Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford St. James and St. Paul Colchester

Colchester: St James the Great

Welcome to the Parish of St James and St Paul Colchester

The church remains open for morning and evening prayer at 7.40 a.m and 6 p.m. 

Sunday- Said Mass at 8 am 

Parish Sung Mass at 10.00 am and also broadcast live to the public

Wednesday – Mass 7 p.m 

Thursday- Mass 12:30p.m 

Friday- 9.00 am - Mass at St. James the Great Primary Church of England School 

Midday - Rosary Prayers  

The church is always open an hour before each Mass. 

The parish of Colchester: St James & St Paul is committed to safeguarding children, young people, and adults. We follow the House of Bishop's guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Chelmsford’s safeguarding pages contains vital links and information, including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm, please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services." We are an Anglo-Catholic (Church of England) parish in the diocese of Chelmsford, located in the historic Roman town of Colchester in the County of Essex in England.  The Parish is served by the Church of St James the Great, and we offer you a very warm welcome.

The following notes provide general guidance that helps PCC ensure that the building/church is ready to be opened safely and in line with government guidance.

The following documents shape the measures that are in place at St.James the Great. 

Coronavirus Advice on the Administration of Holy Communion v3.0 (1)

FACE covering optional. 

Keep two-meter social distancing if/when queuing to get into Church.

Apply anti-bac to your hands at the cleaning station in Church.

Adhere to the one-way system.

Keep to the 2 Meter Social distancing in Church.

Sit in unrestricted areas.

Congregational hymn singing or congregational singing of the Mass setting is permitted.

Respect the Church as a place of prayer and people that are praying.

Livestreaming will continue (where possible).

The priest will use gold plated tongs to distribute the Eucharist host to the faithful during mass.

Communion is in one kind only. 

The Priest Celebrant can speak the words of the Eucharistic Prayer over bread and wine that he alone will consume. 

The Eucharist Host that other communicants will consume has been consecrated 48hr  minimum and in advance and must remain covered until being distributed (e.g. wafers in a ciborium with the lid on)

Please do keep in touch by using our Facebook Site

Fr James McCluskey

Contact [email protected]

phone 01206 860419 – 07739404082

Or contact ChurchWarden, Lucy Mason – email [email protected]

phone  01206 386766

Or contact ChurchWarden. Stephen Pawlak – 01206 728 443

email [email protected]

May Our Lady pray for us and our Patron Saint defend us, may St Michael fight the principalities and dark forces of this world for us.  Ephesians 6:12

In the Cross of Christ

Fr. James McCluskey

Church of St. James the Great

50B Priory Street,



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Fr James McCluskey SSC

The Rectory 50B Priory Street Colchester

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CHURCHES is open FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP Sunday and weekday. See Church notices for more details. Thank you.

21 Feb 2021, 10 a.m.