Parish Newsletter

The Prime Minister addressed the nation on Corona Virus on the 23rd March 2020 stating that to ensure compliance with the Government’s instruction to stay at home, all places of worship must close.   St. Thomas's Church at Woodbridge and St. Clare's Church at Framlingham will remain closed until further notice.  


Mass intentions for the week beginning Sunday 29th March, 2020:

Sunday 29th         For the people of the Parish      

Monday 30th        Jeremy Hill, †  recently deceased

Tuesday 31st        Alan & Margaret Ellesley’s int’n.


Wednesday 1st     Canon Michael Hazell, †  recently deceased

Thursday 2nd       Dolores Lynch, †  recently deceased

Friday 3rd            Richard Flood, †  recently deceased

Saturday 4th        For the sick

Sunday 5th          For the people of the Parish




Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Richard Flood, late of Mills Meadow Care Home, Framlingham, who died on 24th February, age 83.  May he rest in peace. Amen.

Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Jeremy Hill, late of Woodbridge, who died on 13th March, age 61.  May he rest in peace.  Amen.

Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Dolores Mary Lynch, formerly of Loudham Hall, Pettistree, who died on 15th March, age 80.  May she rest in peace. Amen.

Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Canon Michael Hazell, who died on 25th March, the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  May he rest in peace. Amen.

Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Alan Ellesley, late of Dennington, who died on 30th March.  May he rest in peace. Amen.

Lux ӕterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in ӕternum,  quia pius es.




At the present time, brief services of committal may be conducted at the grave-side or at the crematorium, subject to the conditions laid down by the cemetery or crematoria authorities.  A Requiem Mass in memoria may be celebrated, when congregations are allowed to gather again, after the Corona Virus emergency has passed.

From Wednesday 1st April the number of mourners attending committal services at Seven Hills Crematorium, Nacton, is limited to six persons.



Many of our people will be aware of their Easter Duties – to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom to celebrate the Sacrament of reconciliation beforehand. As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time and into the future weeks, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.

The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time – that is true and real sorrow for sins when we realise the immense love of God for us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offended God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to his immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us.

The Act of Contrition that has been suggested for use is as follows:

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.

Bishop Alan Hopes

March 2020


The Catholic magazine "Magnificat" has responded to the current Corona Virus crisis by waiving the subscription to its online version.  This means that the faithful can get free access to the daily Mass readings, as well as morning, evening and night prayers, meditations and articles on the saints.  "Magnificat" has made this gift to help sustain people’s faith at a time when public Masses have been suspended.  The link for accessing Mass readings is here:   In addition, there is free access to their iOS or Android app until the end of May:


Saint Thomas’s Prayer Circle, Woodbridge:  If you have any special prayer intentions please let our prayer circle know and we will all pray for you.  If you are concerned about privacy, your prayer request can be anonymous, names need not be mentioned.  The contact person for the prayer circle is Mrs. Karyl Woolgar who can be contacted by telephone: 01394 384335 or by e-mail:



Father Bineesh from St. Mark’s parish, Ipswich, is the Catholic Chaplain to Ipswich Hospital.  He can be contacted on 01473 684963.  Please note that the staff of the N.H.S. Trust at Ipswich Hospital will not automatically inform Father Bineesh when a Roman Catholic person is admitted to the hospital.  If you wish to be visited when in hospital, you or your relatives may contact Father Bineesh on the above number.    Alternatively a message may be left for him at the hospital chaplains’ office.  Telephone the hospital switchboard on 01473 712233 and ask for the chaplains’ office.


April Anniversaries from the Parish Register of Death:-  Please pray for the repose of the souls of the Faithful Departed:-  Father Donald Hillier, Parish Priest (1980), Derek Hutchins (1996), Phyllis Hacon (1996), Manuela Power (1999), Dora McNally (2001), Father Denis Brophy (2002), John Hurst (2003), Victor Pryke (2007), Philip Bartlett (2007), Mary Neal (2008), Rosemary Schlee (2008), Peter Cox (2010), Norah Jolly (2012), Pauline Kennedy (2013), Calvin Christman (2015), Bridget Philomena Smith (2015), Marian Brace (2016), Margaret Rose Howard (2017), Nicholas Betts-Green (2018), Jane Hamilton-Hunting (2019), and Ursula Boorman (2019).  May they rest in peace. Amen.

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