Catholic Parish of Clacton-on-Sea

We would like to welcome you to the Clacton-on-Sea parish website.

We are located in the Diocese of Brentwood.

Our Lady of Light and St Osyth Church was built in 1902, through the working of Divine Providence. The establishment of the Shrine to Our Lady of Light, Spouse of the Holy Spirit and the securing of a parish priest to serve the Clacton area and the building of this beautiful church makes interesting reading and can also be found in specially printed booklets in the bookstand at the back of the church.

The parish website has been developed in order to provide local information for existing parishioners, visitors or new parishioners who may require the help that is available within the parish.

We hope that you will be inspired to support our beautiful church and to be supportive of our parish priest and the parish community.

The parish church is situated in Church Road on the east side of Clacton town centre, in the county of Essex, England. Clacton-on-Sea is the largest town on the Tendring Peninsula, and was founded in 1871. It is a seaside resort which attracts many tourists in the summer.

Mass and Confession Times


Sundays 8.30am & 10.30am
Saturdays Vigil Mass 5.00pm

Holydays of Obligation 11.00am, Vigil Mass (the evening before) at 7.00pm

For weekday Masses, please refer to our weekly newsletter


Saturdays 9.45-10.40am, 4.00-4.40pm

During the Sacrament of Reconciliation we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a good time for Prayer and Adoration.

Examination of Conscience


Before the 11.00am Mass on weekdays, we begin with the Rosary and other prayers at 9.45am, after which we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; at 10.40am we have Midday Prayer of the Church and simple Benediction.

Rosary Devotions

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The National Shrine of

Our Lady of Light

In the early 18th century, St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, came on the people of La Chez in Brittany, praying around the statue of Our Lady. He gave the statue the name “Our Lady of Light”. A title which refers to the union between Mary and the Holy Spirit, that union from which Jesus Christ was conceived.

Origins of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Light, Spouse of the Holy Spirit. The Shrine in Cornwall written in 1953 by Rev. C. Wilson, O.S.C.

The English Shrine of Our Lady of Light was founded in 1834, by Miss Ann Letitia Trelawny and her sister Mrs. Mary Harding, in accordance with the wish of their father, Sir Henry Trelawny.

Sir Henry Trelawny, seventh baronet of Trelawne in Cornwall, and member of an ancient and illustrious house, had for many years been a clergyman in the Church of England.




Enquiries about receiving the Sacrament of Baptism to be made to the Parish Priest.


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available every Saturday, 9.45am-10.40am & 4.00pm-4.40pm.

An Examination of Conscience



The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.”


Enquiries about receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation to be made to the Parish Priest.
Holy Orders

Holy Orders

To find out more, click HERE.


Enquiries about receiving the Sacrament of Marriage to be made to the Parish Priest.
Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

‘By the sacred anointing of the sick and the prayer of the priests the whole Church commends those who are ill to the suffering and glorified Lord, that He may raise them up and save them. And indeed she exhorts them to contribute to the good of the People of God by freely uniting themselves to the Passion and death of Christ.’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1499)


Our Parish supports a varied range of church activities; we hope that you will be inspired to support our beautiful Church and to be supportive of our parish priest and the parish community, by contributing in whatever way you are able.

Secular Franciscan Order

Saint Francis of Assisi left us ‘a Dream to dream and a journey to challenge everyone’. All Franciscans are inspired by him to follow Christ.

Junior Choir

The Children of Light Choir lead the singing and readings at the 10.30am Mass every first Sunday of the month.

Tea and a Chat

Please come and have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat at St. Charles Hall which is available after all Masses on Sunday.

St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)

Following the wonderful example of St. Vincent de Paul, the spiritual society in Clacton helps the needy in whatever way it can.

The Soup Run

The Soup Run is a shared initiative with other churches serving in the local area.

Bible Study Group

The Bible study group meets after the 11.00am Mass every Tuesday in 3A Church Road.

Jesus said,

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
no one comes to the Father, but by me.” ~ John 14:6

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.” ~ John 15:12-14

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