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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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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

The 40th 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 19 July 2015 at Holy Family, Brantham.

Congratulations to the winners: 1st Prize £72.05 – Number 2 ; 2nd Prize £39.30 – Number 104; 3rd Prize £19.65 – Number 90


We welcome new members, so do 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 16 August 2015.

Application Form Here …


Thank you for last week’s collections:


Second Collection


Your continued support is very much appreciated.


11/12 July Apostleship of the Sea

18/19 July Sr Maureen Missionary Appeal for Sisters of Saint Columba

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


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.


Talk on Apostleship of the Sea - Friday 18th September 7.30pm in St Mark’s Hall. Sister Marion, Catholic Chaplain at the Port of Felixstowe, will give a talk on her ministry


PARISH DAY OF RECOLLECTION For a number of years the parish has held a Day of Recollection at Clare Priory. Because if the cost (last year £17) and the time taken to get there, people have been put off going. By way of a change we will be having a Day of Recollection in the church and grounds of Holy Family, Brantham on Tuesday 22nd September.

The cost of the day will be a modest £5. The Day would begin with Mass at 10am and end with tea at 3.30pm. It is hoped that Fr Tony Philpot may be able to lead the day. If you wish to come, please sign the list at the back of church.


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.


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.



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


Jumble Sale Saturday 17th October 10.00 am to 12.00 midday in St Mark’s Hall


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 …..



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 ‘We need to learn how to encounter others with the right attitude, which is to accept and esteem them as companions along the way; without interior resistance.’

Lord, help us to be positive in our attitude towards others.

Readings are kindly supplied by:

The Vienna International

Religious Centre

Website ……




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

Sun 26 Jul 2015

17 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 2 Aug 2015

18 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 9 Aug 2015

19 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 16 Aug 2015

The Assumption of The BVM

Sun 23 Aug 2015

21 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 30 Aug 2015

22 Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sun 6 September 2015

23 Sunday in Ordinary Time

 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B

Responsorial Psalm: ‘The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want’

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 ……


Thank you for your very kind welcome on Friday. It was a beautiful Confirmation celebration – please pass on my gratitude to the catechists and all who assisted in any way.

Thank you for your generous gift – it is much appreciated.

With all good wishes and an assurance of my prayers.

The Right Reverend Alan S Hopes


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