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 17th, 2016 : 2nd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

 


Sunday Masses

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

Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int.A Special Intention

11.0am (Con) Int.

 

Weekday Masses

Monday FERIA

9.30am (St.F) Int. For Christian Unity

10.30am (Con) Int.

Tuesday ST.WALSTAN

9.30am (St.F) Int. Sally

Wednesday ST.FABIAN

10.30am (Con) Int. +Eva Hunter

Noon (St.F) FUNERAL MASS FOR

PATRICIA SCHWAN RIP

Thursday ST.AGNES

No services today

Friday ST.VINCENT

10.0am (Con) Int.

Noon (St.F) Int. +Kuriakose & Thomas

Saturday FERIA

11.0am St.F) Int. Kevin Fitzpatrick

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 11.15am

 

The Mass today

The readings can be found on p.127 of the Parish

Mass Book, and on p.971 of The Sunday Missal.

At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1

Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 820

At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3

Gloria, Sanctus & Benedictus Belmont

Acclamation B

Hymns : 601, 644, 769, 880

At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2

 

THIS WEEK

 

OCTAVE OF PRAYER

FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY

Mon.18th - Mon25th

(full details on Notice Board)

 

Ecumenical Vespers will be celebrated at the Convent each day at 4.30pm

 

A special Mass will be offered at St.Felix on Friday at Noon, followed by a Hunger Lunch in the Hall.

 

Next Sunday, there will be at annual United Service at the Felixstowe Academy at 6.30pm

 

Monday 2.30pm Meeting of the Finance Committee, at the Presbytery.

Tuesday 12.30pm Deanery Clergy Meeting and Lunch at St.Felix.

 

THE PARISH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Tuesday, Jan.19th, 7.30pm in the Hall

One of the items at a Parish AGM is the series of Reports from the various parish organizations. Please will the secretaries be prepared to say a few words about what their organization has been doing during the past twelve months.

Wednesday Noon Funeral Mass for the late Patricia Schwan, followed by burial at the Felixstowe Cemetery. Please note that this replaces the usual 9.30am Mass at St.Felix.

Friday Noon The Mass for the Octave for Christian Unity. Please note that Rosary, Lauds, and Mass will all be one hour later than usual this

week.

Saturday 8.45am Chldrens' Activities at the Convent. Fr.John meets with the First Holy

Communion Parents.

 

PARISH NOTICEBOARD

 

Anniversaries this week Derek Manthorpe (2006), Mary Hunt (1999), Mary Ward (2011), Marin Amey (2000), Myrtle Shevling (2004), and Michael,Backler (2011). May they Rest in Peace.

 

Money Matters Last Sunday 529.93 was given at the Offertory, and a further 230.12 was given to CAFOD. Next Sunday is Racial Justice Day, and there will be a retiring collection for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice.

 

Apostleship of the Sea Barbara writes 'The next Seafarers Mass will be at the Centre on Tuesday January 26th, at 7.0pm.'

 

Together Club Teresa writes 'The Club meets at the Convent on Thursday this week, 2.0pm-3.45pm, for Bingo. All welcome.'

 

St.Paul Sr.Catherine writes 'There will be a power-point presentation THE LIFE AND MISSION OF ST.PAUL at the Convent, Orwell Road, on Monday 25th January (Feast of the Conversion of St.Paul), 7.30pm-9.0pm. Everyone is welcome, and there will be a cup of tea at the interval.'

 

Readers It would be helpful to have one or two additional Readers for the 6.0pm Saturday evening Mass at St.Felix. Are there any volunteers?

 

THE COST

 

My spiritual reading at present is a book called THE LIVES AND TIMES OF THE FORTY MARTYRS OF ENGLAND AND WALES, 1535-1680 , by Malcolm Pullan. Dealing with a time when simply being a Catholic brought punish- ment, even, - for a priest - death, the format is simple : it gives a fairly brief biography of each of the forty martyrs, chronologically, one by one. There is a sickening monotony about this sequence. Almost all of the martyrs, the majority of them priests, were hunted down, betrayed, imprisoned in foul conditions, subjected to inhuman torture, given a mockery of a trial, and then executed with savage barbarity. For the most part they were fairly young, talented, often from prosperous backgrounds, and men and women of outstanding virtue and goodness. One is amazed by the utter callousness and shere wickedness of their persecutors, from Queen Elizabeth the First downward. They were not traitors, they posed no danger to the state. Their only desire was to practice and promote the Catholic Faith. I am filled with admiration for their astounding courage under such persecution, and their readiness to risk everything for their Catholic convictions. The priests amongst them trained abroad, in France, Spain, Italy and the Spanish Netherlands, and then, their ordination having taken place, they were eager to return to England, even thought they knew that imprisonment, torture and death almost certainly awaited them.

We should be very proud our forefathers in the Faith in England and Wales. But also, I think, humbled and disturbed. How much are we prepared to give of ourselves in witnessing to the Catholic Faith? What risks and privations would we be prepared to endure? Would we, in a situation of severe persecution, be prepared to stand firm, and be tortured and executed rather than betray Our Lord and his Church? I sometimes wonder, with not a little anxiety, how I would behave in such a situation. My hope is that sufficient grace would be given to a believer who found him or herself forced to choose between standing firm or weakly surrendering : that somehow one would be given supernatural assistance in meeting such a terrible challenge.

But are such thoughts merely academic, fanciful, and unrelated to the life of a Christian in the twenty-first century? I have a horrible suspicion that they are not. Indeed we hear of fellow-Christians in other countries who have witnessed to the Faith with their lives, but can we really say that it is impossible that such a situation might in the future arise in England itself.