Congratulations to Gracjan and Gabriel who received the Lord in First Holy Communion for the first time last Sunday, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), this having been delayed by a year due the various Covid restrictions and lockdowns. Please remember them in your prayers, that they may grow in their love of the Lord and receive Him regularly in Holy Communion going forward.
Many congratulations to Anna Jacob and John Thomas who were married on Wednesday 7th April with a Nuptial Mass. The service was streamed live to allow friends and family unable to travel to church, many of whom were back at home in India, their native country, to view the ceremony, and has been viewed over 134 times. We wish them both every happiness and blessing in their married life together, and thank their family for their generous donation to the parish development project.
On Sunday 11th April, Mikolaj Danilczyk was baptised during the 10:00 am Mass. On Sunday 18th April, at the streamed 10:00 Mass, Alfie and Willow Perkins will be baptised. On Sunday 2nd May, also during the 10:00 Mass, Wilson Lebaga will be baptised. We welcome them all into our parish family and ask that you remember them, their parent and godparents in your prayers.
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, Carol Sims and Annick Smith.
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.
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.
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.