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Notices for the Week

Items for the “NOTICES” should be with Fr Leslie – no later than Wednesday. Please send items for the website to Fr Leslie as well.

August 20th – 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Hymns for Mass today are from Old & New : as announced

TODAY!!! Sunday Afternoon Tea on August 20th 3.30pm at Ben & Eileen’s, 25 Corona Rd., C.I. SS8 8EZ

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RIP – We regret to announce the death of Jimmy Gall last Monday. His funeral will take place in Church on Tuesday, September 5th at 1130am

The Sanctuary Lamp burns in memory of Patricia Walker-Hesson, Eleanor Vera Kelly, Anthony John Coleman, Elizabeth Lewis, Egbert Charles Lewis, and Phillip Meaney: (from Sue Kelly)

Sanctuary Lamp in Church
Would you like to sponsor the Sanctuary Lamp that burns in Church every day? The lamp lasts a whole week and can be sponsored for £5.00 for the week. See Norman Howe for details.

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CHANGES/AMENDMENTS to Service times: There is no Wednesday Service this week.

MEMBERSHIP LIST!! – Over the next few weeks Pat Beecroft will be helping the PCC compile a list of all those attending Church these days with a focus on contact details – especially email addresses. Please help her and us by giving us your email address. Then you’ll be hearing from us!

RECYCLED TEENAGERS EXERCISE GROUP On the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month at 10am in St Mary’s Hall. It’s free, so come along!!

The Curry Night on 14 August at the Benfleet Tandoori, raised £250. Well done!!

This Wednesday, Aug. 23rd SMMRC ‘Open Evening’ 7pm St Mary’s Hall – FREE!!


There will be a meeting to discuss coming social and fundraising events in the Church Hall on Saturday 2nd September at 10.30am. Prior to that starting at 9am there will be Mass followed by Rosary.

HEALING SERVICE – Our next healing service is on Wednesday, 6 September

Saturday, 9 September (all day) “Ride & Stride” ask Terry Babbage for details.

Come hither all avid readers!! there is a coffee morning and book sale in the hall on Saturday, 23rd September 10am.

Usual Worship during the week

Midweek Services: Wednesday 6.15pm Holy Hour

Masses are at 10am Friday and 9am Saturday followed by Silent Prayer or Rosary (1st Saturday of month). Other Masses as announced.

Confession by appointment or on Saturday morning.

Everyone is welcome to attend

Welcome is what we, the regular congregation of St Mary’s, like to think we make all the visitors to our lovely old church.


The church of St Mary The Virgin, South Benfleet, has a history that dates back over a thousand years. The church stands on the corner of the High Road, surrounded by three Pubs and a stone’s throw from the railway station. It was once the heart of the village, a village which has grown into the “commuter belt” town that Benfleet is today.

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We are proud of our long history

Many people have never heard of the Battle of Benfleet, but you will find it mentioned in the Anglo Saxon Chronicles. In 893 AD King Alfred the Great’s son Edward and son-in-law fought a decisive battle with the Vikings who had settled here under Haesten. Evidence of the burning of the Viking long boats was found during the building of the railway and it is believed that an earlier church on the site would have suffered the same fate. Tradition has it that the foundation stones of the existing church were laid in 894 AD to mark this event.

In 1994 the 1100th anniversary of this event was commemorated by the congregation and the people of Benfleet with a year of celebrations including a magnificent pageant.

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Architectural Interest

The church which you can now see has been added to over the years, by the many people that have worshipped here. There are many features of architectural interest, including one of the oldest timber porches in England. It is well worth a visit for it’s historical interest, but of even more importance, it is the spiritual home of those that worship here now. It is a home that we delight in welcoming visitors to, whether it is for a quick visit, or whether you are looking for something more long-term. The worship is of an Anglo-Catholic tradition, but there are events to suit all families.

You can find more details of services, the ways we help, the history and what we are up to now on this website.

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