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3rd Sunday of Advent (Year: A)

Sun 11th
Dec

Old Testament: Isa. 35:1-6, 10
Psalms: Ps. 145:6-10
Epistle: James 5:7-10
Gospel: Matt. 11:2-11

Sunday Mass times

Saturday 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am 10:00am
See weekday Mass times | Diocesan Year Book

Whats Happening

14th
Dec

Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Peter Collins

The Episcopal Ordination of Canon Peter Collins as the fifth Bishop of East Anglia will take place in St Johns Cathedral, Unthank Road, Norwich, NR2 2PA …

Welcome

Welcome to the web site for the Roman Catholic parish of St. Mary Magdalen Ipswich.  We welcome all visitors and newcomers to the Church, and hope that you find everything you are looking for on this site. Our aim is to keep this web space up to date with current parish news, information and events, aiming to be accessible for the people of the parish and the community in which we are situated.

Under the guidance and leadership of our parish priest, Fr Luke Goymour and his assistant priest Fr Paul Chanh, we are looking to expand and enrich our community in youth projects, music in worship, children's liturgy and other areas. If you want to be active in our future please speak with Fr Paul at the church, or use the contact page

If you have any comments about this site, its content or suggestions for additional content, particularly if you could not find the information you were looking for, please use the contact form to send a message to the webmaster.

On-Line Giving

During the times when our ability to attend church in person was impacted by Coronavirus restrictions, on-line donations to our offertory collection were a lifeline for the parish.  Even if you are now attending again in person, please consider donating on-line to our offertory by setting up a regular payment by standing order from your bank account, or alternatively you can make a one-off payment. This is easy to do - you can find details here. 

A Prayer for Ukraine


God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today.  We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.  We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,  that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.  We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.  Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.  We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.  Amen

A Prayer for those Affected by Covid 19

God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful, out of love for us You sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies. Look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay in many regions of Europe and the world, turn to you seeking strength, salvation and relief. Deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers and eternal life to the dead. Do not abandon us in the moment of trial but deliver us from all evil. We ask this of Thee, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Mary, mother of health and hope, pray for us!

Prayers for the Sick

Almighty and Eternal God, You are the everlasting health of those who believe in You. We ask you to remember those in our parish who are unwell, afflicted or distressed. Grant them comfort, relief and consolation of your Holy Spirit and through the aid of Your tender mercy, restore  them to bodily health. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

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Re-introduction of the Sunday Obligation - Statement from the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales
At its Plenary Assembly of the Bishops Conference on 6th May 2022, the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) decided that the provisions made two years ago at the beginning of the Covid pandemic to suspend the obligation on Catholics to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, should be re-instated now that the reasons for those provisions have lessened. As from Sunday 5th June, when we celebrate Pentecost, that suspension will end.

This announcement is made in a Pastoral Letter from the CBCEW to be read out at all Masses on the weekend of 21st/22nd May. You can read this Pastoral Letter here.

St Mary Magdalen's Parish Newsletter
The latest issue of the parish newsletter is available on-line: you can find it here

Gospel Reflection: Sunday 4th December - The Second Sunday of Advent

In this week's Gospel Reading and next week's, our Advent preparation for Christmas invites us to consider John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. In this week's Gospel, Matthew describes the work and preaching of John the Baptist.

John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets of Israel, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. In fact, the description of John found in this reading is reminiscent of the description of the prophet Elijah (2 Kings 1:8). In this reading, John directs a particularly pointed call to repentance to the Pharisees and Sadducees, parties within the Jewish community of the first century.

John marks the conversion of those who seek him out with a baptism of repentance. Other groups in this period are thought to have practiced ritual washings for similar purposes, and John's baptism may have been related to the practices of the Essenes, a Jewish sect of the first century. John's baptism can be understood as an anticipation of Christian baptism. In this passage, John himself alludes to the difference between his baptism and the one yet to come: “I am baptising you with water, for repentance . . . He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11).

In this reading, John makes very clear that his relationship to the Messiah yet to come (Jesus) is one of service and subservience: “. . . the one who is coming after me is mightier than I. I am not worthy to carry his sandals” (Matthew 3:11). In the context of Matthew's Gospel, today's passage is followed by Jesus' baptism by John, an event that is attested to in all four of the Gospels and appears to have been the start of Jesus' public ministry.

John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus in the first century, we, too, are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by our repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives, as John did, the coming of the Lord. Courtesy of Loyola Press.

Advent Wreath

Today, the second Sunday of Advent, we light the second purple candle on our Advent wreath. This candle typically represents love - some traditions call this the "Bethlehem Candle," symbolising Christ's manger:

"This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."



Bishop-Elect Canon Peter Collins

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop-Elect Peter Collins will take place at the Cathedral Church of St John the Baptist, Norwich, on December 14th, 2022 at 11.30am.

O God, eternal shepherd of the faithful,
who has chosen your servant Peter
as a successor to the Apostles
and to preside over
the people of God in East Anglia:
grant him, we pray,
a sprit of counsel and fortitude,
a spirit of knowledge and piety,
so that by word and example and faithful service,
he may build up the Church in our Diocese
to be a lasting sign
of your presence and salvation.
Through Christ, Our Lord.

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for him.
Saint Felix, pray for him.
St Ethelreda, pray for him.
St Edmund, pray for him.


Prayer of the Icon of St Joseph



St Joseph, watch over and care for me,
just as you cared for Jesus when he was a child:
and by your help may I come to know Jesus, the Son of God,
and so grow in love, strength and wisdom. Amen

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ grew to maturity.
Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen