PARISH OF SAINT FELIX, FELIXSTOWE
Parish Priest : Fr. John Barnes MA
Tel.01394 282561 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : stfelixfelixstowe.uk
January 24th, 2016 : THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Saturday 6.0pm (St.F) Int. For the People
Sunday 9.30am (St.F) Int. Elsie Castle (AFJM) 11.0am (Con) Int. +Myrtle Shevlin
Monday FEAST OF THE CONVERSION
9.30am (St.F) Int.
10.30am (Con) Int. Loris Squirrel (AFJM)
Tuesday ST.TIMOTHY & ST.TITUS
9.30am (St.F) Int. +Gwen Mather
9.30am (St.F) Int.
10.30am (Con) Int.
Thursday ST.THOMAS AQUINAS No services today
11.0am (St.F) Int.
5.0pm (Con) Int.
Saturday OF OUR LADY
11.0am (St.F) Int.
6.0pm (St.F) Int.
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.130 of the Parish
Mass Book, and on p. 975 of The Sunday Missal.
At the 6.0pm Mass Eucharistic Prayer 2
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16 (Angelus) Hymn : 721
At the 9.30am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 3
Sanctus & Benedictus Parish Mass Book p.16
Hymns : 727, 664, 607, 968
At the 11.0am Mass Eucharistic Prayer 1
Today 6.30pm The Annual Joint
Service for the Church Unity Octave, at the
Friday 3.0pm The About Becoming Catholic Group meets at the Presbytery.
Saturday 8.45am Childrens Activities at the Convent ; Fr.John meets with the First Holy Communion Parents.
Anniversaries this week Patricia West (2011), Eileen Whitlum (1996), and Barbara Strong (2009). May they Rest in Peace.
Money Matters Last Sunday £589.69 was given at the Offertory, and a further £108.69 was
given for CAFOD. There is a retiring collection today for the Catholic Association for Racial Justice. Next Sunday there will be an opportunity to support the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC) - the annual White Flower Appeal.
Deanery Clergy Lunch Last Tuesday, the traditional post-Christmas lunch for the Deanery clergy was held, this year, here. Fifteen of the local clergy were present. Team Felix provided the food, which was, of course, excellent. We are most grateful to them. They never fail us!
OUR PARISH AGM
This took place on Tuesday evening, and in view of a very cold night, was well attended. Wilf Ablard retired as Chairman, having served for the customary two years. He was duly thanked for his vigorous and enthusiastic chairmanship. Rachel Bischoff offered herself as his successor, and the meeting accepted her offer.
David Richardson, our very able Treasurer, gave a financial report, and told us that the sale of St.Cecilia's Church, which he has been handling, is almost complete. Alan Lamberton, our Gift Aid Officer, then brought us up to date with that enterprise.
Leaders of the various associations then gave reports on the activities over the past year ; it is so good that all these activities take place, drawing people together, and allowing mutual fellowship and encouragement to take place.
Fr.John then gave the traditional Parish Priest's Report on the past year in the Parish, and looked ahead to the year to come. He said that amongst the memorable events and occasions from 2015, we might number the Forty Hour Devotion, the Parish Confirmation, the near completion of the remodeling of the Memorial Garden, the Parish Outing to Oxburgh, the Teddy Bear's picnic for young families, the pre-Year of Mercy Groups in November, and most recently the journey of the Posada through the Parish during Advent. Ahead, he said, lay - hopefully - two adult Baptisms and two Receptions at the Easter Vigil, and the carrying out of the re-ordering of the Sanctuary, which is due to begin quite soon.
The meeting was asked whether it would like a Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Walsingham to be arranged, and there was an enthusiastic response. It was also agreed that there would be a Lent Course - a 'CAFE Course' on the Saints - and that we would try to arrange House Groups again in the Autumn.
COMMUNICATING THE FAITH TO OUR CHILDREN
This is a subject of great concern to all Catholic parents - and of anxiety and heart-searching, too. So I was very interested to notice a review last week of a new book called The Catholic Guide to Raising Faithful Kids. It is by Gregory and Lisa Popcak, and is published by the Sophia Press at £12.54. The review begins with the words 'This is a subject of urgent interest to Catholic couples'. Indeed.
The Reviewer writes 'Gregory Popcak makes the obvious point that taking children to church, teaching them prayers and sending them to Catholic schools is only one part of raising children in faith ; "They have to see how your faith has transformed your life." As he comments, faith is ultimately a personal relationship with God and children need to feel "that you are able to show them how to live a joyful life". An emphasis on simply obeying rules is likely to turn them away when they are old enough to make choices of their own. The key factor that contributes to children's "catching" the faith of their parents is parental warmth. A father's level of religious commitment is also very significant.'
To me this makes a lot of sense. If the parents give the impression that going to Sunday Mass is a 'chore', which it is nice to get out of if possible, then the children are unlikely to go to Mass once they have got the choice. The parents must be enthusiastic about the practice of the faith, which alone will lead to the children 'catching' their convictions. Parents need to both communicate that they think that being a Catholic matters, and also that it is a source of joy.