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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


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Second Collection


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


CHILDREN’S LITURGY – ST MARK’S : The Children’s Liturgy still runs on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. If you are a helper, please check which dates you are down to assist, (list can be found at the back of church). We are still in need of more volunteers who are willing to take the lead with this ministry work. Please do consider taking this role on if you are able to. If you have any queries or information required, please speak to Heather Bush either at the end of Mass or email her at


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.



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

Readings by:The Vienna International

Religious Centre Website ……

 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Responsorial Psalm: ‘Before the angels I will bless you, O Lord.’   

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.

READINGS FOR 2015/16   



Sun 3 January 2016

Second week of Christmas

The Epiphany of The Lord Jesus Christ

Sun 10 January 2016

The Baptism of The Lord

Sun 17 January 2016

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 24th January 2016

Third Sunday in Ordinary time

Sunday 31 January 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary  Time

Sunday 7th February 2016

Fifth Sunday in ordinary Time

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Ash Wednesday

Sunday 14 February 2016

First Sunday of Lent

Sunday 21 February 2016

Second Sunday of Lent

Sunday 28th  February 2016

Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday 6th March 2016

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Laetare Sunday

Sunday 13th March 2016

5th Sunday of Lent

Sunday 20th March 2016

Palm Sunday of the

Passion of the Lord

Thursday 24th March 2016

Maundy Thursday

The Sacred Paschal Triduum

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Friday 25th March 2016

Good Friday

Saturday 26th March 2016

The Easter Vigil in The Holy Night

Sunday 27th March 2016

Easter Sunday

Sunday 3rd April 2016

2nd Sunday of Easter


21/22 February 2016



Friday 25th March 2016

Holy Land Shrines

ASH WEDNESDAY: Ash Wednesday, which falls on the 10th February, marks the beginning of Lent, the season of preparation which leads up to the celebration of Easter. Mass on that day will be celebrated at 10am at Brantham and at 7.30pm at St Mark’s.



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 46th  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 on Sunday 24 January 2016 at Holy Family, Brantham:  Congratulations to the winners:

1st Prize  £72.05 – Number 96  ;   2nd Prize  £39.30  – Number 9 ;   3rd Prize  £19.65  – Number 91           

We welcome new members!  Please consider joining this week, 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 planned to take place after Mass on Sunday 21 February 2016.


Ash Wednesday is on the 10th February this year. See the Stations of the Cross on the link above.

SCHOOL VOUCHERS: We are once again collecting School vouchers (from leading supermarkets) for St Mark’s School. 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.

VICKY KEMP – FUNDRAISING: Vicky, our wonderful organist at St Mark’s is raising money for the Somersham Ward support group by doing ‘dry January’. If you would like donate, please visit her justgiving page on


 FROM: ‘LAUDATO SI’ POPE FRANCIS:  “Some sectors of society are showing increasing sensitivity to the environment and the need to protect nature, along with a growing concern, both genuine and distressing for what is happening to our planet. Let us review, however cursorily, those questions which are troubling us today and which we can no longer sweep under the carpet. Our goal is to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.”


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)

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FOR OUR PRAYERS: During Lent we are asked to pray for: Candidates for the Sacraments; the needy and hungry, penitents and those who have wandered from the faith.


Please note the revised schedule in Lent.

11:15am Eucharistic Adoration & Confessions

11:40am Stations of the Cross

12:15pm Mass

12:50pm Lent Lunch in the Hall

All proceeds from the lunch will go to our Parish Project, via Aid to the Church in Need. This supports the Good Shepherd Sisters in the Lebanon, working with refugees fleeing religions persecution.