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

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

                                                                                                           Mass Intention for:

Mon 16th        9.30 a.m.         Wood         Eileen Baker, +        (L. Flaherty)

Tue 17th         9.30 a.m.         Wood         For the appointment of a bishop

Wed 18th        No Mass on Wednesday.

Thu 19th         12.00 p.m.       Fram          Chips O'Connor, +    (Foundation)

Fri 20th           9.30 a.m.         Wood         Sheila Freeman, +

Sat 21st          6.00 p.m.         Wood         Gladys Coates, +      (Foundation)

Sun 22nd      9.00 a.m.          Fram         The people of the Parish

Sun 22nd      11.00 a.m.        Wood        Katherine Brunet, +    (K. Tully)

Mon 23rd        9.30 a.m.          Wood        Maria Hawtin, +        (Foundation)

Tue 24th         9.30 a.m.          Wood        Thomas McGuire, +    (M. Byrne)   

Wed 25th        No Mass on Wednesday.

Thu 26th         9.30 a.m.          Wood        Ernest Haysey, +      (Smith family)   

Thu 26th         12.00 p.m.         Fram        The people of the Parish

Fri 27th           9.30 a.m.          Wood        -

Sat 28th          6.00 p.m.          Wood        The people of the Parish

SUN 29th       9.00 a.m.          Fram          -

SUN 29th      11.00 a.m.         Wood         -

Mon 30th        No Mass on Monday.

Tue 31st         9.30 a.m.           Wood         -

JUNE 2022

Wed 1st         12.00 p.m.          Fram          -

Thu 2nd         9.30 a.m.           Wood         -

Fri 3rd           9.30 a.m.            Wood         -

Sat 4th          6.00 p.m.            Wood         -

SUN 5th       9.00 a.m.            Fram         Pat Corrigan, +  (P. & R. Sears)

SUN 5th       11.00 a.m.          Wood        The people of the Parish




An invitation from the Bishops of England and Wales

This is the bread come down from heaven (John 6:58)

A beautiful hallmark of the Catholic faith is the profound desire to participate in the Holy Mass and share in the Eucharist. We do so with deep gratitude and joy. The Eucharist gives the Church her identity – “The Eucharist makes the Church, and the Church makes the Eucharist.” It enables us to worship Almighty God, to support each other on our journey of faith, and to be a visible sign of faith in the world. This hallmark is supported and strengthened by the precept that our fundamental Christian duty is to worship God by participating in the celebration of Mass. Attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days is the greatest of all privileges, sometimes referred to as “the Sunday Obligation.”

Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, until the present time, we have shared with you our judgment that the situation of the last two years has meant that the Sunday Obligation has been impeded and has needed to be fulfilled in other ways. We thank God that this situation has now changed. The pressing challenges of the pandemic have lessened significantly. Most people have resumed the wide range of normal activities, no longer restricted by the previous Covid measures. We therefore believe that the reasons which have prevented Catholics from attending Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation no longer apply.

We understand there will still be some members of our congregations who, for reasons of health, do not feel safe enough to return to Mass. It has always been the understanding of the Church that when the freedom of any Catholic to attend Mass in person is impeded for a serious reason, because of situations such as ill health, care for the sick or legitimate fear, this is not a breach of the Sunday Obligation.

Our Catholic people and parishes have benefitted during these difficult times from the online streaming of Mass and other services. “Virtual viewing” of Mass online does not fulfil the Sunday Obligation. It may, however, be a source of continual spiritual comfort to those who cannot attend Mass in person, for example those who are elderly and sick, for whom the obligation does not apply. In this context, we recognise gratefully the ministry of those who administer Holy Communion to the elderly, sick and housebound.

We are grateful to our clergy, religious and lay faithful who have served our parishes, schools and communities with dedication and distinction throughout this pandemic. Now we look forward with renewed faith and confidence.

In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Lord’s Supper, the Lord Jesus entrusted to us the precious gift of Himself. With humility, we glory in being a Eucharistic people for whom attendance at Mass is essential. Looking forward to the forthcoming feast of Pentecost, we now invite all Catholics who have not yet done so to return to attending Mass in person.

As the Church needs the witness of the presence of each person, so too each believer needs to journey in faith and worship with their fellow disciples. Nourished by our encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus, fed with His Word and His Body and Blood in Holy Communion, and supported by the presence of each other, we receive strength week by week, to serve the Lord and glorify Him with our lives.

Approved by the Plenary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference
Friday 6th May, 2022.


Bishop Alan Hopes writes: 

Reports on the celebration of Holy Week and Easter across the Diocese have been very positive with great numbers of people attending the Liturgies and especially for those of Easter Day. We thank God for this grace!

We must build on it to encourage those who have not returned to Mass yet. For as Christians, we have an obligation to gather as the Church on Sunday, the Day of the Lord’s Resurrection, to celebrate what the Lord commanded us to do the night before he died. In the celebration of the Mass he is truly present in Word and Sacrament, ready to fill our lives with his Risen Life.  Live-streaming of the Mass has brought great comfort and joy to many over the past two years, and especially the elderly and the infirm. However, for those who are able to come to Mass, the barriers of the last two years which prevented us from doing so in great numbers have now disappeared. Nothing can replace our coming together as the Church week-by-week to meet the Lord in reality.

I would ask all parishes to use these weeks leading up to Pentecost and beyond to encourage all who have not fully returned to Mass to think about and not to be afraid of doing so!       (3rd May, 2022)



THE GUILD OF OUR LADY OF GRACE invites everybody to a talk to be given by Dr. Phil Roberts and Fr. Adrian Gates on Saturday 21st May at 11.00 a.m.  Tea and coffee from 10.30 a.m. in St. Mary at the Elms Church, Ipswich.


Woodbridge welcomes Ukraine

  • Have you registered to host a Ukrainian family?
  • Do you want to find out more about welcoming Ukrainians to Woodbridge?
  • Do you want to hear about what has happened in other parts of Suffolk?
  • What are the next steps for Woodbridge?




Thursday 26th May, 2022

Holy Mass will be celebrated

09.30 a.m. at St. Thomas's Church Woodbridge and

12.00 p.m. at St. Clare's Church Framlingham.

Ascension Day is a Holy Day of Obligation.



REVISED MASS SCHEDULE.  Please note the revised Mass schedule for the weekday Masses during the week Monday 30th May to Friday 3rd June:

  • Monday 30th - No Mass today.
  • Tuesday 31st - Mass at Woodbridge at 9.30 a.m.
  • Wednesday 1st - Mass at Framlingham at 12.00 p.m.
  • Thursday 2nd - Mass at Woodbridge at 9.30 a.m.
  • Friday 3rd - Mass at Woodbridge at 9.30 a.m.


DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO WALSINGHAM. Tuesday 31st May.  The pilgrimage starts with a sung Mass in Our Lady's shrine at 12.00 p.m.   Link:



PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATION EVENTS.  Thursday 2nd June to Sunday 5th June. 

Details of events being organised by Woodbridge Town Council and by Framlingham Town Council can be found on their websites.

Woodbridge Town Council:What's on in Woodbridge

Framlingham Town Council:What's on  



MISSIONARY APPEAL. The annual missionary appeal will be made by the Missionary Sisters of Saint Peter Claver on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June.


The Marriage and Family Life Mass at Saint John's Cathedral, Norwich, will be held on Saturday June 18th at 11.30am. All are welcome! Those who are celebrating significant anniversaries (one year, five years, and every multiple of five years thereafter) will receive a certificate and a blessing from Bishop Hopes. If you would like to register for a certificate please use the online form: through the marriage and family section of the diocesan website. Certificates will be posted after the Mass. Join us after Mass for tea and cake in the Cathedral Hall. There will be a collection at the Mass for those who wish to help the Marriage and Family Life Commission in their work.


From Bishop Alan Hopes:  The 10th World Meeting of Families will be a virtual event held June 22nd – 26th 2022. Parishioners are invited to download the World Meeting of Families app to participate. Seven catechetical lessons have been developed to accompany this World Meeting of Families. To explore these further, the Marriage and Family Life Commission in our Diocese will be holding events for families throughout the coming year. These will be held at religious houses. If you are interested in helping to lead these events please contact:


PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES - AUGUST 2022. **BOOKING NOW OPEN** The Diocese of East Anglia will be joining the Catholic Association pilgrimage to Our Lady's shrine at Lourdes in August.  Full details of the pilgrimage are available here: Catholic Association Lourdes 2022


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.


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.


GIFT AID: All parishioners who have kindly signed a Gift Aid Declaration in favour of the Parish of Woodbridge and Framlingham are asked to let us know of their new address if they have moved house during the last twelve months.  Also, if you no longer pay tax please tell Mrs. Jean Wallace (the Parish Gift Aid Officer).  We are unable to claim Gift Aid on your donations to the Church if you do not pay tax.


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.




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.  The Roman Catholic Chaplain is Father Bineesh Elanjikkal, assisted by Deacon Clive Brooks.






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









CARITAS SOCIAL ACTION NETWORK:   Advice on how you can help people caught up in the war in Ukraine is available from the Caritas Social Action Network at


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.


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


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


Father Edmund and Deacon Mike wish all visitors to

the Woodbridge & Framlingham Parish's website every Blessing.

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