feria
10.00 Mass Live streamed John Gooch †
18.00* (First Mass of Sunday) For the Parish
Sunday 7th March 3rd Sunday of Lent (p648)
08.30* Mass Peter Finch †
10.30* Mass Live streamed Rob Eden†
PLEASE NOTE! During live-streamed services, we cannot guarantee you will not appear on camera.
Sacrament of Reconciliation :
Wednesday & Saturday after 10.00am Mass
Live streamed Sunday to Friday at 19.00.
You may wish simply to listen to evening prayer as streamed from the parish YouTube channel, but the texts are available at www.universalis.com 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.
The Newsletter is here: <28th February 2021.pdf>
GOING INTO HOSPITAL
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.