PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE

 

Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail frjohnfelixstowe@gmail.com

WebSite http://StFelixFelixstowe.uk

December 20th, 2015 : FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. Betty Ryles 11.0am (Con) Int. Peter & Mary

Sutcliffe

Weekday Masses

Monday ADVENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Agnes Carley

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday ADVENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. In praise & thanksgiving

2.15pm (St.F) FUNERAL MASS FOR

DOROTHYT VEITCH RIP

Wednesday ADVENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. + Dorothy Veitch (CWL)

10.30am (Con) Int.

Thursday ADVENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. Moore, Greene, & Hughes F.

 

 

CHRISTMAS EVE

6.0pm FIRST MASS OF CHRISTMAS

(St.F) Int. +Alan Deveny

8.0pm MASS OF MIDNIGHT

(Con) Int.

10.0pm MASS OF MIDNIGHT

(St.F) Int. + John Battersby & Family

 

CHRISTMAS DAY

9.30am MASS OF THE DAY

(St.F) Int. +Helen Lawrence

11.0am MASS OF THE DAY

(Con) Int. For the People

 

FEAST OF ST.STEPHEN

11.0am MASS OF THE FEAST

(St.F) Int. +David Lloyd

6.0pm Anticipatory Mass

(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

Monday 2.0pm-2.30pm

Tuesday 10.0am-10.30am (During Exposition)

Wednesday Noon-12.30pm

Christmas Eve 10.0am-10.30am, 2.0pm-2.30pm

Fr.Anthony Watkins will be available to hear Confessions on Christmas Eve 11.30am-Noon, and 4.0pm-4.30pm

 

The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.90 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.74 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 113

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Kyries Hymn Book 516

Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Acclamation B

Hymns : 106, 112, 113, 100

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

 

 

 

TODAY 3.0PM

THE CHRISTINGLE SERVICE

A PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS

- as we prepare to welcome

Our Lord Jesus Christ, born at Bethlehem.

Each child will receive a Christingle

 

THIS WEEK

 

Monday 7.30pm Fr.John assists at the Penitential Service at St.Mary Magdalen, Ipswich

Tuesday 2.15pm Funeral Mass for Dorothy Veitch RIP, followed by Cremation at the Crematorium of the Seven Hills at 4.30pm.

Saturday 11.0am Mass of the Feast, at which our Altar Services renew their promises.

6.0pm The usual anticipatory Mass on Saturday.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Stanley Ring (2009), Doris Bird (2002), Margaret Hanlon (2009), Joseph Grace (2003), Heather Campbell (2001), Keith McGinn (1997), and Sr. Barbara Brent (2014). May they Rest in Peace.

Money Matters Last Sunday 616.72 was given at the Offertory, and a further 96.88 for CAFOD. 278.29 was given in the retiring collection, which was for the Dependant Clergy Fund. At Christmas, the collection goes to the Parish Priest, as a basic constituent of his annual income.

Alive in Faith Have you seen the thank-you letter from the Bishop on the notice board, thanking us for the wonderful effort we made as a parish to support Alive in Faith? He tells us too what our contribution has made possible.

The Christmas Lunch The annual Lunch for senior parishioners was held last Sunday, and as ever was a great success. The food was excellent, and served with great efficiency. Our thanks to Monica Macdonald, the principal organiser, to those who helped with the cooking, and to those who did the serving. It was a splendid team effort, and was much appreciated.

2016 Diocesan Year Book The new year books are available at the Repository in the porch, priced at 3.0.

 

THE SANCTUARY

 

Perhaps you thought as I did that nothing was ever going to happen as regards the re-ordering of the Sanctuary! The planning and negotiations have certainly seemed endless. But now at last things are moving. Last month the Bishop and the Diocesan Liturgical Commission gave approval to the plans which, some months ago, our Parish Advisory Council approved, and now a few days ago the Diocesan Finance Committee also gave us the go-ahead. So I have at last been able to contact the Contractor, Messrs. Hogg of Coney Weston, and ask them to go ahead. Work should begin in the New Year - but not, I suspect, for several weeks. The main works, you remember, are (i) the installation of a stone plinth for the new tabernacle against the east wall, (ii) the moving back of the Altar by a three or four feet, to allow room for the Celebrant to sit in front of it (to one side), with the provision of stone supports for the Altar to match the tabernacle plinth, replacing the present concrete ones, (iii) the replacement of the present jazzy floor tiles with quieter dull-red ones, appropriate to the building, and (iv) the provision of a pair of stone ambos (lecterns), incorporating the fine carved stone panels from the former pulpit. How is it all being payed for? - a quarter of the money raised by Alive in Faith comes back to the parish for its Parish Project - the re-ordering of the Sanctuary being our project.

'But stop. Shouldn't you be writing about Bethlehem in this Christmas-week Newsheet, rather than about works in the church?' Well I rather think that I am doing so. For does not the Tabernacle represent Mary carrying her yet-unborn child - the Christ hidden in the tabernacle even as he was hidden in Mary's womb, hidden and yet present? And does not the Altar represent the manger in the stable, the place where the Christ is laid, laid upon the Altar under the outward appearance of bread and wine as the Mass is celebrated? And does not the sanctuary floor represent the floor of the stable in Bethlehem, upon which the wonderful event of the Lord's Nativity took place? And is not the Lectern, where the Gospel is proclaimed, the hill above which the angels made proclamation of the birth of the Saviour to the faithful shepherds? And if we had been in Bethlehem at the first Christmas, would we not have wanted to bring gifts to the new-born King? Maybe we should think of the enhancement of the Sanctuary in our church as the bringing of gifts to the Lord - making the place where he comes amongst us as seemly and as beautiful as we can. As Catholics, we are not afraid of beauty. Nor of expressing our love of Jesus in material ways.