OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA CATHOLIC CHURCH, LOWESTOFT
NEWS & EVENTS
MASS WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING
We are at last able to open for public celebration of Mass. Under Social-distancing it will be a very different experience. Getting ready has been hard work but we have completed the Risk Assessment Documents which we must have for
each church before we are allowed to open. Before each Mass a statement will be read explaining how things will proceed. The points you need to bear in mind before coming to church are that:
1. If you have any Covid symptoms or have had a test and are waiting for the result, the stewards will ask you to return home.
2. You must wear a mask or face covering in church. Please bring your own, if you have one, so we don’t have to use up the church’s supply
3. The church toilets will be closed at both churches, excepting at the 10:30 Sunday Mass at OLSS and then only the disabled person’s toilet will be open. This is because of safety and cleaning requirements.
4. You may not be able to sit in church where you would like.
5. You must sanitize your hands with the gel provided when you enter and when you leave.
6. Communion will be in one kind and with the Host given to you by dropping gently on your hand with your arm outstretched.
We will continue to stream online via but the angle of view will be from the side so as not to obscure the view of the congregation.
Q How can I watch Livestream Masses?
A Parishioners who are on Facebook can join our parish community group: www.facebook.com/groups/ourladylowestoft
Alternatively, recordings of the Livestream Masses are available below for a limited time shortly after their broadcast.
Our Lady Star of the Sea is the most easterly Roman Catholic Church in England, situated in the town of Lowestoft, Suffolk in the Diocese of East Anglia. All are very welcome at our regular Masses and during church opening times for quiet prayer and reflection.
Our mission is to serve those who share the Catholic faith and reach out to others in ways which will encourage and develop their interest in and understanding of Christianity. We are blessed to have a thriving weekly congregation of around 400 parishioners composed of several nationalities including English, Irish, Polish, Portugese, Spanish, Sri Lankan and Indian.
Mass at Our Lady's is said daily during the week and twice at weekends (currently online only at present_. Please see the Mass Times page for more details. Mass is also said every Sunday and once during the week at St Nicholas Chapel of Ease in Pakefield (no masses at present). The Sunday masses are normally sung, led either by the organ or instrumental group (see Music page for more about the church's Music ministry).
There are several active groups within the church: Knights of St Columba, Catholic Womens’ League, Childrens’ Liturgy Group, Stella Maris Toddlers’ Group, Adult Explorers and Prayer Group. Members of the church also assist with collecting and delivering items for the local Foodbank.
Modern Catholic life began in Lowestoft in 1867 with a Jesuit Mission, the Parish being established in 1881. Masses were initially celebrated in a fishing net loft but thanks to fundraising and donations it was possible in 1899 to start building the church we have today. The doors to Our Lady's were opened to the public in June 1902.
Our Lady's is regarded by many as the most beautiful Catholic church in Suffolk and contains some of the best examples of a restrained 'arts and crafts' style of decoration. It is a Grade 2 Listed building but unfortunately did suffer some bomb damage during Word War II.
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church
19 Gordon Road
Suffolk NR32 1NL
Tel: 01502 572453 (answerphone);
Fr Paul 07414 735102 (text only)
Above: Clergy of the Parish (L to R): Rev Stephen Pomeroy (Deacon), Rev Paul Chanh (Parish Priest), Fr Neville McClement
St Mary's R C Primary School on Kirkley Cliff was established in 1967 and has always maintained strong links with the church. Children from the parish can attend here with an option to apply for admission to Notre Dame High School in Norwich at age 11+.
St Nicholas Church, which is also part of the Parish, was originally built as a Congregational Church and purchased in the 1990s to replace a former billiard hall which had been used as a Chapel of Ease since 1955. This building is also in the 'arts and crafts' style, the work of the same architects of Our Lady's: Baines and Richards.