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Mass Times

Mass at Capel St Mary as advertised in the newsletter.

These are the regular Mass times but please always check the newsletter

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The Parish of St Mark includes:

St Mark’s Church in Ipswich

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The Church of the Holy Family in Brantham (CO11 1TB)

Parish Address:

St Mark’s Parish House

180 Hawthorn Drive



Parish Priest:

Fr Christopher Smith

Parish Contacts:

Telephone: 01473 684963



Local Safeguarding Rep:

St Elizabeth’s Hospice


Please also support the HOSPICE SHOPS including in the precinct opposite St Mark’s.


Ipswich Hospital Chaplain

Fr. Adrian Gates 01473 726701

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SCHOOL VOUCHERS Once again we are collecting vouchers for St Mark’s Primary School. The vouchers may be placed in the envelopes pinned to the notice board in the porch of St Mark’s and the notice board at the back of Holy Family.

St Mark’s Parish 100 Club

1st Prize £69.30 - Number 101

2nd Prize £37.80 - Number 50

3rd Prize £18.90 - Number 124

Next draw is after Mass on Sunday 17th May 2015 at Holy Family, Brantham.

Were you a winner?

Application Form Here …


Thank you for last week’s collections:


And £714.49

for the second collection.

Your continued support is very much appreciated.


9/10 May 2015 Nepal Disaster (CAFOD)

16/17 May Catholic Communication Network

27/28 June Peter’s Pence

11/12 July Apostleship of the Sea

25/26 July Day for Life

19/20 September Home Mission Day

3 / 4 October CAFOD Fast Day Collection

17/18 October World Mission Day (APF)

31/1 November St Edmund’s Fund

21/22 November Diocesan Youth Service

12/13 December Dependant Priest’s Fund

16/17 January 2016 Pax Christi

Unless a specific collection is listed the second collection will be for the parish maintenance fund.

 Ascension of the Lord Year B

Responsorial Psalm: ‘God goes up with shouts of joy; the Lord goes up with trumpet blast.’

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CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD This is now up and running in both Churches. The Children’s Liturgy of the Word will take place at St Mark’s on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at the 11am Mass and at Holy Family on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the 9am Mass.



TEA & COFFEE AFTER MASS Please join us each week, at Holy Family & The Parish Hall St Mark’s after Sunday Mass, for a cup of Tea, Coffee, a biscuit and a chat; everyone is very welcome.


HABERDASHERY ITEMS NEEDED We are seeking any haberdashery items; fabric, ribbons; buttons; elastic; interfacing lace; cotton/thread or even old dresses/blouses that can be cut and up-cycled. These will be used to create lovely items that we are hoping to sell and raise funds for the church. If you can help please either leave in the marked box at the back of St Mark’s Parish or if you need items to be collected please message Jo Mann on 07748732357.


ST MARK’S CAKE SALE Thanks to everyone who made this month’s cake sale a success. Another £50.00 made. So far, the proceeds have bought some new resources for children's liturgy, including a new Liturgy Book and some musical instruments for the children's masses which will be starting shortly. £200.00 has also been given to Father Christopher for church funds. The next sale will be Sunday 14th June.


CHILDREN’S MASS AT ST MARK’S The first Children's Mass shall take place on June 14th at the 11am Mass at St Marks. Children needed for readers, bidding prayers and music. Come and join in and enjoy!


WW1 BATTLEFIELDS TRIP Brothers of the Ipswich Catenian Circle are organising a trip to the World War 1 Battlefields on 29th May. There are some seats available on our tour which we can offer to members of our Deanery Parishes. This would involve a very early departure starting from St Mary's Church Car Park in Woodbridge Road. If you would like further details please contact Dennis McGarry on 01473 611323 or email


CHILDREN’S CLOTHES & TOY SALE We shall be holding a ‘Children’s Clothes and Toy Sale’ on the afternoon of Saturday 30th May. Donations of new or nearly new clothes/toys/games would be gratefully received. If you have any unwanted items that we would be able to sell, please see Sadie after the 11am Mass or telephone 07804494914. All proceeds will go to the Church.



YOUTH SUMMER CAMP The Diocesan Summer Camp for children aged 8-14 will be held this year at Buckden Towers near St Neots from Friday 28th August to Monday 31st August. This is a wonderful opportunity for younger children to experience faith, fun and food in very different surroundings from home and school. Further details from Chrissie Storman 01603 713390 or Christine Meadway 01206 397180


NEW 100 CLUB MEMBERS ARE STILL VERY WELCOME Application Forms may be found at the back of the church or contact Graeme Forsyth on 01206 399049 or email Or print your own form here …..


“Dear children, open your hearts and try to feel how much I love you and how much I desire for you to love my Son. I desire for you to come to know Him all the better, because it is impossible to know Him and not to love Him - because He is love. I, my children, know you. I know your pain and suffering because I lived through them. I laugh with you in your joy and I cry with you in your pain. I will never leave you. I will always speak to you with motherly tenderness. And I, as a mother, need your open hearts to spread the love of my Son with wisdom and simplicity. I need you to be open and sensitive to the good and mercy. I need you to be united with my Son, because I desire for you to be happy and to help me to bring happiness to all of my children. My apostles, I need you to show everyone the truth of God, so that my heart, which suffered and today suffers so much pain, can win in love. Pray for the holiness of your shepherds, so that in the name of my Son they could work miracles, because holiness works miracles. Thank you.”

Medjugorie website ……



The Deanery Justice and Peace Group is now meeting regularly and aims to keep parishes informed about issues of injustice and malpractice here and abroad that cry out for remedy. Next meeting at St Marys, Woodbridge Rd Ipswich 9th December at 7 30pm. All welcome. The Justice and Peace Group can keep you informed, so please would you show your concern by providing your Email address to St Marks Parish representatives – Colin Hardy or Edwin Edwards edwin.edwards1

A copy of the newsletter is available to download from the Diocesan website. HERE ……

 WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS TO REFLECT AND PRAY ON ‘Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place; on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.’

The invitation is to take up that challenge this week.



Sun 4 Jan 2015  

Epipany of The Lord    


Sun 11 Jan 2015  

Baptism of The Lord   


Sun 18 Jan 2015  

2nd Sunday Ord Time    


Sun 25 Jan 2015  

3rd Sunday Ord Time    


Sun 1 Feb 2015  

4thSunday Ord Time    


Sun 8 Feb 2015  

5th Sunday Ord Time  


Sun 15 Feb 2015  

6th Sunday Ord Time    



Wed 18 Feb 2015  

Ash Wednesday    


Sun 22 Feb 2015  

1st Sunday of Lent    


Sun 1 Mar 2015  

2nd Sunday of Lent    


Sun 8 Mar 2015  

3rd Sunday of Lent    


Sun 15 Mar 2015  

4th Sunday of Lent     

Mothering Sunday    


Tue 17 Mar 2015  

St Patrick    


Sun 22 Mar 2015  

5th Sunday of Lent



Sun 29 Mar 2015  

Palm Sunday     

Passion of the Lord

Thu 2 Apr 2015  

Maundy Thursday     

The Lord's Supper    


Fri 3 Apr 2015  

Good Friday     

Passion of the Lord    


Sat 4 Apr 2015  

Holy Saturday     

The Easter Vigil    


Sun 5 Apr 2015

Easter Sunday

Sun 12 Apr 2015

2nd Sunday of Easter

Sun 19 April 2015

3 Sunday of Easter

Sun 26 April 2015

4 Sunday of Easter

Sun 03 May 2015

5 Sunday of Easter

Sun 10 May 2015

6 Sunday of Easter

Sun 17 May 2015

Ascension of the Lord


Sun 24 May 2015


Sun 31 May 2015

The Most Holy Trinity

Sun 7 Jun 2015

Body & Blood of Christ

Corpus Christi

Sun 14 Jun 2015

11 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 21 Jun 2015

12 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 28 Jun 2015

SS Peter & Paul

Sun 5 Jul 2015

14 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 12 Jul 2015

15 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 19 Jul 2015

16 Sunday in Ordinary Time

PARISH SURVEY This week a parish survey is included with your newsletter. It is essential for the life and mission of the parish that as many people as possible take part in this survey. Your views matter and count!

Take the survey home, give some thought to it and bring it back next Sunday. The replies should be posted in the brown box which you will find at the back of Church. The findings of this survey will be taken to a parish meeting in September and will form the basis for a plan of action for the future.


Sunday 12th July is ‘Sea Sunday’ when we support the work of the Apostleship of the Sea (a Catholic charity supporting seafarers worldwide) represented in the ports of Felixstowe, Harwich and Ipswich by Chaplain Sr Marian Davey assisted by our own Julian.    Website ……

At least 90% of goods brought into this country come by sea. The working conditions are harsh as is the environment in which they work. Time in port is very short and so the work of the Apostleship of the Sea is particularly important.

Please view the item on You Tube by Sr Marian about her work with the Apostleship of the Sea. View here ……