St Pancras church interior
St Pancras Church stained glass
St Pancras Catholic Church Ipswich exterior

From the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales

Recognising that most Covid restrictions have been lifted, the Bishops have said, 

“We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.”

For the full statement, dated Friday 6 May 2022, click here.

Welcome to St Pancras

The Catholic Church serving Central Ipswich

(For times of services please scroll down.)

A warm welcome from all at St Pancras, whether you are a new parishioner, a returning parishioner, or a visitor.

Deum diligere et quae sunt Dei.

‘To love God and the things of God.’

A Catholic parish has just two purposes, namely to give glory to Almighty God, and to work and pray for the salvation of souls. Our parish church, St Pancras, is a sacred space, consecrated to the worship of God, where sins are forgiven and souls are saved by our Saviour’s mercy and love for us, and, in turn, through our ever deepening love of God and the things of God. It is through His divine and sanctifying grace, received in the Sacraments, that we are lifted up to a supernatural plane and become ‘partakers of the divine nature’ (2 Peter 1:4).   Catholics are called by God to avoid becoming of the world even though we live in the world (Jn 17:16). Instead, we seek the things that are above, and aim to store up treasures in heaven rather than here on earth (Col 3:1; Mt 6:20).

Our church is open from approximately 7am to 7pm every day. See below for times of Masses and Confessions, and see our newsletter for full details. 

Fr Joseph

O Mary, channel of Divine grace, pray for us.

O glorious St Pancras, pray for us. 


Dates for your Diary

Corpus Christi Procession: Sunday 19 June at 3pm

First Holy Communions: Sunday 26 June at 9:30am. (The 11am Mass will start at 11:30am.)


Our Newsletter is published every Saturday. Please click here for the latest. (Recent newsletters may be accessed via our ‘Newsletter‘ page.)

The Easter 2022 edition of the parish magazine can be downloaded by clicking here.

Confirmation & First Communion Classes

Last few First Communion classes: 

21 May (half term – 29 May & 4 June), then 11 June, 21 June, and 25 June (12 noon till 4:30pm).

If you would like your child to receive his or her First Communion in June 2023 please read here. The next cohort of children will begin classes in the autumn of 2022.

The next cohort of Confirmation candidates will begin classes in the autumn of 2022.

‘In the Cool of the Day’

Our Wednesday evening talks will take a break until after Easter. 

Over 60s

The Over 60s group meets in the parish hall each Friday morning for coffee and a chat after the 10am Mass.

Times of Services

Sunday Mass times

Saturday 6pm Vigil Mass of Sunday

[8am (TLM) 2nd Sunday of the month]

Sunday 9:30am with hymns

Sunday 11am sung

Weekday Mass times

(Confessions 30 minutes before each Mass)

Monday 10am followed by the rosary

Tuesday 8am (TLM) followed by the rosary

Wednesday 6pm followed by the rosary

Thursday 12:15pm followed by the rosary

Friday 10am followed by the rosary (by the Stations of the Cross in Lent)

Saturday Mass times


9:30am Confessions

10am Mass followed by devotions to Our Lady of Ipswich & S. Pancras


Adoration & Confessions: 5pm – 5:45pm

Vigil Mass of Sunday: 6pm

How to find us

Parish Priest: Fr Joseph Welch

Church Address: 1 Orwell Place, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1BD


Telephone: 01473 252596

Maps and directions: click here

St Pancras Church

1 Orwell Place Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1BD

Parish Office telephone:
01473 252 596


Ipswich Hospital Chaplaincy:
Fr Bineesh at St Mark’s 07549 695648