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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


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

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.


Thank you for last week’s collections:


Second Collection


Your continued support is very much appreciated.

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


MARRIAGE AND FAMILY CELEBRATION MASS:Bishop Alan warmly invites all married and engaged couples to attend a special Mass celebrating marriage and family at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich on Sunday 18th June, 11am, followed by a lunch reception. Certificates will be awarded to those married 1yr, 5yrs and every multiple of 5 years thereafter. For more information, and RSVP, please contact Kerry Urdzik on 01473 251301, or email


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 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 or Edwin Edwards edwin.edwards1

Readings by:The Vienna International

Religious Centre Website ……

 5th Sunday of Easter Year C

Responsorial Psalm: “ I will bless your name forever, O God my King.”

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.


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 Gospel of Creation –  ‘What is happening to our Common Home’:

How nature works:

It is hard for us to accept that the way natural ecosystems work is exemplary: plants synthesize nutrients which feed herbivores; these in turn become food for carnivores, which produce significant quantities of organic waste which give rise to a new generation of plants.  


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 ……


16/17 April 2016

Priest’s Training Fund


7/8 May 2016

Catholic Communications


18/19 June 2016

Day for Life


29 June 2016

Peters Pence


9/10 July 2016

Sea Sunday


10/11 September 2016

Catholic Education Service


19/20 September 2016

Home Missions


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



Please pray for Fr Tony, who had the distinction of being our Parish Priest on two occasions, who is seriously ill in London.


READINGS FOR 2015/16   


Sunday 24  January 2016

Third Sunday in Ordinary time

Sunday 31 January 2016

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary  Time

Sunday 7 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 28  February 2016

Third Sunday of Lent

Sunday 6 March 2016

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Laetare Sunday

Sunday 13 March 2016

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sunday 20th March 2016

Palm Sunday of the

Passion of the Lord

Thursday 24 March 2016

Maundy Thursday

The Sacred Paschal Triduum

Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Friday 25 March 2016

Good Friday

Saturday 26 March 2016

The Easter Vigil in The Holy Night

Sunday 27 March 2016

Easter Sunday

Sunday 3 April 2016

Second Sunday of Easter

Sunday 10 April 2016

3rd Sunday of Easter

Sunday 17th April 2016

4th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 24th April 2016

5th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 1st May 2016

6th Sunday of Easter

Sunday 8th May 2016

Ascension of the Lord

Sunday 15th May 2016

Pentecost Sunday

Sunday 22nd May 2016

The Most Holy Trinity

Sunday 29th  May 2016

The Body and Blood of Christ

(Corpus Christi)

Sunday 5th June 2016

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 12th June 2016

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 19th June 2016

12th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 26th June 2016

13th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 3rd July 2016

14th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 10th July 2016

15th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 17th July 2016

16th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 24th July 2016

17th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 31st July 2016

18th Sunday in ordinary time

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:


Event: Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse: Unfortunately, domestic abuse is more widespread than we would like to admit. As part of an initiative by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference, Nikki Dhillon-Keane (an experienced counsellor in this area) will be speaking in London on 16th May. All are welcome, especially those affected by abuse and those working in pastoral ministry (clergy, marriage preparation providers, safeguarding coordinators etc)

For details, contact Phil Pond on 020 8651 2477 or email


DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM: This pilgrimage to “England’s Nazareth” is one of the highlights of the Diocesan Year. A coach has been booked for the pilgrimage which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May. Tickets are on sale at £12 for the return fare.

TIMETABLE FOR THE DAY: 8.30am - Pick up at Holy Family, Brantham

9.00am - Pick up at St Mark’s, Ipswich

On arrival at Walsingham, free time for coffee and Eucharistic Adoration in the Church of Annunciation, Friday Market.

12.30pm - Crowning of the Statue of our Lady and Procession to the Catholic Shrine. On arrival, there will be the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and lunch together.

3.00pm - Diocesan Mass

Then homeward bound! Even in early May it can be quite chilly, so please bring something warm and waterproof.


THE 100 CLUB: The 49th  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 17 March 2016 at Holy Family, Brantham:  Congratulations to the winners:

1st Prize  £72.05 – Number 17 ; 2nd Prize  £39.30  – Number 113 ;   3rd Prize  £19.65  – Number 53

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 22nd May 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!