Faith Formation & Pastoral Support

Fr Mathias writes: “I want to encourage members of the parish to take advantage of the pastoral support in the parishes by calling the attention of the priest to anyone or family that might need the services of a priest. Also formal opportunities for further faith formation for the faithful in the shape of weekly courses are to be started in the parish soon.” Watch out for further announcements soon.

Catholic East Anglia

The February edition of the Diocesan newspaper, Catholic East Anglia, is now available and you can help yourself to a free copy from the narthex. This edition includes a special feature on Fr Pat Cleary, originally of our own parish.

You can also read the publication on-line by clicking on the image above.

Children's Liturgy

Children’s Liturgy continues each week during the 10:00 Mass on Sundays, aimed primarily at pre First Holy communion children. Younger children are welcome, but very young children should be accompanied by a parent as our catechists are not able to manage, for example, toilet requirements.


We have received a thank you note from FIND for the Christmas gifts donated to the food bank – this is on the notice board in the narthex. Additionally, we have received a separate note from Francis Morrell who writes “As your FIND rep I saw your generosity when I collected the gifts for the volunteers who were preparing the hampers and parcels right up to Christmas Eve. It was wonderful. Your generosity makes the job a pleasure. Many Thanks.

Who Is My Neighbour?

The Canonesses of the Holy Sepulchre warmly invite you to join them to examine the parable of the Good Samaritan, with reference to today.

Fr Michael Winstanley SDB will lead the session at St John Payne Parish Hall, Colchester, CO4 3QD on Sunday 27thJanuary 2019 at 2.15 pm for 2.30 pm start. Further details can be found on their web site by clicking the image above or by calling 01206-867296.

Fr Pat Cleary

As recently reported, Fr Pat Cleary, originally of our parish, celebrated 40 years of Ordination recently. You can read about Fr Pat's experience on the Diocesan web site by clicking the picture below, or see the article in the latest edition of Catholic East Anglia.

Message from Bishop Alan

Bishop Alan Hopes has sent a letter to the parishioners of St Mary Magdalen parish, Ipswich, and directed that this should be read at Masses this weekend and made available to parishioners. A hard copy of this letter can be obtained in the narthex or you can read it here.

Food for Thought

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

There are a number of lists in the narthex asking for names of volunteers for various things – to help with church and hall cleaning, to help with food for the proposed parish Christmas party next week, readers and Eucharistic minsters for the Christmas services, vacancy for the position of parish treasurer etc. At the last check these were all woefully blank! Don’t be a Nobody.

New Altar Ware

The family of the late Noel Andrews are making a donation of new altar ware to St Mary Magdalens church in memory of deceased members of the Andrews family.

The presentation will be made by family members at the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 23rd December, which will be said for the intention of deceased members of the Andrews family, and these items - two chalices, a ciborium and a paten - are being donated in memory of Ambrose, Noel, Doreen and Pamela Andrews.

Diocesan Year Book

The Diocese of East Anglia 2019 Yearbook and Liturgical Calendar is now available in the narthex. The annual printed publication, which this year is a bumper 196 pages with colour-coded sections, is available for £2. The publication is a comprehensive directory of parishes and contacts across the diocese.

It includes guides to the different departments and commissions of the diocese, as well parishes, schools, hospitals and prisons and a listing of all clergy and religious across East Anglia.

Also included is a pictorial guide to the last 12 months in the life of the diocese, alongside pastoral statistics, the diocese financial report and a Catholic organisations and societies directory.

The Diocese of East Anglia Yearbook 2019, the updated East Anglia 2019 Parishes Directory and the East Anglia 2019 Liturgical Calendar, are now also available online by clicking the links above.