The four catholic churches within the Forest of Dean area are all served by Fr. Barnabas Page, our Parish Priest.  Fr. Barnabas also serves the parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Newent with St. Michael in Blaisdon. Our parishes lie within the Clifton Diocese, which is part of the Catholic Church in England & Wales.

Our Churches:

Our Lady of Victories

Our Lady of Victories, 70 Abbey Street, Cinderford, GL14 2NP. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Teresa Hare (Secretary), Greg Moger

St. Margaret Mary's

St. Margaret Mary's, 4 High Nash, Coleford, Glos, GL16 8HN. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Peter Chisholm, Sarah Perkins.

St. Joseph's

St. Joseph's, Tutshill, Lydney, Glos, GL15 5PA. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Pip Deave (Chairperson), Dorota Dufort

Sacred Heart Chapel

Sacred Heart Chapel, Grahamstown Road, Sedbury, NP16 7AD. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Helen Molyneux

Parish Office

A number of our parishioners are shielding and unable to attend Mass during this pandemic, so we will try and help and keep everyone in contact.

Our aim is trying to reach as many people as possible through this website, by phoning those who do not have computers, and by videoing the Mass for those that do have computers. You can be part of this effort by phoning those who are isolating. 

Saturday Vigil Masses alternate each Saturday at 6pm between St. Margaret Mary’s, Coleford, and St. Joseph's, Lydney. There are two Sunday Masses at Our Lady of Victories, Cinderford, and Our Lady of Lourdes,Newent. Mid-week Masses are normally on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For those parishioners that are 'shielding' we have recorded on-line Mid-week Mass on Wednesday as well as Mass on Sunday. The Friday Talk will continue on-line. You can watch these Services by clicking on the appropriate Vimeo link.

From July 19th we will continue to provide our attended Masses without change: booking-in, wearing of face coverings and hand sanitising are all required.  We will continue to adhere to social distancing rules with regards to seating and entry/exit.

We pray for all who are sick or who have died and for our front line staff. If you give me the names, they will be included in the Mass. But as well as this, as a church we are listening to what God may be saying through this crisis.
God Bless and protect you.
Personal Assistant: Samantha Buchanan

There are lots of resources for anyone who needs to contact someone in a safeguarding capacity on our diocesan website – Clifton Diocese Safeguarding

Child Line – a helpline for children 0800 111
Our safe guarding representatives are also available to help you with your needs at this time please contact Jenny Heseltine Tel: 01989 750665 or email Jenny for Newent and Fiona Mills 0758 717 2279 or 01594 516175 for the Forest of Dean.

: 01594 833173

: 4 High Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire. GL16 8HN.


Mass Times


Masses for the coming week

Bad Weather or COVID Alerts

If there is a likelihood of closing our churches due to bad weather or because of a COVID-19 incident, the information will be posted on this Church Website, on the Church FaceBook Page and also by email to all those that have opted to receive the Newsletter by email. So please check the Church Website or FaceBook Page before travelling to church for Mass, Service or Private Prayer particularly if the weather is bad.  We don’t want you to arrive at a closed church!

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B

Saturday 31st July: Vigil Mass at Coleford 6pm - phone Beverley 01594 861345

Sunday 1st August: Mass at Cinderford 9am - phone Fiona  01594 516175
Sunday 1st August: Mass at Newent 11am - phone Mary 01531 822156

Mid-week Masses

Tuesday 3rd Aug: Mass at Coleford 10am - phone Beverley 01594 861345

Wed 4th Aug: Communion Service at Newent 12noon - phone Mary 01531 822156

Thur 5th Aug: Communion Service at Lydney 10am - phone Dot&Brian 01594 560054

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Year B
Saturday 7th August: Vigil Mass at Lydney 6pm - phone Dot&Brian 01594 560054
Sunday 8th August: Mass at Cinderford 9am - phone Fiona  01594 516175
Sunday 8th August: Mass at Newent 11am - phone Mary 01531 822156






Latest Recorded Masses & Services

Friday Talk 30th July can be found here
Midweek Mass 27th July can be found here

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time can be found here

Masses & Services from Clifton Cathedral can be found here
For those of us who are unable to attend our own parish they can access all of our Parish services at Forest RC Church Vimeo

Phone contacts

To help those without internet, Mass by phone 01642 130120 (calls charged at local rate and free if included in your minutes)

Hospital; Gloucester and Cheltenham Chaplaincy Team will visit and Pray with patients on our behalf 0300 422 6200/4286

Church Hall

Our Church Hall is located next to St. Margaret Mary Church in Coleford is currently not available for hire because of the Covid-19 situation.

Address: St. Margaret Mary's, 4 High Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire. GL16 8HN. Get Directions »

When the Covid-19 situation allows, our Church Hall is used for various groups. Below are some of the regular activities. To find out more about any of these activities, please contact our Office.

  • Hard of Hearing - Fourth Monday of the month - 10 - 12.
  • FoodBank - Every Monday 2 - 4pm & Every Thursday 9am - 11am.
  • Pilates - Tuesdays 1 - 2pm. Please contact the office for dates.
  • Tai Chi - Tuesday 2 - 3pm. Please contact the office for dates.
  • Busy Bees Parent & Toddler Group - Tuesdays during term time 9.30 - 11am. Snacks provided. Activities for the Children.
  • West Dean Wind Band - 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7.00 - 9.00pm.
  • Faith Group - 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 7.30 - 8.30pm with tea & coffee from 7pm.
  • Young @ Heart Group - Thursdays 2 - 4pm.
  • Yoga - Thursday 7 - 8.30pm.
  • Gloucestershire Wildlife Group - Once a month on a Friday from 7-10pm. Contact the Parish Office for dates.
  • Lunch Club - Held every last Friday of the Month. 3 Course meal followed by tea/coffee.
  • Coffee Morning - Third Saturday of the month 10 - 12 noon. No Coffee Morning in Dec, Jan or Feb.

To download the hall booking form click here

To view regular bookings please click here


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The Catholic Diocese covering the Counties of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, North Somerset and Bath, the City and County of Bristol and North East Somerset.

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