The Roman Catholic Parish of

Woodbridge with Framlingham

Parish Newsletter

Schedule of Services,  including Mass Intentions

            Wood  =  Service in Saint Thomas's Church, Woodbridge.

            Fram  =  Service in Saint Clare's Church, Framlingham.


  • FEBRUARY 2024

Tue 27th           9.30 a.m.            Wood             Timothy Daly, +               [K. Watters]

Tue 27th          11.15 a.m.           Geoff Smith, +   Funeral service at Seven Hills Crematorium, Nacton.

Wed 28th          No Mass.               -                 -

Thu 29th          12.00 p.m.           Fram             -                                    [ - ]

  • MARCH 2024

Fri 1st              9.30 a.m.             Wood             Private intention               [K. Holmes]

Fri 1st              11.00 a.m.           Fram              World Day of Prayer service.

Sat 2nd            6.00 p.m.             Wood             Anne Chin-Milham, +        [M. Byrne]           

SUN 3rd          9.00 a.m.             Fram              For the people of the Parish

SUN 3rd         11.00 a.m.            Wood             For Rafe & Julia                [L. Flaherty]

Mon 4th           9.30 a.m.             Wood             Idwal Humphrey, +           [K. Holmes]

Tue 5th            9.30 a.m.             Wood              -                                    [ - ]

Wed 6th           No Mass.               -                   -

Thu 7th            12.00 p.m.           Fram              -                                    [ - ]

Fri 8th              9.30 a.m.            Wood             Vincent Hook & family       [F. Lidvall]

Sat 9th             6.00 p.m.            Wood             Bennie Reidy, +                [A. Cass]

SUN 10th        9.00 a.m.            Fram              For the people of the Parish

SUN 10th        11.00 a.m.          Wood             For Will & Francesca          [L. Flaherty]

Mon 11th          No Mass.               -                 -

Tue 12th           9.30 a.m.           Wood             -

Wed 13th          No Mass.               -                -

Thu 14th          12.00 p.m.           Fram             -

Fri 15th            9.30 a.m.            Wood            -

Sat 16th           6.00 p.m.            Wood            Anne Chin-Milham, +         [K. Holmes]

SUN 17th       9.00 a.m.             Fram             -

SUN 17th       11.00 a.m.           Wood            For the people of the Parish




C.S.S.A. audit backs safeguarding services in Diocese of East Anglia. The Diocese of East Anglia has been awarded a judgment of Comprehensive Assurance by the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency in an audit of its safeguarding provision. The audit was conducted in Spring 2023 and the Executive Summary of its findings have been published here:- LINK.  It is hoped that parishioners and visitors to our diocese will be reassured by its findings.  Bishop Peter, clergy and all who work and volunteer in the diocese are encouraged by it and remain committed to following up on the small number of  recommendations to further improve.  Particular gratitude is due to the Diocese’s Safeguarding Coordinator and Administrator, and to all Parish Safeguarding Representatives for their hard-work and commitment, which is reflected in this report.


WALKING THE CAMINO - led by Bishop Peter G. Collins.  21st to 29th July, 2024.  An invitation to young adults (age 18-30) to join a walking pilgrimage to Santiago de Compestela.  For more information and to book a place visit:  Places are limited and bookings will be accepted on a first come first served basis.  Organised by the Youth Services of the Diocese of East Anglia.


This year, LENTEN ALMS in our parish are being collected for A.C.N.'s Holy Land Appeal.


Holy Land Appeal. The birthplace of our Lord needs your support. The on-going war in Gaza has engulfed the region, resulting in a humanitarian catastrophe with thousands dead and leaving many without homes or any source of income.  A.C.N. is working with Church partners on the ground to provide Christians in the Holy Land with emergency aid – water, food, medicine, rent and other essentials for struggling families in desperate need.  LINK: A.C.N. - Holy Land Appeal



The LENT STATION MASS for the parishes of the Ipswich Deanery.  Bishop Peter G. Collins will offer this Mass in Saint Mary’s Church, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.  Thursday, 29th February:-  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 6.00 p.m. and the Station Mass starts at 7.00 p.m.  Refreshments afterward.  All welcome.




At Framlingham: This year the World Day of Prayer service will be hosted by Saint Clare’s Church at Framlingham, on Friday 1st March at 11.00 a.m.  If you would like to help in any way please see Vivienne Taylor,  writes Vivienne Taylor.

At Woodbridge: the World Day of Prayer service will take place in St. Mary's Anglican Church.  Friday 1st March at 2.30 p.m.



CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WOODBRIDGE AREA invite you all to Saint Andrew’s Anglican Church at Melton on Sunday 3rd March at 6.30 p.m. for an evening of music and words:  “Roads to Freedom? Reflects on an issue of our times – Modern slavery and exploitation.  With thanks to The Clewer Initiative."


COFFEE MORNING.  All are welcome at the S.V.P.’s next coffee morning event to be held in The Community Room at Saint Clare’s Church, Framlingham.  Saturday, 9th March from 10.30 a.m.


COFFEE MORNING.  The next coffee morning will be held on Tuesday 12th March from 10.15 a.m. onwards at Saint Thomas's Church, Woodbridge. All are very welcome.  At this meeting we will be making final arrangements for an Easter Lunch to be held on Tuesday 2nd April at The King's Head in Woodbridge 12.15 for 12.30 p.m.  Should anyone wish to join us, and is unable to get to the March meeting, please put a note with your name, phone number, and email into the church letter rack at the church, addressed to Jean Taylor, writes Jean Taylor.



Membership Support Officer/M.S.O. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is a Catholic lay organisation whose members seek out and help those in need in the community, writes Joan Wall.   We would like to recruit an M.S.O. for the East Anglia Diocese to support member recruitment and development, provide general support for members and be the link between groups and the National Office.  This is a part-time, home-based role (15 hours per week – 2 days equivalent) working as part of the S.V.P. membership team. It would suit someone who is comfortable giving presentations to large audiences as well working on a personal level with individuals and small groups.  It requires the ability to travel around the diocese to make recruitment appeals, work with existing groups, attend meetings and meet with interested parties where appropriate. Having your own transport is essential. Travel expenses are paid. For further information and details how to apply contact Lance Philpott, Head of Membership at  The closing date for applications is 24th March.



DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA YEARBOOK and CALENDAR for 2024. The annual Yearbook contains a comprehensive, up-to-date guide to the Diocese of East Anglia. It carries all necessary contact information, curia, departments and commissions, parishes, Mass times, clergy and religious, schools, hospital, diary dates, societies and organisations and a retreat centre guide. It also carries a pictorial review of 2023 and the Diocesan Liturgical Calendar for 2024. You can pick up a copy from your parish church for just £ 3.00



THE EUCHARISTIC FAST.  In 1964 the Eucharistic fast was reduced to one hour. Food and drink may be consumed up to one hour before the time of receiving Holy Communion.  Water does not break the fast and so may be taken at any time.  Those who are sick are not required to fast for one hour before receiving Holy Communion, but they may do so if they wish.


We pray for all in the parish who are sick, whether suffering from short-term or long-term illnesses.  We pray, too, for all the residents in senior-living facilities within the parish and those who care for them. Our Father.  Hail Mary.  Glory be.


MASS   INTENTIONS.  If you require Holy Mass to be offered for a particular intention on a specific day, please give as much notice as possible.  When only two or three weeks’ notice is given, often it is not possible for Father Edmund to accommodate requests for a Mass intention to be offered on a specific day. Please also be aware that on the day when a Funeral Mass (Requiem) takes place, the intention offered on that day will be for that of the deceased. If any Mass intention has previously been booked it will be offered on another day.


MASS  STIPENDS  AND  STOLE  FEES. The stipends given for Mass intentions and the Stole Fees given for baptisms, weddings, and funerals are retained by the parish.  When making a donation to the parish by cheque, please make your cheque payable to  “Woodbridge Catholic Church”.


Woodbridge & Framlingham Parish Office.  Please note that e-mails sent to the Parish Office are not checked every day, the parish no longer employs a Parish Secretary to work in the Parish Office. If you need to contact Father Edmund Eggleston, the Parish Priest, by telephone please call The Presbytery, Woodbridge, on (01394) 388828.


Parish Priest's day-off:  Father Edmund takes Wednesday as his day-off each week.






DIOCESE OF EAST ANGLIA.  News articles from Bishop Collins and from across the Diocese of East Anglia.  LINK: Latest News


LATEST VACANCIES in the Diocese of East Anglia.  LINK: Jobs Vacant




FRAMLINGHAM CHURCHES TOGETHER.  Sharing Christ - thoughts and prayers of encouragement and support by Framlingham Churches Together are published on the website of St. Michael's Anglican Church, Framlingham.   Link:-  Framlingham Churches Together


CHURCHES TOGETHER IN WOODBRIDGE AREA invite you all to Saint Andrew’s Church at Melton on Sunday 3rd March at 6.30 p.m. for an evening of music and words.  “Roads to Freedom? Reflects on an issue of our times – Modern slavery and exploitation.  With thanks to The Clewer Initiative."



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