• Ministries

     Liturgical ministries allow lay parishioners to fulfill their Baptismal call of service

    to one another

    by taking

    public roles in mass.

  • Organisations

    Long standing groups

    welcoming members into

    their traditions and fraternity

    to support lifelong

    faith formation

  • Church Life


    centered around

    fellowship, families,

    faith formation and practicalities

  • Social Justice



    Initiatives with charities

    to help those in need

  • Schools



    A Catholic Education

    Local Catholic Schools

  • Committees


    Our Parish

    working together

    for a better future

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    This organisation (originally known as APF or Mill Hill Missionaries) provides funding for various projects in many third world countries as well as training and supporting priests, brothers and lay associates in their work overseas. A very successful appeal was recently made in our parish.

    If you would like a red box in your home or to support us in any other way, please contact the Organiser


    Janet Bartleet



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    The St Vincent de Paul Society

    The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an International Christian Voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to people in need - irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender.  For examples of what they do please click here.

    Internationally St Teresa's SVP branch is twinned with three SVP conferences in India, supporting each other through correspondence and mutual prayer. Financial support is also provided in the form of regular contributions to specific projects and a "disaster fund" to help the local Society cope with disasters in their own country. 


    On a parish level the main work of our members is to befriend and assist individuals and families in need on a person-to-person basis through visits to domestic residences, care homes or hospitals.

    Angelia Lowes

    01206 512497


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    CAFOD is the Catholic Agency for Overseas development, the official international and relief agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. It works to bring about lasting and positive change in the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.
    CAFOD is continually supported in the parish with collection buckets at he back of each church which are regularly emptied and donated to the charity. The people of the parish respond generously in collections at Mass to CAFOD special appeals in times of disaster when emergency aid is needed.
    Our local office is based in the Diocesan convent at Chigwell

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    Colchester Food Bank

    The Colchester Foodbank is supported in the parish with a donation box at the back of each church. Parishioners are asked to bring in non-perishable food items to support those in need in the Colchester area.
    The Knights of St Columba arrange for the food to be delivered to the Food Bank distribution site



    Gary Hull

    01206 530863


Our parish Primary School is St Teresa’s which is situated just behind the church

St Teresa’s Roman Catholic Primary School
Clairmont Rd

Marie Kelly    


01206 508445    


St Benedict’s College is our local Catholic College which is within 2 miles of the church.

Jo Santinelli    


01206 549222    





Serve God by Serving Others

The Knights of St Columba is the largest organisation for Catholic laymen in the UK. It is a voluntary body of men who place themselves at the disposal of the Catholic Church, its priests, parishes, community and each other in charity, unity and fraternity.
Colchester Council 270 has been in existence since 1934, and has members which are drawn from all the Colchester Parishes, Brightlingsea and Dovercourt.
If you would like to find out more about the organisation please contact us.
Parish Contact  

 Gary Hull    

01206 530863   gary_sheilahull@msn.com


The Catenian Association is an international brotherhood of Catholic men who meet socially, at least once a month, at local branches or 'Circles'.


Joining the Association gives

you the chance to:  

  • Meet other Catholic men with similar values  

  • Become part of a community offering lifelong support and friendship

  • Provide your family with opportunities for friendship and social activity

If you would like to be part of a caring environment, then come and meet us and see how we can enrich your lives and how you can enrich ours, please contact us.

Membership Officer    

Richard Larkins    

01206 734796    richard.larkins@btinternet.com




The scout group is proud to be part of St Teresa’s parish with many younger members attending St Teresa’s school. The group caters for children from ages 6 to 14.

  • Baby + Toddler Group

    You are wrong to criticize this or that, to desire that everybody should adopt your view of things. Since we want to be little children, little children do not know what is best. Everything seems right to them.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    Suspended until further notice because of Covid-19

    Susan Lawrence / Julia Rundle



  • Youth Group

    Merit does not consist in doing or giving much. It consists in loving much.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    Suspended until further notice because of Covid-19

    Fr Andrew

  • Buildings & Maintenance

    You know well enough that Our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    This group is concerned with the planning, organisation and delivery of minor repair and refurbishment work in both churches in the parish, the church hall and grounds. It negotiates with contractors when skilled repairs or updating is necessary and liaises with the Diocese when appropriate, taking into account relevant statutory requirements.

    The BMT meets every 2 -3 months

    in the Upper Room.

    Parishioners are welcome to put forward any items they would like discussed.     

    Project Manager   

    01206 576779    


    Peter Booker

  • Team Clean

    In my little way, there are only very ordinary things.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    There are dedicated people who clean both churches during the week.

    Monday  @ St Teresa’s  
    Please contact us if you are able to help with this vital work at either of our churches.


    07957 468910

    Moira Malseed  

  • Flowers

    He showed me the book of nature, and I understood that every flower created by Him is beautiful, that the brilliance of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not lessen the perfume of the violet or the simplicity of the daisy... And so it is in the world of souls, Our Lord’s living garden.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    A team of volunteers regularly dresses the church with flowers.


    New members are always welcome and of course full training and support will be given.


    Advice is also available for people planning a wedding at our church.


    01206 512497   grahamlowes@ntlworld.com

    Angelia Lowes    

  • Repository

    I will let no tiny sacrifice pass, no look, no word. I wish to profit by the smallest actions, and to do them for Love.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    The Repository is manned by volunteers on a rota system and is open before and after both Masses on Sunday in St Teresa’s and before and after Mass at 6.30pm on Saturday in St John’s.

    There are many items for sale:

    • Crucifixes, Statues, Missals, Bibles

    • Mass Cards, Sympathy Cards and cards for all occasions i.e. Baptism, Birth, Birthday, Wedding and others. 

    • Holy Communion/Confirmation gifts

    • Seasonal Christmas/Easter gifts.

    Please come in and browse. If there are items that you feel should be stocked and are not please let the person who is serving know and we will see if it would be possible.


    07952 597059   stteresaslexden@hotmail.co.uk

    Elaine Moclair

  • Fundraising

    I feared the task might unsettle me, but since then Our Lord has deigned to make me understand that by simple obedience I shall please Him best.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    The remit of the Fund Raising Committee is to raise much needed funds for the Parish and other nominated charities as well as providing a varied social calendar of events for the Parish.


    We are currently in need of more members to support us. A larger team helps to spread the workload and new faces will help to develop fresh ideas.


    Finally, a very big thank you to everybody who has supported the Committee over the years.

    Could it be you?

  • 100 Club

    It is love alone that counts.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    One of our key fundraising initiatives is the 100 Club.


    Would you like to win a cash prize?!
    If you buy a number in the 100 Club you are automatically entered into regular draws to to win cash prizes.


    07952 597059

    (after 4pm please)   stteresas_100club@hotmail.com

    Elaine Moclair

  • Coffee Club

    There is nothing sweeter than to think well of one’s neighbor.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    Suspended until further notice because of Covid-19


    Mark Hockly




    Steph Kilcline




  • Friendship Club

    Merit does not consist in doing or giving much. It consists in loving much.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    Suspended until further notice because of Covid-19




    Fr Andrew

  • Catholic Craft Circle

    A word or a smile is often enough to put fresh life in a despondent soul.

    St. Therese de Lisieux

    The Catholic Craft circle is a group of amatuer crafters who gather in the Upper room to pray and share fun craft ideas for fundraising and charitable causes.

    Posters of our monthly craft focus and an open access folder of craft ideas and depository of donations can be found at the back of both churches. Feel free to help yourself and keep us posted on how you creatively get on with the challenges.

    Suspended until further notice because of Covid-19



    The Diocese has asked every parish to undertake a period of reflection and assessment. Everyone in the parish is welcome to be a part of the process. Please look out for details in the newsletter & the diocesean website.


    Steph Kilcline
    07525 015932



    The Liturgy Committee is a team of parishioners who assist Father Tom in the planning and execution of all the major liturgies throughout the year ensuring the maintenance of high standards.
    The team consists of representatives from all the groups directly involved: Music, Altar Servers, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, RCIA, Sacristans, Children’s Liturgy, Welcome Ministers and Ushers.         



    Mike Roche   
    01787 227922   mikeroche@btinternet.com


    The main aim of the Parish Council is to provide support, guidance, advice and counsel to the Parish Priest. The Parish Council will further be responsible for assisting the Parish Priest to manage and oversee the smooth, efficient and effective running of the parish and its activities.



    John Bradley