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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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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

The 41st  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 16 August 2015 at Holy Family, Brantham. 

Congratulations to the winners: 1st Prize  £72.05 – Number 63  ;   2nd Prize  £39.30  – Number 97;   3rd Prize  £19.65  – Number 121      

NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED Application Forms may be found at the back of the church, on the Parish website or from Graeme Forsyth on 01206 399049 or  The next draw is on Sunday 13 September 2015.

Application Form Here …


Thank you for last week’s collections:


Second Collection


Your continued support is very much appreciated.


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.

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DIARY DATES (All known parish & related events are now listed in the calendar)


CHILDREN’S MASS SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER The next Children’s Mass shall take place at St Mark’s on the 4th October. We have decided that instead of food hampers, we ask that the children could bring in toiletry hampers. We can pass these on to Julian and Sr Marion who can give them to the seafarers.


Talk on Apostleship of the Sea - Friday 18th September 7.30pm in St Mark’s Hall. Sister Marion, Catholic Chaplain at the Port of Felixstowe, will give a talk on her ministry


PARISH DAY OF RECOLLECTION For a number of years the parish has held a Day of Recollection at Clare Priory. Because if the cost (last year £17) and the time taken to get there, people have been put off going. By way of a change we will be having a Day of Recollection in the church and grounds of Holy Family, Brantham on Tuesday 22nd September.

The cost of the day will be a modest £5. The Day would begin with Mass at 10am and end with tea at 3.30pm. It is hoped that Fr Tony Philpot may be able to lead the day. If you wish to come, please sign the list at the back of church.


MASS INTENTIONS If you would like to have a Mass offered for someone, living or deceased, please collect a pre-printed envelope at the back of the church, either St Mark’s or Holy Family. Details of your request can be entered on the front of the envelopes.


DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO ROME 6TH -10TH JUNE 2016 Bishop Alan is inviting the Diocese to join him on Pilgrimage to Rome in the Holy Year of Mercy and to begin our celebrations of the 40th Anniversary of the foundation of our diocese. Full details and booking forms are available at the back of church. All enquiries should be directed to Pilgrimage People on 08006123423 or email



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.



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


SUFFOLK HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST BIKE RIDE – SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER Please contact Cathy Morgan (07882289200) if you would like a sponsorship form to take part in the SHCT Bike Ride (you can walk if you prefer!). The money raised by each participant is shared equally between the SHCT and the church that they nominate. The church will be open from 9am to 5pm and we will need volunteers to welcome our visitors and sign their forms so please sign up for a slot on a form at the back of the church. You can be sponsored for that too!


Jumble Sale Saturday 17th October 10.00 am to 12.00 midday in St Mark’s Hall



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 ……


 St John Paul 11 became increasingly concerned about this issue: Every effort to improve and protect our world entails profound changes in “lifestyles, models of production and consumption, and the established structures of power which today govern societies”. Authentic human development has a moral character. It presumes full respect for the human person, but it must also be concerned for the world around us and “take into account the nature of each being and its mutual connection in an ordered system”. Accordingly, our human ability to transform reality must proceed in line with God’s original gift for all that is.


Readings kindly supplied by:

The Vienna International

Religious Centre

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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

Sun 26 Jul 2015

17 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 2 Aug 2015

18 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 9 Aug 2015

19 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 16 Aug 2015

The Assumption of The BVM

Sun 23 Aug 2015

21 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 30 Aug 2015

22 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 6 September 2015

23 Sunday in Ordinary Time

 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Responsorial Psalm: ‘Taste and see that the Lord is good.’

ENCYCLICAL – LAUDATO SI – On the Care of our Common Home

Laudato Si is the Pope’s Encyclical Letter on the environment and human ecology. Pope Francis challenges us to consider the kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us. You can find link to the full text at and a summary at:

……..What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?...What is the purpose of our life in this world? Why are we here? What is the goal of our work and all our efforts? Leaving an inhabitable planet to future generations is, first and foremost, up to us. The issue is one which dramatically affects us, for it has to do with the ultimate meaning of our earthly sojourn. (from paragraph 160)

Download full text……       Summary ……

FR CHRISTOPHER WRITES: We welcome this weekend Fr David Hennessy who is celebrating all the Masses while I am on pilgrimage with the Diocese in Lourdes. Please be assured of my prayers for the parish and for you as individuals.

We congratulate the young people of our parish upon some really outstanding A Level results. We wish them well as they head to University or enter the work place.

Congratulations to Lewis and Grace Johnston (nee Darlow) who were married at St Mark’s on Friday 14th August. We wish Lewis and Grace much happiness in their life together.


TICKETS ON SALE: Tickets are now on sale for Beetle Drive on 11th September in St Mark’s Hall at 7.30pm and for Sr Marion’s talk on the work of the Apostleship of the Sea on 18th September. Tickets to include light refreshments cost £7. Children go free.