Covid19; Parish News

COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS; St Benet’s Parish News



The Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter duties (reception of Holy Communion and celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation) for the year 2020.

At St Benet’s, Fr Martin encourages us to use the following ways of keeping our faith alive during the period the Coronavirus Restrictions are in place.


Act of Perfect Contrition


The Bishops have asked that all should make a “Perfect Act of Contrition” at this time – expressing true and real sorrow for sins, when we consider the immense love God has for us.

Contrition is expressed when we realise how we offended God by sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to his immeasurable love and mercy towards us.

The text of the recommended Act of Perfect Contrition is available by clicking here.


Spiritual Holy Communion 

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Although currently unable to attend Mass or receive Communion, the faithful are encouraged to join in prayer with their priests who continue to offer the sacrifice of the Mass privately.

The use of the Spiritual Communion Prayer –posted here on the website –  unites us in intention with the  priest celebrating the Mass, as well as with many others who will be offering similar prayers.


Spiritual Celebration of Mass

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To help us join spiritually with Fr Martin when he privately celebrates Mass in St Benet’s, we now publish our own Schedule of Mass Times and Intentions. 

To help us in our homes to participate fully in this celebration, the readings for the day’s mass are available on and the prayer for use When Mass Cannot Be Said Publicly  can be accessed from this link.

These sources can also be used when watching televised Mass using any of the links available further down this page.

Another source can be the American channel Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) which is available through Sky subscriptions; or it may suffice to plug an Amazon Firestick into the back of your TV.  The EWTN app can also be downloaded onto personal computers.


Live Streaming of Mass from East Anglia Churches

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With the decision to stop public acts of worship in Catholic churches in England and Wales following government advice on Coronavirus,  a number of churches in the Diocese of East Anglia are now live streaming their Masses online with more joining all the time.

Live streaming is currently available from:

St Laurence’s in Cambridge at:

The Catholic National Shrine at Walsingham at:

St John’s Cathedral in Norwich at:

Our Lady of the Assumption and the English Martyrs in Cambridge, details here.

St Luke’s Peterborough, daily at 6pm can be watched here:

Fr James Caulfield at Our Lady and St Charles Borromeo in Wisbech is recording a daily Mass and making it available for broadcast at 10am each day at: Fr James has also recorded the Angelus promise and will post other prayers such as the stations of the cross over the next few days.

Our Lady Star of the Sea in Lowestoft has created a Facebook group to live stream Masses, music and prayers to his parishioners and is also providing audio recordings, audio bidding prayers and PDFs of liturgy through its website

You can join the Lowestoft parish Facebook group through the link

The Parish of Brandon and Mildenhall, under priest Fr Luke Goymour is live streaming a daily Mass Monday – Saturday at 10am and Sunday Mass at 11am via its Facebook Page

St Edmunds Church in Bury St Edmunds is live streaming Masses on its YouTube channel



25 March

Keeping in Contact

The weekly paper newsletter has been discontinued but the latest information is regularly posted here on the parish website.

At this time it is particularly important to stay in contact with each other – so if you haven’t done so already, please give us your email address.

Just drop an email to our webmaster,Terry, at .

We shall be emailing a number of “E-Bulletins” to each home over the coming weeks.  If you don’t see one by Monday 30 March, please check your “SPAM” folder. and then make us a “Safe Sender”.

If nothing is found, please let Terry know on .



24 March

The Church Must Now Be Closed to the Public



This could turn into an incentive for us to concentrate upon personal prayer … and some important discoveries for our Christian lives that this might entail!


22 March

Liturgical Notes From Fr Martin


Celebrating Mass in Spirit

Eucharist 2Our priests will continue to offer Mass in private, with the intention of uniting us all, in intention, with Jesus Himself.  Each week, material relating to the Sunday readings will be available on the website to enable us all to join in the celebration –  in spirit at least.

A prayer guide, to support us in this spiritual celebration, was produced by CBCEW.  Copies are available in our churches and also here on this website – from where it can be printed for easy reference.  Please click on this link to help you celebrate the Mass, even if you are not present …. When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly

In the page,“Deacon’s Reflections”, Deacon Tony continues to supply us with some thoughts on the readings from the Sunday Mass and the message it contains.

The celebration of Mass is also being made available through “live streaming” from a number of churches.  It is possible to watch the daily 12.00 Mass at Walsingham on and other masses from sites such as  St Laurence’s in Cambridge    In addition, Cindy & Brigid thought you might be interested in the online services being streamed from Clonard Monastery, Belfast.

Mass Intentions 

Fr Martin will continue celebrating Mass daily in a private capacity, and all members of the parish are invited to unite themselves in spirit with the offering thus made.  Jesus continues to give his life for us, and we are always free to offer aspects of ourselves for the help of others (see below).

Fr Martin will continue to honour the Mass Intentions submitted by members of the parish and by several others. Please email .

We are all invited to join one another in prayer, even when self-isolating.  Mass times are one obvious occasion, or a number of parishioners can agree upon particular times of prayer, observable in different places simultaneously.  We would surely be responding in spirit to Our Lord’s counsel: ‘Where two or three are gathered together in My name…’


Prayer 3Above all, please remember that the church is a place in which the Blessed Sacrament is reserved, signifying the Real Presence of Our Lord – in a privileged way – whenever and wherever His commands are carried out.

We could also be guided by some of the printed material in this section of the website

But the very existence of the church itself is enough to remind us of the truths of our faith, represented in the Cross – the Crucifix and the People associated with Our Lord’s self-offering and Risen Life.

And when we think of “Prayer”,  we think of the parishioners, past and present, for whom we are asked to pray each week. The Sick and those whose Anniversaries occur at this time, will continue to listed  here on the website.  We especially remember those who have requested that we pray with them, for their Private Intentions.  At this time of national crisis we also bring to mind those directly affected by the Coronavirus – as well as those engaged in the fight against it.