Parish Newsletter

Church services from Monday 25th October, 2021.

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

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


                                                                                Mass Intentions

Mon 25th       9.30 a.m.          Wood       For the appointment of a new bishop

Tue 26th        9.30 a.m.          Wood       Maureen Haysey,        (Cecilia & Myles Smith)

Wed 27th       No Mass on Wednesday.

Thu 28th       12.00 p.m.         Fram        Danny O'Keeffe, †        (Patsy & Reg Sears)

Fri 29th         9.30 a.m.          Wood        Sir David Amess,        (S.P.U.C.)

Sat 30th        6.00 p.m.          Wood        Eileen Tomlinson,       (Julie Keogh)

SUN 31st     9.00 a.m.          Fram         For the people of the Parish

SUN 31st    11.00 a.m.         Wood         For Julia Quin           (Cecilia Smith)


Mon 1st        9.30 a.m.         Wood         November Dead Lists, 

Mon 1st        7.00 p.m.         Zoom         Churches Together at Prayer by Zoom - see below

Tue 2nd        9.30 a.m.          Wood        Requiem -  for The Faithful Departed, 

Tue 2nd        12.00 p.m.        Fram         Requiem -  November Dead Lists, 

Wed 3rd       No Mass on Wednesday.

Thu 4th        No Mass on Thursday.

Fri 5th          9.30 a.m.        Wood         Requiem -  for Covid-19 pandemic dead, 

Sat 6th         6.00 p.m.        Wood         November Dead Lists, 

SUN 7th      9.00 a.m.        Fram          November Dead Lists, 

SUN 7th      11.00 a.m.      Wood         For the people of the Parish


The Solemnity of All Saints

Saturday 30th October:

Mass at Woodbridge at 6.00 p.m.

Sunday 31st October:

Mass at Framlingham at 9.00 a.m.

Mass at Woodbridge at 11.00 a.m.


The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed

All  Souls’  Day

Tuesday 2nd November

Requiem Mass at Woodbridge at 9.30 a.m.

Requiem Mass at Framlingham at 12.00 p.m.


NOVEMBER: Month of the Holy Souls.  During the month of November, Mass intentions will be offered – whenever possible - for the Holy Souls whose names are submitted on the November Dead Lists.  Other Mass intentions which are not urgent will be offered at the earliest opportunity in December or January.


A Requiem Mass for the happy repose of the souls of all people who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic will be offered at Saint Thomas's Church, Woodbridge, on Friday 5th November at 9.30 a.m.


A Requiem Mass for the happy repose of the souls of all people who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic will be offered by Bishop Alan Hopes at Saint John the Baptist's Cathedral, Norwich, on Sunday 7th November at 11 o'clock.


Remembrance Sunday.  On Sunday 14th November the 11 o'clock Mass at Saint Thomas's Church, Woodbridge, will be a sung Requiem Mass for those who died in battle.


Framlingham Churches Together Remembrance Sunday Service.  Sunday 14th November a Remembrance Sunday service at Saint Michael's Anglican Church, Framlingham, at 11 o'clock following a parade and wreath laying.


A Requiem Mass for our parish benefactors.  The annual Requiem Mass for the happy repose of the souls of our deceased parish benefactors will be offered at Saint Thomas's Church, Woodbridge, on Friday 19th November at 9.30 a.m.


Lux ӕterna luceat eis, Domine,

cum sanctis tuis in ӕternum,  quia pius es.



APPLICATION FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE SACRAMENTS OF FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST HOLY COMMUNION in 2022.  It is the current policy in the Diocese of East Anglia that a child’s first celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and first reception of Holy Communion will take place in school Year 3 – the school year in which the child reaches the age of eight – or later. 

Reception of Holy Communion is a Sacrament of Initiation into the life of the Church. Therefore parents and their children are expected to be regularly attending Mass in the parish each week and to take part in the preparation programme which will be provided by the parish.  The classes at Woodbridge will commence in January 2022.  Parents or guardians should be able to commit to their children attending all of the scheduled First Holy Communion classes, regularly attend Sunday Mass with their children, and additionally teach them all of the prayers which are needed for their child to make his or her First Reconciliation.

Enrolment forms for children who will be age eight or older in June 2022 are now available. Please return the forms by 30th November.  If the candidate for the Sacraments was baptised in another parish, a copy of their baptism certificate will be required with the enrolment form.


SINGING AT MASS.  The guidance document for public worship issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference says singing may recommence during Mass, but it should be reintroduced gradually.  Our bishops recommend that face coverings should be worn by members of the congregation whilst singing together.

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.


IPSWICH  HOSPITAL CHAPLAINCY.  You or your relatives should inform the hospital chaplains’ office about your stay in hospital, if you wish to be visited by the chaplain during your stay in hospital.  To request a visit, telephone the hospital switchboard on 01473 712233 and ask for the Chaplains’ Office. The staff of the N.H.S. Trust at Ipswich Hospital will not automatically inform the hospital chaplain when a Roman Catholic person is admitted to Ipswich Hospital.


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.


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 the Parish Priest, Father Edmund Eggleston, please telephone The Presbytery, Woodbridge, on (01394) 388828.   

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


CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION.  Churches Together in Woodbridge & Melton are looking for a Christmas themed photograph to use for their Christmas card which is delivered to all houses in the area.  A colour photograph is preferred. Only one entry per person.  Please send to by 31st October.






LATEST NEWS.  All news items from the Diocese of East Anglia may be viewed here: Latest News

From the Marriage and Family Life Coordinator, Diocese of East Anglia:- 

Mass for those affected by infertility.  Saturday November 6, 2021, 11am, Our Lady & Saint Etheldreda, Newmarket. Followed by a talk from Dr. Phil Boyle, President of the International Institute of Restorative Reproductive Medicine and founder of NeoFertility.  We respectfully ask that children do not attend this Mass.   For more information:

Retreat for women and girls. Saturday January 15, 2022, at Blackfriars, Cambridge. To be run by the Dominican Sisters of Cambridge. 

Mass for Saint Joseph's Day and blessing of children.  Saturday March 19, 2022, 10am at Saint John’s Cathedral, Norwich


Marriage and Family Life Coordinator, Diocese of East Anglia. 



THE DIOCESAN MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL is available to try to help people who may need to regularise or simply talk through their marital situation, following a marriage breakdown or divorce, writes Canon Simon Blakesley, Judicial Vicar.  The Tribunal can be contacted, in confidence, direct by telephone 01508 495168 or by e-mail:   Office hours are 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.


Stewardship and Fundraising in parishes.  Mrs. Sandra Portas visited Woodbridge to talk to the Parish Finance Committee at their July meeting.  Mrs. Portas is the Stewardship and Fundraising Coordinator for the Diocese of East Anglia.  More information about her role in the diocese can be found here:  Stewardship and Fundraising Coordinator

The Diocese of East Anglia has provided helpful advice on drawing up a will or legacy.  It can be read here: Helpful advice on drawing up a will or legacy.


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

Passcode:  047188

Next meeting:  Monday 1st November



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



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