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GROTTO INAUGURATION will take place on the 8 th of September in the evening at 6 pm in the Garden (if the Climate is conducive). Fr John Williamson OCD is coming from Gerrard’s Cross for the holy Mass and the inauguration of the grotto.
There is no morning mass in St Mark’s church on Tuesday September 8th.
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. Ifyou 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 AidDeclaration' below.
If you already donate by standing order don't forgetto 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.


Offertory Envelopes, for those who use them are available to be collected at both churches.
                           
FACE MASKS from 1st August all persons attending church services MUST wear a face mask. (Except thosewho are exempt - children under 11 those with valid medical issues etc)

A message from Cardinal Nichols on the reopening of places of worship for prayer and services.

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
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 …

WALSINGHAM CATHOLIC TV
Live stream from the Catholic National Shrine and the Basilica of Our Lady at Walsingham,
England’s Nazareth continues during the Coronavirus pandemic:
View the Live Stream and schedule 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.

CORONA VIRUS INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE
From: The Bishops Conference of England and Wales
The agreed statements from The Presidency have been released and are published here for your information:
This guidance will be reviewed weekly.
Your custom URL for St Mark's Mass on youtube is http://www.youtube.com/c/StMarksCatholicParishIpswich
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ST MARK'S CATHOLIC PARISH IPSWICH NEWSLETTER

Sunday 27th September 2020 (26th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Sunday 20th September 2020 (25th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Sunday 13th September 2020 (24th Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Sunday 6th September 2020 (23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Sunday 30th August2020 (22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time)

Sunday 23rd August2020 (21st Sunday in Ordinary Time)
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Sunday 29th November 2020 1st Sunday of Advent
Sunday 6th December 2020 2nd Sunday of Advent
Sunday 13th December 2020 3rd Sunday of Advent
Sunday 20th December 2020 4th Sunday of Advent
Thursday 24th December 2020 The Nativity of the Lord
Friday 25th December 2020 Christmas Day (Holyday of Obligation)
Sunday 27th December 2020 The Holy Family of Jesus and Mary
Friday 1st January 2021 Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God
Sunday 3rd January 2021 Second Sunday of Christmas
Wednesday 6th January 2021 The Epiphany of The Lord (Holyday of Obligation)
Sunday 10th January 2021 Baptism of The Lord
Sunday 17th January 2021 Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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