Parish Newsletter

Church services from Monday 18th October, 2021.

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

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


                                                                                Mass Intentions

Mon 18th      9.30 a.m.         Wood        For the appointment of a new bishop

Tue 19th       9.30 a.m.         Wood        Wendy Howarth,      (Foundation)

Wed 20th      No Mass on Wednesday.

Thu 21st       12.00 p.m.        Fram         Deacon Mike Wells, †       (Fr. Edmund)   

Fri 22nd         9.30 a.m.         Wood        No intention given.  

Sat 23rd         6.00 p.m.         Wood       Canon Michael Hazell,   (Molly Bond)    

SUN 24th     9.00 a.m.          Fram        For the people of the Parish     

SUN 24th     11.00 a.m.        Wood       For Rita and Sarah        (Margaret Rutherford)

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 - 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         November Dead Lists

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



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, non-urgent, Mass intentions 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 by Bishop Alan Hopes in Saint John the Baptist's Cathedral, Norwich, on Sunday 7th November at 11 o'clock.



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.


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.



This year, World Mission Sunday falls on Sunday, 24th October. On this day the whole Church unites in prayer for its missionary activity, and in collecting funds to support Catholic communities across the world living in situations of poverty and privation.  The theme chosen by our Holy Father Pope Francis is: ‘We cannot but speak about what we have seen and heard’ (Acts 4:20). In his message for World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis says:  ‘Once we experience the power of God’s love we cannot help but proclaim and share what we have seen and heard. Jesus’ relationship with his disciples and his humanity shows us the extent to which God loves our humanity and makes his own our joys and sufferings, our hopes and our concerns’.   All donations go to the Universal Solidarity Fund in order to meet the spiritual and material needs of peoples and young churches throughout the world, for the salvation of all. Thank you for your ongoing support of Missio through prayer and charity. Please do all you can to celebrate this day in solidarity with the whole Church. For more information about World Mission Sunday, please visit  Father Anthony Chantry.    National Director Missio


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.


WOODBRIDGE FOODBANK.  The Foodbank at the Salvation Army is still very much needed. We make about seventy parcels each week. We would love donations to continue as a significant amount of money is spent on tins and packets of food to ensure families have a balanced diet. Items we often run short of include: tins of vegetables, meat, fish and fruit, packets of tea bags, and sugar. Nappies are also gratefully received.  If you would like to donate something specific to the Foodbank we would really appreciate some shampoo please.  The next table-top sales to be held at the Salvation Army will be from 10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on the following dates:  Saturday 13th November, and Saturday 11th December.






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


ASSISTED SUICIDE BILL :  Novena to Saint John Paul II 

There will be a national novena seeking the intercession of Saint John Paul II, on whose feast the Second Reading falls. It will run from 13th-22nd October.  You will find a short and simple novena prayer for personal use below, writes Bishop Alan Hopes.

Bishop John Sherrington has said of the Novena: ‘Jesus told his disciples to pray at all times and not lose heart. Providentially the discussion of Baroness Meacher’s Bill in the House of Lords falls on the feast of Saint John Paul II on 22nd October.  The novena, asking the intercession of Saint John Paul II, who spoke courageously about the infinite worth of each human person and witnessed to the cross in his final illness, calls upon Catholics and all who share our view that assisted suicide is wrong, to pray with perseverance that this Bill will be defeated.   Saint John Paul II, pray for us.’ 

The Novena Prayer.  Merciful God, we pray with thanks and gratitude for the great spiritual gift of Saint John Paul II’s apostolic life and mission. Through his heavenly intercession we ask that the ‘Assisted Dying’ Bill be defeated and that the infinite worth of each human person is upheld through proper investment in palliative care. Grant also that we may grow in love for You and proclaim boldly the love of Jesus Christ to all people. Through the same Christ, Our Lord. Amen. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be… 

Bishop Sherrington's open letter on the Assisted Dying Bill. 



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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