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.
There is currently no Catholic chaplain, as Fr Adrian Gates, the previous chaplain, has been moved to Cambridge and a replacement is still awaited. In the mean time, Deacon Clive Brooks is acting as the lead coordinator for the Catholic 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 Mathew know, or leave a message for Deacon Clive on 01206 396319.
We welcome Romeo Assoncao and Ilja Aljunas who were baptised 14th October and Damian Radzevicius who was baptised 7th October. Please pray for them, their parents and Godparents.
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.
Please pray for those who are sick or housebound: Margaret Arbon, Peggy Barron, Jason Beaumont, Michael Clarke, Deacon Peter Coates, Fabiana Di Mascio, Ron Green, Fr. David Hennessy, Jo Kelly, Molly Mc Garry, Roger Mayhew, Yvonne Metcalf, Robert Mullan and Mary O’Reilly.
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.
Of your charity, pray for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed and especially for Pat McCreery, Helen Kerr, Martin Cresswell, Agnes Collings, Michael Chapman, Pamela Oliver, Nora Scoging, Kathleen Royle, Malcolm Lewis, Anthony Hinton, Christine Fisher, Sybil Reynolds and Geraldine Lofthouse whose anniversaries occur about this time.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.