Welcome to Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church, Stowmarket

Stricklands Road, Stowmarket IP14 1AP

Stowmarket is a Live Simply parish

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 call Paul McIntee on 01359 242074

Raising funds for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal

Thanks to all who attended the Virtual Soup Day on Saturday 23 May, which has so far raised £1,185 for the CAFOD Coronavirus Appeal. 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.

Readings - and a reflection - for Pentecost Sunday

You can read (or download) today’s readings here – and see Father Ioan’s reflection on them.

Read this week's newsletter!

A People who Hope in Christ

A message from the Metropolitan Bishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales

Mass and confession during the Coronavirus pandemic

As from Friday 20 March there will be no further public acts of worship in Catholic churches in the UK until further notice. Congregational weekday masses at Our Lady’s have already been suspended. However, you can follow daily Mass (and other services) using the links to the Walsingham Shrine on this page.

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

Something else to read...

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

Papal prayer and adoration

If you didn’t manage to see Pope Francis’ prayer and Eucharistic Adoration in St Peter’s Square on 27 March follow the link here. He imparted the Urbi et Orbi Blessing, granting a plenary Indulgence to all who share in this prayer via the media.

Mass times

Saturday (St Mary’s, Woolpit): 6.00pm

Sunday (Our Lady’s): 8.30am & 10.15am

Holy Days of Obligation (Our Lady’s):

10.00am & 7.30pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation


Saturday 10.30am & by appointment


Parish Priest: Rev. Ioan Sandor. 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

On Tuesday 1 October Alan, Bishop of East Anglia inducted Father Ioan Sandor from Romania (to Bishop Alan’s right) as our new Parish Priest. The Induction Mass was a concelebration with many priests from the East Anglia diocese and three of Father Ioan’s fellow-travellers from Romania. Welcome to you all – and thank you for bringing your unique gifts and talents to share with us.

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