Welcome to Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church, Stowmarket

Stricklands Road, Stowmarket IP14 1AP

Stowmarket is a Live Simply parish


Parish Priest: Rev. Simon Leworthy. Tel: 01449-612946
E-mail: pp@ourladystowmarket.org.uk

The Presbytery, 29 Lockington Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1BQ

PPC Chairman: Mrs Josephine Lea. Tel: 01449-721544
E-mail: josephinelea@btinternet.com

Parish Centre bookings: Mrs Diane Bowden, Tel: 01449-672527
Website: Allan Scott, news@ourladystowmarket.org.uk

R.C. Diocese of East Anglia: Registered Charity No. 278742

Bishop's Visitation and Father Simon's Induction - 14 September 2021

All parishioners are cordially invited to the Induction Mass, starting at 6.00pm and followed by refreshments in the newly refurbished hall. Please book your tickets for Mass beforehand – just click on the button below.

Congratulations to Sungeetha, Onima and Nuel on their First Holy Communion

Public celebration of Mass has restarted

Our normal Masses have restarted. The 6.00 pm Vigil Mass on Saturdays has returned to Woolpit – all other Masses are being celebrated at Our Lady’s in Stowmarket, and you can attend at 8.30 and 10.15 am on Sundays, and 10.00 am on most weekdays – see newsletter for details.

Like all churches we are required to follow government rules – you can find full details on the new ‘Going to Mass’ page.

You will need to print out and fill in a registration card for each Mass you attend – please, if possible, do this before you arrive, and please arrive early so the Stewards have time to seat everyone before Mass begins.

At present there is no Sunday obligation, so you may attend any Mass during the week. If you are unable to attend you can still follow daily Mass (and other services) using the links to the Walsingham Shrine on this page.

Mass times 

Mondays and Thursdays at Our Lady’s, Stowmarket: 10.00 am

Saturday at St Mary’s, Woolpit: 6.00pm

Sunday at Our Lady’s Stowmarket:

8.30am & 10.15am

Download and print your Mass registration card

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Food Bank update

If you are able to donate any goods, they can be left either in the church (Narthex) or in the Parish Centre.  The Food Bank is always very grateful for any contributions of goods, but current urgent needs are shampoo, shower gel and packets of savoury rice.  Any cash donations can be put into the Parish Centre letter box in an envelope marked “FOOD BANK”. Thank you for your continued support.




Thanks to your support, CAFOD has been helping communities around the world cope with the pandemic. Just in Zambia, in the past year, our reports show we’ve been able to reach 1,234,200 people with messages on COVID-19, provide 13,312 people with access to safe water, train 392 frontline health workers from Zambia’s 11 dioceses on how to prepare and respond to COVID-19 in their local communities and donate over 1000 handwashing hygiene stations in communities to support handwashing measures. Thank you for standing alongside people in Zambia and for supporting people in more than 30 other countries worldwide.

Youth Virtual Seminar, Tuesday 10 August, 8.45am

For full details please visit the Knights of St Columba website or send them an email

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The Day of the Lord - A Reflection from the Bishops of England and Wales

The River does not divide us - a Pentecost Novena on the Care of Creation

Sacrament of Reconciliation

 As lockdown prevents many Catholics from accessing the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Pope Francis has encouraged them to ask forgiveness from God directly.

New donations page

 Can’t visit the church? You can still support it by using the new donations page here on the website.

Helping hands group

There is a group of parishioners who are willing to help others during the present situation of self- isolating. If you would appreciate someone giving you a regular phone call, just to chat, a friendly voice at the end of the line, or if you know of someone who would benefit from a call then please call Gillian Millyard on 01359 242475 who will match you up with a phone friend.

If you need shopping or medication fetching or know of someone in the parish who does, we will also try to cover this. Please bear in mind that we do not want to put our willing volunteers in any danger or flout the government guidelines. If you need help then again please call Gillian Millyard on 01359 242475.

Raising funds for CAFOD

Thanks to all who attended our Lenten Virtual Soup Day, as a result of which our donations over the past twelve months now stand at more than £1,705, not including donations made in envelopes at church and offline donations not otherwise recorded. If you’d like to donate, it’s still not too late. You can still make soup, too, and if you’re stuck for inspiration do take a look at our very own recipe book.

Be frugal with your soup and send your savings to CAFOD either directly or on our brand new ‘Just Giving’ page. 

Live feed from the Walsingham Shrine

Use the links below to check service times and see them as they happen. Links will open in a new tab or a new window.
Click on the arrow in the new ‘live link’ window to connect to the Shrine’s live feed.

Something else to read...

If you can’t collect your diocesan newspaper from the church at the moment, you will find it here. Along with many other diocesan newspapers! Find out what’s happening all over the UK. (Something stimulating to read!)

Our Lady's Stowmarket is a Live Simply parish