News & Notices


Twenty-fourth Sunday of the Year; Sunday 15 September

Today’s readings show us the power of prayer and of Christian action for the world in which we live. 

In response to the prayer of Moses, God’s anger was averted from his people, preparing them to benefit from the divine ‘patience’ of which St Paul speaks in his first letter to Timothy. 

The care of Moses – and of St Paul – for his people corresponds with the care of Jesus for the ‘lost’ (revealed through parables in today’s Gospel). 

The message of Home Mission Sunday encourages us to pray for those who have lost their purpose in life, that the good news of Jesus may help us all to rejoice in what may be ‘found’ in the pages of the Gospel. 

There will be a second collection at the end of Mass for the work of the office for Home Mission (Bishops’ Conference).


Children’s Liturgy of the Word 

Children's LiturgyChildren below the age for First Holy Communion are very welcome to join in a discovery of the Sunday readings through story-telling and related activities in the Parish Hall.

The children then return to the  church for the offertory procession and the second part of Mass.

This liturgy takes place between 10.25 & 11 am on the Second, Third and Fourth  Sundays of the month during the school year. 

We ask that the youngest children are accompanied by their own parent or carer.


Christians Together in Beccles

This is chaired this year by Angela Briggs of the Society of Friends (‘Quakers’), promoting collaboration between Christians of different denominations, and their churches and communities living and praying in Beccles. 

town-pastors3There are about 4 evening meetings per year and the main new initiative this autumn will be visible in the Town Pastors ministering on the streets of Beccles, supported by community prayer, on Friday and Saturday evenings, beginning towards the end of the year. 

Christians Together are also looking for a Secretary – both to take minutes and to support the different activities of Christians Together: please contact Fr Martin if interested.


‘Baptised and Sent’: Missio 2019

Missio red boxDuring the month of October, the familiar red boxes in support of Catholic Missions are collected and redistributed for use during the coming year. 

World Mission Day is celebrated on Sunday October 20 and Pope Francis asks us to highlight the work and prayer of the Missions throughout October.  This will be an “Extraordinary Month of Mission” in 2019, reminding us that the Church is ‘missionary by nature’.

“The Church, sent by Christ to reveal and to communicate the love of God to all nations, is aware that there still remains an enormous missionary task for her to accomplish.” 

We shall pray for the work of Missio during Holy Hour on the morning of Saturday September 28th (10 – 11 am) and Catholics are invited to visit to find out more.



beautiful wedding ringsBookings are already being made for next year and we need a volunteer in the parish who will be able to work with our local Registry Office in order to record details of weddings held in St Benet’s for the Civil Registry. 

We are grateful to Tony Felton, who has fulfilled this duty for many years and now seeks to hand over to someone else: please contact him on 07985 228397 or email if you are able to help.




Congo School for Peace – AGM;  Thursday 17 October, 19:30

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All are welcome to join us in Beccles Library to hear the latest news from the Congo and the School.

Refreshments will be served.



Bingo Night;  Saturday 21 September; 18:30 for 19:00

Get Your Tickets Today!


Please get your tickets NOW for our next social evening to be held on Saturday 21st September in the Parish Hall.

This is in aid of the local charities for which we are fundraising this year (Waveney Centre, Clinks Care Farm and May Centre). 

Tickets @ £5 (£2.50 for those aged 16 and under) cover refreshments – sausage, pie and mash.  Drinks – fruit squash & wine –  will be available for a contribution,  or bring your own.

BINGO which as we all know is still ‘one of the easiest of all games to learn’ and one of the best of all opportunities for making friends (‘even online Bingo has chat rooms’). 

Please buy your ticket IN ADVANCE so we know how many to cater for.

Tickets @ £5.00 are available today: please come and support!





Safeguarding Day;  Saturday 28 September,


Safeguarding must be approached responsibly.

We are grateful to Bernadette Starak (tel 711605), our parish safeguarding representative, who should be consulted if vulnerable people are felt to be at risk in any way. 

On Saturday 28th September, the Diocese is organising a Safeguarding Day at Our Lady & Saint Etheldreda, Newmarket, which all are welcome to attend. 

Issues to be raised include: 

  • spiritual abuse;
  • response to disclosures; and
  • building healthy Christian cultures. 

The day begins at 10 for 10.30 am and ends around 4 pm.  Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Alan at 12 noon, followed by a buffet lunch. 

Please let Fr Martin know if you wish to attend: the organisers need contact details of all attendees for catering purposes.



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We will be open in the hall on most Sundays, after 10.30 Mass.

We always have a stock of Bibles, Missals, Prayer Books. Crosses, Crucifixes, Rosaries and other devotional items.

For all you organized people, Christmas Cards have now arrived!

AND wholesalers’ catalogues are available for you to order items for early posting.

  HURRY!  HURRY!! HURRY!!! Beat the rush!




The “Weekly Mass Schedule” gives details of all Services and Mass Intentions.

Information on coming events and activities is on this separate page. 

For longer term planning, you may also find the monthly “Events Diary  useful.

Previously published – but still relevant! – information, is on this  page.