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.
Fr Mathias is the newly appointed Catholic chaplain joining this team, assisted by Deacon Clive Brooks and supported by lay volunteers from the Ipswich Deanery.
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 Mathias know, or leave a message for Deacon Clive on 01206 396319.
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 Albert Richardson, Eleanor Chandler, Hugh McColl, Vera Johnston, Timothy Downey, Regina Scott, Godfrey Schofield, Albert Thaine, Rita Aldis, William Taylor and Peter Eaton 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.