Welcome to St Benet’s!

COVID-19/Coronavirus : – Headlines

We have collated information from Government, Church (CBCEW) and our Diocese (RCDEA).

Just click here to be taken directly to the  “National Information” section.

We include information on the help and support that is available locally.

Just click here to be taken directly to the  “Local Information” section.

We need to replace our communal services, our access to the sacraments and the friendship and fellowship of our Church Community.

Please click here to see the “Spiritual Resources” which are available.

YES –  A sincere “Welcome Back to St Benet’s”

We would love to meet you at Mass on Sunday,

at any of the following times:-

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

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

We have fewer “Services” or “Events” than normal , but feel free to browse the website.

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, 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

Priest in Charge:                            Dom Martin Gowman, OSB

Mobile Telephone:                           07504 326 719

Email:                                                 priest@saintbenetsbeccles.org

House Telephone:                           01502 713 179

 Deacons:                                          Rev. Tony Felton:                        07985 228 397

                                                            Rev. Mike Wells:                          07771 631 029

Yes, please do join us on Sunday!

HolydaysAnd you’re very welcome to stay on for tea or coffee, biscuits and a chat in the parish hall after 10:30 or 18:00 Mass.

We also open our repository after 10:30 Mass,  selling a range of books, cards and religious articles.

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. 

Saturday Vigil Mass

We do not have a vigil Mass at St Benet’s.   However, St. Edmunds at Bungay, celebrates Mass at 1830 on Saturday.  Bungay is about 8 miles west of Beccles and the church is in the centre of the town. Please click here to visit their web site.

Weekday Masses

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

Access for Visitors and/or Private Prayer

St Benet’s is open throughout the day for the public – of any faith or none – to visit for private prayer or simply to enjoy some peaceful meditation. Normally we open in time for Morning Prayers at 08:45, and close at dusk. 

At the back of the church we have a range of informative booklets for purchase, while in St Anthony’s Chapel (front right), there is with a wide selection of religious books which may be borrowed, free of charge.

Current News and Activities

The “Current Information” pages are updated from the Parish Newsletter each week, and you just need to click on the “ link” below to see the current information for:-

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 Form and returning it to our Priest in Charge.

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

Fr Martin Gowman

Priest in Charge

Our Parish School is St Benet’s Catholic Primary School

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

Executive Head:              Mrs Sam Barlow

Head of School:           Miss Amanda Lyons

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 our “Parish Handbook” – 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.


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 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