Welcome to the website for the Catholic Parish of St. Francis of Assisi, Halstead.
Our parish is predominately rural, although few of its members are engaged in agriculture. Most live along the line of the A1124 in Halstead, with clusters in the villages of Earls Colne, Colne Engaine, Sible & Castle Hedingham as well as Great & Little Yeldham. There are a few others thinly scattered in the remaining dozen or so villages that lie to the north of this road up to the Suffolk border from Ridgewell in the north-west through to Chappel in the south-east. It has a high number of retirees and a few younger families. With the distances involved and the small numbers, building community is an ongoing challenge. There are no Catholic schools that serve this area within easy range, e.g. nearest secondary school being St John Payne in Chelmsford or St. Benedict’s in Colchester with primary schools in Braintree, Sudbury or Colchester. The area served by the Parish is expanding with plans for new housing developments in Halstead and Sible Hedingham.