Our Dear Departed

Please pray for the repose of the souls of those who have recently passed away: Adrianna Tucciarone, Monica Ford, Derrick Gilbert and Anna Ryan.

The requiem mass of Monica Ford took place here on Friday 26th February at 2 pm. The requiem was followed by internment in Westerfield Parish Church. Donations in Monica’s memory will be welcome to St Elizabeth Hospice - click here to donate.

Derrick’s funeral service, which will again be live-streamed for the benefit of those unable to attend in person, will take place at 12 noon on Thursday 4th March, followed by internment at Bramford cemetery. Memorial donations may be made through G M Taylor Independent Funeral Directors, 51 Queensway, Ipswich, IP3 9EX. The family is supporting SWAGS - a charity supporting working age stroke survivors - and YODAT - a charity for early on-set dementia sufferers.

Please keep their friends and families in your thoughts and prayers. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen

The notice of those whose anniversaries are today is now shown on the Home Page. A complete database of the departed of the parish since it was instigated in 1955 can be found here.


Last Sunday, 28th February, we welcomed Bency Benny into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church when she was confirmed and received Holy Communion for the first time at the 10:00 Mass. Please remember her, and her sponsor Suja Babu, in your prayers.

Today, 7th March, we welcome Lilac Mirawdaly to our parish family when she will be baptised during the Mass at 10.00am. Her parents were hoping to have her baptised earlier, a reminder of where God has taken us through this pandemic. Nevertheless, with a live streamed Mass the celebration can be joined virtually by everyone who would like to be part of her life.


Please pray for those who are sick or housebound: John Anderson-Hurst, William Barnes, Peggy Barron, Jason Beaumont, Michael Clarke, Josephine Kalagira, Fabiana Di Mascio, Ron Green, Jo Kelly, Molly Mc Garry, Yvonne Metcalfe, Robert Mullan, Anna Nelli, Mary O’Reilly, Pippa Williamson and Carol Sims.

Fr Mathew is preparing a list of the housebound who would like a regular visit from a priest or a Eucharistic Minister so that they can be offered adequate pastoral care. If you know someone who would like a visit from a priest, with their permission please pass on their details to Fr Mathew.

Ipswich Hospital Chaplaincy

There is a mixed faith chaplaincy team working at the Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road. This team, in part full time and in part volunteers, helps minister to the spiritual needs of in-patients.

The Catholic chaplain is Fr Bineesh OCD, who is based at St Marks. He is assisted by Deacon Clive Brooks and supported by lay volunteers from across the Ipswich Deanery. Fr Bineesh can be contacted on 01473 684963 and Deacon Clive on 01206 396319. Alternatively let Fr Mathew know if you, or any member of your family, are going into hospital. Please be aware that for reasons of patient confidentiality, the current practice in the NHS is NOT to inform the chaplains of any Catholics that are admitted to hospital. So unless you or your relatives inform the chaplains of your hospital stay, you will not be visited by a priest or any other member of the chaplaincy team.

Each Sunday morning, a Eucharistic Minister from one of the Ipswich parishes, visits the hospital to take Holy Communion to those that have requested it. However, the hospital gives no patient information to the chaplains, consequently we have no knowledge of Catholic patients. So if you, or any member of your family, are going into hospital and would like to receive the ministrations of the Church whilst there, please let Fr Bineesh or Fr Mathew know, or leave a message for Deacon Clive.

Parish Assembly

On September 24th 2017, a Parish Assembly was held in the church hall, the first since Fr Mathew arrived at St Mary Magdalens. Chaired by Declan Moore, the meeting was intended not to be a decision making session but rather a forum for discussion, ideas to be raised and suggestions made to help Fr Mathew shape the forward direction and future of the parish. It is intended that further such meetings will be held, at approximately 6 monthly intervals or sooner if circumstances require it.

The notes of the meeting in September can be read here.