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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

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.

Email Newsletter Signup

You may cancel any time.

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 at St Mark’s and on 3rd Sunday of each month at Holy Family Brantham. 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.



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 ……

Sunday 14th August 2016

 Sol, The Assumption of the BVM Year C

Responsorial Psalm: “On your right stands the queen, in garments of gold.”

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.


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

Climate change: Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods. It represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.



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


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:


THE 100 CLUB: The 52nd  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 24 July 2016 at Holy Family, Brantham:  Congratulations to the winners:

1st Prize  £75.35 – Number 28;   2nd Prize  £41.10  – Number 91 ;   3rd Prize  £20.55  – Number 105      Last month a subscriber with more than one number won two prizes !  So if you are already a member why not take out another number?  It will 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 or from Graeme Forsyth on 01206 399049 or  The next draw is planned to take place after Mass on Sunday 21 August 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!

100 Club form here ……



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


DAY OF RECOLLECTION AT HOLY FAMILY CHURCH, BRANTHAM - Tuesday 20th September. Leader for the day: Fr Tony Rogers, Parish Priest at Church of Our Lady and St Peter, Aldeburgh. The day will begin with Mass at 10.00 am. Following coffee, Fr Tony will give his first talk More details later. Please bring a packed lunch. Tea/Coffee will be provided. To cover costs there will be a charge of £5.00 for the day.


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.



‘So the version of me which presents himself for judgement when my life ends will be a version with other peoples’ fingerprints all over it: the peoples’ fingerprints, parishioners’ fingertips. They will all have had a share in producing the final article. In this way I shall bring them all with me, and God will judge me in the context of them, because, Lord, I shall want to say, this is where my centre of gravity was, this is where you put it, when you called me to be a diocesan priest’

Fr Tony Philpot from Lenten Reflections


READINGS FOR 2015/16   


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

Sunday 7th August 2016

19th Sunday in Ordinary time

Sunday 14th August 2016

The assumption of the BVM

Sunday 21st August 2016

21st Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 28th August 2016

22nd Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 4th September 2016

23rd Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 11th September 2016

24th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 18th September 2016

25th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 25th September 2016

26th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 2nd October 2016

27th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 9th October 2016

28th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 16th October 2016

29th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 23rd October 2016

30th Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 30th October 2016

31st Sunday in ordinary time

Tuesday 1st November 2016

All Saints Day

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

All Souls Day

Sunday 6th November 2016

32nd Sunday in ordinary time

Sunday 13th November 2016

33rd Sunday in ordinary time

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 20th November 2016

Our Lord Jesus Christ

Sunday 27th November 2016

1st Sunday of Advent

Liturgical cycle begins anew, Year A

Sunday 2nd December 2016

2nd Sunday of Advent

Sunday 11th December 2016

3rd Sunday of Advent

Gaudete Sunday

Sunday 18th December 2016

4th Sunday of Advent

Saturday 24th December 2016

The Nativity of The Lord

Sunday 25th December 2016

Christmas Day

Monday 26th December 2016

Saint Stephen, the First Martyr

Friday 30th December 2016

The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Sunday 1st January 2017

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Sunday 8th January 2017

The Epiphany of The Lord

Monday 9th January 2017

Baptism of The Lord

Sunday 15th January 2017

2nd Sunday in ordinary time

NEXT SUNDAY: Fr Christopher will be on the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes. A Spiritan Priest will supply and also make a Missionary Appeal for his Order.


WEDNESDAY WORD: This is available at the back of Church. Wednesday Word is a rather misleading title of a commentary on the Mass readings. Leaving aside the title, Wednesday Word is a great help to us getting the most out of the readings we shall hear at Mass the following Sunday. Wednesday Word consists of two sides of A4. On one side there is a short commentary on the first and second readings at Mass, on the other side there are guidelines of how to integrate the Gospel into our reflection and prayer. For those of you who want to follow Wednesday Word on your tablet or smartphone, you can find it at