17:00 (Saturday Vigil) Thaxted Parish Church Lady Chapel
09:30 Great Bardfield
The Holy Spirit, Great Bardfield
& English Martyrs, Thaxted
Braintree Road, Great Bardfield, Essex, CM7 4RN
Park Street, Thaxted, Essex, CM6 2ND
Latest Newsletters

Easter Cards, fundraising for BCYS Lourdes Pilgrimage 2023-03-01

Here are the photos of some of crocheted bookmarks and Easter cards which Josie will be selling after Mass over the next few weeks.

This to help raise funds to send three youngsters from the parish: Alfie, Michael and Francis; to volunteer as young helpers to care for sick pilgrims in Lourdes for a week in July.

They are going with the Brentwood Catholic Youth Service and the fare is £710 per person.

Instead of pricing the items for sale, Josie will be asking for a donation and hope parishioners will be as generous as possible to help support and contribute to their fare.

Open Letter to Parishioners 2023-10-18

Dear Members of the PC,

Please find attached for your information an open letter to parishioners that I have prepared. I will be asking Patrick to circulate this on Friday to the usual parish distribution list together with the newsletter for this weekend.

If any of you would like to discuss it please do not hesitate to email me or call me.

Best wishes,

Chair's Letter 21_22 October 2023.pdf

Christmas Day Mass 2021-12-05

Good morning everyone,

Fr. Richard has now confirmed that Christmas Day Mass will be at 10am and he hopes to see many of you on this Holy Day.

However, he cannot say Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and so we shall still be celebrating by holding a Carol Service at 7pm in our Church of the Holy Spirit. We will be singing all our favourite, cherished carols and listening to the joyful Christmas Story. Fr Richard will not be with us, so whilst we cannot receive Communion, we can raise our voices in praise!

We have our Christmas tree in the church, so if your little ones wish to make or donate a bright nativity decoration, they are welcome to place it on the tree when they come to Mass with you. Stars, stables, angels, kings, donkeys & Nativity scenes all very welcome. Bring a decoration pin to hang it on the tree.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Letter from the Director, BCCS 2020-04-17
From: Libby Phillips
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:20 PM
To: Libby Phillips
Subject: Letter from our Director

Dear Father,

We hope that this email finds you well during this difficult time as parish communities worship at a distance and learn new ways to connect with their faith from home.

At bccs our priority has always been to keep children and families at the centre of our work and during this unprecedented time, this has never been more important. We wanted to let you know that we are still here for these young people – we continue to keep in touch with schools and families via phone and video links and to offer help and support where we can during this period of lockdown.

Unfortunately, we anticipate that the need for our work is likely to increase once we come out of our current situation. As you will be aware, this will be a very difficult time for many and especially for those children and young people who were already facing challenging family situations, anxiety or abuse.

We are looking ahead to different ways of funding projects for schools around coping with bereavement and loss as well as support for parents and teachers with transitioning children and young people back into school; we anticipate this may prove difficult for many.

If you know of a family who is struggling at this time, please do speak to us or ask them to contact our Head of School Services, Catherine Munns cmunns@bccs.org.uk

Could we ask you also if possible, to put a link to our website on your own webpage to signpost families to our service. The link to our webpage is: https://www.bccs.org.uk/

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all parishioners who donated to our work during the season of advent; we have been very glad to receive these crib donations over the past few months. It is true to say that donations from our parishes and schools are vital in ensuring we can continue to deliver our specialist mental health services throughout the Diocese.

We look forward to being able to re-start our information talks in parishes throughout the autumn and winter – this will be an important way for us to share our story and of course, to ask for donations from our community which will be so necessary to us at that time.

Thanking you for your continued help and support.

Kind Regards,

Bernadette Fisher

bccs - Brentwood Catholic Children's Society

01268 784544

Covid-19 Domestic Church Parent Resources 2020-03-22

Dear Parishes and Schools,

Please find a link to the Diocesan news page, where we have published an article with recommendations for parents with school-aged children to enable them to continue to worship in the home, and continue to mark the season of Lent / Easter period with their families without gathering publicly for mass.

Covid-19 Domestic Church Parent Resources

It would be most useful if you could circulate this to parents in your communities and post on your social media feeds.

Thank you,
Anna McCormick Project Officer - Marriage and Family Life Diocese of Brentwood anna.mccormick@dioceseofbrentwood.org 07972438179

A Message from Fr. Richard 2020-03-20

Fr Richard wishes us to know that each Sunday at 10am he will be offering Mass for all his parishioners in the privacy of his home, so wherever we are at 10am, be it in our church in Bardfield praying before the Blessed Sacrament, or saying our personal prayers in the quiet of our homes, he will be united with us in prayer before God our Father until the time comes when we can once again meet together to celebrate the Mass and receive Holy Communion in our church.

A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference 2020-03-19

Download the letter

Our church will be open for private individual prayer:


It is most important that in this time of worry & concern that people are able to come into our church to pray individually whilst observing the COVID-19 Hygiene rules. Hand sanitisers are available in the church.

COVID-19 Update 2020-03-11

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales has updated its Coronavirus advice to bishops and parishes today. We are now moving to stage 2 of the guidelines which are below. Please implement these changes with immediate effect.

All guidelines, FAQs and updates can be found here: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/

Stage 2 guidance

The key things for parishes to do are:

The best way of protecting us from spread is still for everyone to use universal good hygiene, which will effectively disrupt spread of the virus. So display the public information poster attached, which states:

  1. Catch it - sneeze into a tissue
  2. Bin it - bin the tissue
  3. Kill it - wash your hands with soap and water
  4. Do not touch your face unless you've washed your hands