Welcome to Our Lady's Roman Catholic Church, StowmarketStricklands Road, Stowmarket IP14 1AP
Stowmarket is a Live Simply parish
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.
Weekdays at Our Lady’s, Stowmarket:
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
Statement from the Bishop of East Anglia
The Bishop, together with the Catholics of the Diocese of East Anglia, pray for the repose of the soul of His Royal Highness, the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In mourning his death, we express our sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.
Prince Philip’s long life was marked by an extraordinary example of duty and service to his Queen and his country. Countless individuals will have been touched by his many initiatives, particularly young people. His fidelity in family life, even in times of difficulty, has been inspiring.
May he now rest in peace.
The Rt Rev Alan S Hopes
Bishop of East Anglia
A Solemn Requiem Mass will be offered for His Royal Highness by the Bishop of East Anglia in the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist, Unthank Road, Norwich on Wednesday April 14th at 6.00pm. the Mass will be live streamed. Due to the Covid restrictions, those who would like to attend in person are asked to view the cathedral website for details of booking arrangements.
Parish Priest: Rev. Simon Leworthy. Tel: 01449-612946
The Presbytery, 29 Lockington Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1BQ
PPC Chairman: Mrs Josephine Lea. Tel: 01449-721544
Parish Centre bookings: Mrs Diane Bowden, Tel: 01449-672527
Website: Allan Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org
R.C. Diocese of East Anglia: Registered Charity No. 278742
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!)