YES – A sincere Welcome to St Benet’s
EVEN THOUGH WE ARE BACK IN LOCKDOWN,
MASSES CAN STILL BE SAID IN PUBLIC!
BUT PREVIOUS RESTRICTIONS MUST CONTINUE:-
Maximum occupancy must not be exceeded;
Face Masks must be worn;
Stewards’directions must be followed;
Allocated seating must be used;
“One-way” system must be followed;
No singing or LOUD responses permitted.
We would love to welcome you to any of our Sunday Masses.
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 “NEW NORMAL”
During the Coronavirus Crisis, we have fewer “Services” or “Events” than normal, but please feel free to browse our website.
Our introductory notes below, have been amended to reflect the changed circumstances – but the original pages and structure have been retained – so you can see what we normally get up to!
And first, some key information relating to Covid-19.
We have collated information from Government, Church and our Diocese.
We include information on the help and support that is available locally.
We have identified a range of additional sources for Prayers and Services
And Now – our “New Normal” Introduction to our Parish
St Benet’s Minster, Beccles
Web Site: www.saintbenetsbeccles.org
2, Grange Road,
BECCLES. NR34 9NR
what3words? Click on this link for directions: https://w3w.co/moods.pills.factored
Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Gillingham
Web Site: www.gillinghamcatholicchurch.com
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
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!
Just like the rest of this “Corona-Virus World” – everything here has changed!
In this introduction, we’ve highlighted the most important changes to our Services – we don’t have any 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.
We are now allowed to celebrate communal worship (as from 02 December) – and we have re-organised the seating to provide for 60 parishioners in safety in St Benet’s and 30 in OLPS Gillingham.
In spite of all these 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 Monday, Thursday and Friday and 09:30 on Saturday.
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
During the current health emergency, we are able to 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 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.
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 9PQ
Executive Head: Mrs Sam Barlow
Head of School: Miss Amanda Lyons
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 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 email@example.com :-
- 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!