Parish Newsletter


from Monday 21st September:

Mon 21st      9.30 a.m.      Wood       C.E. & A. Baker      (Foundation)

Tue 22nd      9.30 a.m.      Wood      St. Anne's School, Kalimpong (Angie Punaks)

Wed 23rd     No Mass on Wednesdays.

Thu 24th      6.30 p.m.     Fram         Fr. Ivan Rudkin,  (11th anniversary)

Fri 25th        9.30 a.m.     Wood        For Nelly Vda. de Dueñas  (Carla Daniels)

Sat 26th       6.00 p.m.     Wood        For the people of the Parish

SUN 27th    9.00 a.m.     Fram         The Holy Souls

SUN 27th    11.00 a.m.    Wood       The Holy Souls 

Mon 28th      9.30 a.m.     Wood

Tue 29th      9.30 a.m.      Wood

Wed 30th     No Mass on Wednesdays.

October 2020

Thu 1st       12.00 p.m.   Fram

Fri 2nd        9.30 a.m.      Wood        Philip Byrne, †    (Foundation)

        Collections for Peter's Pence on 3rd and 4th October

Sat 3rd        6.00 p.m.      Wood        Joan O'Brien,   (Gerald O'Brien)

SUN 4th     9.00 a.m.      Fram         For the people of the Parish

SUN 4th    11.00 a.m.     Wood

SUN 4th     (Afternoon)     Wood        Sacrament of Confirmation - Bishop Alan Hopes

       Monday 5th to Friday 9th October - No public Masses


++ SEPTEMBER  ANNIVERSARIES ++  The parish calendar page of this website has recently been updated and now shows parishioners' anniversaries of death, taken from the parish's "Death Register"  commencing March 1998.  Please click here  PARISH CALENDAR  to view the parish anniversaries for this month.


Please pray for the happy repose of the soul of Dorothea Whittaker of Saxmundham who died on 9th September, age 85.  Mrs. Whittaker's funeral service will take place on Thursday (24th) at 11.15 a.m. at Seven Hills Crematorium, Nacton.  May she rest in peace. Amen.


Parish Priest's Day Off:  Please note, Father Edmund takes Wednesday as his day off each week.


CHANGING TIMES.  Mass on Thursdays in St. Clare’s Church, Framlingham, will be celebrated at 12.00 p.m. from Thursday 1st October, 2020.


PETER'S PENCE:  The annual collection for Peter's Pence, to support our Holy Father Pope Francis, will be taken on the weekend of 3rd and 4th October.  Usually this collection is taken in June, on the feast of Saints Peter & Paul.


CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES.  Please remember in your prayers our parish’s seven candidates for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Bishop Alan Hopes will visit Woodbridge on Sunday 4th October to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation.


SUFFOLK HISTORIC CHURCHES TRUST.  David Taylor writes: The Suffolk Churches Cycle ride took place in glorious weather this year.  Thank you for all the contributions to date.  For Saint Clare’s Church, Vivienne and David cycled 55km and visited  18 churches. Their route and some pictures can be seen on their Suffolk Churches Just Giving page and donations can still be kindly made at:


SECOND COLLECTIONS.  Bishop Alan Hopes has asked for the following second collections to be taken:-

  • 3rd & 4th October - Peter’s Pence (from 30th June),
  • 17th & 18th October – World Mission Sunday (MISSIO), and
  • 19th & 20th December – East Anglia Dependent Priests’ Fund.


CAFOD's Harvest Fast Day.  This week our parish is marking CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day to help people facing the worst of the Coronavirus crisis. The usual biannual oral appeal will be omitted for the time being.  We’ve all felt the impact of this terrible disease - let’s join together to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the world survive, rebuild and heal.  Please continue to pray for all those affected and if you can please give a donation in support of CAFOD’s appeal.  Cash donations to CAFOD can be made after Mass during the weekend of 10th & 11th October. CAFOD are not using Fast Day envelopes for hygiene reasons. Labelled collection buckets will be available instead. In addition CAFOD are introducing their contactless payment terminal.  Donations can also be made online at  You can also give easily by text. Text CAFOD to 70085 to donate £10. Texts cost the £10 plus one standard rate message and you will be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.  If you would like to give the £10 without receiving marketing communications please text CAFODNOINFO  to 70085.  Thank you.    Myles Smith & Claire Robinson.


The Parish  Office at Woodbridge is closed.  E-mails 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.


Parish Offertory:  Cash Offertory collections are not being taken during Mass.  There is a collection basket in the church into which your weekly cash offering to the parish can be placed.


Standing Orders:  We are most grateful to all of our parishioners who continue their support with financial donations to the Parish Offertory.  Particularly, we send thanks to parishioners who continued their regular bankers’ Standing Order payments to the parish during the weeks of lock-down; parishioners who have made donations since our churches reopened, to cover their Offertory giving for the weeks that our churches were shut during lock-down, and parishioners who have recently set up new Standing Orders in favour of the parish.  Thank you.


PARISH   BANK  ACCOUNT.  Please note that the title of the parish’s joint bank account for both St. Thomas’s Church and St. Clare’s Church is “Woodbridge Catholic Church”.  When giving a cheque to the parish for Offertory, Mass stipends, or any other donation please make your cheque in favour of “Woodbridge Catholic Church”.  Barclays’ Bank, with whom our parish’s current account is held, is no longer willing to accept cheques which do not have the correct name of the parish’s account on them.


Safe use of places of worship.  For full details of the current Catholic Bishops' Conference guidelines for the safe use of places of worship, please click on the link in the navigation bar above, or here: SAFE USE OF PLACES OF WORSHIP


Face  Coverings.  The Government has announced that it is mandatory for everybody to wear a face mask inside places of worship.   Bishop Alan Hopes writes, “Care should be taken by the people in unlooping their face covering for the reception of Holy Communion and replacing the covering afterwards. This is to prevent contamination of the covering by the hands. The risk is regarded as minimal providing there is no hand-to-hand contact between the minister of Holy Communion and the communicant”.


Social  Distancing.  Please remember that it is the responsibility of us all, both as individuals and as a church community, to follow the Government’s guidelines in this area and to ensure that we are respectful of the needs and concerns of others at all times.  When inside the church building we are required to maintain a distance of 2 metres from other people.


Pastoral care of the sick.  The Catholic Bishops’ Conference has advised that priests, deacons and extra-ordinary ministers of Holy Communion may take the Blessed Sacrament to the sick in their homes, from 27th August.  All of the precautions described in the Bishops’ Conference guidance document are to be followed.  Face coverings and single use disposable gloves are to be worn.  Any lay ministers who wish to resume their parish visiting should speak to Fr. Edmund to arrange a date for their re-commissioning as an extra-ordinary minister of Holy Communion for the parish.


Ipswich Hospital Roman Catholic Chaplain.  Father Bineesh, O.C.D., from St. Mark’s parish, Ipswich, is the Roman Catholic Chaplain to Ipswich Hospital.  He can be contacted on Ipswich (01473) 684963 or, in an emergency, on mobile telephone number 07549695648.  Please note that the staff of the N.H.S. Trust at Ipswich Hospital will not inform Father Bineesh when a Roman Catholic person has been 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.


SAINT THOMAS'S 100 CLUB - Prize Winners

August 2020 draw: (1st) Margaret Nelson, (2nd) Felicity Lidvall, and (3rd) Margaret Nelson.

September 2020 draw: (1st) Bianca Handley, (2nd) Sally O'Neill, and (3rd) Ann Jones.

Registered with East Suffolk Council under the Lotteries & Amusements Act, 1976.


Father Edmund and Deacon Mike wish all our parishioners

and visitors to this website every Blessing.

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