Parish Newsletter


H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  

The Bishop, together with the Catholics of the Diocese of East Anglia, pray for the repose of the soul of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  In mourning his death, we express our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.  Prince Philip’s long life was marked by an extraordinary example of duty and service to his Queen and his country. Countless individuals will have been touched by his many initiatives, particularly young people. His fidelity in family life, even in times of difficulty, has been inspiring.  May he now rest in peace, writes Bishop Alan Hopes.



H. E. Vincent, Cardinal Nichols's homily at Requiem Mass for H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.   Link:  Cardinal's homily




Church Services from Friday 16th April:

Fri 16th         9.30 a.m.      Wood       Cyril Cosgrove, †         (Angie Punaks)

Sat 17th        6.00 p.m.      Wood       For the appointment of a new bishop

SUN 18th     9.00 a.m.      Fram        Rosalind Johnson,     (Dn. Mike & Ann Vipond)

SUN 18th    11.00 a.m.     Wood       For the people of the Parish

Mon 19th      9.30 a.m.       Wood       Private intention          (Jean Wallace)

Tue 20th       9.30 a.m.      Wood        For the Travers family  (Anne Travers)

Thu 22nd     12.00 p.m.      Fram        -

Fri 23rd        9.30 a.m.       Wood       For the members of the Constantinian Order of St. George

Sat 24th      11.00 a.m.      Fram        Wedding: Ida Chan and Hugo Horvath

Sat 24th       6.00 p.m.      Wood        For the people of the Parish

SUN 25th    9.00 a.m.      Fram        For the appointment of a new bishop

SUN 25th    11.00 a.m.    Wood       -

Mon 26th      9.30 a.m.      Wood       -

Tue 27th       9.30 a.m.      Wood      -

Thu 29th      12.00 p.m.     Fram       -

Fri 30th         - - - - - -       No morning Mass at Woodbridge on Friday 30th April.

Fri 30th        2.00 p.m.       Fram       Requiem Mass for Rosalind Johnson,     


Wood = Service in Saint Thomas's Church, Woodbridge

Fram = Service in Saint Clare's Church, Framlingham



Bishop Hopes' Easter Message 2021


THANK YOU.  We send our thanks to those who have worked so hard to ensure the dignified and prayerful celebrations of the liturgy during Holy Week and Easter.  Our special thanks go to the church stewards, sacristans, cleaners, flower arrangers and readers.  Thanks too to all who give their time and talents in the service of God and this parish community throughout the year. Father Edmund and Deacon Mike.


The EASTER OFFERING.  At this time of year it is customary to make an Easter Offering which is a personal gift to the parish priest and which forms a significant part of his income for the year.  Standing Orders to the parish account cannot become Easter Offering.  This is a separate collection. 


The Parish Office at Woodbridge is closed.  E-mail correspondence sent to the Parish Office will not be checked daily.  If you wish to contact Father Edmund Eggleston, parish priest, please telephone The Presbytery, Woodbridge, on (01394) 388828.   Please note, Father Edmund takes Wednesday as his day off each week.


The Solemnity of Saint George the Martyr is celebrated on Friday 23rd April.  Saint George is the patron saint of England.  Mass of Saint George at 09.30 a.m. at Woodbridge.


Second collections for the Priests’ Training Fund of the Diocese of East Anglia will be taken at all Masses on the weekend of 24th/25th April.


Of your charity pray for the happy repose of the soul of Rosalind Johnson, late of Rendlesham, who died on Tuesday 6th April, age 66.  May she rest in peace. Amen.   Requiem Mass at Saint Clare's Church, Framlingham, on Friday 30th April.


BAPTISMS. Based on the current official guidance from H.M. Government, Baptisms cannot take place any earlier than Monday 17th May, unless there is a risk of death.  From Monday 17th May, Baptisms may take place with a maximum congregation of 30 people present.


An outline of the forthcoming relaxation of the National Lockdown:

From 12th April:  Funerals 30 people.   Weddings, wakes and wedding receptions 15 people may attend.

No earlier than 17th May:  Baptisms may resume.  Most significant life events 30 people.

Two metre social distancing is still to be maintained at all times.


GIFT AID.  A reminder to all who kindly Gift Aid their weekly/monthly offerings to the parish:  If you are no longer paying U.K. taxes you must notify us and we will cancel your Gift Aid declaration with the parish.  We can no longer claim Gift Aid if you are longer paying U.K. tax.  Also, please notify us if you have changed your address in the last twelve months.  The parish Gift Aid Officer is Mrs. Jean Wallace.


Gift Aid declaration forms can be downloaded from the diocesan website, here:  Gift Aid declaration form


We pray for all in our parish who are unwell at the present time, whether suffering from short-term or long-term illnesses.  We pray too for the sick and the housebound members of our parish and for those who have no one to pray for them.  May the Lord grant them comfort from their suffering.  Amen.


PARISH  ANNIVERSARIES.  The parish calendar page of this website shows parishioners' anniversaries of death, taken from the parish's "Death Register".  Please click here  PARISH CALENDAR  to view the parish anniversaries for this month.


IGNITE.  Inviting all young people age 13+ to the Ignite Festival Online.  Join members of the Ignite Team for music, inspiring talks, workshops and prayer. Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd May 7.00 to 8.30 p.m.  For more information visit


JOB VACANCIES.  Details of job vacancies in the Diocese of East Anglia may be found here:  Vacancies - East Anglia Diocese





Zoom Meeting ID:  819 191 3344

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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



Government Guidance for Places of Worship  


Communal worship and life events - You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.  Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, details above.

  • We ask that you do not enter the church if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times, both inside and outside the church building.
  • Face coverings must be worn in the church at all times by people over the age of 10, unless they have a medical exemption.
  • Please sit in designated seating, and as guided by our church stewards.
  • All surfaces have to be cleaned and sanitised when the church is closed.  Please try to avoid touching things in church unnecessarily.
  • Track & Trace details are being recorded.  Please bring with you your name and contact details written on a piece of paper and leave it in the basket provided in the church.
  • Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.




2021 IS THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH.  His Holiness Pope Francis has designated 2021 to be the Year of Saint Joseph.  The apostolic letter from our Holy Father, “With a father’s heart”  can be downloaded via this link:  

Pope Francis proclaims "Year of Saint Joseph"


Saint Joseph, pray for us.









Father Edmund and Deacon Mike

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every Blessing this joyful Eastertide.

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