Message from Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)

Image of Fr. Paul Cracknell, Parish Priest
Fr Paul Cracknell (Ord.)
Parish Priest

A very warm welcome to the Catholic parish of The Blessed Sacrament in the City of Chelmsford Essex. Our parish is part of the Mid-Essex Deanery in the Diocese of Brentwood.

I hope that you find our website informative and I look forward to welcoming you to our parish very soon.

We will regularly keep the website updated so please do check back regularly.

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other.

God bless.

Fr Paul


Message from Fr Paul for Advent

Dear Friends,

As we come to the start of a new church year, we look forward in this period of expectation to the celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, the saviour of the world, and also his second coming. This time of waiting has even more meaning this year, as we long and pray for an end to the dreadful COVID 19 virus. Hopefully, we will be able to celebrate Christmas masses together. (Please continue to keep an eye on the website for further updates).

In the meantime, public masses will resume from Wednesday 2nd December under the same restrictions and rules that we had in place before the current lockdown.

Many thanks go to our stewards who continue their sterling work to ensure our safety; and also to Jane and the singers and musicians who bring us that little bit closer to ‘normal times’. Thanks must go too to Hazel for our lovely Advent wreath.

I look forward to seeing you soon and continue to pray for you all. Please continue to pray with me – especially for those who need to continue to shield.

May God bless you and keep you safe.
Fr Paul.


THIS WEEK’S MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday 28th November
Day of Prayer for an end to the Pandemic

PRIVATE MASS – People of the Parish

Sunday 29th November
First Sunday in Advent
PRIVATE MASSClive Williams RIP
(A & J Donachie)

Monday 30th November
PRIVATE MASS – John Hunter RIP
(M. Hunter)

Tuesday 1st December
PRIVATE MASS – Colin Nickerson RIP
(A. & R. Nickerson)

Wednesday 2nd December
9.15am Nora & Eddie Heaslip RIP
(Foundation)

Thursday 3rd December
St Francis Xavier Pr.
Migrant’s Day
9.15am – Mass for Migrants

Friday 4th December
9.15am Fr Ivor Morris
(Fr Paul & Ordinariate Group)

Saturday 5th December
Vigil Mass – First Mass of Sunday
People of the Parish

Sunday 6th December
Second Sunday of Advent (Year B)
9.30am Gerard Donachie RIP
(A. & J. Donachie)

11.30am Sr Ann Playfoot RIP (Mustard Seed Prayer Group)


The Parish Office has re-opened. All enquiries are to be made by either telephone (01245 354256) or email (chelmsfordbs@dioceseofbrentwood.org) Visits by prior appointment only, with social distancing measures.



Statement from the President and the Vice-President of
the Conference on the National Lockdown
Wednesday 4th November 2020

Response to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement on 31 October 2020.


Chelmsford Foodbank Logo

Chelmsford Food Bank are in need of the following items.

FOOD ITEMS:  Tinned potatoes, jams/preserves/spreads, instant mash packets, instant custard sachets, tinned custard and tinned rice pudding.

TOILETRIES: Ladies deodorants and shampoo, washing powder or liquid.

They thank you for your encouragement and continued generosity though the last five months.

Daily live streamed Mass, up to date news and a special message from Monsignor Keith Newton can be found on the website of The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham https://www.ordinariate.org.uk/