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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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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.

St Mark’s Parish 100 Club

1st Prize £69.30 - Number 101

2nd Prize £37.80 - Number 50

3rd Prize £18.90 - Number 124

Next draw is after Mass on Sunday 17th May 2015 at Holy Family, Brantham.

Were you a winner?

Application Form Here …


Thank you for last week’s collections:


And £45.33

for the second collection.

Your continued support is very much appreciated.


26/27 April Priests Training

16/17 May Catholic Communication Network

27/28 June Peter’s Pence

11/12 July Apostleship of the Sea

25/26 July Day for Life

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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Responsorial Psalm: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone’.

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CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD This is now up and running in both Churches. The Children’s Liturgy of the Word will take place at St Mark’s on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at the 11am Mass and at Holy Family on the 3rd Sunday of the month at the 9am Mass.


 DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM ON MONDAY 4TH MAY The parish is organising a coach for this pilgrimage which will start from Holy Family Church, Brantham at 8.30 am and will arrive at St Mark’s Church at 9.00 am for additional parishioners. The cost of a seat is £12 per person. Further information from Anne Smitheram Tel: 01206323886. Please put this important date in your diary.



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.


HABERDASHERY ITEMS NEEDED We are seeking any haberdashery items; fabric, ribbons; buttons; elastic; interfacing lace; cotton/thread or even old dresses/blouses that can be cut and up-cycled. These will be used to create lovely items that we are hoping to sell and raise funds for the church. If you can help please either leave in the marked box at the back of St Mark’s Parish or if you need items to be collected please message Jo Mann on 07748732357.


SAINT MARKS PARISH SPRING LUNCH The St Marks Parish spring Lunch will be held at ‘The Wheelhouse Restaurant’ in Woolverstone on Sunday 26th April at 1pm (note it on your calendar). A sample menu and directions to the venue will be available shortly.


BRING AND BUY MONTHLY COFFEE MORNING The next coffee morning shall take place on Thursday 30th April at 10.30am-12pm at Viv and Wyn’s home: Paddock Gate, Whitehorse Road, East Bergholt, C07 6TR, 01206 299319. Please feel free to bring a friend or neighbour, the more the merrier. Proceeds are in aid of Church Funds.


SENIOR TEA PARTY The next Senior Tea Party shall take place this Thursday 30th April in St Mark’s Hall between 2-4pm. Please do join us for Tea/coffee and chat!


PHIL THE BAG The date of our next collection is 6th May. We are paid by weight so in addition to clothes, curtains; bedding; shoes and bags are particularly welcome (sorry no duvets, pillows or sleeping bags). Bags may be brought to St Marks and Holy Family or taken to Viv’s garage – 01206 299319.


ST MARK’S CAKE SALE Please note that there will be no cake sale in April due to Easter holidays. The next cake sale shall take place on Sunday 10th May.


WW1 BATTLEFIELDS TRIP Brothers of the Ipswich Catenian Circle are organising a trip to the World War 1 Battlefields on 29th May. There are some seats available on our tour which we can offer to members of our Deanery Parishes. This would involve a very early departure starting from St Mary's Church Car Park in Woodbridge Road. If you would like further details please contact Dennis McGarry on 01473 611323 or email


CHILDREN’S CLOTHES & TOY SALE We shall be holding a ‘Children’s Clothes and Toy Sale’ on the afternoon of Saturday 30th May. Donations of new or nearly new clothes/toys/games would be gratefully received. If you have any unwanted items that we would be able to sell, please see Sadie after the 11am Mass or telephone 07804494914. All proceeds will go to the Church.



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


NEW 100 CLUB MEMBERS ARE STILL VERY WELCOME Application Forms may be found at the back of the church or contact Graeme Forsyth on 01206 399049 or email  Or print your own form here …..


Our Lady of Medjugorje's April 2, 2015 monthly message on the day for nonbelievers through Mirjana “Dear children, I have chosen you, my apostles, because all of you carry something beautiful within you. You can help me to have the love, for the sake of which my Son died and then resurrected, win anew. Therefore, I am calling you, my apostles, to try to see something good in every creature of God, in all of my children, and to try to understand them. My children, you are all brothers through the same Holy Spirit. You, filled with love for my Son, can speak of what you know to all those who have not come to know that love. You have come to know the love of my Son, you have comprehended His Resurrection, with joy you cast your gaze towards Him. My motherly desire is for all of my children to be united in love for Jesus. Therefore, I am calling you, my apostles, to live the Eucharist with joy, because in the Eucharist my Son gives Himself to you anew and with His example shows the love and sacrifice towards the neighbor. Thank you.”

Medjugorie website ……



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 ……

 WORDS FROM POPE FRANCIS TO REFLECT AND PRAY ON ‘I especially ask Christians in communities throughout the world to offer a radiant and attractive witness of fraternal communion. Let everyone admire how you care for one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.’

How can we increasingly express our love for one another?



Sun 4 Jan 2015  

Epipany of The Lord    


Sun 11 Jan 2015  

Baptism of The Lord   


Sun 18 Jan 2015  

2nd Sunday Ord Time    


Sun 25 Jan 2015  

3rd Sunday Ord Time    


Sun 1 Feb 2015  

4thSunday Ord Time    


Sun 8 Feb 2015  

5th Sunday Ord Time  


Sun 15 Feb 2015  

6th Sunday Ord Time    



Wed 18 Feb 2015  

Ash Wednesday    


Sun 22 Feb 2015  

1st Sunday of Lent    


Sun 1 Mar 2015  

2nd Sunday of Lent    


Sun 8 Mar 2015  

3rd Sunday of Lent    


Sun 15 Mar 2015  

4th Sunday of Lent     

Mothering Sunday    


Tue 17 Mar 2015  

St Patrick    


Sun 22 Mar 2015  

5th Sunday of Lent



Sun 29 Mar 2015  

Palm Sunday     

Passion of the Lord

Thu 2 Apr 2015  

Maundy Thursday     

The Lord's Supper    


Fri 3 Apr 2015  

Good Friday     

Passion of the Lord    


Sat 4 Apr 2015  

Holy Saturday     

The Easter Vigil    


Sun 5 Apr 2015

Easter Sunday

Sun 12 Apr 2015

2nd Sunday of Easter

Sun 19 April 2015

3 Sunday of Easter

Sun 26 April 2015

4 Sunday of Easter

Sun 03 May 2015

5 Sunday of Easter

Sun 10 May 2015

6 Sunday of Easter

Sun 17 May 2015

Ascension of the Lord


Sun 24 May 2015


Sun 31 May 2015

The Most Holy Trinity

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


PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS Over the Easter Period Pope Francis has repeatedly drawn attention to the plight of persecuted Christians in the Middle East. We all have a duty to pray daily for our Christian brothers and sisters who are paying a heavy price for their Christian witness. It’s good to know that in this parish we are doing our bit to support and show solidarity with those suffering religious persecution.

We support through Aid to the Church in Need the Good Shepherd Sisters in the Lebanon in their work with those fleeing persecution. The Friday Soup Lunches at St Marks’ were well supported and £434 was raised during the period of Lent. On average over 20 people sat down to lunch and were treated to delicious home-made soup. The community at Holy Family too have helped the Good Shepherd Sisters through monthly cake sales. The last one raised £90. Thank you!


TODAY IS GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY This is the day that we traditionally pray for vocations to the priesthood, so that Christ’s work as teacher, priest and shepherd may continue in the Church. In place of a homily there is a Pastoral Letter from Bishop Alan. The Good News for our diocese is that come September we shall have eight men in formation for the priesthood. Please keep them in your prayers.