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.
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: “Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.”
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:
The issue of water: Fresh drinking water is an issue of primary importance, since it is indispensable for human life and for supporting terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Sources of fresh water are necessary for health care, agriculture and industry. Water supplies used to be relatively constant, but now in many places demand exceeds the sustainable supply, with dramatic consequences in the short and long term.
15/16 October 2016
World Mission Day
7/8 November 2016
St Edmund’s Fund
26/27 November 2016
Diocesan Youth Service
10/11 December 2016
Diocesan Dependant Priests Fund
AMORIS LAETITIA – THE JOY OF LOVE : “The Joy of Love” is Pope Francis’ summing up of the two synods on the family that took place in Rome in 2014 and 2015. It upholds the Church’s teaching on God’s gift of marriage and at the same time reminds us that the Church must welcome those whose marriage and family life has met with adversity. A summary of “The Joy of Love” together with a short video of Bishop Peter Doyale, (Chair of the Bishops’ Committee for Marriage and Family Life) introducing this document can be found on line: cbcew.org.uk
THE 100 CLUB The 54th 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 18 September 2016 at Holy Family, Brantham: Congratulations to the winners:
1st Prize £75.90 – Number 22; 2nd Prize £41.40 – Number 115; 3rd Prize £20.70 – Number 75
If you are already a member why not take out another number to increase your chance of winning a valuable prize? Our monthly 1st & 2nd prizes are greater than 99% of the prizes paid by Premium Bonds where your chance of winning has recently been increased to an amazing 30,000 to 1 !
We welcome new members! Please consider joining this week, application forms may be found at the back of the church, on the Parish website www.stmarksparish.org.uk. or from Graeme Forsyth on 01206 399049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The next draw is planned to take place after Mass on Sunday 23 October 2016.
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!
WEDNESDAY WORD: This helpful commentary on next Sunday’s Scripture readings is available as you leave Church today.
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.
MISSIO – RED BOXES: It is now nearly time for me to do the annual account for Missio, therefore I would like to ask that anyone who has a Red Missio Box to please bring them in so that the money can be collected and counted. Many thanks – Jenny 01473 682477
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.