Parish Priest: Fr Paul Vincent OCD
Assistant Priest: Fr Bineesh Elenjikkal OCD
180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ / 01473 684963
Services planned for February 2021:
- Tuesday 2nd – The Presentation of The Lord, Candlemas Day – 9.20am Eucharistic Adoration / 10am Mass
- Sunday 7th – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9am Mass
- Tuesday 9th – 9.20am Eucharistic Adoration / 10am Mass
- Sunday 14th – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 9am Mass
- Tuesday 16th – 9.20am Eucharistic Adoration / 10am Mass
- Wednesday 17th – Ash Wednesday – 9.20am Eucharistic Adoration / 10am Mass
- Sunday 21st – 1st Sunday of Lent – 9am Mass
- Tuesday 23rd – 9.20am Eucharistic Adoration / 10am Mass
- Sunday 28th – 2nd Sunday of Lent – 9am Mass
The weekly newsletter is displayed in the cabinet at the front door and the latest parish news may be read on the regularly updated website.
The Pope recently said that no one should be ashamed to pray: “Praying to God in times of joy and sorrow is a natural, human thing to do because it connects men and women to their Father in heaven. Often people can look for their own solutions to their suffering and difficulties, ultimately, we should not be shocked if we feel the need to pray. Do not be ashamed to pray: Lord, I need this, Lord, I am in difficulty. Help me! Such prayers are the cry of the heart to God who is the Father.
“Christians should pray not only in bad times, but also in happy ones, to thank God for everything that is given to us, and not to take anything for granted or as if it were owed to us: everything is grace. Prayers of petition, including the Our Father were taught by Christ so that we might place ourselves in a relationship of faithful trust with God and ask him all our questions.”
Pope Francis continued: “In the Our Father we also pray for the simplest gifts, for the most of everyday gifts, such as ‘daily bread’ which also means health, home, work, everyday things; and it also means for the Eucharist, necessary for life in Christ. Christians also pray for the forgiveness of sins, which is a daily matter; we are always in need of forgiveness, and therefore, peace in our relationships. And finally, that he may help us face temptation and free us from evil. Prayers of petition go hand in hand with accepting one’s limitations and while one may even reach the point of not believing in God, it is difficult not to believe in prayer. Prayer simply exists; it presents itself to us as a cry, and we all know this inner voice that may remain silent for a long time, but one day awakens and cries out.”
Pope Francis concluded by stating: “I encourage all Christians to pray and not be ashamed to express the desires of their hearts.”
Mass, Morning and Evening Prayer, Devotions and other spiritual resources may be accessed over the internet. A full daily programme is provided by the clergy and staff at the Norfolk Shrine of Our Lady via walsingham.org.uk or churchservices.tv.
St Mark’s Saturday Vigil Mass is recorded and may be viewed at:
Events & Diary Dates
The 100 Club draw took place at the home of Graeme Forsyth on Sunday 24 January and was witnessed on FaceTime by a member of the congregation. Three lucky winners shared a £169 prize pot, a new record! The next draw takes place on Sunday 21 February. The club, set up to support the life and mission of our parish, has grown from strength to strength since its launch. New members are always very welcome and the newsletter, that includes an application form, can be found at the rear of the church or at: stmarksparish.org.uk. The popular bring and buy coffee mornings that take place at Viv and Wyn’s home are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
The Sick and Homebound
Fr Bineesh Elanjikkal is the Catholic Chaplain at Ipswich Hospital, assisted by Deacon Clive Brooks. Please be aware that for reasons of patient confidentiality, the NHS will not inform the chaplains of any Catholics admitted to hospital. Unless you or your relatives inform the chaplain, you will not be visited by a priest or any other member of the chaplaincy team. Please let Fr Paul Vincent know of anyone who is ill at home or housebound, so that they may receive appropriate pastoral care. Both Fr Paul and Fr Bineesh can be contacted on 01206 684963.
This article runs in the February issue of the Capel edition, which you can read in full by clicking on Magazines.