The catholic churches within the Forest of Dean and Newent Parishes are all served temporarily by priests from the St. Wulstan Deanery of Gloucester. Our parishes lie within the Clifton Diocese, which is part of the Catholic Church in England & Wales.

Our Churches:

(All Mail and Parcels to be sent to Coleford)

St. Margaret Mary's

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

Pastoral Council Members: Peter Chisholm, Sarah Perkins.

Our Lady of Victories

Our Lady of Victories, Flaxley Street, Cinderford, GL14 2DJ. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Noel Riossi, Philip King

St. Joseph's

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

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

Our Lady of Lourdes

Our Lady of Lourdes, Ross Road, Newent, Glos, GL18 1BG. [ Map » ]

Pastoral Council Members: Julian Dowle (Chairperson)

Parish Mission

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 isolated at home.

Vigil Masses are on Saturday at Our Lady of Victories, Cinderford at 6pm.

There are three Sunday Masses at 9am at St. Margaret Mary's, Coleford (live-streamed), and at St. Joseph's, Lydney and Our Lady of Lourdes, Newent both of which are at 11am.

Mid-week Masses are normally at:

Tuesday in Coleford at 11am followed by Adoration to 12 noon;

Wednesday in Newent at 11am with Adoration from 10.30am;

Thursday in Lydney at 10am;

and Friday in Cinderford at 9am.

If a priest is not available, there will be Liturgy of the Word/Adoration/Prayer.

But do check for any changes in the Mass Times Section of this website.

Sacrament of Reconciliation is available before Mass by request at the weekends.

Baptisms are celebrated by approaching Deacon Paul and then meeting with them.

Marriages require at least six months notice. Initially please speak to Deacon Paul.

Sacrament of the Sick - please let Sam in the church office know if someone needs a visit for Sacrament of the Sick.

Mass Intentions can be requested by seeing the celebrating priest or emailing the Parish Office.
God Bless and protect you.


Parish Priest: At this time we do not have a Parish Priest in the Forest of Dean and Newent.  Our parishes are served from the St. Wulstan Deanery in Gloucester.

Parish Deacon: Paul Dekkers.

Lay Pastoral Assistant to the Forest of Dean Parish: Fiona Mills

Personal Assistant: Samantha Buchanan

Parish Office Details

Telephone: 01594 833173

Address: St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 4 High Nash, Coleford, Gloucestershire. GL16 8HN.

Parish Office open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings between 9am and 11am. All Mail and Parcels to be sent to the Coleford Office.

Emails to the Parish are checked from Monday morning until Friday morning.


Safeguarding: There are lots of resources for anyone who needs to contact someone in a safeguarding capacity on our diocesan website – Clifton Diocese Safeguarding – a helpline for children 0800 1111

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. Contact Fiona Mills 0758 717 2279 or 01594 516175 for the Forest of Dean.



Mass Times

Live Streaming

Our Masses and Services are live-streamed on YouTube. Please visit the Channel at Forest RC Church YouTube
Please ‘Subscribe’ to the channel so that you don’t miss any videos in the future.
‘Check’ the  to be alerted to any new videos that have or will be taking place.
You will see a list of all videos that have previously taken place and uploaded here.
You can watch any of our videos. Please ‘Like’  the video if you enjoyed it.

Select ‘View Channel’. Here you will see our videos and some Tab categories: Home, Videos, Live, Playlists, Channel, About. The important ones for you are: Videos, Live and Playlists.
If you choose ‘Videos’ you will see a list of ALL our previous videos, live or recorded, Mass, Funeral, Service, Talk, etc.
If you choose ‘Live’ you will see a list of upcoming ‘Live’ events. To join us live, select the appropriate upcoming event ahead of or during the event to watch it. You can check an ‘alert message’ to be informed when the event takes place.
There is only one (1) Playlist at the moment: ‘Previously live-streamed Sunday Mass’ and if you choose this then you will see all the Sunday Masses we have previously live-streamed that you can select from.
When a ‘Live’ event has finished it can be viewed later as a recorded video. If it was a Sunday Mass, it will be added to the Playlist.
Thank you for your support.

The next live-streamed Sunday Mass will be on YouTube from St. Margaret Mary's church at 9am on Sunday 10th December.

Masses for the coming week

Bad Weather Alerts

If there is a likelihood of closing our churches due to bad weather, the information will be posted on this Church Website, on the Church Facebook Page and also 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!

First Sunday of Advent

  • Saturday 2nd December - Vigil Mass - Cinderford 6pm - Canon Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Sunday 3rd December - Mass - Coleford 9am - live-streamed - Canon Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Sunday 3rd December - Mass - Lydney 11am - Canon Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Sunday 3rd Deecember - Mass - Newent 11am - Canon Michael Fitzpatrick

Mid-week Masses & Services

  • Tuesday 5th December - Adoration Service - Coleford 11am
  • Wednesday 6th December - Adoration & Morning Prayer - Newent 11am
  • Thursday 7th December - Adoration & Morning Prayer - Lydney 10am
  • Friday 8th December - Prayer - Cinderford 9am

Advance Notice of Christmas Masses

  • Christmas Eve - Sunday 24th December - Christmas Vigil Mass - Lydney 6pm - live-streamed - Priest from St. Peter's Gloucester - there will be a Carol Service starting at 5pm preceding the 6pm Vigil Mass - everybody welcome!
  • Christmas Day - Monday 25th December - Mass - Coleford 9am - live-streamed - Canon Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Christmas Day - Monday 25th December - Mass - Cinderford 10.30am - Canon Michael Fitzpatrick
  • Christmas Day - Monday 25th Deecember - Mass - Newent 11am - Fr. Pat O'Keeffe

Please note there will be NO 11am Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's, Lydney on 24th December as the Christmas Vigil Mass will be held that evening at 6pm.

Masses & Services live-streamed links:

The next live-streamed Sunday Mass will be Sunday 10th December at 9am. This link will take you directly to the live-stream channel: Live Sunday Mass

Recent Masses, Services and Talks recently live-streamed or recorded:

Holy Mass for First Sunday of Advent can be found here
Requiem Mass for Christina Angela Finnegan "Tina" 1st December can be found here

On-line Masses elsewhere:

Live Mass is available from Clifton Diocese with this link: Clifton Cathedral Mass Sunday Mass: 9.30 am (Family), 11.15 am (Solemn), 6.00 pm

Masses in our Neighbouring Parishes:

Chepstow: Saturday 6pm, Sunday 11am, Thursday 10am.

Caldicot: Sunday 9am, Friday 10am

Monmouth: Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9.15am, Monday 10am, Wednesday 10am, Friday 10am.

Ross on Wye: Sunday 11am, Tuesday 10am, Thursday 10am.

Please check the following websites for occasional changes.
For times of Masses in St Frances of Rome, Ross on Wye, and St Mary’s, Monmouth please use this link: Monmouth & Ross RC Churches.

For times of Masses in St Mary’s, Chepstow and St Paul’s, Caldicot please use this link: St. Mary's Chepstow.

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.

Hospital Chaplain - Julian Dowle - if you or anyone you know is admitted to hospital and would like a visit from our Hospital Chaplain, please contact Julian Dowle on 01989 721215 or email Julian. Thank you!

Church Hall

Our Church Hall is located next to St. Margaret Mary Church in Coleford is now available for hire. Please contact the Parish Office in the first instance.

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

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.

  • Lunch Club - next lunch is on Friday 24th November and is held every last Friday of the Month. 3 Course meal followed by tea/coffee.
  • Faith Group - every Wednesday of the month from 7.30 - 8.30pm with tea & coffee from 7pm.

To download the hall booking form click here


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