The Parish

The Parish

The Parish, created in 1953, is dedicated to Our Mother of Good Counsel, and encompasses the villages of Clare, Cavendish, Glemsford, Hundon and Stoke-by-Clare. It is twinned with the parish of Baba Dogo in Nairobi.

(It encompasses the villages of Clare, Cavendish, Glemsford, Stradishall, Poslingford, Stansfield, Barnadiston, Hundon, Kedington, Sturmer, Wixoe, Stoke by Clare)

Church Side

Daily and Sunday parish Masses are celebrated in the Priory Church of Mother of Good Counsel.   All Masses are now live screened on You Tube.

The Parish Priest is Father Gladson Dabre OSA and can he be contacted at the Priory on 01787-277326 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Parish Sunday Bulletin is now available on-line.


Mass Times



(Saturday 5.30pm and) Sunday 8.00am & 10.00am  - Please let the Parish Priest know if you wish to attend Mass as there is a 'booking system' due to the limited numbers we can seat at any one time.  Please bring a mask.


10:00am - If only single individuals attend Mass we can seat a maximum of 27 people.  If a mix of single and bubbles attend then we can seat a maximum of 35 people.  There is no 'booking system' during the weekdays and so our presence depends largely on self-discipline:  ENTRY: Please us the sanitising gel, follow the arrows, centre aisle, fill from the front, observe spacing.  COMMUNION: Please start from the front rows into the centre aisle, return following the arrows.  EXIT: Please start at the back, leave rows by side aisles, use the gel, follow the arrows to the sacristy exit.  Please bring a mask.


Holydays of Obligation

Vigil 7.00pm, 10.00am


First Friday Holy Hour, Sacred Heart Adoration - 7.15pm


For Christmas/Easter Mass times please see the Latest News page



Friday and Saturday after Mass,  or on request at any time - please book an appointment with the Parish Priest.

Community Prayer

Morning Prayer   9:40am

These times apply from Monday Evening Prayer at 6pm to Saturday Evening Prayer at 6pm.
The community welcomes people to join them each day for prayer.
In the evening at 6:00pm twenty minutes is spent in silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Mass 10:00am
Mid-day Prayer                   12:50pm
Adoration and Evening Prayer   6:00pm


Lectio Divina Meetings

Thursday morning 10.45 until 11.45am after Mass in the Church

The Rosary

Wednesday after Mass

Christian Meditation Group

Wednesday from 7.00 until 8.00pm

Silent Prayer

Every Friday morning 10.45 until 11.45 - after Mass in the Church

Other Ministries:


Baptism is truly the most precious gift children receive as they come into the world to begin their life journey. We have put together a preparation programme to make this joyous event truly meaningful for you.

Children’s Liturgy (Little and Middle Churches)

During the Liturgy of the Word at the 10.00am Mass at Clare on Sunday, children up to the age of  9 years, the Little Church, depart to the Parish Room in the Priory and follow their own Liturgy of the word based on the gospel of the Sunday. Parents are always welcome to join in and help the running of the two Churches.

Church Cleaners

The care of God’s dwelling is a fulfilling ministry. The cleaners’ rota functions in a seven-week cycle. New cleaners are always welcome.

Churches Together

A forum of the Christian Churches in Clare which arranges ecumenical services rotating between the participating churches.

Church Music/Choir

We are graced with an excellent complement of composers and players but would be interested to hear from any  singers wishing to join the small choir.

Diocesan Councils

The present parish representative at meetings of the Diocesan Pastoral Council is Tony Shepperd. Frances Massey represents the parish at meetings of the Commission for the New Evangelisation.

Eucharist Ministry

This is a rural parish and the parish priest may depute a Minister of the Eucharist to assist and take the Blessed Sacrament to the sick. The Parish Priest should be informed of any need.

Finance Committee

To assist the parish priest in his administration of the parish, a finance committee has been established.

Flower Arrangers

It is a privilege to be part of the ministry of flowers, and we have a small number of people who currently undertake this important task, but new helpers are always welcome.

Friends of St. Augustine

Meetings every last Thursday of the month to reflect on the words and thoughts of Augustine. If you would like to find out more about Augustine why not come and join us and enjoy a chat afterwards over a cup of coffee. 7.30-9.00 pm at the Priory
More information on the website: or contact Ian Harding on 01638 500211

Gift Aid Scheme

‘Gift Aid - the good way to give to your Church’

Gift Aid is an arrangement that allows charities, including churches, to reclaim tax on donations made by a taxpayer. It covers weekly giving as well as one-off donations.

This means that every donation you make is worth 25% more to your Church, at no cost to you.

For example, if you donate £20, we will be able to reclaim £5 on your donation from the government, meaning the Church gets £20 from you and £5 from the government.

If you’re already paying tax on earnings, pensions or income/capital gains from investments, the government simply gives back to the Church some of the tax you have already paid. We don’t need to know your personal details such as income, nor your National Insurance number. Your donations will qualify as long as they’re not more than 4 times the tax you have paid in that tax year (6 April to 5 April).

Please help us to make the most of this scheme to benefit our Church.

The administrator of the scheme for this parish is Annette Beavis.

Guild of St. Stephen (Mass Servers)

The boys and girls who serve at the 10 o’clock Mass belong to the Guild. David Bracher is responsible for training, organising and running the Guild.

Liturgy Group

During the great seasons of the Church, Advent, Lent and Easter, and for other occasions, the liturgy group provides words and symbols as a focus for our meditations and celebrations.

Mass Readers

At parish Masses, readers for first and second readings, responsorial psalm and bidding prayers, are on a rota. The organisers for the Masses are John Wayman for the 8.00am Mass, and George & Iris Hopkins for the 10.00am Mass. 

Prison Ministry

A member of the community is a part-time chaplain at Highpoint Prison (North). From time to time, parishioners are involved in the ministry of visiting. The Prayer Fellowship provides support by their prayers for individual prisoners.

The Parish In Council

At a meeting in 1999 the Parish voted for meetings of the parish at three or four months intervals, The Parish in Council, in lieu of a Parish Council. The Parish in Council has a Committee from which a chairman of a meeting is selected, a secretary to produce minutes and prepare an agenda for meetings and members to act as contacts for parishioners to bring forward matters for discussion.

 Diocesan Child Protection

We follow the national procedures for the safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk. In the parish the Parish Priest is advisor. Desmond and Jane Crone are our Safeguarding Officers.

Garden Volunteers

Parishioners and other friends have formed a team of gardeners who tend various aspects of the Priory grounds, to great effect. If you would like to be part of the team, please speak to Fr Stefan, the Prior.


At the 10.00am Mass on Sundays George and Iris Hopkins and Jim Coe welcome visitors and new parishioners, introduce them to regular members of the parish and encourage them to stay for coffee after Mass.


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