Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA

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

Tel.01394 282561 e-mail

Parish Website :


December 27th, 2015 : FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +Alan Deveny 11.0am (Con) Int.+Edna McGuire


Weekday Masses



9.30am (St.F) Int. Retired members of CWL

10.30am (Con) Int.



9.30am (St.F) Int.Gerry & Margaret McNamara


9.30am (St.F) Int. +Margaret Robinson

10.30am (Con) Int.


No services today



11.0am (St.F) Int. For Mercy

5.0pm (Con) Int. Sisters RJM (Craft Group)

(Friday Abstinence is dispensed today)


11.0am (St.F) Int. +Sylvia Bishop

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 Friday at 10.15am

The Mass today The readings can be found on

p.105 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.105 of The Sunday Missal.


At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

(Angelus) Hymn : 128

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Acclamation B

Hymns : 151, 128, 144, 152

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3




Friday 11.0am Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and New Year's Day. A day when all of us will want to be at Mass - the very best way to begin a new year!

No About Becoming Catholic Group today : we resume our weekly meeting on Friday January 15th.

Saturday The Childrens' Groups at the Convent remain on holiday.

Next Sunday January 3rd. The Young Servers Outing to the Pantomime CINDERELLA at the Spa Pavilion. The show begins at 2.30pm : please can we assemble in the foyer at 2.15pm sharp. The desk will be able to tell parents at what time the young people should be collected.




Anniversaries this week Edna McGuire (1994), Patricia Whitehouse (1996), Charles Colson (2013), Jim McGuire (2006), Eileen Newland (2014), Terence Versey (2012), Pauline O'Reilly (2007), Joan Brown (1995), Victor Newman (1996), Peter Flynn (1997), and Marion

Groundwater (2006). May they Rest in Peace.

Money Matters Last Sunday 699.45 was given at the Offertory, with a further 102.03 to CAFOD. The Parish Christmas Raffle brought in 466 : we are very grateful to Jenny Birchall for organising it.

Crib Exhibition Barbara Lamberton writes 'A big 'thank you' to everyone who so generously supported my Crib Exhibition. I have sent 223.60 to MARY'S MEALS , which will be doubled under the Government scheme, enabling so many children around the world to have a meal at school. David Richardson won the raffle.'

A Cake Stall Pauline Mayes writes 'During 2015 two members of our family have suffered from cancer. The support that we received from the Macmillan services at Ipswich Hospital was wonderful. As a thank you to them, and while we are all together for Christmas, we will be holding a Cake Stall after Mass in the Hall on Sunday, January 3rd. If anyone is able and would like to make cakes, please bring them along on Sunday 3rd January before Mass. All proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.'

Christmas Flowers We're all much enjoying the lovely flower arrangements in church, and are grateful to Giavanna and her team for all the thought and hard work which they have put into to them. Thank you, too, to all who helped in any way to prepare the church for the Christmas festival - not least our faithful cleaners.

Thank you And I'm most grateful for the cards and presents which have found their way to the Presbytery. Thank you all so much.

The Posada I think that the Posada - the figure of Mary and Joseph making their way to Bethlehem - which went from house to house during Advent was a great success both in this parish and throughout the diocese. I think that it is certainly something which we will want to do again. As indeed was the

Christingle Service , held on the Sunday before Christmas. Those who attended were likewise keen that it should be repeated , as it made a lovely preparation for Christmas, with the Christingles speaking to us of Christ the Light coming into his world to live and to die for us.


And now a New Year


When on Friday we begin a new year, and

come to the Altar to ask God's blessing upon it, we always perhaps feel just a little apprehension : we don't know what lies ahead, but from experience we suspect that it will be a mixture of the good and the bad, of the easy and the difficult, and of the joyful and the sorrowful.

As a Parish, I think that we have got two particular things to look forward to. One of course is the carrying out of the works in the Sanctuary, which I wrote about last week. I think that they really will enhance our church, and give extra dignity and prominence to the places where Our Lord comes to us in his Word and in his Sacrament.

The other thing is our keeping of this Holy Year of Mercy, which will encompass most of 2016. Next week I would like to write about two particular ways in which I hope we might keep it here. Yet another, which several people have proposed to me recently , is that we should have a Parish Pilgrimage to Walsingham, to pass together through the Holy Door there. This would be good , and I hope that we will discuss it at the next Parish Advisory Council meeting.

I'd like to wish you all a very good New Year, one in which we will grow together in faith and in love.