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180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ  Tel: 01473 684963
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Fr Paul and the Synodal Survey Parish Co-ordinators have compiled a questionnaire which is available to download and print.
The questions are the same as the on line Diocesan version but will be discussed locally and the answers will be copiled by, submitted from and attributed to the Parish.

Reminder - The Parish Annual Fayre this year will be this coming Saturday 27th November at St Mark's between 9.30am and 12. Details below and in the newsletter. Volunteers and donations are still most welcome including alcohol (in bottles) and other prizes for the reffle - there is also a children's raffle, no alcohol please.

Organist for 5.30pm Mass required, please contact Fr Paul or Fr Bineesh.

Tea and Coffee after Mass has resumed at both St Mark's and Holy Family, join us for a refreshing cup and a chat after Sunday Mass.

November Coffee Morning This months Bring and Buy Coffee Morning hosted by Viv at East Bergholt raised a record sum of £224.25. The next Bring and Buy coffee morning will be on 16th December, all are invited and wear your Christmas Jumper - you may win a prize.

Hugh Tony Finnegan R.I.P.
Our Parishioneer 2021r Tony Finnegan died on Saturday 6th November 2021.
His funeral will take place on Monday 6th December 2021.

Christmas Cards and various other seasonal items are available for sale in the Repository at St Mark's.

Funeral of Mr. Patrick Brogan R.I.P.
Our long tine parishioner Mr. Patrick Brogan lovingly known as P.J. or Paddy died on 7th October 2021. His funeral takes place on Tuesday 26th 2021 at 1 St. Mark’s Church with funeral Mass followed by cremation at Seven Hills Crematorium. The family of Paddy have invited us, so let us show our love and support to the family by attending the funeral.

This year’s Christmas fayre will be held on Saturday the 27th November at St. Mark’s Church between 9.30am and 12noon. This community event is always a great success socially and financially due to our amazing team of co-ordinators and helpers who assist before, during and after the event, but we always welcome more. If you are able to help after the Mass on the Friday moving benches and erecting stalls, and/or on the Saturday selling raffle tickets or helping to run stalls, make and serve teas or clear away afterwards then please sign the list at the back of the church. Even if you can only spare a half an hour, we would be very grateful. Raffle tickets will be on sale after the Mass from November 2nd and 3rd until 12noon on the day itself so if you can’t help in any other way, please buy some, we always have some brilliant prizes including a hamper. Tickets are £1 a strip. Donations for prizes will be welcome and we also need bottles (full of alcohol preferred!) for the bottle stall, items for the gift and jewellery stall and tombola, good quality toys, CDs and DVDs and as new books but no clothes please. Feel free to speak if you want any further information.

Mr Edwin Edwards has been appointed as chair of the Parish Finance Committee. We wish him well in his new role.

Confirmation Preparation sessions will be open to all from Year 7 and above who have not yet been confirmed.
As it is so long since we last met we will be including an update for those who were already attending the preparation sessions.
Further details should be available later.
Please contact Christine Meadway, if you would like to know more

CHURCH FINANCE / SUNDAY COLLECTIONS Donations and collections can now be made by using the contactless card readers installed at St Mark's and at Holy Family. Also donations for whatever purpose can be made to St Mark's Parish via the 'donate' page on the parish website. Here ...

MASS INTENTIONS  If you cannot get to the church (or even if you can) and would like to have a Mass celebrated for your intention please go to 'Mass Intentions' page and do it online.

Those who wish to donate to our offertory collection or Standing Order can use the following details.
(Single, one-off donations or payments may also be made in this way.)
St Mark's RC Parish Account
Sort Code: 204451
Account Number: 60791342

We accept most main credit and debit cards, just click HERE ......

GIFT AID Have you completed your gift aid form yet?
If you pay tax and contribute to the Parish we can claim a further £1 for each £4  you contribute at no further cost to you.
Return the completed form to the ParishTreasurer, Gift Aid Coordinator or either of the Priests.
If you require further information email the coordinator at

Sacred Space

Your daily prayer online
Welcome! We invite you to make a 'Sacred Space' in your day, praying here and now, as you visit our website, with the help of scripture chosen every day and on-screen guidance.

Finally some great news, Fr Paul Vincent our Parish Priest graduates from the University of London with a second Masters, this time in Western Philosophy. A link to the article on the diocesan website is here ......

GROTTO INAUGURATION took place on the 8th of September at 6pm in the Garden. Fr John Williamson OCD from Gerrard’s Cross celebrated holy Mass and the inauguration of the grotto.
Thanks to all those who donated towards the expenses of the grotto. All are welcome to sponsor in every little way you can.

MASS BY PHONE AND RADIO Mass by phone is available 24/7 by dialling 01642 130120 thanks to the Diocese of Middlesbrough and Knights of St Columba.
Calls are charged at local rates and may be free if included in your phone contract's minutes. It may be of use to those who don't have the internet. Another resource is RTE1 which broadcasts Mass on 252kHz long wave every second Sunday at 11am.
FACE MASKS from 1st August all persons attending church services MUST wear a face mask. (Except those who are exempt - children under 11 those with valid medical issues etc)

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