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

 

December 13th, 2015 : THIRD 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.+Christina Diane Lenihan

 

Weekday Masses

Monday ST.JOHN OF THE CROSS

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Jill Harris

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday ADVENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int.

Wednesday ADVENT FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. +Edgar Barnes

10.30am (Con) Int.

Thursday ADVENT FERIA

No services today

Friday ADVENT FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. +Helen Robinson

5.0pm (Con) Int.

Saturday ADVENT FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. +Patricia Mary Thraves

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.88 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.70 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 94

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

Kyries Hymn Book 497

Sanctus & Benedictus New Celtic

Acclamation A

Hymns : 94, 116, 607, 105

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

 

THIS WEEK

 

The Holy Year of Mercy began last Tuesday, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Today at 11.0am our Bishop opens the Holy Door at St.John's Cathedral in Norwich. Here, each household in the congregation will be given a copy of the Holy Year Handbook, written by Cardinal Vincent Nicols. Do use it!

 

Today 12.30pm The Senior Parishioners annual Christmas Lunch, in the Hall. Participants are asked not to arrive before 12.30pm!

 

Tuesday, December 15th, 7.30pm

PENITENTIAL SERVICE

BEFORE CHRISTMAS

An opportunity to make your Confession before the festival (other times are given in the

Christmas Services leaflet)

Three other priests will be assisting Fr.John, and there will be

EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

whilst the individual Confessions are heard

 

 

Friday 3.30pm The About Becoming Catholic Group meets at the Presbytery

Saturday Childrens' Activities at the Convent have now ceased for the hoidays.

 

NEXT SUNDAY 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

 

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Catherine Spencer (2008), Tony Byrne (2001), Jane Waite (2004), Neville Poots (2011), Sheila Bonello (2011), Martin Brogan (2007), Eileen Ascott (2008), Alice Robinson (1994), and Andrew Yates (2013). RIP

 

May they Rest in Peace We are saddened by the death of Dorothy Veitch, who died a day or two ago. She was a great soul, much loved by her family and friends, and full of faith and devotion to Our Lord and his Blessed Mother. Her funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, December 22nd, at 2.15pm. We send our love and sympathy to Ernie (currently in hospital) and to the family.

Also we pray for Sheila Heathfield who has died. Unable to go out in recent times, she received Holy Communion each month at Cotman House.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 577.03 was given at the Offertory, and a further 131.84 for CAFOD. Today there is a retiring collection for the Diocesan Dependant Clergy Fund.

 

The Beacon (Journal of the Apostleship of the Sea ) Copies are available in the Porch. In it, a photograph of the young and handsome Bishop's Secretary is wrongly captioned as being of Fr.John. Fr.John is very flattered ; the Bishop's Secretary is somewhat less so.

 

Crib Exhibition Barbara writes 'There will be a Crib Exhibition at our home, 8, Knight's Close (off Western Avenue) on Thurs.17th, Fr.18th, and Sat 19th December between 10.0am-4.0pm in aid of Mary's Meals. There will be a Raffle and Refreshments.

The 2016 Diocesan Yearbook Now available at the Repository, the normal cost is 4.0, but we are going to sell it at the bargain price of 3.0.

A TIME FOR FORGIVENESS

 

I think that our Confession before Christmas this year takes on a special significance in view of the fact that we are just beginning to celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy. Because in the forgiveness which follow on from Confession we experience God's mercy in a very personal way. And to experience God's mercy is always to experience his love for us. So that rather seeing Confession as a gloomy thing to be avoided, we should rather approach it as a thirsty person approaches water, or as a hungry person approaches food. To know God's mercy is a joyful thing. Of course there must be sorrow for sin. But when this sorrow for sin is met by mercy and forgiveness, we pass from the darkness into the light.

In the popular paper/magazine The Catholic Herald there is a question & answer given each week. A recent one seems very relevant to us as we prepare for our Penitential Service on Tuesday this week -

Question : 'During Advent we have a penance service for the local parishes. Last year, the priest told us to choose one sin and only confess that. This made me uneasy : is it the same as a proper Confession?'

Answer : 'The Rite of Penance provides for a celebration in which people pray together and listen to the scriptures, with individual confessions being available as part of the rite, usually with several priests available. The Council of Trent teaches that for the sacrament of penance to be celebrated validly, the penitent must confess all their mortal sins, and this teaching is reaffirmed in the current Rite of Penance of the Catholic Church. So for example if someone has both look- ed at pornography and missed Mass through their own fault, they should confess each of these sins.

A priest has no authority to dispense from the teaching of the Church.... the essence of the Sacrament requires that we open our hearts before the Lord by the avowal of our sins, so as to receive his merciful forgiveness. If you suspect that you will not be allowed to do that, I would advise that you go to Confession at another time in the normal way.'