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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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A Parish within The Diocese of East Anglia. Registered as a charity. 278742

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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


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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.



R.C. Diocese of East Anglia: A Registered Charity (Number: 278742)


Thank you for last week’s collections:


Second Collection


Your continued support is very much appreciated.


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 LITURGY – ST MARK’S Children’s Liturgy at St Mark’s resumed in September on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month.



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.


CHILDREN’S MASS: The next children’s Mass will be on Sunday 20th November 2015 11:00am at St Mark’s


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

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

Readings kindly supplied by:

The Vienna International

Religious Centre

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 1st Sunday of Advent Year C

Responsorial Psalm: ‘To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.’


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

REPOSITORY – CHRISTMAS ITEMS: The Christmas items have been ordered and will be on sale at the back of the church. These are new products so please buy now to avoid disappointment.


READINGS FOR 2015/16   



Sun 11 October 2015

28 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 18 October 2015

29 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 25 October 2015

30 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 1 November 2015

All Saints

Sun 8 November 2015

32 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 15 November 2015

33 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 22 November 2015

Christ the King

Sun 29 November 2015

First Sunday of Advent

Sun 6 December 2015

Second Sunday of Advent

Sun 13 December 2015

Third Sunday of Advent

Sun 20 December 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Thursday 24 December 2015

The Nativity of The Lord

Friday 25 December 2015

Christmas Day

Saturday 26 December 2015

Saint Stephen

Sun 27 December 2015

The Holy Family of Jesus and Mary

Sun 3 January 2016

The Epiphany of The Lord Jesus Christ

Sun 10 January 2016

The Baptism of The Lord

Sun 17 January 2016

2 Sunday in Ordinary Time

IDEAS FOR ADVENT: Pray: At bedtime, reflect on the day and find three reasons to thank God and three reasons to say sorry.

Study: Prepare for Sunday Mass by reading the following Sunday’s Readings from Wednesday onwards. Ask yourself what is God saying to me in my situation through these readings?

Give: To your favourite charity, share your faith. Send religious Christmas cards to your non-Christian friends.


CAFOD PETITION: Inspired by our catholic faith and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si encyclical, CAFOD is asking us to sign a petition. It calls upon the Prime Minister and other world leaders to cut carbon emission to keep global temperature rise below the dangerous threshold of 1.5 degrees C and to prevent climate change pushing people deeper into poverty.

The petition is on the notice board in the church porch if you would like to sign.


CHILDREN’S MASS : The next Children’s Mass at St Mark’s shall take place on Sunday 20th December, 11am.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION PREPARATION : For parents with children at St Mark’s School, there will be an initial parents’ meeting at St Mark’s School on Monday 30th November at 3.30pm.

For parents with children who do not attend St Mark’s School, there will be an initial parents’ meeting on Friday 4th December in the Presbytery at 6pm.

Children normally make their First Holy Communion when they are in Year 3. Along with Baptism and Confirmation First Holy Communion is a Sacrament of initiation, which deepens our faith and life in Christ with and through the Church. A very important part of preparation alongside classes is attendance at Sunday Mass and prayer at home.


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 ……

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED; Bishop Alan has asked that each parish send a representative to the Cathedral in Norwich on Sunday 13th December for the 11am Mass which will begin the Year of Mercy. If you would like to go, please have a word with Fr Christopher.


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.


CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY : The Children’s Christmas Party takes place on Saturday 12th December in St Mark’s Hall between 12-3pm. Tickets are available after weekend masses priced at £4.50 per child or £10 per family. Raffle tickets are also available in St Mark’s Hall, £1 per strip.


CAFOD CHRISTMAS GIFTS : CAFOD’s Christmas Gift Catalogues are available for you to take away from the back of both churches.



15th November 2015

1st prize £76.26  number 26

2nd prize £39.60 number 4

3rd prize £19.80 number 32

Congratulations to the winners.

The next draw will be on Sunday 20th December


THE POSADA: There is a Mexican Advent Tradition which revolves around families welcoming a statue of Mary and Joseph journeying to Bethlehem. The statue is a focus for family prayers and preparation for Christmas. If you would like to welcome the Statue in your home, please sign the list at the back of Church.


 FROM: ‘LAUDATO SI’ POPE FRANCIS: The urgent challenge to protect our common home includes a concern to bring the whole human family together to seek a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change. The creator does not abandon us, he never forsakes his plan or repents for having created us.

ADVENT RECONCILIATION SERVICE: This takes place at St Mark’s on Monday 7th December at 7.30pm. In addition to Fr Christopher, Fr John Barnes from Felixstowe and Fr Tony Rogers will be available to hear confessions. In the Advent Season as we prepare to welcome Christ afresh into our lives, celebrating God’s mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament is a heaven sent help.


APOSTLESHIP OF THE SEA (STELLA MARIS) CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Come along and enjoy an informal evening of Christmas songs and carols which will be held at St Mary's Church hall, Woodbridge Rd on Saturday, 5th December at 7 pm. Admission free but feel free to bring along a plate of nibbles/food to share.


# # THE 200 CLUB, FORMERLY THE 100 CLUB # # Our club continues to grow with 132 numbers taken and so we have renamed it the 200 Club and the 44th draw of the St Mark’s Roman Catholic Parish 200 Club, set up to raise much need funds to support the life and mission of our Parish, took place last Sunday 15 November 2015 at Holy Family, Brantham: Congratulations to the winners: 1st Prize £72.60 – Number 26; 2nd Prize £39.60 – Number 4; 3rd Prize £19.80 – Number 32

The next draw is planned to take place after Mass on Sunday 20 December 2015.