Parish Newsletter

Government Guidance for Places of Worship  


Communal worship and life events - You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.  Weddings, funerals and religious, belief-based or commemorative events linked to someone’s death are all subject to limits on the numbers that can attend, details are further down this page.

  • We ask that you do not enter the church if you have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Social distancing should be maintained at all times, both inside and outside the church building.
  • Face coverings must be worn in the church at all times by people over the age of 10, unless they have a medical exemption.
  • Please sit in designated seating, and as guided by our church stewards.
  • All surfaces have to be cleaned and sanitised when the church is closed.  Please try to avoid touching things in church unnecessarily.
  • Track & Trace details are being recorded.  Please bring with you your name and contact details written on a piece of paper and leave it in the basket provided in the church.
  • Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.




Woodbridge:  Wednesday 12th May at 6.00 p.m.

Framlingham:  Thursday 13th May at 12.00 p.m.



Church Services from Wednesday 12th May:

Wed 12th     6.00 p.m.      Wood     Vigil Mass of the Ascension of the Lord

Thu 13th     12.00 p.m.     Fram      Mass of Ascension Day    For the people of the Parish

Fri 14th        9.30 a.m.       Wood     For the appointment of a new bishop

Sat 15th       6.00 p.m.       Wood     For the people of the Parish     

SUN 16th    9.00 a.m.       Fram      No intention given.

SUN 16th   11.00 a.m.      Wood     No intention given.

Mon 17th      9.30 a.m.      Wood      No intention given.

Tue 18th      9.30 a.m.       Wood      No intention given.

Thu 20th     12.00 p.m.      Fram       For the appointment of a new bishop

Fri 21st        9.30 a.m.       Wood      Chips O'Connor, (Foundation)

Sat 22nd      6.00 p.m.       Wood      Gladys Coates,    (Foundation)

SUN 23rd   9.00 a.m.       Fram       For the people of the Parish

SUN 23rd   11.00 a.m.     Wood      Maria Hawtin,    (Foundation)

Mon 24th     No morning Mass at Woodbridge on Monday 24th May.

Mon 24th                         Fram       Requiem Mass:  Cheryl Duffy-Scaife,

Tue 25th     9.30 a.m.       Wood      Ernest Haysey,    (Smith family)


Wood = Service in Saint Thomas's Church, Woodbridge

Fram = Service in Saint Clare's Church, Framlingham

The Liturgical Calendar for May 2021 is at the bottom of this page.



CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK:   The annual collections to support the work of the Catholic Communications Network are to be taken on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May.


SAINT THOMAS'S 100 CLUB - Prize winners

April draw: Jackie Maxwell (1st), Jim Etchingham (2nd), and Eleanor Byrne (3rd).

May draw: Margaret Nelson (1st), Avril Scallan (2nd), and Margaret Nelson (3rd).


The Parish Office at Woodbridge is closed.  E-mail correspondence 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.   Please note, Father Edmund takes Wednesday as his day off each week.


GIFT AID.  A reminder to all who kindly Gift Aid their weekly/monthly offerings to the parish:  If you are no longer paying U.K. taxes you must notify us and we will cancel your Gift Aid declaration with the parish.  We can no longer claim Gift Aid if you are longer paying U.K. tax.  Also, please notify us if you have changed your address in the last twelve months.  The parish Gift Aid Officer is Mrs. Jean Wallace.

Gift Aid declaration forms can be downloaded from the diocesan website, here:  Gift Aid declaration form


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


JOB VACANCIES.  Details of job vacancies in the Diocese of East Anglia may be found here:  Vacancies - East Anglia Diocese


We pray for all in our parish who are unwell at the present time, whether suffering from short-term or long-term illnesses.  We pray too for the sick and the housebound members of our parish and for those who have no one to pray for them.  May the Lord grant them comfort from their suffering.  Amen.


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.


Online Spiritual Direction. Since his return to the diocese, after trying his vocation to monastic life at Douai Abbey in Berkshire, Father Paul Maddison has set up an on-line spiritual direction service available for clergy, religious and laity. It can be found at and also has some resources to help in the practice of prayer.


Illuminati present “Music for Springtime” - a live broadcast of choral music which will be streamed on Sunday 16th May, 2021 at 7.30pm.  The concert aims to support CAFOD and All Saints Church, Great Oakley.    We would all be delighted if this concert can help others as well as providing a little light entertainment, so, if you would like to support these charities, please visit where you will be able to watch the concert and make a donation, writes Brian Bartlett.



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Will Aldred will be running 62 miles, the Angles Way, on 30th May and we are sponsoring him to help an S.V.P. project in North Norfolk providing accommodation for homeless people. It can be seen on Just Giving, writes Wendy Hardinge.


This year’s Marriage and Family Life Mass will be both live and live-streamed at the Cathedral on Saturday 12th June at 11.00 a.m. Certificates will be available for those celebrating significant wedding anniversaries in 2020 and 2021 (anniversaries of one year, five years and every multiple of five years thereafter).  Please register to attend the event and/or for a certificate online at:  There will be a collection at the Mass for those who wish to help the Marriage and Family Life Commission in their work, writes Bonnie Lander Johnson, M.F.L. coordinator.


CAFOD's petition urging resolute action on climate change.  “Climate change is a global problem with serious implications… it represents one of the principle challenges facing humanity in our day”  Pope Francis.  Unlike Pope Francis there are politicians around the world who are still unwilling to make the decisions necessary to mitigate the effects of climate change, putting short term prosperity before long term survival.   As usual, the poorest will suffer first and the most from the disastrous effects of climate change and they will have contributed the least to its causes.   This year the UK has a special opportunity to influence the debate on Climate change for the better.  The country will be hosting both the G7 summit in June and the COP 26 (UN climate talks) in November. With this in mind CAFOD has issued a petition encouraging the Prime Minister to show the firm leadership and ambition necessary to limit global temperature rises to less than 1.5 degrees C.  The petition will urge Mr. Johnson to keep the needs of the poorest and worst affected at the heart of the debate.  Please sign the on-line petition here  writes Myles Smith.




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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







2021 IS THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH.  His Holiness Pope Francis has designated 2021 to be the Year of Saint Joseph.  The apostolic letter from our Holy Father, “With a father’s heart”  can be downloaded via this link:  

Pope Francis proclaims "Year of Saint Joseph"


Saint Joseph, pray for us.












Sat              1st             St. Joseph the Worker

SUN            2nd            Easter 5

Mon            3rd             Saints Philip & James, App.

Tue             4th             The English Martyrs, MM

Wed            5th             Easter feria

Thu             6th             Easter feria

Fri               7th             Easter feria

SUN            8th             Easter 6

Mon            10th           Easter feria

Tue             11th           Easter feria

Wed            12th           Easter feria

Thu             13th           The Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity)

Fri               14th           St. Matthias, Ap.

Sat              15th           Easter feria

SUN            16th           Easter 7

Mon            17th           Easter feria

Tue             18th           Easter feria

Wed            19th           Easter feria

Thu             20th           Easter feria

Fri               21st           Easter feria

Sat              22nd          Easter feria

SUN            23rd          Solemnity of Pentecost

Mon            24th           Mary, Mother of the Church

Tue             25th           St. Bede the Venerable, PD

Wed            26th           St. Philip Neri, P

Thu             27th           O.L.J.C., Eternal High Priest

Fri               28th           Feria – Ordinary Time, week 8

Sat              29th           Feria

SUN            30th           Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Mon            31st            The Visitation of the B.V.M.



Father Edmund and Deacon Mike

wish all visitors to our parish's website

every Blessing this joyful Eastertide.

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