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

 

January 3rd, 2016 : SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. +Nigel Gorham 11.0am (Con) Int. +Catherine Searson

 

Weekday Masses

Monday CHRISTMAS FERIA

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Tuesday CHRISTMAS FERIA

No Services today

Wednesday CHRISTMAS FERIA

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Thursday CHRISTMAS FERIA

No services today

Friday CHRISTMAS FERIA

5.45pm (Con) Int.

Saturday CHRISTMAS FERIA

11.0am (St.F) Int. Etty Smith

6.0pm (St.F) Int. +Hugh & Delia Brannan

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

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

 

The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.115 of the Parish Mass Book, and on p.124 of The Sunday Missal.

 

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 167

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria 527-R

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16

Acclamation C

Hymns : 166, 170, 145, 167

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

 

THIS WEEK

 

Fr.John hopes to take his post-Christmas break

this week. He will be away from Monday until Saturday. Fr.Adrian Gates will be saying Mass at the Convent at 5.45pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Normal Services resume at St.Felix with the 11.0am Mass on Saturday morning.

 

Today Young Servers outing to the Pantomime at the Spa Pavilion. We assemble in the Foyer at 2.15pm, ready for the show at 2.30pm. The desk will tell parents at what time the young people should be collected.

Thursday 11.0am Funeral Service for Sheila Heathfield RIP at St.Felix

Saturday 8.45am Childrens' Activities at the Convent resume today, but Fr.John's meetings with the First Holy Communion Parents will recommence NEXT Saturday.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week John Dimascio (2003), Francesca Warford (2000), Mary Underwood (2011), Josyp Kaczor (1994), Adrian Cotton (2013), Moreen Friel (1995), and Maud Ring (1997). May they Rest in Peace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 478.67 was given at the Offertory, and a further 137.58 was given for CAFOD.

 

Wednesday Lunch Club 'A Reminder to those who have booked for our next lunch, that this is on this coming Wednesday, January 6th, at 12.30pm. We are looking forward to seeing you. Any queries please contact Jenny

 

For the Newsheet Secretaries of parish organisations, a reminder that it is good if you tell Fr.John the dates of your meetings as they occur, so that they can be put in the Newsheet. Otherwise potential new members may feel that these are 'closed shops' to which new members are NOT welcome......

 

and Readers - both at St.Felix and at the Convent - it is well over three years now since the Church stopped saying 'This is the word of the Lord' at the end of First & Second Readings, and began to say simply 'The word of the Lord', rather as when giving you the Body of Christ at Mass, the priest doesn't say 'This is the Body of Christ', but just 'The Body of Christ'. Quite a percentage of Readers still say 'This is the word of the Lord', and with a new year beginning, I really feel that it is time that we all got up to date!

 

THIS IS HOW IT'S DONE

 

I do hope that you were able to watch the Queen's Speech on Christmas Day : as ever it was excellent, and one would never have imagined that it was being delivered by someone who will be ninety in a few months time.

But it occurred to me that as we seek to live out the New Evangelization, and communicate our Catholic Faith to others, the Queen has got quite a lot to teach us. Here was someone witnessing strongly to the Christian Faith and to her own personal faith, in a way that was perfectly acceptable, and which no one could have found aggressive or offensive. Her Christian references were entirely natural, sincere, and unselfconcious. No one could have felt that she was trying to 'get at them'. And surely this is just how we need to be as ambassadors of the Kingdom. We must neither fail to speak of the things of God and of our own convictions, nor must we do so in such a way as 'gets peoples backs up'. I think that we should be grateful for the lesson which the Queen gave us on Christmas Day!

 

IN THIS YEAR OF MERCY

 

I've been thinking about what we should be aiming to do as a Parish during this Holy Year of Mercy, and it occurs to me that besides making a Parish Pilgrimage, perhaps to Walsingham, to pass through a Holy Door, there are two projects which we might undertake.

 

The first is to try to establish a branch of the

Society of St.Vincent de Paul in the Parish (SVP). Most Catholic parishes have such a group, and it is rather surprising that we don't. No better time to establish one than in this Year of Mercy. An SVP Group visits the sick and needy in a parish, and gives assistance to all kinds of people in difficulty or distress. Its members meet regularly to plan the work, and report back. It is usually run entirely by lay people. I think that we need to gather together a few people who think that they might be interest- ed, and then get someone to come and talk to us about it, as we try to discern what we should do and how. Three people have already expressed interest; please tell me if you would like to know more.

Then the second project is to look carefully at the practice of the Sacrament of Penance in the parish. We need to think seriously about the Confessional, which is most awkward to use, being so cramped. What alternatives might there be? And the twice-yearly Penitential Services : do they still meet a need? And if so, how could they be improved? And how best can teaching about Confession be given? What do people need to help them? - I think we need to review the whole subject, as it is in the Sacrament of Confession that we most obviously and powerfully experience God's mercy.