Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

The Presbytery, 8, Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, IP11 7HT

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail


July 17th, 2016 : 16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME


Sunday Masses

Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. A Private Intention 11.0am (Con) Int.


Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +The Holy Souls

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. The Cawston Family

Wednesday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. Peter & Mary Sutcliffe

10.30am (Con) Int.

Thursday FERIA

10.0am (Con) Int.


11.0am (St.F) Int.

5.0pm (Con) Int.

Saturday FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. Roger & Joanna

6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People


The Daily Office

Lauds (Morning Prayer) is said a quarter of an hour before the first Mass


Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesdays at10.0am Benediction at 10.30am


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Saturday 5.15 to 5.45 p.m. or by appointment.


The Rosary Fridays at 10.15am


The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.112 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.1025 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 938

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria 527-R

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 794, 629, 748, 761

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Gloria Hymn Book 498




Monday 7.0pm Meeting for those interested in forming a 'Parish Social Care' group, in the Hall.

Tuesday 7.30pm Meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council, in the Hall. Please collect your agenda from the back of church.

Saturday 1.0pm Marriage Service for Roger Gilkes and Joanna McGinn.




Anniversaries this week Sr.Monica Brennan (2011), Douglas Jones (1995), Rita Robertson (2002), Mary Cooper (1997), Ronald Russell (1996), Maria McIntee (1995), Arthur Green (2006), Brian Tehan (2009), and Maurice Simms (2004). May they Rest in Peace.


Money Matters Last Sunday 695.88 was given at the Offertory, with a further 88.91 given to CAFOD. In the retiring collection, for The Apostleship of the Sea, 277.62 was given. CAFOD have asked for an emergency collection for Ethiopia, which will be taken next Sunday.


Catholic Womens' League would like to thank everybody who donated to the collection for the Womens' Refuge (Lighthouse) in Ipswich. We donated 400 items, which were greatly



Wednesday Lunch Club 'Our next lunch is on 3rd August, at 12.30pm in the Hall. The menu is : Gammon & sausage Plait, salad, etc., Fruit Meringue, Tea/Coffee. Cost -4

Must be pre-booked by contacting Jenny on 671217. To date we have made 850 profit, our thanks to our supporters, not only from the parish but the wider community across the town. From Barbara, Fiona, Sylvia, and Jenny - better known as Team Felix.'




As you probably know, holy days in the Catholic Church fall into three categories. The most important ones are labeled SOLEMNITIES,

days such as those when we celebrate Our Lord's Ascension, or the Assumption of Our Lady, or Corpus Christi, or St.Peter & St.Paul. On these days we say the Creed at Mass, as well as the Gloria. One step lower are FEASTS, many of them being celebrations of major saints such as St.Andrew, St Mattew, St.Thomas More & St.John Fisher. As with Solemnities, their celebration at Mass is mandatory, but whilst we use the Gloria, we don't use the Creed. And then there is the third, lowest level, called MEMORIAS. Some of these are also mandatory, but some of them, called Optional Memorias are observed or not observed at the discretion of the priest.


Each year in July - for as long as I can remember - I have felt somewhat outraged that St.Mary Magdalen, whom we observe on July 22nd, has only been kept as a Memoria - albeit a mandatory one. She seems to me to be of far greater significance than many of those to whom the Church has accorded Feast Days. She was, after all, the first recorded person to whom Our Lord appeared after his Resurrection - a singular honour - beside which her example of burning love for Jesus is so edifying. So I was delighted when on receiving the Bishop's periodic letter a few days ago to see that St.Mary Magdalen has been upgraded to a Feast. Not before time! A proper Preface has been written for the Mass (the first part of the Eucharistic Prayer), but has not yet been translated into English. So this coming Friday will be rather special : the first celebration of the FEAST of St.Mary Magdalen. Why not come along to Mass at 11.0am or 5.0pm (Convent). And to celebrate further, why not come into the Presbytery for a pre-lunch drink after the 11.0am Mass?




Perhaps you are more likely to have shared my outrage over another matters - the fact that the Head of the Royal College of Midwives, Cathy Warwick, is Chairman of Britain's largest commercial abortion company, and has signed up the Royal College of Midwives to support a law allowing more abortions! This seems extraordinary, and truly is outrageous. The Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child, SPUC, is objecting to this, and we are asked to send in cards expressing our support of their objection. If you would like to do so, you will find a supply of these cards at the back of church.




At last the plan for the Memorial Garden has been fully realized, with the lawn behind the church having been extended to meet the area for the burial of cremated remains. It is a huge improvement, and I hope that you will be pleased. The lavendar and roses are continuing to flower well, and this has become a very pleasant part of our church complex. Do go and have a look.




Our CAFOD representatives, Boni and Kate Pinto, write

'The Ethiopian food crisis has been caused by the worsening El Nino effect. The rains have failed twice, and as a result the last harvest failed and the next one will not yield enough food either. Some 400,000 children are suffering from malnutrition.

'The situation in Ethiopia is severe. Without action we face a very real human tragedy, but with your support and prayers now, a more terrible crisis can be averted.

'There will be emergency appeal envelopes available at the back of the church.

Thank you,

Boni and Kate.'