Friday 3rd July

Fr Paul is available for socially distanced confessions, by appointment only. Please contact him 01778 423593.

 Opening of Church for Private Prayer

The Church at Deeping is now Open for Private Prayer and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament each Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm

Last Wednesday July 1st Our Lady and St Guthlac’s church at Deeping opened for the first time for private prayer since the lockdown after the diocese granted us permission to open our church on that particular day each week. This took a lot of hard work by a small team of parishioners and it was a big achievement because many churches in our diocese including our deanery remain closed. Thank you to those individuals concerned and those who have volunteered to be stewards especially those who attended the training session the other evening. Altogether ten people turned up on Wednesday as well as the two stewards and Fr Paul. This was a good start particularly since there wasn’t much notice given as permission was only received from the diocese late Monday afternoon.

*From next Wednesday July 8th Fr Paul will be available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the sacristy while the church is open for private prayer. This will be done respecting social distancing and Fr Paul will wear a mask if need be.  

There are 18 places available in the church for those who visit at this time. If we fill up, (I am an optimist!) then new arrivals will be asked to wait outside until a place becomes available and is then cleaned/disinfected by one of the stewards. Please do not share lifts with other parishioners to and from the church and please park your car so that you are not too near to others.

People who belong to one of the clinically vulnerable groups, particularly those with health problems, are advised to wear a face covering. Gloves would also give extra protection. People who have got significant health problems especially those which could be compounded if infected by Covid 19 are strongly advised not to attend.

Tuesday  29th June

Opening of Church 

Our Lady’s and St Guthlac’s Church, Deeping St James will be open this Wednesday 1st July for private prayer from 11am until 1pm. The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed during this time.

The Church will be open every Wednesday at this time unless the situation changes.

This is for private prayer only and group prayers should not be entered into.

Parishioners who are over 70 years old or who belong to the vulnerable groups are discouraged from attending at present; if however, you feel compelled to attend and belong to one of these groups please ensure you wear gloves and a face covering. 

Please do not car share in order to attend!


Wednesday 10th June


Due to the Corona Virus Pandemic our Churches have been hit hard by a lack of income and we have been thinking of ways in which this can, to a degree, be prevented in the future.   All contributions made by our parishioners are very much appreciated at any time, but the generosity of those of you who have continued to give via Online Banking and Standing Order, during this difficult time, has been valued greatly.  

Many of you contribute through Planned Giving Envelopes or loose plate and we are asking you, if your circumstances allow, to re-consider your way of giving and use either Online Banking or, if you are not online, the paper standing order method.

The advantages to this are:

  • Usually free of charge for both payer and payee
  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Useful for making recurring contributions
  • Helps the Parish to have a reliable income each month to assist in forward planning
  • You can increase or decrease your offering at any time by contacting your bank
  • Less cash handling within the parish
  • Increased security as less cash being kept on Church premises and being taken to the bank


ONLINE BANKING – Standing Order set up

If you have internet access and your bank account is online setting up your standing order is much simpler, and you would need only to include the parish bank details (these details can be obtained from your Parish Priest or Parish Office) and reference z (followed by your surname and first initial) alongside your own details.


If you do not have access to Online Banking but you still wish to contribute by standing order, please either collect a Standing Order Form from the back of Church or from your Parish Office and:

  • Complete the form in full
  • Include the parish bank details - if they are not already included on the form - (this information can be obtained from the parish priest or parish office)
  • Include the reference: z (followed by your surname and first initial)
  • Let your Parish Priest/Parish Secretary have a copy for parish use
  • Take to your bank



Please also remember if you are a taxpayer gift aid can be claimed from your donations. E.G: If you donate £20.00 per month this would become £25.00 at no extra cost to yourself.    If you wish to do this there are Gift Aid Declaration Forms attached to the standing order forms, or to request one online please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Once the form is completed please return to the Gift Aid Office, NRCDT Willson House, Derby Road, Nottingham. NG1 5AW or you can scan in the form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. your declaration can then be included on the system and going forward all your donations, once submitted to HMRC, can receive gift aid.  The gift aid office will advise all parishes of any new declarations received, so their records are kept up to date.




Friday 22nd May

Pentecost Sunday May 31st – National Rosary relay Rally across England, Wales, Scotland - 9am to 9pm