Welcome to St Benet’s!

YES –  A sincere Welcome to St Benet’s

COVID19; Removal of All Legal Restrictions

We recognise that some of our parishioners may be nervous about the removal  of the Covid Restrictions, and we ask everyone to be considerate of others, keep a reasonable distance apart, and wear a face covering  (unless you are exempt) when close to others.

For Communion (still in one kind only), we ask parishioners to continue to come forward to the altar in “row order”, from front to back, avoid “bunching” and return to seats via the side aisles.


We would love to welcome you to our Sunday Masses.

These are celebrated at

08:00 (OLPS); 10:30 (St B); 18:00 (St B)

OLPS = Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Gillingham;  St B = St Benet’s, Beccles

The weekly schedule of Masses and other services and events, can be found here  under the “Services” tab.

And Now – Our  Introduction to Our Parish

St Benet’s Minster, Beccles

Web Site: www.saintbenetsbeccles.org


2, Grange Road,


what3words?  Click on this link for directions:- https://w3w.co/moods.pills.factored

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS), Gillingham

Web Site: www.gillinghamcatholicchurch.com


Norwich Road,

GILLINGHAM. (No post code)

what3words?  Click on this link for directions:- https://w3w.co/workbench.trickling.misted

Please note that OLPS is NOT in the village of Gillingham and there is no post code for Satnav. users.  If all else fails – from the “McDonalds” roundabout at the A143/A146 junction, take the A146 towards Lowestoft; after c. 150 mtrs turn left (i.e. North) – before the footbridge – then at the “T” junction, turn right.

Our Parish Contacts

Parish Priest:                                 Dom Martin Gowman, OSB

Mobile Telephone:                           07504 326 719

Email:                                                 priest@saintbenetsbeccles.org

House Telephone:                           01502 713 179

 Deacon:                                          Rev. Tony Felton:                        07985 228 397


Just like the rest of the  World, we have had a lot of changes over the past 2 years – but now we’re getting back to normal.

In this introduction, we’ve highlighted the most important changes to our Services – we don’t have many Social Activities at the moment! – but to let any visitors see what we normally get up to, we’ve left the website structure as it was in March 2020.

Holydays We are able to celebrate communal worship- and we have desinated the safe capacity as 80 persons, which is about half of our full seating and copes comfortably with our usual congregation at 10:30 Mass.

In spite of all the changes, we are always delighted to welcome newcomers to the parish and will also extend a real hand of friendship to holidaymakers and visitors.

In case you are a stranger to Beccles, there is a Google Map of St Benet’s location on the sidebar on the right; and for users of Smart Phones, we have added  http://www.what3words.com  codes for our two churches.


Fr Martin will say Masses as set out in our weekly schedule – usually 09:15 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 11:00 on Friday; 09:30 on Saturday;  we pray the Rosary together at 09:30 on Wednesday, when Fr Martin has a day off!

Details of the current week’s Masses, can be found by clicking here to see our “Services & Sacraments” page.


We keep the church open from 08:45 to dusk each day for Private Prayer, or simply for a quiet period of peace and contemplation.


The “Current Information” pages are updated from the Parish Newsletter each week.   Just use the blue link to find the sub-menu with news of all that goes on in our Parish.  You will be made very welcome, if you come along and say “Hello!” – particularly if you offer to help. 

Obviously, in these times of COVID, most of our usual social activities are postponed or cancelled.  We look forward to a speedy return to normality!


If you have moved to Beccles and/or wish to join our parish, please register your details with us by using this link to our Parish Census / Keeping in Touch Form and returning it to the Parish Priest.


Information provided on the Parish Register – Keeping in Touch form, together with all other personal data held about individuals by the Parish of St Benet’s, Beccles and the Diocese of East Anglia, is processed in accordance with the Diocese’s Privacy Notice which is available at www.rcdea.org.uk/privacy or from your Parish office

We will never share or release your Personal Data, other than as agreed by you.

You can unsubscribe from communications, or withdraw or change consents, at any time.

If you have any concerns or complaints about any aspect of the Parish Database, please contact the Parish Priest in the first instance.  If not satisfied, you can then contact the Diocesan Data Protection Manager at dpm@rcdea.org.uk

We really do hope to see you soon!  Please, come up and say “Hello!”


Parish Priest

Our Parish School is St Benet’s Catholic Primary School

Ringsfield Road, BECCLES; NR34 9PQSt Benet's School

Executive Head:              Mrs Sam Barlow

Assistant Head:               Miss Amanda Lyons

Tel:                                        01502 712 012

Email:                                  office.stbenets@cpswv.org

Web site:                              www.st-benets.suffolk.sch.uk


To find your way around:-

  • all the “Current Information”, including the contents of the most recent Parish Newsletter, is under the tabs at the top of this page;
  • these “top tabs” include the full content of the St Benet’s “Guide to Parish Life” – indexed for ease of use;
  • all the “Reference Information” – our history and previous activities – is in the sidebar on the right.

If you are looking for something specific, try using the “Search” box at the top right of the screen – it searches the whole site for the words you enter, and presents you with relevant documents for you to read.

Use of Forms on the website

We do not have the facility for you to complete any  forms “on-line” but you can “Highlight” all or part of the text or form you want; “Copy” it; and then “Paste” it into a document of your own.

Alternatively,  paper copies of the forms are available at the back of the church – or drop me an email and I will send you a copy..


Please email the Web Site Editor, Terry O’Brien, at website@saintbenetsbeccles.org :-

  • if you can’t find the information that you want; or
  • if you want a copy of a form to complete; or
  • if you have any news of interest to our parishioners; or
  • if you have any comments or criticisms,  or any suggestions for improving our web site.

Thank you for visiting!

Terry O’Brien,

Website Editor

email: website@saintbenetsbeccles.org


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