Welcome to the Parish of St James and St Paul Colchester

The church remains open for Mass.

Welcome to the Parish of St James and St Paul Colchester
  • Sunday-
    • Said Mass at 8a.m.

    • Parish Sung Mass 10a.m

  • Wednesday- Mass 7p.m
  • Thursday- Mass12:30p.m
  • Friday- 9a.m. Mass in the Church School (Term time only)
  • Rosary Prayers at Noon
  • The church is always open an hour before each Mass.
  • Morning Prayer 7.45 a.m. Tuesday – Saturday. All welcome
  • Evening Prayer 6 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. All welcome. 

We are committed to Safeguarding Children and Young People, and Vulnerable Adults.

The PCC has adopted the Church of England’s policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England’s website.


The Diocesan Safeguarding Team can be contacted by telephoning the duty number 01245 294444 or visit https://www.chelmsford.anglican.org/safeguarding/safeguarding-contacts


Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Mrs Clare Moles whose details may be found on the church notice board or who can be contacted via email at clarereklaw@hotmail.com.

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 very warm welcome.

St. James the Great Church remains open to the Public for Worship. 

The following documents shape the measures that are in place at St.James the Great.


COVID 19 Permitted Activities v3.1 8th January

Opening cathedral and church buildings advice v.1_0

Coronavirus Advice on the Administration of Holy Communion v3.0 (1)

COVID 19 Parish Risk Assessment Template – indoors v7.0 January 2021

  • Keep two-meter social distancing if/when queuing to get into Church.
  • Apply anti-bac to your hands at the cleaning station in Church.
  • Adhere to the one-way system.
  • Keep to the 2 Meter Social distancing in Church.
  • Single-family groups may sit together.
  • Sit in the unrestricted areas.
  • Respect the Church as a place of prayer and people that are praying.
  • Livestreaming will continue (where possible).
  • The priest will use gold plated tong for distribution of the Eucharist host to the faithful during mass.
  • Communion should be administered in one kind only with no sharing of the common cup.
  • The Priest Celebrant can can speak the words of the Eucharistic Prayer over the bread and wine that he alone will consume.
  • The Eucharist Host that will be consumed by other communicants must remain covered until being distributed (e.g. wafers in a ciborium with the lid on)
  • Communion will be in one kind (i.e. only offered in the form of the Eucharistic bread and not the chalice). You are asked to queue for communion keeping a distance of at least 2 metres from the next person.

Please do keep in touch by using our Facebook Site


Contact officestjamescolchester@btinternet.com
phone 01206 860419

Or contact ChurchWarden, Lucy Mason – email masonlucy50@gmail.com 

phone  01206 386766

Or contact ChurchWarden. Stephen Pawlak – 01206 728 443

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



Fr James McCluskey is the parish priest.

Father Richard Costin is a retired associate priest with ‘Permission to Officiate’.

Reverend Tony Rose is a retired associate priest with ‘Permission to Officiate’.

Please see Contact and More for more details