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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?

  • St Edmunds Parish Information Pack

    Welcome to St Edmunds. If you are a new parishioner, then this pack is for you. However, if you have been a member of the parish for some time, we hope this will also be useful for you too. The...

  • Live Streaming from St Edmunds

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

  • Pilgrimage Day Wednesday 6 April - Part of Abbey 1000 celebrations

    Pilgrims have been coming to Bury St Edmunds for over 1,000 years. The Shrine of Saint Edmund in the town attracted pilgrims from this country and all over Europe until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. Starting at St...

  • Pastoral Letter of the Revd Alan Hopes

    Pastoral letter from the Revd Alan Hope. here...

  • Abbey 1000 - The Catholic Connection

    Abbey 1000 brings together events to mark 1000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund in Bury St Edmunds. Spiritual and secular events were due to take place in 2020 but were postponed due to the pandemic...

  • Honouring Sunday

    As the Synodal Pathway of listening and discerning unfolds, we the bishops of England and Wales, are paying particular attention to the hopes and fears, the joys and anxieties of all who are sharing their thoughts and feelings with us....

  • The Ten Questions to be Considered by the Parishes as the Diocese Embarks of the Synodal Pathway

    On Oct. 10, 2021, Pope Francis formally opened a two-year process called "a synod on synodality," officially known as "Synod 2021-2023: For a Synodal Church." In brief, the process involves an expansion of an established institution, called the "Synod of...

  • Bishop Alan's Pastoral letter

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

  • '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...

  • 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...


    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...

  • 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...

Mass times



Saturday 13th Aug
18.00 Mass First Mass of Sunday For the Parish

Sunday 14th August
Assumption of the BVM (p1061)
08.30 Mass J & B Reid †
10.30 Mass Live streamed A & V Desira †
10.30 Mass at Lawshall Barbara Pratt †

Monday 15th August
12.30 Mass at W. S Hospital James Haigh †

Tuesday 16th August
09.30 Mass Tim Langley †

Wednesday 17th August
10.00 Mass Live streamed C & A Caruana †
10.30 - 11.30 Holy Hour

Thursday 18th August
19.00 Mass Cynthia Hill †

Friday 19th August
09.30 Mass Carolyn Cusk †

Saturday 20th August
St Bernard
10.00 Mass Lawrence Ross †
18.00 Mass First Mass of Sunday Angela Smith †

Sunday 21st August
21st Sunday of the Year (p976)
08.30 Mass B & A Griffiths †
10.30 Mass Live streamed For the Parish
10.30 Mass at Lawshall Phyllis Hicks †

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation :
Saturday & Wednesday after 10.00 Mass


Holy Day


The Newsletter is here: <14th August 2022.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.