St. Mary’s Church has been the gathering place for the Catholic Community of Ipswich for over 100 years. Families have gathered here for prayer and worship for many generations. The history of the Church is closely linked with the history of the City of Ipswich, and St. Mary’s celebrated its centenary in December 2004. The Church is an historic landmark in Ipswich and continues to be a beacon of faith for the people of the City and surrounding areas.
St. Mary’s was never just a home to local Catholic families. During its construction, the church was paid for by non-Catholics and Catholics alike. To this day, St. Mary’s is visited by many non-Catholics, and many of them feel the church, being the most visible building in Ipswich, gives them a place to call home. St. Mary’s is the Icon of “Greater Ipswich” and invites everyone regardless of their age, culture, faith, and personal situation.