St. Sabina

Bishop Wall arrives for the opening of St Sabina's


About 1904, a Mrs Baldwin (grandmother of Mrs Garwood) came to live in Brightlingsea. She was upset to learn that there was neither a Catholic Church in the town nor any means of getting to Mass on a Sunday (there was no bus service and the train did not run on the Sabbath). So she went to see the parish priest of Colchester, Canon Bloomfield, who told her he was not responsible for Brightlingsea as it came under Clacton parish. Mrs Baldwin, however, persisted, requesting the Canon to supply a priest to say Mass in her front room at 73 Sydney St. He agreed and permission was asked of Archbishop Bourne of Westminster – the Diocese of Brentwood was not erected until 1917 – for the celebration of Mass in Brightlingsea. On 16 November 1904, permission was given to celebrate Mass in the town once a month. Read more…

St. Monica