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St. Mark’s, Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich IP2 0QQ
Holy Family Church, Ipswich Road, Brantham, CO11 1TB
Parish Priest: Rev Fr Luke Goymour
The Presbytery, 180 Hawthorn Drive, Ipswich, IP2 0QQ 
01473 684963 / revgoymour@googlemail.com  

The tradition of the Christmas crib – reflection by Pope Francis
“Setting up the Christmas creche in our homes helps us to relive the history of what took place in Bethlehem. Naturally, the Gospels remain our source for understanding and reflecting on that event. At the same time, its portrayal in the creche helps us to imagine the scene… as contemporaries of an event that is living and real… The Christmas creche is part of the precious yet demanding process of passing on the faith. Beginning in childhood, and at every stage of our lives, it teaches us to contemplate Jesus, to experience God’s love for us, to feel and believe that God is with us and that we are with him, his children, brothers and sisters all, thanks to that Child who is the Son of God and the Son of the Virgin Mary.”

Weekday and Sunday Masses and devotions
All are very welcome to attend services; it is not necessary to be a Catholic. The following are the usual mass times but please check the parish website for updates in case of changes: www.stmarksparish.org.uk or the noticeboards outside the churches. Christmas Day masses will be at the same time as for Sundays.
Saturday 5.30pm, St. Mark’s vigil mass with confessions from 5pm
Sunday 9am Holy Family Brantham, 11am St. Mark’s
Tuesday    10am Holy Family mass with Adoration from 9.20am
Wednesday 9.30am St. Mark’s
Friday 12.15pm St. Mark’s mass with Adoration from 11.40am

Father Luke’s Sunday sermons are available at: anchor.fm/fr-luke-goymour

Events and Diary Dates
The popular Bring & Buy Coffee Morning at Viv Szitasi’s home, Paddock Gate, Whitehorse Road, East Bergholt CO7 6TR will take place on Thursday, 21 December 10.30am-12noon. Everyone is most welcome.
Living Stones prayer group meet on the first, third and fifth Mondays each month at 6pm at St. Mark’s, beginning with guided adoration and at St. Mary’s, Ardleigh (CO7 7LD) at 6.30pm on the second and fourth Mondays. New members welcome.

The Sick and Housebound
Please let Fr Luke know of anyone who is ill at home, housebound or in hospital, so that they may receive appropriate pastoral care, he can be contacted on: 01473 684 963.