Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail


December 6th, 2015 : Second Sunday of Advent


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int.+Frank Doran 11.0am (Con) Int.+Peter McGuire


Weekday Masses


9.30am (St.F) Int.

10.30am (Con) Int. All hosts of the Posada.



9.30am (St.F) Int.

11.0am (Con) Int.


9.30am (St.F) Int.

10.30am (Con) Int. Carol Charles



No services today


11.0am (St.F) Int.

5.0pm (Con) Int.


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.85 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.65 of The

Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Sanctus & Benedictus Mass Book p.16

(Angelus) Hymn : 92

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Kyries Hymn Book p.516

Sanctus & Benedictus Mass Book p.16

Hymns : 110, 983, 662, 878

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1




Today 7.0pm The POSADA is at the Presbytery for those Confirmed earlier this year.

Monday 7.30pm Fr.John assists with the Advent Penitential Service at St.Mark's, Ipswich

Tuesday Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Masses at 9.30am (St.F) and 11.0am (Con).

Thursday 10.30am Fr.John attends a diocesan Clergy Study Day at Newmarket.

Friday 6.0pm The POSADA is at the Presbytery for families who had a First Holy Communion earlier this year.

Saturday The Childrens Activities at the Convent have begun their Christmas break.

No 11.0am Mass today, as Fr.John has to go to Walsingham for a 100th Birthday Mass for Fr. A.Hoey,celebrated by Cardinal Vincent Nichols.




Anniversaries this week Sr.Ursula Tierney (2009). Sr.Mary of the Sacred Heart (1999), Ivy Watts (2001), Victor Ward (2008), Sr.Assisi Clifford (2006), Joseph Smyth (2007), Kate Godfrey (2001), Adrian Ewell (1996), Cyril Doran (1999), Brenda Davison (2004), Joie Bones (2007), Victor Durrant (1996), Rita Alexander (1997), and Phyllis Garrod. May they Rest in Peace.

Money Matters Last weekend 583.58 was given at the Offertory, and a further 115.85 was given to CAFOD. Next week there will be a retiring collection for the Dependent Priests Fund.

Gift Aid Alan Lamberton, our Gift Aid officer writes 'During the tax year April 2014-May 2015, 62 people donated through the Gift Aid scheme. A total of 18,506 was donated, and average of 298 per donor for the year or 5.74 per donor per week. This year we were allowed to claim Gift Aid tax relief on loose plate collections (capped at 5,000) for collections at St.Felix & the Convent. The loose plate collections claimed were 5,000

for St.Felix & 3,217 for the Convent. These claims returned 1,250 for St.Felix, and 804.25 for the Convent. The total of all the claims was 26,723, which returned 6,680, from which the diocese deducted commission of 1,336.15, leaving the Parish with 5,3444.60 credited to the Parish diocesan account.'

CAFOD Boni & Kate Pinto write 'In January we will be providing envelopes for CAFOD for those who make a regular weekly donation. If anyone has changed to direct debit contributions, could they advise please. Also if any one wishes to donate in this way for the first time they can contact us on 275416 and we will provide them with envelopes. Thank you.'

C.W.L. Jenny writes 'CWL would like to thank everybody who came along to the Advent Concert; we raised 230, which will be divided between the CWL Relief and Refugee Fund and local charities. Ladies, our next meeting is on 14th December at 7.0pm, followed by a hand bells demonstration.'

Wednesday Lunch Club Jenny writes 'during 2015 we served 600 meals, and made a profit of 1,290. Half will go to the parish, the other half divided between AGE UK Suffolk and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Thank you to everyone who supports the lunches. We look forward to seeing you in the new year, when we start our fifth year. We have a few places left for January 6th, to book, please contact Jenny on 671217.'

Christmas Raffle Jenny writes 'If you are donating a prize could you let me have it by 13th December. If you put your name on the list at the Convent, please give it to Margaret. We do need your counterfoils and money returned by 13th December, Your support of the Raffle is greatly appreciated. The first prize is 100 and there will be at least fifteen other prizes. The Raffle will be drawn on Sunday 20th December during coffee in St.Felix Church Hall. Any queries please contact Jenny on 671217.'




Last week I received a letter (imaginary, I

admit!) signed 'Disgusted, of Walton'. The writer said that he had attended the 9.30am Mass at St. Felix Church last Sunday, and had been scandalized to find that parts of the Mass were conducted in Latin and Greek : he had never expected to come upon this outrage in view of the reforms which had come about following the Second Vatican Council.....

In my (imaginary) reply, I said that it was quite true that last Sunday the Holy, Holy, Holy,

the Blessed is he and the Lamb of God had been sung in Latin. But that rather than going against the teaching of the Second Vatican Council, the occasional use of Latin in the normal, ordinary, worship of the Catholic Church was REQUIRED by the Council. In paragraph 54 of The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy we read 'A suitable place may be allotted to the vernacular in Masses which are celebrated with the people ... nevertheless care must be taken to ensure that the faithful may also be able to say or sing together in Latin those parts of the Ordinary of the Mass which pertain to them'. And in more recent times, the Bishops of England and Wales have reminded us that the use of Latin must not be lost, since it remains the 'official' and 'universal' language of the Catholic Church, and that occasionally the Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus, and Agnus Dei should be sung in Latin - just as the Council required. And so I'm afraid that it is those churches and places which never use Latin in the Mass which are being unfaithful to the teaching of Vatican II. We, by contrast, are being faithful to it!

As for our using Greek - well that of course refers to the 'Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy' for which we sometimes use the Greek Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison : this usage takes us back to the earliest days of the Catholic Church, when the liturgy was in the everyday language of Greek, the language in which the Gospels were written - a rather wonderful linking-up with our fellow Christians of the first and second centuries.........


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