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St Mary's Church and The Church of the Holy Family & St Michael are open for the celebration of Mass.

Please read the Newsletter (see Latest News on this page) for detailed information about weekly events including important information regarding preparations for Christmas.

The Parish covers north-east Ipswich, Kesgrave, Rushmere St Andrew, Martlesham Heath, Westerfield and Tuddenham.

This website hopes to provide you with information you may need to get to know our parish family.

We are a community with rich diversity, proclaiming God's Word, joyfully celebrating the Eucharist and sharing together spiritually and socially.

Thank you for visiting our website.

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

Fr Peter Raj, Parish Priest

REMINDER of SOCIAL DISTANCING in CHURCH It is good that people are feeling confident enough to attend Mass but please remember that social distancing still has to be observed in church. Even with everyone wearing face coverings you must maintain 1metre plus distance from others who are not in your household or bubble.


If you can help direct people on the safe way to use our churches please contact either Fr Peter by email ( or phone (01473 728115) or Eleanor Bradley, Parish Secretary by email or phone 07484 344580 (Tuesday to Friday mornings).

Live Streaming of Mass

Each Sunday's 9am Mass is live streamed and recorded. 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 is the 10:30 Sunday Mass. There were technical problems at the 9am Mass:

Sun 27th Sep 1030am

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 have not 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..
Or follow this link to Donate to the parish online then email the parish treasurer with details of what your donation is for.

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.

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

The most recent guidelines for Mass are here: Guidance for Acts of Worship - Mass (03.08.2020)

See the letter from the Archbishops and Cardinal here:

And updated news at

Further update on our diocese website

Latest News

This Week's Newsletter

Newsletter 20.9.20

Newsletter 13.9.20

Newsletter 6.9.20

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:

Sunday Gospel readings

Diocesan Year Book and Liturgical Calendar

Latest News from Cambodia

Watch the video messages from

Fr Francesco (Chomnaom’s new parish priest) and

Fr Manoj (Battambang Parish Priest)

Then The Khmer Rouge Came: Survivors’ Stories from Northwest Cambodia, Marie-Madeleine Kenning’s book has now been published. For more information about the book and how to purchase a copy go to the Friends of Cambodia page of this website.

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.

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