For nearly 5 years our 4 parishes have worked together very closely and operated under the umbrella of the Ipswich Catholic Community. With 7 weekend Masses in 5 churches (plus regular Monthly Masses in our other churches) we have centralised and now share many of the tasks of running a parish. We are, in a sense, already operating as one parish. After consultation with the Archdiocese, the priests of the parishes and our groups and committees I have decided to finalise the process of amalgamation. The reality is that life here in the Ipswich Catholic Community will not change – all our Churches will keep their identity under the ‘brand’ of a new name. I look forward to working with each of our Church Communities to strengthen the Catholic presence in the Ipswich area. As we begin this new phrase, let’s continue to pray for each other.