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Welcome

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?

  • Bishop Alan's Pastoral letter

    Bishop Alan's Pastoral letter in Preparation for the 2023 Synod in Rome. Read here...

  • 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19th July, the current legislative powers which assist the mitigations against the covid-19 virus transmission will be rescinded by HM Government.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...

  • '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 REPORTS

    PARISH AGM The 2021 Parish AGM will be held after the 10.30 Mass on Sunday 19 September in the Crypt. Please remember that the AGM is just another name for a Parish get-together, and that there will be coffee and...

  • 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

Weekend

MASSES FOR THIS COMING WEEK

Saturday 23rd October First Mass of Sunday
18.00 Mass Taylor Family

Sunday 24th October
30th Sunday of the Year (p801)
08.30 Mass For the Parish
10.30 Mass Live streamed A & V Desira †
10.30 Mass at Lawshall Rev Ian Atkinson †

Monday 25th October
Feria
12.30 Mass Live Streamed Fr Harry Wace †

Tuesday 26th October
Feria
09.30 Mass Live Streamed For the Parish (RD)

Wednesday 27th October
Feria
10.00 Mass Live streamed J & S Frackiewicz †

Thursday 28th October
St Simon & St Jude
19.00 Mass Live streamed Frank Orchard †

Friday 29th October
Feria
09.30 Mass Live streamed Malcolm Jenkins †

Saturday 30th October
Feria
10.00 Mass Live streamed Rose Dougan's Int
18.00 Mass First Mass of Sunday For the Parish

Sunday 31st October
All Saints (p1071)
08.30 Mass Mary Bugg †
10.30 Mass Live streamed Fr Bill Mason †
10.30 Mass at Lawshall Bea Edgar †

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation :
Wednesday & Saturday after 10.00 Mass

Evening Prayer
Sun - Fri at 19.00 (NOT Thursday)

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.

Weekday

Holy Day

BULLETIN

The Newsletter is here: <24th October 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.