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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?

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...

  • 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

Weekend

MASSES FOR THIS COMING WEEK

Saturday 27th November First Mass of Sunday
18.00 Mass Ulahannan John †

Sunday 28th November
1st Sunday of Advent (p819)
08.30 Mass C & A Caruana †
10.30 Mass Live streamed A & V Desira †
10.30 Mass at Lawshall For the Parish

Monday 29th November
Advent Feria
12.30 Mass Live streamed John Pipe †

Tuesday 30th November
St Andrew
09.30 Mass Live Streamed Bernadette Booker †

Wednesday 1st December
Advent Feria
10.00 Mass Live streamed Stefan Oliver †
10.30 - 11.30 Holy Hour

Thursday 2nd December
Advent Feria
19.00 Mass Live streamed Bernadette Ely †

Friday 3rd December
St Francis Xavier
09.30 Mass Live streamed Marie March †

Saturday 4th December
Advent Feria
10.00 Mass Live streamed Des Greene †
18.00 Mass First Mass of Sunday For the Parish

Sunday 5th December
2nd Sunday of Advent (p822)
08.30 Mass C & U Velarde †
10.30 Mass Live streamed John Gooch †
10.30 - 11.30 Holy Hour
10.30 Mass at Lawshall Michael Schosland †

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

Sacrament of Reconciliation :
Wednesday 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: <28th November 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.