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This is the website for the parish of St Mary Immaculate & The Holy Archangels.

Although the parish is centred in Kelvedon, in mid Essex, it also includes the churches of St Bernard at Coggeshall and St John Houghton in Tiptree.

The parish covers a fairly large, rural part of Essex - it includes 13 villages. The parish is vibrant, friendly and welcoming; extending a warm invitation to all who wish to take part in Mass, attend a social event, or visit with family and friends.

Feel free to follow our Facebook page for up-to-date information.

See Pope Francis' Lent message to Catholics worldwide here.

**PLEASE NOTE!******

Kelvedon Catholic Parish is now participating in the NHS's COVID-19 Track and Trace app.

The QR code is now in all three churches.

If you are using the app, please be sure to scan the code upon arrival.

Thank you!

Latest scam alerts to be aware of:

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Beginning this weekend! Please wear yours to Mass. Those aged under 11 or with medical issues are exempt.

New Dawn in the Church

New Dawn in the Church is a Catholic Family Pilgrimage Conference that takes place at the Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, attracting up to 2,500 pilgrims each year!

We invite you to join us this year for a virtual conference, Friday 31st July to Sunday 2nd August.

In a special way, this year's conference is dedicated to the Eternal Father and will be streamed live from Walsingham in collaboration with the Shrine!

We have an inspirational line-up of speakers who will unpack the theme using the Parable of the Prodigal Son.

To watch the conference/full programme details go to https://www.newdawn.org.uk (no registration or fee required).


If you would like to pray it at home you will find the novena on https://www.walsingham.org.uk/event/pentecost-novena/

Alternatively, you can join the The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham https://www.walsingham.org.uk which will say it after Divine Mercy Chaplet every day at 3pm.





Great oppotunity for young families and anyone interested in understanding more our catholic faith.

Fr wang's talks and sycamour videos will begin next week in Walsingham.

There will be a daily video and talk by Fr Wang himself.

More information to come in the next couple of days.

Please check www.walsingham.org.uk for more information and www.youtube.com/WalsinghamCatholicTV to watch the videos and talks.


19th April 2020

The words of Jesus to St Faustina, "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners.

On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open.

The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (699) "Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion.

I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy.

If they will not adore My mercy, they will perish for all eternity...tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice, is near. (965) Wake up people of the World, and repent of your sins, this just might be our last hope of salvation!

Read more www.divinemercysunday.com/message.htm


Fr John Armitage is starting a one week retreat via the livestream service from Walsingham.

The retreat will begin on Sunday night at 8pm (following Compline or Night Prayer) and will last for a week.

There will be two talks everyday at 10:30 am and 4pm.

For more information please go to www.walsingham.org.uk.

They also have a YouTube channel .

You will find the link below the main picture on the website.

Today - Good Friday – we begin the Novena to Divine Mercy

Link to prayers for every day of Novena you may find here:


The Novena prepares us to the Feast of Divine Mercy (the first Sunday after Easter).

Jesus desires that we adore his inconceivable Mercy.

He promises “ocean of graces” when we observe certain actions: confession, Holy Communion.

He promises that we “obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment”.

Read more of Jesus’ wonderful words to us, as he appeared to St Faustina here:


Even through it is a difficult time for us all, we continue to fulfil Jesus’ desires, to celebrate the Divine Mercy, because He died for us and wants us to remember about this every day and love Him immensely just as He loved us.

JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU! The feast will be live-streamed from many churches and shrines.

The attached stations of the Cross have been written during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

As we journey with Jesus to the cross, we notice many vivid echoes and resonances for us at this time – most especially that Jesus does not abandon us in grief, stress or suffering, but profoundly understands us.

And along his journey – as in ours – there is cast of characters that appear on the road, offering moments of soothing and generous relief in the midst of agony and distress.

These Stations can be used in private prayer, at any time; each Station contains the Scripture that directly relates to it, or – where there is no direct mention in Scripture – another relevant and inspiring passage from the Bible.

The Stations will also be prayed and streamed live from the grounds of Walsingham House at Abbotswick at 10.30am on Good Friday morning. You will find this on Instagram BrentwoodCYS.

You are very welcome to share the attached booklet wherever it may be useful.

It is also on our website, if it helps to have a website link:


St Francis de Sales Prayer

Do not look forward in fear to the changes and chances  of this life; rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God, to whom you belong, will in his love, lead you safely through all things.

He has guided you thus far in life, and He will lead you safely through all trials; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

Link for online Masses during Easter from Westminster Cathedral:



We are pleased to announce that the online donation facility is now available, and can be accessed via the Diocesan website.


Donations may be made to individual parishes, and to separate funds within those parishes.

Parishes will receive their particular donations via the monthly parish statement.

There are now seperate links for online donations/offertory to our three churches:

St. Mary Immaculate and the Holy Archangels: https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations?parish=kelvedon

St. Bernard: https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations?parish=coggeshall

St. John Houghton: https://www.dioceseofbrentwood.net/donations?parish=tiptree

St Francis de Sales Prayer

Do not look forward in fear to the changes and chances  of this life; rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God, to whom you belong, will in his love, lead you safely through all things.

He has guided you thus far in life, and He will lead you safely through all trials; and when you cannot stand it, God will carry you in His arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering or will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

(Published in the Shrine of Our Lady Of Walsingham website and introduced by Fr John Armitage during  midday Mass on Thursday April 4)


We are continuing to pray the Corona Virus Novena; please follow on https://www.praymorenovenas.com/ or see our Social Media pages.

Novena in Honour of Our Lady of Walsingham and for the Lord's protection for all affected by the Coronavirus pandemic begins today.

It will be said after every mass at the Shrine or you can say it at home. We have attached a copy to this message for you just in case.

Let us convert this time of darkness into light by using this enforced isolation to pray for the conversion of souls!

Rededication Programme 28 - 30 March 2020

The Dedication in 1381

The first dedication was made by King Richard II in Westminster Abbey as he sought the protection of Our Lady in the face of great political turmoil. At this point, England received the title 'Mary's Dowry'; meaning that England was 'set aside' as a gift, a dowry, for Our Lady under her guidance and protection.

The Rededication in 2020

As King Richard II once gave England as a gift to Our Lady, so we are invited to give ourselves, as the people of this country, to Mary. We respond to this invitation on the day of Rededication in two ways; by making a personal promise and a communal entrustment A Personal Promise: Our personal promise brings us closer to Mary, the first disciple of Christ. In this we unite in her joy by following her openness to God's call. The Angelus Promise is the prayer of this personal promise. In it we proclaim our own "Yes" in union with Mary through the words of the Annunciation. The Angelus is traditionally prayed three times a day in the Catholic Church: morning, MIDDAY and evening. Stopping what we are doing once a day, at midday, is a good way to honour our Lady and remember our personal promise.

A Communal Entrustment

The Act of Entrustment of England to The Virgin Mary is a prayer of a profoundly historic and spiritual nature, bringing together the prayers of surrender and dedication that have echoed through our history

Saturday 28th March 2020: The Joyful Mysteries at 7pm:

In preparation for the #RededicationAtHome this Sunday, you are invited to pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary at 7pm on Saturday night. Please share this information with your friends and family so that we can unite England in prayer, powerfully entering into the day of the Rededication together.

29th March 2020: Rededication Day:

We are inviting you to take part in #RededicationAtHome wherever you are. The Rededication Prayers will take place at noon, at the beginning of midday Mass which will be livestreamed from the Shrine on Sunday 29th March 2020. Download the Angelus Promise and Act of Entrustment and then join the livestream at www.walsingham.org.uk/livestream.

30th March 2020: Novena in thanksgiving for the Rededication and protection from the pandemic:

You are invited to join the Rector and Shrine Team in praying the Novena in honour of Our Lady of Walsingham starting Monday 30th March 2020 in thanksgiving for the Rededication of England as the Dowry of Mary and to plead the Lord’s protection from the coronavirus global pandemic. It will be prayed at each Shrine Mass on livestream


Based on Prayer of Erasmus 1532, Dedication of England to the Mother of God 1893, Prayer for England, Cardinal Griffin's Act of Consecration 1948, Act of Consecration St John Paul 1982


Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy "Dowry" and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee.



In order to offer intercession and consolation during this time of exceptional discomfort THE HOLY FATHER will preside over a time of prayer and Eucharistic Adoration on Friday 27th March at 5:00pm London Time in St Peter's Square without a congregation.

During this time, Pope Francis will impart the URBI ET ORBI BLESSING and will grant a plenary indulgence to all those who share in this prayer via the media.

This will be broadcasted on mondovision and streamed by Vatican News https://www.vaticannews.va/en.html

Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

25th March 2020: Consecration to Jesus through Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation

All those wishing to consecrate themselves to Christ through Mary on the Feast of the Annunciation are invited to join midday Mass livestreamed from the Shrine on Wednesday 25th March 2020.

The Consecration Prayers will follow the Homily.

Diocesan Newspapers Online:

  Due to the Coronavirus, many UK Catholic Diocesan newspapers are now on one website so parishioners can stay in contact with their Church and their community.

The  website,    www.ChurchPaper.co.uk  contains over 600 editions newspapers,  with more papers expected to follow next week.

The Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham has put together a comprehensive schedule of daily masses, Adoration, Rosary and other devotions throughout the day well into the evening.

It is a wonderful resource. You will find something to suit you at anytime of the day!

Please have a look on:


Pope Francis announced today that Liturgy for Holy Week should be live-streamed and not recorded.



As you might know by now, the Bishops Conference of England and Wales has suspended all masses and services in our Catholic Churches.
Masses will continue to be said everyday but behind CLOSED DOORS!
Only in times of persecution the Church has experienced a privation of the Sacraments in this way, but never in so many countries at the same time.
However, it doesn't mean that we can’t be united in prayer. Today, more than ever, we must continue to pray TOGETHER for each other and for our beloved Church.
Specially as the Easter Triduum approaches. HOW?

  • In our parish, Fr Gordon will continue to say mass everyday including Sundays at 9am from behind closed doors at Kelvedon.
    We can join him every week day and on Sunday at 9am from our homes by following the liturgy of the day in our missals.
    In the absence of Sacramental Communion, we can receive Spiritual Communion (see prayer below). Alternatively, we can use the daily mass liturgy via http://www.universalis.com/ You can download the app or just log in from your computer. 

  •  Join the Catholic Shrine in Walsingham’s mass which is streamed live every day at 12noon.

    To http://www.walsingham.org.uk/live-stream  

  • Or, you can join Bishop Barron's daily mass on Youtube. You will find the link on our FB page or just go to   https://youtu.be/H-0qg8V10V8

Emergencies and Sacrament of the Sick can be available by appointment: please ring Fr Gordon on 01376-570348


*SPIRITUAL COMMUNION PRAYER OF ST APLHONSUS:My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.
Allow Jesus to come to you, speak with him and give thanks as you normally do.  

The Church remains open to all for private prayer. Jesus waits for all of us in the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle. As part of our preparations for Easter, why don’t you just stop by to keep him company and pray for all those so much in need of protection in the coming weeks, for our priests and for his beloved Church?

More updates to come when available. For more information or questions, please contact:
Angie Hart: mahart66@outlook.com



Message from Fr Gordon :

We have now received instructions from the Bishops - detailed text attached.

There will be no public Mass or services of any kind from THIS SATURDAY until further notice.

We await further instructions for Holy Week but I presume it will mean a private celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, just private prayer on Good Friday and a private celebration of the Easter Vigil by myself in the evening.


2020.03.18 - Liturgical Advice to Bishops


Fr Gordon

 ' Self-isolation could offer you a time to be pro-active and to treat yourself to a retreat. For one of the few times in your life, you are being given permission to take time for yourself and, depending on how strict your isolation, those closest to you. You may be asked to work from home but will be justified in giving yourself space for prayer and reflection.' Liturgy Office, Bishops Conference of England and Wales.

Please, click on the links below if you would like to follow the recommendation from the Bishops Conference of England and Wales as how to join the mass when this cannot be celebrated in public and how to make a retreat while living your life in isolation. Both can be very valuable resources. You can also follow them on their Facebook page.

For updates on Coronavirus information by the Bishops please go to: 








New photo gallery

We now have a new image gallery to view all the photos from events in Kelvedon, Coggeshall and Tiptree since 2010. Please click here to access the gallery.

Stewards of the Gospel - New Information

Click here and to read the latest information on our Parish Partnership and an e-Bulletin on 'Shaping our Future'




Why not take advantage of some of the films we have in our DVD library about the lives of some of our favourite and lesser known saints? Have a great night in with your family in the comfort of your home and borrow one of our DVDs, which are available year round.

If interested please see or message Gloria Streat for a list of films that are available. Please note, some of the DVDs may require a multi-region or "all regions" player. Most are foreign with English subtitles.

Stewards of the Gospel
Vision Document Update
Click here to read new Vision Document:
Shaping Our Future - May 2019

Click here to see the opportunities for prayer that are available in our parish

If you want to browse through other pictures from past events

Click here - or navigate to 'Past Events'