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On 9th April 2022, and for the first time in nearly 500 years, a group of Parishioners from Capel St Mary join with all other Christian denominations in the village on a nine-mile pilgrimage to a statue of Our Lady of Grace at St Mary Elms, Ipswich.

Walsingham Pilgrimage on Tuesday 31st May 2022. Details in the newsletter. Cost is £12.00 and the coach leaves Holy Family at 8.30am and St Mark's at 9.00am.

Pilgrimage to the Shrine of 'Our Lady of Grace'

EASTER FLOWER Collection 2022

CARMELITE PRIORY RETREATS FOR 2022  Following a recent request by parishioners for more Spiritual Support a list of Retreats provided by The Carmelite Priory, Oxford is now availabale on the link below.

Since 1993 Grade 1 listed Clare Priory has been hosting a Craft Fair on the second full weekend in July. This has grown steadily to become a very popular event, and now receives around 10,000 visitors over the two days. Exhibitors and visitors alike greatly appreciate the unique atmosphere and setting of the Priory, and many have become familiar friends as they return year after year. All proceeds go to charity, and the organisers and helpers are all unpaid volunteers who give their time freely and generously.
(As mentioned in the Suffolk Tourist Guide
2022 Visitor Information -  Sorry, no dogs except Assistance dogs
Opening Times: Sat & Sun, July 9th/10th, 10am - 5pm
Admission: One Day: Adults £5, Seniors £4
Both Days: Adults £8, Seniors £6
Accompanied under-16s FREE
Crafts: With over 140 exhibitors and 160 stalls there is something for everyone. Crafts on display in 2019 included blacksmithing, wood craft, leatherwork, stick-making, textiles, ceramics, high-quality wooden furniture, metalwork, jewellery, lace-making, artists, plants and flowers, wool-spinning, artisan food and drink, glassware, pyrography, photography, decoupage, cards & stationery, clothing & accessories, candles, aromatherapy, beauty products.
For Children: Traditional Punch & Judy shows, Magician
Free daily children's raffle
Other: Licensed Bar, Refreshments and Live Entertainment

Zoom meetings will start on Wednesday 12th January at 7.30 pm for the Synod discussions in the parish
level. The link to the meesings is below and will be the same for each meeting.

Any problems use the link below for a manual connection:
The meeting passcode is : 275809
Meeting id is: 83100015549

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.

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.

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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