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St Mary’s Church and The Church of the Holy Family & St Michael will open for Mass from Sat 4th July.

From Saturday 4th July our churches will open once more for the celebration of Mass. It is planned to revert to the normal Mass schedule that was in place before we were forced to close in March. Please see the front page of this week's newsletter for details.

Thank you for visiting our website.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to call us on 01473 728115.

Please refer to the Newsletter and this website for detailed and up to date information.

Fr Peter Raj, Parish Priest

Volunteers are needed. Four stewards (at least) for each Mass, as with the private prayer opening, to direct people on the safe way to use our church, make sure that social distancing is maintained and limit the number of people in the church.

Please contact either Fr Peter by email ( or phone (01473 728115) or Eleanor Bradley, Parish Secretary by email or phone 07484344580 (Tuesday to Friday mornings).

There has been a good response for volunteers but more are needed. THANK YOU to all that have helped so far.

The latest Archbishops’ message and diocesan guidelines
These are being published now and will continue to provide more detail over the coming weeks.

See the letter from the Archbishops and Cardinal here:

Further update on our diocese website

And updated news at

And initial guidelines here: Guidance for Acts of Worship - Mass

Can I still access Mass online?
Because there is no Internet access available in our Churches, live streaming of Mass from the church is not possible. We are looking at how this can be fixed in the future.

From this weekend Mass will be live-streamed at 5.00pm on Saturday evening (Sunday’s Liturgy).The link to this and other recorded YouTube videos is

Press the Subscribe button to add to your list of favourite channels.

New masses seem to take 24 hours to appear in the list of recordings. Latest weekend mass:

Sat 11th July 5pm

There are other churches online. The links to these are on the diocesan website at

Church Offerings

The guidelines for safe use of our churches affect how collections can be taken during Mass. Setting up a Standing Order is one way of overcoming these issues. If you haven’t already done this please consider setting one up. It can be done online or by calling your bank. The Parish account details, which you will need, can be found on the back page of the newsletter.

Gift Aid If you pay tax, you can increase the value of the money you donate to the church by £1 for every £4 you give at no extra cost to yourself. You just need to complete a very simple form that can be found here.

If you already donate by Standing Order don't forget to review the amount you donate to see if it is appropriate to increase it.

St Mary’s Music Group in The Ipswich Blessing on YouTube

The Churches in Ipswich organised singers across our town to pull together to sing The Ipswich Blessing. Irma and Pat from our music group represented St Mary’s. Here's the link to the video:

New Book about Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge by our parishioner Marie-Madeleine Kenning.
Many people from our parish know about the great work done throughout the year by Marie-Madeleine and Michael Kenning - as well as all the other volunteers, helpers and members of the Friends of Cambodia in our parish.
The exciting news is that Marie-Madeleine has published a book with some of the eye-witness accounts of people’s experience in Cambodia during the terrifying years under the Khmer Rouge regime. This book is available directly from Marie Madeleine, will be delivered to your address towards the end of June and does not need to be paid for immediately.
All you have to do to reserve a copy of the book is to email your interest to Marie-Madeleine (details below). When emailing please include your delivery address and contact details.
It is important to note that ALL profits go directly to Friends of Cambodia and therefore 100% of that goes directly to the people in Cambodia.

Title: Then The Khmer Rouge Came: Survivors' Stories from Northwest Cambodia
Cost: £14.99 (no money needed now)
Outline: The book is a memoir of first hand accounts of the impact of the Khmer Rouge on the lives of some of the people in our twinned parishes. It is based on our annual visits to Cambodia and gives a taste of what it is like to build a relationship with people so far away who are both very different from you and yet very similar. And then, after a few years, to discover with horror as you talk to them in some depth what they had to endure under Pol Pot.
Contact details: To use for pre-orders:
Expected date of publication: end of June

Cathedral Masses for the Sick and their Families, NHS Front-Line workers and those working in Social Care

The Catholic Bishops of England and Wales recognise that this time of the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting every person in our countries. Those who are sick, and their families, are suffering many hardships of isolation from contact with those they love. Our front-line workers in hospitals and in care homes all over our lands are giving exceptional service to those who are vulnerable at this time.

In order to show a spiritual solidarity with all those who are involved in the ways described above each week a Catholic Bishop will celebrate Mass in their Cathedral which will be live-streamed for people to join. This will take place every Thursday at 7.00pm Please find the link below:

Updated website listing masses into July.

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Watch the video messages from

Fr Francesco (Chomnaom’s new parish priest) and

Fr Manoj (Battambang Parish Priest)

Recent letters from Pope Francis

Letter : Care for our Common Home - Laudato Si

Live Simply Wildflower Gardens - as part of our Live Simply parish commitment we are being invited to plant a wildflower patch in our gardens. The Parish has supplied some seeds. Your wildflower patch could be as small or as large as you like, but nothing too onerous - from a metre square to ... well you decide.Parish LiveSimply Wildflower Patches

Look out for more live simply ideas and things we can do together as a parish family in the coming weeks and months

How about joining freecycle - a great way of handing on those unwanted items and finding things you need for free visit the Ipswich page FreeCycle