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Welcome to St Mary’s, Thetford.

In line with current Covid19 government advice, the church has limited opening, by BOOKING ONLY.
Please do not visit the church unless you have followed the instructions
[please see below]

ST MARY’S IS OPEN FOR THE CELEBRATION OF MASS

ST MARY’S HAS REOPENED FOR THE CELEBRATION OF 10 AM MASS ON SUNDAYS AND THURSDAYS.

THURSDAY MORNING MASS WILL BE EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ELDERLY AND VULNERABLE.
SUNDAY MASS WILL BE FOR ALL PARISHIONERS


Fr Peter looks forward to welcoming parishioners back to St Mary’s. There will be several precautionary measures and restrictions in place for the celebration of Mass, to minimise the risk of infection. Details can be found on the website. PRE-BOOKING IS REQUIRED. You can book to attend Mass by phoning ROGER HALL ON 01842 761878. Please leave a message with your name and phone number if there is no answer.

PLEASE NOTE CHANGE – BOOKINGS WILL CLOSE AT 12 NOON THE DAY BEFORE EACH MASS. PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT (The purpose of booking is more for ‘track & trace’ purposes during the current Coronavirus outbreak than simply reserving a seat at Mass).


PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BRING AND WEAR A FACE COVERING WHEN YOU ATTEND CHURCH.


The Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales have elected to suspend the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation. If you do not feel safe coming to Mass, we advise that you do not attend. Masses will still be available to view online.
CONFESSION: Fr Peter is available for confessions by appointment. Please phone his mobile to arrange on 07763 411021. PRIVATE PRAYER: with the welcome return of Mass to St Mary’s, and the hygiene rules that need to be observed as a consequence, private prayer sessions are no longer available

Please see the separate page on Mass procedures available from the Latest News area, or here.


The reinstatement of the celebration of Mass at St Mary’s has been a success so far. All booking and hygiene protocols have been observed correctly and those who have attended Mass have found it an uplifting experience in these otherwise difficult times. However, under the current regime, these necessary restrictions do limit the number of Masses we can hold, thus affecting the number of parishioners who can attend Mass during the week. One way to increase the frequency of Masses would be to expand the volunteer group who welcome and guide parishioners, and importantly, who undertake essential cleansing after Mass thus making St Mary’s a ‘secure’ environment for the next congregation. With increased numbers of volunteers, we could celebrate Mass more frequently on weekdays and Sundays, perhaps returning to the normal cycle of weekly Masses that we had before lockdown commenced. If you can volunteer, please contact either Fr. Peter (07763-411021) or email Alex and Jess (almjess@hotmail.com)


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