YES – A sincere Welcome to St Benet’s
COVID19; Alterations to Legislation; 19 July
The Bishops of Englands’ recommendations.
- A continuing cautious approach to the ending of restrictions;
- The understanding that many parishioners may still feel very cautious;
- The continued suspension of the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass;
- An expectation that this suspension shall be lifted on the 1st Sunday of Advent;
- A desire that we should all remember the centrality of Sunday Worship and the Eucharist in our lives.
Our Parish Response
We recognise that many of our parishioners are still anxious about the relaxation of the Covid Guidelines. We will therefore retain our maximum safe capacity of St Benet’s at 120 persons, which is about three-quarters of our full seating and about twice our usual congregation at 10:30 Mass.
For Communion (still in one kind only), we ask parishioners to come forward to the altar in “row order”, from front to back. Please come down the centre aisle, receive the host from the priest/minister on “your” side and return to your seats via “your” side aisle.
Please continue to respect others, keep a moderate distance apart, and remember to wear your masks (unless you are exempt).
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
And Now – Our Introduction to Our Parish
St Benet’s Minster, Beccles
Web Site: www.saintbenetsbeccles.org
2, Grange Road,
BECCLES. NR34 9NR
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Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (OLPS), Gillingham
Web Site: www.gillinghamcatholicchurch.com
GILLINGHAM. (No post code)
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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
House Telephone: 01502 713 179
Deacons: Rev. Tony Felton: 07985 228 397
13 October; Rev. Mike Wells. RIP:
We are all deeply saddened to learn of the death of Deacon Mike.
We extend our commiserations and prayers to Hilary and all their family and friends at this time of bereavement.
The funeral and interment of Deacon Mike will take place in St. Benet’s at 2:00pm on Friday 29 0ctober, 2021.
The Requiem Mass will be celebrated by The Right Rev’d Alan Hopes. Bishop of East Anglia.
YES, PLEASE DO JOIN US ON SUNDAY!
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.
We are able to celebrate communal worship- and we have re-organised the seating to provide for 120 parishioners in safety in St Benet’s – i.e. about twice the normal congregation at 10:30 Mass – and 30 in OLPS Gillingham.
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.
ACCESS FOR VISITORS AND/OR PRIVATE PRAYER
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.
CURRENT NEWS AND ACTIVITIES
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!
PARISH REGISTRATION AND CENSUS
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.
PROTECTING YOUR INFORMATION
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 email@example.com
We really do hope to see you soon! Please, come up and say “Hello!”
FR MARTIN GOWMAN
Our Parish School is St Benet’s Catholic Primary School
Ringsfield Road, BECCLES; NR34 9PQ
Executive Head: Mrs Sam Barlow
Assistant Head: Miss Amanda Lyons
Tel: 01502 712 012
Web site: www.st-benets.suffolk.sch.uk
WEB SITE NAVIGATION
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!