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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?

  • How to Book a Place at 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...


    Watch Catholic Mass Online at St Edmunds from your home computer or mobile device. Connect to this page while our church is celebrating Mass or while a church service is being held. here If you'd like to follow and respond...

  • A People who Hope in Christ

    A Message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales Read more here...

  • Mass for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

    One of the Bishops of England Wales will celebrate a Mass every Thursday at 7.00pm in his Cathedral for the sick and their families, the front line workers in the NHS and Social Care. This weekly Mass will be live...

  • 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



Sunday 5th July (14th Sunday of the Year)
St Edmund's 08.30 &10.30 Mass
Live streamed 11.30 Mass

Monday 6th July (Feria)
St Edmund's 12.30 Mass

Tuesday 7th July 09.30 (Feria)
St Edmund's 09.30

Wednesday 8th July (Feria)
St Edmund's 10.00 Mass

Thursday 9th July (Feria)
St Edmund's 09.30 Mass
Live streamed 12.00 Mass

Friday 10th July (Feria)
St Edmunds 09.30 Mass

Saturday 11th July (St Benedict)
St Edmund's 10.00 Mass
St Edmund's 18.00 Mass (first Mass of Sunday)

Evening Prayer Live streamed on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 19.00; Thursday at 18.30

Rosary: Live streamed Monday and Friday at 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 <5th July 2020.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.