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
Christmas Mass times:
Christmas Eve (First Masses of Christmas): Monday, 24th: 5.00pm & 9.00pm (preceded by our Carol Service at 8.30pm).
Christmas Day: Tuesday, 25th: 8.30am & 10.30am.
Boxing Day – Feast of St Stephen: 11.00am.
Saturdays 9.45-10.40am, 4.00-4.40pm
Additional Confession Times during Advent 2018
Friday, 14th December 9.40am-10.40am
Saturday, 15th December 3.00pm-4.40pm
Friday, 21st December 9.40am-10.40am
Saturday, 22nd December 3.00pm-4.40pm
During the Sacrament of Reconciliation we have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a good time for Prayer and Adoration.
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.
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.
Anointing of the Sick
Secular Franciscan Order
Tea and a Chat
St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP)
The Soup Run
Bible Study Group
“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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