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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?

  • Live Streaming from St Edmunds

    You can watch Mass from St Edmunds on your home computer, or mobile device. During this second 'lock down' we are live streaming Mass each day at our regular times. However, we will only be broadcasting one Sunday Mass and...

  • A Statement from the Cardinal on behalf of the Bishops' Conference for England and Wales

    Statement from the President and the Vice-President of the Conference on the National Lockdown Wednesday 4th November 2020. Today, Parliament passed into law the Regulations governing many aspects of activity in the whole of England until 2nd December. Please read...

  • Government Consultation on Faith Engagement

    There was a strong ask from the officials of the MHCLG for individual Catholics to respond to this open consultation on the way Government engages with faith communities. The link to the online submission is: Independent Faith Engagement Review: call...

  • 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...

  • Statement from the President and the Vice-President of the Conference on the Prime Minister's Statement Saturday 31st October 2020

    This evening, the Prime Minister announced further widespread restrictions in England beginning on Thursday 5th November. Please read more here....


    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...

  • 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



Sunday 29th November First Sunday of Advent (p617)
10.30 'Live streamed Mass' Bernard Burke †

Monday 30th November St Andrew
12.30 Mass All Souls

Tuesday 1st December Advent Feria
09.30 'Live streamed' Mass Bernadette Ely †

Wednesday 2nd December Advent Feria
10.00 'Live streamed' Mass Asha Josy Intention

Thursday 3rd December St Francis Xavier
19.30 Marie March †

Friday 4th December Advent Feria
Sorry, no Mass today--Join the Live Streamed Mass from our Cathedral in Norwich

Saturday 5th December Advent Feria
10.00 John Gooch †
18.00 (First Mass of Sunday) For the Parish

Sunday 6th December Advent Feria (p620)
08.30 Carmen & Angelo Caruana †
10.30 'Live streamed' Mass Antoine & Victoria Desira †

Sacrament of Reconciliation : Wednesday after 10.00am Mass Saturday after 10.00am Mass

Evening Prayer
Live streamed each evening at 19.00.

Church open for Private Prayer
Mon-Fri 13.30 -14.30 & Sat-Sun 14.30-15.30

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: 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.