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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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Parish Information:

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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The Holy Rosary

To pray the rosary, follow the link above

SCHOOL VOUCHERS: We collect school vouchers (from leading supermarkets) for St Mark’s School whenever they are available. Please place the vouchers in the envelopes provided on the notice boards: at the back of the Church at Holy Family; and in the porch at St Mark’s.

THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY: This week of prayer begins this Sunday. The Rev. Matthew Ling, curate in the Constable Benefice will be preaching at the 9am Mass at Brantham on Sunday. Then the following week on Sunday 22nd January at 3pm a service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place at Brantham Methodist Church. All are welcome.



Thank you for last week’s collections:


Second Collection


Your continued support is very much appreciated.

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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 Mary's, Woodbridge Rd Ipswich 9th December at 7.30 pm. 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

Readings by:The Vienna International

Religious Centre Website ……

 Sunday 15th January 2017

 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Responsorial Psalm: “Here I am, Lord! I come to do your will.”

FAIR TRADE SHOP : Ipswich’s Fair Trade shop has moved: Find it in the town centre at 20A Upper Brook St (where Fred Olsen Travel used to be). Open Monday – Saturday, 9.30am-4.30pm. It sells a wide range of fairly-traded products from biscuits to bags, nuts to necklaces, soap to scarves and coffee to candles…. Drop in and see for yourself.


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



“Since the markets tend to promote extreme consumerism in an effort to sell its products, people can easily get caught up in a whirlwind of needless buying and spending”.


READINGS FOR 2016/17   

Liturgical cycle begins anew, Year A

Sunday 4th December 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday 11th December 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent

Gaudete Sunday

Sunday 18th December 2016

4th Sunday of Advent

Saturday 24th December 2016

The Nativity of The Lord

Sunday 25th December 2016

Christmas Day

Monday 26th December 2016

Saint Stephen, the First Martyr

Friday 30th December 2016

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Sunday 1st January 2017

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Sunday 8th January 2017

The Epiphany of The Lord

Monday 9th January 2017

Baptism of The Lord

Sunday 15th January 2017

2nd Sunday in ordinary time

ALIVE IN FAITH: The Bishop’s Fundraising initiative has reached our parish. The next few months all parishioners will have the opportunity to respond to the Bishop’s appeal to put the diocese on a sound financial footing. For full details go on the diocesan website and follow the links for ‘Alive in Faith’.



Loving Father:

We pray for those baptised who no longer or rarely attend Church:

that they will understand and experience in their hearts that Christ is the source of unconditional love and reconciliation.

We pray for everyone who worships in our parish community:

that we may find the right words and means to invite our absent brothers and sisters



The 57th  draw of the St Mark’s Roman Catholic Parish 100 Club, set up to raise much need funds to support the life and mission of our Parish, took place last Sunday 18 December 2016 at Holy Family, Brantham:  This month we had a record prize fund of £142; congratulations to the winners:

1st Prize  £78.10 – Number 101 ;2nd Prize  £42.60  – Number 89 ;3rd Prize £21.30 – Number 30   

We welcome new members to the 100 Club, with YOUR SUPPORT how soon can we make it 200?  

If you are already a member why not take out another number?  It will increase your chance of winning a valuable prize! 

Remember, our monthly 1st & 2nd prizes are GREATER than 99% of the prizes paid out by Premium Bonds where your chance of winning is a low 30,000 to 1!  Application Forms may be found at the back of the church or on the Parish website or or ring Graeme Forsyth on 01206 399049.  The next draw is planned to take place at Holy Family after Mass next Sunday 22 January 2017 .

Thank you to all Parishioners who support the Club, please remember to confirm any change of address/contact details to the Promoter so that a winning cheque may be sent to the correct address!

100 Club form here ……


Why go to Mass?

For the next few months Bishop Michael Evan’s, CTA Booklet on the Mass will be serialised. With characteristic clarity of thought Bishop Michael shows us why Sunday Mass matters.

“The central importance of the Mass or Eucharist is something strongly reaffirmed by the Catechism: the Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of ecclesial life’, ‘the sum and summary of our faith’ (n. 1327), ‘the most blessed Sacrament’ and ‘the Sacrament of sacraments’ (nn. 1211, 1330), and it ‘remains the centre of the Church’s life’ (n. 1343). Why? Because it ‘contains’ and makes present the living mystery of Christ, Christ himself, and his saving work of bringing the whole human race into communion with the Father. If we really understood the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Good News of Salvation, and if we grasped fully the truth that the Eucharist is the making present, here and now, of all that Jesus has achieved for us, we would need no urging to come to Mass.”

Bishop Michael


THE CRIB COLLECTION: In both churches the Crib Collection will go to two charities associated with children: EACH (East Anglian Children’s Hospice); and Mary’s Meals – providing food for children in Third World countries.

A collection on Sunday 8th January 2017 raised a total of £376.68 which will be divided equally between EACH an Mary’s Meals. Thank you!



Crib Collection

7/8 January


Racial Justice

14/15 January



Friday 10 March

Lent Fast Day


Holy See

Friday 14 April

Holy Places of Palestine



6/7/ May


Catholic Communications

27/28 May


Life Charities

17/18 June

Day for Life


Holy See

24/25 June


Apostleship of the Sea

8/9 July


Catholic Education Service

9/10 September


Home Mission

16/17 September



Friday 6 October

Harvest Fast Day



28/29 October


Caritas/St Edmund’s Fund

4/5 November


Diocesan Youth Service

25/26 November


Diocesan Dependant Priest’s Fund

9/10 December