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.
THURSDAY 5TH JANUARY 2017: EPIPHANY MASS : Mass will be celebrated at 11.30 am at St Mark’s Church This will be followed by lunch at 1.00 pm at the Ipswich Hotel (formerly the Cameo,) Old London Road Copdock, IP8 3JD)
This is a Parish event and it is hoped that as many people as possible will join us. Please put this important date in your diary. Details of the arrangement will be published shortly.
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 email@example.com or Edwin Edwards edwin.edwards1 @talktalk.net
Responsorial Psalm: “In his days justice shall flourish and peace till the moon fails.”
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.
FROM: ‘LAUDATO SI’ POPE FRANCIS:
The Gospel of Creation – What is happening to our Common Home
Access to water for the poor: Our world has a great social debt towards the poor who lack access to drinking water, because they are denied the right to a life consistent with their inalienable dignity. This debt can be paid partly by an increase in funding to provide clean water and sanitary services among the poor.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE EVERYTHING: Often, we have a glut of gifts at Christmas, things that we often do not need, yet people in the developing world lack basic necessities. If you would like to give a useful gift to those whose need is greatest, please visit: cafod.org.uk/worldgifts
Gifts range from £4, and include: Queen Bees; Fruit Trees; Cows; Medicine for healthy mum and baby and many more. I wholeheartedly commend this initiative. Catalogues are also available at the back of Church. Fr Christopher
THE 100 CLUB
The 56th 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 20 November 2016 at Holy Family, Brantham: Congratulations to the winners:
1st Prize £75.90 – Number 121; 2nd Prize £41.40 – Number 33; 3rd Prize £20.70 – Number 48
Why not give a 100 Club subscription as a Christmas present ?
The recipient will receive 36 chances of winning a valuable prize during the coming year and the gift will also support the life and mission of our Parish. Simply complete and forward your application to the promoter marking the application “GIFT” and confirmation will be sent to the recipient, or yourself if requested, with a card. For further information visit the Parish website, email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring Graeme Forsyth on 01206 399049
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!
CHRISTMAS FAYRE: We are holding a Christmas Fayre on Saturday 26th November between 10 am and 1pm and would welcome donations for the following stalls: Toys; Bottle stall; Books/CD’s/DVD’s; Tombola (clean jars needed for this plus any other suitable items); Raffle Prizes; Gifts and Jewellery; Home-made sweets/cakes and cookies. Kindly leave any donations at either St Mark’s or Holy Family. This list is not final and any further suggestions are very welcome.
There will be games for children (and the young at heart) e.g. Splat the Rat; Racing car game and Beat the Buzzer and a Christmas Craft Stall. Father Christmas has promised to be there too so lots of fun is guaranteed.
Help will be needed on the Friday to set the fayre up, and also to man (or woman) the stalls on the day and clear up afterwards. Even if you can only offer an hour at any of these times it would be appreciated. Remember ‘many hands make light work’. Feel free to contact me on email@example.com or speak to me after the 11am Mass or to Father Christopher.
POSADA IN OUR PARISH
Posada is an old Mexican tradition where young people, dressed as Mary and Joseph, travelled from
house to house asking for a room for the night and telling people about the imminent arrival of Jesus in
the weeks leading up to Christmas
Modern day Posada uses nativity figures of Mary and Joseph who travel from place to place. This gives each host the chance to create their own celebration in their home or place in the community, worshipping and reaching out to their communities with the real message of Christmas. If you are hosting the Mary and Joseph figures please remember to make arrangements with the next person on the list to pass them on.
If you have any questions or would like ideas on what to do whilst hosting please contact Christine
ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE: This opportunity to seek God ’s mercy and forgiveness
takes place at St Mark ’s on Tuesday 13th December at 7.30 pm. In addition to Fr Christopher, Fr Michael Hazel and Fr Michael Rear will be available to hear confessions.
PARISH CENSUS: It is now over ten years since the last Census was taken. If you were not at Mass last weekend, please pick up a Census Card, fill it in and place it in the box that you find at the back of Church. All data will be held in strict conformity to the Data Protection Act.
CHRISTMAS FAYRE: What a brilliant day! I can’t believe how many of you supported us not just on the day but also on the Friday setting up, buying raffle tickets and donating items or making cakes and sweets. It was a true community effort which not only raised a considerable sum of money but also brought us together as a parish. We had helpers from 8-80 years of age on the day and it was such an enjoyable experience, we are already talking about next year! There are still sweets and gift mugs of hot chocolate and marshmallows for sale after Mass if you are interested. A huge thank you to our wonderful St Mark’s Family.
COMING HOME PRAYER
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
CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE ORDERS: The new Christmas catalogue is now available to order from. Please take a look and place your order before Friday 7th October. Orders can be left in an envelope by the Repository for Jo Mann to collect or given to Fr Christopher.
MANY THANKS: - To those members of the Seniors’ Tea Party who cleaned the Church brass in preparation for Advent and Christmas.
- To those who worked behind the stalls, to those who supported the Christmas Fayre, and to Marion who co-ordinated the day. £1,160 was raised.
- To Viv and Wyn for hosting their monthly coffee morning. £105 was raised.
RED WEDNESDAY: Thank you to all who came to Mass last Wednesday and wore red in support of those persecuted for their faith. The Aid to the Church in Need’s newly published report on Religious Freedom can be viewed online by visiting www.religion-freedom-report.org
The newly published Report on Religious Freedom (June 2014- June 2016) is now available by visiting
Julian and Gloria (our parish ACN representatives) attended both the Mass at St Mark’s and the ‘Red Wednesday’ events in London on Wednesday 23rd November. Some of their photos from both events are below. (Click on image to enlarge)