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About St Felix

Roman Catholic Church in Haverhill, Suffolk

 

Welcome, a letter from Father Michael

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Dear Friends,

Welcome to St Felix Parish Website.The new St Felix RC Church in Haverhill - 2012

The Church of St Felix is situated in the town of Haverhill. We are tucked away in the corner of Suffolk close to Cambridgeshire and Essex in the Diocese of East Anglia. Since the 1960's a temporary building was used as our centre for Worship. So welcome to our new church completed in February 2012.

We are a diverse and multicultural community, each member welcomed, valued and encouraged to share the rich cultures they bring with them. We have, within our parish, a highly respected and much sought-after school where children are encouraged to, not only learn and develop academically but also to experience the love of God and share that love in their relationships with one another.Interior of the new St Felix RC Church - Haverhill - 2012

I was ordained to the Priesthood later in life after spending many years in the teaching profession, and living in this town for several years helped me to know many of the residents. It gives me great pleasure to witness the growth and the changes which have taken place in this community.

St Felix parish is also responsible for some Chaplaincy support in our local prison - work I find very important and fulfilling as part of my Ministry.

Should you wish to visit us or if you are moving into our area be assured of a warm welcome.

 

Perhaps you might like to make a contribution towards our New Church Building fund; Parishioners past and present and generous donors over many years helped us to raise all but the final amount needed to build our new church, thus helping our dream become a reality. You will find details on this website on how and where to send donations.

With every blessing

Father Michael Teader
Parish Priest, Haverhill.

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Parishioner Registration Form

If you are new to the parish, or if you are an existing parishioner and your contact details have changed, please download and complete the Parishioner Registration form

Please return the completed form to Fr Michael. Alternatively, you can get a copy of the form from the back of church

Data Retention Policy

All personal data is stored in accordance with the Parish Data Protection Policy. If you wish to view this policy click here

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Our Location

The parish of St Felix encompasses the town of Haverhill and nearby villages. Haverhill is a market town situated in West Suffolk near Newmarket, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. The town's population has trebled in the last 50 years to over 25,000; a growth which is set to continue for some time. St Felix Roman Catholic church is located on the Parkway estate on Princess Way, Haverhill. CB9 9BP

View location on Map/Find directions to St. Felix (opens in a new window)

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Our History

Present Day
The parish of St Felix is a vibrant, welcoming, dynamic and rapidly expanding community. People feel at ease, at home and amongst friends. There is a great sense of community. Sunday Masses in particular are a feast of music with strong participation from the youth of the parish. We are a multicultural congregation and enjoy sharing the traditions of our Polish, Filipino, Indian, East European and Indian parish members in our worship and social events.

1965

St Felix Church 2010
St Felix Church 2010

The last building was opened and was classed as a temporary building! It was a Stafford Concrete Unit structure, measuring 40’ x 60’.





1964

Corn Exchange
Former St Felix Community Centre
Haverhill Corn Exchange

The Parish of St Felix was formed with the appointment of the first Parish Priest - Father B Hindle. Work began on a new church at Princess Way to accommodate the growing congregation. The plan was to build a hall, which would serve as a church in the immediate future then to build a church and presbytery on the site. These plans never came to fruition and the hall became the church.

1960’s

Sizeable Catholic community relocate to Haverhill from London

1938

Haverhill Catholic church 1950s.jpg
‘the Hut’ in the 1950's
image supplied by the Haverhill History Society

The first Catholic Church was opened in Withersfield Road on the site of the present Horace Eves Close. Older parishioners describe it as ‘the Hut’, indicating a wooden construction dedicated to St. Felix and St. Edmund.





1896

Bell Hotel 1898
Bell Hotel, Haverhill 1898
image supplied by the Haverhill History Society

First Priest in Charge allocated to Haverhill. The first Mass of modern times was offered in Haverhill by Father Donovan of Kirtling, Newmarket. It took place at the Bell Hotel (now the bell pub in Haverhill High Street) on the 8th September 1896.