October Update

Our Bishops have identified Advent Sunday as the day they hope all Catholics will be able to participate fully and publicly in the celebration of the Sunday Mass. We, as a parish, are committed to work towards that date and take careful steps towards our ‘next normal’. We are engaged in an ongoing consultation to discern where our community is: significant nervousness is still around, but there is also a growing confidence. We are committed to moving forward but we will not rush. We may seem to be moving too slowly for some and too quickly for others. There will be further steps to take and we will consult you about them. We will discuss our next ‘next steps’ at our AGM on November 6th with a view to clarifying our expectations for Advent.

From October 30th we will:

  • use hymn books again;
  • re-introduce rotas for those who take on roles at the Sunday mass;
  • re-introduce Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and use two Ciboria to facilitate communion for the greater number of people now attending – Communion will however, for the time being, remain in one kind only;
  • re-introduce the collection within Mass; and
  • re-introduce the Bidding Prayers at the weekday masses.

As we continue our parish re-boot we have reviewed several of our ministries. New guidelines for readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are now available and we will implement these on October 30th.

An essential theme for our new start is participation. Pope Francis has called the next Synod of Bishops on the theme: Synodality: communion, participation and mission. This sums up what we need to be and what we need to do. We must listen respectfully to each other and come to a common mind and commitment, we must foster that spiritual unity and fellowship that is communion, all our called to full, active and conscious participation, and this has outcomes in our shared mission. We in the parish and though the Diocese will be journeying together with our brothers and sisters throughout the world over the next few months. Please share you insights. We will have an open meeting on the afternoon of November 6th. More details in our newsletters.



A very warm welcome to the parish of St Thomas of Canterbury & The English Martyrs in Royston, part of the Diocese of Westminster.

You are welcome onsite or online.

Our usual times of mass are:

Sunday: (Saturday Vigil 6.30pm), 9am, 10.30am.
For weekday Mass times please see Church Newsletter 

Most weeks the usual pattern is
Tuesday 7:30pm
Wednesday 9:15am
Thursday 9:15am
Friday 9:15am

The Sunday 9am Mass, most weekday masses and several other events are usually on our Facebook page

Whether you are a current parishioner, new to the parish or just wanting to find out more, we hope that we can be of help to you.

Our postal address is 6 Melbourn Road, Royston, Herts SG8 7DB. You will find us on the West side of the A10 just North of the central roundabout, towards Cambridge.

The Parish Priest is Fr Philip Knights philipknights@rcdow.org.uk

You can contact us on 01763 243117.


We’re keen to hear from you, so please feel free to contact us!

New to the Parish?

Please click HERE to download a registration form then print, complete and return the form.

Do please make yourself known to Fr Philip after mass.

Separate forms for additional adults, please.