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.
CHURCH FINANCE / SUNDAY COLLECTIONS Your attention is drawn again to Church Finances. During the period of lockdown the parish income fell dramatically, only parishioners standing orders came in but the bills, Diocesan fees, Education, (St Mark's School) heating, lighting, Council Taxes, Insurances, housekeeping, maintenance (remember the cross?) all continued to pile up.
CHURCH OFFERINGS The gudelines for safe use of our churches affect how collections can be taken during Mass. Setting up a Standing Order is one way of overcoming these issues. If you have not already done this please consider setting one up. It can be done by downloading the direct payment form below.
GIFT AID If you pay tax you can increase the value of the money you donate to the church by £1 for every £4 you give at no extra cost to yourself. You just need to download and complete the 'Gift Aid Declaration' below.
If you already donate by standing order don't forget to review the amount you donate to see if it is appropriate to increase it.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND EITHER OF THESE FORMS TO YOUR BANK.
RESUMPTION OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP From Saturday 4th July collective acts of worship in churches can resume and we expect the first Mass at St Mark's will be the vigil Mass on that day.
Restrictions are still in place and we expect details to be issued in the next day or two
A PEOPLE WHO HOPE IN CHRIST A message from the Metropolitan Archbishops of the Catholic Church in England and Wales here ......
PUBLICATION FROM BISHOP ALAN to the parishes:
For those who act as chaplains to the hospitals, an update on good practice during this pandemic here ......
THE EASTER OFFERING 08/04/2020 A message from Bishop Alan concerning the Easter Offerings is available here …
CONFIRMATIONS 2020 Effects of Coronavirus
Due to the ongoing situation regarding Coronavirus, all Confirmations which had been booked for April, May, June and July 2020 are now cancelled and will not take place until after Easter next year (2021).
Adults that have been prepared for confirmation can receive the sacrament after normality returns by obtaining the usual permissions from the Chancellor, Mgr Eugene Harkness.
Apologies to the candidates on the bishop's behalf, reminding them that, as a 76 year old, the bishop must now remain in self-isolation until the beginning of June at the earliest.
ST MARK'S CATHOLIC PARISH IPSWICH NEWSLETTER
Sunday 25th October 2020 (28th Sunday in Ordinary Time)