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150 Club

The October prize draw of the parish 150 Club will be made after 10:00 Mass on Sunday 28th October in the church hall. Why not come to the hall after Mass for a cup of coffee, a chat with fellow parishioners and perhaps pick up a prize?


World Mission Sunday

Today is World Mission Sunday, your chance to support missionaries and our Church in proclaiming the Gospel of hope to those who suffer around the world.


By supporting Missio, the Pope’s official charity for overseas mission, you will be sharing the love of Christ with all people by helping everyone in need, regardless of background or belief. Today, your prayers and donations will help build a future of hope both in Ethiopia and around the world. Please give what you can, and if you are a taxpayer, please use the Gift Aid envelopes.


Missio Red Boxes

Chris Codd, the local secretary for Missio, writes: “Please would all red box holders have their boxes ready for when their promoters make contact for either collection or delivery to church. All boxes need to be with the promoter by early November. Thank you.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for being so generous with your donations to help others in much less fortunate circumstances than ourselves. Thank you also to the promoters for continuing to volunteer collecting on behalf of Missio. Without you my role as local secretary would be so much more difficult.”

Appeal

Does anybody have a floor rug they can donate for the Children’s Liturgy group to use on Sunday mornings? Ideally about 2 metres by 3 metres, but any size or shape would be welcome to save the children having to sit on the floor during the liturgy sessions. If you can help, please contact Collett Long or use the contact form on the parish web site to send a message to Childrens Liturgy.


Parish Vacancy

Due to pressure of other commitments, our hall manager Laura Krolik, has regretfully had to tender her resignation. We are very grateful to Laura for the work she has done to bring the hall management processes up to date but it is now time to hand on to another. We are in the process of appointing a replacement and an announcement will be made in due course.


The St Edmund's Fund

Caritas East Anglia encourages, supports and co-ordinates works of social outreach in the diocese. It is a member of the Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), the social action arm of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The management team of Caritas East Anglia includes representatives of each deanery and of caring organisations active in the diocese. The St Edmund's Fund, which makes crisis grants to needy individuals and families, is administered by Caritas East Anglia. To assist in this work, there will be a retiring collection taken at all Masses on Sunday 4th November.


Hospital Chaplaincy

Because of the shortage of priests in Ipswich, it will not be possible to supply a permanent chaplain for the Ipswich Hospital to replace Fr Gates. Instead, it has been decided that a Lay Chaplaincy Co-ordinator be appointed, preferably a Eucharistic Minister, who would be responsible for gathering patient information, administration and making first contact ward visits. If you might be interested in this post please contact Deacon Clive Brooks for further information. Until an appointment can be made, Deacon Clive is acting in this role.

The hospital gives no patient information to the chaplains, so if you are going into hospital and would like to receive the ministrations of the Church whilst there, please let Fr Mathew know, or leave a message for Deacon Clive on 01206 396319.


LIFE News

LIFE, the pro-life charity, has its autumn newsletter out now. It contains some very interesting articles you might like to read - click here to read now.


Children's Liturgy

The children’s liturgy group continues today during the 10:00 Mass. If you would like to be involved in leading or assisting with Children’s Liturgy, please speak to Fr Mathew or use the contact form.


Bishop's Synod

In October, Catholic Bishops from around the world will meet in Rome to focus on how the church helps, guides and accompanies young people as they grow in faith and discern the part they can play in shaping the future of the Church. Here in East Anglia, it is intended to hold a meeting which will discuss the same questions and issues that the Synod fathers will be looking at. This will take place on November 4th at St. John’s Church, Mildenhall, starting with a light lunch served from 12:30pm and concluding by 5pm after Adoration and Benediction. The afternoon will be hosted by Hamish McQueen (Director of the Diocesan Youth Service), Father Luke Goymour (Chaplain to the Youth Service) and the Ignite Team and will be attended by Bishop Alan. The bishop is asking for two representatives from our parish: i) a young person of secondary school age/a young adult and ii) an adult who is working with young people – a catechist, a youth group leader, teacher or a member of the parish with an interest in the work we do with young people. If you would like to be involved in this and represent your parish, please speak to Fr Mathew or use the contact form on the web site.