First Holy Communion

Fr Mathew writes: “Sunday is a very special day for Finin, Antonino, Guiseppe, Grace-Lilly, Timmy, Scarlett, Jacob, Harry, Louie, Jasmine, Dominik, Aiden, Ashlee, Jack and Mercedes as they receive Holy Communion for the first time. It is a day in which we celebrate the gift of the Body and Blood of Christ that we receive in Holy Communion.
I would like to thank the parents of our children for their commitment undertaken at Baptism to bring their children up in the knowledge and practice of their Catholic faith. They have done a marvellous job in preparing, encouraging and accompanying them towards this day. I would like them to continue to do that every Sunday from now on. The parents have received invaluable help from the school, I would like express our gratitude to Lucille Southgate and other members of staff of St. Pancras School. Please continue to pray for our young people.”

A Date for your Diary

The Knights of St Columba wish to give advance notice of the Ipswich Deanery Quiz which will be held inSt Mary’s church hall on Saturday, 5th October 2019. There will be more information nearer the time.

St Mary Magdalens 150 Club

The annual audit of the 150 Club has been completed and the accounts for 2018-19 have been signed off - details can be found here.

The contribution to the parish is down by £120 from the previous year showing a continuing downward trend due to the falling number of subscriptions, and this year is already a lot lower than last. We desperately need new subscribers to replace a large number that we have lost. If you are not a member please do sign up now.

The next prize draw will be made on Sunday 26th May when both the May draw and the delayed April draw will take place.

Celebrate East Anglia

The annual Celebrate conference for the East Anglia region will this year be held over the weekend 1st/ 2nd June at St Benedict’s Catholic High School, Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds, IP32 6RH. Organised by Celebrate, the Catholic Charismatic movement, the Conference runs from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday and from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm on the Sunday. The weekend, to be attended by Bishop Alan Hopes, will include lively praise, daily Mass, a time of adoration and an opportunity for Reconciliation and Prayer Ministry as well as group sessions on selected topics for both adults and children. There will also be an opportunity for quiet private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the Celebrate chapel.

More information can be obtained from Martin Pakes or Nigel Fox, or click on the image above to visit the celebrate web site where you can also book your place.

New pilgrim Web Site

This website is inspired by Pope Francis’ enthusiasm for the internet. He urges Christians to ‘walk the streets of the digital highways … in order to dialogue with people today and to help them encounter Christ.’

New Pilgrim Path explores and shares the rich spiritual resources of the internet. Visitors are helped to find sites that are relevant to them at the particular stage of their journey. There arepages devoted to a range of resources, including daily prayer, online retreats, inspirational reflections, spiritual poetry, religious broadcasts and many others. Each week a ‘Website of the Week’ is featured. For more information visit the web site - click here.

Diocesan Priest's Training Fund

Today there will be a retiring collection after all Masses for the Diocesan Priest’s Training Fund.

Quiz & Chips

Friends of St Albans is holding a Quiz & Chips event on Friday 17th May, starting at 7:30 pm. The quiz will be held at St Albans school, Digby Road, Ipswich, IP4 3NJ. The £8 admission ticket for this local quiz event will include a fish/sausage/veggie nuggets and chips supper and there will be a bar and a raffle. Tickets can be obtained from the school reception on 01473 726178.

Parish Accounts

A summary of the parish accounts for 2018 has now been published and is displayed on the notice board in the narthex. Copies are available to be taken home and reviewed at leisure. Alternatively you can download a copy from the finance section of this web site.

Catholic Women’s League

The next meeting of the Ipswich branch of the Catholic Women’s League will be held on Tuesday 21st May at 2:30 pm in St Pancras Church hall. A presentation will be given by Jean Johnson regarding progress of the education of children in a Ugandan village which she supports. This is an open meeting – all are welcome.

Marriage & Family Mass Celebration

This year, the Marriage & Family Mass celebration will take place in St John’s Cathedral, Norwich on Saturday 8th June at 11:30 am, followed by tea/coffee and a special celebratory cake in the Narthex. All couples are invited to attend and especially those celebrating a special anniversary this year – 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25thetc – who will also receive an anniversary certificate. Please inform Bonnie Lander-Johnson by email at, of names and anniversary of those who will be attending.