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 a.m. 

Parish Sung Mass at 10.00 a.m. 

Wednesday – Mass 7 p.m. 

Thursday- Mass 12:30p.m 

Friday- 9.00 a.m. - 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, don't hesitate to contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, don't hesitate to get in touch with 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 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.

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

Congregational hymn singing 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 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)

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Fr James McCluskey

Contact officestjamescolches[email protected]

phone 01206 860419

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

phone  01206 386766

Or contact ChurchWarden. Desirée Campbell: 01206 617263

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May Our Lady pray for us and our Patron Saint defend us, and 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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