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    RETURNING TO MASS AT PENTECOST

    An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales

    This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)

    A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”

    Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

    We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.

    Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may, however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we recognise gratefully the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the elderly, sick and housebound.

    We are grateful to our clergy, religious and lay faithful who have served our parishes, schools and communities with dedication and distinction throughout this pandemic. Now we look forward with renewed faith and confidence.

    In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of Himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. Looking forward to the forthcoming feast of Pentecost, we now invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person.

    As the Church needs the witness of the presence of each person, so too each believer needs to journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples. Nourished by our encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus, fed with His Word and His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and supported by the presence of each other, we receive strength week by week, to serve the Lord and glorify Him with our lives.

    Approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference
    Friday 6 May 2022

     

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    PARISH  PRAYER

    O God, through Baptism you have made us your children, heirs of heaven and members of the Church.  Make our parish of one heart and mind in love towards you.  Grant that our common life and work may be an example to all about us.  Guide our parish clergy in their work, along with all people involved in ministry in our parish.  Acknowledge the intercessions of Saint Thomas of Canterbury and Saint Clare, our patrons; and keep us secure in your love.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

     

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  • Parish Anniversaries

    Fri

    27

    May

    Mary Patricia Murphy, 2010


    Sat

    28

    May

    Sylvia Joyce Buxton, 2007

    Robert Phillpott, 2014


    Mon

    30

    May

    Odile Eugenie Mitchell, 2011


    Tue

    31

    May

    Mark Zetter, 2015


    Wed

    1

    Jun

    Harry Sbardella, 2001


    Thu

    2

    Jun

    Michael Vowles Sheridan, 1998

    Reginald Isherwood, 2004


    Fri

    3

    Jun

    Pat Corrigan, 2002

    Nicholas Philip Crowley, 2004

    John Martindale, 2021


    Sat

    4

    Jun

    Junetta Eileen Spivey, 2003


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    7

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    June Rayner, 2016


    Mon

    13

    Jun

    Anne Katharine Gorst, 2016


    Sat

    18

    Jun

    Lance Cpl. Frank Kay, Intelligence Corps, 1941


    Sun

    19

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    Ian cook, 2014


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    23

    Jun

    Deacon Peter Coates, 2020


    Fri

    24

    Jun

    Agnes Frances Schaeffler, 2003


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    Woodbridge and Framlingham Roman Catholic Parish is one of fifty parishes in the Diocese of East Anglia.  The parish covers an area of approximately two hundred and seventy square miles in the County of Suffolk, as shown on the map above. There are two churches in our parish, the church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury at Woodbridge and Saint Clare's church at Framlingham.

    We exist

    • to worship God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit
    • to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in accordance with the teaching of the Catholic Church and in union with our Holy Father, Pope Francis
    • to use the gifts God has given us to do His will and to build His kingdom on earth
    • to serve the people of our parish
    • to be a house and community of prayer in our churches
    • to enable each other to grow in faith, hope and Christian love
    • to be a loving and inclusive parish family.

    May God bless you.

    Father Edmund Eggleston.

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