Following the meeting last Sunday, preparations are in hand to start our children’s’ liturgy at 10:00 Mass on Sundays. We have to meet the Diocesan Safe Guarding requirements, and whilst these necessary processes are carried out, we will be organizing materials and resources ready to start as soon as possible.
This is a UK-wide initiative (inspired by similar days in Poland and Ireland) to pray for the renewal of the Catholic faith in our land, for the recognition of the dignity of unborn human life in our society, and for peace in our world. Catholics will be gathering at different points around the coast to pray from 2 to 4 pm. Our nearest location is Felixstowe Ferry. More details can be found by following this link.
The accounts for the year ended 31st March have been audited and signed off by the accountant. The total income for the year was £2,676 with £1,045 given as prizes and expenses of £20 resulting in a contribution to the parish of £1,611. This has been paid over by cheque to Fr Mathew. Thank you to all our members for their support during this year – we hope we can continue to enjoy your support going forward and look forward to welcoming many new members!
There is a beautiful tradition of having one’s home blessed with the water that was blessed at the Easter Vigil. You are very welcome to ask Fr. Mathew to do this for you during Eastertide.
The Friends of St Albans are holding a Quiz Evening at St Alban's Catholic High School, Digby Road, Ipswich, IP4 3NJ -Saturday 19th May 2018, 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Teams of up to 8 (age 15 and over), however if not in a team, come along and you can be assigned to a team. £8.00 per person, including fish and chip supper/sausage and chip supper/vegetarian spring roll and chip supper (advanced booking essential due to food orders). Licensed bar, raffle prizes. For tickets please contact the School Office on 01473 726178. All proceeds go to the Friends of St Albans (registered charity).
This is one of the major events of the year in the life of the Diocese as Catholics from across the region gather at the National Shrine of Our Lady. This year, the pilgrimage takes place on Monday 7th May, starting at 12 noon with Mass followed by lunch, and procession to the Abbey grounds in Walsingham with prayer at the Site of the Holy House and Benediction. The Diocesan Pilgrimage is one of only three Pilgrimages which will in future be allowed to process down the holy mile, so it will be a significant, if not an historic, moment for us this year! It is hoped to arrange shared coach transport with other Ipswich parishes, so if you are interested in going, please let Fr Mathew know.
On Tuesday 24th April, the CWL will be holding a Springtime Tea Party in St Pancras church hall from 2:30 pm until 4:30 pm. There will be a raffle and a bring and buy sale. This event replaces the Valentide Tea Party that had to be cancelled earlier in the year due to poor weather. Anybody with a ticket to the Valentide Tea Party can use it for admission to this event. Otherwise, tickets are available from members or at the door for £3. Proceeds to charities.
This Sunday, 22nd April, there will be a retiring collection after all Massesfor the Diocesan Priests’ Training Fund.
This Sunday, 22nd April, is the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Pope Francis has published a message to all Catholics regarding this, the fifty-fifth world day of prayer for vocations. His message can be read on the Vatican web site, or you can follow this link.
Today, there will be a meeting of the children’s liturgy catechists at 11:00 in the Guild Room. This will be a preparation meeting for the first session, at which we will review the materials and aids to be ordered, will complete the paperwork for the Safe Guarding checks which need to be completed and will agree the date for the first children’s liturgy class. All those who have already put their names forward as catechists are requested to attend, and anybody else that would like to get involved who has not already done so – well this is your chance.